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6 Easy Summer Swaps to Freshen Up Your Home

MAY 7, 2018
Photo credit: Brittany Ambridge, Design by William McClure

We're not mad for themed seasonal décor like snowflake-patterned pillows or tea towels embroidered with gourds, but there are a few elegant and artful ways you can update your home for a new season—not so literally. For summer, it's all about brightening and lightening up, literally and visually, as well as bringing in things that cue up your favorite summer destinations in your mind. Read on for six easy summer updates to try in your home.


Bring in a Bright Bolster

Bedroom With Dark Wallpaper and Bright Pillows

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Even if your bedroom has dark walls, you can lighten things up for the season with a pair of bright throw pillows or a pastel bolster. We love how this long lavender pillow instantly makes this moody bedroom feel airy and light.


Create a Coastal Vibe With Beachy Artwork

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Especially if your interiors are relatively neutral, rotating in new or seasonal artwork is an easy way to change the mood of your space instantly. We love the summery vibe this beach photography provides, but in winter, the room could easily handle a snowy landscape or an abstract black-and-white painting for a moodier feel.


Freshen Up With Local Flowers

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Simple branches may suffice during winter, but in summer and spring, fresh local flowers are a must-have. Treat yourself to a beautiful arrangement from a local florist, load up on a bushel at the farmers market, or pick wildflowers in the yard. Gorgeous florals will bring your home to life this summer.


Make Summer Reads Accessible

Pink Sofa

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If you're anything like us, you collect coffee table books like parking tickets (hint: both, often!). Rearranging your books is an easy and free way to change up the look of a coffee table, console, or nightstand. For summer, look for books, like Surf Shack, which bring to mind the spirit of the season. Open your book to your favorite page or show off its cover.


Showcase Sprightly Dishware

Dining Room With Yellow Table

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Your brightest dishware and serving pieces may feel like a little much for every day, but summer is the time to let them shine! If you have open shelving or glass cabinet fronts, bring your brights to the front. Swap out that simple white fruit bowl for a hot pink number, or corral your mail on a vivid green tray. Now's the time.


Bare Your Floors

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That wool rug or Persian carpet of yours may be beautiful, but heavy flooring can feel too warm for summer temperatures. If you've got light plank or painted hardwood, roll up that rug for the season and bare your floors for a fresher, cleaner feeling. Vacuuming sand will be oh-so-much easier.


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