WRITTEN BY JAYMI NACIRI
When summer rolls around, it’s not usual to walk into your favorite home goods store and be bombarded by beachy items. It’s shells, and sand, and coral galore. But, this year, summer décor trends have veered in a few fun, new directions. If you haven’t yet started feeling like you HAVE TO HAVE PALM PRINT EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW!!!, you will soon. It’s just one of the hot trends that will turn your home into a summer showplace.
The aforementioned palm prints are everywhere right now, from clothes to walls to window décor – part of the overall tropical print trend that Vogue says we’re going to see more “in wallpaper and designer fabrics.” These drapes make a serious impact, especially against the black-and-white-striped rug. If you like the look but not in such a bold placement, try scattering a few palm print throw pillows or hit H&M for what is sure to be one of the hottest tropical collections of the summer.
Or, you can go full “jungalow,” embracing the trend that The Telegraph describes as, “exotic prints patterned with large-fronded ferns, and whimsical wallpapers bursting with big cats, crocodiles and mischievous monkeys, this season it’s all about Palm Springs-meets-Ibiza eclectism — perfect for those looking for some exotic escapism.”
Also hot for spring: flamingos. But we’re not talking about the hot lawn ornaments. No, the wading bird is showing up this season in some other surprising places, like on the walls. “While flamingo-themed parties are technically what has Pinterest tickled pink, we also expect to see the unabashedly fun motif have legs in the coastal design world, like in this fabulous wallpaper,” said Coastal Living.
Rattan is, not surprisingly, part of the tropical trend, but the ‘70s throwback has a fresh new look. “Remember rattan? You saw it everywhere in the ’70s: rattan chairs, rattan baskets, rattan patio furniture, and other wicker items,” said Country Living. “Most often, rattan was confined to porches and the outdoors (it does make great weather-resistant furniture), but today, the trend is popping up inside, too. Also known as manila, manau, or malacca, the natural material and beautiful woven technique adds texture and richness to rooms and can suit many styles, whether rustic, shabby-chic, coastal, or tropical.”
Florals are nothing new, especially at this time of the year. But the way they’re being presented is. Two hot trends to follow include:
- ‘60s throwback prints. “Along with midcentury furniture and style comes another throwback to the 1960s: Vintage-inspired floral patterns,” said HGTV. “We’ve spotted ‘flower power’ patterns in window treatments, bedspreads, throw pillows and more. Design by Kathryn Ivey.
- Bold floral prints, taking cues from runway looks from Prada and Chloe, like on this $3,352 Marcel Wanders Nest sofa by Moooi.
Summer is the ideal time to introduce a new color (or two!) to your home and freshen up your space. Two of the most popular options every year at this time are pastel hues and citrus infusions, and that holds true for this year as well. A few of HGTV’s recommendations include exotic orange, seaworthy coral, refreshing lime, and water’s edge blue, a favorite choice because, “Nothing is as inviting as a cool body of water on a summer day,” they said. “Get the same feeling in your living areas by immersing the room in this cool shade. For a dramatic effect, use the color on upholstered pieces, drapery panels and accessories.”