Invigorating spring and summer colour schemes for your home

Invigorating spring and summer colour schemes for your home

It’s your home, and everyone loves the personal touch that decorating brings to your room. This summer, it’s all about the style statement, so don’t whimper out and opt for bland colours, take one of these striking colour palates and incorporate it into your home.

Black and White

It might seem like a simple and classic combination, however done right, the black and white palette adds real depth to a room, especially when utilised with a modern and contemporary twist. From incorporating the style into the wall decoration with a striped design, to adding furniture and decorations that complement the style perfectly, you have a whole heap of options when it comes to this colour palette. Here are some of our favourite room additions with this colour scheme.

Black and White Chevron Rug – Urban Outfitters, £69.

Chevron Lampshade In Black – Not On The High Street, £30

Bossenden Wall Clock – House Of Fraser, £40

Coastal Cool

With the sun baking down, and the mild breeze providing a refreshing cool as it calmly blows over the garden and into your home, you can be forgiven for allowing your mind to wander with daydreams of a beached coastline, with radiant heat beaming down and the cool ocean waves whipping at your toes as you stroll over the perfect white sands. It sounds idyllic, but for most of us, the majority of our summer will be spent at home, so now is the perfect time to implement those elements of coastal cool into your house. It gives your rooms a light, breezy feel and with cool vibrant colours, it provides plenty of energy. Colours to incorporate are vast, but mainly focus on aquatic blues and greens, sandy yellows and natural browns.

MissPrint Home Dashes Cushion – John Lewis, £28

Wooden Frame Tealight Holder – Laura Ashley, £22

The Ascot Rug – The Rug Seller, £75-£359

European Clean

In the summer, there’s not colour that emphasises the warmth quite like a clean crisp white. We see it time and time again in the world of sashion, expecially in the summer. Be it in a light and airy linen shirt for a man, or a striking dress or jeans on a woman, white is a colour that really comes into its own in the warmer months. Although it might not be the most practical of solutions, the colour will provide a refreshing and fresh feel. Use white as a neutral backdrop, and then accessorize with statement complimentary pieces in your favourite colors, or create a monochromatic design by enveloping the room in an all-white palette. Mix and match with tones from the coastal cool selection, to add a real touch of summer to your rooms.

Knitted Pouffe – Etsy, £65

Baby Betty Vases – Brissi, £24

 

This article was provided exclusively to First Home News by Kate Hobbs, who has a passion for home interiors and trends.

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Simple steps for decorating your bedroom on a budget

Simple steps for decorating your bedroom on a budget

Moving into your first home is an exciting time. Independence, freedom, the sense of accomplishment. It’s your own space to decorate and get exactly to your liking. Decorating your house for the first time can be daunting task and expensive, so you’ll want to take things one room at a time. To kick things off, we’ll begin with the bedroom and provide our top three tips to keeping within a budget.

Choosing a colour scheme

If, as is the case with many people, you think visually then you may want to start planning on a mood board. This process will help you organise your thoughts so you don’t get overwhelmed. You can physically create this on a cork board using magazine clippings etc. or you can join the modern world and achieve the same effect online for free. With social sites such as Pinterest and Instagram, you can build up a virtual mood board with infinite space and resources.

Colour is everything; you can empty your bank account to make your bedroom look right, but get the colours wrong and you may as well be burning that cash. Make it easy on yourself and use the 3,5,7 rule; this is just a general rule of thumb for placing accessories, artwork and furniture into groups of 3,5 or 7. You can follow this rule when choosing your colours. Begin by choosing your accent colour. Then based on your accent colour, pick two colours that coordinate with it, for example, a forest green accent colour is complemented by baby blue and off white. There are a number of websites you can turn to for colour matching such as Adobe’s Kuler. The benefit of using a colour wheel is that you know the colours are going to complement one another. By choosing colours at random you run the risk of them clashing and later in down the line, so when you begin buying items for your room they won’t work and you’ll have second thoughts.

Choosing a theme

Don’t let the term theme restrict you; a theme could be a style or particular feel you like and want to translate in your room. Your theme should reflect your personality because when it’s all finished you’re the one who should feel comfortable. Your theme doesn’t have to be something loud and garish, and could just be subtle in nature, such as keeping the room light and airy. Similar to having a colour scheme, having a theme will help you be selective with spending money. Visualise your room and keep asking yourself if things fit? Also keep in mind symmetry; you want your room to have balance to it. If you have a lamp on one side of your bed, opt for the same lamp on the other side as well.

