Selecting great outdoor furniture is just as important as indoor furniture. During the warmer months, you want a space where you can enjoy the outdoors. A space that’s both comfortable and functional and allows your indoor rooms to move outside. Whether you have a deck or patio, there are a number of ways to upgrade your outdoor living space so you can embrace all that summer has to offer. Here, MERGE HOME discusses some inexpensive ways to update/refresh your outdoor space this summer.

Create a Luxury Backyard Getaway

Outdoor Furniture

What kind of furniture you get depends on your space and how you want to use it. Deciding on the function of your outdoor space is the first step. If you’re interested in a more laid-back, relaxed area, where you won’t normally be dining or entertaining a lot of guests, then a simple modular outdoor couch with a low coffee table might be a good option. However, if you intend to frequently dine outside and host friends and family, then a suitable dining table and chairs are a must. If you have a pool, maybe a couple of loungers and a side table is just what you need. Consider your space, its function and add some weather-resistant outdoor furniture of your style preference to create the perfect outdoor space you will enjoy all summer long.


If you aren’t in a place to purchase new outdoor furniture, adding some cozy blankets, throws and accent pillows is a great way to spruce up your existing furniture and make it feel like new. Use the colors and patterns of the textiles to create a cohesive palette that works with what you already have. Cushions and throws help to soften metal outdoor furniture that can sometimes appear harsh on its own, however, be sure to get weather-resistant textiles or bring them in when the weather is bad so they last for as long as possible.

Ambiance Lighting

In the evening, the best way to create the ultimate cozy outdoor space is with lighting. It is a generally inexpensive way to update your space and make an immediate impact. Some outdoor lighting options to consider include:

– String/fairy lights
– Rope lighting (illuminate/outline paths, steps, railings, etc.)
– Solar lights
– Lighting accessories (lanterns, outdoor chandeliers, citronella candles, etc.)

Fire Pits

Fire pits add an unmatched level of ambiance to your outdoor living space and vary greatly in style and price. If where you live allows for one, it is a great backyard addition that can be utilized year-round — think summer s’mores, fall bonfires and drinking hot chocolate around the fire during the winter. Just be sure to use your weather-resistant cover when it’s not in use to protect it from the elements.

Plants and Planters

Flowers and plants add so much life to any space. Adding fun, vibrant plants and colorful flowers in on-trend planters is a simple patio idea that can change the way you think about and experience your outdoor space. Grouping planters of various heights and widths in odd-numbered clusters can also create a striking visual impact. Or, if the season is right, buy some seeds and grow your own garden!

Designed With You in Mind

MERGE HOME has taken Atlanta’s interior design scene to a new level by offering clients a versatile way to find their style. Founder, owner and design expert, Marty Mason, taps into his inherent understanding of customers and ability to anticipate design trends to offer a shopping experience like no other. Merge Home’s sought-after interior design services fit all needs and budgets to create a look that is unique to each customer’s personal style. Give us a call to get started on your next design project at 404-355-1399 or VISIT OUR RETAIL STORE in West Midtown.

Summer is in full swing and the season’s design trends are set. Ranging from minimalist home furnishings to accent walls and custom furniture full of color and patterns. The summer season is synonymous with fun, a boost of energy and bright/fresh environments that leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Whatever summer means to you can be reflected in your home interior design through your unique personal style. In this blog, Merge Home shares 10 interior design trends of summer 2021 that offer something for everyone.

Find Your Summer Oasis at Home

Muted Palettes

Summer is all about relaxing, and pastel hues of gray, blue and pink create a calming and soothing environment. Muted tones paired with similar darker colors are also a great match. It offers a comforting balance and blend of light and dark. Muted interior design also provides plenty of scope for texture that otherwise might not be available in more bold and vibrant designs.


