Here at Ryvita we don’t shy away from bold, vibrant colours – as you can see from our latest TV ads! But while we know what we like to see on our plate, we can’t claim to be experts about all things interiors. Luckily for us, we teamed up with the wonderful Ben de Lisi when it came to designing the new limited edition Ryvita tin – you can check them out at our shop. We caught up with Ben recently, and picked his brain about the latest trends in interior design. Here are some tips, tricks and decorating ideas from Ben to get your creative juices flowing if you’re thinking about sprucing up your home in time for the new year.
1. Use Containers
A few simple, attractive containers and canisters can go a long way in making your home seem clean – reducing clutter can do wonders for the appearance of your home. “Space is at a premium at the moment for many people,” Ben explains. “Because of this, maybe some people are getting rid of their bread boxes but keeping some small containers on their sideboards for convenience. People want something that is neat, tidy and fits in – and I think my Ryvita tin does that.”
2. Think in Multiples
“Things in multiples have much more kudos and strength,” says Ben. This is something to keep in mind when you are considering decorating ideas for your home. You don’t have to go out and spend a bomb, either – you might find inspiration in objects already in your possession. “Use classic stuff – it might be that you inherit grandma’s old teacups and use them to inject a much more modern and contemporary feel into your kitchen,” Ben suggests. “There are things you can do on a budget that puts your voice across without breaking the bank.”
3. Give Your Kitchen an Art Attack
A splash of colour on the walls can transform a home. “Art can be a big way of bringing colour and a design point of view to a room. I have a very big stainless steel, silk screened piece over my dining room table that faces my kitchen,” reveals Ben. “Colour is really huge and photography is also a big part of it. You don’t even need to attach paintings to the wall – they can look great propped up on your kitchen sides.”
4. Invest in Colour
One positive trend we’ve begun to see is increased investment in our homes. “The economic climate is a bit more buoyant, so people feel a little less worried about spending money,” says Ben. “People are redoing what they have and making the best of the space. There’s a focus on investment, longevity and security. People are improving their homes to live in and enjoy life rather than with an eye on selling them.” He’s also noticed a trend towards the use of colour. “People aren’t as worried now to be living with colour. Whereas before they might say ‘I want to play it safe’ there’ll be more experimenting with colour next year.”
5. Make Your Home Your Haven
Making sure your home reflect aspects of your personality is always a safe bet when thinking about interior design. “Because I’m an American in Britain, I always still reference Americana in everything I do,” says Ben. “Your home should be something that will nurture you and coddle you and be your safe haven.”
What are you top decorating ideas? How would you incorporate our limited edition Ryvita tin in your home? Let us know by commenting below, or tweeting us @Ryvita.