The details

The final touches to your bedroom are the clever part, there are so many tricks to save money and it won’t affect the quality or style of your bedroom. The use of wall decals is an inexpensive way to give your room character. Adding cushions is possibly the cheapest way to round off you room, but don’t go too crazy. As a rule, pillows and cushions shouldn’t take up more than half of the bed. Mix it up with different sizes and shapes. If your sticking to the 3,5,7 rule try and employ a level of organisation in the way you display your items to keep it neat and tidy.

It’s all about what you want out of your bedroom, but make sure you don’t skimp on research and planning, as is important that you don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. It’s your room, your space and your choice so have fun with it, and when it’s all finished enjoy it.

This article was kindly provided exclusively to First Home News by Shelly Dawson. Shelly has worked in the home decorating industry for over ten years and loves to write helpful advice articles in her spare time. 

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Spring cleaning for beginners
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Spring cleaning for beginners

With winter almost behind us, it’s time to start readying the home for spring and summer. Integrating new themes and colours into your home can add a new lease of life to a room, however before cracking on and adding vibrant new elements to your home, it’s time to have a thorough clean to prepare for the coming months, and make sure you can fully assess each room prior to investing in a new decor.

Clean your sink

It might not be the first place that springs to mind when considering where to clean, but the kitchen sink is known to contain more bacteria than your toilet seat. Considering that you’ll be needing to wash cutlery and crockery in the area, that’s quite a disturbing piece of information. Make sure you regularly disinfect the whole sink area of your kitchen, along with all surfaces you use when preparing food. As a starting tip, use a supermarket product you know is effective, rather than just your everyday soap and dish cloth – if these aren’t thoroughly washed at regular intervals, they can also be a hive of bacterial activity. If your sink is stainless steel, make it sparkles afterward by putting a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and buffing. Not only does this process make the whole area look clean, but it also prevents water build-up, which deters mold and keeps the sink looking clean longer.

Wipe your Oven

Another area of your kitchen which is integral to be kept clean, due to the role it plays in the food preparation process is your oven. Giving the surfaces a thorough clean with an appropriate product can keep your oven in a sanitary state, but it also might be worth lining the bottom with a non-stick oven liner. It can be wiped with a paper towel, put in the dishwasher, and reused over and over.

Bedroom

It’s the area of your house you’ll spend most of your time, as your sleep is a huge aspect of your life, but it’s also amazing just how unhygienic a mattress can get. Obviously, you’ll do a regular clean of bed sheets, however many people disregard cleaning their mattress, something which can lead to hygiene issues. Regularly make sure you vacuum the area, as you would with any other area of the home, as this will keep the mattress as hygienic as possible. If you spill on an area, use a suitable upholstery cleaner to ensure you don’t allow stains to bed in to the material. Regular cleaning, and in some cases, the use of protective covering can be the best protection from allergens and dust mites in your mattress.

Declutter Your Drawers

Bedroom drawers are notoriously busy spaces, and can easily get out of hand, with clothes often being thrown in to the point of overflow. Prior to decorating your bedroom for the spring, or investing in new furniture or decorations, make sure to have a thorough clean out. Get rid of things you haven’t worn in a while, and thoroughly declutter.

Know the Hot Spots

Some areas in the home are breeding grounds for clutter. Whether it’s that hall side table used for keys, change and post, or the dining table that is used as a kids play area more than a spot top have a civilised meal. As part of your spring clean, make a resolution to keep these ‘problem’ areas clear. If you’re so lazy that you simple can’t resist dumping junk on the side, it might be worth adding decorations to a space, to make sure there is no longer any room for rubbish.

 

 

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Home touches for the ultimate spring feel
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Home touches for the ultimate spring feel

We might still be in February, but to the optimistic amongst us, Spring is just around the corner. With the warmer days  hopefully soon arriving on the horizon, despite cold temperatures, the sunshine is just beginning to peek through the clearing clouds. It’s never too early to shake off the misery of winter and implement spring into your home, so with that in mind, here are our top tips for getting an early start on your spring decor.

