Summer Home Decor Ideas
Add the feeling of summer to your home with these 10 simple summer home decor ideas that anyone can use for a cooler, calmer, and relaxed season ahead.
We are just a few weeks away from my favorite time of year, the season of summer.
Why do I love summer? It’s a season of nostalgia for me.
The hot, humid days take me back to my childhood and the carefree days of summer’s long ago. I am reminded of childhood days spent entirely in the swimming pool, driving by tall cornfields on vacations to visit family in Iowa, ice cream for dinner, and summer nights sleeping in our family’s pop-up camper.
When I think about what the common denominator is for my love of summer, it really comes down to this…carefree days & relaxation. Childhood summers for me was a time like no other. There was no worry of responsibilities, no schedules, and life was just simple.
Now as an adult, I like to take those simple, carefree, and relaxed feelings that I experienced in my childhood to make our home feel cozy and just like summer.
Once you understand what summer looks & feels like to you; whether it’s the beach, hiking in the mountains, camping under the stars, or like me carefree days of childhood, you can incorporate that into your space to create that unique summer feeling in your own home.
Today I’m sharing 10 simple, universal summer home decor ideas that you can incorporate into your home regardless of what summer feels like to you or your personal style. Let me show you!
28 Summer Home Tours to Enjoy
Joining me today are 27 bloggers each sharing their own unique & beautiful summer home decor ideas!
Thank you to Kelly of The Tattered Pew for organizing such a great event. If you’re joining me from Kim’s tour of
Cottage in the Mitten, thank you so much for stopping by! Kim’s home is such an inspiration for summer home decor.
After you’ve finished with my summer home tour, make sure to head over to Renae of Peacock Ridge for her lakeside summer home decor inspiration.
At the bottom of this post, you’ll find links to all 28 home tours.
10 Summer Home Decor Ideas
Seasonalizing your home is all about catering to the 5 senses to create the ideal sensory experience for you.
By engaging all 5 senses, you can transform your home into a cozy, summer retreat that fully immerses you in the delights of what the season means to you.
Here are 10 summer home decor ideas that cater to the senses of sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste.
1. Keep Your Summer Decor Cool & Simple
When it comes to summer home decor, keeping it cool and simple is the key to creating a refreshing and inviting atmosphere. The last thing you want is your home to look and feel warm & heavy during the hottest months of the year.
Start by removing thick & heavy textures and begin incorporating light & breezy ones like linen and cotton fabrics for curtains, pillow covers, and tablecloths.
Keep the clutter to a minimum. Clutter can make a space feel crowded & overwhelming. By reducing clutter, you create a more spacious and relaxing environment perfect for the warm months of summer.
2. Utilize Functional Pieces in Your Summer Home Decor
The easiest & most cost effective way to keep your home feeling cool and uncluttered for summer is to decorate with functional decor.
Functional decor utilizes the pieces you already have & use within your home, and then displaying them as decor! It not only adds character to your home but enhances the practicality of your living space as well.
Incorporate lightweight and versatile elements like a woven basket that can hold and organize summer essentials such as the supplies you need for an outdoor summer get-together.
Wall hooks or a peg rack are great for hanging towels, hats, bags, and food covers, keeping them easily accessible.
Examples of Functional Summer Home Decor
Here are just a few examples of functional summer home decor that can enhance both the aesthetics and practicality of your living space during the summer season.
- Woven Baskets
- Decorative Trays
- Old Fashioned Table Fans
- Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables
- Dinnerware & Glasses
- Wicker Food Covers
- Utensil Crocks
- Beach Bags
- Beach Hats
3. Open the Windows & Let Summer In
On cooler summer days, open the windows and let summer in!
Opening the windows brings in the sounds of nature, gentle breezes, and the smell of fresh cut grass creating a more peaceful and soothing atmosphere.
It’s amazing what a little fresh air can do for the soul.
4. Incorporate a Little Red, White, & Blue
Incorporating a little red, white, and blue into summer home decor is a fantastic way to infuse a little patriotic vibe into your home.
These colors evoke a sense of American pride and are synonymous with summer celebrations like Memorial Day and the 4th of July.
These DIY mini patriotic flags are a great way to add a little patriotic spirit to you home. You can find the tutorial on how to make these charming felt flags in this blog post.
