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White coastal-inspired bedroom

Easy summer decorating ideas

This is the perfect time to update your rooms ready for the long, lazy days of summer ahead. Create bright and breezy rooms by decorating with white. For an elegant room, opt for crisp white soft furnishings and painted floorboards for a timeless feel.

White wooden shutters on windows and opulent silk cushions will add a chic look — and if you want to add impact in a white room, choose dark-wood or black furniture. Or why not add interest to a traditional white-painted hallway with decorative plaster sculptures and wall art?

Muted coastal colour schemes lend a restful look and are perfect for summer living rooms or bedrooms. Decorate using a palette of the palest pinks, stone, blue-grey and pale wood for walls and soft furnishings. Accessories in pastel shades, such as glazed ceramics, will lift this look.

Add summery colour with vibrant fabrics and don’t be afraid to have fun with pattern. You’ll find an abundance of bird and butterfly prints and country themes on modern fabrics - for a zesty summer look choose vibrant yellow orange white or blue colourways.

Alternatively go for art-inspired, painterly fabrics, such as a bold design used for upholstery on an armchair and matching footstool — such a simple way to bring your living room to life! If you love an eclectic look, then create your own homespun style with a colourful mix of bedlinen, quilts, throws, cushions and rugs to add a little personality.

If colour is not your thing, play it cool with monochrome. Layer pattern with smart lattice pattern wallpaper, or a black and white chest of drawers that will add a touch of hotel style to your interior. Or if all-monochrome is just too black and white for you, add orange as an accent colour, for example by adding a zesty orange trimming to Roman blinds or chair covers.

From colourful decorating ideas to homespun looks, be inspired by our gallery of these summer-style design ideas.

White coastal-inspired bedroom
For a timeless look that's perfect for summer, go for a coastal-inspired scheme. White shutters, crisp neutral bedlinen and painted floorboards evoke a feeling of lazy days and warm summer nights.

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