Summer Trends 18 by Busola Evans
Top Image Credit: Mt.Erica Hotel by Bergman & Co. Pink Terrazzo Bathroom
SUMMER TRENDS 2018
Do you follow trends? Wholeheartedly or just a little bit? I think most of us like to nod to the latest trends even if only updating an accessory rather than going the whole hog and completely changing a room.
Today as a Guest Blogger, I have journalist Busola Evans, who has shared her top 5 trends for summer, and I can already see that I have, sub-consciously or not, incorporated some element of each into my home. Okay, maybe not the outdoor kitchen.......but certainly I'm in the middle of creating an outdoor room.
Busola Evans is a freelance journalist, currently acting deputy editor of Livingetc, so she brings a wealth of knowledge on all things interiors. Currently, also freelance journalist and acting Health editor Ok Magazine, and Editor, Mother and Baby Bauer Media, among other jobs.
Here is her take on Summer.
Pink has been popular in interiors for the last couple of years now and there’s no sign of it waning. In fact this summer may reach Peak Pink. I think many people have realised what a versatile colour it is and how easily it can be worked into most colour schemes. You can use pink against white for a fresh, modern look but it also looks fab against moodier colours like navy and charcoal. The pink shades keep evolving though so this year’s is a far cry from Rose Quartz, the Pantone colour of 2016, which arguably helped kick off our blush obsession. That was quite sugary in tone but now we are looking at pinks with a little more warmth to them and have a hint of peach. Moving into autumn, we’re going to see more chocolate browns coming into play and for me, the combination of that with pink will be heavenly.
Image Credit: LHS; Devol Kitchens, Middle; ArchiProducts, RHS; Desiretoinspire
Wicker and rattan, in particular, are very big for summer and not just for outdoor furniture. You will see it used on everything from mirrors to ceiling lights. Don’t worry if you think the trend is too rustic or boho for your taste because this time round there are a lot of more refined pieces which work well with modern interiors. Natural textures help add warmth to a space so are perfect for areas that can look a bit cold and uninviting. A rattan plant hanger or even just a woven laundry basket will instantly make a traditional white bathroom look more welcoming and give it some interest.
Image Credits LHS; Modern Chairs EU, Middle; Dear Designer's Blog, RHS; Estillo Project Kitchen
For the last few years, the trend has been very much bringing the outdoors in, but this summer is all about creating a comfortable living space outdoors, treating it as an additional room with many of the furnishings that would not look out of place indoors. Trend forecasters are calling it ‘a room without a roof’. Think cushioned, weather-proof sofas, stylish water-resistant rugs and outdoor floor lamps with mood lighting. Many brands have produced great pieces this season so it is a trend which is very easy to recreate. Add a pizza oven or a barbecue and you’d be tempted to make it an all-nighter. If you’re lucky to have huge garden and a few thousand pounds spare, then a full outdoor kitchen is the way to go.
Image Credits; LHS; Quertier Real Estate, Middle; zevyjoy.com, RHS; bricksandstone.com.au
A Brexit backlash perhaps but it looks like in our homes at least we are interested in welcoming finds from all parts of the globe (or at least ones that look the part). So we’re talking handwoven rugs and throws from Morocco and hand-painted ceramics for India. Anything ethnic or tribal influenced that appears like it could have been picked up while swanning about on your travels. Thankfully you don’t need to pay for a plane ticket because lots of brands like Habitat and Rockett St. George source items from these countries and work with local artisans to get one-of-a-kind finds.
Image Credits; LHS; FROY, Middle; lulklein.blogspot.co.uk, RHS; Decorator's Notebook
Leaf prints are huge for summer, in more ways than one. The larger scale the better! We’re seeing them all over fabrics and wallpaper so you can try covering the walls of a small space like a downstairs loo for maximum impact or reupholstering a chair for a statement piece in a neutral scheme. If all that sounds migraine-inducing, you can simply give a nod to the trend through accessories. The palm is particularly popular this year and looks great mixed with blush shades and warm metallics.
The Girl with The Green Sofa