From tropical leaves to vintage florals, nature is still making a big splash this season.
Color trends range from soft pastels by the sea to vibrant tropical hues.
Summer decor leans into bold and vibrant patterns and a combo of decor styles.
The past two years transformed our home interiors into a safe haven filled with soft textures, calming hues, and—oh yeah—more houseplants than we knew what to do with. The summer decor trends of 2022, however, kick the vibe up a notch by introducing bold, energetic colors, modern art, and, well, even more houseplants. Energize your home decor by taking inspiration from these summer trends that are popping up across the country.
1. Natural Interiors
The line between the outdoors and inside grows even fuzzier this season as decorators strategically place more greenery throughout the home. And if you don't have much of a green thumb, skip the windowsill of plants and opt for artwork, patterns, and fabrics that show off florals, branches, and leaves.
2. Soft Edges
Boxy, rectangular furniture is on its way out and suave, curvy edges are coming in. Interior designers are spotting rounded corners in everything from the sofas and settees to coffee tables and countertops. And if you think about the soft and natural vibes prevalent in the past two years, it's no surprise that gentle curves are the name of the game.
3. Coastal Grandma
A popular fashion trend is making its way into the home just in time for beach season. We can now officially embrace our coastal grandma persona—AKA, the part of us that loves floppy sun hats, flowy linen pants, and a leisurely trip to the farmer's market. What does this mean for coastal home decor? Think sunflowers in a painted vase on the table, linen throw pillows on the couch, and color schemes of white, tan, and soft blue that support a sense of seaside calm.
4. Sunny Shades
If you're looking for an energy boost every time you walk into your living room, there's another color trend starting a party. Home designers are leaning into bold primary colors on the walls, in upholstery, and in curtains and bedding. Some designers are even pushing the limits about how far you can spread a bright color, painting the walls, trim, and even the ceiling vibrant hues.
5. Pops of Green
One more note about color trends: green is having its moment. From playful teals to deep forest green, homeowners are adding earthy hues to kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms. The color goes well with the ever-popular blue but also pops against white subway tiles or the rich red of terracotta.
6. Tropical Touches
It's been a minute since we've been able to lie on a tropical beach with the sound of waves and palm trees all around. But tropical colors, patterns, and even the plants themselves have been standing in this summer. Accent walls feature painted palms, pineapples are popping up on bookcase decor, and bouquets of pink, orange, and yellow plants are accenting dining room tables. Paired with the sunny colors and green trends above, and you don't have to go far to find those vacation vibes.
7. Contrasting Patterns
In many homes this summer, home decor is taking a step back from the long-lasting trend of minimalism embracing the loud and the bold. Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns, whether that means palm leaf throw pillows on the couch against a brocade accent wall or floral bedsheets with striped curtains. In other words, if you're going to clash, clash confidently.
8. Vintage Sustainability
Vintage decor is another holdover from spring 2022 decor trends, when a passion for the Regency era snuck inside via a certain TV show. This summer season, the focus on vintage celebrates the sustainable perks of finding preloved arts, fixtures, tiles, and decor from your thrift and antique stores. Why not show off the treasures of the past instead of opting for something newly made?
9. Modern Art Displays
Inviting guests over is not only a great time to show off your unique style, but also a chance to celebrate your favorite artists as well. Contemporary art is taking the place of familiar prints and paintings, especially from the decorator's travels or community of artists. Showcase a few unique pieces in the living room or line the hallways with eye-catching accent art.
10. Eclectic Combinations
Perhaps most notably, we're spotting that many decorators are finding their own unique home decor style by combining what they love best about an array of options. Maximalism combines with cottagecore, Art Deco with coastal design, and Scandinavian with touches of bohemian. The 2022 summer decor trends encourage DIY home designers to create their own aesthetic to create a new haven right at home.