Last week I took the plunge. I packed away the winter woollies and got out the summer clothes which, as things turned out, was a good decision in view of the lovely weather we’ve been enjoying.

This transformation is just as applicable to our homes. In the winter we want our homes, just like our clothes, to be warm and cosy. We want to shut out the cold and dark and snuggle up. By contrast, in the summer we want our homes to feel light and airy. So what does this actually mean in terms of our interiors?

Start with fabrics. In the winter use fabrics that are warm such as wool, velvet and faux fur. In summer swap those for cool fabrics such as cotton, linen and silk.

Next think about colour. During the colder months go for warmer colours such as oranges, purples and olive green. These help a room feel snug and cocooning. For summer switch to light colours, for example, duck egg blue, sage green and cream.

It is easy to make these changes with accessories such as cushions and throws but also consider swapping your curtains at least in principal rooms, artwork and rugs. Choose prints that reflect nature. We often hear the expression “bring the outside in” and this really comes into it’s own in summer. There has been a growing trend towards opening up our living spaces to the outdoors especially with kitchen/ dining/ living spaces linked to the garden with bi-fold doors and this is great. It works particularly well if you use the same flooring both inside and out. If this isn’t possible can you fit sliding/ french doors that give easy access to your outdoor space?  Introduce greenery to your home with flowers and plants. These are not only good for linking the two spaces but it has proven health benefits. And of course don’t neglect to add some garden furniture, a deckchair, bistro set or, if you have room, a dining table and chairs, sofa and chairs.

Here are just a few picks of items that you can use in a summer scheme.

Image of a window with a voile panel hanging to one side

Image of a bistro set comprising upholstered garden chairs with table        Bird on Elderflower cushion - Izabella peters



The Zagora Tab Top voile panel is from John Lewis and is perfect for creating that light and airy feel. The bistro set is Jamie Oliver for Hartman and is available at Be Garden Happy, I particularly like the fact that the chairs are upholstered. The pretty bird on elderflower cushion by Izabella Peters is waterproof and mould resistant so can be used both indoors and out and comes in several colourways. The Ombre salad bowl and servers are by Rebu and can be purchased from Wroes. Again, I think they would ideal for both indoor and outdoor dining.

Image of a salad bowl in graded shades of aqua Image of ombre shaded salad servers


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