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6 Exterior Shutter Systems to Choose for Your Windows

6 Exterior Shutter Systems to Choose for Your Windows

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Looking for the best way to add some personality to your windows? Maybe you’re looking for an upgrade for your home’s exterior? Whatever impact you want for your home’s exterior space, window shutters are an exciting choice. The installations are not only about looks but also functionality, and more.

If you plan to give your home a makeover, consider the following shutter systems for your home.

Raised Panel Shutter Style

This shutter style is like what you have in your home’s cabinets. It’s one of the most popular styles in wood applications and for a good reason. The low-profile panels work with any home style from Colonial, ranch style homes, Greek revival, Cape Cod, Victorian to Federal, and others. The decorative, raised panel shutter system gives your home a distinct laid back country style.

Louvered Shutter Style

The louvered shutter style is popular as it easily combines beauty, privacy, and protection for your home. The shutter system features overlapping slanted slats which block light and keep away prying eyes. However, it’s easy to open and let in natural light and cool air whenever you like.

The shutter style can work with any architectural style though it blends most perfectly with classic architectural styles where homes have an ornate, or casual style. Such homes include Federal and Colonial, Victorian, Italianate, Georgian, and Ranch among others.

Board-and-Batten Shutter Style

If you want to give your home a rustic or old world outlook, the board and batten (BnB) shutters will work for you. The shutter style also works perfectly with old world architecture, Mediterranean, Cape Cod/Ranch, and French Country homes. You can choose from a versatile range of styles including spaced, arch-top or square, or joined styles to personalize your home.

Bahama Shutters (Bermuda Shutter Style)

This is a type of louvered shutter style but with a unique installation system at the top of windows. When fixed on top, the shutter style is stronger than classic louvered shutters. The shutter system is popular for tropical areas frequently hit by powerful storms. The fitting style also makes it easier to open the shutter to let in the cool breeze on hot days.

Plantation Shutter Style

Plantation shutter style is one of the most popular types of louvered shutters you’ll find on homes. These are a magnificent upgrade for your home and feature larger spacing. Plantation shutters improve curb appeal, enhance indoor light control, and increase your home’s value. If you’re in a storm-prone area, these shutters enhance protection for your home and the occupants.

Cut-out shutter Style

If you want to add some unique personality to your exterior space, consider cut-out design shutter style. You can choose unique cut out shapes and motifs to give your windows a makeover and improve your home’s exterior outlook.

If you’re thinking of a way to make your windows stand out from the rest of the house, consider these shutter styles. They combine aesthetics and function to improve your home. You get a more attractive, energy-efficient, and safer living space with the window upgrades.

Design

Cosy Interiors: 7 Reasons Your Home Needs a Rug

Cosy Interiors: 7 Reasons Your Home Needs a Rug

When it comes to home décor, there are a lot of features to consider. Some people may wonder if a rug is a necessary feature. While some claim it is essential because it adds elegance to a room, there are others who say it is not necessary. What is the right answer?

When it comes to rugs, it is possible to see The Bob Mills Rug Gallery for some great options, but first, it is a good idea to learn why adding this to a home is a smart move. Keep reading to learn what those reasons are.

1. Rugs Help Absorb Noise

Rooms that don’t have rugs are louder than those that do have rugs. There are more than a few things in a room that can cause noise, which includes sound systems and television. Also, hardwood flooring creates a lot of noise when someone walks across it. With a rug, much of this noise can be eliminated.

2. Rugs Help Improve Air Quality

A rug can act as a filter for a room. It helps to trap dust along with other particles floating in the air. This means it helps to clean the air being breathed in. People who are dealing with breathing issues like asthma can benefit from having one or more rugs in their home.

3. Rugs Provide a Cushion if Someone Falls

If there is no rug in place and someone falls, they may suffer an injury. However, the rug provides a cushion, which helps to prevent any serious injuries. Rugs are ideal for homes with babies or toddlers, along with homes where elderly people live.

4. Rugs Protect the Floor

Rugs provide protection for the floor from damage. This is because the rug will absorb the impact when something falls onto it. Because of this, the rug will serve as a source of protection for the floor while minimizing damages that may otherwise occur.

