Upcycling Drawers

Compare quotes from carpenters for carpentry and joinery across the UK with Top TradespeopleIf you’ve embraced the mantra of reducing, reusing and recycling, then you’re not alone.

More of us than ever are seeing the value of old pieces of furniture, and know that with just a little time and imagination, they can be transformed into another piece of furniture, or repurposed entirely.

It's almost become cool to be frugal and nothing feels more unique than something you've created yourself from a salvaged piece of furniture which otherwise would have met the end of its time in your home (or someone else' home for that matter.

It's not unusual for people to find items to upcycle in old skips or their local tip, but ensure you have permission to take things (yes, even in skips).

If you’ve an old chest of drawers that you are considering taking to the tip then think again.

The Simple Makeover For Upcycling Drawers – New Handles and Paint

The simplest way to upcycle your old chest of drawers, and the one requiring the littlest imagination and creative flair is a simple paint job.

The boom in up-cycling means that all the major DIY superstores will stock everything you need to transform the look of your drawers.

One of the best products to use is a chalk paint.

This gives a matt finish and its main advantage is that it can be applied directly onto most furniture without sanding or priming.

Wipe any surface dirt off your chest of drawers using plain soap and water, leave to dry and paint.

Apply paint in thin coats until you get the result you want, and finish off with a protective coat of wax which will protect the paint and seal it.

Shop online for quirky or unusual handles to replace the existing ones and your old chest of drawers will be totally transformed.

Taking Upcycling Drawers to The Next Level

If simply changing the handles and painting the drawers isn’t enough for you, then let your imagination run wild with all the other options to transforming the look.

You could paint stripes, paint each drawer a different colour, use wallpaper or sticky backed plastic to cover the top or to cut shapes, stencil words or letters – the possibilities are endless.

Let your imagination run riot.

If you’re struggling for inspiration there are lots of websites such as Pinterest or even Instagram which showcase what other people have done with their old sets of drawers.

YouTube of course is filled with videos of others demonstrating their upcycling skills.

You might even decide you'd like to take a course to hone your skills even further, or prior to putting them to some commercial use, and starting a business upcycling furniture, cutlery or other pieces.

Repurposing Old Drawers – Taking Upcycling to a Whole New Level

Repainting or decorating an old set of drawers to breathe new life into it is a great way of upcycling, but is not changing the essence of the item – at the end you still have a chest of drawers.

Repurposing requires a bit more imagination, and is about thinking about the different ways you could use the drawers around the home.

For example, you could paint the drawers, line them with pretty fabric and then attach them to the wall to make a box shelf.

Or you could take the legs off an old table, attach them to the bottom of the drawer and make a useful bedside table.

Drawers can also be used as garden planters, sectioned off to make into cutlery storage units, have hooks attached to store jewellery or even turned into a simple dolls’ house.

There are lots of ideas online, and not all require you to have artistic ability. Scour car boot sales and charity shops for quirky fabric or unusual trimmings, and you’ll find it easy to create a unique item for your home.

Upcycling Kitchenware

Compare carpenters and joiners quotesWe’ve all got things at home which don’t get used any more but are just too nice or have too much sentimental value to throw in the bin.

The growing upcycling movement embraces these old items and helps you give them another lease of life, and recognises that reusing things is far better for the planet then throwing away and buying new.

Here are some upcycling ideas for basic kitchen items which we all have at home.

Plates and Saucers

Breaking a few dinner plates or saucers doesn’t mean you have to throw the rest of the set in the bin.

It’s easy to turn plates and saucers into cake stands using a special metal rod kit which is widely available online – just carefully drill holes in the centre of each plate and screw the rods together to make your cake stand.

Broken china pieces can be used like mosaic to decorate something in the garden, or you could use permanent markers to add to the decoration on a vintage plate for display.

Sieves and Colanders

Metal sieves and colanders are some of the easiest items to repurpose, and metal ones can be used as garden planters or lightshades.

An old kitchen colander as a lightshade looks fabulous in the kitchen but make sure you know what you are doing when working with electricity.

They also make ideal hanging baskets, especially the type of colander which comes with handles to attach chains to.

If you’re looking for the perfect place to grow your herbs so that they are easily to hand when cooking, use an old colander lined with permeable membrane and filled with compost.

Kitchen Chairs

Mismatched chairs look great in a country kitchen, and wooden kitchen chairs are a staple of car boot sales and second hand stores.

Use chalk paint to give a wooden chair an instant makeover, and using this type of paint means you won’t have to prime the wood first either.

Covering the seat pad with new fabric is easy too, although you may have to invest in a staple gun.

If you’re artistic, you can let your creativity flow with different paint effects and decoration on the chairs.

Once you’ve finished with the chairs, move on to thinking of ideas for upcycling your table too.

Storage Containers

Glass storage jars with screw on lids can also be used make unusual light fittings, but again you’ll need an electrician to help with this.

If you’re short on shelf and cupboard space in your kitchen make a feature of your storage jars by screwing the lids to the underside of the ceiling or kitchen units.

Fill the jars in the usual way, and secure them in place by screwing the jar into the lid.

Storage jars can also be painted, or use some blackboard paint to create a space to let you label the contents of the jar.

Drinking out of jars is very fashionable at the moment so serve cocktails or soft drinks in them with a paper umbrella and a straw.

Kids Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Decorating Ideas For Kids Bedrooms

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Bank Holiday DIY Projects

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Whether it's just an hour or two that you have available or an entire day, or weekend, here are a few projects of varying size and complexity which you could carry out on your home and garden.

Bank Holiday DIY Decorating

If decorating is your project of choice this Bank Holiday, here are a few guides and DIY decorating How Tos to help you on your way.

Bank Holiday DIY Plumbing And Bathroom Renovation Projects

If you'd rather tackle some minor DIY plumbing projects this bank holiday then we've got that covered too.  These tasks can range from a few minutes to a few hours in length.

Flooring Tiling Plastering DIY Projects

Other indoor DIY projects you might want to tackle in your home this Bank Holiday:

Gardening and Outdoor Projects

If the weather does treat you unexpectedly kindly this Bank Holiday then you may want to venture outside and carry out some DIY gardening or exterior improvement projects.  Here are a few ideas:

Whatever project you decide to get started on, and even if you don't do any DIY or home improvement, we hope you have a great Bank Holiday weekend with lots of fun.

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Sparkly Home Décor Ideas

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

LightingCompare quotes from tradesmenThere’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.

Glitter Paint

paint pots decoratingOne of the quickest and simplest ways of adding all over sparkle to your room is by adding a coat of glitter paint. All of the large DIY stores will sell this type of paint, and it is very easy to use. The glitter is suspended in clear top coat, which allows you to give a glittery coating to whatever shade you already have in your room. The glittery topcoat can be applied with a roller or brush, and you can keep building up the coats until you achieve the level of glitter and sparkle which you were looking for. This effect is great for smaller spaces like bathrooms as the glitter makes the wall slightly reflective and helps to bounce the light around the room, making it feel larger. It’s also a cheap way of giving a room a touch of sparkle as glitter paint is readily available for around £5 a pot. If you ever get bored of the glittery look, all you have to do is paint over the top of it with something else.  Compare quotes for decorating if you're looking for the help of a professional.

Sparkly Soft Furnishings

Living Room in Luxury HomeIf you rent your property, your landlord may not be happy about you painting all of the walls with glitter. If this is the case, then soft furnishings are the best way to inject a little sparkle into your house. All of the large home furnishing stores will have cushions, throws and curtains with sparkly threads or sequins sewn into the design, and of course you can take these with you when you move house. When shopping for soft furnishings try to stick to one colour of sparkle as mixing silver with gold with pink will just create a room which is clashing and confused. If you are creative, check out haberdashery departments for strips of sparkly gems or sequins which you can use to embellish existing curtains or cushions. Repurpose old jewellery by making it into tassels, or turn a favourite old sequinned dress into a cushion cover. There are lots of different sparkly home decor ideas on line to give you inspiration.

Flooring with an Added Sparkle

Hallway with an open door to a living room with an antique stove and chest.Hard flooring is both popular and practical for all living areas, and it’s easy to add a little sparkle to your kitchen or bathroom by choosing reflective tiles. Tiles containing quartz are very practical and hardwearing, but can be expensive. If however you combine them with low level lighting around the bottoms of kitchen cabinets or bathroom units the quartz in the tiles will sparkle whenever they are lit. This will give a contemporary feel to any home, and as most of the quartz tiles on the market are black or white, they can be matched with any colour of bathroom or kitchen cupboard. If tiles are out of your price range, many retailers also stock a range of sparkly vinyl flooring which is cheaper to install and just as hardwearing.  Find recommended tilers and flooring contractors if you're looking for professional help with sparkling up your floors.

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Mirrors and Artwork

Bathroom mirror with lightsMirrors are an interior designer’s best friend. A strategically placed mirror can made a room seem instantly brighter and larger, and if you look for a mirror which has a glittery frame, it can help throw even more light around your room. If you can’t find a mirror you like, you can easily customise an old mirror frame using glittery paint, or by carefully sticking sparkly fabric or paper onto it. You can do the same with picture frames, and putting an ordinary picture into a sparkly frame can completely change the way it looks. One word of warning though; if you have chosen some type of wall artwork which is already sparkly and glittery, putting it into a frame which is equally sparkly might just be a step too far. Remember – less is often more if you want to make an impact.

