10 Ways to Summer-ify Your Home

It's time to swap out the bed linens.

A covered patio and trellis with dining area.

Covered Patio

An outdoor trellis and patio is complete with a casual outdoor dining table, colorful pillows, glasses, and chairs.

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Photo by: Chris Amaral

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If you want to fully embrace the warm weather around your home, we’ve got some killer ideas for exactly how to do it. So, if you’re just as excited about the summer as we are, you’re going to love these 10 seasonal design ideas that you can easily steal for your own home — both inside and out.

Switch Out Throw Pillows

White Sitting Room With Turquoise Cushion, White Sofa, Gold Lamp

Tropical Living Room With Vibrant Throw Pillows

Coastal-style furniture and colorfully vibrant textiles – turquoise seat cushions and bright orange patterned throw pillows – lay the foundation for this white living room. Metallic accents paired with a sleek acrylic end table keep the look fresh and lively.

Photo by: Emily J. Followill ©Emily J. Followill

Emily J. Followill, Emily J. Followill

One easy summer fix is to switch out throw pillows for lighter and brighter colors. Just as you swap out your wardrobe each year, you can easily do the same for your pillows. Store away winter/fall pillows in a storage bin, and bring out all your summer pillows for a refreshing touch.

Swap in Lighter Throws

Graphic Pink Rug on Outdoor Patio With Tree Stumps, Wooden Bench

Bohemian Patio With Pink Outdoor Rug

A vibrant outdoor rug anchors this patio in pattern and color. A mix of rustic and tropical wood furniture, a few strings of lights and scattered container gardens create a bohemian vibe. In close proximity to the backdoor, this outdoor living room space is perfect for casual entertaining.

Just like the pillows, now is a great time to switch in summer throws. Throws for summer should be lighter, breathable and made of summer-friendly fabrics such as cotton or linen.

Embrace Summer Scents

White Candles and Soaps in Black Serving Tray

Aromatherapy Display in Spa Bathroom

Displayed on white quartz countertops, aromatherapy soaps and candles add to the spa-like atmosphere in the master bathroom of HGTV Smart Home 2014.

Photo by: Jason Kisner ©2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Jason Kisner, 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Another great idea for the summer months is to incorporate summer scents around your house as much as you can. You can switch out candles, room spray, hand soaps and even body washes. Try fresh scents such as coconut, cucumber or lavender for the summer months.

Opt For Turkish Towels

Corner Soaking Tub

Soaking Tub in Corner

Positioned along the wall, this luxurious soaking tub would be too big to fit in the small bathroom. Angle it in the corner and ta da! Just add bubbles.

Turkish towels are a great choice for summer months since they're light and easy to transport. They can also double as a wrap or beach blanket. Plus, your summer guests will love the luxe swap.

Keep Spa Water on Tap



Pink lemonade with lemon, lime and strawberries

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Summer is a great time to recommit to drinking lots of water. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to make sure you always have a fresh pitcher of spa water in your refrigerator at all times. Zhoosh up your water with herbs and fruit like lemon, cucumber, mint or berries.

Summer-ify Your Fireplace

White Brick Living Room Fireplace

White Brick Living Room Fireplace

This neutral transitional living room takes a turn for the unexpected by placing decorations in and around the fireplace. Candles fill the fireplace while a mirror on the wall hangs in place of a television.

Photo by: Regan Baker Design

Regan Baker Design

If you have a fireplace, you might want to summer-ify it by removing any wood from the hearth. You can switch it out for candles, a basket of throws or a big piece of coral. This simple mantel by designer Regan Baker looks great with just a few simple candles at varying heights.

Swap Out Your Bed Linens

Modern White Kid's Room With Bright Orange, Pink and Green Accents

Bold Color Pops in Mod Kid's Bedroom

Clean white walls and furniture allow the vibrant orange, pink and green accents to take center stage in this modern kid's bedroom. A graphic rug and coordinating throw pillows bring movement to the space.

Summer is also a great time to switch out your bed linens. You can either simply swap out your current linens to a lighter or brighter color, or choose sheets and pillowcases in a different fabric such as linen. Don’t be afraid to go bold, like in this poppy bedroom by D2 Interieurs.

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space

Bohemian-Inspired Patio

Bohemian-Inspired Patio With Curtains, String Lights and Lots of Pillows

Dress your patio from top to bottom to make even the smallest space feel like an inviting retreat. Add lushness with layered outdoor rugs, throw pillows, greenery and string lights.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

If you’ve been slacking behind in updating your outdoor space, now is the time to get it in tip-top shape. Find some great outdoor pillows you can use around your patio, put up some string lights and add a pouf. Turn your porch or patio into a little oasis that you and your family will be excited to lounge on this summer.

Add Some Greenery

Indoor Plants in Planters

Indoor Plants in Planters

Rhipalis (far left), Boston fern (front left) and Plumosus fern (back left) are fitted in organic clay pots for a sweet console table display.

Photo by: Casto Photography & Cinema

Casto Photography & Cinema

If you’ve been dying to add some more plants to your home, summer is a great time to up your green game. Try bringing some new plants into your home or creating your own indoor herb garden. Outside you can tackle any landscaping projects you’ve been avoiding, add some hanging plants or finally try creating a vertical garden.

Create Summer Playlists

Soft Cushions, Shade and Speakers

Orange Poolside Furniture

All-weather umbrellas and soft cushions offer a chance to lounge in the shade or bask in the sun. And the portable speaker dock keeps the tunes going. You can even let guests attach their own MP3 player or smartphone for a chance to DJ.

Portable Bluetooth speakers are another A+ summer upgrade you can make around your home. Hook up your speakers to your phone to play Spotify and Pandora, then have some extra fun creating summer-friendly playlists that you can tap whenever you have friends or family over.

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