Pastels have to be an all time summer favourite. Packed full of gentle colourful shades, pastels create a pretty bedroom which is down to earth and easy to achieve even on the most modest of budgets. Mixing and matching is also called for if you want to add interest to these sherbet colour tones. Sky blues, lilac, lavender, pinks, greens and whites all sit next to each other comfortably to provide a refreshing and chic style to bedrooms. The base colour can be chosen from the blue and lavender ranges, while the bedding and duvet cover sets can easily be used as the accent colours to become the focal point in the room which is packed full of pretty pastel tones. As it's summer lightweight bedding is essential, opt for cotton or cotton blends that help to stop you from feeling too hot and uncomfortable. Winceyette and nylon sheets are a thing of the past – or should be! - especially nylon sheets, as all they do is make you perspire and stick to your already clammy body! Nylon sheets may have made laundry easy but they really didn't have much else in their favour! Keep the window dressing light and breezy as well by using a combination of window blinds and cheap curtains in a floaty, lightweight fabric. This practical window dressing is a fast and effective way to bring a sense of harmony and balance to the room, while a blackout blind will stop the lighter evenings from keeping youngsters awake! Look for voile panels, as these sheer fabrics will enable you to see the pattern of the window blinds through them, which will add an air of mystery and intrigue to your bedroom. Don't forget to mix and match patterns – stripes are great for making windows appear taller, while patchwork bed throws or duvet sets add a touch of country style whimsy. Large rugs with a striped pattern will compliment striped curtains or bedding and help to ground the colour scheme. With such a light and airy look, summer bedrooms radiate a homely style which suits all styles of homes. For a more contemporary interior design style, try using plain rather than patterned bedding, curtains and blinds – the cool pastel colour combinations will work equally as well together and will allow you to add interest to the room via contemporary styled accessories, wall art and display objects.