5 Steps To A Minimalist Living Room

Minimalist, modern living is a way to form a relaxing space, so here are the basic steps to achieve a minimalist living room.

Love them or hate them, you have to admit that minimalist, open plan spaces manage to tread the tightrope of being both impactful and relaxing all at the same time.

When we first looked around our house, we knew straightaway that we’d be knocking a wall down to create an open plan living space.

You want a space where you can combine a dining area with a lounge, or even a kitchen too if you choose to go fully open plan like me. Such spaces aren’t that hard to create. Just read the guide below to find out how to create a minimalist living room.

 

Step 1: Create space

The thing that you must do before all others when creating a minimalist living room is to examine the space you have to work with. You’ll have more work ahead of you if the rooms are separated off, as you will need to knock those walls down before you get going.

However, that doesn’t mean you get an easy ride if your space is already open-plan. Now is absolutely the time to clear any clutter and old items out. You need to create more space to allow new items to come in. 

Just remember to be sensible about the things that you are getting rid of, especially if they still have some use in them. You could donate this to charity, or friends and family instead of throwing them in the bin.

You don’t even need to have a car big enough to fit the larger items in because you can use a company like Shiply to pick them up and deliver them for you. This service makes it easier to be environmentally friendly with your minimalist renovation than ever before.

 

Step 2: Neutral pallet

Step Two is to define your neutral pallet for the space. Modern neutrals include different hues of white, greys, and even the odd splash of black to emphasise certain elements of the room here and there.

Just don’t go overboard on the latter through, as it’s likely to shrink your living space and make things seem smaller than they really are.  

 

Step 3: Consider utility

Step Three is all about choosing the new furniture with what you need in mind first, rather than just getting it because it looks pretty. The idea being that to achieve a truly minimal space you want the least amount of items to fulfil the job in the room as possible.

 

Step 4: Consider placement

Step Four is all about deciding where to place the items mentioned in Step Three for the best effect. Consider the space between pieces of furniture and the effect that this has on the room before you make your final decision.

 

Step 5: Decorate with a light touch

Last of all, even minimalist rooms can have a few decorative touches. This, however, must be done with a particularly light touch.

That means the occasional objet d’art, or picture on the wall. These items should be chosen to coordinate with the original colours you’re working with. The reason for this being that it will help you retain that sense of space that is such a calming and expansive part of a minimalist living room. 

 

So there you go. Five easy steps to obtain a minimalist and clean living space. Do you like tidy and minimalist, or cosy and lived in?

 

How to freshen up your flooring

Freshen up your flooring with these useful tips.

Flooring is probably the thing that takes a beating most in our home. It has to cope with dirt, dust, food, and people walking over it all the time.

Is it time to fix up your home’s flooring? Here are a few instances in which you may need to make repairs or reconsider your flooring choice.

 

Getting Cold Feet

Wooden and ceramic floors may be easy to clean, but they can get cold in the winter. Stepping on those things in the winter can be a bit of a shock.

These sorts of floors are particularly likely to get cold if they haven’t been sealed. This is common with old floorboards. On top of sealing, make sure any cracks are filled. Underfloor insulation or underfloor heating are two costly but effective ways of heating up cold flooring.

Freshen up your flooring by replacing these with carpets from a company such as Walter Wall Carpets could be an obvious way of bringing more warmth to the floor. Alternatively, you could place a rug down in areas where you’re most likely to put your feet down such as by the bed, in front of the sofa and in the kitchen.

 

Squeaky floorboards

Floorboards can squeak for a variety of reasons. It may be a case of loose nails or poorly fitted joists, which then result in movement in the floorboards causing creaking.

There are lots of ways to fix a squeaky floorboard. If it is a gap between the floorboards and joist causing a noise, you may be able to wedge something underneath to fill the gap and stop the squeaking. If it is an issue with the nails, you may have to insert new nails or lubricate these nails to prevent the squeaking. Sometimes the nails simply need tightening. Over time they can become loose.

 

Tough stains

Tough stains that can’t be scrubbed may require professional cleaning equipment. You may have to hire a carpet cleaning machine or a floor scrubber (or a company that has these tools).

Alternatively, you could replace your flooring with more stain resistant materials. Wood should always be laminated whilst ceramic should always be sealed. Carpets are more likely to stain, although there are tough polypropylene carpets on the market that are easier to clean.

