Some trends come and go as quickly as the seasons change, but there are the rare few that seem to become instant classics. You may have noticed them popping up on magazine covers, Pinterest, and your favorite home design shows this year. While some are subtle, most are hard to miss.
Now that summer is upon us, it’s high time you incorporate a few in your own home. From light and airy contemporary kitchens, to aesthetic touches that elevate your space, here are a few home trends to embrace this summer for that magazine quality look.
Natural Materials & Textures
Whether you love to soak up the sun or prefer to spend your days in the comfort of your air-conditioned home, bring a bit of the outdoors in with the help of natural materials and textures. Details like woven seas grass baskets, jute or sisal area rugs, rattan chairs, driftwood mirrors, wicker lampshades, burlap table runners, cotton throws, bamboo Roman shades, and linen drapes allow homeowners to layer textures for visual interest. Other nods to Mother Nature in the home can include all wood cabinetry, natural stone countertops, and marble backsplash tile. For a low-maintenance, highly durable alternative to hardwood flooring, opt for wood look tile. This ceramic tile offers an earthy, rustic look that’s ideal for use throughout the home — even in wet areas like contemporary kitchens and bathrooms.
Light Finishes & Soft Colors
When it comes to all wood cabinetry, magazine and TV trends lean towards light finishes. You can never wrong with classic white or off-white cabinetry, which always looks clean and fresh. For contemporary kitchens, neutral gray finishes are the ideal alternative to white. Good options include our Midtown Light Grey Shaker collection, or a light and crisp painted finish, like Union Gray. When it comes to walls, summery, soft colors currently rule. Think subtle shades of Blush, Cloud White, Fern Green, Tidewater, and Smoke. Then choose shades a step or two darker on the swatch to accessorize in a trendy, tone-on-tone fashion.
Mixed Metals & Bold Details
Matchy-matchy metal finishes are no longer the rule. Today, it’s perfectly acceptable (and beautiful) to mix metals in contemporary kitchens and throughout the rest of home. Want oil rubber bronze cabinet hardware, a copper sink, and stainless steel appliances? Go for it! Today’s home design allows for greater personalization, and mixed metals are the perfect opportunity to stay right on point. Express your unique style even more through bold details and décor. Need ideas and inspiration? Create an accent wall behind your TV room cabinetry with boldly patterned wallpaper, or add colorful glass tile to the master bath. Embrace these interesting design details for a home that is truly a reflection of you.
Summer is a special season — a time when we throw open the curtains and let the sun shine into our homes. But doing so also shines a light on the things that need updating. If your home looks dated and drab, take inspiration from this list and embrace a few fun and fabulous trends in your home before summer passes you by.
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