Fall for delicious ice cream shades

If you’re a keen decorator, you can get out your paintbrush, but there’s no necessity. These tasty shades can be introduced quickly and easily, leaving you with time for summer fun.

Create a retro feel

Want to evoke the nostalgic feel of summers past? The ice cream shades of strawberry pink and vanilla yellow are perfect if you’d like to give a living space, bedroom or kitchen a vintage touch.

Try small storage containers in these appealing shades for the kitchen. You can leave them on show on the worktop or open shelving. Use the two colours for tablesettings, too, introducing them through serving bowls, table mats and linens, and glassware. For bedrooms and living spaces, choose vases and bowls you can put on display, or paint a wooden photo frame in one of these evocative shades.

Turn up the volume

If you’re after a brighter burst of colour for your rooms this summer, there’s no better shade than watermelon red. It’s easy to live with – warm and eye-catching without being brash – and it’ll transform any space.

Try adding it as an accent in living rooms as part of a group of cushions on the sofa, or liven up a dull floor with a patterned rug featuring its mouthwatering colour. You can introduce it on the walls, too, by choosing artwork that features this summery shade.

Great graphics

To create a look that’s bang on-trend this season, why not opt for graphic pattern? Try experimenting with artisanally-inspired geometrics or bands of chevron. They’ll create a different atmosphere for your home in summer, evoking distant landscapes.

Go further

For a more tropical touch for your summer rooms, have fun with the combination of vibrant banana yellow teamed with cool mint. These shade are catwalk favourites this season, and look equally good at home.

Don’t be shy about introducing them, either. They look great used for smaller pieces, but a sofa upholstered in yellow can make a fabulous focal point, and it’s a more practical finish that white or cream for your living room.

Make it scrumptious

Mint’s also the perfect partner to rich chocolate-brown shades – in living spaces as well as for dessert. Use it to bring a summery freshness to room schemes based around brown and beige neutrals – it’s simple to swap in for the season. For the living room, a throw will revitalise an armchair or the sofa.

In the bedroom, try a quilt in mint green and add a hit in the bathroom by combining towels in a fresh mint tone with dark neutrals. For a hotel look, contrast the colours in a neatly folded pile on a shelf or rack.

Welcome the rainbow

Want a riot of colour? A rainbow of ice cream shades is on trend and gorgeous. If you’re in the mood for decorating, paint the walls of a dining or kitchen area in yellow and team with a mix of the other ice-cream shades in your tableware. Alternatively, you could give wooden kitchen chairs or cabinet doors a makeover with a handful of the colours. For the bedroom, pick linens and cushions, lighting, decorative accessories and artwork in these lush tones.

The secret to keeping the look gorgeous rather than garish? Make sure your room scheme includes plenty of white, too.