How prepared are you for autumn and winter? Most of us have already thought about putting away the summer clothing and getting the winter duvets out of the loft, but is your house as ready for a cold snap as you are? Now is the time to address those maintenance issues and little jobs around the house which you have been putting off over the summer, to try to lessen the risk of problems occurring later on. Don’t worry; many of the things you should be doing won’t take long to do, and won’t cost much money either.
There’s nothing like a bit of bling and sparkle to add glamour to your home. Glitter and sparkle gives you the luxury look but doesn’t have to cost the earth, especially if you shop cleverly and use your sparkle sparingly. Less is always more when it comes to glitter and sparkle so rather than using the following list as something to work your way through, choose your favourite ideas and implement them slowly
Before you choose your bathroom furniture and plan the layout, it is usual to consider a practical design, especially if you are short on space. This is a good start, but how about thinking of ways in which you will use your bathroom, both now and in the future. Sorry to tell you this, but you’re not getting younger!
Putting a brand new kitchen into a house isn’t something we do on a regular basis. It’s a big commitment both of finances and time, and if you get it wrong, you will have to live with a poorly designed kitchen until you can save up to replace it again. Most families spend the bulk of their time in the kitchen and it’s therefore vitally important to spend lots of time on the planning and design part of the process to make sure you get things right.
We’ve all gone very neutral in our bathrooms in recent years. Gone are the days of pink or green bathroom suites, garish wallpaper and wildly patterned lino flooring. Nowadays bathroom interior design
If you’re a follower of fashion, then that ethos often doesn’t just apply to your clothing. For many, it’s just as important to carry on that trend in your home by using the latest shades and home accessories. Tiles are one area of home interiors where trends may change slower than most, but constant innovations in the way tiles are made mean that there are lots of new and exciting products on the market.
Good lighting in the bathroom is so important, but it’s something we often neglect when it comes to giving the bathroom a makeover. Many homes just have a single ceiling light in the bathroom, or even worse, a fluorescent strip light which doesn’t give off enough light to see properly when you’re doing your make-up or brushing your teeth. Increasing the light level doesn’t just mean sticking a more powerful bulb in the socket, as these days there are lots of very clever and innovative lighting solutions.
If you’re thinking of modernising your bathroom, then one of the first things to consider is whether you want to keep the layout traditional, or go for a more up to date feel. Wetrooms have been all over the pages of the glossy home interiors magazines for years and have many benefits when compared to bathrooms. But is the expense of creating a wetroom in your home worth it?
Has your bathroom seen better days? If you’re considering a bit of a makeover, then there are no end of ideas you can draw on for inspiration. It can all be a bit baffling, and most of us stick with either a blue nautical theme for our bathroom or a neutral beige one. If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd with something a little bit different, here are some more unusual bathroom ideas you can use.
Having a stunning new bathroom will not only make your home a pleasure to live in, it can add substantially to the value of your house too. If you’re considering renovating your bathroom, then think about some of the major renovation trends and see if you can adapt them for use in your house.
Even if you only use it for making sure you’re cleaning your teeth properly every morning and evening, a bathroom mirror is an essential part of the daily routine. There are lots of different options for bathroom mirrors, and some rules and regulations which you have to be aware of when buying and fitting them.
Changing your bathroom sink can make a huge difference to the appearance of your bathroom and is a relatively cheap way of updating your bathroom’s style. There is a huge range of different sinks on the market, and the style which you choose will depend on budget, and the look you are trying to achieve
72% of UK adults now own a smartphone, 25% have a tablet computer, and the numbers embracing this new technology are rising all of the time. Retailers and manufacturers, as well as the glossy magazines have been quick to jump on the app bandwagon and you can now download an app which will help you with almost anything. If you are thinking of redesigning your bathroom, there are lots of apps out there for your smartphone or tablet which can help.
Gone are the days when the only choices for your bathroom was a boring white bathroom suite and plain tiles on the walls. You only have to walk down the aisles of a bathroom showroom to see the range of products and styles on the market. With such a wide choice it can be hard to know what will work in your home, but here are a few bathroom design ideas to get you started.
Many of us have a small bedroom we often feel could be made to look a lot better with a bit of knowhow. The key here is to create the illusion of space as well as to simplify and avoid clutter.
here are more ways than ever to heat our homes efficiently and with reduced impact on the environment. LED technology we have seen used in lighting, for example, is now being adopted in some electric heating solutions thanks to the lights ability to realistically replicate flames. You get all the aesthetic benefits of having a gas fire without the disruption of fitting pipes or converting a chimney flue. Whats more some LED electric fires also have smoke effects, so you would never know it was powered electrically.
