Regardless of the actual weather outside, it’s nice to be able to carry seasonal distinctions through your decor scheme???especially during the summer months when you can make the most of extra light for a truly fresh feel…
Needless to say, not all of us have the time or money for a complete seasonal overhaul, but a few summer brights and well-placed touches can make a surprisingly big impression. Follow the lead of designer Sandrine Ziegler-Munck and her fabulous French home for’some colourful summer living-space?updates under €30.
1. A colour-pop cushion.?Vibrant textiles are the quickest and easiest way to add a touch of va-va-voom?to your home’s look – Sandrine has used?bright sofa cushions from her own label,?La Cerise sur le G?teau, as well as indigo cushions by Merci. I?think this white and multicolour cushion from Ikea (?4.50) strikes just the right light-hearted note for an optimistic Irish summer.
2. Wonderful washi art.?Sandrine created her own graphic designs with pink masking tape throughout the house, as a way of breaking the classical code without changing classical features themselves. Washi tape is another fun, flexible means for those with a fear of commitment to put bare wall space to work in a new way; use varying patterns and widths to create a custom design if you’re arty, but even a simple neon stripe can revive a room. This set of three rolls of slim washi tape is €8.41 including shipping from Rhino and Roo on Etsy.
3. Perky paint.?If washi tape is too wishy-washy for you (ahem), a wide band of bright paint can add a more impactful element of fun that can still easily be painted over at a later date. Sandrine created contrast in her son’s bedroom with this cool acid-green stripe, which I’d personally love to copy in Annie Sloan’s English Yellow, €27.50 from Rua Dublin.
4. A cool candle. Candles may conjure up images of cosy winter evenings, but a combination of a clean scent and cool presentation can make them the perfect summer accessory, like this one moulded into the shape of a bottle with a brass lid that doubles as a flame snuffer (now reduced to €25.20 at Dust.ie).You hopefully shouldn’t need to light a fire too many times during?the’summer (hungover Sundays not included), but those lucky enough to have a fireplace needn’t leave it sitting empty for the duration – a collection of candles of different heights like Sandrine’s arrangement can add contemporary drama and give your living room a new look.
Photography Louis Lemaire Styling Kristel de Jong