A home by the shore may be out of reach but a crisp blue and white theme will quickly conjure a carefree, coastal style.

A chunky sofa and armchair in pale wood with plump sky blue cushions and a matching coffee table with built-in storage space could be irresistible: the Blooma Cavallo coffee table set, £699 from B&Q.

Pull the look together with blue accessories from Matalan which has blue picnic ware, from £4.50 a set, a blue and white boathouse-style birdhouse, £8 (currently only available in stores), and lantern, £6.

BUDGET BUY: A blue Toronto four-seater outdoor dining set in white powder coated steel and mesh, including blue seat pads and parasol, £299, and bench, £99, both from John Lewis.