One aspect of Ayurveda I love the most is the routine of the season. That ancient medicine believes that we are deeply connected to our environments. Just as the seasons vary, we change constantly – so changing our lives to suit the season helps us achieve balance and vitality. This is done through our diet and habits. I also think, anecdotally, that it can be extended to our home. As the air gets warmer and the days longer, I lean towards cooler, more windy interiors. Linens. Vibrant colors. Beachy accessories. When I felt inspired by the ethereal season above us, I asked a couple of design experts about their bid for the best summer decor trends of 2022.
These looks are amazing. But like summer, there is an ease for every single one. In short: they are achievable for any budget. For this season is all about fluidity and it’s time for a bit of a postponement. (Gosh, we deserved it.) So read on for 2022 summer decor trends that serve as a dose of positivity and well-being.
Trend # 1: Fresh and unexpected paint details
Fresh color will always be in fashion. But it’s the way you use it that will win this summer’s interior design trends in 2022. The prospect of this summer incorporates fresh, vibrant paint in unexpected forms such as on trim and cabinetry, says Julia Miller, owner and chief designer of YOND Interiors. “Color can be used in a million ways – and we think the summer will be huge to inject it in new ways,” Miller adds.
Why we love it:
Miller’s forecast is a reminder that fresh paint does not need to be washed over every wall to make an impact. As she says, need concentrated areas to pack a punch. “Paint can be scary,” Miller points out, “but we find that using highly curated paint palettes like Farrow and Ball can help speed up the color selection process.”
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Trend # 2: Lots of nature
Green leaves have prevailed in 2022 – and they will continue well into the second half of the year. The trend of incorporating an abundance of nature into the home comes from several design experts, including Christopher Charles, owner of Christopher Charles Interiorand Paul Rochford and Michael Violante, the principals behind V&R interior. The look can be incorporated in two ways: including plants throughout a room or by taking advantage of the view of outdoor greenery with open windows and transparent 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, the bath or even an entrance hall. Just be sure to know the needs of your plants as the summer heat may require extra care.
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Trend # 3: The Tropics
For the summer of 2022, interior designer Andi Morse from Andi Morse Design predicts the Maldives at home. Tropical decor provides instant holiday ambiance in a room. Morse says this look is easy to achieve. You can start by incorporating bright “happy” colors, from sunny yellow to emerald green, with decorative pillows, vases and rugs. But the bolder approach is to incorporate island greens and motifs via wallpaper and print. Think, “tropical trees, pineapple motifs and leaves of all kinds,” Morse adds.
Why we love it
This trend is “so fun” and refreshing, says Morse, who loves this look for an accent wall, a main bathroom or a powder room. “It brings some happiness home.”
Trend # 4: Blurring the outdoors and indoors
Temperatures are warming up in the northern hemisphere, which means al fresco dining and spend more time outdoors. Interior designer Andrea Rodman see people weave themselves into ample opportunity to embrace both outdoors and see of outdoors throughout their home this year. Materials like jute for rugs, chunky cozy furniture with carved details and more refined designs for outdoor furniture are all in her forecast.
Why we love it
Even if you do not have an outdoor living area, you can bring the same en-plein-air atmosphere seamlessly into the home. A jute rug (a focus item that complements many aesthetics) is ideal, but so are jute accessories and furnishings that speak to patio spaces.
Trend # 5: Fresh vegetables
One of the biggest colors trends of this year continues to pull from the outside. Greens, especially earthy and muted greens, are a huge inspiration for designers in 2022, he says color expert Amy Wax. “Green brings out the feeling of being refreshed and being natural and colorful – so it hits all those places.” This feeling of refreshment and relaxation is ideal for the summer months as this is the time to relax and sink into the heat.
Why we love it
Wax points out that earth green is decidedly neutral and “can be used with almost any color on the pallet,” she says. In this light, Wax recommends leaning towards paints and decor accessories that are moss-covered, grass-covered or olive green.