Written by Sasha Henderson
The wonderful thing about summer colour is that the right tone can look good throughout the year. But only if you choose wisely. The more subtle shades, that will keep any interior looking cool and fresh in the summer, can be adapted to ensure optimal cosiness during the cool winter months; whilst brighter summer hues can ensure spirits are kept revived until spring arrives. The trick is to choose shades that will carry through into the colder seasons and last longer than most of the bolder trends.
While every season has its own colour palette for us to enjoy, summer definitely stands above the rest in terms of the sheer variety of shades and tones that we can choose from. Everything we bring into our homes gives us a chance to make a statement with colour and choice of shade can make a big difference in both large and small homes. Like most things in life, we often take our colour references from what is happening in the world around us – and as the seasons change, so does the outside palette, which invites us to do the same in our homes. As the clean, white Scandi trend becomes less popular, a whole new range of earthy, calming shades are rising in popularity, to become the new go-to neutrals.
This summer, these more subtle shades, inspired by nature, are top of everyone’s wish list.
Earthy, calming Terracotta
This is a wonderful colour for anyone wanting to embrace summer’s warmth. It’s earthy and welcoming and evokes a carefree, lazy Mediterranean homes and lifestyle. It looks best when paired with neutral toned furniture and accessories. Use it in larger rooms as it is a dominant shade, which would make a smaller room feel more enclosed.
Garden greens and browns
Green is a surprisingly versatile colour, that is able to work in most rooms – but the tone chosen is important. It looks good when paired with traditional neutrals or with bolder colours such as chocolate brown. A more muted green offers an earthy, colourful feel that adds depth and feeling to a room while still offering opportunities for a varied and interesting colour palette, that won’t overpower a space.
Desert sand and sun
Sandy neutrals and a desert hued palette aren’t as bold as terracotta, but are warm enough to stay tasteful all year round. It’s a sophisticated palette that works well when paired with darker toned accessories. Add in a splash of sky blue and it’s a match made in heaven – reminding you of beach holidays in the summer months, whilst giving the perfect blend of warmth and cold in the winter.
In addition, a brighter yellow, whilst not quite a neutral, is becoming more and more popular. It’s a sunny shade that puts a smile on your face, whilst making a statement in a room.
Whether channelling desert safaris or sandy beaches, these tones are very adaptable and can change in look and feel simply by changing the colour of the accessories you pair with it.
Summer flora and fauna
Plants and flowers are always a natural source of inspiration. This summer, think of the softer shades of pink and peach – particularly the elegant, subtle blush shades inspired by rambling roses, growing in hedgerows and gardens. These can give a room a warmth and depth that’s straight out of rustic, island living, but with a classic tone that works all year round. These muted blush colours work particularly well in bedrooms.
All these popular, new tones are colourful, without being too bright or brash. They are extremely multipurpose shades as they will carry throughout other, colder seasons. They exude an understated elegance in a new and sophisticated way. Whilst you can still love bolder, gelato shades, thanks to the ever-changing UK climate, these brighter tones aren’t always the most practical option for your walls. A cleverer way to feature the more dramatic sorbet colours is to add them as seasonal accessories or furniture instead.
Airlite offers a huge choice of colourways – to suit all styles and seasons.