Adding pops of cheerful color or breezy textures to your decor indoors and out can instantly capture the bright and airy feeling of summer.

Your friends at Al Williams Properties have come up with 10 easy DIY ideas that will put you in a sunny mood every time you look at them. 


  1. Declutter: Less is more.

There’s nothing like a good purge to get your home feeling clutter-free, peaceful, and ready for summer. Pack up the goods you no longer want and take them to a local donation center and see if they can use the things that you no longer need.


  1. Dine and decorate in color.

Farmers Market season is in full swing, and it’s time to pick up fresh produce to inspire you to cook and eat healthy and in color. There’s nothing better than supporting a local small business. Bonus: fresh fruits and veggies add a beautiful pop of color to your kitchen.


  1. Freshen up your bar.

Summertime and entertaining is easy. Now is a great time to freshen up your bar with florals, plants, and some seasonal drink options. If you don’t have a dedicated bar space, a tray to contain your fun glasses & bar tools is a great alternative. Use fresh fruit from the farmers market to “summer-ize” your cocktails or mocktails.


  1. Bring the outside in.

We think summer is the perfect time to flex your green thumb. Looking for a plant that’s hard to kill? We recommend picking up a snake plant, dieffenbachia, spider plant, philodendron, succulent, or ZZ plant at your local garden center. They’re low maintenance, inexpensive, and will instantly brighten your room. If you’ve been thinking about getting a new plant, this is your sign to do it!

Not sure if houseplants are your thing? Collect a bundle of fresh flowers from your yard, florist of grocery store or some greenery from a recent hike to bring in a touch of nature.


  1. Add some pops of color.

Accessories, accessories, accessories. A year-design in your home makes sense, but a quick accessory swap is a fun way to brighten your space and celebrate the summer season. Floral or citrus candles, a summery throw pillow, or a lighter-weight throw blanket are all great options. Just a few changes can make your home feel super fresh!


  1. Restyle your shelves.

Try this trick for any room that needs a quick refresh: Remove everything from the shelves. Dust off each one, starting with the top and working your way down. Then replace everything in a new arrangement. If you haven’t touched these knick-knacks in months (or even years), this mini-move can change the entire room.


  1. Shop your home for accessories.

Tired of looking at the same decor from your regular spot on the sofa? Shop the other rooms in your home for vases, decorative objects, and art. The simple act of taking the candlesticks from the dining room table and moving them to the living room TV console can make them feel new again.

Take a look in your storage space—furniture or accessories you once relegated to the attic may be in fashion again. Clean them up and work them into your decor.


  1. Pressure-wash outdoor areas.

Take advantage of the warmer weather to give your home a high-powered cleaning. A pressure washer can quickly remove buildup on siding, driveways, decks, patios, and walkways.


  1. Paint your front door.

Painting your front door is a simple summer decorating upgrade. Whether you go for a bold shade of yellow or a soft pastel pink, creating a contrast between your door and your home’s exterior creates an eye-catching style statement. Pair your colorful door with a few planters filled with bright-colored plants and you are ready for summer guests.


  1. Update your backyard for entertaining.

Hang light fixtures for nighttime visibility and bring in pops of color—bright oranges, yellows, and reds are ideal—to set the summer vibe.

Outdoor furnishings can tie together a theme or colors. That doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a coordinating patio set. Fix up what you already have or hunt down used or cheap outdoor furnishings online or at flea markets.


Ready to enjoy your summer on the Crystal Coast? Give Al Williams Properties a call so we can help you find a home and you can begin enjoying all that the Crystal Coast has to offer.

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