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Bring Some Luxury To Your Lounge

 

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Want to make your living room feel more sophisticated? You don’t have to be rich to add a sense of luxury to your living room – a few small details can stop this space feeling drab and make it a warm and inviting place lounging in the evening and entertaining guests. Here are a few features that will help to make your living room feel more chic.

 

Keep things bright

 

Things that are luxury need to sparkle. If your living room feels gloomy, first consider the colour scheme – lots of dark colours could making your living room feel dull. A splash or white or cream paint on the walls could help to reflect the light. Secondly, you could consider adding some more artificial light. Look for high lumen ceiling lights that will illuminate the room more, or buy more lamps to put in each corner of the room. You floor can also make a difference on the brightness of your living room – white carpets or laminated floorboards are more likely to brighten up the room than a dark carpet.

 

Contain clutter

 

Luxury homes are often organised and minimal. This means finding a way to contain clutter out of view. Increase your available storage space by buying extra storage units. This could include a sideboard or even a chest for containing toys. If you don’t have the space for extra storage units, consider multi-purpose furniture that doubles up as storage. This could include footstools such as this ottoman from Simply Chaise, or even a sofa with in-built storage.

 

Invest in a statement furniture piece

 

Too much generic furniture will take away from the room’s luxury feel. All you need is a single piece of unique furniture – this will serve as a statement piece that bring a sense of individual style to your room. You could go for something arty such as these items from Christophe Delcourt. Alternatively, you could seek out a bespoke designer to create piece of unique furniture to your very own individual taste. You may even have the craft skills to make your own piece of furniture.

 

Add some art

 

Artwork immediately brings a sense of sophistication to your home. This could be a painting on the wall or even a small sculpture to put on a mantlepiece or windowsill. Artwork can help to bring another focal point to the room other than the TV. It also brings a personal stamp to the room.

 

Hang on to some history

 

If everything in your home is ultramodern, adding a traditional item of furniture or a historic ornament could add a nice contrast, whilst showing a cultural appreciation for the past. This could be anything from an antique coffee table to a vintage art deco mirror. This could even be a family heirloom with some personal history attached. If anything, it’s certain to be a talking point.

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When it Comes to Home Improvement, Less is More

When it comes to our homes, we usually think regarding its overall style and design, yet making sure this is as good as possible isn’t just a matter of picking furniture and wallpaper: the style will also be heavily influenced by the feel of the house. Our homes are supposed to be relaxing spaces, and we can’t sink into those deep comforts if they’re overly cluttered or untidy. As such, it’s best to adopt a ‘less is more’ approach to our properties. It’s essentially about taking the minimalist approach, one that will make our homes feel more inviting and conducive to the mind – and look good, too.

 

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Tidy Up

 

It’s easy, in day to day life, to be content with doing the bare minimum of tidying and cleaning. During the weekdays, we’re rushing to and from work, and who wants to spend all their time keeping their house in order one that workday is finished? There’s a timesaving method that will make your home look great and make it more relaxing at the same time: doing one deep clean every few months. From there, you’ll just need to tidy up after yourself as you go along. One day long cleaning session is better than multiple “that’ll do” approaches!

 

Only the Essentials

 

Of course, it’s easier to keep everything in check when you don’t have all that much stuff to begin with. We’re all guilty of buying more things than we need, and we have to put them all somewhere! Take a look at your property, and see what you really need to have, and what you don’t. For the bulky stuff that you only use occasionally, take a look at storage units, and keep them there until needed. For the things that you don’t think you’ll ever use again, give it away to a charity shop or sell it online.

 

Get Smart with Storage

 

There’ll be some things that you do need on a daily basis, but which don’t have to be on display. To keep these things out of sight, look at adding some smart storage options for the home. There are plenty of innovative, creative ways to incorporate more storage into the home; for example, under the stairs, or in the dead spaces underneath tables. You’ll have everything you need within easy grabbing distance, but crucially, you won’t have to spend all day looking at them.

 

Sprinkled Decoration

 

While your general approach should be “less is more,” that doesn’t mean you should skimp on the decoration. Even if you’re going for the hyper-minimalist look, make sure you’re adding a piece of decoration or two to the walls. A work of art, for example, can really bring a room to life, and will prevent it from looking too plain.

 

Don’t Let Things Creep Back In

 

You’ve done the hard work, now make sure it stays that way! Try to avoid the old, bad habits from creeping their way back in, and you’ll have that beautiful minimalist home for a long time.