A patriotic hanging door basket is another fun way to dress up your front door for summer with red & white flowers and blue ribbon. For the full tutorial on how to make a summer hanging door basket, visit this blog post.
You can also display large or small American flags throughout the inside or outside of your home. You can hang them on a mantle, shelf, or flagpole. Or, stick them in planters, urns, or pitchers for a beautiful display.
Regardless of how you decide to add pops of red, white, or blue to your home’s decor, you’ll love the cheerful and vibrant aesthetic it adds to your space.
5. Be Inspired by Nature
There is no better time to be inspired by nature than during the summer months. Using nature as inspiration for summer home decor brings a sense of tranquility and natural beauty into your home.
There is so much inspiration that can be found outside from the green landscapes full of blooming flowers, to the driftwood & seashells found along the beach.
I love to walk the woodline along our property, snip a few branches or weeds (yes, weeds can be beautiful too!), and add them to vase in our home. It adds a natural element to our summer home decor that is fresh, cozy, and beautiful because it came from our yard!
6. Use Decor You Already Have
When adding summer home decor to your home, it’s not always necessary to start from scratch.
Utilizing the decor you already have in your home can be a creative and cost-effective approach.
Take a look at your existing decor and find ways to incorporate summery elements. For instance, you can swap out heavier throws and pillows for lighter, brighter ones. Rearrange furniture to create a more open and breezy layout that maximizes natural light.
Consider repurposing items, such as glass jars or vases, to display seashells, beach stones, or colorful summer blooms. Add pops of seasonal colors through small accents like artwork, rugs, or table runners.
By utilizing what you already have, you not only save money but also give your space a personalized touch, infusing it with a summer vibe that seamlessly integrates with your existing decor.
7. Change Your Linens in Summer Home Decor
Changing your linens (blankets, pillow covers, bedding, kitchen towels, etc.) for summer is an important step in creating a comfortable and refreshing atmosphere in your home. There is nothing worse than sweating while you’re sitting on the couch or laying in bed.
Switch out heavy, winter linens and opt for lighter, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. These materials offer better air circulation, keeping you cool and comfortable during hot summer months.
For the coziest, breathable pillow, check out our new pillows from Marlow.
Also, make sure to choose crisp, light neutral hues to create a light and airy ambiance that complements your decor and the summer season.
By changing your linens to reflect summer, you not only enhance the visual appeal of your space but also prioritize your comfort, ensuring a restful & rejuvenating sleep during the hottest months.
8. Add in Fresh Seasonal Flowers
Add fresh, seasonal flowers to your summer home decor for color, scent, and natural beauty that captures the essence of summer.
Choose flowers that are in season and that bloom during the summer months to create simple or elaborate floral arrangements. Place them in vases or decorative pots and display them on dining tables, kitchen islands, nightstands, or even on a bathroom sink.
Examples of Seasonal Blooming Flowers Perfect for Summer Floral Arrangements
9. Savor the Flavors of Summer
What does summer taste like to you?
For me the flavors of summer include watermelon, blueberries, corn on the cob, ice tea, peaches, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and the list could go on and on!
One of the joys of summer, is providing the flavors of summer for your family to enjoy. Whatever tastes like summer to you, grab the ingredients and create memories with the food you serve and eat this season.
Display fresh seasonal produce on the counter for seasonal decor. You will be surprised at how much quicker fruits & veggies are eaten than when they’re hidden away in the refrigerator.
10. Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Lazy Days of Summer
Lastly and most importantly, don’t forget to embrace and enjoy the lazy days of summer.
Take time to slow down, relax, and savor the simple pleasures that this season brings, because truthfully summer doesn’t last long.
Set aside moments for outdoor lounging, whether it’s reading a book in a hammock, enjoying a picnic in the park, or simply basking in the warm sunlight by the pool.
Create cozy nooks in your home where you can unwind and appreciate the calmness of the season. Indulge in refreshing treats like ice cream or cold beverages to beat the heat. Allow yourself to disconnect from technology and immerse yourself in nature’s beauty, whether it’s a stroll on the beach, a hike in the woods, or watching a breathtaking sunset.
By cherishing the lazy days of summer, you cultivate a sense of relaxation, rejuvenation, and appreciation for the unhurried moments that make this season truly the most special.
View my google web story, 5 Summer Home Decor Ideas & 5 Relaxed Summer Home Decor Ideas.
