Choosing a Rug That Perfectly Matches Your Flooring

Thinking of choosing a rug but don’t know where to start looking?

There are a fair few things to think about before you can start choosing a rug. You need to figure out where it’s going to go, what size you’ll need and what colour you want. But you should also think about your current flooring situation before deciding.

The type of flooring will determine what features you should be looking for in a rug. Different styles, colours and fibres will work better on different floors. This might determine the thickness of rug you choose. You might also want to think about how busy the space is. You should consider a different material rug for a busy path than you would for a space that isn’t often walked through.

This applies to all types of flooring, including stone, carpet, tiles, laminate, and hardwood. Unsure on what to look for? What rug should you get if you have a tiled floor compared to a laminate one?!

Don’t panic. To make life easier, Land of Rugs put together this helpful infographic. It outlines what features to look for in a rug depending on the floor type, covering all the most popular floors found in households. Simply check out these tips for your current flooring and you’ll find that matching rug in no time!

 

Infographic from Land of Rugs on choosing a rug that perfectly matches your flooring

 

*Collaborative post. Been wanting to find the perfect rug? Get 10% off Land of Rugs by using my special code, blogger01. 

Home Essentials for First-Time Buyers

Maybe you’ve just bought your first home. Or maybe you’re moving away to university. These are some home essentials for first-time buyers that will save your life.

We definitely take things for granted when we live with parents. They have all the fancy gadgets you’d ever need. Automated tin-openers so you don’t risk breaking a nail. An entire drawer of pans so you can cook that banquet meal you’ve been meaning to do. It’s only when we don’t have these things, we realise how much we need them.

The first 6 months I lived in my house, I didn’t have a garlic press. I was finely chopping garlic by hand all that time. I still don’t have a colander, or tongs for turning sausages or whatever you do with them.

So, I’ve compiled a handy list of home essentials for first-time buyers of things you need (not want).

 

A Mattress

Mattresses can be very pricey. It’s also the sort of item that you don’t want to hand over £600 for. It doesn’t look nice, it isn’t exactly a home statement. Not like buying a nice dining table would be. However, a good mattress is an absolute home necessity. Please note the word ‘good’, too.

Mine and Jay’s mattress was in the Dreams’ sale, so we managed to get £200 off. A fairly good saving, until we bought the memory foam, extra luxurious pillows at £80 each. BUT, my point is you can get some great mattresses if you shop around.

First work out what you do and don’t like: hard or soft, feather, memory foam, gel, sprung, etc. Second, work out your budget so you don’t overspend. Once you’ve figured these things out, find the best mattress deals on Groupon or a similar site to get a great mattress at a great price.

 

Furniture Basics

Furniture can be expensive, so saving money here is ideal. Me and Jay bought most of our furniture basics on eBay or Facebook Marketplace. We only bought solid wood items so we knew they were good quality and would last.

In the picture below, the only things we bought brand new were the armchair and sofa. Everything else is second-hand, even the dining table which we got free!

 

living room with sofa and lighting

 

This is how our house looked a week after we moved in. It looks empty, there’s nothing on the walls, and we’ve since got a new TV. This is what I mean about essentials. We knew we needed a sofa, coffee table, a TV stand and a dining table, so we sorted all of those. The shelving, lighting (please ignore the bare bulb hanging out of the ceiling), and soft furnishings come last.

Since, I’ve added a rug under the dining table, a mirror on the dining room wall, a light in the living room, coffee table books and other decor, an oak beam mantelpiece, etc. None of these are home essentials for first-time buyers, but a sofa absolutely is! You’ll have to forget about home accessories for the time being. They look nice, but they’re not necessities.

Don’t forget, if you’re worried about cost, you can spread things out as a monthly cost. Our carpets and sofas are still being paid for monthly, as they can be expensive items.

 

Gadgets

Gadgets are another thing that can be pricey. I wouldn’t advise buying second-hand either, unless you plan on replacing the item within a couple of months. Gadgets includes a hoover, an iron and ironing board, a washer/dryer, a dishwasher if you need one, even a TV and a computer or monitor. These things can cost. Maybe not so much an iron, but other white goods are expensive if you want to get trustworthy brands which will last.

A hoover is definitely something you should spend your money on. A good hoover will make a whole lot of difference when you’re living by yourself. There’s nothing worse than having one that doesn’t pick anything up, or even worse throws it all back onto the carpet. Me and Jay have a Miele, a brand that I love and a great hoover. Anything to make the housework easier so you can get it done quickly!