Also, if the floor is damaged, and a homeowner doesn’t have the funds to make the needed repairs, rugs can hide imperfections.

5. Rugs Make a Space Feel More Comfortable

Rugs are great for making a space feel cozier. They can warm up a room and make it more fun to play games or just relax on the floor. Also, unlike hard or bare flooring, rugs don’t feel cold when walked on. This is a great feature for wintertime.

6. Rugs Bring a Room Together

In some cases, a homeowner may have one or more pieces of furniture or décor that don’t really coordinate or work together without a rug. Some rugs can be the cohesive element the room needs.

7. Rugs are Simple to Clean

Compared to carpeting, rugs are much easier to clean. After all, it is possible to pick them up and get all the way through from the top to the bottom to clean spills that may occur. This means the rug will be cleaner and look better for longer.

As anyone can see, adding a rug to their space is something that just makes sense. Be sure to put time and effort into finding the right rug to achieve the desired results. This will pay off and provide all the benefits mentioned above and more. Being informed is the best way to find a quality rug for any home or space.

Design, Interior Design

Easy Ways to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

Easy Ways to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

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No one likes to have a cold home. When you are prone to having a cold house, it can feel like a continual battle to keep warm. Trying to keep your home at a constant, comfortable temperature during the winter can lead to extortionate gas and electricity bills, which can be a real cause of stress. Receiving a high energy bill can be a nasty surprise, and may leave you worrying about how you will cover the cost. 

If you find yourself continually turning up your heating to stay warm, you may benefit from improving the energy efficiency of your home. Improving the energy efficiency of your home will not only help keep you warm all winter long, but it will also reduce the cost of your heating bills. Of course, increasing the energy efficiency of your home is about so much more than saving money. When you actively make changes to improve energy efficiency in your house, you are also helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some of the ways that you can increase the energy efficiency of your home and enjoy the benefits that this brings:

Switch Your Lighting

Your choice of lighting can influence the cost of powering your home. Some lights require a large amount of electricity to keep them running, but switching to LED lighting will provide an energy-efficient alternative. LED lights use 90 per cent less electricity than regular light bulbs, so you should see a reduction in your energy usage when you switch to LED lighting.

Check Your Insulation

If you are continually turning up your heating, but still not feeling the warmth in your home, you may need to improve your roof insulation. If your roof is not well-insulated, all of the heat generated by your fire or central heating travels up into your loft and through your roof. To prevent your heat from being wasted in this way, you will need to ensure that your loft insulation performs at its best. Using the best insulation will allow your home to stay warm and less heat will escape through your roof. This means a cosier house and less expensive energy bills.

Change Your Windows

Are you losing heat through your windows? Many homes lose heat through their windows without even realising. Even if your windows don’t seem drafty, they can still be energy inefficient, and cause your heating bill to rise. Double-glazed windows and triple-glazed windows can help to boost your home’s energy efficiency by providing improved insulation when compared to single-glazed windows. However, not all double-glazing and triple-glazing is equal. The energy efficiency of your windows will depend on the quality of the glazing and window frames. Changing your windows and doors to double or triple-glazing with a high energy efficiency rating will help to ensure that your home stays well insulated. You may also want to consider adding a heavy curtain to the windows to help keep the warm air in and prevent any drafts entering your home. 

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Can You Add More Space To Your Home Without An Extension?

Can You Add More Space To Your Home Without An Extension?

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Is there a way to add more space to your home without investing in a costly and disruptive extension? Well…there’s good and bad news! The bad news is that you can’t physically add more floor space to your home without actually building more rooms onto it. However, the good news is that there are methods of creating more space and making your home look and feel more spacious. It won’t physically increase in size, but you should feel less cramped and get more from your current floor space. 

