20Jan/140

Top 3 ways to easily update your bathroom

Whether you’re wanting to improve your home’s appeal to potential buyers, or are simply looking to spruce the place up, this handy guide will show you the top three ways to easily update your bathroom.

Ditch dated tiles

Many people use tiles in their bathroom as they are incredibly practical; however, they can become damaged and dated. Rather than spend hours painstakingly removing your ceramic tiles – before parting with a small fortune for replacement ones – why not consider a quick-fix solution?

You could invest in a specially designed ceramic tile paint. Using this can instantly alter the colour scheme of your room, but can be known to flake away over time. Rather, take a look at the range at TactTiles, which includes a selection of wet room floor tiles. Simply fix these clever, anti-slip tiles over your existing flooring and instantly update your room.

Replace tatty towels

Towels may be practical items, but why not make them a design feature too? A fluffy white towel can be appealing, but they can become discoloured easily. To add a dash of colour to the room, go for bright coloured towels. Contrasts work well too – just take a look at how this traditional bathroom from design inspiration site Houzz has been updated.

Hideaway toiletries

A bathroom littered with half full bottles of shampoo and face wash is hardly luxurious. Toiletries are necessities, but you don’t always have to have them on show. Stow all of your lotions and potions away in a stylish set of drawers. This slim 4-drawer storage unit from Homebase would be ideal, as it provides enough room for all of your essentials, while still remaining slim enough to fit into even the smallest of spaces. As a result, you’ll have a sleek and tidy bathroom that both you and potential buyers will love.

 

 

 

 

9Jan/140

Security Systems for Your Home and Business

Having a security system installed is an effective way of protecting your home and business from break-ins, theft and criminal damage. Displaying a sign outside the premises that warns potential intruders that a security system is in operation provides an excellent deterrent. Even if your home or business is located in an area with very little crime, it’s worth considering the installation of a security system. We can’t always anticipate future risks.

Home Systems

Make a list of all the windows and doors you want to protect and think about possible locations for the control panel and keypad. Popular locations include close to the front door or in your bedroom, because you are less likely to forget to set the alarm. Monitored security systems are connected to a central station that looks after the security of your property for a monthly fee. If you want to save money, you can choose a self-monitoring system that alerts your mobile phone or another number if the alarm is triggered.

Wired or Wireless?

Wired systems means that holes will need to be drilled in the walls during installation. If you wish to avoid this, consider a wireless system but make sure that the transmission range is wide enough to cover the whole property.

User Friendly

If you have a dog or a cat that wanders around the house at night or if family members often rise to get snacks or glasses of water, this must be taken into consideration as it will influence the type of motion sensors you will need. Choose a company like QuickSafe that provides pet-friendly systems. Make sure that changing codes is an easy task that all family members can be involved in. Will your system work with other home safety sensors? Check that carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms will not be affected by your new security system.

Business Security

Most businesses use a combination of security measures to ensure that their premises’ are fully protected. A wide range of options are available, from the most basic bells-only alarm to more complex and expensive security systems. Bells-only alarms probably won’t be accepted by insurers as adequate for protecting a commercial building. A more reliable alternative is the fully-monitored system as the triggering of an alarm means that the Alarm Receiving Centre will be immediately informed. The Centre will confirm whether the alarm is false or a real alert and notify the relevant services, for example the police or a private security provider.

 

9Jan/140

Interior Design for Rented Properties

We are becoming a nation of renters, with the average age for buying a first property rising to 52 in London and 37 for the rest of the UK. Living in a rented property can be frustrating because you are not fully in control of how to furnish it or how to plan its layout. However, there are ways you can personalise the design of your rented house or flat without violating the terms of your contract.

Furniture

If your rented property is furnished, then you might find that some of the furniture isn’t to your taste. However, don’t resign yourself to staring at that ugly sofa set for the foreseeable future. Never underestimate the power of an attractive tablecloth or covering. Throwing a colourful blanket or pashmina over coffee tables and armchairs provides a quick, cheap solution. If your property is unfurnished and you have a limited budget, try car boot sales, antique markets and charity shops to pick up bits and pieces. Cheap furniture can be transformed with paint and stencils. You can also rent your furniture if you know you won’t be remaining in a particular property for very long.

Paint and Wallpaper

Some landlords will allow you to paint the walls, providing that you return them to a neutral colour before you leave. If you don’t want to change the colour of a whole room, why not choose one wall to accent or only paint the doorframes? If you’re desperate to put some beautiful wallpaper to use, why not thread ribbon through the centre of a roll and hang it from the top of the wall? This way you’re not pasting anything down and you can use quite a bold design because it will only hang in one part of the room.

Little Things

It’s the small things that can really brighten up a rented property so invest in pretty bed linen and statement light shades. A large, colourful drum lampshade can bring style and character to even the dullest of rooms.

