What Is Citron Decor and Why Is It Everywhere?


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As summer slowly rolls in, so do the new summer-themed decor accents.  This year there’s a particular interest in citron decor.

Although this style has been a staple of the season for years, it seems overwhelmingly the case this year.  Citron decor, also termed citrus or lemon decor features the citron fruit.

It is often mistaken for lemon but is, in fact, a different fruit.  For decorative purposes, however, the semantics are not worth getting into.

Here’s what you actually need to know about citron decor.

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Why Is Citron Decor Popular In the Summer?

My first assumption regarding why citron decor is so popular in the summer was harvest.  Its summer and lemons are in season.  Well, I found out that I was wrong.

Lemons and most other citrus fruit like oranges, grapefruits, and clementines are actually “in season” during the winter.  The only citrus fruit that dominates in the summer is the lime.

So, if it’s not about harvest and availability, why the big fuss during the summer months?

It’s color and culinary dishes that are the driving force behind the popularity of citron decor.  Yellow is a staple accent color in the summer.  It represents sunshine and long days.

We start seeing yellow creep into color palettes in the spring and they carry on through to autumn.

Citron Decor and Culinary Dishes

Now, you may be wondering what culinary dishes have to do with decor styles.  Since outdoor entertainment is such a big part of the summer, we tend to make and serve dishes that are intended to refresh the body and the senses.

In the summer heat, there are very few of us that will turn down a glass of ice-cold lemonade.citron decor

Light entrees are also served in the summer in contrast to the heavy, decadent food we enjoy in the later months.

Lemon chicken, fresh salads, lemon meringue pie, lemon ice cream or Italian ice are all popular summer dishes.  Adult beverages follow suit as well.

Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Limoncello, Tom Collins, Whiskey Sour, Amaretto Sour, Lemon Drop, and Pisco Sour will all be highly requested at bars during the summer season.

Since food and drink are such a huge part of our culture, it’s no surprise that the symbol of summer is the lemon or citron.

The Versatility of Citron Decor

There are of course other summer-themed decor choices that come back every year, like Tiki decor, watermelon, and nautical decor.  However, none are as adaptable to different interior styles as citron decor.

For instance, you won’t see a sailboat figurine thrown into a room filled with modern industrial decor.  But, you may very well see a bowl full of lemons used as a centerpiece.

Also, there’s only so much you can do with a watermelon or Tiki grass.  However, with lemons you can use them to create a beautiful tablescape, accent a vase, create a centerpiece, or use in print forms like napkins and wall decor.

I hope this post helped to shed a light on why we’re seeing citron decor everywhere.

Stay tuned for my next post on citron decor where I will share 20 different ways to use it around your home.

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What is Citron Decor

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