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British Summertime

British Summertime

Pack up the picnic basket, dust off the bicycle and find your fedora – I think we can now agree it feels like summertime. Sporting events have gripped the nation and you can guarantee we’ll be spending as much time outdoors as possible whilst the sun is here. We’ve put together a mouth-watering selection of perfectly British style worthy of any garden party this season.

Malabar may not be so traditionally British in it's style, but when it comes to inspirational images, we just couldn't help but include this selection of idyllic scenes to get us in the spirit of summer. Known for their range of natural, striped fabrics Malabar show how versatile stripes can be, and let's face it we Brits love stripes too- just think deckchairs, windbreaks and beach huts!

Clarke & Clarke have a ‘spiffing’ vintage gingham from their Coastal Linens collection, to help achieve a perfect picnic (even if it is cloudy). Use checks and stripes from Harlequin, Mimi collection alongside patterned designs with similar tones such as a fabric from the new Emma Bridgewater range; perfect for kitchens with a more traditional interior. For those after a subtle wave of a nautical summer, why not paste up Farrow & Ball’s Closet Stripe wallpaper in Lulworth Blue – it’s even named after a beach!

For that quintessentially British look, iconic patterns are a great injection of British humour. Use these bold designs on cushions to be able to change your style with the seasons. Sailboats from Emily Burningham is perfect for that coastal style, whilst another of her designs, Geese, brings our thoughts back to weekends in the countryside. Celebrate the iconic designs of Emma Bridgewater making their way onto fabrics earlier this year by injecting fun pattern, Pomegranate from her range, into your home.

Lemon and pastel mint greens are a big hit this year, and we’ve neatly combined this colour combination with this season's huge floral trend. Giving your pastel florals a retro vibe as we have will combine all the key summer trends. Dawn Chorus from Sanderson's Chika range, ditsy Dormston from independent designer Cloth & Clover and Stellar from St Jude's are a few of our favourites. Contrasting soft hues with crisp, fresh white can add definition to patterned fabrics without overpowering a room.

Posted by: Susie Cochrane & Emily Coram Tagged as: Trends,We Love