How to decorate your home for the summer
As the days get longer and warmer, our mood is uplifted, and we find ourselves joyful than ever. Why not bring this joy of summer into your home interior too? Invite all the best parts of the season into your humble abode for an instant mood boost. It’s time to swap out cosy throws for lighter materials, and experiment with all things bold and bright. From simple updates that can make your home feel like a tropical beach or a serene lake cottage – there’s something for everyone. Our summer décor ideas will breathe life into your interiors, so that your home feels like a summer holiday all year long.
Be Inspired by Nature
Summer is truly one of the most beautiful times of year and part of that is owed to nature. So, why not take inspiration from nature and add pretty flowers and plants into your home? Not only will they look and smell amazing whilst on show, but they’ll also make you feel good too. Being surrounded by plants and nature has been proven to have a positive effect on our wellbeing – so go ahead and brighten your day!
Or if you’d prefer not to have live plants and flowers in your home, bringing these elements in through accessories is another great option to consider. Wall art with a stunning floral print or a bold green plant can add that extra oomph that your interior needs. Or consider bringing in nature through your curtain choice. Nothing says summer quite like the Sorrento curtain in lemon yellow – it’s enough to make you feel like you’re on holiday in Italy!
Seasonal Fabric Swaps
With longer, warmer days on the horizon, it’s time to ditch the thick fabrics, faux furs and snug knits for lighter linens and breathable cotton blends. Drape a soft throw over a cocktail chair or outdoor furniture, to prepare for those cool summer evenings.
Go ahead and swap out lavish velvet cushions for lightweight scatter cushions with textured finishes and tassels. We recommend experimenting with a mix of patterns like the Tropical Filled Cushion and Talk To The Palm Cushion, to add a tropical beach club vibe to your summer décor.
For curtains, look for materials like cotton voile, flax linen, sheer silk or something similar to bring about that breezy feel into your humble abode – no matter the time of the year. We recommend sheer curtains especially. The Glint sheer curtain is the icing on the cake if you want a space that has that minimalist summer feel. This is because sheer curtains evoke a bright airiness to a space, making it appear more spacious and clutter-free – what more could you want?
Experiment With Colour
One of the best things about summer are the bright and beautiful colours associated with the season. All it takes is one glance outside to be greeted by baby blue skies, sweet pink and yellow flowers and emerald, green grass. Welcome these bright and bold colours into your home to bring the outdoors in. Adding a feature wall in any of these shades will instantly breathe life into your interiors. This is particularly true for green because nothing says summertime better than this magnificent colour. Green evokes freshness and revitalisation, even if it's just part of one aspect of a room. Paint a wall or restore an old vanity with green paint, and you'll feel like you're rolling down summery hills all year long.
You may be surprised to learn that muted colour palettes can work perfectly with summer décor. Trust us – muted doesn’t have to be boring! Pastels are making an entrance, balanced by darker shades in similar hues. Don’t worry about using darker colours in the fear that it’ll make a room look smaller. In fact, balancing a dark wall with light coloured furniture will do your interior wonders. Muted and relaxed summer décor ideas can be just as bold and beautiful as vibrant summer interior trends.
Be Daring with Patterns
Whether you go for florals or animal prints, the right pattern can transform the atmosphere of a room. When creating the perfect summer décor, think prints that emphasise colour contrasts. Go as bold as you want and consider things such as two-tone geometric rugs, or a zoomed in print of a flower. We recommend larger scale prints over small ones – go for pillows that feature a handful of flamingos and pineapples, rather than a granny chic print of tiny daisies. After all, we’re channelling summer, so don’t be afraid to get a little wacky with Art Deco-inspired prints! Just remember not to overdo these kitschy, seasonal designs, or else you run the risk of your home looking too tacky.
Whenever you picture summer, it’s hard not to think of a picturesque beach, the sun glistening on your skin and the bright blue sky. So, why not bring this theme into your interiors? Blues, greys and whites have been huge in the world of summer interior design trends – and we can’t get enough of them! Incoporate reflective features into your space with a nautical mirror – don’t forget to drape some shell themed items around it too! The natural textures welcomed by the nautical theme are a fantastic way of breaking up the colour palette. Grey, white and blue can all be powerful shades, so introducing natural materials like wood will make a big difference to your design.
The Paris Roman blind in ocean blue is the perfect way to tie together the nautical aesthetic in your home. Whilst summer tends to be about bright, vivid colours, don’t be afraid to be a little daring with distressed woods and dark shades to master the nautical look.
It’s good practice to shake things up a bit with your home interior every once in a while – and what better way to do this than with summer décor? Whether you want to create a bright, vibrant space or you want to bring a touch of summer in a more muted way, summer décor is the one. By using any of our sizzling summer design ideas, your home will get the refreshing makeover it deserves.