5 quick summer pick-me-ups for your home

Paul Ecke farms

Paul Ecke farms


The official start of summer is just a month away so it is time to throw open those windows and begin to enjoy the carefree days and warm sunshine that is the hallmark of the season.  There are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy, but you can enjoy the season on the inside of your home as well with these five quick pick-me-ups for your interior decor.

  1. Open it up.  Throw open the windows and let the warm breezes waft in.  If you have blinds, shades or shutters, roll them up or fold them back to allow as much light and breeze to enter.   For sliding windows and doors, hang some sheer curtains to soften the bright light and provide a bit of privacy.  Nothing says summer like curtains gently blowing in the wind.
  2. Bring nature indoors.  Keep plenty of nature’s bounty around.  This includes cut flowers and fresh fruit. If you are lucky enough to have a cutting garden, you can choose from whatever is blooming.  But for those who do not have a garden, never fear!  Local Farmer’s markets, florist shops and even your grocer carry a wide selection of colorful blooms.  And there is nothing more refreshing than a bowl of sunny lemons and limes or crisp red apples used as an edible centerpiece.
  3. Update your accessories.  Throw pillows are an affordable way to celebrate a new season or enjoy a trendy color or theme.  Select colors and patterns that remind you of your favorite summertime activities like bike riding, gardening or just spending the day at the beach or pool.  Fabric and furniture manufacturers offer plenty of fun themes in summer lovin’ colors like sea green, sandy taupe and all the colors found in the garden.  Even furniture pieces can update your look with hand- painted motifs that include seashells, sand critters or fun fish.
  4. Show your patriotic side.  A red, white and blue color scheme is a perennial summertime favorite.  A flag quilt tossed at the foot of the bed, cheerful striped pillows, even artwork, are readily available  and a touch of American pride will enhance any decor style.
  5. Create memories.  If you have children then you know how loooong the summer can seem.  Memorialize all those summer camp, picnic, concert and beach memories with a project that will involve the kids.  Hang a large bulletin board in a strategic spot (the kitchen or family room works well) and set a goal to completely cover it with photographs and souvenirs from your summer activities by the time school resumes.  Or turn some of your favorite vacation memories into canvas artwork from sites like Canvasondemand and others.

How do you introduce the sights, sounds and smells of summer into your home decor?

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