Redecorating your home is a great way to breathe new life into old rooms, and you can take inspiration from almost any source before you start a major project. While it’s exciting to plan your home’s transformation, you should also bear in mind a few practical considerations: namely, whether you have adequate insurance for the job in hand. A big redecorating project can involve painting, carpeting, installing new furniture and even changing the layout of rooms – all things that could potentially cost you dear if they go wrong, so take the time to ensure your Castle Cover buildings and contents insurance will cover you for any mistakes. With that taken care of, you’ll have the peace of mind to start creating the home of your dreams!
If you’re stuck for inspiration, there are a few trends in interior design at the moment that should help you get started. For the past year, vivid, contrasting colours have been at the heart of many design projects – decorators have been accenting their homes with daring neon shades combined with muted neutrals, like white and beige, to draw attention to particular areas or items of furniture. One example of this is to cover a bedroom in pastel blues and greens to use as a base, then purchase fluorescent green and yellow pillowcases, cushions and wall decorations to turn a simple design into something different and striking.
Don’t worry if you’re not feeling as adventurous as this – more conservative, classical styles are also very in, partly thanks to the success of shows like Mad Men. These designs favour elegant, retro furniture and accessories such as drum-shade lamps, classic wood panelling and claw-foot bathtubs. A bit of abstract expressionist art here and there lends a bit of character to the buttoned-up styling, and you might get lucky and find a few classic items in charity shops.
Even if you’re not undertaking a complete overhaul of your house, there are plenty of little things you can do to keep your living spaces looking fresh. Go for bright colours in smaller, darker rooms and neutral shades in large, well-lit spaces. Mixing and matching different styles of furniture, such as contemporary and oriental, is great as long as you don’t overdo it and ensure they blend together. Finally, avoid following a trend for its own sake – a beautiful home is a home that suits its owner!