Summer is a time for slowing down and spending time with family and friends. It’s also the perfect time to update your home with a bit of a décor refresher. After all, you want those visiting relatives to feel at home – and welcome!

Sometimes, giving your home a style facelift requires a fresh start with all new fine furniture and a matching color scheme. Other times, all it takes is some quick design “tweaks” to achieve a whole new look. These 6 simple tips will help you get your home looking fresh in no time.

Tip #1: Give your throw pillows a new look

You’d be surprised by how much of a difference throw pillows can make when it comes to the interior design of your home. Whether you choose to come up with some DIY creative pillow decoration ideas, or visit your local home décor store to pick up some new pillows, the addition of fresh colors and materials to your couch can give your living room a whole new vibe.

Tip #2: Mix up your furniture layout

The simple act of switching up where your furniture is currently placed can give any room in your home a fresh, new feel. Try moving side tables and other accent pieces first, for a small refresher, or enlist the rest of your family to help you move around the larger pieces (like your dining room table and chairs) for an even bigger impact.

Tip #3: Create the feel of a bigger space with mirrors

Mirrors have long been known to add the illusion of extra space to a room, and they can do wonders for your decorating scheme, as well. There are many mirror decorating ideas that can really open up any room in your home, while also adding light and positive energy. Try checking out local yard sales and flea markets for some great new mirrors without spending a fortune.

Tip #4: Add some life with potted plants

Houseplants can be a wonderful addition to any space, and provide a whole new look and feel to almost any room in your home. Indoor plants tend to be much lower on the maintenance scale than their outdoor brethren, and come in many different sizes, shapes, and colors. Smaller potted plants can also be placed in a variety of holders to add an extra dash of personality.

Tip #5: Bring in some spice with new accent pieces

Adding a new accent piece to your favorite room can give you the feeling of change without investing any serious time or money. Look for well-made accent tables in your choice of style and wood stain, and watch as the room opens up to welcome the new addition.

Tip #6: Switch things up by rearranging your framed photos

Many people don’t realize what a great decorating opportunity they are missing out on when it comes to their framed family photos. Simply changing around the arrangement of the frames you already have on the wall into a more eclectic and original formation can really add an artsy flare to a room. Also be sure to keep an eye out at those yard sales and flea markets for good deals on some beautiful antique frames, to add something new to your space.

The Bottom Line

If you follow these 6 simple tips for freshening up your home for summer, you should have a new look to enjoy over the coming summer months, along with anyone else who shows up for some fun in the sun – then it’s just a matter of sitting back and listening to the compliments roll in!

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