Turn Your Living Room Into A Giving Room

For those of us who aren’t blessed with the largest property or the most expansive rooms in our humble abode, we need to think outside of the box when we are decorating. While we may not feel like we have enough room to swing a cat, we may be able to utilise some nifty space saving techniques that can also save a bob or two. Our living rooms are our sanctuaries. These are the spaces that you kick back, relax and spend most of your time in, whether it’s catching up with your favourite soap on the box, reading a book with a glass of wine, or having a good old catch up with pals. Take a look at how you can transform your living room into a giving room.

More Uses

Your living room may be a one trick pony at the moment, especially if you are struggling in terms of space. However, your lounge interior doesn’t have to just be that area where you sit on the sofa watching mind numbing TV every night. Consider creating a couple of zones within the room. Choose one corner to situate your TV rather than having it mounted onto a wall. This way, you are cordoning off your gogglebox capabilities. In another corner, invest in a comfortable chair. You might want to opt for a mid-century style vintage egg chair or a Scandinavian rocking chair. These are perfect for relaxing in with a cuppa or reading. A bankers lamp to the side or a floor lamp can make a pleasant change from being forced to read with the main light on.

If you have kids and you don’t have enough square footage for a playroom, an extra large rug will fill the space within your living room and give them enough of a play area for their toys in the centre of your room. While not ideal, trying to make your living room fit your lifestyle is the perfect solution for those more cramped pads.

Storage

No matter what size your property is, you will inevitably struggle with storage, and the dreaded clutter can always begin to encroach on your environment. The type of furniture and storage solutions that you try to incorporate into your living space can transform your lounge from a simple one dimensional space into a multi-functional room that can make your life easier. Footstools can come Ottoman style with storage under the stool. You might want to look at period pieces that merge drawers storage with a coffee table. These Danish inspired sleek designs utilise every iota of functionality and can ensure that your knick-knacks don’t clutter up your space.

If your kids are of an age where they have a ridiculous amount of lego and bricks and other toy paraphernalia, you will be keen to ensure that your living room doesn’t morph into a playpen. Get hold of a toy box that doubles up as a window seat or hide all of that kid clutter under the stairs. Storage solutions don’t have to look like filing cabinets or exposed shelves. Instead, you can find those nifty storage ideas within pieces that offer up both form and functionality.

Your living room is the most heavily utilised and enjoyed room within your home. Give it a new lease of life and turn it from a living room to a giving room.

 

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Sure Signs You Should Snap that Property Up

Have you been looking for the ideal new house for a long time and none of them feel just right? How do you know when you have finally found the right one? There is always the doubt that you will make a mistake and end up living somewhere you are not happy with, so just sit back relax and let’s talk about how you will know you have found your ideal home.

You Want To See More

If when you see the outside of a property it makes you want to see more that is a good start. Kerb appeal is an important factor in searching for the right home, and it is very probable that there have been a few that you have not liked the look of at all from the outside.

Of course, what the outside is like is no guarantee that the inside will be just as good. But it is an indicator that if the present owners have taken trouble with the outside, they will have looked after the inside as well. You will only find out if you enter the house.

 

It Feels Right As Soon As You Enter

You usually know as soon as you walk into a house whether it feels like home or not. If it feels warm and welcoming, almost as though it is embracing you, there stands a good chance that this is the house for you.

Some houses have a bad feeling about them, and often that is just relating to the viewer because it is not really what they are after. This can be particularly the case if it is the type of house you would not normally consider, but the agent has persuaded you that you really must view.

 

Check Out The Bathrooms

Research has shown that the room most people feel uncomfortable viewing is the bathroom, and that many do nothing more than put their head around the door and scan it briefly. It is said that it appears that people do not like to let their feet touch the floor of a bathroom they do not know. This does seem a bit strange unless they are looking at the house in bare feet, but it appears that even in their shoes, some people have an aversion to going into other people bathrooms.

If you are happy to stroll into the bathroom and take a proper look, you should take this as a sign that this could be the house for you.

 

Ignoring The Minor Defects

You will always find minor defects in a property and if you find any of them are a problem, then you should not be buying this house. When you see things that need a small repair and that does not put you off, then it is more likely you have found your home. You may even get defensive about them, for instance, if the agent tries to point out that a new tap is needed on the kitchen sink, or that there is a crack in an internal doors glazing.

When you want to tell them that none of these minor things matter that definitely means you should be considering buying this house.

