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Styling Space for the Summer

This year’s blossom has come and gone, and Easter already feels like decades ago; spring has sprung and summer 2018 is nearly here! This means it’s time to dive into the latest trends for summer interior design, including gorgeous exotic prints and gelato pastels. While you enjoy the British sun (fingers crossed), leave it to idesign to take you through 2018’s must-have picks.

Water Inspired Interiors

We may be biased being in Devon, but our favourite thing about summer interior design is using the water to draw inspiration from.
Don’t think nautical stripes, shells and driftwood, think of dark, moody oceans; calm, Maldivian shorelines and even the murky waters of a Scottish loch.

We are currently loving Inchyra Blue by Farrow & Ball. A strong moody blue, perfect as a backdrop to a simple matte white kitchen.
Benjamin Moore paint is a lesser known brand but has an astonishing collection of colours including Aegean Teal, a soft teal which is so usable in any part of the home.

Pair with this reflective glass, (antique or imperfect is better) silk fabrics and unvarnished teak furniture.

Tropical Prints

Maximalist décor (think the opposite of minimalism) has been a huge trend this year, and we’re excited to see it continue in bright, summery patterns and exotic prints. It’s easy to add a splash of colour to a living room with patterned soft furnishings, jungle-inspired wall art or vibrant lampshades.


Summer interior design is all about nature, and beautiful plants and palms tie in beautifully with tropical themes. Contrast neutral colour schemes with some bright foliage for a modern look that instantly livens up any space. We love the air plant trend because they’re easy to keep alive, and they thrive in a variety of places. Cacti and succulents are another great option for the less experienced gardeners among us!

Ice Cream Colours

Pastel pinks and mint greens are a huge trend in 2018’s summer interior design. Mixing an assortment of block colours can give a light, fresh look to any space, and it’s a really fun way of changing up your décor. If you’re not ready to commit to pink tables and chairs, invest in some pastel tableware and you’re ready for summer!


Above all, summer interior design revolves around light, clean and airy spaces. Any of these trends should be incorporated into a room that is well lit and clear of clutter, so make the most of that spring clean, open those windows and doors and revamp your home for summer.

For more hints and tips, make sure to follow our blog posts as we explore more of 2018’s offerings.