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Currently 'trending' for your new home extension or renovation.....

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

As hope begins to emerge perhaps that life may well be on the way back – albeit slowly - to some kind of 'New Normal', the news is that homeowners here across Cheltenham and The Cotswolds (and indeed across the country as a whole!) are continuing to take a long hard look at their homes with regards to possible extension, renovation or re-furbishment.

But, whether you have a home extension on your mind or some considered re-organisation of key room areas of your home, most homeowners are aware that interior fitting and finish with regards to the new space, is all important to make any project a success – and more so perhaps than ever before!

renewed 'atmosphere

Good trendy appropriate and restful finishes and decor are what will give your home that fresh renewed'atmosphere' you need to feel more relaxed and comforted at home than you did in 'Lockdown' times. So, what caught the eye of our Editor this week from the ever informed HomeOwners Alliance was some very well-considered advice and guidance on the 'in demand' design trends of a Covid-easing ( we hope!) 2021.

comfortable living spaces

The HOA certainly has a most aware view of the situation:- “With most of us spending more time at home over the course of the past year, we’ve grown to realise the importance of having comfortable living spaces , that make us feel safe and secure. We have conducted a study that found that our homes are key to our happiness, and our homes and surroundings are intrinsically linked to our mental well-being.

'top' interior trends

What else need be said! Here follows, with a little inspiration from the home retailer Next, a taster of current 2021, 'on the way to the 'New Normal' top interior trends , backed by precise online search statistics over the past year. You are bound to get an idea or two that you fancy, check it all out......

rustic inspired

As reported by the HOA team, the Next study into decor trends, reveals that searches for country themes and rustic-inspired furnishings have increased tremendously over the past year. Stats indicate that the number of people Googling “French country decor” rose by +515% between March and October 2020, while searches for “log cabin decor” and “modern farmhouse decor” increased by +256% and +247% respectively.


With holidays abroad and rural weekends away limited, capturing the countryside aesthetic within décor at home is now proving be very popular among homeowners this year – and you can understand that!

country inspired

Expert Interior Designer, Nicola Burt says - layering is apparently the key to re-creating a country-inspired rustic look within your home.

photo credit - Alisha Hieb

She adds, “A relaxed rustic look with dark, dull metals would suit an industrial, urban space, whereas a more ‘cottagecore’ country 'look' may work better in a rural or period property. The key idea is to make it look effortless - too ‘matchy-matchy’ or ‘neat’ doesn’t work. This look requires layers – whether that is pattern, texture or colour – to make it look cosy and inviting.”


Next from Next to speak - also via the HOA - was a key suggestion to 'Save on Space' with multi-purpose furnishings. They suggest, that as we grow even more accustomed to the 'working-from-home' lifestyle, investing in space-saving furniture has become an absolute must. According to Next’s study, between March and October last year, a slightly unlikely search for “space saving dining table” saw a +124% increase and “space saving wardrobe” searches grew by +53%.

photo credit - Jonathan Borba

The 'New Normal' has surfaced the need for multi-purpose, multi-functional furniture that can adapt to our ever-changing needs – and this will be at the forefront of homeowners’ purchases this year, particularly those living in properties where space is limited.... now you know!

space saving

Susie Gibson, Design Manager for Next Home, says that the focus has shifted towards space saving and multi-functional furniture in a bid to keep up with homeowners’ needs: “The dining table is now the hardest working piece of furniture in the home, from being a work space, doing homework and crafting with the kids, to date night. At Next, we have increased our focus on designing multi-functional and space saving furniture that can flex with our changing needs.”

atmospheric 'look'

A further final item of very good advice from Next via the HOA team is that if you want to get just the right atmospheric look around your new home extension or renovation project... it's all about greenery and plant life! Another interior design trend in 2021 that’s also newly popular this year is 'biophilic design' and that is to say, 'bringing the outdoors in' reference your home decor... through nature-inspired themes, colours and plant life.

photo credit - Annie Spratt

Says Nicola “Biophilic design focuses on our connection to nature and incorporates nature at the very outset, rather than at the very end of the design process. It’s all about merging the outdoors with indoors, and vice versa,” says Nicola.

incorporate the outdoors

Over the course of the past year, searches for “indoor plant pots” rose by +173% while “indoor hanging baskets” saw an increase in searches of +50%. It’s no surprise that spending more time indoors has made many of us keen to incorporate the outdoors into our surroundings – whether that’s with plant pots, baskets or even fountains (searches for “indoor water fountains” grew by +81% over the same period).


Nicola thinks biophilic design will remain popular this year:“I think many people have realised the benefits of having organic, living things around them. Plants are not only good to look at and bring life to a space, but many indoor plants have health-giving properties; detoxifying the air so we can sleep better, for example. There has been a rise in awareness of biophilic design and I think this is a trend that will continue to grow (sorry for the pun!).

We at Mint Builders are, of course, here to help locally with all kinds of questions and ideas relating to the priority planning and organisation of your home extension or renovation for Spring and Summer 2021. We have the expert contacts on hand to ensure your project gets sorted exactly as it should be...and at a price that works for you!

Feel free to request our project planning and quotation visit to refurbish or extend your home for more 'liveability' and increased future sales value in these vaccination-focused, Covid crisis times. Contact Mint Builders on 07734 211958 or email

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