Bohemian interior design is a constant trend from season to season but especially during the summer months. This comfortable yet dazzling style is best achieved by adding bohemian accents and Moroccan-inspired statement pieces to neutral rooms. Plants, woven textiles and splashes of color also help create the ultimate boho look.

Pantone Color of the Year

At the start of each year, the Pantone Color Institute announces a color that best reflects the year ahead. For 2021’s Color of the Year, it unveiled not one, but two colors: the neutral Ultimate Gray and vibrant yellow Illuminating. Together, the shades create a strong and positive vibe guaranteed to lift your spirits. It is a practical combination that could be utilized in any room. It is especially fitting for summer with its warming and optimistic overtones.

Go Green

Becoming more eco-conscious is important in all facets of life. Especially as we come to understand more and more just how fragile our planet truly is. This even applies to interior design as well as using eco-friendly and sustainable products in our homes. One way to be more sustainable in your interior design is by purchasing secondhand items from thrift stores or vintage/antique shops. This follows the very on-trend retro look and makes for a charming space using pieces with a potential history/story behind them. Using natural fibers in your decor is also a great way to add texture to your design.

Bringing the Outside, In

The longtime trend of incorporating nature in home decor is stronger than ever. Whether it’s home furnishings made out of natural materials or an abundance of plants, bringing the outside in is a great way to experience the summer season to its fullest. Cultivating a diverse collection of houseplants has become a popular hobby over the past year, so much so that it is now a trendy interior design choice. Plants create a calming environment, purify the air and are also a sustainable decor option. Larger plants are statement pieces and are often placed in the corners of a room, while smaller flora can be styled on windowsills, coffee tables, bookshelves, etc. You can also utilize realistic artificial plants if you don’t have the time or inclination to care for real plants.

Home Art Gallery

Spending so much time at home has made us look around at what we have and see it in a new light. Creating displays, such as gallery walls or styling shelves with unique and special pieces, can transform a space into your own personal art showroom. There are so many different ways to design a gallery wall. Using pieces of all sizes, it is a really fun and creative way to show off your favorite wall art. Floating or ledge shelves are also great ways to achieve a beautiful display. They can be rearranged according to the season or as often as you’d like.

Multi-Functional Spaces

As more companies and employees embrace the idea of working from home as a permanent option, it is important to have spaces in your house that can serve multiple purposes as well as establish boundaries between work and life. Having a designated office space or room is the best scenario, however, if that’s not an option, try to find an alcove or a section of a wall somewhere for a desk, no matter how small, so that it feels separate. Zone areas using rugs, artwork, lighting, plants or even paint the office wall a different shade within the color scheme of the room.

Less Is More

Summer is often a time for cleaning out and decluttering our homes — leaning into a more minimalist lifestyle — and no one does minimalism better than Scandinavians. Scandinavian design is marked by minimalism, simple and clean lines, functionality and lack of clutter. It is a classic home interior trend that will never go out of style.


A monochromatic color palette refers to the use of varying tones of a single color. The popular trend has made its way to interior design. It’s an incredibly simple way to bring elegance to your interiors and easily create harmony as well as a soothing and restful environment. This trend also allows the opportunity to incorporate and experiment with a variety of textures within the design in order to keep the color from falling flat or blending too much together.

Accent Wall(paper)

While painted accent walls are a trend that is starting to fade, wallpaper is making a comeback. Self-adhesive, removable wallpaper is gaining popularity. Especially with those who rent or are looking for a low-commitment way to upgrade a space. Easily transform a room for any season and get creative with unique and interesting wallpaper designs. Simply peel it off when you’re done.

Designed With You in Mind

Merge Home has taken Atlanta’s interior design scene to a new level by offering clients a versatile way to find their style. Marty Mason, taps into his inherent understanding of customers and ability to anticipate design trends to offer a shopping experience like no other. Merge Home’s interior design services create a look that is unique to each customer’s personal style. Give us a call to get started on your next design project at 404-355-1399 or visit our eclectic retail store in West Midtown.