Interior design for summer

Last week was the first time I’ve been able to get out and just bask in the sun, and it got me thinking about interior design for summer.

I’ve ditched that dense winter wardrobe and emerged from my cocoon. Shouldn’t I help my home do the same? My darlings, of course I should – and you should too!

So, while I was sipping a delectable Pinot out on the lawn, I asked myself “If I could share just a few secrets on interior design for summer, what would they be?” Here’s what I came up with:

Choosing colours and materials

Let’s start at the top. You’ll need to curate the colours and materials in your home to match the mood and palette of summer.

Don’t let the hot weather turn your home into a stuffy little cavern. Choose materials that breathe and open up the space, like linen, lace, hemp, cotton and silk.

Summer is made for contrast, so turn up your bright colours and darker tones. Ocean-side pale blues, rich bright coral and celadon are just some of my summer favourites. Mix up block prints with floral, natural or beach patterns to breathe life into a space.

Choose a selection of delightful items that bring a vivacious flash of excitement to the room. Display some decorative plates, cover a dark wood chair with a lighter throw and freshen up your cushions to make a bold statement.

Bringing the outdoors in

Summer is all about blending nature with your interior design.

Choose a theme as your starting point. Try a country garden or coastal look. Or, go all in with the glorious kitsch of a summer fete (think bunting, flags and twee tablecloths).

Build up your look by swapping in a few choice additions. Fill vases with fresh blooms and put them on your shelves, table or floor. Use bamboo and pale woods to make the room feel tactile.

Try shells or faux coral trinkets to conjure those beach memories. Pair with a little maritime chic – a nautical antique or vintage atlas.

Scent should be the cherry on top. Choose an aroma that complements your look perfectly, like bamboo and coconut, bergamot and citrus or rock salt and waterlily.

Cooling your space

It’s not just about how your space looks. It’s about how you feel in your space.

Switch out heavy drapes for long, flowing curtains. This’ll keep the sun out and give you a little privacy during the day. And, it’ll keep those critters out in the evenings!

In the boudoir, ditch the thick duvet and put on some light, cotton bedding. Buckwheat pillows look fabulous and keep your head cool all night.

While you’re at it, transform the spaces you’ve been using for heating. Use radiators and fireplaces as a blank canvas to paint your ideas on.

That should be enough to get you started on perfecting your interior design for summer. Until next time!

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Summer jewellery

The sun might be hiding, but that hasn’t stopped me daydreaming about summer jewellery.

Is it turning into an obsession? Maybe. But, I just love how the right piece can make a delicate summer outfit ‘pop’; how the sunlight transforms perceptions of colour and glints enticingly off gems and polished metals.

Let’s be real, though. This is England, and we’ve got to squeeze every last second out of the sunny times before we’re cast into cloud again. That means getting your summer wardrobe ready – and stat!

Here are some of my style secrets to help choose the perfect summer jewellery:

Type

What do you imagine when you think of summer?

For me, it’s all about garden parties, impromptu picnics, strolling along the promenade and getting my exercise fix outdoors – as well as a healthy dose of vitamin D!

Basically, it’s everything you can’t do for the rest of the year. And, you need the jewellery to match.

If you’re showing off a little more skin, think about accessorising in different ways. Use your skin as a canvas and summer jewellery as your paint.

Two of my absolute faves for summer are ankle bracelets and long, tumbling necklaces.

And, as you’re shedding the layers, why not compensate with a little extra jewellery? Layered, lengthy necklaces with textured details or layered chokers just scream boho chic.

Try it with bracelets, too. Choose a selection of bold items in complementary shades, and don’t be afraid to mix up materials. Draw the eye down to those fabulous nails.

Colour

The changing shades of summer sunshine demand a new jewellery colour palette.

My rule is “Go gold, go bold, or go old” (more on that last bit later).

Gold complements the warm tones of a summer evening. If traditional gold isn’t your thing, try softer tones – like the pinkish glow of rose gold.

I can’t resist going bold, either. Spark the fuse on a bright outfit by pairing it with jewellery in pinks and purples, or ocean-like azures.

You could even go the other way entirely. Organic tones and shapes will make you feel at one with nature. Or, go all in and choose jewellery made to look like natural objects.

Material

Here’s where that “go old” thing comes in. Summer is the time to spread your wings and fly beyond the conventions of simple metallic jewellery.

When I see people wearing these classic, timeless materials, my heart skips a beat.

Pearls – they’re vintage, organic and a little reminder of the seaside. Combining complementary pearl jewellery is a piece of cake. And, if you can resist touching it, you’re a stronger person than I am!

Crystal has magical properties. I’m not talking healing stones, I’m talking the same appeal as a log fire in winter – you just can’t look away. With angular shapes and bold colours, crystal makes a real statement.

There you have it – a window into my daydreaming mind! I hope you’ve found something handy. Get your jewellery game on point and make a splash at your social soirees this summer.

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