It’s going to be a long, hot summer as we all settle down to watch the latest Love Island contestants compete together in their quest to find true love.
For the 2022 series, contestants are staying in a brand-new luxury villa in Mallorca, which includes a 20-meter pool and a private outdoor gym.
And while you might not be able to install a pool in your own backyard, you can still “break in” and add a touch of Love Island luxury to your home.
Here interior design expert and home designer Georgina Burnett, featured in This Morning and vlogger for The Home Genie, reveals her cheap and simple decorating tricks to recreate the look of a Love Island villa.
lights up the room
While the look of the villa has been revamped, the famous neon phrase lights are back, and you can’t move around with slogans like “eat, sleep, break, repeat.”
Georgina says: ‘Just a nod to those in your home will do the trick, and you can either go for a ready-made version of Lights4fun which costs from £29.99 or more, or craft your own logos from Neon Beach starting at £19.99.
“The cheapest way to get this effect is to paint your own expressions on walls and furniture with neon paints.
“But if you want a ‘permanent’ solution like ties in a show, you can opt for removable wall stickers, like these customizable ones from Bannerbuzz.com from under £10.”
cracked with color
This year, inside and outside the villa, there is a strong theme of mainly white interiors with pops of vibrant color, such as fuchsia pink, blue, yellow and orange.
“If you already have neutral walls, you can achieve this by copying the accent walls painted blue, or simply painting the door frames a light pink and yellow,” says Georgina.
“If this is such a big commitment, why not paint pictures or mirror frames, which can easily be changed when your love for the trend dies?
“If you’re using something like two coats of bradyet can, which fits most materials, all you have to do is clean the surface and gently scrape it off with fine sandpaper first.”
Say it with soft furnishings
Another way to make Love Island look less is by adding brightly colored throws to your existing lounge and bedroom pillows.
Georgina says: ‘Velvet sunny-yellow holiday pillows from Tesco for £6, orangey throw pillows for £15 from Amazon or pink outdoor pillows from Furn for £9 are the perfect addition.
“A little extravagance is added to the standard white bed linen by adding yellow and orange blankets at the ends of the beds.
“Add this bit of color to your hue by purchasing a haberdashery cloth.
“You can tidy up the edges by creating a quick hem with Wundaweb, which sticks the fabric together once the iron is heated up.”
Create your own fire pit
No Love Island-inspired home would be complete without the now infamous fire pit, and a similar ambiance can be achieved at home for less than £30.
Georgina says: ‘Add a fire pot from The Range to your garden for £24.99 and the sparks will fly – without spending the money.
‘If you want to dress up as bulky outdoor cushions, but don’t want to invest too much, you can buy Fabrics UK waterproof fabric online from £5.95 and simply wrap and tie around the sofa seat cushions.
“Add these to a number of stands laid end-to-end and presto, and you have yourself a Love Island chair.”
From pops of color to pop art, you can really make a statement with bold artwork.
Georgina says: ‘Create your own art with an Etsy stencil (£3.50) and stroke some glossy paint on a canvas from The Works for 10.
“The talking point will be in your room when your buddies are around.
“Alternatively, the easiest version, also from Etsy, is a downloadable set of three lip murals, for less than £12.”
Add drama to your dressing room
A great deal of self-reflection takes place in the villa, so it’s no surprise that mirrors make a big splash in the décor.
Georgina says: ‘Vertical reflective stripes are easy to imitate with Amazon foil tape, as 10m costs £3.50.
“Just make sure you space them evenly and use a spirit scale—you don’t want the effect of the Hall of Mirrors.
“Mirrors in the home are so much more than just decorations, of course.
“To make sure they look their best, every contestant has a dressing table mirror, and they opted for a gold look this year.
“Tesco has a similar version for £6 and when you’re with an Oliver Bonas makeup stand ($12) you’ll feel like you’re getting ready for a text!”
Joy in the garden
Another way to get vibrant colors in your island-style home is to mimic the colorful Greek heads, using a candle mold for less than £13 from Etsy.
Georgina also suggests cutting polystyrene or thick cardboard—next time you get a delivery—into cactus shapes and painting them yellow, pink, and blue.
She adds: ‘There is a great deal of green space inside and outside the villa and you can’t improve on the price of plants, both real and artificial, from B&M from £2.50.
“The bigger the indoor plants, the better, and this stone-effect planter from Asda for £23 is just right.”
Georgina also recommends covering any soil in your garden with white stones to give the villa ambiance.
“B&Q sells a bag of gravel for £11.50, or Asda has three bags for the price of two right now,” she says.
The most prominent area is the romantic, flower-lined walkway.
“While this can be difficult to create on a budget with real plants, you can copy the idea of a floral wall with these silk flowers from aliexpress.com – 12 pieces for under £20,” says Georgina.
If there’s one thing Love Islanders really love, it’s a little fizzy, and this year it’s served up in golden flutes.
Georgina says: ‘If you’re popping Prosecco outside in a bikini, you might be safer choosing a plastic version like this 20-pack for £12.99 from Party Delights.
“Instead of splashing on an ice bucket, you can make your own by sprinkling a watermelon and putting in some ice. The interior can be saved for a watermelon martini for later.
“If you need a Love Island side table to put it on, paint the terracotta pots white exterior and place one upside down on top of the other.
It can be fixed with external adhesive if you plan to leave it outside.
“If the stars are not aligned, it does not matter that the garden is decorated with string lights.
“While an electric bill could cost an ITV a small fortune, you don’t have to break the bank to achieve the same effect – with B&M’s Festoon 24 bulbs string light package costing £18.”
Interior design expert advice