Insights | In Your Home with Amy Stead, Amazema

03 December 2020

Amy shares her top tips on maximising the value of your property and designing your home for joy, as well as the latest trends emerging from Covid-19 living.

The world has changed, we have changed and so our homes must follow suit. With the home being the centre of our world now, more than ever we are seeing a strong pull to make them the best they can be, as our place to work, play, learn, relax and socialise. You might think we are asking too much of the domestic space to be all these things and more to all who live within, but we have seen great innovation and imagination in how our traditional uses of our homes can be repurposed to create a lifestyle we love to live.

Our spaces now need to be multifunctional – living spaces/play rooms, dining tables/kitchen, school rooms/ parent office etc. And the key thing that is often missing in making spaces work for multiple functions is storage! Storage is imperative so that once you are done you can clear the clutter and create the calm you desire when winding down for the day. The addition of custom joinery is a wonderful investment in your home, upgrading some furniture items that have sneaky storage hidden away or simply having some baskets at the ready to sort and hide the activities of the day.

Trends that are here to stay for some time within our homes and gardens are references to travel, with the Mediterranean theme of soft colours, warm neutrals, natural materials, textures and fibres, can take us away while we can’t physically. We are still seeing a strong desire to link our homes back to nature, with potted plants and greenery within the home. Adding in some plant life to your home is an instant mood lifter, improves air quality and will bring a tired space to life. When we ‘style for sale’ our clients very often say “I wish we had made these improvements long ago so we could have enjoyed them from the start.” It’s never too late! Make those value adds now; paint, recarpet, landscape the garden or upgrade your light fittings. Enjoy them while you live there and then reap the rewards when the time comes to sell.

If you’re not ready to make a big change yet, but feel like a refresh, our best budget friendly quick fix is to buy yourself some fresh flowers, replace your bed linen and towels and update your cushions on the sofa. Small changes for big effect on how you will feel about the whole space.

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