WEATHER OR NOT

No mat­ter the cli­mate, it’s time to bid farewell to spring and say hello to sum­mer – in the style stakes at least

Uxbridge Gazette - - Home Style -

Hands up if you’re ready for sum­mer. I def­i­nitely am. And not even this most in­clement of weather can put a damp­ener on my spirit.

Yes, it might not have got off to the best start, but sum­mer, or our Bri­tish equiv­a­lent, is well on the way and bring­ing with it a host of beau­ti­ful trends to see us through un­til the clocks go back.

COLOUR, AND LOTS OF IT

Colour is go­ing to be every­where this sea­son and the brighter the bet­ter.

From fresh and zingy aquas to tangy or­anges, there is some­thing to suit all tastes and styles.

And this colour ex­plo­sion is go­ing to be es­pe­cially prom­i­nent in the gar­den as home­own­ers move away from tra­di­tional woods and rat­tan and choose bold hues to com­ple­ment their flora and fauna.

If you want to fully em­brace this trend, go all out by in­vest­ing in an out­door din­ing suite in one of these vi­brant shades. Al­ter­na­tively, if your ex­ist­ing set is in pretty good con­di­tion, or you want to try a more pared back ver­sion of the look, ac­ces­sorise your own set with bright cush­ions, nap­kins and a new para­sol.

SUN­SHINE IN­SIDE

Fin­gers crossed we’ve seen the last of the Beast from the East and its equally bit­ter friends, but, should the weather turn nasty this sum­mer, there are plenty of de­sign hacks to bring the sun­shine in­doors.

Let’s start with table­ware, which is be­com­ing less about func­tion and more about fash­ion. Hit any de­part­ment store and along­side tra­di­tional white china sets don’t be sur­prised to see colour­ful crock­ery with a host of in­tri­cate pat­terns.

And not only will a new crock­ery set brighten any din­ing ta­ble – in­door or out­door – and you can use it to make a style state­ment by putting it on full dis­play in your kitchen or din­ing area.

Like table­ware, our love of all things botan­i­cal shows very lit­tle sign of wan­ing. And it’s very easy to see why – just be­ing ex­posed to any­thing nat­u­ral can make you feel more creative, pro­duc­tive and less stressed, which is the per­fect sum­mer vibe.

The real thing – house­plants and flow­ers – are a sim­ple way of in­tro­duc­ing some flo­ral touches and if you’re par­tic­u­larly green-fin­gered why not dis­play cuts from your own gar­den.

How­ever, as with all good trends, you can also fake it. Wall­pa­per, cush­ions and lamp shades are just some of the ways to in­tro­duce botan­i­cals into the home.

SHAPE OF SUM­MER

There is some­thing about geo­met­rics that I in­trin­si­cally link to sum­mer. Per­haps it’s the fresh­ness of sim­ple shapes be­ing used for max­i­mum im­pact. But I am not alone, and once again, this sum­mer geometric pat­terns will be every­where.

How­ever, I have two very sim­ple ways of bring­ing them into a sum­mer scheme. Firstly, in­vest in a rug (not a pic­nic blan­ket) that is sturdy, wa­ter­proof and suitable for out­door use. If you can, use it to bridge the space be­tween the house and out­side space. Al­ter­na­tively, lay it on any pa­tio or deck­ing to truly cre­ate a homely out­door liv­ing area. And fi­nally, use large shelves to en­hance your out­side liv­ing area. Use them to hold plants, a bird feeder or even an out­door lamp to truly ac­ces­sorise your space.

■ Lesley Tay­lor is the au­thor of 10 in­te­rior de­sign books and has ap­peared on a range of net­work TV shows, in­clud­ing This Morn­ing, giv­ing in­spi­ra­tional ad­vice on home styling.

Use rec­tan­gu­lar shelv­ing to add a geometric touch to your out­doors

Want to fake your flo­rals? Why not in­vest in some vin­tage crock­ery?

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