Here are some things you can do:

Build or buy a garden shed

If you have a garden, getting a shed is the perfect solution. It’s far easier to build than a garage, and you can pretty much handle it by yourself. Get in touch with timber merchants, buy all the equipment/supplies, then watch a YouTube video and you’re good to go! If you don’t like getting your hands dirty, you can always buy a pre-built one online. The purpose of this is to act as a storage space for things that aren’t needed in your home at all times. You’ll be amazed at how much space this creates when you remove lots of clutter or items that you use sporadically from your property. It may even let you clear out your attic, leaving it open for a little renovation – perhaps adding a new room to your home without an extension!

Use your furniture for storage purposes

Next, you can create space by turning your furniture into storage space. This works in a couple of ways. Firstly, you can buy furniture that has built-in storage compartments. This includes beds that lift up to reveal a large storage area, footrests where the top can be taken off and the rest is basically a box, etc. Secondly, you can take advantage of the fixed state of some furniture to store things underneath. Again, beds are a great example as you can put belongings under the bed in small storage containers. The same goes for sofas and armchairs – you’re basically hiding stuff under the furniture, so it’s not in plain sight. Therefore, the illusion of more space is created because fewer things are left cluttered about. Not only that but you genuinely do create more space for people to walk around and move. 

Be more organised

Yes, the act of being more organised is the simplest way of creating space in your home. Think about all the different ways you can be a bit tidier or neater. For instance, putting your shoes away in a rack, rather than leaving them on the hallway floor. Instantly, more space is created and the hallway feels less cramped. In the living room, stop leaving things on the floor or letting coffee tables get cluttered. Even the process of reorganizing your furniture layout can add more space to your home. 

So, yes, you can technically add more space to your home without paying for an extension. It won’t make your house bigger, but it will help you open up your property and take advantage of all the space you currently have.

Design, Interior Design

3 Creative Ways To Use Your Spare Bedroom

3 Creative Ways To Use Your Spare Bedroom

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Sometimes we end up living in a place that has too many rooms. Whether it was because you needed the extra space at the time, or because the price was great, or because it ticked all the other boxes even if there was that one room you didn’t know what to do with, having a spare bedroom can be a blessing in disguise. This is because that ‘bedroom’ doesn’t have to be a bedroom at all. Just because that’s how it was described by the agent or because it’s upstairs or because the previous owners or tenants had a bed in there, there are no rules to say that you have to use it in the same way.

Once you break away from the idea that a bedroom must always be a bedroom, you’ll realize there are dozens of creative ways to use that spare room to your advantage. Read on to find out what some of them are.

A Library

Are you a book lover who’s running out of space to house your books? Maybe your spare bedroom could be the answer. You don’t have to have a stately home or a big castle in the country to have a library; all you need is a spare bedroom and plenty of bookshelves. Line the walls with wooden shelves and start collecting all the books you want, as it will take you a long time to fill a whole room with them.

If you want more than a library and you want to turn the place into a reading room, just make sure you leave space for a comfortable couch or a recliner chair, and you could spend many happy hours in your own personal library.

A Bar

Just as there’s no rule that bedrooms have to be upstairs, there’s no rule that bars have to be downstairs, and if you want to create a comfortable, welcoming, fun place for you and your friends to spend time together, away from the rest of the house, your spare bedroom could easily be made into a bar. Install some built in wardrobes and you can give yourself even more space to tidy things away depending on how much room you need on any particular occasion.

A bar in a prominent position, some bar stools, a fridge to keep the drinks cool, and some optics hanging up on the wall, and you’ve got quite an impressive spot for a party, and no one will expect to see it there either, making your home unique.

A Gym

If you like the idea of working out but you hate the idea of going to a gym because of the extra time it takes or because you don’t want to work out with other people around you, your spare bedroom could turn into a gym where you can work out whenever you want to, and where no one will see you do it – unless you want them to, of course.

You’ll need to invest in some equipment, of course, but once you have you won’t have to spend out anything more, and you can stay fit and healthy in the comfort of your own home. For many, this is a dream come true. 

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Those Unmissable Steps In Any Home Construction

Those Unmissable Steps In Any Home Construction

When you are looking for ways to improve the overall look of your home, there are a lot of things that you will want to consider. Probably most important of all is considering some kind of renovation, which can easily be achieved in a number of ways. If you are thinking of carrying out some kind of construction in your home, there are some essential steps that you should be aware of. In this post, we’ll take you through some of those steps, so that you can ensure you are going to get it done much sooner and with greater success.

