Buying a new home is a huge life achievement and you will invariably want to get started on making it your own. However, if you’ve never decorated a house before or you’re just not sure exactly what you want, the process can seem like a daunting task. However, with some professional-approved tips and tricks, you will be well on your way to creating a home that reflects your personality and your lifestyle.
We’ve segmented this top advice on a room-by-room basis, but don’t be afraid to mix and match ideas and utilise them in different spaces because this is one of the simplest ways to really put your own stamp on your home.
A statement lamp on a bedside table can make a big visual impact without taking up too much physical space. Eye-catching lamps are enormously popular right now and that popularity isn’t going to fade anytime soon. Look out for brightly coloured lamp bases and shades, and expect to see lots of styles with beautifully glossy finishes that add an extra element of dimension to your space.
Whether you enjoy muted pastel shades, neutral tones, or bold pops of colour, don’t be afraid to experiment with everything from wall colours to accessories. Neutral and natural tones often work best in bedrooms because they are inherently calming and tranquil but if you love colour and want to be surrounded by it at every opportunity, start by experimenting with brightly coloured soft furnishings, including bedspreads, rugs, and curtains.
Listening rooms are a huge trend for 2023 and beyond, with audiophiles rushing to make space for their dream hi-fi systems and shelving units designed to hold impeccably organised record collections. And the good news is that you don’t need an entire free room to make the most of this opportunity, as it can make a wonderful and eye-catching addition to a corner of your living room. Complete your space with plush armchairs and mood lighting to elevate your music listening experience even further.
If you want to create different zones within a space and ensure that your home is both stylish and multifunctional, using statement rugs to create distinct areas is a straightforward yet effective way to achieve this goal. Bold rugs can also act as beautiful art pieces within your home and be a way to introduce colour and pattern with ease.
Sustainability is a hot topic in every walk of life, and there are a range of materials available to you if you want to decorate your home mindfully. Think reclaimed wooden furniture, soft furnishings made from recycled and natural materials such as jute, cotton and linen, stone worktops and tiles that are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.
Dining rooms lend themselves perfectly to the use of natural materials, with warm wood dining tables and chairs immediately working to create a welcoming environment that you will love entertaining in. But don’t forget that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to change the look and feel of a room. Simply adding a bouquet of fresh flowers in a beautiful glass vase can transform your dining table in seconds.
Gold is making a comeback in a big way and its warm tones can instantly make a room feel so much more inviting and homely. Even small hints of gold, such as on taps, drawer and door handles, and light fittings can create a striking effect without completely overwhelming a room. The warm colour profile of gold can be used in a range of different kitchen spaces, including both opulent designs featuring lots of marble and stone, and soft modern kitchen designs which perfectly balance different features such as light neutral cabinetry and warm wood exposed shelving.
One of the keys to every great room design is layering. This can be tricky to get right in bathrooms, but it certainly doesn’t need to feel like an impossible task. You’ll want to start by selecting your ideal bathroom suite. From here, you can introduce colour and texture through bath mats and rugs, towels, storage baskets, and window dressings. If you want a minimal look you could stop here, but if you prefer a maximalist approach to design, then look at incorporating beautiful prints or even adding a statement wallpaper to the walls, small ornaments and trinket dishes, and beautifully potted house plants.
Overall, we’re seeing trends step away from full-on country cottage, farmhouse or ultra-modern styles towards ways of designing that allow individual personalities and characters to really shine through. By adopting a personalised approach to every room in your home and really pausing to think carefully about how you want that space to work for you, you will end up with a home that reflects who you are and allows you to enjoy every moment in the environment you have worked so hard to create.