Easy Ways To Add Color To Your Summer Home Décor


Wow, it’s hard to believe that summer is right around the corner. Let me show you some easy ways to add color to your summer home décor.

Today, I’m joining the Bloggers Best Summer Home Tour hosted by my wonderful friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew. There is so much inspiration in these home tours and I am so happy to be a part of it. Be sure to check out the links to everyone’s homes at the end of this post.

2023 Bloggers' Best Summer Home Tours

If you have stopped over from my good friend, Wendy’s home WM Design House, don’t you just love her decorating style?  Her vintage garden décor ideas are wonderful and creative.

If you have made your way here the first time, welcome to White Lilac Farmhouse. Hi, I am Tammy who has lived in Southern Maryland my entire life. Here on my blog, I love sharing ways to make your home cozy and beautiful. Read more about me here.

Easy Ways To Add Color To Your Summer Home Décor

I love the summer. It is an opportunity to spend more time outdoors hanging out at the pool, beach or in the garden.

When I think of summer, it reminds me of brightly colored flowers, sandy beaches, seashells, water, etc. Lots of time spent outdoors with family and friends.

I enjoy bringing some of the outdoors colors inside my home for summer. One way that I can incorporate color into my home is starting with a neutral pallet with the main staple pieces in my home such as my furniture and kitchen cabinets.

Select a color pallet for your accent colors

What color reminds you of summer and is soothing to you? Think about one or two colors that you are drawn to visually. Think of these colors as happy and mood lifting. Then incorporate them into your home for the season.

What colors are mood lifting?

Ways to add color to your summer with florals and fresh fruits

Warmer red, orange, and yellow shades are colors that are comforting, optimistic, energetic. Colors like blues, greens and even purple often promote a sense of calmness, tranquility, relaxation.

Find a shade of color that inspires you and prompts a sense of wellbeing. It is important when creating a cozy home. The color is about you and what gives you that sense of happiness or calmness in your surroundings.

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Ways to infuse color into a room

Let’s talk about easy ways to infuse color in your summer home decor. I will show you how to apply the following into a few rooms.

  • Use greenery and florals
  • Display seasonal fruits and vegetables
  • Change out your tea towels (linens such as table runners and placemats)
  • Change up your dishes
  • Add color with a rug
  • Add color through your accessories (vases, candles, pillows, picture frames, trays, etc.)
  • Change out your artwork
  • Lite weight throws

Always shop your home first and use what you have on hand. I love swapping out items from other rooms in the house to create a new look in a room.

Dining Room

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Candles switched out from traditional white to a beautiful blue to tie in with the blues in this room. It also plays off the blue in the new ginger jar.

A dollar store glass seashell holds a few shells collected from beach walks.

Preserve Box Wood can be used through all seasons. If you find them on sale or at your local HomeGoods, snag one or two. Ginger jars can also be used as a vase with fresh flowers from your yards or store.

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These faux palms scream summer to me. I found them at a reasonable price for 24 pieces. You can use them throughout your home.

Another easy way to add color into your dining space is by switching out your dishes. You can find great bargains at a local thrift store. It is fine to mix and match patterns.

I treated myself to a few new items that were a great price point.

Living Room


A super easy way to add color into your home for summer is through rugs. This rug was originally in my dining room.

I wanted to add more color into this space. The neutral rug was removed and replaced with this beautiful blue and gray rug.

It has grays, creams, aqua and navy blue. The rug is Piper approved too!

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Adding color with accessories to your mantel will change up the look. It gives a fresh new appearance especially if your mantel is white.

Try adding glass vessels to your hearth. The light will bounce off and give the room a warm feeling.

Ginger jars can add pops of color into your space. Remove the lid and use it to create a centerpiece with real or faux flowers.

On the coffee table, I swapped out a faux vase of tulips for a glass seashell. It is filled with shells from trips. A strand of glass beads was added too for a subtle pop of color.

Look around for unique items for your home. I found a set of three coasters hand painted by a local artist.