Sparkle in the Bathroom

Modern bathroom interiorIf your bathroom looks a bit boring and clinical – and many British bathrooms are very white and sterile – then adding a bit of glitter will add personality and make it stand out from everyone else’s. Start by looking for a shower curtain with a silver or gold colour scheme, or search out handwash dispensers and soap dishes which are sparkly or glittery. Think about changing a boring bathroom light in a bathroom with higher ceilings for something like a small chandelier which will instantly give your home the boutique hotel look. When looking for tiles, check out the reflective and sparkly ranges, and even one line of these tiles used sparingly as a splashback or around the bottom of the wall will add glamour. Use your imagination and get creative, remembering that you don’t have to go glittery all at once, you can add to your design when budget allows and as you upgrade your bathroom over time.

Small Home Accessories

LightingEven the smallest home accessories can completely transform the look of your bedroom or living space. A glittery candle holder with a candle burning brightly will provide a cosy and attractive focal point in a living room, or a sparkly ornament will draw the eye to your bedside table. Buy good quality items which won’t lose their sparkle over time and which won’t go out of fashion quickly either. Remember the old adage that less is more, and choose your sparkle carefully. Match all of your accessories together to create a look which appears as if it has been carefully considered rather than just thrown together in a hurry. Use our sparkly home decor ideas to provide inspiration, and you will be able to use sparkle and glittery items confidently and with flair in every room of your home.

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Autumn Decorating Ideas And Tips

Don't forget to carry out your Autumn home maintenance tasks such as gutter cleaning

Compare quotes for painting and decorating from contractors across the UK with Top Tradespeople - find recommendationsAutumn is a great time of year to start thinking about decorating your home.

The days start getting shorter, we’re less likely to want to spend lots of time outdoors, and as it gets colder giving your home a warm and cosy makeover becomes increasingly appealing.

If you’re thinking about adding some seasonal accents to your home, or just using autumn as inspiration for a more general makeover, here are some Autumn decorating ideas and tips to get you started.

Take Inspiration from Autumn Colours

Orange is the colour predominantly associated with autumn, but you’d have to be brave to use a lot of it in your home.

Orange will add warmth to your home and will certainly create a striking feature, but it is best used sparingly.

Look for paper for a feature wall, or orange soft furnishings to add a splash of colour and warmth to a neutral colour scheme.

Autumn doesn’t have to just mean orange though; think about using other autumnal shades like reds, browns and golds to complete the design.

All of these colours are fashionable at the moment and you will have a huge range of fabrics, papers and paint to choose from.

Particularly on trend is a brown/red shade called Marsala.

Once you've decided on your Autumnal colour scheme you can get quotes from local decorating contractors.

Make Your Own Autumn Artwork and Accessories

There are thousands of ideas online which can inspire you to get creative at autumn using objects which are readily available.

Grab a couple of simple picture frames from the local DIY store (or reuse come you already have) to frame some colourful autumn leaves you’ve collected in the garden or local park. Collect pine cones, conkers and acorns to display in a bowl on a coffee table.

Use branches, twigs and other foliage to make a wreath to hang on your front door or in the hallway.

Get the kids involved using leaves to print shapes onto a plain tablecloth with acrylic paint – the possibilities are endless and many ideas can be put into action with a very limited budget.

Go All Out for Halloween

We’ve really embraced the concept of Halloween in the last decade and as soon as the schools go back in September the shelves of retailers start to fill with everything pumpkin related.

If you’re planning a Halloween party, or even if you just want to create an autumn theme in your home, check out the supermarkets, discount warehouses and homewares stores for Halloween candles, ornaments and soft furnishings for your home.

Halloween doesn’t have to mean scary; look for pumpkin lantern themed items rather than scary skeletons or ghosts.

Once Halloween is over many of the accessories are discounted heavily, so if you’re planning ahead for future autumns, early November can be a great time to pick up some fantastic bargains.

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Floral Displays for Autumn

Growing season for flowers is well over by the time autumn starts to bite, and although the supermarkets will stock flowers year round, isn’t it nicer to tie floral arrangements in the house in with the seasonal theme?

Bare twigs will look great displayed in a tall, glass vase, and you can even spray them gold or silver for a designer touch.

Pumpkins of any size can be dried out to allow you to use them year after year in a low oven or airing cupboard, and once dried you can fill them with oasis and use them to display flowers, or put them in a large bowl along with apples and fallen leaves to create a centrepiece for a dining table.

If you do want to have fresh flowers in the house, consider them as part of the overall design scheme and go for shades of yellow, orange and red.

Installing a Wood Burner or Real Fire

warm houseIf you’ve been considering installing a wood burner or solid fuel stove for a few years, then autumn is the ideal time to do it.

Nothing is more cheerful and comforting through the winter months than the glow of a real fire, and installing a wood burner will not only give you a focal point for your living room, it will save money on your heating bills too.

Remember though that there are lots of rules and regulations regarding where in the house you can install this type of heating and who should do the installation work, so look around for a local heating firm which has the HETAS accreditation and can advise on what sort of stove or burner would best suit your needs.

Autumn Interior Design in the Bedroom

Most of us change the bedding when autumn approaches, either by adding extra blankets or swapping the duvet for a thicker one.

Use this opportunity to throw out duvet covers, sheets and pillowcases which are looking past their best, and seek out new bedding which fits in with your autumn feel.

A great way of achieving this with minimum outlay is to buy a cheerful red or orange throw which can be neatly placed along the bottom of the bed or across a chair.

This idea works well with plain, neutral bedlinen and as the seasons or fashions change you can just change the colour of the throw, or discard it completely in the warmer months.

Wall Stickers

Another great way of injecting some seasonal spirit into your home is by using wall stickers.

There are many different companies selling wall stickers, decals and murals online, and these can often be bought for less than £50.

Many companies will custom make you stickers to order, allowing you to choose font, colour and layout, and as these items are just stuck over existing paint, they can be removed after autumn is over and replaced with something else.

For an autumn theme, look for stickers or large panels featuring designs of trees, branches, apples or harvest related animals such as foxes or owls.

If you are clever with your purchasing, you could find a sticker which will work with your autumn decorating ideas theme, but will do at other times of the year too.

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5 Practical Bathroom Designs

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!

Compare quotes for bathroom fitting (including whirlpool baths) from bathroom fitting contractors across the UK. Integrate practical bathroom designs into your planningdeep-bath-and-bathroom-sinkBefore 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 any younger!  We've put together a few practical bathroom designs which you may want to consider integrating into your planning.

Walk-in showers

Showers are an alternative option to baths, so if you are thinking of removing the tub, you have space to install a larger than usual walk-in shower. Big showers are trending in 2015, so the idea has legs - speaking of which, as yours get older, you don’t have worry about how you will get in and out the bath.

His and her toilets

You can save yourself the toilet-seat drama couples typically have a problem with. His and hers towels were all the rage years ago. His and her toilets could be all the rage in years to come!

Twin sinks

Limited bathroom facilities can pose problems for families in a morning. Fitting a second sink as one of your practical bathroom designs can reduce waiting time and avoid the rush job routines you have getting ready for work/school or whatever early appointments you have on any given day.

Therapeutic bathtubs

Round bath in a luxury mansionAches, pains and stress can all be relieved with therapeutic bathtubs. Air-jet tubs are ideal for all the family, especially aging parents that suffer with arthritis. And they just feel wonderful.

Bath tub headrests

Anybody with a bath tub longs for a hot, soapy bath to slip into after work. So why not make yourself as comfortable as possible and install a headrest, so you can lay back and relax on a soft spot for your head.

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Designing a Brand New Kitchen

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.

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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.

Audit Your Current Kitchen

It might sound odd, but the best way to start thinking about your new kitchen is by looking at your current one. Look past the cosmetic aspects like those 1970s tiles or the old-fashioned cabinets, and think about more fundamental aspects like how you can move around the kitchen, whether the cooker is in the right place or if it would be better located elsewhere, where the pipes and electricity sockets are, and whether you have not enough or too much cupboard space. If the layout of your current kitchen is good, there is no point in changing things for change’s sake. It will cost you more, and you run the risk of ending up with a kitchen which is less practical and easy to use than your existing kitchen. Also think about what you might be able to reuse; although most kitchen design companies are going to want to sell you a complete package of cabinets, worktops and white goods, there is no need to replace a perfectly good fridge freezer or dishwasher if you don’t want to.

Search for Inspiration

Luxury wood kitchen with granite countertop.It’s never a good idea to march into the nearest kitchen shop and agree to buy the first one you look at. There is just so much choice out there on the market though that the decisions can be baffling. Look around online at kitchens and retailer websites and start collecting ideas about things you like and features which you would like to see in your kitchen. Pinterest is the ideal website for collecting all of your ideas together but don’t forget the old fashioned methods of cutting pictures out of magazines and collecting them in a folder. Once you have collected lots of ideas together it should be easier to narrow down the vast array of kitchens into the ones which are most appealing to you.

Set a Budget

Before you set foot in a kitchen showroom, have a firm idea of how much you are willing to spend on your new kitchen and equally firm ideas of how you are going to pay for it. Remember that as well as adding in the basic costs of buying your new kitchen units, tiles, worktops and flooring you will need to also factor in costs for any plumbing work which has to be done, plastering, electrician fees and lighting, and any other incidental costs like buying new crockery or artwork for your kitchen walls. These costs can soon mount up, so keep a record of everything you are spending and make sure things don’t spiral out of control. Many of the larger kitchen companies will offer finance packages which will allow you to spread the cost of buying and installation of your kitchen over several years. If zero percent finance is on offer, this is a cheap way of financing your new kitchen. Even if interest is being charged for the finance option, it can still be cheaper to take the retailer’s credit option rather than putting everything on an expensive credit card or personal loan agreement.

