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Expert Summer Home Decorating Tips
Summer decorating is full of endless possibilities.
Summer decorating is full of endless possibilities, and warmer temperatures provide the perfect excuse to update your indoor and outdoor décor. The secret to great summer home design is an inviting porch, clean windows and surfaces, nature-inspired décor, bright colors and light fabrics. Makeover your home today with these expert summer home décor tips.
Start with a Clean Slate
First things first. You would never want to decorate a dirty home, so make sure you’ve done a deep spring cleaning around your house before you get started on summer decorating.
Put Your Best Porch Forward
A beautifully maintained exterior can make a huge impact on the overall aesthetics of your home. Wipe away loose dirt and grime with a mixture of mild-soap and warm water, and sweep the front porch to make it look clean and welcoming. Add pops of color with a freshly painted front door, flowers, throw pillows or new porch furniture.
Let Nature Inspire You
Farmers market shoppers know that out of all of the seasons, summer is the one bursting with the most nature’s bounty. Stop by your local farmers market to gain inspiration for how you might use natural elements in your home décor scheme. Collect sunflowers, zinnias, and other summer flowers for bouquets. Instead of storing produce in the pantry, consider putting them on display in a decorative bowl.
If fall and winter are an exercise in décor addition, with the incorporation of holiday and cold weather season accoutrements, summer is all about subtraction. Round up heavy throws, extra pillows, and any nonessential décor items and place in storage until it’s time to bring them back out again. This will help your home stay fresh and clutter free for the summer season.
One simple way to make your home match the warmth and brightness of the summer season is to shift the shades of your home’s interior elements. Swap dark décor for bright or white placemats, throw pillows and rugs. Soft blue and green shades can provide the perfect palette for an ocean-inspired look.
Rethink Furniture Arrangement
Most of us arrange our furniture around the fireplace or television set. Consider rearranging your living room layout around the nearest set of windows or patio doors during the summer months. This will give your space a new focal point and allow you to focus on the natural beauty of the summer season. To complete the fresh look, trade heavy curtains for light and airy sheer draping.
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