Five Interior Design Trends Perfect for Summer
With every season comes new trends and opportunities to refresh home interiors. Now that summer is in full swing, bring the spirit of the season indoors with these hot interior design trends.
Make every day this summer feel like vacation with resort-inspired decor. Natural and warm materials such as bamboo, jute, and rattan are key to creating a lavish and inviting spa- or resort-like space. Furnishings such as area rugs, side chairs, and window treatments that incorporate natural materials and fibres can add a beachside vibe to any room. Wooden Venetian blinds are a top pick for summer as they also serve to control and filter the sun’s bright rays, keeping your home cool and comfortable.
Living decor is a simple way to add colour and allure to home interiors. Plus, houseplants can lift your mood and purify the air inside your home. The plant gracing magazine spreads and homes across the world right now is the fiddle-leaf fig. Native to West Africa, where it grows in lowland tropical forest, the fiddle-leaf fig is sculptural and tall with large, lush leaves, making it an ideal statement plant. Dress up a dull corner with a fiddle-leaf fig, or arrange the plant in the backdrop of your living room to liven up the space. For something on a smaller scale, consider succulents. Aloe Vera plants are great hardy plants for beginners. Don’t have a green thumb? You can still get in on this trend by selecting textiles, such as curtains or throw pillows, that feature bold, leafy or floral patterns.
In the simplest sense, earth tones are those that draw from the colour of the ground or soil. Earth tones can help bring the outdoors in and create a nature-friendly atmosphere. Browns, greys, greens, and tans are popular choices for natural design schemes that invoke a sense of comfort and serenity. Choose colours that are also muted to encourage feelings of airiness and lightness for the summer. Many earth tones draw from clay earth pigments, such as ochre, sienna, and umber. Don’t be afraid to experiment, as this colour palette is versatile and works harmoniously with most furnishings and accents.
Wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to give a room a makeover. When it comes to wallpaper, however, less is often more. Installing wallpaper to accent a wall in an entryway will create visual interest without weighing down or overwhelming an entire space. Wallpaper is also a great option for bathrooms, where it can add pattern and texture to inspire a spa-like environment. Peel-and-stick wallpaper is an ideal option for the commitment-phobic. It allows you to experiment with playful designs and loud patterns without having to worry about the long-term.
Embellishments and accents are a huge trend in both fashion and interiors this summer. From feathers and fringe to tassels and tufting, embellishments can instantaneously create an additional layer of interest in any room or space. While macramé wall hangings, originally born in the 1970’s, are ubiquitous in homes across the country, cushions, rugs, throws, and other textile wall hangings that incorporate decorative elements are also popular ways to add flair to home interiors. Look for modern day embellishments that use cotton, hemp, jute, leather, and linen to keep in the theme of summer.