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Regardless whether or not you’re looking to move, everyone wants their home to look its very best all year round. With this in mind, here are our favourite trends we have noticed in 2018 so far.
Grey is great. While magnolia has long been heralded as the perfect neutral choice the colour grey is proving much more versatile and therefore, much more enduring. A grey colour palette can range from the oh-so-pale greys with tints of blush or lilac, right through too much deeper hues the colour of the storm clouds that so often frequent the British sky. Grey shades lend themselves to a neutral, modern stylishness that oozes chic, and they do so without becoming ‘boring’. Grey also works well with low energy and LED lighting options that have recently become popular.
With such an array of shades and hues to choose from, you can select a shade of grey that works best within your home, and with your existing furniture. Lighter greys help colourful accents in the room to pop, and darker greys look great when teamed with wooden furniture.
The kitchen has always been heralded as the heart of the home, but it is fast becoming the central hub for entertaining, rather than the more formal living or dining room spaces. While open plan kitchens are on the wish list for many, we’ve noticed a big rise in kitchens that centre around an island. Kitchen islands are not only effortlessly stylish, they also provide much needed extra worktop and storage space.
These islands are truly timeless in their appeal. Whatever the style of your kitchen whether sleek modern marble or rustic country farmhouse, an island is the perfect addition to any kitchen.
Furniture has taken a trip to the dark side in 2018. While bleached, pale woods still have their place in any home, there has been a big uptake of bold, statement furniture that is darker in colour, including mahogany, oak and walnut. These pieces are increasingly popular, not only because they contrast beautifully with seemingly any room colour, from bold neutrals like teal and grey, right through to the simplest shade of white, but also because they give any room, no matter how plain, a touch of interest and edginess.
A few house plants thrown into the mix will make the look even better. After all, Mother Nature really does give us the best colour combinations.
Adding some dark wood to your home needn’t be a total furniture overhaul. Have a hunt around reworked furniture shops for an affordable, vintage gem, or stay small and simple with mirrors, stools and hanging shelves.
The world has so much to offer, not least of which is some rather good interior design inspiration. From bold, bright prints inspired by traditional block patterning to the rich, raw terracotta colour inspired by the colours of cave drawings, there has never been a better time to show off your cultured collectables. We don’t mean display your trinket collection of seashells, or hang that cool piece of drift wood up on the wall - although coastal inspired décor is another popular trend.
What we mean is bold patterned wall hangings and cushion covers inspired by traditional printing methods, textiles embossed with tropical prints inspired by the rainforests, engraved wooden furniture, Moroccan lampshades – the possibilities are endless!
While rose and yellow gold have been popular accents for a while now, more industrial metallic colours, such as brass, chrome and nickel, are becoming increasingly popular. Small metallic pieces are an inexpensive way of giving a room a new feel, without having to invest in larger furniture pieces. A simple lamp, a vase, mirror or stool is enough to give a room a whole new feel.
Whether you want to move or improve your home, Andrews is here to help you find a way, whether that means re-mortgaging your home to pay for a remodel, or starting a new adventure in a brand new home. Give your local team a call to see how we can be of assistance in your property plans.