Summer Decorating Ideas

Easy and Simple Summer Decorating Ideas | These summer decorating ideas focus on giving your home some breathing space and taking it easy for a season of relaxation. 

Summer is in the air! Today I’m going to share some of my favorite easy summer decorating ideas as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Summer Series hosted by my friend Krista of The Happy Housie! If you’re stopping by from The Turquoise Home, welcome (If not, make sure to jump on over and visit Laura’s beautiful home). We have over thirty tours to share with you, so there’s plenty of inspiration to be found at the bottom of this post!

Easy Summer Decorating Ideas

Today I thought I would share some of the extremely simple ways that I decorated our newly renovated family room for summer. To be honest, summer is kind of the season where I “un-decorate”! I love that there’s just less stuff around and it gives the whole house a chance to breathe. More and more as time passes I find myself being drawn to the idea of simplicity.

Bring in Summer Colors

Although my husband accuses me of having a throw pillow obsession, I actually have a strategic set for each season. My summer pillows are blue and green with various stripes and textures. These are the colors that say summer to me, they remind me of the lake and all of the greenery we’ve missed during the summer months.

Land and Sea

I mimicked this land and sea idea in my styling of the built-ins and my Grandfather’s summer-themed painting that I uploaded to our Frame TV. We just visited Newport and Block Island last weekend, and this painting now reminds me so strongly of that trip!

Other ideas for bringing sea-inspired decor to your space are sea shells and fisherman floats. You can use anything you happen to find on your summer adventures!

Simple Styling

Rather than style a vignette for the coffee table, this season I opted to just place a simple vase with eucalyptus leaves on the coffee table. It’s easily moved for family game nights, snacks while entertaining, or putting our feet up.

Grow Something Green

I have a mix of real and faux plants all around the room. These terrariums are real and (I hesitate to say this because I’m going to jinx it) thriving. My three-year-old and I had a blast playing in the dirt and planting them. I will share the tutorial soon! Since planting the succulents have become enormous, they seem to love the light that comes in through the French doors. I’m actually worried I have to move some plants! This is very outside of the normal for me. One of my goals this year was “learn how to keep houseplants alive”.

I hope that you enjoyed these simple tips and easy summer decorating ideas. How do you like to decorate for summer? Make sure to stop by and visit Home Made Lovely and Shannon’s beautiful home next!

The Seasonal Simplicity Home Tour series is back, and this time we’re all about simple summer decor touches! All week long, my talented blogging friends and I are sharing part of our homes. I can’t wait to take in all the gorgeous inspiration…

Also sharing with me today…

The DIY Mommy // The Turquoise Home // Nina Hendrick // Home Made Lovely

So Much Better with Age // Maison de Cinq // Paint Me Pink
Southern State of Mind // Jenna Kate at Home

Sharing this week…


The Happy Housie // Maison de Pax // Shabbyfufu // Just a Girl and Her Blog

Inspiration for Moms // Clean & Scentsible // House of Wood // Summer Adams


Sincerely Marie Designs // House by Hoff // Rambling Renovators
Town and Country Living // Newly Woodwards

Craftberry Bush // On Sutton Place // Designthusiasm // Zevy Joy


Bless’er House // Finding Silver Pennies // Rooms for Rent // Amber Tysl

Deeply Southern Home // Two Twenty One // A Burst of Beautiful // Making it in the Mountains

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  1. I was hovering on the internet to find out best decorating solution for me…guess what.. I think now I’m in a right place now. Great post!!! I read your other posts too and those were awesome….keep sharing!!!

  2. Hi Nina! Your family room came out beautifully! My living room is also painted edgecomb gray and I have been in search of a rug just like yours for it. Would you mind telling me where you got it? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Candice, It’s a custom rug from Sisal Rugs. Our living room dimensions are strange, so it’s 14′ x 8′. I’m planning a post on why we went in this direction- but they offer normal dimension rugs as well! We chose the Cabo Wool Sisal bound in the Extra Wide Canvas in Putty. I hope that helps!

  3. It’s all so beautiful, Nina. I don’t ever remember seeing this room before so to me it’s new and just stunning. I love all the wonderful light in it.
    Hugs, Jamie

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