Autumn Interior Design Trends 2017

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With the nights drawing in and the weather getting colder, it's time to give your home a refresh for the coming months. We checked in with our interior designers to reveal this season’s key looks and tips on how to integrate them into your home. 

1.       Velvet:  With its deep tones and rich textures, velvet is the perfect material for adding a touch of luxury home to both classic and contemporary interiors. Add statement pieces like a sofa for a bold look or, as an alternative, try cushions and throws if you only want to add a splash of velvet to your home.

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Emerald green interior

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2.       Dark colours: Dramatic tones are key this autumn. Rich colours such as emerald green give your home an instant sophisticated spin and are all about the “more is more” maximalist look. For a luxurious look, combine this deep green tone with blush pinks and copper accessories. 

3.       Bold bathtubs: Colour can completely transform your bathroom. Adding a vibrant twist to your bathroom doesn’t have to be all about painting the walls. Bold freestanding bathtubs can have a dramatic effect and transform your bathroom completely. 

4.       Marble: Marble interiors have been trending on Pinterest for a while and show no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Typically used for kitchen countertops or bathroom floors, this stylish yet classic material is moving into the rest of your home in the form of candles, soap dispenser or even lamps, adding a distinctive elegant touch to any ambiance. 

5.       Copper: This elegant material can be used to make a style statement and add warmth to your home. From lampshades to saucepans and side tables, copper will add a contemporary touch and create a comforting glow in any interior.

Kitchen Extension - A Perfect Blend of Contemporary and Traditional

Kitchen Extension Islington 1

When this Victorian terrace came up for sale, Julianna and James, a young professional couple from London, jumped at the chance to buy it. Being centrally located in Islington meant the four-bedroom property’s position was ideal for them, so they put in an offer, which was accepted. However, the existing kitchen, with its beautiful views overlooking the garden, was crying out for a total redevelopment to turn it into a contemporary living space.

During the planning and design process, a bright open-plan concept, celebrating the view into the garden, was one of the couple’s key requirements, so we opted for an extension to create a large kitchen-diner. Planning permission wasn’t required, with the work covered by permitted development. However, there was a restriction on raising the roof, so we opted for an extension with a pitched roof on one side to keep the shadow impact on the neighbour’s property as low as possible.

The extension has opened up the space and allows for a seamless integration of kitchen, diner, breakfast bar and even a cosy snug area, offering a spacious room to entertain friends and family. A large window front with bi-fold doors brightens up the space and enables the couple to enjoy the view of their lush garden, whether cooking or dining. Once the extension was complete, we started with the interior design stage of the project.

The project’s design triumph is the contemporary yet traditional kitchen, featuring stylish bespoke dark blue cabinets. The brick wall has been left exposed to add an element of industrial feel, which was another one of Julianna and James’ wishes. This industrial flair is supported by the concrete kitchen countertop with its simple, yet cool wooden bar stools, serving as a spacious worktop, whilst creating a perfect bar area to enjoy a drink or two. Copper pendant ceiling lights perfectly blend with the kitchen handles and, along with other copper details throughout, cater for a warm overall ambience. 

After five months, the projects was finished. The end result of our co-creation project with Julianna and James is a kitchen that not only functions very well with its ample bespoke storage solutions, but looks beautiful and reflects the couple’s personal style. This extensive transformation has given Julianna and James the heart of their future family home. “The kitchen has more detail to it and is so much better than we could have ever imagined,” says James.

Breakfast Bar - Kitchen Extension Islington
Dining Area - Kitchen Extension Islington
Garden View - Kitchen Extension Islington
Craftsmanship Details - Kitchen Extension Islington

19 Interior Design Experts Reveal Their Top 3 Luxury Interior Design Trends for 2017

2016 is quickly coming to an end. This means a new year of interior design inspiration is almost upon us. We decided to gather 19 interior design experts from around the world and ask: What will be the top three luxury interior design trends in 2017? The insights we received are fantastic. We have listed them all below.

