Top 5 Picks: Decorative Summer Pillows + DIY Pillow Tutorial

Top 5 Picks: Decorative Summer Pillows + DIY Pillow Tutorial

Give your living space an instant tropical vibe with these decorative summer pillows

Summer is here! Although it’s not really my favorite season of the year because of the intense heat it brings, summer draws in a bright and sunny vibe that I like to bring into my home. Redecorating maybe an option but since my budget is limited, what I do to add that tropical vibe into our living room is by adding decorative summer pillows 🙂 Here are some of my top picks for inspiration.

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aztec print pillow with tassels

I love the black and white Aztec print on this decorative summer pillow. Since it’s black and white, it can easily blend in with solid colored couches. The pink, yellow and aqua tassels are also a fun way to add that pop of color on the pillow.


decorative summer pillows - fruits

Summer fruits like pineapples and watermelons give off a cool and refreshing vibe. And with a very hot summer like here in the Philippines, adding this element to your home makes it look cooler. I’m thinking of making one but I’m worried handpainting on fabric would be a bit challenging. Maybe I just need to practice.


decorative summer pillows - leaves

Bronze and palm leaves. This combination makes summer sound very luxurious, well for me that is. What I really like about this combination is the fact that it looks very simple yet elegant and it gives your living room a tropical resort feel which is perfect for summer.


decorative summer pillows - starfish

I love the details on this decorative summer pillow. Beads and starfish definitely spell s-u-m-m-e-r for me. It may be difficult to DIY this but this is a wonderful idea to paint big bold beach prints on a blank pillowcase.


decorative summer pillows - nautical

Nautical themed pillows are also a fun way to add a summer vibe into your living room. I love the muted teal stripes on this pillowcase because it’s easy on the eyes. The anchor is also a wonderful accent that adds character to this piece.

And since I like to DIY, I decided to make a pillowcase myself.

DIY decorative pillow with tassels

Combining the inspiration that I got from the internet, I made a nautical-themed pillowcase with tassel accents. I used canvas cloth to make it more sturdy and it also provided a nice surface for me to paint my navy blue and orange stripes. I also made a macrame wall (or door hanging) to add a tropical vibe to our living room.

Watch this video to see how I made it:

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Stylooo

    Wow,looks perfectly awesome but I like the first one a lot.

    1. mayarcenal

      I like the Aztec print, too 🙂

  2. Samantha Bye

    Love the Aztec print! The tassels on the DIY pillow are great as well. Good idea!

    1. mayarcenal

      Thank you, dear! The aztec print is my favorite, too 😀

  3. Rhian Westbury

    I love aztec prints and have a few similar to this at home, pineapples and palm trees seem to be so in this year x

    1. mayarcenal

      I know! Pineapple prints are all over Pinterest. Palm tress are like timeless elements for summer 🙂

  4. Tonya Wilhelm

    These are so cute. I remember in college I was really into DIY pillows and home decor items. But boy, they were a far cry from these stunners!

    1. mayarcenal

      Thank you, Tonya! 🙂

  5. eliza

    Those pillows looks adorable! I am a pillow lover – I truly like the Palm Leaves Foliage and Nautical Stripes – very calming. I do like most of post, very precise creative and lovely to the eyes, good work!

    1. mayarcenal

      Oh thank you, eliza!

  6. Besties Notepad

    That leaves you with a cool feeling while atleast at home..will try the pineapple one! Loved it 🙂

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