Photo: James Bombales, design by Lisa Canning
With the official start of summer less than a week away, the data experts at Pinterest have pinpointed (see what we did there?!) the emerging summer decor trends of 2019. Whether your summer plans involve making s’mores over a campfire, grilling and chilling in your own backyard, or enjoying the ultimate staycation, these ideas will take your warm weather decor to the next level.
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1. Summer tiered tray decor, searches up 120 percent year-over-year
The tiered tray is the unsung hero of outdoor entertaining. Use yours to corral cutlery, condiments and drinkware, or layer it with tasty appetizers. Its space-saving design makes it ideal for potluck parties, but it can also be decorated with seasonal decor.
2. Summer wreath, searches up 116 percent year-over-year
If you firmly believe there is a decorative wreath for every occasion, you’re going to love this summer’s trending designs. Lemons, sunflowers, peonies and lamb’s ear (all faux, of course) seem to be particularly popular in 2019.
3. Bonsai plants, searches up 1,911 percent year-over-year
Are Bonsai trees are the next “it” houseplant for 2019? With a search surge of nearly 2,000 percent, it’s clear these finicky, tiny trees are taking root in the design world. Bonsai is not a type of tree, but rather the act of dwarfing it through pruning. Ficus and juniper trees are the most commonly used species for bonsai, but there are many other options, like the flowering azalea or the colorful Japanese maple.
4. Wine bottle art, searches up 931 percent year-over-year
There are myriad ways to upcycle wine bottles into works of art. Turn them into citronella candles to ward off mosquitos, sparkling centerpieces filled with LED string lights, or decorative vases for displaying freshly-picked blooms. If you’re throwing a 4th of July or Canada Day bash, raid the recycling bin and customize a few bottles with patriotic themes.
5. Fire pit area, searches up 211 percent year-over-year
We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again — fire pits are the must-have outdoor accessory this summer. Use pea gravel, bistro lights and landscaping to define the space — creating a cozy, welcoming atmosphere for your guests. As for the fire pit itself, you could either DIY using cinder blocks or purchase a wood-burning or propane model.