Make the most of spring at home

Making the most of spring in your home

Although it’s always a little bit risky to welcome Spring in the UK, with the realistic possibility that wind and rain will follow before too long, the signs are definitely in evidence. Days are already getting longer, daffodils are appearing in ever greater numbers, and the mercury in the thermometer is edging upwards. 

As light begins to stream through our windows, then, there is no better time to make the most of the extra hours of sunlight by making our homes look all the better – there is a change afoot, and the parts of the house that suit warm light from a bulb don’t always benefit so well from natural light.

As the current situation dictates that we will be spending more of the Spring than usual indoors, now is an excellent time to embark upon making our homes ready for the new season.

 

It’s a great time to add little accents

Obviously it would get expensive if we were to change out our furniture every time the season changed, so that’s not what we’re going to recommend here. However, adding splashes of colour around the house is an excellent way to make the most out of the additional sunshine.

Getting some new cushions – or brighter covers for the ones you already have – is one way of achieving this, while framed prints of sun-drenched scenery are also a worthwhile step.

 

Time to brighten up the walls

Spring cleaning is, of course, synonymous with the season, and the longer hours of natural light can show up some of the negative impacts of winter – smudges in the paintwork that weren’t so noticeable when the days were darker can become evident now. As a minimum, it would be wise to wipe the walls down, but it may be an even better idea to repaint (or repaper if you’re feeling ambitious).

Take the chance to preserve the walls for longer, by picking washable paint – and if you’ve got a smoker in the house, persuade them to try a pod kit instead; cigarette smoke discolours walls and ceilings in a surprisingly short time.

 

Give your windows the chance to shine

The first thing to do with your windows as Spring dawns on us is very simple – wash them inside and out. Winter brings rain, rain brings splashes, and the accumulation of smudges can go unnoticed until the seasons change, but it will be inescapable by April, so take the chance to clean those windows.

Once that’s done, give them centre stage in your home; the additional light will draw attention to where it’s coming from, so add colourful blinds or light curtains (or both) and enjoy the fresh feeling it brings to the home.

 

The undeniable benefit of Spring is that it brings a bit more brightness to everything, and with a few simple steps you can make the most of that change to get an extra lease of life in your home. The above additions, and others, will give your home that added dynamism that comes from the season.

 

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ways to make your bedroom more welcoming

5 ways to make your bedroom more welcoming

The bedroom in your home should be a comfy little haven. Walking into it should make you feel soothed, relaxed, and peaceful. Also, the ambience of the room should set the stage for a great night’s sleep each night.

Here are five things you can do to transform your bedroom into an inviting place to be.

Invest in comfortable bedding

Research shows that the average person spends a third of his life sleeping, so make sure you have a comfortable mattress, pillow, and duvet so you can enjoy more time in your bedroom. Avoid beds that will give you back pains.

The bed should also be attractive, making the centre stage of your bedroom. For this, you can invest in a quality bed from bed shop Yorkshire. Also, you can try making your pillows vary in shape and size. Your blanket colour and quality should give the room a welcoming feel.

 

Clean your room

Dirt and too much clutter in your bedroom will create a feeling of chaos. So set time aside to clean your room regularly. Wash your bedding, mop the floor, wipe the windows, and dust everything. Make a habit of making your bed immediately after you wake up; this will ensure your room is always clean, and you will come home to a tidy bed.

Declutter the room. Have a specific place where everything goes. Take time to go through your items and get rid of the things you don’t need. Donate or sell the things you don’t use. Make sure to put your clean clothes in the closet or drawers and put the dirty laundry in the laundry basket.

 

Hang an eye-catching bold item

Make a bold statement by hanging a sizeable eye-catching piece of art that all people will naturally look. You can have artwork that has some of your family photos, giving them your unique personal touch. You can also put up sticker wallpapers of different colours and shapes to decorate the walls.

Alternatively, you can put your mirror in an antique frame and hang it beside the closet. The mirror will also bounce around natural light across the room, bringing more view into the room. Mirror reflection will even trick the eye making the room appear bigger.

 

Invest in a good quality carpet

The right quality carpet will give an invitingly warm, cozy feeling of relief to your tired feet. If your bedroom floor is wooden or has tiles, you can add a soft touch to the room by putting down a rug of solid colour or printed one that matches your other décor and style of the room. Place the rug  in the most obvious point of your room.

 

Paint your walls

Light and warm colours generally give a relaxing feeling to a room, but it is important to select colours that make the bedroom comforting and relaxing to you. Try and avoid solid painting colours in your bedroom. Make sure to paint your ceiling the same colour as the walls. If you can’t afford to paint the whole room, you can choose to paint one wall and make it the focal point of your room.

