Walking on sunshine: Top ten sunny buys for a cosy home

We all know the UK weather can’t be relied upon, and our shops stay full of waterproofs and brollies all year round. Instead, we’ve decided to guarantee our sunshine with these cheerful, sunny home accessories.

1. Sunshine apron, Freya

Freya sunshine apron

Guaranteed to cheer you up on the cloudiest of summer days, this cheerful bright yellow apron is designed in the UK by artist Freya. Featuring a stylised elephant design and the words ‘Fill me with sunshine’, it’ll add a splash of colour whether you’re wearing it or hanging it behind the kitchen door. Made from 100% heavy cotton drill, it has an adjustable neck strap to fit any size and costs £24 from Very Nice Things.

2. Bottled sunshine range

Fresh and summery bath products from Quintessentially English

Who could resist a range of bath products called Bottled Sunshine? Bringing the scent of fresh lemongrass to your bathroom, this range will uplift and cheer. Lemongrass fights jet-lag and fatigue while helping to relieve headaches, and these Bottled Sunshine products are made from natural and organic ingredients and pure essential oils of lemongrass. The range includes a bath cupcake, soap, massage oil,  hand and body lotion, hand and body wash and bath oil elixir. Prices start at £3.25, available from www.berryred.co.uk.

3. Yellow drum lampshade, Hunky Dory Home

Great for contemporary or traditional interiors

Handmade from a sunny yellow linen fabric, this shade is great as a ceiling light or on a standard lamp. It’ll give any room a warm, sunny glow and would be perfect for north facing or dark rooms. Measuring 30cm by 20cm, it’s priced at £28, and available from www.hunkydoryhome.co.uk.

4. Children’s sunshine plate, Helen Dardik

Colour, durability, a bold design – this plate has it all

This sunshine melamine plate by Helen Dardik will cheer up any meal, inside or out, with its bright, colourful design. Measuring 20cm, the plates and dishwasher but not microwave safe and cost £6.50 each from Peanut and Pip.

5. Sunflower cushion, Blooming Briony

Bring the outside in with this cheerful cushion

This scatter cushion features a print from an oil painting called ‘My Sunflower’ by artist Briony Benge-Abbott, with a royal blue background contrasting with the  bright yellow and soft orange hues of the petals. The cushion includes a  duck feather pad and measures 45 x 45cm. Available from Blooming Briony, priced at £65.

6. Smiley lamp, MR MARIA

Smile! Bring a warm glow to your rooms.

This is possibly the most cheerful lamp we’ve ever seen, and it certainly made us smile. By Dutch design duo MR MARIA, it has a bright dimmable LED lamp and measures 43.5cm in diameter. It would make a perfect night light for a child’s room, or a quirky talking point in a sitting room. Available from Maiden, priced at £189.

7. Sunshine bowls, Rigby and Mac

Make your own good weather with these sunny bowls.

These brightly-printed large ceramic bowls will be sure to bring some sunshine to your table, even if it’s drizzling outside. And if the sun is shining, these bowls would also look great used outside for salads. Available in four prints, they measure 7.5cm high by 13cm wide and cost £10.95 each from Rigby and Mac.

8. Sunshine print, Ros Shiers

Scatter the storm clouds with this open edition print designed by London based illustrator Ros Shiers and signed by the artist. Printed on heavy 220gsm white cartridge paper, it’s A3 size, delivered unframed and costs £24 from Urban Cuckoo.

9. Spindle candlesticks, ZigZag House

Cheerful and practical candlesticks

These sculptural ceramic yellow candlesticks are designed to hold both taper and pillar candles. Made from hard-wearing ceramic, they measure 17cm tall and cost £42 for a pair from Zigzag House.

10. Pushboy bin, Welco

Throw away in style with this funky bin

Who says functional can’t be fun? We love this tall, bright bin, which at 80cm high by40cm wide will fit neatly into a corner. Priced at £126, available from Red Candy.

By Sara Walker

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