Budget Friendly Summer Decorating Tips

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by Patrice on April 5, 2011 · 0 comments

in Decorating On A Budget

A clean, uncluttered room gives the impression that it’s a lot cooler than a room that is heavily furnished and filled with large furniture. During the warmer seasons, the single mom is probably looking for decorating ideas that will be easy to take care of, make her family comfortable and invite them to spend time together. If the decorating changes can be done for little or no money, so much the better.

There are several summer decorating tips a single mom on a budget can use to give her home a new look for spring and summer without completely overhauling each room and buying new accessories.

Window Treatments

A single mom who doesn’t depend on window treatments for privacy can take down heavy drapes or dark curtains and replace them with panels of sheer material for summer. For more coverage or to partially block the heat of the afternoon sun, consider stitching together light color panels from bed sheets.

Fire Place

A fire place is seldom used during summer, but that doesn’t mean the single mom can’t use it as a visual focal point. Clean it well and set plants inside. A basket of dried flowers or fake greenery will also brighten up a space that would have otherwise been neglected.

For the single mom who likes scented candles, make an arrangement of candles and candlesticks of various sizes and colors that are used elsewhere in the room. The candles will give the illusion of a working fireplace while filling the space with a light scent.


Artificial flowers and greenery can often look natural in a room. Look for items at rummage sales which are everywhere during the summer, thrift shops and even dollar stores. Place the greenery on surface that would be wasted space, like on the top of cupboards, in containers you have on display, or tucked in bookcases and display cabinets.

Kitchen Ideas

If you can take an item off of the counter, do it. Hang shelves from beneath the cabinets to store items you need within reach.

Replace the dark tablecloths with light colored place mats.

If you have a kitchen window, fill the ledge with pots of herbs. The herbs will not only make the kitchen smell good, but will give it a clean and airy feel.

Cover a cork board with a remnant of material to use as a family communication center.



About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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