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Make Summer Not a Bummer: Easy Ways to Bring the Vacation Vibes Home

Ok, so your vacation this summer got cancelled. (Ours, too.) But that doesn’t mean you can’t still take some time away from work to relax and recharge! In fact, we quite recommend it. But before you do, may we suggest adding some vacation vibes into your home to help your staycation feel more special?

Bringing some vacation-inspired decor into your home will help set the tone for some serious relaxing. And, even better, this decor can stick around long after your staycation ends. So, even on evenings and weekends you can enjoy the vacation vibes and get a little better at disconnecting from work after hours. This might be a summer unlike any we’ve had before, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it!

To help you get in vacation mode, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite summer decor ideas. They’ll help you bring those vacation vibes into your home and help you truly enjoy a summer at home!

Embrace Summer Colors

Looking for simple summer decorating ideas? Create a bold and colorful bedroom design by adding pops of summery, bright colors to your space. Bring in the color through artwork—swapping out existing artwork, prints, and wall decor for inspiring pieces in summer-inspired tones. Then, add throw pillows in bright colors that draw out and tie in with the colors from your new artwork. This will help give your space a cheerful, cohesive look.

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Destination Dining

You’re probably not eating out much this summer—so why not create a summer dining destination at home! For bright and cheery summer dining, we recommend creating a fun little breakfast nook. A cafe table or just a simple round table, paired with a few chairs and a bench are a perfect start. Put away any heavy decor or dark colors, and replace them with light colors and summer-inspired decorations, like candles in summery scents and cheerful yellow decor.

Then, add plants (real or faux) and nature-inspired decor—dried pampas grass and hanging plants are two of our favorites for summer decoration. You could even buy a bouquet of flowers each week for some fresh added color and a special touch. Then, be sure to open your curtains and blinds to let in loads of natural light. With that, your breakfast nook will go from just another place to eat to your staycation paradise!

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Swing Time

Create a unique summer reading area by hanging an indoor swing. The one pictured above is just like a swing you’d find at a beach resort or by a pool! Consider putting it in a sunroom, your entryway, or another cozy corner of your home. Just make sure it’s in a sunny spot so you can soak in all that vitamin D as you read!

For the summer decorations around the swing, add in pops of cheerful colors—like blue, yellow, or teal. Put textural baskets nearby to stack all your fave summer reads, then add a lamp for added reading light. Just make sure to keep the space clutter-free, as it’s now an area of your home designated for pure relaxation!

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An At-Home Jungle

Craving a tropical getaway? Create an indoor vertical plant garden to bring some of those tropical vibes home! Simply remove some of the decor from your existing bookcase or shelves, and add in plants instead. You can mix faux and real plants, or go all faux if you love the look but don’t have a green thumb. Go with whatever plants suit your fancy. But if you want to add tropical plants for a jungle vibe, just make sure your climate and environment is conducive to the plants you add.

Bringing the outside in like this gives your home a jungle vibe, helping you feel like you’re on vacation. You can also supplement the plants with staycation decor that aids in plant care—like a sculptural metallic watering can, books about plant care, and a plant mister.

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That Hotel Feeling

Do you miss the feeling of sleeping at a hotel, where everything has its place and all there is for you to do is relax? Well, we say make your bedroom into a resort oasis! Start by decluttering, so you only have the essentials in your space. Then add plush new bedding to give your space a fresh feel, and go for a soothing, muted color palette.

Consider adding luxury items to your nightstand—like a new hand lotion, essential oils, a summery new candle, or a basket or bowl to put jewelry or lip balm. Then, add botanicals or other natural items to really drive home the hotel resort feel. Finally, let all the natural light in, for a sun-washed space. Because, lighting sets the mood for relaxation!

Bring The Destination To You

If you were supposed to go on an international trip this year but now you can’t, bring the vacation to your home! By adding in patterns and textures through your decor, you can create a global-inspired feel.

Some of our favorite summer-ready living room ideas for adding a global vibe to your space are incorporating pieces like the Morroccan patchwork pouf, eclectic boho pillows, and tiger rug pictured above. Layers of textiles in global patterns and bright colors create a feeling of being at your vacation destination. This will add new life to your space in a fun but still practical way.

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At-Home Happy Hour

This summer calls for cocktail hour at home. So, drag your bar cart to a sunny corner of your home—or even out onto a porch—and create a drink-mixing station! Revamp and restock your bar cart with some of your favorite summer drinks and mixers. To give the whole set-up a facelift, get new glasses and decor, incorporate some plants, and perhaps add a pitcher for summer sangria?

And don’t forget to add lively colors and decorations for summer around your bar cart—like the tassel garland and citrus-inspired rug, pictured above! This will help your bar area feel like a party all the time, so you have a fun and festive space to hang out all summer long!

