That first flush of early Summer sun often has us flinging open the bi-folds and firing up the barbecue, but the tempestuous British weather doesn’t always play ball, as our washout May Bank Holiday will attest. Better, instead, to focus on freshening up your interior with some new Summer styling, to enjoy whatever the weather. We’ve been scouring the shops to see what’s new this season and pulled together this pick of six of the hottest new trends and how to work them into your home.
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Ice cream sorbet hues often feature in Summer schemes, but we’re loving the slightly cooler sherbet tones cropping up in all the new collections. Tempered with greys and off-whites, the look is more millennial hipster than girlie and can be given a little more edge when used as an accent within monochrome schemes. Blonde woods pair well with this look – think pale beech with simple lines and delicate shapes.
With its soft earthy palette and nomadic feel, the rise of romanticism incorporates natural materials like wickers, wood and furs with botanical motifs for a casual, layered look. Lush, verdant greens form the backbone of this scheme, whilst spiritual hues such as lilacs and purples add softness. We love Dulux’s take on this trend, with its relaxed hand-painted circular wall motifs. This is also a look you could take out to the garden, layering up blankets and textiles for a relaxed garden party on a cool evening.
Nod to Nautical
Most Summer ranges tend to include some sort of nautical or beach-inspired theme – at Oak Furniture Land we opted to go a little more New England this year, highlighting the relaxed, timeless pinstripes of our Westbury sofa and armchair and adding a masculine element with the Fisherman’s lantern-inspired Calgary floor lamp. Think more windswept wilderness than down by the docks: incorporate washed woods, natural textiles and arid-look plants and flowers, such as cacti and sea holly, and add in the odd bit of faded vintage for texture and interest.
Memphis Colour Pop
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The Memphis movement (think Art Deco meets Pop Art with an 80’s twist) has been around for a few seasons now, but for this Summer, the palette is lightening up somewhat. Pale neutrals are making up the bulk of schemes, with bold colour pops appearing in details such as furniture legs or seat covers, with daring designs and chunky detailing. Clever decorative twists, such as laying metro tiles in a herringbone pattern rather than a standard brick formation, create added interest.
Succulents and houseplants still reign supreme in the style stakes, but increasingly designers are ignoring flowers altogether in favour of foliage-heavy schemes. With a retro lilt, this look can be easy to bring into an existing scheme: introduce some rich dark wood furniture and pair with plants and leaf-print fabrics, throwing down a woven rug for good measure.
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You know the trend for dark interiors is being taken seriously when even the notoriously white-loving Scandi’s are turning to the dark side. In Summer. Whilst it might not be an obvious trend for the time of year, dark backgrounds undoubtedly offer a classy backdrop to Summer florals, giving them something of a glam edge and allowing different tones to pop out like jewels. If you’re considering going dark but are worried about your space feeling gloomy, opt for a shade with brown undertones to ensure the overall look appears warm, and add plenty of light and bright accent pieces to add interest.