Kitchen: Cooking with Colour

Many kitchens sport drab matching walls and a spaghetti stained backsplash. A spot of paint can change that. Choose a paint colour like bright orange, yellow or sky blue for one wall or area. A streak of highlight will renew your faith in spring veggies and freshly baked bread. Take your update to the next level by purchasing a coloured mixing bowl, bright spatula, blender or toaster matching the colour of your freshly painted wall. Guests will appreciate your thought to go the extra step in contrasting your stainless steel accessories with a few coloured ones. Your kitchen is going to pop and you can revel in your mastery after just an hour with the paintbrush.

Bathroom: Appropriate accessories

No matter what colour scheme your bathroom is, throwing away the plastic accessories and updating them with rustic things from around the house will make your room a much more inviting space. Update the toilet paper holder with a wicker basket you’ve been using for random bits and bobs. Grab unused containers and fill them with all your cotton essentials. Take an empty vase and fill with freshly cut flowers or some bright artificial ones to provide a real feel of spring. And the ultimate trick for the ladies, a cake stand is the perfect way to show off and keep your makeup organised for a fuss free morning.

Bedroom: Perfect pillows

Decorate with a few spring coloured throw pillows to get your home completely revamped for the summer days. You can recover the old pillows with your own fabric or buy an entire new set. The bed is the staple item in the bedroom, so find your favourite comforter to snuggle up. Really tired of your old room? Cover the headboard with a bright or striped fabric to give off a plush new bedroom aura.

Living Areas: Recover your drab lamps

The simple task of changing a lamp cover will shake off gloomy winter nights and help you to embrace spring. Choosing one piece to change in a room is a quick fix and you’ll see a noticeable difference. Go to your local homeware store to see what colours could brighten up your room. Don’t assume popping pink is your only choice, but a light yellow, bold colour or fun new print could do your home the favour it’s been seeking. Don’t want to buy an entire new lampshade? Choose from hundreds of fabric choices at the craft store. With scissors, adhesive, a trim piece and a bit of patience, you’ll have yourself a statement new decorative item.

Outdoors: Get in the Garden

Plants bring life to a home in every way. The freezing temperatures of January and February have now passed and it’s time to dig up the weeds and leftover foliage of the winter. Spring geraniums, begonias, and pansies are all great summer plants that will continually bloom throughout the warmer months. Don’t have the luxury of a front garden or a home in the countryside? Make room for a few potted plants inside your home on bookshelves and the mantel piece, as will add a feel of spring to your home, even on the rainy summer days.

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Clever home additions to give your rooms the wow factor
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Clever home additions to give your rooms the wow factor

Searching for some inspiration on ways you can liven up your home? If you’re wanting to make a striking difference to your house, without undertaking large-scale renovations, here are some of our favourite home additions and inventive ways to add a ‘wow’ to your home.

 

Make use of the space under your stairs

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Stray away from the conventional and make the most of the underside of your staircase. It looks cool whilst also allowing you to utilise space for storage.

 

Use the space around your skirting boards

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Another area of the home we simply overlook, however this is a space that is perfect if you’re looking for extra storage.

 

Make shower cleaning easier

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Especially if you plan on redecorating your shower area – making a wet room, or walk-in shower is ideal and prevents you having to keep glass sparkling clean.

 

Creative in the kitchen?

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If you fancy yourself as a bit of a whiz in the kitchen, make your chef time efficient. Install island storage perfect for the items you need when you’re cooking, as it will cut down on preparation when gathering your ingredients. Keeping important foods close at hand will prevent you having to dash around.

 

Get inventive with your kids room

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Small homes and limited rooms can make it tough to provide your children in a bedroom they can get excited about. However, a small room doesn’t have to mean dull and cramped. Get inventive with space, and take on one of these impressive bunk bed room designs.

 

Make your fireplace a feature

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It doesn’t have to be as striking as the image shows, but a homely, timeless fireplace can be a real focal point to your room.

 

Fire pit

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While it’s a bit early in the year to be planning your summer, make sure that your patio is ready for those long summer nights in the warmth.

 

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Winter additions for your bedroom

Winter additions for your bedroom

The cold has arrived, and it’s time to start looking at the best bedroom additions to make for a warm and cosy bedroom environment this winter. Winter can be a magical and enchanting time of year, but with the cold weather and the night drawing in early, it can also be a little depressing. With the bare and icy landscape outdoors, make your home a place of cosiness and comfort. Creating a warm feel in the bedroom will inspire feelings of happiness and relaxation, so here are some simple additions that you can make to transform your bedroom into the perfect escape from the cold winter weather.

