Turning Your Bedroom into a Sleep Sanctuary

Have you ever noticed how some bedrooms seem to have the most relaxing atmospheres? Sometimes it is big glamorous bedrooms on movies, or on reality TV shows, or it might just be the last hotel bedroom that you stayed in. Colours have a lot of impact on where we are mentally. Some colours are bright, designed to shock the system, and others want to tap into your zen mode. That is why is it so important when you are planning your bedroom or maybe trying to find a better balance that you start with the colours.


Firstly, think about the vibe you are trying to create and what suits your personality. There is very little point settling on something that in a few weeks is either too light or too dark. The bedroom needs to be something that envelops you when you walk in, think of it as your in-home sanctuary. Keeping it clean is essential, being surrounded by dust, wrappers, clothing tags or even bed bugs is going to ruin anything you create.


While it might be tempting to stick to blues, because they are touted as the calmest and most cooling colour, that isn’t the be-all and end-all in bedroom design. After all the bedroom is much more than just a place you rest your head, it’s a place for getting ready, a place for reading or relaxing; some people watch telly and others spend time with their partners – whatever it is you do, it is likely more than just taking a nightly snooze.


How does this all work? Well, we have something called ganglion cells in the retina part of our eyes, and these receptors feed information to our brains. Our brains control our 2-hour rhythms and impact how we feel and perform during that time. The reactions sent between sleeping, waking up and daytime is very important. And, while it’s true that the ganglion receptors are more sensitive to blue, other colours have a similar effect.


So, let’s talk about colour combinations:


Blues, whites, and browns. After everything we just said about blue (and the other options available), we’d be remiss not to include it. Keeping the walls white keeps the room light and clean, even on dark days. Using blue accents like rugs, wall hangings, bed covers, and cushions. Where does the brown come in? Dark brown flooring. Carpet it likely to kill the vibe in this one, so you’re ideally looking at real or faux wood floorings. The perk isn’t easier to keep clean and looks much sleeker. Add a few dark wood pieces to your furniture, and you’ll have a perfectly pretty bedroom in no time.

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Naturals. Colours like white, cream and soft pinks. It is kind of like unwinding inside an egg. The clean, soft palette can leave towards luxury or relaxation – depending on what textiles you are using. Faux fur throws, silk pillow covers, and some peonies will lead you down the more lux path. If you want some whimsical softness, have voile coverings draped softly across your windows, some fairy lights wrapped around a chair in the corner and a mix of light fabrics like linen and heavier fabrics like chenille or soft wools for throws and cushions.


Yellow toned heaven. You need to be careful with this one; softer yellow tones are up there with blue in terms of what it does for your brain waves. However, if you lean too much towards gold, you’re going to be losing precious hours. Yellow tones throughout a more neutral toned room or combined with blues will give maximum snooze potential. Yellow is generally associated with happiness and joy, so it should have a firm place in the bedroom.


There is a theme with the colours that seem to have the most relaxing potential, perhaps you’ve noticed? They are the colours that you will find more often in nature – blue skies and seas, yellow tones for flowers and the sun, and greens. Green is very soft on the eye. Unsurprisingly (as a combination of blue and yellow) it takes traits from both. It has the cheery nature of yellow, with the relaxing undertones of blue. It is not often that you will find it in the bedroom. However, it is believed that it holds a lot of stress relieving properties and will play a massive part in helping people relax.


It isn’t all about the colour though; it’s about how the room feels. Without the correct design and textural features, you can still be left feeling less than sleepy. So what textures should you be introducing into the bedroom?


Most obviously perhaps, is adding texture with textiles. Adding pillows, pieces of fabric draped over chairs, linen bedding and even burlap. Faux sheepskin has long been a staple of the IKEA masses and works really well with every colour scheme.


Rugs. How many times have you heard “a rug will tie the room together,” probably plenty? Some rooms pivot on that space on the floor. You can place small pops of colour around an entire room, and then find a rug to compliment and tie in all the mini pops. Not overly expensive and indeed a useful design trick.


Greenery. No one is asking you to suddenly turn into Alan Titchmarsh but adding some plants to the room is an excellent idea. Not only do they purify the area, giving you cleaner air in your bedroom, but the naturally improve your mood – so for a bedroom, you can’t ask for more.


Where would we be without books? Well, not only are they great for actually reading, but they work as a design feature too. You can get creative and buy a range of books in the same shade, or perhaps you can line them up like a rainbow. Books tend to make a room look warmer and cosier.


Between great colour choices, adding in some tactile textures and treating the space like a little piece of heaven you can create a gorgeous bedroom in no time.

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Tackle These Home Problems ASAP

There are some problems at home that you just shouldn’t let go. While some issues can wait for a few weeks or even months without much impact, other problems will just get worse and worse. If you ignore them, they could end up causing major damage to your home. Even something that might not seem that bad, like blocked gutters, can lead to bigger issues if you don’t take care of them as soon as you can. If you want to protect your home, you need to know what to fix as soon as you can. Here are some of the top problems that might need an expert to help you out.


