7 Ways to Use Your Fave Festival Looks at Home
Because one weekend of flower crowns just isn't enough.
Warm weather, great music and enviable outfits? Must be festival season. Coachella may have come and gone, but there are so many great music festivals still underway. And we thought it was about time to bring those weekend street-style looks home. We rounded up some of the most popular trends this season and translated them into interior design so you can bring the look home.
Nothing says festival quite like an all-around boho look. To get the look at home, try a cool blend of midcentury modern furnishings, Moroccan accents and plenty of texture.
Moroccan Style Guest Living
The guest quarters of the house is an ode to Moroccan styling that is deeply loved by the designer. A play on textures is brought to the max, mixing in an elegant note that brings it all together in it's own unique way.
So, it’s 90 degrees with no shade? Apparently festival goers find that irrelevant as crochet makes yet another comeback. Try crochet in light colors to work the look into the warmer months. At home, we recommend bringing in textured blankets, crocheted wall art and all things ‘70s to get this look.
Coachella 2016 was full of accessories and entire outfits inspired by all things Southwestern. From bolo ties to bandana tops, the trend was going strong. For a subtle take on this look, try using rough textures, hand-woven fabrics and mini planted cacti.
Off-white walls make it easy to transform the mood of the space with accessories and decor. Here, a two-toned dresser, simple floor lamp and woven rug play into the simple Southwestern aesthetic of the room.
Ahh, lace. Always a festival go-to, this look is soft and feminine but still totally bold when paired with denim, suede or leather. To work the look indoors, we recommend mixing it in unexpected ways like this dip-dyed lace curtain that takes the look from predictably delicate to completely cool with just one color. To DIY the look, try your hand at faux lace vases.
No surprise here; fringe is still BIG on the festival circuit. And there’s a good reason for that. It’s retro in a way that celebrates the textural, natural fabrics that are so popular today. From adorable, laid-back bedding to handmade wall tapestries, we think this trend will stick around for a while.
While perfectly mixed prints is still a chic alternative to matchy-matchy interiors, bold, matching outfits a la Taylor Swift have us swooning. Copy the look indoors with an unexpected wallpaper in a bold, graphic print. See more of this exceptionally fun beach house here.
Pineapple Wallpaper, Yellow-and-Black Chairs Make This a Dining Room for Fun
Pineapple print wallpaper and a bold yellow-and-black color scheme ensure dinner conversation never gets too serious in this playful beach house dining room. Oversized basket pendant lights add to the relaxed nature of the home.
Sean Litchfield Photography
Not as harsh as leather and not as laid back as cotton, suede brings a whole different element to fashion, and we’re totally on board. Whether it’s classic and tailored or dripping in fringe, suede has a way of looking effortlessly cool. Try it indoors with suede-covered chairs. Or, if you’re feeling really bold, go for a sexy suede wall.
Bright and All White
“When the weather turns warmer, and the days become longer, people tend to clean out their homes, reduce the clutter and gravitate toward bright, white spaces,” says interior designer Amy Elbaum. An all-white color palette is crisp, clean and refreshing. “Kitchens and bathrooms always work well in white through the use of tile, stone and cabinetry,” Amy adds. She recommends avoiding clutter and dark, oversized furniture to ensure a light, airy feel.
Forget Pattern Play
Gone are the days of patterns galore, according to interior designer Sarah Stacey, who says the design world is beginning to embrace tonal palettes with a minimal use of patterns instead. “I love this trend, because we have been inundated with pattern for the past 10 years,” Sarah says. “I think people are so busy, and this type of design is relaxing and calming. It allows for you and for your eyes to rest.” For a quick fix, swap out patterned curtains or throw pillows for something solid but textured, and stay within the same color family. If you’re starting from scratch, find pattern in architectural elements and create a palette from varying shades of one color.
White Wall + Tertiary-Colored Furniture
“I am loving crisp white walls (Decorator's White by Benjamin Moore to be exact) combined with bold-shaped furniture in tertiary colors,” says interior designer Caitlin McCarthy. She says the summer trend is ubiquitous in her Southern California design work. Bring the look together by adding metallic accents, and consider mixing brass, chrome or copper. “The effect is clean and breezy without being stale or cold.”
Playful Statement Sculptures
Add some charisma to your home with a statement sculpture. “This trend is ideal for summer, because it evokes a whimsical, carefree attitude,” says Caitlin. “Have fun and celebrate your personality in your home to create summer vibes all year long.” Choose a piece with spunk, like this frosted glass number with a crown-like brass urchin resting on top.
