Summer is creeping back into the air, and in this energetic and uplifting social season of garden parties, picnics, barbecues, al fresco dining and star gazing… for most people, a lot of time and energy is spend outside of the home.
I’ve always thought that summer is a fantastic time to replenish your interiors and take care of your home – meaning it’s important to not forget about the inside of your house this summer and focus solely on the outdoors.
The weather is much more conducive to undertaking maintenance tasks or having your custom home designed and built, as the days are longer with less chance of storms getting in the way of our plans. That said, one thing to consider is the intense heat that certain parts of Australia are subject to – as working outdoors in such intensity can be a recipe for sunstroke or skin cancer; so be sure to take adequate steps in protecting yourself from the sun.
In the summer months, a lot of time is spent outdoors yet we often appreciate coming indoors to cool down and relax; meaning, now is the perfect to freshen up your interiors to keep them feeling full of zest and life.
In this article, we’re going to look at a number of interior design trends this summer to inspire you to freshen up your interiors.
ICE CREAM COLOURS
Pastel shades of ice cream inspired colours are a significant trend this year. Indeed, picking out your favourite paint colour can feel a lot like selecting your favourite combination of ice cream at an ice cream parlour.
The great news is that on top of this trend, there’s a trend to utilise a palette of colours, similarly to how you might have a selection of ice cream flavours at one go, meaning you can pick out a selection of your favourite colours – just be sure they compliment rather than clash.
BIG BRIGHT RUGS & CURTAINS
Solid saturated blocks of color are statements pieces that are, of course, classics… yet a trend we’re seeing this summer is for interior professionals to liven up a space with rich, saturated colours, that are either positioned on the floor or even hung on the wall as art. Now, a great way to kill two birds with one stone, and save a bit of money in the process, is to hang vibrant custom made curtains that fulfil the need for a big, bold, bright pop of colour – whilst not costing any extra money, in the sense of artwork or unnecessary rugs.
GALLERY STYLE WALLS
When you compare the cluttered nature of most homes with the serenity of a whitewashed, minimalistic art gallery, you’ll feel the vast contrast between serenity and chaos. The trend, and perhaps generally good advice this summer, is to declutter your walls and have one prominent piece of artwork in order to make a simple statement rather than tons of photos or niknaks everywhere.
Furniture made from reclaimed pallets and fruit crates have been on trend for many years now, yet this upcycled rustic trend is showing no signs of slowing down, with so many fairy lit apple crates making an appearance in interior magazines, and especially Pinterest.
Indoor plants are making a comeback this summer, as we’re seeing a lot of hanging plants within the home featured in all the trendy style magazines. Indeed, it’s not just small plants, huge feature plants are being used to provide an injection of life and vibrant colour.
Then, there are the health benefits… several studies found patients in hospitals surrounded by flowers or that have a view of a garden are more likely to recover than those not in the presence of plants or flowers. In a more day-to-day sense, plants within the home contribute to a feeling of wellbeing, affluence, and optimism.
Plants are also a great way to resolve air pollution if you live in the city, or by a busy road, because plants absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen; they essentially cleanse the air from toxic chemicals.
Many people consider herringbone parquet flooring to be classically gorgeous and unlike it’s dark wood or light wood peers, that show up every single piece of dirt meaning it’s almost impossible to keep it looking clean, herringbone tends to be much easier to keep looking clean.
The majority of the time spent at home during the summer months will be in the evening, when you are looking to wind down. Therefore, ambient lighting is a key to ensuring your home offers you the cosy cave of relaxation you crave – adding a feeling of warmth to the air-conditioned atmosphere that helps you relax and feel at peace. Fairy lights, often known as string lights, are a great way to achieve this ambient light – whilst candles tend to be more of a winter treat; particularly given the fact they emit heat and don’t tend to fare so well with the breeze from air conditioning units or open windows.
There’s a sense of freshness that comes from bright white sheets on the bed, and this is exactly what you want for the summer months. White, unlike darker colours, tends to reflect the heat making it a more comfortable temperature for bed sheets – but more than anything, the feeling you get from seeing a bedroom and bathroom full of bright white towels and soft furnishings is one of light, airy, breeziness; which is exactly what you want on a bright summer’s day.
As a final thought, some of the best advice when it comes to “staying on trend” this summer, or any other season for that matter, is to focus less on trends that come and go based on someone else’s opinion, and to focus more on your own tastes and what home means to you.
There’s no point creating a showroom style home, fit for an interior design magazine, if you don’t feel comfortable there or that it represents you as a person or what home means to you.
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