 

Warping

Warped or buckled wooden flooring is often the result of the wood being exposed to too much moisture. There could be dampness rising from the sub-floor concrete – this may require a concrete sealant such as Ardex Damp Proof Membrane. Alternatively, the warping could be due to too much water on the surface. If you have a laminated floor and constantly mop it with water, this could be the reason for warping.

 

Gapping and peaking

Wooden floorboards naturally expand and contract with temperature. When laid down, there should be just enough space between these wooden floorboards to allow for this movement. Too much space could result in gapping – large gaps in between the floorboards. No space at all could result in peaking – causing the wood to peak up in a tent shape as the wood has no room to expand.

You may need to relay the flooring to prevent this from happening. Temperature control (not letting your home get too hot or cold) may also be able to limit gapping and peaking, but is unlikely to be as effective a method.

If you’re getting new wooden floors put down, make sure the fitter knows to keep a reasonable gap for expansion and shrinking.

 

These tips should freshen up your flooring and make a big difference to your home!

 

Luxury Living: One Effective Change Per Room

Home is always going to be important, but a touch of luxury can just make everything that little more special.

Of course, “luxury” inevitably tends to mean “expensive”, and many of us just don’t have the room in our personal budget for luxurious home decor and design.

Or at least, we don’t have the budget to make an entire room luxurious. If this is the case for you, then it might be worth considering small, luxurious improvements: one change for each room.

If you’re curious about how this could work for you, then here are a few suggestions to get your thoughts whirring.

 

One Luxury Item For… The Living Room

It’s tempting to think that luxury for the living room should involve technology. Few of us would turn down the chance for a bigger, smarter television. Tech changes can be incredibly expensive, and they are also transitory. Your high-tech TV will be usurped by newer models in a matter of months.

If you want to go for luxury living in the living room, then look to your lighting. Good lighting is essential for living rooms. It helps to create an ambience, especially during the long nights of winter.

Opt for a floor lamp with an opulent shade, or install a stunning fixture as a ceiling light. These simple touches will improve the look and feel of the entire room.

 

 

One Luxury Item For… The Kitchen

Unlike the living room, the kitchen is a great place to experiment with tech that can make life easier. Kitchen tech tends to be more affordable, so you won’t have to go into the red to bring a touch of luxury to this space.

The top pick for the kitchen is a gadget that makes life easier, and that you know you’re going to use.

It’s tempting to opt for a juicer or NutriBullet, but these have a tendency to sit unused for months at a time.

Instead, why not treat yourself to a pressure cooker? That might not sound luxurious, but pressure cookers are all the rage at the moment due to their multi functionality and plenty of recipes have sprung up as a result. The higher-end options will look surprisingly stylish on your kitchen counter.

 

One Luxury Item For… The Bedroom

The perfect bedroom should be a sanctuary, somewhere you can retreat to at the end of every day. It’s an area ripe for a touch of luxury. A bedroom should also be comfortable, which is why investing in high quality bedding, good pillows, and luxury duvets should be at the top of your shopping list.

If you ensure that your bedding is soft, comfortable, and hard-wearing, then it’s a decision you won’t regret. Not only will you be able to sleep surrounded by comfort, but you’ll also improve the overall aesthetic of the room when the bed is made. Bedding is definitely the best choice if you’re looking to add a touch of luxury living to your beloved bedroom.

 

Luxury living doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive. With the above, you can give yourself a taste of the high life, without having to dip into your savings to do it!

 


 

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Tools to Home Make DIY Easier

For a lot of people, DIY isn’t a passion which fills them with joy and satisfaction, but you can make DIY easier.

Instead, this sort of work is done out of necessity, as you want to save money around your home. But it isn’t always easy.

In a lot of cases, barriers will be presented to you, and you won’t have a way to overcome them. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the best tools out there to make DIY easier.

 

  • Cutting

 

One of the hardest jobs a novice DIYer will have to undertake is cutting. Unlike paper or other thin materials, wood and metal aren’t a simple matter of using scissors. Instead, you will need a saw, but you have to choose the right one.

For most jobs, a mitre saw will be enough to make all of the cuts you need. Along with this, you should also consider the idea of a cheap circular saw to help you out, too.

 

  • Measuring

 

Before you can make a cut, it’s always good to make sure that you’ve measured it twice. However, with all the modern tools on the market, you don’t really need to go to this effort.

