As the nights start to draw in and the weather starts to change, it invariably means that we will be spending more time inside out of the cold.
This creates an ideal opportunity to update your interior design to something a bit different. However, this doesn’t have to cost the earth; myvouchercodes.co.uk have offered their predictions on the biggest interior trends this winter that you can try without costing a fortune…
Winter Colour Trends
Dark, moody colours combined with pops of colours are going to be big this year. Various shades of grey are a great way to provide a tranquil feel to a space, allowing for a perfect base to experiment with.
For a richer colour scheme midnight blues are a great choice, while adding bursts of bright pastel hues create an array of eye-catching focal points within the room.
For those who are looking for a lighter colour scheme, natural tones are a popular choice. Chalky hues create a calming and relaxing environment especially when combined with organic and synthetic materials that mimic nature such as winter branches, fur rugs and tweed throws.
MONEY SAVING TIP Use an online paint calculator to work out exactly how much paint you have to buy leaving a little left over for touch ups. Store your paint in a cool dry place making sure to clean the paint from the sealing rim of the can to create an air tight seal and to prevent the paint from drying out; if you are still unsure about the seal use some cling film as a gasket between the can and lid. I usually put a really big elastic band on the paint pot and use this to scrape off any excess paint before applying to walls.
Strategic Pops of Colour
This year we are seeing the trend of adding strategic pops of colour in smaller quantities with the use of coloured accessories and furniture.
Colourful furniture, throws and cushions can add the right amount of colour into a room without making it look gaudy, and the best thing is that you can change the theme of the room more easily to reflect your mood, the season and your taste without having to get the paint rollers out.
MONEY SAVING TIP Making your own quilts is a great way of creating colourful artwork that also has a function; the whole family can get involved too, adding to it as the years go by to create a patchwork of family life. Also, have a look in charity shops for bright pops of colour from clothes that you can use to make something.
Upcycling has been a popular hobby over the past few years as people look to repurpose dated or tired furniture to fit into modern life.
Paint manufacturers have been getting in on this trend too and now offer a wide range of furniture paint in a vast array of colours. The chalk paint trend isn’t going away any time soon it seems – and many paint manufacturers are now jumping on the bandwagon and meeting consumer demand for chalk paints – I even spotted some in Lidl a few months ago!
Re-upholstering furniture is also a cheap way to change the look and feel of a piece without breaking the bank; these can also be customised to add a bit of character and individual flair while creating an eye-catching focal point to any room.
MONEY SAVING TIP Local auctions and car boot sales are the best places to find a furniture bargain. Also look at buying your own fabric when having your furniture upholstered; this is usually cheaper than paying for the labour and fabric together from one source.
We have seen a resurgence of retro technology over the past few years, especially when it comes to vinyl players, typewriters and retro games consoles, but technology brands on the whole seem to be going for a retro theme as well with their new products.
Gone are the days of hard lines and impersonal gadgets; the latest technology has the same fundamental ideas as the first domestic electronics of the 50s and 60s that it should be part of the furniture and seamlessly blend in.
We are already seeing a range of technology giants opt for softer lines in their electronics and encompassing retro design ideals with cutting edge smart technology and this trend is expecting to continue into next year.
MONEY SAVING TIP There are certain times of the year that technology and electricals go down in price such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday and before major sporting events like the World Cup and the Olympics; these times of year are great for bagging yourself a bargain on technology.
Do you have any tips or tricks for updating your interiors to reflect the different seasons?
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