Colour

Not only does this make for a cosier and warmer setting, but by focussing on the colour of your bedroom, you can brighten your room and your mood. There is no denying that colour affects our mood, so with the all-white winter landscape combined with grey skies outdoors, bring in some sunny uplifting colours such as yellows, oranges.  If you don’t want a bold colour, consider autumnal and winter shades such as reds, blues and greens. Once you have the right colour scheme, it will be easier to choose and coordinate your winter additions accordingly.

Candles

With the lack of warmth and darkness of winter, now is the perfect time to add a romantic touch to your bedroom. Candles are a favoured choice by many wanting to inject some low light and fragrance into the air, so experiment with different colours and scents to create your perfect ambience. You can also play around with ways to house your candles, lanterns are a popular choice, but you can also try rustic candle holders, jars, bottles or even a glass pillar to add a personal touch to your bedroom.

Rugs

If your bedroom lacks character, a trendy rug can instantly make your room appear fuller and cosier. Make this a personal choice, whether it be sheepskin, a slumber rug, traditional pattern, wool rug, or tuft; consider what will go with the rest of your interiors and think carefully about the colour; mink, cream, red or grey you can make this your centrepiece. Whether it be bold or natural remember that less is more, you don’t want your room to appear cramped, so chose the size accordingly to suit the size and shape of your room.

Extra pillows and blankets

When keeping a stash of extra blankets and pillows, pay attention to  the colour and texture. Thick and cosy blankets are irresistible in the colder months, what is better than curling up in front of a warm fire with a book? Especially in the bedroom, clutter your bed with textured cushions of differing colours and sizes. Also, add a seasonal knitted, fluffy, teddy or fleece throw to the end of the bed to make your bedroom seem even more inviting, and the overall ambience one of relaxation and comfort.

Lights

Brighten your room with an injection of light and transform a glum mood and a darkened room with fairy lights, lanterns or twinkle lights on the ceiling and furniture. Explore ways to creatively incorporate a star- like shine and a magical, enchanting ambience in your bedroom this winter. Avoid stark, harsh lighting and stick to warm yellow tones to emit a soothing low light and add radiance to your bedroom.

 

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Preparing a bedroom for children

Preparing a bedroom for children

If you’re a new home owner with a family, we all know that sometimes, it can be tough to prepare a bedroom for children. Decorating a child’s room can prove to be a tough chore, as you need to make sure it’s both hard wearing and practical for children. There are also plenty of other points to consider, from the age of the child to the gender and colours you’ll be expected to use. A boys rooms will typically be required to be more durable than girls, although with accidents to be expected, it makes sense to be overly cautious and prepare the room for every eventuality.

To begin, simply take a look at the space you have. Obviously, a larger room will offer more potential, however it will take more time, effort and money to decorate to a high standard. Typically, you don’t want to have too big a space for a small child, as it’s unnecessary and can be wasteful. If you have no alternative smaller rooms, it makes sense to divide the room into a play area and rest area for sleeping. Smaller rooms are easier to decorate, will often require a little more imagination to make clever use of the space available. If you’re looking for inspiration, checking online is a good idea (for interior design ideas Room to Bloom and Gabrielle Blair have particularly informative decorating blogs) and if that fails, reach for magazines that might give you a few ideas. Once you’ve gained some insight and inspiration, head to a DIY or hardware store such as B&Q or Wickes, to make sure that your ideas are feasible and within a sensible budget.

The key to making a kids room which is easy to maintain is to try and keep it simple. Make sure you have walls that are easy to clean; special paints can be purchased, which make the surfaces easy to be wiped down. Try to avoid wallpaper, as it can easily be damaged and is then harder to replace. Paint is easy to touch up, but it’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll need a stock in reserve for when damages occur. Flooring needs to be practical, and often carpets can be tricky to keep clean – sensible colour selection is key to preventing them getting dirty quickly, however if you do have accidents with stains, there are products readily available for heavy duty cleaning.

When you have the basics sorted, it’s then time to invest in strong, durable furnishings. If your child is slightly older, and is ready to move into a bed, opting for something with underneath storage can be a great space saving solution. If a child is older, then you have the option of  higher level beds that have either a desk or wardrobe underneath. They’re not only great child friendly  options, but they’re also great for space utilisation.

