Signs your home needs some TLC

Does your home need a makeover? Do you feel bored and uninspired with your surroundings? Have you stopped enjoying living in your the property you were once so excited to purchase and call your home? If so, it is time to make some changes! With that being said, continue reading to discover some clear signs that your home is in desperate needs of a bit of TLC.

 

Your carpets are old and tatty – There is only one place to begin, and this is with old and dated carpets. If your carpets look dull and dirty, no matter how regularly you clean them, this is a clear sign that they are beyond saving and that you need to make some updates to your property. Why not look to a more modern style that is easy to maintain? You can find some good examples of this by looking at the solid wood flooring by Factory Direct Flooring. Such wood floors look incredibly stylish and they are very easy to maintain. Plus, you can always add a rug during the winter if you want to keep that little bit of softness and cosiness.

 

Dramatic window treatments – In recent times, we have moved to more transitional styles. This means that dramatic window treatments, for example, heavy drapery and sweeping valances, are a thing of the past. Instead, look for panel designs that have no pleating or at least only little amounts. Simple blinds are shades are also recommended.

 

Builder-grade lighting – If you do not know what this term means, think those big round, builder-grade glass fixtures that snuck their way into properties in alarming numbers! Are you guilty of having these lights dotted all around your home? If so, you need to make some changes. Luckily, there are so many affordable and amazing lighting options available today. This includes semi-flush mount and flush mount fixtures that will enhance your property rather than acting as a hindrance.

 

Outdated hardware – Aside from the two points that have already been mentioned, outdated hardware is another indicator that your home has been neglected for quite some time now. While there is no denying that brass is back in fashion, this does not excuse those high-shine, bright fixtures that are still found in properties today. If you want to go down the metallic route, make sure you look for brass fixtures that are antiqued or brushed for a more current look.

 

So there you have it: some of the clear indicators that your home is in desperate need of some TLC. If you have noticed any of the signs that have been mentioned above, it is definitely time to make some changes to your property. Use the suggestions that have been discussed above to give your home the makeover that it deserves. You will find that you fall in love with your home all over again.

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How to dress up your walls

Leaving your walls bare is one of the top decorating mistakes which you should avoid when you are trying to create a ‘homey’ environment. Thankfully, there are plenty of creative solutions out there which allow you to dress up your walls and make them look more interesting. So, here are a few ideas which will provide you with a bit of inspiration.

 

Hang Artwork

 

One of the more obvious solutions which you can put into practice is to hang some artwork. Ultimately, this is one of the best ways of showing off your individual personality. Take your time to choose something special such as the collection available from Laura Ashley wall art by Rattan & Lighting Company. Choose a size which is appropriate for the wall space you have available. Too large will be overly dominant, whereas pieces which are too small are in danger of being swallowed up.

 

Use Bold Colours

 

Rather than only choosing regular white and beige walls, you could aim to be a little more creative – especially if you have an apartment or house with high walls. If you don’t want to go for entirely bold colours, it is easy enough to paint a single accent wall to give your room a sense of definition. And if you want to keep with the standardised wall colours, you could always choose some bold colours in the artwork that you choose to hang.

 

Experiment with Textiles

 

If you feel like being a little more daring and innovative, you could always experiment with some different types of textiles on your walls. So, why not try hanging some different fabrics to give the room a more layered effect. This is a great design technique to try during the winter months to give the room a greater feeling of warmth and cosiness.

 

Build a Bookcase

 

How about building a floor to ceiling bookcase complete with a library ladder to access your collection? This is an idea which creates both an interesting and sophisticated to your interior. If you are not a big reader, you could always put up some staggered wooden shelving to display, artwork, pottery, a collection or souvenirs.

 

Create Shelves

Shelves provide a nice way of breaking up walls into some clearer sections, which provides a sense of architectural intrigue in an otherwise dull area. If you live in an area which is likely to suffer from earthquakes or violent storms, it is worth building your shelves with a front-lip area to stop items from falling forward or slipping off.

 

These are just five of the possibilities which you can put into practice to make your walls just a little bit more interesting. And you don’t have to use these ideas in isolation of one another. You can mix and match to create the type of effects which suit your individual sense of style. And since many of these solutions are simple, you always have the option of changing when you like.

 

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12 home decor secrets for a Pinterest worthy place

Have you ever looked at a picture of somebody’s decor on Pinterest and wondered why it looks so fantastic? Usually, the pictures on Pinterest are just pictures that normal people have taken of rooms they are proud of – so why do they look so good?!

There are a few things you can do to get your very own Pinterest worthy place. Not all spaces have the following in common, but if you pick the ones that suit you and your space, you should end up with a place that wouldn’t look out of place on somebody’s ‘home decor’ board. 