Ideation & Planning

First of all, you need to be really clear on what you want to change in the home and why. Only by having a strong idea that you love will you be able to find the necessary motivation to carry on, and you are going to find things so much easier in this way. So, spend some time asking yourself what kind of ideas you want to put into place. How do you want your home to look and feel, and what are you going to do to make it a reality? This is going to be essential in getting started.

After you have your essential idea, you then need to draw up a basic plan for how you are going to achieve it. That can be a difficult part of the process, but it is also one of the most important, so it’s vital that you do not overlook it if you can help it. This plan should include what you want the home to look like at the end, as well as what you are going to do – in the major steps – to make it a reality.

Of course, you can go very detailed into this plan if you like, but you should bear in mind that this is not always going to be easy to do, and you might need to keep things simple instead. It’s all about finding the right balance for you and your project. But one thing is for sure: some kind of plan is bound to be essential.

Finding A Team

If your project is a considerable one, you are probably going to need to find a team who can work alongside you. This is not always going to be easy to do, but again it is likely going to be essential, so you should make sure that you are thinking about it for that reason in particular. Most of all, you need someone to help with the blueprints and plans, such as a qualified architect. You will also need to look out for a construction team whom you feel you can trust, of course, and that can be something of a challenge in itself.

The important point here is not to land on one option too quickly, but rather to try and find a team who are likely to work with you and offer you the best opportunity that you would hope for. This means spending time shopping around, and trying to follow your nose with regard to finding a team you feel you can trust.

Carving Out Time

The project in question is always going to take some time, so you need to make sure you can find it. That might mean you need to take some time off work, or even that you need to think about doing something along the lines of shaking things up in your life in a more profound way. The important thing is that you are going to have enough time to get the project done, but without having to rush and cut corners – as that can often end up causing a lot of problems in itself.

Once you have landed on a particular time frame, you are going to find it so much easier to get the ball rolling in a significant manner.

Put Up Scaffolding

Before any actual construction can be done, you need to find a team who can construct the scaffolding for you. In most cases, this should be a pretty straightforward affair, but there are always going to be times when you need to find a specialist team who can offer you in house design scaffolding instead, which can help to make the project much more successful and easier to complete. Without this vital step, it is unlikely the construction work is going to go ahead as planned.

Sourcing Materials & Equipment

In most cases, your construction team is going to come with many of their own equipment and materials, but there will likely be a lot that you also need to source separately. Anything that you are going to use for the construction of something new is necessary for you to source, for instance, so that is something that you should consider. It’s important to think about this before you get them in, so that you can be sure they have work to do the moment they arrive. They are unlikely to appreciate it if you are not doing this, and it could delay things considerably too, which is not going to help things along.

Review

While the construction is taking place, you should consider how much of an active role you want to have, and act accordingly. However, whichever level of action you get involved in, you should also make sure that you are frequently reviewing the construction process, so that you can update the plan as required along the way. One rule of thumb is that you can always expect your plans to change, and you never know quite how they are going to change. Being on top of things and paying close attention at all times is therefore going to prove to be a useful skill, for you and everyone involved.

If you can bear that essential process in mind, you should find that your home construction is much more likely to succeed, and that you are going to have a better result at the end.

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Here’s How To Modernise Your Interior Design

Here's How To Modernise Your Interior Design
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Are you looking for ways to improve your home? If so, then you might be interested in ensuring that it looks more modern. This is a step that a lot of people will often take before selling their property. Why? A modern home is always going to be more attractive to buyers. Even if they are not getting the pieces that fit together to create the completed decor, they still want to see the dream. They want to know what this home could be and that’s why you should never leave a home empty and bare if you’re planning on selling. 

Invest In The Right Furniture

First, you should consider investing in new furniture for your property. There are numerous choices here but you should pay particular attention to the shape and even the materials of the furniture in question before you purchase items to modernise your home. Different shapes and materials look more modern such as a high gloss dining table. Under the right lighting, this is going to glisten and could become the centerpiece of any room. 

