What is Decor Rotation and Should You Do It?

Humans don’t really like change, but decor rotation is absolutely something we should do in our homes.

I’m a really fussy person, but when I do find the PERFECT thing, I won’t get bored of it. That perfect item could easily stay for 10+ years.

I know other people aren’t like that and change their mind every other day. No matter what sort of person you are, everyone should believe in decor rotation. Our homes can become so tired, dull and shabby looking unless you rotate your furniture and bring in new bits and pieces every now and then.

It can be hard when you become emotionally attached to something. If you’ve had a piece such as a sofa in your life for many years, you become attached to it. This is why we see so much clutter in modern homes, even though the properties might be new either in building quality and design or new for us as home buyers. We fill them with the same old stuff.

Every so often, it’s right to let go, even if the interior pieces you have given sentimental value to are working and functioning properly. Sometimes you have to admit to the contemporary styles and move with the times. What’s better is that you might find something that is more suited to your tastes.

 

Replacing the sofa

The living, beating heart and soul of the home is and always will be the living room. It’s where you go to relax and watch your favourite television shows. It’s also a place where you have meaningful talks with your guests, friends and family.

Older sofas tended to be curvy and only provide three seats. Modern, stylish sofas have a more domineering factor with their sharp straight lines. A modern sectional corner sofa made from leather would make a great addition to your home.

These sofas can easily seat around four to five, with the benefit of a couple of foot resting spaces. They are large and do require a lot of space in your lounge or living room. However, they are in fact incredibly light for their size. Materials such as oak and yew are used for the structure, and foam padding replaces cloth.

 

Minimalist kitchen dining

White kitchen with breakfast bar and oak bar stools

When it comes to decor rotation, one of the easiest points to start with is the kitchen area. Even if you have a dining area in the home, you’re more than likely to have a small table and some chairs in the kitchen as well.

Have a look at contemporary home furniture that can provide you with good sturdy tables, that don’t take up a lot of room, and chairs with the same ethos. Bar stools to your kitchen would make for great congregation areas, and spots where the children can have their breakfast. The strong yet spindly legs give height to the seats which themselves are curved for comfortable back support.

You can, of course, opt for fabric, tempered rubber or even leather seats if you wish. The various styles with similar approaches include japansk, ypster and leena. All have a great minimalist touch for maximum space.

 

A Re-Paint

Sometimes, it’s not just about your decor. A shabby paint job can make your home look dated. You should try and refresh your paint every 10 years or so. Even if you go for the same colour! A touch up will make a massive difference. Just double check you’ve got the right paint colour before you buy (unlike me with this classic paint disaster).

The decor in our homes can often act like a familiar aura. We can get attached and place emotions and sentimental beliefs on the interior designs, but always remember that moving with the times is healthy for your sense of fashion. Out with the old and in with the new, sometimes you just have to go for it.

 

 

 



 

 

Achieve a Beautiful but Practical Bathroom

Wondering how to achieve a beautiful but practical bathroom? Here’s the best advice!

Most importantly, your bathroom needs to be practical. You need a working sink, toilet and bath/shower. But you can have all these things, as well as make your bathroom beautiful.

Here’s how to create a beautiful but practical bathroom that you can relax in.

 

Making your bathroom practical

Firstly, your bathroom needs to do the job it’s there for. You need toilet, sink and shower/bath as well as any storage units to hold products, razors, flannels, etc.

You need to prioritise your bathroom essentials and get rid of anything that isn’t used or needed. Especially if your bathroom isn’t the largest.

A bath can take up a large amount of space. You could get a shower that hangs over the bath, but if you only have a scrub in the tub a couple of times in winter, you should consider getting rid of it. You can replace it with a stunning walk-in shower instead.

Or you could use the extra space to store other bathroom necessities.

Money is also an important practical factor. Only go with what you can afford to spend. You should be sensible with where and how you’re spending.

Is it necessary to have a top-of-the-line massaging shower head, or would a cheaper alternative do the job just as well?

There may be other pressing matters that money can be spent on. Do you have a damp problem? Maybe the paint on the ceiling is peeling? These things can make your bathroom look shabby, so be practical and sort them out.

 

Making your bathroom beautiful

Your bathroom is used regularly, but also looked at regularly. Maybe you get embarrassed when someone asks to use it. This is a sign to make some changes!

First, you should draw inspiration, find ideas, and take advice from professionals in the industry of creating beautiful bathrooms, such as Drench.co.uk.

You should then take all the information you can find or are given and make them fit around YOUR bathroom. You must do this, because there is no point in getting things into your bathroom that neither fit or suit its shape and style.

Then you should assess exactly what is needed in your bathroom and see how these necessities can be made to be pleasing to the eye. This could mean filling your walls in waterproof tiling that suits your colour scheme. Or, this could mean decorating your toilet with little accessories, such as plants.

Finally, you should ensure that your bathroom is kept clean and stain free AT ALL TIMES. And yes, this means getting the old elbow grease out and scrubbing away at all those bathtub rings in your bathtub until they disappear.

