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Best of the zest: how to nail the lemon interiors trend

When life gives you lemons, make your home zing with citrus accessories and pops of colour

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Lemon print wallpaper from Morris & Co

Lemon print wallpaper from Morris & Co

Lemon pitcher, €55, April and the Bear; aprilandthebear.com

Lemon pitcher, €55, April and the Bear; aprilandthebear.com

Sicilian plate, €32.50, Avoca; avoca.com

Sicilian plate, €32.50, Avoca; avoca.com

Lemon bowl, €3, Flying Tiger; flyingtiger.com

Lemon bowl, €3, Flying Tiger; flyingtiger.com

Lemon bowl, €62.40, Suzie McAdam; suziemcadam.com

Lemon bowl, €62.40, Suzie McAdam; suziemcadam.com

Lemon cocktail cup with straw, €12, Oliver Bonas; oliverbonas.com

Lemon cocktail cup with straw, €12, Oliver Bonas; oliverbonas.com

Rug, €204, Smallable; smallable.com

Rug, €204, Smallable; smallable.com

Botanical print, €55, Townhouse Westport

Botanical print, €55, Townhouse Westport

Lemon dotted poster, €9.57, Desenio; desenio.ie

Lemon dotted poster, €9.57, Desenio; desenio.ie

Lemon and blue cushion, €12.99, TK Maxx

Lemon and blue cushion, €12.99, TK Maxx

Lemon cocktail cup with straw, €12,

Lemon cocktail cup with straw, €12,

The Designed Table; thedesignedtable.com

The Designed Table; thedesignedtable.com

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Lemon print wallpaper from Morris & Co

Imagine a sun-drenched terrace that overlooks a sparkling azure sea, a terrace fringed by lemon trees and olive groves stirred by breezes that brush the shores of the Italian Riviera. If ever there was a time for lemon-themed accessories, it’s in August when Italians and tourists vacate their cities for the coast. In Italy, the significance of lemons is brighter than their vibrant colour.

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Botanical print, €55, Townhouse Westport

Botanical print, €55, Townhouse Westport

Botanical print, €55, Townhouse Westport

Walk through different towns and cities and you’ll see beautiful vases and pots painted with lemons, bottles of limoncello and roadside stands brimming with them; they’re an essential part of Italian life, the Amalfi Coast claiming to be the home of the true lemon. In Italy, they’ve never gone out of fashion and their popularity is catching.

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Rug, €204, Smallable; smallable.com

Rug, €204, Smallable; smallable.com

Rug, €204, Smallable; smallable.com

The lemon print trend has been spotted all over the High Street and at designers including Dolce & Gabbana and Oscar de la Renta. They’ve been adorning, embellishing and splashing themselves over our homes adding a much-needed pop of brightness and a zest for life, not to mention them being a symbol for love and friendship and, a key component in a gin and tonic.

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Lemon dotted poster, €9.57, Desenio; desenio.ie

Lemon dotted poster, €9.57, Desenio; desenio.ie

Lemon dotted poster, €9.57, Desenio; desenio.ie


Yellow interiors can often lean towards a ‘magnolia’ home. But when Pantone picked Illuminating Yellow as one of its key colours for 2021 it brought a new appreciation for uplifting shades of the colour that pack a punch when applied graphically in small doses.

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Lemon and blue cushion, €12.99, TK Maxx

Lemon and blue cushion, €12.99, TK Maxx

Lemon and blue cushion, €12.99, TK Maxx

It’s a trend that reflects our gravitation towards shades that offer nostalgia and warmth and nothing says sunshine more than a bright citrusy object to help bring home a little of the Med we’re all dreaming of.

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Lemon pitcher, €55, April and the Bear; aprilandthebear.com

Lemon pitcher, €55, April and the Bear; aprilandthebear.com

Lemon pitcher, €55, April and the Bear; aprilandthebear.com

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We love &Klevering’s graphic pitcher — a kitsch interpretation of a still-life lemon painting, available from April and the Bear.

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Lemon bowl, €62.40, Suzie McAdam; suziemcadam.com

Lemon bowl, €62.40, Suzie McAdam; suziemcadam.com

Lemon bowl, €62.40, Suzie McAdam; suziemcadam.com

Suzie McAdam is known for her playful and cross-genre style and her online shop bears the hallmarks with a collection that flirts with French and Italian frivolity including Les-Ottoman’s lemon bowls and plates that will instantly transport you to balmy Sicilian summers.

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The Designed Table; thedesignedtable.com

The Designed Table; thedesignedtable.com

The Designed Table; thedesignedtable.com

On a trip to Westport last year, I was drawn to an enormous and beautiful vase in the window of interiors boutique Townhouse Westport adorned with bright lemons. Owner Ally Murphy has a knack for finding and curating quirky, unique and often kitsch-cool pieces that riff on fruit, flora and fauna. If you want to make a splash at your next dinner party consider investing in The Designed Table’s lemon-motif tablecloth and placemats, which pair beautifully with amber glassware.

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Sicilian plate, €32.50, Avoca; avoca.com

Sicilian plate, €32.50, Avoca; avoca.com

Sicilian plate, €32.50, Avoca; avoca.com

Add a fresh squeeze of lemon to the table with Avoca’s blue and white plates with leafy lemon illustrations or a lemon-shaped bowl from Tiger.

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Lemon bowl, €3, Flying Tiger; flyingtiger.com

Lemon bowl, €3, Flying Tiger; flyingtiger.com

Lemon bowl, €3, Flying Tiger; flyingtiger.com

A pop of vivid lemon ink jumps out on a wall. For a classic piece try Townhouse Westport’s botanical lemon illustration or for a modern twist Desenio’s graphic dotted lemon poster.

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Lemon cocktail cup with straw, €12, Oliver Bonas; oliverbonas.com

Lemon cocktail cup with straw, €12, Oliver Bonas; oliverbonas.com

Lemon cocktail cup with straw, €12, Oliver Bonas; oliverbonas.com

Citrus-themed accessories are all over Oliver Bonas right now from mugs and mats to candles and plates and a stylish lemon gold glass cocktail cup with matching metallic straw.

Now pour yourself a G&T and linger under those imaginary lemon groves.


 


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