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Transition from spring to summer: 10 summer home trends for 2024

Interiors expert, Rhoda Parry, reveals the hero interiors' styles right for this season...and the next
Transition from spring to summer: 10 summer home trends for 2024

Want to know the easy home decor wins for Summer 2024? The shift to warm and sunny days is good for our souls…and the way we live. It’s the opportunity to explore the latest summer home trends, look afresh at our personal interior design ethos and commit to updates and refurbishments that will guarantee an optimistic and fashionable home life (Balvenie shown).


‘I love switching things up as the season changes,’ says Interior designer Uns Hobbs, who describes her projects as ‘timeless elegance with playful charm’. ‘In the winter you want to hunker down; be warm and cosy. As summer comes, you need something that’s more invigorating. It’s actually the small changes that make a big difference. A new cushion, for instance, feels fresh and uplifting.’


Read on for our edit of summer home trends. They’re guaranteed to inject hero style into your home… and, more importantly, will last more than a season.



Playful pastels


Linwood Fabric | Omega Prints II | Crystal | Sunset


Peach, lilac, sage, plaster pink are the ‘It’ Interior Colour Trends for 2024. This season’s pastels are spirited, punchy and feel way more grown up. Be wary of going solo with these colours. Instead combine with each other for sure-fire sophistication, as shown in the Omega Prints II Crystal velvet above. Upholster an occasional chair or a kitchen banquette in a multi-coloured block pattern and then tease out the colour combination across walls and accessories. ‘The change of weather makes you want to have brighter colours,’ says Uns Hobbs. ‘I recently designed a conservatory with oranges, blues and greens and it’s really uplifting. These colours wow you because they are invigorating.’


Design by nature


Linwood Fabric | Omega Prints | English Oak | Cornflower


Steal your style inspiration from the world of botany and you can’t go wrong. Intricate tree motifs, such as English Oak Cornflower (seen here on a striking upholstered sofa), artistic florals, or trailing botanicals are top home trends in 2024. For a summer refresh that’s budget-friendly and beautiful, Uns Hobbs recommends Relaxed blinds (similar to a Roman blind except that the centre of the blind gently swags). ‘They create a cute scrunch of pattern at a window,’ she says. ‘A kitchen, for example, that often feels quite utilitarian can be softened with a romantic floral Relaxed blind.’ Uns recently chose Albertine Summer Rose for exactly this purpose.


 Throwback designs


Linwood Fabric | Wallpaper | Off Piste | Alpine


Retro designs reminiscent of times gone by are big news right now. Sentimental and wistful wallpapers are a quick and fairly easy way to bring story-telling visual interest to humdrum spaces. Try a mid century design, such as the 1950s wallpaper Off Piste Alpine (shown), in a children’s room, boot room or downstairs loo as a decorative conversation starter.


Swap in retro and vintage pieces, like a coffee table, for a summer-fresh feel. ‘You can also update existing furniture with a fabric summer skirt topped with a piece of glass – maybe something Oriental that reminds me of holidays in Thailand. Linwood does some lovely Chinoiserie type fabrics,’ says Uns Hobbs.



Bold textiles


Linwood Fabric | Small Prints II | Big Top


Stylised fabric designs have the guaranteed ability to energise neutral backdrops. Conceptual and expressive, they make clever use of shape and form to boost visual excitement and create an inviting atmosphere. Search for fabrics with free flowing movement, such as Big Top Dominoes with Big Top Snakes & Ladders (shown). Mix two colourways of the same design for a double-sided effect on drapes or a scatter of cushions. ‘Door curtains are a good way to add fabric to a functional space,’ says Uns Hobbs. ‘It’s easy to be brave on a door curtain. You can change a hallway from being just a walkway to one with warmth and colour with a bold textile.’


