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Paul Bennett, Director

There is no disputing that home movers in London are some of the most discerning in the world. As with many global capital cities, people move to London to become part of a lifestyle or for elevated status. When it comes to property, what features are inside a home are just as important as the address or the number of bedrooms.


As we hurtle towards the end of the year, trend-watchers are beginning to publish the most-coveted interior themes for 2023. If you are planning to sell or rent out a property in the St. John’s Wood area, adding one or two of the following will impart a new level of desirability. Your home will stand out in search results and sparkle in marketing photographs, as well as giving the estate agents at Behr & Butchoff something extra special to write about and making a lasting impression during viewings.


Here are 5 ideas for forward-thinking homeowners:-


1.      Pattern drenching: adding vibrancy to an interior is set to move up a notch next year. While colour drenching – when you paint walls, ceilings, woodwork, metalwork and mouldings the same colour - was a hit in 2022, get ready for pattern drenching. This trend sees one floral, paisley, Art Deco or geometric pattern applied to the walls, ceiling and floor of a single room.


2.      Wet bars: if staying in is the new going out in 2023, a wet bar could be a practical addition to a kitchen, dining room or even a utility room. The essential feature of a wet bar is a sink, which makes preparing drinks easier. There should be an under counter cupboard for essential paraphernalia and open shelves above to display attractive bottles and fine glassware. Built-in wet bars with doors are ideal for those who don’t want everything on daily display.


3.      Oversized lighting: this is a great trend to try if you’re not able to make more permanent changes. A good place to start is a ceiling light in a living or dining room, where the proportions tend to be more generous. Try swapping a flush or semi-flush light fitting for an extra-large globe pendant, or go big when topping table lamps with shades.


4.      Statement sofas: in recent times, splashes of colour in the home have come via paint or accessories but in 2023, we’re being encouraged to embrace bold and bright soft seating. This approach is perfect for those who like to keep their wall colours neutral. A mustard yellow sofa would look wonderful against a crisp white wall, while a dark green velvet armchair would pair well with pale pink paintwork.


5.      Wellness bathrooms: more than just somewhere to wash, bathrooms of the future are morphing into mini spas. Underfloor heating and heated towel rails are a must, and multi-function showers, deep, freestanding baths and adjustable lighting should be considered. In extreme designs, undercounter fridges are specified for the storage of chilled towels, cold massage stones, temperature-sensitive beauty products and crystal face rollers.


If 2023 is also the year you intend to move home, speak to the Behr & Butchoff team in St. John’s Wood for home moving advice.