15 Easy & Affordable Ways To Ready Your Home For Summer

We’re already living it, but if you’re in the beginning stages of celebrating summer vacation, check out these 15 easy ways to get your home ready for the season. Pick and choose a few of these summer home decor tips or use some variation of all of ’em!

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1. Remove heavily textured throws and pillows

Mainly the chunky cable knits, furs, and flannels. Linen and crisp cotton are always a safe bet!

15 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Summer

Sources: Sofa | Green Linen Pillow | Windowpane Check Pillow | Bone Linen Pillow

2. Add live greenery

Or faux in a pinch. But, my favorite green moments are live — you can grab the bitty green plants from TJs for just a few bucks. Also, while I love live greenery, the full on rainforest vibe with ALL the plants has subsided a bit.

Sources: Console Table | Fluted Side Table | Plant Basket (similar) | White Ginger Jar

3. Change up your candles and air fresheners to warm weather scents.

My first way to welcome/prepare for a season. Always.

Bath & Body Works Best Summer Scents

Candles: Midnight Blue Citrus | A Thousand Wishes | Sweet Orange & Agave | Champagne Toast | Sugared Lemon Zest | Pink Apple Punch | Blue Orchard Skies | Sundrenched Linen | Coconut Pina Colada | Peach Bellini | Cactus Blossom | Beach Weather | Black Cherry Merlot

4. Remove excessive layers from your bedding

TBH, the foot of my bed is often on the heavier side, but I did lighten things up a bit in terms of color, and the weight of the linens I sleep with are perfect for summer. If you still like a super plush bed, maybe just pay attention to the colors you’re using and if you typically sleep with a duvet, switch to a quilt for the warm months. You can see my full recent bedding change out HERE.

Neutral Summer Primary Bedroom

SourcesBelgian Flax Linen Duvet Cover and Shams (white) | Belgian Flax Linen Quilt (soft gray) | Striped Throw Pillows (left and right) | Checked Throw Pillow (middle) | Chunky Knit Blanket | Bed (similar) | Glass Lamp | Grey Three-Drawer Chest | Rattan Tissue Box Cover (similar) Area Rug | Sherpa Storage Bench | White Bead Chandelier

5. Change out dining centerpieces to airier and simpler arrangements

Nothing too fussy, formal, or frou-frou.

15 Decorating Ideas to Get Your Home Ready for Summer

SourcesWood Bead Chandelier | Dining Table (48′ Diameter) Dining Chairs (pebble) | Sideboard | Primrose Mirror (gold; 5′) | Round Jute Rug (7 x 7′) | Large Black Bowl | Terracotta Beaded Garland | White Stoneware Vase | Faux Magnolia Branches | Brass Candle Holders (similar)

6. Switch out hand towels

Start crisp and clean for summer with tassels and fringe. As you probably already know, THESE are my favorite and most are $4-$5 and ship straight from Turkey!

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Turkish Hand Towels

7. Clean out the fridge and freezer to make room for lighter grocery fare

Get ready for salad makings and big bowls of cookout leftovers!

Refrigerator Organization

Sources10″ Lazy Susan | Reversible Beverage Mat | Handle Bin | Lidded Egg Crate | Salad Spinner | Stackable Wine Holder | Narrow Bins

8. Ready your fruit bowl/basket

Make sure you have a fruit bowl or basket ready and on the counter for fresh tomatoes and fruit and a berry colander in the fridge for summer berries.

Light Gray Kitchen Makeover in Agreeable Gray Sherwin Williams

SourcesWoven Leather Backless Counter Stool | Rattan Bowl | Runner (2.5’x10′) | Backsplash Tile | Drawer Pulls (champagne bronze 6 5/16″) | Drawer Pulls (champagne bronze 5 1/16′) | Cabinet Knobs (champagne bronze 1 5/16″) | Dutch Oven (7.25 qt) | Dutch Oven Gold Knob (large) | Textured Spoon Rest | Utensil Crock | White Cheese Board | Olive Oil Bottle | Olive Wood Salt Keeper |  Counter-Depth Refrigerator | Range Hood Insert 

Sources: Scalloped Wooden Bowl | Black Bowl (similar)

9. Polish that silver

If you have it, that is 😉 Wipe that patina and tarnish away that makes it feel more of a hibernation house, and make your metals shine like new for summer. THIS is the polish cream my family has always used and it’s never let us down 😉

Dark Gray/Black Dining Room Decor

SourcesFramed Art Print (40″x30″; gilded wood frame) | Dining Chairs (similar) | Viburnum Centerpiece | Rug (natural; 8’x10′) | Chandelier | Faux Tree | Reindeer Moss | Lamps | Dining Table – RH (similar)

10. Switch out family photos on display to summer family memories

It’s guaranteed to put you right into vacay mode! It’s also an easy way to switch up seasonal memories (just keep the photos behind one another in the frame!) and is an affordable way to decorate wall space. For 10 ideas in decorating large walls, visit THIS post.

Summer Wall Decor and Family Vacation Photos

Sources: 11 x 14″ Picture Frames with Mat | Felt Heart Wreath (similar)

11. Add in the woven woods

Rattan and wicker decor is great for this time of year. If you have it, switch to it! It’s even an easy way to warm up (and disguise) functional things like tissue boxes and remote control holders.

Functional and Form Tips for a More Minimal Home

Sources: Rattan Tissue Box Cover (similar) | Round End Table

12. Reinvent what you already have with a paint job

If you have decor pieces you love but don’t love the color/finish, give them a fresh coat of lighter paint. My favorite versatile spray paint is THIS primer & paint in one and I most often use the flat and satin finishes!

Remember…shop from your home first if you are making any changes.

Basement Decor Storage

13. Breathe easier with a full house clean!

Include baseboards, wall smudges, light switch plates, door tops and hinges.

Under the Kitchen Sink Organizers and Ideas for Kitchen Cabinet Organization

Sources: Turntable – 12″ | Clean Freak | Meyer’s Multi-Surface Cleaner | Clear Bins from The Home Edit 8-pc Organizing System | Micro Fiber Cleaning Cloths | Silver Polish | Magic Erasers | Riser Shelf | Label Maker

14. Minimize & Simplify Your Surroundings

If it feels like there’s too much going on, it’s the perfect time to pare down by removing some of your decor. Start on your surfaces and prioritize all the functional items. You can find a full post on what/how to minimize to lessen the physical and visual clutter HERE.

15 Ways to Get Your House Ready for Summer

Sources: Iron Chandelier | Area Rug | Sofas | Black Leather Arm Chairs | Leather X Bench | Coffee Table | Round Accent Table | Lidded Basket | Cement Vase on Hearth | Faux Magnolia Stems (7 in this arrangement) | Brass Party Bucket on Hearth | Large Wood Wall Art | Green Linen Pillows | Striped Pillow 1 (similar) | Striped Pillow 2 | Rattan Tray | Rattan Tissue Box Cover (similar) | Clock | Fringed Throw | Teddy Bear Throw

15. Get Your Outdoor Storage In Check

Getting your house ready for summer extends beyond the indoors! You can see all the ways I’ve corralled our outdoor and pool storage in THIS post, full of professional and DIY ideas.

Outdoor Yard Storage Ideas

Sources: Storage Box

Have you made any changes (tweaks, major, or otherwise) for the summer season? I hope it’s off to a great start for you all!

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