Yep, it’s time. A splash of this, a dash of that…..8 wonderful ways to bring the sunshine in….
Fall in love with a feature piece (and make sure it’s fabulous)
In lieu of buying a swag of summer accessories this year, why not do the opposite and invest in the ultimate summery sofa to brighten up your life all year round? Chop and change the cushions and throws between seasons and you’ll be amazed how well a pineapple, mandarin or lagoon-hued couch can lift the mood, whatever the weather.
Keep the table, change up the chairs
Mismatched chairs are still hot, and whether indoors or out are a fresh and funky way to change the look of your entertaining zone without changing the table itself. Whether you paint existing timber chairs in citrus or coastal tones, collect them from vintage stores or choose from the extensive, eclectic range on offer in-store and online, the only decision is whether to blend a couple of colours or aim to cover the rainbow from end to end.
Trick ‘em with textiles
From rugs to table runners, throws to cushions, textiles offer a treasure trove of summertime fun and flavor. Even timber or white colour schemes can be completely overhauled from season to season by introducing a fresh injection of pattern and colour. From nautical stripes and ocean-inspired hues to zany Mexican heat, it’s all do-able with a flash of fabric and a dash of DIY flair.
Can’t afford to buy new patio pieces this season? Don’t fancy it? Don’t sweat it. Hang bright beach towels, add tropical-toned cushions, invest in an outdoor rug and pop a few pretty pot plants on display and voila…..instant outdoor makeover.
Green is gold
Well not quite, but it’s decorating gold for sure. Adding greenery to your entertaining and living areas, whether indoors or out, genuine or artificial, will scream summer in a heartbeat. From cacti for a desert chic vibe to native-inspired succulents or hanging pots to add visual appeal and create an illusion of height, the options for sprucing up your space with the green stuff go on..and on…and on.
Art is the answer
A fresh print on the wall can alter the appeal of an entire room – and is an easy summer update for those who’ve finally shaken off the winter blues. Pick something bright, bold and reminiscent of holidays, lazy days at the beach or tropical times to truly capture the spirit of summer.
Playful + kitsch = summer style
From on-trend teepees made for hot-day hide-and-seek to irreverent faux animals, amusing plant pots, brilliantly-coloured bunting, giant pool inflatables and relaxation-ready rockers, summer is the ultimate season to experiment with kitsch combinations and express your sartorial style.
Switch seasons in a second by re-styling your credenza, coffee table or any open shelf or spare surface with a mix of fun photo frames, bookends, colourful cookbooks, and fresh (or faux but fresh-looking!) fruit bowls for an instant spot of summer.