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10 ways to introduce a sun-kissed interiors scheme to your home

Bring on summer brights, says Sam Wylie-Harris.


French Connection Velvet Sofabed in Zinc Luxe Velvet, DFS
Rainbow shades in the home celebrate summer (DFS/PA)

When you want to set the scene and lighten the mood with a fusion of colour, sometimes the best approach is to fill the home with bold furnishings and a nod to dopamine décor.


After all, vivid hues – from lipstick pinks to brilliant blues, to clashing patterns – evoke thoughts of carefree, lazy days of summer, and inspire a happy go lucky vibe.


Here’s what’s vying for attention on our vivid palette…


1. Donna Wilson Ceramics & Tableware, Bouquet Garni Dinner Plate (top right), £38, Spring Oak Platter (top centre), £75, rest of items from a selection


Donna Wilson Ceramics & Tableware, Bouquet Garni Dinner Plate (top right), Spring Oak Platter (top centre), rest of items from a selection, Donna Wilson
(Donna Wilson/PA)

In the mood for tablescaping and styling some food theatre? The more the merrier with these hand-painted plates inspired by wild flowers and herbs – garnish with bell peppers and pomegranate seeds for maximum impact.


2. Enamel Mug & Coaster Set, £26.10 (x 2), Enamel Happy


Enamel Mug & Coaster Set, Enamel Happy
(Enamel Happy/PA)

With festival season in full swing, this lightweight enamel mug in rose pink has glamping written all over it.


3. Never Regretti Spaghetti Framed Wall Art, £49.50, rest of items from a selection, Oliver Bonas


Never Regretti Spaghetti Framed Wall Art, rest of items from a selection, Oliver Bonas
(Oliver Bonas/PA)

Eye-catching and playful, this funky wall art proffers just the right combination of inspiration and creative vision.


4. Fine China Wallpaper – Blue & White – Brand McKenzie, £185 per roll, Lime Lace


Fine China Wallpaper – Blue & White – Brand McKenzie, Lime Lace
(Lime Lace/PA)

A feature wall with all the trimmings… enhance a kitchen corner or dining area with these eccentric characters sporting their best attire! Especially if you’re after some wow factor with a VIP guest list – come dine with me.


5. Floral Vivid Vase Reversible Cushion, £28, Elegant Embroidery Reversible Cushion (behind), £35, Joe Browns


Floral Vivid Vase Reversible Cushion, Elegant Embroidery Reversible Cushion (behind), Joe Browns
(Joe Browns/PA)

Scatter cushions are a designer’s secret weapon and these bold patterns love to play up a neutral chair.


6. Wiggle Side Table, £55, Next


Wiggle Side Table, Next
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Curvaceous and ever so cute, this wiggle shaped table brings colour and form to any space.


7. French Connection Velvet Sofabed in Zinc Luxe Velvet, £1,599, DFS


French Connection Velvet Sofabed in Zinc Luxe Velvet, DFS
(DFS/PA)

If you’re feeling fearless, colour clashing and maximalism works like a dream for interiors, especially with striking seating. This plush velvet sofa with angled arms and generous sized, button-back cushions can be played up with an eclectic array of mosaic style prints to channel some global style.


8. Pink Washable Bettie Floral Rug, from £30 to £150, Next


Pink Washable Bettie Floral Rug, Next
(Next/PA)

Pretty as a picture, who wouldn’t want to pad around barefoot on these punchy petals?


9. Habitat 60 Lucinda Metal Garden Bench & Chair – Green & Blue, £185


Habitat 60 Lucinda Metal Garden Bench & Chair – Green & Blue, Habitat
(Habitat/PA)

Celebrating 60 Years of Design, Habitat’s collection of specially commissioned pieces includes this striking metal bench and chair with a lovely light and airy feel – and focal point for sun rooms or patios.


10. Hot Pink 100% Linen Duvet Cover, from £175 (Double), Hot Pink 100% Linen Housewife Pillowcase, £25, rest of items from a selection, Secret Linen Store


Hot Pink 100% Linen Duvet Cover, Hot Pink 100% Linen Housewife Pillowcase, rest of items from a selection, Secret Linen Store
(Secret Linen Store/PA)

When you’re ready to switch out summer whites and introduce something more exciting, this hot, fiery pink bedding packs in plenty of va-va-voom.

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