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Decorating Ideas and Inspiration for a Sophisticated Summer

Summer is here again. Can you believe it? 2016 has raced by and we’re all starting to think about how we’ll spend the holidays.

For those who prepared, it’s time to kick back and enjoy your well-deserved break. For some, this time of year might induce anxiety if your home isn’t quite ready for guests.

If you’re looking to impress and are stuck for colour inspiration, this year my palette is nude, sage, navy and hints of warm orange. It’s a mixture of cool and warm tones and a contemporary take on the traditional red and green; subtle, sophisticated and cool.

If you’re finding yourself in the unprepared category it might be time to shop around for some stylish homewares to update your home, and I’ll show you where to get them.

Sophisticated Summer: Decorating Ideas

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Entertaining

To me, summer is all about entertaining; late, warm nights and enjoying meals with good company. Forget eating off of plastic plates with matching cups. I know, it’s an easy option, but part of the fun is putting together a beautiful table for your friends and family.

Start by choosing the colours you’ll focus on. Go for a couple of main colours and choose varying tones. This way you’ll have a cohesive, well thought out table that doesn’t look like you’ve included everything from your kitchen cupboards.

Consider large serving plates mixed with smaller bowls and side plates in different shapes for interest. These salad servers by Kip and Co are absolutely perfect for mixing up your setting and will definitely be a talking point.

Fresh flowers and leaves always add the final touch and can help play in to your colour scheme and the style you are trying to achieve.

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The Guest Bedroom

This time of year marks the start of holidays for some, and that might mean that loved ones have decided to spend time at your home. Why not turn the guest bedroom into a retreat and have your guests leaving thinking they’ve just spent a night in a boutique hotel? It’s simple, really!

I’m not talking about a full summer renovation, because most people’s schedules are bursting at the seams already and it’s supposed to be a relaxing time. Work with the main pieces you already have like the bed. This is where the biggest impact will come from.

Creating a comfortable place for someone to rest is easy by layering textures and patterns. Again, using the method of a few main colours and then varying the tones, mix up your existing bed linen. My recommendation is this linen duvet from Cultiver. I love the pairing of sage, navy and nude.

Add in a textured throw, patterned cushions and some fresh flowers and you’ve created a 5 star guest suite that’s inviting and comfortable.

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Fresh Prints

A new year calls for new art, I say. Art is something so personal and has the ability to set the tone in a space. It’s all about what inspires you, and what will continue to inspire you into the new year.

Whether you’re handy with a paintbrush yourself, or prefer photographic prints, now’s the time to look at your walls to see where you can add some colour and excitement.

One of my favourite photographers is Brooke Holm, whose pastel landscapes intrigue and calm all at once. Go graphic and bold, or minimal and clean; art is rare in that there are absolutely no rules.

Sophisticated Summer: Shop the Look

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Brooke Holm Artwork | Hay Colour Plaid Scarf | Studio Twocan Vase

Criteria Casablanca Sofa | O-Tidy Tray

Kumiseva Cushion | Cultiver Bed Linen | Bam Bam Bowl

What’s your favourite colour palette going into summer? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Rory is a freelance stylist and interior designer who has styled some of Sydney's finest homes and assisted on a range of photo shoots for publications such as Vogue Living, Belle, Country Style, Real Living and Inside Out. Follow his journey on Instagram Instagram here

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