Nicki Jenns

Top Interior Design Trends to Follow This Summer

Seasonal changes in home decor trends are surprisingly common and while you might not want to revamp every room several times a year, you can still draw inspiration from the shifting seasons.

If you have an interior design on your mind, the trends that are hitting big this summer might grab your attention and spark something within you that you want to explore in detail.

Variety Is ‘In’

The appeal of minimalism is always enduring, but this can lead to homes feeling sparse and Spartan rather than inviting and comforting.

Thankfully a growing number of interior design experts are throwing off the shackles of simplicity and instead embracing the idea that the way you decorate your home can be diverse and eclectic.

Furthermore, this is something you can achieve without having to rely on heavy duty equipment like a lifting gantry or a sledgehammer; it is possible to make your decor more varied and contemporary by adding to, not subtracting from, specific rooms.

Whether you choose to:

  • splash out on sumptuous new throw cushions for your sofa, 
  • affix fresh prints to more walls of your living room, 
  • accessorise your kitchen with a chalkboard for sharing your schedule with the family
  • dust off those charming old ornaments that you tidied away years ago

There are so many ways to go when considering this trend!

Do not shy away from a theme-free approach to interior design

Let Natural Textures Take Precedent

There is something satisfying about the sleek finish of a heavily treated and processed material, but if too many of your home furnishings are of this type it can sap some of the personality from a room.

Take the time to seek out textures from the natural world, rather than those man-made alternatives that usually end up feeling sterile and overly artificial if too many are found in the same place at once.

The classic wicker basket is making a comeback thanks to this trend, providing you with an excellent storage option which is also more sustainable and eco-friendlier than the durable yet environmentally detrimental plastic counterparts.

The attractive back-to-basics tactility of fibres like rattan is also worth pursuing. Meanwhile wood is always a welcome interior design addition, so long as it suits the overall decor of a room. Select natural tones that have not been varnished and lacquered to within an inch of their life if you want a rugged authenticity to define your living spaces.

Reclaimed furniture, adapted storage solutions and natural textures are on-trend

Consider Combining Metals

A separate strand of the move away from uniformity in interior design, this movement is epitomised by the use of multiple different types of metal across the varied aspects of a room’s furnishings.

There is no doubt that metal textures and colours are evocative of bygone eras, from brass handles and fittings to copper cookware and gold-trimmed mirrors. The most important thing is not to be too worried about matching up the same metal over and over again; free yourself of this obligation and combine a multitude of metals throughout a room.

Amazingly enough, metals can also work well in contrast with the aforementioned natural textures. Even though this type of material will have undergone a lot of work to get it into a usable state, it will still seem to have a kind of earthy, naturalistic quality that lends a space character and affords it a sense of history.

Bring 70s Style Back

There are so many famous interior design trends that first cropped up in the 1970s, so it is no surprise to see renewed interest arise in this iconic era today.

 You do not need to go all-out and start adding wood panelling to your walls, although you should certainly consider the kinds of colours that came to the foreground during this decade.

Mustard yellow is perhaps the most famed hue to turn heads in the 70s and is worth revisiting with a modern perspective in mind. Yellows, browns, muddy reds and most importantly geometric patterns involving a combination of these should be sought out if you feel like turning back the clock while still moving forward.

70s yellows work well against muted tones in modern homes

Get Glamorous

Glamour can mean different things to different people, so if you want to glam up your home decor, it depends on which historic period you are most attracted to.

Art deco fashions are an obvious go-to for this purpose, oozing retro kitsch while still seeming somehow futuristic. You can invest in art deco ornaments and stylish furniture influenced by this period, or even opt to add a handful of practical accessories, such as reading lamps, which are inspired by classic designs from the 1920s and 30s.

While you might assume that you would need a larger space to truly take advantage of this trend, this is not the case. Even smaller rooms can be spruced up with a touch of art deco glamour.

Seek Out Sustainability

We have already touched on the benefits of opting for sustainably sourced materials for your interior design projects when discussing natural textures. However, it is worth interrogating this topic in more detail and with a wider view of changing buying habits.

With growing criticism of single use plastics and efforts to move away from using artificially sourced materials, it is no longer possible to ignore the environmental impact of interior design.

There have been efforts to make this industry more sustainable, moving away from purely focusing on its aesthetic impact. Today, buying materials which are not only sourced naturally but are furthermore made from recycled products rather than brand new fibres is being promoted by many experts.

The recycling of textiles to produce garments and home furnishings is being heralded as a solution that will cut the carbon footprint of the industry and free up more space at landfill sites.

That is not to say that you will need to make compromises on aesthetic appearance or quality. Rather it will be important to think twice before making purchases to jazz up your home.