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Interior Design: Let’s Talk About Light

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Light is arguably the single most important factor in your interior design.

 

If you find yourself surprised by such a statement, then consider the following facts:

 

  • Light decides how large the room looks.
  • Light decides how the colors of your interior design and decor look.
  • Light can be harmful too; for example, directly sunlight can age your furniture and furnishings long before its time.

 

As the above demonstrate, no matter how on-point your interior design is, without good lighting, your interior is always going to struggle to look as good as you want it to.

 

So, without further ado, let’s delve into some of the most important light-related considerations that you need to keep in mind when designing your home…

 

The more light, the better

 

This is a simple statement that sounds too simple, but it’s also a basic truth: the brighter and lighter your room is, the better. The question is: how do you achieve this?

 

The first step is to try and make the most of the natural light that you have available to you. Here’s a few suggestions that will help you achieve this:

 

  • Always try to use roller blinds (which can be rolled almost entirely out of sight) than slotted blinds or curtains. Even when pulled back, curtains and drapes can cause shadows and reduce the amount of natural light the room receives. Roller blinds, on the other hand, are just as functional, but can be rolled away to be almost invisible— which helps to ensure a maximum spread of light through the room.
  • Open-plan floor layouts are famous for their ability to help make the most of natural light, but such a layout just isn’t practical for every home. If you don’t have the option of going full-on open plan, then why not opt for the middle ground and work with the likes of Capitol Glass to install glass partition doors? This allows you to separate the space you have on a floor, but allows you to enjoy the natural spread of light through the entire area. It’s open-plan without having to actually be open plan!
  • Use mirrors in your decor. A house full of mirrors may seem like a tribute to the owner’s vanity, but it’s actually a sign that they understand the way that light can move around a room. By using mirrors in the right areas of a room, you can cause the natural light to travel and help to brighten up the entire area.

 

Choose your electric lighting carefully

 

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Of course, even with the best will in the world, any home lit by natural light is always going to need some help from the electrical grid. For those grey days when the sun never seems to shine and, of course, for the nighttime, the next step when considering light is to think about the electrical variety. Here’s a few things you might want to keep in mind:

 

  • Smart lighting systems give you the option of choosing the color of the light in a room. While most people enjoy the novelty of this function to change the color to bright, unusual colors, this isn’t the only application. If you use smart lighting, you are able to use “warm” lighting tones, which are easily the most flattering for the rest of your decor. Non-smart bulbs are available, but nothing beats the full control that smart lighting offers you.
  • It’s important to think about the shadows that your electrical light may cause. Shadows will negatively impact how large your room looks, so choose your light coverings and fixtures with care. Ceiling spotlights throw no shadows at all, while bare bulb floor lamps and table lamps are far friendlier to your overall desire to create as much light as possible than shaded versions. Thankfully, industrial and geometric designs have been popular for several years now, so bare bulbs are more accepted now than they have been in the past!
  • Your ceiling lights are your best friends when dealing with your lighting requirements… but they’re also your worst enemy. Ceiling lights have the potential to substitute for sunlight and help to create a bright, energetic vibe in your home. However, they can also bleach the room and do more harm than good. If you struggle with bleaching problems, then switching to a pendant light can often be the best solution, and allows you to enjoy the benefits of a ceiling light without the drawbacks.

 

Additional thoughts

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So now we’ve covered the basics of mastering natural and electrical light in your home decor, we just need to cover a few more related areas that don’t require a full category to themselves, but still bear mentioning…

 

  • As touched upon earlier, as beautiful as natural light is, it can also be damaging to your furnishings and decor. Wherever possible, move furniture every few weeks so that no one piece is receiving the full force of direct sunlight throughout the year.
  • Natural light may be wonderful in terms of the way it makes your decor look, but it does have a(nother) practical issue: the glare it can cause on TV and device screens. If you find this is a particular problem for you, then there’s some useful tips here that can help reduce the glare you are experiencing.
  • Although we have focused on decor when discussing light, it is worth noting that natural light does have another downside that we’ve not mentioned— it’s potentially dangerous. As beautiful as your room may look when lit brightly on a sunny day, it’s worth remembering that harmful UV rays can penetrate glass with ease, which could lead to sunburn and increase the risk of skin cancer for any occupant of the room. The best way to deal with this is to use UV-blocking film on your window; this may also help to reduce the damage your furnishings experience from direct sunlight, too. However, there are some pros and cons to consider before committing to a purchase.

 

In conclusion

If you keep the above in mind, you should be able to master your use of light in your home once and for all.

