I’m sure you are all looking forward to having an extra few days off this Easter and if you’re lucky enough some time to spend with friends, family and the little cherubs. If you are anything like me spending a little more time at home often means the chance to get on top of things around the home and start thinking about projects. If your paintwork is starting to look a little tired, the carpets are starting to look worn or you’re just bored of looking at the same four walls it might be time to draw up a list to prioritise and budget for your exciting home improvements. If your budget doesn’t allow for major or expensive changes, here are some little tips that will go a long way to help you fall back into interior love this Easter.
Painting an old piece of furniture really gives it a whole new lease of life, for a crisp and light feel white always looks great or for a more dramatic look go for rich, deep and dark colours to make a statement. Make sure you prep the furniture and use an acrylic paint and low and behold it’s like having a brand new item for a fraction of the cost, result! There are many paint brands to choose from but we highly recommend Zoffany paints for their exceptional coverage and outstanding depth of colour.
Have a move around! It sounds crazy but sometimes you can just get tired of looking at a room, there might not be anything wrong with what’s in it just lets face it you’re bored of it! Change the layout if the room permits you to, move the sofa’s, chairs and side tables it suddenly puts a whole new angle on your space and add a splash of colour and interest with some quirky accessories, cushions and a throw, voila!
Do it half halfheartedly – paint half a wall or add a feature wall! Half the paint means half the time right? Quick fix and super easy to achieve.
Let your floor be the feature – can you imagine how simple (boring!) this bathroom looked before the striking blue floor? The simplicity allows the bath tub to take centre stage and makes me want to soak in there all day.
Thanks for reading my blog I hope you found it useful! Whatever you are doing this Easter I hope you have a good one, I’ll be spending mine eating my own weight in chocolate and spending some quality time with the kids.
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Until recently there were two separate camps of buyers – those who would only consider period properties with their “character” and original features, and those who favoured the easy-living low-maintenance of new build. Period properties have for some time been deemed a money pit and the brand new shiny homes “characterless” but there are pros and cons to both property types.
You may face issues such as heating costs, electrical issues and general maintenance of an older property but have you taken into consideration the additional hidden costs that you may not have factored in on your new build? Is the turf for the gardens or the flooring all part of the deal or are you going to get stung with an over inflated quote for a mediocre finish? Have you taken into consideration that new houses often need all kinds of add on’s from curtain rails to a new telephone connection and TV aerials? If you’re teetering on the edge of which camp to pick make sure you have all the information and get an in depth full survey done so there aren’t any nasty surprises later down the line.
With a period property you’re governed slightly by the existing features (part of the reason you feel in love with the property in the first place) it’s important to maximise those and choose your interiors to compliment and work in harmony with the rest of the house. It is possible to achieve a more contemporary look in a period property but it’s tricky to nail without ruining the essence of the home. In some aspects working with a blank canvas of a new build can be harder as you’re working with nothing and the task of starting from the beginning for each room can be pretty daunting (panic not we’re here to help!).
Whatever your taste or style interiors are what make your house a home, from the colour palettes you choose to the sofas where you’ll be entertaining friends it’s your statement so don’t rush into making impulsive decisions you will regret in a years time. If you are redecorating one room at a time then put the whole scheme together first, mood boards are a great way to visualise the end result and iron out any potential mistakes before it’s too late. If you’re planning on an entire house project ensure the rooms flow seamlessly into one another to create a feeling of space, light and elongation. Perhaps the draw of a pristine newly magnolia painted house with a sparkling new kitchen and bathrooms is pulling you in, whatever you decide on make the very most after all it’s the most expensive purchase you’ll make!
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