Guest Blog:
Summer Decorating Tips For Your First Home

by Guest Blogger

When you’ve moved into your first home, it can be exciting to think about the possibilities for decorating to make a space that is your own. Especially in the summertime, you’ll probably be getting your home ready for summer entertaining. The possibilities are endless when it comes to deciding how to decorate and increase the value of your home and starting with the basics can be a good place to begin.

Go white

Whether it’s summer or another time of year, white has the power to transform your home by adding more space. If you want to make a room appear bigger, would like to add more light, or want to give a room a fresh summer vibe, adding white decor, painting a wall white, or adding white furniture can do the job. White walls and furniture can be paired well with gray, natural bamboo, or shades of cream. Using white is one way to feel like you are on a staycation inside your home.

pillows on couch

Get cozy outdoors

Maximizing your outdoor space can make even a small home feel like a retreat. When you are considering how to decorate your outdoor patio, yard, or balcony, think of it as an extension of your living room. To make it a comfortable space where you want to spend time, think about furniture with oversized cushions and adding extra pillows for comfort and accents. A weather-proof rug can help define your outdoor space as an outdoor room in its own right.

Outdoor couch with pillows and curtain

Add a fire pit

While you are focused on your outdoor space, you can make it even cozier by adding a fire pit. Even a small space can have room for a small moveable fire pit that you can bring outside for gatherings and store when you aren’t using it. Home improvement stores have fire pit kits in a range of sizes, or if you want an extra upgrade you can add one that’s built in the ground.

Bring the outdoors in

Plants are an ideal home decor choice for any home and nearly any room of your house. If you don’t have a green thumb, succulents or air plants don’t require as much maintenance. For small spaces, hanging plants can work well, and you can even create a wall of green with air plants. Plants can be an ideal mix with white decor.

Incorporate summer 

A summer refresh can be as easy as adding a white and blue striped pillow to your couch or putting a collection of seashells, or bottles filled with sand in your bathroom. Incorporating found objects can also be one way to decorate on a budget. A bowl of fruit on your dining table or a vase of fresh flowers can also be a way to decorate your new home in summer mode.

bedding set coastal theme

When you are first decorating your home, the best strategy can be to keep it simple. It’s better to start small and then add to it, as you develop your personal style and taste for your home.

About The Author:


Guest Blogger Liz Shemaria

Liz Shemaria is a journalist and founder of the organization Echopop. A third-generation Northern Californian, Liz launched a news site for AOL, where she spent two years covering real estate development, business, crime, education, and politics. .

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