We can’t always count on the British weather to provide us with the perfect summer. Dreary days and seemingly non-stop drizzle are part and parcel of our quintessential summer season and there’s nothing we can do about it. However, just because it doesn’t always feel like summer outside, it doesn’t mean it can’t feel like summer inside!
The bedroom is the ideal living space to revamp for the summer months. It’s the primary room for relaxation and the first view we process when we wake up each morning. Hence the bedroom is key to how we feel about starting the day. So prepare to feel motivated and inspired with a few of our tips to help you transform your bedroom into your own little oasis and minimise those British summer blues…
White walls not only brighten a room and make it seem more spacious, they also provide the perfect blank canvas. With white walls you are free to get as creative as you want with wall art, soft furnishings and decorative accessories. You can then change your complementing colours as often as you like without having to fully redecorate. In the summer white is the perfect backdrop for bright sunny colours. The combination of coloured walls and additional bright summer shades may well be too much, but with plain white walls, your bedroom décor can be easily changed to suit each season. For maximum effect, pair with our white gloss fitted furniture, which will reflect light around the room, creating an air of spaciousness and a continental vibe; perfect for when the weather is settled on grey!
Zesty shades of orange, lime and yellow are perfect for truly bringing the sunshine indoors. If you choose a bright wall colour, then carefully select cushions, rugs and other accessories in the same tone, and go for crisp white bedding and a light organza window treatment to avoid overkill. White matt bespoke furniture will work well with these décor choices, especially if you’d like to incorporate a window seat into your room design, where you can relax and enjoy the delights of your garden. A window seat is also ideal if extra storage is required – providing generous space for bulky items such as blankets or towels.
Often the interior design themes of choice for holiday property owners in the UK, nautical or coastal themes are a great way of bringing those summer vibes into your home. If you’ve opted for the white walls and sleek white furniture, then you’re already halfway there. Introduce some crisp blues and some soft sandy shades with carefully chosen soft furnishings. Blue and white striped bedding, soft blue throw pillows and sea-themed accessories will certainly make you feel like you’re on a summer holiday by the sea.
As the nights get warmer, a heavy duvet no longer provides the comfort that it does during the winter. Temperature makes a significant difference to sleep quality so it’s essential that you get this right. The best way to do so is by layering different types of bedding. Opt for crisp cotton sheets which are breathable and will prevent you from getting too hot. Top this with blankets of different thicknesses so you can swap and change depending on the weather. A thick throw folded over the end of the bed will come in handy should some nights be chillier than expected.
Flowers and plants not only make attractive decorative accessories for any room, but they also make you feel like you are connected to nature and the outdoors. Large florals are de rigeur this season, so how about a contemporary statement wall? If you’re thinking of acquiring new furniture, choose a wood-grain finish which will look striking teamed with a large luscious house plant. Large leafed green plants are a simple and inexpensive way to create a summer bedroom and they will help keep the air clean, promoting peaceful sleep too.
If you’d like Hartleys to help you create your perfect summer sleep space, then we’d love to hear from you. From gleaming white gloss to rich dark wood-grains and everything in-between, come and visit our Yorkshire showroom. You can see our factory in action too. Contact us on 01756 700471 to make an appointment or complete our simple form to request a design visit to your home.