Summer living rooms to lift your mood and instil a calm sensibility

Evoke the freshness and vitality of warm, heady summer days into your living room.

The beautiful blue skies and uplifting sunlight of summer can serve as inspiration to add bright colour to your home. Just one piece of furniture repainted or reupholstered in a vibrant shade could completely change the mood of your living room, giving it a more positive feel. Keep flooring neutral; bare floorboards, engineered wood or a pale carpet will work with any scheme and leave you plenty of breathing room to add a colourful rug or upholstery.

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A simple way to transform a cosy winter den into a summery sanctuary is to replace heavy fabrics, such as curtains. Voiles will let sunlight stream through your windows into your room, or, if you’d prefer more privacy at night, choose a roller blind that won’t block out any natural light when it’s rolled up during the day.

Using a muted palette of stone and pebble grey alongside natural textures that are reminiscent of the coast will instantly make a living room feel summer-ready. Distressed wooden furniture, wicker armchairs, jute baskets and seagrass accessories will all add that chilled-out seaside vibe.

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Fresh white walls are the epitome of summer style and will allow you to experiment with different colours and themes against a works-with-everything backdrop.

Browse through our gallery of summer living room ideas for inspiration and advice.

Easy living

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Easy living

Inspired by the timber-clad summerhouses of Scandinavia and New England, this relaxed decorating scheme, which echoes the delicate shades of nature, has been designed to blur the boundary between indoors and out. Get the look: Coco Globe coffee table, £498, Holly's House. CH25 chair in oiled oak and natural paper cord, £2,455.20, Carl Hansen & Son.

Pretty in pink

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Pretty in pink

Joyfulanduplifting,ourlonglove-affairwithstripeshasbeenreignitedthisseason, especiallywhenpairedwithspots. Softly striped sheers and a rug in a chalky pink palette harmoniously balance with the bolder circular designs of the rattan chair, table and floor light – all with fine black metal frames to keep the look light.


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Featuring beautifully crafted pieces with cleaner lines than their rustic cousins, this season's take on country style shows perennial favourites in an elegant new light For a pared-back scheme, upholstered furniture should have a simple silhouette and minimal detailing. To achieve this look, opt for a neat sofa in a plain linen with no buttoning, while loose covers can be made for existing armchairs. Hints of subtle pattern and colour can be introduced with soft furnishings.