The Up-to The Minute House: Interior Decor for Today

If renovation is on the horizon, you'll want to make sure the choices you make for your home bring you as up-to-date as possible, and we're here to help with a quick guide to the style and substance of a winter 2013-ready home.

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If renovation is on the horizon, you’ll want to make sure the choices you make for your home bring you as up-to-date as possible, and we’re here to help with a quick guide to the style and substance of a winter 2013-ready home.

Top trends

Natural

You’ll want a style that will hold its own for as long as possible, and the natural trend that’s taken over the world of interior décor is certainly that. The timeless pairing of botanic prints on walls and soft furniture with natural flooring and accessories can transform any room into a welcoming and restful retreat, while nature-inspired shades will never fall out of favour.

However, if you’re looking to be a little more daring…

70s cool

This trend gives you the chance to embrace a love of colour and high-impact detailing with kaleidoscopic patterns, oversized lighting and an abundance of textures.  Keep things modern with brightly-coloured tech and mix it up with glossy plastic accessories in fruity colours.

Eco-friendly features

Nowadays, most of us will agree that the mark of an ultra-modern house is its eco-efficiency, so let’s take a look at the features boasted by some of the very best eco-friendly homes out there.

A rainwater harvester

By installing one of these handy devices on your roof, you can recycle rainwater and use it all around your home, from your toilet to your washing machine. You can also use it to water your garden; in fact, plants prefer natural rainwater to the chemically-treated water we give them, so your garden could thrive. For more information, visit the UK Rainwater Harvesting Association here.

Extensive insulation

An impressive Energy Performance Certificate can not only see you reap the benefits when it comes to monthly bills, it can encourage potential buyers to snap up your property if you put it on the market. uSwitch provides a handy breakdown of the types of insulation available, along with the costs and the potential savings.

Underfloor heating

Underfloor heating requires less energy to heat your home than traditional radiators and since heat rises, much less heat is lost to the walls and ceilings compared to a home that relies on radiators.

Optimal windows

Even the most eco-friendly heating and insulation systems can be compromised by ineffectual windows, so it’s vital to look to an industry-leader to supply yours. The right windows can maximise the effects of the energy you use in your home by reducing heat loss, and can provide the security you need to protect your home. Windows specialist Safestyle UK offers an A-rated Eco Diamond Window range which comes with the Energy Saving Trust’s seal of approval.

Motion-sensitive lighting

Not the best choice for high-traffic rooms, but a great way to save money in storage rooms, bathrooms, and anywhere around the home where you may accidentally leave the lights on – then not realise for quite some time!

Content supplied by Safestyle Uk