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The Hottest Bedroom Design Trends of 2018

The Hottest Bedroom Design Trends of 2018

The Hottest Bedroom Design Trends of 2018

Designing the perfect bedroom can be tricky, especially on a budget. The trends change every year, even as often as every season, and it can be hard to keep up. It does give you the option to slowly morph your space into a place that is timeless and entirely you.

The only thing that never goes out of style, however, is being comfortable. Pick a mattress and mattress topper that help you sleep through the night. Some options are super soft and even cooling. Cover these items with any color sheets and make it as fashionable as you like.

Though comfort is critical, there are a few things that we think will continue to be hot in 2018 – muted colors, geometric patterns, metallic accents, and plush fabrics.

Minimalism has been back for a while – we’ve seen it in the rise of industrial design and Kondo-ism, the method of cleaning out your space designed by Japanese author Marie Kondo.

The colors that we think will be in this year are muted colors like navy blue and shades of grey and not the movie kind. Bright, metallic accents will also come back into fashion.

These color schemes are perfect for teenaged sons, who are not always interested in picking out colors that make for a cohesive room design. It also doesn’t show dirt as much as other trendy shades have in the past.

With a dark color scheme like this, you are going to need some accent colors in the room to avoid having it look like a dungeon.

When it comes to those accents, there’s a lot of ways to bring them into the room. Gold, regular and rose, and copper, in particular, will bring color to these otherwise muted colors, and easy to find in all sorts of places.

Nightstands and lamps are easy ways to bring color into the color scheme and show a little bit of fashion sense in anyone’s bedroom design. It’s also easy to add metallics by painting the knobs and handles of your dressers and desk drawers.

Those lamps are also an easy place to add geometric shapes and patterns. Shapes like this add depth to a room without making it too busy, as long as you don’t overdo it. Geometric lamp bases are a lot of fun and add a little bit of extra light to the room. If that’s not enough for you, you can go for patterned sheets, throw blankets, or duvet covers for a splash of fun and color.

In fact, a throw blanket or an accent pillow would be a great way to incorporate the trend of plush fabrics like velvet and microfleece. If you feel like a full overhaul, a textured accent wallpaper might be a good choice for your space.

Of course, all of this comes with the caveat of choosing things that match your own tastes as well as the trends. If you absolutely hate one of these trends, it’s probably best to avoid it. Remember, it’s your space, and you should feel comfortable in it.

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Design, DIY tips

Brick By Brick: Are You Ready To Build Your Own Home?

Brick By Brick: Are You Ready To Build Your Own Home?

Brick By Brick: Are You Ready To Build Your Own Home?

Let’s face it; house hunting can be a total nightmare. Moving house is stressful enough already without having to constantly worry about whether or not you’re able to find the right home. You almost always have to end up compromising what you really want in order to find somewhere within your price range as well. But what if you didn’t? What if there was a way that you could have your perfect home without having to compromise? Well, there is: build it yourself! A lot of people have always dreamt of building their own home to their exact specifications, but it can often feel impossible even to know where to start. In order to help you get started, here are a few things that you should carefully consider when building your own home.


The first thing that you should think about when building your own home is your budget. One of the most appealing things about building your own home is the fact that it gives you the opportunity to get the home that you really want without having to spend more money than you can afford. That being said, it’s entirely possible for the budget of your home build to end up spiraling right out of control. The best way to prevent that from happening is to keep a detailed budget right from the start that you consistently refer back to every step of the way.


The other thing that can end up getting away from you if you’re not careful is the schedule for your build. Of course, building a house is not a quick process, but it’s important that you factor any potential issues into your schedule. If you plan your life around a schedule that doesn’t allow for issues with planning, materials, weather, or anything else, then you’re going to end up in a pretty difficult position further down the line. It’s also a good idea to make sure that you have somewhere to stay organized in advance. The last thing you want is to end up living out of your car while the build is being finished.


If you intend to build your own home, then you’re going to need the help of a lot of services. From architects to construction crews, there are going to be a lot of hands on deck. Because of this, you want to make sure that you’re getting in touch with the best possible tradespeople. And don’t just think about the big stuff either. Places like are incredibly important when constructing a home and you can’t afford not to consider them carefully. The same goes for carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and even landscape gardeners.   

Sure, building a home can be a lot of work, and it’s not something for everyone. But if you really want to create your forever home, then there really is no better way to do that than to create something totally unique that’s built entirely around the needs of you and your family.

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Building Design, DIY tips, Exterior design

Building A Home: The Best Bits Of Advice

Building A Home: The Best Bits Of Advice

Building A Home: The Best Bits Of Advice

If you’re deciding on how to build your home for the first time, there are plenty of things that you should know before getting stuck it. Building is a great alternative to buying because you don’t have to settle for something if you can’t find what you’re looking for. You can just create your own dream house, something completely different to what anyone else has, because it has came from your mind and not an ad online.

Let’s get started.