Get Help With the Design

flooding kitchen modern interior (3D concept)Most of the larger kitchen retailers offer a free design service where you take them the measurements of your space and they suggest potential layouts. Of course their aim is to sell you their particular range of kitchen cupboards and appliances, but few showrooms charge for their design service and you are under no obligation to buy anything from them after they draw up plans. If you have the time, visit a few different designers to get their opinions on the best designs for your kitchen and then either choose the plans you like the best as a starting point, or take elements from a variety of different designs and then put them together to come up with your ideal kitchen. Once you have settled on your final layout, you will have a better idea of how many cabinets you need, how much plumbing work is likely to be needed, and can start calculating how much flooring and how many boxes of tiles you will need to have. A designer will also be able to help you with the practical aspects of design such as how many sockets to have and where to locate them.

Consider Colour

White kitchens have been hugely popular in recent years, and before that, we all embraced wooden country kitchens. Coloured units are currently fashionable, and it’s easy to be seduced by glossy red cabinets or orange worksurfaces. It’s vital though to remember that fashions change quickly, and going for a kitchen which is achingly fashionable at the moment might mean that in two or three years you’re stuck with something very dated. Colour in the kitchen is no bad thing, but if you want that bright red or lime green, think about adding something like an acrylic splashback or painting a feature wall as this is far easier to change when fashion moves on.

Think About the Timescales

It sounds obvious, but remember that when you are having your kitchen replaced, you are going to be without cooker and other kitchen services for a certain period. Bigger companies have more manpower which they can devote to your installation, keeping disruption to a minimum, but smaller firms may offer a more personal service and more flexibility. Getting a new kitchen represents an investment of several thousands of pounds, so do your homework by researching local kitchen fitting companies and getting at least three quotes for the work before you commit to going ahead. Always get all quotes and prices in writing, and never pay in full up front.

Bathroom Colour Trends

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

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Gone are the days of pink or green bathroom suites, garish wallpaper and wildly patterned lino flooring.

Nowadays bathroom interior design is all about the monochrome black and white look.

The other popular look is for natural shades of beige, cream and stone.

This look has been around for a while though.

With fashions continually evolving, what are likely to be the next big bathroom colour trends?

Bathroom Colour Trends - Natural colours

One of the biggest growth areas predicted in bathroom design is trying to create the “spa” like experience at home.

If you’ve ever been to a spa, you’ll know although the predominant colours used are still the neutral shades.

Spa decorators also like to use lots of dark wood flooring and wall panelling, along with lots of plants.

There’s no need to turn your bathroom into a greenhouse.

You can easily pick up on this trend by putting up a bamboo roller blind, adding low-maintenance plants (or even silk flowers) and keeping accessories to a minimum.

Mosaics in bathrooms

Mosaic tiles come and go out of fashion but are back with a bang in the fashion world.

The current trend is for mosaics to create a definite pattern rather than randomly placed on the wall.

Less is more when it comes to mosaic tiles, especially when you are going for a pattern. If you are using mosaic pattern on the floor keep the walls plain and vice versa.

Tilers quote per metre square when putting tiles on your wall and floor. Expect to pay around £25 per square metre for the work if your chosen mosaic designs come on large sheets.

If you are considering using very small mosaic tiles which have to be applied individually, your tiling costs will be a lot more expensive.

Bathroom Colour Trends - The Colour Purple

Purple is the “must have” colour of the next year or so, not just on the catwalk but also in the home interiors world.

Many people are horrified by the thought of using such as strong colour in the bathroom.

However, it is easy to use just a little purple by buying some purple towels or putting purple artwork up on the walls.

If you do decide to paint a wall purple, make sure you buy the special kitchen and bathroom paint.

It is more expensive than regular emulsion but will stand up to the damp bathroom air much better.

Tongue and Groove Panelling

Many homeowners shy away from wooden panelling in the bathroom out of fear of creating a sauna type look, but done properly, painted wood panelling is going to be a big trend for 2015 and beyond.

It can be tricky to get panelling done properly, so ask a joiner to do the job for you. Expect to pay around £45 per hour for his time.

Look on Top Tradespeople to get recommendations, and then ask at least three different joiners to quote for the work.

Once the panelling has been fitted, paint it a subtle shade of cream or pale green or compare quotes from decorators.

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Bathroom Tile Trends

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.

Compare quotes for tiling from local tilers across the UK now that you have some ideas and trendsCompare tilers quotes with Top TradespeopleIf 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.

Wall Boards

They’re not strictly speaking tiles, but wall boards are the latest thing in bathroom design. Wall boards are large sheets of waterproof material which can be used as an alternative to tiles around the bath or shower, or as a splash back. Per metre squared, wall boards are about the same price are buying tiles, but they are cheaper to have fitted as they are just stuck to the wall with adhesive and sealed around the edges so there is no need for grouting and spacing between the tiles. Enough wall board to cover the area around a bath should cost you between £150 and £200.

Hexagons

Over the last few years the rectangular tile has been the most popular for use in our bathrooms, and even the good old square has fallen out of fashion. According to the experts though, the next big thing is likely to be the hexagonal shaped tile. Small hexagonal tiles are available on sheets like other sorts of mosaic tiles, and larger hexagonal tiles are perfect for using on the floor. The key to using hexagon tiles in the bathroom is to use them sparingly – if you have decided on hexagonal tiles for the floor, especially patterned ones, stick to the same size and style on the walls or for the splash back too.

Strips

Also getting away from the traditional look of square or rectangular tiles are the ultra modern “strip” tiles. These tiles are sold in larger sheets, but once applied to the wall look like long, thin strips of stone on the wall. They are more textured that the normal smooth tiles, and this means that they are not the ideal surface to use if you are planning on hanging mirrors or artwork as the surface will be bumpy. Strip tiles can be more expensive than standard tiles at £70 per square metre, but are no more expensive to have fitted. Expect to pay your tiler about £25 per square metre to put the tiles on your wall for you.

Unusual Tiles, Specialist Tiler?

Although the design of the tiles may be unusual or innovative, in many cases they are no more difficult to put on the wall than any other sorts of tiles. Check with any recommended tilers you find through Top Tradespeople that they have experience with the type of tiles you are thinking of using, and always ask at least three tilers to supply quotes in writing to make sure you get the best price for your job. You might be able to negotiate a better price if the tiler supplies the tiles rather than you buying them yourself.

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Lighting Ideas For Bathrooms

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.

highly-modern-white-lit-bathroomCompare quotes for bathroom fitting (including whirlpool baths) from bathroom fitting contractors across the UKGood 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.

Here are a few lighting ideas for bathrooms.

Lighting Ideas For Bathrooms To Increase Natural Light

It’s always better to try to get more natural light into your bathroom than to add more artificial light.

Get rid of heavy curtains or blinds, and ditch net curtains if you have them.

It’s a relatively cheap job to replace plain glass with frosted in a single-glazed window if there are concerns about privacy, and you should expect to pay around £200 for this to be done.

Replacing a window with a double glazed unit will cost around £500, depending on the size of the window.

Always make sure that your windows can be opened as this will help with ventilation too.

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Extra lights around the mirror above your sink can be very useful if you need extra lighting for shaving or doing make-up.

There are lots of different mirrors on the market, so whatever your taste there should be one to suit.

Remember that mirrors help to reflect the light around the room so a larger mirror will be better than a smaller one.

Expect to pay anything between £20 and £200 for the mirror, and as installing it is covered by the Part P building regulations regarding working with electricity in bathrooms, you will need to get a qualified electrician to do this job for you.

Expect to pay £100 to £150 for this to be done.

Under Counter Lighting in the Bathroom

Floor level lighting in the bathroom might not help you when shaving, but it will definitely help the room look brighter and bigger too.

You can go out and buy new vanity units or baths which have built in lighting, but it is a relatively simple job for an electrician to retro-fit strips of lighting at floor level.

Just browse online for kits of small LED lights, bearing in mind that you should buy lights specifically designed for bathroom use to comply with regulations.

Getting Electrical Work Done in the Bathroom

However you decide to deal with the lighting issues you have in your bathroom, you are going to need an electrician to do the work for you.

Use the Top Tradespeople site to get in touch with local lighting and electrical firms, or ask friends and family to recommend someone.

Always get at least three quotes, in writing, and compare electricians quotes carefully before making your decision.

Never pay the full amount up front, and if your electrician does a good job, recommend him to others when they are looking for someone trustworthy.

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Family Bathroom or Trendy Wetroom?

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?

Grey bathroom large Compare quotes for bathroom fitting (including whirlpool baths) from bathroom fitting contractors across the UKIf 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?

Benefits and Drawbacks of a Wetroom

A wetroom differs from a standard family bathroom in that the entire room is waterproofed, and there is no shower tray. Wetrooms are an effective use of restricted space in a bathroom, and can make a small bathroom feel bigger by getting rid of the shower tray or bath. Wetrooms can be particularly good for the elderly and disabled as they do not need to step in and out of the shower. The main drawback of a wetroom is that they often do not have a bath in the room, and are expensive to install.

