Islay two-seater sofa made from eucalyptus wood with PU weave and polyester cushions, H78xW135xD71cm, £399; Islay bench, H46xW179xD52cm, £200; Islay six-seater dining table, H75xW190xD90cm, £499, all from The Croft Collection at John Lewis
Pastel paint makes pretty kids rooms
When wallpaper is as lovely as this, it doesn’t matter whether it’s for a boy’s or a girl’s room – it’s gender neutral. Use it on all four walls for the maximum effect, or on diagonally opposite walls for the latest way to decorate.
Create a conservatory feel in a downstairs extension with a wall or two of fauna or flora. Butterflies are the insect du jour – and look fantastic when featured in myriad motifs and colours on wallpaper. Continue the effect by picking out key shades in upholstery and accessories
A key décor style for summer is a mix of pale wood and neutral shades, all pulled together with white. Try the designer trick of updating a dining set with different styles of chairs covered in pale lightweight linen fabric for a relaxed seasonal space.
Perfect for summer decorating, fresh floral prints are easy to work with, too: simply match with plain colours on walls and furniture, and mix with graphic or abstract patterns on soft furnishings in the same palette.
A cultivated modern garden
If your garden is on the small side, you can still create an idyllic and relaxing dining space. Low-level wooden seating with contemporary geometric cushions will achieve the look – add in a fabulous structured gazebo for a truly tropical feel.
Add kerb appeal
Why not show off your home’s exterior with a beautifully bold painted front door? Yellow, pink, green and blue shades are all on-trend colours this season, and will give your home a fresh new look. Add large botanical planters to give a stylish touch.
Evocative of the golden Hollywood era and loved by interior designers for decorating grand homes with high ceilings, this full-on style is easy to achieve in three quick steps: lots of bright white on walls and furnishings, luxe metallic pieces in exotic shapes, and a rich and vibrant contrast colour, such as burnt orange or raspberry pink.
Pretty watercolour prints of seaside themes are perfect for bringing summer into any room. Curtains and cushion covers are the easiest way to get the look, instantly updating a neutral sofa and furnishings. Look for muted greys and blues in subtle patterns and delicate stripes. And go for tab-top curtains rather than pleated; this will create a more relaxed look to tie in with the rest of the scheme.
Modern classical style
Key summer colours of red, white and blue always look striking. Bring a classic look right up to date by mixing geometrics with graphics, and block colours with patterns — all in the same tonal shades. It’s a full-on look, but one that works in any room
Referencing retro cool
Adopt this year’s trend for all things 1970s with a super-cool rattan hanging chair. Garden furniture should be fun as well as stylish, practical and comfortable, and this piece ticks all the boxes.