With temperatures rising and summer entertaining in full swing, everyone is updating their style for the season. But why stop with a wardrobe refresh? Summer is such a huge season for hosting that it’s important to create a space that is inviting to complement the fresh and bright weather. Your grill is out and your patio furniture arranged just so, but what about the living areas inside your home? Here at MySavvyWay, we’ve come up with 5 stylish ways to lighten and brighten your home, without breaking a sweat (or the bank!):
1. Replace thick quilts and rugs with bright throw pillows
Your fuzzy blankets and quilts are comfy and cozy for cold nights by the fireplace, but look heavy and stuffy for the summer months. Switch them out for bright patterned pillows like these options from Target, each under $20:
For a more budget friendly option, stock up on solid pillows in seasonless colors like red, navy and metallic hues. That way you can use them year round, adding only one or two bright accents for a pop of color.
Budget Bonus! Target is running a “Buy More, Save More” deal, which means discounts on all home decor items – as long as you buy at least two.
2. Brighten up table & shelf decor
You go all out decking the halls (and rooms!) for the holidays, so why not do the same for the summer? Easy and affordable DIY accents can transform a whole room by giving surfaces like coffee tables, shelves and tv stands a new look. For more ideas on how to use household items like wine glasses, bowls and candles to create chic and colorful decorations, look out for a DIY inspiration post coming soon!
3. Freshen the room with flowers
Whether fresh cut or potted, flowers are a colorful and stylish way to bring the summer inside. While florists can be expensive, stores like Trader Joe’s and even local farmer’s markets offer flowers and plants at affordable prices. To cut cost, buy several different flowers and arrange them yourself. Of course, the best deal is always growing your own!
4. Fill shelves and walls with nautical accents
Seashells, sand and beachy rocks are the perfect (and free) way to bring the shore home with you and make your vacation last all season. Use smaller shells to line empty spaces like windowsills, small shelves, and counter tops or fill a bowl or basket with larger stones and shells for a fun and easy centerpiece.
5. Set the summer mood through scents
Switching out the fragrance of a room is a quick and easy change that will completely transform the vibe of the space. After all, who can walk into a room without noticing it’s scent? Steer away from overly spicy or sweet fragrances, and opt instead for fresh scents – think light floral or airy scents like linen, beach, or garden. Skip expensive or “designer” candle shops and stock up at stores with seasonal sales. For an effortless and lasting scent, use plug ins and air fresheners that keep the room consistently fresh throughout the day.
Right now, Bath and Body Works is offering $2 candles and $3 plug ins as part of its seasonal sale! Here are a few we love:
Whatever your budget, you can refresh and transform your home into a relaxing and fresh space perfect for the season! What other easy changes help make your home summer ready? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you.
- The Savvy Staff