DISCOVER SUMMER’S HOTTEST TRENDS

By: Eleanor King & Maurice King

DISCOVER SUMMER’S HOTTEST TRENDS

Tags: Cottagecore, boho chic, refreshing colour palettes among trends

Cottagecore is a celebration of crafts, vintage pieces and a slower pace of living. Photo courtesy of Benjamin Moore 

Move over grey interiors. Summer has arrived and is ushering in new décor trends that include refreshing colour palettes inspired by glowing sunrises and gardens in bloom. Also on trend is cottagecore, a style that’s cozy and nurturing and, for many, the perfect antidote to the stress of the pandemic.
 
If you’re just settling into your new home or if you’re looking to update a tired décor, one of these trends and projects just might inspire:
 
Cottagecore
 
Cottagecore is a romantic interpretation of the English countryside of years gone by. It’s both a lifestyle and a décor trend and lends itself perfectly to summer. When it comes to décor, think big bouquets of wildflowers, dried flowers, heirloom furniture, period dishware, velvet drapes, books stacked high, layered textiles and lace.
 
The cottagecore look is intentionally mismatched and could even be described as a little messy but it has a comfortable vibe and is full of warmth and love. Anything vintage goes, so raid your grandma’s attic, hit up some second-hand shops and check out garage sales.
 
When it comes to lifestyle, cottagecore is about living life simply and connecting with nature, such as gardening, picnicking, bike rides and walks – all great summertime activities.
 
Boho patios
 
Another vintage trend is boho chic. Think 1970s but streamlined and modern. Pinterest suggests creating the look with woven rattan, rustic woods, string lights and earthy colours like terracotta, rich mustard yellow and punchy tangerine – all tones you find in the layers of the sky at sunrise or sunset and textured gardens.
 
Another way to transform your backyard is to divide it into zones to maximize functionality, such as a place to garden, a place to lounge, a place to cook and eat, and a place to play. If space allows, incorporate a flat area for classic games like bocce ball.
 
A gazebo or pavilion will provide welcome respite from the sun and even if it’s raining lightly, you can still enjoy being outdoors. Lighting brings both drama and functionality to your outdoor space and can be used to spotlight a favourite tree or light up a dark pathway. Before planting trees, know how large they’ll be at maturity and place them strategically to maximize the shade and privacy they’ll create.
 
Front porches
 
If you’re lucky enough to have a front porch, create a comfortable seating area with furniture that complements your home. Pay attention to scale. Low-profile pieces or comfy chairs without arms will keep the space from feeling overwhelmed, while sectional sofas can be pulled apart as needed. Make use of dual-purpose pieces, such as stools that can function as both a side table and extra seating.
 
Round tables instead of squares or rectangles improves traffic flow. Pillows add colour and character. A mirror or artwork can hide an unattractive wall and help visually expand the space. A small area rug grounds the space and gives it a cozy feel. Outdoor curtains create intimacy without completely shutting you off from neighbours. Add tiebacks or weights to bottom hems to keep them from blowing around too much.
 
Earth tones
 
The folks at Sico Paint by PPG have noticed homeowners are moving away from cool, modern grey interiors and choosing subdued garden-fresh neutrals. Topping the list of best-selling paint colours are muted sage greens, breezy blues and earthy taupes. The colours are subtle and warm and work well in all seasons.
 
Benjamin Moore’s summer colour palette (www.benjaminmoore.com/en-ca/colour-overview/colour-palettes/seasonal-colour-palettes-ideas/summer-inspired-paint-colours) includes Sunlit Coral 2170-60, a calming blend of pink and orange that’s inspired by the southeastern sunset and flatters any space. Linen-White OC-146 is a timeless, creamy white paint colour that complements summer décor essentials like nautical trinkets and woven textiles.
 
Papaya 957 is a sandy tan with a laidback, bohemian feel and Farm Fresh AF-360 is a honey-roasted neutral with gentle orange undertones. Jet Stream 814 is a bright sky blue that could be used on the ceiling in a room painted in white. Wild Flower 2090-40 brings a touch of tart sweetness to the summer palette.
 
Wallpaper trending again
 
When you hear the word ‘wallpaper,’ you might think of the wallpapers of the ‘60s and ‘70s, but today’s generation of wallpaper is a far cry from those retro motifs. Thankfully, it’s also much easier to apply and remove and even include peel-and-stick options.
 
Wallpaper creates texture, softness and personality. Think watercolour effects, clean geometric lines and grass cloth. They can introduce several complementary colours at once without being overwhelming. There are lots of ways to use wallpaper today: on the ceiling, as a lining in a bookshelf, pantry or closet, and/or inside panelling or panels.
 
When choosing a wallpaper, consider the scale of the pattern and how often it repeats. It might appeal to you online or in the showroom, but may quickly become busy and overwhelming on your wall. When wallpapering a feature wall, it should always be a whole wall that’s not interrupted by bulkheads, windows or doorways. Look for natural breaks in the wall, such as a bump-out.
The King Home Team appreciates how important it is to make a house feel like home. Our knowledge of local markets has helped numerous homebuyers – from first-time homebuyers to downsizers – find a house that quickly becomes home. May your summer be filled with lazy, hazy days and memories in the making!