The idea of re-decoration can a scary prospect at the best of times. The systemic packing-up and safety-wrapping of furniture and valuables, the long long hours of sweating away with a drippy paint roller and a clingfilm-coated baking tray… But when trends in home interior design sway wildly from one end of the spectrum to the other practically month by month, it’s frankly inconceivable to even think about attempting to keep abreast of it all in your home. But how can you effectively avoid your house becoming outmoded or unfashionable without breaking out the paint-cans every other week? Well, here are a few tips to keep you on the trendy side of home fashion.
The key concept at the core of these tips is simplicity. It’s easy to adhere to, it never goes out of fashion and it provides a fantastic base for any sorts of adornment and modification you so desire. Let’s start with the walls. Bright, neutral colours keep the house well-lit and sunny, while also making rooms feel bigger and providing a great canvas for paintings, pictures or furniture. In using sanded wood-frames, you can provide a rustic feel to any space; for a minimal approach, replace with sharp blacks for lines and contrast. Changing colour tones from room to room keep the house from feeling same-y, and inspire different feelings in each: lighter tones and thinner curtains for the dining room work well against darker beiges for the bedrooms.
A similar thought on tones should be followed for carpeting; simple, neutral colours throughout the space with minor changes in colour and texture for rooms with different purposes. A rougher pile or Berber carpet works well in living rooms, while a super-soft pile carpet provides a little bedroom luxury. The understated colours mean you can use any manner of rugs and throws to alter the look for contemporary standards. Try a multi-coloured woollen affair in the living room along with the natural wood frames, to bring a bit of life to the rustic décor, or, instead, offset your neutral palette with some baroque patterning.
In terms of furniture, the rule is once again simplicity. Block neutral colours or natural woods rule king here, as they add dimension to your neutral palette and imbue the space with real presence. Don’t be afraid to modify your furniture to suit in the process! In terms of the bedroom, personal tastes are as changeable as fashion trends. Bedstar’s wide range of bed frames are a great start in sourcing an adaptable, neutral, simple bed frame which works in and around whatever style you have in mind. Use full-length mirrors to make the room feel bigger and offset rustic tones, or use antique objects d’art to give your room that antique feel. Frameless canvas prints offer sharp lines and depth to a room, while block-white bookshelves give a modern twist.
With simplicity at the core of your house’s design, you’ll not stray far in the winds of change!