Luxe and elegant updates for your home in 2021

5 luxe and elegant updates for your home in 2021

Would you like to update the look of your home but don’t want to undertake a massive renovation project? Are you just hoping to add some luxury and elegant features to the space, thereby elevating the design aspect of your home?

Just because you want to tackle some updates in the home it doesn’t mean you’re ready to start ripping out flooring, worktops, cabinets and knocking down walls. In fact, smaller projects can still have a huge impact provided you make the “right” design choices. 

Here we’ll take a look at five luxe and elegant updates for your home in 2021 that are perfect for people who don’t want to undertake a massive project but still want impact.

 

Choose a neutral colour palette

One of the most effective ways to make a home feel more luxe and elegant is to paint the interior, opting for a neutral colour palette. This can include various shades of grey, taupe, white, and ivory. What makes a neutral colour palette so great is that it’s also highly versatile. It’s the kind of colours that work in any room and modernise the space. 

As for pops of colour, that’s where décor such as artwork, lamps, and even the furniture come into play.

 

Install elegant looking shutters

Your windows are a feature in your home that often get overlooked. In reality, they can act as their own design feature. Try looking into affordable shutters, which is what The Oxford Shutter Company is known for. You can order shutters to fit any size window, and they will instantly elevate the sophistication level in your home.

Shutters can create a customised look, something the design may be lacking right now. All shutters are high quality so you also know they will stand up over time.

 

Update the hardware throughout the home

Another small but impactful project is to change out all the hardware in your home.

You can opt for more luxurious hardware with intricate details, or even made from cut glass. Whatever suits your personal style.

 

Install new light fixtures

That brings us to the next elegant update which is to install new light fixtures. Again, these often go overlooked but can have a huge impact in the room.

The light fixture can help to finish off a space and tie a design theme or colour palette together.

 

Add wall moldings to common rooms

Finally, there are wall moldings, which can be added to the common rooms. This will create a very customised look in the room.

It is traditional and elegant and works with a wide variety of spaces. This is something you can do yourself or hire a professional to do, as it does require a fair amount of patience and know-how.

 

A lovely new space to enjoy

Each of these tips will help you to create a more luxurious and elegant-looking home without having to undertake a massive, expensive, and time-consuming renovation project. Each small touch will have an impact, even if you choose just one.

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Setting up a perfect home office

Setting up the perfect home office

With so many of us working from home in the last year, it has never been more pertinent to make sure that your home office space is as ideal as it can be.

To help you create the perfect place for productivity, we’ve had help from a green print solutions company to offer you tips on what to consider when setting up your home office! 

 

Dedicated space 

Be it a particular room or a particular wall for the desk to go by, make sure that the office space is just that, a space all its own.

Keep away from distractions, and keep the office space separate from the areas at home that you like to relax and kick back in. Not only will it help you feel more organised in your day, it means you don’t bring bad work vibes into the lounge when you’re done. 

 

The right equipment 

Many of you may be finding that as you work more at home, you need different pieces of equipment to help you adjust.

This can be anything from a wireless mouse, to needing a second monitor. Many workplaces will often help set you up with the equipment you might need, so keep in mind the kinds of issues your setup has and how a new addition to your home office tech might help solve it. 

 

Desk & monitor height 

Keeping an eye on your posture when you’re working is something we should all pay attention to. Not only will it help your body in the long run, being comfortable also goes a long way to making the space feel that much more productive.

Your work surface is at the correct height if, when you sit up straight, your forearms are parallel to the ground and your wrist is not bent up or down when you type or mouse. Your monitor should line up so that  when sitting straight ahead, your eyes are at a height just below the top of the screen.

This will help maintain a healthy and comfortable posture, away from dreaded hunched shoulders!

 

Lighting 

This one is nice and simple, but is an easy one to forget. Make sure you’re not working in a space that’s too dark.

Daylight has been known to help with productivity, so keep this in mind when setting up your space, and let the sunshine in! 

 

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Fresh ideas for redecorating your bedroom

Fresh ideas to redecorate your bedroom

Life these days seems to be all about grabbing precious moments when you can. And when you’ve got a young family, the rare opportunity to lie in at the weekend is one of those moments.

However, trying to relax in a bedroom that’s seen better days is almost impossible. If this sounds familiar, then you may be interested in these fresh ideas to redecorate your bedroom.

 

Calming patterns for the walls

It can feel like you’re climbing the walls some days, but the walls of your bedroom should be a picture of calm. A reassuring presence rather than prison-like walls. If they don’t feel like this, it could be time for a complete change.

Wallpaper is a great way of introducing a calming pattern to the walls. Whether it’s a wispy abstract pattern, soothing botanicals or mellow florals, there’s almost certainly a design that will have you feeling more relaxed. Even if you don’t know how to wallpaper a room, this can be a great option. Especially if you can rope in a relative or decorator to do the hard work for you.

