Wed 04 Jan 2023
It’s a new year – could it be time to give your home a whole new look? If you’re selling your home, or planning to, our top home styling accessories for 2023 may help you make the right decisions to give your home a mini-makeover without breaking the bank.
Home styling accessories can make even the most stale and tired rooms look new and on-trend again, so let’s dive into our seven top styling tips which won’t break the bank:
A large rug can transform a room, adding warmth and accentuating the room’s style. Rug trends in 2023 take a turn towards nature – think natural materials, earthy colours and rustic textures. A simple flat pile with neutral tones echoing the room is on trend rather than thicker pile or geometric print. Avoid Persian inspirations unless you live in Downton Abbey!
You don’t have to spend a fortune either; decide on a budget and stick to it. You should be able to get a large rug, say 8’ x 4’, for under £150 if you shop around.
Cushions are a really easy way to provide an instant update to a room whilst adding colour, texture and interest. Again, the trends point towards a simple style: stay away from geometric prints and pictures. Why not bring your sofas up to date by adding a pop of pink, inspired by Pantone’s colour of the year Viva Magenta?
The finishing touch for viewings, adding scent and a sense of homeliness. Make sure arrangements are in keeping with the overall style of the house and the room.
If in doubt, keep the colours pale and the style simple with a vintage, minimal or Scandi twist.
Toiletries for photos and viewings should be modern, elegant and the best you can find. Keep them eco-friendly and high-end - Aesop, Neom and The White Company are great options. Similarly, small, independent brands which are local to you are a nice touch – Freckleface Home Fragrance - who have a shop in Stamford's Red Lion Square – make some incredible smelling bath products.
Remember, keep these for viewings only – hide them after each one to keep them in pristine condition.
New bedding for all rooms, especially the principal bedroom, is a great way to show off each space to the best of its advantage. Environmentally-friendly fabrics with natural tones are growing in popularity – keep a look out for a brand with an eco-friendly ethos.
Don’t forget vintage accents either – another key trend for styling a bedroom.
Two cushions and a throw on a bed will add that elegant touch of style without overcomplication.
Buy some new ones and make sure no one uses them – they’re just for show! Pop them away with the toiletries after each viewing to keep them crisp and fresh.
White or neutral shades are best, a staple style for a bathroom. They should be in keeping with the bathroom itself to ensure it looks simple and clean.
Mirrors especially add a feeling of coordination and harmony to a room. Along with reflecting light, a well-placed mirror can make a room feel more spacious. Trends for 2023 include asymmetric, vintage and antique framed mirrors, or if you’re feeling adventurous, waved edge frames and coloured glass mirrors are also tipped to be making waves!
On top of these trends, there are three bonus points which our experience has taught us to constantly keep in mind when styling a home – things that never go out of style.
Things which, whatever the trends for the year are, should always be in focus:
- Keep things clean and clear
We’ve noticed that buyers prefer a clean palette of neutral tones. This gives them more opportunities to let their imaginations run wild with ideas for their new dream home.
- Create an atmosphere to aspire to
The more you show the incredible lifestyle your home offers, the more prospective buyers see themselves living there – whether that’s done by leaving a large glass bowl full of vibrant fruit in the kitchen, an elegant vase of delightful flowers in the hallway or a delectable cake which might tempt them to stay a bit longer for another slice.
Some relaxing, ambient music playing in the background and a cosy room lit by the soft glow of a lamp in the corner also adds a feeling of wonder to a viewing.
- Keep a critical eye
Remember to look at each room with an objective viewpoint; remove or replace accessories that don’t add to the aesthetic of the area.
First impressions are everything.
We also recommend staying up-to-date on constantly evolving home styling trends. Try online retailers such as Next, Wayfair and Dunelm, and keep an eye out on Facebook Marketplace and eBay, where real gems can be found. But of course we love nothing more than to take to our local high streets, where there are some truly fabulous independent stores selling a huge range of on-trend homewares. In Stamford you could try Margo & Plum, Iris & Violet or Sophie Allport; Oakham has the beautiful Stone & Ivy and we adore Goodwin & Belle on Uppingham’s High Street.
There you go! Our top trends and home styling tips for 2023. Which will you be giving a go?