In the same way we change our clothes with the seasons, I like to do the same with my home. Theses can often be very small changes that don't involve reaching for the paintbrush but rather by adding a new cushion or two or some well chosen accessories. Here are my top tips on styling your home for summer.
Summer conjures up a mix of bright sunny days and being outside in the natural world and your interiors should reflect this too. Choose natural materials and textures such as cotton fabrics, wool, wood and stone. These help bring the natural outdoor feeling inside your home. Also plants and flowers add to a natural feel so incorporate them where you can.
Stripes are a classic and timeless pattern choice for fabrics. They echo the horizontal lines found at the coast, both in the sea and sky and I added a graphic design inspired cloud motif to create an updated version of the seaside stripe (above) which I call Cornish Clouds. Here are samples from my contemporary coastal collection perfect for curtains, blinds and light upholstery projects. Available on my online shop at £48 per metre.
Many coastal inspired interiors use white or very light muted colours as a backdrop or wall colour. You can add warmth and a sense of energy through bold pops of colours, such as Lobster red, Saffron yellow and Atlantic blue found in my colour palette. Small items of homeware such as cushions and lampshades are a quick and easy way to inject colour and print into a room.
Here’s where you can have some fun and reflect your personality. Try junk and reclamation shops for old items that fit with your look. I bought this old blue wooden surfboard for under £5 as it really fits with the various blues within this room. A few themed accessories are fine but beware of the clichés and going over the top. Once you have changed a few items you’ll be able to sit back, relax and imagine you are on holiday, at home!
For more contemporary coastal interior inspiration have look on my Pinterest board.