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TREND ALERT... tropical

Feature Laura Higgins
Background wallpaper Sophie Conran for Arthouse Fiji Palm wallpaper in Citrus, £15 per roll, B&Q

If there is ever a month to embrace a tropical theme, August is it, and with the Rio Olympics this summer, this is a trend that has really taken off this year, with bright and vibrant colours taking over our homes, gardens and parties.

Make your interiors sizzle with hot pink, orange, turquoise, yellow and green. Choose exotic leaf and floral prints, and add character with palm trees and pineapples, flamingoes and birds of paradise. Worried the vibrancy in your home might not work as well once summer has disappeared for another year? Tone it down by combining it with some warmer neutrals, and perhaps a deeper, mossy green, and choose more subdued, cooler versions of those hot exotic brights.

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With summer in full swing, no doubt you’ll want to spend more time outdoors rather than inside decorating. So we’ve come up with eight pages of fantastic super-quick updates to make your home look gorgeous in a flash, so you can spend more time having fun in the sun (p.36). And if you enjoy having friends round for garden parties during the summer, then why not treat them to some of the scrummy outdoor entertaining recipes we’ve put together for you on page 100? Our craft projects have an outdoor theme this month too, including a stylish garden storage bench upcycling project (p.62) and some creative planter ideas on page 60. If you’re lucky enough to be heading off on holiday this month you may be worried about your garden drying out while you’re away, but fear not. On page 114 we’ve got lots of clever ideas for keeping your plants well watered. Those of you who love camping holidays should turn to page 54 where we look at some of the latest clever bits of kit that will make your nights under canvas even more enjoyable. With the Rio Olympics taking place, we’ve been inspired by all things tropical for this month’s Trend Alert. After all, who wouldn’t want a funky flamingo bringing an element of fiesta-filled fun to their décor? However you plan to spend this month, whether it’s indoors decorating or out enjoying the garden, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the sun shines for you!

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