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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.

blue hydrangeas in upcycled thrift store vases on DIY Fireplace Mantel.

Today’s 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.

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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, the gorgeous hydrangea bush is exploding with blue blooms.

Hydrangea Bush with blue blooms beside the 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 have several blue decor pieces, so I didn’t need to spend any money to restyle the farmhouse for Summer.

blue hydrangeas inspired the shades of blue colors decor for Summer. Shades of blue pillows.
Wooden bowl filled with blue hydrangeas add shades of blues colors. Blue pillow on sofa.

The great thing about growing hydrangeas in your garden is there are plently to spread around and decorate the house for summer.

I added a hydrangea TV screen saver to the TV above the DIY fireplace mantel. The upcycled thrift store vases holds several hydrangea blooms as well as the antique iron planter in front of the fireplace.

Blue hydrangeas on DIY mantel with blue and white accessories.

Subtle Changes Make a Big Impact

When seasonally updating your decor, 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 so that they appear fresh and new in their new location.

The easy thrifted lamp makeover was originally in the bedroom, but I love it in its new location.

update spring decor by adding blue decor - farmhouse decor

Pull Out All The Blue Colors

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

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

I placed several vintage books on a thrifted brass tray and covered them with a glass cloche. The vintage blue bottles complete the entry table vignette.

blue books under a glass cloche - decorating with vintage bottles

In addition, faux greenery was moved from the top of the entry table to fill 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.

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

Shades of Blue In The 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 transferware pitchers.

The bedside chest is a trash-to-treasure makeover; you’ll not believe what it looked like before.

To complete the shades of blue colors in the bedroom, I turned the covers back to expose the blue sheets and added more blue hydrangeas.

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

Blue Decor In The Kitchen

Little pops of blue also show up in the kitchen.

The dried hydrangeas I used on my Christmas tree in December have been appearing all over the house since. They have just a touch of blue, making them perfect for the Summer Shades of Blue tour.

Check out How to Create and Decorate Open Shelves if you love open shelves.

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

Try moving decor around to keep things fresh. When I added the blue and white plate wall in the dining room, the dinner plates previously on the table were moved to the open shelves in the kitchen.


Blue and White Dining Room Updates

Creating a blue and white plate wall

The first idea for the dining room was to add just a touch of blue. You’ll notice the dried blue hydrangeas that fill the dough bowl above the antique hutch.

The light blue water goblets enhance the touch of blue in the summer dishes.

I recently created this blue and white plate wall with an antique gathering basket. The table is enhanced with blue and white dishes, blue candles, and napkins.

Blue and White Plate Wall in Farmhouse Kitchen Dining Room.

I also created this Supper Club Chinoiserie-inspired table setting using several DIY projects for a budget-friendly tablescape. From the DIY Napkin Decoupage Ginger Jar and napkin rings to the craft paper placemats, you’ll be amazed at how inexpensive this table was to create.

For more budget table ideas, see Ultimate Guide to Creative Tablescapes.

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

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


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Up next is my good friend Stacy from Bricks N Blooms. 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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Shades of Blue Summer Farmhouse Tour Inspired by Blue Hydrangeas.
Blue Decor in Summer Home Tour - vintage bowl with flowers - farmhouse decorations


Tuesday 4th of June 2024

What a lovely post today, Rachel! Your pictures are so beautiful! I am a blue and white gal, too, and really enjoyed looking at everything. Your home is so beautiful with all your blue and white. Just loved to see your coffee table with your lovely round antique bowl with your gorgeous hydrangeas. I love hydrangeas! Also, I enjoyed seeing the antique books inside your cloche -- such a great idea! Thanks, again, for sharing your beautiful home and for all your fabulous ideas! I am so glad that I found your wonderful post!


Wednesday 5th of June 2024

Mary-Ann, I appreciate all these kind compliments and THANK YOU for your support and encouragement. I appreciate you so much. Have a blessed day.


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.