Looking for lake living decorating ideas for summer? Here are some beautiful lake house decor ideas for 2022.
One of the best things about the change in seasons is that you can start with a blank canvas as far as home decor is concerned. Of course, you're not starting from scratch completely. The main furniture items usually stay the same but changing out a few accessories can totally change the style of a room.
Whether you already own a beautiful lakeside home or love the lake life decorating style I'm sure you'll love the modern lake house decor ideas I've rounded up for summer!
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Lake house color scheme
A muted color pallet
Let's start with the color pallet. Similar to coastal homes, a lake home is usually decorated in muted colors. Think white, off-white, light blues, sea greens, and natural beige colors.
Add a pop of color
You can add a pop of color with reds and bright blues or navy, similar to the colors used in nautical décor.
As far as paint color goes, white, muted grays, blues, greens, and beige are all popular choices for lake house interior walls and woodwork.
A natural wooden floor or rustic tiles are typical flooring elements for lake house decor.
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Lake life front doors
Show your guests that lake life starts here with a pretty personalized doormat. This one also comes with the text 'Probably on the lake'.
You can find the 'Pontoon' doormat here.
Here's a great way of turning a practical item into home decor. Hang a large 'Lake life' tote bag in the hallway.
A large tote like this one is the perfect holdall for swimming and picnic items. When not in use it will look great simply hanging on a hook by the door.
Lake house decor ideas for the living room
When you are changing things up for summer, the living room is the perfect place to create a lake house ambiance. Here are some lake house decor ideas for sofas, coffee tables, console tables, or open shelving.
Lake house pillows
Create a cozy seating area with some beautiful lake life pillows. There is no easier way of updating your decor than by changing out the pillows!
Find the Live, Love, Lake lumbar pillow here.
These modern farmhouse grain sack pillows suit lake house interiors too.
This beautiful beige lumbar pillow will have you dreaming of an endless summer at the lake!
This pretty blue-tipped dragonfly pillow makes for perfect decor at any lake house.
Lake house accessories
Lake life wall art
Don't have floor-to-ceiling windows with a beautiful view over a natural lake? Don't worry, you can still create a focal point with beautiful wall art.
Choose wall art in calming colors like soft blues, greens, and grays which will blend in well with the lake life style of decor.
The right gallery wall art can make a huge difference to your home. If you find it hard to match the right pieces together, look for wall art collections instead.
Find this pretty gallery wall art collection from Olive & Oak here.
TIP: There are lots more wall art collections to choose from. Each collection is perfectly matched so you don't have to do it yourself!
TIP: If you are in Europe, you can find modern farmhouse-style signs here.
Who says the lake can't have a flower market? This pretty flower market sign is the perfect shade of sea green!
Following on from the flower market theme. In shades of green, blue, white, and gray, this modern rustic Hydrangea artwork has the perfect mix of shoreline colors.
Wood chain links
These studio McGee inspired, wood chain links and black wood knots are perfect for piling on top of books as part of your coffee table decor.
Wood bead garlands
This very popular Etsy shop has so many beautiful wooden beads, that it's hard to make a choice! Apart from wooden beads, you can find, sea glass doorknob hangers, coastal-themed curtain ties, Hampton's style pillows, and more!
Bring the fragrance of the lakeside woods directly into your living room. This double wick soy candle in a beautiful ceramic container will make your home smell wonderful!
TIP: Once the candle has burned down, you can easily refill it yourself. Here are my tips for making scented soy candles at home.
Lake house decor ideas for the dining room
A display of natural elements in a large bowl or a seagrass tray makes a great everyday centerpiece for the dining room table.
Use natural seashells or anything with a nautical theme to create a focal point on the table.
Coasters and placemats made from natural fibers look great as part of a coastal-style table setting.
These natural jute coasters with a Turk's head knot will look good indoors or outdoors.
Bottle vases in muted coastal colors look great in groups of three. Fill them with flowers for an easy everyday table centerpiece idea!
Lake house lighting ideas
Are you looking for a light fixture to suit the lake house style? This lighting post is full of inspiration to help you choose the right light fixture for your kitchen or dining room.
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DIY lake house decor ideas
If you are working on a tight budget, flea markets are the perfect place to start looking for lake house decor. You can find some real bargains in the eBay small ads or on the Facebook marketplace too.
I recently scored a large floor vase from the eBay small ads. With a little bit of elbow grease, I was able to transform it into a textured vase with an age-old look.
Some of my favorite furniture pieces are second-hand. With a little bit of work, you can easily upcycle old furniture to get the lake house look for less.
Favorite furniture upcycling posts:
Riviera Maison style coffee table makeover
Barley twist floor lamp makeover
Chalk painting tutorials
Painting and stenciling furniture
How to buy used furniture and get it right first time
TIP: You can find lots more furniture upcycling projects and tutorials under the 'Furniture' category.
Seasonal decorating is so much fun and is a creative way to change your home without breaking the bank! I hope you found my lake house decor ideas helpful and that maybe they have given you some inspiration for your own lake house life!
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You are talking to my heart. I do not live on a lake but we are near the water. When we were building this new farmhouse, I told my husband it was going to have a coastal vibe with my color choices. I find greens, blues, whites, soft grays and neutrals to be soothing. The house outside is even a soft gray green called Seagrass.
You have some great finds here. I love that hydrangea print and those coasters. 🙂
Jayne Westerholt says
Thank you, Tammy. I love the muted coastal colors too and have used them throughout my home. I agree that a soft neutral color pallet is soothing to the eye and makes you feel relaxed and calm. I've seen pictures of your beautiful home but I never realized that the outside was painted in a seagrass color. I'm glad you liked the lakehouse decor, I'm in love with those seagrass coasters too!