4 Creative Trends to Watch this Summer


By Keri Cunningham, Senior Director of Marketing & Research, AFCI

It’s June, which means soon kids around the country will be playing while rejoicing “school’s out for the summer”. When the kids are home, both they and their parents seek activities to stay busy. Here are 4 creative trends to try and find inspiration from during the summer months.

Kids playing on hopscotch

1. Sidewalk Chalk Art

Pinterest searches for sidewalk chalk art are up 170% compared to a year ago. The number of ways you can use sidewalk chalk are endless! Parents can watch their kids cruise around handmade chalk roads on their bikes and scooters, DIY some chalk paint or create some innovative outdoor chalk board games to keep their little minds active.

Pom pom decorated sneakers

2. Decorated Kicks

Pinterest is also showing an increase in searches for embellished women’s sneakers. Whether you prefer pom poms, glitter or hand-painted accents, revive your boring old sneakers with a little extra “kick” this summer!

Macrame plant hanger

3. Knotted Plant Hangers

If you’re one of the millions of people that watch HGTV’s Fixer Upper, you’ve seen the Magnolia Farms macramé plant hangers in at least one of the beautiful reveals. Plants hung with knotted rope are popping up everywhere and DIY tutorials are plentiful. From cotton cord to paracord, people are bringing back 70’s home crafts and filling their living spaces with stylish knotted plant hangers.

Colorful paper ice cream cones

4. Ice Cream Colors

I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream hues! Lilac, sky blue, mint green, light shades and blush tones reminiscent of ice cream are hot in home décor and fashion. They work well alone or together, mix up the colors to suit your taste!

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