 

 

 

                                    Maxine Brady of We Love Home. Follow her on Instagram

There is more and more of a move towards natural materials and deeper richer shades. The colour of the year is a going to be a lush forest green which you will see on walls and on velvet upholstered furniture. Team that with pure minerals like marbles, onyx, sparkling granites and slates used on floors and surfaces. To finish off the look, accessories are going to be bespoke and unique treasures found in the far flung corners of the world like hand-carved masks, woven fabrics and beaten metals.

                   Jenny Kakoudakis, Interiors Stylist, Seasons in Colour. Follow her on Twitter.

Having attended the inaugural Luxury Made show last month, these are the top three trends I picked up.

Products that tell stories: Buyers are becoming more demanding and eclectic. Handcrafted pieces, whether furniture or decorative items no longer just serve a purpose in the whole scheme, they also need to tell a story, from the inspiration behind the finished products to how the materials were sourced.

The surprise factor in storage: A number of handmade storage furniture now come with secret compartments as a 'standard'. A great way to keep valuables out of sight. We've seen this with upcoming brands Tree Couture and Thomas Whittingham.

Lastly, African inspiration! Watch out for Cole & Son's collaboration with African based Halsted Designs; the new wallpaper collection is out in January and will include Hermes-like motifs of animals in the savannah with orange taking centre stage in their colour ways. In the UK, textile designers like Emma J Shipley and Eva Sonaike already work this trend like no other!  

                           Emily Murray of The Pink House. Follow her on Instagram

1) Succulents have been huge (and sometimes teeny tiny) in luxury homes in 2016, but 2017 will be the year of the air plant. The aesthetic benefit of these soil-free organisms is that they can be placed in whichever fabulous new pot takes your fancy, without the hassle of re-potting.

2) Neon is going to go next-level in 2017, with new technologies (such as those employed by new-kid-on-the-block neon brand Bag&Bones) making the signs cheaper and easier to install. Look out for bespoke artworks, phrases and a menagerie of lit-from-within mammals in the UK’s coolest homes.

3) Rose-tinted hues were big news this year (and not just because The Pink House launched in February…), and the move away from the gender divide of blue for boys and pink for girls is set to continue. Real men will have pink houses (even Prince Harry’s been at it with Farrow & Ball), as the formerly sugar-sweet shade takes on an edgier vibe (see New York’s hottest new restaurant, the all-pink Pietro Nolita, and its slogan #pinkasfuck).

 

                        Patricia Goijens of No Glitter No Glory  Follow her on Twitter

*colour on the walls - I don't think white walls ever really “go out of style” but I do see more and more people choosing distinct colours for a room. I love this comeback, it's a great way to make a statement out of any room!

*earthy tones - For the first time in a long time, we're embracing earthy tones like terracota and plum. I love them combined with blush tones, gold and black for the ultimate sophisticated vibe.

*special marbles/onyx - Lighter marble, especially Carrara, has been reigning for the past years but now it's time for alternative natural stones: darker marble, travertine and Onyx for example.

                                  Danielle Parisi of The Room Alive. Follow her on Twitter.

In 2017 we will continue to seek serenity and balance from our homes to offset the overwhelming digital lives we all can't afford to survive without. One of the top trends will be the use of raw and rustic materials and textures to bring nature in, cork being one of them and we will see it in many creative ways from covering walls to decor accessories.

Blush pink will continue strong with peach and coral tones gaining strength. Think pretty pastels, which can be combined with light or deep shades. For deep lux interiors, try pairing them with indigo blue or emerald green. For a serene look, use neutral grey or white.

Finally, brass and gold will continue strong and this time won't be sharing the spotlight with other metallics, taking centre stage in what looks like it'll be a very exciting year in interiors!

 

                             Rani Engineer of La Maison Jolie.  Follow her on Instagram

2017 will see a revival in bold statement light fixtures, moving towards new age art deco/ mid-century modern inspired geometric, atomic and sunburst chandeliers and sconces.

Opulent use of organic materials like natural wood, stone, leather layered with floaty, feminine silks, plush velvets, faux fur, organic linens with metallic gold decorative accents to create visual eye candy and also tactile pleasure.

