Let the Sun Shine: 6 Ways to Add Bits of Summer to Your Home
You might think summer only happens outside. It’s true that that’s where you should enjoy the sunniest season as much as you can, but you can celebrate it indoors, too — you just need the right décor.
The following six tips will help you bring a little bit of that summer feeling inside. That way, if it’s gloomy or rainy or otherwise un-summery outdoors, you’ll feel just as cheerful as you will the next time you see the sun.
1. Make it Fresh
Start by bringing a bit of the outdoors inside. Spring gets all the credit when it comes to flowers, but summer’s a great time for growing, too. Either head into own garden and cut a few blooms or visit your local florist to pick up a bouquet to brighten your entire space. Just make sure the flowers you choose are in season so that they bring out the summer vibes you seek.
You can make your flowers even more of a summertime statement by placing them into a vase that’s festive, too. Choose a receptacle in a color that reminds you of the season and voila: your kitchen counter, bathroom or living room just got a fresh dose of summer.
2. Hang Outdoor Curtains
There’s nothing as quintessentially summery as the beach. And, if you’ve ever been to the shore, you’ve undoubtedly seen some beautiful outdoor living spaces accentuated with billowing white curtains. Even if you don’t live by the beach, you can create this same romantic, tropical vibe at your place by hanging curtains on your porch or deck. Plus, if you install your own set, you can enjoy an added layer of shade and privacy.
3. Go Nautical
Again, the beach and summer go hand in hand. Sprucing up your home with a few nautical accents will make the whole place feel festive. Search your local home décor store for statues or artwork that remind you of the sea. Or, you can display some of your own beach finds — from shells to sand dollars to driftwood, you can make a free and personal statement with your coastal discoveries.
You could also swap out your bed and bathroom linens for patterns that evoke a nautical vibe. You already know the colors to search for — navy and white — so layer those shades or find fabric with stripes. As a bonus, you can add a little red to that combination and, voila, you’re ready for the Fourth of July weekend.
4. Let the Light in
Summer is all about sunshine, so why do you have your blinds closed? Something as simple as opening your blinds and throwing back your curtains will brighten up the whole space, which is more than representative of the season unfolding outside.
Of course, some homeowners might want to take this one step further by adding even more brightness to their home’s design. In that case, you might consider adding a sunroom where you can soak up the sun year-round, but especially in summer. Just make sure you weigh the pros and cons before going ahead with the renovation since it’s a pricey, time-consuming undertaking. However, the result will be worth the effort.
5. Add Splashes of Color
You’ve already said goodbye to your neutral winter wardrobe — your house could benefit from the same treatment. Whether you choose a sunshiny yellow or watermelon pink, adding a few splashes of color will instantly brighten any space.
You don’t have to completely redecorate a room to make it feel more like summer, either. Simply popping a new set of throw pillows onto your couch could be enough to brighten the whole space. Swap in small accessories, such as cheerfully colored picture frames, if you need more oomph. If you want to keep summer around all year long, consider painting an accent wall in the color that reminds you most of the season.
6. Decorate Your Outdoor Spaces
We already touched on outdoor curtains, but you can do so much more to make your outdoor spaces worth visiting this summer. Comfortably cushioned chairs, a dining table, a chiminea… all of these could make your deck, patio or porch into a place where you’ll spend this summer and beyond.
As you decorate, think about how you can make the space more functional, too. Cooks might want to install a new grill or build an outdoor kitchen, while entertainers might put together an outdoor bar where they can pour summery cocktails all season long.
Find That Summer Feeling
Summer is more than just a season — it’s a warm, carefree, happy feeling. The above six tips will help you amplify that vibe within your home with a few decorative additions. And, once you have that seasonal sensation, you might find yourself keeping your summer look all year long, just so you can keep those feelings alive.
How do you decorate for summer?
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!