As the days start to lengthen and the sun shines a little more brightly, the craving for cosiness recedes and instead we find ourselves hankering after a sense of freshness and space.

We’re not talking austere minimalism, but rather a relaxed, calming look that relies on natural, tactile materials like linen, wool, wood and raffia, plus plenty of greenery to create a nurturing environment. Soft tones and pale shades are given interest and depth through texture, embroidery and embellishment, preventing them ever feeling bland or clinical. We took a look around our Houses for inspiration, from the newly opened Soho Warehouse in Downtown LA and Soho House Hong Kong to Little Beach House Barcelona and Soho House Mumbai.

Soho House Hong Kong

'We wanted to create a soft, calm environment for people to have a break from the busy city. On level 30 there's a wall of glass with a view of the skyline which is all pastel colours so we took inspiration for the scheme from that. For example we used tiles in sage green, soft pinks and yellow tones. We have a lot of rattan throughout the House, in furniture but also on the walls. There's a cork ceiling on level 27; cork is a nice variation to rattan and timber but still with that earthy feel. We have an entire wall in the solarium which is made of bamboo – it brings some natural texture to the wall and we wanted to use materials that were local and made sense in that environment. There are linen shades and curtains everywhere to soften the space while keeping the natural light coming in.'

Soho Warehouse Downtown LA

'Smoked and tinted glass (Murano on chandeliers), plush velvet upholstery contrasting with exposed brick, graffiti-sprayed walls and giant house plants everywhere. Warm parquet floors layered with antique rugs, pleated paper shades sit on tactile ceramic lamps. Leather dining chairs that will acquire a unique patina as they age and are used, warm wooden furniture with rich patterns of grain. Wooden dining chairs that will be just as happy dragged outside on a sunny day as they are in a dining room. Soft sage green and putty pink. Printed cotton and linen lampshades.'

Soho House Mumbai

'In the gym and the Allis bar we made them a bit fresher, for example in the Allis we had slatted timber walls and that made it feel quite light. We used a lot of cane, lots of woven shades and planting. That had quite a lot of light and we didn’t have curtains, just woven blinds, so soft lighting – not big heavy curtains – and that led out onto Cecconi’s overlooking the beach so we didn’t want anything too heavy. The gym was like that too; the walls were painted a soft coral shade. In the gym you’ve got the timber floor – a lighter teak – and these beautiful polished plaster style walls. It’s a very fresh, clean space. Then you can layer those spaces up or take them back depending on the season – in the winter you might have velvety cushions, while in the summer you might lighten them up. Don’t forget elements like candles – have a pared back space but you can always use accessories to layer it up.'

Little Beach House Barcelona

It’s really fresh, everything Is quite tactile, the walls are a really textured stucco which is really fresh and nice. What’s nice in beach house is there’s only one scheme of bedroom, they all feel quite fresh and clean, they all overlook the beach and have quite calm colours, sage green lifted by warm yellows and oranges, a really simple palette. It’s all about continuing colours throughout the space, a lovely green terrazzo floor that runs throughout the building – a restored version of the original floor from the 1940s. It goes through the whole building and ties the spaces together and immediately makes them feel calm. It’s about keeping your palette simple to make it feel calm and fresh, especially in spring – in winter you’re inundated with red and green everywhere! Your main living spaces keep quite light and bright, then your bedroom can be darker and cosier.'

A rich layering of materials, colours and textures, from burnished brass to sage green walls, fluted glass details, dark wood furniture, leather, windows shaded with sheer voile panels, linens, fringing on furniture and cushions, hand-made ceramics, Fermoie’s printed linen lamp shades, plenty of plants. There’s a warmth, a tactility to the space that invites you in, welcomes you to sit down and get comfy, put your feet up, relax. The materials combine to make something lived in with character, warmth and soul. Parquet floors, antique pieces, woven rugs.

Soho Warehouse Downtown LA

Take in the view of Hollywood from the rooftop pool at Soho Warehouse Downtown LA