Throw open the windows and embrace summer by bringing the colour and light of the season into your interiors. We’ve picked our favourite summer trends to brighten your home, with tips on how to create a cool and comfortable sanctuary in this never-ending heatwave.
THE PRACTICAL BIT
First things first: Keep your home deliciously cool with some simple steps in this hot weather. Leave blinds and curtains closed during the hottest part of the day, then throw them open at night to let the cool air in. White materials will reflect the sun back out, but we recommend a blackout lining for a serene night’s sleep. Turn off your appliances – air dry laundry and dishes but DO invest in a great (quiet) fan or hire an air-conditioning unit.
PALM SPRINGS STYLE
Bring some Californian cool to your space with decorative detail inspired by Modernist mecca, Palm Springs. Think pretty pastels paired with black and gold detailing, geometric prints and 60s silhouettes for a touch of mid-century glamour. The finishing touch? Colourful cocktails to sip when it’s scorching. We’ve heard the Fraperol is the new Frosé, a frozen Aperol Spritz slushie.
Your hot weather best friend is natural linen and crisp cotton, which are both breathable and highly absorbent to keep you cool. On a style note, natural texture and earthy colours create a relaxing environment grounded to nature. Choose textured wood for a timeless piece of furniture which will last for years, or embrace the Seventies-trend with rattan and woven pieces. This season has also seen a plethora of exotic texture, with vibrant global-inspired accessories which look like you’ve just returned from travelling.
Sun’s out, colour’s out! Brighten your interiors whatever the weather with a heavy dose of vitamin D(ecor). Pick sunset shades of mustard yellow and blood orange to accent grey and blue colour palettes. We recommend sticking to accessories or headboards for a stylish look which can always be changed after the summer holidays.
Visit sunnier climes without getting on a plane, by injecting some tropical pattern into your home. This enduring craze is pure escapism, with banana leaf and palm prints packed with personality. For a more sophisticated take on the trend, choose muted colours layered with navy and neutrals for a laidback but luxurious look.