With the next Homebuilding & Renovating Show fast approaching, two industry professionals share their thoughts and top tips on the most ideal trends for the new year.
Sian Astley, a builder and renovator currently project managing 16 home renovation projects for BBC2’s new property show ‘Watch This Space’, has nothing but positive thoughts for renovating in 2019.
“Trends are funny things; some people love following them and some rebels want to follow their own path,” she said. “But everyone should follow this trend in home renovating: the movement towards taking more control of your renovation project.”
With over 20 years of experience, Astley said the key to renovation success in 2019 is not to step back and allow your builder or architect to totally control what is going to be your home.
“I’ve seen too many people not make decisions on things like bathroom fittings, flooring or kitchens early enough, not do any pre-reno planning, let builders make decisions, and then wonder why at the end of the re-modelling, when work is complete and a huge amount of money has been spent, why they have the dreaded Renovator’s Regret.”
“Don’t be that person, hop on board the Take The Reins Of Your Reno trend!”
Mariana Pedroso, an interior design expert and architect from Architect You Home and expert for The Homebuilding & Renovating Show, added: “A home deco trend that is here to stay is macramé. If you’re in dire need of adding a layer of texture and colour to your room, macramé can give you both. Its accent pieces create the illusion of 3D volume and a sense of warmth, turning a house into a home. “
Dividing her time between Portugal and the UK for various projects, Pedroso advised using macramé in one room ‘to avoid a sophisticated 70s look’.
“What we’re after is a retro revival style, where you introduce the boho vibe as the wow factor but you don’t force the whole house to follow the same aesthetic. For a laid-back, casual look I’d pair it with neutral pieces, raw materials and geometric shapes.”
She added: “No matter the style, you have the flexibility of playing with a variety of patterns and shapes. From creating headboards for the main bedroom, cushions, plant hangers and coasters to curtains which separate an open plan layout for additional privacy and hanging swings which makes the space more playful, it becomes a piece of art and the centre of attention.”
The first Homebuilding and Renovating Show of 2019 will be held in Farnborough on the 19th and 20th of January from 10am-5pm.