Summer bedrooms

Give your your bedroom a summer update from coastal whites to nautical stripes

To achieve a bedroom décor with a summer feel, it's good to strive for a feeling of bright airiness. One of the key factors when deciding how best to create this look is to think about the size of the space that is being decorated.

A feeling of space in a box room can be created by painting the walls a fresh white, accessorised with bedding in nautical stripes for a coastal theme - team with a neutral roller blind and white wooden furniture. For a larger bedroom with bigger windows, fold-back shutters are a fantastic way to make the most of the window space and allow daylight to flood into the room. White painted floors will also reflect light into the room, a feature that contrasts beautifully with dark-wood furniture, adding a real colonial-feel to the space.

Another good way to add a summer feel to a bedroom is to add a floral motif. It can be stencilled onto a wall or a plain wardrobe and injects a real sense of summer brightness, ideal for a children's bedroom.

Bright colour is also a fantastic way to bring summer into the bedroom. A bold patchwork bedspread is an easy way to update the room and the moment autumn dawns it can be switched for a more muted option. Bold floral wallpaper is another great way of introducing summer into the room, as a feature wall or or on all four walls.

Pastel tones add a relaxed shabby-chic feel to a bedroom, perfect for a summer's day. The ice-cream shades of mint green, duck-egg blue and pastel pink work perfectly for wall colours or with scatter cushions and throws. This is perfectly complemented by a four-poster bed with fresh white embroidered bed linen married with a vintage-style bedroom lamp. Finish off this summer-bedroom look with natural floorboards and a simple sisal rug.

1/20 Create a nautical look

summer bedroom with nautical theme wooden shutters and sisal bed

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Scarboro)

Simple blue and white stripes combined with white wood panelled walls and a sisal rug creates a classic coastal feel.

Similar shutters

Shutterly Fabulous

Similar rug

The Natural Rug Store

2/20 Be inspired by the seaside

summer bedroom with floral bedding and four poster bed

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mick Frangou)

As a pretty alternative to classic blue, red also works well combined with a coastal white scheme in a bedroom. Here, a coral bedspread thrown over striped blue bed linen evokes a distinctively seaside feel.

Find similar coral fabric at Lee Jofa

3/20 Use bold wallpaper

summer bedroom with four poster bed and patterned bold wallpaper

(Image credit: Future PLC/Tim Young)

Here, a semi-transparent fabric hanging over the bed combined with brightly coloured patterned wallpaper demonstrates that creating a summery feel in a child's bedroom can involve more than plain white walls.

Find similar canopy fabric at Voyage Decoration and a similar blanket at Melin Tregwynt

4/20 Maximise natural light

summer bedroom with colonial style dark wood bed with wooden shutters

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Brittain)

White painted wooden flooring along with white shutters and bedlinen creates a colonial feel, while dark wooden furniture adds structure to this light-filled bedroom.

For similar shutters, try The New England Shutter Company, find white floor paint at Little Greene

5/20 Opt for soft shades

summer bedroom with four poster bed and floral bed curtains throws and cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/Nick Pope)

In this pale scheme, shades of soft lilac found in the floral bed curtains, throw and cushions create a restful, summery feel.

Find a similar floral fabric at Zoffany

6/20 Stencil a blossom motif

summer bedroom with tree wall motif and floral bed linen

(Image credit: Future PLC/Matthew Williams)

Simple white cupboards have been given a decorative touch with a painted cherry blossom motif, complemented by pink floral bed linen.

Find a cherry blossom wall decal at Etsy

7/20 Brighten a neutral scheme

summer bedroom with pink floral blinds double bed and mirrored wardrobes

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mel Yates)

Bold pink florals, accented in a glass dome pendant light, add a summery touch to this classic neutral scheme. Use a decorative white window screen to maximise natural light while maintaining privacy in the bedroom.

The window screen can be found at Jali

8/20 Create texture

summer bedroom in scandinavian style with shaker theme and wood look wallpaper

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Bevan)

Wallpaper that looks like planks of wood lends a soft, Scandinavian feel to this pared-down bedroom, while unusual Shaker-style peg rails add further textural interest to the scheme.

