How to make your home summer ready

How To Make Your Home Summer Ready
These expert styling tips and summery homewares paint a pretty picture.
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Sam Wylie-Harris, PA

With sunshine and blue skies around, there couldn’t be a better time to refresh your interiors.

And Alysha Alli, who heads up the interior design team for Redrow, recommends “balancing the warm outside with fresh décor inside”.


From tones and textures to ornaments and aesthetics, she says finding a style that complements your unique personality is essential to perfecting your interiors this summer.

Cassis Blue Throw, £55, (bottom), rest of throws from a selection Weaver Green
Weaver Green Cassis Blue Throw, rest of throws from a selection (Weaver Green/PA)

“Our homes have an undeniable impact on our wellbeing, so it’s important interior design incorporates elements of nature during the summer to help boost our energy,” suggests Alli.


Here, she shares some key elements to help you get the right vibe…

Go luxe-boho

George Green Check Throw, £20, rest of items from a selection,
George Green Check Throw, rest of items from a selection, Asda (Asda/PA)

Layer patterned and textured throws with tassels and washed-out prints in natural fabrics like linen and 100% natural cottons, says Alli.


Meadow Flowers Fleece Throw – Yellow by My Home, £5.99, Meadow Flowers Embellished Cushion – White by Divante, £8.99, The Range
The Range Meadow Flowers Fleece Throw in Yellow, £5.99, Meadow Flowers Embellished Cushion in White, £8.99 (The Range/PA)

“Aesthetics that embrace imperfections are entirely on trend, so observe your space and see where you can incorporate sustainable pieces such as hand-crafted ceramics too, then fill these with tall pampas and tactile bunny tail grasses for a gentle texture and aesthetic.”

70s Ceramics Groovy Noodle Bowl – Set of 4, HK Living, £48, Bode Living
Bode Living 70s Ceramics Groovy Noodle Bowl – Set of 4 (Bode Living/PA)

Make indoor plants a centrepiece

Plants can complement natural materials such as real woods, ceramics and natural stones, Alli highlights.

The Elephant Head Slant Tube Vases, Single, Red-Orange, Blue & Green, £19 each, The Elephant Head
The Elephant Head Slant Tube Vases (The Elephant Head/PA)


“Go for a cluster of different heights – ensuring the tallest is at the back of an arrangement, placed directly in the corner of your room on the opposing side of entry.

“This will make your space appear more spacious and airier, perfect for cooling down the temperature.”

Dalloway Ceramic Mini Plant Pots Set of Three, £32.50, Oliver Bonas
Oliver Bonas Dalloway Ceramic Mini Plant Pots Set of Three (Oliver Bonas/PA)

She says cacti also look perfect catching the light on a bright en suite or main bathroom windowsill. If this space doesn’t get a lot of natural light, try aloe vera which thrives in humid conditions.

Bring the outdoors in

Botanical Wren Wallpaper By Lola Design – Mist Green, £99.99 per roll, Lola Design
Lola Design Botanical Wren Wallpaper By Lola Design – Mist Green (Lola Design/PA)

Alli says incorporating feature wallpapers in matcha colours and forest hues to more subdued olive greens will introduce a flow of serenity across your interiors.

Lust Home Miami Vibe Wallpaper in Grass Green and Peach, £45, Lust Home
Lust Home Miami Vibe Wallpaper in Grass Green and Peach (Lust Home/PA)

“Tones of green are also known to boost positivity and promote calmness throughout the home,” she adds. Depending on your budget, she suggests placing a khaki rug under a rich walnut coffee table for a warm aesthetic.

“Exploring these deep earth tones and mixing with botanical greens really brings the beauty of nature into your space.”

Add pops of colour around the home

When creating more social and entertaining spaces, bursts of colour help bring rooms to life.

Dahlia Table Runner, £25, Dahlia Napkins, Set of Two, £15, Truffle Tablescapes
Truffle Tablescapes Dahlia Table Runner; Dahlia Napkins, Set of Two (Truffle (Tablescapes/PA)

With blooms flourishing in warmer weather, think about adding fresh flowers into an earthy rotund vase, suggests Alli.

Red and Pink Checkered Jar, £28, Pink Checkered Photo Frame, £22, Gren Check Rectangle Photo Frame, £16, rest of items from a selection, Rockett St George
Rockett St George Red and Pink Checkered Jar; Pink Checkered Photo Frame; Green Check Rectangle Photo Frame; rest of items from a selection (Rockett St George/PA)

When arranging flowers, she likes to create a greenery base using foliage such as ivy, moss, eucalyptus or fern, then adds focal flowers and filler flowers into the gaps – aiming for a dome shape.

Another way to boost your wellbeing – and colour code – is with funky photograph frames mounted with summer holiday snaps.

B&M Egg Chair, £200, rest of items from a selection, B&M in-store
B&M Siena Hanging Egg Chair (B&M/PA)

If you’re looking to do something larger and more impressive, Alli suggests creating a cosy reading nook; or transforming your office space with Seventies-inspired furniture shaping.

And who can resist a rattan weave retro style egg chair to chill out in?

Switch to vivacious colours

YesColours Fresh Peach Paint, £21, 1 Litre (Matt), YesColours
YesColours Fresh Peach Paint, 1 Litre (Matt) (YesColours/PA)

Think peachy tones and luminous apricot paint finishes – refreshing hues which Alli says awake the senses.

Habitat Erin Rattan Garden Chair – Natural, £160, Habitat
Habitat Erin Rattan Garden Chair in Natural (Habitat/PA)

“While it may not be the obvious choice for everyone, when paired with the right grounding pieces of furniture such as a bouclé or rattan accent armchair, it makes your interior feel contemporary and alive.”

Lime Green Squiggly Mirror, £65, Rose & Grey
Rose & Grey Lime Green Squiggly Mirror (Rose & Grey/PA)

Take this a step further by complementing your design with an irregularly shaped mirror. “Balancing the straight lines of contemporary furniture with the rounded nature of accent pieces will draw attention to their detailed design and create contrast,” adds Alli.

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