Just like you change your wardrobe for summer, your bedroom “wardrobe” needs a little lightening up, too! Here are a few ideas to update your bedroom for summer.
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1. Change linens on the bed
Take off heavy comforters and blankets. I take off some pillows, too. I keep a throw because, as you can tell, our kitty loves to lay on the bed and I don’t want fur all over. Throws are much easier to wash. But I do use a lighter color.
2. Keep it light
We’re talking color and weight here. I have two sets of sheets that we use in the summer. (Just in case something comes up while our favorite set is in the wash and I don’t get them finished before night.) Our favorite look in the summer is WHITE! White sheets, white pillowcases, white (lightweight) blanket, and a vintage white chenille bedspread.
Parachute provided me with some of these photos and have a great selection of luxury bedding. I also enjoy their post, especially the post about sleeping without a top sheet. Something I didn’t realize so many people did.
I’ve had great luck with finding vintage white sheets and pillowcases. When I bring them home I wash them in hot water with bleach and dry them on high for at least 40 minutes. (And no bedbugs so far!)
Our second set of sheets includes a vintage floral fitted sheet! I think two sheets with this pattern would be overwhelming. But one floral sheet is fun. I match it up with more white sheets and solid pillowcases. As you can tell, I don’t like matching, so I don’t usually buy sheet or comforter sets.
3. Take advantage of the light
We don’t get a lot of light in our bedroom, only one window. Sometimes I change the curtains to a lighter color. Other years I’ve just gone without for the summer to get as much light as possible. (This also helps us to get up earlier because it’s light EARLY!)
4. Lighten up the floors, too
We still have carpet in our bedroom. (That project is still on our to do list.) But I love the feel of the hall floors we just put in. I’ve taken up all the rugs in the hall for the summer so I can enjoy the cool floor.
5. Move the air.
We have a fan in our bedroom all year long, mainly for the background noise. But if you don’t it helps to have it going in the room even if it’s not pointed right on you. A vintage or vintage-style oscillating fan is even better!
6. First remove as much as possible…
Take a good look at the tchotchkes in the room. Pack up some things and store them away ’til fall. Again, think light!
7. …then add a few things back. Add vintage pieces
Add a few things that remind you of summer. A jar of shells from your visits to the beach, let the light shine through old bottles in a window, a stack of old books on your nightstand, globe, or a vintage fan. (Which always reminds me of spending the night at my grandmother’s house in the summer!)
8. Add plants and flowers
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your bedroom fill it up with plants! There are a few houseplants that can get by with lower light. If you have a black thumb just get some nice fake plants… no one but you will know the difference!
9. Add summer color
As I mentioned, we use a lot of white in the summer. But that makes it super easy to add color. You can easily add a US flag pillow between Memorial Day and the 4th of July, a striped crochet throw at the end of the bed, a floral print sheet, or colored pillowcases.
Pillows are a great way to use vintage fabrics, too! You can make a big statement with just a little bold fabric.
10. Add summer sounds.
I just recently discovered white noise machines when we stayed at an Airbnb in Bend, Oregon. As the home owner was showing us around I could hear the birds chirping outside. At least I thought it was outside until she showed us that we could change the sounds to the beach, rain, or jungle. Right now I think the rain sounds would be very relaxing and cooling. (It was only 110 degrees on our patio yesterday!)
Do you update your bedroom for summer? Leave me a comment and let me know what I left off the list.
‘Til the next project,