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Homeowners 'still keen on quality design'

UK property owners continue to understand the benefits of investing in quality fixtures and fittings when carrying out a renovation of their home.

Interior designer Mary Leslie said Brits in general benefit from the use of the best possible construction materials and design ideas when overhauling their property, as a focus on quality will result in higher values once the project is completed.

She commented: "Good design should always add value to a home. A quality finish, in keeping with the style of the house and the proportions of the room, should be a good addition to a space. The wrong style, size and fuel will not."

Ms Leslie added that wood burning stoves are one design feature that is proving exceedingly popular in modern homes across the country.

She noted that these devices do not have to look "cottagey" and can make a fabulous contemporary design feature, as well as providing functionality for those who enjoy having their home heated by a real fire.

Purchasing all these latest design touches does not have to be expensive for Brits either, as many of the latest trends call for the use of reclaimed or recycled materials and items in order to boost the sustainability of a property.

Earlier this month, managing director of Midcenturykitchens.co.uk Ian Thackeray argued that modern aesthetics and the use of the latest technologies are to become two of the biggest kitchen design trends of the coming 12 months.

In addition, more people than ever are set to embrace designing their own kitchen space.

"The wonderful thing about a bespoke kitchen is that it understands how you live and work and interacts in just the right way, so that you move seamlessly around the space. They are built to last and will stand the test of time for generations to come," he added. 

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