Art inspired wallpaper will also gain momentum in 2017. Watercolours, paintings and murals reproduced as wallpaper to create bold and vibrant features which will no doubt create the perfect balance between old world sophistication and young design.

                            Natalie Holden of  Natalie Holden Interiors  Follow her on Twitter

I'm going to make a prediction that we'll probably see a lot more eco friendly interior products on the market in 2017 because that seems to be the direction everything is going. Whether it be the rise in upcycled second hand furniture or products created from innovative recycled materials, the world has got to do more to address issues to help the environment!

 

                                   Greet Lefèvre of Belgian Pearls. Follow her on Twitter.

- Going back to a more personalized, individual, warm and ‘worn’ interior, using deeper and warmer colors together with rich and soft materials as wools, velvets and silks.

- The interior will be filled with personal treasures combined with unique handmade items and objects from all over the world (from Scottish tweeds to African woven baskets), no need to be perfect.

- Focus on craftsmanship will continue and continues to define luxury

                           Laura Butler-Madden, Interior Designer   Follow her on Instagram

The top three trends in 2017 will be strong dark colours – a continuation of what is happening now in the world of interiors. Colour is back in fashion, particularly warm dark hues and this will continue into 2017. Add to this luxurious fabric – velvet and textured velvet will also be very in fashion next year. Finally, I think the current trend for botanical prints will evolve to include more of nature; animals, flora and fauna – think wacky wallpaper with bold jungle prints and similar!

                                  Mairi Wilks of Mairi Helena. Follow her on Instagram

In 2017,  I think there’ll be a trend to move into designing your home in upbeat colours as I think people are becoming more colour conscious and increasingly aware of how this can affect the mood of the house.

I also think there will be a pressing drive from consumers for sustainable, eco-friendly interiors.

Also, I feel there will be a heightened drive for supporting smaller independent designers as encouragingly, everyone is looking for the bespoke story behind the product.

                                Rowan Downs of Grace and Favour. Follow her on Twitter

Just invested in that copper lamp? You may not want to read this! This may please some people and not others, as social media and information-overload via the internet speeds up ever-changing fashion and trends faster than ever before. It seems that by the time you've decided to commit to 'that living room wall colour' or 'that lamp' it's old news. Perhaps by predicting the 2017 trends early enough, we can make good investments now. Saying that, I will also stress that whilst it's fun and inspiring to think about what's happening next; for those of you who love your homes the way they are, or are still convinced by what is apparently yesterday's wall colour, I say, 'if you love it, then that's all that matters'.

Right, now you can read on...

What's in?

NATURAL WOOD - the Scandi style will continue to be popular in light-filled clear spaces. The earthy tones of natural wood look stunning on those well-designed statement pieces of furniture. Other natural textures also likely to make an appearance in some form are fur, wool, paper, hides and cork (think of having an entire wall in your office as a cork board rather than 1970s cork tiles!

TERRACOTTA - not so much the heavy rustic type, but a more modern matte-finish terracotta tile could any be popular as a feature wall, fireplace or flooring to add some earthy warmth to a crisp modern room.

DARK GREEN - bit of a curve-ball this one. With the popularity of navy and dark blue, dark green will see a resurgence as an alternative. Think a wintery Nordic backdrop in a crisp, modern room achieved a dark green velvet sofa, dark green walls, or perhaps simply the use of green pot-plants. Alternatively, and for the older character room, see the 'future past' collection by Dulux of moody period colours, and Incyra Blue from Farrow & Ball which is a stunning dark 'green-blue'.

Whilst we're on the subject of colours, some hues making a comeback next year will be grey (yes, still! But better mixed with some of the following...) beige, off-white, yellow, walnut, light pink and brown.

What's out?

COPPER - yup, copper is beautiful, but with cheap imitations flooding the market, it seems that copper isn't so cool any more. Black steel and burnt metals will be the next thing... Goodbye copper lamps!

METRO TILES - they're everywhere now - bars, restaurants, Homebase showrooms. They have therefore become the standard instead of the alternative.

