That first gust of not blazing heat is your first sign that summer is on its way out. There’s no need to get crazy, yet — it’s not quite fall, after all — but you can expect a few changes as far as design & decor trends go, now that the summer sun is losing a bit of its luster.

As with every season, you can never truly predict what will be on tap come the end of summer, fall or even beyond that. It’s up to tastemakers, designers and DIYers like you to decide what looks best — and what to incorporate in actual rooms that you actually use. Here are XX ideas of how to spice things up, just before things are pumpkin-spiced up.

Sneak peak to home decor trends - perfect for the end of summer
1. Go Gray (on the Ground)

Since spring, Pinterest has seemed a bit less colorful, at least, as far as #hardwoodfloorinspiration goes. The new shade would be an eye-catching addition to just about any design scheme, although it tends to err on the modern, airier side. And, although it looks super sleek and chic when paired with white walls, furniture and accents, don’t be afraid to add some color to your gray-floored rooms. It goes great with natural elements, like stones and wood; a gray with warm, brownish undertones can really make a room feel cozy, too. For most summer-into-fall decorators, that’s the ideal vibe to create

And, although it looks super sleek and chic when paired with white walls, furniture and accents, don’t be afraid to add some color to your gray-floored rooms. It goes great with natural elements, like stones and wood; a gray with warm, brownish undertones can really make a room feel cozy, too. For most summer-into-fall decorators, that’s the ideal vibe to create

gray stonesAnd, although it looks super sleek and chic when paired with white walls, furniture, and accents, don’t be afraid to add some color to your gray-floored rooms. It goes great with natural elements, like stones and wood; a gray with warm, brownish undertones can really make a room feel cozy, too. For most summer-into-fall decorators, that’s the ideal vibe to create

The new shade would be an eye-catching addition to just about any design scheme, although it tends to err on the modern, airier side. And, although it looks super sleek and chic when paired with white walls, furniture, and accents, don’t be afraid to add some color to your gray-floored rooms. It goes great with natural elements, like stones and wood; a gray with warm, brownish undertones can really make a room feel cozy, too. For most summer-into-fall decorators, that’s the ideal vibe to create as the warmth outside subsides.

2. Let Fabrics Bloom.

It’s not spring anymore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a bit of garden-inspired cheer into your home. This year has seen some bold, bright floral patterns make their way into interior design. Experiment with a few throw pillows in a blossoming fabric before going big with, say, a custom-upholstered couch that’s covered in a peony print. Regardless of what you choose, you’re sure to walk away with a new, bolder, brighter color scheme for at least one room in your house.

fall floral pattern
3. Rustic Returns 

this is one update that will last you from the summer, into fall and beyond.

The rustic vibe is on its way back in, just in time for you to warm your house up for cooler temps.

rustic decorAnd, aside from the accents that might pop into your head — plaid throws, wood paneling and flooring, candles — you can add a bit of rustic flair with window treatments, too. 

For example, hanging a set of wooden shuttered blinds in your windows — especially a set of brown or natural wood blinds — will give you an instant rustic pop. They’re not too rustic to blend with another design scheme, should you mix things up in the future, which makes them a sound investment in your home’s décor.

4. Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall…

… You no longer have to be square. Swap out your looking glass for one that’s got a more interesting shape this summer.

wooden mirrorYou’ll be amazed at just how much of a difference a new mirror can make, especially if you’re bringing it into a bathroom that’s pretty small. The mirror-and-sink area always ends up as the focal point – nobody’s going to admire a run-of-the-mill porcelain toilet — so make yours a bit more unique with a curved, diamond or ornamented mirror.

5. Mix Your Metals.

You’ve probably heard of this in the fashion world, where it’s a-okay to mix metallic hues after years of it being taboo. Now, it’s a 2016 interior design trend, too: so long as what you choose has a bit of sheen to it, you can mix all different colors and finishes. gold, rose gold, silver, platinum… the choice(s) are yours, and the result will be beautiful and bling-y!

mixed metal decor
6. De-digitize Your Den.

Finally, as summer wraps up, you’ll probably realize just how fun it has been to step away from your TV, phone, and computer and enjoy the sunny outdoors. Even though fall doesn’t always offer the same satisfaction, as far as temperatures go, you can still take a stab at one of the design’s latest trends: an electronics-free living room. Now, we’re not telling you to forego lights, air-conditioning or the other technological advances that make your home comfortable. Instead, see if you could un-install your television, video games, and other devices that take away from you actually spending time with and enjoying your family — a change might do all of you a bit of good.

Now, we’re not telling you to forego lights, air-conditioning or the other technological advances that make your home comfortable. Instead, see if you could un-install your television, video games, and other devices that take away from you actually spending time with and enjoying your family — a change might do all of you a bit of good.
As Labor Day comes and goes, you’ll start to get the feeling that summer’s really over. Fortunately, by prepping your home for the switch with a new design element or two, you’ll be ready for a change outside, too.


Kacey HeadshotKacey is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.”  Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her.  Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

The Drifter Collective: An eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.

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