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et the sun shine both inside your home If you really want to go the whole hog and give your home a
and out by giving your surroundings a dramatic seasonal makeover, use accent colours in other ways too.
seasonal kick-start during the relaxing Paint a chimney wall or give furniture a lighter lick of paint perhaps
summer months when hopefully the days are warmer as to match the tables and chairs in your garden.
well as longer. Accent colours are the key to adding a statement to a room
Summer is the time to expand your horizons and look to your without drowning the space, whatever the season. For instance,
garden for inspiration – whether you have a few acres, a terracotta during spring months the light flooding in our homes changes; we
pot-filled back yard or a simple, colourful window box. are venturing out of dark days into natural sunlight and no longer
Let your living spaces – the sitting room, dining room, kitchen rely on artificial light. This is the time to refresh or revamp our
and garden – be at peace with each other and give an airy interiors and a great opportunity to add spring fresh botanical
free-flow feeling from one room to the next through the power designs in bold colours such as lime, lemon and pink. Co-ordinate
of co-ordination. with neutral tones and mix in stronger colours, maybe dark green or
A simple and cost-effective way is to co-ordinate fabrics on brown to add depth.
garden seats, benches and tablecloths with your interior style Again, in the autumn the light changes and this is a time for
– use cushions both inside and out with similar fabrics. Bring your cosy thinking; take a look at your lighting and how lamps can add
garden into the home and take your home style outside. subtle warmth. Use luxurious throws on furniture and textured
On warm summer evenings, pre-dinner and after dinner drinks cushions in deeper tones. Carry this theme on through the cold
can be a delight in the garden – add a little cosiness and charm winter months.
later in the evening with candles, garden torches or a chiminea And don’t forget the power of mirrors – these can tease light
to take away any chilliness. around the room when used near a lamp or candles.
Jazz up your outside seating area by adding vases of flowers
to your table or pot plants in a striking planter. Mostofthefabricsphotographedinthisarticleeitherhavebeenorarestill
Accent colours are a fantastic way of co-ordinating, too. Go for availableatStanwayFabrics&Interiors.Theystockmanythousandsof
summery floral cushions in light fabrics such as silks or linens fabricsacrossabroadspectrumtogivehomesanewlook.
which look fantastic with pale-coloured upholstery. Thereareexperiencedexpertsonhandtohelpwithanythingfrom
Or for a more masculine look, choose designs with ferns or leaf choosingwindowdressingsandupholsteringfurnituretothesimplertouches
patterns teamed with stripes and deeper, heavier textures and suchaslamps,candlesandphotoframes.Theyalsohaveagiftshopwhich
colours on sofas and chairs. includesacomfortableseatedareatoenjoyteaandcoffee.
The likes of Zoffany, GP & J Baker, Colefax and Fowler and
Sanderson consistently bring out fabrics which are ideal for all of •StanwayFabrics&Interiors,ShiptonHallBarn,MuchWenlock,Shropshire.
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Previous page Warmsummerdaysprovidethechancetobringtheoutdoors
inwiththisperfectexampleoftheuseofnaturalplantlife,colourfulcushions
andfloralcurtains(Zaffina,fromWarwick).Above Thislarge,emphaticfloral
designwithneutralbackgroundworkstogreateffectontiebacksatthis
propertynearBridgnorth Left Bringingthegardenintothehome–creatinga
cool,freshfeel–isidealforconservatories,andevenkitchensandbathrooms.
CurtainsandcushioninWaterGarden,andthechairupholsteredinLinks,
bothbyZoffany.
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