Whether you’re lucky enough to have a home that’s classed as high-end in property circles, or simply like to look at the premium end of the market for inspiration for you next design project, there’s a lot that you can incorporate into your home.
Keeping an eye on trends in high-end interior design can be a lot of fun, and if you’re looking for your next renovation project then it’s a great place to pick up some inspiration.
The Resident recently picked out the top trends in super prime interior design and renovation to give you some ideas for your next project.
Founders of London Project, a super high-end construction company, Nick Stuttard and Steve Howat shared their insights into this sector based on the work they carry out for high net worth individuals (HNWIs) both on renovations and new build projects.
One area that’s been growing in popularity is having their own fitness facilities at home. “We are finding that owners now really want to create a ‘social fitness space’ in their home where they can invite friends to train, do yoga or practice Pilates together,” Mr Stuttard and Mr Howat stated.
These kinds of schemes often need a lot of light and typically feature large mirrors as well as large windows to make sure they feel open and airy while providing enough room to do specific exercises.
Another trend to watch is what’s known as human-centric lighting. This is described as “lighting devoted to enhancing vision and wellbeing by controlling the level of blue light we experience throughout the day”.
This not only involves carefully controlling and setting the temperature of the artificial light in the home, but also maximising the natural light that enters the property. The colour temperature of a home’s lighting can be set to change to meet specific needs throughout the day. The idea is to keep it in sync with our circadian rhythm.
There are many benefits to exploring human-centric lighting for your home. “This aids our sleep/wake cycle – you can even set a human-centric alarm to wake you up through the gentle introduction of natural light levels,” the pair explained. They added that using this kind of lighting system can also boost productivity.
While focusing on introducing a high-end lighting system might be out of your budget, one thing you could explore is letting more natural light into your property.
This might mean replacing or repairing old windows, as well as looking at how much natural light they’re letting in. Changing up the curtains or blinds to make sure they’re not blocking light during the day is certainly worth considering. So too is cutting back any trees or bushes that are preventing daylight from entering your home.
If your windows look a little tired and worse for wear, fitting new timber windows in London could be what’s required to spruce up the appearance of your home and help you focus on how to introduce more natural light to your living space.
Another trend that Mr Howat and Mr Stuttard identified in the homes of HNWIs is rooflights. “Ensuring that natural light reaches darker spaces of the home is a key priority for many of our clients,” they asserted.
These rooflights can also take the form of glazed boxes and roof lanterns, but they all serve the same purpose – to let as much natural light in as possible.
To this end, many of The London Project’s clients have also been requesting glass that has a low iron content. The reason for this is that the iron in glass panes can add a blue-green tint, which blocks some of the natural light from getting through.
What’s more, glass that has a low iron content is known for ultra-high clarity, which makes it look that bit more stunning in a high-end home. People who have basement swimming pools often explore fitting lightwells above their aquatic space.
These have a double benefit in that they introduce light to the pool area, and create an interesting glass feature in the garden.
Of course, for most of us the idea of having a swimming pool at home, let alone one that’s lit from above using a lightwell, is out of reach. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make interesting renovations to our properties.
One thing that often discourages homeowners from sprucing up their properties is the thought of having to get planning permission for any alterations.
But Ideal Home recently highlighted some of the common renovation projects you can carry out without the need to apply for planning permission – although this is provided you’re not living in a listed building, which will come with its own set of rules.
Look for areas you’d like to improve, or think about extra features you’d like to have in your property. The website pointed out that you can build a porch without planning permission, provided the floor space doesn’t exceed three square metres and that it’s not more than three metres above ground level.
The one thing you need to take care of here is ensuring that your new porch isn’t within two metres of any of your property’s boundaries or the highway.
Another way to add more space to your home without the rigmarole of planning permission is to build a conservatory. While there are rules about how much space a conservatory can take up before planning permission is required, they’re well within the size of most extensions of this kind.
Loft conversions are another project that you can tackle without the need for planning permission, provided that you stick to clear size guidelines. The size of the attic conversion you can get will depend on the size and type of your house.
Make sure you do thorough research about what kind of loft conversion you’d be allowed under permitted development rights, as well as what sort of conversion is practical in your home. If you can work all of these factors out, this can be a great way to add the space you’re craving to your property.
You could even use some of these extension ideas to incorporate some of the other trends in high-end interior design into your home. RISMedia recently picked out some of the top health and wellbeing trends in home design.
They included having a meditation room. This needs to be a space that is quiet and peaceful. It should be somewhere dedicated to self reflection and therefore have as little to distract you in it as possible.
It can be easy to set up this kind of sanctuary provided you have enough space. A loft conversion is ideal as it will take you out of the hubbub of the main house and could give you time to be alone with your thoughts.
Another health and wellbeing trend in high-end interiors is what’s being called tranquility gardens. These are green spaces, often on rooftops in urban areas, that provide an escape from the concrete jungle of the city all around.
But they don’t have to just be for city dwellers. Having a green space where you can relax and contemplate is good for anyone. Make sure you go for a natural look and use local plants to help your garden space thrive.
You could also incorporate this with another trend – growing your own organic fruit and vegetables. Having a vegetable plot in your garden is great, but if you live in a flat and don’t have any outdoor space, consider growing herbs and other produce in planters on your window sill, or even as a hanging basket outside your window.