I’m an Interior Designer – You should never follow these trends, especially if you want your home to feel comfortable

Creating a warm and inviting space in your home is not as easy as it seems.

Balancing fun and whimsical elements with functional ones is a skill that doesn’t come naturally to many of us.


Warm colors combined with dim lighting can be the key to a more comfortable spacecredit: Getty

Fortunately, there are experts out there who can do all that hard work for you, so you can get your feet up on the sofa, without worrying if they match the wallpaper.

Express.co.uk spoke to Alysha Alli, of the interior design team at Redrow, about the simple changes that can be made to homes.

She talked about the hardships that come with open plan living, despite the modern look of the design, it doesn’t always work.

“While this layout provides ample space and is ideal for families, post-pandemic living means that this shared space is often done for multiple reasons simultaneously,” she said.

Lighting is one of the biggest parts of the house that doesn’t get the attention it needs for this reason.

She said, “Lighting is often overlooked, which provides the greatest asset in helping to create the effect of zoning into separate areas.

“This can be done with different shades of light illuminating or darkening different areas.

“This cost-effective technology will cater to each family member and their needs while creating a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for all to enjoy.”

Interiors buzz has also revealed why the following trends aren’t always the best thing for your space, especially when it comes to color.

“With its neutral tones, gray has always been a good starting point for homeowners unsure of which direction to go inside their home.

“While shades of gray remain a safe foundation, the cooler nature of the colors can instantly limit the versatility of the cabin,” she explained.

Once your room becomes gray, incorporating other colors may seem clumsy, but gray still needs brightness, which is a bit of a puzzle in interior design.

“As homeowners spend more time in their homes than ever before, there is a growing trend away from cooler colors in favor of warmer, more welcoming colors to create a relaxing retreat.

“Choosing a bold or vibrant color, especially in a home office, can add an element of playfulness to a space and provide a visual reminder of happiness that is energizing and engaging when compared to uninspiring shades of gray,” she added.

Instead, choose “earthy tones, such as sage greens and warm caramel,” which are more adaptable and will allow your style to evolve with the scheme.

Going gray isn't the best way to maximize the feel of comfort in your space


Going gray isn’t the best way to maximize the feel of comfort in your spacecredit: Getty

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