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Summer design trends 2021

30 August 2021

Essential Summer 2021 Interior Design Trends and Tips

Summer is the best time for home improvements through interior design. In the UK alone, householders spend around £83bn every year and mostly during the summer. It’s not hard to see why: summer comes with a distinct beauty and so your interiors want to reflect that – ideally, you want it to work all the year round. Even if you’re not planning to decorate this year, you certainly know someone who is. The colours of the season include muted colour palette, light colours, and thin fabric for airy interiors. What are the trends this year that you can incorporate to keep the sunshine all the year round?


Before you do anything, look at the walls – are they due for a change? Paint faded, an outdated season, muted with age? It’s amazing just how much a change of style on the walls can open your room, make it brighter, and present a more spacious aesthetic with the right colours and styles. Neutral tones are in this year: whites and off-whites, beiges, greys, and anything that will virtually go with anything. The benefit is that they work all the year round, complementing any seasonal decoration. You could opt for brighter summer colours and keep that brightness all the way into autumn and winter.


Change the Layout

The first and most obvious – not to mention the cheapest – is rearranging what you already have. Bring out those pieces you’ve kept locked away in the attic for a while. Put those items taking up too much room into storage. We suspect this is one element of interior design impacted almost entirely by the pandemic. People working from home came to realise they could make better use of the space, light sources, and existing furniture. Create zones within your living space. If you’re still working from home or simply have a small business now operating from there, it’s going to make all the other trends listed below much easier.

Wallpaper/Paint Pic. Credit: Dado Castello Branco


This isn’t the first such list you’ve seen minimalism adorn; it’s unlikely to be the last. Minimalism is here to stay. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t just one thing – minimalism changes with the times. When it first broke out onto the interior design scene, it was all about straight lines and limited colour palettes. This year’s minimalism design trend is nature and environment. It aims to use natural light sources to complement a property’s individual spaces, use effective green focal points (like plants) and pops of colour to draw the eye.

Wallpaper/Paint Pic. Credit: West Elm


There are so many things to consider with interior lighting. It impacts the atmosphere and ambience and so give thought to the style as well the number of lighting fixtures. How do you want to feel in this room? Does each room differ? That may be the case as lighting in a home office will vary greatly from a bedroom or living space. However, lighting isn’t just about the electrical devices – it’s also about natural light sources. When placing artificial lights and deciding where to put them, ensure they complement the existing natural light source(s). It’s a good idea to have a plan here and consider curtains and blinds along with fixtures and fittings. Summers are the best part of using natural lights to the maximum recommended by all the designers.

Wallpaper/Paint Pic. Credit: Truff and Trim

Natural Elements

Nature is arguably the interior design element with the greatest longevity. Perhaps also inspired by the pandemic, occupants are adding more natural elements to their interiors. The most common and obvious is the addition of plants “plant parenting” is the in thing of 2020 and what better time for colour and ambience than summer? No matter the time of year, interior design trend or vibe, greenery is always in. If you’re not particularly green fingered, then succulents are the easiest plants to parent. Water them once a week or even less than that, even in high summer, and they’ll sit there quite happily. If you’re really an awful gardener, then go for fake plants. Fakes are excellent quality these days; they will have your visitors trying to work out whether yours are real. Keep a regular spot for faux plants and change with the seasons. This will always save the headache of where to put the Christmas Tree.

Wallpaper/Paint Pic. Credit: Office 4

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