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White Out - Summer Decorating Ideas For Your Home

I am a huge fan of all-white interiors whatever the season, but even committed colouristas should consider embracing the look for the high summer season. Light reflecting and visually fresh, white rooms really do help to keep you cool as temperatures rise.

Here’s a quick guide to getting the look without having to re-paint your walls.

  • Take down whatever you currently have at your window and hang up a length of white muslin instead.
  • Put your cushions away and chuck a white cotton throw over the sofa and armchairs.
  • Drape your kitchen table in a white linen cloth.
  • Create all-white displays on mantelpieces, window sills and sideboards. Everyday objects such as jugs, vases and bowls look great grouped together in oddly-numbered clusters. (I love Sophie Conran’s range of white china for its quirky, handmade feel.)
  • Introduce some white accent pieces. Rugs are a quick and easy way to change the look of a space – cotton is easy to clean and will add textural interest. (Alhambra Home stock traditional washable Andalucian rugs known as Jarapas). A piece or two of light-reflecting white furniture will also add a dose of summer cool. This Loopy coffee table from Purves & Purves is both beautiful in form and highly functional, and would look extremely chic pared with Vitra’s DAW Armchair, which is a re-edition of the legendary 1950s Eames classic.

And don’t forget the impact a decent lamp can have on a space. Summer days may be light, but a well-proportioned lamp is like a little piece of functional sculpture. Anglepoise do white versions of most of their range – my personal favourites are the Type 75 desk lamp in Jasmine White (£130), the Duo Maxi Pendant in Alpine White (£135) and, of course, the statement-making Giant 1227 in Alpine White or Pebble White. (£2,400)

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Words: Charlotte Abrahams, writer, curator and co-editor of the Selected Journal.

Images: Eames chairs from White China from Coffee table from


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