2016 for us has been all about the new extension and renovations on our home. The extension is done and we are happily using the room and enjoying the new space. But, all the renovations on the other parts of our home is not done; we still have quite a bit to do.Read More
Whether you have a large, luxurious bathroom or a cosy and small one - bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in the house. They are used for everything from part of your everyday getting ready routine in the morning to a long, relaxing soak at the end of the day; therefore it’s vitally important that your bathroom is fit for purpose. If your bathroom is on the smaller side, here are some helpful tips to allow you to utilise all of its space.Read More
Earlier this year we embarked on having an extension built for what will become our new living room. And this week it is finally done (well nearly, just a few bits and pieces to touch up). The final piece of the puzzle was the skirting board and architrave and we had it fitted yesterday.Read More
When it comes to furnishing your home, you usually approach it in the same way you would with anything else. From sofas to lighting, you begin with an online search and after a few clicks you’ve found what you wanted and it will arrive in 3 to 5 working days. Although this approach is hugely convenient, there are some areas where it just doesn’t apply, and bathroom furnishing is one of them. If you’re on the hunt for a new bathroom suite, these four questions should ensure you stay on track.Read More
When it comes to home decor, flooring is important. Laying the right floors makes a huge difference to how good the look, feel and finish of a room is.Read More
Bathrooms don’t always scream “Update me!!” in the same way other rooms in your house do. Or, rather, they do; we just don’t spend long enough in the bathroom to hear that voice. The bathroom isn’t like, say, the living room. We spend large amounts of time in the living room. Enough time to realise that we don’t like the wallpaper or the TV isn’t very efficiently placed.
With the bathroom, we tend to go in, do what we need to do, get out.But your bathroom needs some love too! It may not call itself to your attention that much, but guests will certainly be judging it. Giving your bathroom a design update will impress you and your guests! You could also end up bumping up the resale value of your home.
Here are some of the design world’s favourite tips for bathroom updating!
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Let more of nature into your bathroom! When I say ‘nature’, I mean natural light, air and plants. The latter of those is the easiest to deal with. A plant can just be carried in and placed somewhere, after all. The other two are slightly trickier!
The best plants for your bathroom are simple ones. Keep it clean and green! Some colourful, eccentric flower arrangement will just look odd. Many people suggest the Peace Lily as the perfect household plant. And the Peace Lily is a pretty plant, for sure. But if you have a cat or a dog, you may want to avoid it. The Peace Lily is poisonous to cats and dogs, so think twice! A nice Boston Fern or a Spider Plant (which, no, does not contain spiders) are better bets.
As for the light, what room couldn’t be improved with more natural light? A lot of bathrooms have really small windows that were installed quickly and cheaply to meet building laws. Some of these may only open a tiny bit! If your window is too small, consider getting a bigger one installed. Speak to a builder or architect about this possibility.
Make a small bathroom look bigger
Small bathrooms can leave one feeling claustrophobic. There are a lot of facilities in your average bathroom, so it’s a real bother to have them all crammed into too small a room. Increasing the size of your bathroom is usually not that feasible.
Assess the facilities in your bathroom. Are they bigger than you need them to be? Are they oddly placed? A great way of saving room is to have a corner sink installed. Places like Serene Bathrooms also do room-saving bathtubs, too.
If you want more floor space, consider having things mounted on the wall! Sinks and bathroom vanities can be mounted to the wall, saving floor space in the room proper and the shower. Every bathroom needs a small bin; putting a bin underneath a wall-mounted sink looks classy and saves a ton of room!
There are other tricks you can employ to make your bathroom seem bigger. Natural light will help make any room seem more free and open. Another common trick is to keep the colour scheme consistent. When colour clash is occurring in the room’s materials, you become highly aware of where space ends. Keeping everything at a similar shade will help!
Kitchen appliances in our home define our lifestyle. So we need to choose the right appliances that suit our needs. Moreover, remember that you don’t have to buy an appliance that your friend has, as your needs will be different from theirs. Many a time, people end up buying, only to later realize that they have brought something that doesn’t suit their needs.Read More
Did you know, nine in ten garages in the UK don’t actually house a car? If you don’t own a car or you do but you prefer to store it on your driveway, could you be making better use of those precious square inches on your premises? Today, we’re taking a look at some possible ideas for putting your garage to better use.Read More
When thinking about interior design for our homes we often forget to cover one important room – the kids’ bedroom! Providing children with a personal space in which they can thrive, learn and play is important and a real opportunity to unleash your repressed creativity.Read More
There’s an old saying that first impressions last and nothing could be truer when it comes to presenting your property for sale. That means ensuring the interior is tidy, presentable and as neutral as possible while the exterior needs to be attractive, well-maintained and as clean as possible.Read More