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Relaxation Zone

Since most of us are still working from home, it’s imperative to designate an area of your home for relaxation. Carve out a sun-filled corner of your bedroom or living room to create a makeshift sunroom! Add a lounge chair and pouf in a space with plenty of natural light, then layer in plants and beach-inspired decor for a tropical beach feel. (Pieces made of natural materials and in natural textures are ideal!) Remove clutter and visual distractions to make it a total relaxation zone. Now, turn off your work email and start relaxing!

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Summer-Inspired Accents

Want some summer decorating ideas you can incorporate throughout your home? Simply add summer-inspired decor accents in each room! Hang up some artwork with summer scenes or beachy landscapes. Set a pink flamingo statue on your nightstand or a shelf. Incorporate natural textures and cheerful colors through pillows, throws, rugs, and decor. Add a few extra plants to your home for some lush texture and color. (We’re big fans of Bird of Paradise plants, with their huge leaves and tropical vibes!)

Summer decorations and accents can be relatively inexpensive—so they’re a great and easy way to spruce up your home and add a little excitement to any space!

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15 Ways to Refresh Your Home For Summer

decor ideas for summerNow that summer is here, it’s time to swap out those heavy layers at home to make way for brighter, airier rooms. Many people actually switch up their home decor with every new season—from adding more colorful pillows to even switching up their furnishings. But if you’re looking for decor ideas for summer that won’t require a full home makeover we’ve got you covered.

Ready for some simple ways to turn your interiors from cozy and cuddly to breezy and oh-so relaxing? We’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite decor ideas for summer that are sure to do the trick!

5 Simple Ways to Freshen Up Your Spaces

1. Bring in plants and blooms

Nothing beats a healthy dose of leafy greenery and fresh flowers for giving your home an airy look and feel. Spread them across rooms on counters, windowsills, and side tables for a pop of color that also brings the outdoors in.

2. Pull back those curtains

One of the easiest (and cheapest)decor ideas for summer, open your windows and let in the sunlight! This is an easy way to lighten and brighten your rooms and make them appear more spacious and open.

3. Array scented candles

Just as you would during the winter, add candles that have a light, fresh scent throughout your home—think kitchen counter, bathroom, bedside table, and even your fireplace mantel.

4. Hang art with summer vibes

Be it an ocean landscape painting or beach photographs, adding art that’s evocative of the season will create a relaxed focal point that eases up a space and expands the view in a room.

5. Make mirror magic

Add a large mirror to any room to help reflect more light and create an illusion of more space. On a smaller scale, mirrored pieces (like side tables or decorative objects) can also help spread light and add a touch of glimmer to your space.

5 Great Textures To Bring In for Summer

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1. Go for Natural Fiber

There’s no arguing that a natural fiber option is the top choice for a summer rug that’s both durable and stylish. The tight texture gives it an overall relaxed look and feel. Find the right one for your space with our natural fiber rug guide.

2. Work in woven accents

Opt for furnishings and accents that embrace classic summer textures, such as rattan and wicker. Traditionally used in indoor-outdoor verandas, these materials have a way of conjuring up a home in the tropics. One of our favorite wicker and rattan-rocking spaces? Blanche’s bedroom from Golden Girls.

3. Lean into linen

There’s a reason this is the fabric of choice for summer. Linen is light and breathable and it gets softer with use, which makes it ideal for hot summer days. One of our favorite decor ideas for summer, swap in linen pillows, throws, bedding, and even slipcovers for seats as you shed those heavier winter layers.

4. Opt for light woods

Whitewashed or weathered woods have major beach-house appeal. Try a distressed wood side table or a white-painted bench or cabinet, which will balance out spaces with a laid-back vibe.

5. Look for clear pieces

Okay, it’s not exactly a texture but transparent materials like glass and acrylic are great especially if you want to make a small space feel more open. Try adding an acrylic coffee table or a glass dining table. Even in a large room, these pieces can minimize visual clutter while also adding a modern edge.

5 Color Ideas to Brighten Your Rooms

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1. Play up blue and white

This classic color combo is both timeless and relaxed and will instantly infuse your rooms with a nautical vibe. Go big with an area rug or keep to small updates like pillows for a nice, crisp pop.

2. Max out with pastels

Love color but aren’t sure about turning up the brightness? Try layering in easy pastel hues, from soothing blues to pale pinks and soft greens. Whether in your pillows, a rug, or small accents, these delicate hues may be subtle but when combined they can pack a visual punch that’s just right.

3. Keep to natural wood tones

Wood pieces that reveal natural graining capture that perfect rustic summer look. Make sure to keep an eye out for natural woods and nubby details for a touch of rich texture.

4. Pops of yellow

Bright colors like yellow can easily feel like a visual overload in a room, so use it strategically in small accents for a nice punch. A sunny-hued sofa, pillows, or even a simple vase can go along way to brighten up any neutral space.

5. Seek out multicolor stripes

It’s a pattern that never goes out of style—and is always one of the winning decor ideas for summer. Look for pieces with stripes in lots of different colors, such as the upholstery or cushion of an armchair, a rug, throw pillows, or a pouf, which will usher in the lively colors of summer.

 

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