Friday, November 30, 2018

A Breath Of Fresh Air: Bringing Some Nature Indoors

Sometimes our home can be dull and uninspired. Sometimes we're just bound by the modern trappings, perhaps we’ve got a smelly home because we're not able to keep on top of the cleaning, or it's just a case that we get up every morning, look at our surroundings, and wish we could just bulldoze the entire thing to the ground and start again. While that wouldn't be financially viable, if you're looking for a breath of fresh air, maybe it's time to take that term literally. Let's find some simple ways to bring nature back into our homes.

Grab Some Plants And Flowers

What simpler way is there to bring some nature indoors than by getting a few plants and flowers and dotting them around the house? You can start out small by just getting a few little plants, or you can just make the entire space as green as you want. There's literally no limit to what you can bring indoors, just as long as you look after them properly. You can click here for a guide to the Monstera Deliciosa plant, one of the most self-sufficient indoor plants, just as long as you keep the room a healthy temperature. The great thing with these sorts of plants like the Monstera Deliciosa and the more popular Japanese Peace Lily is that they look elegant but simple. If you're looking to add some vibrancy to a home office, it's hardly a surprise that it is the office plant of the year in the United Kingdom.

Using Natural Materials In Your Decor

If you want your home to encapsulate a more natural environment, using materials that are found outdoors and bringing them inside will spruce up the inside of your home. Stone and wood are two that come to mind that can be turned into coffee tables or wash basins, and simply communicate a rustic style, but if you want to go even further, you can make significant changes to the floors. Bathrooms and kitchens are increasingly being used as testing grounds for cork or bamboo flooring materials. It's a great way to add some detail to a typically dull floor space. The best way to highlight this is to make the floor contrast with its surroundings. So if you choose warm wooden flooring, make sure that the surroundings have more stone peppered around.

Let The Light In

More and more homes these days aren’t built to let natural light in. If you're trying to get a bit closer to nature, it's time to be a bit more creative in how you let the light in. Naturally, a skylight and large windows are the go-to options, but if you haven't got the money to invest in these, you've got to use a lot more tricks. Reflecting light back into the space can be done by a handful of ways- using mirrors, as well as materials like brass and silver, easily reflect light back into the space. When you haven't got the money for expensive skylights, you've got to make the most of these tricks, because if you have a dark and dull house, not only does it make you miserable, but any sort of plants you’ve got in the house won't last very long!

Accessorize Naturally!

Find the things you associate with the outdoors and pepper them around the house. Rattan furniture is one of those materials that's constantly associated with the outdoors and if you're not able to get much of this indoors, at the very least, go for a corner of the house that's dedicated to all things rattan. Stone accessories, as well as wooden ornaments, can lend to an air of naturalism in the house, without being overly so. If you're trying to create that feel without going overboard, accessories are the best way to go. When you're trying to accessorize, do it in accordance with the space, such as the kitchen being full of plants, or fruits and vegetables, communicating that “green” vibe. It's easy to make these things centrepieces as well, and it can provide you with a handy reminder of which room you're in, just in case you forgot!

It's not too difficult to bring the outside in, but you've got to decide how much nature you want. You could go completely overboard and build a treehouse in the corner of the living room or you can just add a few plants and give that space a little reinvigoration. When we have dull and uninspiring spaces, that natural feeling can make you feel better about the home, and about yourself!


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Has Your Property Lost Its Luster?

Whether you're trying to create a home for yourself and your family or you're simply looking to do the place up and sell it on, it's essential that your property feel as full of life as possible. The trouble is that that can sometimes be something of an indefinable feeling that's difficult to put into words, let alone actually apply to interior design. This means that it's incredibly easy for a lot of properties to really feel as though they've lost that spark of life that they once had. Luckily, there are always things that you can do to bring it back. With that in mind, here are some things you can do if your home has lost its luster.

A fresh coat of paint

It could well be the simplest thing that you could possibly do when it comes to interior design but adding a fresh coat of paint to your home is one of the very best things that you can do in order to bring it back to life. This is especially true if you decide to be a little bit bold and try out some bright colours. Most homes tend to be pretty muted in their colour palate, which means that bright paint on the walls can make a huge difference to the way it feels.

Deep clean the floors

It is genuinely amazing just how much of a difference deep cleaning your floors can make. This is especially true when it comes to carpets. You might look at your carpets and think that they look just the same as ever, but if you could look at them side by side with what they were like when they were new it would shock you. Giving them a deep clean can make a room feel brighter and bigger in moments. You could well be putting up with drab and dirty floors without even realising it.

Make some big changes

Of course, sometimes the changes that you want to make to your property are going to be a whole lot more significant than a lick of paint here and there. Sometimes, mixing up the actual design of your home is the best way to bring it back to life. If you're going to do that, then getting some professional help is always a good idea. Working with an award winning home designer is going to allow you to really get the most out of your home. After all, if you're doing something big and expensive with your property, you're going to want as much guidance as possible.

The truth is that it can often be the simplest things in the world that make all of the difference. Sure, making some seriously radical changes to a property can be great and can give it a whole new lease of life. However, even some really simple and small changes can have a much bigger impact than you might ever expect them to. Before you put in all of the effort required to make massive changes, try the smaller and simple things first. You'll be amazed at the difference they make.


Planning a Successful Home Extension

A successful home extension needs planning, but as property prices seem to be forever on the increase, it is becoming a very popular way of increasing living space as families grow. This can have other advantages too. If you like the area you live in and the children are all settled in their schools, extending your home rather than moving could be a much better option. It can be less stressful than moving home too, as long as you do everything in the order you should.

Before You Start…

Before you start spending any money on your
home improvement, there are a couple of things you need to consider. Firstly, think about the practicalities, such as will you be able to stay in your home while the work is carried out, and if not where will you stay? If you need to stay in other rented accommodation, that will be an extra cost.

Then you need to work out how much you can afford to spend. You have to remember that it is not just the building costs you will have to pay. Before you get to that stage you will need to engage an architect, and pay for plans and any permissions that are needed. You also have to consider that once the extension is complete, you will have an empty space that will need filling. Will you have to buy some new furniture, flooring and window dressings?

Employing The Professionals

Architects and building designers both have the same aim. They need to draw up detailed plans for your proposed extension, after discussions with you about how you envisage the final space to be. They have the experience to be able to give you the advice you need about the practical aspects of the extension, including the floor plan and the actual amount of space that will be created.

They will also be able to help you will all the red tape associated with building an extension.  It depends which state you live in, as the rules across Australia can vary, but the professionals will know what they are and be able to help you get the required permissions.

Only Use Reputable Builders

When you are looking for a builder, it is best to find one that specialises in extensions and
home renovation projects. This is because building an extension is a different type of job that requires the knowledge only specialists will have. Speak with several and get quotations from them all. Ask for references and to see past completed projects before you decide which one to use. A reputable builder will be happy for you to be looking closely at them, as they will have nothing to hide.

In fact, you should always use registered and licenced professionals and tradespeople if you want to be certain that your home extension will be built properly and will comply with any rules and regulations. They have standards they have to work to or they could have their licence or registration taken away. This does mean you are going to end up with a better finished product, which is the aim at the end of the day.