 

You Start Imagining How You Will Make It Look

Are you starting to see your furniture in the house and how you would like it arranged, the walls painted the colours you want and imagining the house with any other changes that would put your stamp on it are all a sure sign that this is the house for you.

Can you see exactly where your bed will go in the master bedroom? Have you already decided on a new colour scheme? Do you know where you will put your Christmas tree, or how you will accommodate visitors over the holiday season? If so, you can stop looking at other houses right now.

Do not waste your time viewing other properties, as you have probably found the right one for you and looking at more will just become a bit of a chore.

 

The House Covers All Your Needs

Before you go any further ask yourself if the house fits your needs? Does it have the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms, for instance, and has it got an extra room that could be used as a home office or playroom? Does it have a garage, or at least the space to have one erected? Is the garden secure enough for your dog, or will you need to put up some new fencing?

It might not have everything exactly as you want, but if it fits your basic needs, you can alter it to provide some of the other things once it has become yours. Some of the things, such as painting, are far easier to do in an empty house. As desperate as you might be to actually move in, a couple of days delay could mean that you have the painting done beforehand. That will make the whole move easier to handle, and there will be less messing once you are in.

 

You Want To Tell Everyone

Have you found that you want to tell everyone about this wonderful house you have found? Have you taken a few photos to put on your social media page? Has that few photos for your social media pages turned into hundreds? Are you feeling excited at the prospect of moving into this house? All of these things make it even more likely that you have found the home of your dreams.

 

Sleep On It

Before you make that final step of offering to buy the house of your dreams, you should sleep on it and see if you still feel the same the next day. If you have a troublesome night because of all your plans for your new home or, you sleep soundly knowing you have found it, then the next day you can deal with the next phase of ensuring it belongs to you.

Good luck, I hope you find the home of your dreams and spend many happy years living there. There are so many amazing properties to choose from that it can be difficult. But if all of the signs are there, you will know when to act.

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How to Keep Your Home Safe From the Outside In

One thing that we all want, is to feel safe in the comfort of our own home. Our home is the place that we should feel safest of all – it’s where we sleep, eat, bathe, and have fun – it’s the place we always resort back to after a long day at work, so if you’re not comfortable there and don’t feel protected, then how are you ever going to truly be able to relax? It’s your environment, and it’s down to you to create a good one for you and your family, especially if you have kids – it’s their safe haven too.

 

There are many threats out there in the outside world – unfortunately, there always will be, regardless of how careful you are of staying away from it. Having said that, there are many ways to keep all of the bad things away, and that all boils down to the preventatives you put in place.

 

Here are a few ideas to get you on the right track.

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Securing your windows

Burglars tend to focus a lot on windows because they are often left open a little, even during the night, especially now the days and nights are so much hotter. Try and always make sure the bottom windows are closed properly with a lock. You should also make sure that they are working as they should, and if not, call in a double glazing repairs person to fix the issue immediately. If you do have blinds or curtains, it would be a good idea to close them once the sun goes down so that people can’t look inside and get any ideas, even more so when you have potential valuables on show.

 

Securing your doors

While your front door usually has a more secure lock, it can always be better. The same goes for your back door, if not more because burglars tend to sneak around the back to break in as they know the lock is normally a lot weaker – so make sure it isn’t. Call in a locksmith and get more secure locks fitted that aren’t as easy to pick or break altogether. If the doors are very old, you may want to get a whole new door as the wood might have started rotting from the inside making it a lot weaker.

 

Securing your items

You may not have things outside the front of your house, but it’s normal to have things outside the back as that is where your garden is. You may have tools left out, ladders, and maybe even a bike or two, but these are the things that all burglars look out for because they can either be used as a way of breaking in, or be stolen and then sold for a fair bit of money. So any items that are normally left out, make sure you secure them in a shed or garage that is safely secured with a padlock and even an extra deadbolt lock for that added touch.

 

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Small Bedrooms? Make More With Less

When you have a family of two or more children, it’s easy to understand how you might begin to feel a little cramped in your home. After all, British homes are renowned for being the smallest in Europe, so there’s no doubt that your 3-bedroom house feels nothing like the same house on the other side of the Channel. Nevertheless, the traditional 0.5 room can become the perfect setting for a quirky child bedroom if you put your heart and creative mind to it. Ultimately, there’s no reason why a small bedroom couldn’t have everything a big room has, and much more. Are you ready for a small and fun room decor? Here’s where to start!  

