Article image Award-winning housebuilder Crest Nicholson has teamed up with its interiors expert Andy Richardson from Claude Hooper Interiors LTD to share his top style tips to help Northamptonshire homeowners get the look this season.

Andy is the creative mind behind the interiors at the new Caldwick show home at Monksmoor Park in Daventry and a former Wedgwood designer.  He believes everyone can update their home, whatever their budget, and has identified two simple and achievable ways to get on trend which will look great in any home, regardless of shape and size.

Andy Richardson, Claude Hooper interiors said: “Using colours is a great way to create an easy and accessible look in your room, and is sure to be a trend that will be around for a long time. Adopting a bold colour palette is a great way to create a strong look. You can use cushions and accessories to bring the room to life, as we have in the living room at Monksmoor Park, and still be confident that it won’t cost the earth to update the room when you feel like a change.”

Andy continues, “Another big trend is exuding British style. This was reflected last year with an abundance of red, white and blue but has evolved for this season into a slightly vintage and earthy feel. Using a print such as check on a statement wall or introducing a fabric through accessories is a really easy way to create the look. Also decorate the house with fresh flowers to bring the English countryside in.”

Potential house-hunters can see Andy’s interior design flair and expertise showcased at Crest Nicholson’s Monksmoor Park in Daventry.  The development comprises a stunning collection of 160 traditional two, three, four and five bedroom homes and marks the first phase of Crest Nicholson’s Monksmoor Farm. Built around the concepts of ‘Garden City’, the development promotes the very best of city and country living, combining high specification homes with green open spaces, whilst still enjoying good access to commuter destinations such as Northampton, Birmingham and Milton Keynes.

Under the Help to Buy scheme, prices at Monksmoor Park currently start from £167,960 for a three bedroom Halstead house and £206,360 for a four bedroom Monksfield house. The scheme enables homebuyers to own their home for just 80 percent of the purchase price with a deposit of as little as five per cent. The remaining 20 per cent of the property price is lent to the purchaser by the Government and is interest free for the first five years.

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Andy’s top tips for achieving the look for less:
- By introducing colour through accessories such as cushions, you aren’t spending money on redecorating the whole room.
 -With the bank holiday coming up, many DIY stores hold discounts or sales, so if you’re planning on redecoration it’s the perfect opportunity to grab a bargain.
 - Upcycling can be a great way to create an individual piece of furniture. Head to flea markets or second hand furniture shops to find a hidden gem!