How paint can change your home

It’s only natural that from time-to-time you’ll want to mix things up in your home and redecorate – you’re in there every single day, we’re sure you can sometimes fancy a change from your usual surroundings!
You don’t need to completely overhaul your home and furniture to give your home a new lease of life, and it certainly doesn’t need to cost a fortune. In fact, it could be as simple as a lick of paint!
We’ve teamed up with homeware supplies specialist Kent Blaxill to show how a new coat of paint can make all the difference.

Make a feature wall
One tin of paint is all that stands between you and a transformed room. Feature walls have become a popular choice with homeowners – and with good reason.They can make fireplaces pop, highlight the best parts of your soft furnishings, or change the vibe of the room entirely. Want to add warmth? Go for bright orange. Want to add a fun feel? Trust us and brave turquoise. Mae sure the colour works in with the rest of the colour scheme – even if it doesn’t match, make sure the colour palette works together.

Get flow with a running accent colour
A brilliant way to change things up, as well as to get great cohesion through the home, is to have a single colour running through the property. Pick one that would go with your furnishings, and put a hint of it in all the rooms – with either a feature wall, or the whole room, depending on what works. This will freshen up your whole home, and create an entirely different look. Find out more about how to bring colour into your home.

Give existing furniture a new lease of life with furniture paint
It’s a bold and brave move to start painting your furniture, but it can really pay off; you get brand new furniture at just a fraction of the cost, and can choose exactly what colour it is. Pastel colours are a more typical choice, and you can use the same colour on a number of pieces of furniture – ensuring that the furniture matches perfectly. If pale colours aren’t your thing, there’s nothing to stop you going all-out and picking a vibrant colour to really show off your daring side, just make sure your room is large enough to handle the colour.

Add some fun with chalkboard paint                             
Chalkboard paint instantly transforms walls into a usable, re-usable and washable chalkboard. There are a range of colours available on the market, so you don’t have to commit to black walls to experience the fun of chalkboard paint. Once your wall is covered and dried, you just need a collection of coloured chalks and you’re ready to get creative! This is wonderful if you have children, who will see it as a new game and opportunity for fun – but it doesn’t exclude adults. Use it to write notes, for yourself or housemates, and to display your best artistic creations. With chalkboard paint, your walls will never be dull again!

Have a night on the tiles
Instead of paying the price of new tiles, and having the inconvenience of fitting them, you could try painting the tiles in your bathroom or kitchen. Tile paint is available in a range of different colours, allowing you to either refresh your existing colour choice, or try something completely different. Tile paint tends to be water proof, and is designed to be used in kitchen and bathroom environments, so you know your efforts will last!

Four Home Improvements Designed to Help the Environment

Eco-friendly products and reducing your carbon footprint have long become a modern staple of life. It is important that we all do our bit to help the environment, lest we leave our children nothing left of the environment to enjoy. While global warming is a relatively small problem nowadays to the average Joe, it is still important for you to contribute to helping the environment in some way, so that we can continue to enjoy this green earth for as long as possible. 

It also works out for the best if your environmentally friendly energy saving methods are also cost-effective and if you’re smart, you can often find a few ways of reducing your carbon footprint while at the same time also reducing your heating and electricity bills. Does this sound like something you would be up for trying? Read on for four of our home improvements designed to help reduce your bills and to help the environment!

1.    Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Nowadays it is far better to invest in energy saving light bulbs than it is to have regular light bulbs. The first wave of energy saving light bulbs were dull and easily breakable, making them a poor alternative to the modern day lightbulb. However experts have greatly improved the technology since then and often energy saving lightbulbs you can buy can even be brighter than the regular kind. Added to the fact that you can save up to 80% on the cost of electricity and these are a purchase well worth making. 

2.    Upgrade/Replace your Boiler
The longer you wait to upgrade or replace your boiler, the higher your chances of getting a fault or a breakdown when you need it most. Many of us don’t really need to use our boilers during the summer months, so they often get neglected until the cold winter, where a breakdown if more likely to occur. If you are stuck with an ancient boiler, for now, it is important that you check its functionality at least once a month in order to avoid having an emergency engineer come out in the dead of winter to fix a failing boiler.
An expert will always recommend that you upgrade or replace a boiler if it is three or more years old. Newer models are designed with energy saving in mind and use less energy in order to heat your house. Older boilers are also less accurate at gauging the temperature, so you could be spending more money on heating up your home when you don’t need to. 

