Now that we’ve officially entered the summer season, it’s time for a home décor refresh! Out with the cold and in with blue skies, vibrant flowers, foliage and warm weather. Your summer home décor should follow suit, as color, warmth and nature are major themes in 2018 summer home décor.
We reached out to interior designers to get their take on how you can transition your winter and spring neutrals into trending summer colors and patterns. What follows are their insights.
Neutrals had their day in the sun! Now it’s time for your whites, blacks and grays to transition into vibrant violets, peony pinks and indigo blues. We can’t say we didn’t see this color trend coming; Pantone’s Color the Year changed from a subtle greenery in 2017 to ultra violet in 2018.
According to Abra Landau, design expert at Fashion Furniture, summer is the perfect time to add colors to your home.
“Change neutral wall art out for colorful, graphic paintings, or replace existing table centerpieces with vibrant, fresh flowers,” said Landau. “Shop flea markets or antique stores for colorful pieces of tableware or rent a new set of dishes for summer in a bright, exciting color – no need to commit beyond a few months.”
As colors move from cold neutrals to warmer pigments, metal finishes are also experiencing a warmer transition. For example, while nickel and chrome reigned supreme in winter, summer is making way for brass, gold and rose gold, according to Lisa Melone Cloughen, founder of Melone Cloughen Interiors.
“I am seeing more ornate mirrors in beautiful gold and silver leaf finishes and they look fabulous in sleek interiors as well as more traditional settings. They bring the bling in a sophisticated way,” explained Cloughen.
Gold is a metal that will never go out of style, so if you’re looking for a timeless addition to your home décor, use plenty of gold finishes.
One prominent trend in 2018 is statements. The days of minimalism is long gone, making way for statement doors, walls, art and even ceilings. The most popular way to make a statement this summer is with wallpaper.
That’s right, we’re seeing a resurgence of the popularity of wallpaper, which is finding its way onto ceiling and accents walls in the home. It’s relatively cheap, and you can purchase removable wallpaper for a less permanent commitment.
Watercolor wallpaper is especially popular this season, fulfilling both summer 2018 trends of bright, vibrant colors and the ombré effect, which is also seeing a resurgence in home décor.
“As a way of adding interest to the room without overpowering it with too much pattern, a few of our clients have added accent walls using wallpaper,” revealed Paige NeJame, owner of CertaPro Painters. “This keeps the room relatively neutral, except for the pop of pattern and color from the wallpaper.”
Brighten up your bathroom floor or kitchen backsplash by swapping out your simple tiles with bold patterns and colors. Cement tiles are especially popular in 2018, and with it comes a whole new regard for color, texture and pattern.
The most prominent tile trends are herringbone, geometric and even terrazzo. This means that patterns are king this season, so when incorporating new tiling into strategic places in your home, think colorful and wild!
Is it magic or expert engineering? Either way, floating fixtures are an emerging trend this summer. Abracadabra your living spaces with floating shelves and freestanding appliances.
This trend is especially popular in cramped bathroom and living spaces, as floating bulky items can actually open up a small room and give the illusion of a larger room.
“Wall-hung sinks actually defy gravity and add a dramatic look to a bathroom of any style,” said Jessica Parise from ChicExecs. “Without bulky cabinets below, the gorgeous flooring can shine through and give an illusion of a much larger space.”
Don’t stop at the bathroom: Incorporate floating shelving and storage in your living spaces to open up room to move around more freely.
For the past few years, we’ve talked about how to maximize your outdoor space by incorporating indoor-outdoor living, but summer 2018 has flipped the trend on its head by bringing the outdoors in.
“For those times you won’t be outside, bring the great outdoors into the house,” said Landau. “Summer feels real when sign of green plants, seashells and other outdoor items are inside, especially when they bring pops of color with them.”
Even traditional outdoor materials, like rattan and bamboo, are finding their way indoors. The trend allows an earthy, outdoor feel in your home as rattan chairs, mirrors and other statement pieces are popping up.
Additionally, botanical prints are continuing in popularity from their debut in 2017 – a fan favorite for throw pillows and blankets.
Bohemian style continues in home décor as textured and embellished textiles are still on-trend in 2018. This globally inspired trend is artistic and homey, giving a unique touch to your wall art or throws.
The most popular product of this trend is reflected in macramé wall hangings, woven rugs and tassels on the corners of pillows and blankets.
Woven materials bring a homey, approachable aspect to your home with a handcrafted look and feel. Use this trend, paired with the outdoors-indoor trend, to place macramé planters around the rooms in your home to create a natural, earthy aesthetic.
- Purple Accent Chair – $252
- Metal Corner Shelf – $49
- Woven Wall Art – $58
- Blue Herringbone Wall Tile – $11.98 per tile
- Botanical Cushion Cover – $6
- Ombre Watercolor Wallpaper – $125
- Honeycomb Barrel End Table – $113
The summer season is all about color and nature. Give your home a new life by incorporating 2018 summer décor trends into your home.
Which trend are you most excited to try this summer? Let us know in the comments below!
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