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.
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.
Designed for use with wall mounted taps, this pink-hued concrete countertop sink has an unusual pleated design.
Blending a sleek silhouette with its tufted cushion details, this mid century style sofa is upholstered in plush velvet to create a sophisticated allure.
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.
This Shaker-style kitchen combines modern and traditional elements with a smooth matt finish. The Forest Walk green shade adds extra atmosphere and drama.
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.
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.
A playful take on the classic industrial lamp; this bold pendant is crafted from moulded silicone and comes with colour-coordinated cable to finish.
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.
New England style interiors, with their beachy nautical influences, are perfect for creating bright and breezy living spaces that still feel homely and cosy.
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 materials are a particularly clever way of preserving the authentic style of a property.
The weathered tone of these reclaimed textured pine floorboards adds some further depth to the wood’s patina.
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.
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.
Read more: Should You Use Reclaimed Features?
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.
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.
Organic materials continue to be popular in interior schemes. Get on board with this trend and create a calming environment with eco-friendly credentials.
Carefully handwoven into a sleek pendant shape by artisans, this set of three bamboo lampshades has been finished with a two-tone effect.
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.
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.
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.
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.