As mortgage prices continue to rise, and the cost-of-living crisis is on the front page of every newspaper, many of us Brits may begin to reconsider moving home. But just because you’re staying put, it doesn’t mean you can’t revamp your space on a budget!
Pinterest is one of the best sources of inspiration for finding new styles and new design choices that you may not have considered before, as well as seeing what styles are trending currently.
With this in mind, we’ve had a look at how you can refresh your home and create a space that’s “Pinterest-worthy”, using Pinterest’s trending tool. We reveal the top five styles that have seen the biggest increase in searches on Pinterest in the last 12 months, as well as how many views the trends have had in the last year. We’ll also discuss how you can adopt this style in your home in some low-cost and easy ways.
The top trending style from Pinterest searches in the last year was Barbiecore, by a huge margin!
With the launch of Greta Gerwig’s new Barbie movie, starring Margot Robbie as the main character, all things Barbie-themed and Barbie-related have come back into fashion in a big way. As with all trends, we’ve circulated back to 90s and 00s favourites, as well as nostalgic styles and fashion from millennial childhoods - which of course involves everyone’s favourite All-American doll, Barbie.
This trend involves a lot of pink, luxurious materials like satin or leather, feathers or fluffy decorations, and classic American-style décor. Barbies became popular in the 60s, so a lot of the trend revolves around traditional furniture and décor that has been updated with bright pink tones and glitter. Monochromatic pink is a staple of this trend, so try opting for a pink carpet and a lighter pink shade for your walls to complement pastel-coloured furniture.
Next on our list is the industrial style. This style has been around for a couple of decades now, first becoming popular in the 2000s as urban areas began to convert industrial spaces into homes as they ran out of space.
Designers and homeowners took the authentic style of the building and began to incorporate it into the space they were styling, using elements like steel beams, concrete, industrial light fixtures, and exposed brick that are synonymous with factories and industrial spaces.
A natural colour palette is most commonly used in industrial styling, so opting for a wood effect laminate or vintage laminate flooring would be a great base to start from. Alternatively, you could channel concrete with stone-effect LVT, and paint your walls in a subtle grey or taupe colour. With the addition of some industrial-style lighting and a large sectional sofa, you’ve achieved the basis of an industrial living space!
Minimalism is a style trend that comes from people wanting to live a simpler life without too much clutter. All unnecessary decor and things are removed to focus on the basics and the sole focus of a room. Minimalism came back into style in a big way recently, led by extreme minimalism in spaces like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s home which featured in Architectural Digest.
Minimalism also relies a lot on neutral tones and a lack of pattern, so carpet or flooring that is centred around functionality, such as woven carpet, is ideal for these spaces. White or off-white walls, paired with wood effect laminate flooring, are also great for creating a calming space that feels much more open, and, following feng shui rules, you can also create a minimalist space that feels calming and open rather than bare.
Transitional design is the practice of mixing different styles to create a cohesive look that feels harmonious and mixes different looks together. This style is very popular on TikTok and YouTube, where people combine pieces they’ve found at second-hand shops and estate sales, which tend to be more traditional pieces, with furniture they’ve bought from retailers, which is more modern.
The measured balance of traditional and modern design really has the best of both worlds, and you can achieve it easily. Wooden floors are the traditional choice, but you can inject modernity with lighter colours, such as implementing light wood flooring. Combine curves and straight lines with a modern sofa in white and a curved coffee table, or a traditional wooden dining table with modern chairs in white.
Grandmacore is the most unique style in our top five and comes primarily from TikTok. As with the resurgence of 90s and 00s favourites, a love for comfort and homely cottage-style aesthetics has also come to the fore during the pandemic.
It centres around the feeling of safety and comfort associated with being at your grandparents house, so involves a lot of kitsch, a focus on homely activities like gardening or baking, and vintage or pre-loved furniture.
To achieve this look in your home, you don’t need to go all out with the lace doilies and teapot collections (although we encourage as much kitsch as possible with this trend!). You can achieve grandmacore by using the main principles of cosiness and nostalgia to create your own grandma-inspired space – create more warmth and character with a loop-pile carpet or herringbone laminate flooring, try some patterned wallpaper and plenty of colourful cushions and blankets, and go to your local charity shop to find pre-loved items that match your colour scheme and aesthetic.
If you love the sound of these styles and want to give them a go, why not search around your local charity shops for pre-loved pieces that will save you money and give your home décor a unique twist?
If you want to change up your flooring to really make a big impact on your space, get in touch with our team here at Tapi to find out what flooring options could work best in your space. You could also pop down to your local Tapi store to check out all the incredible options we have in store today!