Our bath/shower has a glass panel that has a flexible plastic slider that ensures water can’t escape under the glass panel and onto the floor. This is the sort of place mould tends to grow, so we bleach it every month and leave it to dry.

 

Your bathroom is a place that is going to be both looked at and used regularly, so it needs to be in equal parts a beautiful but practical bathroom. Bare this in mind when it comes to your next bathroom renovation.

 

3 Ways To Add Contemporary Styling Around The Home

Add contemporary styling to your home with these helpful tips!

When it comes to home decor, you’ll often find that you have a very distinct taste.

You’ll find yourself drawn to certain things for a reason. Sometimes, your home style will be very you. It’s something that your friends and family can instantly visualise when they picture what your home would look like.

This is generally something quite natural for a lot of people. But it’s not always the same for everyone. Because sometimes, you can be drawn to a style that’s completely different to your own sense of style or usual tastes. And when that style is contemporary, you may not necessarily know how to create the right look around your home.

When you’ve seen contemporary styling in homes elsewhere, and you’re desperate to go with the look, you’ve now come to the right place. I’m going to talk through the ways in which you can achieve the look in your own home.

 

Styling

One of the best ways to achieve a particular home style is with the styling itself.

When you want to create a certain look, you need to be able to work with the right pieces in the right way.

It’s not just enough to buy contemporary furniture and hope for the best. Because when it comes to contemporary interior design, it’s all about how you stage it. You need to make sure that you’re working with the right vision.

This is often going to be quite minimal and very fashion-forward. So really think about how you’re placing your furniture and slowly build up piece by piece.

 

Colour

Then, you’re going to want to turn to the colours that you’re using as well.

Of course, everyone is going to have their personal preference when it comes to colour schemes they want to use around the house and even in individual rooms. But using the right kind of colours will help you to add to your contemporary styling.

So be sure you browse through a range of contemporary colour palettes before you pick. Because it’s often about the colours that you choose to put together, and not the individual colours themselves.

 

Accessories

Next, it’s onto accessories.

Sometimes the styling isn’t in the bigger pieces alone. Two rooms can often look the same with identical pieces of furniture in.

But when you add in different accessories, they can take on personalities of their own. So whether it’s your kitchen or your living space, the bathroom or your bedroom, you’re going to want to choose your accessories wisely.

Abstract pieces and anything with an edge is always going to work quite well. You can often find that choosing a theme like Bohemia or art deco will help to bring your contemporary home styling to life too.

 

Just be sure to keep your contemporary vision in mind during the process. When you have a goal to work towards, you can often find that it’s much easier to make things happen and bring it all together.

7 House Installations for Winter

Home improvement can feel like a massive task.

You feel like there is always another job and each one is larger than the next. There are, however, smaller things that you can do that will help your house. They will help to keep it warmer, free from damp and in a generally better condition. These 7 house installations for winter will protect your home. 

 

Insulation

If you’re worried about the lack of insulation in your house, then consider getting a quote for more to be installed. You can get a professional in, but this can be a bit pricey. Instead, you might consider purchasing a roll of insulation from a DIY shop.

Remember you’ll need goggles and facemask when fitting it, but other than that adding the insulation isn’t a big job. Having more insulation in your house will help it to stay warm inside and stop the cold from getting in as easily. This might even save you money.

Other places to add extra layers of insulation include your hot water pipes and your boiler. This will keep your hot water warm for longer and mean that is available when you need it.

 

Double Glazing

If you don’t already, then you should consider getting double glazing. Me and Jay got lucky that our house was fitted with them just a few years before we bought it.

It makes a massive difference to how warm your house stays over the winter months and could save you on your heating bills. This will make your house a lot more energy efficient and means that you’ll have fewer expenses over the winter. If you do choose to get double glazing installed, consider whether you need to have the exterior of the house renovated, too.

Getting this done at the same time could help you to tick off multiple jobs at once. If you choose to get some weather-resistant fibreglass like the products provided by Architectural Fibreglass Mouldings Ltd, then your house will be ready for whatever the winter throws at it.

 

Curtains

A great way to warm the house in winter is to open your curtains early in the morning. This lets in sunlight which will naturally help to warm your rooms.

However, it is just as important that you close them when it starts to get dark and the outside temperature begins to drop. This will help to lock in the heat you have generated throughout the day. If you don’t already, consider getting some extra thick curtains to hang in winter as these will do a better job of retaining heat than regular ones.

After months of having cellotaped curtains hanging, I’m going curtain/blind shopping this weekend! Our large living room window has a big radiator underneath it, meaning we can’t get full length curtains. We’ve decided to go for a fabric blind that pulls down, and having fake curtains hanging around the window that don’t close.

 

Cover Floorboards

If you have exposed floorboards, then you’ll be losing heat.

You don’t have to carpet your house, but a rug comes in handy. You’ll especially want to cover any floorboards in your sitting area and bedroom as you’ll likely spend the most time in these rooms.

You can buy a rug that matches the current design of the room. If you want to, you could get a different one for summer and winter that are of a different style and thickness. If you haven’t tried it yet and are still struggling to keep your house warm, then get a few rugs, and it will definitely help.

