5 of summer’s hottest design trends from the experts at La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Birmingham

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I sat down with Ellen Clark, a designer at La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Greystone to find out the summer’s hottest design trends, plus how you can incorporate them into your home with the help of La-Z-Boy’s in house designers for FREE!

The Summer’s Hottest Design Trends:


Eye spy 4 layering techniques in this set-up. Can you find them all? Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The best part about layering? It’s so easy to switch up—which makes it one of the best summer trends. You don’t want to have to redecorate an entire room to reflect the season change. So maybe you toss a summery throw over the couch, add a fun rug to the room or layer your favorite seasonal blooms in a vase on the coffee table. Those little touches can transform your space, bringing summer inside.

That texture though. Whew. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Ways to incorporate it into your space:

  • Get alllll the funky pillows.
  • Double up on rugs.
  • Throw on the throws.
  • Decor, decor, decor! Think vases, flowers, books and trays.

Geometric Prints and Shapes

If you have pattern commitment issues, start small with something like these vases! Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Would you describe your style as ‘minimal’? Is your favorite color white, black, brown or grey? Does too much color give you a migraine? Well then, this section is just for YOU! In a mostly neutral space, geometric patterns are a great way to liven up the room. Play with accents to ease into the trend, or go all out with an area rug or chair. It’s kinda hard to mess this one up.

See, you don’t need rainbow colors to be fun. Just look at these pillows! Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Ways to incorporate it into your space:

  • Find accents with softer edges like vases or pillows to balance the geometric shapes.
  • Pair the busy patterns with solid colors for contrast.
  • Don’t limit yourself to small pieces—go big with a larger piece of wall art or accent chair.
  • Play with patterns. Don’t stick to just one shape!

Bold Pops of Color

Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

This is a trend anyone can get behind. Did you hear that, minimalists?! Yes. Bold Colors—they’re in! Similar to layering, this trend is also perfect for seasonal decorating because it’s so easy to change. Unless you have a blue couch… That’s probably staying. Either way, bold color is FUN. I don’t care what anyone says. (Trust me, I had pink walls in college.)

Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Ways to incorporate it into your space:

  • Pick a color, or two, or ten. There’s no limit, have fun with it!
  • Add bold color with pillows and blankets. They’re easy to move around and switch out if you change your mind.
  • Be detailed—bring out your color in the smallest things like flower arrangements and book spines.
  • For a more cohesive look, pick one color but use varying shades and patterns to keep things fresh.

Patina Metals

Little trinkets like these silver vases at La-Z-Boy are classics. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Typically, when you think about summer trends, you probably default to beachy patterns, pastels and smooth surfaces—I did. But this summer, we’re switching things up. Keep an eye out for those rustic coppers and silvers, not just when you go antiquing. From one stem vases to lamp bases, this trend is popping up all over, and I think it might stay a while. I mean, WWJGD? (What Would Joanna Gaines Do? Definitely hop on the patina metal trend.)

Nesting tables is a trend that didn’t make the list, but I’m kind of obsessed with these copper patina tables from La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Ways to incorporate it into your space:

  • Decorate metal tables with objects that have contrasting textures.
  • Invest in catch-all dishes and trays with this look.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix-and-match metal colors.
  • Get creative. Think bed frames, knobs, light fixtures and more.

Colored Glass

I love the gradient colors of these glass vases + the flow design. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Everyone tell your grandmas! Colored glass is back in, and I personally couldn’t be happier. I’ve been collecting small pieces of colored glass for a while and have seen it become such a huge design trend.

Ways to incorporate it into your space:

  • Purchase all of the vases and vessels. Okay, not all of them—you get what I mean.
  • Don’t be scared of ~multi-colored glass~ It certainly won’t bite, and it could give you an opportunity to take more colorful risks in your space!
  • Play with height! Create levels on flat surfaces with books or trays to elevate your glass and bring some depth to your decor.
  • Get sculptural with it. Use colored glass accents to bring shape and dimension to an otherwise 2D room.

Get Trendy with the Design Experts La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries

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La-Z-Boy material samples. Photo via Hunter Nichols.

Feeling inspired? Get in touch with the design experts at your local La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries. They can help you at any stage in your project, form small design choices to entire transformations—and it’s FREE!? Book a free consultation and find out more about what all services they offer here.

Do we see layering AND geometric patterns happening?! Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Birmingham Store Locations Include:

  • 1811 Crestwood Blvd | Irondale, AL
  • 5401 Hwy 280 | Hoover, AL

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