A capsule home is a new way to decorate – and it’s great for both your wallet and the planet.
Much like a capsule wardrobe, a capsule home involves rejecting micro interiors trends and investing in a select amount of good quality, all-year-round essentials. And then refreshing the look with accessories as the seasons change.
A capsule home is all about getting your base right. Just as you might invest in a quality pair of jeans to wear all year, you should invest in the best sofa you can afford too that'll last.
Then, while you might give your jeans a summery lift with sandals, refresh your living room for summer with some bright yellow cushions and fresh flowers, as perfectly exemplified above.
‘It's difficult to resist the lure of a good trend, but the trick is to start small,' she says.
'Take colors, for example. You might love that glorious deep pink now, but will you still love it in two years' time? Possibly not. Buy a colorful cushion instead, and don't invest in a sofa until you are 100% sure it suits your core style.'
Helen Ashmore is the head of design at Laura Ashley, a UK-based interiors store. 'It’s clear consumers are becoming increasingly aware of throwaway culture, as more and more people are looking to invest in quality pieces that will last in both durability and style,' she says.
Our deputy eCommerce editor and interiors shopping guru, Annie Collyer, supports this view. 'The cost of living crisis in the UK has meant that people are now more hesitant about what they spend their money on. What might have been an impulse buy a couple of months ago will now be something someone might sit on for weeks, or even save up for,' she says.
It's clear this way of rethinking our interior shopping habits has come at a good time in terms of saving money and protecting the planet, but Hughes points out that 'buying less saves time and limits decision fatigue,' too.
We don't know about you, but we find that decision fatigue is a very real thing, so if a capsule home can even help our well-being too, we'd say it's a no-brainer.
Some brands are even launching special capsule collections like OneQuince to get you started with top-quality essentials, making the shift to a capsule home even easier.