To properly celebrate the first day of summer, you need to ensure that everything around you perfectly exudes the year’s warmest season. Your home’s interior and exterior spaces should reflect the way you want to spend your summer, whether that’s in serene relaxation or energetic activity.
Luckily, you can achieve either of these summer vibes without emptying your wallet. Although nearly two-thirds of homeowners in a recent survey said they plan on renovating their homes, you can achieve a fresh style with smaller projects and decorative choices. Let’s dive into a few of the most popular design trends for this summer.
Vibrant Splashes Of Color
This year’s summer home decor is all about bringing bright, saturated hues into your spaces. The best part about this trend is that you can cater it to your budget, as there are a wide variety of options for where to add color in your home. The bold splash could be with a new set of patterned throw pillows for the living room chairs or a refurbished coffee table to serve as the room’s focal point. Either of these options will change up your space but won’t make you go broke in the process.
If you want to tackle a bigger project that brings color into your home, turn your attention to the walls. Here you could add new artwork or give it a fresh coat of paint in a bright, summery shade. As a properly-stored can of paint can last three to five years, you can easily reuse your chosen color to repaint a different room next year. The summery color may also work well to give new life to an outdated desk or dresser.
Alternatively, you could go for a fun DIY project. Try turning a simple wall into a beautiful glass mosaic, a type of art that dates back to 300 years before the birth of Christ. A mosaic in greens and blues would instantly brighten up a dull space and bring the outdoors into your home.
Mix And Match Patterns
With more families tending towards a minimalist style of living in the number of things they own, some people think that means the design of a room needs to be plain in order to follow suit. That couldn’t be farther from the truth.
A major trend this summer is to use a strategically-chosen combination of patterns in the few pieces of decor you have. The secret to the strategy is to stick to the same color palette tonally. Matching tones keeps a room harmonious, rather than singling one item out as a jarring distraction.
A great way to achieve this balance is to keep your furniture pieces plainer. As 91% of sofa-buyers say that quality and durability are critical when they make a purchase, keep your focus on these elements rather than on flashy patterns when you’re shopping for a new sofa. Now that your couch and chairs are blank canvases, you can include pattern in the room’s wallpaper, rug, or throw cushions.
If you’re prepared to spend a bit of money to give your kitchen an entirely new look, consider open shelving. This trend puts everything typically covered by cabinet doors on display. The purpose of the trend is to make the kitchen appear larger, as open shelving allows you to see the wall space. It also makes the storage spaces in a kitchen easier to access. With an estimated nine in 10 Americans over the age of 65 wanting to remain at home for as long as possible, this small change could make a huge difference. Without the obstacle of cabinet doors in the way, older adults can more easily see what they have in their stores and reach for the things they need.
If you prefer to keep your kitchen cabinets closed, consider open shelving displays in other areas of your home. Built-in bookshelves are the perfect spot to highlight your favorite decorative pieces or personal collections. Featuring a large bookcase in your living room can be cost-effective as well, as you don’t need to spend money on wall art to fill the empty spaces.
In general, this summer’s decorating trends center on simplicity, fun, and openness. Find ways to bring lighter colors and accessories into the spaces of your home to welcome the happy feelings that often come with summer. Once your surroundings are properly outfitted for a joyfully sunny season, you’ll start feeling that same energy on the inside.