Six Décor Changes To Make a Big Impact In Your Home

Fed up of your home? Here are Décor Changes To Make a Big Impact on your homes’ interior.

If you want to give your home a bit of a redesign before the festive season begins, we’re giving you some ideas! However, it’s pretty understandable if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on it.

A brand new kitchen design, for example, can be expensive and will take quite a while to get done. While it will make an impact to the home, it isn’t going to be top of the list for things to do around the house.

So here are some decor changes to make a big impact on your home, without it having to take too much time to get it done. Have you got plans to renovate or redecorate before the year is through?

Create Scale

Some of the most stunning show homes have something in common; each room creates scale.

An oversized lamp in a living area could be just the thing to make a big change. Or perhaps a large sofa that takes up a lot of the room. A grand super king bed in a bedroom could be an option too. For this kind of thing, you can just work with what you have already. It could be placing an indoor plant on a box or putting a lamp on a shelf. It is all about creating scale and it can make some dramatic changes.

 

Consider Accessibility

Accessibility can work in a number of different ways, depending on your situation at home and who lives there.

You could add in something like a lift from The Terry Group as a practical feature, or even just a way to add value.

The front of your house could be considered for accessibility too; do you have a lot of stairs to climb to get to your front door? You can have fun with this kind of thing too, if you have children, for example. A slide alongside your stairs could be a fun way to have things, as well as a new driveway or wider doorways.

Some of these are on the grander scale of things, but some of them really aren’t and could be simple to do, but they create a big impact on the home.

 

Create a Photo Wall

A wall for artwork, quotes, and photographs is a great way to completely change the look of a room, or even just a stairwell or hallway.

It is like repainting the wall, but with texture and colours from the prints. You can make this work for you and choose things to be as subtle as you would like. If you have children, framing their creations and making a wall of their artwork could be fun in a playroom or child’s bedroom. It doesn’t take much, but will make a dramatic change.

 

Rearrange Furniture

One of the simplest things that you can do, without having to spend a penny, is to simply rearrange the furniture that you have in your home.

Could your bed fit alongside a different wall, for example? How about making your sofas look more like an L-shape, rather than facing each other? You don’t have to use the shape of the room if you don’t want to; you can create your own walls by where you place furniture. Look online for some ideas, and take some measurements before you start.

 

Jazz Up a Fireplace or Mantel

If you have a fireplace or mantel in your living or dining area, then what have you done with it so far? For many people, it can be something that accumulates junk on top of the mantel or dust in the fireplace.

But you can really make these things a statement area by jazzing them up with some accessories. Changing it up seasonally can be a good idea too, so you can create a different look and use of colour.

 

Bring the Outdoors Inside

Adding colour with greenery from the outside, as well as florals, is a great way to get a pretty inexpensive pick-me-up. It doesn’t have to be an expensive indoor tree. But a few branches or a planter can make a big difference to the look and feel of the room. It can create an instant cosier look as a plant can round off harsh corners in a room, as well as add colour.

 

These are just some decor changes to make a big impact. Have you done any of the above before? What has been the most daring thing you’ve done in your home in the past? Would love to hear in the comments.

Household Essentials We Still Haven’t Bought

We bought our house in January 2017, have been living there 4 months, and there are still so many household essentials we haven’t bought yet that we desperately need.

A couple of weeks ago, we finally started buying some home accessories. It was a great start and now we actually have a living room light!

However, there’re still a lot of household essentials we need. All of these things are driving me mad. They’re all little objects that help a lot in daily life, hence why they’re called household essentials. Here’s what we need to buy.

 

Blinds and curtains

When we bought the house, we had vertical blinds everywhere. They weren’t to my taste, but they worked and they blocked the neighbours’ vision into the house.

My biggest regret is watching Jay get annoyed with the venetian blinds when we took them down to paint, and seeing him throw them into the skip outside. I didn’t even try to stop him, and that was the biggest mistake we could have made.

Our window in our living room is wider than standard, so we’d need to pay for tailor-made. The blinds we had were perfectly good and useful! Now we have a pair of old curtains masking taped to the window frame until we can afford proper blinds and curtains (probably after the wedding).

Household essentials includes curtains and blinds

You can just see in this picture the curtains that are taped up.

I’d love some aluminium blinds for the kitchen and landing from somewhere like Ambition Blinds, and a Roman blind on the large living room window with floor-length curtains too. We’ll get there one day!

 

Wall lights

Our landing still has wires hanging out the wall where our wall lights need to go. I’ve even found some that I like but still haven’t got around to buying them.

Once we do have them, however, we won’t be able to use them. Why? Because we don’t have ANY blinds or curtains in our house (as explained above) and all the neighbours will see us doing the naked run to the bathroom in the mornings. Not ideal.

Stumbling upstairs once we’ve set the alarm isn’t ideal, so we do need to buy some ASAP, especially now it’ll be getting dark at 4pm.

 

Garlic crusher

A small and cheap household essential that I could probably buy tomorrow. But I haven’t got round to it yet and every time I chop garlic by hand I curse myself and wish that I would just buy one. But still, I don’t.

I also don’t want to buy a cheap one just because I need one. I want a nice heavy duty one that will last a long time and is easy to clean.