Reasons for Keeping a Family Bathroom

If you’re the sort of person who enjoys a long soak in the bath, then a wetroom is probably not your cup of tea. Also, if you are thinking about selling your home, keeping a more traditional layout in the bathroom will probably make your home more attractive to a wider range of people, especially families with young children. Replacing an old bathroom suite with something similar will also be considerably cheaper as you do not need to undertake the extra work of waterproofing the room, which is known as tanking.

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Costs of Installing a Wetroom

If you are not thinking about selling your house in the near future and want to give the bathroom a dramatic facelift, then a wetroom is probably a good solution. The two main factors to think about when paying for a wetroom are the cost of the shower, sink, loo and other items plus installation, and the cost of tanking the room. Costs of the suite itself will depend on your personal taste and budget, but installation costs will not vary much whether you are buying budget or designer items. Expect to pay around £7000 for the work needed to turn your bathroom into a wetroom in total.

Installing your Wetroom

The other think to think about is how you are going to manage without your bathroom while the work is being done. If you have more than one bathroom in the house this may not be a major issue, but if not, having the work done can be hugely disruptive. When you are contacting local plumbers and other professionals about installing your wetroom, it’s therefore very important to compare their quotes not only in terms of price, but also on how long they expect the work to take and how many people they are going to have working on the job. Depending on circumstances it might be better to accept a slightly more expensive quote if the work will be done in half the time. Remember – always get at least three quotes, in writing, to enable you to make an effective comparison.

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Bathroom Ideas You Can Use

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.

Compare quotes for bathroom fitting (including whirlpool baths) from bathroom fitting contractors across the UKwhether it's a minimalistic bathroom or a full on luxury bathroom you want here are a few bathroom ideas you can use for inspiration from Top TradespeopleHas 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.

Asian inspired bathroom ideas

Asian style is all about using natural materials, combining black, white and wood, and bringing the outside in. All of these elements make this sort of design the perfect choice for use in the bathroom. Think about using bamboo flooring, dark coloured tiles, natural materials like slate and stone, and have plenty of plants like palms or ferns on shelves around the room. If you want to use a bit of colour in an Asian inspired bathroom, choose a calming shade like pale green or duck egg blue. Use bamboo blinds at the window, and look out for a wooden duck board rather than traditional fabric bath mat.

Glamorous bathrooms

Get the celebrity lifestyle look at home by going for all out glamour in your bathroom. Using a basic white bathroom suite as the basis for this sort of room means that you can change the design scheme at a later date if you wish to, but choose expensive-looking tiles, light fittings and accessories. Wallpaper works well with a glamorous, luxury feel and if you’re not up to hanging the wallpaper yourself expect to pay around £200 for a professional decorator to do the job for you. Accessorise your glamorous look with lovely soft and fluffy towels, and have some luxury candles and perfumes out on display too.

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Vintage bathrooms

If you live in a period property, going for a traditional look in your bathroom is a great choice. The traditional look does not date as quickly as passing fashions for colour and style, and traditional style bathroom suites can be bought from around £400 in all the large DIY stores. Expect to pay around the same for a plumber to fit your new suite for you. Painted wooden panelling is a good alternative to tiles in a traditional bathroom on the wall, and opt for white tiles on the floor to make cleaning simple. Keep your eye open for unusual vintage ornaments or pictures to add the finishing touches to your vintage bathroom design.

Bright and colourful bathrooms

Most of us play safe with colour in our homes and stick to the neutrals wherever possible. A splash of colour in your bathroom can make the room vibrant and interesting. If you have a white bathroom suite, plain flooring and plain tiles, you can get away with using a very bright colour like lime green, pink or orange in your bathroom. Less is more when it comes to using very bright colours so try not to go over the top or the result will be overwhelming rather than stunning.

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Bathroom Renovation Trends

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.

Compare quotes for bathroom fitting (including whirlpool baths) from bathroom fitting contractors across the UKRed bathroomHaving 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.

Adding a Bathroom

If you live in an older property with just one bathroom, and especially if that only bathroom is downstairs, you could follow the lead of more and more British homeowners and create another bathroom or shower room upstairs. This is one of the best ways of adding value to your home too. Contact a few local building or plumbing firms and ask them to come in and look at the space available, with a view to making recommendations about the most appropriate way to incorporate a bathroom into your house. Get at least three quotes for doing the work, and remember that the cheapest quote isn’t always the one which offers the best value.

Wet Rooms

A wet room is a great way of transforming even the smallest space into a shower room. Wet rooms differ from a normal shower room in that there is no separate shower room and the whole room is waterproofed. Installing a wet room means adding a waterproof layer called tanking underneath any tiles, effectively sealing the room completely. Installing a wet room can cost anything between £5,000 and £10,000 depending on the size of room and the amount of plumbing work which needs done.

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Showers in Bathrooms

We are a nation of shower lovers, and fewer of us are taking baths every year. Showers are quicker, more efficient in terms of water and fuel use, and take up less space in the room. It’s always worth keeping at least one bath in a house as this will ensure that your home appeals to a family market, but one renovation which more people are considering is removing baths from other bathrooms and swapping them for a shower. This is a relatively simple plumbing job as the hot water supply and drainage is already in place from the bath being removed, so expect to pay around £300 for a plumber to supply and fit another shower.

The Spa Experience in Your Home Bathroom

We’re treating the bathroom less as a purely functional room where you have a quick shower, but more as a space to retreat from the pressures of the day and relax. Sales of spa or whirlpool baths, steam rooms and saunas are rocketing, and as prices for a whirlpool bath start at about £500, getting the spa feel in your bathroom doesn’t have to cost the earth either. Buy some blinds to block out the light, and lots of candles to create a relaxing atmosphere as you bathe. If you want to install a steam room or sauna at home, this is a more costly project at around £5,000 and as steam rooms are not to everyone’s taste, this renovation may not add greatly to the value of your home.

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Bathroom Mirror Styles

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.

White bathroomCompare quotes for bathroom fitting (including whirlpool baths) from bathroom fitting contractors across the UKEven 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.

Freestanding Bathroom Mirrors

The very simplest of all the bathroom mirror options is to buy a freestanding mirror, either a small shaving mirror which can sit on the edge of the sink or be stored away in a cupboard, a larger mirror which you can hang on the wall using a standard picture hook kit, or a freestanding full length mirror which sits on the floor. These sorts of mirrors can be cheap and are widely available, and need no DIY expertise at all to fit. They can be moved around the room as required, or even into other parts of the house. Their disadvantage is that they can be impractical in a bathroom as they lack lighting and can be knocked over easily.

Bathroom Mirrors Above the Sink

One of the best places to install a mirror is above the sink and there are lots of options for doing this. Of course there is nothing to stop you using a freestanding mirror or one hung with a picture hook above your sink, but most people prefer to have something a bit more permanent. Mirrored tiles are one option, but it is usually better to have a larger glass area. Most of these sorts of mirrors are fixed to the wall using large screws and plugs which secure them into the plaster. Large glass mirrors are heavy, and care should be taken when fitting them. A bathroom cabinet with mirrored doors is a similar option, but these can be quite bulky and are not ideal to be used above a sink.

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Bathroom Mirrors With Lights

Unless you have lots of natural light streaming into your bathroom, you will need good lights around your mirror for tasks like shaving or applying make-up. There are lots of different options on the market for mirrors with lights. Having lights which are integral to the mirror will give a much smoother and more modern effect, but fitting separate lights which sit at the top or the side of the mirror is also possible.

Building Regulations and Bathroom Lights

The one thing which you have to be aware of when choosing a bathroom mirror with lights is that building rules affect anyone working with electricity in bathrooms. Special products have to be used depending on how close to water the light is going to be located, so it isn’t just a case of choosing any light on the market. Furthermore, you also need to have electrical lights installed by a properly qualified electrician. Getting someone in to do this relatively minor job will cost around £50, but remember to add in the electrician’s costs when thinking about a budget for a new bathroom mirror.

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Bathroom Sink Styles

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

Drafting a bathroomCompare quotes for bathroom fitting (including whirlpool baths) from bathroom fitting contractors across the UKChanging 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

Traditional Pedestal Sinks

A traditional pedestal sink is the sort of sink most of us grew up with. This sort of sink comes in two parts, with the basin sitting on top of a pedestal which both supports the weight of the basin and hides the pipework. There are also many benefits to this sort of sink. They are widely available and cheap to buy, with a very basic pedestal sink costing from as little as £50. A pedestal sink will blend in well whatever the style of your bathroom, and can be bought in both traditional and contemporary styles. Pedestal sinks don’t take up much room either, and are a good choice when you are limited for space. Also, any plumber will have extensive experience in plumbing in sinks and it needs no special expertise. On the negative side, a pedestal sink doesn’t give you any additional storage space and the space underneath the bathroom can be space wasted.

Vanity Units

If storage is a problem in your bathroom, a vanity unit is the ideal solution. This is a boxier piece of furniture than a pedestal unit, and has the sink on top of cupboards and drawers. A vanity unit gives you plenty of storage for your toothpaste, shampoo and flannels, and also hides the pipework from the sink. Vanity units are a bit more expensive than a pedestal sink with prices starting at around £90, but remember that as well as getting a bath you are also buying extra storage. Vanity units come in a range of sizes, so measure the space you have available to work out the best size for your requirements. Vanity units come in a wider range of finishes than plain pedestal sinks, and a wooden or dark finish to match floors rather than white to match the sink or toilet, and can be mounted on the wall or floor-standing.

