At long last, summer is now well and truly upon us, and we’re able to enjoy spending more time in the great outdoors, enjoying the sunshine, than we have all year. But at the end of a long day, those same eight hours of shut-eye are essential to feel rested and ready to face the next day – which means ensuring that your bedroom is a sanctuary you just can’t wait to retire to is just as important as ever.
If you’ve barely touched the aesthetics in the past year then now is the ideal time to change things up a bit for the new season, creating a lighter and brighter feel that is just perfect for this time of year.
Here, we take a look at some easy ways to inject a little bit of summer style and luxury into your bedroom – from changing up your colour palette to embracing the fruits of the season.
Pick a cool colour palette
Summer is all about creating a light, bright and airy feel, which means it’s time to wave goodbye to the rich hues we’ve been holding onto since the winter and lighten things up a bit. A cool colour palette is a simple way to achieve the desired effect, but you don’t have to stick to whites and creams alone. Cooler hues of blues and greens and blue-based greys can all work well, and will create a calming and relaxing environment and the perfect backdrop for your most luxurious summer bedroom yet.
Introduce pops of colour
While a cool backdrop is a great way to create a serene environment, summer is all about colour and fun. So, how do you find the balance between adding a bit of sunshine into your interior design efforts without spoiling your efforts so far?
Introducing pops of colour through some carefully chosen accessories is a great way to add an uplifting air to any bedroom space, always following the age-old mantra that less is more. As a general rule of thumb, you’re looking to create a room that is 75 percent neutral and 25 percent colour, so a bright photo frame or statement lamp, some vibrant throw pillows or bold statement chair are all great options that will add interest without creating overwhelm.
Makeover your bed
Given their large size, our beds are often the key focal point of any bedroom, so overhauling yours with a summer makeover is a quick and easy way to change up the feel of your room. Swap out all of your bedding for lighter-weight summer alternatives – cotton sheets, and a throw or coverlet instead of a bulky duvet will ensure that you can regulate your temperature while sleeping to ensure a good night’s shut-eye. Choosing the right materials is also important; opt for light and breathable natural textiles where possible.
When it comes to the aesthetics, investing in some new bedding sets and bed linen can also be a great way to change up the look of your room with minimal effort. Following the same theme, opt for light, cool-toned sheets, covers and pillow cases – then inject a little colour with some bright cushions or throw pillows and arrange carefully for maximum visual impact.
Bring the outdoors in
Nature is known to have a calming effect on our minds, and bringing some foliage and flowers into your bedroom is a great way to take advantage of these benefits while enhancing your aesthetics and purifying the air, too.
Placing a vase of freshly cut, seasonal flowers on your bedside or dressing table will instantly brighten things up, while picking out some large ceramic vases or pots for floor-standing plants will add interest. Worried you don’t have the green fingers needed to keep your plants alive? There are plenty of low-maintenance options to choose from that require little more than the occasional water.
Lighten up a bit
Summer is all about making the most of those bright mornings and longer, lighter evenings – and letting natural light fill your room is a surefire way to lift your mood. Replace heavy curtains and drapes with lightweight blinds or simple, unlined linen curtains and the morning light will wake you up naturally – no need for that much-hated alarm clock at this time of year.