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Decorating Ideas for a Summer Bedroom

Use these easy decorating ideas to create the perfect summer bedroom. Learn how to transform your master bedroom into a relaxing summer retreat.

Use these easy decorating ideas to create the perfect summer bedroom. Learn how to transform your master bedroom into a relaxing summer retreat.It’s time for another Room by Room summer series. This time it’s all about the summer bedroom, and more specifically, the master bedroom. I recently gave our master bedroom a mini-makeover and still love how it looks. Just a few quick fixes can turn a dark and boring room into a bright and relaxing retreat. I can’t wait to share these easy decorating ideas with you.

You have to see the how these easy summer bedroom decorating ideas turned this dark room into a bright summer bedroom.

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The first thing I knew we needed to do to brighten up our master bedroom for summer was to update the curtains. And while I do love color, I decided to go for white curtains. The curtains offer plenty of privacy, but still let in lots of light! When I walk from our hallway into our bedroom, it always feels like the lights are already on. I love all that natural light.

I love how these inexpensive curtains added so much light and style to this master bedroom. See the entire summer bedroom makeover here.

Natural light is the best way to freshen up any room. We are lucky enough to have two decent sized windows over our bed and another small window in our door that goes to our backyard. Because of this we have a lot of light. If you are not lucky enough to have lots of windows in your master bedroom, try these tips to make the most of the light you do have.

  • Use sheer or light white curtains to let the light in.
  • Get rid of window blinds that block a lot of light.
  • Add a large mirror to help bounce the light back into the room.
  • Lighten up the wall color to give the appearance of a lot of light.
  • Use lightbulbs with daylight color temperature (5000K-6500K) to give the appearance of natural light.

Update your master bedroom for summer with these easy tips. It doesn't have to take a lot of time or money to have the perfect summer bedroom.

Replacing the curtains doesn’t have to cost a lot either. I used 2 packs of $10 Ikea curtains for the entire wall in our master bedroom. Even though our windows are small, I made the curtains go from the floor to the ceiling to add the illusion of height. It totally works too! And the curtain rods we used are actually black plumbing pipe from the Home Depot. Total cost for the 12′ curtain rod = less than $50.

A beautiful summer bedroom is just a few easy steps away. See how I transformed our dark room into the perfect light & bright retreat.

The other part of creating the perfect summer bedroom of course is the bedding. You can use whatever color of bedding you want, but I do like white. The white comforter with the white curtains really brighten up the room. It has the feel of a high end hotel. But most people are afraid of white because they get dirty. The perfect solution is a white duvet cover.

White duvet covers are super easy to clean too. I bought this cotton one about 6 months ago and it’s still looking great. We wash it monthly and use Oxyclean to soak it for extra cleaning power. It is way easier to clean a duvet cover than an entire comforter too. And the down comforter is even cool enough for hot summer evening while still keeping us warm in the cold winters.

Don't be afraid of white bedding. These tips will help keep your white bedding clean for the perfect summer bedroom.

Tips for keeping white bedding clean:

  • Use a lint roller to remove pet hair and lint between washing.
  • Cover bedding with a duvet cover that can be easily cleaned and is less expensive to replace.
  • Soak bedding in warm water and Oxyclean for up to a day before washing (it will not damage the fabric).
  • Use bleach as needed for stubborn spots.

To really dress up our summer bedroom, we dressed the bed with fun bright colored pillows. To keep our mini makeover on budget, I used the dark silk curtains I removed to make pillow shams. The silk makes the pillow pile feel very expensive and it cost us nothing. Then I made these cute farmhouse pillow cases, complete with bows, out of the pillow shams that came with the duvet cover. Another budget friendly option. And since we do not sleep on either of these pillows, I purchased inexpensive pillows to put in them (I payed around $8 for a set of 2).

Transform old silk curtains into beautiful silk pillow shams on a budget. It's an easy way to update your summer bedroom. Get all the summer decorating tips at

Then to add style I added bold throw pillows. The two purple floral pillows are 18″x18″ pillows I bought from These pillows were a splurge for me at $55 each. But it is a good idea to add some luxury items to each room. They make the entire room feel richer. If you use smaller luxury items like pillows instead of large luxury items it helps keep the budget in check. Then we finished off the pillow stack with a 21″x12″ pillow also from

A pop of color is easy to add to your summer bedroom with beautiful throw pillows.

The other side of the bedroom is our master closet. This month I am working on completely redoing our closet for the $100 Room Challenge. You can follow along here. So right now, it is a real mess. But by the end of the week, it will just add to the relaxing summer bedroom that we have already created.

We are transforming our cluttered masker closet into an organized dream with only $100. See how at

Changing out the bedding and curtains really transformed this room. I barely even notice the hand-me-down mismatched nightstands anymore. But that is still on my list of things to do to complete the space. For now, we are just enjoying our beautiful summer bedroom.

This week's Room by Room summer series is all about the master bedroom. Create the perfect summer bedroom with these easy decorating ideas.

For more summer decorating ideas, check out these other summer room tours:

And then grab your favorite iced coffee and check out these other beautiful master bedrooms all decorated for summer.

Have a wonderful summer!


Tuesday 15th of August 2017

The changes you made are so simple but make such an impact! I don't know that I've ever shopped curtains at IKEA, but I'm definitely checking them out the next time I'm there. And of course, I love your purple pillows from Minted ;)


Wednesday 16th of August 2017

If you want white curtains that let lots of light in, IKEA is the best place because they are inexpensive (so if they get dirty you can replace without worrying about the cost). And those purple pillows from Minted are my favorite too :)


Monday 31st of July 2017

The natural light that pours into your bedroom is wonderful! The swap of the curtains has made this room look so much bigger! Can't wait to see the completed closet!


Tuesday 8th of August 2017

Thank you Erin! I love the natural light, except at 7AM ;)

Amy @ mylifefromhome

Sunday 30th of July 2017

I LOVE those Minted pillows and your curtains are gorgeous. What a dramatic backdrop they are to your beautiful bed.


Monday 31st of July 2017

Thanks Amy! Minted has the best prints for pillows, and they look so great in person.


Thursday 27th of July 2017

Your bedroom is so beautiful, light and airy feeling. Those pillows were definitely worth the splurge, too - they're lovely! Looking forward to your closet reveal, too :) Best, Kelly


Monday 31st of July 2017

Thanks so much Kelly! I agree, those pillows were totally worth it.

Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod

Tuesday 25th of July 2017

Hey Kati - we love how bright, cheerful and airy your master bedroom is. It's amazing what a difference changing out the curtains made! Great tips and ideas...thanks for sharing.


Monday 31st of July 2017

Thank you! The curtains were so easy, but added so much light to the room. So glad I did it.

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