Our homes are a place of luxury and comfort, and it’s understandable that we want nothing but the best when it comes to redecorating or making improvements to our homes. A common mistake that many people make is trying to cut corners when they are improving their homes, which can lead to the end result not coming out quite as planned, or even leaving their homes in disrepair. So that you can avoid making these mistakes, we’ve compiled a list of the most embarrassing home improvement faux pas that you’d better not make.
You’ve probably seen on home improvement shows on the TV or internet, and it’s likely that you’ve come across some ‘hacks’ when it comes to your walls. Many people choose to simply paint over old wallpaper, which sometimes can work if the wallpaper is still in tact everywhere and not peeling. However, if you’ve got ripped or missing pieces the paint will only show those parts up more, leaving the room that you’ve just painted looking shabby – and not in a good way. Take the time to strip your walls of wallpaper and replaster if needed so that when you come to paint you know that the end result will be top notch.
Everyone knows someone who’s able to fit a carpet, or get the job done for a cheaper price. However, more often than not the end results aren’t as good as you’d imagined in your head. When it comes to putting a new floor down make sure that you’re using flooring installers, especially if you’ve bought hardwood flooring or tiles to make sure that the job is done correctly. Spending that little bit of extra money will be worth it in the long run!
As you probably already know, messing around with electrics is dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing or looking at. Like the point made above, many people are in contact with people who say that they are able to fit and fix electrical outlets. Remember to make sure that if someone is doing your electrics that you should take a look at their certificates to prove that they are qualified to be doing the job. Take the advice for your own safety. Again, better to spend a little extra money to know the job is done right, especially when it comes to electricals.
Having pieces of artwork or pictures of loved ones around your home is lovely because it draws the eye to it as soon as you walk into a room. However, many people make the mistake of hanging pictures wrong and therefore damaging their walls. Make sure that when you’re fixing anything to your walls that you’re using rawl plugs so that the weight of what you’re hanging doesn’t crack or deteriorate the wall even further
To sum up, make sure that any improvements that you’re doing around your home are done properly and without cutting any corners to ensure that the end result will be everything you hoped for and more!
While many of us love the idea of living in an old home, with a roaring fire and that sense of comfort, modernising your home can actually give off the same effect, yet add more class and style to your home. Minimalistic designs are very much trending at the moment, and it’s easier than you think to achieve. Here’s how you can modernise your home so that you can fall in love with it even more.
Modernised homes tend to concentrate more on the artwork that’s on display rather than the colour or pattern of your walls. Consider sticking to a neutral theme when it comes to colours and concentrate more on what you’re putting onto your walls to make more of a statement. This can range from large and luxurious mirrors, to sleek fireplaces and artwork from local artists. Whatever interests you could be incorporated too. You will of course, need the right tools for hanging your artwork, or fitting funky shelves. You can get all of the power tool accessories from Bryson that you would ever need at a reasonable price.
One thing you’ve probably already noticed about modern styled homes is that they’re very clean and airy. This is because no clutter or personal belongings are on display; therefore making it look like a showhome. You could build some storage shelves as part of your decor and store all of your personal belongings in there and keep your home free of clutter. Also, a clutter-free home will help with creativity as there’s nothing distracting you from working.
Who says that just because you’re going for a minimal design that comfort should be eliminated from the process? You can now get your hands on sofas, plush rugs, scatter cushions and recliners that will totally fit the part in your home. It’s always a good idea to have some sort of image in your mind on the furniture that you’d like so that when you’re furniture shopping you can concentrate on finding the perfect pieces for your home.
Lighting plays a big part on how a room feels as you enter it. If in the day there isn’t much natural light, it’s unlikely that you will want to spend much time in that room. While small windows are difficult to do anything about, adding the right lighting into the room will help solve your problems. Spotlights can create an incredible amount of light yet still look stylish. Also at night, you could set the ambience a little lower with lamps around your home; therefore making each room cosier in the evening while still having all the style you want.
Consider these ideas when modernising your home so that you can love your home even more than you already do. Remember with jobs that require electrical or gas work, it’s always best to let a professional do the work to prevent any risk of you harming yourself.
I really should not be spending time writing this blog post, if anything I should be spending it tidying up after Liv considering my parents arrive in less than 24 hours! It has been absolutely manic recently and with another two very busy weekends coming up I am struggling to keep on top of everything.
My Home Improvement project has been put on the back burner for a while whilst I get myself sorted. though I know my Mum and Dad are itching to help me put mine and Liv’s stamp on OUR home. I am sure if Liv had her way the OUR house would be pink, though fortunately I get to decide on 95% of the colour schemes in OUR house!
The colour scheme for the kitchen is quite an easy one to decide upon as the cupboards and floor tiles are a mixture of black and white – with a large open plan kitchen and dining room, the main feature wall is papered with a very funky blank and white floral wallpaper. I have a black glass dining table but could really do with some other black glass furniture, similar to some things I’ve seen on FADS here, to provide extra storage and match the gloss cupboard doors
That is the main problem in OUR house, we severely lack storage and with all our girlie things – quite a large area in our fridge is filled with nail varnishes after all!
There are plenty of sales on at the moment but I really must try my hardest to stay away from the Next Directory sale as I know full well that I will most likely purchase clothes as opposed to items for OUR house.
Now that storage is at the forefront of my mind, it is definitely something that I need to look more closely into. Either that or I could just declutter the units we already have. Though in all honesty a fresh start calls for fresh ideas and items and a clear out is probably long overdue!
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