Summer Design Trends for 2013

Prints and Patterns
Different geometric designs and color mixtures give a fresh look and add style and character, and that’s why this is definitely in this summer. Animal print can make your space look rich and inviting.
 Mid Century Modern Heywood Wakefield Rattan Table and Cair Set     Ascention, Contemporary Art by James Holden                            

Using tranquil and light pastel colors give a Monet watercolor effect and needlework, big cat patterns and bright floral designs, stripes and colorful abstract graphics are also hot trends for this summer.

                        Queen Anne Wingback Chair                                     Hand Sewn Roman Design Tapestry

French Rococo Revival Rosewood Parlor Set

Lavish Accessories
All that glitters may not be gold, but golden tones are certainly drawing attention in this summer. Obstacles fall away in the golden light of joy. Adding touches of gold throughout your home bring warmth, happiness and cheer to your space.


                French Rococo Gold Gilt Curio                                                               Gold Silk Queen Anne Wing Back Chair

Antique Portrait of a Lady Print with Gilt Frame                       Rare Gilt Rococo Base Table & Mosaic Marble Top       

Color Me Happy
When in doubt, add splashes of color this summer! Greens, yellows, reds, oranges, ambers, and browns add a stunning and luxurious look to your tired spaces. Deep colors such as pine green, royal blue, aquamarine, and purple along with accent colors like soft cream and chic gray tones will give a modern, trendy feel to your home this summer!
Mira Paris Original Oil Painting                                          Hand Woven Persian Diamond Medallion Rug 

Antique Empire Burl Walnut Cane Sofa                                           Antique American Empire Solid Mahogany Settee

Antique Country Oak Chairs Tapestry Seats                       19th Century Oriental Meiji Nesting Bowls

Everything Old Is New Again
Remember your three R’s when decorating this summer. No not Reading, Writing and Rithmatic! Recycling, re-purposing and reusing! Bring out your old family heirlooms which at first look may seem tired and worn out and give them a beautiful face lift by getting creative with designs and accents.
Pre Civil War Mahogany Bookcase                                               French Louis XV Style Bombe Chest

Antique English Welsh Mahogany Hand Crafted Dry Sink                            Golden Tiger Oak Dresser Vanity with Mirror

Tripod Base Serving Table                                 Antique Spanish Church Bench

Retro Tech
Yes, retro is in for this summer. Give your vintage pieces a boost by adding techno highlights. Go green and show your support for world preservation. This is a big trend this summer. Use your creativity and express yourself.

2 Retro 1970 Smoky Colored Acrylic Lucite Chairs                    Retro Pink Marble & Cast Iron Coffee Table

The Natural Look
Get back to nature with a simple yet inviting look this summer. Go local by choosing local wood and décor made by using natural methods. Get patriotic by choosing Americana designs and made in the USA brands, handmade crafts, local materials and organic colors inspired by mother nature!


                Handmade Pine Corner Cabinet                                     Antique American Hand Made Mahogany Chest

Pour on the Charm
Add pieces with a crafty, homey feel. Don’t be afraid to add your own personal touch. Put your family heritage on display by displaying pieces that have been in your family for generations.
                      Hand Crafted Vintage Folk Art Style Mirror                          Small Vintage Five Leaf Cuckoo Clock

                   Antique Mahogany Full Size Canopy Bed                             Needlepoint Mahogany Dining Chairs

Pardon My French
Retro French is so très chic this year! Experiment with vintage lighting and design ideas from the golden era, splash in some color and tie it all together with a sleek modern design to bring warmth and elegance to your home.

European Crystal Chandelier

Just Blend In
It’s perfectly acceptable to blend your contemporary furniture with your vintage pieces and accents. Also, mixing natural design elements will help created a connected feeling in your rooms. Some small changes can bring about dramatic results.


                                                  Modern Handcrafted Dining Table         Crystal Prism Hurricane Lamp   

Come into Aardvark Antiques today to start your design adventure for this summer!