Do you fancy a change at home? Or have you recently moved house? If so, you may be busily flicking through magazines and researching new interior trends. The materials you use in your makeover can make all the difference when it comes to creating a hip, modern space. If you’re eager to recreate those trendy Instagram images in your home, here are the best materials for the job.
Granite is a perfect choice for a modern kitchen. It’s clean, cool, and it looks luxurious. You can choose from various shades of brown, grey and black. Black is a great option if you’re a fan of the monochrome trend, which is massive this season. If you’re going for granite worktops, team with pristine white units and stainless steel appliances. Add some oversized vases and houseplants for a simple, stylish look.
Stainless steel has been around for a while in various guises. This year, the industrial trend is big business. Think exposed brick, steel girders, and visible radiator pipes. This look works really well in loft-style apartments and older houses. If you’re not blessed with original features, you can take shortcuts. Choose brick wallpaper, for example, rather than stripping away plaster. Focus on the details. Hang oversized pendant bulbs from the ceiling or fit stainless steel drawer slides in the kitchen. If you’re painting, stick to a simple palette that contains shades of grey, brown, white, and black.
You may associate wood with older houses and traditional designs. But wood has made a major comeback, and you’ll see it in all the interior magazines. Bringing the outside in has been a theme of 2016, and natural materials are all the rage. Wood is a really versatile material. It can be used to create beautiful floors, furniture, and accessories. Stripped wooden floors and doors are staples of traditional interior design. But you can easily update them with modern accents. Bring a floor to life with a printed rug or add a funky door knob to an old door. Use driftwood for candleholders, or fit some oversized wooden shelves.
Marble is an opulent material, which may catapult you back to the days of lavish Roman villas. Marble may have been used for centuries, but it remains a very popular choice. Marble work surfaces create luxurious looking kitchens and classy bathrooms. Team pure white marble with bright red kitchen appliances for a quirky take on minimalist chic. In the bedroom, use a marble shelf and standing lamps to offset a plain wall.
When you’re planning a home makeover, you often think about colours and furniture. But the materials you use also play an important role in the overall aesthetic. If you’re looking to modernise your home and create a cool, stylish space, bear these beautiful materials in mind. You can mix and match and experiment with different trends. Use your imagination, dare to be different, and make your home unique. Show off your style and personality, and most importantly, have fun!