Renovating your home is often a stressful process, as you look for the time to plan the work that needs to be done, find space in the budget for everything you want and – seemingly inevitably – try to find a Plan B when something you had wanted turns out not to be available. Now, imagine how stressful it can be when, after all the work is complete, you find you’re not as happy with it as you’d expected to be. Taking a risk on something ultra-contemporary can really come off and make the whole renovation work – or it can bring it all down.
There is a reason that we go for the classics so often. Not only do they always work, but they look and feel right and they are easy to accessorise. So, if you’re planning a renovation, it’s a good idea to consider some of the old standards – by sticking to what works so well, you can be sure that your renovation will be worth all the work you put into it.
A white kitchen
The kitchen is in many ways the hub of the house – here is where the meals are cooked which will nourish the inhabitants, and it’s also where people tend to gather at the end of a day. The temptation can be to go for warmer colours but time has proven one thing beyond all doubt – a classic white kitchen increases the resale value of the house. That means white walls and white surfaces; it’s more than acceptable to pick out more colourful accents with artwork on the walls and mats on the floor.
The clawfoot tub can be traced back to the 18th century and was particularly popular during the late Victorian era – and as we stand on the brink of the 2020s, it’s easy to argue that this design classic has never been improved upon. More modern bathtubs have tended to be designed with utility in mind, but a well-chosen clawfoot tub will finish any bathroom perfectly without sacrificing anything when it comes to efficiency.
While carpeting is often the best choice for relaxing spaces such as bedrooms and living spaces, the more high-traffic areas will benefit from something more hard-wearing, and a well-chosen area of engineered wood flooring will never look out of place. Not only does it look classy and timeless, but this kind of flooring really works in areas where there is liable to be condensation – such as the kitchen – and places that open out onto the exterior of the house like the halls and conservatory.
There will always be space in any home for the modish touches that go in and out of style with the seasons, but you’ll find that by picking the classic home options where it matters you’ll always have a house you’re happy to come home to, and one that will still be looking every bit as good in ten years’ time. What’s more, you won’t find yourself wanting to start all over again!