How to Make Your Summertime Decor Sizzle

Best tips and tricks to create gorgeous summertime decor

Well, Friends, summer is finally here. And with it, summer fun. But before the parties begin it’s time to get your summertime decor looking fresh and inspired. Jodie and I definitely entertain more in the summer. All the more reason we love to get our homes looking their best and ready for impromptu summer gatherings. We are delighted to be joining a stellar group of talented bloggers for a special Summer Decor Blog Tour. If you have seen some of the other homes on the tour, then we know your creative juices are already flowing. Well, there’s lots more to enjoy, so let’s continue the summer inspiration tour.

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Clear Away the Old to Make Way for the New

First things first, as with any restyle you’ll want to look around and begin removing decor. Put away anything that you are tired of, or that speaks to you of a cozier, winter feel. Here are some ideas of what to remove:

  • heavier throws
  • leftover springtime decor that no longer works, i.e. bunnies or Easter decor
  • anything that might clash with your new color scheme
  • anything you are simply tired of

summer mixed pattern pillows and throw

Choose Your Color Scheme

Next, it’s time to brainstorm your color scheme. This will really help you to narrow down more things to put away. It’s important to clear away room in your spaces for two obvious reasons: you don’t want to keep adding and make it too cluttered and also it frees up the space to allow your creativity to expand. With an already decorated room it’s hard to think and imagine.

Jodie chose a neutral palette with varying shades of blue that play off each other. Blues are repeated in her accent pillows, her vintage blue glass jugs, a throw, and her dining room accent wall. The wall below is Dunn-Edwards Deepest Blue. For more about Jodie’s inspiration behind this BOLD color choice read about it in our blog post Painting Adventures.

summer mixed metals textured decor

She also added metal accents in shades of rose gold, copper and gold to really make it all sizzle.

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Choose Your Mood

Jodie chose an overriding theme of tropical, with elements of coastal and boho. It is a casual, summertime feel that is elevated by gold accents. Tropical patterns and textures often associated with outdoor living are brought inside.

  • wicker tray
  • rattan furniture
  • woven wall art
  • fern and palm patterned pillows
  • plants:  an indoor palm tree, snake plants & flowers

fresh elements add outdoor summertime appeal inside

It’s fun to blend casual elements with dressier elements to create your own unique fusion. Long ago it was in style to have everything match. Today the art IS in the mix. The more creative you can get the more exciting a space feels, so embrace incorporating a variety of styles and have fun with your decor.

Summertime Decor: Boho Style

Boho or bohemian style is characterized by the use of the following elements:

    • plants
    • natural materials & fibers
    • macrame, woven art
    • tapestries
    • world vibe: art and decor from around the world
    • bold hues
    • mixing prints

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Want to learn all about this huge trending style and how easy it is to blend elements into your current decor? Head to our recent blog post dedicated to this amazingly appealing decor movement.

mixing decor styles is exciting

Jodie updated her living room with pops of gold. She used this spectacular gold circular tray as the center piece. She softened the look of the large black coffee table by covering a large portion of the black with this creamy white Tibetan fur accent piece (which can be used as a rug or a throw). The texture of the fur adds interest as well as brightening the room. It has a luxurious look and is a beautiful frame to highlight the centerpiece. A geometric pair of modern planters house colorful faux succulents, adding an organic feel to the space.

Easy summer decor modern boho style

Mix textures, patterns, and colors against a neutral background for easy updates year-round. Jodie chose blue and white pillows to accent softly against her neutral couch and pillows. The leaf patterns on the new throw pillows give a fresh summertime feel. The geometric pattern of her new throw adds interest and texture.

mix decor rustic modern glam styles

Summertime Decor: Gold is Back

If you haven’t noticed already, gold is back, and better than ever. All design trends are cyclical. They come and go in varying cycles. Whether you are talking clothing or home decor, wait long enough and any past trend will eventually have its resurgence. If you love gold, then embrace it now, and for as long as you like. Design trends are simply ideas for your approval. Grab what you love, leave what doesn’t appeal to you, and make it all work for your own personal design aesthetic.

