The past year has been rough; we’ve missed out on birthday parties, graduations, and holiday celebrations. This year with the #FreedomToSummer, having small gatherings creating spaces that are perfect for all your summer events. Summertime activities aren’t only outdoor activities. Hosting an event or having guests over for dinner parties are great examples of ways to celebrate all the milestones we’ve missed. With celebrating comes redoing your space to match the summer freedom that we’ve all been waiting for.

Before the guest list or menu is planned, the first order of business should be your dining room decor. The ambiance of the room can drastically change a party’s mood, but thankfully, embracing a summery theme is easy! Here are three ideas to get you started.

Brighten Up Your Color Palette

With summertime decor, a bright color palette that includes fun patterns is the best way to bring summer indoors. Incorporating color with accent pieces such as window treatments, rugs or even wall decor can make it easier to manage color in your home. A great summer throw pillow like the Nourison Mine Victory Pineapple Plush throw pillow adds a fun beachy island vibe to any space in your dining room. Staying on theme for summer, you can also use the summer Pantone colors as inspiration when deciding which colors would look best in your home.

Tabletop decor offers another way to incorporate additional visual interest into your dining space. Adding textile pieces allows you to create visual interest in your space. Elements such as table runners, colorful napkins, and placemats help add style and dimension to the setup. Want something a little more minimalist? Flowers and candles are chic, understated elements that offer a pop of color without drawing too much attention.

Keep it Organic: Plants, Flowers & Wood

Natural elements are a great way to bring some of the outdoors into your summer decorations. Adding plants, flowers and wood to your dining room decor can help to balance out color from your accent pieces. Faux plants are alternative if you’re not too confident with real plants.

There are more opportunities to add wood elements than just your dining table and chairs. Wood print placemats, artisan serving bowls, or mixed media light fixtures bring a rich, organic quality to the room. Plants and flowers can be used as dining room wall decor as well, not just for centerpieces. One way to incorporate all three elements into your dining room decor is by adding floating shelves to one of your walls and showcasing different plants and accessory pieces. Add framed wall art to your dining room decor to add color and balance the wood elements in your dining room.

Porcelain is Preferred

If you prefer your personality to shine through with your tablescapes instead of pieces on your wall, then having dinnerware that holds up through all your summer events would be your pick.

Choosing porcelain dinnerware is one of the many options, it’s more durable, microwave, oven, and freezer safe. Porcelain can give a chic appearance to any space without taking too much attention from the other elements of your dining room. And, with many bright and summer patterns to choose from, the only issue you’ll have is picking which to bring home.

Whether you decide to keep things simple or go all out for your guests, having pieces that stand out during any event is always essential.  Lastly, an important decor tip is to let your personality should shine through with all your decor pieces and have fun. You may be the host, but having fun is just as important as decor.

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