Get The Lighting Perfect

Since we mentioned lighting, it’s worth exploring how this could fit into a modern design. Beautiful lighting will ensure that the furniture and materials you choose glisten beautifully. The right lighting can create an incredible effect. There are many options for modern lighting however one of the best choices could be spotlights. Spotlights that are sunken in are perfect because they will light the room equally, ensuring that there are no areas that are left concealed in shadow. 

Consider The Flooring 

Next, you should think about selecting the right flooring for your property. Consider whether it is time to remove the old and outdated carpet from your home. Carpet is no longer considered a stylish choice for a property. Instead, you should opt for laminate flooring if you’re working with quite a tight budget or hardwood flooring if you have more wiggle room with how much you can spend. The good news about laminate is that it comes in a wide range of styles to help modernise your home. So, you will be able to find the perfect choice for your property and even a specific room. 

Go Minimal

Finally, if you are aiming for a modern look for your home, then you really do need to embrace a minimal design. You should explore options that leave a lot of open space in the rooms around your property and provide an effect that makes your home look like a showroom. The trick here is to think about furniture in terms of what you need in a room. If you do this, then you’re never going to have an issue with overcrowding an area. Your home will have that contemporary design that many people adore and definitely want to see. 

We hope this helps you understand the key ways that you can modernise your home design and why this could be the right choice. Ultimately, with these steps, you can guarantee that your property looks more presentable and attractive regardless of your reasoning. 

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Five Ways To Tastefully Incorporate Some Sparkle Into Your Home

Five Ways To Tastefully Incorporate Some Sparkle Into Your Home
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Who doesn’t love a little bit of sparkle? Glitter and shimmer can look great when incorporated into the design and decoration of your home, but using too much can easily tip you over the edge from tasteful to tacky. Here are five ways to tastefully incorporate some sparkle into your home. 

Sparkly shower cladding

Not only is cladding a far cheaper alternative to conventional tiling, but it is also easier to install and comes in several colours and finishes. Black sparkle cladding is a great way to waterproof a wet-room or to affordably do-up your bathroom, providing a chic black finish that is flecked with beautiful silver sparkles that catch the light from overhead. If you’re looking for a more subtle sparkle effect, the white cladding with silver sparkles is a little less noticeable. 

A glitter paint feature wall 

Opening a can of glitter paint is mesmerising, and it can be tempting to start painting it onto every surface that you can find. The key to incorporating glitter paint tastefully is to use it in moderation by focusing on one feature wall. Most glitter paints look best when applied in a thin layer over the top of coloured paint, with pale colours like pink, cream, and baby blue often providing a more subtle effect than darker colours such as navy, black or red. Start by applying just one coat of glitter and allow it to dry before assessing whether you need a second or even a third coat. 

Kitchen counter tops with sparkle 

Incorporate some sparkle and luxury into your kitchen by installing counter-tops with mirror-like pieces of quartz or even glitter embedded in the resin. Sparkly kitchen counter-tops work best in white, black or natural stone colours as these make the sparkle the centre of attention. Because the counter-tops lay flat, the sparkles will only be seen as you approach them and so will not overwhelm the rest of the room. 

Add gold or copper hardware to your kitchen cabinets 

Adding gold, copper, or even chrome hardware to your kitchen cabinets and drawers is another easy and stylish way to add some shimmer and sparkle to your kitchen. Opt for brushed gold or brushed copper if you don’t want too much bling and keep your kitchen cabinets a plain colour such as navy or white to best show off the new handles. If the gold, copper or chrome handles are not enough, then you could go one step further by sourcing hardware that is embedded with glass diamonds or gems. 

Install a couple of crystal chandeliers 

Whether the lights are turned on or off, crystal chandeliers cascade sparkle down into any room. When used excessively, chandeliers can look tacky, but when installed as the centerpiece of a room they exude class and sophistication like none other. Chandeliers look best when installed in rooms with high ceilings as it allows them more room to cascade without getting in anyone’s way. If you don’t have the room for a traditional ceiling chandelier, then you can get a similar effect with a crystal lampshade or by introducing a few chandelier style food lamps. 

