Interior Design Trends for Your Self Build

by Lucy Aplin
23rd August 2019

Finished the main construction phase of your self build and at bit of a loss when it comes to how to decorate? Or maybe you’re in the planning stage, dreaming about bringing the details of your future home into fruition?

Decor can be difficult, but it’s only fair to do your project justice after months of work and mountains of money.

This handy guide outlines the latest trends and how you can incorporate your own, personal tastes into your scheme. Use these ideas separately or in combination to achieve the wow factor in your home decor.

Interiors trend 1: Colour blocking

Forget minimalistic whites and greys – bold, brave colours are back in full force. Mix rich tones in contrasting hues to achieve an interiors scheme that makes a real statement.

Vibrant bathroom fittings

Designed for use with wall mounted taps, this pink-hued concrete countertop sink has an unusual pleated design.

Otto concrete basin in blush

Otto concrete basin in blush, £1,788, Alternative Bathrooms

Statement upholstery

Blending a sleek silhouette with its tufted cushion details, this mid century style sofa is upholstered in plush velvet to create a sophisticated allure.

Scott 3 seater sofa in burnt orange, £999

Scott 3 seater sofa in burnt orange, £999, MADE

Warm tones in contemporary zones

This open-plan living space benefits from the pop of colour provided by the moss-green sofas.

Antony and Terea Ralph’s colourful use of upholstery adds depth and warmth to the contemporary living area.

A simple, yet clever technique that they incorporate throughout the home.

Living area in contemporary property


Bold kitchen colour schemes

This Shaker-style kitchen combines modern and traditional elements with a smooth matt finish. The Forest Walk green shade adds extra atmosphere and drama.

The Dunham kitchen, from £3,736

The Dunham kitchen, from £3,736, Dunham Kitchen 

Expressive wall paint

A classic, timeless purple tone that us well suited to modern decor. This paint has a rich chalky matt finish and is mixed to order.

Plum Pie matt emulsion paint, £38 for 2.5l

Plum Pie matt emulsion paint, £38 for 2.5l, Graham & Brown

Read more: Choosing Paint Colours

Bright paint and oak frame accents

This kitchen uses a bold hue to create a focal point in the room.

David and Jennifer Spillane’s bright pink wall works wonderfully in tandem with the curved edges of their kitchen units.

This creates a contemporary statement beside the oak frame.


Colourful home appliances

A playful take on the classic industrial lamp; this bold pendant is crafted from moulded silicone and comes with colour-coordinated cable to finish.

Unfold pendant light, £155

Unfold pendant light, £155, Rume

Simple, bright fixtures

Colourful fixtures can come in any form.

This reader home features a bright orange oven. This adds an element of fun to the modern kitchen, without overpowering the minimalist design.

Contemporary kitchen in open-plan renovationRead the Full story

Interiors trend 2: New England style

New England style interiors, with their beachy nautical influences, are perfect for creating bright and breezy living spaces that still feel homely and cosy.

 Woven fabrics

Brown rope ceiling pendant, £110, Lighting and Lights

Textured materials can bring real depth and interest to your decor. Consider a detail like this playful woven ceiling pendant, which could add a touch of New England charm to any room.

Reclaimed floorboards

Reclaimed materials are a particularly clever way of preserving the authentic style of a property.

Mill board reclaimed flooring, priced from £49.50 per m2, Main Company

The weathered tone of these reclaimed textured pine floorboards adds some further depth to the wood’s patina.

New England kitchen

This elegant kitchen offers a fresh and contemporary twist on the traditional New England style. The design is simple yet inviting; the ideal qualities for a cozy kitchen.

New England range kitchen, £75,000, Mark Wilkinson Furniture


Repurposed stone

This Victorian cottage is decorated with strong whites and neutral tones.

However, the home still has a rustic feel through preservation of raw materials such as oak flooring and the Delabole slate, which was originally found in the kitchen and repurposed as flooring for the dining area.

Delabole slate is repurposed for flooring in open-plan living area


Read more: Should You Use Reclaimed Features? 

Tongue and groove paneling

This form of paneling is very traditional and perfect for a New England look. The tongue-and-groove can be incorporated into any design; painted and styled to your individual desires, making it a highly versatile feature.


Bespoke tongue and groove paneling, from £75 per sq m, Painted Wall Paneling by James Mayor

Swap blinds for shutters

full length new england style shutters

Bathroom shutters, available on request, The New England Shutter Company

Although shutters are a tasteful alternative to standard curtains and blinds, they often go overlooked in the UK. New England screens are a great way to combine elegance with contemporary style and can be built in a bespoke way, to suit any home.

Interiors trend 3: Natural materials

Organic materials continue to be popular in interior schemes. Get on board with this trend and create a calming environment with eco-friendly credentials.

 Sustainable Bamboo


Bamboo pendant lights, £120, Dassie Artisan

Carefully handwoven into a sleek pendant shape by artisans, this set of three bamboo lampshades has been finished with a two-tone effect.

Ethical wood

Sustainable eco kitchen, prices from £25,000, Sustainable Kitchens

This kitchen has been crafted from ethical plywood which is FSC certified. The benefit of this wood is that it has incredibly sturdy properties and an attractive grain, as well as being highly sustainable.

Traditional rattan

Rattan furniture is a truly classic design that has remained relevant and popular for decades. It has a nostalgic appeal that works well with vintage or exotic decors – don’t just consider it for the garden. This chair (below) has an eclectic finish that will add interest to any room.

Peacock rattan vintage armchair, £189.50, Maisons du Monde

Cork flooring

Cork is having a real moment in the world of design; it can be used in all areas of a build, from cladding to finishes. It is a highly durable, very renewable material that is soft and also insulating underfoot. Although cork is an unconventional form of flooring, it’s properties make it an ideal alternative to bland old carpet.

Bacana white cork flooring, £44 per m2, The Colour Flooring Company

Linen fabrics

This linen Roman blind (below) has a lovely biscuit tone and a cosy light woven texture that will give rooms a feeling of rustic charm. Linen such as this can be incorporated into other elements of your home, such as your upholstery.

Eternity linen biscuit roman blind, from £21.95, Blinds 2go

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