Looking for simple summer decorating ideas? Here are 17 ideas and projects to refresh your home and get it ready for summer.

Have you ever noticed how changing just one thing in a room can make it look entirely different?

You add one accessory.

Or move a piece of furniture to another corner.

Or add a vase of fresh flowers in a new color.

It doesn’t have to be a big change or an entire room refresh.


Sometimes all you need is one little change and everything looks a little fresher.

It’s been a challenging past couple of months.

So today?

Today is all about making little changes to fall in love with our houses all over again.

Here are 17 simple summer decorating ideas.

summer decorating ideas

summer decorating ideas

17 Simple Summer Decorating Ideas

1. Grocery store flowers

Take your grocery store flowers to the next level.

Buy a small bunch of flowers from the grocery store.

Then clip leaves from your yard and add them amongst the flowers.

(total aside: I did this the other day and got TWO arrangements out of one $5 bunch from the grocery store.)

2. Simple fix for floral arrangements

If you have a wide-mouthed vase that makes your flowers fall to the side?

Here’s an easy fix.

Add pebbles to the bottom to create an easy flower arrangement (that’s how I created the arrangement on the coffee table).

3. Summer decorating ideas: DIY pillows

Make your own pillows (and make SURE they have down inserts.

Here are some of my favorite pillow projects:

summer decorating ideas living room

simple summer decorating ideas living room

4. Update an armchair

Change up a chair for summer in minutes with this simple tip.

It completely changes the look without the cost of a new chair.

5. Change it up

Switch out the pillows from one room to another.

I know this seems simple.

I get it.

But a new home for a pillow can freshen up an entire room.

simple summer decorating ideas bookcase

6. Paint it

Repaint a piece of furniture in your room a bright summery color.

Looking for a color?

This is SW Adrift, but I have tons of other blue-grays that would work, too.

7. Change the lighting

One simple summer decorating idea is to change out the lightbulbs in your room with soft white for summer.

You can add a dimmer on the light bulbs to create a soft glow in the evenings, too.

8. Simple tip for peonies

It’s almost time for peonies.

I’ve been waiting for them to show up on Trader Joe’s.

Help your peonies open up with this simple tip.


simple summer decorating idea mirror

simple summer decorating ideas accessories

9. Simple tip for baskets

Use a basket as a plant holder in your home.

This basket was too big for the tree and it kept falling over.

Quick tip: tuck burlap inside the bottom of the basket and around the tree or plant to keep it upright.

10. Refresh your couch

Have sagging couch cushions?

No worries.

Fix the cushions on your couch for summer with this simple tip.

11. Decorate with books

Stack books everywhere.

Have you seen this faux wood paper you can use to cover books?

I found it in the hobby section of the craft store.

12. Simple summer decorating idea: change the curtain rods

Don’t pay a lot of money for curtain rods.

Simply spray paint them instead.

Here’s how I spray painted my curtain rods (and 8 other things you can spray paint, too.)

13. Open up your curtains

Let the sunshine in.

Every morning I wake up the house and pull back the curtains.

It’s a simple summer decorating idea, but it makes the rooms so much lighter and airier.

14. Cover the buttons

Add buttons on the back of your dining room chairs like this.

It’s a no sew project that’s held up for over a year.

15. Add pillows

Place pillows in your dining room chairs.

It’s an easy way to add another pattern to the space.

For pillow ideas, refer to idea number three.

simple summer decorating idea milkglass

simple summer decorating idea

16. Summer decorating ideas: Create a summer arrangement

There are so many simple ways you can add flowers to a room.

Here are 9 ways to decorate with flowers.

17. Make a wreath

Create a wreath to hang on your door

Here are some of my favorite wreath projects:

simple summer decorating ideas flower arrangement

Did you know the first day of summer is June 20?

Less than 30 days away.

That’s not much time to get ready.

Good thing all these ideas are simple. 🙂

Here are some other simple summer decorating ideas and essentials from some of my favorite blogging friends



Shades of Blue: Summer Essentials



Tidbits: 10 Summer Essentials for Your Home



Maison de Cinq: My Favorite Summer Essentials



Seeking Lavender Lane: Family Summer Essentials

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  1. Image for Beth Y Beth Y

    These are great tips! We just washed all the blinds, rescreened our screens and cleaned all the windows and curtains last Saturday, and the natural light coming in was just gorgeous and made me feel so much better. Now that I won't see dirty windows when I open my blinds, I am doing that more often!! Oh, the peonies this year at my house are gorgeous!!! You know how you grow stellar hydrangeas? My forte is peonies. Actually it is God's forte at my house. Lol!! I planted them in my upper bed, but he made them stellar. I have been cutting some and bringing them in while leaving a few for neighbors walking to smell and enjoy! Flowers are so great, aren't they? Hope everyone is staying happy and healthy!

  2. Image for Sheila Sheila

    Did you know your DIY Style Finder book is on sale for $3,58 on Amazon? I received my copy the other day and really like it.

  3. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    Such a timely article!! Yesterday and today I’ve been moving lamps/decor from room to room for a change up. Nothing new here, but downstairs instead of upstairs etc. I do need a couple new plants to add, but mostly all cost free. It does feel nice to walk around and see the newness here 😊

  4. Image for Tamara Tamara

    These are great ideas! I especially love the tip to open up your curtains...that is the most overlooked, yet cost-effective way to brighten up any space. And a great way to say "hello" to summer and goodbye to the drab that winter can sometimes bring. Thanks, KarieAnne

  5. Image for Sheila Sheila

    Love all your ideas KariAnne! Changing pillows or paint, and of course, my summer favorite, peonies! All add so much for so little! Thanks for joining us my friend! Sheila xo

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