Summer decorating is so much fun — it’s a great excuse to update your decor. Summer activities can take you inside and out this season, and that means you’ll have plenty of spaces to decorate. The key to a summer makeover is light fabrics, bright colors and even a touch of beach-inspired decor. You can update your home for the season with just a few accessories or go big and add a stunning outdoor dining set. Most summer-inspired decor can be stored away when it’s time for autumn decorating. That keeps your decor fresh when the season is back next year. Here are 10 of our favorite ideas for making the most of your summer at home:

 

Create A Casual Seating Area

Floor cushions are an essential (and super fun) element of casual summer decorating. Whether you choose colorful floor pillows or a large couch-style cushion, be sure to pair your new seating with low-profile tables for entertaining and lounging.

 

Try Summer Scents in Your Home 

Summer decorating is about more than just the visuals. Tropical and citrusy scents can set the mood for summer in your home. The secret to getting that perfect mix of scents is to choose only a few scents for your home, all in the same product line or brand. Match your candle holders and diffusers to each room for a customized look, even with only one or two scents through your home.

 

Add a Summery Swag Light

Is there a dark corner in your home that could use a little extra light? Plug-in swag lighting is the no-commitment way to add a little illumination and a lot of style to any room. Swag lights are an easy way to create a reading corner or define an eating space in a small home. If your goal is to lighten up your home for summer, adding a swag light is a quick option. Choose an airy design that allows natural light to shine through even when it’s not on.

 

Brighten up Your Patio With an Indoor/Outdoor Rug

We love indoor/outdoor rugs for bringing color and pattern outside. Look for rugs with lots of summer color, as they are the best focal point for your outdoor decorating plan. Your outdoor seating and cushions may be pretty neutral, so you can be creative when choosing your rug, pillows, and accessories. An easy and fun tip for choosing the best indoor/outdoor rug is to match a few colors from your summer-blooming flowers in the rug’s pattern.