Sneak preview: our lust list for summer
Here comes summer… and with it a whole host of sun-drenched newness, including colour-saturated patterns, burnished brass and artisan-inspired ceramics
1. Treats for the table
From vibrant blue glazes with ikat and batik designs to Mediterranean-style fruit and leaf patterns and eye-catching cutlery, the latest tableware oozes glamour.
Choose richly patterned pieces to add a fresh new look to current crockery or a coordinating collection of indigo-flecked plates and bowls to create your own mix and match look.
Don’t forget about flatware either – proving that there’s no need to stick to the silvery norm, this striking copper cutlery set is ideal for dressing up the simplest setting.
2. The shape of things to come
Whether it’s cutwork or beautifully notched details, texture is key this season and there’s no easier way into the trend than with carved wooden pieces. Simple enough to ease into an existing scheme, these versatile accessories work well in any room, from the bedroom to the living room and everywhere in between.
3. Lanterns and lighting
The days might be longer but the latest lanterns and tealight holders will make you long for dusk so the gentle flicker of candlelight can turn them into even more of an attractive feature.
Ideal for dotting around to brighten up a dark corner or add a dash of luxury, you can even hang lanterns from the ceiling for an authentic souk-style vibe.
4. For memorable memos
Swap scraps of paper for pretty notebooks galore – these patterned versions are perfect for jotting down thoughts, for craft or renovation projects or to make doing homework that little bit more sophisticated. Treat your handbag to a pocket-sized notebook or supersize the style with an oversized exercise book.
5. Walls with wow
Ceramic tiles are having a huge comeback but the newest designs are cool and chic rather than chintzy.
Choose hand-painted tiles that channel a timeless Moroccan feel and use them to give any space a decorative touch by hanging them on the wall.
6. Add visual texture
Introducing print and pattern to your home is easier than you think – start with key pieces in a similar colour palette and layer up. Bedrooms are a good place to experiment, allowing you to draw attention to your bed with on-trend patterned linen and a soft knitted throw, great for staying snug during cool nights. Try placing a complementary vase filled with fresh flowers by the bed as a final touch.
7. Finish with a flourish
Summer’s cushions come packed with personality in the form of embellishments, delicate beading, embroidery and even corner tassels. Scatter on a sofa for an express route to the heart of Morocco or give an armchair or bedroom a splash of the exotic with one or two of your favourite designs.