Whenever I think of Summer, I think of long, light days, warmer temperatures and the sumptuousness of balmy August evenings.
This time of year, I always see an influx of Moroccan and Middle Eastern inspired décor. The jewel tones of hot pinks, rich purples, vibrant oranges and teals, with gold and copper metallic elements seem luxurious and opulent. There’s always a great variety also, of texture. Soft, velvets and smooth, divine silks, glass and ceramics. It’s a real melange of shapes and textures, but within the same warm colour palette. Of course, Moroccan décor can also be clean and crisp in white and blues, but it’s usually the jewel tones I think of come Summer.
It goes hand in hand with those warm, late evenings, of entertaining in the garden. Citronella candles and tea lights in pretty fuchsia coloured lanterns. Or paper lanterns scattered around the gazebo, and huge, bright coloured floor cushions and throws. It’s a style that looks just right for summer entertaining.
It’s entirely up to you how you do it as well. You can have a hint, say of hot pink and orange, and team it with some contrasting silver elements – candle holders, photo frames, lanterns and mirrors. Or you can go all out and have a real mixture of everything. Silk and wool throws, leather patchwork poufs, tapestries and velvet cushions would make for a very luxurious boudoir.
I say often on here, how I love clean, crisp white. And I do. In my own home, I prefer the absence of colour. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love it – I can certainly appreciate it elsewhere, and admire people who love it in their homes. And I think it’s why it works especially well in Summer, whether just for the garden, or as a mid-year trend, it’s a Summer fling that will have you feeling like you’re on holiday in your own home.
Stay tuned for the next post, as my Top Picks under £10 is coming up, and I’ll be showing you some of the best bargains to help you re-create the Moroccan trend on a budget.
For now, with love,