There are over 3 million small businesses in the UK run by a single owner or director with a large majority of those concentrated in London and the surrounding areas. With the change in...
If you are thinking about how to update your home but, like many people, have a limited budget then take a look at these tips from an interior designer friend. None of them will cost too much (although your actual choice of products will, obviously, affect the price) and, just as importantly the changes will not cause too much disruption to your life.Some of the best tips are about combining patterns, texture and colour through the use of fabrics and distinctive artworks.
For some projects you will have to declutter your home or, at least, the room you are updating to be sure the redecoration runs are smoothly as possible.
Good light is one of the most important aspects of any home, which is why interior lighting schemes are a major part of any interior design project. The right light can completely change the ambience and bad lighting can detract from an otherwise well-designed space.
But just because we can create beautiful lighting artificially doesn’t mean we should neglect the natural light entering our homes and maximise it where we can. Here are some of my favourite room setting with wonderful windows that bring in as much natural light as possible. Even if the windows in your home are not as large and beautiful as these you can still improve the levels of natural light either with appropriate window dressings or by the more drastic measure of increasing the size of the window openings. These images might just inspire you to do that…
Ever invited someone to stay with you and felt a huge rush of panic the moment you remember the state the spare room is in? When you realise you forgot that several ‘car boot ready’ black bags, a spin bike, ten unopened boxes from the house move and a Christmas tree all obstruct anyone from even getting more than half a foot into the room, let alone staying in it.
What you probably want to do is slap those marigolds on and get waist deep in cleaning and tidying the room right now. But it needn’t be such a panicked affair.
Follow this list of tips to help you calmly and easily get your guest room guest ready
Many reports indicate that moving, just like other major life events such as divorce, illness, or job loss, causes a lot of people to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Even if you plan to hire a mover to take care of the basic moving tasks like packing and transporting your belongings, you still have to go through the hassle of settling down in a new home. Moving doesn’t always have to be troublesome or stressful. In fact, if you plan ahead and follow a few simple but essential tips and tricks, it can be downright easy and stress free. If you want to make sure that your precious wedding china and expensive photo frames do not get damaged during moving, take care to buy the right boxes for your needs and ensure that they are clearly marked “fragile” and “this side up”. If you are interested in more such useful moving precautions, facts, and tips, don’t forget to check out this infographic…
Modern society is characterised by an interconnected world where the “always on” culture has made it increasingly difficult to disconnect from our routine. Escaping the daily grind comes with an added difficulty in households where there are children, since young kids need constant stimulation, and sometimes right when their parents need to wind down and relax. So does this mean that creating a sanctuary in a family home is just not possible? In this article we offer some tips for parents looking for ways to create a small haven of tranquillity in a busy household with kids.
Wooden flooring is available in many different types of wood and different types of construction. There are solid wooden floors in both softwoods and hardwoods in the form of long, narrow boards or planks, or smaller pieces used in, for example, parquet floors. Solid wooden floors are usually nailed or screwed to the sub-floor. There are also engineered wooden floors that consist of several layers glued together with the top layer only being solid wood. These are most often installed as a floating floor above a series of joists. […]
Black and white bathrooms always look so stylish whether they are in a traditional Art Deco style or designed with modern minimalism in mind. They are perfect in character or period homes and also in modern homes. And, best of all, they don’t date quickly so will look great for years to come so be a good investment in improving a home.
Bathroom manufacturers and the buying public all love white in bathrooms, whether it is the bathroom suite or large, glossy porcelain tiles there is really nothing to compare with gleaming white lines. White bathroom suites look equally good in period reproduction styles as they do in sleek contemporary styles and any of the huge range of bathrooms to choose from will look fabulous when complemented with black. Accent tiles in black can be used to create unique patterns on borders or tiled panels and black accessories such as vases, towels etc. enhance the monochrome look. If you are feeling very daring (and either don’t live in a hard-water area or have a water softener fitted) then I have even seen a black Art Deco style basin. Just be sure it will suit your style of home and bathroom (I’m personally still cautious about using any sort of coloured sanitary ware).
The bathroom has come along way in the past one hundred years. Once just a basic tub set in front of the living room fire and filled with buckets of water, the bathing experience is now a luxury in almost every western home. Back then, a ‘bathroom’ was something only the wealthy and privileged could afford to have in their house. It was this trend which lead to the mass production of bathroom products.
The Edwardian and Victorian styles of the time are still a popular choice today. They look exquisite in a villa or cottage bathroom, and never loose their appeal in terms of design.
Today, thanks to advanced plumbing and modern technology, the bathroom may well have evolved as far as it can. With luxury steam rooms and hydrotherapy baths, it’s difficult to imagine how bathrooms could get any more sophisticated. That said, the bathroom, like any room in the house, is ever changing in terms of design trends.
Here we look at the five most popular styles of bathroom designs. Traditional, Country, Shabby chic, Contemporary and Fantasy.
There are many challenges to get rooms right when you are creating your new home. Most important of all, is the look and the feel of the place. Wood has been a popular choice of flooring for many years and that is largely because it gives so many options. There are many different styles of wooden floor and just like the choice of colour on the walls, the choice of flooring can set the tone or mood for a room. Getting the floor right in a room is an essential finishing element and this needs the most attention because it is usually the most difficult part of the design to change when in place.
Ceramic tiles have been around in one form or another for thousands of years and for much of that time nothing much changed in the manufacturing process. But in recent years there have been huge advances in tile manufacturing technology and this has also led to inspirational new design processes. Tiles can now be produced that are super-thin and light or that are anti-slip or resistant to large temperature variations. There are even anti-bacterial tiles being produced and others with a coating baked onto the surface that purifies the air in the room.
When all you want to do is choose a wall tile that you like the look of, it can be frustrating to be bombarded with technical detail about the tiles. But if those beautiful-looking...
Having just moved house I am overwhelmed by the number of jobs that need doing in my new house, which could best be described as a project. It is, or will be, a fantastic space when it is finished but for now it is proving to be a bit of a challenge. And because there are some repairs that simply can’t wait my plans for a sleek new dream kitchen will have to wait for a couple of years, maybe longer so I will have to live with the existing one but what I am hoping to do is revamp it with black and white ceramic tiles so that it looks more retro than just old-fashioned.
As well as being a functional space, a bathroom is also a sanctuary in which to relax at the end of a hectic day. But the average bathroom in the UK is pretty small and many bathroom fittings are fairly standard so how can you make your bathroom stand out from the crowd; somewhere that you are proud of and where you want to spend time?
Here are 5 ideas for adding some design flair to that small space…