The pared-back Scandinavian aesthetic isn't going anywhere fast. With minimalist silhouettes, neutral tones and natural textures, it's a style that complements a wide host of contemporary homes. We think there's no better way to update your home this year than by trying out a Scandi-inspired home makeover. Keep reading for our top tips, plus product recommendations from House Beautiful Marketplace.
Fresh, smart and light enhancing, white paint makes spaces feel stylish and uplifting – not to mention bigger. But it would be a mistake to think that choosing white paint is an easy option. Between the dazzlingly brilliant and softly pastel, there is a whole spectrum of variations to choose from, and getting it right can be just as tricky as opting for more flamboyant shades. (Photo: Romney Wool, Dulux Heritage)
Chalk paint — famed for its matte, chalky appearance — is a brilliant way to spruce up worn-out, tired-looking furniture, including kitchen cabinets, chairs, internal doors, and drawers. It was originally developed in 1990 by colour expert Annie Sloan, who also trademarked the term 'Chalk Paint™'. Her eponymous line of decorative paints draws on a lifetime of research and experience in working with paint and colour. (Photo: Annie Sloan)
Diwali, from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, is the Indian festival of lights taking place on Thursday 4th November 2021. Celebrations take place over five days (2nd-6th November 2021), with the third day regarded as the main day. In Diwali festival tradition, communities in India are lit up with shimmering lights and bright colours using string lights, candles, oil lamps, crafts and Rangoli; colourful floor designs made of flower petals, rice or sand.
Surrounding yourself with natural materials is sure to increase a sense of wellbeing in the home, and fits in perfectly with the Japandi aesthetic. Jute rugs, pale washed woods and even vessels made from paper are all tactile and visually appealing.(Photo: Rachel Whiting / Styling: Amy Neason)
Contrasting dramatic silhouettes and contemporary designs with softer, washed-out tones and painterly motifs ensures a scheme that’s inviting, but still has a modern edge. The simple scheme can be built around a neutral palette and colours seen in nature which will feel grounding and help to ensure the room feels serene. Consider soft sage hues to add a pop of colour without being overwhelming, as well as warm beige and grey tones which are a great alternative to white. (Photo: John Lewis)
Make your home a happier place with mood-boosting colours of red, blush pink, soft green and cobalt blue. Whether you're planning a full renovation or want to spruce up a characterless corner, there are plenty of hues that can help you feel serene, relaxed and energised. (Photo: Prestigious Textiles).
You don't have to be a period drama connoisseur to appreciate the Regency interiors – we're talking opulent and sophisticated furnishings and sultry boudoirs, all of which are a visual feast for the eyes in Netflix's Bridgerton. To embrace the Regency period and the Bridgerton aesthetic, decor and furnishings would include, but not be limited to: flowing drapery; classic chandeliers; caned furniture; a colour combination of blues and pinks and citrus hues of green, yellow and orange.
Room planning: Are you planning an extension, new kitchen or bathroom, or finally getting round to landscaping the garden? Or maybe you've just moved moved into a new house and are planning to embark on several renovation projects? Whether you’re doing everything yourself or turning to the pros, there's plenty of professional home and interior design software that's readily available, user friendly, affordable, and in many cases, free.
#DesignMySpace: At the beginning of every interiors project, you need to have a strong idea about how you want your room to look – and one of the best ways to work that out is by creating a fabulous moodboard. It's easier than ever to pull together different materials, colours and textures with samples, and to play around with ideas to find looks you love. Gathered all your inspiration but don’t know where to start? Interiors stylist Lucy Gough will help you turn your ideas into reality.
The Japanese have always understood the importance of creating a peaceful home to help its inhabitants feel happy and nurtured. The pared-back Zen home originally came about through necessity, but the Japanese swiftly realised that this minimal way of living had benefits way beyond the practical. Full-on Zen spaces can feel a trifle too monastic for most of us, but here are some simple tweaks we could all adopt to make our lives and homes more serene. (Photo: House Beautiful/Mark Scott)
Diwali, from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, is the Indian festival of lights on 14 November 2020. In Diwali festival tradition, communities in India are lit up with shimmering lights and bright colours using string lights, candles, oil lamps, crafts and Rangoli; colourful floor designs made of flower petals, rice or sand. The home sparkles too with living spaces decorated with lights and small oil lamps (known as diya). Fireworks are also an essential part of the occasion. (Photo: NOTHS)
Doorscaping: 7 ways to create an Insta-worthy autumnal front door display. Transform your front door into a show-stopping autumnal 'doorscape' just in time for Halloween with beautiful foliage wreaths, pumpkins, garlands, flowers and artificial toadstools. Doorscaping, which is already big in the US, has really taken off in the UK and a change in season is the perfect excuse to update the front of a house. (Photos: Notonthehighstreet)
Autumn wreaths make an eye-catching, Instagram-worthy feature in the home – think burnished bronze and warm orange tones with berries, pumpkins, acorns, maple leaves and more to create the ultimate autumnal vibe. Wreaths are not limited to front doors, these autumn wreaths (and Halloween wreaths) also look great hung up on the wall in the hallway, above the mantelpiece of a cosy fireplace, or used as a table centrepiece.
A radiator cover can have a surprisingly transformative effect on your living space. As lots of them come in at under £100, it can make for a pretty easy inexpensive update, too. Not only do these radiator covers add instant style factor to your living room, hallway or bedroom, but by concealing unsightly radiators, they also give you more shelving space — without having to drill into your walls. (Photo: Bart J Kleczek / My Furniture).
Looking to add some high-end features to your home? A little luxury needn’t cost you an arm and a leg. Professional interior designers have shared the best 'luxury upgrades' for the home – most of which you can achieve on a budget. And you can start small too: interior touches like neutral hues (61 per cent), temporary wallpaper (56 per cent) and upholstering (52 per cent) make up the top five most effective luxury upgrades for the home, according to research by MyJobQuote. (Photo: Tim Young).
Interior designer Abigail Ahern has been sharing little nuggets of advice that break the 'rules' of interior design – and it's something we can all take notes from. Abigail's tips ditch the 'boring' decorating rules that are 'restrictive and zap creativity', instead championing asymmetry over symmetry and using big furniture in small spaces. 'Here's to decorating differently,' says Abigail. Take a look at her rule-breaking interior design tips.
Launched during lockdown, #LoveYourSpace is a House Beautiful UK campaign to help you make home life more productive. We’ll be curating how-to guides and projects for the home and garden (painting, DIY, upcycling, decluttering) all to help you create a truly happy, healthy and loving home. Whether it’s a corner or nook, a small living room, narrow hallway, or a tiny garden or balcony, we'll help you to love your home and love your space.