Arrange the finances

It is absolutely essential that you come up with a budget, along with how you plan on paying for this project, as this will determine how big (or small) the house can be. It’s important you be realistic with your budget to avoid disappointment. You don’t want to envision something incredible, and then realize you have no means of getting the finances to cover it.

Find a building plot

You will need to decide on a location for your home to go. This can be a long process because not only will you need to find somewhere that you have the right to build on, but you also have to like it. You will need to consider things like distance from the nearest shop, doctor, school, and work.

Find a team   

You have the choice of what kind of designer you choose. You could hire in an architect as well as a builder to work alongside one another. Or you could go with a package supplier, which is the person that does everything. Just make sure you find the right person for the job. They should understand and be able to visually see your idea while also giving you their honest opinion on things if they don’t think that it’s a good move. For example, when deciding on the framing, there are plenty of steel frame homes pros & cons. Now you may not have any idea what these are – but your team should.

Contact the planners

Starting communication with the planners is a wise move so that you know early on whether your project is viable or not. By doing this, you will have a better idea of what will and won’t be accepted in terms of the scale that you want your home to be, as well as the different materials that can be used. This will give you the best chance of getting your planning permission because you did everything by the rule book without trying to cut any corners.

Start the build

Hopefully, by this time everything has been accepted, and you have the freedom to build exactly what was planned. If this is the case, then it’s time to start. Now although you may not be doing the work, it’s important that your presence is always around so you can oversee exactly what is happening, and if it’s how you had all discussed. Of course, you should have every trust in your team that they create your vision exactly how you said, but sometimes it has been known for builders to stray away from that. So you must be there to keep an eye on how things are running. – If there is something that you’re not sure about or weren’t aware of – speak up.

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Easy hacks to make DIY easier for a busy family

Easy Hacks To Make DIY Easier For A Busy Family

Easy hacks to make DIY easier for a busy family

There comes a time when house improvements are needed. It might be that you have left a room years without completing any changes. And now is the time to give it a spruce. Or you might be thinking of getting the house in good order now that summer is making an appearance. After all, you will have guests over aplenty during the warmer months. And you want your house to look fantastic to impress them beyond belief. However, DIY is easier said than done when you have a family. In fact, it can turn into a long and painful process with everyone around. And a lot of families just don’t have the time to do DIY with their busy life. Therefore, here are some easy hacks to make DIY easier for a busy family.

Do one room at a time

It’s so easy to have a list as long as your arm of rooms that need DIY jobs. But rather than take on everything, you need to focus on a task at a time. After all, so many people start working on multiple DIY jobs at once. And then it can leave them not only doing a half-hearted job with the DIY, but it can turn into a very stressful experience too. After all, it can be hard to keep up with where you are with each job. And then you might make errors which can take longer to fix. Therefore, to ensure you do a good job with the DIY, you need to do one room at a time. Decide which one is most important and then you can start with this room. For example, you might decide to work on the bathroom first as it’s the most important room. And then if you concentrate on the one job, you can put all your effort into the DIY to be left happy with the final results!

Easy Hacks To Make DIY Easier For A Busy Family

Give every family member a role

When you don’t have much time to do the DIY, it can leave you struggling to complete the task at hand. And you feel like you need another set of hands to ensure you get everything done properly. Therefore, you should get the rest of the family involved to help make the job a bit easier. After all, you can give everyone a small job to ensure the process is as painless as possible. And with several of you working on the DIY, it will be sure to be completed sooner rather than later. It can also be a fun family activity if everyone gets involved. After all, you can all celebrate together when you see the final work done in the house. And working together to get the job done can help you all bond. Therefore, all work together to ensure the DIY is completed in good time.

Easy Hacks To Make DIY Easier For A Busy Family

Time to go cordless

It’s hard to do DIY with your family being around in the house. After all, you have to be so careful to ensure that the DIY doesn’t become a hazard to your kids. You don’t want them falling over wires which can mean a trip up to A&E. One way you can make DIY easier and ensure your kids don’t get injured is by going cordless with your equipment. After all, you then don’t have to worry about them falling over any wires in the home. And you will use less room if you do use cordless tools. It can also be ideal for when you are trying to get to specific areas in the home. After all, you don’t want to have to drag a long wire with you if it’s a hard-to-reach area. A cordless screwdriver is one tool you should invest in. After all, with no wires, you can ensure you easily get the DIY done without disturbing your family!

Cut corners when it comes to DIY

To help make DIY easier, you should look at ways you can cut corners. After all, it can then ensure the DIY is less time-consuming for your family. For one thing, look at ways to reduce the work in the room. Is there any way to hide that peeling wallpaper rather than replacing it all? You might be able to put some furniture in the way to ensure you don’t have to wallpaper the whole room. And could you put a rug over that damaged area of carpet? It saves removing it all when the room needs improving. Try and cut some corners to make DIY much easier for your busy family!

And don’t be afraid to hire a professional to do the DIY. For one thing, you can ensure your home looks perfect. And when you are busy with your family, it can be easier to just get someone to do the DIY for you!

Easy Hacks To Make DIY Easier For A Busy Family

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