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This month interior designer, Clair Strong, looks at ten tips to make your home ready for summer. 

Summer is here at last! Long warm days and light filled evenings mean it’s the perfect time to make a few updates to get your home ready for the summer months. Here are my top 10 tips to make your home summer ready in 2022.

A few easy changes to your home will make it feel fresh and summer-ready. It’s all about introducing light and colour, and changing up your textiles.

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Clair Strong 

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Give your house kerb appeal

A long warm day is the perfect time to give your front door a new coat of paint. I think you are safer to choose a more neutral shade if you live in one of Bath’s Georgian houses, but if you live in a modern house, then go for it with bright bolder colours. Turquoise or soft pink can look as sophisticated as traditional dark greys and blues if you pick the right shade. I love the idea of matching the flowers in your hanging baskets and planters to your front door for maximum impact. While painting your front door, make sure you give your windows a new coat of paint too. Summer is the time to tackle those difficult outside decorating jobs!

 

Go for summer shades!

Summer paint colours say afternoons filled with sunshine and flowers. Think about the colours you see in nature, and you won’t go far wrong with a summer paint update. Nothing says summer like a sunny shade of yellow. To keep vibrant yellow from overpowering a space, use white for your paintwork and contrast it with soft greens and blues. Soft green is a gorgeous summer colour for your walls and is very on trend this year and while sky blue will feel like a breath of fresh air in any room. My favourite summer colour though is a soft blush pink; it’s pretty, feminine and calming and works in any space. 

A few easy changes to your home will make it feel fresh and summer-ready. It’s all about introducing light and colour and changing up your textiles.

Dress up your windows

You need to change your window dressings in the summer to make the most of all that sunshine. Swap heavy curtains for unlined curtains made in crisp natural fabrics like linen or cotton - or ditch curtains altogether although for roller blinds for an instant update. For a Hamptons vibe, shutters will create a bright modern look. Shutters can give a cosy feel when closed at night and fold back to let in the light during the daytime. Don’t stick to white either; coloured shutters can look stunning! If you want both light and privacy, frosted window film is a simple revamp you can do yourself. 

Introduce florals

Floral patterns are always on trend and are perfect for summer. 

 

Use floral wallpaper, floral fabrics, cut flowers or plants to brighten up your home for the summer. From pretty and romantic to classic or contemporary, floral designs are a timeless favourite that never go out of fashion. It’s hard to talk about florals as a single category because, like flowers, each pattern has its own personality, style, size, and colour.  From small chintzy florals to large botanical florals, blowsy vintage florals or bold modern florals, there’s a floral whatever your interior design style. 

 

Change up your bed linen

Fresh new bedding will completely change the feel of your bedroom. Put winter’s chunky blankets and throws in the attic and swop over your bedding to light summery quilts and covers. I love linen bedding for its soft feel and the way it takes dyes so beautifully. Go for stripes, florals or just a gorgeous shade of pink, blue or green to make your bedroom feel brand new. You don’t have to ditch the quilts for summer. A pretty cotton bedspread can be a welcome extra layer on colder summer nights. 

Buy some new accessories

If you don’t want to commit to completely redecorating a room for the summer, think about introducing summery shades in your choice of accessories. You can’t go wrong if you think about ice cream shades.  A pretty coral throw, some sage linen cushions or a blue and white floral rug will give those summery vibes without a big investment. My tip is to spend on big things in your home like sofas, mattresses and dining room furniture, but save on accessories which might only last a season. 

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Prestigious textiles

Annie Sloan

Reupholster, repaint, revamp

Repainting old heirloom furniture or an eBay find is a sure way to transform the look of a room. I love the trend for larders in the kitchen, but they can be expensive. Search for a French linen press on eBay, give it a couple of coats of chalk paint and you’ve got yourself the look for less. Upholstering tired furniture can also make it more summer ready. An old chair upholstered in a few metres of designer fabric will completely change the look and is a fun project to do over the summer evenings. 

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Rose & Grey

Rowen and Wrenn

Bring the greenery inside

Summer is the time for indoor gardening and bringing the outside in. Fill your home with large leafy plants and easy-to-look-after succulents to freshen your indoor air and bring the calm of nature indoors. 

 

Don’t forget about the simple joy of a bunch of flowers! It’s such an easy way to add summer colour, texture and scent to a room. 

Go for on-trend natural materials 

Natural materials are on trend in our homes and are always a good choice in summer. They’re durable, environmentally friendly, and look stylish. Whatever your interior design style, there is a natural material that will look amazing. Rattan and wicker used to be a material you would only see in baskets, but nowadays they are so on trend, there are stylish rattan and wicker pieces everywhere to give you that 1970s bohemian style. Popular for the laid back Scandi vibe, mix rattan and wicker with white walls and bright accessories for a modern contemporary look.

 

Think with your feet

At the height of summer, when things get really warm and sticky, the last thing you want is a home that makes you feel even warmer. Thick pile rugs have no place in a summer home. If you have wooden floorboards, remove the rugs altogether. If you do need some kind of floor covering, opt for a beautiful Kilim or flat cotton rug.

 

So, what do you think? Will you be trying any of these tips this season?

Natural materials are on trend in our homes and are always a good choice in summer. They’re durable, environmentally friendly, and look stylish.

If you are looking to revamp your space, working with an interior designer will really help you use your budget wisely and create a look that feels cohesive, pulled together and will stand the test of time.

We are a friendly, boutique business based in Bath, providing a range of interior design services for residential and commercial projects. With over 15 years experience, we work with a trusted network of professionals and trades offering complete design and refurbishment. From city centre apartments and retail units to large Georgian houses, our portfolio includes projects of all sizes. Our ethos is to take a collaborative approach with our clients, working with them to create spaces that meet their needs, improve their lives, and exceed their expectations. 

You can see many of the projects I have worked on since 2006 on my website at www.clairstrong.co.uk or click the buttons below.

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