Laser measuring tools have become very reliable over the last few years and make DIY easier. Offering unparalleled accuracy, this sort of tool is perfect for anyone who struggles to measure the right lines.

 

  • Joining

 

Once you’ve measured and made the cuts of the material you need, it’s time to start putting things together. For wood, one of the best ways to do this is using a nail gun. This sort of tool is perfectly safe if you use it correctly. You have to be careful, though. This sort of tool can often damage softer woods. Along with this, nails aren’t always the most attractive option, anyway.

To solve this issue, glue is here to save the day, and you have loads of examples to choose from. Spray adhesives have come a long way over the last few years, with a lot of companies offering options which can dry within minutes, giving you years of strong hold. We put brackets on our mantelpiece to hold our oak beam, but then glued the beam to the wall. Worked perfectly and saved using any nails to mount it!

This sort of material won’t always be appropriate for the job you’re doing. So, it’s always worth doing some research to make sure you’re getting the right glue for your project.

 

  • Painting

 

Finally, it’s time to think about one of the biggest jobs a DIYer will ever have to do; painting.

In a lot of cases, this work will take up a huge amount of your project time, and can be very hard to get right. To help you with this, there are loads of modern paint systems out there which take this work out of your hands. They dispense the paint for you at an even rate; it’s never been easier to give your walls a perfect coat.

 

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start taking on some bigger projects, while also making them a lot easier for yourself. A lot of people will be daunted by a job they think they can’t do. Make DIY easier by finding some kind of tool to help you, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

 



Tips for Understanding Home Textiles

Styling out your interiors can be a lot of fun, but you also need to know what you’re doing which is why understanding home textiles is so important.

When you start to go to town with your interiors, you quickly realise that things aren’t quite working well together. And that’s the part that can drive you round the bend. But it doesn’t have to.

You should experiment, but also learn from your mistakes when styling your interiors. Especially when it comes to your textiles. Sometimes you feel like everything will work together. I know I’ve done that a few times in my own house renovation. But it doesn’t always work, and it’s about learning how to mix patterns and textures.

Here are some tips for understanding home textiles that I have learnt whilst designing my house.

 

Colour Coordinate

Colour is often the main base of your designs and is what can bring a room together but also tear it apart again. If the colours don’t work, nothing else will either.

Work with a colour scheme that you really love, so that you know you’re going to be able to pull out certain colours and be happy with them, rather than hate them. When you have a set palette to work with, you know that any textile you buy within that set group of colours is going to work. It’s this idea of working with a collection that makes the buying process so much easier. Because anything you buy is going to match.

If you’re unsure of what contrasting colours go together, you can find a colour wheel online. Colours opposite each other in the wheel go really well together, such as yellow and light purple, or light pink and blue. This may sound odd, but they just works.

 

Main Event Or Side Show

Another key rule? All or nothing. When you’re looking for the right soft furnishings, it’s easy for things to get a bit chaotic. Obviously you want to avoid this.

I think one of the easiest ways to think of your textiles is as main events, or supporting acts. If you want your textiles, such as cushions and curtains, to stand out, then pair them with understated furniture. If you have statement furniture, keep your textiles basic.

However, don’t think that it always has to be this way. If you know what you’re doing, feel free to mix a bold coloured sofa with patterned cushions. Just be careful.

Focus On Quality

Textiles can look a little bit cheap and that will really bring down the look of a room. So, instead of focusing on cost, focus on quality. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a lot of money, but you should think about choosing a quality that will add to your interiors and not bring them down.

Understanding home textiles in this way will add an edge to your interiors that looks expensive, not cheap.

 

Find The Perfect Fit

You should really focus on finding textiles and soft furnishings that fit specifically to your space. From fabulous made to measure curtains to custom-made rugs, it pays to find the perfect fit. Not only will your chosen purchase be unique, it will also be perfect for the space it was made for.

 

Mix & Match

Finally, don’t be afraid to mix and match a bit with the designs. Use different textures and prints in different rooms. Don’t feel like you have to stick with the same sorts of styles across your entire house. Because when you mix things up, you definitely feel like you’re working with different looks.

 

Understanding home textiles can be a bit baffling if you don’t know where to start. But figure out the basics like colour, and it makes all your decisions much easier.