While spring cleaning is all the rage this time of year, it’s also a great time for homeowners to do a spot of DIY and updating their abodes.
So if you’re planning an interiors make-over maybe one of these stylish Welsh homes can give you some inspiration.
From coastal to loft living, there are so many styles to cater for all tastes…
Always a favourite with retailers and homeowners, you don’t have to live by the beach to dive into a nautical-inspired interior design scheme.
With this style, less is more and a few well curated ornaments and accessories will give a taste of the sea rather than being visually flattened by a huge wave of seaside-inspired added extras.
This four bedroom house perfectly illustrates that a pale backdrop of creams or white provides a fresh canvas for the ‘must-have’ striped designs and accents of blue, which directly connect to the sea views from the balcony.
The cheapest and easiest way to add these essential coastal elements is through soft furnishings, curtains, blinds and accessories.
Of course there should be an accent of blue tones but mixing in red and even black and yellow will add a modern and more unique twist on the style.
Watch our video for some more coastal design tips
The choice of wood as the main material is obvious, be it bare, whitewashed ‘driftwood style’ or painted.
A mix of natural materials, such as wool and rattan as well as wood, will warm up the white and blue scheme.
The coastal house in Rhosneigr is currently on the market with estate agent Dafydd Hardy Anglesey for £550,000, call them on for more details.
This super stylish home in the Vale of Glamorgan, which was recently sold by estate agent Watts and Morgan, illustrates that classic country design can be brought right up-to-date to produce a style that could easily transfer to a home of any size, in any location.
The basis of the visually enthralling design is the use of multiple natural materials that connects the interiors to nature and the layering of quality soft furnishings, producing understated and tasteful elegance.
So slate mixes with an abundance of bleached or blonde wood, stone complements wool, linen and canvas. The design of light fittings and furniture are inspired by classic and simple designs and patterns are kept to the versatile check, stripe and country inspired designs.
The colour palette is natural and warm, with splashes of nature inspired muted greens, blues, greys and heathers. Metallics, such as this mesmerising bath, are again in a more raw state than a high shine version.
Industrial Loft Living
Our first example of loft-style living is The Tramshed which is an original industrial building, the former Tram depot in Grangetown, where the industrial look is completely relevant.
The exposed original brickwork and steel beams are already in place, but the supporting interior design ensures that the building from the past looks completely ground in the present.
On trend accents of mustard bring extra warmth and texture to the space, a modern modular sofa adds contemporary comfort and the choice of dining table with seats and a bench mimics the furniture’s surroundings, showcasing metalwork and a homage to scaffolding planks as a table top.
This one bedroom apartment in the Tramshed is for sale with estate agent Jeffrey Ross for a guide price of £179,950, call their Pontcanna branch on 029 2039 7887 for further details
The award-winning semi
If you live in a standard three bed semi in Wales, there’s no reason to shy away from an industrial look.
Miffy Shaw’s home, winner of the Cardiff episodes of BBC One’s property show Best House in Town , beautifully illustrates how the core elements of an industrial look can be incorporated into a family home.
Exposed brick wall in the kitchen diner is the perfect backdrop for the exposed copper piping and metal warehouse style light switches and light fittings.
Let Miffy tell you more about the eclectic and industrial style in her winning home
A concrete kitchen work surface adds one of the key industrial materials to the room, which is also showcased in the bathroom.
But the space is not brutal or hard, the accents of industrial design are softened by the use of a range of natural and tactile materials such as wool, rattan, wood, china and textured surfaces.
Contemporary Shabby Chic
There’s nothing shabby about this interior design style when done well. From a simple upcycled piece of old furniture subject to a chalk paint upgrade to a full-on room make-over, this engaging design style is pretty and peaceful.
How you engage with this popular style is totally up to your budget and how far you want to go to showcase your chic style.
So upcycled charity bargains can be revived to be a key piece of furniture, or a whole room or home can be enveloped in this pretty style including the furniture.
Fundamentally the ‘rules’ are pale and pastel or heritage colours, vintage furniture and accessories, floral or classic damask patterns, soft fabrics such as velvet, lace, cotton and linen and some classic showcase pieces of furniture, whether it’s an upcycled rocking chair or a statement chandelier.
There is some crossover with a French chateau interior design, but whatever you want to call your scheme, the basics and soft, calm and a homage to vintage classic design.
This three bedroom detached home in Caerphilly is currently on the market for £400,000 with estate agent Brinsons, call 029 2086 7711 for more details
The fundamentals of this style are a simple and classic design along with a natural colour palette that reflects a connection to nature.
Wood, especially blonde tones or painted white, is the prevalent material that is the bed-rock of this interior design; the simpler the better, let the wood do all the talking. From floors to furniture, ash and oak to ply-wood, Scandi celebrates the warmth of this key feature.
Furniture should be unfussy, with simple, contemporary designs combining natural materials such as wool and canvas with texture such as wool and even faux fur.
The colour palette is a combination of complementary muted tones, although to bring your design to vivid life, stronger tones are definitely an option. Metallics should be in a more raw form, as highly polished sheens belong within a different interior design bracket.
Whatever updates you plan to do to your home this Easter and beyond, it’s your home so fill it with what you love and enjoy injecting it with your own personal style, whatever that might be.