Revealed: The interior design style that will add the most value to your home

Investing in an Eames lounger could be an even wiser investment that you think

mid-century dining chair with lamp and rattan divider against wall panelling
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A recent study has revealed the top interior design styles that could add value to your home, with Mid-century modern topping the list.

Interior design trends are something real estate agents often advise shying away from when looking to sell a home. However, a Mid-century modern inspired scheme filled with mid-century designer furniture, was found to be the style that could add the most value to your home.

Scandi style came in second, closely followed by Bohemian. Surprisingly, a vintage-inspired scheme was found to add the least amount of value to a home. 

elegant mid-century modern armchair with floor lamp, side table and sofa

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Interior design style that adds the most value

Mid-century modern

According to the research*, this style can add over £127,000 in value to your property.

While some debate exists around when the mid-century really was, it's generally considered to come from the period between the 1930s and 60s. It's loved today for its unfussy designs - from the Eames lounge chair and slimline, Finn Juhl-inspired leather armchairs to classic wooden media units in walnut tones.

Wood and glass coffee tables and leaf ceiling lights also belong to this beloved design style. All of these elements will look perfectly at home within a minimalist, maximalist, or somewhere-in-between design scheme. 

mid-century dining chair with lamp and rattan divider against wall panelling

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If you're looking to give your home a more mid-century feel, Holly Gannon, Design Manager, Milc Interiors recommends sourcing and refurbishing vintage or pre-loved items.

She adds that when reupholstering, aim to choose a fabric that ties into another piece within the space. This will 'give a sense of flow and belonging,' she says. 

'For modern interiors try an on-trend boucle fabric. Or for a more traditional finish we would recommend a William Morris fabric which has an abundance of colors that can be tied into virtually any color scheme,' adds Holly.


H&M furniture

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The enduring allure of Scandi interiors is reflected in the fact that it came in as the second-best style for adding value to your home. The study found that Scandinavian design can add £111,000 to your home. 

This interior style is dominated by bright white walls, wooden flooring and modern furniture. If you're looking for some inspiration to achieve this look in your home H&M Home has some gorgeous neutral decor items that work as lovely finishing touches.


Despite vintage-inspired interiors adding the least amount of value to a home, they could still help to add just over £7,000 to the average home.

However, if you're a vintage fiend dedicated to spending you Saturdays to thrifting and eBay browsing might we suggest seeking out a few mid-century modern buys.

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Millie is a homes writer and journalist renting in North London. She contributes regularly to Livingetc, Ideal Home and Real Homes. As well as covering shopping trends online, she loves vintage furniture, candles, Interior Design Masters and a Facebook Marketplace bargain. She has previously written for Fabulous, Stylist and Marie Claire.