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Shuffling around the living room to make space for the latest summer home decor is one of my favorite ways to mark the start of the season. Sometimes, the changes are small—a new scented candle here and a fresh bunch of greenery there. Other times, they’re more noticeable, like a new throw pillow for the couch or an art piece for the bathroom.
Come summertime, it’s all about lightening things up with linens, florals, woven textures, and cheerful accessories. The goal is for our homes to match the mood we’re in when the sun is shining and a margarita’s in one hand. Of course, the big investments like couches, rugs, and window treatments often remain untouched. But there are plenty of little ways to bring in nods to the warmer weather and make a home feel brand-new with decor. Below, we’ve rounded up 25 summer home decor items to make the most of the season.
Patterned Throw Pillows
Adding patterns is a foolproof way to bring energy to your home, and with longer days and plenty of time outdoors ahead, that’s just the vibe we’re after. Try swapping in a patterned pillow or two on your living room couch for some extra zest.
Experts say grandmillennial home decor is one of the top trends this year, which means we are happily embracing florals. Catch us in floral printed bed sheets like Kathleen Kelly in her UWS apartment in You’ve Got Mail until further notice. Don’t worry if floral patterns aren’t your thing, though. There are plenty of other dreamy, lightweight summer bedding options that will give your boudoir an instant refresh.
If a room in your house feels gloomy or unfinished, just add a plant! I used to think faux plants were a no, but by my third dead fern, I decided to embrace them, and I’ve never looked back. Pro tip: Make sure to style and zhush the branches to make them look as authentic as possible.
Art and Accessories
A few extra special accessories, like a framed art print with a summer scene or a hand-painted vase for fresh flowers, can truly transform your space into a summery oasis. Focus your attention on surfaces like coffee tables or bookshelves, which are often a focal point in the room.
Festive Tabletop Decor
Summer is high time for entertaining, and we plan to make it special with a few summery additions to our tabletop decor. All of these versatile pieces are perfectly in tune with warm-weather seasons, but you can also mix them up and use them year-round to get the most bang for your buck.