Damp and Mold


Damp in your home can lead to mold. These issues could not only cause structural problems in your home but could also be unhealthy too. If you have problems with mold in your home, it can cause issues with breathing, especially if you have asthma, allergies or another respiratory condition. It can also affect your skin, causing dermatitis. If you notice any damp or mold, you need a contractor who can sort it out for you as soon as possible. The faster you fix it, the easier and less costly will be to deal with it.


Clogged Gutters


Clogged gutters might not seem like a big problem. Overflowing gutters are annoying, but you might think the issue isn’t worse than that. However, if you don’t clear them out, they could cause huge issues. If your gutters aren’t draining water properly, it could have a knock-on effect for your roof and the exterior of your home. Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to clean or even repair your gutters on your own. If you don’t want to do it yourself, you can just as easily hire someone to do it for you.

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Pests in Your Home


You often hear pests before you see them. You know they’re there, but you’re not sure what they are or even exactly where they are. Some pests might only be annoying, but others can pose a health risk or destroy your home. From mice to termites, you should try to get rid of pests as soon as you can. There are different methods to choose from, depending on whether you want to try and take a humane path or perhaps you’re looking for a more eco-friendly way to get rid of pests. You can try it yourself first, but a professional might be necessary.


Peeling or Deteriorating Caulk


Caulk helps to protect your doors and windows outside, and your kitchen and bathroom indoors. It keeps out moisture and helps to insulate your home too. If it starts to peel it might not have any effect at first, but it can quickly become worse. If water gets into places where you don’t want it to be, it could lead to mold, rotting and other problems.


Take care of these home issues if you don’t want them to get worse. They could cause expensive damage to your home.

Homes Through The Ages: Which Type Is Right For You?

As you age, the home you live in should change. This is important for personal, financial and even physical needs. The wrong home at a certain age will impact your health while choosing the wrong type of property at another age could cripple you financially. So, let’s look at where you should be living at age stage in your life and why this is the best and brightest decision.


Twenty To Thirty: Living A Friends Kind Of Life

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Ideally, you should be looking to live in an apartment between twenty and thirty. There are various reasons for this but let’s start with the financial benefits. Living in an apartment will ensure that you have a better chance to afford it. It’s far easier to pay off a fifty thousand apartment compared with a 200K home. This means that you are less likely to end up in a debt trap because you bought that three bedroom house far too early when your paycheck simply couldn’t cover the cost.


Don’t forget that tax and energy bills are also incredibly expensive for a house, at least in comparison to an apartment. For instance, you buy an apartment on a middle floor, you won’t need the heating on in your flat as much because heat will be rising from the properties below you.


There’s another financial benefit too. With this type of property, you can avoid issues with repairs, particularly if you are renting. Once you buy a home, you will have to pay for any repairs that you complete. The beauty of buying an apartment is that the building owner will be responsible for at least some of the repairs and need to pay a certain amount of the cost. Particularly, if the issue was caused by a fault in the building.


As well as this, you can consider renting and dodge repair costs completely. There’s another reason why renting an apartment is a smart choice at this age though and that brings us to personal benefits.


When you rent an apartment, you’re not tied down at all. You’ll be able to move on whenever you want which is great because job security at this age is rare. You need to be able to move for a job without having to worry about selling your property first.


On top of that, there are other personal perks. Young people won’t often be living in houses because they can’t afford them. Instead, you’ll find them in apartments. So, if you want to live close to people in your age group an apartment really is the best possibility. And hey, if the elevator breaks down, at least you’ll squeeze your morning work out in for the day.


Thirty To Sixty: A Comfortable Middle Age

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As you get older, you’ll be looking for a place to settle down. This is when you want to think about purchasing your first home. You can move to a larger place after a couple of years because hopefully during this time, your income will be rising so you’ll be able to afford it. You’ll also be building up your savings making that deposit more manageable and you should be keeping a check on your credit score. Buying now is the right time because it gives you the stability that you need and you will probably be in the position where you can afford it. This is also the time where you’ll have settled with a partner typically, once again making the cost more manageable.


You won’t be moving around anymore either. Once you reach this age, it’s likely that you’ll be fairly set on where you want to be and what you want to do for a career. This won’t be true for everyone but for the majority, at this point you will have chosen your path so it makes sense to put down roots.


You might also be thinking about having kids. If that’s the case, you need to make sure that you have enough space for them to grow and play comfortably in an area that you feel comfortable they’ll be safe. New build plans in fresh developments are perfect for this with the large gardens that new couples and small families will love.


The other benefit of buying a home is that it gives you finance power to upsize when you want to. You’ll be able to buy a bigger home with even more space, potentially for a growing family. You should probably start looking at this around forty or forty-five and that’s the place where you’ll spend most of your life. This will be your final family home and it will probably be in the suburbs or even a rural area.


