As the festive season fades to a dim and distant memory now is the time when most people start to think about revitalising their homes with a touch of decorating or new accessories.
And, of course, what will be stylish and sophisticated this year is at the top of their thoughts when deciding what to choose, so that their decisions are on trend.
New home developers and the stunning show homes that they create provide an ideal source of information as designers emulate current trends and give practical displays as to how to style each room. Leading housebuilder Miller Homes is no exception and its homes across the country continue to be a source of inspiration, including those at their developments across the North West in Cheshire and Lancashire.
“2018 will see our homes revert to a more simplistic, elegant scheme where less is more, adopting calming colours and finishes,” said Jeanette Holmes Interior Designer to Miller Homes. “Muted shades will complement mirrored furniture, natural woods and a general simplicity that we have not seen for a while.”
Dulux’s ‘Colour of the Year’ is Heart Wood, a warming pink which can provide the basis for a relaxing palette which will see it easily paired with other shades of taupe, coffee, mink, champagne and grey. Teamed with the ongoing trend for crushed velvet, silk and linen fabrics a peaceful platform can be built for subtle accessories.
“We are seeing a definite shift in people moving away from lots of home accessories with house plants and personal items taking centre stage over others such as inspirational signs and lots of bold coloured statement pieces,” said Jeanette. “Such schemes do bring a timeless elegance with them and, even better, they are entirely suitable for most rooms in our homes.”
Such elegant schemes can be created using ‘Heart Wood’ for example. The warm pink shade is entirely suitable to living rooms, sophisticated bedrooms and en-suites with stylish bedding, cushions and towels easily accessorised against the warmth of the colour. Use it as a feature wall or indeed decorate your entire room, this colour along with many others on trend at present can be so versatile and easily enhance your existing furniture.
Jeanette concluded; “Embracing new trends does not have to be about completely redecorating. Perhaps just a change of colour on one wall and a handful of new accessories could revitalise a tired living room. Or, if you’re just one of many that has fallen in love with the Millennial Pink trend – a warm pink could be brought into your home via new bedding or perhaps towels, simple elegance!”