Setting up your holiday home for summer is easy, a few clever furniture additions and some splashes of new season colour are all it takes to get a fresher feel. We’ve pulled together some top tips to bring that beautiful sun-drenched glow indoors.
Summer is finally just around the corner after what feels like an age of grey skies and treacherous weather, and we’re intending to make the most of it. We can almost smell the sun cream as we eagerly await the time of year that’s dedicated to long weekends of lazy, sun-drenched afternoons and balmy summer evenings spent with friends. If you have a little getaway place you retreat to for some well-earned R+R, now is the perfect time to think about giving it a little summer lovin’ and freshening up your décor for the sunshine season.
Bring the ocean to you with beachy colour schemes
For laid-back summer vibes think soft yellows, pale blues and sea-spray whites. If yourholiday home is nestled somewhere far from the ocean, bring the waves to you with a pretty beachy colour scheme. This calming aqua theme is most common in bathrooms but shake up the style and bring it up to date by experimenting with shore-side shades in other rooms.
Use natural, ocean-themed pieces as statement artwork; driftwood can look gorgeous as an accent on a feature wall. Decorate shelves with large seashells and incorporate wicker baskets in your living room – these bring natural colour and texture into your room and are perfect as storage for lightweight throws to wrap around your shoulders on breezy summer evenings.
Of course, no beachy colour scheme would be complete without a little touch of nautical nuance. Add a little of this timeless style by including some sailing stripes to your décor, a pretty throw cushion or a table runner will give you a hint of the high seas without making your room feel too ‘themed’.
Open up your space – a summery dining room is key
While winter is all about feeling hugged by your surroundings – i.e. huge blankets, comfy cushions and an open fire – in summer we want to feel free. Light, open spaces are the order of the season as we’re all craving the space to stretch out in the sunshine. Summer style is all about bright open spaces, sleek lines and light colours to create that breezy, effortless feel we associate with good weather and long daylight hours.
The key to bringing summer vibes one of the rooms with the most furniture in the house is by using pieces that effortlessly sit within in the space but don’t fill it up entirely. Throwing a summer soiree? There’s often a few unexpected (but more than welcome) guests, so extendable dining tables can be a lifesaver and mean you don’t need to go for a huge, clunky piece that will take up too much space.
We love this gorgeous, glossy Malibu Taupe Table and chairs, which has a stunningly sleek design, and is also an extending dining table so you can comfortably to fit more friends if you need to. Summertime is all about entertaining, so having dining furniture that works for you means you can slip seamlessly into your role of host with the most.
Set your table, and set the scene
What could be better when relaxing on a long, balmy evening than sharing a meal al-frescowith friends and family – absolute heaven! It’s easy to create a little romance in your outdoor space. Whether it’s a balcony by the sea or a beautiful cottage garden, a mix of fresh summer blooms and votive candles will light up your table as the sun sets.
Make sure everyone’s comfortable with a selection of throw cushions in a mix of bright summery prints and neutral colours. The contrast creates a wonderfully subtle, chic style that your guests will fall in love with. It’s a nice touch to have a few lightweight throws elegantly draped around your outdoor seating area, not only will this give you some serious style cred, they’ll be on hand to protect from too much sun during the day or cool breezes in the evening. The only problem you might have is getting your guests to leave!
Create your own summer spa experience
Make yourself feel like you’re in your very own 5-star resort with a few extra treats. Buy yourself that expensive face mask, splurge on luxury shampoo, and buy the best bubble bath you can find. Invest in a high-quality set of towels for that five-star finishing touch. Why not? After all, you’re on holiday so treat yourself to those little extravagances you wouldn’t normally buy.
Now you’ve got all the inspo you need for a stunning summer-ready holiday home, all that’s left for you to do is turn your face to the sun and start soaking up the rays. And one final thing…when should we come and visit?