It's never too late for a "staycation"! You still have time to soak up the remaining weeks of summer by adding a warm, fun and casual vibe to your decor. It doesn’t require much effort to create a relaxing interior you and your family can enjoy for the rest of the season. Try any or all of these super easy tricks to transform your home into a summer getaway without ever leaving the neighborhood!
Keep Things Simple
How would you want your house to look if it were your summer vacation home? You’d let in lots of light by taking down heavy curtains and substituting heavy and ornate furniture pieces with wicker, glass top tables and fun poufs for additional seating. Store away bulky throws and the majority of your accessories to keep rooms feeling light and airy.
Bring the Outdoors In
Being outside is synonymous with summer so why not bring that feeling inside? For an organic look, introduce natural materials such as jute, reclaimed wood, sea shells and greenery. Textiles like linen and cotton give rooms a fresh summery feel. Merge your outdoor entertaining spaces with adjacent indoor rooms with coordinating furniture and fabrics. That way, you’ll instantly double your square footage!
Brighten It Up
Rich and deep tones suit cold weather months, but summer calls for a variety of whites, pastels and brights. While you probably won’t be running out to buy new upholstered pieces, bringing in seasonal pillows, sheers or slipcovers is an easy way to lighten the mood in your rooms.
Consider the Kids
Summer months seem endless to your kids. Most likely they’ll be hanging out at home for a few more weeks, so you need to make things comfortable for them. Keep your summer decor kid-friendly with durable, easy clean fabrics and furniture that can stand up to daily wear and tear. Swap out some of your nice pieces with rugged replacements from thrift stores and garage sales. You can retire them when school’s back in session.
Move the Furniture
Nothing breathes new life into a space more than rearranging the furniture. Your television or fireplace obviously isn’t the right focal point for warm weather. Shift your furniture into a new configuration to promote face-to-face social interaction. Make your windows or French doors the room’s focus to enjoy views of the pool, lush yard or flower garden.
Pick Some Flowers
One of our favorite ways to inject bright color and natural fragrance into your “staycation” home is to place bouquets of freshly picked (or purchased) flowers in prominent spots around the house. Think foyer, living room, bedroom and kitchen. Glorious arrangements of frilly pink peonies, bold yellow gerberas or fiery orange lilies instantly cheer up any space and create perfect summer centerpieces.