Interior design trends come and go, but there are certain essentials that will always be in style. Whether you're renovating your home or moving into a brand new property, give these ten items pride of place on your shopping list.
The benefits of contact with the natural world are well-documented, including aiding concentration and reducing stress. Green plants clean the air and boost oxygen indoors, as well as giving your home a fresh and vibrant feel. It's even been theorised that having plants in your bedroom can help you sleep better at night.
2. Inspiring artworks
Whether you go hunting at antiques auctions, modern galleries or even open-air markets, art is an investment you'll never regret. If you're buying something specifically for your home, think about the dimensions of your space and choose something that will draw the eye without overpowering the room.
3. Bathroom spa
Upgrade your daily ablutions by transforming your bathroom into your very own home spa. Invest in massaging showers with head-to-toe water jets, a deep-soak bath, underfloor heating, towel warmers and of course, a fluffy white dressing gown, and you'll never want to leave.
4. Dressing table
Whether your dressing table stores antique bottles of perfume, a MacBook Air or both, it's important to have a space that's all yours where you can prepare for the day. You can't go wrong with a timeless mahogany table and triple mirrors that allow you to check every hair is in place.
An ideal way to show off your personality and interests, you can choose from classic wooden bookcases and quirky modern asymmetric shelves to make your library a design statement and storage space all in one.
6. Comfortable pillows and throws
Make your sofa a welcoming place for all your friends and family with luxurious plush cushions and pillows. Pick out colourful cashmere throws to keep you warm on chilly winter evenings.
7. A practical kitchen
Throw out gadgets you've never unpacked, and invest in high-quality pots, pans and crockery to make dining a delight from start to finish. Make sure the only gadgets on display are ones you use on a regular basis, like smoothie-makers or steamers.
8. Family antiques
If you're inherited a historic grandfather clock, set of china, or crystal decanters, ensure they're prominently displayed and you'll have an immediate talking point with which to engage your guests.
9. Home exercise equipment
Staying fit and healthy should be as simple as possible. Having exercise equipment and a studio space at home allows you to plan your workouts around a busy lifestyle. Position your treadmill or exercise bike in front of the television, and you'll have no excuse for missing a session.
10. Dressing room
A well-organised walk-in wardrobe doesn't just provide storage for your clothes; it's an area dedicated to celebrating fashion and putting together ensembles that make you feel fabulous. Full-length double mirrors let you check that your outfits look as good from the back as they do from the front, and can make your room appear larger.
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