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Turn a bedroom into your own summer haven; Has the heatwave inspired a bedroom refresh? SAM WYLIE- HARRIS hits the shops.

Byline: SAM WYLIE- Harris

JUST like our summer wardrobes, how you dress the bedroom can make a world of difference to how you feel when the sun's shining.

And with the current heatwave, this is even more relevant - a bedroom that's too hot and steamy (read: stuffy and sweaty) won't do your sleep patterns any favours, resulting in a serious case of morning grouch. But preen the pillows, buff the bed, lighten the load with a summer duvet somewhere in the region of a 4.5 tog, scent surround (we love The White Company's Blanc collection) and hey presto, the bedroom becomes a dreamy summer haven.

Especially if you style it up with crisp linens, clean lines and a wash of colour, or brights teamed with tropical themed decos. Style your summer bedroom just right, and you'll wake up holiday-ready without the need for a getaway...

1. Savoy Bed Linen Collection, from PS20-PS140, The White Company Keeping it fabulously soft and smooth with a 400-thread-count feelgood factor, loosely tuck yourself into this 100% Egyptian cotton percale bed linen and you'll feel like you're on an endless luxurious escape.

2. A by Amara Bohemian 300 Thread Count Duvet Cover - Super King, currently reduced to PS25.50 from PS85 (includes Oxford Pillowcase Pair), Amara If you really want to hit the refresh button and feel free-spirited, playing with boho-chic blues in an eye-catching Moroccan tile print against a carved Moroccan style bedhead is an easy update. As Sam Hood, co-founder and creative director, Amara, points out: "To make your bedroom feel as bright as possible for the summer season, start with your bed. A fresh set of bed linen not only feels amazing to slide into but it can breathe new life into your bedroom style."

Note: A strategically placed vintage style mirror will catch beams of light.

3. A by Amara 500 Thread Count Sateen Duvet Cover - White - Double, PS80, and matching Pillowcase Pair, PS40; Grid Crochet Cushions, PS40 each; Multi Circle Print Cushion - Green/Pink, reduced to PS40 from PS50, crochet throw and accessories from a selection, Amara White with a pop of colours feels bright and fresh, and craftwork is a really thing this summer, with woven wonders now far more than a basket or espadrille staple - think cushions, rugs, basket boxes and hanging planters.

4. MW By Matthew Williamson - Turquoise Bead Embellished Cushion, PS26; Orange Velvet Patchwork Cushion, PS35; Yellow Pineapple Embroidered Tassel Throw, PS100, Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson - Multicoloured Floral Embroidered Cushion, PS40, Debenhams The flip-side of calming neutrals, rich velvets embellished with sequins, handcrafted trims and tassels can be just as dreamy as beige and ivory - especially with an undertone of gold adding a touch of shimmer to tropical themes.

5. Exotic Palm Printed Bedding Set, from PS17.50-PS29.50, Marks & Spencer Anything beginning with 'palm' usually emanates luxury, or exotic, far-flung destinations and a sunlounger under the shade of a swaying tree.

Luckily, this leafy jungle palm print isn't a summer sellout (yet). Within a shake of the sheet, you can almost feel the sand beneath your feet.

6. Yellow Full-Height Shutters, from PS168 per m2, California Shutters (Bedding, stylist's own) "During summer, some bedrooms - particularly south-facing ones - become uncomfortably hot because of the light that streams through all day. Shutters can block this (at times harmful) sunlight, allowing the room to cool," says Chrissie Harper, customer experience manager, California Shutters.

"In addition to the benefit of temperature control, shutters are also the ideal solution for balancing light and privacy in rooms, where comfort and wellbeing are a must."

7. Oslo Blush Bed Linen - King Size Duvet, PS185; Set of Two Pillowcases, PS45, Graham & Green Our rose love affair shows no sign of dwindling, whether it's the sweep of rosy blush on our cheeks, an up-to-the-minute pink pout, or feeling girly in peony. So why not a wash of rose in cool linen for the bedroom, for a bed that feels as fresh as that next glass of Provencal pink? 8. Volieres Medium Bird Cage Pendant, PS499, Graham & Green And to crown the bed, we love this whimsy chandelier with decorative birds made from real feathers which have been ethically sourced. Handmade and a unique flight of fancy, each chandelier comes with its own assortment of birds and you can almost hear their tranquil birdsong.

9. Porto Ruffle Linen Cushions, PS60 each, Graham & Green Ruffles were among the top 10 fashion trends for 2019, and while we're working the ruffle-trimmed, tiered dress look, why not use flouncy ruffles as a building block on the bed too? They add interest visually.

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MW By Matthew Williamson - Turquoise Bead Embellished Cushion, PS26; Orange Velvet Patchwork Cushion, PS35; Yellow Pineapple Embroidered Tassel Throw, PS100, Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson - Multicoloured Floral Embroidered Cushion, PS40, Debenhams

Exotic Palm Printed Bedding Set, PS17.50-PS29.50 Marks & Spencer

A by Amara 500 Thread Count Sateen Duvet Cover - White - Double, PS80, and matching Pillowcase Pair, PS40; Grid Crochet Cushions, PS40 each; Multi Circle Print Cushion - Green/Pink, reduced to PS40 from PS50, crochet throw and accessories from a selection, Amara

Porto Ruffle Linen Cushions, PS60 each, Graham & Green

Oslo Blush Bed Linen, Graham &

Volieres Medium Bird Cage Pendant, Graham & Green

Savoy Bed Linen Collection, The White Company

Yellow Full-Height Shutters, California Shutters; bed and accessories, stylist's own
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 3, 2019
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