So there you have it – five tasteful ways to incorporate a little more sparkle into your home. 

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Why Choose Laminate Over Wood Flooring?

Why Choose Laminate Over Wood Flooring?

As laminate flooring is gaining more popularity with time, it would be only natural to consider laminate flooring for your house. And for those who are still deciding, here are the reasons why laminate is better than wood flooring.

1. Affordable And Cost Effective

This is the first thing people see when they have to choose between two things. Laminate flooring is way more cost effective than wood flooring. You can spend a little amount but will get fantastic styles in laminate. The styles, color options, diversity in design and width and grades will make your floor really charming.

Why Choose Laminate Over Wood Flooring?

2. Easy Installation

The installation process is the other reason why laminate is better than wood flooring. If you are not a pro, you can still install laminate at your house. It takes a lot of less time than wood flooring and can be completed within a day. With wood flooring, you will have to hire any service and it will increase your cost too.

3. Durable And Powerful

Many people are worried about scratches on the laminate floor. But it is not a problem at all whether you walk with high heels or drag office chairs. The floor will endure all such rough stuff without leaving any scratches. You can perform test to see how wood and laminate floors react. Laminate floor tolerate the test and shows no scratches.

Why Choose Laminate Over Wood Flooring?

4. Stain Resistant

The wood floor is really expensive and gives a luxurious look. But you are always worried about the stains, scratches and spots as they will ruin its charm. However, this is not a case with laminate flooring. It is stain-resistant and easy to clean as well. Chemicals don’t affect it either so you can use acetone to remove the stains and make it look like the new floor.

5. No Gap Between Planks

You might have noticed that fixing wood planks is really hard. You may end up with gaps. But in laminate flooring, you will not see anything like this. The whole surface is smooth and neat without gaps. The multiple layers in laminate hold it strongly and leave no gaps within planks.

6. Family Friendly

For a wood floor, you to be really careful as the kids may damage its upper surface that is all wood. Repairing can prove expensive. But you should not be worried about the laminate flooring. It is family friendly. The finishing material, installation items and other chemicals used are user-friendly and not toxic at all.

Why Choose Laminate Over Wood Flooring?

7. Great Floor Look

This is one of the reasons why people should use laminate over wood flooring. With low cost and affordable price, you can give your floor a nice and decent look. The charm stays for years without any damages and stains. You will be surprised to see how durable the laminate flooring is.

8. Easy To Clean

Flooring cleaning is a daily job or you have to clean the floors very often. If you have kids and a bigger family, this becomes even more necessary. With laminate flooring, you will feel safe because cleaning it is simple and easy. With a good chemical, you can make it like a new laminate floor within minutes.

What flooring do you prefer?

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DIY Projects that will Add Value to your Home

DIY Projects that will Add Value to your Home

Add value to your home

Projects adding value to your home doesn’t have to be difficult. It also doesn’t have to be expensive, or even time-consuming. In fact, these DIY improvements will take no time at all, and they can add a significant amount of value to your property.

Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets have to put up with a lot of wear and tear. They get covered with grease and grime, not to mention that this can build up over time as well. If you want to try a few projects and put an end to issues such as this then you can easily paint over them. This is much more affordable when compared to replacing them entirely. It also gives your kitchen a new lease of life too, so it is important to get this done as soon as possible. Before you go and paint over the cabinets, you will need to clean them, sand them down and polish them up. If you don’t then you will end up with clumps of paint and this won’t do much for the value of your home. To give your home a bright and airy feel, consider using white glossy paint.

New Hardware

You aren’t just limited to painting your cabinets because you can easily replace the hardware on them as well. Unfashionable or worn out handles can really age a kitchen, so think about upcycle projects or installing new ones to try and make your kitchen way more appealing. This will also help you to take care of any pressing kitchen issues as well, such as misaligned doors, scratches and even any damages. If you want to really make your home look more modern then consider opting for sleek, chrome handles.

