With fewer social interactions and more time indoors, summer 2020 is going to look a little different. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! It also means we’ll have more time in our hands for small home projects, or maybe even a big makeover.
If you’re looking to refresh your space this season, we’ve got you covered. Here we share a few home decor trends and styles that you’ll see everywhere this summer, along with our most cheerful indoor and outdoor rugs to bring sunshine into your home.
1. Flowers on the wall or the floor
Nothing breathes new life into a room quite like a bouquet of fresh flowers. Not only do flowers freshen the air in your home, but research also shows they can lower your stress level and speed up your body’s healing process. It’s also an easy way to add colors to neutral spaces.
Of course, nothing beats having fresh flowers at home. But if you’re not a plant mom, consider a floral wallpaper (which is huge right now, by the way) or a floral rug in your kitchen or the living room. The best thing about these printed blooms? You won’t need to water them!
2. Plants, lots and lots of plants
Indoor house plants are also having a moment right now. Plants not only add a living element in your home but also purifies your indoor air. Just like flowers, plants offer a number of physical and mental benefits, and a lot of them are actually easy to take care of.
If you’re just starting out, opt for low-maintenance types, like succulents, aloe, and cactus. If you’re ready to step up your houseplant game, fiddle leaf and olive trees look stylish and will feel right at home in any space.
3. A touch of blue
Blue isn’t just Pantone’s color of the year. It’s also a common color theme during summer because it calls to mind ocean views and coastal vibes.
Whether you have a house by the coast or dream about having one, creating that beach vibe at home isn’t as hard as you think. All you need are a few wooden furniture pieces, some handwoven accents, and a gorgeous blue rug to tie all the elements together.
4. Vintage elements
There’s something about that aged, distressed, and old-world look that gives a lot of character to a space. While a vintage look never really goes out of style, the trick is to not make it look too styled. Pick just a few key pieces—a piece of wooden furniture with spooled legs, a painting from the early 1900s, or a rug with old-world details—and place them here and there.
5. Natural materials and fibers
Natural elements like wooden tables, wicker chairs, rattan baskets, clay pots, handwoven tapestries, and natural-colored rugs are definitely enjoying the spotlight—and we don’t see them going away anytime soon.
For a more evergreen appeal, try mixing and matching textures and see which one sticks. Wooden and natural woven fibers, for example, would look nice next to metallic accents like rose gold or brass.
6. Black and white
High-contrast designs can easily make a dramatic statement in any space. The good news is that there are various ways to go about this that accommodate every comfort level. You can go as far as painting your statement wall black or opting for black hexagon tiles for your entire floor. If you’re not ready to commit to a complete room color overhaul, try it out with a black and white rug.
7. Bright colors, bold patterns
If you’ve always wanted to try a bright color palette or a bold design pattern, now is the time to try. Just remember that too many colors or patterns can compete with each other and overwhelm the senses. It can also make a space look cluttered. For a subtle splash of color, start with a few well-placed throw pillows, one bright-colored couch, or a colorful rug.
8. Curves and circles
From curved sofas to orb-shaped lighting fixtures to round wall mirrors, curves and circles are definitely in this season—and for good reason. Their unique, non-conventional shapes command attention, a welcome departure from the traditional, box-shaped decor pieces we’re used to. For symmetry and balance, tie them all together with a round rug.
READERS: Are you redecorating your home this summer? Share your tips with us in the comments section below!