It may be grey and dull out there, but there’s no reason this should be the case inside. There are so many things you can do to bring about a change and to make you feel as if summer has actually arrived.
I love interiors magazines and read them at every opportunity. I’m always picking up tips and so I thought I’d share a few…
The easiest, cheapest and, in some ways most striking, transformation can be made with paint. Yellow is huge this season and is, of course, the colour of sunshine. Team it with grey to create a mid-century vibe and you’ll be completely on-trend.
Wallpaper, too, is a great way of expressing yourself. I love patterns with impact, but this can be overpowering in a smaller room. While feature walls are a little passé, papering the inside of a cupboard or the gaps in some shelving can be really statement-making.
Less can most definitely be more when it comes to revamping a room. I like to begin by taking out absolutely everything apart from the heavier furniture. That way you have a blank canvass to begin with. Slowly layer with furniture, lamps and ornaments and you’ll end up with the perfect edit.
Add a floral touch. I cannot stress enough how plants and cut flowers bring a room to life. It’s not only their looks; the scent is enough to transport one to sunnier days.
Pictures make all the difference to a room. Of course, art can be expensive, but you can do it on a shoestring. For example, you can print off some lovely black and white pictures and frame them in junk shop finds and create a feature wall of your images. Charlie and I do this with pictures we have taken when on holiday and it makes our living room feel summery all year round and alive with cherished memories.
New cushions and throws offer a cheap way of adding a touch of summer. Cabbages and Roses sell a range of gorgeous shabby chic fabrics, many with summery floral prints that are perfect for this time of year.
Whatever you do, make sure you set aside enough time to enjoy the process. After all, if the weather keeps one indoors we should use the time productively.