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Summer trends 2013

The sun is starting to shine and thoughts are turning to the warmer days of summer. This summer a key trend is going to be using sugary pastels, think ice cream colours of pistachio green, strawberry pink, lemon yellow and pale blueberry. These are all calm colours which can be used in any room and will instantly create a relaxed feel to your home.

Pastel fabrics can be found in many designs from spots and stripes to elegant florals. You can either use a palette of all of these colours, for instance this would work well in a kitchen. Look for a striped fabric which could be used as a curtain fabric or for blinds and cushions. Quirky fabrics with a retro feel in pastel shades could also be used either for curtains or as a tablecloth. Look for accessories in these pastel shades to add as a finishing touch.

In a bedroom limit your colour palette to one pastel colour plus white. For example use pale blue with white. Furniture could either be painted wood or oak. This will also give a nautical feel to your room so you could accessorise with natural materials such as driftwood or frames which appear to have been salvaged from the beach.

Beds should be piled high with cushions and a throw added to dress the bed and to add texture to the scheme. Pistachio green is a very restful colour and can be used in a living room to create a relaxing feel. Try using a pale green print as a curtain material, a plain green upholstery fabric and paint your walls cream.

Cushions can be coordinated in these colours, having some the same as the curtain fabric and also some plain green and cream ones piled high on a comfy sofa. These colours will also help to bring the outside in and link the room to the garden.

Depending on your taste and the style of your home these schemes can either be 'glammed up' by introducing chandeliers and ornate furniture or made to feel more contemporary using chunky furniture and fewer accessories. Pastel shades can also be used in the garden. Summerhouses and wooden garden furniture look great painted in pastel shades, add some seat cushions and a tablecloth to complete the look.

From country house to city pad pastel shades will bring a sense of calm to your home.