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!

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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!

Kitchen Style To Make Your Mouth Water

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For many families, the kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, and there is certainly no shortage of inspirational kitchen furniture and accessories to choose from these days. Whether your style is to create a cool, contemporary cooking space or if you love the idea of a traditional shaker style kitchen, you’ll be able to create your dream cooking and dining space with very little difficulty. Clever design means that even the smallest space can be utilised in order to give you plenty of storage, and your colour scheme is totally up to you – with classic wood, high gloss colours and sleek monochrome all popular in our anything goes culture.

For the perfect balance of style and practicality, you need to look carefully at the kind of countertops and worktops you choose. Premier Surfaces Zodiaq Countertops are beautiful quartz worktops which add a touch of luxury to your kitchen and are a great alternative to Corian designs. These are both attractive and durable surfaces that will complement a range of design schemes due to the expanding range of colours. Quartz worktops are a great investment for your kitchen, and it could be that you are able to update the look of your kitchen and make it more modern without completely changing the cupboards and units, but simply adding new countertops. This is great if you are want to upgrade, but have a tight budget.

When you choose a new design for your surfaces, try to find something that will compliment your flooring to make a real kitchen style statement. The London Sky design featured below is white, but tinged with the softest grey which means it looks great when paired with a crisp white floor, but as this can be hard to maintain, especially if you have a family, it would also contrast beautifully with a mid grey or even a charcoal tile.

If you are still struggling for a little kitchen makeover inspiration, why not turn to the celebrity world and the kitchens of the most in demand chefs?  You may not be able to copy the complete look, but are sure to find ideas that you can steal and adapt to your own home.

The following three cooks have created kitchens that are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing.

Wolfgang Puck

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When it comes to interior design panache, it’s hard to top Wolfgang Puck. The charismatic Austrian-born chef has created the ideal cooking space in his Spanish-style villa in Beverly Hills. Featuring a simple, white color scheme and plenty of storage, it offers the perfect

balance of elegance and practicality. Dominating the room is a center island featuring built-in wine racks and shelves. Meanwhile, glass-fronted cabinets house a host of items, including raw coffee beans from his mother-in-law’s home country of Ethiopia. The design is completed by a striking black floor.

Ina Garten

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Ina Garten is another well-known cook with a kitchen to die for. In her barn-inspired house in East Hampton, New York, the author and Barefoot Contessa host has created a large cooking and entertaining space that exudes style and sophistication. It features a sizable central island complete with a bar and high stools. In an unusual touch, she has positioned table lamps on top of her work surfaces to provide soft lighting. To give the room a chic, contemporary look, the appliances are hidden away behind cabinet doors. Meanwhile, for extra storage, she has created a separate pantry area with simple wire shelving.

The kitchen also benefits from beautiful exposed ceiling beams and a large dining space complete with a circular table. Perfect for cold winter evenings, the room has a cosy log fire too.

James Martin

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The cooking space of British chef and TV presenter James Martin is well worth checking out too. Boasting a large glass-fronted fridge, heavy duty chopping boards, open shelving, glass storage jars and a scattering of potted herbs, the kitchen contains elements of both the rustic and the contemporary. Giving the room added character, James has added a large feature clock to the back wall.

By taking a look at the design ideas of renowned chefs like these, you should find all the inspiration you need to create the perfect kitchen in your property.

 

 

Choosing Window Shutters For Your Home

A recent trend when it comes to home decor has been the rise in popularity of the window shutter. Window shutters have long been popular in European homes, which may be why many of us think of Swiss style, chocolate box houses when we think of windows with shutters. But the reality is that this is just one style, and rather a cliched one at that (albeit very pretty.) Window shutters now come in many different variations and styles, and can suit the look and decor of most homes.

Style

So why have they become so popular? I think firstly we have to look at the aesthetic value – shutters do look supremely stylish, and add a stylish edge to any room. The can be made to fit any window, and can help you to make a feature of your window, certainly creating a more vivid look than that which you would obtain through traditional curtains or blinds.

Added Security

Another factor in the rise of window shutters is that we are more security conscious these days. Many break ins are attributed to open windows, and those large panes of glass also allow potential burglars to look into our homes and see exactly what we have, allowing them to make a potential shopping list of our treasured possessions. Interior window shutters provide a form of visual security and privacy from the prying eyes from outside, without removing light.

Energy Efficient

Then we have the insulation/heating aspect. We want to keep our homes warm in Winter and cool in Summer. Plantation window shutters are just perfect for doing this. In summer they keep that bright sun glare out of your rooms, and also the light of the light nights when you want an early night. Fast forward to winter and they act like an insulating barrier, giving your home an extra level of protection against the cold weather. We want energy efficiency in our homes, and plantation shutters provide this.

More Hygienic

Think about those old net curtains we used to swear by, and how they had to be washed in something peculiar that looked like salt in order to keep them that pristine shade of white. (I clearly remember my nan using some sort of crystals, but have no idea what they were.) Lord help us if we opted for a cream or ivory shade – they never looked clean. Later we ditched the net but still had the draw curtains, most of which needed dry cleaning, making them both cumbersome and expensive to maintain.

Choosing shutters takes away all this hassle. They are both easy to maintain, and easy to clean. You don’t need any specialist cleaner, or need to have them cleaned professionally, you can simply use a damp cloth or a general household cleaner in order to keep them in good condition. A feather duster used daily will keep them dust free and help them to last for years, which will make them a clever investment that proves to be economical.

In these days when we look for convenience and time saving measures in all areas of our lives, shutters are one less thing to clean. That has got to be a positive.

Adding Quality

Anything that adds quality to your home also adds value, and this counts double if the item is also bespoke. Window shutters are usually made to measure for your window in high quality wood. They are perfect if you have unusual sized windows, the sort that you can often have difficulty in finding curtains for (I have a large sash window in my dining room that I struggled to find a blind for – I definitely had to settle for something that would not have been my first choice.) Shutters can be made in any size, and when you add in the security and energy saving plus points, these could definitely be an investment that pays for itself.

But aren’t they for more period properties…

The answer to this has to be a resounding NO. If anything, window shutters suit homes that have a minimal, modern look, as they remove the frills and fabric of curtains. The smooth wooden look fits into our ideas of Hygge and Scandinavian style that the Ikea generation have totally brought into. But that doesn’t mean that they won’t suit period properties, or those decorated in a vintage style. Plantation shutters come in a wide range of styles and finishes, you just need to chose the one that suits your home.

Are you tempted yet?