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.

See our Decorate with stripes – to smarten up a scheme

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.