13.11.2015 Home Insurance
Mortgage approved? Dreaming of owning your own home? Love home design but wondering how you could ever afford some of the amazing trends you are seeing this summer? Fear not, there are inexpensive ways you can incorporate home design that doesn’t involve pulling up floors or replacing the kitchen.
Be as fashionable as you like! The best thing about trends is that they come and go. Feel safe in the knowledge that neutral fixtures and fittings can easily be changed whenever you get tired of them.
Some of our favourite trends this year are:
From Primark to Vogue, summer is all about colour. Ice-cream tones, bright yellows and burnt oranges are all on trend in home design now and introducing them to your home doesn’t have to cost the earth. Instead of starting from scratch, incorporate the colours with inexpensive cushions and throws. For bonus points check out local charity shops, instead of replicating vintage buy the original.
A home design trend that still works. Geometric shapes show no sign of disappearing in the summer months. Affordable (and subtle) ways to incorporate this into your home include replacing lamp shades and getting a geometric fruit basket or paper holder for your home office. Designer discount stores are a gold mine for this at a fraction of the cost of the original.
Another home design trend this summer is Macramé, the art of knotting string to make decorative wall hangings, fringing or ornaments. If you aren’t sure what it is – do a quick Google search and you’ll recognise it. Not only does it look pretty but it adds texture to a room. The great news is, making simple pieces is easy and there are plenty of YouTube tutorials so you can make something truly unique.
Bring the outdoors in with this trend. As we live in an increasingly urban environment, having some greenery indoors is a lovely way to stay in touch with nature. Make this trend affordable by growing indoor plants from seed and for just a few euros you could have your own indoor jungle. Are you more likely to kill than care for a plant? Try succulents. These easy to maintain plants only need a bright window and a pot with good drainage. They are much more forgiving than other houseplants and only need to be watered when the soil is bone dry. Also, think you can’t have plants in your bedroom? Think again, as this infographic based on a report by NASA shows.
Feeding into the texture theme this year, hand crafted items are usually expensive, reflecting the time that is put into creating each one. Embrace the trend with something small, a vase or candle holder while you save up for the day you can afford something from Design Ireland.
As a first-time buyer or home owner, when it comes to protecting the things you love it’s important to have comprehensive home insurance. If you have questions we are happy to answer them or get a quick quote today.