Tag: Interiors

The received wisdom is that you should update your home every three to four years to ensure that you stay on top of contemporary design and tech trends. If your home is due a makeover, in this post we take you through some of the upgrades you might want to consider in 2019.

Kitchens

The kitchen is the hub of the home, where your food is made, friends are entertained and families gather to eat. For nearly a decade, all-white kitchens have dominated the scene; however, in 2019 this fad is set to fade out in favour of darker colour themes, incorporating moodier tones and deeper shades of wood.

Also making an arrival in the kitchen in 2019 is smart technology. An example of this is the interactive fridge. The clever appliances feature everything from internal cameras to Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to remain in complete control of your fridge whether you’re in the next room or stuck in traffic on the way home from work. Technologically advanced Fisher & Paykel dishwashers, meanwhile, feature intelligent wash cycles to help you significantly increase the energy efficiency in your home.

Living Spaces

Not since the 70s has velvet been a major part of our lives; however, 2019 is the year when this luxurious material makes its return – both to the catwalk and the home. Thanks to recent advancements in the way that velvet is made, the vintage fabric is now softer than ever, as well as far more robust and much less likely to stain. If you’re not completely sold on velvet, throws and cushion covers are the perfect way to get started.

The trend for tropical themed living spaces is set to grow in 2019, much like the plants depicted in this nature-inspired style. The design can be a bit full on for some tastes, but you can incorporate elements of it into your living space with tropical-themed accessories, such as rugs, prints and plants.

Bedrooms

While many other areas of the home are getting busier next year, minimalism is the order of the day for bedrooms in 2019.

Bare bulbs, in place of fancy lighting fixtures, will be in vogue, particularly those that incorporate dashes of brass, copper and pewter. Meanwhile stripped back wooden furniture and matte black electrical appliances will help to create a sense of space in even small bedrooms.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms will be all about textures in 2019, as practicality is fused with high design. Art deco and modernism will be particularly in favour, incorporating bold printed tiles as well as patterned glass ones. You might also want to consider upgrading your chrome taps and showerheads to vintage brassware alternatives. Meanwhile, a wet room can be brought up to speed with current trends with the addition of a ceramic shower tray featuring nature-, heritage- and geometry-inspired styles.

Although the designs of bathrooms in 2019 may hark back to days gone by, the spaces will incorporate the increasing trend of home technology. Upgrade your current mirrored wall cabinets to Bluetooth enabled ones with speakers, and switch your traditional lighting for touch sensor alternatives.

small bathrooms for city living

Houses are expensive commodities and many people today find it difficult to even get a foot on the property ladder, let alone climb it! It’s no wonder then that many first-time buyers settle for a modest city apartment. After all, it’s somewhere to call home and city-based properties benefit from being close to employment opportunities and are often nicely designed with a modern feel.

However when space is at a premium, like in the case of a city apartment, it is often the bathroom that takes the hit. Even ’spacious’ apartments don’t usually boast a decent-sized bathroom.

But how can you make the most of a bathroom that is quite frankly, tiny?

Well, you’ll be pleased to know that there are ways it can be done. You’ll be even more delighted to hear that you needn’t break the bank turning your tiny bathroom into an area that feels a lot more spacious than it actually is.

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Here are a few tips:

Swap your bath tub for a power shower

Okay, so showers might not afford the relaxation that baths do, but by removing your tub and installing a power shower, you’ll free up a surprising amount of space.

The reason we said ‘power shower’ is because you’ll want to retain some luxury when you remove your bath tub and power showers are as good as you’re going to get. Consider investing in a well-known brand such as a Mira power shower as it will inevitably stand you in better stead for the future than a cheaper alternative.