Style ideas for your home in 2016
PUBLISHED: 14:33 13 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:33 13 January 2016
Frauke Golding, owner of Hampshire Furniture, shares her ideas for the New Year.
A new year should mean a fresh start, and what better way to kick off 2016 than by updating the look of your home or one of your rooms. It does not take much to make a few simple changes to breathe new life into some or all of your familiar spaces. You can create a dramatic impact using simple trends which are sophisticated enough to work for many years to come.
1. Using Light-tone wood
Light-toned wood, like a natural oak can take the spotlight. The softer look blends with any design style and keeps furnishing from feeling heavy or fussy. If crafted from natural oak, you should aim for oak sourced from eco-friendly hardwood forests, to help you to maintain your green credentials. Oak veneers used on parts of a piece can help to reduce the weight of a large piece of furniture so has its place, when used appropriately together with solid oak.
High grade Oak is a porous but beautiful and a hard wearing wood. For this reason it should have a lacquer finish to protect and emphasise the natural grain of the wood. Oak is natural, so it will vary slightly in character and colour. This is something to embrace and compliment your furnishings.
If you can make your selection from different ranges which are constructed from traditional artisan methods of craftsmanship this should ensure each piece has a robust structure and style designed to last.
2. Think outside the style box with meaningful accessories
We all know that harmonious colours don’t have to match perfectly, and the same goes for different styles. Don’t be afraid to bring slightly different colours, textures and finishes into your space. You’ll be surprised at how far you can push the boundaries and still create a cohesive look.
Be confident and try bold trends and mix finishes. By using a broader interpretation of styles you can have a home with an eclectic array of stylistic influences.
By picking items that speak to you individually; this will keep you from confirming to a rigid or overdone look. Less is more when it comes to decorative objects around the house. Choose objects, artworks and photos with personal significance to keep your decorative collection from getting out of hand.
3. Saturated colours
Forget grey or beige in the rear-view mirror in favour of brightly saturated hues like blue, red, green or purple. In fact, blue is considered a new neutral for its ability to blend with other colours and styles. If a darker shade on the wall seems too scary, start with a piece of furniture like a sofa or dining room chair as your focal point and work from there.