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Average British Home has Seven DIY Projects That Need Doing

Man painting living room - DIY project

New research has revealed that the average British homeowner has seven DIY projects that need doing in their property, and 14% think they will never complete all the maintenance and DIY jobs in their home.

The average British household has seven DIY projects that have been left unfinished or not even started, and the majority of people have begun a project without finishing it. What’s more, over two thirds of Britons say that they have tackled a home-improvement task themselves before having to hire a professional in. 

Get One Step Ahead Of The Top Home Trends This Autumn

Get One Step Ahead Of The Top Home Trends This Autumn

We’ve all been enjoying the heatwave, but sooner than we think autumn will be upon us and we’ll be settling in front of the fire with a warm mug of hot chocolate. As the bright shades of summer turn to deep autumn tones, it’s time to swap patterned cushions for warm knitted blankets and throws, and add an array of berry-scented candles. The changing of the seasons is also a chance to trade those worn-down blinds for stylish drapes or to take up that tired carpet and replace it with shiny new flooring.

How to colour block your walls with paint

How to colour block your walls with paint

While patterned walls are very popular, many home-owners are still fans of a simpler decorative look, without committing to full-on minimalism.

Feature walls have for some time provided a compromise: using bold paper to encase the chimney breast, or one wall, works well, thanks to its suitability to both modern and period homes.

Colour blocking is the perfect way for consumers who are looking for a splash of colour or pattern on a wall, without investing in wallpaper. It’s also a cost-effective and on-trend, working well with classic or contemporary furniture, and allows you to manage the creative process to create a look that is totally unique to your home.

Get One Step Ahead Of The Top Home Trends This Autumn

Get One Step Ahead Of The Top Home Trends This Autumn

We’ve all been enjoying the heatwave, but sooner than we think autumn will be upon us and we’ll be settling in front of the fire with a warm mug of hot chocolate. As the bright shades of summer turn to deep autumn tones, it’s time to swap patterned cushions for warm knitted blankets and throws, and add an array of berry-scented candles. The changing of the seasons is also a chance to trade those worn-down blinds for stylish drapes or to take up that tired carpet and replace it with shiny new flooring.

New Home Colourcare Range From Liberon

New Home Colourcare Range From Liberon

Woodcare expert, Liberon is launching its Home ColourCare range, the only range on the market to combine traditional woodcare properties with a choice of contemporary colours.

An exciting woodcare solution for both upcycling enthusiasts and style savvy home dwellers, the Home ColourCare range comprises a durable Floor Varnish, multi-surface Furniture Varnish and a Decorative Furniture Wax – all available in a selection of bright pop colours, contemporary metallics and on-trend pearlised finishes. Offering the same level of protection and nourishment as Liberon’s neutrally coloured wax and varnish products, the Home ColourCare range provides a two-in-one approach to woodcare and colour.

Childs Play with Cormar Carpets

Childs Play with Cormar Carpets

A child’s bedroom, or playroom, is one of the most well-used areas of the home so it’s important to create a warm and cosy feel that cushions bumps and falls as well as cutting down on noise made from the patter (or stomping) of tiny feet!  According to Cormar Carpets, colour, texture and detail all play a key factor in designing a child-friendly space. The right environment needs to be inspiring, creative, relaxing and comforting for little ones - so it’s important to consider flooring when creating this perfect room. 

“The advantage of having carpet in a child’s bedroom or playroom is that it provides comfort and warmth, cushions noise and is often budget friendly,” says David Cormack, marketing director at Cormar Carpets. 

Climate Control Blinds for EVERY Room

Climate Control Blinds for EVERY Room

Duette® energy saving blinds are not only energy efficient – preventing heat loss at windows by up to 46% – additional benefits mean that they’re ideal for every room in the house.

And fitting Duette® blinds throughout the home can add up to some significant savings (up to 25%) on an annual heating bills too. 

In The Kitchen

Blinds tend to be the practical window treatment of choice when it comes to kitchens, and Duette® blinds are humidity resistant as well as probably one of the easiest to clean blinds on the market.

Finding The Balance In Children’s Bedroom Décor

Finding The Balance In Children’s Bedroom Décor

Children's bedroom decor - They want Disney – You Want Longevity… Here’s what the experts say!  

Life’s often a compromise – and most parents agree that parenthood involves a LOT of negotiation (some would say bribery!)

This is frequently the case when it comes to decorating a child’s bedroom. They see the latest Emojis or Disney characters emblazoned on a duvet and mum or dad’s heart sinks.   

Adults want a clean, organised and coordinated bedroom that aids restful sleep.

Kids are all about the fun with a kaleidoscope of clashing colours and all their favourite characters thrown in for good measure.

So how do you solve the children’s bedroom interior design dilemma?

Revealed: How to make your bedroom desirable and inspirational when your house goes on the market

Bedroom

Putting your house on the market is a big step, and to ensure the best possible outcome, homeowners need to consider every room in the house and take the time to make each one special and unique. The bedroom can often be overlooked, but it is in fact, one of the most important locations in the home. Potential buyers like to visualise their new surroundings, and get an idea of what their future home might look like.  Making the bedroom memorable will contribute to a quick, hassle-free sale of the house.

Jonathan Warren, director at online bed specialist, Time 4 Sleep, has shared his top tips on the importance of the bedroom, and how to improve the look and feel of the room, to impress guests.

Top 10 interior design trends for 2017

Top 10 interior design trends for 2017

Bring nature indoors for 2017
Textures and tones set to create calm, warm homes and hotel rooms
Graphic inspired art, statement rugs and textured glass lighting all key essentials
With 2017 set to see interior design services embraced increasingly by individuals and house builders alike, the experts at Alexander James Interior Design have used their 20 years experience to compile a list of the top ten interior design trends for 2017.

 

Stacey Sibley, Creative Director at Alexander James Interior Design, comments,

Best in show: Alexander James' 5 interior design tips to bring show house style to your home

Best in show: Alexander James' 5 interior design tips to bring show house style to your home

With spring sales in full swing in many shops, now is the perfect time to take a critical look at your new home and make a few changes to bring it up to show house standard.  

 
"Bringing glamour and style to your home doesn't have to be about making big changes. There are a few simple tips and tricks that can make a big difference. Try to step back and take a fresh look at your rooms. Which features and objects stand out? How do they coordinate with the other items in the room? What feeling does the room give you? Once you take a long, hard look at your home, you'll be able to identify which colours and objects dominate it - and to change them if necessary."

Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design
 

Property Priorities: New homeowners will kip on the floor for a month

Property Priorities: New homeowners will kip on the floor for a month, but candles and cushions are unpacked within a week

·         For 57% of homemovers, the kettle is the first item that is unpacked
·         Over half (57%) of new homeowners set up the Wi-Fi router within 24 hours
·         A third (32%) of homemovers will live without a wardrobe for a fortnight or more
 
One in twelve (8%) UK homeowners admit they slept on the floor for a month or more after moving into their new home, according to a new study by UK housebuilder Redrow.
 
The research, which polled almost 2,000 homeowners, looked into how we approach the challenge of setting up home and asked questions about priorities and unpacking that all important first box.