 

Introduce soft lighting

Harsh lighting has no place in the bedroom, so why do so many of us have one central ceiling light burning away? Think about the fancy hotels you’ve stayed in. How many side lights and lamps were there in the room? Quite a few, I would guess. And that’s because it creates a much nicer atmosphere for rest and relaxation.

Use plenty of smaller, softer lights around the room. Wall lights or side lamps by the bed and floor lamps in the corners for example.

 

Invigorate the senses

Relaxing in the bedroom can be made more of an experience with a few little additions. Using scented bouquets of flowers, or creating aromas with an oil or wax burner, can change the ambience of the bedroom. So can the use of artwork. Think pictures of idyllic landscapes and blue skies.

Another way to create a calming room and feed the senses, is through the use of tactile textiles. Use a variety of natural materials to enhance your feeling of comfort in the room. The bed is the obvious place to start, but don’t forget about the curtains or blinds, flooring, seats and light shades.

 

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easy ways to freshen up your home for spring

3 easy ways to freshen up your home for spring

It might not feel like it at the moment, with snow forecast and a definite chill in the air, but spring will be on its way soon.

And with the change in seasons lots of us will also be wanting to change things up at home.  It’s the time of year where we all want to blow away the cobwebs, get stuck into the spring cleaning, and get everything ready for warmer days.

You don’t have to do anything too drastic or time-consuming though.  You can still make a big impact and really freshen up your home for spring with just a few small changes.

 

Lighten up

One of the best things about spring arriving is that it brings with it longer days, which are much needed after the dark mornings and evenings of winter.

So you’ll want to make the most of it and bring as much light into your home as possible.

The best place to start is to give all your windows a really good clean, inside and out, as you get stuck into the spring cleaning.  Once you’ve done that you can look at other ways to bring more light into your home by doing things like hanging more mirrors to reflect light back into darker corners.

You can also freshen things up by changing your light fittings.  If you’re not sure what type of lighting to go for then spend some time browsing specialist websites like Light Supplier, who have things like a wide range of large glass globe pendant lights at low prices to get you inspired.

 

Change your soft furnishings

Another great way to really change things up and create a new look in your home for spring is to get in some new soft furnishings.

In the living room you could freshen things up with new cushions and more light-weight throws for the sofa.  If you want to change the colour of the sofa itself but don’t want to buy a brand new one, then you could get a sofa cover that will stretch over your existing sofa to completely change the look of it.

You can give your bedroom a spring refresh as well, by getting new bedding.  You might want to go for pretty pastels and florals, or something bright and bold.  And you might also want to replace your heavy winter duvet with a lighter one for when the nights start to get warmer.

 

Bring the outside in

As the seasons start to change take the opportunity to get some lovely fresh spring air into your home by flinging the windows open as often as you can.

Then look around your home and find spots that you can brighten up with some flowers or houseplants.

Get some pretty vases, fill them with fresh flowers and display them on your mantlepiece, in the middle of the dining room table or on the chest of drawers in the bedroom.  Then look at getting some hanging houseplants for the living room, some pots of herbs to grow on your kitchen windowsill, or some high-humidity-loving plants for your bathroom.

 

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How choose a high-quality dining table

How to choose a high-quality dining table

Knowing which material to go for when choosing a dining table depends mainly on your taste. But there are a few other key points to consider which will help you to make the right decision when renovating your kitchen decor.

 

The dining table is essentially the heart of the kitchen.

It’s where most of the action happens so naturally, you want it to look great and serve its purpose well. The dining table is where memories are made, with spilt drinks and splattered food all being part of the process.

 

It’s all about finding the right balance between a table which is durable and has that perfect look to fit in with the rest of your furniture. So, how do you choose the right dining table?

 

Dining tables are made with a range of materials, all of which have different pros and cons. 

A popular addition to the modern kitchen is a glass dining table.

Glass tables are relatively easy to clean but are high maintenance as any dust or dirt is visible. While they would be thought of as the most flimsy, glass tables are now made with tempered material meaning they are pretty sturdy.

This means that it’s a relatively durable option as well as looking incredibly classy. 

Wood, on the other hand, has a rustic and classic look, adding character to any room.

If your kitchen is more old-fashioned, a wooden kitchen table will complement its surroundings. Wood, despite its inviting appearance, is not one of the most resistant materials for a dining table and is particularly susceptible to heat stains.

 

To ensure your dining table stands the test of time, you may choose to go for more durable materials such as granite or marble.

Marble dining tables are very trendy and hard-wearing. Granite and marble tables both come in a range of colours so are easy to coordinate with the rest of your kitchen. They are also straightforward to clean and highly durable as long as they are properly maintained. 

In terms of maintenance, there are just a few things you need to bear in mind for granite and marble dining tables.

Marble is relatively easy to mark and scratch, so it is best always to use coasters. Granite, in this sense, is less maintenance but still requires proper care such as being sealed – which is not necessary for marble tables. Sealing is the process of fastening two surfaces together, preventing liquid from getting through.

For dining and worktop tables, it is a good idea to add this liquid-resistant coating to keep it shining and new for as long as possible. The good news is – it typically only needs to be done around once a year.

