We’re Calling It: This Is the Color of Summer
This season is going to be red hot.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 7:39 AM
If there is a common denominator in the design trends dominating 2018, it is this: boldness. From pattern-packed maximalism and bright color combos (or jet-black finishes) to furry and fringey accessories and oversized forms, minimalism is taking a backseat as designers embrace a vibrant, colorful aesthetic that’s sometimes wild, and always fun. And summer is the perfect time for this punchy look to get red hot—literally.
This season, we’re going all in on ruby hues and scarlet shades. We’re seeing red on our tabletop, bedding, beach essentials, beauty supplies, and so much more. Here are 14 products to buy right now to help you bring the color of summer home.
Red Lips Beach Towel, CB2, $39.95
If there’s any brand that knows how to cultivate summer vibes all year round, it’s Fred Segal. Pick up this sassy towel to make a statement at the pool, and don’t forget your float.
Hip Bottle, Hip, $14.99
Ditch the plastic water bottles and stay hydrated in style. The flat shape makes it easy to slip into your handbag, and the 22 oz. volume means you won’t go thirsty.
Bright Ceramic Vase, West Elm, $39
Pick up a couple of these coral vases (in a variety of sizes), add a few red carnations, and you have an affordable, on-trend centerpiece that will wow.
Aviva Stanoff Velvet Pillow in Azalea, ABC Carpet & Home, from $75
And you thought velvet was just for winter. This shiny, almost-neon red number made from velvet silk proves otherwise.
Melamine Dinner Plates from Opalhouse, Target, $11.99
If you’re using anything other than melamine dinnerware for your summer entertaining, you’re doing it wrong. Target’s Opalhouse line has a great variety, but we’ll be picking up this set in our summer palette.
Zig Zag Chair, MoMA Design Store, $2,230
The iconic Zig Zag chair is the perfect statement piece. Sure, it may be (way) out of our budget, but we’re taking some inspiration from the bold shape and color combo for our summer look. If you want to pay homage to the classic Gerrit Rietveld design, here’s a DIY to make your own version.
Red Rectangular Lacquer Serving Tray, World Market, $24.99
Use this tray to serve a red-themed summer crudite: tomatoes, red peppers, and radishes with beet hummus.
The Last Lolita in Red by Adam Selman x Le Specs, Need Supply Co., $119
Everyone from Gigi to Rihanna has been seen sporting these red cat-eye frames this season.
Hay Bella Table, Huset, $280
Side tables are one of the great joys of home decor. The small size means 1) even designer options like this one are affordable, and 2) you can take a risk and go for something bold. Opt for bright red and make a statement in your minimalist living room.
Palm Beach Indoor/Outdoor Chair, Anthropologie, $448
While this woven chair by Tracey Boyd would look best on a deck or patio, it’s also the perfect way to give your apartment’s living room some beachy vibes.
Summer Frying Pan in Popsicle Red, Made In, from $89
Made In has been described as the “Warby Parker of cookware”—the company’s goal is to disrupt the industry with high-quality, made-in-America pieces that don’t cost a fortune. And for summer, they introduced fun new colors for their popular frying pan so you can cook in style.
NewMade LA Hanging Square Planter in Red, Poketo, $35
Haven’t you heard? Macrame is over. Elevate your plant babies with a hanging planter that doubles as geometric art.
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxe Lipstick, Nordstrom, $38
No summer look is complete without a rosy ruby lip.
Pac Console Table, All Modern, $1,560
Supercharge your entryway with a bold crimson console table.