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You can never have enough plant life, and with a fantastic selection of lifelike silk flowers on offer you don’t need to worry about frequently replenishing your vases.

Festival Fever: Bring that Summer Feeling into your Home

Expert interior designer Amanda Hanley gives her top tips on how to bring your home to life with the summer’s vibrant festival style


"A big, bold print will go better in a large room, as a small detailed pattern can easily be lost."

Summer is in full swing and that means festival season!

 

Even if you don’t fancy donning your wellies and facing the crowds for any of this year’s big events, you can still get plenty of creative inspiration from the best parts of a festival to create a stylish home interior.

Let the sunshine in

The best way to start the design process is to throw open all your windows and doors and let the fresh air in. Summer music festivals are all about being outside and enjoying nature, so bring the outdoors, and the sunshine in.

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Festivals are usually abundant with greenery (alongside the mud) and summer is the perfect time to fill your house with fresh flowers and plants. Cacti and succulents are particularly popular at the moment and work very well with a festival-inspired interior. You can never have enough plant life, and with a fantastic selection of lifelike silk flowers on offer you don’t need to worry about frequently replenishing your vases.

Bold and bright colours

Add bright splashes of colour in curtains, accessories and furniture to create a wow factor. Perfectly mixed prints are still very much on trend with bold, patterned interiors causing a storm. Fabric offers an opportunity to reflect the season and design trends whilst adding personality and warmth. Make a feature of your furniture with colour, patterns and texture. We always recommend customers think about colour first when selecting fabric; colour preferences are very subjective, so choose the colours you love to show off your personal style.

You should also consider the size of the pattern and the impact it will have on the room. A big, bold print will go better in a large room, as a small detailed pattern can easily be lost. Delicate designs are more suited to smaller rooms where they can shine.

It really helps to get a large fabric sample and position it in different areas of your room. Spend some time with your different cuttings, take into account the other furniture and furnishings you have in your space to ensure they are working together harmoniously. You will find a fantastic selection of stunning fabrics from brands such as GP & J Baker, Mulberry Home, Titley and Marr, Designers Guild, Thibaut, Wind and Lewis & Wood.

All the fun of the fair

A colourful statement wall is one of the quickest and most cost effective ways to completely change the look of a room. You can take elements of festival culture, like the iconic Ferris wheel and bunting, to recreate the spirit of the season.

Add quirky touches

There are plenty of festival-inspired accessories and textures to tempt you, from cowhide rugs, leather, wood, and lace, to dream catchers and spiritual emblems.

If you are looking for more practical pieces to complement and update your home décor, think about tableware to revitalise the most popular rooms in your home.

Natural textures and designs

Festivals always offer fantastic chill out areas to lounge and socialise. Think about filling your sofas and chairs with cushions and throws swathed with bright, patterned accents – vivid floral designs complement on-trend geometric patterns to create a stunning living area that guests will want to enjoy all summer long.

- Amanda Hanley

 

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