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Fun Ways To Spruce Up Your Home Decor

Fun Ways To Spruce Up Your Home Decor

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Looking to make a few changes to your home this summer? Summer is the ideal time to refresh your home – and with the warm weather and longer days comes the perfect opportunity to spruce up your living space. 

Today we want to talk about some super simple ways that you can spruce up your home decor and put those much-needed finishing touches onto your home interiors this week. 

Buy items from a set theme 

When you want to make a positive change to your home and its style, the easiest thing you can do is buy some items from the same style collection. For example, head to Target this week and look at the homeware section and pick out items that follow the same theme, color scheme, and design. By bringing multiple items of the same theme into your home you will encompass the room and elevate your design to the next level. This is such an easy way to make your home look more put together and styled without spending too much time. 

Try metal art prints 

One way to elevate your home decor this month is by bringing some brand new art to the home. But instead of going for the classic frames or canvases – why not try Chromaluxe metal prints? Metal prints are a type of artwork that can be classy and fun, and they are hung on magnets meaning less mess for you when putting them up. You can find metal prints in all sorts of styles and you can even get your own photos printed on these too. 

Paint your own picture frames 

If you want to quickly spruce up your home decor and don’t have a lot of money to work with try repainting your photo frames. Do you have a lot of wooden and plastic frames around the house that look dull and boring? No more! Order some small sample pots of paint in bright colours, and use these to brighten up your photo frames and give them a whole new lease of life. This won’t cost much at all and it will instantly lift your wall art, mantelpiece, or bookcase.

Invest in 3D wall art 

One thing you can consider if you have a home that is large in size is a 3D piece of wall art such as a metal or wooden display. There are some stunning 3D pieces out there to choose from and you can create a fun and unique feature in your home in no time at all. It will be a good way to fill a blank wall space and bring some much-needed colour and texture to your home. 

Go bigger 

Go big or go home. Do you have a lot of small ornaments and features on your shelves right now? Get rid of them. Smaller items can clog up a space and make it look cluttered. Instead, choose 3-5 bigger ornaments or features and fill your shelves with these instead. It will not only look more clean and put together but it will be much easier to clean! 

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Home Remodelling Mistakes You Need To Avoid

Home Remodelling Mistakes You Need To Avoid

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Setting up the perfect living space comes with so many decisions you need to make right. From your choice of furniture to the colour themes you opt for, every decision you take can help make or break your interior decor efforts. The wrong decisions will also end up costing you money. So, are you planning a home decor project? Do you want to create a living space you’ll love? Then you might want to avoid making these home decor mistakes. 

Not knowing where your ability ends

Today, the internet has countless sources offering various DIY tips and tutorials on sprucing your home. Although you may do a few home decor projects, you need to know where your ability ends and where you need professional assistance. For example, purchasing the right furniture, installing wallpaper, painting your walls are pretty easy to handle. But it is best to have experienced hands take care of bathroom installations, roof replacements, and so on. You may try to save costs by managing some projects on your own, but the results of your mistake could cost you more than the services of a professional.

Not giving yourself enough time to plan and budget

Any home renovation project requires enough time to plan before you hit the ground. Although an average renovation may take four to eight months, how much time you’ll need will depend on the nature of the project. But the last thing you want to do is rush into it on impulse because of a design you saw somewhere. First, ask yourself why you want to remodel or renovate. Next, you should find out how much it will cost you in detail. Giving yourself enough time to think through it will keep you from regret. 

Going cheap to save cost

There is always the temptation to cut costs as much as possible for any home remodelling project. Although you can go for cheaper artworks and decorative pieces to give a room a new look, it is not advisable to do the same for flooring types, rugs, furniture, etc. The cheaper your fittings and fixtures are, the shorter they’ll last. That means you’ll have to replace them sooner than you want, which will cost more money.

Trying to do too many things at the same time

If you’re planning on carrying out an extensive remodelling project, it is advisable to create a plan that allows you to complete one task at a time. For example, if you must renovate more than one room, go about it one room at a time. You might think that trying to remodel everything at once will reduce costs, but you’ll find it less expensive to go one room or space after the other. 

