Summer – in the world of interior design, it’s all about light, space and bright colours. If the British weather isn’t feeling obliging, then it’s even more important to add a few summery touches to your home to make you feel the seasons have actually changed!
Not many of us have the time, inclination or budget to make over our homes completely twice a year when the clocks change, so we’ve put together some quick, easy and inexpensive ideas for adding a little summery twist to the main rooms of the house – simply change them back again in winter!
Have some bright and cheerful accent colours in your bedroom can really set you up for the day, even if it’s drizzling outside.
Chartreuse yellow velvet throw, The French Bedroom Company
A yellow throw = instant sunshine! The beauty of this particular throw is that it’s fully reversible with a neutral backing, so will be perfect all year round. It’s filled with cotton wadding with a linen reverse which has hand-stitched quilting in the matching yellow chartreuse thread. £198, available from The French Bedroom Company.
Scandi Allium Flower duvet cover set, PASX
For a real budget buy, we like this soft polycotton, reversible bedding set which comes with a dandelion flower and leaf print on one side, and a green and teal tartan check on the reverse. Prices start at just £14 for a single set consisting of a duvet cover and one pillow case. Available from PASX.
Most of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and having a couple of bright accessories can really lift a neutral decor.
Lime Ombre fruit bowl, Rebu
This bright, lime green bowl is inexpensive and would look great filled with lemons, limes or grapefruit as a table centrepiece. Made from tropical bamboo and plant extracts with a lacquered outer surface, it’s 100% environmentally friendly. Was £16, now £14, available from Amaroni Home.
Lime green jug, Annabel James
Pick up the lime green theme with this glass mouth blown jug by LSA International. Its elegant proportions add a touch of contemporary style, with long straight sides, gently curved rim and a substantial weight. Capacity 1.5 L. Fill it with homemade lemonade, sangria, punch or use it a flower vase. £25.95, available from Annabel James.
Cheer up a sitting room with new cushions – an instant lift for no effort and little money. When you get tired of them, just take the covers off and swap them!
Klotz Slat cushion cover, Spira
This bright, fresh orange colour makes us think of sunsets and long cold drinks by the pool. Made by Swedish company Spira, this is made of 100% cotton and has a zip fastening for easy removal. £18.50 (cover only), available from And Shine.
Elephant applique safari cushion, Persora
Bright and bold, this applique cushion, complete with a hollow fibre inner pad, will make an sofa pop. Mix it with plain cushions in different textures so the general effect doesn’t become overpowering. £20, available from Persora.
While you might hope you’ll be spending all your time eating al fresco in the summer, we all know it’s sensible to have a plan B! ‘Summerise’ your dining room by covering dark wood tables with bright tablecloths, and adding bold napkins.
Minsmere Blue tablecloth, Pignut
This Minsmere Blue all over printed tablecloth is made from 100% cotton and comes in two sizes and shapes. It’s even available as an oilcloth version, in case you do get a change to move outside! Prices start at £26.95, available from Pignut.
Cotton napkins, Ian Snow
Moody hues and bohemian blues. These hand-finished cotton napkins are available in four colourful shades, so you can mix and max. They’re made by small, modern and clean factory-cum-warehouse based in Delhi, sixty people manufacture these and other textiles. Were £3.50 each, now from £1.50 each, available from Ian Snow.