Summer is the time of year that lends itself to lighter lunches and exotic evening meals. Think crisp salads, fresh fruit, breads, dips and of course, tall drinks full to the brim with ice. So, whether you’ll be taking the party outside or indulging indoors, here’s how to bring that summer feeling into your dining area.

The perfect table

Finding the right dining table is crucial, and once you know what your needs are, you’re off to a great start.

If you’re looking for somewhere to savour your morning cup of coffee or breakfast al fresco, a small outdoor bistro set will help you make the most of each and every sun-soaked morning. If larger gatherings are more your thing during summer, a table that’s extendable is a must.

Hancock Extending Dining Table

Next, consider material. The concrete Geradis Table is urban and clean, with the added bonus that it can sit indoors or outdoors. Reclaimed wood or exotic woods like mango provide a sense of nature that is synonymous with summertime, yet incredibly transitional. Alternatively, a glass or marble dining table will have a cool and brightening effect which may benefit smaller spaces.

Colour is key

When it comes to styling your interior, it’s always best to have a colour scheme in mind that you can build upon. Whether that’s a specific shade that will feature throughout, a palette of 3 or 4 complementary hues or a bare, neutral canvas. It’s not necessary for everything to match, but it does make it easier to shop when you know what works well together.

Maison Dining Table

Summer is generally associated with light, fresh tones or tropical palettes of punchy pink and sunshine yellow, but if your tastes lean more towards the darker end of the spectrum then don’t be put off; add a summer vibe with lush greenery instead.

Let there be light

This season is all about letting in the light. No matter what size area you’re working with, mirrors can be used to your advantage here. A large wall mirror hung opposite your dining room window will enhance natural light, as well as create the illusion of more space around your dining table.

Alternatively a floor mirror like the Windowpane Mirror can be placed near the door for a stunning, brightening effect.

For artificial light, look towards pendants with minimalist designs and open frames, such as the Large Rattan Hanging Lamp. Outside, a white pillar candle glowing inside a lantern is eternally summery, as are these fun Leaf Tea Light Holders.

Tactical textiles

Textiles are one of the easiest ways to update your look throughout the seasons. Simply swap out rich velvets and thick wool for light, summery fabrics like linen, cotton and jute.

Draped across a dining bench, the Weaver Green Throw is given a fresh look with its vibrant blue and white colour palette. Plus, it’s made from recycled plastic bottles, meaning it’s stain resistant, mould resistant, hypoallergenic and suitable for outdoor use – the ultimate summer textile!

On the ground, go for a pared-back feel with the Plaza Ivory Rug, featuring neutral tones and a relaxed, bohemian look. Once again, this item can be enjoyed both inside the home and outdoors, making it a perfect foundation for your summer dining set-up.

A touch of nature

No summer dining table would be complete without fresh flowers and foliage – whether plucked from your garden, dried, pressed or false. Use a clear glass vase to create a light and airy arrangement with full view of the greenery inside. For those particularly prone to hay fever, fresh fruit displayed in a decorative bowl makes another great centrepiece whilst also doubling up as dessert!

Prefer to save your table space for food? Look no further than the Display Table Rack – simply twist vines around the frame and suspend hanging planters from the top for an immersive botanical experience.

Stay refreshed

A great option to sit alongside your dream summer dining table is a drinks cart or trolley. Stocked up with plenty of ice as well as fresh berries, herbs and garnish, it’s the perfect accompaniment to dinner parties. Plus, it can easily be wheeled outside when the sun shows its face.

Kensington Drinks Trolley

If room is limited, make refreshments your centrepiece instead. Set a mirrored tray in the middle of the table, topped with jugs of infused icy water and your very best glassware. A couple of floral accents or fruity accessories could work nicely here, too.

Ready to create your perfect summer dining space? Refresh your eating areas indoors and out with our range of dining room furniture and garden sets to suit every style.