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The Design Trends That We Are Likely To See Next Season

The Design Trends That We Are Likely To See Next Season

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) asked the architects what they expect to be the most important changes in the design of the houses and asked them to submit their forecasts and vision for the coming years until 2025. The results are interesting – most people are quite open to design and will try new things but recently, it has been modern trends and minimalism that has excited us. If you are looking for these trends, you’re likely to find them in new homes and brand new builds, which include Bellriver Homes. What other trends also make new homes such a thrill to us? 

Home technologies 

Technological integration is becoming more and more widespread with the support of personal automated temperature, safety and lighting control devices. It means that we can create a more accessible environment. The use of energy efficient and sustainable product design is increasing, such as solar panels, water recovery systems and water heaters also.

New materials

In 2020 we will see more unexpected materials and one of those is cement. From sinks to cabinets, cement is becoming an increasingly popular material for home use. It is great for creating a modern but rustic decor and a wonderful change from a standard wood or marble.  We are likely to see other colors making an appearance also in design such as navy blue or hunter green can offer a sense of calm and serenity while still being traditional enough for use in dining or living rooms. White kitchens replaced the wood look in the 90’s, but in the past, we have seen several designers experimenting with color in their kitchens. Whether you decide to use bright, bold colors for your cupboards and cabinets or want to opt for retro appliances, the diversion from neutral colors can add an energetic and welcoming feeling to almost any kitchen space. This coming season, we will see a shift from artificial to natural materials throughout the house. From countertops to bathroom tiles, most people choose natural materials such as onyx limestone, granite and sandstone to create not only a more ecological space but also a more unique look that is still timeless. 

Embracing the traditional 

You will probably find more and more than people this year are beginning to once again embrace the formal dining room. A typical dining room does not need to be completely enclosed from the rest of the house, but it should simply be demarcated. It will become the entertainment center and contribute to the establishment of the family meal. It is something that has been seen in many magazines, dining room styles and utilising this underrated room once again. If you are always trying to match the designs in your home, it’s time to stop. Instead of sticking to minimalist and neutral colors, this year the trend is to mix and match textures and designs that will offer more visual interest. Maximalism is eclectic and playful, and when done right can give your home a personal and intimate atmosphere.

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The Finishing Touches Every Family Home Needs

The Finishing Touches Every Family Home Needs

A few things to consider

Modern living is fast-paced, ultra-connected and always on, and our homes are adapting to our new way of life. Along with fashion and technology, the world of architecture and design is becoming influence by the new demands we place on our time. There are many aspects to this – from a trend towards more open-plan living to moving towards lighter spaces, to increasing ac installation to deal with warmer summers and even the clean lines of contemporary furniture design. If it’s time to bring a more modern look and improve your home, here’s where to begin…

Increase The Natural Light

Traditional, subdivided darker interiors with small windows have given way to everything light and airy when it comes to the design of our homes. If you have a chance to redo the floorplan, make sure you work it around sources of natural light, and consider adding Velux windows to open up the roof space as well. You can always opt for opaque glazing if you want to retain privacy but keep the natural light flowing.

Go Neutral With A Touch Of Drama

A lighter, brighter scheme needs neutral tones to really increase the sense of space, but lift these and add impact by choosing a beautiful, bright accent colour or two. A bold green or a petrol blue – even a bright magenta – all work fantastically well with neutral decor. You can also lift a neutral scheme using metallic accents which add interest or go for lots of different textures to achieve a calming yet sophisticated scheme.

Try Bare Floors

If you’ve always gone for fitted carpets in your home, ring the changes with a beautiful hard floor instead. Engineered wood floors, polished concrete or clean tiling look very chic but are also hard-wearing and practical, especially if you have kids. You can opt for underfloor heating if you want to keep your space warm. One seamless floor finish through an open plan space can look great, and you can add textured area rugs to seating areas to cosy them up.

Add Some Technology

The role of technology to help in running the home has exploded over the past few years, so if you’re planning an update then it’s wise to work a few tech updates in there. Wireless controls that connect to WiFi for electronics, appliances, heating systems, home security and lighting can all make life easier and can be integrated with voice control via a system such as Alexa. This approach can really bring the family home up to date and give you greater control over the household bills as well.

Use Natural Materials

The most beautiful contemporary home design makes great use of natural materials for a sleek finish. Elements such as natural woods, slate and stone finishes, quartz or granite worktops and leather furniture give a timeless refinement and are generally highly durable as well as looking amazing. Achieve a great look by mixing older pieces with very modern design for an effortless space that feels organic.

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Give Your Wedding Guests A Day To Remember

Give Your Wedding Guests A Day To Remember

A wedding day to remember

Okay, so it’s your wedding day, and the guests are just the extras, right? Wrong! If you are getting married soon, then while you do need to focus on what you need/want on the special day, remember that your guests are important too! The last thing you want to do is make their day a dull and boring one, especially when they have made the effort to celebrate the day with you, so you need to give them a day they will remember… for all the right reasons!

So, thinking about the ceremony, don’t let them remember it for the incredibly long length, prolonged wedding vows, and uncomfortable temperatures. Let them remember it for the creativity you have put into the wedding ceremony, perhaps with the unique ideas here that add a new twist to the traditional wedding formula. And choose a comfortable venue, checking out the place before you book it to make sure it lives up to your (and your wedding guests) expectations.

After the service, don’t leave your guests standing around for a long while you model for the photo shoot. It’s always worth having some food on standby for a start, especially when the wedding meal is some time away. So have a buffet, and plan some games for both the adults and the kid to wile away the time, or if the adults are content to stand and chat, do the kind of things you would do at home, and turn the outdoor space into a fun area for the children. After all, when the kids are bored, they are less likely to be polite about it!

When you get to the wedding meal, try and be creative with your food and drink choices. From champagne popsicles to hands-on chef stations, check out these wedding menu ideas that are different from the normal sit down meals so familiar at any wedding party. And spice things up for the guests too! No, not by adding hot spices to your wedding dishes (unless you are going for something curry-themed), but by adding entertainment for your guests as they eat, be that a magician going table to table, or a cabaret band playing music in the corner.

And please don’t go on and on with the wedding speeches. While they can be incredibly touching and emotional, you don’t want to elicit tears of agony rather than joy by letting them go on too long. Your wedding guests will never forget the boredom they felt, so give them happy memories by keeping things short and sweet, perhaps setting a timer for anybody who is prone to waffling on!

Finally, let the wedding end with a bang. No, not with fireworks (although that would be an excellent idea), but rather an exciting evening of fun and entertainment that everybody will enjoy. Music is key, so consider the fabulous wedding bands from Alive Network as an example, rather than hiring your cousin’s band with their questionable music choices. Play party games, have a quiz, indulge in a karaoke, or have a talent show where your guests can show off their skills. Do anything that guarantees fun and laughs, ending your special day with something truly memorable.

Give Your Wedding Guests A Day To Remember

If you are getting married soon, we hope you (and your guests) have a fabulous time!

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