High summer palettes are so often full of pretty pastels and warm, feminine tones, that it’s somewhat refreshing to discover this season’s latest trend: inky blue. The new Northern Lights range from interiors maven Barker & Stonehouse is awash with the colour; from the intricately patterned Savalen chair to the ikat-inspired Serengeti rug, the brand have cleverly worked this dark shade into its furnishings for a cool, global feel.
BHS is also on board, with its refreshing Oceanic range. Teamed with bleached wood and simple white crockery, these beach-inspired tones add a welcome burst of colour to a dining table scheme. Team with pale blue tumblers and twine or rattan accessories for an easy breezy picnic set-up.
Marks & Spencer’s take on the tableware trend has a slightly moodier feel, with darker shades of blue injected with slate grey. Pops of white give the scheme a lift, creating an oriental-inspired dining scheme with plenty of character. We love the range of textures in this look; from glass cloches to ribbed candlesticks and bamboo lanterns, it’s easy to add depth and interest with a few simple accessories.
Or, for just a gentle nod towards the trend, try this pretty range of Breton vases from Next. Teamed with simple red and white accents, they’re slightly French-inspired with a nautical twist – perfect for dreaming of a summer escape! Try playing with vases of different heights to create a relaxed, laissez-faire display.
Nashville floor lamp, £139; Serengeti rug, £225; Savalen chair, £1,175; all Barker & Stonehouse. Oceanic tea towels, £5.99 for three, BHS. Kyoto dining set, £49.50 for a 12-piece set, Marks & Spencer. Breton stripe vases, from £22 each, NextRead more →