7 Ways to Freshen Up Your Home for Summer

Summer is rolling in, and the warm days are getting longer. It’s the perfect time to freshen up your interior and upgrade your decor for the summer. A few simple tweaks and you’ll be lounging in an exquisitely curated room that feels like it jumped out of Architectural Digest.

1. More Plants, Please

Summer is the season for bringing the outdoors in. Create a garden-like aesthetic by adding a few potted, hanging, and decorative plants to your interiors. While succulents and tropical Monsterras tend to be easy to manage and low-maintenance, we’re starting to lean toward native plants and florals. Local plant varietals require a little extra TLC, but they offer stunning leaf designs and refreshing scents that are sure to elevate your space.

2. Breezy Fabrics

It’s time to swap out your cozy blankets, sheets, and throws for something lighter. Fabrics like cotton voile, flax linen, and bamboo will keep you cool through the steamy summer months and can be elegantly layered for a shabby chic feel. Highlight the delicate summer breeze by hanging sheer silk curtains over your windows and french doors. This dreamy decor trend will make you feel like you’re on a Grecian holiday.

3. Embrace Raw, Natural Elements

While natural textures and decor elements have been in style for a while, it’s never too late to fully embrace the trend. Whether you’re remodeling, or you want to revamp your space for the season, highlight textures and mediums that speak to you. Do you like natural wood? Try a live-edge coffee table. Or if you prefer the look of distressed copper, add a pendant or two above your kitchen island.

4. Go Minimal

Minimalism isn’t going anywhere, in fact, it’s a growing trend that is destined to pick up speed in the coming years. If you spent April-June ‘spring cleaning’ then this is an easy one! Do your best to only keep what you absolutely need, and recycle or Goodwill the rest. A good rule of thumb is to get rid of anything you haven’t touched in at least six months. This helps free up space in your home and gives off a fresh, uncluttered feel that your mental health will thank you for.

5. The Season of Sage

Sage green is the color of the season according to Forbes Magazine, and we couldn’t be more on board. This versatile color emphasizes the natural beauty of nature and goes with just about everything. Go bold and paint an accent wall, or simply incorporate some accessories that tie this color into your interior.

6. Source Sustainable, Handmade Items

Give back to local artisans and craftsmen by purchasing handmade decor pieces. Not only will you find more unique statement pieces, but you’ll also play an important role in supporting small businesses. Browse a large selection of pottery and woven textiles on Etsy for inspiration.

7. Supersized Abstract Art

If you have an empty wall or space that could use a little ‘oomph,’ try picking out an interesting piece of abstract art. Take advantage of bright colors and extravagant textures, or stay muted and chic with natural tones—the choice is yours. Either way, a statement piece, like the one pictured above, is sure to be a conversation starter with your guests.

We hope you enjoy these design tips and inspiration for summer decor. If you’re planning to switch up the entire vibe and move to a new home, check out our website to browse through our contemporary Southern California neighborhoods.

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