I have always loved gold. Gold jewelry, gold accents, so this return to gold is extra fun for me. Jodie is embracing it as well, and I love to see it. She recently acquired this incredible garden stool that I am head over heels over. The shape of the garden stool takes its origin from the outdoors and is a way to bring the feel of the outdoors in. This brilliant gold color adds a wallop of drama to her room. Pops of gold make this room SIZZLE.

gold decor succulent planters

Summertime Decor: Bedroom Updates

perfect bedroom updates for summer

You can see how Jodie has taken some of the same new decor items and simply moved them into her bedroom. Obviously, these items won’t be staying long-term in BOTH rooms, but she wanted to show you how easy it is to swap out decor items from one room to the next when you’re in the mood for a change.

fresh summertime decor accents for bedroom decor

Sometimes simple and elegant, rustic and glam, old and new just work.

Casual Summertime Decor for the Family room

casual boho summer decor

Jodie took this relaxed tropical theme to another level when she added this rattan chandelier from Ikea. It was inexpensive enough to use just for the season, but regardless of price it’s a statement piece that really adds to the casual summer style she wanted to create.

easy inexpensive summertime decor pillows

easy summertime decor update with throw pillows

mix natural with glam for summertime decor

No matter your decor style updating for the seasons is a great way to gently evolve your decor. Swapping our a few decor elements can be a fast and easy way to make your home feel new and in line with the seasons. Summer is a great time to add different textures or a new color palette. Give your rooms a bright new feel by introducing throw pillows, art, trays, candles, throws, and plants. We hope our ideas and photos have given you inspiration to create your own summertime decor updates.

We hope you will enjoy all of the blogs along the tour. Grab a cup of coffee, follow the links and enjoy.

jodie & julie

Janine  Happy Happy Nester

Kim & Lacey  Styled with Lace

Amy  Crazy Chic Design

Joan  2 Ladies and a Chair

Kathleen  Lindsay Hill Interiors

Tamara  Citrine Living

Liz  Home & Fabulous

Loi  Tone on Tone

Sheila  Maison de Cinq

Julie & Jodie  The Design Twins

Gloribell  I Don’t Know How She Does It

Amie  Meme Hill Studios


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How to Make Your Summertime Decor Sizzle
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  1. […] Julie and Jodie @ The Design Twins […]

  2. Gloribell says:

    Great tips and love the gold accents.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Aw thank you very much. Isn’t it fun to learn from each other? It’s the added benefit of touring! We really did learn lots from visiting all the other blogs. How awesome 🙂 Hope we have plenty of future opportunities to connect. XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  3. Hey girls, I love it all! All the little details are beautiful and the blue wall is fabulous. You are definitely ready for the summer ☀️

    Xox, Lizbeth

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you so much Lizbeth! What a treat to be connected on the tour again! Jodie and I truly enjoyed your blog post. It was a real wow! Your compliments mean so much. Hope we have plenty of opportunities to tour again together in the future. Enjoy the summer! XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  4. Amie Freling says:

    I love that you are mixing metal and the fringed pillow is to die for! The wicker chandelier is beautiful too. Love it all actually. Great job girls. xo

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Yay Amie! Together again and it feels so good! Isn’t that a song? haha! We loved your tour too! Wow! One of the great benefits of touring is we just get so inspired by everyone. Hope you get lots of time to enjoy your beautiful cottage this summer. And, hopefully I’ll get to see you when you visit Seattle and you come out to Lisa’s. Yay again! XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  5. Sheila Irwin says:

    Hi Girls!

    I love the blue pillows you added, they bring such a summer feeling to the room. And that chandelier? So good!! It just screams “summer” to me!