Find similar wallpaper at Andrew Martin

9/20 Add flowers

childs summer bedroom with pink flower sticks on walls

(Image credit: Future PLC/Matthew Williams)

Adding a simple decorative pattern such as these red and pink flower stickers onto white walls is simple but effect way of introducing florals into a child's bedroom.

Find a similar bed at Ikea and similar wall stickers at Decowall

10/10 Choose brightly-coloured fabrics

summer bedroom with four poster bed and patchwork bedspread

(Image credit: Future PLC/Verity Welstead)

In this colourful bedroom, a vibrant patchwork bedspread combined with pretty floral bed linen and pale blue walls creates a boho look, while ceramic accessories and a vintage lamp add further interest to the scheme.

Find similar bed linen at Cath Kidston

11/20 Four-poster bed with bright coloured linen

four poster bed with bright coloured linen neutral walls and jute rug

(Image credit: Future PLC/Rachel Whiting)

Dress a four-poster bed in layers of bold colour and drape a length of linen or cotton fabric across the top for tropical bedroom style.

Similar bed

Natural Bed Company
Similar bedlinen

12/20 White country-style bedroom with patchwork accessories

white country style bedroom with patchwork wardrobe and textile chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day)

Add cheerful layers of patchwork against a fresh white backdrop for bright and breezy bedroom style.

Similar chair
Kelly Swallow
Similar rug
John Lewis

13/20 Country-style bedroom with pom-pom lamp

pom pom lamp vintage style chest of drawers and pink striped bed linen

(Image credit: Future PLC/Rachel Whiting)

How cute is this pom-pom lampshade? Just the ticket for adding some bright and summery style to your bedroom. It's super-easy to make, too - just add some pom-pom trim to an existing drum lampshade.

Similar lampshade

14/20 Country-style bedroom with veranda

light and airy bedroom with veranda patchwork bed linen and floral wallpaper

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day)

This is the kind of summer bedroom that holiday dreams are made of! Bright patchwork bedlinen, doors flung open onto a veranda, and a fresh sea breeze fluttering in. Sigh.

Similar quilt

15/20 Coastal-inspired bedroom storage cupboard

glass fronted wardrobe with white frame

(Image credit: Future PLC/Tim Young)

Keep your bedroom ship-shape and tidy with a glass-fronted wardrobe - perfect for installing order while displaying some of your favourite pieces.

Similar wardrobe


16/20 Bedroom with woodland photo wallpaper

woodland photo wallpaper floral bed linen wooden headboard and bunting

(Image credit: TBC)

If this isn't a magical summer bedroom idea we don't know what is. A woodland photo wall mural and meadow-fresh bedding create a dreamy woodland-inspired room.

Similar wallpaper

Similar bedlinen
Marks & Spencer

17/20 Country-style bedroom with bedside table

french style bedroom with white bedside table and floral bed linen

(Image credit: Future PLC/Tim Young)

Introduce an instant hit of nature to your bedroom by adding a vase of fresh flowers and a sweet-scented candle to your bedside table.

Similar bistro table

John Lewis
Similar candle
Designers Guild

18/20 Light blue and white bedroom

white bedroom with blue bed linen neutral headboard and grey storage cupboards

(Image credit: Future PLC/Spike Powell)

Keep your cool with a fresh blue and white bedroom scheme. Crisp white walls and soft blue bedding are the perfect pairing.

Similar headboard

Similar bedding

19/20 Summer bedroom with bird wallpaper

bird print wallpaper white iron bed floral bed linen and yellow chest of drawers

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

This bedroom idea is just bursting with summery goodness; the sunny yellow chest of drawers and chirpy bird-pattern wallpaper are a winning combination.

Similar wallpaper
Wallpaper Direct
Similar chest of drawers

20/20 Brightly coloured bedroom

floral wallpaper white wooden bed bright accessories and floral lampshade

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

We don't know what to look at first in this bedroom - the patchwork bedding, the bright wall display or the paper decorations. It's an instant energy boost.

Similar cushion
Paper decorations
Petra Boase


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.