This Is the New Decor Trend That Will Take Over Summer

published May 28, 2024
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A surfboard, posters, and tennis rackets above a bed in a rustic bedroom

One of the best things about sports is how versatile they are — and now, even the interior design world is taking note.

Etsy released its first-ever trend guide for the spring and summer earlier this year, and resident trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson named “sports core” among the most promising styles, given the enduring popularity of pickleball and accompanying athleisure ’fits (plus the recent Challengers movie!). In the last three months, Etsy reported a 151% increase in searches for tennis-related items compared with the same time last year. 

This aesthetic delivers on its inspiration by showcasing pieces with bright colors, clean lines, and traditionally preppy finishes. In other words, if it looks good on a tennis court, it’ll probably be labeled as “sports core.” And yes, those motifs can stylishly translate into home decor — check out seven “sports core” items that win the most competitive trend of the summer (and beyond!). 

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Wimbledon is around the corner, but even if you don’t plan on watching every lunge, this Etsy art print still meets the moment. Given its watercolor look, it’s bright enough without appearing too bold and would style well in a kitchen beside a bowl of fruit.

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This green-and-white striped armchair from IKEA is “sports core” in that it feels playful and seems perfectly suited for the side of a swim meet. But it can also dive in (pun intended) to a range of spaces, from a modern kids’ room to a bright outdoor patio.

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The best part about this tennis-inspired candle at Etsy is that it hits the “sports core” trend with a low lift. Save it for a side table in your own living room, or package it up nicely for someone who loves to practice their backswing.

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If there’s one thing a sports spectator and player can agree on, it’s probably a mutual love of cheese. Serve up your best charcuterie board, and these on-theme cheese spreaders will be a crowd favorite.

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Sometimes you only need to allude to a trend rather than go all-in, and in that case, these squiggly green pillow covers are for you. They’re casual “sports core.”

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This tufted plaid rug from Anthropolgie almost resembles different tennis courts from above, and its mix of stripes and scallop features are decidedly sweet. In fact, this rug is on trend in more ways than one.

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Katie Kime

If you really want to embrace the sports core trend — and you are, in fact, an ace on the court — then consider using this green racquet wallpaper from Katie Kime in a powder room. No one will deny that you love the game, or even just the look!