When the temperature rises, it can be time to give your home a refresh to get ready to keep your family cool and to host guests for summer entertaining. If you are like most homeowners, you’ll want to give your space a fresh look while keeping within a budget — with changes that you don’t need to hire a contractor to make. We’ve taken the guesswork out of updating your summer decor with a checklist that can apply to homes of all sizes. Whether you just want a summer update or are preparing to sell your home fast, these upgrades can easily apply to houses of all sizes.
Declutter and simplify
The first step with any home decor update is to go through what you have and get rid of clutter. It could be that what your home needs more than adding new pieces is to take away what is weighing your home down. You can follow the lead of Marie Kondo and the KonMari method by holding on to only those items that spark joy. That might mean saying goodbye to chipped coffee cups, faded pillows, or magazines that have been collecting dust on a shelf. If you haven’t used something in more than a year and it doesn’t have any sentimental value, you’ll want to think seriously about whether you really need it in your house.
Pick a fresh color palette
Adding color to your home can give it a refresh any time of year. For summer, you can take a cue from resorts and the beach to opt for white, navy, or sea green. You can repaint an entire room or pick an accent wall in a hallway, your living room, or the kitchen. Putting a slipcover on your couch in white or another light neutral, replacing curtains with blinds, or adding nautical striped pillows or other summer prints can give your home an easy summer update.
Nothing says summer more than spending time in the great outdoors. By bringing some green inside, you can add fresh energy and more oxygen to your home. If you don’t have a green thumb, consider adding low-maintenance air plants that you can hang from almost anywhere, such as from the ceiling or on a wall. This update can even be as simple as putting a bowl of fresh fruit on your kitchen table or dining table.
Use your outdoor space
If you’ve neglected your backyard or patio or are moving into a new home, now is the time to make use of it intentionally. Getting your outdoor space ready for the summer means more than bringing a table and chairs outside; you can make this area of your home a living room in its own right. Some additions to consider are adding an all-weather outdoor rug, putting colorful cushions on your chairs, or adding oversized outdoor furniture that you can lounge in. Putting up decorative string lights can make it easier to enjoy your outdoor living room day and night.
With a few summer updates for your home, you can create your own staycation sanctuary for your family and guests.