Sixty Onwards: An Easy Retirement

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Finally, when you hit sixty, you’ll be reaching the stage where, if you had kids, they’ll be moving out and onto their life. If you didn’t have kids, it’s still time to make another move. This time, you should be looking for a bungalow and this can be a move after retirement or before it. The key factor to consider is that you need to be in good enough health to handle the move.


Don’t forget, moving home can be quite stressful and you don’t want to put this off until too late. Anytime around sixty is the right point for this type of change. The main reason for a bungalow is health purposes. It’s about making sure that you don’t risk slipping or falling down the stairs. Once you get to this age the body takes longer to heal and you are more at risk of complications.


As well as this, your income will be more limited so it makes sense to downsize to somewhere a little smaller that is more affordable and comfortable. You might even consider returning to an apartment, particularly if your keen to get an extra level of security that a shared building provides. Moving back to the city can also ensure that you remain sociable even as you age.


We hope these stages of homes help you choose the right type for you, regardless of your current point in life.

Beating The Stress Of Moving Home: My Essential Tips

Moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do. On the surface of it, you may be wondering why that is? I get you. To be honest the stressful element should be the buying and selling element, am I right? But while those things can be stressful there is nothing that will break you quite as much as moving home. Boxes, packing, unpacking, moving them, maneuvering furniture and figuring out where everything is going to go. Once you are in the process of it and can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, there are ways to beat the stress of moving, and I thought I would share with you my tips to help you do it.

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Pack for the new place


One of the first suggestions would be to pack for the new place. This essentially means that you consider where things will go in the new rooms in your home rather than packing up the old one specifically. For example, if you have some ornaments in your bedroom that you now want in your living room, then pack up a box with them in for the living room. This makes for easier unloading and unpacking when you get there.


Get as much help as you can


Moving is hard work. The heavy lifting of big items of furniture. Maneuvering them through small gaps of doors and generally a lot of hard work. So it is always a good idea to get as much help as possible when it comes to moving home. One first thing to consider would be to hire a removal company to do all the hard work for you. The moving services can include things like packing up your home as well. If you can’t get a removal company to help you, then try and involve family and friends to help you. The more people you have, the quicker the job will get done.


Make sure you have what you need for the first night


That first night in your new home is always going to be exciting, but don’t dampen the mood by having to go through several boxes just so you have a change of clothes or you can make a drink. Pack up one box specifically for the first night. Include anything you think you might need like a kettle, toiletries and a change of clothes. You will be thankful for feeling organised and it will allow you to relax on that first night.


Try and organise change over of bills and subscriptions ahead of time


Finally, changing over the bills is the last thing to consider doing, and it is one of the things that unless you are organised can take the most time. The things like internet access or getting your TV to work may feel a little trivial, but once you are in your home it is these things that will help keep children occupied or allow you to relax in the evening. Organise a date ahead of time and then you can work around that.


I hope that this helps you beat the stress of moving home.


DIY SOS! The Disasters You’d Do Well To Avoid

Let’s face it, we can all be quite house proud in our homes. Whether we own our homes or we pay rent each month, we want to make sure that our homes are presentable and they look their best. However, this can often mean that we get a little too ahead of ourselves and perhaps take on some DIY projects that maybe we are not 100% able to do. We can often think things look a lot easier than they actually are. I wanted to share with you some of the DIY disasters you’d do well to avoid.

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Definitely don’t take on any electrics


The electrical side of things is definitely not one of those things that you should be doing. It can actually be very dangerous to mess around with wires. Even if it is as simple as changing plugs and sockets. It is always a good idea to get the professionals in to handle any writing issues they have. Being waultified, they can also make sure that all aspects of the electrics in your home are up to scratch.


Leave plumbing to the professionals


Just like electrics will require the professionals, I am afraid so would any plumbing issues you may have. A plumber will have to deal with so much more in your home than you may have originally thought. The plumbing and heating side of things can often go hand in hand. A plumber could also take on some of the bigger jobs in your home such as installing a new bathroom suite.


Plan and prepare for any building work


We can often be very tempted to take on some of the bigger tasks, which in many cases can cost quite a bit of money. Extending your home, big jobs like a kitchen or bathroom renovation. While it can really increase the value you in your home we can always be tempted to save on those quotes and take on some of the work ourselves. But, this can also be a big mistake so make sure you get the professionals in where possible.


Plastering is not as easy as it looks


Plastering walls in your home can be essential after some building work has taken place or even damage to internal walls when renovations take place. It may seem simple to paste the plaster on the wall but there is a skill to it and it certainly isn’t easy. If you want smooth walls get an expert in to do the job.


Painting can be deceiving


Finally, painting can actually look much simpler and easy to do, but it can be quite labour intensive and hard going. Especially when you are taking on things like woodwork. While it can be great to do the job yourself, and also save you money, it might also be worthwhile to either take your time on the job or get a painter in to get the job done quickly.


I hope this has made you more aware of some of the diy disasters you’d do well to avoid.

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