I love to change up my decoration to match the seasons, and create an entirely new feel in my home. In winter, I want to feel warm and cosy, but in summer i wish to let the light in and enjoy the weather!
As you may know, I’m currently working on my nature house project. Although we’re not all the way there yet, it got me thinking about ways I can make my home feel inviting for the season.
I can’t get enough of nature, so of course I’d include patterns that make me think of wildlife and beautiful plants. Of course, you can have too much of a good thing. I’d use simple patterns with details such as leaves or butterflies in small areas of the house. A wall decal with a floral pattern would look fantastic on a feature wall.
I’d also use summer patterns on other areas, such as for a decorative table runner in the dining room. Small things like these I can switch and change with the season.
I’d also change the art displayed in my home too. I suggest picking bright, abstract floral paintings. The colour would instantly give the room a lift!
Flowers immediately remind me of summer. There are so many fantastic varieties that you don’t get a chance to see when it’s cooler. I enjoy having the opportunity bring nature indoors and to decorate my rooms with flowers. If you’re not green-fingered, try ordering flowers from a site like SerenataFlowers.com. If you order fresh flowers, you can spend more time thinking about the vases you can use!
I often switch flower vases depending on the season. You could even redecorate them depending on the weather or even your mood! Vases are easy to decorate and paint. You could glue things to them such as shells to make them remind you of the beach. I’d even try an ombre effect on white vases so that I get to use some bright colours.
For outdoor plant pots, I’d decorate them with abstract patterned materials by using mod podge. Mod podge helps you to seal materials so that you can use beautiful fabrics outside. This way, you can cover your boring terracotta plant pots with colours and patterns that make you think of summer.
Centrepieces can turn your table into a work of art. It’s possible to make your centrepiece so that it’s unique to your home. I’d use a mixture of dried flowers, fresh flowers, candles, painted branches, shells and beads to create something spectacular.
Remember, if you do plan on making a centrepiece for your table, don’t let it get too big. I know it’s easy to get carried away but you don’t want to overpower your room. If you have a large room and a large table you can dare to big. If not, you may just end up making a room feel crowded.
I think this is one of the most exciting parts of summer. Knowing that you’ll be spending lots of time in the garden. There are so many options to choose from for gorgeous outdoor furniture. There’s no excuse just to have a couple of plastic chairs!
For summer, I love the idea of being able to sit under a canopy on a beautiful wicker chair. I’d decorate it with cushions made from the summer patterns I mentioned earlier.
A hammock is also a good idea for creating spaces in the garden for summer lounging. If you don’t have anywhere you can tie your hammock to, you can opt for a free-standing one for the same effect.
The idea of making garden furniture from logs also appeals to me. You can create one-of-a-kind pieces of garden furniture quite easily. Stubs of tree trunks can make seats and logs can make tables, chairs and more. Let your imagination run wild.
Lighting is important in summer as you spend so much time outdoors. There are almost too many options for summer outdoor lighting! Instead of buying lights, I’d like to have a go at making my decorative lighting. There are two simple options that I love for a candlelit garden.
The first is to paint clean, tin cans (the kind you get food in can work for this) in bright, bold colours. Next I’d use a drill to pierce holes in a pattern around the can. Then all I have to do is add my tea lights and place them around the garden! The candle light will shine through the holes creating a magic summer evening feel.
The other idea is to use mason jars. If you buy anything that comes in a mason jar, save it as they are so useful for many crafts. I’d decorate my mason jars with lace, ribbon and perhaps even glitter spray paint. Like the tin can idea, the mason jars will create an exciting effect. It all depends on the material or colours you use to decorate the outside.
I think both of these ideas are perfect for summer garden parties. You can make them in a jiffy with minimal effort so they are ideal for busy people.
For electrical lighting, I like the idea of decorating strings of fairy lights with different sized shells. It’s also a good excuse to spend a day at the beach so you can collect interesting shells.
When I think of decorating for summer, I’m often inspired by the scents and smells of the seasons. For an added layer of summer, decor, I’d use floral fragrances or scents that remind me of the sea. This way, when you get home, all your sense are full of summer scents, making it hard not to be happy!
You could add summer scents to your home by using candles, essential oils or potpourri. I might even try to make a summer fragrance with different essential oils. My home would smell incredible.
There are many more ideas out there that I’m sure will inspire my decorating efforts this summer. If you have any interesting ideas I’ve not thought of, please leave a comment and let me know.