Move or Improve?

New UK survey reveals that 61% of homeowners would rather undertake home improvements than move to a new property. 

A recent survey commissioned by conveyancing experts Slater & Gordon unveiled that the majority of property owners would rather opt for a home renovation as opposed to moving to a new property. Unsurprisingly, the survey also revealed that 56% of people are content on buying a property that they’re not happy with, with the intentions of improving it themselves. As a nation of avid DIYers then, we’ve taken a look at the SS17 design trends that will make you a home interiors trailblazer…

Go Green...

Bringing the outdoors in has been a big trend in 2016 with stripped back rooms full of botanicals that would make put Kew to shame. Forget photosynthesis and chill, we’re now seeing green take the limelight all to itself, without the chloroform. Instead of turning to plants to add green to your room, we’re heading back to decadence with lavish emeralds crushed velvets, and opulent stained green vases and glassware. Dark forrest green walls and lime green and teal furnishings might seem garish and pretty full on, but done right it’s a strong mood amplifier and head turner. If you’re still a minimalist at heart don’t fret as one green feature wall works magnificently alongside clean whites and monochromes. Dripping different shades in through accessories is a nod at the trend without committing fully to a brand new revamp.

Throw Shapes...

Geometry is a big trend for SS17, and bold shapes and lines are a great way to create depth, texture and aperture to a room. Bright primary colours and mosiac tiles are a great way to invoke shapes into bathrooms and kitchens. Don’t worry if the thought of throwing shapes across your home intimidates you though, as geometry is no longer just about the bold black futuristic lines. Blush and lighter pastel colours are a big hit and a lot less intrusive. Gold metallics on a light grey wallpaper are just enough of a subtle nod at your interior prowess.

Put Yourself in the Room...

Regardless of what’s in trend and what’s not, you need to stay true to yourself, after all it’s your home. If you hate green and renaissance art then under no circumstances should you chase after trends. There are a number of different ways to interpret and appropriate trends and statements that the more unique you make it the better. Instead of copying your neighbour’s or even worse a magazine layout top to bottom, let your personality shine through. If you’re proud of your Penguin collection, make them a feature. If you’re a keen artist or cyclist, make sure your guests subtly know this by letting your room do the talking !

Mix Old and New...

A previous survey undertook by Slater and Gordon regarding the Uk’s DIY trends revealed that 40% of women upcycle old furniture compared to just 26% of men. Upcycling now is less of a fleeting trend and more of a go-to for all interior gurus. It’s not only an inexpensive DIY method but it also confirms complete exclusivity and adds a bespoke curated touch to the room. From antique ottomans to art deco lamps, mixing statement period pieces with clean modern rooms adds an elegant thought out stamp, making your room less like an ikea show home and more personal and charismatic. Our top tip for SS17 comes from designer Paolo Moschino who loves to juxtapose unusual pairings, like secretary furnishings in bathrooms. Hammocks and hanging chairs aren’t just for gardens, try placing them in children’s rooms or even kitchen diners for a more relaxed social experience when hosting.