Interior design: What’s going up and what’s going down

Working from home in lockdown has no doubt contributed to the increase in popularity of the home office.

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Working from home in lockdown has no doubt contributed to the increase in popularity of the home office.

The kitchen has traditionally been the heart of the home, but could Covid-19 have flipped that to the home office?

The global pandemic appears to have shaped New Zealanders’ interests in interior design and home renovation – with a huge surge in online searches for home offices, as well as increases in hunts for retro style, wall panelling, conservatories and the new-but-old folksy aesthetic known as cottagecore.

Dropping in popularity, according to an analysis by UK company Roofing Megastore, are subway tiles, floral wallpaper, blue kitchens and macrame.

This home shows elements of retro style – an increasingly popular Google search.

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This home shows elements of retro style – an increasingly popular Google search.

Home offices was the clear leader, with a 188% increase in Google searches since the beginning of the year.

* Cottagecore:

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The Fake Plants and Flowers Designers Actually Love


Like many, Brigette Romanek was initially skeptical about using faux plants in her projects. As she explains, artificial greenery used to be made so poorly that they’d cheapen a room. However, her hesitations were put to rest when she used artificial grass in a playroom.

“It felt soft on your feet where in the past, it would have felt like blades,” Romanek says. “These materials are now viable options for a home, in addition to being a great way to save water and on your gardening bill. I’ve even used these for my own [house’s] exterior!”

Her current favorite? SYNLawn’s artificial grass. “It’s so lifelike, you can hardly tell the difference,” she says.

A photograph from Stevie Storck’s book Modern Faux Flower Projects highlights a vibrant bouquet.

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As the author of Modern Faux Flower Projects, interior designer Stevie Storck knows a thing or two

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Pro tip from the Greenbrier’s interior designer: Embrace color and shun beige

Since taking over Dorothy Draper and Company, Varney has designed and refurbished countless hotels, buildings, homes and even a presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia. However, the Greenbrier occupies a special place in his heart; as the hotel’s official curator, the 83-year-old maintains an office there. His hardcover valentine, “Romance & Rhododendrons: My Love Affair with America’s Resort — The Greenbrier,” comes out Dec. 5. We spoke with Varney in his Palm Beach office, before he traveled to Washington for a meeting with the National Council of the White House Historical Association. (He’s an appointed member.) He planned to spend Thanksgiving at the Greenbrier, where gravy is a condiment, not a palette. Here are his insights into design and the fabled hotel, plus how color (optimistic orange? positive purple?) can lift our spirits during these gloomy-gray times.

The power of color: I have spent 54 years trying to open the windows

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Interior designer reveals how she doubled the value of her home

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A mother-of-one has revealed how she more than doubled the price of her home thanks to an extension and an incredible makeover to turn the dated property into a modern family home. 

Angela Bamforth purchased her home in Bramhall, Cheshire, for £275,000, but thanks to the work she put in, just a few years later it was valued at £590,000.

Angela, who lives in the home with her nine-year-old daughter, Cara, and dog Mylo, managed to turn the two-bedroom house into a four-bedroom property complete with a home gym, playroom and walk-in wardrobe. 

‘I planned the renovation by firstly living in the house for a while,’ Angela, who works as an interior designer said. 

‘You then have a really clear idea of how you’re going to use the space, what’s necessary and what are “would like to haves”.

‘I also collected images from

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Castleview attracting Waterford returnees with an interior design allowance

Castleview, Williamstown Road, Waterford City

Asking price: €645,000-€685,000

Agent: DNG Reid & Coppinger (051) 852 233

The pandemic has prompted more house-hunters to turn their backs on big cities and cash in on house sales in Dublin and abroad, so they can buy a larger property in their hometowns and enjoy a better quality of life.

This is also the case in Waterford City, where house prices jumped 11pc in the third quarter, compared to an average price increase of 2.2pc in Dublin, according to the latest report.

On Waterford City’s Williamstown Road, near the eastern suburb of Ballygunner, a new development of large detached houses that’s selling off the plans has already fielded enquiries from Waterford natives planning to return from Dublin, the UK, Australia and the US, according to the selling agent.

