Give your home a summer makeover with these easy ways to make yourself and your interiors feel instantly lighter and brighter, says home editor Jo Caulkett
Move your dining table close to a window to let in plenty of light, so you can enjoy the feeling of eating in the open air even on rainy days.
Add fresh flowers to your table and dot leafy plants around the dining area to conjure up the lush greenery of a Mediterranean terrace.
Keep accessories simple – from clear glass vases and cake stands to plain white table linen – for a light, natural feel.
Bring nature-inspired designs into your home with patterned crockery and cushions. Nothing says summer like birdsong and flowers in full bloom – try the Rosalie or Spring Bloom ranges pictured here for a fresh, seasonal look.
Mix up your existing crockery with a few pretty plates, side plates or bowls. They’ll make an eye-catching talking point for coffee and cake or afternoon tea with friends.
Make a feature of your patterned plates – if you’re feeling creative, pick your favourites in complementary colours and arrange them into a wall display where you can enjoy them every day.
Choose light bedding so you can sleep well in warmer weather. A 4.5 tog duvet should feel comfortable for summer – or try one of our UK-made Comfortably Cool duvets, specially designed to help regulate body temperature.
Refresh your bed linen with a cool cotton set in fresh white or subtle pastels for a light, airy look that will give your bedroom decor a new lease of life. Keep a delicate throw on hand for cooler nights.
Replace thick curtains with sheer options to let light flood in and transform the look of your whole room. If you prefer a darker sleeping space, try this idea in your living area instead.