Best tips and tricks to create gorgeous summertime decor
Well, Friends, summer is finally here. And with it, summer fun. But before the parties begin it’s time to get your summertime decor looking fresh and inspired. Jodie and I definitely entertain more in the summer. All the more reason we love to get our homes looking their best and ready for impromptu summer gatherings. We are delighted to be joining a stellar group of talented bloggers for a special Summer Decor Blog Tour. If you have seen some of the other homes on the tour, then we know your creative juices are already flowing. Well, there’s lots more to enjoy, so let’s continue the summer inspiration tour.
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Clear Away the Old to Make Way for the New
First things first, as with any restyle you’ll want to look around and begin removing decor. Put away anything that you are tired of, or that speaks to you of a cozier, winter feel. Here are some ideas of what to remove:
- heavier throws
- leftover springtime decor that no longer works, i.e. bunnies or Easter decor
- anything that might clash with your new color scheme
- anything you are simply tired of
Choose Your Color Scheme
Next, it’s time to brainstorm your color scheme. This will really help you to narrow down more things to put away. It’s important to clear away room in your spaces for two obvious reasons: you don’t want to keep adding and make it too cluttered and also it frees up the space to allow your creativity to expand. With an already decorated room it’s hard to think and imagine.
Jodie chose a neutral palette with varying shades of blue that play off each other. Blues are repeated in her accent pillows, her vintage blue glass jugs, a throw, and her dining room accent wall. The wall below is Dunn-Edwards Deepest Blue. For more about Jodie’s inspiration behind this BOLD color choice read about it in our blog post Painting Adventures.
She also added metal accents in shades of rose gold, copper and gold to really make it all sizzle.
Choose Your Mood
Jodie chose an overriding theme of tropical, with elements of coastal and boho. It is a casual, summertime feel that is elevated by gold accents. Tropical patterns and textures often associated with outdoor living are brought inside.
- wicker tray
- rattan furniture
- woven wall art
- fern and palm patterned pillows
- plants: an indoor palm tree, snake plants & flowers
It’s fun to blend casual elements with dressier elements to create your own unique fusion. Long ago it was in style to have everything match. Today the art IS in the mix. The more creative you can get the more exciting a space feels, so embrace incorporating a variety of styles and have fun with your decor.
Summertime Decor: Boho Style
Boho or bohemian style is characterized by the use of the following elements:
- natural materials & fibers
- macrame, woven art
- world vibe: art and decor from around the world
- bold hues
- mixing prints
Jodie updated her living room with pops of gold. She used this spectacular gold circular tray as the center piece. She softened the look of the large black coffee table by covering a large portion of the black with this creamy white Tibetan fur accent piece (which can be used as a rug or a throw). The texture of the fur adds interest as well as brightening the room. It has a luxurious look and is a beautiful frame to highlight the centerpiece. A geometric pair of modern planters house colorful faux succulents, adding an organic feel to the space.
Mix textures, patterns, and colors against a neutral background for easy updates year-round. Jodie chose blue and white pillows to accent softly against her neutral couch and pillows. The leaf patterns on the new throw pillows give a fresh summertime feel. The geometric pattern of her new throw adds interest and texture.
Summertime Decor: Gold is Back
If you haven’t noticed already, gold is back, and better than ever. All design trends are cyclical. They come and go in varying cycles. Whether you are talking clothing or home decor, wait long enough and any past trend will eventually have its resurgence. If you love gold, then embrace it now, and for as long as you like. Design trends are simply ideas for your approval. Grab what you love, leave what doesn’t appeal to you, and make it all work for your own personal design aesthetic.
I have always loved gold. Gold jewelry, gold accents, so this return to gold is extra fun for me. Jodie is embracing it as well, and I love to see it. She recently acquired this incredible garden stool that I am head over heels over. The shape of the garden stool takes its origin from the outdoors and is a way to bring the feel of the outdoors in. This brilliant gold color adds a wallop of drama to her room. Pops of gold make this room SIZZLE.
Summertime Decor: Bedroom Updates
You can see how Jodie has taken some of the same new decor items and simply moved them into her bedroom. Obviously, these items won’t be staying long-term in BOTH rooms, but she wanted to show you how easy it is to swap out decor items from one room to the next when you’re in the mood for a change.
Sometimes simple and elegant, rustic and glam, old and new just work.
Casual Summertime Decor for the Family room
Jodie took this relaxed tropical theme to another level when she added this rattan chandelier from Ikea. It was inexpensive enough to use just for the season, but regardless of price it’s a statement piece that really adds to the casual summer style she wanted to create.
No matter your decor style updating for the seasons is a great way to gently evolve your decor. Swapping our a few decor elements can be a fast and easy way to make your home feel new and in line with the seasons. Summer is a great time to add different textures or a new color palette. Give your rooms a bright new feel by introducing throw pillows, art, trays, candles, throws, and plants. We hope our ideas and photos have given you inspiration to create your own summertime decor updates.
We hope you will enjoy all of the blogs along the tour. Grab a cup of coffee, follow the links and enjoy.
Janine Happy Happy Nester
Kim & Lacey Styled with Lace
Joan 2 Ladies and a Chair
Kathleen Lindsay Hill Interiors
Tamara Citrine Living
Liz Home & Fabulous
Loi Tone on Tone
Sheila Maison de Cinq
Julie & Jodie The Design Twins
Gloribell I Don’t Know How She Does It
Amie Meme Hill Studios