Bathroom trends: Burlington cisterns shine proudly

Some interior designers might want to make cisterns as incpospicuous as possible in bathrooms. However, if you instead want to make a shinny silver statement, then the new Burlington chrome cistern can be just the ticket to add a a classic and stylish feel to your bathroom suite.

Available to pair with the low, medium and high-level WCs, the new chrome cistern is characterised by engraved lettering to deliver an extra element of traditional finesse. Whether paired with real wood to accentuate the classic styling or a white seat for smooth integration into your scheme, the new cistern will be a stunning focal point and addition to any bathroom.

All Burlington Bathrooms’ WC options feature water saving technology, only flushing at 6L for a full flush or 3L for a half. All high-level WCs are supplied with a rigid pull rod to enable water saving. Also available is a single flush chain and ceramic pull.

Trends: Ikea holds a house party with a flat pack twist

Trends: Ikea holds a house party with a flat pack twist

Britons are increasingly becoming more enthusiastic about interior design and men in their thirties are now the most passionate about making their home look beautiful.

The study, commissioned by IKEA to celebrate its 30th anniversary in the UK, found that Britons spend 126 hours a year searching online for home-decor inspiration or items to buy, with men browsing for 150 hours.

On average, Britons post 103 images of their homes on the likes of Instagram and Pinterest each year, with men in their thirties posting the most images on their social channels, sharing up to 138 pictures a year.

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According to the study, the average Briton spent £886 last year redecorating their home, with those in their thirties typically splashing out £1,364 on home-decor. In fact, research found that on average homeowners refreshed their home in some way at least four times a year with thirty-somethings typically redecorating or redesigning their properties eight times a year.

Nearly a quarter of those in their thirties (22 per cent) admit they are keen to impress visitors and 11 percent confess to being driven by the desire to make their home look better than their friends. Despite having left home, the opinion of Mum and Dad is what counts the most – with 20 percent wanting to impress their mother more than anyone else and 12 percent their father.

Priorities in the home have also changed over time, 28 percent admit how stylish their home looks is more important than how warm it is, how fast the WiFi is or how close it is to amenities like local shops.

The research has shown over the last decades, Brits have developed their own unique personal styles and IKEA has been at the forefront of this interiors revolution across the UK.

IKEA is celebrating how life at home has changed over the last three decades by recreating British living-rooms from the past 30 years as well as looking ahead to what the future may hold. By day, the ‘Instagrammable’ exhibition space will give a snapshot of how Britain’s living-rooms have evolved over the last 30 years – holding up a mirror to how tastes have changed through an immersive living-room. By night the space will be transformed into a series of house parties from each decade – with suitable food and music allowing visitors to party like it’s 1999 (89, 2009, 2019 and 2049).

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Laurent Tiersen, Marketing Manager IKEA UK & Ireland said “Life at home has changed dramatically in the UK over the last 30 years and IKEA has been at the heart of it. It’s been fascinating to see how people have developed a real passion for interiors and home-décor. It’s great to see IKEA as a facilitator of this movement and we believe it’s a result of the accessibility of our products. We are delighted to be hosting a week long house party to celebrate 30 years of IKEA in the UK which will showcase life at home throughout the different eras and looking towards the future.”

The IKEA House Party is open daily from Wednesday 19th October – Saturday 21st October, 12pm – 6pm, free of change, no booking required. Due to an unprecedented response, evening tickets are now sold out however there may be a limited number of tickets available on the door.

Stylish homes in London for Generation Rent

It is a well-known fact that property costs and rent are almost unaffordable for young adults in the UK, let alone managing to furnish your flat to make it feel like a home. According to a study by Santander he average cost to furnish a first home in London is £5,495. Those moving into rented accommodation have the opportunity to avoid these costs by opting for homes that are already furnished.

In fact, the English Housing Survey unveiled that 46 per cent of 25-34 year olds now live in private rented sector However, many landlords put low cost ahead of style and quality when it comes to furnishing the apartments they rent out, leaving tenants with poor quality, cheap furniture that they would never choose themselves.

A partnership between ‘Be’ and Habitat has created an ingenious solution, offering stylish homes to renters in Hayes (UB3) & East India (E14).

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Residents of Be Living Ltd’s built-for-rent developments be:here Hayes in West London (UB3), near Heathrrow airport; and be:here East India in E14, in hte Isle of Dogs, now have an alternative.

Be’s new be:here Hayes development offers one, two and three-bedroom apartments and be:here East India offers studios, one and two-bedroom apartments, all furnished by Habitat UK.

The partnership between Be and Habitat sees each development and each apartment type reviewed in order to determine the best possible furniture for the layout/area.

Akash Sharma, Assistant Property Manager, be:here Hayes comments, “Part of the be:here Hayes ethos is to offer our residents superb homes that provide them with style and comfort, as well as an excellent location. Renting – particularly in London – has become synonymous with cheap, low quality furniture. We’re turning that on its head by working with Habitat to give renters wonderfully stylish, high quality apartments that really feel like home”

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The Habitat furnishings complement the other conveniences of life at Be’s developments.

The be:here Hayes development, for example, has a friendly on-site team, 30 ft private gardens, generous balcony space and a communal roof terrace, the development is already proving a hit with Londoners. The welcoming attitude to sharers is also being well received, as is the fact that numerous apartments throughout the development have been designated as pet-friendly.

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Spacious, one-bedroom apartments at be:here Hayes rent from £1,200 pcm. Two-bedroom homes are available from £1,450. All apartments come with a garden or balcony.