ways to upgrade the front of your home

6 ways to upgrade the front of your home

Are you looking for ways to upgrade the exterior of your home? For some of us, the outside of a house is just as important as the inside. By increasing your curb appeal, you’re not only adding value to your home but can also take pride in maintaining a beautiful space.

Keep reading for six ways to upgrade the front of your home. 

 

Give your roof a makeover 

The roof is one of the most prominent structures of a home, so it’s important that we take time to care for it. If it’s looking a bit dull, you might want to consider giving it a fresh coat of paint or having it redone completely.

If you’re wanting to find a way of preventing damp from entering your home, take a look at replacing your fascias and soffits with a company like Roofline Design. It will be worth the effort and can completely change the look of your home’s exterior. 

 

Install a new mailbox 

A new mailbox can make a big difference and draw the eyes of others walking by. The best part is, you can be creative as possible, and even choose to DIY a mailbox.

If not, you can always purchase one, too, as there are many different options and styles available. Search around for some clever and funny mailboxes, and you won’t be disappointed.  

 

Get gardening 

Gardening is enjoyable for many individuals and can improve your health and wellbeing! One of the best parts of it is that you can be unique and creative and choose what you want to plant in the front of your home.

Try and find some colourful flowers for your garden beds or some beautiful rose bushes. You might even consider installing some fruit trees or shrubs. The choice is yours! 

 

Hire a pressure washer 

Over time, we might not notice that our driveway and steps can get covered in dirt and muck. By hiring or purchasing a power washer, you can scrub away years or dirt with minimal effort.

You’ll be shocked at the results and see just how satisfying it can be! 

 

Find some outdoor furniture 

While many people choose to place outdoor furniture in their back garden, some forget about the front! By installing a gorgeous table and set of chairs, or even a swinging deck chair, you can watch the world go by while enjoying the outdoors.

Even adding a birdbath, wind chimes, or a water fountain can make a huge difference and make your home unique. 

 

Add lighting 

Finally, another easy way to upgrade the front of your home is to install new lighting. The last thing you want to do is fall over in the driveway or fuss at the door with your keys for 10 minutes.

If you’re looking for ideas, you can get solar panel lights that are motion activated. They’ll not only save you money but can also help out the environment.  

 

By following the above steps, you’ll have an envy-worthy house front before you know it! Always remember that renovating doesn’t have to be expensive, and you can find many budget-friendly ways to improve your home. DIY when you can, but make sure to hire professionals when needed. Good luck!

 

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Astound your guests with pendant lighting at home

Astound your guests with pendant lighting

Is your home the centre of all your social and family gatherings? Looking for a new way to astound frequent guests can be a challenge. Luckily, pendant lighting is making a comeback in a totally new way. 

Previously used over our dining tables, pendant lighting is now being utilised for various other reasons throughout our homes. But how else can we use pendant lighting? Well, keep reading to find out more.

 

Consider your home’s existing design

Planning a lighting design really comes down to if you’re working with an existing room design or starting from scratch. If you’re working with an existing room scape then be sure pendant lighting will work for your theme.

Renovations can incorporate pendant lighting from the offset, you just need to consider where it will work most effectively which we’ll move onto now.

 

Use focal points 

Knowing which room is the most sociable or has the best features is a great starting point when thinking about where to place your pendant lighting. You may want to set the mood in the living room for a cosy night in with your other half, or you may want kitchen pendant lights where you will serving canapes and prosecco to your many guests.

The choice is yours, but pendant lighting catches the eye so try to choose the optimal space for them to be noticed. 

 

Little or large pendants?

Sometimes less is more which is certainly the case with pendant lighting.

Although a few little pendants give off a fairy-tale atmosphere, if you’re working with high ceilings in a large space then you may want to opt for one large pendant or a few pendants in parallel alignment.

 

Mood for every occasion 

Statement lighting can be completely adapted to suit your needs using dimmers. Whether you’re having a cocktail hour, watching the soaps or playing board games, dimmers can make your new pendant lighting work to your schedule.

 

Height setting

For surfaces, tables, and other frequently used fixtures and fittings, you should work towards a 28-32-inch length. If you choose to place pendant lighting over your kitchen island a good 30 inches of space is recommended between the island the bottom pendant. 

