Ready or not, summer is rapidly approaching. Although it feels like spring has only just arrived—honestly, we're barely getting to our spring cleaning to-do lists and bookmarking spring salad recipes—we're already counting down the days to June 21. Call us overzealous, but leading home retailers like IKEA, Zara Home, and CB2 have been stocking their shelves with their summer lines, and we're here for all the linen fabrics, sunny hues, and graphic prints.
To help us put these emerging trends into perspective, we tapped fellow home editors from all our favorite publications—spanning Dwell, Domino, and Architectural Digest—and asked them to share the summer décor items they're personally adding to their shopping carts. And, spoiler alert, their picks are good. From surprisingly chic linen seashell-shaped pillows (that aren't just for overtly beach-themed interiors) to low, chunky furniture in bouclé (aka the fabric of the moment), their picks do not disappoint.
Keep scrolling to shop the most important décor trends of summer 2019, according to seasoned home editors.
Jenny Xie, Executive Web Editor, Dwell
"The iridescent gloss on this glass side table by Patricia Urquiola gives it a whimsical, ethereal quality that lightens up a room. It plays into the metallic, holographic trend in a grown-up way."
"It may be summer, but living in the Bay Area, I always want to curl up under a throw at the end of the day. This abstract throw from MINNA creates an artful display out of organic shapes and neutral tones, and is a great way to incorporate the handcrafted trend."
"Plants are always in, and I always want more. This handmade leather plant hanger from Cold Picnic has a bit more polish than other macramé options, and is even studded with brass and etched bronze beads that feel like plant jewelry."
Gabrielle Savoie, Senior Home Editor, Domino
"I'm loving all the furniture that's chunky and low these days, and one of my favorite of-the-moment fabrics is bouclé, so naturally, I'm head over heels for Gubi's reissue of Pierre Paulin's 1975 Pacha chair."
"I love sculptural vases as a low-commitment way to introduce colors and trends into my home. Right now, I'm particularly into this vase by Polish studio UAU Project."
"Sustainability is a big trend in design right now, so I was delighted to find out that this beautiful rose-hued rug from The Citizenry is made from recycled plastic bottles. Don't let the material fool you: it's soft and has a beautiful luxe sheen to it."
Shelby Wax, Editor, Lonny
"Has anyone else been loving all the funky fringe that has been filtering into the décor space? I love how it’s such a cheeky statement and toes the line between a modern and vintage look. This sconce would definitely be a welcome addition to my home."
"I’m currently decorating a new apartment and am realizing that stepping up those simple items you use every day can really make a difference. Instead of going for the typical IKEA dishes, I’m embracing all the trendy ceramics from cool makers on the market. I’m really digging these bowls from Helen Levi, which look pretty minimal on the surface, but pack some personality with a dip of color inside."
"While neutrals for summer is a bit cliché, it’s a trend that is always a winner. I’ve been obsessing over everything at Block Shop Textiles and might finally splurge on a couple of throw pillows to get my sofa ready for the season."
Benjamin Reynaert, Senior Style and Market Editor, Architectural Digest
"I’ve been seeing many designers work with fluted forms in product and interiors of late, and Billy’s column planters were at the forefront of this trend. Their pared-back form provides a modern twist on the classic terracotta planter, which always looks handsome on any balcony with an overflowing fern."
"Rafaele and Caterina bring fresh bold colors and patterns to their summer outdoor textile collection. Bright primary colors seem to be emerging in the outdoor market, and I’d love to see this print used for overscale outdoor floor cushions that everyone seems to be piling on."
Lindsey Mather, Editor, Clever
"Seashells are no longer just for aggressively themed beach houses. They’re for cheering up cramped New York City apartments like mine! Not a day goes by that I don’t see a vintage seashell lamp on my Instagram, but for now, I’m leaning towards something on the subtler side, like one of Tamar Mogendorff’s linen shell pillows."
"Clever named hyper blue—the electric blue shade of recycling bins and hyperlinks, hence the name—the next big color last year, and it’s still going strong in 2019. Summer is as vibrant and energetic a season as hyper blue is a hue, so there’s no better time for me to give it a whirl. This squiggly ceramic planter by Joseph Algieri is definitely a splurge, but c’mon, look at it!"
"Summer torrential downpours are a very real thing, so DesignByThem’s confetti umbrella stand feels like a necessity—plus there’s the fact that it’s 100% recycled plastic. Which brings me to my favorite summer trend: eco-friendly design. More and more brands are coming out with cool pieces produced sustainably or made with eco-friendly materials—or both! Fingers crossed that this trend is here to stay."
Ariane Moore, Editor, Hunker
"Whether you're a candle lover, or just fond of entertaining, this set of glass votives in gradient colors is the perfect way to add a chic pop of color to your home for the summer. Use them to deck out your bookcase or punctuate your dinner tablescape to create dreamy ambiance."
"Give your cozy reading nook a summertime makeover with this gorgeous wood folding chair. Made in New Hampshire from sustainably sourced pine and UV resistant cord, the picture-perfect design is a study in beautiful craftsmanship resulting from years of tradition."
"Games and summer go hand in hand, and Swedish design company Printworks has reimagined one of my childhood favorites: Pick Up Sticks. Complete with an elegant, yet playful orange box, this coffee table must-have always looks good, whether it's out for play or display."