Get A Backsplash

Installing a kitchen backsplash will boost the value of your home. You can add one right behind your hob and you can even protect your paint from cooking splatters this way as well. Over time, stains and grime can damage your walls and water can easily promote the growth of mould. With a backsplash, you never have to worry about that. You can get them in a huge range of materials and styles, not to mention that you can also find one that enhances the unique flare of your kitchen too. A backsplash is a fantastic way for you to boost your home’s value and this is especially the case if you are looking to list it on the market in the near future.

Add Some Storage

Ample storage is one of the most sought-after attributes in a home. It is super common for bathrooms to fall short in that department. A fantastic way for you to get around this would be for you to install some floating shelves. They are super cost-effective, and they can also add a lot of value to your property. When choosing your shelves, it helps to make sure that they fit in with the running theme of your home. For example, if you have a marble theme in the bathroom then you may want to opt for a shelf of a similar colour, or tone. If mahogany is prominent in the living room, then you need to choose a mahogany shelf to match.

Replace Any Taps

Fitting new hardware is unbelievably easy and a cheap project. It is super straight-forward and it is a great home improvement. It will renew your bathroom’s appearance and it will go down great with buyers. If you want to get a new vanity unit, then check out www.drench.co.uk. Remember that taps aren’t specific to the bathroom either. You can install a new outdoor tap and even a new faucet in the kitchen as well. When choosing your faucets, remember that your décor will change over time. For this reason, stainless steel is the way to go. It is utterly timeless, and it can work with almost any colour theme.

Crown Moulding

Crown moulding projects really are all the rage right now. What better way to boost your home’s value than to DIY? It can be hard to put up as you need to get the angles right, but when you have done it, you can easily save a small fortune when it comes to installation costs. Of course, when choosing your moulding you need to make sure that it is the right size and the right style as well. Paint is also required, so take the time to plan everything out before you get started. This way, you can feel confident in the decisions you have made regarding the look and feel of your home.

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The Finishing Touches Every Family Home Needs

The Finishing Touches Every Family Home Needs

A few things to consider

Modern living is fast-paced, ultra-connected and always on, and our homes are adapting to our new way of life. Along with fashion and technology, the world of architecture and design is becoming influence by the new demands we place on our time. There are many aspects to this – from a trend towards more open-plan living to moving towards lighter spaces, to increasing ac installation to deal with warmer summers and even the clean lines of contemporary furniture design. If it’s time to bring a more modern look and improve your home, here’s where to begin…

Increase The Natural Light

Traditional, subdivided darker interiors with small windows have given way to everything light and airy when it comes to the design of our homes. If you have a chance to redo the floorplan, make sure you work it around sources of natural light, and consider adding Velux windows to open up the roof space as well. You can always opt for opaque glazing if you want to retain privacy but keep the natural light flowing.

Go Neutral With A Touch Of Drama

A lighter, brighter scheme needs neutral tones to really increase the sense of space, but lift these and add impact by choosing a beautiful, bright accent colour or two. A bold green or a petrol blue – even a bright magenta – all work fantastically well with neutral decor. You can also lift a neutral scheme using metallic accents which add interest or go for lots of different textures to achieve a calming yet sophisticated scheme.

Try Bare Floors

If you’ve always gone for fitted carpets in your home, ring the changes with a beautiful hard floor instead. Engineered wood floors, polished concrete or clean tiling look very chic but are also hard-wearing and practical, especially if you have kids. You can opt for underfloor heating if you want to keep your space warm. One seamless floor finish through an open plan space can look great, and you can add textured area rugs to seating areas to cosy them up.

Add Some Technology

The role of technology to help in running the home has exploded over the past few years, so if you’re planning an update then it’s wise to work a few tech updates in there. Wireless controls that connect to WiFi for electronics, appliances, heating systems, home security and lighting can all make life easier and can be integrated with voice control via a system such as Alexa. This approach can really bring the family home up to date and give you greater control over the household bills as well.

Use Natural Materials

The most beautiful contemporary home design makes great use of natural materials for a sleek finish. Elements such as natural woods, slate and stone finishes, quartz or granite worktops and leather furniture give a timeless refinement and are generally highly durable as well as looking amazing. Achieve a great look by mixing older pieces with very modern design for an effortless space that feels organic.

