How to Transition Your Living Space from Spring to Summer with Light and Airy Touches


Transitioning from spring to summer decor is all about embracing light, airy touches that bring a sense of openness and brightness into your living space.

Summer is almost here, and it’s time to refresh your home decor to reflect the new season. Here are some simple and effective ways to make this seasonal shift.

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Make it Pretty

Transitioning Your Home Decor from Spring to Summer

A beige sofa with various pillows, two green and three beige, sits in front of a window. A wooden table in the foreground holds two green glass jars.

Summer has arrived, and now might be a good time to refresh your home with some easy and often free touches. Follow along for many ways to lighten up your living space for warmer weather.

Lighten Up Your Living Space Color Palette

A cozy living room with a white fireplace and brick surround, a white couch with green and striped pillows, a brass floor lamp, and a side table with a lamp, books, and small decor items.

Switch out darker, heavier colors for lighter, more summery hues. Think of soft pastels, crisp whites, and vibrant shades that evoke the feeling of a sunny day.


  • Cushions and Throws: Replace your spring pillows and throws with ones in light, breezy fabrics like cotton or linen in shades of white, pale blue, or soft yellow.
  • Rugs: Swap out dark, heavy rugs for lighter, neutral ones. A natural fiber rug, such as jute or sisal, can instantly brighten a room.

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Embrace Natural Elements

A modern living room with white furniture, including a sofa and armchairs, a fireplace with a large artwork above it, and large windows allowing natural light to fill the space.

Incorporating natural elements into your living space can bring the beauty of the outdoors inside and create a refreshing atmosphere.


  • Flowers and Greenery: Fill vases with fresh summer blooms like daisies, sunflowers, or peonies. Incorporate greenery like ferns or eucalyptus to add a touch of nature.
  • Natural Textures: For furniture and accessories, use materials like wicker, rattan, and bamboo. A wicker chair or a rattan basket can add a rustic, summery feel to any space.

Update Your Wall Art

A wall-mounted painting of abstract leaves hangs above a brass bar cart stocked with bottles and glassware. A portion of a bed with light-colored bedding is visible in the foreground.

Changing your wall art is a simple way to set the tone for the new season. This could include original art, prints, and/or a Frame TV. Art doesn’t have to be expensive. Just find what you like!


  • Seasonal Prints: Swap spring-themed art for pieces that reflect summer themes, such as beaches, palm trees, or abstract sun-inspired designs.
  • DIY Art: Create your summer artwork by painting simple, abstract designs in vibrant colors or frame-pressed flowers and leaves.
  • Add a frame TV where you can select the art to display on the wall.

Refresh Your Bedroom

A Quick and Easy Primary Bedroom Makeover

Your bedroom should also get a summer makeover to ensure it feels relaxed and inviting. A new rug or bedding is all you need. We switch out our duvet comforter from heavy to light) every summer.


  • Bedding: Replace heavy duvets with light quilts or coverlets. Opt for breathable materials like cotton or linen in light, airy colors.
  • Curtains: Swap out thick curtains for sheer, light-filtering ones. This allows more natural light to enter the room while maintaining privacy.

Create Outdoor Living Spaces

Summer Dining on the Porch and Patio

Summer is the perfect time to make the most of your outdoor areas. Enhance your patio, balcony, or garden to create inviting spaces for relaxation and entertainment.


  • Outdoor Furniture: Add comfortable seating with weather-resistant cushions. A hammock or a swing chair can be a fun addition.
  • Lighting: Use string lights, lanterns, or solar-powered garden lights to create a warm, ambient glow for evening gatherings.

Add Seasonal Scents

A kitchen with a wooden island, three rattan stools, white cabinets, metal pendant lights, and a large window above the sink. A sign reads "Fresh Baked Pies Served Daily.

Introduce fresh, summery scents to your home to enhance the seasonal atmosphere.


  • Candles and Diffusers: Choose scents like citrus, lavender, or coconut to evoke the essence of summer.
  • Fresh Herbs: Place pots of fresh herbs like basil, mint, or rosemary in your kitchen or on windowsills. They not only smell great but are also handy for cooking.

Declutter and Simplify

Bright living room with large windows overlooking the beach, featuring two white chairs, a glass coffee table, and a potted plant.

A clean, uncluttered space feels more open and airy, perfect for the relaxed vibe of summer.


  • Minimal Decor: Remove any unnecessary items and keep surfaces clear. Choose a few key pieces to highlight rather than overcrowding the space.
  • Storage Solutions: Use stylish baskets or boxes to keep things organized and out of sight.

Incorporate Summer Fabrics

Refresh Your Outdoor Porch Decor for Summer

Switch to lighter fabrics that are both visually and physically cooler.


  • Slipcovers: Use slipcovers for your sofas and chairs in light, breathable fabrics.
  • Table Linens: Replace heavy tablecloths with light, cotton or linen ones. Choose bright, cheerful colors or summery patterns.
  • Pillows: Pillow covers are my favorite way to brighten up a room. Plus, they are very inexpensive.

Create a Summer Reading Nook

Cozy enclosed porch with brick fireplace, wooden furniture with white cushions, and a rustic storage chest, surrounded by lush greenery visible through large windows.

Set up a cozy corner for reading and relaxation. I read and work on this patio sofa almost every single day.


  • Comfy Chair: Place a comfortable chair or chaise lounge near a window or quiet corner.
  • Side Table: Add a small table for holding books, a cool drink, or a summer-themed candle.

Transitioning your home decor from spring to summer doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By incorporating light and airy touches, embracing natural elements, and making a few strategic updates, you can create a refreshing and inviting space that celebrates the beauty of summer. Enjoy the process of transforming your home and savor the warm, sunny days ahead!

For more tips and inspiration on seasonal home decor, visit My 100 Year Old Home. Happy decorating!

Gorgeous Summer Living Room Decor


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