Seven simple ways to style your home for summer

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  • Decorate with linens for a bold new look

    Natural, healthy, magical – linen is a mainstay of any well-dressed home. Breathable like a second skin, it helps regulate temperature, so it’s no wonder the material makes for the ideal summer wardrobe. Ranging from classic to eye-catching, here are seven ways that linen can give a space a fresh, funky vibe.

    1. Wraparound accessories Cover a picture frame or mirror with strips of linen in favourite colours and textures. Create rough seams for a relaxed look or neat ones for a smarter feel.

    Bespoke mirror, House Couturier, covered in linens from Villa Nova, Osborne & Little, Parna, Romo, Brian Yates and Designers Guild.

    2. Rough-luxe seatingCreate a cool contrast by covering smart chairs in rustic linen. The result is effortless – and even playful – when the fronts are stencilled for a personal touch.

    Montrose chairs, Clock House Furniture, covered in Lorena Meringue linen, Threads at GP & J Baker. Find numerical stencils at The Stencil Library.

    3. Pimped-up stitchingLoosen up the look by contrasting classic and modern finishes. Studded details add period panache, while oversized stitches left on show give upholstery a contemporary twist.

    Sofa, Ben Whistler, with loose cover and cushions in Retro linen, Mark Alexander at Romo. Slipper chair, The Chairman & Son, upholstered in Turquoise linen hopsack, Holland & Sherry at Lelièvre.

    4. Play with layers
    Use linen strips of different lengths to add a new dimension to a lamp shade, sticking them at the top and finishing with ribbon. Pick up the colours of the furniture for cohesion.

    Lamp shade, Heathfield & Co, covered in linens from Villa Nova, Harlequin, Abbott & Boyd, plus ribbon from VV Rouleaux. Lamp base, Heal’s. Cloudscape chair, Diesel Creative Team for Moroso at Selfridges.

    5. Wonder wall
    Take the idea of a dado to a new dimension by layering the material on the wall. Pleated linen brings panelling bang up to date – and this smart grey sheen adds a sophisticated touch.

    Oyster linen, Chivasso at JAB Anstoez. Cut-Out Lace wallpaper, Vivienne Westwood at Cole & Son. Barock chair, Scumble Goosie, painted in Ole Orange eggshell, Sanderson.

    6. Glam factor
    Reveal another side to linen by choosing an ultra-gloss finish. A more subdued colour, such as the pale lime used to cover this headboard, ensures the effect is chic not chintzy.

    Bespoke headboard covered in Glimmer linen, Osborne & Little. Edland bed frame, Ikea.

    7. Sheer pleasureAllow soft, dreamy light to flow into a room through layers of linen. To give the look a modern edge, choose one panel, such as this Roman blind, in a bold, contemporary print.

    Curtain made in Riddle linen, Chivasso at JAB Anstoez. Roman blind made in Artwork linen, Dedar at Fox Linton.

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