Our Best Summer Decor Tips for Fresh, Fab Vibes

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Our Best Summer Decor Tips for Fresh, Fab Vibes

Lisa Wright · Jul 21, 2022
Stylish apartment filled with great summer decor.

Summer is far from over, with plenty of simmering days and warm, lazy nights on the horizon as we head into August. And with plenty of retailers starting to clear out their summer inventory to make way for fall, now is the perfect time to snag some sweet deals on stylish summer decor, whether you’re looking to update your current summer swag or just prep in advance for next year.

Here at ApartmentRatings we love bargains, so we’ve done our homework and found some of the hottest hot weather trends (many on the cheap!) to keep your home stylin’ through the rest of the season — and beyond.

Bright Citrus

Bright citrus dish towels available on Amazon.

The look of bright yellows, greens, and oranges evoke the fresh vibes of summer perfectly. From smaller room accents to centerpieces that shine, citrusy colors (and a hint of fruit here and there) give any room a bright, vibrant appeal. We especially love this bright set of dish towels from Amazon (fresh squeezed lemonade, anyone?).

Bright orange throw pillow available on Wayfair.

And don’t sleep on this bright orange pillow and insert from Wayfair, which radiates the perfect summer vibes for any room.

Flower Power

VW Van succulent planter.

Florals in every shade under the hot summer sun? Yes, please! Colorful flowers give any room a fresh summer vibe that’s happy, light, and oh-so-bright. This little planter is adorable and comes with its own faux succulents for the ultimate in low maintenance. The best part is, the creative van shape will remind you of those unforgettable summer road trips all year long.

Wildflower artwork available on Etsy.

Wildflowers on your wall are also great for evoking those super summer feels. We love this set of three from Etsy, guaranteed to brighten your day.

Under the Sea

Ocean-themed rug available on Wayfair.
Ocean-themed mini soaps available on Etsy.

What better way to reflect the look and feel of summer than by bringing home a bit of the beach? No, we don’t mean sand — but we do mean beachy decor that is so airy, sunny, and bright you can practically hear the crashing waves and feel that ocean breeze in your hair. From subtle accents like this rug with an under the sea design from Wayfair to these creative mini soaps from Etsy, use little things like these to make every room in your place feel like an underwater paradise.

The Smells of Summer

Scented candle available at Walmart.

Switching out your candles for the summer season is another wonderful way to brighten up your home and evoke that vacation vibe. The best part is, these colorful candles can also double as chic decor. Try this luxe coconut, citrus, and amber candle from Walmart and dig those summer scents.

Colorful glass candle holders available on Etsy.

These candleholders from Etsy make for perfect complements to any tapered candle. Just be sure to swap them out every so often to mix things up and keep your decor feeling fresh.

A Pop of Color

Bermuda Coral Quilt, available at JCPenny

Fab florals and sweet citrus aren’t the only way to bring summer into your home. Pops of bright color can transform any space into a summer sanctuary with the right styling. For instance, this Bermuda coral quilt from JC Penney is the perfect throw to add summer color to any bedroom, and it’s great for keeping you warm during those cooler nights, too!

Emerald vase from West Elm

Like a more subtle accent? Then try this emerald vase from West Elm — perfect for those freshly cut warm weather blooms.

Win with White

Comfy White Chair from Pottery Barn

For the ultimate in fresh, crisp (yet subtle) summer swag, white is always right. The best part is that while it’s ideal for summer, white can also be incorporated all year long for a sophisticated pop of vivid brightness. Usher in the spring and wow with white, or break up those winter doldrums with a crisp hint of freshness. This comfy white chair from Pottery Barn is the perfect place to sit back, sip a piña colada, and catch up on your summer reading.

All-Purpose Glass, available on Amazon.

Speaking of cocktails, this set of six all-purpose glasses from Amazon will definitely upgrade your summer soirées.

Indoors/Outdoors

REI Stool

The best part of summer is spending time outside, and even if you don’t have a backyard or patio you can still enjoy a day out in the sun, whether it’s a beach barbecue or a perfect picnic. Accessories like this REI West Elm outward stool make toting your supplies a snap while being comfy enough to chill in the wild.

Cute picnic basket available on Amazon.

This cute picnic basket from Amazon is perfect for carrying those sandwiches and sides, and it’s stylish enough to bring inside on the off-season to double as fun storage or decor. We love items that multi-task!

Easy-transport beach blanket

Picnic people will dig this beach blanket that doubles as a fun picnic set-up (and folds up for easy storage and transport). And those stripes are a fun summer pattern!

There’s plenty of summer left on the horizon — long, languid days that are perfect for chilling outside. Lucky for us all, there’s really no need to leave summer behind when we come inside at night. So brighten up and fill your spot with the best summer decor around to get the most out of the season.

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