So, you want to add a few nods to the season into your home. Here’s how to mix seasonal decor into a neutral home without throwing your color scheme out the window!

As the seasons change, I love to add a few little hints of what’s coming outdoors into my home. It can be super tempting (because it’s easy) to go and buy the mass-produced seasonal decor at the store. But just how do you bring seasonal decor into a neutral home, without throwing your beautifully-coordinated, muted color scheme out the window? 

Hello summer free printable on vintage clipboard

How to Mix Seasonal Decor into a Neutral Home

I’ve always felt like most typical seasonal decor is cheap and a little tacky looking. I’m sorry to be so blunt. But you know what I mean. Walk into any big box store in the fall and there are colorful scarecrows and plastic pumpkins everywhere. Or in the spring, it’s all bright pink and yellow eggs and cartoonish bunnies. And so it goes. 

But what if you like neutrals? And layers? And textures? And not a lot of color?

Well, the quick answer is, don’t settle. Don’t give into the commercial hype and buy all the plastic things that will only take up space in storage bins in the basement. 

Take a little time out and think more subtly. Peruse Pinterest or find home tours by your favorite designer in a magazine. How do they decorate seasonally? How can you add just a clever hint of the season into your home? 

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Here are my top 3 favorite ways to mix seasonal decor into a neutral home:

1. Use real plants and flowers. 

By adding flowers or plants that are in season, you are naturally bringing the season indoors and putting it on display. Tulips in spring, cedar in winter, mums in fall, etc. This is the easiest way to decorate seasonally. 

2. Keep your bunnies, santas and scarecrows natural.

If you want to add the whimsy that comes with some seasons, keep your characters natural. Instead of brightly colored cartoon-ish bunnies, use concrete or ceramic rabbits. Add Santas dressed the European way with natural fur and fabric.  And feel free to create your own scarecrows that look like the real deal. 

3. Use black and white (or sepia) art. 

This is a method I use almost all the time. I actually feel silly sometimes creating our free printables because they’re SO simple. But then I get them in their frames (or old clipboards like the one I created for this post) and add them to our decor…and they blend right in! They suit the space we’ve carefully created to be beautiful through all the seasons. 

Don’t choose seasonal decor that SCREAMS that it’s Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring. Instead, choose seasonal accents that give just a subtle hint of the season. 

To illustrate this method and to help you in your own simplified seasonal decorating pursuits, I’ve created yet another simple free printable for you. 

Hello Summer! Free Printable Art

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hello summer free printable art on dresser

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How do you mix seasonal decor into your home?

For more summer printables, visit my oh-so-creative friends below:

Vintage Root Vegetables by Ella Claire | Old Fashioned Lemonade by Live Laugh Rowe | Vintage Butterfly by My Someday in May | Plant in Faith Trio by anderson + grant
DIY Personalized Candle by Happy Happy Nester | Hello Summer by Home Made Lovely | Fresh Flower Market by Lolly Jane | Vintage Summer Landscapes by Town and Country Living
9 Watercolour Tropical Leaf Printables by The Happy Housie | Black and White Summer Foliage by Zevy Joy | Choose Kindness by Jennifer Rizzo | Lemonade by Clean and Scentsible
Palm in Chinoiserie pot by Craftberry Bush | Seed Packet by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Summer Loving Palm Tree by Nest of Posies | Lemonade Recipe Printable by Jenna Kate at Home
7 Snarky Black and White Wall Art by Twelve on Main | Summer Ice Cream Cone Wrappers by Paint Me Pink | So Much Sunshine by Maison de Pax | Country Music Summer Book by My Sweet Savannah
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