Ideas to add a summer flare to your home

Ideas to add a summer flare to your home

Get your summer fix by brightening up your home with these stunning decor ideas that ooze warmth and cheer.

Now that it's officially mid-May, summer is just around the corner. Get ready to dress your home up for the season and discover some of our decorating ideas that'll lighten the look of your home.

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1. Keep it light, with white

Throughout summer, the days get longer and a lot brighter which means we get much more natural light. From walls to furniture, white decor will invite as much light into a room as possible. Being a reflective colour, white tones allow light to really fill the room as well.

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2. Introduce citrus

Because citrus is clean, refreshing, fragrant and visually appealing, a hot summers day naturally improves with it. As simple as it may seem, decorating with a bowl of fruits does wonders to make the space feel brighter and more summery.

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3. Add a bar cart

The summer season is the time for entertaining, whether it’s outside or inside. Adding a bar cart will not only keep everything you need to get a party started well stocked, but it will also add extra pizazz to your space.

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4. Summer mantel

Bring your summer memories to home by creating a summer mantelpiece. For a classic look add photo frames, buntings and plants. However, to really embrace the season, place some sea glass vases, a framed starfish, or a jar layered with sand, shells and driftwood to give a little shout-out to a beach vacation.

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5. Try a nautical theme

On that note, decorating your home with a nautical theme elevates it to a coastal setting. The simple hues of seaside colours such as blues, whites and greys add a laidback charm to your interior space. Adding some accessories like a beach tote or hats give a complete just-got-back-from-the-beach look.

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6. Bedroom makeover

If you don’t want to tweak the look of your living space or kitchen this summer, then target your bedroom. Swap out your heavier bedding with linen sheets and pillowcases for a breezy feel. Match the theme with some white lamp shades, warm lights and bold decorative pieces such as a yellow throw. If you want to compliment that pop of colour, add a natural jute rug.

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7. Summery study

Your little study corner or home office deserves that flare of summer as well. Although the classic dark wood and earthy tone combinations are ideal for a library setting, you can brighten up the room with flowers, colourful book boxes and use white wall paper to give the bookshelves a fresh feel.

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8. Decorate with patterns

Adding patterns is a great way to revive a room for the warmer months. Energising colours such as greens, blues and yellows or flowers and plant motifs are packed full of summer inspiration. Try swapping your cushion covers or rugs for striped, floral or geometric designs to make your scheme more vivid.

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9. Picture sunny scenes

Are you looking at a bare wall all day? Look to inject summer with artwork, finding season-inspired pieces on your walls. If you are missing sun, sea and sand right now, opt for dreamy photography or paintings of a beautiful beach scene or tropical poolside.

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10. Lay a pretty table

A colourful, relaxed and fun summer dining table is another small décor update to honour the season. Create a beautiful setting for a summer tea party by layering up patterned linen, coloured glassware and plenty of fresh flowers.