5 Summer Decor Themes – What’s Your Favorite?

Summer has officially arrived with its holiday barbecues, beach days, vacations, and hot weather. I like to herald in a new season with a change of scenery – and by “scenery” I am of course referring to home decor! There are so many different directions you could go with summer decorating themes – I thought it would be fun to pick five and write about them. I’d really love to get your feedback on these and hear which one you prefer. I have assembled Pinterest boards for each of them to help give visual examples of my take on these themes. Check them out and vote on your favorite summer theme in the comments below.

1. Rustic Patriotic

Primary colors: Red, White and Blue Β | Accent colors: None needed

Oh say, can you see how delightfully charming a distressed flag painted on reclaimed wood can be? Or star-spangled burlap pillows? Or red, white and blue flowers on a farmhouse porch? This theme is for the proud American who relishes BBQ picnics with watermelon and grilled corn-on-the-cob, and loves July 4th fireworks so much they want to infuse their living room with that essence…in a tastefully rustic way.

2. Mountain Lake Lodge

Primary colors: Dark blue, green, brown | Accent colors: Red, yellow, orange, aqua

Hal and I recently took a trip to Blue Ridge, GA, and I am literally salivating thinking about the gorgeous cabins with spectacular mountain views sitting right on Lake Blue Ridge. I love the mix of cozy mountain cabin with fun, lakeside living. If you like lots of warm wood tones, leather, canoes, and don’t mind a cutesy bear or two, than this is the style for you!

3. Coastal Cottage

Primary colors: White and turquoise | Accent colors: Coral, pale yellow, lavender

Sea glass, turquoise water and white sand can all act as inspiration for this style. If your ideal summer involves laying in a hammock listening to waves roll in and out, cooking in a white kitchen with a light blue glass tile backsplash, and lounging on a creamy couch surrounded by beachy objects, then coastal cottage is the way to go. (Hmm, this style reminds me of someone….)

4. European Vacation

Primary colors: Tan, burgundy, eggplant (or so many other options) Accent colors: Green, brown, white, blue

If your heart goes a-flutter at the thought of grand stone courtyards, lush vineyards, Renaissance art, and Parisian bistros, then you might be in need of a european vacation. However, if you can’t afford to summer in Europe, you can bring a touch of France and Italy to your home through a variety of “molto bello” decorations.

5. High-End Nautical

Primary colors: Navy blue and white | Accent colors: Gold, yellow

Step aside, sailor, this style is for the classy captain who’s not afraid to blend a little bling with her blue. Glam gold accents spice up the clean blue and white lines of this look. Don’t be afraid to bring in some unique objects to add some character to this contemporary, elegant theme.

Now it’s time to vote. Which summer decor theme is your favorite?


The Apartment Project: Beachy Master Bath



An apartment bathroom is such a small space that there’s only so much you can do with it. This can be good and bad since it keeps you from getting carried away or feeling pressure to spend a bunch of money to finish off a space, but it also limits your options. We decided not to paint to save us the hassle of having to repaint it white before we move out. Another perk of keeping a bathroom white is that it keeps it feeling clean and bright, especially since there is no window. White can also help small spaces feel larger.



Rug and curtain









If you’re going to stick with white walls, then you have to find some other way to bring color in to the room, and textiles are a great way to do that. A daily shower is a must in our household so buying a shower curtain was one of the first things we did the night that we moved in. We raced over to TJ Maxx right before it closed, and quickly selected a curtain and bath mat from the few options that were available. The shower curtain has an elegant coral design in a light turquoise, and the cushy mat is the same color. This inspired a beachy theme with some vintage charm.

Beach sign


We happened to have this sign that says “Life is better when you’re at the beach” from when we lived in Southampton, so that immediately went up on the wall opposite the mirror.

Bathroom Clock





After much searching, I found a rusty, light turquoise clock to add to the wall. A clock in the bathroom is a must-have for getting ready for work in the morning. Once I start putting on my makeup I pretty much lose track of time and space, and can so easily end up in my own little twilight zone if I don’t have a clock visible.




Lantern closeupA candle always works in a bathroom. Heck, where doesn’t a candle work? Maybe not the laundry room, I guess. Lanterns are super fun decor pieces because you can find them in so many different shapes, sizes and styles. Here I used a lantern with a slightly rusty metal frame, glass insert and a rope handle. I was pretty excited to stumble upon two picture frames that emulated the metal and rope combination.


Hanging Beach pics

Initially we were stumped as to what to put in the picture frames. It didn’t seem quite appropriate to hang pictures of our loved ones in the vicinity of the toilet (but that’s just a personal choice). Instead, I put up a couple photos of the Grecian coastline that Hal had taken years ago.



Apothecary Soap

With such a small countertop, I was very careful to not clutter the space with too many doodads. A good rule of thumb for a small area is don’t add anything to your countertop that’s not useful and necessary. Pick things that are functional and stylish. I love the look of this apothecary style soap dispenser that I found. The glass jar beside it was a three dollar thrift store find, and it works great holding cotton balls and q-tips.