The 10 Best Summer Interior Design Trends Of 2021 + What To Avoid

As summer seems to begin later and later each year, we’re taking a moment to highlight summer interior design trends of 2018 to help you bring in the sun in your home this season.

High Contrast Hues

If your home is a pale shade of neutral year-round, do consider ways to add energetic and expressive shots of color to perk up any room while creating visually arresting spots for the eye to focus on.


While we’re not ones to fall for fleeting summer interior design trends as this season is short, there’s fun to be had in adding tropical prints and elements in even the smallest amounts as you can never go wrong with a bold botanical print.

Bold Hues

Because it wouldn’t be summer without a selection of bold hues, do bring in summer rays with vibrant artworks, and extras like tablecloths, bedding, and decorative accessories.

Solid Gold

Bring on the shine with brushed and brassy metallics that will work to reflect light while adding a touch of grownup glamor with ease and sophistication.


Year in, year out, ombre continues to be one of the most common yet visually enticing summer interior design trends that we just can’t get enough of. For starters, there’s something cool and alluring about a terrific degrade fabrication, but best of all, we love the slightly off-kilter sensibility ombre can lend to any room. One of our interior designers even found an ombre lamp and lampshades recently, so take a cue and look for degrade in unexpected everyday items for an elegant take on this perennial trend.

Shades Of Blue

You may think pastels when you think of summer interior design trends, but what about going for the unexpected? After all, a calming Tiffany blue or turquoise will lend a room the same energy and spirit that a powdery pink will. Plus, it will look great year-round, and not just for one season.

Botanicals, Of Course

It should come as no surprise that plants are one of the least inexpensive, easy to manage, and of course easy to source no-brainer summer interior design trends that will double duty as they work to purify the air in any room.

Geometric Patterns

Sure, geometrical prints and patterns aren’t just reserved for summer interior design trends, yet when we were recently looking for inspiration we came across a slew of gorgeous geometrical patterns in delicious pastels that made us rethink the often dark, somber tones they’re often realized in.

Popsicle Tones

We’re not talking pastels here. Instead, opt for blush and soothing makeup tones when looking to inject summer interior design trends in your home as they’ll never go out of style, will make any room appear larger and brighter, and go with just about anything.

Embellished Extras

From seashell encrusted decorative pillows to sequined runners, do add embellished decorative add-ons for an extra touch of glam summer interior design trends in even the smallest doses.

What To Avoid:

Fringe Wall Art

From high end to low, one of the most prolific summer interior design trends happens to be fringed and macrame wall art – which admittedly is a great look, however, when you see something so often you know it’s almost time you’ll end up scoring one at Homegoods for under $5, so don’t splurge on this ephemeral trend.

Nautical Themes

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it the end but no more nautical summer interior design trends as it’s way too theme oriented, childish, and worst of all common. That said, if you do want to go nautical we suggest small doses such as a navy pennant here, and an anchor motif there.

Tie-Dye Decor

Though it’s synonymous with summer and though the sofa above has a great pop to it, there’s something a tad too common about tie-dye décor when looking at summer interior design trends as you’ll tire of the look easily.

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