Alfresco Indoors

This season, the key word on every designer’s lips is colour. Those two little syllables are splashed all over the latest collections in everything from Freshly Cut Grass Green and Swimming-Pool Blue. If you’re dreaming of lying in the sun and drinking Bloody Marys by the beach this summer, brighten up your home with some hot new furniture, and all thoughts of the sun, sea and sand will fade away faster than your tan.

My favourite way of drawing attention to the colour of your furniture is by keeping everything else simple and white. Minimal white walls, freshly painted white ceilings and faded floorboards are a perfect backdrop for showcasing some original pieces – and the look is such a classic that you’ll be topping up the white for years to come.

Use the blank canvas as a way to highlight your statement pieces – and don’t be afraid to bring in as much colour as you want. Sofapop do a mouth-watering collection of patterned sofas, and I love this lime green and white striped 2-seater.

The clean lines of the sofa make it stand out, and it would look deliciously summery with contrast-colour cushions. Add some quirky art print cushions for a fun, beach-house vibe

To brighten up a room, the furniture doesn’t have to be coloured. Keep the room simplistic and fresh with a white bookcase, but use this to fill up with your brightest, most impressive books. Stay away from the colour coordinated books your grandma might have owned in the 60s, and stock up your shelves with clashing book covers. Add unusual bookends for individuality, and if you’re too embarrassed to show off your trashier novels, use the shelf space for clocks and candles.

To inject some life into the bedroom (not like that), keep the theme intact with a white bed frame and some patterned duvet covers to make the room pop with colour. Experiment with wall art, and use the bedroom to hang up paintings previously relegated to the storeroom – if you don’t have any artwork, here’s a great excuse to start shopping for some. Think bold, bright and beach-house.

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To brighten up a room, the furniture doesn’t have to be coloured. Keep the room simplistic and fresh with a white bookcase, but use this to fill up with your brightest, most impressive books. Stay away from the colour coordinated books your grandma might have owned in the 60s, and stock up your shelves with clashing book covers. Add unusual bookends for individuality, and if you’re too embarrassed to show off your trashier novels, use the shelf space for clocks and candles.