For some of us, the summer months can mean only one thing: time to get the suncream on, go outdoors and hope that the British rain stays away long enough for us to get a tan.
But for many homeowners - especially interior design buffs - summer is a time to throw open the windows, put on the radio and stay indoors to give our homes a good old mid-year spruce-up.
In this blog post, we'll take a look at this summer's top interior design trends and give you some inspiration for your very own seasonal make-over.
Evoking memories of picnic baskets by the beach, basket weaves are definitely in vogue this summer. Textured rattan patterns are ideal for chairs, tables and even as runners on furniture. Try using the patterns in contexts where you need texture for practical reasons, like bath or door mats.
Consider rolling up the winter rugs on your lounge floor and going for a weaved mat instead to give your front room a distinct summery feeling. Or choose a vinyl flooring with a basket weave pattern. Adding a touch of weave will allow your floors to take on a whole new look.
A Moroccan Feel
When it comes to knick-knacks around the home and crockery in the kitchen, one trend that is seeping back into interior design fashion after a short hiatus is Moroccan.
Tea sets, jewelled cushions and lanterns can all add to the creation of a homely North African vibe. Create a subtle sense of wanderlust and heat in your home by dotting the cupboards and walls with wares from a bazaar, and put your guests in a relaxed frame of mind by reminding them of trips to warmer climes.
Moroccan design brings with it vibrant hues, so this is an ideal choice if you have a neutral palette already in place and are looking for a splash of colour.
It may seem like an off-the-wall suggestion, but this summer's must-have look seems to have been drawn straight from the world of jeans.
Instead of putting denim on your legs and strutting your stuff on the promenade, it's time to put it on your walls instead. “Navy has been creeping back into the interior consciousness for the past couple of years,” Susie Rumbold of the British Institute of Interior Design told a newspaper recently.
If navy is the way forward, why not create a casual atmosphere through your walls, by hanging up layers of blue denim prints? Subconsciously reminding you and your guests of summer fun and enjoyment, it will give your house an unusual feature and make your home's aesthetic a real talking point.
While navy may be in vogue, remember to add some light denim as well in order to create a relaxed balance. Click here for more blue flooring ideas.
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