Are you looking for a summer bedroom design that will look fantastic for the 4th of July AND will have longevity to get you through the rest of the summer until fall? Well you’ve come to the right place!
If you’re like me, you probably love decorating for the seasons! I’ve noticed that some people can struggle with their summer decorations when they focus too much on the 4th of July.
What happens is that just a few weeks in to the season, your decorations start to feel like they’re “expired” and are past due to be taken down. I prefer to decorate one time per season, so I always try to decorate with longevity in mind.
Read on and I’ll teach you now to add subtle nods to the big holiday while you decorate for the season as a whole; without feeling like you’ll need to start all over again on July 5th.
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One of the first things I like to do when I’m planning a design for a space, especially my own, is to come up with 1-3 words to summarize the entire look.
For my Spring bedroom this year, I went with a greenhouse feel.
For summer, I’m going to use “Vintage Summer Vacation” as the theme that I’m shooting for.
Once you have a theme in mind, it’s also fun to find something to serve as your inspiration for your color scheme. For me, it was a new set of Brooklinen Sheets I received! (Use my code “sheholdsdearly” for 20% off orders over $100!)
I love the option to mix and match, and it was fun to add a pop of red with the pillowcases. I like that they were a more orangey/muted red, rather than the highly saturated red that is often associated with the fourth of July.
That actually brings me to tip #1 and #2 for a lasting summer bedroom decorations: Choose less saturated versions for your red & blue; and add pops of red sparingly.
Red especially can be easily overdone. When adding it to a space, I think of it as being very similar to when I decorate with black. I have a whole blog post on decorating with black that shares my best tips for not overwhelming your space with too much of such a strong color.
Tip # 3 is similar, but I think it’s a good idea to always incorporate neutral colors into your space as well. This helps balance out the bolder colors.
Once I knew my theme & my color scheme, I set to work “shopping” through my own seasonal decorations (I have a whole blog post HERE about how I organize and store my decor) to find pieces that I thought might work with this year’s look.
Every time I start a new seasonal decor project, I pull out the bins I have associated with that season, and get to work pulling all the things I think might work well. Then it’s a matter of paring down and editing through those items to choose which ones will work best.
For this look, here are some of the things I initially pulled out:
I didn’t end up using all of them, so you can keep your eye out through the following images as I break down each section of my room! See if you can spot which ones I did decide to use!
When I’m making my bed with a quilt, I always like to pull the quilt up a bit higher than the top of the sheet so that when I turn the bed down, you get a sneak peak of the underside of the quilt.
It’s an extra little bit of design mileage that is easy to miss, but makes a nice impact when remembered!
Then I added my striped duvet across the middle of the bed, and finished it off with a striped red and cream throw blanket.
I love all of the different layers and textures, and the different weights of the blankets that make a great variety for summer naps!
For the nightstands, I added some of the red books, the French Lemonade bottle, my DIY candle, and lots of shell accents.
Our flag picture fits perfectly on this skinny wall section near the closet.
Over at the mantle, I moved the trunk & suitcase that usually sit at the end of my bed and placed them in front of the fireplace (since we won’t be using it at all in these warmer months). I loved that the suitcase adds to the “destination” feel of my vintage summer vacation theme.
I strung up my airmail envelope bunting along the front of the mantle.
On top I added my crocheted table cloth as a runner, my thrifted blue calendar chalk board, some faux thistle, a bucket of shells and a driftwood sailboat.
Behind our rocking chair I hung up the blue bicycle wall hanging.
And that’s it for this year’s summer bedroom design! I hope you’re inspired to do some seasonal decorating in your space for this season.
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