Getting the ‘now’ styling in your new home extension



When you have a new extension built, as well as offering more space it also in many cases encourages injecting a bit of ‘now’ in this exciting new addition of your home.

We at Mint of course have good in interior design expertise and we can also advise to an extent on what might update add that all important up to the minute to your new home extension

Living Etc

A cruise online found the very excellent Living Etc offering a bit of a run down what’s on the horizon style-wise. The suggestion is, that up and coming are flashes of ‘the cosmos’ -stars, suns etc… on the walls; plenty more scalloped edges in all kinds of places, quiet subtle dare I say nude-type colours, subtle and restful, but concrete in the bathrooms and factory style taps,


Also in view are those very in-vogue black metal small framed glazed doors, originally known as Crittall doors also fish scale tiles… yes and and a good smattering of art-deco influences… there you are … now you know!


Highlights Living Etc – “the trends for darker kitchen cabinetry and Scandi noir help to explain the fact that searches for black and navy blue kitchens are in demand a good deal these past six months or more, with matt and powdery finishes. One of the strongest style trends that has come through in modern kitchen design is the colour blue, and this can be traced from classic Shaker-style kitchens right through to chic and minimal modern spaces. Whether it’s on walls, floors, cabinetry or splash-backs, blue has replaced grey as the go-to on-trend colour – and it is particularly navy blue kitchens that are turning heads at Living Etc HQ.”


As hinted at earlier, designers have been searching the skies for inspiration – with heavenly results,say Living Etc Apparently we have to think sophisticated astronomy and zodiac patterns, star-strewn plates, galaxy murals, galactic surfaces and cosmic tile work. From subtle hints to all-out tributes to the night sky, celestial motifs have been shooting across fashionable interiors


Living Etc flags up Fringing – the retro look that’s back with a bang with the trend making its way onto cushions and curtains, mirrors and lamps. They go on to say that swooshing into the home, fringing is big news for the season’s hottest home-ware. With fringe-factor top of the design agenda, designers are turning to tassels and fringe to add a flirty edge to home interiors.

brass and ‘jewellery’

Like a piece of jewellery (apparently), taps add the finishing touch to a bathroom or kitchen.

On-trend brass taps add some welcome shine to pared-down concrete bathrooms, or give extra punch to timeless marble bathrooms. These taps are not out of place in kitchens either. Brass taps offer a cool contrast to modern concrete worktops, and add warmth to minimalist white kitchens. But, it’s not all about brass – industrial style, factory-inspired faucets that are making waves in both kitchens and bathrooms, giving off cool and edgy vibes.

‘Blue Planet’

We’re calling it the ‘Blue Planet effect’ because this season’s interior looks took a dive deep under the ocean with sea creatures swimming across every surface. From scalloped furniture then there’s the super scalloped too.

curved and wavy

Check also these fish scale tiles and its all things curved, wavy and ocean-inspired, that are right now apparently and jokes Living etc we’ve ‘ fallen hook, line and sinker’ for the sea inspired ‘trend’.


There’s no denying that Crittall-style has been staging a comeback – not just as windows and doors, but as walls, rear extensions, room dividers and even shower screens. Edgy and versatile, the sturdy, slim-profile frames tap into the current trend for all things industrial. It’s no wonder Crittall-style has been dominating our Pinterest feeds.

more light

They have the ability to completely transform a space; not just by giving it a cool, modern edge, but also by opening up a space and letting in more light. Crittall style doors allow you to cleverly partition open areas to create different zones, without compromising on light or space. Metal framed glazing has never looked so good.


PS – Only windows made by Crittall Windows Limited can legally be called Crittall. However, rightly or wrongly, the term is often used in a general way to refer to impressive black steel-framed window settings. For more exceptional inside ideas and expertise – go here:-

Mint can help you get the extension you want most for your home and you can then make it as trendy as you like. Refurbishment, improvement and extension – Mint offers a full development and finishing service to add value to your home and we’ll help with any questions or concerns you have.

Whatever your need request your ‘Extend Instead’ review or quotation to improve, refurbish or extend your home . Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739 or email