13 Budget-friendly Summer Decor Ideas for Your Luxury Santa Clara Apartment

June 20, 2016

 Do you want to bring the colors and feelings of the season into your apartment this summer?

Why wouldn’t you?

Today, we’re going to explore some of the best – and cheapest – ways to approach summer decorating that will make your apartment positively glow with summer warmth.

And even if you’ve never decorated a room in your life, this list of easy ideas is just what you need to figure out how to improve your space for the season.

1.      Light Up the Night

Lighting is one of the most important elements in room design. And for the summer months, you want your luxury Santa Clara apartment to be elegant, yet cozy and inviting.

So, think about the best lighting pieces for the summer state of mind. So, transform your spaces to embrace the summer atmosphere. Try hanging paper globes, colorful chandeliers, and warm lamps on open table space. Dress up your globe string lights with sheer ribbon strips to create a festive, outdoor ambiance right in your bedroom or living room.

After the sun goes down, the summer evenings are a fantastic time for staying up late and enjoying the company of friends – so keep the lighting bright and welcoming.

2.      Get Simple

If your current apartment décor could be considered “busy,” you might want to consider simplifying.

For one, every space will be more open. While your clutter may be cozy, try to cut back on as much furniture and random knick-knacks as possible. Keep to the basics in every room to really free up as much room as possible.

Throw open your doors and windows, pull back your curtains, and get rid of anything that might seem gloomy or dark. You don’t want to remind your guests or yourself about the colder months when you’re enjoying your summer relaxation.

3.      Create the Perfect Dining Table

Before entertaining your family and friends indoors, you can have fun arranging your dinner table with all the elements of summer.

Drape your table in brightly colored tablecloths, or use plain white bed sheets with a colorful table runner. If you have differently colored chairs – or even better, wicker or metal chairs – mix and match them around the table to create a casual, summer barbecue feel.

And don’t forget your centerpiece! Mix wine glasses of all sizes with other glassware, or maybe a few wonderfully-scented candles. Drop beads from your local craft store into the bottom of your glasses, and add floating candles to the larger glasses to set the mood for your summer get-together.

4.      Add Organic Appeal

Summer is full of life – especially plant-life. So, you should consider adding touches that make your luxury Santa Clara apartment an environment with a more natural feel.

If you can find them, get your hands on some succulents and plant them in a large shell. These tiny plants last for ages and require little attention, which makes them a great addition to summery décor.

For flowering houseplants, you can try some of these from this Better Homes and Gardens list:

  • African Violet
  • Hibiscus
  • Peace Lily
  • Oxalis
  • Anthurium
  • Jasmine
  • Kaffir Lily
  • Streptocarpus
  • Geranium
  • Begonia

Even if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs, you should be able to keep these plants alive and thriving indoors during the summer months.

5.      Paint Custom Murals and Stencils

An inexpensive alternative to new wallpaper and brand new coats of paint is to add custom designs to your walls and floors.

This method of decorating gives your room character without taking up space or costing you a fortune. Just go out to your nearest craft store and look for neat, inspiring designs – or find fabric with cool geometric figures and make your own stencils on the cheap.

Simply take photos of the fabric or find stencils online, print it out and use a cut out of the stencil with a small foam roller. Every surface of your apartment could benefit from a colorful one-of-a-kind design.

6.      Bring In the Outside Colors

Summer is full of bright and lively colors. Think about the scene outside: gorgeous flowers, colorful birds, the big blue sky.

To make your apartment feel as alive as it does outside, you need to reflect the summer scene. Fully embrace the warmer season by bringing in the blues, whites, and yellows of summer. Beneath your feet, use sand-colored rugs.

When you mimic the aesthetic of your Santa Clara locale, you won’t experience a stark contrast when you’re home and comfortable after a long day outside.

7.      Accessorize for Summer

Instead of switching out all your furniture and carpeting, go for smaller touches like new curtains, comforters, throw pillows, and rugs.

A pop of summer color will leave the deep hues of winter behind. When you let in the light from the summer sun, you can brighten up your apartment with exciting fabrics and upholstery.

You can also include items like playful statuettes of turtles, seashells, fish, flowers, and stars. Decorate your walls with playful anchors, wall scrolls with sunny beach prints, a woven tapestry, or patriotic flags and imagery to prepare for the 4th of July.

Even the most minor addition like a big pitcher of ice water on your dining room table screams of summer – so pay close attention to your accessories.

8.      Grow a Mini Herb Garden

When it comes to apartment living, you may not have the outside space to cultivate a great herb garden. So bring it inside!

A compact kitchen herb garden will not only look and smell great for your summer décor – it’ll also convince your friends that you’re a seasoned Italian chef who needs fresh herbs at your disposal.

Since the summer sun is so generous, your herbs will grow big and strong and can even become a year-round fixture in your kitchen.

9.      Change the View

During the fall and winter months, you may use a fireplace or television as a focal point in your living room.

For summer, shift the focus of the room toward your open windows after you remove heavy draperies. Rearrange your furniture to catch light at all possible angles.

If you can, create triangles wherever you can to form a harmonious grouping of furniture whose lines meet at windows and light sources. This way, your eyes will always be drawn to the beauty of the outdoors, while appreciating the scenery inside as well.

10.  Play With Themes

Summer is all about ideas: vacation, relaxation, and playtime.

The themes of the beach, under the sea, beautiful flower gardens, tiki bars and luaus, sparkling morning meadows, even the Wild West – all of these are appropriate for decorating luxury apartments in Santa Clara.

Every night in the summer is an occasion to experiment with a new party theme for you and your guests to get into the mood of the season. So, think about your favorite parts of summer and share your ideas through your décor.

11.  Install Canopy Beds

When you think of summer nights on the beach, you probably picture retiring to a cozy, moonlit canopy bed.

All you need is a four-poster bed with a frame, and you’ll have a tall bed draped with a canopy and curtains.

Let the summer breeze blow through your dreamy canopy curtains night and day. It’ll create a carefree, romantic atmosphere in your apartment bedrooms that you can’t recreate in the winter months.

12.  Spread Summery Scents

In the long summer months when your apartment is closed up to keep out the heat, the air might get a little stale. To avoid this, you’ll want to bring in your choice of appealing smells.

And to create a full aesthetic experience of summer, you need to focus on ones that reflect the season.

Gingerbread and evergreen may work for winter months, but in the summer you’ll want fresher scents, so here are some you can try:

  • ocean breeze
  • fresh flowers
  • cucumber-melon
  • pineapple
  • strawberries
  • lavender
  • pine
  • eucalyptus
  • sage

These intoxicating aromas are sure to remind you and your guests about the comforts of summer while you all take in the full atmosphere of your fresh décor.

13.  Create a Cozy Reading Nook

Summer is the perfect time for peace and quiet to escape from the rest of the world. What you really need is a space to get away from it all with a good book.

Look to your bedroom or walk-in closet, or find an empty corner near a window to pad with cozy cushions, pillows, and blankets.

The most important part of a perfect reading nook is to create that sense of calming separation from the noise of the outside world. Hang a curtain or use a folding screen to partition the space, and surround yourself with objects and colors that make you feel at ease without cluttering the area.

If you find yourself dozing off, great! You’ve made such a relaxing spot for yourself that you can’t help but take an afternoon nap.

Well, isn’t that something? Decorating your luxury Santa Clara apartment for the warmest season without overspending isn’t hard at all.

Now that you know how to handle summer décor, it’s time to start planning for all the fun times ahead that you’ll have in your home.