Painted Concrete Tiles
Painted concrete tiles are becoming more popular and more accessible. The tiles, which often feature intricate patterns, are available at a variety of stores to accommodate a range of budgets. “Not only do these tiles work in a traditional setting, but they can work with a modern style as well,” say designers Jennifer O'Dowd and Joanna Gick of J & J Design Group. “Their patterns are gorgeous and fun and add a sense of history and depth to any space.” Consider using them in your kitchen or a frequently used bathroom for flooring or a backsplash.
Midcentury furniture has been making its way back into our homes for quite some time now, but designer Megan Tagliaferri of FLO Design Studio says there’s a new twist. Mix your mid-mod pieces with bohemian or Moroccan-inspired accents in a neutral but textured room, and you’ll be right on trend. “I love the casual and approachable sensibility of this style," says Megan. "I also love the punches of graphic Moroccan patterns with heavy texture."
Buffalo Check Patterns
“For a while now, we’ve been loving buffalo check patterns,” say designers Kirsten Krason and Erin Morgan of House of Jade Interiors. “This summer, we are looking forward to seeing them more and more in a variety of colors.” The best thing about this trend? The pattern is classic, which makes it easier to splurge on a fabulous fabric. Kirsten and Erin recommend trying out the trend in your home on a smaller scale (think pillows and throws) before committing to something bigger like a chair or bench. If your home has coastal undertones, consider a buffalo check in blue and white for a nautical feel.
The latest backyard trend proves pool parties aren’t just for the suburbs. “Increasingly, we are integrating swimming pools into the rear yards of tighter urban conditions,” says designer Carmel Greer of District Design. Carmel says water can be integrated into the smallest of outdoor spaces, even if it’s just the sound of water. “Try to view your small outdoor space as an opportunity to craft a special courtyard rather than just viewing it as a disappointingly-small yard,” she urges. A combination of planting, fencing and architectural elements can help create boundaries while also creating a sense of intimacy.
Muted Palette + Natural Materials
“A trend that we see this summer is a fresh, muted palette accented with pops of bright color and natural materials, in addition to organic shapes,” say designers Lindsay Boswell and Ali Levin of LABL Studio. The look is calm, breezy and bright without feeling boring. Embrace the trend in your home by painting your walls a neutral color. Lindsay and Ali suggest a warm, dusty sand hue such as Benjamin Moore’s Sonoma Clay 1242. Then, accessorize with natural materials like woven baskets or sisal rugs. Complete the look with a bright accent piece similar to the multicolor stool shown here.
Color Pops: Small But Bold
Summer brings with it bold flavors, sights and sounds. This year, we’re noticing bold color is along for the ride too. “For anyone who shies away from using color for fear of the bold or fear of tiring of it quickly, the ‘small pops’ theory is one that can be done easily and affordably and removed just the same when trends (or personal preferences) change,” explains interior designer Allison Lind. This red chair was once a tired heirloom gathering dust in an attic. A coat of glossy cherry red paint and mud cloth upholstery gave the chair — and this hallway — just the update it needed. If furniture is too intimidating, opt for brightly colored throw pillows or an accent rug.
Brass Is Back
“The reintroduction of brass in interior finishes is an undeniable nod to maritime design without being literal,” says designer Liz Stiving-Nichols of Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design. “Nautical influences are timeless but also on trend.” To evoke a nautical feel in your home, swap out existing furniture knobs for brass pulls, like the ones that grace this sleek white dresser. Also consider using brass accent pieces. Knickknacks, lamps and mirrors can update a room in a snap.
Bring the Outdoors In
Whether it’s with your color palette or choice of materials, fully embrace this season by bringing a bit of the outdoors inside your home. Liz believes this helps your indoor and outdoor spaces feel cohesive. Here, the breezy-blue walls match the color of the sky, making the entire living space feel as if it could be outside. Underfoot, a sandy-hued rug feels natural and appropriate. Design your space to mimic the specific look and feel of your home’s locale.
Or...Bring the Indoors Out
“As summer approaches, we are designing our outdoor spaces with the intention of bringing the indoors out,” says interior designer Brooke Wagner. “This way of designing an outdoor space creates an inviting environment that draws people in the same way an indoor space would.” This look works best with a combination of indoor-style furniture and outdoor fabric. Make the space feel intimate with throw pillows and an indoor/outdoor rug.
Hanging chairs are totally on trend this summer, thanks to their appealing look and comfy feel. “Woven seats keep things from getting too warm, and as the air cools later in the evening, a decorative throw blanket can easily cozy things up,” says interior designer Regan Baker. She suggests keeping the materials as natural as possible to maximize the essence of the outdoors. Carving out a space for relaxation outdoors creates vacation vibes without ever having to leave your home.