The bedroom: a sanctuary

If you can give each of your children their own bedroom, you will encourage them to develop responsibility, control, and their self-esteem. Indeed, a child benefits from having their own bedroom, as it is a place at home that is entirely theirs. As a result, they can decide on the decor and have a duty to keep it tidy and safe. But additionally, it also offers your child a secure environment to develop their creative skills without fearing the destructive hands of younger siblings. Finally, a room to retreat can help to recharge at the end of the day, or merely provide the quiet time they need to avoid temper issues between siblings.

 

Small and pretty

If the rest of the house has a neutral palette, why not encourage your child to pick vibrant and exciting colours to give their bedroom a personality? While some children have a very clear idea of what they want, others are open to suggestions. You can show them some of the trendy bedroom colour palettes on social media. For a city chic bedroom, for instance, you can use pops of bright colours against concrete and dark woods to create an ambience. A coastal look can use rope details and green and wooden tones for a natural feel.

 

Let the furniture do the talking

Let’s not beat around the bush. In a 0.5 bedroom, you need to choose your furniture carefully, as your space is limited. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean you should furnish the room with dull items. You can maximise the effect with eye-catching furniture and appliances, such as a vertical radiator to save space or an elegant bed. When you can only have a few items of furniture, you can let it become the decor of your bedroom.

 

Store like a pro

What makes a small bedroom feel bigger? Effective storage solutions! IKEA is the place you want to start with if you’re after storage hacks. From under the bed storage boxes to using racks to turn a wall into a storage function, you can keep the room tidy and clear. You might find as well that using IKEA bookshelves as wardrobe can be a space saver too – no need to worry about the wardrobe door, and everything is accessible at all times.

 

With a little bit of DIY magic and smart thinking, you can transform the British 0.5 room into an inviting and comfy bedroom for your child. Of course, there’s no denying that it will be a demanding project! But the more you learn to maximise the space without breaking the bank, the more your child can grow in maturity and responsibility. It’s a win-win for the family!

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Can You Make Your Home a Little Bolder!

One of the main problems that a lot of people have is that they don’t feel as though their home really stands out in any unique and meaningful way. They get to the point where their home just ends up feeling sort of stale rather than something that reflects their personality. If you find yourself feeling this way then never fear! There are plenty of things that you can do in order to bring your personality into your home but there’s one incredibly simple thing that you can do that will bring new life and vibrancy into your home almost instantly: embrace bold design choices. Including some radical and exciting design elements into your home is a fantastic way to make any room feel more alive. Far too often people are encouraged to steer away from doing anything too bold in case it doesn’t work, but this just ends up making homes look bland and overly generic. It’s time to start being daring and here are some ideas that can help you do just that!

Eye-catching furniture

One of the saddest things that people do in their homes is treat their furniture as something that is purely functional. This means that, more often than not, it ends up blending into the background, something that you spend a lot of time on but rarely think of as part of the decor. Instead why not choose furniture that’s really going to pop! Whether it’s a cool modern reclining chair or a leather chesterfield sofa, there are plenty of different types of furniture that you can use to enhance the style of your home or create a centrepiece for any given room. In fact you might even want to use the appliances in your home. Things like vertical radiators can be functional while looking great, you can find them here and see how you might use them in your home. Think about the kinds of features you want in your home to really make it sparkle!

Feature walls

There’s a well established interior design rule that your walls should be as neutral and plain as possible. The idea behind it is that it’s the ideal blank canvas for hanging pictures on. The problem is that, unless you fill your walls up with dozens upon dozens of artworks and photographs, you’re probably going to end up with the blandest, most uninteresting walls possible. There comes a time when you have to say goodbye to magnolia! Instead, why not pick a wall in one of your rooms and make it really stand out. Pick a bold colour that you really love and paint that wall in it. By combining bright colours with lots of wall hangings, you’ll be able to create the perfect focal point that is going to draw someone’s eye instantly.

Get creative with your space

A lot of the time rooms are arranged in a pretty common way. Sofas pointed towards a TV in the corner of the living room, a dining table as the centrepiece of the dining room, etc. But here’s the thing, there are no hard and fast rules that say you have to do things that way. After all, it’s your home; you can do pretty much whatever you want with it. Why not get creative with the arrangement of each room. It might not always work out but then you can just try again. Who knows, you might end up with something you never even considered before.

Of course, there are plenty of things that you can do in order to make your home feel more exciting, but the only person who really gets to decide how your home looks is you. Go with your gut and embrace your own personal sense of style!

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