Make Wimbledon the inspiration for summer decor scheme
Wimbledon is such a visual treat, with its iconic vista of velvety green courts and white-clad competitors - currently battling it out for tennis' greatest crown.
Regardless of the action on court, you could triumph at home and serve a style winner by making Wimbledon the inspiration for a summer decor scheme.
Fresh greens and crisp whites make a chic doubles team - and if you’re a real fan, complement the colour combo with a few beautifully designed tennis-inspired accessories, from cushions to mugs. Result: a style ace.
“Green - reflecting the colour palette of fields, forests and, of course, the pristine grass courts of Wimbledon - is right at the centre of the visual spectrum,” says Dulux creative director Marianne Shillingford.
“It’s also a colour which works with everything, and reminds us there’s a great outdoors beyond the great indoors. Add white to whichever green you choose for a classic combination you’ll never tire of.
“Green and white’s always on trend in interiors; it’s just the shades of green which change with tastes and seasons. Summer 2016 sees a palette of predominantly fresh, cool greens, which have a bit of bite to them, like Grecian Spa, Peppermint Candy and Paper Mint,” says Shillingford.
“Give a scheme real depth by painting walls in shades of green and then use houseplants, real or faux - both of which are making a huge comeback, in groups, as displays and to decorate surfaces.”
For a room which is playful, vibrant and uplifting, choose a warmer green like Grecian Spa 5 and team with Chalky White 1, to capture the essence of summer sunshine on Centre Court perfectly. Both from the Paint Mixing Endurance+ range, 2.5L from RRP £29.99.
GAME PLAN: You might never reach Centre Court, but replicate a court in your living room with a fun mural, and you’ll feel like an interiors champion. Murals Wallpaper has a selection of tennis-themed beauties, including Fifteen Love, from £25 per square metre, and Match Point, from £23.50 per square metre. Add a dramatic block of green to a white room with some striking green louvered shutters, £320 per square metre, Shutterly Fabulous.
TENNIS TREAT: Designer Catherine Cazalet’s Tennis Wallpaper, £60 a roll, Cazalet Designs, which decorates an area in the Wimbledon women’s locker room, sports a repeating design of rackets and balls.
Conjure a small slice of Wimbledon at home with furniture and accessories that evoke the green richness of its manicured turf and ivy-clad walls...
“Designers are embracing foliage in patterns and designs for textiles and wall coverings, and also recreating the effect with items such as Mini Foresti Pendant Lamp, which could have been plucked from a forest, with its frame intertwined with fine branches and leaves,” says Freddie Oke, creative director at The Do South Shop, who stock the stunning Mini Foresti lights, £330 each.
“While the trend does reflect our passion for nature and ‘bringing the outdoors in’, it’s also moving towards a more magical, enchanting setting reminiscent of fairy tales. It’s charming but also up-to-the-minute stylish, and has a lovely softening effect on a contemporary environment.”
GAME PLAN: Umpires have to perch courtside, but for an appropriate and far more comfortable seat, Bespoke Sofa London have created a Grass Armchair, upholstered in artificial grass with daisy button detailing, from £1,190. Add a bit of topspin with a chair which could have been inspired by a tennis ball; the Moroso Fjord Small Armchair - Sled base, currently available for 15% off at £826. 20, Nest.co.uk.
Follow the theme with storage, and have everything beautifully organised with an upmarket locker-style Weber Olive Green 9 Door Cabinet, £760, Out There Interiors.
TENNIS TREAT: A square clock by Progetti, oddly named ‘Circle’, looks as though it could be a section cut from one of Wimbledon’s ivy-clad walls. Its steel frame is covered in lichen, and its currently educed to £208.25 from £416.50, Amara.
Complement your Wimbledon scheme (and score style points aplenty) with tennis-inspired details. There’s plenty to inspire at the London Transport Museum Shop to ensure you triumph in the home game, including Wimbledon Tennis 1935 Coasters, £12.99 for set of four, and Mixed Wimbledon Design Mugs, £27.50 for set of four. John Lewis has a Wimbledon Framed Print (42 x 50cm), £110.
GAME PLAN: Strawberries and cream teas are a traditional treat of the day. Setting a table with a sweet Bordallo Pinheiro Strawberry Coffee Cup & Saucer, £22.30, and matching Pitcher, £47.50, Designedincolour.com, would be pretty. Alternatively, opt for a Strawberry Table Decoration, £79, Out There Interiors. Christy make the iconic towels for the tournament; snap up a Wimbledon Championship Towel Mens, from £29.
TENNIS TREAT: Wimbledon Cushion, £30, in faux suede, depicting a 1933 London Underground poster, Me And My Sport.