 

Conclusion

With the above straightforward tips, you are ready to make your bedroom welcoming. Good luck and sleep well!

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Ways your home could make you happier

4 ways your home could make you happier

Your home is a place where you can relax and enjoy the company of those who matter the most to you. It’s a haven and a refuge from the stresses and strains of the outside world. Nonetheless, the longer we live in a place, the more we can (if we’re not careful) invite stress and anxieties from the outside world into it.

Whether we’re treading the mess of the outside world into the carpet or bringing home way more possessions than we actually need we can find that our love of spending time in the home can start to slowly erode.

In fact, we can even find that spending time at home actually raises our stress levels and leaves us feeling like we have nowhere else to turn. 

 

If this feels a little too close to your state of living, here are 4 ways in which you can help your home to make you happier. 

 

Do away with distraction

It’s an unfortunate symptom of a consumer capitalist society. As the years go by we accumulate more and more belongings. And before long these cease to become useful or valuable to us and start to become clutter.

Clutter is visually distracting and disrupts your home’s otherwise carefully planned aesthetic. What’s more, its presence can exacerbate your stress levels and take a surprising toll on your mental health. Thus, your first step should be to rid your home of clutter. Find somewhere out of the way to store the belongings you want to keep and find an ethical way to get rid of anything you no longer want. 

 

Give yourself the gift of space

Extra space helps you to feel calm and relaxed in your home, while also making sure you get the most out of every room. Of course, there are many ways in which you can get the most out of your home’s space. It’s really a matter of how far you’re prepared to go. Interior Architects can help to reimagine your living space while retaining the architectural facets that lend your space personality and historical context. Or, if you want to go smaller, something as simple as investing in smarter storage solutions can help you to maximise your available living space. 

 

Colour me happy

Colours can have a surprisingly powerful effect on our psychology. Whether they’re painted on our walls, incorporated into our flooring or echoed in our soft furnishings, an understanding of colour psychology can help you to decorate your way to happiness. Even a minimalist aesthetic can make some room for bright, vibrant and cheerful colours here and there. 

 

Scents of tranquility

Finally, the peace and happiness your home affords you isn’t just absorbed through the eyes. Your home’s scent palate also plays a huge part in making your home a happy and relaxing place to live. Whether you incorporate a lot of plants and flowers into your home’s decor or use strategically placed diffusers filled with essential oils, natural relaxing scents like jasmine, sandalwood and citrus can go a long way towards elevating your mood. 

 

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Flooring ideas for the whole house

Flooring ideas for each room of the house

With plenty of flooring options available, it can sometimes make it hard picking the perfect choice for each room. The floors in your home take lots of abuse, with shoes piling up everywhere, lots of foot traffic all the time and paws scampering around, even dragging heavy items on it! 

So, if you’re looking to re floor one room or doing up your entire home, you’ll need to think about the uses of each room before you make any firm decisions. For example, carpet might be perfect for one room, but a big no in another. Here are some pointers to keep in mind…

 

Protect your kitchen with laminate 

Although real wood might be suitable if you come from a quiet household where spillages aren’t as common, most of us need something highly practical in the kitchen. With it being amongst the highest foot traffic rooms in the home, something that’s going to stand a lot of abuse is very important.

Not only this, but all sorts gets dropped on the floor, so something that won’t stain easily and cope with some water exposure is worth having. With this being said, laminate certainly comes out on top – it all depends on what household you come from. It’s also inexpensive, nobody can say no to this! 

 

Create a grand first impression in the hallway with parquet wood

Probably the highest foot traffic area in the house, everyone that enters your home will walk over this space. Therefore, something very durable and won’t show wear even after lots of use is paramount. Equally, the hallway isn’t typically somewhere that’s going to see lots of food and water dropped on it. With this in mind, there’s no better choice than wood flooring, which is traditionally the most durable flooring choice.

Additionally, with the hallway being the first impressions guests will get of your home, something that is impressive and beautiful is nearly as important. With so many wood types, colours and finishes available it can be hard to know where to start! We’d recommend parquet wood – created to really give the wow factor and a luxurious statement, your guests will be blown away! 

 

Be protected in your bathroom with Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Although the bathroom isn’t somewhere you host your family gatherings (sorry if you do) something resilient and care free is important. Not only does LVT look strikingly similar to natural products but it’s really low maintenance – so you’re not even sacrificing style!

It is scratch, water and stain proof, ideal as the bathroom is very likely to have high exposure to these.  