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A quick and easy way to transform a room

A quick and easy way to transform a room

Have you ever thought about quick and easy ways to transform a room? a rug can do just that. A rug can inject an instant splash of colour, add warmth, complement your decor and even have a beautiful effect in the smallest of spaces. They also help you to create a focal point in any room. When buying a rug always consider the room and space that it will be placed as some rugs are more durable than others. Rugs are affordable and also very effective if chosen correctly.

There are many different reasons people choose to have a rug – some of the top reasons being:

  1. To add warmth
  2. To add colour
  3. To protect flooring already down
  4. To compliment our decor
  5. To use in high traffic areas

Rugs are highly used in our homes and certainly add that wow factor and finishing touch to any room, but are we using the right rug with the right flooring we have? here is a guide from Land of rugs that you may find helpful.

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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.

Budget

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.

Schedule

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.

Services

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 https://drainage.services/ 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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Luxury Kitchen Design

Luxury kitchen design

Kitchen Design

Many people believe that having a luxury kitchen design is out of their budget, but it doesn’t need to be expensive; with the right planning and execution you too can create a luxury space that the whole family can enjoy while adding value to your home in the process.

The kitchen design team at Mayfair Granite have put together their top considerations for planning and designing the perfect kitchen:

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Kitchen Layout:

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house, a place where great food is prepared, a space for entertaining friends and family and somewhere to relax in at the end of a hard day, so creating a space that is both functional and comfortable is key.

The L-shaped kitchen is one of the most popular layouts for kitchens because of its adaptability, and when combined with an island can create a great space for entertaining. An island bench can create a dramatic focal point in the room whilst providing extra storage space and a social hub for the whole family to gather round.

Luxury kitchen design

An L-shaped kitchen design is a great option for open plan kitchens where the room opens out into a dining room or living room; it also maximise’s the floor space for families and couples to cook together without getting into each other’s way.

If space is an issue, try opting for a U-shaped kitchen design; this type of design can maximise the cabinet and work top space in the room without compromising on design or style. U-shaped kitchen designs usually feature integrated appliances which are great for keeping a uniform style, but standalone appliances can be used to provide a stand out feature or touch of colour to the design.

Material Choice:

With a vast array of exciting and exotic materials to choose from when designing a kitchen, it can be a bit daunting when planning the perfect space. The classic combination of natural stone and traditional timber cabinetry is still seen as the pinnacle of luxury by many, but with the advances in technology pushing the boundaries of design there is now a range of metallic materials to choose from including brass, copper and zinc to provide that extra wow factor.

For work tops, Mayfair Granite recommends traditional materials such as granite, quartz and marble, which provide a durable and low maintenance option that will last a lifetime. These materials can be cut into an array of shapes and sizes providing a perfect fit in any room.

Luxury kitchen design

Cabinetry is the most important investment in any kitchen design, so choosing the right materials is key to creating a kitchen that will stand the test of time. Luxury kitchen cabinets often feature high quality woods such as cherry, mahogany or walnut which are stained with rich, dark colours to bring out the natural beauty of the wood grain. However, specialty painted and glazed finishes can also make for a luxurious kitchen.

Appliances can make or break a kitchen so it is important that these are taken into consideration at the same time as the rest of the design. Choose products that match the style you are going for and always shop around for the best prices.

Lighting:

Lighting is also an important consideration for creating the right balance of ambience and function in the kitchen. Natural light makes the space look bigger and brings the outside in, but having large windows and doors isn’t suitable for every kitchen. However, if the kitchen lacks natural light there are lots of options out there.

Pendant lights can add that wow factor to the kitchen and can create a relaxing ambience, whereas under cabinet lighting is perfect for food preparation in low light situations. For something a bit different, LED light strips are a good choice for creating dynamic lighting effects in the kitchen.

Luxury kitchen design

Creating the perfect kitchen is all about planning, putting together a luxury kitchen design will really help, if done right you’ll have a functional and comfortable space that will last for many years and can also add thousands to the value of your home.

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