The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: Decorating for Summer
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Decorating for Summer

With summer just around the corner, you’re probably wondering when the nice weather is actually going to turn up. But if you’re sick of looking at grey skies, then bring a little summer in to your home with these tips.

Bring in the Colour

When you think of summer, you think of bright colours and lots of greenery. Why should your home be any different? Whether you go light and beachy or bright and beautiful, there’s no reason why you can’t perk up your décor with a bit of colour. Swap out your dark, richly coloured curtains, cushions and rugs for something in a colour that will lift your mood.


Opt for a pretty vase and fill it with flowers on a regular basis for a fresh scent and a burst of colour. Alternatively, create a terrarium with some succulents to keep summer in your home all year round.

Change Your Art

A great way to add colour and pattern is to change your art work. Whether you have pieces that instantly evoke summer for you, or it’s something that you love and haven’t found a place for, changing your art work can instantly transform a room. Have an autumn/winter set and a spring/summer set so you can change it every time a new season rolls around.

Undress the Window

For long wintery nights and dimly lit days, it’s lovely and cosy to pull across heavy curtains and block out the rest of the world. In summer, all you want to do it to let the light in. So, if your heavy curtains are still hanging, then they need to go. Instead, introduce light layers to your window. Choose fabric like voile and net to dress your window with. They come in a range of colours, so choose something to match your rug. This airy fabric will create a lovely feel in any room. Layer it with natural fabrics using cotton or linen curtains.

Exotic Furniture

If you want to go all out, consider replacing your furniture too. Indian wood like the Jali style furniture from somewhere like Trade Furniture, instantly takes you to another, more exotic place. Natural wood is much warmer than cold metal or plastic, making it feel like summer even if there’s no sunshine outside. Changing your furniture is a great way to give a new lease of life to a room without too much work.

I am proud to bring you a series of guest posts on home decor. Since we just bought a house, these are great tips that I will have to follow! 


  1. Great tips and we started with some. We painted and put the greenery in the rooms. We changed over 1 window, need to finish and it sure does make a difference letting the sun in. Makes you feel so much better

  2. I'm in favor of anything that will bring light into the house! It's gorgeous now, but as the trees leaf out, we'll lose the sunshine. Thanks for the tips to brighten things up.

  3. These are good ideas. I love blues, but in the winter they don't seem cheery as much as they do in the summer. I'm making throw pillows now for change of seasons!