7 Fast and Easy Summer Decorating Ideas for Any
by Kathy Wilson
Description: Decorating ideas for dressing up your summer decor.
Summer decorating should add freshness to your home, not bog
you down with more projects during an already busy season. Here
are 11 of The Budget Decorator’s top easy, fast and cheap summer
1. If you want to add color to a room fast, paint is a great
option. To save time and money however, try just painting the
focal wall in a room. In most average rooms, you can paint just
one wall in less than an hour!
2. Instead of sewing up new pillow covers and tablecloths, try
using no sew techniques instead. Pillows can be wrapped in a
piece of unfinished fabric on the diagonal like a present, and
wrapped with decorative ribbon to secure it. Use duct tape to
put a temporary hem in flat sheets or older tablecloths to make
them fit your end tables and breakfast nooks. Once you have
those tables covered, use cardboard boxes pushed under the
tables to hide the kids toys and books and flip flops, but keep
them handy. The floor length tablecloths will hide the storage
3. Take a box around the room and pick up all your knick knacks
and collectibles. Now replace just three of your favorite items
or collections. You will appreciate the less cluttered look,
and the decrease in dusting chores as well!
4. If you love fresh flowers in your home, but hate the time
and expense of changing the arrangements, find a sunny spot in
your yard and toss out some sunflower seeds! Many varieties
leave no pollen on your tables, are foolproof to grow, make
your yard look great, and can last up to 10 days in a vase…all
for the cost of a packet of seed!
5. Take down your layered window treatments and pick up your
area rugs for a cool, clean look for summer. Be sure to leave
mini blinds or sheers on your windows for privacy and light
6. Clean the glass in all areas for your home! The shiny
surfaces in your home reflect light and sparkle, both
contribute to a fresh summer look. Don’t forget your tv
screens, kitchen appliances, and even picture frame glass. Try
this one technique, and see if your rooms don’t look brighter
and cheerier, for no more cost that an little effort a few
pennies of glass cleaner or vinegar!
7. Finally, mix up your décor a bit for a fresh take on the
rooms you’ve spent so much time in these winter months! Move
around some furniture, borrow and lend pieces from other rooms.
Use clear strings of holiday light over the top of cabinets for
sparkle. Bring out your good china and hang it on the wall as
art. Put your toaster or bread machine under the cabinets for a
cleaner look. Feel free to take down some wall art and store it
for next fall. Paint your aging dining set a bright white.
Whatever you do to bring the summer season into your homes,
make sure that you pick a couple of ideas from this list, and
give them a try. They are fast, easy and cheap, what could you
Kathy Wilson is an author, columnist, and
editor of The Budget Decorator and other popular websites. For
hundreds of free budget decorating ideas, visit her at
http://www.TheBudgetDecorator.com. Also visit her other
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