 

Install An Extractor Fan In The Kitchen

A lot of homeowners still use an open window as the main way of removing steam during cooking. This is not a good solution, especially in winter.

In winter you don’t want to let the cold in or the heat out, so you are less likely to open the window and let the steam from cooking escape. This means that added moisture sits in your house and can cause damp, mould and other unpleasant difficulties.

If you don’t have an extractor fan, then you should get one installed. It will suck up all of the moisture produced while cooking and you won’t need to open the window any longer. It sits just above the oven, and many even come with a light fitting to make cooking in the evening that much easier.

 

Replace Doors

All of the doors in your house will contribute to locking in heat in their own way.

Your front and back doors are the first line of defence for your house when it comes to the cold. If you feel like your exterior doors are doing a poor job of keeping the heat in and the cold out, then consider getting them replaced. It is a small change that could make a big difference.

Inside your house, your doors will help keep the warm air inside each specific room. For example, your bedroom door will help keep you warm at night. If you feel like these doors are not adequate then again replacing them could prove to make a big difference for how well heated your house remains throughout the winter months.

You might also want to replace your doors if you feel like a change or they are starting to look old and tatty.

 

Fix or Replace Your Roof

If you’ve noticed cracked tiles or feel like you are losing heat through your roof, then it could be a sign you need it fixing or replacing entirely.

If you have confirmed that there is an issue, then your best bet is it hire a professional to take a look. They will be able to assess what the damages are, give you a quote and let you know in detail what improvements need to be completed.

You could take a shot at fixing and replacing tiles yourself, but the last thing you want to do it cause more damage and for it to cost you more in the long run. If you do decide to take a stab at fixing your roof, make sure there is someone around to hold the ladder and that you are safe on the roof.

The same principle will apply to any shingles or other kinds of roofing you have. Any cracks or breaks in the can cause leaks, damp and other major issues for your house. Something you don’t want any time of year but are especially bad in winter.

 

Monochrome Kitchens and Bathrooms

Monochrome kitchens and bathrooms have a classic, modern finish, and is a trend that won’t disappear anytime soon.

The kitchen is the area people spend most time in. It’s a place for cooking, eating, socialising. It truly is the heart of the house. But sometimes, we don’t recognise when it needs an update.

Maybe the paint on the ceiling has started to peel, or the cupboards have been bleached by the sun, and are a completely different colour to what they were originally. I know a kitchen update is a big job, and can seem scary.

You also want your bathroom to remain a warm and relaxing space. You don’t want to have a bath while looking at the mould that has started to grow around the sealant.

Monochrome kitchens and bathrooms are a timeless trend. If you were to replace either of these rooms, you could be assured that you wouldn’t need to replace them again for at least ten years. Think of it as an investment!

Here is some inspiration to achieve the perfect monochrome look.

Kitchen

The lure of a modern kitchen is just all too much for some people, especially when they have a pretty outdated one.

Unless you’ve bought a new build home, or the previous owner renovated the kitchen, you’re going to need a little bit of money to sort this one. But the value it adds to the house is amazing.

A beautiful look at the minute is white everything. You can choose glossy white cabinets, and a white glass marble floor. It isn’t real marble, as this can get a little expensive. But it gives off a really smart look. If you have a dog that’s likely to get this white floor dirty, you can easily go black and have an equally smart look. 

If you decide to dare white flooring, then a black work surface and cupboards will make it look so sleek. With white flooring, I’d always suggest going for a grey grout. White stains after a few years anyway, so get it grey to start with and make it won’t show up unwanted dirt.

To keep things neat, have the lights built into the ceiling rather than low hanging. See if you can get a double black oven built into the wall to aid your cooking and to make the kitchen pretty.

If there’s some appliances you want to keep, but need to get out of the house temporarily, it might be best to use storage companies such as Magenta storage. They will hold the items for you as kitchen renovations can take time. Storage is relatively cheap so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

 

Bathroom

This is another biggy when it comes to renovations, and one that people will put off. The thought of being without a shower for a week, or a toilet for even a day, can be terrifying. 

The kitchen and bathrooms are the main rooms in the house. It’s easy to completely transform them by gutting them out and putting new things in. A popular look again at the minute, is the crisp marble look. In the bathroom this can give off such a relaxing, inviting look.

It’s definitely better to go darker in the bathroom as it’s easy to keep clean and is more relaxing in a sense compared to a bright colour. Just make sure you have enough natural light coming in. The window in my bathroom is too small to pull off a dark bathroom, so we went with cream tiles and a white suite. 

A great look at the minute is the deep sinking baths with the waterfall flow taps like ours. If you have the space, you could also fit in a small walk-in shower in the corner for those times when you need a quick freshen up.

Make sure the tub is white to set off the black. If you can, a double sink is a great addition to a bathroom. Not only does it make things easier (no more fights between Mr and Mrs), but to give the room the American home-style feel that’s so popular at the minute.

black bathroom tiles with white towel

Would you consider monochrome kitchens and bathrooms? Or do you prefer a splash of colour?