The UK’s Top 5 Dream Interior Styles Revealed

House Beautiful/Mel Yates

Spend hours daydreaming about your ideal home, or strategising how you’ll tackle your next decorating project? Turns out, you’re not alone – Brits up and down the country have well-defined tastes when it comes to their space and already know exactly what style they’d pick if decorating their dream interior.

As part of a new campaign looking into Britain’s dream home, UK Radiators commissioned a survey that asked people what style they would decorate their dream home with. The results are in…

The UK’s Top Five Favourite Interior Styles:

  1. Farmhouse – 14 per cent
  2. Contemporary – 14 per cent
  3. Minimalist – 13 per cent
  4. Mid-century Modern – six per cent
  5. Scandi – six per cent
    1. Keep reading to get the lowdown on each of these distinct interior aesthetics.

      • Farmhouse Home Style

      plankbridge sheperd's huts

      Plankbridge Shepherd’s Hut (The Snug), Plankbridge

      Plankbridge Sheperd’s Huts

      Reminiscent of rural country cottages, the farmhouse style is all about natural materials – wood, stone, and glass. It also incorporates a palette of neutral tones, such as earthy shades, creams and white, for a simple, pared-back feel. Choose furniture crafted from solid wood and traditionally-inspired soft furnishings made from linen or cotton. In general, aim for a look that has that understated rustic feel, and try out décor that mimics items found in traditional cottages, such as milk churns or jugs.

      • Contemporary Home Style

      timeless living room

      When it comes to contemporary interiors, bold lines and shapes are key to catching the eye and making a strong visual statement. ‘Opt for cohesive colour schemes, such as navy, black, and gold, or blush pink, beige, and white and stick to it as much as possible,’ suggests Amber Dines, interiors expert at UK Radiators. But keep depth and interest by choosing furniture and décor that varies in texture and shape. Statement furniture that matches the colour palette of your interior is key to keeping the look bold.

      • Minimalist Home Style

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      House Beautiful/Mark Scott

      Minimalist interiors are an evergreen interior trend, never ceasing to drop in popularity over the years. As much a way of life as a way of decorating your home, avoid clutter at all costs and focus on high-quality furnishings with organic shapes and sleek, clean lines. A minimalist interior doesn’t mean strictly monochrome, but sticking to a limited colour palette is key, with the use of whites and neutrals typical of this aesthetic. In a minimalist home, there’s a place for everything and everything should be in its place.

      • Mid-Century Modern Home Style

      rockett st george, mid century natural oak sideboard

      Taking inspiration from the designs that arose and became synonymous with the 1940s –1960s, mid-century modern furniture is a pleasing combination of sleek and organic shapes. It often features both curves and straight lines, tapered detail, and rounded corners. ‘Geometric shapes, warm wood tones, and vintage-style furniture work with this style perfectly,’ Amber adds.

      • Scandi Home Style


      Utility and comfort both have their place in Scandinavian design. Minimalist to an extent (at least in the colour palette and materials utilised), homes decorated in a Scandinavian-inspired way feature soft hues, tactile textures and natural materials to create an environment that feels functional yet laidback. Think sheepskin cushions, sturdy wooden dining tables, and pared-back wall colours.

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