For years we have seen a tendency towards interiors that mimic cool Scandinavian and Nordic design and thanks to the global mega store IKEA the vast majority of us will find that we have at least one or two pieces of Swedish design already in our homes. Often overlooked though is Finnish design which is equally as cool, tends to be less mass-produced and favours natural materials for pieces that will last a lifetime and beyond. With their 100th anniversary of independence coming up this December now is the time to start embracing beautiful and functional Finnish design.
As we say goodbye to summer we find that we tend to spend more and more time in the comfort of our own homes so it is important that they are cosy and comfortable and just the place that you want to be when the weather is turning a bit horrific outside! Everyone always talks about spring cleaning, but autumn is also a great time of the year to make sure your home is in tip top condition and ready for those long and dark impending winter days. And part of that can be done with some gorgeous soft furnishings.
Just like in the world of fashion, interior design also experiences its own trends albeit perhaps less quickly than fickle fashion does! You only have to look back on styles from the past to realise just how much these can actually change. From soft furnishings to furniture style and wall colours and whether or not you choose wallpaper or paint, trends can affect interior design to a staggering degree. And whether you are viewing this from a stylistic point of view or one with a plan to sell, it is a good idea to keep an eye on what is happening in the world of interior design.
Every year it seems there is some hip new foreign word that we use to describe something that we never knew that we needed before but one word that seems to have stuck is the Danish one of ‘hygge’. This little consonant-heavy word has in a way many meaning basically the main idea is about enjoying life’s simple little pleasures from coffee to walks in the forest. The key word to remember here is ‘simple’ since hygge is more to do with home, family and friends than living it up in the fast lane.
Do you find yourself poring over glossy home interior magazines and pining for a few hundred thousand pounds to make all of your grand schemes for home renovation and redecoration come true? Or perhaps you’re addicted to those home makeover programmes that manage to turn shabby living rooms into gorgeous spaces with just a few inevitably expensive tweaks. Interior design does unfortunately tend to be rather on the pricier side of things so especially if it’s your first step onto the property ladder, it can seem almost impossible to get your home looking the way that you want it to. But never fear, where there’s a will there’s a way!