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What To Do After You’ve Flipped A Property

 

Property flipping is an enjoyable and lucrative way of investing, and potentially making, money. Buying a house and then improving it to the point of profit is an increasingly common choice for many people, but what happens when your flip is complete?

 

This is a stage that many people contemplating flipping a property don’t necessarily think about. It’s easy to become consumed with managing the flip itself and performing the renovation work; there’s not a huge amount of leftover time in which to schedule your next move. However, by the time the “sold” sign goes up on your property and you’ve received the profits from the sale, you’ll ideally have an idea in mind as to what you’re going to do next.

 

In an effort to guide you in the right direction, here are a few next steps that you’re going to want to consider…

 

Flip another property!

 

Sometimes, the simple answers are the best. When you’ve successfully flipped a property, you know that you can do it again. You have a wealth of experience under your belt that is going to make your second flip far more efficient than your first, which should help to increase your return on investment.

 

You can either flip a similar property to your first choice, or opt for something a little more adventurous. It’s worth considering multi-family homes as a larger flipping project; there’s plenty of property options to peruse at T.J. Lamb Real Estate and similar sites, which offer the next step up after your first successful flip of a single-family dwelling.

 

Become a landlord

 

It’s a big step, but if you have enjoyed dabbling with the world of property thus far, why not consider becoming a landlord?

 

In many ways, life as a landlord is not that different to standard property flipping. You still buy properties and improve them. However, at the end of the renovations, you simply look for tenants rather than a buyer. Renting out property can provide a second steady income and, if you use managed property firms, can be relatively stress-free for you.

 

Move onto something else

 

The truth is that property flipping is hard work. When perform your first flip, you’re stuck with it: you’ve made an investment and you’re going to have to see it through to the point of sale. If, however, you genuinely dislike the process, then no profit margin is going to make it worth flipping a property again.

 

Sometimes, the best thing you can do is acknowledge you tried something, it went well… but now you don’t want to do it again. Take the profits you’ve made and look for other forms of investment; there’s no harm in acknowledging that property flipping isn’t something you want to repeat.

 

In conclusion

 

During the flipping process, keeping part of your mind on the next steps when the flip is complete will always be beneficial. Hopefully one of the ideas above will inspire you, and allow you to continue your journey in making the most from property investments!

 

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Is Your Home Really Spring Ready?

After what seems like an endless winter, spring is finally upon us. But while the turning of the season is a great time to get out in the garden, and re-invigorate our social lives a little, it’s also the perfect time to think about sprucing up the home. Since time immemorial, most of us have viewed the spring as a time of transition; a time where the old goes out and the new comes in. For most of us this takes the form of the familiar spring clean, and while this is great for reinvigorating the home in some cases it might not be enough to meet the needs of your home. If you own your own home, it’s especially to use these fairer months as an opportunity to ensure that your property is ready to face the ravages of the season. While most of us are pretty much on top of it when it comes to preparing our homes for the icy cold and wind that comes with winter or the onslaught of heat and insects that comes with summer, few of us consider that even the gentler spring can take its toll on our homes.

 

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Here are some ways to get your home ready for the demands of the season that you may not have considered…

 

Weatherstrip your windows

 

In the coming months, you’ll hopefully become a lot less reliance on your indoor heating and AC, not to mention your lighting solutions. This will hopefully lead to an energy saving season. But there are still steps you can take to ensure that your home is as energy efficient as it can be. While this may be a time to consider whether taking the plunge on double glazed windows, a far more cost effective solution is weatherstripping. If you’ve never weatherstripped your windows before it’s an easy and effective way of keeping your energy bills down and your home pleasantly warm. There are a range of materials that you can use, and each has their own pros and cons but all of them will help you to save good money on your heating and AC costs.

 

Check your roof

 

Few of us are aware of what’s going on with our roof but the spring is the perfect time to have a look at this roofing quiz to determine whether your roof needs some repair or even a full replacement. While replacing your roof may represent a sizable investment, it may well be a more cost effective solution than a repair in the long term. This is because upgrading your roofing materials can keep the heat sealed into your home in cold weather while reflecting sunlight in those coming summer months so the house stays cool.

 

Gutter talk

 

Okay, so few of us relish the thought of climbing up to the roof to check out our gutters, but they may well be clogged with dead leaves from the fall and winter season which, if left unattended, may not bode well for your home with the inevitable spring showers. This is quite a high risk job, so unless you or your partner is extremely confident on a ladder, it’s well worth calling a professional.

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