Summer is a season of change and renewal, a time when we naturally find ourselves eager to refresh our living spaces. As the sun brightens our days and warms our evenings, there's an instinctive pull to mirror that warmth and energy within our homes. For those of us with a love for interior design, summer presents an exciting opportunity to explore new trends, play with color and texture, and perhaps take a few design risks. Let's look at some standout home décor trends for this sunny season.
1. Add dark wood and leather
Trendy but timeless, dark woods like walnut create a sense of warmth and sophistication. They can be incorporated into your summer home décor through furniture pieces such as desks, coffee tables, and shelves. Whether styled with modern accent rugs or vintage accessories, darker woods bring versatility and character to your interior design.
2. Splash into the depths of mermaidcore
The whimsical under-the-sea inspired Mermaidcore trend, popularized on TikTok, is making its way into home décor. You can add touches of this trend through shell-themed accents, sea-glass color palettes, and mermaid-inspired artwork. If you loved coastal grandmother and crustaceancore, dive into the look by adding shimmery, iridescent accents to your coastal crib.
3. Pile on some rugs with personality
Statement rugs are an exciting way to add vibrancy to your floors. You can choose from a variety of designs - from 70s-inspired shags to intricate Moroccan patterns. Rugs not only anchor your living space but also act as an instant refresh, adding texture and color. Make sure you measure your space and decide how you want to arrange your furniture before buying so you don’t end up with the wrong size rug.
4. Bejewel your home with light-catching accents
Decorative accents like sun-catchers, crystal-studded knobs, and gemstone-adorned plant stakes are the perfect bling for your home. They add a touch of glamour and luxury, bringing in a beautiful sparkle to your summer home décor. Do you have a room that gets great natural light? Hang a disco ball and watch your room transform into a twinkly space that will give you ample serotonin.
5. Get inspired by vintage fabrics and patterns
Retro is back – but did it ever leave? Vintage patterns like toile, chintz, and botanical floral prints bring a touch of eclectic nostalgia to your summer décor. You can introduce them through throw pillows, curtains, or even wallpaper to create an eclectic look. Shop in your local antique store for fabrics that aren’t just vintage-looking - they’re the real deal.
6. Bring in plants, plants, plants!
Incorporate the lush summer vibe inside your home with house plants. Snake plants, monstera, and even herbs for your kitchen windowsill can add a green touch, blending perfectly with the summer season. Plus, plants have the added advantage of improving your home's air quality. If you haven’t already started collecting plants, now’s the time! Faux plants are a perfect substitute if you or your interior design client lacks a green thumb.
7. Make a statement with oversized art
Use bold and primary interior paint hues for all-over color or bring in vibrant art pieces to adorn your beige walls. Buy local art, pick a fun color to do an accent wall, or even paint a mural!
8. Heavy metal mixology
From rose gold candleholders to bronze picture frames, warm metallic accents are all the rage this summer. These elements add a touch of glitz and glam to your space, giving it a luxurious feel without being gauche or tipping into ‘industrial’ territory.
9. Viva Magenta!
Take decorating cues from the 2023 Pantone Color of the Year, Viva Magenta. You can introduce this color into your summer home décor through paint, accents, or textiles. It’s an exciting hue that will give any room a lively pop of excitement.
10. Sustainable boho chic
This summer, the relaxed Boho Chic style is back. Balance natural wood with decorative fiber art pieces and brightly colored throw pillows for a laid-back, artsy vibe. Look for beaded accents and anything that takes its inspiration from nature with a modern, festival twist. Today’s Boho look is sustainable, focusing on quality and pieces made from recycled materials.
Take your interior design passion to the next level
Whether you’re an aspiring interior designer or simply someone who enjoys sprucing up their space, these trends can inspire you to create a space that’s both fashionable and uniquely yours.
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