Regional decorating trends – what do homeowners really want?

Friday 23 January 2015, Written by Sarah Cole Tags: Trends

It's fair to say that as a nation we are pretty nosy. Lots of us (whether we will admit to it or not) can't resist looking into curtain-less windows as we walk past. Following interior design blogs has become the digital equivalent, so when we came across the Big UK Houzz Report we were delighted to gain insight into what UK homeowners like, want and have in their own homes. Let's take a look at some of their findings:

    Nearly 26% of homeowners feel that their kitchen is the room in most need of renovation

Given that most of us probably spend most (or at least a significant portion) of our time at home in the kitchen, this is a huge number. Renovating a kitchen is no mean feat, and there are many things to consider from layout to cabinetry, worktops, brassware and appliances. If you can't afford a full renovation, why not consider working with what you have? Changing out or painting cabinet doors can make a huge difference to the overall look of the space, as can removing old or dated tiles and replacing with a new splashback or patterned tiles.

    9% of homeowners have invested in a roll top bath

Now this is a trend we can get on board with! Roll top baths are the epitome of luxury, and with lots of options out there, you could opt for a traditional claw foot tub or a sleek freestanding one depending on your favoured style. Don't forgot your flooring options - patterned tiles (shown top) look great, or a contemporary finish such as bright white veined marble could add that all important depth.

Inspired by the Houzz report, we analysed our own data to see what trends we could identify across the country. We noticed a real preference for certain types of tiles in certain areas - some regions favour traditional country style tiles, whilst others love sleek and glossy large format porcelains. To find out more about what we uncovered and our top picks, head over to the inspiration pages

For more ideas, head over to our Inspiration pages or browse more images on Pinterest.

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