Can you say for sure that you are completely satisfied with your interior design? With trends changing on a regular basis, alongside seasonal updates on home design and the evolution of our personal tastes, it is not surprising that a quarter of Brits are ‘constantly decorating’ their home.
This study includes data from more than 1,000 UK homeowners and revealed that we are not that content with our décors and seek to change it often. The survey also says that Brits take 9.5 days to complete a room and that 22% of homeowners move straight onto the next space once a room has been completed.
The Importance of Redecorating
As estate agents in Cumbria, we are used to seeing our fair share of interior designs and believe that a well-thought-out décor is a great asset to any property.
After all, it can easily help you get a house ready for sale and benefits viewings, especially if you choose to redecorate with upcoming 2018 trends that are emerging now. This is likely to allow them to appreciate the potential and versatility of the space, as well as increase the likelihood that you can benefit from a higher asking price if you’re selling a property that’s redecorated beautifully, and ready to move straight into.
If you have recently purchased a property, transforming its interior design can also breathe new life, even if you’re not planning to sell it.
Upcoming Trends You Can Draw Inspiration From
The survey carried out by Furniture123.co.uk says that bedrooms’ interior design is changed on average every 29 months, living rooms’ every 25 months, bathrooms’ every 33 months, dining rooms’ every 37 months and hallways’ every 45 months. For many, this means it’s now time to embark on another redecorating journey and, at Corrie & Co, we want to help you make it a smooth one!
These are some of the trends that you can expect to see in 2018, and will potentially add value to your property, whether you’re planning to sell or not!
Cosiness and Hygge
A major trend that is rising in popularity is ‘Hygge’ – sometimes used in conjunction with creating a cosy feel in the home. Cosiness is difficult to define, as it’s more of an individual and subjective feeling than anything else, but comfort and warmth often constitute such an atmosphere.
Consider layering your furniture with soft furnishings, such as multiple pillows, cushions, blankets and use soft light sources, such as candles, to create a cosy ambience in your home.
Other ways you can achieve this are by adding relaxing nooks that function as a retreat to read a book with a nice glass of wine, or a fireplace that creates that perfect cosy feel. Materials such as stone and metals are in fashion too, as they can be used for accent walls and decorative items that will make a space feel inviting and modern.
Recycled or Upcycled Materials
With an increasingly eco-conscious society, it’s not surprising that recycled materials and furniture are top choices for 2018.
From attractive artwork to furnishings with a rustic charm, you can create a harmonizing décor that will completely transform a room.
You can achieve this with reclaimed wood and upholstered chairs, for example, but the options are limitless!
A trend that is also rising in popularity and will no doubt be part of many homes in 2018, is wabi sabi, the ancient Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection. Wabi sabi is a way of life too, loosely translated as a ‘beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete… a beauty of things modest and humble… a beauty of things unconventional.’
If you’re looking to incorporate it into your design, then you should be looking for asymmetry, natural objects, and simplicity. A wood-carved chair, a weathered rug, and a handcraft ceramic bowl are just some examples of this style.
Nature and earthy tones, as well as bespoke handmade items as opposed to those that are commercial and mass-produced, are also important elements of wabi sabi.
Modern Colour Schemes
According to the survey, 55% of Brits feel that they have a room in their home that needs redecorating. If you feel the same but are not keen to start a major refurbishment or undertake the task of refreshing its entire décor, why not invest in new colours that can elevate a space?
While colours may be chosen with personal taste in mind, there is no denying that some tones are trendsetters for the upcoming year.
Metals are still on the rise, so metallic hints in your decorative items (from couch pillows to sculptures) and wallpapers, for example, help to create a modern and aesthetically pleasing space. The same goes for colours such as terracotta, deep blues, dark reds, earthy tones, and woods.
Your home doesn’t have to require redecorating and you don’t have to be tired of your interior design to refresh it; as exemplified by the 19% of homeowners who do it for ‘enjoyment’. Update your furniture, paint the walls, change your decoration, opt for LED lights, etc., and enjoy every minute of it!
If you’re like the one-in-four British homeowners who are looking to constantly rejuvenate their home, it’s important that you know where to begin; if you spend a lot of time relaxing in your bedroom, why not start there before making your way around the rest of the house?
There’s so much you can do that not only makes you fall in love with your property again but also increases its value. At Corrie & Co, we understand just how important it is to ensure that your home is perfect for when viewings begin – and just how much you want to make a new property ‘your own’.