Creativity is Key

See the soft furnishings as a real opportunity to make the space your own. Choosing unusual cushions or knocking up some vibrant cushion covers yourself can transform a shabby sofa. If you’re feeling really brave, you could even try making your own curtains. If you’re afraid of damaging paint or wallpaper that’s already in the property, why not try temporary wall decals? These are easy stick-on peel-off shapes and patterns that can be removed without leaving marks. You can switch them up according to your mood or the season.

 

9Jan/140

Sleep Easy by Choosing the Right Bed

The quality of your sleep can impact on all areas of your life, from your levels of productivity in the workplace to how much energy you have when you get home at night. Getting a good night’s sleep is important for your general health and wellbeing. With this in mind,

Time for a New Bed?

It may be time for a new mattress or a new bedframe if you wake up with pain or stiffness, if you have a better night’s sleep somewhere other than your bed, or if your mattress is showing signs of wear and tear. Those who use their beds for activities other than sleeping, like reading or watching television, can find that their mattresses become worn more quickly. Significant changes in weight can also mean that a new mattress is necessary.

Space Concerns

Most guides advise that you buy the largest bed you can comfortably fit into the space available. You don’t want to be disturbed by a sleeping partner, particularly if they are known to snore! Bed sizes are not standard so make sure you are mindful of measurements. If your bedroom isn’t particularly spacious but you still want a double bed, Bedzrus has a range of small doubles available.

Types Available

The two main styles of bed are divan and frame beds. Divans are really just bases for mattresses and can be very useful for those who are strapped for space as they often come with inbuilt storage facilities. Divans are either sprung or have a solid top. Beds with frames or bedsteads are more popular with those who want a particularly stylish look to their bedroom. They are often more decorative and it is advised to go for something with bowed or sprung slats, as these provide the most cushioned support.

In the Shop

There’s nothing wrong with buying a bed online, but if the option for seeing it in the flesh is available, it can be helpful to Wear comfortable clothing and remove coats and shoes and lie down on the bed. It doesn’t matter how many curious looks you might receive from other shoppers, it’s important to make sure that the bed is right for you. If you’re buying a bed for two, make sure both you and your partner are involved in the decision making. You both need to be comfortable, after all.

 

9Jan/140

Ideas for desiging a Victorian style living room

The living room in a house is one that gets used a lot for relaxation and for entertaining guests. It is therefore one that a lot of people take pride in when it comes to designing one that will help us to unwind and impress our friends alike.

Quite often, when redecorating the lounge, people will try and incorporate a theme for their interiors. One that is popular is the Victorian theme. This article will offer you some advice on styling yours in this fashion.

Use the colour gold

Using the colour gold on your interiors or your furniture can help to give your room that Victorian or antique feel to it. Colours like red are also very popular. Often, lots of people use a deep colour on their walls as a backdrop that gold accessories would compliment very well.

Use bold shades

Using bold colours on pieces of furniture (like the sofa) which is framed by dark shades of wood and placing them close to patterned items is also a good way to reflect the style that the wealthy people like to have in their homes in the Victorian era.

Don’t ignore the flooring

While you might instantly start planning what colours that you want to have on the walls, and what new furniture you are going to buy to complement it, don’t forget the flooring when you are making your plans. While you could use a carpet, you could also get some antique-style wooden flooring to create an antique effect instead.

If you do choose to use a carpet, then having one that is patterned will help to give your living room that Victorian sense of style.

Use lots of fabric

Use lots of fabric in your room design on your furnishings as well as on your carpets.

Hang lots of paints and pictures on the walls

Hanging lots of paintings on your walls with lots of lighting will also help to reflect the style that you are trying to incorporate into your living room. Candles will also make a nice, simple touch.

Use heavy curtains

Curtains that have heavier, bolder colours were very popular in Victorian times, especially if they were made out of fabrics like silk and tied back during the day by something highly visible when they are not being used.

 

 

9Jan/140

Tips for putting up tiles

When you want to put on or replace old wall tiles in your home then you have the option to do it yourself or get someone in to do it. Putting up your own tiles can mean that you save money on labour costs, but will take up some of your free time.

If you have never done it before, then trying to lay your own tiles could be a daunting thought. Here are some tips should you think that you want to do it yourself.

Get your walls in a better condition

To make the adhesive that you will be using to stick the tiles to the wall say moist for a longer length of time you could try sanding down your walls beforehand.

There are many types of adhesive that you can buy so take advice one which one will be best for the style of the tile that you want to lay. Only spread it on a small amount of the wall at a time.

Make sure you have the right tools

After you have chosen the tiles that you want to put up, then you have to make sure that you have the tools to do the job. Do your research and get some advice on what you might need beforehand. When you are planning to do your DIY, make sure that you set aside as much time as you think you will need to get it done. Be realistic about this, do not try and rush yourself.

Some of the tools you will need are a tape measure, a tile cutter and a tile spacer to name but a few.

