Choose simple decor for year-round chic

by Bonnie

Although it's the wrong time of the year to spring clean your house, you might be feeling a bit restless and want to change it up a bit at home.



Although it's the wrong time of the year to spring clean your house, you might be feeling a bit restless and want to change it up a bit at home.

But according to green architectural consultant Oliver Heath, you're better off not jumping on every passing trend or blowing the budget on a look that's not really your cup of tea.

Instead, opt for an interior look that will remain classic and timeless as well as showcasing your personality through trinkets and accessories.

"Trends and sustainability are a bit of contradiction, as you can imagine. I tend not to encourage people to design spaces with specific trends or specific seasons in mind, because they move so quickly," the director of oliverheath.com said.

"If I was going to specify a sofa, carpets or curtains for someone, I would say pick neutral colours, without strong patterns or textures, as strong colours and patterns and textures are quite polarising for people – you either like them or you don't. They go in and out of fashion and with something like a sofa, you kind of want that to last for ten years really."

He advised householders to choose natural, muted and simple colour schemes and patterns, and to inject some life into a room by way of accessories.

"In my own home, we tend to bring [out] cushions, blankets and rugs in the colder months," Mr Heath added.

However, if you want your living space to be really comfy and cosy this winter, why not invest in a fireplace?

"A [wood-burning stove] gives out a good psychological message to people that you're burning wood, which is low carbon and also is a good draw for people to come and sit down and relax," the interiors expert noted.

For more ideas about getting your home ready for the colder months, have a read of our autumnal makeover tips feature.

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