 

Display Items On Shelves

Shelves can be a very practical addition to any home. They can be a great way of maximising floor space and storing certain items. However, on Pinterest you’ll usually see something called ‘curated shelves’. These are shelves that are being used as storage but have been styled carefully to look good.

 

Whether you have a bookshelf or a number of shelves on your wall, consider carefully how you’ll make this look put together. You can use books, CDs, and even and few well chosen accessories to create a look that is lived in but works well. Consider only displaying the ones you’re super proud of to add to the cool factor of a room!

 

Have A Curated Coffee Table

Another thing you’ll notice on Pinterest is that the coffee table is usually never empty. It’s usually carefully styled, too. You could have a couple of your favorite books on the table, or just books that you think look good. You can include plants, magazines, a journal – anything that you feel will add a bit of a lived in edge while looking great. There are no rules, so have fun with it!

 

Always Include Fresh Flowers And Plants

Always include fresh flowers and plants in your place. The great thing about these is that they not only look fantastic, they have numerous benefits. They bring in color, they smell great, and studies have shown that they make us happier just by looking at them.

 

You don’t have to have fresh flowers in every room, as those bills would quickly add up. They usually look better in the lounge or even the hall, so consider that. Plants, however, are a different ball game altogether. Plants can be used in abundance to bring the outdoors inside, add texture, and create a bit of an eclectic look. If you don’t want to use real plants, that’s fine too – realistic looking fake plants will work just as well, although they won’t purify the air like their real counterparts.

 

Create Your Very Own Unique Gallery Wall

A gallery wall can look amazing, whether you want to do something that looks tidy with your favorite pictures all in a row, or you want to make it look more ‘organic’ by using frames of different shapes and sizes to show off various pieces of art and pictures that you like. You can also use hanging accessories, plants, and mirrors to create the gallery wall of your dreams.

 

However, it’s important to remember that you shouldn’t rush your gallery wall, or expect it to be complete within one day. It takes time; you want to slowly collect the pieces for the wall, and only choose pieces that you absolutely love. Think of it as a special project that will simply take as long as it takes.

 

Once you have your pieces, you can practice how you want them to look by lying them out on the floor. Do this before you put any holes in your wall.

 

Make Everything Look As Plush And Cosy As Possible

Who wouldn’t love to just dive on some of the sofas and beds that you can see on Pinterest? They look super plush and comfortable, don’t they?

 

To make yours look the same, you have to focus on dressing them properly. This means investing in throws and cushions that make them look amazing. Using cushions of different sizes and textures can help.

 

Get The Texture Balance Right

Although you want to include a lot of texture in your space to bring it to life and stop it from looking dull, you don’t want to use too much. Too much texture can be just as bad as not enough texture – plus, it can harbour dust and germs, making allergies and illnesses worse in the home.

 

Make sure you work hard to find the right balance and it’ll make a massive difference.

 

Don’t Feel Pressured To Have All Of Your Furniture Matching

Having matching furniture in every room, or any room, can quickly make that space look dated. You can purchase separate pieces that you really love and easily bring them together, providing there is one unifying element, such as a color, pattern, or similar style. It can take a little practice to get right, but mixing up your furniture often looks way more interesting than matching it, even if you’re not looking to have a super eclectic decor. It looks better in just about any decor.

 

Invest In Great Lighting

Great lighting is key to a Pinterest worthy space. Even in spaces that use, dark, rich colors, you never get a feel that they are ‘dark’. This is usually because of the great lighting. As well as the right type of lighting for the room, invest in fixtures and fittings that look great and will stand the test of time. For example, chrome or metallic light fittings can look great in an industrial style home decor.

 

Add Character With Artwork You Love

Every home should incorporate artwork, so add character with pieces that you love. You don’t have to go overboard here, and they definitely don’t have to be expensive. You can get a local artist to commission you a painting if you have a small budget, or you can buy a copy of one and simply frame it. You could even create your own.

 

Make Sure Your Lay Out Makes Sense

Your lay out must make sense – are people bumping into things as they make their way around? Is getting around unnecessarily difficult? It should look great, but function well too. Focusing on the balance and symmetrical aspects of a room will stop it from looking crazy most of the time, even if you’ve gone for eclectic pieces.

 

You can use pieces of software and even free apps to input your measurements and get a feel for what will work in your room better. You might find that the lay out you have now isn’t as great as you thought.

 

Do Something Unusual With An Unexpected Item

Why not get creative and do something unusual with an unexpected item? This could be making a bed frame out of old crates, or even using vintage suitcases stacked up as a side table. Use your imagination – fruit crates can also become shelves, or even bedside tables. This will bring a quirky look to your home, and quirkiness is something that Pinterest isn’t short on!

