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Summer decorating – ideas to refresh your home

Linwood's marketing director, John Smigielski, chats to our experts…

Summer decorating? Yes, we know one doesn’t suddenly start packing away everything in the same fashion as one’s woollies with the first rays of sunshine. Yet, as with the start of January when the idea of newness is in the air, summer provides the perfect opportunity for a little ‘nip and tuck’ of each room. Where to start though? Follow our decorating advice… as light-hearted and breezy as the summer months (hopefully) are… 


Floral curtains are the on-trend choice for every window

Belleville/Royal Garden/Linwood


When we look out to the garden and see roses, hydrangeas, and other classics, it really does lift the spirits. Fancy enjoying such an abundant display every day? Then consider floral curtains – they have moved up the style ranks in recent months and are now being seen in both contemporary and period homes. Just look at how this dining room’s scheme is enlivened with these colourful, patterned curtains. Featuring a display of blooms and birds, this design is English through and through. Other ideas to mull over, which are fresh, vibrant, and most importantly welcoming include:


Bamboo Garden/Linwood




Why every bedroom needs a statement headboard



Getting into bed at the end of the day is so much better if your bedroom feels joyful. One of the cleverest ways to add a burst of cheerful, summer fresh colour or pattern to your room is the addition of an upholstered headboard. It shows off fabric to its best as it offers a large expanse to highlight the beauty of your chosen design. For a classic feel, opt for this pretty trailing floral. Scatter even more blooms by adding cushions to your bed – pick a colour theme or stick to similar patterns but don’t be too rigid, the more relaxed the better. Our durable and stain-resistant velvet offer endless possibilities for any headboard. Two of current favourites are:

 Crystal Sunset/Linwood


Les Fauves/Linwood


The easy one… update your cushions



With so many designs available, this is one of the simplest ways to refresh your home. And rest assured, all of Linwood’s cushions tick the two most important boxes: they are made from soft, luxurious velvet and they measure a generous 50cm sq. If colour and pattern are your thing, consider our new Otto velvet cushions. With their classic carpet pattern and unexpected burst of colour on the back they will never fail to delight. When it comes to styling your sofa, choose your main design as the focus and combine with patterns and geometrics in varying proportion.




If you prefer something a little more restrained and you are good with a needle, then use of these designs to make your own cushions…






Sofa makeover made easy… the return of the slipcover


Until recently, we had forgotten how useful slipcovers for sofas are. However, we have noticed that more and more people are asking for slipcovers and no wonder… they allow you to ring the changes of the seasons; they are easy to clean compared to fixed cover sofas and it’s simple and relatively affordable to replace them. The sofa above is covered in Luna, which is our plain vintage-style fabric with a casual washed feel. There are 25 sophisticated colours to choose from, including Mineral (shown) to Blossom.  Two other collections to consider if you are in the market for the perfect, washable fabric for loose covers are:





Bring the tropics to your home… the new wallpapers



Hopefully we will be able to escape this summer to warmer pastures, but if we don’t make it consider bringing tropical wallpapers for your home instead. Our Kahanu wallpaper with its explosive mix of stunning palms and beautiful blooms is the ideal option. Use it to boost your mood and then simply lie back with a cocktail in hand and dream of paradise. Our wallpaper collection includes lots more bright tropical wallpaper designs that can thrive no matter the size of your room, or the style of your home. Here are two to inspire…


Jungle Rumble/Parrot/Linwood


Miji Wallpaper/Linwood

Pink… it’s the colour you’ve never thought about until now



No longer just for girls’ bedrooms, pink is having a moment. It’s such a sunny, fun colour and it because it pairs so easily with other hues, particularly grey and off-whites, making it one of the easiest colours to introduce it into your home. This sofa is covered in Verde, which is made from 80% recycled cotton. There are five pinks in the collection, ranging from Candy (shown) to punchy Orchid. If you are feeling brave, mix pink with red – it’s one of the most underrated colour combinations. Explore all our glorious pinks and you don’t have to keep it plain, we have so many interesting patterns…




L.A. Sunset


We didn’t want to burden you with too many home décor ideas but hopefully we’ve inspired you to bring a little ‘extra’ sunshine into your home over the coming months and beyond.