 

I hope this list of home essentials for first-time buyers can help you when it comes to knowing what to buy. Prioritise what you really need, and can afford, and go from there!

 

*In collaboration with Groupon. 

The Benefits of a Wet Room

What are the benefits of a wet room? And can you get stylish ones?

When people think of a wet room, it’s not exactly the most glamorous image. For some reason, wet rooms make us think of boring cream tiles, in a large room that looks something like a disabled toilet. However, wet rooms shouldn’t just be for elderly or disabled people. They can be fashionable, stylish rooms. So I’m here to change your mind and look at the benefits of a wet room.

 

Easy to clean

Firstly, wet rooms are easy to clean. You can use standard bathroom cleaner on all the tiles and the floor, cleaning it all in one easy way. And there’s no glass scum to contend with which is ALWAYS a bonus. The floor can easily be mopped, and excess water pushed into the drain in the middle of the room.

 

Best use of space

The one downside to a wet room is that you can’t have a bath in it. However, if you wanted an accessible-friendly bath, you could use walk-in baths in another bathroom if you have one. These are wonderful for people like my Grandma, who loves baths but can no longer get in and out of one. They also take up less space as they’re more upright so you can sit fully in them.

However, if you go for a normal wet room, there’s no need for a bath, making the room look and feel bigger. This may decrease the value of your house. If you’re worried about this, make sure you have another bathroom else where in the house that contains a bath.

 

Benefits of a wet room includes more space. Shower and toilet in a stunning tiled wetroom

Photo credit: Victoria Plum, https://victoriaplum.com/blog/posts/5-reasons-why-a-wetroom-is-a-great-bathroom-option

 

Adding quality to your home

The benefits of a wet room can even reach as far as improving the value of your home. They’re so waterproof that there’s less chance of a leak. In a regular bathroom, water can get into areas it shouldn’t. How many times have you put the kids in the bath, and half the water has gone on the floor?

In a wet room, all the water is channeled into a central drain, meaning water runs off correctly where it belongs.

 

Top Tip: Worried about all that cold tile underfoot? Install underfloor heating for extra warmth. It also helps the room dry faster.

 

Photo credit: Damian Russell

 

Accessible

Obviously, although all of the above are excellent, the main benefit of a wet room is how accessible it is, especially for the elderly or disabled. There’s no step up into a shower or bath. You can add a seat into the room which even comes in handy when drying yourself.

The only thing to look out for is slippy tiles. A rubbery-soled pair of flip flops will stop you from slipping as much, so keep a pair in the wet room so you can get out easily.

 

Wet rooms are the best beautiful but practical bathrooms around. The benefits of a wet room are endless, and they CAN be stylish too.

 

Our future bathroom plans

Future bathroom plans and where we’ll be living next.

Even though me and Jay only moved into our house 9 months ago, I’m always thinking ahead to our next place. I feel like we’ve already out grown this house, but how is that possible?! When I first moved out of my parents’, I couldn’t believe I’d have a whole house to fill with all my stuff. Now it feels too small. We’ve obviously got used to the house too quickly.

So I have a whole list of criteria that the next house has to include. I need a utility room. At the moment, our washing ends up drying in the living room or dining room, and it looks messy.

My other requirement is three bathrooms. I know this sounds like a lot, but hear me out! I’d love a downstairs bathroom. It doesn’t have to be big. Just a space for a sink, toilet and radiator. I’d also love an en-suite off the master bedroom, and a large family bathroom. Here’s how I envisage each of them.

 

Downstairs toilet

If we had space, we would have put a downstairs toilet in our current house. However, the stairs aren’t long enough to fit one underneath. Unless you want to be crouching whilst on the toilet. Not ideal.

I suppose it’s not a big thing, but I hate guests going into our main bathroom, and seeing our messy products everywhere.

We’re always cleaning it just in case someone comes over. If we had a downstairs toilet, guests could use this, and not have to go upstairs at all. It’s also much easier to clean and manage.

 

Bold wallpaper in bathroom with white sink

Downstairs toilet inspiration: Mad About the House, https://www.madaboutthehouse.com/downstairs-loo-makeover/

En-Suite Bathroom

This is especially important when me and Jay have kids. I don’t want to get in a bath that’s already got a toy shark, toy boat, and a muddy scum line around it. I want a nice peaceful, tranquil bathroom of our own, where I can go for a wee in peace. And fill it with candles. Not a child’s toy in site!

