It’s the perfect time of year to get out there and peruse the summer homeware sales whilst there are still bargains aplenty to be had. I have tried to take the weary slog out of sales shopping for you with a wee round up of some of the better bargains still there for the taking. However, should you decide to take yourself off to snap up some cut price must-haves for the home, remember a few key points to make your sales shopping a success…
1) Don’t fall into the trap of buying something solely because it’s a real bargain. Do consider how much you really love an item for what it is and how it will work in your home, whether it will sit well within your general home decor style and, for slightly pricier items, is it a timeless design that will still please you in years to come? There’s no sense in buying that brightly patterned turquoise set of designer cushions at this late-ish stage in the summer only for them to be packed away again during the colder months in favour of your darker, autumnal homewares, and not brought out next Spring because you decide you really do prefer lemon yellow after all…
2) Before you decide to shell out on something, make sure its style won’t seem totally outdated within a short time, as is often the problem with faddy trends. A case in point is the “Keep Calm and Carry On” slogan which has appeared on almost every possible home accessory since circa 2010. Even if that slogan is emblazoned on a very cheap but beautifully shaped designer mug, is it really a wise investment?? My advice is, move along please!
3) Keep an eye out for pieces that will look at home during the Autumn/Winter season too. Think berry colours (particularly rich cassis), knitted textures and any micro trends that are set to continue into the next season, i.e. the trend for all things green foliage and nature inspired pattern, typography print (but not of the “keep calm” type!!), geometric print and finally, touches of copper are also set to stick around into next season.
4) If you do buy summer pieces that you intend to put away until next year, opt for timeless, classic designs, such as navy and white breton striped cushions, neutral knitted throws and brightly coloured glassware for outdoor entertaining. These pieces will be brought out year after year and still look fresh and on-trend.
5) Finally, look out for homewares whose designs don’t hugely change with the seasons, such as wall clocks, photo frames, plain bedlinen and glassware. These can be displayed or brought out at any time of year or sometimes can be used for different purposes depending on the season, e.g. wine goblets used to hold punch at Christmas or glass dipping bowls used as mini votives when the evenings draw in. Use your imagination!
Here are some of my top picks from the current sales.
This fringed loose weave blanket from H&M is available in white or cream in the sale and would work well as a casual throw in living areas or the bedroom all year around. Team with delicate floral prints in dusty pinks and greys. Reduced to £12 online.
This little ceramic vase in a lovely shade of moss green would be perfect for holding a posy of simple white sprigs in a neutral decor setting. This year’s love of green and all things botanical is set to remain in vogue into next season. Team with greys, whites and pale wood for a natural, organic look. I think it looks a lot more expensive than its current slashed price tag of £3 – merely the price of a large coffee!
This oversized cotton blend cushion from Habitat features a delicate embroidered linear floral design, giving it added textural and visual appeal. A very subtle and elegant addition to any room.
The muted elegance of this round mirror from Laura Ashley really appeals to me. I adore its soft champagne colour and slightly matte finish and could just see a pair of these hanging on either side of a mantelpiece in a boutique hotel style living room or boudoir. A classic piece that will stand the test of time.
Update a tired wooden chest of drawers or finish off a freshly painted cupboard with these pretty ceramic knobs from Zara Home. They have been reduced from £4.99 to 99p a pair and I think they’re so dainty!
This dark mango wood cage light is very striking. I really like its elongated curved form and think it would be very at home hanging in a white glossy modern kitchen, where it would add texture and depth, or above embroidered cushions, rattan chairs and lush green foliage for an old school colonial feel. A line of three of these lights hung low above a dining area would be very dramatic. I think it’s a steal.
Ideal for indoor herbs or Spring flower bulbs, this ceramic planter and saucer from The White Company will always be very useful throughout the year. Would also make for a lovely gift complete with plant!
Have you picked up any good bargains this sale season?