Best Summer Decorating Color Palettes for your Home

Inspiration for Summer Decor in 2024

If there’s one thing that tends to define summer season, it’s color. From the bursts of blooms to the vibrant hues of beach balls and swimsuits, there’s no shortage of saturation to marvel at. Yet, as bold and whimsical as those shades are, it can be a challenge finding which one is the perfect color palette for your home. To help you narrow down your search, in this blog post, I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite summer color palettes for decor. From bright colors to lush greens, I’ve got unique color schemes and color inspiration for summer to fit every style.

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Textured Neutrals

For the neutral lovers who prefer to keep things simple, crisp, and clean, you can still enjoy the essence of summer in your home’s palette. Simply take inspiration from the colors you see around you in nature. While we love tossing a bold black into the mix for contrast, it’s also key to incorporate plenty of beiges, creams, and wood-colored hues. That way your space will feel like it was plucked right from the outdoors – and just in time for summer!

Inspired by nature, this gallery wall keeps things neutral, yet seasonal.
Inspired by nature, this gallery wall keeps things neutral, yet seasonal. / Source
Blacks, creams, beiges, and golds make up this summer-inspired color palette.
Blacks, creams, beiges, and golds make up this summer-inspired color palette. / Source

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Summer isn’t complete without a beautiful, styled porch in neutral hues.

Sky Blue and Water Hues

Blue is a classic color that, frankly, never gets old in the world of interior design. And considering just how many blue hues you’re around in the summer, it’s an easy choice to make. Pull your inspiration from the different blue hues found in nature. Whether the deep blue of a moody ocean or the hue of a clear blue sky. Layering a few different shades will ensure your space feels not only season-ready, but also calm and tranquil. 

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An arrangement of blue pillows is an easy add to a neutral living room sofa. A classic in summer color palettes for decor.
This front porch captures summer perfectly by layering different patterns and textures in several shades of blue
This front porch captures summer perfectly by layering different patterns and textures in several shades of blue. / Source

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Sandy Beaches

For the beach lover, incorporate sandy beach colors into your home to capture the essence of summer. Think warm tones of beige and tan, along with shades of blue and blue-green. Bring in furniture pieces made of woven natural elements. Use sea grass, rattan, sea shells, and textures reminiscent of beachside hammocks, and driftwood. 

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This soft summer color palette of blues, blushes, and creams reminds me of summer beach days! / Source
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Incorporate natural elements like driftwood centerpieces or potted plants to evoke the tranquility of a coastal retreat.

Paired with a crisp white wall, these varied shades of blue throw pillows are perfect for summer.
Paired with a crisp white wall, these varied blue hues on the bench throw pillows are perfect for summer. / Source

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Sunset Shades

Is there anything more stunning than those summer cotton candy sunsets? Shades of pinks, oranges, and yellows can give your space an instant upgrade and make things feel fresh and new. Just remember that with these colors of summer, it’s important to avoid going overboard – they work best peppered into your home decor (think throw pillows, rugs, or artwork). If you are tempted to go a bit more bold with a new wall color, be sure to choose the right shade so you don’t fall into the hot pink or construction orange realms. Stick to softer, more mellow hues, and you’ll be good to go.

Bringing to mind brilliant sunsets, this color palette pairs coral, gold, and orange hues together brilliantly.
Bringing to mind brilliant sunsets, this color palette pairs warm colors of coral, powder pink, gold, and orange hues together, brilliantly. / Source
Just a touch of these sunset shades is all that’s needed to make this crisp white bedroom pop.
Just a touch of these sunset shades is all that’s needed to make this crisp white bedroom pop. / Source

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A lovely spot on the porch welcomes you with warm tones mixed with natural elements of brick and wood.

This gorgeous deck pairs an ocean view with sunset-inspired decor pieces and the result is a perfect summer escape.
This gorgeous beach house deck pairs an ocean view with sunset-inspired decor pieces and the result is a perfect summer escape.

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Lush Greens

Of course, summer wouldn’t be summer without those bold greens we know and love. Wherever you live, green is a sign of vitality and summer life. From the freshly cut lawns of the Midwest to the cactus-covered landscaping of southern California, green is a color that comes in a wide range of hues. Create a lush vibe in your space with plants that encourages tropical-inspired relaxation.

Soft shades of green and cream combine for a beautiful summer palette. / Source
Soft shades of pale green and cream combine for a beautiful summer palette. / Source

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A chic black patio is transformed into a summer oasis with lush green plants that give a pop of color to the otherwise neutral-heavy space. / Source
A chic black patio is transformed into a summer oasis with plants. Lush deep greens give a pop of color to the otherwise neutral space. / Source

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Paired with rattan decor elements, this green sofa, pillow, and indoor plant make this sunroom the perfect space to soak up the summer heat.
Paired with rattan and summer decor elements, this green mint green sofa with touches of the soft pink accent color make this sunroom the perfect space to soak up the summer. / Source
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A dining room table adorned with crisp white linens, soft green gingham runner, blue and white dishes and summer blooms. / Source

Whether hosting a casual brunch or an elegant dinner party, infusing your dining room with your choice of summer color palettes celebrates the beauty of the season.

Vibrant Garden Color Palette

For those craving a burst of energy in their summer decor, a vibrant color palette inspired by lush gardens and summer blooms is a great choice. Whether through accent pieces of furniture, artwork, or lively floral prints, incorporating this vibrant color palette into your decor invites the beauty and vitality of a summer garden indoors.

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Take your inspiration from the bold color hues! Try lime green, vibrant fuchsia, sunny yellow, and pink, reminiscent of the kaleidoscope of colors found in a summer flower garden.
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Layers of cheerful accent colors on this neutral front porch create an inviting space to enjoy the summer.
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Swap out your wall art seasonally for a refresh of your entry hallway, dining room, or living room

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Before the summer heat transitions into the cool breezes of fall, give your own space the infusion of color! Whether you opt for the soft pastels of a tranquil summer afternoon, a vibrant colorful garden inspired space, or the sandy hues of a coastal paradise, let your decor reflect the joy and leisure of the season. Embrace the beauty of summer through your choice of these summer color palettes for decor. Then, pour yourself a lemonade, and enjoy the summer!

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Hi, I’m Carla

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