For instance, you can usher in a touch of the English country garden by changing heavy curtains to lightweight lengths in gentle washes of colour, and trading dark bed linen for bright petal prints teamed with crisp white.
Hang Anthropologie’s tranquil sky blue fine cotton lengths at the window, or choose Bluebell Gray’s luscious double-width sheers in a rainbow wildflower print, and overlay with linen fabric panels scattered with giant roses, lavender sprays and foxgloves. The same company’s white cotton sateen bed linen, Taransay, is liberally splashed with summer blooms in violet and peony pink.
For a fresh, zesty palette of turquoise, lime and leaf on a white background, choose Designers Guild’s Willow Acacia bed linen, but if plain appeals, dress the bed in Anthropologie’s Portuguese soft-washed linens of either coral or palest aqua. You could still use ubiquitous white sheets, but add a summer-bright layer with Designers Guild’s luxurious quilted silk coverlet and pillow covers in a ravishing delphinium blue.
Nothing says summer quite like a large glass vase filled with fresh and fragrant flowers, but you can deceive the eye — and your nose — by displaying realistic fake sweet pea sprays from John Lewis that will last a lot longer than the real thing, and by spritzing them — and the bed linen, too — with Fragonard’s Pois de Senteur fragrance, now starring at Marks & Spencer.
You could create an atmospheric colonial feel with dark wood garden furniture that will also give you more storage and seating. A folding chair takes up little space and OKA’s Carisbrooke café chair, with slatted wood seat and arched metal back, just needs a casual throw or cushion to give it bedroom status — consider Zara Home’s mohair throws in watercolour shades, or a stack of Sarah Campbell’s glorious flora and fauna cushions in vibrant colours that look positively hand-painted.
Barlow Tyrie’s Savannah ottoman has a deep base of chocolate synthetic weave, with a vanilla canvas cushion seat, that could double as a table. Indian Ocean’s Pimlico footstool/coffee table on a teak base proves its versatility as a low end-of bed table, as does the slimline Pimlico two-seater. All of these can be left in the garden year round so when summer ends, they can brighten up your outside space.
If you long for the beach at Biarritz but just can’t get away, give your bedroom a seaside vibe for summer with OKA’s beach-house bedroom accessories. The fabulous Tracery table lamp’s brass base resembling branched coral doubles as a leafless tree in winter. And in a dark, masculine bedroom, the rectangular Trevarno mirror with distressed white window framing will add a bright touch.
Nordic House has a great range of lamps and lanterns with a summery, coastal look, and its whitewashed bamboo baskets are perfect for storing treasures. Throw down the Plantation Rug Co’s sea-blue and white-patterned bamboo silk rug, from Heal’s, and for a finishing touch, display a large vase of silvery blue eryngium — sea holly — that will dry beautifully, delighting the eye right through summer and beyond.
SUMMER BEDROOM SOURCEBOOK
- Bluebell Gray sheers, linen panels and bed linen: bluebellgray.co.uk
- Designers Guild Willow A cacia bed linen and Chenevard quilts: designersguild.com
- Anthropologie soft-washed bed linen: anthropologie.com
- Fake sweet pea sprays: johnlewis.com
- Fragonard Sweet pea, Jasmine E au de Toilette: marksandspencer.com
- OKA Carisbrooke cafe chair, Tracery table lamp and Trevarno mirror: okadirect.com
- Zara Home mohair throws: zarahome.com
- Sarah Campbell cotton canvas cushions: sarahcampbelldesigns.com
- Barlow Tyrie Savannah ottoman: to order at clifton.co.uk
- Indian Ocean Pimlico woven cord and teak furniture: indian-ocean.co.uk
- Nordic House hurricane lamps and lanterns: nordichouse.co.uk
- Plantation Rug Co Hever rug: heals.co.uk