Short of actually getting yourself to a Greek island, nothing says summer like bringing into your own home the fresh blue-and-white colour scheme that’s associated with this corner of the Med. Obviously painting your Victorian semi white and adding a bright royal blue roof might be out of the question. But never mind because many great homewares brands have produced summer collections that perfectly conjure up the look. Crucially, these collections are full of pieces you can work easily – and temporarily if you wish – in the home. Think dip-dyed textiles, ceramics with a hand-painted effect and crisp white accessories set against all the blues from inky to indigo.
Summer dining table
It might sound over the top to view your dinner table as something to refresh with the seasons, and yet I’m going to suggest you do just that. While in winter my dinner party look is all about deep grey linens, black serving bowls and polished cutlery, in the summer I’m looking for something more fresh, light and well, holiday-feeling. Marks & Spencer http://www.marksandspencer.com/ sums up the look perfectly. The ratio of deep blue Ikat prints, turquoise accents and clear perfect white here is spot on and the pieces would work well on any table inside or out in the garden (sardines not essential).
Make a pattern clash
To work this trend in a less literal way – ie a bit less pure white-and-blue – I’m going to highlight one of my favourite tricks-of-the-trade, which is to throw a lot of different patterns together. Pattern clashing always brings a sort of authoritative ‘this looks off kilter, but I know what I’m doing’ effect to proceedings. An interiors trend forecaster I know who has impeccable taste, does this with real panache all over her home, from the table to the bed, and trust me that’s all the justification you need.
Debenhams http://www.debenhams.com/ brings a light, bright feel to the idea – the finely printed tablecloth setting a base tone of aqua, against which various different blues are layered on top, in contrasting geometric prints. Stick to similar prints for continuity – fine lined in this case – and go more-is-more for best results. A minimum of three patterns should do the trick.
Dipped and darker
A different spin now – the colour-dip look, which is a stronger more solid take on the theme. Tesco http://www.tesco.com/direct/ offers white crockery dipped in deep navy blue and suggests it alongside steel-blue glassware and accents of grey – the latter detail making this blue-and-white scheme a bit more Grimsby than Greece, but no worse off for it. Added bonus, the darker blues and greys here will be just as fitting come the winter months.
Complete the look: channel some Greek island style with rustic cottage-style doors in pure white. https://www.todd-doors.co.uk/internal-doors/purely-white/