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If you don’t have an outlet in the middle of your floor, I found led light bulbs that work great for a table lamp. It has a remote to turn it off and on and it is dimmable.

Try adding a picture frame in the color selected from your summer pallet. I found this blue and white picture frame for $9.99 at HomeGoods. The wooden craved whale’s tail was also a find from HomeGoods.

A simple change such as the picture frame adds just enough color.

You can add color with throw pillows. I like to purchase pillow covers. They are easy to store, and you can use your existing favorite pillow filler.

Kitchen Area

During the summer, I love displaying seasonal fruits and vegetables in the kitchen. It adds freshness and color into the kitchen.

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If you do nothing else with color, treat yourself to flowers. It is a definite mood booster. Add fresh flowers to a rattan vase or pitcher for a summer look.

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Change out your tea towels for a fresh look. It is the most inexpensive way to add a pop of color. Try hanging your favorite apron on the wall in the kitchen in a fun floral summer pattern. I found my apron at April Cornell.

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A summer wreath hanging on the pantry door, range hood or wall adds a great punch of color.

Hope these ideas were helpful to you. Be sure to head over to my friend, Kristin at White Arrows Home. She has a lovely lakeside home. If you love vintage finds, you will love her style.

Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours

This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours. Twenty-eight talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each summer home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours

The Tattered Pew // Worthing Court // StoneGable

My Wee Abode // Southern Home and Hospitality // My Thrift Store Addiction

Tuesday’s Tours

She Gave It a Go // Cottage In The Mitten // Eleanor Rose Home

Peacock Ridge Farm // Bricks n’ Blooms // Cottage On Bunker Hill

Wednesday’s Tours

White Arrows Home // A Life Unfolding // Simply2Moms

WM Design House // White Lilac Farmhouse

Thursday’s Tours

The Ponds Farmhouse // Thistle Key Lane // Open Doors Open Hearts

Robyn’s French Nest // Cloches and Lavender // DIY Beautify

Friday’s Tours

Pasha Is Home // My Family Thyme

Midwest Life and Style // Amy Sadler Designs

Hope you enjoyed these home tours. May you have a blessed day, sweet friend!

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    1. Jennifer, I know right? That Whale Tail is a favorite and is moved all over the house. We make jokes about it too. That lavender topiary is another item that is moved to different spaces. I have had it for 3 years now.

  1. Tammy, your rug is gorgeous, and I love your cheerful lemony wreath! It is a pleasure to tour with you. Pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thank you so much, Cecilia. I enjoyed touring with you as well. The rug adds so much color to the space. Easy to clean too verses the previous one. It was very affordable too.

    1. Wendy, no it’s not a Ruggable Rug. It’s the rug that was originally in the dining room. I had to pull up all the rugs because of the puppy training. Now they are ready to go back into the room. Rugs changes up the whole look of a room. Right now, my floors look so boring with them stored due to house training Chibi.

  2. So many great tips, Tammy! I love that bright yellow wreath and apron in your kitchen! Your home is ready for summer!

  3. Tammy I too love color! Thank you for all the tips on how to use it in the home. I too love blue so your touches were perfect for me! Beautiful my friend and so thankful you could join this week!

    1. Kelly, thank you so much for having me, friend. It’s been wonderful. I could never be without my blues and greens in my home. They are my comfort colors. Guess it’s why we chose Seagrass Green siding instead of white.

  4. Tammy,

    I love your use of yellow in your summer decor. It is such a happy color! They are especially adorable in that wreath! Happy almost summer, my friend.

    1. Thank you, Libbie. Believe it or not, yellow has never been a favorite color of mine until recently. I just love the color yellow with blues, greens and hot pink.

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy. That starfish pillow I have had for at least 10 years. HomeGoods is my favorite place to find goodies.

    1. Amy, I cannot believe that we use to live in the same town at one time. Thank you for you sweet words. I wish we lived closer too. Miss you, my friend.

  5. Your home looks so beautiful all decorated for summer, Tammy. I love the calming blues. And your gorgeous tablescape is my favorite. Happy to be touring with you. Pinned!

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