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5 Simple Summer Decorating Ideas

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Easy ways to add summer touches to your home.

white peonies in a white pitcher

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Now that the kids are out of school (or close to it) and warmer temps are finally here to stay, it’s time to start getting the house ready for summer. In our house, I like to change out the decor for each season. Nothing too complicated. Just accents here and there. 

If you’re ready to make your home feel more summery, here are a few simple ways you can do it.

Simple Summer Decorating Ideas

1. Summer table setting

red zinnias in white milk glass vases

Go patriotic and add a bit of red, white, and blue to the table for summer. These stonewashed placemats would also mix well with green or yellow. 

red striped napkin on a white plate and blue stonewashed placemat

Make any dinner feel special by adding some summery red striped napkins with nautical braided jute napkin rings.

2. Blue and White Accents

blue willow dishes and white ironstone in an antique oak hutch

Blue and white is classic any time of the year, but especially in summer. 

blue willow dishes and white ironstone with vintage copper

You can often find blue and white dishes and decor at thrift shops and yard sales for next to nothing. And ETSY is always a great resource for secondhand items dishes and pitchers. No standing in line or scavenger hunting required there. 

blue and white dishes

For more ideas on using blue and white decor, go HERE.

3. Use Flowers and Plants Inside

blue hydrangeas with white ironstone

Got a pretty bush blooming in your yard? Snip some branches and blooms and bring them inside to add instant charm. I love to decorate with flowers all year, but it’s especially nice in the summer.

lavender bundle and sunflowers in a white enamel pitcher

Sunflowers and lavender bunches are such beautiful summer flowers and are wonderful home accents too. I got these sunflowers at the grocery store and simply trimmed them a little and then plopped them into a pretty white pitcher.

red flowers in milk glass vases on a wood pedestal

For a simple centerpiece, group some vintage milk glass vases together and add flowers to them. Elevate them on a wood pedestal or place them on a wooden bread board for a bit more of an impact. 

flowers in white milk glass vases grouped together as a centerpiece

4. Spruce up outdoor spaces

outdoor table setting

Don’t forget your outdoor spaces. For casual al fresco dining, use a lightweight tablecloth with summer colors, fresh flowers, and blue and white dishes. 

white enamel utensil caddy with vintage silver and a tiered galvanized serving tray

Set up an informal, simple serving area with a tiered tray and utensil caddy

white wicker table with outdoor summer decor

5. Outdoor flowers and plants

vintage radio flyer red wagon with summer flowers

Give your guests a summer welcome by adding lush ferns and colorful flowers at your entry.

vintage red radio flyer wagon with summer flowers and vintage olive bucket

Add vintage charm by using a red wagon or vintage olive bucket for your flowers.

vintage metal file folder box with succulents

Or be a little different and add some succulents to a vintage file box. For a little summer dash of color, set out some vintage wooden croquet balls.

white Adirondack chairs with outdoor pillows and summer decor

For a pop of color and style, add some outdoor pillows to classic white Adirondack chairs.

DIY driftwood succulent planter

Got 30 minutes? You can make a simple driftwood succulent planter. See how I made this one HERE.

What are some simple ways you get your house ready for summer? Share your ideas in the comments below.


summer decorating ideas

For ideas on decorating with blue and white, go HERE.

ideas for decorating with blue and white

Go HERE to see my super simple way to dry hydrangea blossoms. 

dried hydrangeas

Go HERE to see lots of fun ways to display your flowers.

colorful flowers in a variety of containers

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