It’s also especially useful for when multiple people are trying to shower at once. Once children come along, it won’t just be me and Jay fighting over the shower, but possibly three or four of us!

Our bathroom would have a freestanding bathtub, as well as a walk-in shower, and his and her sinks (I can dream).

As we get older, I’d definitely consider walk-in baths. My Grandma loves having baths and hate showers, but unfortunately as she got older, she found it impossible to get in and out of one. You can even got modern ones that look like standard baths.

 

Photo credit: Design Soda, en-suite bathroom http://designsoda.co.uk/bathroom/

 

Family Bathroom

Part of our future bathroom plans is to have a family bathroom. For the reasons mentioned above, it’s a must. When I lived with my parents, me, my brother and sister shared it. Luckily, we had a pump shower which meant one of us could have a shower at the same time as my parents. When there’s five of you living in a house, this is a need.

I’d also like the family bathroom to have a separate bath and shower, if there’s space. Our current bathroom has a bath with a shower over it, which means you have to constantly clean the bath. Me and Jay rarely have baths, so it would be much easier to just clean the shower, and do the bath as and when we use it. I’m just lazy basically.

 

Family bathroom - future bathroom plans. Bath with kids' toys

Photo credit: Well I Guess This Is Growing Up (family bathroom) http://welliguessthisisgrowingup.co.uk/2017/11/09/the-honest-house-tour-family-bathroom/

 

So those are our future bathroom plans. As you can see, I’ve thought this through properly. Whether all of these things are affordable, well we’ll find out I guess.

Feel Like your Home Needs an Upgrade?

Do you know when your home needs an upgrade? Or maybe you don’t see the peeling paint and worn down carpet.

When you live in a place, and see it all the time, it’s difficult to see when things start to look a little shabby. But take a step back and really take a look at your home. Maybe the wallpaper has started to peel, the carpet is looking tacky, and the furnishings are a little worse for wear.

It’s time to make a plan of action to get your household’s aesthetic back up to scratch. You shouldn’t have to “make do” with a shabby-looking home. Everyone should feel house-proud to some extent. As mentioned over at bbc.co.uk, you really need to do your research before you dive into a renovation project. Hopefully, the suggestions in this article will give you some inspiration if your home is due a makeover. 

 

Converting existing space will enlarge your home

If you have an attic or a garage that serves as nothing more than storage space then this should be the main focus of your renovation. Spaciousness is the key to a visually-impressive household. And you can achieve that “larger” feel in your home by extending it. You need to use the space you have available.

Declutter your garage, spare room, or any space that’s overloaded with junk. Then it can be converted into a games room, a guest room, or even a home gym. The point is that you could completely transform your home by essentially creating a brand new room to enjoy in a space that’s otherwise being wasted. As I’ve stated before, the attic and other spaces in the house are often underutilised.

 

Your home’s interior should portray your personal preferences

If your home needs an upgrade, you should look at buying some new soft furnishings and accessories. But don’t go with current trends, stick to your own taste and what you love. This way, you won’t get bored easily. Trends come and go, but buy something you love and you’ll have it forever.

When renovating your home, your goal should be to design your interior in line with your personal preferences. Whilst nobody wants their home to look old and outdated, a sleek and stylish contemporary home might not necessarily be to your taste.

The most important thing is that your household’s new aesthetic makes you feel comfortable. You should feel at home. You could start by checking out ModernUpvcWindows.co.uk if you want to get new windows or doors for your house that you can design online.

Tailor-making elements of your home’s design will ensure that you give your humble abode a customised aesthetic. You could even create some handmade artwork and frame it to hang on your wall. There’s no better way of portraying your personal preferences than creating your own unique designs for your home.

The garden shouldn’t be forgotten

One of the final elements of any good home renovation is also one of the most vital elements. You need to give your garden a makeover. As explained at housebeautiful.com, a well-kept garden adds so much value to a property. It’s more than simply mowing the grass and tending to your flowers (though it is important to look after the natural side of your garden).

Your outdoor space can be completely transformed if you create a patio area with comfortable seating, a dining area, and perhaps even an awning for shelter from the elements. Any good renovation project needs to include a garden makeover.

 

If your home needs an upgrade, these are the basic things you can do to make a big difference.