 

Relax in style and warmth with engineered wood in your living room

Although solid wood has many of its own unique features, engineered wood comes out on top in terms of practicality and usefulness. The main distinctions between the two is that engineered is able to cope with the differing temperatures of under floor heating.

Not only is this a warm and comforting feature to have in your living room but will also help the selling value when it is time to move on.

 

Wind down with carpet in your bedroom

The bedroom is the ultimate relaxation place, somewhere we settle down after a busy day at work and acts as our safe space. With this being said, either carpet or real wood are great options. Both of them stylish and comforting, offering a homely feel, as well as complementing many different furnishings and interior themes, so you should have no concerns if you do decide to change things around. 

 

Although we could go on forever discussing every flooring choice for every room you could have in your home, we hope you’ve found this useful and you can draw something from it and given you some inspiration.

 

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make the most of the space in your kitchen

How to make the most of the space in your kitchen

To make the most of the space available in your kitchen, you may think you need to have a total redesign and install a new kitchen. While an entirely new kitchen can help some people, there are changes everyone can make to their kitchen that will help them make the most of the space they have.

Here are some top tips to help you rework your kitchen so you can get the most out of it.

 

1.  Declutter

Kitchens can be one of the worst rooms in the home for clutter building up. Kitchen accessories and utensils such as pots, knives, mixing bowls, etc. can very quickly become overwhelming and take up significant amounts of space. While it’s lovely to have new accessories, you need to be thinking about how many of the older ones you keep.

A good general rule of thumb is to dispose of, for example, an old sent of knives when you buy a new set. It can be easy to talk yourself into keeping old versions, but in reality, you’re not going to use them, so get rid of them and free up space.

 

2.  Storage containers 

The packaging for food has become more elaborate as years have gone on and while this might look good, it’s not the best for storage and taking up space in cupboards. One way you can increase the space available for storage is to transfer foodstuffs into your own containers. In lots of cases, your containers will actually be better for storing and preserving food than the packets and boxes they initially come in.

You can easily buy airtight containers which are great for storing perishable foods. Often these containers are easier to stack, which increases the storage space available and allows for more available space throughout your kitchen.

 

3.  Have a dual bin system

Recycling has become a key element in any household in 2020. A simple way to improve your recycling efficiency is to have a separate bin for just recycling. Now, in theory, this will take up more space, rather than save you space. However, there are now bins which are split into two sections, one for general waste and one specifically for recycling.

These kinds of bins allow you to save space while continuing to recycle. If you are getting a new kitchen fitted it’s worth discussing with your designers the possibility of having a twin bin system incorporated into the cabinet which will save floor space.

 

4.  Don’t forget the space around your fridge

The top of your fridge is often neglected and left to collect dust. This is a space which can be utilised to great effect to help your storage needs. There are a range of options which you can use for storage atop your fridge. Depending on the style of your kitchen, you may want to go for a box or storage unit which fits in with your existing style.

If your fridge has a curved top which may make placing a storage box on top of it difficult, why not consider adding a floating shelf above.

 

 

5.  Use your window space

If you have a good-sized window in your kitchen, you can add a rail to run across it which can allow you to hang and store certain times. A good example of this would be hanging oven mitts, large cooking spoons or even a sieve from hooks and this can save you space in both draws and on benches.

If you don’t have the space to add a rail between window pillars, you could always add one between cabinets or under shelves. 

 

This post was written in collaboration with Bespoke Interiors, an experienced interior design company who produce some of the best bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens Newcastle homes have to offer. 

Benefits of vinyl flooring throughout your home

The benefits of vinyl flooring throughout your home

When we think about interior design and home improvements, one area which can often be overlooked is flooring. Most people, even in homes they own, avoid making changes to the floor due to the perceived hassle and stress involved. Changing the flooring is often easier than you think, especially when you work with flooring professionals.

Because of this, it’s worth thinking about what flooring options you may look to install throughout your home.

 

Vinyl flooring has a wide variety of benefits. We’ve put together a list of each of the main rooms in the home, and how vinyl flooring can benefit them.

 

1.  Kitchen

Often referred to as the ‘heart of the home’, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in anyone’s home on a day-to-day basis. One of the main issues flooring in the kitchen can face is food and liquid being spilt during cooking and food preparation. Some foods and liquids can cause serious stains. The most common flooring types used in the kitchen are vinyl, wood or ceramic tiles. Vinyl, compared to these other options, won’t stain, and this makes it far easier to maintain.

With wood, some boards need to be oiled and re-stained after a while to keep them looking their best. Ceramic tiles, on the other hand, need continued attention to ensure the grout between the tiles is not stained. Vinyl tiles have neither of these issues. 

