Summer 2018 is swinging in with an overload of color and fun. Think rainbow floats, unicorns and mermaid designs—things that Nancy Fire of Design Works International can’t get enough of.
“It’s just really great vibrant colors for the season. We’re seeing it in food, we’re seeing it in objects, we’re seeing it in stripes, we’re seeing it in iridescence and ombres,” said Fire, who is also the Design Director of HGTV Home.
The Long Island resident, who just put together her latest summer collection for Studio NYC Design, offered five hot home trends that will take your living space to a new level of cool this season.
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Make a statement
Bring positivity into your home. This season, it’s all about sentiment and inspiration. Statements like “Stay colorful, babe,” “Darling, you’re different” and “Born to be free” are popping up on everyday household items. “It’s all these positive attributes that people really want to see whether it’s on mugs, paper plates, napkins,” Fire said.
Welcome to the jungle
A safari adventure can seep into your home this summer with wildlife decor. “There’s a lot of great animal portraits, almost weird and bizarre,” Fire said. “We’re seeing the animal being the soft abstract geometric.” Leafy designs on furniture and overdyed rugs are also making a statement.
Focus on food
Can’t get enough of your favorite junk food? Well this summer, you don’t have to. Items like French fries and donuts are making appearances on accessories, including beach towels, napkins, serving goods and bathroom mats. Since calorie counting isn’t an issue, it’s OK to stack up on this trend.
An indoor garden
What’s warm weather without a gorgeous bouquet or two? Floral designs have been in vogue for years—Fire credited Rifle Paper Co. with helping the trend boom—and this summer isn’t any different. Think big and small flowers in tonal or multi-color on window and shower curtains to chair pads and serving boards.
New spin on nautical
Being surrounded by water, it’s only natural for Long Islanders to opt to include a few coastal elements into their home. But this doesn’t have to just be done in blue and white. Take it up a notch this season with brighter colors and marine life with bowls in shapes of whales and starfish.