 

Keep It Clean And Tidy

Finally, make sure you keep your place clean and tidy. It’s the only way to keep your space light and bright with a true Pinterest feel. Make sure you focus on your windows, as you want to let as much natural light in as possible.

 

Which of these ideas will you use for your Pinterest worthy place?

 

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Hacks all homeowners wish they’d known sooner

Owning your own home is a wonderful feeling. The fact that you don’t have to answer to a landlord for any changes you want to make gives you the freedom to really show your style within your home. However, one of the downsides of being a homeowner is the fact that if something goes wrong, you’ve got to repair it and also find the money for the repairs. This can become a big problem if you don’t have the knowledge or means to do so. It doesn’t have to be so difficult though, so check out these hacks all homeowners wish they’d known sooner.

Eliminate central heating

One of the biggest problems that homeowners face is their boiler breaking down. The problem here is that your boiler is what powers your central heating and if you’ve got a small family, this is an issue that needs sorting quickly. While you might not want to get rid of your central heating altogether, take a look at these ideas which could easily warm your home until you can get that pesky boiler fixed:

Halogen heaters; they’re really inexpensive to buy and run. They cost pence an hour to run from your electricity, and they kick out some serious heat, so your home will be far from cold!

* If you’ve got a chimney, consider installing a wood burner into your home in place of a gas fire. If all else fails, you can chuck some wood or coals in and have your home warm in no time at all. Also, they look really rustic and can add style to your home.

*Window tinting is another way of helping your home regulate heat. In the winter, they help keep the heat in and in the summer, they help keep your home nice and cool.

Flush drain troubles away

Toilet blocked? Drains outside smelling or overflowing? Problems to do with drains can really be a pain to sort out, especially if you’ve got no idea on how to fix the problem. It’s important to have these problems sorted as soon as possible, especially if you have a small family because you want to keep them away from any germs as much as possible. While your local plumber might be able to sort the problem, you should consider calling Drain Detectives so that you’re getting specialised help and can have your issue solved quickly and efficiently. To help prevent issues like these cropping up again, be sure to never rinse any fats or thick liquids down your drains, as these are usually the culprits.

Power your life with a small investment

We all know how expensive electricity can be, and with pretty much everything being powered by electric these days, it’s no wonder that our bills are through the roof. Not only is it harmful to our wallets, but it’s damaging our environment more than ever. There is a simple investment that you could make which would solve both issues: solar panels. While it might sound like a large chunk to come out of your bank account, they pay for themselves within a year of purchase. Many people who have them have commented that their bills during the summer are practically eliminated, and during the winter they are significantly reduced too. Consider investing in solar panels to save yourself some money and also increase the value of your home too!

 

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Is your home ready for your new arrival?

Having a baby is one of the most incredible, exciting and terrifying things you can do in your life. Your world changes forever, and you change forever- you truly get to understand love in its purest form. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, it’s difficult at times too.

As well as making sure everything is OK with yours and your baby’s health, you have the practical things to consider. For example, are your finances in order? You certainly don’t need to be rich to give your child a good life, but there are significant costs to cover and so getting yourself in the best position with money that you can makes sense. Is your car up to scratch? If you currently only have a two-seater car for example then you won’t have space for your partner as well as the car seat. Maybe you only have a two door model which would make getting a car seat in and out a bit of a pain. Perhaps the safety features aren’t as modern as you want- either way, a new car might be on the cards. Your home is another thing to get right, and before you get pregnant (or before your baby arrives) here are a few things to consider.

Location

If you moved into your home before thinking about having children, then things like how good the local schools or parks are probably didn’t cross your mind. You might live in a place that has a high crime rate, but decided to take the risk because as a couple it was close to work or generally made sense at the time. However when a baby comes along that can change, and you will probably want somewhere safe and family friendly. If you decide to move home, be sure to look into the amenities you might need nearby- soft play centres, nurseries, schools and parks. Check out the crime rates and make sure you’re not in a dangerous location such as on a very busy road.

Practicality

You might have a good house in the right area, but perhaps you don’t have enough bedrooms? Maybe the layout feels cramped and doesn’t make sense? You could get around this by having an extension built, a loft conversion or re-jigging some of the walls. You could even have a company like County the home improvers come in and refit everything for you. Spacious rooms with hard wearing and easy to clean flooring is no bad thing when you have little ones.

Accessibility

If you live in an apartment block which can only be accessed via stairs, or if your home has lots of steps outside then think if this would be practical with a pram. Life with a young baby is already difficult enough, not being easily able to get in and out of your home is only going to make things worse. If you can’t make the changes that you need to, then it could be worth looking for something new.

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