Beautiful Home/Mel Yates
Spend hours dreaming of your ideal home or strategizing how to tackle your next decorating project? Turns out you’re not alone – Brits across the country have definite tastes when it comes to their space and already know exactly what style they’d choose if they were decorating their dream interior.
As part of a new campaign dedicated to Britain’s dream home, British radiators commissioned a survey that asked people what style they would decorate their dream home with. The results are in…
The UK’s five favorite interior styles:
- Firm – 14%
- Contemporary – 14%
- Minimalist – 13%
- Mid-Century Modern – Six Percent
- Scandi – six percent
Keep reading to learn more about each of these distinct interior aesthetics.
• Farmhouse style
Reminiscent of rural chalets, the farmhouse style is made of natural materials – wood, stone and glass. It also incorporates a palette of neutral tones, such as earthy shades, creams and white, for a simple and clean feel. Choose solid wood furniture and traditionally inspired upholstery in linen or cotton. In general, aim for a look that has that understated rustic feel and try decor that mimics items found at traditional cottages, like milk churns or jugs.
• Contemporary house style
When it comes to contemporary interiors, bold lines and shapes are key to grabbing attention and making a strong visual statement. “Go for consistent color combinations, such as navy, black and gold, or dusty pink, beige and white and stick to them as much as possible,” suggests Amber Dines, interiors expert at UK radiators. But keep the depth and interest by choosing furniture and decor that varies in texture and shape. Style furniture that matches the color palette of your interior is key to keeping the look bold.
• Minimalist house style
Minimalist interiors are an enduring interior trend, which has been steadily losing popularity over the years. As much a way of life as a way to decorate your home, avoid clutter at all costs and rely on high-quality furniture with organic shapes and clean, clean lines. A minimalist interior doesn’t mean strictly monochromatic, but it’s essential to stick to a limited color palette, with the use of whites and neutrals typical of this aesthetic. In a minimalist home, there is a place for everything and everything should be in its place.
• Mid-Century Modern Home Style
Drawing inspiration from the designs that emerged and became synonymous with the 1940s to 1960s, mid-century modern furniture is a pleasing combination of clean, organic shapes. It often features both curves and straight lines, tapered details and rounded corners. “Geometric shapes, warm wood tones, and vintage-style furniture work well with this style,” adds Amber.
• Scandinavian house style
Utility and comfort both have their place in Scandinavian design. Minimalist to some extent (at least in color palette and materials used), Scandinavian-inspired decorated homes feature soft hues, tactile textures, and natural materials to create an environment that is both functional and relaxed. Think sheepskin cushions, sturdy wooden dining tables and walls in clean colors.
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