British homeowners are forgoing the lived-in home vibe, as they look for an increased social media following, new research has revealed
A survey of 1,000 UK adults by DiscountFlooringDepot.co.uk has revealed 62 per cent of British homeowners would prefer their house to look like a show home as opposed to having a homely comfortable vibe.
88 per cent of Brits have admitted they're inspired by social media to style their home to perfectly highlight the standards of their interior as opposed to a more comfortable home.
The research found 74 per cent of Brits confessed to sharing pictures of their own homes on social media, while 46 per cent said their reason for this was to gain likes and comments on these kinds of platforms.
Nearly half (48 per cent) of those who were surveyed said they showcase items in their home purely for display purposes.
The survey also quizzed respondents on items they have in their home purely for display - candles (41 per cent) were the item most likely to be used. Towels (38 per cent) came in second, which are displayed but not used, while 28 per cent of amateur interior designers said they display books they've never read.
A fifth (21 per cent) place treats in the home such as cakes or sweets, while 15 per cent display glassware and crockery, including decanters and fine china around their home.
Surprisingly, five per cent of British homes even have children's toys and games which are solely for display.
Paula Gray, the designer at DiscountFlooringDepot.co.uk, said: "We completely understand British homeowners want to keep their house presentable on a day to day basis but it’s also nice to enjoy the things we invest in for the home, especially things such as treats, toys and games."
"Social media platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest are fantastic for providing inspiration for interiors and we often encourage our customers to share images they like and the looks they would like to recreate in their own home."