Interiors advice - create your own summer at home whatever the weather

PUBLISHED: 00:00 27 June 2013

William Yeoward cut glass

William Yeoward cut glass


Create your own summer at home whatever the weather says Justine Kirkham, head of design at James Brindley, Harrogate

Nothing says summer quite like sheer voile curtains billowing in the breeze around an open doorway or window. Summer décor is all about bringing the outside in. Choose cool colour palettes with zesty accents or more casual interiors rather than stuffy, formal ones. Take out the heavy fabrics and dark accessories such as velvet pillows, wool throws and even that dark leather club chair and ottoman. Add a fresh coat of paint and highlight a neutral interior with green botanical prints, burnt oranges or bright floral patterned fabrics, wallpapers and accessories.

Green – from fizzy limes, neon brights to subtle olives - is always popular in summer, but even more so this year. Use tie backs, clocks, lamp bases or cushions add freshness to a summer scheme. William Yeoward cut glassware in an array of bright and zesty colours looks stunning on a summer table. Orange, the shade associated with burning desert suns, ripe juicy fruit and sultry, eastern settings, is also bang on trend this summer. Popular in the retro inspired themes, burnt orange is a great colour for the home, helping create a warm and inviting focal point in any room.

If the fresher colours are not your favourites, then try indigo for a warm, strong accent colour. Blue has had a revival this season and we’re seeing everything from beautiful strong navy to soft smoky blue. Indigo is a classic beauty, adding depth to a scheme of whites and greys. We also love the new Zoffany Teal and the dark and dusky Basalt from Little Greene Paint Company, teamed with crisp white to give your home that summer beach house feel. A final touch of the whimsical with embroidered and printed voiles is imaginative, fun and stylish.

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