How to Give Your Living Room a Quick and Easy Refresh for Summer

Check out this genius strategy to get your living room ready for summer, from Simply host Haley Cairo.
By Lisa Milbrand
May 21, 2021
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Is your home ready for summer? Once your spring cleaning is handled, you can give your space a summer-ready look. But as Simply host Hailey Cairo points out, you don't have to spend a small fortune to give your living room a warm-weather makeover.

Instead, invest in a few cool accessories that make your home feel refreshed-think swapping out pillow covers, artwork, and even your curtains and coffee table books. (Bonus: The fall/winter stuff you stash won't take up a lot of storage space, so you can easily break them out again when the seasons change.)

Think natural, light, and beachy with your accessory picks, and you'll get that vacation vibe-even if you're staying at home.

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Replace heavy window coverings with breezy linen in light, summery hues.

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These simple curtain rings make it super easy to switch out your curtains as the seasons change.

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If you're lacking a green thumb, you can still add a touch of greenery to your home with a botanically themed coffee table book.

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Get inspiration to tackle your next summer project (a backyard or balcony redo)-or just enjoy the pictures in this beautiful coffee table book.

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If you're an aspiring plant mom, this stylish guide will give you all the info you need to keep your greenery thriving.

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Light-colored pillows (like this soft neutral with checks of blue) add a summery vibe to your sofa.

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Hailey likes to stick with soft neutrals, like this beachy pillow, for her summer living room.

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Soft-hued pillows are an inexpensive way to update your living room.

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This pretty floral pillow adds a touch of botanical pattern to your living room.

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Mixing in bold patterns like this bright blue floral adds a pop of color to a neutral-hued living room.

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Look for pillows in an array of sizes-like this large lumbar pillow-to add interest to your sofa.

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Not into color? Go with soft neutrals with intriguing textures to add a touch of summer to your living room.

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Trade out your furry or heavier throws for a lighter knit coverlet that's perfect for cool summer nights.

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Bring some no-maintenance greenery into your home with an arrangement of balls of preserved moss. 

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This pretty wood bowl would be the perfect vessel for balls of moss, seashells and beachy treasures, or fresh fruit.

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This woven basket gives off serious picnic basket vibes-use it to hold potted plants or serve snacks and cocktails.

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Another easy way to freshen up your space for summer is to change out the artwork with lighter nature scenes, such as this pretty oil painting.

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Change up your artwork inexpensively by buying digital reproductions of classic artworks-like this lovely sketch of the ocean-and getting prints made. 

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This bold digital reproduction of a 19th-century sketch of the ocean gives your home a beachy vibe.

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Simple black frames highlight your artwork, without competing with it.

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Trade in your heavy winter-scented candles for softer, greener scents, like this herbal combo of eucalyptus and sage. 

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This softly scented candle features botanical notes of bergamot, violet, and sandalwood-perfect for summer.

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Hailey moves plants around her house to give it a more summery vibe. She shifted in this airy olive tree in place of a spiky snake plant.