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Shades of Blue for Summer Farmhouse Tour

With Summer upon us, I’m sharing how I updated our neutral farmhouse by adding shades of blue color with florals and blue decor items.

When you have a neutral home, an inexpensive way to change the feel is to start with simple accessories and florals in the colors of your choice.

The farmhouse feels fresh and ready for Summer. I hope you enjoy the tour.

Todays tour is part of The Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tour hosted by Kelly at The Tattered Pew.

The tour includes 30 beautiful homes and each day additional tours are being added for your summer decorating inspiration.

If you are joining me from Pasha at Pasha is Home, welcome. Pasha is so talented and I know you loved her beautiful tour.

If you are new to my blog, I’m so glad you stopped by. I love to decorate my Industrial Farmhouse in a curated style by combining new, vintage, thrifted and DIY decor. If you’d like to know more about my journey, click here.

Don’t miss the other tours at the end of the post.

Bloggers' Best Summer Home Tours

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What Inspires You To Change Your Decor?

When I’m updating my decor each season I usually look for one thing to inspire the whole transition.

This year it was these gorgeous hydrangeas that were blooming next to my DIY Greenhouse.

I could see them spilling out of this large wooden bowl and I started pulling out all the blue decor.

blue hydrangeas in wooden bowl for summer inspiration with Shades of Blue Colors

Shades of Blue Decor

I love blue and I have several blue decor pieces so I didn’t need to spend any money to restyle the farmhouse for Summer

Last fall, I added this rug and love the neutral subtle colors. The rug appears completely neutral until one of the colors is introduced into the room.

blue hydrangeas inspired the shades of blue colors decor for Summer. Shades of blue pillows.

Once I added the blue pillows and throw blanket, the blue in the rug became more obvious.

Wooden bowl filled with blue hydrangeas add shades of blues colors. Blue pillow on sofa.

Subtle Changes Make a Big Impact

When updating decor seasonally, don’t feel that you have to change everything.

First, I updated the living area for Spring with lots of greenery.

Shades of blue pillows and throw blanket compliment the blues in the rug

Instead of removing all the existing Spring decor, make subtle changes by adding blue decor.

The key to making a space look new without spending money isn’t removing everything. If you are on a budget, try moving things around and in their new location they appear fresh and new.

The easy thrifted lamp makeover was originally in the bedroom, but I’ve loving it in the new location.

update spring decor by adding blue decor - farmhouse decor

Pull Out All The Blue Color

If you love a certain color, most likely you have several decor items in shades of that color.

For instance, I have a good collection of blue vintage books and old blue medicine bottles.

Here I placed several books under a glass cloche and added a few of the blue bottles to complete the vignette.

blue books under a glass cloche - decorating with vintage bottles

In addition, the greenery that was on the console table for Spring found a new home in the vintage basket under the table.

The blue ticking stripe on the deconstructed chair is so neutral that I leave it out year round. However, when all the shades of blue color come out, the blue stripe appears more prominent, just like the blue in the rug.

Neutral shades of blue in the ticking stripe chair cushion. Vintage basket with flowers.

Shades of Blue Colors in Bedroom

Last summer I started adding shades of blue colors to the master bedroom with these floral pillow shams and the collection of blue plates above the bed.

These 5 Easy Bedroom Ideas include many of the updates from last year.

Rudy loves the shades of blue in the dishes, lamp, pitchers and pillows - cozy bedding.

Next, I added this DIY Thrift Store Lamp to the side table and filled the mantel with vintage blue transfer ware pitchers.

The bedside chest is a trash to treasure makeover and you’ll not believe the before.

To complete the shades of blue colors in the bedroom, I exposed the blue sheets and added more blue hydrangeas.

The bedroom is filled with shades of blue by adding diy blue decor.  Repurposed dresser.

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Blue Decor In The Kitchen

Little pops of blue also show up in the kitchen.

The dried hydrangeas that I used on my Christmas tree in December have been showing up all over the house since.

They have just a touch of blue which makes them perfect for the Summer Shades of Blue tour.

If you love open shelves, check out How to Create and Decorate Open Shelves.

Dried hydrangeas add shades of blue colors to the open shelving.  Vintage rolling pens.

The vintage dough bowl is filled with dried hydrangeas and because they are out of the suns reach, they are still very blue.

Even Grace appears to be surrounded by blues in this painting.

Shades of Blue are found in the dried hydrangeas in the vintage dough bowl and on the summer table.

In addition, the dining table is filled with summer floral dishes from Bico Ceramics and I added these aqua blue water goblets to enhance the blues in the dishes. For more table details, see Ultimate Guide to Creative Tablescapes.

Several Shades of Blue Colors can be seen on the Summer Tablescape - vintage plates

If you enjoyed seeing the wooden bowl filled with hydrangeas, you can see how to safely add a floral arrangement on this video.

Shades of Blue Summer Home Tour. Wooden bowl filled with blue hydrangeas.

Up next is my good friend Stacy from Bricks N Blooms and she is sharing her new outdoor living space and it’s a must see.

Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours

This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each summer home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours

The Tattered Pew / Cottage On Bunker Hill / She Gave It A Go

Cottage In The Mitten / Stonegable / My Wee Abode

Tuesday’s Tours

Thistle Key Lane / Midwest Life & Style / White Lilac Farmhouse

My Thrift Store Addiction / Willow Bloom Home Blog / Dabbling and Decorating

Wednesday’s Tours

Bricks ‘n Blooms /Amy Sadler Designs / Peacock Ridge Farm

White Arrows Home / Pasha Is Home / The Ponds Farmhouse

Thursday’s Tours

Simply2Moms / Country Peony / Southern Home and Hospitality

Shiplap and Shells / Eleanor Rose Home / Cloches and Lavender

Friday’s Tours

Le Cultivateur / Lora Bloomquist Create & Ponder / Noting Grace

My Family Thyme / Vintage and Grace Living / County Road 407

I hope you enjoyed today’s Shades of Blue Tour.

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Wednesday 3rd of May 2023

Rachel, I just can’t stop looking at your posts and warm and have such great finds.


Friday 5th of May 2023

Kathi, I'm so glad you are liking my blog. Thank you for taking the time to comment.


Friday 24th of June 2022

I love your style so much!!! Your home is absolutely beautiful!!! I love all the touches of blue, perfect for summer!!!


Friday 24th of June 2022

Emily, I appreciate your sweet compliments.

Pasha is Home

Tuesday 21st of June 2022

Love those hydrangeas in that enormous bowl on your coffee table! And the dried ones from Christmas look even prettier now!


Wednesday 22nd of June 2022

Pasha, I was so fortunate to have an abundance of hydrangea blooms.

Kate @ Southern Home and Hospitality

Sunday 19th of June 2022

Rachel, your farmhouse is SO CHARMING! (first time visitor) That black industrial stair railing really pops. And your additions of blue for summer are so soft and lovely. The blue hydrangeas in the wood bowl...swoon!!! I don't even think I'm going to have any this year. Not a trace of a bloom except for my limelights. Happy to be touring with you!


Sunday 19th of June 2022

Kate, Welcome. I'm so glad you stopped by today. I appreciate all your sweet comment and I hope you'll stop back regularly.

Jennifer Fancher

Friday 17th of June 2022

Wow! I love all the hints of blue everywhere! You have the perfect colored hydrangeas, too!


Saturday 18th of June 2022

Jennifer, I really appreciate you for stopping by.