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Great news, space2 are on 60 Minute Makeover, the hit daytime TV show where people are surprised by friends and family by a home makeover.
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The secret to achieving a nice room and turning it into a great room is by using colour that complements the room and brings an added element to your lifestyle. There are some vivid changes you can make with just a little decorating knowledge.
Nearly every decorating programme or home make-over show talk about feature walls, nearly everyone is aware of this phenomenon. For instance, in the bedroom the feature wall could be behind the bed and the bedding incorporating on the key colours of the wall. It’s not just feature walls that can create impact in the bedroom; bold bedroom furniture can give an instant lift to tired decor.
You can make the whole room striking from the beginning. If your style is more classic than modern, a great colour would be olive green, although you de need to stay away from overly yellow greens as this can make the space look dull. The best way to find the perfect colour for your room, is to make use of paint samples, ensure you are generous with painting blocks of colours. You will need to view the colour at differing times of the day to ensure, it still looks good with varying light conditions. Once you’ve chosen your colour, make sure you paint your woodwork white and if you can get white with a hint of lime, it will only add to the striking effect of your room.
You can also create a spectacular room with the use of darker tones. An important aspect is not to drown the room in a solid dark colour but to counterbalance it with crisp white woodwork or white gloss wardrobes if in a bedroom, this all helps to break up the darkness.
A little know-how can create a wonderful home for you and your family, with outstanding contrasts and brave statement decor which will give the edge to any room, giving your home the wow factor.
Have you got walls in your home that look a little too spacey, as though they just need something to break up the width or height. There are some great ways to break this area into a cohesive mix with the rest of your room.
If you have lots of little bits you would like to display, but they would get overshadowed in a display cabinet, you can buy simple geometic shelving to create an eye-catching display area, arrange the shelves as the focal point of the wall and adorn with your knick knacks, you can even separate the shelves with a small picture or stencil around them for a more organic feel.
Develop a family gallery, choose a random picture of photos that have great memories, and depending on the style of your room, you can either have all matching picture frames or your style maybe a little eclectic, so a mixture of frames would suit and begin forming your gallery. You can arrange in a pyramid style for a more formal look, or graduate out from the largest picture frame to the smallest. This idea gives an instant impact, alongside happy times.
Words can be used on walls, from your favourite poem to a chorus from a cherished song, it also adds a personal touch and gets a conversation going. Simply stencil your chosen text onto the wall, you can buy various fonts and letters of the alphabet or you can print out from your computer. Make the letters contrast to the colours of your wall and the larger the letters, the bigger the statement.
There are other ideas to break a wall up, from displaying your ceramic plates to mirrors and large pictures, it all depends on your style, but there is no reason to be shy, make your statement!
It will soon be that time to spring clean the home from top to bottom, but if you feel this is more of a chore than fresh start to welcome in the warmer weather, then hopefully these tips will ease you into it.
It’s always good to have a plan and to be methodical when it comes to big cleaning jobs. Ideally you want to start from the top and work your towards the bottom. Use this same method when cleaning each individual room. Start at the ceilings and work down towards the skirting boards, this way any cobwebs or dust won’t fall onto newly cleaned areas.
Remember you don’t have to do it all in one day, you can spread in out over the week or over weekends and if you have other family members at home, get them involved. Give the kid’s a duster and they will merrily polish surfaces. They can even vacuum their own bedrooms leaving you the trickier jobs to attend to.
Make sure you have all the kit you need, from dusters, to new mattress protectors for the beds. There are some things that just seem to run out when you need them, these are normally bin bags and bleach. If you gather these things before you start, everything will run smoothly. Don’t forget there are cheaper alternatives than shop bought sprays. Lemon juice will remove hard-water marks and soap scum, white vinegar makes a great window cleaner and baking soda mixed with a drop of essential oil freshens up carpets in home, add lavender for bedrooms.
These little tips will get your spring cleaning off to a good start and make a chore into a family day in.
Sometimes there is nothing better than snuggling under a just clean duvet, but keeping it as fresh as the day you put it on, can be a bit tricky. These little tips will help keep your bedding and bed as fresh as a daisy.
Forget about making your bed as soon as you get up, you will trap moisture, the best thing you can do is fold the covers or duvet back and let it air, so that the moisture evaporates.
Bedlinen needs to be washed once a week or fortnightly at 60°, higher if your fabric can take it. If you use pillow or mattress protectors, wash those at least once a month to keep them fresh, try and wash them at a similar temperature or to the temperature the manufacturer states.
If your mattress smells a bit tainted, try a sprinkle of bicarbonate of soda on it, leave it for between 3 to 4 hours and then vacuum off. The soda will trap unpleasant odours that build up on the mattress. Don’t forget to vacuum pillows and blankets.
It may be a little chilly outside but it is the perfect time to air bedding, it helps get rid of bugs, plus there is nothing like that clean, vibrant outdoors smell.
Summer is here and its nice to bring the sunshine into the home with pretty floral picture frames to new cushion covers and curtains. But there is another area to think about, which isn’t as much fun except it does require attention, especially with those balmy nights creating havoc with our body temperatures in bed.
Mattresses have a lot of work to do in the summer by helping our bodies keep cool and comfortable but where does the moisture go and how do you keep your mattress at its best? One of the key things is to make sure you turn your mattress regularly, as with all the shuffling about it helps to distribute wear and tear evenly. You can buy mattress sprays and these sprays will freshen your bed and help to keep it hygienic. You also need to try and leave you mattress uncovered for a while to let it breath and don’t forget to vacuum your mattress as this will also help keep it fresh.
It may not be glamorous but it will definitely help towards keeping your bedroom spick an span in the summer heat.
We have just launched our very own faux flower shop in store with all our blooms shortly to go on line. Having never been a fan of the fake stuff I was blown away recently when I discovered how realistic these blooms were its almost impossible to tell if they are the real or not. The best bit about the whole venture has been to experiment and push the boundaries with posies of interesting blooms offset in super cool vases. Not only will flowers transform your room they will give it instant personality like nothing else on earth.
Adding the odd geometric pattern to your pad will up the style ratings in a nano second. Think wallpaper with a fun grid pattern, diamond design cushions and rugs as well as a plethora of accessories. Tiles are fabulous too; specifically Moroccan ethic inspired ones great for back splashes in kitchens and bathrooms.
As bold as it sounds you can truly exaggerate a rooms proportions by simply hanging floor to ceiling curtains with a gutsy geometric print – bold, fabulous and something that will make all your friends jealous! Have fun
If you are thinking of re-decorating, you might want to consider stripes; they give a bold statement to any room and the bigger the stripe the more impact it will bring to a modern home.
If you’re feeling stripes on the wall maybe a bit too daunting then consider the flooring of your home, wide, dark bands on a neutral background can create a bold walkway in the hall, ideal for family homes, where an expanse of single flooring can show stains from many shoes passing over.
Various areas in your home can also undergo stripe treatment, you can create a balance with soft furnishings, by picking a stripe which is co-ordinated to your wall colouring and the another stripe to match the colour of your furniture, will create symmetry in a room and allowing the stripes to lose their formal impact.
Although, stripes can be placed in all rooms, sometimes just a little adds that wow factor. The headboard in the bedroom can be upholstered with a striped material, you can choose to balance the stripes with your bedroom furniture and decor or create a statement headboard which contrasts.
There is so many ways in which you can use stripes to create that modern feel, being bold can make a world of difference.