Bathroom trends for 2013 borrow from current interior design favourites and put a fresh spin on timeless classics. Whether you’re looking for an instant refresh or a serious renovation, there are plenty of ideas to get you started.
With property sales remaining stubbornly flat, your thirst for a change of home could be quenched by re-inventing the one you already have. That bigger and better home you dream of can be realised by making a series of affordable improvements that will not only transform your surroundings, but add value to your property for when the good times return.
The costs involved in a new kitchen vary widely with the biggest differentiators being property types, space available to fill a kitchen and material used. The two key elements to the cost of a kitchen are the cost of the materials and the cost of the installation of those materials.
When considering a kitchen re-design, many people start by thinking about worktops and cabinets or other cosmetic aspects. These factors are very important in achieving an aesthetically appealing space but perhaps even more crucial is having a kitchen which works on a practical level. Considering the fundamental layout of your kitchen can be key in achieving this.
When it comes to budget and design inspiration for home improvements, bathrooms can often become a low priority as more attention is given to public spaces such as the living room or kitchen. Perhaps more than any other room in your home, the bathroom is one where form and function have to meet happily. Like the kitchen, the bathroom is a hard-working space that has to measure up practically as well as looking good. Elements of most decorating styles and trends can be tailored to work in a bathroom, either to incorporate the design feel of the rest of the house or indulge in something completely different. Whether it’s a compact en-suite, a spa-style haven or a period treasure, a little careful planning and clever decorating can make the most of any size of bathroom.
Red and yellow and pink and blue, what does your colour choice say about you….
There are a variety of ways that you can show your personality, and when it comes to interior design, this is a time when you can really inject some creativity and flair, which unbeknownst to you will undoubtedly show your true colours. Colour gives an insight into your personality, and is a way that people can truly see how you are feeling.
The interior design industry has always been heavily influenced by trends from many areas including fashion.
This year has seen a blurring of boundaries between fashion and interiors, with a plethora of fashion designers branching out from clothing to dressing the home.
Decorating your home or giving an old room a makeover does not have to be an expensive activity. There are plenty of ways that you can create a new look and add some pizazz without breaking the bank. The following are five cheap and easy ways to decorate your home.
We all love visiting our favourite hotel and relaxing in a fresh, stylish hotel room. Even budget hotels are offering high-quality linens and well thought out design elements in their rooms. We look at how you can use the hotel influence in your home to create a chilled out space to rest your weary head.
With the TV schedules seemingly full of programmes telling us to de-clutter our lives, the reality is, finding room for all those essentials a modern family can’t live without isn’t always so easy. You don’t need to go to extremes to de-clutter your home. Simply looking at the room layout and existing space in your home will reveal how inefficient many of us are at creating enough storage.
It is sometimes easy to neglect the bathroom when it comes to decorating your home, but it’s worth indulging your personal style and design taste in here as well as in the rest of the house. There are several things you can do to give this often-overlooked space a bit of TLC, whatever your budget. With clever use of colour, texture and accessories you can achieve a polished finish for a complete bathroom refurbishment or just freshen up with quick update to your existing suite.
Recent design trends have encouraged bathrooms with personality, and it’s not that unusual to choose a bathroom style that contrasts sharply with the rest of your home. Opting for a bathroom look that is a radical departure from your usual interior design style can be way of experimenting with different style influences, or a good compromise if there are opposing tastes in your home
A good conservatory company will help you pick out the right design and will go through the cost of your conservatory with you. They’ll help you choose the best materials for your budget and advise you on a style that suits your home.
Choosing lighting to create the right ambience in your bathroom is the final touch that brings the whole room together. Most bathrooms are small spaces, compared to other living areas, but installing the correct lighting for every task is crucial. The space should be well-lit but if the lighting is too bright, it could seem harsh and overpowering, but if it is too dim then it will be hard to see properly. Natural light is always important in a room, but pay special attention to the windows in your bathroom as privacy can sometimes be an issue.
If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, either cooking or entertaining, then you will have probably considered renovating your kitchen in order to make it a more warm, welcoming and practical place to spend time. However, as we all know, new kitchens don’t come cheap and few of us can afford the luxury kitchens sold by many of the top-name brands. However, there are many budget kitchen ideas out there that make it possible to regenerate your kitchen without too much expense. Let’s take a look.
Knowing basic kitchen design ideas can help you improve your home cheaply, and provide the look that you have been striving for. If you have any queries or are unsure of anything below, contact a qualified tradesperson.
Think of a retro kitchen and an American style 50s diner springs to mind. We are all familiar with the look as it was so heavily featured in iconic TV favourites like Happy Days and Grease. This quirky and fun look is popular in kitchens and it is easy to create with a few simple tips and ideas.
Concrete paving slabs are an attractive and practical choice for a front garden – but any large area of paving needs a firm base.