You’ve Tried Everything To Lighten Your Dark Living Room, But We Bet You Haven’t Tried This

Dark rooms are never desirable. No matter where you are in your house, a dark space can feel claustrophobic and restricting. Never is this more of an issue than when your living room is at fault. This is the place where you spend most of your time at home. It’s where you come to chill out and kick back. It’s where you head to, quite literally, lighten your load. Only, none of those things are possible in a room with oppresses you as soon as you enter it.

Sadly, if your living room isn’t blessed with natural light, this is likely the reality you face. As such, there’s every chance you’ve tried all the tricks in the book. It may be that you’ve painted the walls white, or done everything you can imagine to get your lighting just right. Still, you can’t achieve the level of brightness you’re after.

It may seem, then, that you’ve come to the end of the road. Your attempts have failed, and there’s nothing else for you try. Or, is there? In truth, there are many more steps you can take to brighten that all important space. All you need to do is think outside the box to achieve them. Or, you could carry on reading and find out that way!

Where are the windows?

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It’s likely you’ve been trying to avoid any significant renovation work during your attempts. After all, no one wants to embark on a voluntary building project at home. But, by installing more windows in that dark space, you can renovate with little work. This could mean getting skylights installed in that sloping roof, or expanding the windows you have. You could even join two windows, and install sliding patio doors which can bring more light than you would ever imagine. Once these additions are in place, keep them clean to enjoy a brightness you’d never achieve otherwise.

Shining surfaces

It’s also worth making use of shining surfaces within the room. You might have tried the mirror trick without success, but it’s time to take things up a notch. Reflective surfaces are fantastic for creating the illusion of both brightness and space, each of which is sure to help your cause. You could go all out with metallic wallpaper on a feature wall. Or, you could invest in a coffee table with a reflective surface which will do the job just as well.

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Take it outside

During your attempts, it’s likely that you’ve focused on your living room interior. And, that makes complete sense. After all, the room itself is the problem. But, by taking your efforts outside, it’s possible that you’ll have more success in brightening things up. Cutting back trees outside your windows can work here, as can focusing on those further away. While you don’t want to get rid of your garden wonders, you do want to make sure they aren’t impacting your light quality. So, don’t be afraid to prune branches which are getting in the way.

Giving Your Rooms The Wow Factor

We all do our best to ensure that our homes are clean tidy and tastefully appointed, but we also want them to serve as a physical embodiment of who we are and what we like. It needs to reflect our taste and that idiosyncratic sense of style. Your guests need to feel as though they are walking through a manifestation of your personality rendered in plaster, timber, brick and mortar. Thus, while it should reflect our modest and tasteful side, there should be at least one room in the house that shows off the flamboyant and extroverted side that you maybe keep under wraps in front of most of your friends and work colleagues but that only the truly privileged who are closest to you get to see. To show this slightly more decadent, impulsive and wanton side, you need to take some risks in your design aesthetic. Only by doing this can you give a room the wow factor.

 

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What is the wow factor?

The wow factor is exactly what it says on the tin, something that makes guests literally stop and gasp in disbelief. Most of us have homes full of things that are… nice. Nice is nice, but it does not bring the wow factor! The same principle can be applied to the way you dress. Most of us have a very particular type of garment in mind when we go shopping, and this is defined by our personal taste and what we think people generally expect us to wear. Thus, we make a lot of safe choices. There’s nothing wrong with them and they look good on you, but they don’t turn heads. But a good tip to bear in mind is that you should always try on at least one thing that scares you every time you go shopping. It might be a little more daring than how you’d usually dress, it may be a bolder color or it may be a type of garment than you’d usually consider. It’s these risky choices, the scary choices that bring the wow factor. Even though your first reaction may be “nope, not for me”, it’s these items that we find ourselves reaching for every time we feel like something a little special.

Use juxtaposition

Just as you wouldn’t expect every item on every hanger in your wardrobe to be one of the bolder, scarier statement pieces that we just discussed, nor too should every room in your home contain a statement piece. The wow factor is borne of juxtaposition, and can only work when combined strategically with more conservative elements of your decor. This is what will allow them to pop. You can achieve this by juxtaposing quiet colours with loud, light with dark or soft textures with rough, plain with patterns but it’s in this effect that your statement piece will be allowed to truly shine in the eyes of your guests. Fortunately, 2018’s spring design trends are full of ways to help you do this, and it can even add value to your home.

Invest in wow!

The wow factor inevitably comes at a price, but if it helps, look at this as an investment. If you think you may be selling your home at some point in the near future, a statement piece can capture the imagination of prospective buyers. If you decide that the best wow factor would lie in a renovation of the kitchen or bathroom or even the addition of a conservatory or loft conversion you may find that it not only makes your home more appealing but adds significant resale value.

Statement walls

Your walls are a canvas upon which you can be as expressive as you like. One of the best ways to make a bold statement is with a statement wall. The beauty of this is that you can be as bold with it as you like. If you’re feeling conservative you could simply opt for a wall with a different coloured paint or even a darker or lighter shade that compliments the surrounding wall. This can really pop if you hang some art on the wall (more about that shortly). You could go for a textures wall covering like a textured wallpaper or even loft effect tiles. You can opt for a huge mural, visit wallpaperink.co.uk and transform your entire wall into a work of art. Or you could go for something more abstract like a statement design wallpaper. Geometric shapes are huge this year and so versatile that they can add a classy sense of mathematical intrigue to any home.

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Art pieces

Wall art is great because it adds a much needed focal point to a room, around which the rest of the room’s aesthetic can be based. The right piece can really pull a room together while also setting the tone and mood. It can, however, be tricky marrying your artistic sensibilities with the function of the room. Choose your piece wisely, and think about the following when selecting and displaying it;

  • Don’t hang the piece anywhere where it will clash with other design elements.
  • Consider the size of the piece carefully, don’t crowd it with other art of photo frames.
  • Centre it at eye level; this will vary depending on whether you’ll be spending most of your time in the room sitting or standing.
  • Consider how it will interact with the room’s lighting. If the piece is in a glass frame, will this reflect light away from itself?

It’s all done with mirrors

Mirrors are wonderfully versatile. Not only can they make a room look bigger and create an illusion of air and space, they can also make a bold statement, especially if you’re able to invest in a large wall mirror or even a judiciously placed freestanding mirror.

Have it all with ombre

Can’t decide between two colours and / or shades? You can have it all with ombre! Ombre comes and goes in interior design, but it’s really taking off this spring. The beauty of ombre is that it can be incorporated in a number of ways depending on how ready you are to commit to it. If you want to play it safe, you can incorporate it into a statement vase, a prominent lampshade or a hanging print or even in your curtains and bedding. If you want to go all out and put it on a wall here’s how you’d go about it.

Embarrassing Home Improvement Faux Pas You Better Not Make

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.

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Walls

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.

Flooring

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!

Electricals

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.

Artwork

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!

Modernising Your Home So You Can Fall In Love With It Even 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.

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Decor

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.

De-clutter

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.

Furniture

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

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.

Decorating OUR Home… Time For Our New Start

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!

accent-black-gloss-sideboard_1295446688The 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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