NAVY BLUE - due to over-saturation, I'm going to be terribly controversial here and say that Navy will in 2017 have had its day (yes, sorry Dulux, I disagree that 'Denim Drift' will be 2017s colour)!

                        Maren Ingeborg Gråblomst of Villa Betula Follow her on Instagram

First thing is the more I think of it, the more I feel that luxury will involve what I see as a cultural capital and artistic interest. There will be less focus on luxury as something which demands financial capital. Everybody can bring luxury into their life if they go treasure hunting and following their heart.

In that context I get to number two which I think will be that this much feigned “personal style” will fade a little. We have seen too much so called personal the last years, because I don´t believe those who claim their personal style when I have already seen all the same in several other blogs or pictures. So be bold and do your thing!

Last but not least I have to talk colour. Don’t need to be very smart to say that it will be even more dark hues, but I think (and hope) it won’t limit to just one wall or one room. There will be more of “all the way” with ceilings, walls and floors in the same dark hue (and you won’t regret). I think white will be the least luxury colour of them all.

                       Charis White, Interior Stylist and Blogger, Follow her on Twitter

1. BRITISH BESPOKE: Where once there was just Terence Conran creating beautiful individual pieces of British made furniture, there is now a sizeable community of top British luxury furniture makers who are reinventing traditional furniture designs using the best possible natural materials. These antiques of the future will create a very considered and luxurious design statement in the home.  Look out for Pinch, Sebastian Cox, Tom Raffield and artists under The New Craftsmen umbrella.  

2. DRINKS TROLLEYS: This is a lifestyle direction from the U.S. which is becoming central when designing the interior of a living or dining room.  No longer are drinks bottles relegated to the back of a kitchen cupboard in the UK but are now being made the glamorous centrepiece of interior design. Look out for bespoke drinks cabinets by designers such as Russell Pinch and smart high street versions from both John Lewis and Anthropologie. Upmarket drinks trolleys and butlers trays are all being used to celebrate and perhaps even to show off that you are partial to a bit of a party!

3.  70s STYLE: Fashion drove this trend this Spring Summer 2016, but as with all interiors trends, they last longer than fashion.  SS17 will see much more influence from the 70s both in luxury design and on the high street.  Floral patterns some such as Sanderson's Morris (with reinvented colourways) collection of fabrics and wallpapers and Liberty ditsy prints will pervade.  Yellow and Orange accents, velvet lampshades such as those made by Porta Romana (there are going to be so many delicious velvet platform sandals too!).  Textured wallpapers in dark greys/browns/ochres will feature strongly.  Lampshades and lampbases, will take on the much larger dimensions of the 70s (India Jane's coloured Altea lampbases for example).

                                Fiona Reid of Copperline. Follow her on Instagram

I’ve seen a growing appreciation of beautifully handcrafted pieces - pieces that are made to last, where you have a sense of the maker and the work that has gone into something, and this is true of everyday objects like ceramics and textiles. It’s less of a trend than an appreciation of craftsmanship and the value of handmade pieces, and this is something that’s just going to grow and grow.

I’ve also noticed more and more large scale murals being used on feature walls.  I love seeing a pared-back interior combined with a really painterly mural. I think this will develop as more people consider murals where they might previously have chosen wallpaper - where walls really become artworks.

Metallic finishes have been strong for seasons now, and I think we’ll continue to see brass and copper finishes used to create a very elegant aesthetic, particularly when combined with jewel-toned colour palettes, but I’m also excited to see more pieces in marble. There’s some beautiful marble lighting around and I think we’ll be seeing more of this material used in a very contemporary and minimal way.

                         Kim Knox-Thurn from the Style Project  Follow her on Twitter

1.       Jewel Tones – In particular emerald green and ruby red.  Both of these colours work perfectly with navy blue and nothing says luxury like navy.  Emerald and ruby in velvet make for perfect cushions, particularly 60 x 60cm as a statement on a sofa or chair.  Walls painted in these luxe colours instantly transform a room taking it to the next level of sophistication.  Wallpaper in jewel tones will add an overall feel of sheer opulence to any room, but I love to see this mainly in a bedroom & dining room.

