It’s Time To Go Bright White! Summer Home Decor Ideas

Tis the season to go bright white! The often unforgiving heat of summer is a great time to lighten up your home color scheme. The air conditioning may have to work a little less if you are in a cool mindset and surrounding yourself with white can bring you there. Light, airy fabrics and slick, shiny surfaces are reminiscent of a cool breeze and icy temps. Here are some easy white summer home decor ideas.

Bright White Summer Home Decor Ideas

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White Bedding Sets

White bedding is my favorite all year but when the temperatures rise they will keep you less heated than a darker, heavy looking color. Check out Wickedsheets for an assortment of bedding that will keep you and your family a few degrees cooler through technology. They will definitely up your sleep game. I also like the many white duvet covers offered at Ikea and the more detailed sheet sets from L.L.Bean.


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White Lamps and Shades

White table lamps are a pretty addition and will fit right in with almost every interior if you pay attention to the shape. Look for something long and curving, squatty and mod or one with an artsy texture. Don’t forget to consider the shade as well. If you already have a lamp you love, maybe consider a brighter white shade to make it really pop.

Cool White Drapes

If you have a space with a great cross current there is nothing more refreshing and romantic than billowing drapes. Soft washed cotton or linen will ripple well in the breeze. For a little more interest include something with a creative pattern of waves or a white on white plaid. I am very fond of white Swiss dot and dot patterns that feel a little traditional but fresh.

White Decor Accessories

Thanks to the sunshine and heat we are blessed with an abundance of flowers, which makes it all worthwhile. Assorted white vases will really make the colors pop and stand out on your darker surfaces. Pottery Barn offers a frosted glass piece that goes from clear to a soft opaque white reminiscent of a chunk of ice. The simplicity of it is so elegant. Or you can add a textured throw pillow to your living space like this wavy pattern from West Elm.

All White Outdoor Decor

Summer is the perfect time to do some entertaining in the backyard or on your apartment balcony. The flowers are in bloom, birds are chirping and everyone wants to take advantage of the brief time we have to spend outdoors. Just because you are outdoors does not mean you need to go casual and serve everything on plastic. Upgrade your summertime entertaining pieces and bring in some fresh white trays and servers that will showcase the beautiful colors of the fruits and vegetables available at this time of the year. I am loving this sleek high gloss white tray from CB2!

Shop White Home Decor

Pictured above from left to right:

L.L. Bean Sunwashed Pintuck Sheet Collection, full set $179

Williams Sonoma Home Ingrid Table Lamp, $295

Pottery Barn Frosted Glass Vases Tall, White, $49.50

West Elm Textured Waves Pillow Cover, 18″x18″, White, Now $24.99

DKNY Ella Pompom Dot 50″ x 84″ Sheer Curtain Set, $45

Kate Spade Gramercy Cheese Board with Knife,  $94.55

CB2 Marq High Gloss White Rectangle Tray, $39.95


Hope you enjoy the sunshine and find a beach somewhere!


– Madeleine

You may also like to read more home design expert tips from Madeleine like How to Make a Statement With Easy Coastal Decorating Ideas and Tips for Mixing Decorating Styles From An Interior Designer.

Madeleine is an Interior Designer and founder of Madeleine Donovan Interiors. Visit and Facebook@mdichicago.

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