Saturday, 28 October 2017

Make A Small Space Feel Bigger

               
With the economy being the way it is and the constant rise in inflation, it can be increasingly harder and harder to buy a home at a young age. If you are lucky enough to snag a home in your price range, chances are the house will be pretty small. But don’t feel like that’s a bad thing, because in fact you can make some really great changes to a small home to make it feel much bigger.
Stick To Light Colours
If you have a small living room, the last thing you want to do is paint the walls and imposing red or dark purple. You’ll end up sucking all of the light and life out of the room immediately and there will be no room for you to change things around. If you are really set on having a bold colour in the room, wait until you’ve painted the space and buy a statement piece of furniture.
Multifunctional Furniture
Contemporary Interior Design has a very good plus side, it features many pieces that can be used as two different things. Think about your bed for example: there is always space under there which never gets used apart from to play hide and seek with the family. Why not buy yourself a bed with drawers built in? You’ll have an extra chunk of storage space as well as decluttering your room. The same applies to downstairs. The stairs are like a black hole of space, the space they take up can cost you dearly in your home. But installing drawers under each step will give you a place to hide all of your Knick knacks and save room for other items in your home.
Mirrors
Mirrors are your best friend. If you have a space on the wall, add a mirror. You’ll instantly be adding a ton of light to the room as well as reflecting your room to give the illusion of more space.
Less is more
Bulky furniture can overpower a compact room, but so can multiple pieces of smaller furniture items. Simplicity is key here: choose one appropriately sized couch that fits the room and has enough seating for everyone rather than trying to coordinate an assortment of chairs and sofas. Or for bedrooms, try a headboard that has built in side tables.
Natural Light
Just the mirror, natural light can be a true hero in your small home space. By getting rid of chunky curtains and blinds from the room, you will open up the space to allow so much more light in than you thought possible, which in turn will your home feel larger.
The Thigh Gap
Not literally, but have you ever noticed that modern designs have sofas with legs? The reason for this is that the space the legs create under the sofa allows more light in the room, ad allows you to see into other parts of the space. Having a thigh gap can, therefore, be a bit of an advantage.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Trick To An Easy Home Move? Progress In Increments



We all move location for different reasons. For some people, it’s the promise of brighter horizons. For others, it’s to start afresh with a new family setup. Sometimes, it can be simply to find better work opportunities or to try and get out of the hometown. No matter your motivation to move, you will be subject to the same moving duties as everyone else. Shifting all of your belongings and gear towards a new home, mainly a home far away, can feel like a military operation in itself. It’s around this time when you begin to realize how much stuff you actually own, and how much you may have been hoarding.


However, this doesn’t mean you can’t begin the move in an efficient way. We’d argue that the best and least stressful moves are those which occur in increments. Even for people who have limited time to vacate their currently sold home, pre-planning and moving with wisdom can help eschew the draining and difficult nature of adapting to a new home, or even getting there in the first place.


Here are some tips to help your move run at an agreeable pace.


Storage


How are you planning to move all of your belongings? In one huge move, with costly removal van hire? The further you move, the more expensive this can be. While the convenience of moving an entire household to another location can be worthwhile, sometimes finding a method of going at your own pace and potentially saving money is considered more important. Personal storage solutions such as hiring a clean and secure storage container allows you to put your non-essential items in a locked facility, allowing you to move the items you need first and foremost.


The large items, for a low cost, can be kept securely and moved at your own pace after you are set up in the new home. This can serve many purposes. Not only does it help you for the reason just mentioned, but when you’re in your new home, you will be able to identify and plan the space. This will allow you to choose where you want the heavier and bulkier items of furniture before you bring them into the home. This can help you free up space to install your needed home furnishings, and then any extra items can be brought in later.


Plan & Drive The Route


Just as you always check out a house before you move into it, pre-planning your route destination can help you enjoy a more effective and well-planned journey come moving day. This way, you can assign motels or hotels to stay at during long-haul drives. It can also help you break up the traveling days into easily digestible parts.


While driving 10 hours a day might be the best way to complete the journey well, we all know this is boring and very draining. Instead, you might be tempted to make a day of it. Visiting landmarks along the destination and making a mini-vacation out of the whole affair can help you ‘see out’ your old life and ‘see in’ your new with celebration.

With these small tidbits of advice,  you’ll be sure to enjoy a much more relaxed move than you thought possible. It’s only as difficult as you make it.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Clever Solutions For Natural Light Problems

As the winter nights start to draw in a little earlier, the opportunity to get some natural light becomes smaller with every passing day. And if you live in a home where natural light is virtually non-existent, it can be a dark and gloomy time. However, whether your home lacks enough windows, or is just in the wrong position to receive the sun’s rays, there are plenty of solutions. Some will cost you a lot of money, others will be as cheap as chips - so let’s take a look at all your options.




Lighten up


First of all, take a good look around your home and see if any walls could do with brightening up. If your home is gloomy and dark, a splash of light and bright colored paint - preferably a satin finish - will be much more effective than dark, block colours and statement wallpaper. You will be surprised at how much lighter your rooms become - although you should always avoid that glaringly brilliant white, as it can often feel cold and sterile.


Ditch the carpets


Carpets suck the light in, rather than reflecting it. So if you are thinking of new flooring, now might be the time to rip it up and start again. The cheapest option is to expose your floorboards, sand them down, and then apply some wax or oil to finish. But if you have some money put away, why not consider some natural stone tiles? Both options will reflect every last bit of light that comes through your windows, making it appear much brighter than it was before.


Make some holes


If you really want to go to town on this, it’s time to get busy with a sledgehammer. Most homes that suffer from poor natural lighting do so because they feature tiny windows, meaning no light can get in. Widening the window holes will have an instant impact - as will knocking through a wall into your garden. If you want to add a touch of luxury, why not take a look at some bi fold door systems? They are available in wood or aluminium, and basically turn half of your wall space into one giant window.


Get busy in the garden.


Before you spend a fortune, however, make sure you check your garden. Big trees, large bushes, and towering climbing plants can all block light from your windows - so consider whether or not it would be beneficial to cut them down. If the offending trees are growing in the next door garden, it’s worth popping in to see your neighbours. Most people will be reasonable and consider your request - just be polite!


Metal accessories


Finally, think about replacing your old wooden furniture and accessories and looking for metal or steel replacements. Again, the reflective surfaces will direct any natural light into all four corners of the darkest room. Metal and steel accessories can add a touch of style to your home, too.


Any more tips to add? Leave your natural light advice in the comments section below!