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Summer bedroom with nautical theme, wooden shutters and sisal bed

Taste of summer

To achieve a bedroom décor with a summer feel, it's good to strive for a feeling of bright airiness. One of the key factors when deciding how best to create this look is to think about the size of the space that is being decorated.

A feeling of space in a box room can be created by painting the walls a fresh white, accessorised with bedding in nautical stripes for a coastal theme - team with a neutral roller blind and white wooden furniture. For a larger bedroom with bigger windows, fold-back shutters are a fantastic way to make the most of the window space and allow daylight to flood into the room. White painted floors will also reflect light into the room, a feature that contrasts beautifully with dark-wood furniture, adding a real colonial-feel to the space. 

Another good way to add a summer feel to a bedroom is to add a floral motif. It can be stencilled onto a wall or a plain wardrobe and injects a real sense of summer brightness, ideal for a children's bedroom.

Bright colour is also a fantastic way to bring summer into the bedroom. A bold patchwork bedspread is an easy way to update the room and the moment autumn dawns it can be switched for a more muted option. Bold floral wallpaper is another great way of introducing summer into the room, as a feature wall or or on all four walls.

Pastel tones add a relaxed shabby-chic feel to a bedroom, perfect for a summer's day. The ice-cream shades of mint green, duck-egg blue and pastel pink work perfectly for wall colours or with scatter cushions and throws. This is perfectly complemented by a four-poster bed with fresh white embroidered bed linen married with a vintage-style bedroom lamp. Finish off this summer-bedroom look with natural floorboards and a simple sisal rug.

Create a nautical look
Simple blue and white stripes combined with white wood panelled walls and a sisal rug creates a classic coastal feel.

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Photograph by Simon Scarboro