2.       Retreat Rooms – A room specifically for meditation, reading or a place you can go to completely unwind.  These rooms will be an added luxury when you come home from a hard day’s work and don’t want the constant chatter from the television.  They don’t need to be a particularly large room but they do need to be purpose specific.  These rooms should be decorated in tranquil colours either light or dark, depending on the room's purpose and definitely not a room to dry the washing in!

3.       Custom Upholstery – With so much of our lives being disposable nowadays, it’s a luxury to be able to revamp a family heirloom or an older piece of furniture that you’ve acquired.  Custom detailed upholstery won’t date and adds a much welcomed design detail to any room.  A bedhead, ottoman or dining chair with button detailing always adds to a room's luxury look & feel.  I don’t think a bedroom is dressed without a bedhead as it helps to balance out the vast expanse of the bed.

                 Martyn White from Martyn White Designs. Follow him on Instagram

2017 will see continued popularity of individual hand made items. People are starting to appreciate skill, craft and quality within a design. Buyers want to know where it has come from, how it has been made and the story behind the item, something that will only increase in demand.

We have seen the rise of prints and patterns this year, people are starting to experiment with layering and are not afraid to express themselves at home. I think we will see much more detail as we move into the new year, more complex patterns and much more layering. After quite a colourful season, muted tones appear to be returning, softening bold prints.

As we slowly move away from the Scandinavian style, influences from Moroccan and Indian cultures can be seen creeping in. Wherever the 2017 trends go, we know that it is going to be an exciting year for design.

                     Moya Farrell from Kingston Lafferty Design. Follow her on Twitter

2016 was the year of the subway tile, copper everything, grey paint and geometric patterns, and whilst some of those trends will drift into 2017, we’re seeing textured materials and colours set to rival what we’ve been most commonly seen in the interiors world this year. Here are a few key trends to look out for in the coming year.  

Marble Marquetry - This technique involves taking the thinnest layers of marble and stone (similar to timber veneers) and inlaying them to create detailed patterns. It works nicely with Scandinavian decor or for adding a retro touch to a space.

Ceramics - People are becoming more particular about their dinnerware and tablescapes, so opting for more luxurious crockery to serve upon. We’ll see ceramics take center stage in 2017, with beautiful matt finished textures and earthy tones.

Dark green - Dark green will push aside Inky blues and deep greys and act as a rich backdrop to brass features, tan leathers and warm textures.

 

                          Anna Wilson from Anna Wilson Interiors. Follow her on Instagram

With London Design week now over and the excitement of it all having now calmed down, it’s time to reflect on a few of the likely up and coming interior design trends of 2017.

Dark Green is already on the up and I think will continue to rise in 2017 along with other rich jewel tones. These colours are bold statements creating cosy environments and a fresh alternative to the white on white we’ve been living through the past few years.

Handmade Textiles are definitely on the up, people are really appreciating the Artisans work with the variations that naturally occur over machine made fabrics. Look out for beautiful textiles from GB as well fabrics from S. America, India and Africa becoming dominant in the market.

Burnished Metals - I’m afraid to say that Copper is on its way out. Look out instead for black steel and antiqued brass.

                  Kristie Castagna of Elements At Home. Follow her on Instagram

My top 3 trends would be:

1. Plants are still strong as decorative accents.

2. Copper is moving into more of a brass tone.

3. Travertine is coming back as tone is needing to have more life and movement.

Open Plan Living

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Open plan kitchens are becoming more and more popular and creating an open plan kitchen can have a really impressive impact on your home, before you start submitting plans and choosing your cabinetry, make sure you take time to think of all the elements. In this article we have listed pros and cons to consider when you are thinking about an open plan kitchen.

PROS:

Sociable
Instead of being restricted to different rooms, an open plan kitchen is amazing for casual dining and entertaining, allowing you to interact with your guests as it enables you to cook and chat at the same time.

