Summer decor trend takes inspiration from sugary treats

Tea light holders by Harriet Caslin, available from Home of Artisans. PA Photo/Handout

Tea light holders by Harriet Caslin, available from Home of Artisans. PA Photo/Handout - Credit: Archant

Summer just got sweet, with sugary shades inspired by tasty ice cream treats, our favourite dessert for the season, starring on the decor menu.

Mint shutters, available from Shutterly Fabulous. See PA FeaturePA Photo/Handout

Mint shutters, available from Shutterly Fabulous. See PA FeaturePA Photo/Handout - Credit: Archant

Think mouth-watering tones of vanilla, strawberry pink, pistachio, butterscotch and lemony yellow, and either use them sundae style - by whipping up a delicious mix - or simply add single scoops of colour to lift a room.

“The most delicious colours of summer this year are definitely the ice cream shades, which capture the essence of a day at the beach,” says Marianne Shillingford, creative director at Dulux.

“You can create your own decorating sundae, with creamy Vanilla Scoop between layers of chocolatey Rope Swing and the butterscotch hints of Sandy Steps from our range. These colours have been designed to evoke the essence of the seaside, and what’s so lovely about them is that they look warm but fresh during the day, and soft and flattering once the sun’s gone down.”

If you want a fresh and inviting look, use different shades of pretty pastels for walls, woodwork and furniture, to create an easy-on-the-eye harmonious atmosphere for your parlour.


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With sunny days on the way, this is an ideal time to give rooms a makeover, or at least a refresh, and feast on full-fat colour for light and lovely schemes.

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