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Modern Bowl Sinks

In recent years a vast number of new designs of bathroom sink have come onto the market. A bowl style sink or counter top sink is mounted onto a worksurface or on top of a vanity unit, but is not flush with the top of the unit. These sorts of sinks are very popular when you are looking for a contemporary and sleek look for a bathroom. If you have a very traditional style of home or bathroom a bowl sink could look out of place, but they are a great centrepiece for a modern bathroom. Bowl sinks tend to be more expensive than other types of sink, with prices starting at around £60 for the sink, on top of which you have to buy the unit to have it mounted on.

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Bathroom Design Apps

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.

minimalist bathroombathroom-fitters-quotes72% 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.

Magazine Apps for Bathroom Design

All of the main home interiors glossy magazines such as Your Home, Country Living and Elle Decoration publish digital editions which you can purchase online and download to your phone and tablet. The cost of a digital download is normally around the same as the print version of between £2 an £4, but if you subscribe the cost per magazine comes down much further. Many of the magazine apps allow you to click on products you like the look of and be taken to the manufacturer or retailer’s website, and they will provide you with endless inspiration.

Bathroom Planning Apps

If you’ve already thought about your design and need to work out whether your ideas are practical for your room, then computer aided design apps can help you work everything out. CAD software is used by all of the main bathroom and kitchen design companies, and apps like Floor Plan Creator and Inard Floor Plan, both of which are free, will allow you to input the dimensions of your room and then work out how best to locate your bathroom suite. These sorts of apps work better on tablets rather than smartphones because the screen size is larger.

Photo Library Apps for Bathroom Design

There are many other apps which allow you to browse through pictures of what both professional interior designers and enthusiastic amateurs have done with their bathrooms. Pinterest is a good starting point, and also check out apps such as Homestyler Interior Design and Houzz Interior design which are free to download and are packed with millions of pictures showing you bathroom designs and bathroom suites to suite every taste and budget. Browse around iTunes or the Google Play Store to see what apps are available, and you can also check out the reviews before you decide to download.

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Bathroom Suite Retail Apps

Many of the large bathroom retailers such as B&Q or Screwfix have their own apps which are free to download to your phone or tablet. Some will allow you to buy through the app directly from your phone, others just act as an interactive catalogue allowing you to explore pictures and see videos about your chosen items. Even apps like Ebay or Amazon can be useful when looking for a new bathroom suite, especially when sourcing vintage or second hand items and when buying smaller items like mirrors or taps. Always check that you are on a secure network before inputting credit card details on a phone or tablet.

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Bathroom Design Ideas

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.

Compare bathoom fitters quotesLuxury contemporary bathroomGone 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.

Monochrome Bathrooms

Black and white colour schemes are everywhere at the moment, from the catwalk to the interior design showrooms and this can be a good starting point for your bathroom too. Basic white bathroom suites never go out of fashion, and white tiles with dark flooring is a classic combination too. If you want to add a little colour into your bathroom, use bright towels or a shower curtain; these are also cheap and easy to change when you want to update the look of your bathroom. As monochrome is so popular at the moment you will have no shortage of inspiration in the DIY showrooms.

Victorian or Traditional Bathrooms

Slick and modern monochrome bathrooms work well in new build houses, but if you live in a period property then a traditional style may be more appropriate. Don’t go overboard with the frills and flounces, simply choose a traditionally designed bathroom suite with chunky taps, natural materials like wood or bamboo for the flooring and add in some colour with a roman blind at the window or even some pretty wallpaper. Victorian does not have to mean cluttered though, so resist the temptation to fill the bathroom with decorations and pictures.

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Hotel Style Bathrooms

Everyone loves the feeling of a hotel bathroom with its luxurious rainfall shower head and deep bath. These are things which can be replicated at home, and you can keep costs down too by looking for bargains in the sales or replacing your bathroom piece by piece. Most hotels stick to a neutral palette of beige, cream and white, so get the look by sourcing light coloured tiles designed to look like marble or stone, and buy great quality fluffy white towels and a bathrobe. Invest in a heated towel rail to complete the hotel feel to your room.

Colourful Bathrooms

The smallest room of the house doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Sticking to white for your bathroom suite is always the most sensible move – nobody wants a return the avocado and pink suites of the 1980s. Instead let your creative side loose by exploring the range of special bathroom and kitchen paints which come in a huge range of shades from scarlet to lime green or hot pink. These colours work very well in a bathroom, or if you have plain tiles and plain flooring, why not look for a patterned wallpaper to create a bit of an impact? You can also bring in lots of colour by adding a bath mat or rug, and replacing plain roller blinds for coloured or patterned ones. Moderation is the key with this look though, as too many bright and clashing colours can be too much to bear, especially first thing in the morning.

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Small Bedroom Design Ideas

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.

Small bedroom design ideasCompare quotes for painting and decorating from contractors across the UK with Top Tradespeople - find recommendationsMany 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.

Paint

Painting the room in light colours is a great way to create a larger impression of room. However, don't rush for the tin of white paint, there are many other great colours that will work well. Creams and neutrals often work better than white and lift the room also. Use soft wool carpet, and small subtle patterned bed linen to aid this room's size.

Beds

A small room is not the place for a four poster bed, so use a low set bed with some drawers below it, as well as room for some blankets and sheets. Concealed bases make a bed look like it's floating and also conceal clutter. Bunk beds are also perfect if it's a child's room as they take up half the space, and can bed two comfortably.

Storage

Using the walls of a small room is the perfect way to create the impression it is larger than it actually is. If you clutter up the room with suit cases and knick knacks everywhere, then it's going to look small. Book shelves and drawer organisers are great, as are shoe storage racks inside wardrobes. In small bedrooms, everything has to be in the right place - so get organised with storage to achieve this feeling.

Furniture

Pale furniture creates a roomy feel as do tall pieces of furniture, over wide ones. Make sure what you choose is simple and not fussy and perhaps even a little minimalist. Furniture with mirrors is also a good way to create the impression of space through the utilisation of reflection and light.

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Heating Innovations

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.

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Alternative Options For Heating Your Home This Year

Solar

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.

Wood Burners

Wood burners not only produce a lot of heat to warm up your home, they look great and can be a real feature to any living room, and increase the value of your home. The latest wood burners can be hung from the wall with the flue running up through the wall and outside, creating a striking combination of old and new design. Underfloor heating has also seen a rise in popularity. Electric underfloor heating is fitted in a matting format that can be rolled out and add welcome warmth to tiled or wooden floored rooms, such as bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms and hallways.

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Solar Energy Options

Despite the great British weather never seeming to give us a respite from the wind and rain, solar energy is still a great way to efficiently heat your home for less. There are two types to consider: passive and active respectively. Passive solar energy involves capturing the sun's heat from glazed surfaces in your home, such as doors and windows. A far more effective use of solar energy is using the active method This is where solar panels or collectors are positioned on south-facing rooftops in order to harvest heat from the sun and distribute it throughout your home creating central heating and hot water.

Wood Fuelled And Biomass Boilers

Other innovative methods of heating your home for less include wood-fuelled and biomass burners and boilers. These devices use wood or pellets to heat both your home and hot water. Whats more, this type of sustainable fuel could benefit from the government Renewable Heat Premium Payment and the Renewable Heat Incentive schemes. Once installed this type of incredibly efficient heating could cut over £500 a year on your electric heating bill or around £100 off your gas bill.

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Bathroom Style Trends

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.


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Bathroom trends 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.

Colour contrast

Tropical colours dominate this season: think hot, beach holiday colours and inject some cheery brightness with towels and bathmats, or a splash of sizzling paint to make a feature wall.

Florals remain a popular choice for home interiors, and rose-pink shades are back. Ditsy florals, soft rose towels and fresh flowers bring instant charm paired with a white floor and vintage-style suite.

Colour is an easy and cost-effective element to change, giving your bathroom an affordable makeover.

Urban industrial

Industrial chic can be seen in bars, restaurants and stylish boutiques, with concrete floors, exposed fittings and clean lines.

Mixing a cool colour palette of blues, metallics and steel greys with texture on the wall or floors adds the right edge to your theme.

Look at raw concrete tiles, a contemporary bathroom suite and concealed storage to keep everyday items out of sight for a stripped-back finish.

Metro tiles are still popular, but to bring them up to date consider arranging them in regimented lines rather than overlapping to make a brick-style wall.

Modern bathroom technology means that fittings such as mixer showers are now even more streamlined. Making the most of the new minimalist fittings and slim designs adds an instant style-savvy boost to any space.

Hotel luxury

Square basins and baths are popping up all over to bring some of that much-desired hotel luxury into our home bathrooms.

Choose from a range of shallow modern sink options, designed to sit on top of a vanity unit or wooden bench for maximum impact.

If space allows a free-standing bath then make this the central feature of the room, with plenty of heavyweight welcoming towels on hand. Natural stone floor tiles, warm wooden furniture and soft, neutral hues complete the look.

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Coastal breeze

The coastal influence is always a bathroom favourite, but give it a stylish twist to avoid a novelty feel.

Opt for white floors and walls with simple tiles, and take inspiration from Brigitte Bardot in a striped Breton t-shirt: think clean, crisp nautical chic.

Avoid seashell mirrors and seahorse-patterned shower curtains, and head instead for bold deckchair stripes, natural wood and vintage postcards or seaside prints on the wall.

Back to brass

Chrome fittings have dominated bathrooms in recent years, but brass is back in fashion and not just for period-detail spaces.

