One aspect of Ayurveda that I like the most is the seasonal routine. Ancient medicinal science believes that we are deeply connected to our environment. Just as the seasons vary, we are constantly changing, so changing our lives to complement the time of year helps us achieve balance and vitality. It goes through our diet and our habits. I also believe, anecdotally, that it can be extended to our homes. As the air gets warmer and the days get longer, I lean towards cooler, windier interiors. Linen sheets. Bright colors. Beach accessories. Inspired by the ethereal season ahead, I asked a few design experts for their take on the top summer decorating trends of 2022.
These looks are stunning. But like summer, there is an ease for everyone. In simple terms: they are accessible for all budgets. Because this season is synonymous with fluidity and it’s time to take a break. (God, we’ve earned it.) So read on for summer 2022 decorating trends that come with a dose of positivity and feel-good.
Featured Image by Justin Coit from the house of Lauren Conrad.
Trend #1: Fresh and unexpected paint details
Fresh color will always be in fashion. But it’s how you use it that will win the summer decor trends of 2022. Forecasts for this summer incorporate fresh, vibrant paint in unexpected forms such as on trim and cabinetry, says Julia Miller, owner and lead designer of YOND Interiors. “Color can be used in a million ways – and we think summer will be huge for injecting it in new ways,” adds Miller.
Why we love it:
Miller’s predictions are a reminder that fresh paint doesn’t need to be washed off every wall to have an impact. As she says, use for concentrated areas to pack a punch. “Painting can be daunting,” Miller points out, “but we find that using highly curated paint palette sets like Farrow and Ball can help speed up the color selection process.”
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Trend #2: Lots of nature
The leafy greens have reigned in 2022 and they will continue into the second half. The trend to incorporate an abundance of nature into the home comes from several design experts, including Christopher Charles, owner of Christophe Charles Interiorsand Paul Rochford and Michael Violante, the directors behind V&R interiors. The look can be incorporated two ways: by including plants in a room or by capitalizing on the views of outdoor greenery with open windows and sheer curtains. Both are easy and accessible.
Why we love it
Plants always give an uplifting feel to any room. Really, any room, including the kitchen, bathroom, or even an entryway. Just make sure you know your plants’ needs, as the summer heat may require extra care.
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Trend #3: The tropics
For summer 2022, interior designer Andi Morse by Andi Morse Design plans the Maldives at home. Tropical decor instantly packs a holiday punch in a room. Morse says this look is simple to pull off. You can start by incorporating bright “cheerful” colors, from sunny yellows to emerald greens, with throw pillows, vases and rugs. But the bolder approach is to incorporate greenery and island motifs via wallpaper and prints. Think, “tropical trees, pineapple patterns, and leaves of all kinds,” adds Morse.
Why we love it
This trend is “so fun” and refreshing, says Morse, who loves this look for an accent wall, master bath or powder room. “It brings a bit of happiness to the house.”
Trend #4: Blur the outside and the inside
Temperatures are warming up in the northern hemisphere, which means eating outdoors and spending more time outdoors. Interior decorator Andrea Rodman sees people sneaking into plenty of opportunities to embrace both the outdoors and the see outside in their house this year. Materials like jute for rugs, big comfy furniture with carved details, and more refined designs for outdoor furniture are all in his forecast.
Why we love it
Even if you don’t have an outdoor living space, you can bring the same outside fit perfectly into the house. A jute rug (a centerpiece that complements many aesthetics) is ideal, but so are jute accessories and accent pieces that speak to patio spaces.
Trend #5: Fresh green vegetables
One of this year’s biggest color trends continues to come from the outdoors. Green, especially earthy and muted greens, is a huge source of inspiration for designers in 2022, says color expert Amy Wax. “Green brings out that feeling of being refreshed and being natural and colorful, so it hits all those spots.” This feeling of refreshment and respite is ideal for the summer months, as it’s a time to relax and sink into the heat.
Why we love it
Wax points out that earthy green is decidedly neutral and “can be used with almost any color in the palette,” she says. With that in mind, Wax recommends leaning toward mossy, grassy, or olive green paints and decor accessories.