The month of August gives you an opportunity to be creative and switch up your interior and exterior decor. With summer winding down and fall just around the corner, your August decorations can include items such as photos and souvenirs from your summer vacation, colorful summer florals, sports team accents or a front entry makeover. And August is an ideal time to organize your home to accommodate kids' needs for a new school year.
Summer's Last Hurrah
Spread some August cheer throughout your home by filling vases with colorful seasonal flowers, such as roses, sunflowers, gerberas, zinnias and snapdragons. Substitute silk flowers for natural varieties to keep the hues bright and vivid throughout the entire month of August. Rekindle memories of an early summer trip by decorating a burlap-covered bulletin board with black-and-white vacation photographs, or stretch a decorative cord along a bare wall and clip your favorite vacation photos to the cord with fancy or colorful clothespins.
Greet Your Guests
August is a great time to spruce up your front door with a wreath that says "Goodbye" to summer and is prepared to welcome fall. For example, start with a simple grapevine wreath so you can easily switch out florals, ribbons and decorative items as the seasons change. Hang on to the last summery month of the year by adorning your August wreath with vibrant silk sunflowers, green and yellow ribbons, a whimsical sunshine ornament and a pair of bright-colored sunglasses. Situate a tall outdoor vase beside your front door, and fill it with oversized faux sunflowers to extend the happy August theme. Place a sunflower-themed doormat outside your front door to complete the look.
Time for School
If the month of August includes the first day of a new school year in your area, decorate your home around that theme. Organize functional, funky study spaces for the kids, and give yourself a designated work desk for your own school or home office needs. Apply a fresh coat of brightly colored paint, such as tangy orange, lime green or turquoise, to each kid's desk and chair to make learning more fun. Hang a colorful dry-erase calendar in the mud room or kitchen area to jot down school activities and sporting events. Add a cubicle storage unit and a peg rack inside the mud room to provide convenient spots for your kids to stash their shoes and hang up backpacks and jackets.
August is a great month to show everyone which sports teams you're rooting for. With football just revving up for the season and baseball already in high gear, you can use professional and collegiate sports decor to display your team spirit. Deck your family room walls with sports-inspired pennants, posters and framed prints. Toss a furniture throw with your favorite team's logo across your sofa, and outfit your kid's bed with a bedding ensemble imprinted with his favorite football team. Mount that baseball you caught at the ballpark in a display case, and place it on an open shelf, tabletop or desk. And tell the neighbors which football team you'll be supporting this fall by hanging your favorite team flag on the front of your house.
Mary Cockrill's education and certifications in interior design and home staging have allowed her to author numerous home-related articles. Cockrill has been a top design consultant for a renowned home store and is the owner of Starwood Home & Gifts, LLC, an interior design, decorating and home staging business. She holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education with a comprehensive major in office administration.