Castleview, which consists of 23 contemporary-style four-beds and five-beds, is targeting both locals and returnees

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8 Interior Design Industry Trends To Look Forward To In 2021

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8 Interior Design Industry Trends To Look Forward To In 2021

(Guest Writer: Michael Gorman)

We’ve had a long year in 2020, but thankfully we are getting to the end of it, and we can now start looking towards 2021, knowing it will be better. We had some exciting interior design trends in 2020, but we’re more excited about the trends we expect to see in 2021.

We now see that there’s more emphasis on sustainability with sustainable materials becoming more critical, and there are also essential elements to celebrate uniqueness and individuality.

This article will give you an idea of what your home should look like going into the New Year 2021.

Here’s a breakdown of 8 interior design industry trends for 2021.

1. Rustic Vogue

The appearance of this is more of a crowd pleaser’s. It seems to appeal to

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Interior designer secrets: Decorating your dining room

There’s something to be said for hosting/attending a grand dinner party. Especially if the setting looks like it’s been styled by a professional Interior Designer/Decorator with a keen eye for detail. And what, exactly, does “detail” pertain to? It’s that design that just looks right – the right lighting, the right colours, the right table matched with the right chairs, etc. On that note, we decided to perk up our ears and hear what the experts in the design industry have to say about decorating dining rooms. Here’s what we found…

1. Your table width is crucial

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1. Your table width is crucial

We can’t help you fit ALL your guests at one table, but we can certainly inform you that 1100 mm is considered the ideal dining table width. That’s because it allows adequate room for your seated guests’ movement while still

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Global Interior Design Software Market Size 2020 to 2025 Report Includes Brief Analysis by Regions, Growth Key Factors, Demand, Business Share

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Nov 21, 2020 (The Expresswire) —
“Final Report will add the analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on this industry.”

“Interior Design Software Market” has several changes in recent years and expected to vary significantly within the forecast year because of developments in production sources, shifts in consumer preferences changes to business policies. Interior Design Software Market is gaining important adoption among recent business across the globe. Global Interior Design Software Market Report 2020 gives complete research about the industry size by key players, regions, product types and end user with history data and forecast data to 2025. This report analyses the Interior Design Software with respect to individual growth trends, future prospects, and their contribution to the total market.

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Most important Regions play dynamic role in Interior

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These are the household trends that need to disappear by 2021, according to interior designers

By Claire Toureille and Raven Saunt For Mailonline

11:49 25 Nov 2020, updated 13:02 25 Nov 2020

  • Households across the UK spent time in lockdown sprucing up their interiors
  • Dark blue walls and tropical wallpapers are on the way out, expert told FEMAIL 
  • Chrome taps were once chic, but now seen as ‘standard’ choice and need to go  

Many households across the UK have put their time in lockdown to good use by sprucing up their interiors, but have your efforts made your house look ultra modern, or could your taste be a bit dated?

Interior designers and experts have told FEMAIL which trends are already wearing thin, including Insta-friendly staples such as tropical wallpaper and gemoetric shapes.  

Wayfair’s resident style advisor, Nadia McCowan Hill said that velvet sofas, which had become a staple in many living-rooms, are taking a step back while shoppers go for more textured materials, such

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Chefing Success Leads To Outstanding Interior Design Outcome For Ara Graduate

One of the few male graduands of Ara’s 2020 Diploma in
Interior Design (Residential) ended up the surprise big
winner of the ‘Vizualize’ awards night.

Smith took home three of 13 awards, including The Harrison
Bloy Aware for Excellence in Bathroom Design, the Artisan
Stone Award for Innovation in Design and the Drawing Room
Award for Excellence in Artistic Skills.

Says Dan of
his multiple wins “It’s a bit of surprise. I’d like to
say thanks to the providers and industry people for coming
to the party and to the tutors for all their help and
learning this year.”

The awards evening itself
featured many heart-felt tributes to the students’ and the
tutors’ tenacity and willingness to overcome adversity
during what many speakers described as a “challenging

The exhibition itself, comprised of a large

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