9 Living Room Trends Heating Up This Summer

published May 25, 2019
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If there’s one room you should consider refreshing regularly, it would definitely be your living room. Whether you’re Netflix and chilling with your significant other or having a bunch of friends over for wine and cheese, your living room is probably one of the most trafficked places in your home.

Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to give your living room an entire overhaul, you can easily update it with throw pillows, a fresh coat of paint, or that piece you’ve been eying for months.

We asked a crop of interior designers for the decor trends they think will be big this summer. And while their answers run the gamut from matte black hardware to Moroccan rugs, one thing’s for sure: Natural touches are trending.

Keep scrolling for the top 10 trends you should consider adding to your space this season.

1. West Coast Cool

“The closer we get to summer, I think people tend to become a bit more playful in how they approach their interior style. This year, you’ll see living rooms that feature furnishings with relaxed, natural textures (read: a whole lot of rattan and cane) and whimsical, organic shapes, such as curvy or rounded edges. Light, airy fabrics like linens and sheers will be layered in and the outside will creep indoors a bit by way of botanical and floral patterns.” — Caitlin Murray, founder and interior designer at Black Lacquer Design

2. Au Naturale

“Natural elements, organic materials and Earthy tones such as wood floors, stone, and tons of plants. They bring the outside in and make us feel surrounded by nature. Tie it all together by with a wall refresh—EasyCare Paint Drake is the perfect complement to natural decor.”— Camille Styles, lifestyle expert and EasyCare Paint brand ambassador

“Bringing the outdoors in is a trend that should last through both seasons through the use of items with natural textures and elements, such as rattan side tables, untreated woods, natural fiber textiles and live edge wood surfaces.” — Amber Dunford, lead stylist at Overstock.com and expert in design psychology

3. Roaming Rugs

“It seems like everyone wants a vintage Turkish or Moroccan rug these days, but not everyone has the budget for it. Fortunately, we’re starting to see more flat-woven cotton rugs that are printed with those same cool tribal patterns, allowing you to get the look for a lot less.” — Donna Garlough, Style Director at Joss & Main

4. Mid-Century Mash Up

“These days it’s all about the mix. We’re definitely moving away from matched living room sets and pairing streamlined sofas with funky safari-style leather-and-wood chairs or low-slung armless chairs.” — Donna Garlough

5. Bohemian Rhapsody

“Lightweight throw blankets and floor pillows bring an instant update and bohemian edge to your living room, which feels very appropriate for summer living. I also love a patterned throw blanket for summer because it can double as a fun beach blanket!”  — Danielle Walish, creative director of The Inside

6. Modular Magic

“We love the versatility of a modular coffee table, especially for spring and summer entertaining.” — Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez, co-founders of Dekar Design

7. Citizen Caned

“Who doesn’t love the gorgeous texture of a woven cord, leather, seagrass, or rush seat. We’re seeing this trend in both accent and dining seating and love the layered texture it adds to any space. This Safavieh woven leather lounge chair is the perfect combo of modern and rustic.” — Alessandra Wood, interior design expert and vice president of style at Modsy

8. Luxe Layers

“This season is about embracing different textures and colors to create a warm and inviting living room. Combine materials, styles and time periods to create a layered look that is uniquely yours.” — Alexander Doherty, interior designer

9. More is More

“Leave behind minimalism and instead pay homage to the more-is-more maximalism movement this summer. It brings me great joy when my clients are on board with our design journey, taking risks and trusting the creative path. In the end, these spaces are unique, fabulous and timeless, created just for them.” Anne Hepfer, interior designer