More Summer Home Decor Ideas
Looking for more simple & beautiful summer home decor ideas? You may enjoy these other posts on the blog:
- How to Make a Summer Hanging Door Basket
- Summer Home Tour 2022
- Summer Bedroom Refresh
- Creative Ideas on How to Decorate With Baskets
- Simple Summer Patriotic Decor
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Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours
This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours. 28 talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each summer home tour by clicking the links below.
The Tattered Pew | Worthing Court | StoneGable
My Wee Abode | Southern Home and Hospitality | My Thrift Store Addiction
She Gave It a Go | Cottage In The Mitten | Eleanor Rose Home
Peacock Ridge Farm | Bricks n’ Blooms | Cottage On Bunker Hill
White Arrows Home | A Life Unfolding | Simply2Moms
WM Design House | White Lilac Farmhouse
The Ponds Farmhouse | Thistle Key Lane | Open Doors Open Hearts
Robyn’s French Nest | Cloches and Lavender | DIY Beautify
Pasha Is Home | My Family Thyme
Midwest Life and Style | Amy Sadler Designs
Thank you Rachel! The summer months go by way too fast!
Thank you Julie! Happy summer!
Thank you Michelle! Summer is such a special time!
What a LOVELY post!!! I so enjoyed reading this and scrolling through all of your beautiful photos. Summer is truly special…thanks so much for the reminder to slow down!!!
I always enjoy seeing your home, and I especially enjoy your photography, and I always learn something, Heidi! Love the tips you shared, and loved seeing your put the tips into action throughout your home! Pinned!
My childhood memories of summer are full of nostalgia too! Let the good times begin, your beautiful home is summer ready!
Thank you Cindy! I remember doing those things as well, summer is such a wonderful time of year!
Thank you Kim, happy summer!
Your post brought me back to my childhood. Lazy summer days swimming. Roasting marshmallows, fireflies and the ice cream truck.
Heidi, your home looks so pretty and all set for summer! I especially love your light weight curtains. They are so nice! Happy Summer!
Thank you Aliya, I appreciate your kinds words. Functional is my favorite decor too!!!
Hi Ethel! The white hydrangeas in this home tour were real. I am not sure of the variety, I typically buy cut hydrangeas from Trader Joe’s. They are very reasonably priced at $5.99/3 stems.
Heidi!!! I love all your tips for Summer decor!! My favorite is functional decor! That’s my go to always!! You’re gone feels so fresh Anna perfect for summer days!! ??
What is the name of the white hydrangea you display?
Is it real or faux?
Thank you Anne! Summer is such a fun season to decorate for!
Thank you Kelly! It’s such a wonderful time of year. Happy summer!
Those are such great memories Cindy! If we only knew to savor those lazy days of summer as children!!!
Heidi, your home looks gorgeous and so perfectly decorated for summer! I love all of the little touches of red, white, and blue that you’ve added throughout your space, so pretty!
Heidi I loved your post full of so many good ideas! I too feel a special connection to summer. I love the carefree feelings it evokes. Thanks for sharing your post with us today. Have a great weekend!
My memories of summer are always being in the pool, at the beach or eating popsicles under large shady trees and riding our bikes from dawn until the street lights came on. Gosh, those were the good ol’ days. Love every one of your ideas and tips to keep things relaxed and uncluttered. Such a beautiful home and all the extra ribbons on things make me smile. Happy Summer Heidi!
Thank you Jennifer! Happy summer!
Thank you Laura!
Thank you Rachel!
Thank you Tammy! I hope you have a great summer!
Everything looks so pretty Heidi! Beautiful job as always!!
What a lovely tour!
I love all your great summer decorating ideas.
Your home is so fresh and crisp for the summer. I really enjoyed your home tour today.
Thank you Brendt! I hope you have an amazing summer!
Hey Heidi, Your summer home decor ideas are amazing! You gave me lots of tips-it was so inspiring! I had so much fun being on this blog tour with you. Here’s to a great summer!
Your home is so beautiful. I love the calm and restful feeling. Perfect for summer. Hugs to you.
Thank you Cecilia! Decorating for summer is so fun!
Heidi, your summer home decor is gorgeous and I love the subtle pops of color you’ve added. White hydrangeas are one of my favorites, too. Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction