Bring the beauty of summer to every room in your home. Evocative colour schemes, fabulous fabrics, and beautiful accessories are the key to seasonal transformation. Take a look at our favourite easy decorating ideas
1 Be inspired by the Greek islands
Let the blue and white of traditional Greek homes create a summer mood in a living space, bedroom or home office. You don’t need to use the most intense versions of the classic blue shade, if you prefer a softer effect. Gentler blue tints look equally fabulous. Team them with painted furniture in white to bring the relaxed island holiday vibe to your room.
2 Blur the boundary of indoors and out
With the garden and countryside at their verdant best, echo the greenery in your home to celebrate summer. If you’re green fingered and good at keeping up the watering duties, lush foliage plants are on trend and good for indoor air quality. No time for the real thing? Faux plants are amazingly realistic these days. Of course, even easier still is to add shades of natural green with soft furnishings. We can make cushions in lush greens using our fabrics or those you supply, or create curtains or blinds for your rooms.
3 Revitalise with pattern
A headboard upholstered in a patterned fabric can be the hero of your bedroom scheme. This design is covered in a bird motif linen that reflects the vitality of summer. Want a more casual effect? Choose a loose tie-on headboard cover to conjure up a relaxed atmosphere.
4 Brighten the summer table
Even weekday family meals can have a summery mood if you swap plain table linens for those with some seasonal style. A tablecloth in a wonderful floral print will create a focal point for the dining room or kitchen, or make the look contemporary with a geometric print in a soft shade. We can make tablecloths and napkins in any of our fabrics, or one of your own.
5 Add a fresh note
We’ve seen some record temperatures so far this summer, so a splash of fresh colour can be welcome in a bedroom or living space – and will still look pretty against a neutral backdrop when the mercury drops. Aquas and mints are great shades when a cooling note’s what’s required. Try them on a dressing table stool or upholstered cube for an easy room makeover.
6 Try statement pink
Sophisticated pinks are one of the summer’s colour highlights, and we’re big fans. Where to use them? On a statement chair like this Victorian armchair works a treat, or update a sofa with scatter cushions featuring this grown-up and super-summery shade. And while this might be a colour that’s on trend now, trust us that it will look good for years to come.
7 Be beside the seaside
Don’t neglect your bathroom when it comes to summer decorating. Introduce sea blues for bathroom ceramics and show off coastal accessories on open shelving to give a functional room a seasonal lift.