Looking to brighten your home with touches of summer decor? Sunshine, sand, and surf are staples in the Lowcountry, and Saturday, June 20th was the summer solstice. With the official start of summer comes a desire to brighten your interior decor, right? 

Cue the music “Summertime and the livin’ is easy…”! While 2020 has forced many of us to postpone our summer travels due to the global pandemic, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the best of our Lowcountry surroundings, outside AND in.


Summer Decor Ideas: Affordable Touches

We combed our favorite Pinterest boards and decor blogs to bring you seasonal decorating tips for Summer 2020. Guaranteed to brighten up your mood and your home, these affordable and beautiful upgrades are easy ways to add summer decor without breaking the bank. Make the most of your summer “staycation” with our list of top decor ideas for the southern home.

Create Summer Centerpieces

Centerpieces are an easy way to freshen your living space as the seasons change. They aren’t just for the dining room table anymore! You can place arrangements on your mantle, entryway table, and kitchen island - get creative!

This year, go for a bold in-home statement that says “summer has arrived”. Here are two ways to create summer centerpieces:


  1. Floral Arrangements
    Flowers are a relatively inexpensive way to add polish to any space. On your next visit to the farmer’s market, consider picking up a fresh arrangement. If you aren’t venturing out much these days, you can always treat yourself to flower delivery. As a bonus, the aroma of the flowers will have your home smelling amazing.

    For our farmhouse-inspired designers, instead of using a regular vase, you can place them in a mason jar. For our Lowcountry-design enthusiasts, incorporate oyster shells or marsh grass.

    Regardless of your theme, you can take it a step further and decorate your vase with some ribbon or twine. The possibilities are endless!

    If you’re not a fan of having to replace fresh flowers often, opt for a beautiful faux arrangement instead. The options available in 2020 are endless and the quality is much better than your mother’s fake florals. We love the extremely realistic styles designed by local business Branches of Hilton Head.

  2. Utilize Fruit
    Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes are commonly used to add pops of color to brighten the room with a summer feel.

    Instead of tucking that bag of lemons away until you make some refreshing homemade lemonade, add them to a jar or bowl and turn them into a centerpiece. 

Speaking of lemonade, try one of these delicious lemonade recipes here, it is Summer after all! 


If you’re looking to get even more creative, introduce other types of fruit and vegetables for more color variety. Pomegranate or rhubarb, pineapple, or grapefruit, the options for color and texture are truly endless!

Southern Home Decor: Summer-Themed Rooms

In addition to adding summer centerpieces, you can create summer-themed rooms throughout your home with a few little changes. Here are some of the most affordable ways to achieve a seasonal look without having to change too much:

  1. Bathroom Decor
    If you had to postpone your cruise or island beach getaway, don’t worry, every time you step into your bathroom you can experience the vacation vibe! For example, create a nautical or beach theme by changing key pieces like the shower curtain, bath rugs, and wall art.

  2. Upgrade Your Bedding
    Give your bedroom an instant summer upgrade by changing your bedding sets and bringing in some bold colors like coral or turquoise.

    Coral Bedroom
  3. Swap Out Your Lamp Shades
    This may not seem like an obvious thing to do, but changing your lampshades is a very affordable way to change a room theme. This isn’t just a summer decor tip! Click here to check out this Pinterest page for some fun DIY ideas.


    We hope you enjoy our summer décor ideas and are able to put some of these seasonal touches in your home! While our summer plans may look a little different this year, brighten your space and lift your spirits with these fun ideas:


    1. Utilize fresh or silk flowers and citrus fruits to create summer centerpieces.

    2. Add bold colors to create summer-themed rooms by changing your bathroom decor, bedding, and swapping out your lampshades.


    Tell us, what is your favorite kind of summer decor and how do you plan on decorating for the season?


    Comment below with your ideas!





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