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.
See our decorating section for more inspirational ideas and advice
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.
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.
From seagrass and bamboo to rattan and cane, natural woven textures are ideal for bringing interiors to life during the summer months.
Washed linens and the eye-catching open design of the rattan sofa bring a relaxing mood to this inviting space, which is enhanced by unlined curtains that gently filter the sunlight.
Get the look: Sense sofa, £3,165, Cane Line. Percy armchair, £885, Pimpernel & Partners. Eleanor coffee table, £1,650, Benchmark.
A renewed interest in the artisan crafts of basketry, cane and wickerwork is now adding depth to interiors with refined pieces and surfaces inspired by rustic crafts – and just in time for summer.
This scheme offers a contemporary look with a relaxed, elegant feel. Delicate neutrals are a great foil for natural weaves. Adding colourful accents will prevent the overall look from appearing washed out. Layering cushions with different weaves in a toning palette with introduce a tactile element to a scheme.
Get the look: Hans J Wegner PP512 Folding chair, £4,527, Skandium
Bring the outdoors in this summer by introducing an abundance of verdant floral and fauna. The right plants can instantly turn a wintery scheme into a summer sanctuary. Aloe vera, hydrangeas, lily, thyme and figs all make an appearance in this light and airy scheme.
A fireplace filled with real and faux potted plants creates a verdant focal point, while the relaxed seating, including a hand-woven sofa designed for outdoor use, enhances the garden-like feel.
Breathing new life into the classic coastal look, this scheme features a breezy palette of blues, from soft shades of pale sky through to denim and Breton navy.
Opting for bold, block colour, such as azure, denim or sapphire, on upholstery and in rugs allows depth to be added with pattern.
Get the look: Duke side table in White, £149; Duke coffee table in Khaki Grey, £179; both Norrll.
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.
If space for a dedicated cocktail cabinet is out of the question, then a bijou bar trolley is just the ticket.
A trolley is ideal for summer entertaining and this rattan weave design has a smart rustic look.
Get the look: James trolley, €1,169, Loom Living at Sika Design.
A mixture of rustic touches and traditional elegance, of smart yet accessible design is so relevant to the way we live now, whether among rolling fields or in an urban landscape.
Combining antiques and family heirlooms with modern pieces is a good recipe in both town and country homes. Working with rustic and refined pieces, you can achieve a look that is both classical and modern. To give the scheme a summery feel, add plenty of fresh flowers and use light, linen to dress cushions and windows. This can be easily changed come winter.
Joyful and uplifting, our long love-affair with stripes has been reignited this season, especially when paired with spots.
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.
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.