Bringing the outside in
Features such as bi-folding doors that open onto the garden are a wonderful way to bring the outside in, creating that garden room feel. In the summer it will provide the perfect dining experience, regardless of the weather.

Adding value
The kitchen is the one room that can really stand out as the showpiece of your home, and a well-designed extension can make a great difference in the value of your home. Generally, a good single storey kitchen extension can add between 10% and 20% to the value of a small house, provided the kitchen is well fitted and has a timeless design.

Improving your quality of life
As foreign investors are buying up London’s prime properties, house prices in London and the South East are still rising, which causes more and more homeowners to look for interior projects to fall in love with their home all over again.

Kitchen extensions really open up a space and by allowing more natural light to flood in, it can transform an average sized room into a wider and brighter kitchen large enough to include a dining area or extra living space.

view an example here http://increation.co.uk/priory-road-modern-kitchen

A blank canvas to create your dream kitchen
A brand new extension is the ideal blank canvas for you to create that perfect Open Plan kitchen you have always dreamed of. From start to beginning, you will be able to decide what you want your kitchen to look like; there are no restraints in terms of existing electrical work or plumbing.



CONS:

Wall space
With open plan kitchen designs, you often find yourself losing wall space. Those walls are generally used for cupboards, sideboards and appliances. Even though this problem can be easily solved with clever storage solutions such as kitchen islands, it is highly recommended to bring in help from professional interior designers to help with spatial planning.

Getting it right aesthetically and spatially
It is very important to get the extension right or it can end up looking like it does not belong to your existing house. Planning your kitchen’s layout is also very important in terms of space, but also aesthetically. A badly designed kitchen extension will waste precious space and can decrease your home’s value.

Charles Seligman of Savills suggested that bad design might decrease your home’s value by £30,000 in an area like Chelsea.

Minding the little ones
Although an open plan kitchen makes it easier to keep an eye on the kids, it is not always safer than a separated kitchen. Homes with small children will have to be a little more cautious of their children getting in the kitchen and grabbing a pot on the stove or running their hands along an induction hob. Even though this can happen in any home, with a kitchen that is separated from the living room it is easier to keep out small children.

Heating
Naturally, an open plan kitchen works very well in warm climates, where windows and doors can be permanently open and aired, however in the UK, a good heating system and good insulation is very important if you do not want to pay a fortune on heating costs. If done correctly you might even spend less on heating costs as old Victorian houses often aren’t that well insulated.

Always on display
As your kitchen will be in view a lot more with an open plan kitchen, you might have to get used to the sight of dirty dishes in the background when entertaining. Of course with a beautifully designed open plan kitchen carefully decorated with attractive appliances, the focus will be on the actual kitchen rather than a couple of pots and pans.

Interior Design London Project

Bespoke Furniture London

When increation were commissioned to complete a full design and refurbishment project in the heart of the beautiful Holland Park, we were really excited to be able to work with such a design conscious young family.  As well as living spaces, the venture consisted of the refit of three bathrooms, a nursery and a luxurious master bedroom and en suite.  We are so delighted with the outcome; we thought we had better give you a tour.

Bespoke Kitchen London

As visitors enter this terraced West London home, they are met by a long hallway hemmed by bespoke cabinetry leading to a well lit kitchen.  The Bespoke kitchen itself is spacious with very clean lines and a neutral palette – colour is added by the specially made salmon coloured splash back.

Bespoke Furniture London

Going up the first of two flights of stairs, you come to the main living room.  The 63” LCD screen is encased by a made to measure fitted cabinet, the design of which was inspired by the client’s Russian roots.  At 3 metres in width, the cabinetry has plenty of storage space for two speakers and home entertainments systems. 

 

 

The top floor is home to the master bedroom and nursery.  A child friendly zone, again painted with neutrality in mind, the fitted wardrobes are flush against the wall to avoid any sharp edges being left exposed. 

Bespoke Bathroom Vanity Units

The bathroom has increasingly become an important part of every home. As we have spent more time in Hotels we have realised we can have this luxury in our own homes. With the advent of lower cost manufacturing this has also become available to a far wider part of the population. 

