This is how many Scottish homeowners admit to stealing design tips from their neighbours

This is how many Scottish homeowners admit to stealing design tips from their neighbours
This is how many Scottish homeowners admit to stealing design tips from their neighbours
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More than a quarter of Scottish homeowners admit they steal design tips from their neighbours, according to research.

A study of 2,000 adults found social outings and dinner parties at friends’ homes leave us bored with our own interior design and a desire to make a change.

More than half have made a new purchase, or considered it, after being inspired by their neighbours’ home furnishings.

And one in 10 of those nabbing interior design ideas have ended up buying an entirely new kitchen after seeing somebody else’s.

The research by Carpetright found 27 per cent of Scots have decided to upgrade their flooring because they have admired the home of a friend or neighbour.

A spokesperson for Carpetright said: “Our research shows a number of UK homeowners are proud of their homes and are determined to make sure it suits their lifestyle.

“This study proves that inspiration can be found anywhere – yes, Pinterest, Instagram and magazines are great for discovering new ideas, but inspiration can also be found a little nearer to home in the form of friends, family and our neighbours.”

The research found homeowners in the UK are most likely to imitate a friend’s design choices when decorating a home, ahead of neighbours and relatives.

One in five will seize any opportunity to sneak a peek at a neighbours’ interior styling choices, by dropping around a parcel or popping over for a bite to eat.

And a third have even been surprised when stepping over the threshold of a neighbour’s home for the first time, where interiors have been cleaner, dirtier or more modern than expected.

Two fifths confessed to being envious of a neighbour’s household, with the kitchen being the room homeowners are most likely to wish was their own.

This is closely followed by adults wishing they had their friend’s garden, so it’s unsurprising three in 10 have made landscaping changes to their own adding decking or a patio.

The living room is also likely to leave Brits in awe, followed by soft furnishings and flooring choices.

One fifth have also made a new tech purchase after enjoying a neighbour’s clever gadget, but it’s not just technology which leaves people wanting to replicate others’ homes.

A wood burning fire, hardwood floors and big American-style fridge-freezers are the plush home furnishings Brits would most like to get installed in their own property.

Blinds or curtains also leave adults with a desire to upgrade their home interior, as well as the size of someone else’s TV, tasteful house plants, bi-folding doors and plush carpets.

A tenth of those polled have made three changes or more around the home in the past year to replicate the homes of their friends and neighbours.

And the nation’s homeowners have spent £169 each, on average, in the last 12 months copying the styles and design choices of others.

Yet half wished they could make more changes to their home more often, no matter how big or small.

But an equal number are unable to make the updates they want because they need to set aside the cash, and one quarter don’t have the time.

But one in 10 admitted they simply can’t seem to make up their mind and stick to it when being inspired to revamp their home.

A spokesperson for Carpetright added: “We want our customers to love their homes – and flooring plays a big part in that.

“Whether they are looking to completely change the design of their home, or are looking to be inspired by our latest flooring, we ensure everything from carpets to hard flooring, to rugs and beds are on-trend, reliable, exciting and suitable for all budgets and lifestyles.”

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Top 20 furnishings homeowners want:

  1. Wood burning fire
  2. Hardwood flooring
  3. A big American fridge/freezer
  4. Blinds/curtain fixtures
  5. The size of TV
  6. Nice house plants
  7. Bi-folding doors
  8. Plush carpet
  9. Corner sofa
  10. Underfloor heating
  11. Wall mounted TV
  12. A fancy coffee machine
  13. Skylights
  14. Feature wall – a single wall of wallpaper
  15. An AGA/range cooker
  16. Floor rug
  17. Smart technology
  18. Jacuzzi
  19. All-weather BBQ
  20. Pizza oven