If space is an issue and you’re after innovative storage solutions, stackable storage boxes are reasonably priced and easy to use. Toy boxes are the answer to easily storing toys and it is good to encourage children to tidy up after them. For messier items such as paints and play dough it may be good to keep them out of reach to prevent unsupervised play. It can take time forming the just right design. Try to choose bright and warm colours and involve your child, they will find it fun.

Storage can often be an issue when you’re trying to arrange your new home, and it’s often necessary to have a thorough clear out of all your clutter. Make sure that you aren’t hoarding, as if space is a precious commodity, you won’t want your cupboards to stay full of old keepsakes.

If you’ve recently redecorated a room for your children, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave us all your top tips in the comments section below!

 

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Cleaning guide: Tips for cleaning after renovations
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Cleaning guide: Tips for cleaning after renovations

So you’re now a homeowner and the first thing you do is get your house the way you want it. You might not think of it as being the most pressing of matters, but sooner or later, you’re going to want to carry out some renovation work. Whether you’re planning something as simple as fitting an upgrade to your kitchen, or something more drastic along the lines of knocking through a wall to improve the flow of your home; whatever work you’re carrying out, you’ll undoubtedly leave a reasonable mess to clear up. The dust that comes hand in hand with building work gets everywhere and you’ll undoubtedly be finding plaster for weeks after. In order to keep your home clean, and shorten the mess time you’ll have to endure, here are our top tips on how to clean up before the dust settles.

Clear the area

It might seem like an obvious suggestion, but ensure you move everything that is removable. Before your renovation you should remove everything possible such as ornaments, lamp shades, curtains, etc. If you don’t take them away before the renovation begins, then remove them before you start cleaning and clean them separately to ensure you get rid of all the dust and dirt.

Wipe down everything

Use a wet cloth to wipe down the walls, the furniture, the skirting boards, the windows and ledges, the floor, your ornaments, the doors, the door handles, the light fixtures. You might think it sounds like overkill, however the dust truly does get everywhere. You might not think a surface looks overly dirty, but still give it a wipe. The last thing you want is to leave apparent ‘clean’ areas, only for the slightest of dust to begin spreading around your room.

Vacuum awareness

A lot of plaster and dust can damage many vacuums such as a Dyson or Henry, so be aware that they might not last long after the cleaning. It is possible to hire industrial vacuums and these will make light work of your mess, whilst ensuring your household hoover doesn’t get clogged up. After wiping everything down, you need to vacuum as well. This includes the walls, all ledges and the floor.

Give it a mop

Mop wooden or tiled floors after vacuuming. Make sure you mop after vacuuming because it makes the dust wet which the vacuum won’t like, and will struggle to pick up. Mopping should get rid of the last of the dirt but wipe the floor with a dry cloth afterwards to make sure.

Leave the floors until last

As you clean the walls and the windows it’ll cause dust and dirt to fall onto the floor. So there’s no point in cleaning the floor until you’ve cleaned everywhere else. Do it logically to prevent making more work for yourself further down the line.

Keep checking back

After a renovation, the dust can take a couple of weeks to settle so make sure you keep checking back every few days and do a brief clean to stop the dirt building up. After a few weeks do a big clean again to make sure all the building dust is gone.   It may take a couple of weeks and a lot of cleaning but now you are free to enjoy your new renovation without inhaling dust and dirt. Enjoy you new, clean home.

If you’re searching for that perfect house, make sure you check out Keepmoat’s range of ideal homes for first time buyers.

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Inventive storage for smaller rooms
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Inventive storage for smaller rooms

As much as we can all dream about a vast and open new home, the reality is that your new house may not be as boundless in reality when compared to your dream pad. However, that doesn’t mean you have to cut back on your belongings, as a smaller houses just means you need to get creative when it comes to storage ideas. Here are our top tips to maximise storage space in your new home.

 

Bedrooms

We’ve all had that problem when your wardrobe is too small and there’s no way all your clothes will fit.  Luckily most storage spaces can be modified to include shelves or cubbies to store more clothes, shoes or accessories. Wardrobe doors can also be adapted to create more storage; by attaching a shallow shelf on the inside of the door, you can create a wonderful space to keep little nick-nacks, from items of make up for her, to a selection of work ties for him. Under-bed storage is a great way to utilise hidden space. If your bed doesn’t possess built in storage, then try rolling containers to make life easier. If under-bed storage isn’t an option then over-head cabinets may be the answer; fixed to the wall above a bed means you can creates storage options without compromising on floor space.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms can become very cluttered, especially in hurried times, such as the morning rush, small additions such as baskets are a good storage tactic. Towel racks can be helpful with storage too; if they are wall mounted with a flat top, this can give you a bit of extra storage space without getting in the way. If you’re struggling with a lack of floor space or drawers then wall-mounted shelves could be very helpful.