Make a strong style statement with new brassware, combining a traditional material with on-trend design inspiration.

Be kind to your bathroom

Perhaps the biggest bathroom style trend for 2013 is to give your bathroom as much attention as the other rooms in your house.

It may be a functional space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of stylish features and details as you would elsewhere in the house.

Most of your visitors will spend some time in here, so enjoy being just as creative in here as in the rest of your home.

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Dont Move Instead Improve Your Home

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.

conservatoryextension-builders-quotesWith 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.

Improving your home instead of moving also means you won't have to endure the stress and anxiety associated with selling. You have the opportunity to channel all your energy into an exciting and creative process that will reignite the excitement you once had for your existing home.

Home improvement: Loft conversions

If we want more space in our home without adding an extension, the answer is often sitting right above our heads. That's right, loft conversions are all the rage not least because they often don't require planning permission and they're proven to add significant value to a property.

Use the loft space to add a master bedroom with en suite bathroom, or give the kids more to room by creating a playroom. Loft conversions are also used to create office and study rooms, often freeing up space in the main living area elsewhere in a home.

If you do decide to extend up and convert your loft, make sure you get a specialist to do the work for you. Find a professional loft conversion company using Top Tradespeople and save money by comparing up to 4 free quotes for loft conversions. It's easy to post a job for a loft conversion contractor.

There are different types of loft conversion you can explore and choose from. Velux loft conversions are perhaps the most cost-effective.

This approach uses the existing profile of the roof and adds flush Velux windows. The more expensive Dormer style, is more pleasing to the eye both inside and out, and also creates headroom within the loft space.

Expect a loft conversion to take up to eight weeks – a lot quicker than finding a new home and selling your existing one! What's more, in addition to the practical benefits of enjoying more space, a loft conversion could add between 5 and 10 per cent to the value of your property.

Home improvement: Add an extension or convert your basement

With the recently announced Government plans to relax planning rules for house extensions, it's easier than ever to increase the size of your home without wading through endless red-tape.

Increasing the size of existing space in your home, such as a bigger, brighter kitchen, or adding an entirely new room such as a bedroom or office, experts agree that building an extension is the number one project for adding value to your home.

For those of us lucky enough to have a basement, converting this subterranean space into a living area will give your property's wow factor a real lift.

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Plan your kitchen layout

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.

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Design a kitchen layout that works

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.

First steps to the perfect kitchen plan

Get hold of a kitchen planner or simply some grid paper and start thinking about where key elements will go. We suggest you use cut-outs for cabinetry and appliances as this means you can easily move them around the grid to see the space from many different perspectives.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with ideas and be unconventional. After all, this kitchen has to be right for you and you will have to live with the results.

Kitchens used to be planned on the basic ‘working triangle idea’ which is still a great kitchen layout, however think about separating your kitchen into zones instead:

• Food storage zone (fridge, cupboards, vegetable drawer)

• Non-food storage zone (plates, pans, cutlery)

• Cleaning zone (sink, cleaning materials)

• Preparation zone (clear worktop space and central to other areas)

• Cooking zone (cooker, microwave, hob)

Walk around the space and see how you will move from zone to zone. Does it feel natural and simple to migrate from one area to the next?

What major appliances will you be using and do they have any special requirements? It might not be simple to place a tumble dryer or a range cooker on an inside wall as it could need outside ventilation.

This would mean expensive and unsightly ducting work is required.

Consider eating requirements. Does your family need somewhere to eat breakfast? A breakfast bar is an option for smaller kitchens and you can even get portable breakfast bars to make your space more flexible.

Take your time to plan the fundamental layout of your kitchen and you will be enjoying the results for years to come.

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Different Bathroom Styles

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.

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Working Style With What You Have

Different bathroom stylesWhen 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.

Family Bathroom Styles

If you have one bathroom for the family to share, then you might want to prioritise a large bath or shower or durable, easy-to-clean flooring.

Complement this with a bright, modern colour scheme and storage space to keep towels, bath toys and toiletries tidy.

A clear path to move around easily around the room could be invaluable when you are rushing to get everyone out of the house on time.

Choosing fixtures carefully will maximise the available space: if floor space is at a premium, then opting for a wall-hung or pedestal sink rather than a bulky vanity unit can help prevent the room looking cluttered.

Wet Rooms

You could consider a wet room if showering is a priority or if you are remodelling a small bathroom: removing the bath will free up a sizable chunk of floor space.

It’s worth giving some thought to potential buyers if you put your home on the market in the future: a stylish wet room (and no bath) could be an attractive option in an urban apartment, but at least one bathroom with a bath would normally be expected in a family-sized house.

A wall-hung toilet or sink will also add to the spacious feel. As an extra bathroom, wet rooms are increasing popular and it’s easy to create a sleek, stylish look with contemporary finishes.

For a busy family, a wet room comes with the advantage of generally being much easier to keep clean as there’s no shower screen or tray.

Free Standing Showers

A free-standing shower is a good alternative to a wet room if you still want the focus to be on a statement shower and you have the space to accommodate it in your regular bathroom.

Most modern units make the most of a sleek, glassy finish with attractively-designed fittings in a variety of styles. If space is more restricted, a compact en-suite shower room will still add value to your home and will be a useful addition for everyone living there.

Bathroom Style Essentials

Whatever the size and preferred style of your ideal bathroom, a few style essentials are commonly accepted: streamline and de-clutter any surfaces, maximise good storage areas and choose wisely to make the room feel as clean, bright and airy as possible.

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Show Your True Colours

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.

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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.

You may have memories of mood rings from your childhood, the ones that would change colour to reflect what mood you were in, and this is much the same to the colour you choose to put on your walls.

RED

Often a chosen for many in the bedroom, this is a primary colour and when used in a bold shade will reflect your passionate nature.

However, on the flip side, people that like this colour are also considered as being fiery and with a short temper, so do watch out!

ORANGE

This is a colour you’ll often find in the kitchen because it’s warming, which makes it perfect for social get-togethers and dining parties; it’s also rumoured to aid digestion!

However, be warned because it can make a room look smaller, so if you have a little kitchen, you may want to think about adding features to increase the space, such as mirrors and various other reflective items.

PINK

People often steer away from pink because it’s seen as a girly colour, however a splash of pink in a room can portray many different feelings.

A subtle baby pink is calming and will soothe you after a busy day at work, whilst hot pink is fiery and is great if you’re feeling passionate.

BLACK

Black is another colour people often stray away from because it denotes depression and sadness, however used in the right setting, it can evoke true style and sophistication.

You’ll see in high end interior design shops that there are many pieces of furniture finished in black, so instead of painting your whole wall, just use a few items to finish off your design in true style.

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PURPLE

Purple is another that is commonly thought as a girly colour however it’s great if you have a creative mind and are lacking inspiration.

It’s thought that a lick of this colour paint will help to inspire you and evoke a whole host of creativity. However, be careful as too much of this colour can be overwhelming, so stick to just one feature wall instead of covering the whole room.

BLUE

Guest bedrooms are often adorned with blue because it has a calming effect. It is a tranquil colour that will aid you in your attempts for relaxation, and have you sleeping in no time!

GREEN

Sometimes thought of as a medicinal colour (which is why you may find it sprawled across the walls of the local doctors surgery!) green is much like blue in its properties. It’s calming and peaceful, and is often the preferred choice for people in the bathroom where all you want to do is sit back and relax after a hectic week at work.

Colours say a lot about you and how you are feeling, so when you next visit your local decorating shop to pick out paint, you may not realise that by choosing red or green, you’re denoting how you feel, but the truth is, you are!

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Interior Design and The Fashion World

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.

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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.

Now you can have the influence of Jean Paul Gaultier in your living room and Ralph Lauren in your kitchen, with interiors that combine function with high fashion.

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You might not have the budget for these designer home wares, but check out these websites for great ideas and influences you can borrow for your home.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Famous for his iconic perfumery and bad boy style, JPG has recently branched out into interior design. Collaborating with high-end designers Lelievre and Roche Bobois, some of his most famous and iconic imagery can now be found on furniture, fabrics, cushions and rugs.

JPG is one of the few designers who doesn't have a dedicated home brand but you can see his collection for Roche Bobois here.

Ralph Lauren

The American fashion designer and business guru has branched out into a sub-brand dedicated completely to a home wares collections Ralph Lauren.com.

This contemporary collection offers a full range of furniture, lighting, fabrics, wall and floor coverings. Antique design and rustic, yet elegant furniture give an all-American feel to this designer’s interior collection.

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Giorgio Armani

As possibly one of the most famous and influential fashion designers of the modern age, the launch of Armani’s interior design collection www.armanicasa.com was highly anticipated back in 2008.

If money is no object, the personal interior design service will deliver exuberant Italian style at a price tag to match!

Versace

The opulent style of the Italian doyen of design is reflected in his home wares https://www.versacehome.it. Rich, baroque design and a riot of colour delivers a big bang for your interior buck.

We can’t all afford Versace interior design, so have a look as the website and hunt around for matching styles. Black and gold is a big influence as well as highly decorative kitchenware.

Interior design inspiration and influence

Have a look at the fashion world and you will find inspiration for your own home projects.

If Ralph Lauren furniture is out of your budget, pick one small key piece like an ornate box and use his design influence to create a home which mirrors the designer style.

Remember, many designer items can be found on eBay or other discount sites.

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Cheap Home Decor Ideas

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.

Cheap home decor ideasCompare painters and decorators quotesDecorating 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.

