12 Ways to Brighten Your Home for Summer

The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and the flowers are blooming. Summer is upon us!

Bring some of that warmth and sunshine into your home by brightening up your decor. We’ve got twelve suggestions here to get you well on your way!

Clear off and declutter surfaces. During the colder winter months, it’s nice to cozy up a place with accessories…they warm up the cockles of your heart. But once the sun is shining, it’s a good time to tuck those extra accessories away in favor of clean, sparkling surfaces.

Lighten up the color palette in your accessories. Bring in fresh and cheery colors…greens, oranges, bright whites. Switch out the warm tones on your pillows, candles, and table decor for the colors of summer.Pack away the winter textiles. While you’re boxing up winter hats, gloves, and scarfs from closets, take a good look around your rooms.  Are there throw blankets draped over chairs and ottomans? Warm-toned area rugs? Layers of drapery? Consider packing those away for the warmer months, it’s time to shed the cozy look for open and inviting. While you’re at it, spend a little time sprucing up the hardwood floors in your home.

Take it outside! Don’t ignore all of your outside areas…with the warmer weather upon us, activities tend to spill outside. Spend some time spiffying up your patio and garden areas…check out this handy article for inspiration.

Add color with fruits and flowers. Flowers tend to get all the credit for being the beautiful, showy representatives of spring and summer.  However, fresh fruits (and veggies!) can actually make beautiful displays themselves.

Bring live plants indoors. In addition to fresh cut flowers, consider bringing in live plants. This DIY mobile garden container is both functional and gorgeous!

White Towels. Ditch the colorful towels, or save them for the pool and beach, and wrap up in bright white towels. Fold a couple and place them next to your tub…top with a tower of soap, and you’ve added a bit of summer to your bathroom!

Take care of your backyard furniture. Outdoor furniture takes a beating…from inclement weather to toddler feet, our outside furniture needs to withstand a lot more than its indoor cousins. Make it last as long as possible by following the advice in this article.

Bring in some natural textiles. Woven materials are another way to blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors. It’s not always practical to purchase a sisal rug or bamboo shades, but place-mats and chargers are an easy and affordable way to achieve a similar effect.

Fun with paint. Paint is often ignored as a way to dramatically change a room. But it’s inexpensive, easily changed, and readily available. Don’t want to tackle a big project like an entire room? How about painting your stairway risers? Instant drama! Lots of great ideas here.

Give bed linens a facelift. You don’t need to purchase an entire new ensemble to give your bed a new look…just switch out a few pillow covers for some with bright white backgrounds and perhaps a white coverlet over your existing comforter and you’ll have a whole new look.

Beachy keen. A little nod to the literal…summertime means beaches for a lot of us, so why not find a little space in your home to display some beachy artifacts (more fun ideas here)? Shells, starfish, driftwood…even a jar full of sand can be charming.

Have fun decorating with summertime in mind!

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