Summer is headed our way and we are ecstatic to bring on some happy, warm-weather, colorful décor into our homes! Warmer weather also brings more people outside their homes and into their yards. We’ve rounded up some great DIY projects and ways you can include summer feels into (and out of) your home.
There’s no better way to start refreshing your space for summer than with a patio makeover. If your patio isn’t your hangout spot for summer already, it will be (especially since we’ve been cooped up inside)! Our recipe for a great outdoor entertaining space includes great outdoor furniture, coverage, an outdoor ceiling fan, a small kitchen, and a bar!
For your great outdoor entertainment space, start out by adding new outdoor furniture to your space. Outdoor dining tables come in a lot of durable, stylish materials now and are a great way to seat many people, host dinners, and play games! Add additional outdoor chairs to your space as needed. We highly recommend a fire pit, too!
Next think about coverage for your space. If you already have a covered space, you can skip this section. If don’t have a covered space, keep reading. Adding a pergola or covered roof will allow you hang string lights, plants, and other décor items. A full covered space will allow you to stay outside rain or shine but may be more costly. A pergola could be more stylish and look great in spaces that may be further from your home but doesn’t give full coverage from rain or sun.
Get your backyard prepared for hot weather with a Hunter outdoor ceiling fan to keep you cool, keep your patio looking great, and keep the bugs away. But first, you’ll need to understand which outdoor ceiling fan to get based on the location of the fan. ( Check out this blog to see the difference between damp, wet, and WeatherMax outdoor-rated ceiling fans.
And lastly, a small kitchen and bar will complete your outdoor entertainment dreams! An outdoor kitchen is a great way mingle with your guests or family while cooking great food. Outdoor kitchens can be a cheap as $300 or as expensive as you want. Our advice? Start small. Use stone or wood to build around your grill for a custom look. Add a mini fridge to store drinks, sauces, and other food supplies you may need. Check out these Pinterest ideas. Don’t forget the fun! Outdoor bars are trending big time in 2020. Whether it’s a small tier table, bar cart, or a custom-built bar àoutdoor bars will enhance the fun! (at least for the adults ?) Check out this article from Good HouseKeeping for more inspo.
POPS of Color
We say “go bold or go home” for summer 2020! Pick a wall in your home and paint it a bold color. We’re thinking light blues, pinks, and yellows! If this doesn’t say summer, we don’t know what will. Of course, refresh those accent pillows in your living room and bedrooms to something summery. We love fruit-patterned pillows! You know the ones with watermelons on them? They are perfect for summertime! You can also try replacing your ceiling fixture with one of our new brighter ceiling fan finishes like the Blush Pink Cranbrook, the Satin Copper Norden, and Indigo Blue Mill Valley! Adding greenery around your home is always a great way to fill and brighten up those empty corners or shelves. There is nothing more cheerful than sunshine coming through your windows and bright colors floating around your home. Bring in those bright, fun summer colors through your accent pillows, greenery, and wall accents!
It’s time to refresh your bar carts with new summertime drinks and décor! Check out these quick tips:
Step 1: Add fresh fruit! Try adding seasonal fruits in a bowl on your bar cart. They are great for looks and adding to your cocktails! If you don’t know what to get, try lemons or pineapples.
Step 2: Tea Towels. Fun, summer tea towels are a great way to incorporate your personality. Choose a tea towel with quirky summer sayings or just stick to the basics and add a tea towel with cheerful colors. If you have your bar cart around your pool, having a few pool towels on your cart is always handy.
Step 3: Straws and glass! You always need straws and glasses at a bar cart. Whether you’re doing a fun lemonade cart for the kids or having a cocktail with friends, these are always great to have on hand. Use straws with fun shapes or stripes! Use clear or colored basic drinking glasses too add the perfect summer touch.
Step 4 (and our favorite): Drinks, of course! You can’t have a bar cart without the drinks. Add your favorite canned or bottled mixers for your cocktails. Juice boxes are great for kids. Line them up to make a pretty display in your bar cart.
Restyle Your Tablescape
Need an instant summer mood booster? Restyle your tabletops. Get creative by mix- matching patterns and texture in your linens and place setting. Check out some of our recommendations below!
Casual look: We love gingham tablecloths or runners mixed with floral patterned napkins. Try using mason jar glassware and white plates for the perfect look.
Farmhouse look: Wooden or metal trays work well as a center piece for this style! Add lemons to your tray for a summer look. Use buffalo check napkins and pottery-styled dinnerware to complete your farmhouse tablescape.
Coastal look: Use big glass jugs or lanterns with candles as centerpieces for a dramatic/statement effect. Add small wood accents throughout your table accessories, like beads or balls. Wicker or woven chargers are perfect for this look! Add blue dinnerware, white napkins, and beaded drinking glasses for your coastal style.
Of course, you can change up your center pieces with playful flower arrangements for an instant summer feel.
Get your home summer ready! Brighten up your spaces and get prepared for summer fun with these DIY tips. We always love to see your Hunter styled space. Use the hashtag #itsahunter and tag us on Instagram @hunterfanco to be featured.