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BRIGHTEN UP! For the summer season ahead By Holly Alderson, Out of Eden

After a booming spring season filled with half-term staycations and Easter celebrations, we’re now heading for an even busier summer period. So, it’s time to ask, how are you preparing for the peak season?

Sometimes preparation isn’t just about a spring clean, a fresh lick of paint and a replenishment of stock. In fact, to really ensure your luxury bed and breakfast is looking its best, updating each bedroom with a new look and a splash of colour to fit the (hopefully) fast approaching summer season is a great way to keep your décor looking fresh and on-trend. This month we’ve picked out some easy ways to add a dash of colour into your rooms, without too much strain on your bank account!

Powerful Prints

Typically, in a muted colour scheme of whites, greys, and neutral tones, crisp white bed linen is usually the most favourable option in the hospitality industry, while patterned or coloured bed linen is often an unconventional and uncommon choice. Used in the right way, though, co-ordinated bed linen, soft furnishings and a few extra trinkets here and there can really bring the whole look of a room together.

Take the Botanique range for example. With its matching linens, soft furnishings and curtains, it’s the perfect set to not only contrast a subtle interior with something a bit more colourful, but it also ties in with the upcoming summer season with its botanical illustrations and a natural colour scheme. Bear in mind, though, that less is usually more when it comes bedroom décor to ensure you appeal to everyone’s tastes. So, when you’re incorporating prints and pattern throughout your rooms, try to keep your guests’ idea of style in mind as well as your own!

Colourful Cushions & Runners

If you just want a subtle splash of colour rather than a completely coordinated interior, adding matching cushions and runners to your guest beds is a perfect way to brighten up your rooms while still keeping things minimal. Contrasted against crisp, white bed linen, the Crompton runners and cushions are great for bringing elements of colour, texture and comfort all in one.

If even that’s a little too well-matched for your taste, scatter cushions are ideal for effortlessly bringing some interest to a room. To really tie into a chic, cosy farmhouse feel, add some neutral-toned, check cushions for a blend of subtlety and depth. For rooms lacking a statement piece, throw in some bold and bright cushions to draw your guest’s eye and showcase your attention to detail.

Tasteful Toiletries

As bathrooms are naturally muted in colour with traditionally white bathroom fittings, incorporating some colour with toiletries can be a really effective way of brightening up a room while keeping things practical, too. Cole & Lewis toiletries are perfect for both muted decors given the regal yet minimal style of the bottles, while the pops of green, yellow, blue or pink match well with fresh flowers, coloured towels, or any other amenities you might incorporate to bring some colour into your bathrooms.

Of course, updating your bed linen, soft furnishings and toiletries with something bright and summery are not the only ways you can transform your guest rooms and sometimes it’s the tiniest extra touches that make all the difference to your guest’s experience and overall impression of your B&B’s style. Consider your own personal style when brightening up your rooms and try and keep things consistent with the overall ‘feel’ of your B&B. Most of all, remember to enjoy the redecoration process, and the booming summer season ahead!  | T: 01768 372 939 | E:


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