    Great job as always! And glad to be “touring” with you both again:)


    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Sheila! (where’s my waving emoji??) Well, we were both thinking “blue”…interesting how we expressed it so differently. We just love your restyle too! We are very appreciative of being joined on this tour and hope to have many more opportunities. With gratitude, Jodie & Julie

  6. Tamara says:

    Ok ladies, those amazing gold accents are fabulous and they definitely do add sizzle in my mind! I am a HUGE gold lover too! And I love those gorgeous palm printed pillows, perfectly tropical! Love your layers and pattern mixing too, I have to say you’re awesome at it!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Tamara, Truly, your compliments mean so much to both of us, as we hold your design skills and aesthetic in the highest esteem! So fun to be connected for the first time on this blog tour. We hope it is the beginning of many more to come. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie

  7. Kathleen says:

    I love those boho pillow and throws – especially with the gold touches. Perfection, my friends!
    Always fun to see your gorgeous homes!



    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Aw Kathleen, Thank you so much, Friend! We loved seeing your tour as well. Jam packed full of great ideas. Feeling extra blessed to be touring together again! With love and gratitude, Julie & Jodie

  8. Nancy says:

    Hello Ladies,
    Took all the home tours…..all gorgeous!! Thank you for so much Summertime fresh ideas and inspiration!!!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Wow, Nancy! How great that you made it through all the tours! I bet your brain is brimming over with fun ideas!! Hope you have fun putting some of this great inspiration to use 🙂 We love and appreciate your kindness and support. Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  9. Joan says:

    Julie & Jodie, You make it look so easy! You’ve put this look together beautifully… with all these gorgeous patterns and textures….beautiful! You are both fabulous and I’m so glad we’re doing the tour together!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Aw, Joan, Thank you honey! It feels like coming home to be “touring” again together! We could say (and do say) the exact same things about you, so right back atcha sister! Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  10. jjdesigntwins says:

    Loi, You are just the cutest! We aren’t sure if you know just how special you make us feel every single time you comment on our photos or posts…suffice it to say, we have a mild case of “hero worship”…only in the best of sense! You are just so talented and yet so very kind. Just know that we both appreciate you ever so! With love and gratitude, Julie & Jodie

  11. Denise says:

    Hi Jodie and Julie,
    This was such a fun post. I love that chandelier from Ikea it really completes the whole new look of the room. I love the gold accents and the plants. Your homes look fantastic. The photographer did a great job. I will have to hop on over to the other homes linked here. Thanks again for sharing your awesome tips.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Denise, We are so glad you found inspiration on our summer tour. Thank you for your kind praise. We appreciate it so much. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie

  12. Amy says:

    I love your blogging style! Aways so informative, with a great teaching style! I’m loving all of the changes! Very boho chic!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Amy, You are so sweet. Well, we are teachers at heart haha, so I guess once a teacher, always a teacher. So glad you enjoyed the post and all the fun boho details Jodie is incorporating. So fun to be connected on this tour! With love, Julie & Jodie

  13. Kim & Lacey says:

    Love the use of gold and how well you style it-just stunning!


    Kim & Lacey

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Aw thank you so much, Kim & Lacey! Those compliments mean a lot! So happy to be connected on this tour! With love, Julie & Jodie

  14. Marci says:

    Your home looks great for summer!! Really loving the new dark wall and gold decor!!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you Sweet Marci! We love your kindness and your sweet support! Glad you are liking Jodie’s summer decor. Now I’m here in person and just in love. It’s amazing how it looks even better in real life! Hope you are feeling well as you make it through your pregnancy. With love, Julie & Jodie

  15. Janine says:

    Loved your summer tour! The touches of gold make me want to trade in all my silver for gold home accents! I need to get to the store as soon as possible! I adore your boho decor, Jodie. Thanks so much for joining us on this fun summer tour, you two are a super addition!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Aw Janine, You know your kind compliments mean the world to us. Now I’m here and seeing it all in person, and Jodie’s home is even more special in person if that’s possible. We can’t wait to see you in just a few days. With love, Julie & Jodie

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  18. […] we are just getting to work on our summertime transformations here is our Summer Home Tour from last year. We think you’ll find lots of ideas to inspire some easy breezy summer updates […]

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