Thursday’s Theme: Summer Decor

The first day of summer–or Summer Solstice–is this Sunday, and while you may have already dove headfirst into lighter curtains, evenings spent on your covered porch, and family barbecues, we are still going to celebrate this start to the summer. We have some beachy décor ideas, and some stylish tips on decorating your home and backyard for this season, and for keeping a fresh feeling in your home all year long.

Lavender Beach Wreath

Just Beachy

If you travel to any beach or beaches during the summertime months and find yourself collecting shells of all shapes and sizes, coveted sand dollars, and perhaps even a jar of sand, don’t forget about them when you get home! Turn them into décor through the use of Apothecary vases or hurricane jars.

You can also incorporate craft store finds into this décor, by using faux starfish and other shells to dress up those you find at the beach. Nautical ribbon, rope, and even blue pebbles can create that oceanic, breezy feeling even when you’re miles away.

If you have some wall space that needs decorating, get to developing those photos of the lake or ocean you’ve been meaning to print out, and pick up some decorative frames. Creating a photo wall mural with imagery like this creates an interesting focal point, especially if you choose to enlarge a photo so it takes up most of the wall. Now your living area can act as a relaxing escape all year long!

Serious Style

Colorful Summer Banner - The Happy Scraps

Summer décor should be fun and festive, and you should think about complementing the sunny weather outside with bright home accents inside. This can be accomplished with floral arrangements of both the faux and real varieties by placing them throughout your home. Wreaths and garland can also do the trick, as will summer-themed banners on a mantel or bookshelf. Make your own with household materials, or look for printables on blogs, like DIY Swank, to string up and display.

Floral furniture decoratives are also a great way to add summertime color to the rooms of your home; an example of this would be to incorporate a collection of placemats, runners, or chair pads that match, and then use a rug or a lamp with similar color tones to bring the whole room together in a summery fashion.

Drop Leaf Cottage Table

For the outdoors, a certain planter trend has caught our eye. The arrangement is commonly referred to as “Topsy Turvy Planters,” and we think it adds a wonderful look to your backyard. Keep the terracotta planters the way they are, or paint them in solid or patterned colors to draw the eye even more.

If you are happy with your décor and don’t desire to change or add to what you have, but still want to freshen up your home for the summer, look no further than your furniture! A major tip for renewing the life of your living spaces is to rearrange.

Maybe send that rug to the cleaner’s and let your wood floors brighten up the room for a month or two. Face your sofa and chairs towards the backyard, or towards the brightest space in a room so you can enjoy the warmth of the sun and the outdoors. Also, don’t be afraid to bare your windows! Take the curtains off of them to add a feeling of airiness and space, and to open the room to guests and light.

Do you have any summertime decorating tips? Share them with us here or on Facebook – we would love to hear from you!

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