Liv­ing

Neale Whi­taker is warm­ing up for sum­mer.

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Cotents -

One ques­tion I get asked a lot at this time of year is how to change the decor for sum­mer, and my hes­i­tant re­sponse of­ten sur­prises. Be­cause while it’s nice to think our win­ter fur­nish­ings get ti­died away and that a whole new se­lec­tion ap­pears ge­nie-like in their place, I don’t re­ally be­lieve that’s how it works for most of us.

The idea of sea­sonal decor is some­thing that’s crept up on us in re­cent years, as home trends started mov­ing a lit­tle closer to fash­ion trends. So, to use a sim­ple metaphor, we’re try­ing to find a way to shrug our homes out of the win­ter woolies and into T-shirts and thongs.

The good news is that in Aus­tralia we’re blessed – maybe not with those long, Euro­pean-style hours of sum­mer day­light, but with end­less days of warmth and sun­shine that re­ally al­low us to live dif­fer­ently. We have the kind of sum­mers the rest of the world dreams of, and while cli­mates other than ours might need to rely on trop­i­cal prints and gelato cush­ions, we get to live, breathe and feel sum­mer.

So, yes to pack­ing away throws and blan­kets, and yes to plac­ing win­ter clothes at the back of the wardrobe. And if we’re lucky enough to have pol­ished floors of the wood, ter­razzo or con­crete va­ri­ety, we might even roll up the rugs for a few months and take down heavy cur­tains to re­place them with sheers. Chang­ing over art­work and photography – es­pe­cially larger pieces – and string­ing out­door lights through the trees can also have a trans­for­ma­tive ef­fect.

These are all sim­ple and per­haps ob­vi­ous changes to make. But what’s al­ways felt more im­por­tant to me at the start of a new sea­son is a change of at­ti­tude, an in­ner re­boot that comes with the an­tic­i­pa­tion of sum­mer.

From a trend-watcher’s per­spec­tive, I could tell you that sum­mer will be about the play of blues and greens and our on­go­ing love affair with botan­i­cal prints, es­pe­cially those of Aus­tralian flora and fauna. I could tell you that – for once – sum­mer is not just about pale pas­tels, and that the

“We’re try­ing to shrug our homes out of win­ter woolies”

SUM­MER LOVIN’ (be­low, from left) String­ing lights through trees is a fes­tive way to usher in the warmer months; a de­par­ture from pas­tels to warm spice colours is fore­cast for decors this sum­mer; (be­low in­set) trend-watch­ers say Per­sian rugs and tra­di­tional tapestries will also have their mo­ment in the sun.

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