30+ Summer Retreat Design Tips

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    Get that summer retreat style in your everyday home or holiday residence with our collection of top design tips from the industry’s best experts. Whether you are looking to revamp your pool or garden, guest room or weekend cottage, we have the best advice to make sure your get the most out of your special space this summer…

    Rowena Vaughn, Interior Designer
    “If your retreat is in the UK, plan for variable weather. Canopies over the deck area for the rain, outside fireplace for the chillier evenings.” Tweet This Tip

    Michael Tavano of Michael Tavano Design 
    “For a breezy retreat: replace heavy drapes with white sheers.” Tweet This Tip

    Sophie Paterson, Interior Designer
    “Fabrics such as linen or cotton always feel appropriate. A blue & white theme is timeless with a classic summery feel”Tweet This Tip

    Kati Curtis, Interior Designer
    “Use indoor-outdoor fabrics for interior furnishings, they’ll stand up to sand, sweat and sun!” Tweet This Tip

    Vivian and Alyssa, Interior Designers
    “A couple of throw pillows can do so much for your patio or pool area. Just make sure you use an outdoor safe fabric.” Tweet This Tip

    Darrin Varden of Darrin Varden Design
    “Re-landscape” your interior for summer with fresh lamps, accessories, bedding and rotate your art.” Tweet This Tip

    Rupert Martineau, Senior Interior Designer at SHH
    “Use natural & dusky colours to enhance English character with comfortable furniture & fresh accents to revive the senses.” Tweet This Tip

    Jen Freeman, Interior Designer
    “Think comfort for the perfect bolthole. Cosy, casual family spaces in warm tones that make full use of natural light” Tweet This Tip

    Rowena Vaughn, Interior Designer
    “If near the sea/beach plan in a place to wash your feet of sand.” Tweet This Tip

    Andrew Allen, Interior Designer
    “Go large with indoor and outdoor planting & make sure the windows are sparkling clean to bring the outside in”Tweet This Tip

    Louise Leahey, Interior Designer  
    “Freshen up bland and neutral spaces by simply adding a splash of bold colour.”Tweet This Tip

    Emma Prichard, Interior Designer 
    “Replace heavy winter clutter with driftwood pieces, crisp linen cushions and statement glass lanterns.”Tweet This Tip

    Claire Paquin, Interior Designer
    “Summer is about easy, breezy living – make the design at your summer retreat reflect this attitude.”Tweet This Tip

    Peggy Berk, Interior Designer
    “A relaxed, casual style will accommodate a low maintenance lifestyle without looking cluttered or unkempt.” Tweet This Tip

    Rowena Vaughn, Interior Designer
    “If by the sea, make sure fabrics are tolerant to salt and washing often.” Tweet This Tip

    Melissa Bonney, Designer/Director at The Design Hunter
    “Create an outdoor relaxation zone using great seating and cushions and candles for night time ambience.”Tweet This Tip

    Tiffany Grant- Riley, Interior Blogger
    “Never underestimate the power of white- give your space a fresh lick of white paint to make the most of the beautiful summer light.” Tweet This Tip

    Rupert Martineau, Senior Interior Designer at SHH
    “It is a retreat from work and clutter that frees the soul and mind, keep it simple, clean and fresh.” Tweet This Tip

    Mathew Dalby, Design Director at YOO
    “When creating your space, embrace the local community & unique culture of where you are.” Tweet This Tip

    Shaynna Blaze, Interior Designer
    “Fill home with heady scents of gardenia, jasmine citrus with fresh flowers, fruits or oils – mixed with a warm breeze is like summer heaven” Tweet This Tip

    Rowena Vaughn, Interior Designer

    “Use practical flooring that can get wet, scratched, and is easy to clean.  You don’t want to worry about ‘precious’ floors.” Tweet This Tip

    Claire Paquin, Interior Designer
    “Sisal is a wonderful material for a beach house – it’s durable, green, and it’s like a massage for your bare feet!”Tweet This Tip

    Peggy Berk, Interior Designer
    “Bring the outdoors in- fill your home with lush green plants in Turkish urns, copper pots or carved timber bowls.”Tweet This Tip

    Melissa Bonney, Designer/Director at The Design Hunter
    “Outdoor entertaining areas need great shading- add a vibrant colourful awning or umbrella to give it a burst of energy”Tweet This Tip

    Tiffany Grant- Riley, Interior Stylist
    “Summer is the time to embrace colour. Introduce splashes into your soft furnishings.”Tweet This Tip

    Rupert Martineau, Senior Interior Designer at SHH 
    “Create a fabulous calming environment with soft textures, subtle pattern and cool shades.”Tweet This Tip

    Melissa Bonney, Designer/Director at The Design Hunter  
    “Build in outdoor seating out of natural materials such as timber or stone.”Tweet This Tip

    Claire Paquin, Interior Designer
    “Solution-dyed acrylic (outdoor fabric) is the only way to go to combat wet bathing suits and dripping popsicles!”Tweet This Tip

    Rowena Vaughn, Interior Designer
    “Make a space outside that is comfortable for lounging, eating and socialising.” Tweet This Tip

    Do you have any great summer retreat design tips? Tell us yours on Twitter and #SummerDesignTips!

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