1. The power of paint

Painting is one of the best ways to decorate a room.

Not only is it cheap to do, but it also allows you to get creative.

You can simply repaint the entire room in a new color.

If you want to see which color would be best, check out Benjamin Moore's Color Capture app and Color Change - two smartphone / tablet apps that allow you to "try on" new paint colors by uploading a picture of your room and virtually painting it.

If you don't want to spend the time repainting the whole room, why not try an accent wall? PIck a complementary color—the brighter or darker the better—and give one wall in your room a makeover.

Not only is it a cheap and easy fix to give an old room new life, but it provides a centerpiece for the room and will create a conversation piece amongst your guests.

To be even more decorative, why not try out a design, such as painting vertical stripes or using stencils to create an intricate design.

You can go bold with two opposite color paints, or you can make it more subtle by simply using a high gloss paint over a flat paint in the same color.

Painting doesn't only refer to your walls. You can also give old furniture a facelift by painting it a new color.

Spray painting furniture is usually the easiest way to go, and spray paint comes in many different colors, so you can stick with something more common, like blacks and whites, or you can go bold with yellows and oranges.

2. Get playful with pillows and throws

Pillows are another cheap and easy way to spruce up a room.

Adorn chairs and couches with pillows in bright and bold colors and patterns.

If you can't find any at your local retail stores, such as Target or Walmart, try repurposing your own old ones.

Visit your local fabric store and find a fabric you love. Take it home and get to sewing.

You can also opt to choose throw pillows that are a different design than your standard square for an added touch of elegance.

Throws are another great way to add pops of color throughout a room.

Bold plain throws can add color while patterned throws can add flavor and texture.

Use throws over couches and chairs, or even place it over half of a coffee table for a more unique look.

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3. Accentuate with accent rugs

Accent rugs come in all shapes, sizes and patterns, and they can be a great and cost-effective way to makeover your home.

If the decor in your home is pretty plain, opt for a bolder rug to give the room some pizazz.

If you want to get really creative, try adding more than one accent rug to the room in different areas.

For example, place one rug under the couch and coffee table, and use a different complementary rug underneath a desk or formal sitting area.

This creates a unified separation between the two areas and can give the room some character.

4. Organize your clutter

Finding creative ways to declutter your home is another cheap way to decorate.

Go through all of your things and get rid of the items that are unnecessary.

Find containers to use as storage, such as old vases or bowls, and place them onto bookshelves.

Baskets are also another great way to organize magazines, toys and blankets and keep them from standing out.

It's also a good idea to look at your furniture, not just your knickknacks.

Do you have a table or chair that seem out of place? If so, get rid of it.

There is no need to put every piece of furniture you own into one room. Keep your essentials, and remove anything that doesn't fit.

5. Get moving

The best and cheapest way to decorate your home is to simply rearrange your current furniture.

Do you have an old dresser in your guest bedroom that would look great in your foyer?

Maybe all it needs is a coat of paint and some new hardware.

Take two old end tables and push them together to make a coffee table.

Try moving your couch from one wall to another.

If you have a big enough room, try moving your couch from the wall and placing it more towards the center of the room.

You can even try to recreate the focal point of the room.

Do you have a beautiful fireplace that nobody notices because all of your furniture faces the television?

Why not place a sitting area in front of the fireplace or re-arrange furniture so the focal point now moves away from the television set.

Decorating your home doesn't have to be expensive.

Instead, it simply takes a little effort and a lot of creativity.

Open your eyes to your current belonging, invest in some paint, and you'll have a fresh new look before you know it.

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Hotel Inspired Home Styles

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.

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Create a stunning and welcoming room using hotel chic

want hotel inspired decorating styles ?Compare painters and decorators quotesWe 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.

Hotel decorating tips

Make the most of a small space

Space is at a premium in many large cities in the world and hotels have become experts at creating luxury in small rooms.

Think about under-bed storage, creating shelving in unused wall space and chairs which fit neatly into available spaces.

A neutral colour palette

Hotels often make great use of white, beige and taupe to create a restful environment that will appeal to everyone.

A skilled eye can take bland colours and deliver a room with ‘wow factor’ by mixing textures and fabrics.

Good quality white linens can raise the luxury factor in any bedroom.

Headboard style

Invest in an imposing headboard to deliver real interior design punch. Hotels tend to favour either luxurious leather or quilted headboards in luxury fabrics.

If you have a larger room, you can choose a headboard which dominates the wall and is a real feature of the design.

Statement pieces

A carefully sourced dressing table or an unusual chair can provide a point of interest in a room and gives a real hotel feel to a bedroom.

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Light up your bedroom

Hotel designers probably put more thought into lighting than any other aspect of hotel room design.

The lighting in your bedroom can change it from a harsh, unforgiving space to an inviting and relaxing room.

Choose different lighting sources including lamps and spotlights which can be positioned to create a different mood.

Cushion collection

Investing in a few high-quality cushions in co-ordinating colours can elevate your bedroom from the ordinary to designer style.

Use at least four cushions in two different sizes using contrasting fabrics, but with the same colour palette for a great finishing touch.

Symmetrical style

A trick often used in hotels rooms to make a room feel more spacious than it is, symmetry gives a feeling of order and streamlined design.

Think about where you place design elements in your room for a symmetrical style that will impress.

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Cut The Clutter

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.

Innovative ways to free up space in a busy home

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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.

Start by making a list of every potential storage space as you walk around your home.

Focus on identifying all those nooks and crannies that are either not used at all or have become repositories for piles of clutter.

Using existing wall space is one way to begin.

You'd be surprised how much space can be found to store books, CDs, DVDs and ornaments simply by adding wall-mounted shelving.

What's more, elevated shelving doesn't take up any floor space, and also adds visual appeal and a cosiness to a room.

More people than ever are opting for built-in storage solutions for a more streamlined and altogether tidier approach to organising our possessions.

Fitted bedroom interiors allow you to maximise storage space for all your clothes while maintaining a clean, and clutter-free modern style.

This is a great solution for putting some order back into your kids' bedroom too, with options for plenty of sliding door wardrobe space in addition to shelving and built-in desk space.

Maximise the space you have

Even those awkward spaces around your home have potential to become attractive and indispensable storage solutions.

The most obvious is the space under a staircase, which could be fitted with sliding door cupboards that keep all that everyday clutter such as coats and shoes safely behind a clean and modern facade.

Some rooms may also have alcoves, created by the presence of a chimney breast, for example.

This can easily be incorporated into one fitted wardrobe, and will transform the appearance of a room without breaking the bank.

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Bathroom Decorating Ideas

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.

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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.

All White On The Night

White remains a popular colour choice for bathrooms, for fixtures as well as walls or floors, especially if you want to make a small space seem that little bit bigger.

White gloss units add high shine and a simple contemporary, finish that makes an ideal backdrop for the colour of your choice.

Too much white can sometimes feel a bit sterile though: to avoid a clinical feel, you might want to add a splash of an accent colour with a strip of feature tiles or a bright floor, or choose an instant fix with some new towels in rich jewel shades.

A bold pop of colour can really bring a space to life, and keeping the fixtures white and opting for a neutral wall colour choice makes it easy to change accessories for a quick and simple makeover to keep your bathroom looking like new.

Vanity Unit Refurbishments

Update your bathroom with a pretty, country-style feel by giving a lick of paint and a new lease of life to a low-level cupboard to use as a vanity unit with a countertop basin.

The cupboard will give you some extra storage space to tuck away towels and toiletries as well as neatly hiding all the plumbing pipes inside.

Add some finishing touches such as a shabby chic mirror, along with fabric-lined baskets, fresh flowers or vintage perfume bottles to complete the charm of this laid-back, feminine look.

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Monochrome Styles

A monochrome colour scheme is a perennial favourite, and a chequerboard tiled floor is a classic option.

Black and white brings a clean, crisp feel combining traditional style and timeless elegance.

The glass and mirrors of Art Deco are a natural source of sophisticated inspiration for a grown-up bathroom with understated glamour.

Picking out the right tiles and fittings will bring the design scheme together: look for strong angular shapes, taps with ceramic inserts to give a nod to period detail.

Built In Bathroom Counters

If you have the space, bring a taste of hotel luxury to your home with twin basins, a streamlined built-in counter and a free-standing bath or spacious chrome and glass shower unit.

Bump up the glam with big mirrors, natural stone flooring and a palette of stylish, neutral shades. Large wall tiles can help to make the room seem bigger as there are less grout lines to catch the eye.

Continue the spa feel with some elegant lights, make sure there’s a constant stack of thick, sumptuous towels to hand and then make some time to light some candles and relax in the tub.

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Mixing Traditional Bathroom Designs With Modern Homes

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

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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.

Traditional bathrooms can sit very comfortably in modern homes, adding perhaps to the sense of escapism we look for when we close the door, switch off from the busy world and relax in the bath.

Ultimately, it’s your space, your home and your style and taste is what matters.

Don’t be scared of interior design – have a little fun and enjoy playing with eclectic ideas. There are no rules, only what makes you happy in your home.

Accent Colours

One way to bridge the gap between a traditional bathroom and contemporary style elsewhere in the home is to utilise some common elements such as accent colours.

If for example you have an ultra-modern open plan living area, with a predominantly yellow and grey colour scheme, then find a way to incorporate some sunny bursts of yellow into your traditional bathroom plan.

Adding a yellow floral fabric, or an item of distressed painted furniture, or yellow-painted frames to showcase some antique-style prints are all easy ways of making a subtle visual transition from one style to another.