3.    Installing Double Glazing
While an expensive investment initially, double glazing is highly recommended by many experts, particularly if you’d prefer not to heat up the entire street. Helping to reduce moisture, condensation and the growth of mould on the interior of your windows, double glazing also helps to reduce draughts and keeps the heat tightly locked into your home. For hotter summer months, double glazing also prevents the heat from getting in, so there is no fear of getting caught in a greenhouse during heatwaves!

4.    Solar Panels!
If you want to go all out with your energy saving and money saving mission, consider installing solar panels on your roof. It is often considered a major step towards independence as the solar panels greatly reduces your need for electricity, although it can be unsightly and visually polluting to your neighbours. It is important that you gain permission beforehand, even if you own the property in which you are currently living, as some people are highly against solar panels so it would be a waste of money to have them installed, only to receive a letter from your local town council stating they should be taken down. 

Initially, solar panels can be quite expensive, but over the years, they will pay for themselves in terms of money saved over electrical and heating bills. Whether you want to consider them as an investment, or you just want to go the whole hog when reducing your carbon footprint is up to you. 

There are a number of other, smaller amendments you can try to help reduce the costs of heating and electricity in your home at the same time as reducing your carbon footprint. Using food waste in a compost bin to help grow your own vegetables, for example, or make your own draught excluders so that you don’t have to keep the heating on as long during the winter. Every little helps and if you take a little more time to think about your energy output, and what you can do to amend it to help the environment, you would certainly be doing your bit to preserve it for future generations.

Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with Sussex-based boiler system, central heating and renewable energy specialist BSW Energy, who were consulted over the information in this post.

Why Your Home Decor Doesn't Have To Be Boring

When you walk into someone’s home, it can be easy to tell if they did all their interior design shopping in IKEA! These days, lots of people rely on the same big stores to decorate their house. However, your decors don’t have to blend in with all the other houses on your street. That’d be too boring! So next time you need to decorate your room, you need to remind yourself that it shouldn’t be too standard and follow an obvious trend. Why not? Here are some very good reasons.

Use Family Photos

If you stick to what the professionals tell you, then you won’t be putting up too many photos. Most interior design trends at the minute are all about minimalism. And that means no clutter! However, adding family photos to your rooms can add a nice, personal touch to your rooms. You don’t just have to stand them in photo frames. Get more creative and make cute collages. You can even get your images printed on various fabrics!

Add Colour

Lots of people tend to stick to neutral shades on their walls. This is a very safe way to decorate as there is hardly any way you can go wrong with such pale colours. But it can look ever so dull and boring! Brighten up your home with vibrant colours and funky patterns. If you know the basics about matching colours together, then you can’t go far wrong. If you don’t feel brave enough for a big wall covered in one bright colour, add vibrancy to a plain room by adding little injections of colour. Use a perspex sheet to create your own colourful ornaments and wall hangings.

Incorporate Fabrics

Fabrics are another way to keep your home decor fun and lively. Patterned fabrics on cushions, rugs and blankets are brilliant when it comes to livening up a room. And they will also make it feel super cosy as well! Think about using fabrics in unusual ways to create a unique decor. You can pin thin fabrics to the ceiling of a bedroom to give the appearance of a tent top. This is such a good idea to use in children’s nurseries!

Show Off Your Hobbies

If you have a passion in life, you should let it shine through your home interiors! Enthusiastic travellers might want to show off some of their mementos.Or other souvenirs that they have collected from around the world. While keen gardeners usually like to fill their homes with a plethora of house plants and flower arrangements. Whatever your main hobby is, try and incorporate it into your decor. How you do this is entirely up to you, as there are many ways it can be done. Think about displaying some sentimental items, antiques or other collectables that are in some way related to your hobby.

Now that you’ve read this blog post, you’ve got no excuse for a boring home decor. So it’s time to get creative and start planning your next decorating project!

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