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If search terms on Google are an indication of how people are contemplating refreshing their homes with the latest interior design trends, they also reveal what some people are finding challenging too.
UK company Prestigious Textiles state that there appear to be over 10,000 Google searches per month for ‘home ideas’ in the UK, plus a further 4,400 searches for ‘how to connect rooms’.
So, many people are obviously feeling inspired to freshen up their homes in 2022 but some are wondering how to integrate new design elements into their spaces; how to visually connect them and ensure the flow of the home is not interrupted.
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Nicola Brumfitt from Prestigious Textiles thinks that some advice from the design team at the company can go some way to helping.
She says: “With so many searches for different interior decor ideas, it’s hard to choose exactly which to pick. We believe several trends and styles can be included in a home, as long as they are connected well and represent the personality of the homeowner.
“So far on Instagram in 2022 the Scandi, Cottagecore, 1970s are trending as some of the biggest trends of the year, with over six million hashtag mentions, but what is the best way of linking them all together within a home?
“We hope our tips can guide people on the best ways to seamlessly link up every area of the house, for a complete, interlocking finish.”
Wallpapers and fabrics
Nicola says select co-ordinating fabrics and wallpapers can be used in various rooms to connect the living spaces, and this is especially ideal in open-plan homes where different areas of the open plan space need to blend.
By including patterns and colour schemes that complement each other in different rooms, a unique décor connection can be established.
Try experimenting with textured semi-plains and striking prints across curtains, cushions and wallpapers. For example, a co-ordinated sculptured look in each space naturally connects with a three-dimensional feel and can blend living spaces with ease.
Use the same colour palette throughout the house but you can also vary the tones and shades to create interest and depending on the atmosphere you want to create in each space.
Complementing tones can naturally tie spaces together with colour that then flows from room to room, but Nicola says also embrace patterns for brighter busier spaces, and plains for calmer spaces again being influenced by the function and ambience of each room.
If in doubt, use a colour wheel to match and blend any preferred shades, then spread them out throughout the house, even if it is just a few well-placed accessories in a shade of your preferred pallet in one room that links to another space.
Get that colour wheel out to see where the opposite, contrasting shades sit on the colour spectrum The design team at Prestigious Textiles say don’t be afraid to bring a festival of colour into a space. Good contrasts include red and green, blue and yellow, purple and green and more.
But if you are committing to vibrancy, ensure it is delivered with sophistication in the choice of fabric, amount of splashes of colour and the depth of the contrast.
Nicola suggests utilising global trends such as the Indian Summer or Rainforest Canopy and fill rooms with opulence, rich with inspiration and a feel-good boost throughout.
From the moment you wake up in the bedroom, to relaxing in the living room on an evening, a range of colours will help induce every mood.
Choose a theme and have it referenced in each room from patterns to accessories but stop when you think it looks enough for your personal taste
Nicola says connect rooms by style, whether that be embracing all out tropical, or sophisticated understated luxury. Try showcasing your personality and stylistic preferences through one strong theme that ties together all the rooms of the house.
Alternatively, focus on a specific trend such as 1970s revival, and ensure that each space has an element of the era, from optical illusion graphics to bold statement colours and a general retro feel throughout.
Embrace the outdoors
One way of adding flow to your home is by connecting the indoors to the outdoors, after all, your garden or balcony is essentially another room and the space should not be left out of your flow plans.
Nicola suggests bringing the outside in throughout the spring and summer for a fresh and inviting look. Embrace flowers, stylish trees and a burst of colour to link the new season feel with any downstairs rooms.
If you are lucky enough to have a room that opens directly out onto a garden deck or patio, the choice of material or paint can help to visually connect the two spaces.
For example, the kitchen diner slate floor will appear to continue into the garden if you paint the deck dark grey, or the wooden floor will seamlessly melt into the deck if the wood tones are similar.
Or why not commit totally by using the same flooring inside and out, as there is now a good choice of floor tiles suitable for both indoor and outdoor use?
A good example of this is at the house that won the Cardiff region of BBC’s Best House in Town, although winner Miffy Shaw points out that it is important to build into the floor laying project a drainage slot, so any water doesn’t try and get in under the door.
And if there is a colour palette of tones running through your home, why not include the garden to reinforce that visual indoor outdoor connection.
There are now a good number of paint companies that offer wood, metal, plastic and masonry paint in a wide selection of colours, so extending visual flow out into the garden or balcony has never been easier.
Ponder the choice of flooring inside the home too when considering visual flow. Using the same flooring throughout a home, or between two rooms, will connect the decor on one of the main surfaces of the spaces.
It visually entices the eye on a journey from one space to another and is the bedrock of creating flow between spaces, such as in this gorgeous home near Libanus, Brecon currently for sale with estate agent The Modern House.
Family of texture
Maybe not as obvious a friend to creating flow as colour and pattern is the use of texture, but it can be just as effective.
Using the same ‘family’ of textures in different spaces can connect them. For example a nature based, rustic theme could contain stripped wood, clay pot accessories, natural materials such as wool, linen, cotton and rattan – they all add texture personality in each room from the same over-arching theme.
Maybe in a more modern scheme you might consider using metallics and high gloss surfaces mixed with smooth polished concrete as a texture group.
Or if high end luxury is more the style, then opulent and tactile textures like velvets, leather and suede mixed with classic metallics and crystal light fittings could be the way to go.
And finally, maybe just rearranging a few mirrors can be a magic trick to try. A well-placed mirror not just being practical and add to the interior design scheme in your home depending on the style.
But it can also reflect glimpses of rooms opposite or at an angle, making a simple mirror a simple way to connect. And don’t miss out on finding out about interior design to delightful dream homes, sign up to our twice weekly Amazing Welsh Homes newsletter and be kept up-to-date.