 

Both marble and granite are very resistant as well as being a beautiful addition to any room. Whichever dining table you go for, with proper love and care, it will serve you well.

 

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Prepare your home for the winter weather

Preparing your home for the winter weather

Winter might come around every year, but it can still come as a shock when you wonder where the year has gone and start to worry about how much you have to do.

Protecting your home against any future temperature drops might seem like additional chores you don’t need at this busy time of year. But, taking even a small amount of time to get your home winter ready can save you from a lot of trouble and expensive emergency repairs.

Here are a few handy tips that will help your home feel safe and secure no matter how bad the weather outside the window looks. 

Clear your gutters

During the Autumn months, all those golden coloured leaves may look beautiful as they fall to the ground, but they can cause you trouble. If your gutters become clogged up, then they will not give your home the drainage it needs.

If water overflows from the gutter and cascades down your exterior walls, this can create huge problems with damp. Treating a damp wall can be costly, and if it is left untreated, a damp house can create health problems for a home’s occupants. So, it is worth it to get the ladders out and unclog those drains. 

 

Treat any exterior wood

If you have any exterior wood as part of your home or garden design, then you will need to treat it for the winter. If you do have external wood surfaces, you should note the difference between woodcare and paint. Wood needs to be cared for to prevent it from rotting or warping with lousy weather.

This does not mean putting a fresh layer of paint on every year, but a coat of wood preserver or decking oil will prevent the wood from deteriorating. 

 

Stock the freezers

Statista announced that online grocery sales were the fastest-growing purchase channel in the UK in 2019. All evidence indicates it will have grown even more in 2020. However, this convenience can quickly be interrupted by a bout of bad weather.

It is always worth having a couple of meals in the back of the freezer, just in case the grocery store lets you down and your delivery doesn’t arrive. 

 

Prepare for power cuts

According to the IPU Group, power cuts are more common than we think. If a lengthy power cut was to occur in your neighbourhood, you should be prepared.

Make sure you know where your torches, candles or camping lights are kept. You don’t want to be rummaging through every nook and cranny of your house in complete darkness. Consider your heating options as well. It is worth having a spare blanket or two kept around the house to keep you warm. 

 

Your home will likely be your sanctuary in the winter months.

It will keep you feeling warm and cosy despite the frightful temperatures outside. It is worth taking the time to make sure your home is well stocked and prepared, so that whatever the weather may bring you will have peace-of-mind.

With just a little bit of care, if the weather outside is frightful, your home will still feel delightful.

 

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Inject colour into a dull living room

How to inject colour into a dull living room

Have you ever glanced at your living room and thought it looked plain and dull?

Often people forget that colour is an important aspect in any living room. Although neutral tones are great, they can be boring, and sometimes all you need to take a living room from drab to fab is a pop of colour.

Have a read through this article for three easy ways to inject colour into your living room. 

Purchase a patterned carpet

Nothing injects a splash of colour into a dull living room like a patterned carpet. A carpet can immediately draw your eye in and become the focal point of the room – purchasing a coloured carpet will immediately make everything else in the room look brighter and more vibrant.

Purchasing patterned carpets doesn’t necessarily mean having a bold or garish design either, as patterned carpets can be bold whilst still being classy and sleek. For example, ColourBank produces amazing patterned carpets in countless shapes, styles and prints, so if you’re looking to purchase a patterned carpet to give your living room that extra splash of colour, head on over to their website and see what they have to offer. 

 

Paint an accent wall

Many people underestimate the power of an accent wall to transform an otherwise plain living room into a vibrant, fun space that people naturally gravitate towards. Painting an accent wall simply means choosing one wall of your living room and painting it in a colour that stands out from the rest of the room.

Accent walls immediately draw your eye in and create space and dimension within the room. Decorate your accent wall with a beautiful fireplace, a large mirror or a painting to really liven up the room. Accent walls are a great way to brighten up your living room without breaking the bank – simply purchase a tin of paint from your local shop and get creative!

Make sure you pick a colour that really stands out from the rest of your living room as this is what will draw the eye in and create depth within the room. 

 

Purchase coloured cushions and blankets

Having coloured cushions and blankets dotted around a living room is an amazing way of adding colour to your living room.

Coloured cushions and blankets work especially well with plain sofas, as the contrast between the neutral colour of the sofa and the pop of colour with the cushion is really pleasing to the eye. Coloured cushions and blankets also create a lovely, cosy atmosphere which will encourage people to spend more time socialising and chatting in the living room area.

For a modern look, go for brightly coloured, block-colour cushions and blankets, and for a cosier feel, purchase cushions with prints, such as a flower print. If you’re looking to add colour to your room, purchasing cushions and blankets is a great, low-maintenance option. 

These are just some of the many ways to inject some colour into your living room. Remember, colour is a great way of increasing the brightness and vibrancy of any room. If you want to completely change the tone and feel of a room, adding a splash of colour can completely change it, so get creative! 

 

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