How to Adding Luxurious Touches to Your Home

There are many ways you can add a touch of luxury to your home without having to break the bank. Glittery sparkle in the form of your light fittings, luxury carpets that you feel your feet are literally sinking into, and accessories that are both glamorous and elegant, can all make your home feel like a palace.

New Light Fittings

In winter, a lot of the day is dark. So you want to have your home filled with light. One way you could do that is by getting a new light fitting. Have you ever thought of something like a chandelier? They don’t have to be super expensive or ostentatious. It would particularly well in a room like the dining room. They just add so much light and sparkle as they are bit like having lots of tiny mirrors in the room. They make a unique feature in the room.

A cheaper alternative to a new light fitting would be to change the bulbs that you currently use. By getting some that have a brighter lumen or higher wattage, this will make the world of difference to a room. There is nothing better on these grey days!

Simple-dining-room-chandelier

Add a New Carpet or Rug

One definite way to add a luxury touch to your room is in your choice of carpet. A quality carpet can quite literally change the look of the whole room, particularly if you go for something in a neutral colour with a thick, super soft style. A luxury style carpet can make a room cosier and feel warmer, and works especially well in a bedroom.

If you don’t want to change your whole carpet, then a rug can make a room look like new. It can just be a small one or you could go for a larger option, that covers most of the floor. Going for a bright colour, like a pink rug, would stand out. Choose a colour that compliments the rest of the room, though, or else the effect will be more jarring than stunning.

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Add Actual Sparkles

Have you ever thought of doing a bit of DIY and adding sparkles to accessories to your home? Done in the right way, it can look so good. You would just need a glue gun and some diamantes, and then you’re away. Some things that could benefit from a bit of added sparkle include lamps, towel rails, or draw handles. Whenever the light hits, they will just shine.

Go for Metals and Mirrors

What is shiny? Metals and mirrors of course! Using more mirrors in rooms can make the room look so much bigger. It will also reflect the light, making it brighter and shinier. Regarding fixtures and fittings, opt for metallic options. Candle holders and lamps can be scattered around the house, all adding shine and sparkle.

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Think about Tiling

The kitchen and bathroom are some of the most-used rooms in the home, Could the tiles do with a sparkly update? You could just choose to replace a few, every few rows, to go for a unique design. If replacing the tiles is too much of a big step for you, could the splashback be replaced? This could be sparkly tiles or one large stainless steel sheet. It will make the kitchen look completely different.
I hope this has given you some ideas to get creative and make some changes in your home in the new year. There is a lot that I want to do so I best get planning!

Creating a dream living room

It often seems that when it comes to creating dream spaces in our homes, we concentrate on certain rooms, and then neglect others. I am certainly guilty of this. I often think what my perfect bedroom/boudoir would be like, or dream of a kitchen perfect for a Michelin star chef, and yet, when it comes to a living room, I feel distinctly uninspired.

Yet this certainly shouldn’t be the case. The living room is probably the room in the house where we spend the most time. It is the place we relax in, spend our evenings watching television, cuddle up to the hubby on the sofa for movie night, or enjoy a good book and a cuppa on a stormy day. It should reflect our needs, our tastes and our personalities, and yet it can often feel bland and unloved. This shouldn’t be the case, as modern living room furniture can be anything from vintage inspired to avant garde. So, in honour of the room that has the most time spent in it, but often the least amount of love cherished on it, I have created my dream living room, a real loved space.

I think every living room should have a focal point, for me this would be a seriously stylish sofa. I love the Vintage styling of the Sofa below, which would suit a room of any size. The legs are just such a lovely touch, they make this a really grown up sofa, definitely perfect for creating a haven.

Berwick Sofa from Fishpools, click to visit site

Once you’ve chose your focal point for the room, you can then choose furniture and accessories to compliment this. I believe certain things are crucial to create a lovely living space – a pretty mirror, a bookshelf, pictures, photographs and candles. These mix personal touches with practical elements, which should help to create that perfect space for you and your family. But you also need to look at the fixtures and fittings of your living room. Skirting boards and architrive are features that help to set the tone of your room and show whether you are going for a modern or period look. You are also no longer restricted to just white when choosing things like skirting board, natural wood and neutral colours are also popular choices.

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What things would you choose to make your perfect living room? Do you have a preferred colour scheme?

 

Sprucing Up Your Home For The New Year

Ok, you’ve done the run-up to Christmas, the actual Christmas bit, the run-up to New Year and the actual New Year. You could be forgiven for feeling a little jaded. But those New Year’s resolutions really aren’t going to happen unless you do something constructive about them.

Well, one way of making a difference – and it doesn’t have to be a resolution, just something you really want to do – is giving your home a makeover and adding a whole range of new styles to spruce it all up. It’s not that difficult and you don’t have to spend a fortune, especially if there has been the odd maxed credit card over the festive season.

So let’s take a look at some ideas to help stimulate your design juices.

Hello 2018!

Ready or not, here it is, and you have 12 months of it ahead. Now 2017 has gone with the fairies, you don’t have to channel white on white any more. Yes, it was, and still can be attractive, but if you want to move with the times, look at ways to break up white, perhaps by using a black trim to make a statement.

Different rooms require different design solutions, so think about what will work best for you in individual rooms.

Living spaces

Apart from the bedroom, these are spaces you will spend most time in, so you want them to be comfortable but have an attractive decor that adds to that relaxed feel you want. This year, it seems that lavender, lilac and violet are on the colour agenda, and with so many hues to choose from, you can paint soft-toned walls, perhaps accentuating with a splash of pink to draw the eye but still provide a comforting environment.

It’s not just paint that can make the difference. You can incorporate these colours into your home with artfully placed throw rugs, artwork and pillows. In the end, it comes down to your own eye and what you feel works best in your living spaces.

Window coverings

It might sound boring but the way you decide to cover your windows can make a major impact on not just how your living spaces appear, but also on the other rooms in your home. Curtains and blinds are often the go-to solution and can be attractive additions to the decor, especially in terms of colours and decorations.

A popular alternative is to use window shutters that add a real sense of style to your rooms. They are easy to install (you can do it yourself if you prefer) and can be made to fit any size or style of window. Half-moon, bay or just standard sizes, you can find a range of wood and other materials to suit the way you want your home to look. Affordable shutters give you options that are worth considering when you go for your home makeover.

Work on your lighting

It’s easy to forget how important good lighting is in any room. Take the bathroom, for example. If you don’t have good light, whether it’s from a window, overhead electric or quality mirror lighting, then you’re going to have dissatisfied family and guests who are trying to shave or wash without being able to see clearly.

Take that on to your kitchen. When you’re making food, you need to see what’s going on. Darkness can foster danger, so look to LED ceiling lights and under-counter lighting to put yourself on top of all the culinary challenges that you – and others – need to deal with.

Your main living spaces also need appropriate lighting. Have a mixture of bright options for the early evening as people are beginning to settle down after dinner, and use dimmer switches with a remote control to gradually bring down the brightness and create a different ambience. Strategically placed lamps with attractive shades, either placed on the table or as uplighters, can add to that feeling of relaxation. Spotlights can subtly illuminate wall areas, especially if there is artwork you would like to be seen.

During the day, this is where shutters can improve the natural light because they can be adjusted to let in as much or as little light as you want. In colder months, they also act as an additional layer of insulation.

Choose what suits you

Whether it’s moving furniture around, doing some decluttering to free up spaces, painting or putting in new window coverings, rugs or throws, the sky’s the limit. Be imaginative, explore your options and have a beautiful home for the rest of the year.