We have been taking a look at some of the interior design trends that we think are set to make an impact this summer. 2018 has been the year of cosy Scandinavian comforts, earthy neutrals and contrasting textures. With longer days and warmer weather, however, there has been a wave of new summer trends, transforming our homes from cosy to light and airy. We have picked out five of our favourites.
Geometric patterns are back from the seventies! Last year, geometric rugs, cushions and home furnishings slowly crept back into our homes. Now, it seems that herringbone, hexagonal and triangular designs are popping up everywhere. It’s not hard to see why they have become so popular again. Geometric patterns are not only versatile, but can be a sophisticated way of breaking up a neutral space when used correctly.
When it comes to geometrics, a little certainly goes a long way. Contrasting geometric designs can be visually pleasing in moderation, but when over-used, can become garish. We recommend using a geometric pattern as part of a feature in your room and choosing a design that ties in with your colour scheme.
2. Indoor Plants
This summer, it’s all about bringing the outside in. Indoor plants have always been a must-have purchase for our homes, inspired by the sultry tropics and botanical gardens. This year is proving no different. There seems to be a continuation of the current ‘tropical’ trend, making big, leafy plants a popular choice. Pops of green can make an eye-catching statement, especially when paired with neutral tones.
Along with the ever-popular house plant, leafy prints on furnishings and botanical artwork can also help to give your home a new lease of life.
This summer, the current ‘Hygge’ trend seems to have been put on hold, as the Japanese concept of ‘wabi-sabi’ takes centre stage. Wabi-sabi is the celebration of an imperfect world and is all about embracing a more natural, relaxed and mismatched interior.
The Wabi-sabi lifestyle calls for simplicity and modesty. Earthy, neutral tones work well with natural materials such as rustic woods or stone. Be careful, however, not to confuse ‘embracing imperfection’ with creating an environment that is cluttered and chaotic. Pair simple home décor with functional storage to create a more effortlessly relaxed interior.
Goodbye copper, hello brass! When it comes to making a statement, it seems that copper, once a popular choice for the fixtures and fittings in our homes, has been surpassed by brass. Along with geometric patterns and big, leafy houseplants, brass seems to be another seventies trend that has clawed its way back into 2018 and again, we can see why!
Brass accessories can give your home more of a ‘warm’ sophistication, as well as going well with both rich colours and a more muted palette. Again, it’s important not to overdo it when it comes to brass. We recommend pairing your brass with clean lines and neutral colours for a more contemporary look. Think lamps, vases and candle holders for living areas and brass taps and cupboard handles for kitchens and bathrooms.
5. Pastel shades
It’s time to say goodbye to those rich teals and dark greens that populated our winter homes. This summer, ice cream shades of pistachio, strawberry and lemon have started to take over. These shades go perfectly with the ever-popular beige and grey colour schemes. In order to achieve a more subtle, sophisticated look, we suggest using complimentary muted pastel tones as accents around a room.