Add a touch of summer to your home

Invest in practical yet beautifully crafted furniture and add stylish accessories to turn your home and garden into a sociable and welcoming place

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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.

kids room wallpaper

Jack N Rose My House wallpaper in Aqua, £29.95 per roll, Galerie

Exotic prints

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


Left Amazilia collection Papilio wallpaper in 111079, £56 per roll; chairs covered in Folia Velvets in (clockwise from front) Tangerine, Claret, Lagoon, Magenta and Lime, all £54 per m, Harlequin

Elegant dining

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.

Bamboo dining set

Florals everywhere

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.

Ikea pagola landscape

Äpplarö gazebo with steel frame, acacia wood legs and polyester covering, H275xW300xL300cm, £250; Äpplarö three + two corner sofa with acacia frame and Hållö seat/back cushions, H73xW206xD80cm, £472; Äpplarö acacia table/stool section, H36xW63xL63cm, £40 each; Äpplarö acacia reclining chair, £45, with Hållö seat/back cushion, £25; scatter cushions and throws from a selection, all Ikea

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.


Left Front door painted in Mister David intelligent exterior eggshell, £29 per 1ltr; woodwork painted in Loft White intelligent gloss, £26 per 1ltr, both Little Greene. Galvanised zinc planters, H32xDia.28cm (largest), £60 for set of three, Cox & Cox

Dulux painted shaker kitchen

Colourful touches

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Flower Swirl wallpaper in Sunburst; Daisy Chain Small wallpaper in Grey, both £48.50 per roll, Layla Faye at Wallpaper Direct

Introduce glamour

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.

Ikea bedding set luxury

Left Landscape cotton double duvet cover in orange, £39.99; Landscape cotton pillowcase, in square or rectangle, £19.99 for a set of two; Embroidered Chain cotton double top sheet, £39.99; Embroidered Chain square cotton pillow case, £29.99; Wavy velvet cotton-mix quilt in orange, W230xL250cm, £169.99; Framed Leaves cotton cushion cover, £29.99; Velvety cotton-mix cushion cover, £19.99; small rose silk/cotton-mix bolster cushion, £29.99; small round high table made from iron and glass, H59xDia.35cm, £69.99, all Zara Home

Coastal designs

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.

Multiyork Sanderson Set Sail copy

Right Aldeburgh sofa covered in Sanderson Charden cotton-mix fabric, H100xW188x D101cm, £2,899, Multiyork. Curtains made in Sail Away fabric in Sea Green, £56 per m; cushion fabrics on sofa, from left: Chino in Cloud, £29 per m; Sail Away in Sea Green, £56 per m; Heather in Aqua, £32 per m; Emiko in Blue, £29 per m, all Sanderson

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

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Right Louis armchairs in Poppy Felt, H96.5x W58.5xD66cm, £1,295 each; Channing buffet table, H83xW132xD51cm, £2,950; Barcelona table lamps in blue, £585 each; Anchor wool/cotton mix cushions, £165 each; Albert wool rug, W240xL300cm, £3,200, all Jonathan Adler

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.

fishpools hanging chair

Below Tobago hanging chair made from hand-woven PU brown rattan with showerproof cushions, H210xDia.90cm, £359, Fishpools

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John Lewis Conservatory Furniture

Ariel three-seater sofa made from eucalyptus wood, PU weave with polyester cushions, H70xW176xD71cm, £525; Ariel arm chair, H70xW86xD72cm, £250; Ariel Coffee table with cement top, H40xW100xD60cm, £175; Greystone Lamp, H194xW127cm, £160, all John Lewis