Art Deco

The clean lines of Art Deco manage to suggest both contemporary and traditional styling.

Seeking inspiration from the 1920s would give some style pointers that help you make an easy leap from now to then in terms of interior design.

If you have a bold, tiled floor elsewhere in the house, you could try mirroring a similar shape or colour with your choice tiles in the bathroom on either the walls or floor.

Add a roll-top bath as the main feature, or a traditionally-styled pedestal sink.

Accessories that nod to a bygone era can help set the design tone: you might be able to repurpose a wooden cabinet for bathroom storage rather than a new, modern unit.

Vintage jars and canisters make a stylish change from bright plastic toothbrush holders, but make sure that whatever you choose can withstand a little humidity.

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Mixing Modern and Traditional

Combining a few modern and traditional elements in the space will tie the bathroom in with the rest of your home.

In much the same way that mixing up vintage pieces with high street clothes can create a unique and individual personal style, approach your bathroom in much the same way.

Pairing a contemporary bath with period-style taps, or vice versa, helps you create your own interior style rather than simply replicating the latest magazine ideas.

The contrast between old and new provides a playful clash of styles, which can work very effectively as long as you concentrate on a few key items rather than letting the space become over-crowded or confused.

Clean and streamlined works best for bathrooms, whether traditional or modern.

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Conservatory Designs

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.

Conservatory designsCompare conservatory quotesThere are many different conservatory designs for you to choose from.

When choosing a conservatory, you should aim to work with the design of your existing building so that the conservatory you end up with is in keeping with the rest of your home.

So if you’re hankering after an elaborate, Edwardian style conservatory but you live in a modern semi, then you should probably think again!

What Do You Need A Conservatory For?

When designing your conservatory, think about how you’re going to use the space.

The most popular reason for building a conservatory is to make the most of your garden.

But a conservatory can also be a stylish way to add an extra room to your home. It can be used as an open-plan living area or to accommodate a new kitchen.

Getting Help

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.

Conservatories and Planning Permissions

Whatever reasons you choose to have a conservatory built, make sure you hire a reputable tradesman, who will help you figure out what’s best for you, and negotiate any building regulations that may apply.

You’ll also need to consider planning permission if any of the following apply:

• Your house has already been extended • Your new conservatory will increase the volume of your house by more than 15 per cent or 70 cubic metres • You live in a terraced house • You live in an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, a conservation area or a national park • Your conservatory will sit above ground level.

A conservatory specialist worth his salt will go through all these details with you before starting work.

There are many different conservatory styles on the market.

The easiest to build is the lean-to conservatory.

Also known as a sun lounge, this will offer you excellent value for money. It is built with base wall, glass roof and arched windows.

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Victorian and Edwardian Conservatories

Victorian or Edwardian style conservatories are a good choice if you have an older property.

These are a popular choice of conservatory and can be fitted with full-height glass walls or dwarf walls with windows, depending on your preference.

Combination Conservatories

A combination conservatory might be a little more pricey, but you’ll have the benefit of two designs in one. So, you can use one area for entertaining friends and the other part can simply give you a little extra space in the home.

Whatever style of conservatory you go for, make sure you pick a reputable builder to carry out the work. Your conservatory should give you many years of enjoyment and a good conservatory specialist will offer at minimum 10-year guarantee.

Consider Your Budget

Remember, the conservatory design that you pick will affect the price that you pay, so make sure that you tell your conservatory specialist exactly what you’re looking for.

You should aim to get quotes from at least three different tradesmen.

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Budget Kitchen Ideas

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.

Need some budget kitchen ideas for your home?Compare kitchen fitters quotes from local tradesmen across the UKIf 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.

Use Paint

It may seem an incredibly simple piece of advice, but it is one of the best budget kitchen ideas that can truly transform your kitchen.

Paint can help you rejuvenate your kitchen by using colour and patterns to give the room a new lease of life.

It's not just for walls either, as you can paint cabinets, seating and even floors to create a fresh, new look that will make you want to spend as much time in your kitchen as possible!

If you've scanned the Internet for affordable new cabinets but everything's a little out of your price-range, then give your existing furniture a lick of paint to liven it up.

Before you paint your cabinets, ensure that you prime them with a de-glossing primer as this will help the paint to adhere and so eliminate the need for messy sanding.

Add a Kitchen Island

If you do a lot of cooking in your kitchen (imagine that!) and love to entertain guests on a regular basis then you will need sufficient space for food preparation.

If you find yourself lacking the room to get fully creative in the kitchen then it makes sense for you to add a kitchen island.

But before you start worrying that you'll have to pay a small fortune for an attractive and functional kitchen island, consider making your own by transforming an old table or dresser.

By simply adding a countertop and hooks for hanging storage, you have a multi-purpose, free-standing kitchen island with a fantastic retro style that wouldn't look out of place in one of the big-name kitchen retailers' showrooms.

It's no wonder then that this in one of the most popular budget kitchen ideas.

Add Effectual Lighting

One of the cheapest and most effective budget kitchen ideas is using lighting to give your kitchen a new personality.

By simply investing in new lighting for your kitchen, you can easily create a space that it beautiful yet functional.

Choose from task, ambient, accent and decorative lighting depending on what sort of mood and feel you want your kitchen to have.

Task lights (placed strategically below the counters) are ideal if you do a lot of cooking and need to a good source of light for preparing food, but also enjoy the soft ambient light that they produce.

Good lighting is often underrated as a way of rejuvenating a room but it can be so effective and can truly transform your kitchen from tired and lifeless to warm and beautiful.

These are just a few of the best budget kitchen ideas that can help you transform your kitchen.

Proof that you don't have to spend a fortune on a whole new kitchen to create a room that you'll love spending time in again!

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Five Kitchen Design Ideas

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.

We hope our 5 kitchen design ideas will provide inspirationcompare-kitchen-fitters-quotesKnowing 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.

Below are various kitchen design ideas you can use to provide a certain look to your kitchen:

White panelled contemporary kitchen

An idea often used to create a classic, contemporary design, is panelling. You will need certain materials and furniture to bring a classy 1960s-style design to your home, enabling you to achieve the culinary-prowess that you desire.

After all, having an excellent workspace can do millions for your state-of-mind.

You must first understand what to use in this particular design

White panelling on the walls provides the classy look, as well as a glass and golf leaf island. 1960s-style furniture can provide a contrast to the modern panelling, giving a retro feel to the room

Country-style Kitchen

Using the right colours and materials, it is relatively easy to achieve this style of kitchen.

With excellent storage, and a double sink, this kitchen can be a wonderful addition to any home.

Free standing units and charming storage solutions can add to the charm of a country style kitchen.

Painted units are becoming popular with country kitchen-lovers.

Neutral Floral Kitchen

Simple can be best.

Using distinctly plain, wooden units and workspaces, it can leave your kitchen open to the usage of floral items, and classic crockery.

Contemporary Kitchen

A curved kitchen island, complete with sinks is a very creative and contemporary way to design a kitchen.

This would provide for excellent living, and practicality, and is ergonomically sound.

This particular kitchen was designed by Alfred Briggs.

Contrasting Finishes in Kitchens

Contrasting can be an excellent way to design an eye-catching finish to your room of culinary excellence.

Grainy woods are a brilliant design idea, as shown in this collection by Schueller.

The woods not only contrast with the finish of certain workspaces in the kitchen, but also the lime green colour of the walls

You should now have some kitchen design ideas and if you wish to expand or implement a project, it’s worth talking to a professional tradesperson.

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Retro Kitchens – Designs and Inspiration

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.

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Looking For Inspiration and Ideas For Your Retro Kitchen?

Retro kitchen designs and inspirationThink 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.

Colour scheme

Bold and bright colours like yellow, red, white and blue were popular in this era.

Replicate this by choosing a red retro fridge or by painting your cupboards.

Coloured appliances will also give that extra retro vibe to your kitchen as will chrome toasters, microwaves or kettles.

Try to choose the same colour for all of your appliances to give some consistency in the feel of the room.

Steer clear of gold or bronzed coloured fixtures like taps or light switches; the trend was chrome or silver.

Retro Accessories and necessities

Even though you want your kitchen to look as retro as possible, it still needs to function.

It is simple to combine function and form with the availability of so many different retailers offering 50s appliances like blenders, dishwashers and ovens.

The larger than life feel to these objects in your kitchen will give it the edge you need.

Display cabinets were commonplace in the 50s kitchen.

If you choose to have one in yours try to avoid overloading it with unnecessary ornaments.

Keep it stylish by adding a few retro-inspired knick knacks, for example, a set of original baking scales.

If you do not have space in your kitchen for a free standing cabinet then you could attach it to the wall.

Dining 50s style

When considering where you will dine in your kitchen, if you want to keep faithful to retro then you should opt for a breakfast bar and stools.

This looks very 50s and is also very practical with a good use of space.

Your breakfast bar can double up as storage underneath for pots, pans or food.

Red leather topped stools with chrome legs are the most popular kind of retro stool and can be found in many kitchen retailers.

Flooring

Flooring in your kitchen dining will need to be black and white chequered to fit in with the image you want to create.

It is easy to source this type of flooring as it is so popular. Prices will vary depending on the outlet and the quality you choose.

Ensure that you do not have pattern overload in your kitchen as this will look disorganised and untidy.

The chequered floor is meant as a background for plain yet unique appliances, cupboards and kitchen accessories.

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