As we welcome in the New Year, it’s no surprise that we’re now seeing a stream of show homes feature an array of trends to come.
Inspired by trends of 2019, Barratt Homes’ new show apartment at its Westburn Gardens development on Berryden Road features one of the highly-anticipated interior trends, jewelled tones.
Although it has proven to be popular in 2018, the trend adapts a different feel for 2019 featuring more dramatic pieces, combining bold and neutral colour palettes to create that stand-out look.
Located at Cornhill, the three-bedroom apartment with open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge has been specifically dressed by interior designer Fiona Keith of Andersons of Inverurie to showcase the spacious area.
Taking inspiration from Scandinavia and incorporating quirky, eclectic accessories, Fiona has created a homely feel to the newly refurbished original granite building.
Having worked at the furniture retailers for more than 10 years, Fiona has followed the brief of making the space the perfect home for a young family or a group of young professionals to a tee.
She said: “This property is a three-bedroom apartment, which is quite unusual for apartments as they don’t tend to have so much space. It’s the perfect home for either three young professionals to share due to it being so close to the university and the hospital, or would make a great place for a young family to live. With the interiors we were trying to make it versatile for all walks of life so anyone could envision themselves living in the space.”
Using key trends which are set to be big in 2019, Fiona used pops of jewelled tones like teal throughout the home to add a splash of colour to the more neutral base.
“At the moment it’s really popular to partner pastel colours with bright pops of colour so we used that through the course of the apartment,” said Fiona.
“It was a relatively neutral palette with blasts of colour within the whole look. Teal was the main accent flowing all the way through and we went for a more eclectic feel. We used some unusual artwork and sculptures to achieve this and with the Scandi theme being so big, it’s something we’ve focused on heavily in this apartment to keep it looking spacious.
“Jewelled tones have been so popular this year but I think we’ll end up seeing it in a bolder way next year. Instead of just having one accent chair you’ll see full sofas.”
The hub of the home, the open plan kitchen, dining and living area is the perfect place to hang out with friends or cosy upon the sofa on those colder winter nights.
Incorporating small and big accessories into the mix, Fiona says it’s a marriage of both that is best when it comes to styling your home.
She said: “We’ve used little clusters of pictures rather than one big art piece to make it a little bit more homely. The smaller clusters of accessories tend to appeal to more people and using a big feature like the clock is great. The walls in the home dictated where we put artwork and the wall between the two windows really suited the three pictures.”
Using different patterns throughout the house, it’s the way Fiona has styled key items in a variety of rooms which sees the trend travel through the home effortlessly.
“For patterns in general, it’s still very geometric just now,” said Fiona.
“It’s a little bit more eclectic and your patterns don’t all have to match, you can be more sporadic with them nowadays.
“We’ve pulled through the geometric pattern into the family bathroom with towels and accessories and we’ve done the same with the en-suite too – it just continues this theme throughout, especially with the colours of the ensuite towel and in the master bedroom.
“I’ve also added in the big mirror in the main bathroom as it really just adds more light to the room and makes it feel more spacious. I always think the bigger the mirror the more it will emphasise the room size.”
Carrying through the eclectic theme from the open plan living space, the three bedrooms all feature intricate detailing and patterns that marry in to the whole house’s offering.
She said: “The master bedroom just follows the eclectic theme, especially with the lighting as it was one of the main features of the room. The windows in this apartment are really long so we used Venetian blinds in this room to keep the floor space clear as that fits with the Scandi theme. The pelmet above it gives it a nice feature and the pattern on the bed covers is complemented by the more plain pillows.
“For the second bedroom we used geometrics and again the wooden furniture. This room has a brilliant double window and we really played around with the dressing of it with the curtains and the chunkier pelmet.
“We pulled the pattern on to the cushions in the room and finished dressing it by creating this colourful bed that is a real wow feature. It’s a very symmetrical room and every bedroom is different which is perfect if it was three young professionals moving into the space.”
Adding pastel tones into the third bedroom and doubling up on cosy accessories, Fiona has brought a more feminine touch into it.
“We softened the geometrics pattern in this room by adding that pretty pastel pink. We didn’t want it to be too masculine so the softer colours really help with that. The additional throws on the bed just give you more of a luxurious look and makes the room feel very cosy too, as do the different pillows.”