Summer decorating ideas to refresh your homeJen Wiss-Carline
Summer officially started on June 20 but you’ll be forgiven for not noticing. The odd day of sunshine has broken up the days of unsettled, cloudy and wet weather with thundery downpours and flooding right across the country. Thankfully, things are starting to change, with experts forecasting that a ‘Spanish plume’ could bring with it a heatwave and six glorious weeks of sizzling sunshine. With summer finally on the horizon, it’s time to refresh your home with these summer decorating ideas to welcome in the warm season.
If you don’t have time to repaint your entire house, consider repainting just the entrance hall and living room with a fresh summer-inspired shade. Colours on trend this season include shades of grey and a host of blues – navy, cobalt, turquoise and teal. This nautical-inspired palette can give your home a welcoming ‘seaside’ feel.
Add pops of colour
Pops of bright colours can energise a space, making it feel brighter, sunnier and more alive. This season, citrus hues as accent colours are the trend, with zesty shades of lime green, bright orange and lemon yellow all making it to the palette. Less is more – a throw cushion, picture frame or lamp shade are all that’s needed to bring summer cheer to your living space.
Swap out accessories
In the colder months, we favour thick blankets and soft furry cushions to snuggle into. Summer has a fresher, lighter feel and this can be reflected in accessories. Pack away the winter accessories and look for crisp, clean linens, cheery napkins and colourful glassware to reflect the mood of the season. Fabrics for summer are lighter and fresher in cool white or pastel shades with delicate florals – consider swapping your heavy curtains for blinds to give your windows a brighter look and help the natural light filter through.
Pretty bunting is an easy way to add a summery touch to any room. Image credit: Amazon.
Summer decor is all about light and airy – and you can’t achieve this feeling with mountains of clutter. Get rid of unwanted bits and pieces and pack away any excess decor. The minimalist look works well with summer-inspired decor (here’s how to make it work in a family home).
Bring back wallpaper
Wallpaper comes in and out of fashion so fast, it can be hard to keep track – but right now, it’s very much on trend. Wallpaper is an effective way to add texture and dimension to a room in a way paint cannot, so don’t write it off. If wallpaper makes you nervous, paper smaller areas – a feature wall or a single panel – in shades that complement your painted walls.
Perfect wallpapers for summer from Laura Ashley (clockwise): Simone Seaspray, Ahoy Seaspray, Runswick Seaspray, Tongue and Groove Seaspray
Bring in the flora
Pretty flowers in vibrant colours and lush greenery are what we love about the summer garden – so why not bring the outside in with some complementing house plants? Potted plants give any room an instant summery feel and they have health benefits too.
Jars and containers of flowers carry on the theme so the blooms outside are reflected throughout the home. Suffering from hay fever? Go artificial – they’ll last longer too!
Summer flowers indoors. Image credit: Very English
If your home is prone to getting uncomfortably hot during the summer months, make sure you’re prepared with a fan or portable air con unit. The latter are expensive but they’re a good investment and they can be wheeled around the house for very effective cooling wherever it’s needed.
Address your furniture
It’s easy to let the furniture in your room evolve by itself – and before you know it, you have a collection of items that aren’t really fit for purpose. Think carefully about how you use each room, and look for good quality, multi purpose items that will serve you well. Clear out anything that’s barely used and collecting dust for a cleaner, tidier and more organised environment. Croft Oak Furniture’s Santana Rustic Oak range is a good choice for well made furniture with clean, simple lines and a fuss-free look.
Above: Rustic Oak Coffee table from Croft Oak’s Santana range of gorgeous hand finished quality furniture.
Reflect in the light
Long summer days mean more hours of natural light – and you can take full advantage by hanging mirrors around your home. Mirrors close to a natural light source will help maximise the natural light by reflecting it around the room. Hanging a mirror opposite a window can also help to reflect a beautiful view, bringing the summer garden indoors.
Capture summer smells
The best thing about being in the garden is the gorgeous aromas of the summer – and these can be brought into the home with simple air fresheners. Swap out your winter fragrances – pine, nutmeg and cinnamon – for fresher, fruitier or floral scents to give your home an irresistible summer smell.
Bring beach ambiance
Summer time is holiday time, and happy memories of long afternoons playing on the beach or splashing in the sea can be captured with home decor.
Get the look with ‘porthole’ mirrors, sea shell pictures, shells in bowls and vases, paintings of the sea, blue and white textiles, bold ‘deckchair’ strips, bunting and seaside memorabilia.
Bare your floor
Rugs are a winter cosy accessory – if you’ve got beautiful wooden floors, show them off in summer. Pack away the rugs and bare the floor for a brighter, fresher summer look for the warmer months.