“Summertime and the livin’ is easy” George Geshwin’s lyrics say it all. With the peak summer months of July and August just around the corner now is the perfect time to give your home, or a part of it, a mini refresh. Perhaps give the garden shed an overhaul and transform it in to a summerhouse. If you are short of inspiration, then here are a few themes to choose from. Hopefully, you will find one that suits.

Miami Cool

Image of a collection of abstract art works in pastel shades in pale wooden frames on a white wall. There is a wooden table to the right below on which are small green plants in pots and a yellow vase

I have noticed that this is becoming an increasingly popular interior look. Miami is chic and cool of course and the trend reflects this. The backdrop needs to be brilliant white to show off the colours of the elements within. The basic colour palette is pastel – think of quintessential ice cream colours of strawberry pink and mint green. Sharpen these pale colours by adding bolder shades for a edgier look. Include colourful abstract art , curvy shapes and tactile textiles. Have a bit of fun with this one!

Let’s Head To The Beach

Image of a  white painted shelf on which is a selection of coastal inspired objects including a rope ball, white starfish, a piece of driftwood and shells

If you’ve read any of my previous blogs or social media posts you’ll know that coastal style is one of my favourite styles. I think it actually involves two styles – one which is the natural wilder concept and the other which is the seaside element. The former is the more versatile and can be adapted to most locations whereas the latter is more suited to actual seaside locations. Having said that you are doing this for you so whatever is going to bring you joy. Here I am going to focus on coastal rather than beach. It suits any room but I think it would be absolutely perfect for that summerhouse or as a theme for your outside space. You want a white background and a colour palette of blues, soft greens and neutrals. Include wood as a material in the form of side tables and lamp bases (driftwood sculptures provide interest and warmth). Use natural fabrics such as linen and wool for texture.

Scandi Summer

Image of a Scandinavian inpired bedroom. The walls are white with wooden floor boards. The bed is dressed in white linen with a black and white throw and grey and white striped rug on the floor. Ther eis a white desk to the right with a blue chair

Scandinavian design is an ever popular style, with it’s clean lines and simplicity. It’s perfect for those who like a a calm and uncluttered vibe. For these reasons it’s perfect for a bedroom where these qualities are vital for a good nights sleep so use pale wood for your bedroom furniture and for paint opt for soft grey or white. Linen is the ideal material for bedding, and accessories with textures such as wool and sheepskin. Add some touches of black to give a slightly surprise twist.


Image of a living room with two rattan chairs with white seat pads in the foreground.

Rattan and wicker are materials that are definitely having a “moment”. They have a slightly retro or boho feel which is particularly appropriate for summer. Whilst this is another look that relies much on nature the inspiration is more earthy. If you like the Moroccan look then this is a style that will appeal but without being overwhelming. Include pale terracotta colour for the walls, wicker or rattan for your furniture but create depth by also using deeper colours for example caramel and darker terracotta. Give the nod to Morocco with punched metal bowls and lanterns. Use a woven rug and fringed or leather poofe to complete the look.


Image of an outdoor dining table dressed with a selection of colourful jungle themed tableware and glassware

Botanical and leaf prints continue to be on trend. We have all embraced the idea of bringing greenery into our homes and this can extend to designs on furnishings such as bedding, cushions and artwork. There is a choice between natural greens and more exotic jungle and tropical designs. If you are going to be missing that exotic foreign holiday this year why not recreate the feel at home using simple accessories and crockery. Having friends over for a barbecue then why not use the occasion as an opportunity to indulge your wild side at limited cost. 

I hope that these suggestions have provided some  inspiration but if you need some help with putting a scheme together or you simply don’t have the time then let me help. Call me on 07745 876182 for a free 30 minute chat with no obligation I cover the Wirral, Cheshire, North West and North Wales. If you’d like some help but your budget is limited then my E design service is the perfect solution with packages starting from as little as £125