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Looking to Give Your Home a Breezy Summer Refresh? Here Are 3 Affordable Ideas from IKEA

published May 24, 2022
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It’s that wonderful time of year when we get to utter those three magic words: Summer is here. And whether you have an apartment in the city or a cottage in the country, you’re probably hoping to make a few seasonal upgrades and changes. Maybe you want to turn your backyard into an outdoor dining area that reminds you of your favorite restaurant. Struck by wanderlust? Now is the time to transform your bedroom into a hotel-inspired abode.

Whatever your vision, refreshing your home for summer shouldn’t drain your budget. A few statement pieces and clever tweaks can help you create a space you’ll enjoy to the fullest — no matter the size of your space. IKEA has long been our go-to for affordable yet quality products that can be styled in near endless combinations. Their simple, imaginative, and renter-friendly solutions help you harness your home’s potential, no matter your budget. Here are three style boards that will inspire you to bring summer vibes home.

Simple Summer Refreshes

One of our favorite ways to renew a space for the season is to swap out textiles: It’s a paycheck-friendly fix that works in even the smallest of studio apartments. The limited-edition ANLEDNING Cushion cover instantly gives your throw pillows a facelift; better yet, it’s double-sided, giving you two looks in one. Refresh your bedding set with timeless NORDRUTA White sheets and playful colors like those in the seaside-inspired VITPYROLA Duvet cover. This look wouldn’t be complete without an iconic IKEA vase like the GRADVIS Vase, which social media has already embraced as a go-to styling product for the summer.

PRO TIP: Swapping out textiles is the easiest way to refresh for a new season.

Sizeable Summer Swaps

Summer doesn’t have to mean florals and vibrant patterns if they’re not your style. Part of the joy of being able to decorate your own home is taking inspiration from the season and putting your unique spin on it. In summer 2022, we expect to see natural fabrics, warm neutrals, and boho-inspired decor pieces. We’re in love with the off-white PEDERSBORG Flatwoven rug, which adds instant warmth and luxury to any room. It pairs perfectly with the SYMFONISK Speaker lamp, a light and airy statement lamp that conveniently doubles as a speaker — extra helpful for apartment dwellers. For a burst of on-trend color, frame the room with a set of MAJGULL Blackout curtains. They’ll keep the heat out, and let you catch a few more zzz’s in the morning. A good rule of thumb: For a full look, you’ll want your curtains’ finished width to be at least two times the width of your window.

PRO TIP: Take a look at trends, but in the end choose what looks good to you!

Substantial Summer Glow-Ups

If you have the budget to invest in a few summer statement pieces, IKEA has the answer. The HAVSTEN Sofa reminds us of the cloud sofa we’re seeing in celebrity homes everywhere these days. There are no hard edges here; just generous seats and fluffy cushions that can turn your outdoor space into a comfy oasis. We’re also fans of mixing and matching light-colored wood furniture like the pine PERJOHAN Bench with built-in storage. When it comes to making a space feel luxe, bigger is usually better, so why not take home a faux potted plant like the FEJKA Kentia palm or FEJKA Bird of paradise?

PRO TIP: One or two statement pieces offer big style bang for your buck.