 

Utensil Holder

I love our kitchen draining board. I know it’s an odd thing to love, but it’s built into the granite and just looks smooth and clean. We bought a stainless steel drying rack for the draining board, but we still don’t have a utensil holder.

I’d like it so we can stand the cutlery upright while it dries. At the minute, they end up in a puddle of water, not drying. Again, a minor household essential, but still important.

 

I feel like I need to invest in all these basic household essentials before I go mad. They’ll make my life so much easier!

Important Home Maintenance Checks You Need to Make

When it comes to home maintenance checks, you need to keep a careful eye on aspects of your home that could deteriorate over time. 

These home maintenance checks includes maintenance of machinery and household appliances. It also includes checking structure, windows and doors, or the central heating system. If you don’t care for these things, they may break or become unsafe, resulting in a large bill.

Luckily, there are checks that you can do regularly to prevent large bills and unnecessary problems. Here is how you can keep an eye on neglected areas of your home.

 

Windows and doors

Important home maintenance checks include checking your windows for gaps or cracks.

Once or twice a year, take the time to thoroughly inspect your windows and doors. Check for any draughts and cracks that could potentially lead to breakages and replacement before their time is up.

There are steps that you can take to reinforce your windows and doors to make them last as long as possible. This may also save you on your heating bills.

You can get draught excluders for the bottoms of your doors and to surround your windows. You can also get reinforcing screens to cover your windows which will prevent you from having to replace them earlier than needed.

 

Heating

It’s a wise idea to have your boiler checked regularly to avoid being landed with a large bill if it breaks down. Doing this will allow small repairs to be able to be made. You might have to pay for small service checks, but this saves one large cost later on.

Companies like http://ecosafe.co/ offer boiler replacement, service and guarantee so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Another reason to have your boiler regularly serviced is to ensure that you’re not paying too much for your heating bills. If you know that your boiler is working as it should then you will find the bill will decrease too.

Home radiator and fireplace

 

Water and electricals

It’s a well known fact that water and electricity don’t mix well. Make sure that you don’t have any leaking pipes or open wiring to keep yourself safe. Also make sure you don’t have large repair bills.

If you know someone that’s got plenty of DIY knowledge, get them to come to your home and take a look at all of your pipes and electricity. They will make that they are intact and not in need of repair. Get any repairs done as soon as possible to make sure that you’re not putting yourself in danger.

 

Remember that if you find repairs that need doing while doing your home maintenance checks, and you’re not trained to undertake the work, then get a professional in to make sure the job is done to home regulation.

 

Taking these three steps will ensure that your home is up to scratch. You’ll keep yourself safe, your bank account happy, and you’ll learn to love your home.

An Eye for Detail: Neglected Areas of Interior Design

When it comes to interior design, most people focus on the same things: colour scheme, flooring, furniture and storage options, but what are the neglected areas of interior design?

When it comes to detail, the best many people will do is add a few scatter cushions or plants to a room to liven things up a little. But there are neglected areas of interior design and home design that most people tend to neglect. Why? Well, we’re not too sure. But it’s time to rectify this situation and start paying attention to these smaller details.

They may not seem massively significant, but the overall effect they can have on a property is outstanding. So, it’s time to start making changes today. Here are a couple of areas to focus your attention on.

Doors

Doors take up very limited space. They’re not exactly the main attraction in any given room. But for those with a keen eye for design, they are a functional property feature that has so much more to offer than simply offering a means of passing from one room to another.

A good example? High-quality folding door systems. These types of doors are generally used for exterior walls, giving people access to a room and the outside world (usually the garden). They glide elegantly across the wall and open up the barrier between home and nature.

This is perfect for the summer months, when you can happily stroll in and out, or for the winter months, when you may want to remain in the warmth of indoors while basking in a little fresh air from outside. If you have a modern home, aluminium sliders and bi-folding frames are the way to go for a sleek finish. However, if you’re aiming for a more rustic look, you should favour timber frames. There’s something to suit every home, transforming the standard back door into a beautiful feature.

 

neglected areas of interior design - double doors

Coving

Many people won’t even know what the term “coving” refers to. But it’s time to find out. Not all homes have coving. It is essentially a decorative fixture in the corner where the top of a wall and a ceiling meet. This is a more old-fashioned feature in a property. However, it is something that can be added to even the most modern properties, bringing a touch of decadence and luxury to any living space.

It is generally crafted from one of three materials, each having a different resultant price. First, polystyrene. This is the cheapest option and does the job, but may well need replacing relatively soon. Next, plaster. Plaster has an attractive, smooth finish and gives a more authentic look. Finally, hardened polyurethane. This is the newcomer to the coving market, but is still affordable, lightweight, and can be fitted faster and more easily.

We currently have polystyrene coving upstairs that has been there since the house was built. I didn’t even know it was polystyrene until Jay poked a hole in it with his finger. It really does look like real wood. Since we’ve renovated, the rest of the house has new plaster coving which is more expensive but looks amazing.

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Of course, there are plenty more neglected areas of interior design. But paying more attention to these two aspects of your home alone can completely transform the aesthetic of your property. So start making improvements as soon as possible. The results will definitely be worth the time, effort and investment.