9 Summer Decor Ideas to Cool Down and Freshen Up Your Home
Sprucing up your space for the summer doesn’t have to involve a hefty budget or a ton of your time. Sometimes the tiniest tweaks—such as swapping in lightweight throw pillows or incorporating breezy, organic textures—can make your home instantly feel more fresh and “of the season.” Plus, when you subtly reinvent your space it helps you fall in love with it all over again. “When the birds start chirping and the bulbs start emerging, I know it’s time to think about updating my home for spring,” says Ami McKay, president and principal designer of Pure Design. “For example, just last week an artist came in and applied a lime wash to my living room walls, inspiring me to tidy up and rearrange my furniture.”
Not quite sure where to start? Follow these interior designer tips on how to make your home feel cool and fresh all summer long.
Put Heavy Blankets in Storage
Heavy cable knit throws and thick blankets feel cozy in autumn and winter, but they’re likely unnecessary in the warmer months. Tuck them away through summer. And if you like the feeling of cuddling up with a blanket, then consider swapping in a lighter muslin or linen throw. In addition to lightweight textiles, McKay says to choose lighter colors, since this visually helps make a space feel cooler.
Bring In Fresh Greenery
“One of my favorite ways to welcome a new season is to update accessories and bring in fresh, seasonal greenery,” notes interior designer Heather Fujikawa. “Because the kitchen is one of the most high-traffic areas in your home, sprucing up this space will really make a difference in your day to day by giving it some simple seasonal updates.” You can also place fresh greenery on your entryway table or in the bedroom. Along with adding color and a sense of earthiness, fresh florals or greenery can also help freshen the scent in your home.
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