What home improvements should I make?

If you’ve been thinking about making improvements in your home, we’ve got some exciting ideas to try! It can feel like a huge task to take on for a lot of us, and sometimes we just don’t know where to start, so we’ve put this article together that outlines some of our favourite improvement trends that we’ve seen this year. These should help to inspire you and get your improvements started!

Opt for an open plan

Brooklyn diningBrooklyn dining table with 1 bench and 4 chairs

Open plan living has become a really common but effective trend, proving popular in both apartments and larger houses too. The open-plan layout offers much more space than the standard splitting of rooms does and also allows for much more flexibility with your furniture placement.

The most common open-plan layouts are a merge of living rooms and kitchens, but we’ve also seen some kitchen and dining rooms too that are perfect to host guests. While it isn’t a valid option in every house, especially if there are supporting walls in the way, in new build properties, it’s being taken into account from the first development stages and built this way to make the most of the space.

Garden improvements

outdoor garden dining patio area

 By Randy Fath via Unsplash

Outdoor space has become even more valuable in the last year or so, and because of this, we’ve seen a big increase in garden trends, with something on offer that will work for everyone! For some, it means taking care of a garden that they didn’t have the time or motivation to look after before now, or for others, it’s making the most of the space that was taken for granted previously.

A lot of homeowners are spending more of their time revamping their gardens and developing patio areas so they can sit and enjoy the summer months and the warmer weather. Another added bonus of doing this is that spending some time renovating your garden can help you raise your house value, which is perfect if you’re planning to make improvements after asking, “how can I sell my house fast?”.

Office space

Dark grey painted oak deskGrove large desk / Scroll back chair

A lot of people weren’t too concerned about setting up functioning workspaces at home at the start of the pandemic, as we didn’t really foresee it being a long-term change. Now, over a year later, more and more of us are struggling to work from home effectively without a proper office space but are still going to be working remotely for the foreseeable future.

Whether you’re able to redecorate an entire room or just dedicate a section to your work, you’ll quickly see a huge change in your productivity and motivation. Not only that, but you can also add your own spin into your home office, making anyone seeing it in your video call meetings super jealous!

Minimalism

Copenhagen DIning

Oscar dining chair

This trend will always be a popular one. It’s perfect for tidying away things you no longer need or want and a perfect chance to start fresh. Minimalism is an ideal trend for those who don’t like their homes getting filled with clutter, as it means most of your things are out of sight and put away. Think of clean surfaces, lots of open space, and seeing only the things that you really need!

This trend can sometimes be a tricky one to balance, as it can sometimes leave the place looking a bit empty, but there are ways that you can make it work. The rule of three approach is a perfect solution for this – any shelves, tables, or other surfaces should only have a maximum of three things on them to provide that desired minimal effect without your home looking bare.

Update your kitchen appliances

By Becca Tapert via Unsplash

More and more kitchens are now featuring matching appliances, which makes for a really stunning arrangement on the surfaces. As well as this, we’re also seeing a lot of kitchens with new gadgets they didn’t feature previously. From bread makers to instant hot taps to air fryers, you can find ways to recreate almost any of your most favourite meals easily from the comfort of your kitchen with the right tools!

Geometric

Parquet oak chest, geometric wallpaper

Parquet 5 drawer chest / (@interiors_with_alice)

Last year, patterns were starting to creep back in, but 2021 is now throwing itself full force into bold, bright, and eye-catching design. The geometric style is a really popular pattern, but there’s room for all sorts of options this year; tartan, Aztec, spots and stripes, you name it! This style is a great option for anyone who wants to redecorate their home but doesn’t have a large budget – you can introduce these patterns with new cushion covers, some throws, a rug, blankets, decorative canvases on the wall; there are so many options available, you can go in any direction that you like.

Alto oak office desk

Alto desk

The general rule of thumb with this is that you should stick to one pattern, as it can be a bit overwhelming if you throw too many patterns together; however, if you have a vision, you can actually make it work. Organised chaos is the key here– pair your pattern with a strong base colour, and in no time at all, you’ll see a stunning combination to brighten your home.

There are all sorts of fun trends that you can try when you redecorate your home this year. No matter your style and tastes, you can find something that works for you! Let us know if you decide to make improvements in your home by sharing your photos using #OakFurnitureland on Instagram.