Be prepared for things to go wrong

If you have the money to, try and buy a few more tiles that you need in case you break any in process. When it looks like you will need to use half a tile, take it to mean that you will need a whole one so that you do not run short.

Some other useful tips

If you are tiling a whole room then make sure that you make allowances for any door and window frames that are in the room. While it may be wise to buy a few extra, you probably do not want to buy too many, as this could cost you a lot of extra money, and mean that you have lots of leftover tiles that you do not have a use for.

 

 

 

 

9Jan/140

If you love interior design and decorating your house, then giving your bathroom a new look will probably be no exception. A bathroom can be a place where we experiment with a different sense of style of decoration that you probably wouldn’t put anywhere else in your home (like that rubber duck collection you’ve been working on).

As well as this, having a nice looking, modern bathroom can be an important factor when it comes to selling your home. Having one that looks outdated and that is showing signs of wear and tear could put off potential buyers as the bathroom is the place where you go to get clean.

If you’re thinking of giving your bathroom a bit of a revamp, then here are a couple of things that you might want to try.

Keep a future plan in mind

Even if you or your family do not use a bath, try and work one into the design as anyone who may want to buy your home in the future may be put off if you do not have one. If you have room for a separate bath and shower cubicle, then you could install both, or simply put a shower over the bath.

If you do have a bath, then you may want make this the focal point of the room, by adding candles and other accessories around the edges and put some nice lighting above.

Get creative with light fittings

The days of having a standard light in the bathroom are long gone. Now, the light fitting that you choose can be as big a part of the overall room design in the same way that it might be in your living room or your bedroom. If you fancy something different, then you could try adding some spotlights.

Hang a mirror

Make sure that you hang a nice mirror so that you can use it to shave in or style your hair in the morning. If you use these correctly, then you can also use mirrors to make the space seem bigger if is quite small. You may also want to hang extra task lights around them.

Use cabinets to add extra style

If you want to add some extra style to the room with the style of cabinets that you choose to have installed.

Get creative and have fun with it.

 

9Jan/140

If you work from home, then there is a good chance that you might want to set up a home office for yourself. If you are a very busy person, then you may not think that you have time to really put much thought into designing it.

However, you will probably be spending rather a lot of time in there, possibly on your own, so try and craft yourself a space that you will be able to feel relaxed in and still find it easy to maintain a high level of productivity.

Choose the room carefully

If you are devoting an entire room in your house to our personal office you should choose which room this is wisely (if you have the option to do that). If you are the kind of person who needs to work in silence or spend a lot of time on the phone, you might want to choose a room that is away from the communal areas of house.

Try and choose a room that is big enough to accommodate you and all of the tools that you will need to do your job so that you do not feel cramped in a small space.

Use plain or unpainted wooden furniture

Studies have found that many of us find plain wood and being able to see the grain of it calming to look at. You might want to try and invest in some of this from a supplier like Notation Furniture.

Try and incorporate nature

Apparently many of us find nature scenes like water, or leafy green things soothing to look at and they help us to feel energised. Why not try placing the desk near and window so that you can easily glance up and look and the nature outside. If you don’t really have a view like this then you could try using some potted plants in the room.

Paint the walls a colour that will make you happy

When you are designing your own home office, you can have control of what colour scheme you use. Pick the ones that make you feel the most relaxed or the most energised. Different colours have different meanings. Red can make us think of love, anger or danger, while colours like yellow and orange can help to raise our mood and make us feel full of energy.

 

9Jan/140

Ways to make your home more energy efficient

If you want to make your home more energy efficient then there are lots of changes that you can make that will help you to use less energy. This in turn could also mean that you spend less on your bills.

Install carpets instead of wooden floors

Having carpets in your room and help to keep the heat in the room and make it a warmer place to be. If you have carpet (and other soft furnishings) in your home, then this could help you to stay warm and mean you feel the need to use the heating less.

Getting throwovers for your sofa can also double up as blankets for you when you are cold and also keep your sofa looking clean.

Block heat from going out of the window

As well as getting double glazed windows put into the house, line your windows with heavy and well lined curtains to keep the heat in more, especially in the winter. Make sure that you take care when measuring up for new ones, because the better they fit, the better this will work.

Make your lights more efficient

You could swap the light bulbs in your home for some that more energy efficient such as LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights or CFL (compact fluorescent) lights. Although these types of light bulbs cost more upfront, they use less energy than a standard light bulb, which will save you money on your electricity bills, and they last longer and will need to be replaced less often.

Another way of saving energy and money on your lighting bills is to ensure that you switch them all off when you are not in the room. If this is not something that you do naturally, then taking the time to get into the habit can worthwhile.

Try and also switch off things like the toaster and the kettle off at the wall when you are not using them too.

There are lots of options that you could consider implementing into your home to make it more energy efficient. If you are not sure how to go about this, or where to start, there are lots of places that you go to look for advice. Do some research and work out which of the changes you can afford to do, and which will have the best long term savings for you.