 

The last leg of the journey

The fun part begins after you have evaluated your space and planned out your lighting scheme. Now you can go ahead an select the style of pendant lighting you wish to use.

Current trends surround vintage pendant lights which incorporate vintage filament lights for a home showroom feel which can be switched up using dimmers to always give your social events the right atmosphere.

 

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what to do about mould in your carpet

What to do if you have mould in your carpets

Mould.  It’s not the most pleasant of topics to talk about, especially in relation to it being in our homes, but it is something that so many people have to deal with at one time or another.

Mould is not only a cosmetic problem that bothers you when you look at it. It can actually cause serious health problems, like asthma or mould allergy.

Inhaling mould spores is extremely dangerous for your health, especially if you are exposed to its influence for a long period of time. However, some people’s reactions are more severe than other’s. 

So, what can you do about it if you find mould in your home?

 

Removing mould from walls in the house

First, you need to find the cause. Moisture and mould are usually caused by condensation and poor ventilation. In this case, consider buying a dehumidifier or opening your windows more often to better ventilate the area.

However, moisture can also be caused by leaky water pipes, rain that leaks through leaky walls and ceilings, or by flooding.

Finding the cause is the first step to solving the problem with mould inside your home.

Determine the wall areas that are affected with mould. Use a clean rag and wipe the mould with diluted chlorine bleach or mould remover. Preparations that contain bleach are especially useful when dealing with mould.

Follow the instructions for use on the product label and test it on a small area first. And remember to wear your facemask!

 

Removing mould from carpets in the house

Carpets, affected with mould, should be treated with caution.

You can start with the following basic methods.

These tips are also suitable for textile furniture such as sofas – but make sure that the cleaner does not attack or fade the fabric by trying it on an inconspicuous area first.

  • Examine the carpet: if mould has already reached the back of the carpet, it will take a lot of effort to remove it. You should consider whether you want to use expert steam carpet cleaning services in this case. If mould has already spread over a large part of the back, you may need to replace the carpet.
  • Ventilate the room by opening all the windows and doors in the room with the mouldy carpet. The air circulation favours and reduces the formation of mould and the associated odours. If you plan to use chemical cleaners, good ventilation also reduces the risk of lung and eye irritation. 
  • Find out the cause of the mould or moisture and counteract it.
  • Spray the affected area with the mould remover of your choice.
  • Scrape off any visible mould.
  • Wash the affected area with carpet shampoo and then dry it as well as possible afterwards.

 

Domestic carpet cleaning with baking soda

Soak up moisture with baking soda.

If it is not just a very small mould problem, it will take a lot of effort to completely remove mould from your carpet. You should generously sprinkle the affected area with baking soda, soak it in overnight and then vacuum it off. 

 

Effective carpet cleaning with vinegar

Rub the area with vinegar or diluted vinegar essence: vinegar doesn’t kill every mould, but it is an inexpensive and effective remedy. You should pour the clear vinegar into a spray bottle to avoid stains, moisten the area with the vinegar and rub it into the carpet with a hard brush.

Then let the carpet air dry in a well-ventilated area. This prevents moisture from remaining, which could allow the mould to grow again. Some people report that they succeeded with a 1: 1 mixture of vinegar and methylated spirits.

 

Anti-mould measures

You can either use home carpet cleaning products or professional mould cleaners. However, these can have some side effects, such as the release of harmful substances into the air for a long time.

In addition, many of these products have a bleaching effect – which can severely damage the colours of the carpet.

 

Vacuum the carpet

This will remove any remaining mould spores so that no new mould can spread. You should only do this if you have a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter – otherwise the mould can spread throughout the entire flat! If you don’t have such vacuum cleaner, you should look for expert carpet cleaning services.

 

How to prevent mould in the house

Now that you know how to remove moisture and mould from your home, you should take precautions to prevent it from coming back.

  1. Ventilate often and for as long as possible.
  2. Look for and seal leaky pipes, walls, or roof areas.
  3. Make sure your gutters are always clear – blocked gutters are a major cause of water damage in and around the house, especially if the overflowing water runs along windows and doors.
  4. Go for professional steam carpet cleaning services. Sometimes the reason mould formation is applying too much water when trying to clean the carpet yourself. If you do not know how to clean your carpet, consult with experts.  

 

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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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