Summer can be a season of fads and flings, but when it comes to home decor, this year’s go-to looks come with staying power.

Think classic colors for your walls and accessories, low-maintenance materials (hello, indoor-outdoor living), and playful prints that can swing casual or high-brow.

So whether you want to refresh your home with the latest “it” color or just find a new accent chair, these four design trends will add a seasonal pop that won’t feel out of place when the weather starts to cool.

‘Tis the season for fun, and we’re not just talking about beach trips and backyard barbecues. Warm weather and summer Fridays also call for a looser, livelier take on home decor, and a splattering of speckles across dinnerware, wall coverings, fabric, mugs, planters — anything, really — is the answer.



Cope, a Brooklyn-based textiles and home goods brand from Nick and Rachel Cope, recently introduced a speckled print that captures “a sense of playfulness and being carefree and the ability to bring an artistic feeling into a room,” says Rachel.

Inspired by paint-splattered floors and made by hand, it comes in eight colorways as wallpaper, fabric and throw pillows. (The latter is the perfect way to add pattern without commitment.)

Or incorporate a splash of speckles with ceramics from designer Brian Giniewski, a planter from Target or March’s confetti-colored dishes and bowls from Italy.

Effortlessness, from easy meals to breezy outfits, is a defining characteristic of summer. Bring that ethos into the home this season with woven fiber, a material that calls to mind a laid-back West Coast aesthetic.

“Woven rush gives you that cool, California look and feel,” says Amber Lewis, founder and principal designer of LA’s Shoppe Amber Interiors. “It brings in a natural organic element and adds texture that’s pretty much needed in every space.”

Shoppe Amber Interiors’ Mulholland dining chair will instantly level up any space with its effortlessly chic look.

Ikea’s also embracing the trend with a new collection of woven fiber furniture that includes an ottoman ($69) that emits a cool bohemian vibe. And check out Serena & Lily’s Luna hanging chair ($598), a showpiece for any room.

These fibers’ airiness also makes it a perfect match for hanging overhead. Industrial designer Cristian Mohaded used simbol, a woven vegetable fiber from Argentina, to create the architecturally stunning and surprisingly modern Valle collection of light fixtures for Minimo (from $1,250).

Concrete isn’t new to the design scene as the minimalist material of choice, but only recently have designers started to have a little fun with the traditionally drab-looking material. This summer, look for concrete — not just underfoot — but in a variety of applications, and in vibrant colors to boot.

The durable material has made a splash in the tile market, where companies like Concrete Collaborative continue to introduce it in an ever-widening array of colors and patterns.

Interior and product designer Sarah Sherman Samuel’s new concrete encaustic tile capsule with Concrete Collaborative, which features five mix-and-match designs in a variety of colors, is perfect for a statement wall or bathroom floor refresh.

Concrete is also making a splash in the bathroom with Kast’s colorful concrete sinks. The brand’s new Canvas collection showcases basins in 28 shades from mint to brick that have rippling sculptural surfaces for an added touch of drama.

The Mod concrete series from Eclectic Goods works indoors or outdoors, with an edgy end table for $415. And Australian brand Nood Co’s Scandinavian-inspired Kevin stool ($528) comes in shades from powder blue to blush pink.

Summer is the season of relaxation, and if there is one color that embodies its chill vibes, it’s blue. “There’s so much research on how blue helps to quell anxiety,” says Dee Schlotter, senior color manager at paint brand PPG. On Monday, PPG named Chinese Porcelain, an inky blend of cobalt and teal, the 2020 color of the year.

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A desire for calmness influenced the selection, but PPG’s experts also wanted a hue that packed a punch: “There’s an energy behind this blue,” says Schlotter. “It signifies hopefulness. We all need a dose of it.”

Bring the good vibes home this season by painting your front door or make a statement by painting the ceiling. “We also see it used as accent walls and on kitchen cabinets,” adds Schlotter. “You can create really gorgeous kitchens with dark, punchy colors.”

If you’re not ready to commit to a fresh coat of paint, you still have options, as this bold blue is showing up everywhere, from carpets and bedding to sofas and floor tiles. It’s a classic yet bright shade that’s an “easy entry point into the color world from the sea of sameness of neutrals,“ says Schlotter.

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