Transient trends vs long lasting style
Wouldn’t you rather future proof your home instead?
We’re a practical pair here at Beautiful Homes in the North. The must-have home interior trends tempt us like everyone else, but constantly changing our homes would leave us a) knackered b) always chasing our tails and c) pretty skint.
Over the years we’ve learnt that nailing the basic bones of a room is key to successful interior design. Opt for design classics and timeless shapes for key investment pieces, then experiment with on trend paint ideas, accessories and items that be easily changed if you fancy it.
So what if a list of ‘what’s hot’ and ‘what’s not’ claims that grey has had it’s day and gallery walls are on their way out. If it works in your home and you love it, then who cares?
Here’s our antidote to the 2019 home interior trend lists; a guide to longevity and future proofing your home.
Never skimp on a sofa
The phrase ‘buy once, buy wellI’ is certainly true here. I bought my two Bliss sofas in 2001 from Delcor and chose a very simple, classic shape in olive green. They’ve stood the test of time as 17 years later I still love them. At the moment they work with a mix of botanical and mustard cushions, but could equally take pink, purple and white florals or some bold, geometric colour blocking.
Having a sofa re-upholstered isn’t cheap – so choose the colour wisely and mentally bank a few ideas for future cushion colour schemes in case you fancy a change several years down the line. Not moving into your forever home yet? Then ask yourself if the sofa would suit any age or style of property as well.
If you’re starting from scratch, design your room scheme around the sofa as Suzy Johnson has done In her Victorian semi in Lancashire. Suzy, an architectural antiques and reclamation specialist at ribble-reclamation.co.uk was obsessed with having a pink sofa but rather than choosing a hot fuchsia pink that could easily date, she’s gone for a soft elegant dusky pink Chesterfield design that suits the the house perfectly.
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Always pick a neutral kitchen
One homeowner I met absolutely loved bright colours and had been on the brink of choosing primrose yellow kitchen units. In the end she went for white and opted for an array of bright accessories and artwork instead, which really popped against the simple units.
While you may not want your kitchen to look like everyone else’s, there’s a reason why white, cream and grey kitchens are the best sellers. A neutral kitchen doesn’t have to look bland though. When Lea Ecclestone (@thecowbarn) bought her barn conversion in Northumberland, the developer had already fitted a neutral kitchen but the exposed stone wall and the addition of a feature wall in Jane Churchill’s March hare wallpaper give it real individuality.
If you still want to be adventurous with your door colours though (forest green is tempting us at the moment) then go for a painted wood kitchen that can always be re-painted without it costing a fortune.
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You’ll always need more storage than you think
The best purchases you make are often the ones that make your life easier. An ottoman bed where you can store all those bulky suitcases, built-in alcove cupboards for books and paperwork, a vintage sideboard that stores all the kids’ games – these are the pieces you won’t regret choosing.
For Emma Roberts, a primary school teacher and interiors blogger at homebirds.org.uk (@_homebirds_), the best part of her 300-year-old cottage near Nottingham is the built-in window seat in the dining room that incorporates tons of storage. Emma commissioned a local joiner to bring her vision to life using MDF to save money which can easily be re-painted in future if she fancies a change from the dark blue.
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Avoid light rugs
I’ve lost count of the number of rugs that I’ve binned due to mucky shoes and spilt red wine. My latest – a mustard and cream trellis pattern from IKEA – is already looking worse for wear after just a year and I’m now thinking about a cow hide that’s easy to clean.
So what are the best options? Natural fibres like jute, seagrass and sisal are very on-trend but stain easily and a solid dark colour will show up bits of fluff (remember the old adage about dark coloured cars showing up the dirt more).
I’d suggest choosing a good quality wool rug in a mid tone colour with a pattern to hide a multitude of sins. A classic Persian style can work in many schemes. For instance Suzy Broome (@suzybroome) has created an eclectic look in her Victorian home in Sheffield by combining a vintage Persian rug with mid Century modern pieces, industrial shelves made from copper pipes and chipboard, colourful cushions and a hint of Mexicana.
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We’d love to hear your ideas for creating longevity in your home.
What are your best timeless buys?
How do you keep your home looking fresh without constantly changing things?
Tell us in the comments below.