Sometimes it seems like home decor is on a mission to outdo itself. Bigger! Brighter! Bolder! And that’s especially true in summer, when we gravitate toward vibrant colors and funky looks meant to make a statement.
Not this year, though. This season, you’ll want to dial things down, because traditional and homey decor is trending in a big way.
“This summer’s headline reads, ‘Trad Is Rad!’” says Annabel Joy, co-founder and designer at Trim Design Co., in Massachusetts. “With the return of maximalism, there’s a renewed interest in the traditional aesthetic.”
But this doesn’t mean you’re stuck with putting Victorian lounge chairs on your patio. After all, there are all kinds of decorative traditions, from all over the world—and some look surprisingly modern. The common strand is that they’ve stood the test of time—meaning there’s less chance of decorator’s remorse.
“No one wants to redo a room only to have it feel dated in a few short years,” Joy says.
Ready to give your space a (classic) refresh? Here’s a look at the biggest summer decor trends—and how to incorporate them in your home.
Block print, also known as woodblock printing, is the process of printing patterns on fabrics using incised wooden blocks. The method dates back centuries—in fact, it’s the earliest method of textile printing.
And after years of modern, bold—and arguably tacky—prints (looking at you, chevron), the traditional look of block print is making a comeback, Joy says.
“Block print is a classic look that works well in both bohemian and preppy designs with its handprinted, imperfect patterns and classic color combos,” she says. “I am seeing block print everywhere I turn this season: on bedding, upholstery, window treatments, and even printed and pleated lampshades.”
If you’ve ever dreamed about sleeping in a bed fit for royalty, like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, now’s your chance—four-poster beds are popular again.
Not into the princess look? There are modern versions that are just right for your 21st-century bedroom.
“Four-poster beds aren’t just for your grandmother anymore,” Joy says. “These stately beds are back, and while the canopied and curtained versions are heating up, we’re also seeing some four-posters left completely bare or adorned with low-profile fabric panels or flat fabric tops sans curtains, for a more modern twist.”
Draping fabric around your four-poster and letting it blow in the breeze is also a dreamy way to celebrate summer. (Plus, you have a built-in defense mechanism against any invading mosquitos.)
With the meteoric rise of modern farmhouse decor (thanks, Joanna Gaines!), rustic furniture is hardly a new addition to our home decor. But Carrie Long, founder of Carrie Long Interiors in Detroit, says this summer will see us doubling down on the natural look with pieces made from organic materials and that have unique textures.
“From rustic woodwork that leaves live edges and characterized knots exposed, to natural stone accessories that balance soft textures in a space, bringing natural elements into the home can create an organic style that provides balance, warmth, and comfort,” Long says.
Whether you’re embracing a traditional aesthetic or prefer a more modern design, Long says organic materials can work in your space—and you can feel good knowing that your sustainable furniture is better for the environment, too.
It’s time to toss your old, strappy foldable lounger (you know the one we mean) and trade up to something much cozier.
“Gone are the days of uncomfortable patio furniture,” Long says. “Your sofa outside should be just as comfortable as your sofa inside, so curling up with a good book or lounging while you watch the kids play is just as enjoyable outdoors as it is inside.”
Even though a plush couch will cost you a lot more than that rusty metal lounger, remember this: If you have more comfortable outdoor furniture, you’ll be more likely to spend more time outdoors. So consider it an investment!
“Seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor living creates a very livable space that is perfect for making the most of summer days,” Long points out.
In summers past you might have tried to incorporate tons of colors to brighten up your space. But this year you might appreciate sticking with a neutral palette—one that includes plenty of beige, explains Kate Spiro, interior designer in New York City.
You can thank the fashion world for this turn back to a traditional neutral: Khaki and beige have been popping up on runways this season, Spiro says, and that’s influencing interior design colors as well.
“Beige is a beautiful color to work with, and you can easily incorporate varying tones of this color into your home to highlight its true beauty,” she says. “If you build in natural materials, like linen, you get an earthier feel, or you can incorporate this color through art, objects, and vases to bring forth an elevated and inviting look.”
Plus, while other colors are considered “trendy,” beige is a classic choice that will last a lifetime, Spiro says. Too neutral for you? Just add accent colors and switch them out as the seasons change.
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