Thousands of people every year will make New Year resolutions to update their home and thousands of people will not keep to them, I know, I am one of them. This is mainly because we set goals which are not realistic, we give ourselves too much to do and often don’t set ourselves a realistic budget. However if we plan to update our home over the course of the year, we can tackle what seems like a huge task in smaller chunks.
To manage any sort of project, it can be helpful to break it down into three main requirements:
- Decide what needs to be done
- Prioritise what needs to be done
- Set yourself a budget and time frame to which you would like the updates to be finished by
In deciding what needs to be done you should try and take a subjective look at your home, a good way to do this is to take a walk around in the mind-set of a prospective buyer, you will probably be shocked to see what is in need of improvement. Get a piece of paper and a pencil and walk through your home room by room.
Starting from the entrance to your home, be it a porch or hallway. Is it bright and welcoming, or dark and uninviting? Using softer and lighter shades of colour on the walls can make a dramatic improvement to how people first perceive your home. This can also be achieved of letting in more natural light, which is not always possible but can be remedied by adding more or brighter lighting fixtures.
The next logical step would be your Living Room; this is where you most need to feel relaxed and restful. With this in mind, it’s important that all the walls, furnishings, curtains and flooring be coordinated and harmonise with each other. Neutral tones on the walls are often used as a safe colour to achieve this effect and are easier to contrast with your other features. If you find your suite is looking tired and worn, fitting made to measure furniture covers are a cheaper alternative to buying a new sofa.
Dining Rooms are more popular than ever, so it’s important to consider them as a room in their own right and not just a walk-through to other rooms (something most of us are guilty of). Colours are said to be very important in areas we eat, for example have you ever wondered why red is such a popular colour for restaurants and dining rooms? It's because it stimulates the appetite. It's also an energising colour and therefore a good backdrop for social situations. However, red is a dominating colour and isn’t for everyone, so try adding other areas of interest through different patterns and textures.
Now to your Kitchen, the most important factor of this room is functionality. Usually the heart of the home, the kitchen needs to be stylish yet practical, so make sure to fix any broken drawers or missing handles which can really taint the overall look.
You may not think it but it can be quite simple and relatively cheap to spruce up you Bathroom. Just by replacing your taps, toilet seats, shower curtain/door etc. with new or modern fittings can make a real difference. Look at the flooring, we are becoming more European in our tastes and they regard carpet as unhygienic. Changing to cork, bamboo or ceramic tiles will give your bathroom a fresh, clean and modern look.
And finally the Boudoir. In the bedroom the obvious focal point should be your bed and dressed to command attention, this can be done in a number of fashions such as using bedspreads and scatter cushions. Colours again are important in creating the right atmosphere and reflect the personality of whoever this room is intended. You should take you time here to decide how you can create that ultimate feeling for yourself.
Advice from Plumbs, the UK'S Reupholstery Specialist; with over 50 years experience in made to measure furniture products and reupholstering. Find advice and more info on how Plumbs can help to rejuvenate your home at this year's Ideal Home Show between 24 March and 9 April!
Sure to put that Spring in your step, the UK’s biggest home exhibition will return to London's Olympia with a fresh face and brand new features – sure to inspire your creative interior mind and give you all the hints, tips and latest products to update your house and home!
The Ideal Home Show, sponsored by Zoopla, will be open from the 24th March – 9th April for visitors to browse the huge range of diverse stands spread across a host of sections, all under one roof.
And, BRAND NEW to this year's show for 2017 is the innovative Eat & Drink Festival celebrating the exciting trends in modern cuisine, mixology, extraordinary tipples and street food. A feast for all the senses, the ingredients of this superb show will include cookery from top restaurant chefs, shopping from artisan producers, street food vendors and tasting sessions at the new Drinks station.
Don't miss it! It’s the perfect place to start your Spring renovations and to transform your home and garden for the year ahead.
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Post written by Joanna Whitworth from Plumbs