Whether you have recently bought a new house in Wales or want to give your current home a revamp there are certainly lots of trends to explore when it comes to making your property look and feel amazing. Whether you are doing a full renovation of an older house or simply want to freshen up your new build and follow some of the latest décor trends, keep reading to find out more about some of the hottest décor trends in Welsh homes right now, and how to make the most of them.
When it comes to revamping your home, painting the walls is one of the easiest ways to get a fresh new look, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth either. Neutral tones are in right now and grey is out, giving your home a lovely, warm and cosy feel. Go with classic beige or go for a shade of ‘greige’ for a super-modern look. The best part is that neutral colours go with just about anything, so whether you want to keep things muted with matt black and off-white or prefer something more colourful like teal or emerald green, neutrals are a great choice.
Wall panelling is a trend that has been around for a while and doesn’t look set to go anywhere yet. There are lots of different types that you might want to try including classic square panelling to create a feature wall, wall panelling with slats, or creating a shelf with some long panels underneath. Get MDF cut to size after measuring your wall to find out what size panels and how many you will need for your chosen design. Then, attach using panel pins or glue, fill the gaps with some decorator’s caulk, prime and paint – it’s as easy as that!
Wood Burning Stoves
With the current cost of living crisis hitting all of the UK, especially when it comes to the cost of heating your home, it’s no surprise that getting a wood burning stove installed is only getting more and more popular. Compared to the cost of having your central heating on throughout the house in the winter, a wood burning stove can save you a decent amount of money – especially if you can source wood cheaply. Also, they look amazing and can become a wonderful feature in your living room even when the fire isn’t lit.
Under Cabinet Lighting
In the kitchen, lights under your cabinets can be a great way to brighten up the room and get some more focus on the sideboard when you’re preparing dinner. They look fantastic and can make a real difference in your kitchen especially if you don’t get a lot of natural light through the window or if the main light isn’t very bright. While you can get under-cabinet lighting that is battery operated and simply sticks on to the underneath of your cabinets, there’s also a built-in option, with the lights wired to the mains. Look for electricians near me on MyBuilder.com if you want this job doing in your home.
While on the topic of making updates to your home, don’t forget about your garden too. A garden room can be an ideal addition to any home. More and more people these days are building garden rooms to be used as a home office, after working from home has become the new normal. If you are working from home either full-time or on a hybrid work schedule, then having a separate room in your garden for work can be much cheaper compared to other options like an extension on your home or having a loft conversion. And it’s a great way to successfully keep your work and personal lives separate.
Media walls are a huge home décor trend right now across the UK and in Wales. If you want to do a massive update to your living room, take your entertainment options to the next level and keep the room warm at the same time, then a media wall is a great idea. This is done by building a fake wall over an existing wall to create recesses for a TV and a fireplace. Most people will use an electric fire that can be wall-hanging, but you can go with any style that you prefer. You can add shelves to the sides for décor, add strip lighting, and be as creative as you’d like.
If it’s the bedroom that you want to make some changes in, then built-in wardrobes are a great idea. This is especially true if you live in a home that has spaces in the bedroom that can be a bit awkward to use, like a chimney breast and alcoves. There are plenty of options to consider when it comes to built-in wardrobes including paying a professional company to make them to measure for you, or if you want to do it on a budget, then you can DIY it with cheap wardrobes and some timber – there are lots of tutorials online to help you do this.
Colourful Front Doors
If you want to get involved with some of the latest trends in home décor but don’t have a huge amount of money to spend, then simply repainting your front door can make a massive difference. If your door is old and looking a little bit worse for wear recently, a fresh coat of paint can really transform the front of your home. And it’s a simple enough job to do by yourself – all you’ll need to do is sand the door, choose a suitable paint that can withstand outdoors, and paint as many coats as needed. Don’t forget your masking tape to protect your letter box and door numbers.
Smart home devices are an increasingly popular trend in Welsh homes, and homes all around the world right now. With more devices that can be connected to each other, voice operated and more, it’s definitely made life easier for us all. There are tons of things you can get to make your home smarter, from smart bulbs that you can turn on with a voice assistant like Amazon Alexa or a smart thermostat that allows you to control your heating from your phone. Smart video doorbells, that allow you to answer the door using your phone even if you’re not home are booming in popularity. You can even get smart fridges that know what’s in your fridge and automatically add to your shopping list.
If you’re not a huge fan of neutrals and minimalism, then you might be into another trend that is huge right now – maximalism! Think colourful, patterned wallpapers, bright colours, neon lights and soft textures – what’s not to love! Turn your home into a joyous bust of activity and happiness with this trend, there are so many different things that you could do with it.
Whether you’ve bought a new house and want to start making it your own or are tired of the outdated trends in your home and want to give it a whole new fresh look, these are some of the biggest décor trends in Wales and across the UK right now.