Sometimes it really is the little things. 

By Marika Meyer
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Summer is the perfect time of year to brighten up your home. By adding vibrant fabrics, accent pieces and greenery, a home can feel like a summer retreat. Here are several small and easy updates that can make your home feel warm and welcoming, and won't require too much fuss.

1. Bring the Outdoors Indoors

Adding greenery to a room makes it come alive. Look for planters that work in both indoor and outdoor settings, and greenery that is easy to maining, such as a lemon tree, for a seamless summer addition to your space.

Marika Meyer Stripe Chair Greenery
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2. Rotate Lighting

Think outside of the box when it comes to lighting in your home. Moving lamps from room to room can change the look and feel of your space without breaking the bank.

Marika Meyer Blue Rug
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3. Change Accents Seasonally

Reflect the changing seasons by swapping out accent pieces throughout the year. Use a variety of planters by the fireplace, change the throw from a chocolate wool in the winter to a bright coral in the summer, and swap pillows for added brightness or warmth, depending on the time of year. Browse Marika Meyer Textiles for inspiration!

Marika Meyer Green Boxes
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4. Incorporate a Banquette

A banquette is an easy addition to a corner or nook and can be used to effortlessly update a bay window, creating the perfect gathering spot for the whole family.

Marika Meyer Breakfast Nook
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5. Add Color in Various Ways

Paint walls using a bold, bright color, or add wallpaper to the bank of a bookcase or hutch to add depth. If you want to start small, simply add pillows in bold prints and colors.

Marika Meyer Makeshift Bar
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6. Remember the Ceiling

Adding wallpaper, texture, or color to ceilings is an impactful way to brighten and refresh a room for a fraction of the cost of more drastic décor updates. Choose bright colors to illuminate spaces or darker colors to add warmth.

Marika Meyer Orange Curtains
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7. Mix in Accent Tables

With a plethora of accent tables available in all shapes and sizes for both indoor and outdoor use, find colorful and fun tables to mix and match inside of a room or in an outdoor space.