Kitchens

As one of the busiest and most chaotic rooms in the house, most kitchens are in desperate need of more innovative storage ideas. Kitchens with limited floor space may benefit from having a bin attached to the inside door of a cupboard. If cupboards are filled to bursting point then try hanging hooks on the wall or ceiling for pots and pans. This could stop the avalanche every time you need pan from the bottom of your cupboard. Additionally, try some shelving with tall, vertical slots for cake tins, baking trays and even cook books. Invest in a magnetic knife strip that attaches to the wall to keep your knives at hand level whilst also helping to de-clutter your drawers while keeping countertops empty.

Living Rooms

Height is always your friend in a small living room. Try floor to ceiling shelving for your DVDs, games and decorations. Ottomans and chests with storage space inside are also a good idea as these can double as more seating as and when you need it. We’ve all seen wall-mounted TVs but what about wall-mounted TV cabinets? Instead of having your TV stand on the floor taking up room, try a cabinet hung on the wall that includes shelves for remotes, wires, DVD players or game consoles. Even better still, your cabinet can be closed to shut out any clutter when you’re trying to impress.

Hallways

These can be tricky as they may be narrow but still messy! Try putting hooks directly onto the wall for coats. These could also be used to hang different sized pockets for shoes, keys, umbrellas and anything else that has the potential to clutter your room. If your hallway isn’t too narrow, incorporate a bench with hooks above and storage inside. Not only does this provide good storage space, it also makes a home seem more welcoming from the very start.

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Five easy steps to improving your bedroom
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Five easy steps to improving your bedroom

The bedroom is a safe haven from the rest of your home. It’s often the only place that is secluded from visitors and house guests, and is a room you’ll spend a lot of time in. It’s a very personal space, so it’s vital your bedroom is a place you enjoy spending time, and in which you can feel at ease. As it’s the room you sleep and relax in, you’ll need to feel comfortable, so with that in mind, we’ve given you a rundown of ahead to consider change, if you want to alter the overall feel of the room.

Give it a lick of paint

The lighter the colour, the larger your room is going to look. Having drab and dark walls can give off a claustrophobic feel, so it’s important you make the space, however small, feel large, light and airy. Many people opt for a white or beige shade, and whilst this is a good option due to the neutral base of the shade, it can often feel a bit drab. If you’re wanting something more vibrant and interesting, pastel colours are very popular and serve the same purpose when it comes to giving a large feel to the room.

Add depth with mirrors

A small or medium sized room will always benefit from utilising mirrors, as it not only aids in projecting light, but also provides depth to your room. Strategically place them in locations that not only allow them to be useable, but also have access to the largest amount of natural light.

Be smart with curtains

Curtains play a huge role when it comes to the feel given off by a room. In the spring and summer months, more draped and thin material options work well, however that needs to be balanced with them being able to prevent the early morning sunlight from penetrating your room at 6am. Likewise, blinds are often a good summer option. Large heavy curtains might be appropriate for the colder months, as they keep out the cold and help your room retain warmth, however that is no longer necessary in the summer. For more on hanging your new curtains, check out our more extensive article on hanging curtains like a pro.

Be tidy and store smartly

Storing your bedroom items effectively can have a huge impact on the perceived size of your bedroom. Even a large room can be made to look small if your floor is covered in objects and clothing, and space is being taken by clothes horses and other items. Whilst decorative items may look pretty on the side, they do take up space, meaning that if you have an already small room, it’ll end up looki9ng even more cluttered. We aren’t saying you need to go completely minimalist, however it’s something to bear in mind if you want to make your room seem bigger to the eye.

Consider flooring options

Whilst it’s the traditional choice for a bedroom due to its ability to retain warmth, carpet can often look very dull. This leaves you with a decision to make; wooden flooring is very reflective and can add a brighter tone to your room, however unlike carpet, it struggles to retain warmth. It’s easier to clean and can give your room an added vibrance, however it depends if you’re willing to sacrifice your warm feet on a morning, as to which option you opt for.

 

 

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