Ignoring your home’s natural style

No matter the design theme you opt for, you want to make sure that it blends with the design of your home while reflecting your personality. Find ways to incorporate your favourite design elements into your home’s natural style in a seamless manner. 

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10 Top-Tip’s To Help You Stay On Budget With DIY Projects

10 Top-Tip's To Help You Stay On Budget With DIY Projects

Projects made easier

With Ian being multi-skilled we are very lucky when it comes to DIY projects around the home as there isn’t much he can’t turn his hand to. We find that we very rarely need to call in help from tradesmen as Ian is more than happy and capable to do things himself. This helps us hugely when we are working to a budget on a project.

Ian worked for a family run business for many of years. He really enjoyed his time working for the company. It is working for this company that he managed to do an apprenticeship as well as gain his skills and knowledge needed for his chosen career which was to become a fully qualified electrician.

Whilst working for this company he would work on many of different sites. He would work alongside many of different tradesmen and this is where he gained a lot of extra skills – skills that are very handy today!

Two of our sons are now following in Ian’s footsteps. Our eldest son Danny works on different jobs on different sites. He also works alongside different tradesmen and is also learning different trades just like Ian did. Bradley our youngest is currently at college on an engineering course which he is really enjoying.

We have put together a list of ways you could help yourself save some money when working on a D.I.Y project yourself at home

10 Top-Tip's To Help You Stay On Budget With DIY Projects

10 way’s you could help yourself to stay on budget with your D.I.Y projects:

  • Plan ahead– Good planning saves you from any surprises that could occur later in your project that is not planned or budgeted for. Good planning saves you time and money. It helps you to be organised and prepared for the job in mind.
  • Set a timescale – Set a timescale per job to work with, allowing enough time to complete it safely and to plan. That way you will know roughly how long each job should roughly take.
  • Set a price – Set yourself a realistic budget to work with. Try your best to stay within your budget. I know it is easy to get sidetracked when busy but keeping track of your outgoings will really help you keep track of the money being spent.
  • Allocate jobs – Do you have a friend or family member in the trade? Call in favours from friends and family. You will probably be surprised how many will be more than happy to lend a hand for a few hours. This will help you keep to your timescale and also help you keep within your budget.
  • Always shop about to find best prices – It is always worth shopping about to see what deals are about. You never know you might just find yourself a great bargain and be pleasantly surprised. Also try and borrow tools needed for jobs rather than buy them, money saved here can be saved or spent elsewhere if needed.

Take notes of everything and always have them to hand – It always pay to check everything twice

10 Top-Tip's To Help You Stay On Budget With DIY Projects

  • Communication – Communication is an absolute MUST. With drawings, measurements or even written instructions. Anyway in which you find helps you communicate with anyone helping on your project then do it. It helps massively and could save from missed communication problems which could result in delays or even prove costly.
  • Keep track of everything – It always helps to keep track of everything so take notes where possible. Of time on/left on jobs, budget spent/left, jobs done/left to do. Keep hold of all receipts collected and also contact details of any tradesmen used.
  • Pitch-in – Don’t be afraid to get stuck in. Bring out any hidden D.I.Y skills you may have, make the tea, clear up, fetch/carry. It all helps at the end of the day and time is money.
  • Make compromises – If you find you are getting a little to close to your budget for comfort then have a little re-think…..do you really need all of your chosen items? could you make a few changes to possibly get something a little cheaper or even do without one or two items? opt for cheaper if needed.
  • Work as a team – A little give and take on a project is always needed. We all have our own way of doing things, our own skills etc, but working as a team is always best. Sit down together and put a project plan together. Put a list together of jobs to be done and agree an order in which you all agree to work in.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help where needed

We have done so many different D.I.Y projects at home, our latest being our garden where Ian called in help as it was in urgent need of a makeover and he has friends in the trade. We all got stuck in and helped them the best we could but they done the bulk of it. Ian will turn his hand to many jobs but one he hates is plumbing and drainage so he avoids those sort of jobs and leaves them to the drainage services. To be honest I don’t blame him either!

Do you have a job you hate doing and leave to the experts?

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