Summer is the perfect time to refresh your home and create a bold new look. Maybe you’re looking to revamp entirely, or just want to add a few stylish touches to bring your home up to date, there is no better time to do this than at the start of summer.
This year, you can achieve the key trends by merely moving around some of your furniture as principal rooms will have their purpose drastically changes. We’re transforming our living rooms into quiet spaces for socializing without the glare of the TV and reclaiming our bathrooms to create a spa-like experience in the home. As it’s summer, expect to see coastal elements drift into the house in the form of natural fabrics and nautical accents. And finally, we’re bringing the outdoors in by making the most of natural light and introducing some greenery. Follow these unmissable trends to keep your home on-trend and looking fresh this summer.
1. Concealed Technology
Over the years, TVs have been getting bigger and bigger, taking over living rooms and dominating the most social areas of the home. In 2016, we see a shift towards technology-free living areas. TVs are minimized or hidden, and the living room is reclaimed as a family room for socializing, not zoning out. If you have a neglected fireplace in your home, you can double down on the summer trends by making the fireplace the focal point of your living space.
Concealed technology isn’t just about hiding the TV; it also means making charging your tech items much more attractive by investing in bespoke charging furniture or creating charging stations to keep cables out of sight. By keeping cables out of view, the result is a minimalist look which can be used as a blank canvas for further trends, rather than allowing technology to take over the home.
2. Bring The Outdoors In
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Natural light, greenery, and outdoor accents are at the core of this summery trend. Bringing the outdoors in is the perfect way to balance your home if you don’t have a garden, or if you like to be surrounded by outdoor accents. Focus on switching out window treatments for light and billowy materials to make the most of the natural light. Introduce potted plants of varying sizes to introduce some greenery, and consider bringing your hard-wearing outdoor furniture indoors
3. Spa Bathrooms
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Transforming your bathroom into a living space rather than a purely functional room is a great way to refresh your home instantly. Hideaway the clutter and introduce furniture not seen in the bathroom to achieve this look. A delicate side table and chair will create the perfect spa-like experience. All you need to complete this look is some fluffy white towels displayed on a towel rack, your most beautiful bath salts in a crystal decanter and some freshly cut flowers in a crystal vase.
4. Beach Fabrics And Materials
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Taking inspiration from a beach house, this trend focuses on natural fabrics and materials with sun-bleached hues. Think cane furniture accented with raffia cushions and hard-wearing jute rugs. This look can be easily achieved by introducing small accents such as decorative pillows in ombre shades or nautical mirrors with distressed wooden frames. We’re also seeing a lot of natural fiber pendant lights creating an airy atmosphere indoors.
5. Eclectic Kitchens
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Mixing your materials and styles is encouraged in the kitchen to create this eclectic vibe. Moving away from the perfectly polished and sleek look, this season you are invited to pick and choose your favorite elements to create your personalized look. Rustic wooden floors, vintage rugs, shiny marble worktops and subway tiles sit alongside matte accents and quirky elements. Expect your appliances to be available in black stainless steel instead of the traditional polished stainless steel look. This creates a much sleeker appearance which is a far cry from the retro pastel shades of the past.
6. Pops Of Color
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Unusual color combinations are trendy in summer, with many people introducing unexpected pops of color to brighten up their homes. This is the most natural look to achieve because you can often just add one item in a bright color to make a huge impact. Choose a colorful wall clock as the focal point of the room, or introduce a bright colored chair for a bold and contrasting look.