5 Modern Summer Home Upgrades

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By Monique Valeris
Refresh your home for the summer season with these simple modern upgrades.

The summer season is the perfect opportunity to give your home a modern update. New York-based interior designer Sarah Sarna, who runs the lifestyle blog Life the Life you Dream About, shares her tips for getting the job done without having to dole out a ton of money. From incorporating fresh greenery to upgrading accessories wherever possible, here are simple—and affordable—tricks Sarna promises will make a difference in your home.

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Plants are the perfect way to brighten up any room in your home in the warmer months. Transform a drab area with a simple orchid. “Orchids always look great because they are so sculptural and elegant,” Sarna says.

Rubber vase, $34.95, available at the Dwell Store.

Sarna revealed she’s even used some of these pointers in her own abode. "What makes my home modern is I use a lot of white and like clean lines," she says. "It’s contemporary because there is no excess and that feels relaxing and calming."

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Entryways shouldn't be boring. Bring them to life by layering black and white art in a tasteful manner. “Grouping black and white outdoor photography in minimal black or white frames and is a great way to make a modern impact,” Sarna says.

Enzo Mari panther print, $325, available in the Dwell Store.

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When settling on accessories for a table, don’t overdo it. “Think about the right accessories that will add texture, color, and interest.”

Cherner Round Coffee Table, $799-$849, available in the Dwell Store.

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One of the most affordable ways to add character to a coffee table is with flowers. Stick with fresh-cut, all-white blooms for a sophisticated look.

Two Hole Vase, $50, available in the Dwell Store.

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When decorating in neutral tones, consider mixing textures. Sarna also suggests weaving in a few colorful items. "A little bit of color against a dark wall, or a few neon highlights against neutral tones” add a summery touch to a modern home.

Tardi Sofa, $6,200, available in the Dwell Store.