With the weather warming up and summer just around the corner, we’ve partnered with interiors obsessed Bianca Hall, a.k.a French for Pineapple, to bring you all the décor tips you need to whip a fresh summer breeze through your home and refresh your interior.
An art and design writer, blogger and DIY’er, Bianca has shared her top tips to help you recreate her playful, urban, grown-up glamorous style in your own home. Accompanied with her hand-selected category of artwork selected from our online marketplace, read on to dive right into your summer décor. Take it away Bianca…
BIANCA HALL’S INTERIOR DÉCOR TIPS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME
Welcome to my top interiors tips for that all needed summer décor refresh. Whether you want a complete interior overhaul or to simply introduce a nod to the latest trends, you’ll be able to flex each of these trends to your personal preference.
Lighter and Brighter
Give your living room a fresh feel for the warmer months by switching up your cushions. Such an easy thing to do, but it really makes a big impact and can transform the feel of a room.
Store away deeper colours and heavier textures for the summer months and bring in some lighter fabrics and some more colour - a little or a lot! Cottons and textured linens are always a winner.
Make sure you choose colours that work with your existing palette - you can even take inspiration from a favourite piece of art.
The pale pink, blue and lilac in ‘Summer Light’ by Kirsten Jackson is the perfect summer colour palette inspiration.
A great way of injecting some life into a space is to follow the colour block trend, which these artworks by Lucie Sheridan do superbly! If you love this look, but don't want to overwhelm your interior, my top tip is to add a pop of colour to your walls by painting a block of colour behind a mirror or a piece of art, avoiding painting the whole room. This is then easy to remove if you change your mind or want to update the colour with the seasons. Use decorators’ tape to mask off the area (Top Tip: run a bank card along the tape to make sure it’s really well adhered so the paint doesn’t bleed), and paint inside using a colour that makes you happy and compliments your room and art. This is also a great way to make a piece of framed art appear larger, or to unify a grid of prints, creating the feel of one big artwork. If I were to add a colour block to Debbie, Kate and Twiggy, I’d use a mid-blue to compliment all three, which would look great on an otherwise pale neutral wall.
Make your own mini-jungle by bringing the outside in. Green is an uplifting colour and house plants can not only lift your mood but help to purify the air, which is especially important if you’re unable to get out to the park as much as you’d like to!
Keep to a tight colour palette to make a statement, using several different shades of greens in your accessories too, for an elegant layered look.
Consider hanging plants from your curtain rails to add height and accessorise with home accessories made from natural materials such as bamboo or ceramics.
This piece ‘A Ripe Landscape 6’ by Jon Rowland, which celebrates the fertility and sensual nature of the countryside, is all kinds of greenspiration!
Living Still Life
Create an ever-changing living Summer ‘still life’ vignette with a beautiful vase of flowers or greenery from the garden, grouped with some favourite decorative objects and a bowl of fruit. Restyle as flowers wilt, or fruit gets eaten.
You could even echo a still life artwork for a bit of fun - a simple bowl of pears and green grapes would look beautiful sitting below this piece by Estelle Day.
Transport yourself to your favourite real or fantasy holiday destination, using colour, texture, art and scent.
Never underestimate the power of scent to instantly evoke special memories and moments in time, so get your favourite scented candle burning - who says they’re only for special occasions! Personally I quite fancy lazing about under these ‘Costa Rica Palms’ in Christine Flynn's gorgeous work (main image).
Start afresh by taking everything off your shelves or sideboard and rethink the way you style it. Sometimes less is more, so rather than putting it all back, really consider each piece. Top Tip: shop your own home! You often stop really seeing things when they’re always in the same place, so moving things around gives you a new appreciation of what you already have.
That said, I’m more than a little obsessed with this Surfboard, hand carved in marble by KARTEL, which would look incredible gracing a shelf or sideboard in any contemporary interior. So. Cool.
If you have the space, consider creating your own little personal sanctuary. It needn’t be a whole room, it could be just a chair in a corner of a room, with a few things on a side table that make you smile.
From books and magazines, to a plant and scented candle or favourite object. Create a little area that really makes your heart happy, like this piece by Kate Boxer makes me!
If the idea of bringing colour into your home makes you anxious, never fear as monochrome works for all seasons.
If black and white is your thing, you can still make a space feel more summery with lighter textures for the warmer months and perhaps switch out some of the heavier dark pieces for whites and pale neutrals. A huge piece of art like 11 Lines / Waiting For A Spring Tide by Paul Fry will stop a monochrome space from feeling cold and clinical.
The timing couldn’t be better to add a home bar into your living area. As the nights get a little balmier, you can just grab some ice and get mixing!
You don’t need to have an actual bar cart of course, it can just be a dedicated spot on a sideboard, or shelf. Use a nice lacquered tray to keep it looking organised and make sure your best glasses are on display too.
Peter Kotka has the right idea with this Tanqueray Temptation hyper-real oil painting which would look fab hung behind your bar tray.
Oh look, it’s G&T o’clock. Cheers!
We just love Bianca’s tips and can’t wait to get moving and shaking things up at home. Plus, if you’re inspired by her artwork selection – there is even more to come! Bianca has hand-selected a plethora of pieces which will work well with her summer décor tips. To browse the collection simply follow the link below – plus don’t forget to share your revamped rooms by tagging our social channels!
Featured art from first to last:
Art and design writer, blogger and DIY’er, Bianca Hall a.k.a. French for Pineapple.
Kirsten Jackson, Summer Light, 2019, £2250, mixed-media, original, Retrospect Galleries.
Image courtesy of French for Pineapple, featuring three prints by Lucie Sheridan: Debbie Harry, Twiggy and Kate Bush, all 2018, £100 each, silkscreen prints, each a limited edition of 60, Will's Art Warehouse.
Jon Rowland, A Ripe Landscape 6, 2019, £540, acrylic, original, Wychwood Art.
Estelle Day, Pear with green bottle and grapes, 2019, £495, oil, original, Degree Art.
KARTEL, The Surfboard - Small, 2016, £1150, marble, original, DECORAZON gallery.
Kate Boxer, Come Here..., 2017, £1,320, drypoint, limited edition of 30, White Space Art.
Paul Fry, 11 Lines | Waiting for a spring tide, 2019, £3000, mixed-media, original, REN Fine Art.
Peter Kotka, Tanqueray Temptation, 2019, £2,500, oil, original, GreenStage Gallery.