Quiet luxury


Linwood Fabric | Elba | Dove


Dressing down for the summer never looked so good. Simplicity is the key to this ongoing decorating trend that eschews visual noise and keeps things cool as temperatures rise. Mix varying degrees of a warm neutral palette – from Elba Dove (shown) through to beige and earthy tones. To achieve a luxurious feel with this minimalist design approach, select only the purest materials and highest-quality pieces, such as slubby linens, fine wools, polished stones and artisan-made wooden furniture. Beware of the look becoming too bland. ‘I always encourage my clients to have a little bit of colour even if they want muted,’ advises Uns Hobbs.


Coastal atmosphere

Linwood Fabric | Omega Prints | The Wave | Mauve


Sophisticated seascape motifs herald an ultra decorative approach to coastal style. Undulating waves (The Wave Mauve shown), mesmerising corals and intricate shells in elegant colourways, such as aqua, purple and mineral blues, feel elegant, upmarket and will flex year-round. A classic stripe makes a good companion to these designs to create balance and harmony. Pop a wide stripe cushion onto chairs indoors or out, or revamp a table lamp with a jaunty shade. ‘I like to use Imgoen Pope for unique frilled lampshade designs and Alice Palmer for box pleated shades,’ says Uns Hobbs.


Sustainable approach

Linwood Fabric | Omega III | Lawn



Eco-friendly décor choices continue to be at the top of the interior design conversation. It’s an under-rated fact that reupholstering or adding loose covers to existing pieces of furniture will transform a piece from old to new. ‘It’s good for the environment and a client’s budget,’ says Uns Hobbs. Seek out high-quality sustainable fabrics, such as recycled wool, cotton woven from fashion offcuts and naturally-grown materials like linen. Linwood’s eco velvets, such as Omega Lawn (shown), are made with 60% recycled polyester and have a soft and luxurious handle that is stain resistant, fully washable – just right for late summer decorating.


Geometric patterns

Linwood Fabric | Tango Weaves II | Wiggle | Emerald



Geometric shapes are a light-hearted way to introduce a change of pace in a room’s rhythm. Repeating lines, circles and free flowing forms create dynamism and appear subtle or powerful depending on the scale. Use zig zags, spots, checks or the wavy Wiggle Emerald (shown) to give a standout silhouette to a stuffy chair, or saturate dull walls with movement using an idiosyncratic wallpaper, such as Helter Skelter Sage. In a recent Cotswolds cottage project, Uns Hobbs chose the block-printed geometric, Khiva Rose, for a matching headboard and bed skirt to bring a soft and romantic feel to a bedroom in the eaves.


Colour drenching


Linwood Fabric | Sienna | Fjord


If you’re fearful of colour combining, then consider using just one shade to wrap a room. Known as colour drenching, this here-to-stay decorating approach is all about taking one shade from ceiling to floor, including woodwork and soft furnishings. By creating cocoons of colour, you’ll feel enveloped, calmed and comforted. The secret to getting this look right? Textures add depth, so be sure to sit smooth alongside nubbly on all the room’s touchpoints in order to enhance dimensions. For instance, a matt paint on ceilings and walls, a bouclé fabric, such as Sienna Fjord (shown) on soft furnishing and a tufted carpet underfoot.


Natural materials

Linwood Fabric | Ashfield II | Shamrock



The tried-and-tested interior design recipe for the ‘Modern Country’ look is organic fabrics, pale and painted woods and woven flooring. No effort required! Look to 100% pure linen with its soft and tumbled appeal as your starting point for a relaxed scheme refresh. Loose covers in soft shapes, easy-on-the-eye blinds and frilled and scallop-edged cushions are your go-to soft furnishings for a style statement that gets even better with age. Charming florals and small-scale geometrics (Ashfield Shamrock shown) work amiably alongside each other. ‘I like to layer a small print with a larger print,’ says Uns Hobbs. ‘It’s all about balance. But often some of the most successful schemes are the ones where you just put together the things you love.’


We hope you’ve enjoyed this roundup of what’s new in summer home trends for 2024. At Linwood, we believe in timeless interiors so these ideas for fabrics, wallpapers and soft furnishings keep you on top of what’s in vogue while also ensuring that they’re not going to be out of favour any time soon. Head over to the website to start developing how to put your own stamp on your home this summer.