 

2.  Living room

Another room which is heavily used by everyone in the home is the living room. Vinyl works really well in a living room due to its flexibility, both in design and installation. The living room is often the room where people spend most of their design energy.

Because of this, having a floor which fits with the rest of the room is important. Not only is there a range of style options, but vinyl is resistant to indentation. Indentation marks in the carpet are one of the main issues when you redesign your living room or move furniture around. These marks left by some items of furniture are difficult to get out and sometimes impossible to totally remove.

 

3.  Hallways

Receiving a high amount of foot traffic can be damaging to floors over time, and one area which is particularly susceptible to this is a hallway or entranceway. While some people make sure shoes are taken off immediately after entering the house, others allow people to wear their shoes further inside and even all around the house.

Because of this, the floors can get dirty quickly. Vinyl flooring is not only hardwearing and able to withstand heavy foot traffic, but very easy to clean. If you have kids and pets at home, making sure your flooring is easy to clean can make your life an awful lot more manageable.

 

4.  Bathroom

Flooring in the bathroom needs to be water-resistant before anything else. It also needs to be easy to clean to stop bacteria forming from any damp. Vinyl flooring is resistant to water and temperature variation, which is common in bathrooms. This means the tiles won’t distort over time and you can enjoy your floor for years without having to worry.

Furthermore, vinyl is one of the best flooring options if you’re looking to install underfloor heating. Even without underfloor heating, vinyl tiles offer a warm and comfortable underfoot feeling which makes them an excellent choice for the bathroom as the shock of stepping onto a cold ceramic tile floor first thing in the morning is not pleasant!

 

5.  Bedroom

Vinyl offers a vast range of style options which allows people to better incorporate their flooring into the overall style of a room. Wood is a popular choice for bedrooms, and luxury vinyl tile enables people to produce floors which look like traditional wood floors. LVT can be laid in patterns such as Parquet or French Weave without having to use real wood floors. This is great if you’re looking to create a traditional style in your bedroom.

 

Overall, vinyl offers a range of benefits to each of the main rooms in your home. We hope this article helps you if you’re thinking of changing the floor in your home this year!

 

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Which rooms can benefit from adding rooflight

Which rooms can benefit from adding a rooflight

Adding natural light to our homes is something lots of us aim for. The benefits of increased natural light in the home are well documented. Choosing the right place to add a rooflight or skylight can be difficult as it’s often restricted by the layout and structural design of your home.

As everyone might have a different room where they can add a rooflight here is a list of rooms and things to keep in mind if you do want to add a rooflight to it.

 

Bathroom

One of the best rooms to add a rooflight to is your bathroom. They work really well, particularly if your bathroom has a sloped ceiling. There are two main benefits of adding a rooflight to your bathroom. The first is that having increased ventilation allows you to better manage the steam generated from baths or showers.

Secondly, bathroom windows often need to be translucent for privacy reasons, particularly if the window is vertical and is visible to neighbours. With a rooflight, because the angle of the window makes the room less visible, you can opt for a transparent glass rooflight and really increase the natural light in your bathroom.

 

Kitchen

As with bathrooms, having a rooflight in your kitchen can significantly help regulate the temperature. Kitchens can become extremely hot and steamy with lots of pots and pans on the cooker on days like Christmas Day. By opening a rooflight, you can quickly lower the temperature of a kitchen and let any steam escape quickly.

For kitchens specifically, increased levels of natural light have shown to improve digestion and appetite stimulation. If you eat in your kitchen as well as cook, this can be a real benefit!

 

Home office

Increasing the levels of natural light has a well-documented impact on stress levels and productivity. Natural light has shown to increase the levels of serotonin in the body, which improves your mood. For a home office, this can have benefits to the productivity and quality of your work.

One thing you need to keep in mind if installing a rooflight into your home office is the direction the light will fall. This is important as if you work on a computer you will want to position your screen so as not to suffer any glare which could distract you from your work.

 

Loft conversions

Probably the most popular room to add a rooflight to is a loft conversion. The benefits of adding rooflights to a loft conversion are obvious. As most lofts don’t have any windows, when converting them to another room, rooflights become the only source of natural light.

Loft conversions can be used for a considerable number of different purposes from an extra bedroom to more living space. Heating a loft conversion can sometimes be difficult to get right. A rooflight can help raise the temperature of a room and along with the natural heat from lower floors rising up the house, help heat the room.

 

Hopefully, these points helped you with some ideas if you’re thinking off adding a rooflight to any the rooms mentioned above.

 

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