There is one are that it's hard to get over and that is space. Most London and UK homes don't provide for huge rooms for the Luxury bathroom. 

This is where a bespoke Vanity unit can come into it's own. It can be made to suit the space and give that all important need for storage. When creating a beautiful space you don't want to be looking at your toiletries or toiler paper.

The other additional benefit is that in small spaces bespoke means it will actually fit, leaving as much space as needed for everything else. 

Curves at Albert Court

Albert Court in South Kensington is an architectural masterpiece that even today, over 200 years since its original construction, stands tall and imposing, casting a protective shadow over its neighbour, the Royal Albert Hall. Increation are lucky enough to have recently started a home renovation in a penthouse apartment of this Grade II listed building and we would like to share with our readers a small part of the design process.

For the master bedroom, which features a round window and curved walls, Increation created bespoke furniture in form of curved wardrobes to echo the free-flowing nature of the room. In order to shape the wood correctly, the workshop team used a mould onto which they placed the thin panels of wood before enclosing it in a large vacuum pack bag. By sucking the air out of the bag using a vacuum press it allowed the veneers to bend to the shape of the mould. For the finishing touch, the wardrobe was sprayed in a white lacquer. This is an excellent example of the blending of modern technology whilst maintaining the original features and period charm of the building.  This use of Bespoke Furniture in London is one of the many things that Make INcreation Unique as Interior Designer London.

| Basement conversions; a natural extension to your existing home |

| Basement conversions; a natural extension to your existing home |

Something everyone wants in their homes is more space, and many people try to achieve this by converting or extending their basements. In one decade the number of applications has more than doubled in Kensington and Chelsea in London as homeowners and developers are rushing to get planning permission before the rules tighten. Interior Designers London are doing this on a regular basis. 

Ed Mead, director of Douglas & Gordon estate agents, said the trend was driven by rising house prices. “A basement costs circa £500 per square foot to build and then you have to fit it out, so once an area gets beyond an average value of circa £750 per square foot it makes sense,” he said. “Most areas in the doughnut around central London are now well over £750 per square foot, with £1,000 not unusual, making these investments very good value.”

With a typical size of about 1,000 square feet, a basement extension can be expected to cost at least £500,000, meaning it is only cost-effective for properties at the top end of the market.

Unlike lofts, which are often used for creating additional bedrooms, a basement is usually located close to the living area, and therefore has a more flexible range of use. A basement is an ideal place for extra family living space such as a playroom, a home entertainment room or a home office. Perfect to fit out with Bespoke Kitchen and Furniture

You do not want a basement conversion to feel like you’re living underground, rather it should feel like a natural extension to your home. Achieving this can be a spatial design challenge, but experienced specialists often do this by allowing windows to be installed at a good level.  Very important for the end result is lighting; the key is to create the feeling of being above ground. Modern construction methods ensure basements are warm, light, comfortable and airy. A sunken terrace accessible by glass doors creates a wonderful open feel. A basement conversion should blend in with the rest of your home through intelligent interior design, making the room feel like it has always been a part of it.

The basement can truly become the most spectacular area within an otherwise ordinary home; it is a trend that is set to continue.

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Make it British!

Increation is proud to announce its recent partnership with Make it British, an online directory focused on sourcing British-made brands and UK manufacturing. From clothing, food and drink, to kitchens and home furnishings, Make it British is the go-to destination when identifying British-made products.

Make it British also have a fascinating and diverse range of articles on their blog with the most up-to-date news and interviews concerning British-made products. At Increation we were especially interested to read the article ‘what do shoppers really think about buying British-made products?’ which concluded that 60% of the people surveyed agreed with the statement that “if I know a product is made in Britain I believe it to be of good quality’.  Increation believe that investing in British-made products means you are not only investing in a product that’s been produced with skill and that’s of high-quality, but you are also helping to preserve Britain’s rich cultural and trading heritage.

For more exciting insights and articles look no further:  http://makeitbritish.co.uk/