With the New Year here it can be tempting for a lot of us to embark on major home renovations. You may have a grand plan to totally transform every room in your home, but life tends to get in the way. A more realistic idea is to choose one room and make some changes there, rather than try and tackle the whole house!
Obviously, everyone has a different sense of style, and our tastes can change over time, so you’ll never find a definitive guide on how to create the perfect design for your home. That’s part of the fun with interior design, it’s up to you!
With that being said, give you some ideas for each of the main rooms in your home, we have teamed up with Bespoke Interiors. This experienced interior design company design and install some really stunning bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens in Newcastle and the North East area.
Considered by many to be the heart of the home, the kitchen is a really important room in the house. Even if you don’t think you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, chances are you’ll be in there more than you think. In any kitchen, it’s crucial that your layout is functional, and you make the most of the space available. An idea you can look to implement in your kitchen this year is a bold backsplash. One of the best ways to do this is to use coloured tiles. Kitchens, as with bathrooms, are often dominated by white or cream tones. This is changing with more wood and different stone being used in kitchens but if you want to keep a clean and relatively neutral environment but just add a splash of colour, a colourful backsplash behind the cooker is a great way to do this.
Earth tones are going to be increasingly popular throughout the home this year and going forward, as environmental awareness becomes ever greater. While the thought of having a green sofa may be too much for some, there are little accents and touches you can make with accessories to create a great effect. Exposed wood has always been popular and reclaimed wood furniture will likely continue to be desirable. The living room gives you a great platform to add complementary or contrasting colours through items such as cushions or rugs. With more independent producers for you to work with, creating items such as a cushion, in a fabric and colour you want, is a great way to bring more earth tones into your home and specifically the living room. You can also add earth tones through more plants dotted around the room.
Space is crucial in a bedroom. You don’t want to feel cramped as that can lead to stress and stop you getting the rest you need each day. Because of this, furniture outside of the necessities is often limited in bedrooms. However, if you do have the space to add a little additional furniture and a statement piece here or there, it can make a big impact. Chairs are often a great edition. It may sound simple, but they provide you with another place to sit and enjoy the room you have created, rather than just sitting on the bed. Depending on the style of your room you may go for something classic like a chesterfield chair or something more modern. In a bedroom, the design often works better if all the items feel connected, compared to other areas of the home where you can experiment more with contrasting styles.
A trend which was really taking off in 2019 and we believe will continue to do so in 2020 is darker coloured bathrooms. As mentioned earlier with kitchens, the white or cream colour scheme has been hard to avoid for years, particularly with so many essential parts of the bathroom, e.g. baths and sinks, being hard to find in other colours. While this may continue to be the case, you can bring darker colours in on cupboard doors or even whole walls with dark tiles. Black tiles can look stunning, but if that may seem too dark for you, why not try a navy blue or charcoal.
We hope you have fun with any interior design projects you work on this year, and hopefully, the ideas listed above give you some inspiration for them.