Summer is here! This time of year always makes you want to relax by the pool with a good book or go for a swim at the beach or picnic in the park for hours! It brings back memories of being out of school and spending the afternoon playing and napping.
If you want to bring a little of that joyful, relaxed spirit to your home decor, here are a few budget-friendly decorating ideas.
Decorate with Plants
Bringing the outside in with live plants can add color to any room and also improve indoor air quality. If you choose low maintenance plants, they’ll look great all season with minimal work at a fraction of the cost of cut flowers. My favorite is succulents 🙂
Letting in natural light by replacing heavy curtains and raising blinds can do a lot to improve the mood of a room. Replacing out-dated light fixtures and adding more light to dark areas is another budget-friendly way to add some sparkle. Start by adding one or two extra lights in high-traffic spaces.
Update your Accents
Spruce up a Tired Piece or Rent a New One
Whether it’s a beat up table that needs refinishing or your favourite chair that could benefit from reupholstering, investing a little DIY love or hiring a pro to refurbish an older item can save you money while adding a “new” piece of furniture into your decorating scheme. You’ll remember again why you fell in love. If you want to completely change the look of your space on a budget, consider renting from Emblem Furniture.
Don’t Forget your Kitchen and Bath
The easiest way to update your kitchen and bath is to change out linens, and it is a simple task to update towels, shower curtains, bath mats, kitchen hand towels, etc. Discount retailers are a good place to find these items on a budget. Think of these purchases as investments that you can use for the next few years to add seasonal cheer. Add a colourful candle to your bathroom, possibly some seashells, and you’ll have a whole new look.
Outdoor spaces such as patios and porches become part of summer living space, and the same principles apply. Clean or replace furniture cushions. Add a colourful table decoration. Add strands of Christmas lights, lanterns, or tiki torches to provide a subtle glow after sunset. If you want to make an outdoor space look more like an extension of your home, create a traditional furniture grouping, complete with a weather friendly rug and a mirror.
A few simple, inexpensive changes can really put you in the right mind-set for summer. Making even a few of these updates will help you to see your home through new eyes.
What is our favorite way to accessorize your home for summer?