Decorating for Summer: 6 Design Ideas for the Home and Patio

It’s time to get your home and patio in shape for the summer months. After a year without dinner parties in the dining room or BBQs in the backyard, summer 2021 could be your most social yet, so upgrade your interior and exterior spaces and start sending out your invitations. Here are six summer design ideas for your home and patio that combine comfort and style. 


#1. Make Your Patio an Extension of the Home

There are no design rules this summer, but you should (almost) always complement your home and patio with similar color palettes and design elements.  A little Deck Staining can go a long way toward getting your desired look and making your outdoor space pop.

Starting over? Warmer tones work best for the summer months, but more neutral shades mean you won’t have to decorate again in the fall. Or try a season-resistant pastel, which never goes out of fashion, as your next wall color or decoration inspiration. Soft pinks and pale blues are super-soothing and won’t cause family members (or party guests) any offense. 

#2. Invest in New Furniture

People typically buy new furniture around the end of November, just in time for the Black Friday sales. But with so many brick-and-mortar furniture retailers closed last year, you could pick up an off-season bargain this summer. 

A brand-spanking-new sofa transforms your entire interior space, and with so many designs to choose from, the world’s your oyster. Leather sofas score points for practicability, while modular sofas create a space-age modernist feel. What design will you choose? Before you spend cash on your new sofa, check out Home of Cozy for furniture reviews

#3. There’s Still Time to Extend Your Patio

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If you’re planning on having guests around this summer, consider extending your patio space. (It’s cheaper than you think.) Section off a small slice of your backyard and create an elevated dining space with wooded decking. You’ll lose some garden real estate, sure, but this fabulous feature should add value to your home when it’s time to sell. 

Alternatively, extend your patio with the same floor tiles you used the first time around. A bigger patio welcomes more guests into your backyard, and you can add some greenery to the new space with large potted plants.

#4. Decorate Your Living Space on a Budget

Revamping your living room doesn’t have to break the bank. Even a few framed photos create an entirely new aesthetic and add a splash of color to this space. If you want to try something different, hang a couple of canvas prints on your living room walls. Just make sure any fresh additions reflect your existing color palette. 

For a clutter-free living space, invest in storage boxes rather than countless shelves that make small rooms look smaller. Leather or metal boxes are a space-saving solution for photos, magazines, books, DVDs, and anything else you don’t want on display. You don’t have to go full-on minimalist, but reducing living room jumble instantly creates a more open and welcoming space, which is perfect for the summer months.

#5. Introduce a Water Feature

Create a tranquil patio space simply by incorporating a water feature. The trickling sound of water cascading from a garden fountain certainly makes this feature a must-have.

You have a bundle of options for patio water features. Solar works best if you don’t want to extend cabling from your patio to the rest of the property, but research battery-operated water features too. For material, ceramic and stone both have a timeless appeal, while stainless steel creates a contemporary look. 

#6. Be Smart

Smart technology has come a long way over the last few years, and more homeowners are incorporating these gadgets into their properties. Not only can smart tech increase property value, but it automates many day-to-day tasks that take up party-planning time. 

For the kitchen, there’s a smart coffee machine that automatically makes your morning Joe and sends you a smartphone notification when it’s ready to drink. For the bedroom, there’s a smart mirror that tells you the news and weather when you’re brushing your teeth. Throughout your home (and patio), smart lightbulbs should save money on your utility bills and improve your environmental credentials. Then there’s the smart tech you already know about (and probably use): Smart televisions, smart speakers, smart security cameras, and more.

Before You Decorate

Summer’s here, and it’s time to revolutionize your home and patio area. Follow the tips above and create an interior and exterior space that’s perfect for BBQs, dinner parties, pool parties, and spending more time with friends and family. Make this summer the best one ever. 


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