Kitchen Heating: Get Your Kitchen Cosy For Winter

The clocks will soon be going back, the nights are drawing in and temperatures have definitely dropped.  In fact, we’ve had the heating on since the beginning of September!

It’s at this time of year that the kitchen becomes the most important part of the home – particularly when it’s time to cook Christmas dinner!  We are thinking about renovating our kitchen but it’s a big project and there’s so much to think about.

If you’re already planning a kitchen, then you might well have spent a lot of time pondering the type of bespoke cabinetry or worktops you want.

You might be considering splashback materials like perspex from Simply Plastics as well as the appliances you and your family will need to keep things running smoothly.

You might have even started to think about lighting and wall colours but the one thing that can often make or break the usability of a kitchen – particularly during the winter months – is often not given nearly enough thought.

How to heat your kitchen

How you heat your kitchen, whether it’s radiators, a cast-iron range that runs the central heating, or underfloor heating, your choice will have a huge impact not just on how you use your kitchen when it’s complete but how you design the room from its inception.

Back to basics

The key to a heating system that works efficiently is a good boiler.

When you’re planning your kitchen design, it might be worth factoring in a new boiler rather than repairing it if yours is more than 15 years old as they’re not nearly as energy efficient as new models.

Be aware too, that older boilers may not be covered by boiler insurance schemes.  British Gas took one look at our ancient one and refused to cover it.

Updating an old system to an A-rated condensing boiler could reward you with a 90% increase in efficiency.

Also, replacing a boiler could free up room for more cupboards or worktops and you’ll benefit from instant hot water if you opt for a condensing combi-boiler.

Choosing the right type of kitchen heating

Radiators

For many years, central heating systems running a series of radiators have been the heating of choice. Usually already in place, updating them from dated 1970s flat-panel models to one of the many stunning styles on offer from specialists such as Bisque or Aestus can completely change the look of a room.

For contemporary schemes look at ladder-style vertical radiators in sleek white and steel finishes and for classic kitchens pick something a little more period in it’s look like Bisque’s Classic range, which echoes Edwardian shapes.

If you’re particularly eco-minded then aluminium models are a good option, as they heat up and cool down much faster than traditional radiators, which will save both time and energy.

One thing you should do if considering radiators is to ensure that you have just the right amount to heat the room. There are plenty of online calculators to help you do this – just pop in the room’s dimensions, the number of windows and the calculator will give you the BTUs or wattage required.

Underfloor heating

A great option if your kitchen is being designed from the floor up; underfloor heating gives comfortable radiant heat and can deliver great savings too.

Depending on what type of heating you opt for, it can be used under most types of flooring, including stone, tile, wood and vinyl.

It’s best to check your floor is a suitable match before you go ahead and invest, but a large kitchen with porcelain or ceramic tiles are almost always a perfect fit with underfloor heating.

There are two options, electric and wet systems. Electric flooring is easier to fit, being a network of wire elements on a mesh that is placed below the flooring or wet systems, which use water pipes below the floor.

An electric system is easier to lay and can be retrofitted fairly easily if you’re laying a new floor, just check with your builder first.

Wet systems require more work and are better suited to renovations such as new extensions or completely new builds.

kitchen heating - a gleaming kitchen with brown features and lighting

One of the biggest benefits of underfloor heating is that you don’t have to give over valuable wall space to radiators, meaning you can often include more cabinets for additional space and bespoke storage solutions.

It is also vital to have your kitchen design finalised before the pipes or mats are laid for the flooring, as it would be an absolute waste to heat built-in cupboards, or under appliances.

A floor plan from your expert designer will help any heating engineer advise not only the best pattern to lay the floor in but also where to place the controls on the walls.

Using a timed thermostat means that you can set the heating on to warm the room just enough so it’s a little easier to step into your kitchen on a frosty winter morning.

Cast-iron ranges

While an ‘always-on’ Aga is often the traditional choice in farmhouse designs, it will provide radiant heat to warm your kitchen on a winter’s morning but it can’t run a central heating system.

If you want your heat-store range to do that, then opt for models from Stanley or Rayburn, which can often run up to 20 radiators.

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Finally, consider investing in an app-controlled heating system such as Hive or Nest so you can switch on your heating, using your phone, wherever and whenever you feel the need with great ease.

With some careful planning, you’ll find the most effective, and economical form of kitchen heating for your home.

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How to design the ultimate gaming room for your family

Having a dedicated gaming room within your house is certain to improve both communication and morale within your family. A gaming room is a great communal space in which people can enjoy games together.  It can also create a vibrant atmosphere where both adults and children can unwind after long days at work and school.

gaming room - father and son playing video games together

To see what can be achieved when careful planning and execution is implemented, check out these incredible gaming rooms on Pinterest.

The main issue is often finding a suitable room which has the required space for large-scale equipment and apparatus. It’s vitally important to find spaces which allow easy manoeuvrability at all times to ensure practical use of your games room.

This is when you need to be selective about the types of gaming equipment that would be most suitable to the space you have available. Equipment such as snooker tables and dart boards are the perfect way to maximise space since they can be placed concisely into the corner of rooms.

Innovations like Snooker Dining Tables provided by Hamilton Billiards encapsulate this perfectly since they can operate as both a gaming device and a place where people can enjoy food and beverages.

gaming room - set of snooker balls lined up

Another important aspect for any gaming room is having the correct lighting. Snooker and tabletop games will require an efficient stream of light to ensure participants are able to clearly see any equipment being used. The remaining spaces of the room should be kitted out with ambient lighting to clearly distinguish areas that don’t have equipment.

To ensure any lights are installed both safely and methodically, The Handy Squad have a team of highly skilled electricians ready to give a hand. They are experts at installing a wide variety of lighting styles, depending on the preference you have for your gaming room.

The correct furniture also needs to be selected in order to create the perfect space required for a gaming room. One solution would be to use folded chairs since they provide a sturdy structure for sitting as well as being able to be folded and stored away when not in use. For more inspiration, check out a selection of fun and practical chair designs on Houzz.

Finally, gaming rooms are likely to increase the noise levels within a household. It is important to ensure the necessary insulation and sound panels have been installed in order to alleviate intense noise and maintain the vibrant and family-friendly atmosphere the room has been designed for.

Once you have carefully thought out the logistics and cost of your desired gaming room, the next step will be to implement these ideas and start construction.

This article was written by Ad Lab founder David Newman. Ad Lab is an eCommerce Web Design agency located in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire.

How To Transform Your Family Kitchen On A Budget

While for many families the kitchen is the heart of the home, there often comes a time when it begins to look and feel tired and no longer suitable for your growing family’s needs. You may not have the budget to go for an entirely new kitchen, but with a little imagination, time and effort you can make a significant difference to your kitchen without spending very much.

Transform your kitchen on a budget - bright wood and white themed kitchen

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As well as looking fresh and modern, you can create a kitchen that is comfortable to use, efficient, easy to keep clean and able to handle the daily chaos that comes with family life. Get it right, and your new-look kitchen can grow with your family.

Transform your kitchen on a budget

Here are some simple ideas to transform your kitchen on a budget.

Add a new colour to kitchen walls

Painting the walls is the perfect way to give your kitchen a fresh new look without having to spend too much. Whether you are already handy with a paintbrush or a complete beginner, in most cases you should be able to get it done in a day. With any decorating job, preparation is key. Make sure you choose kitchen paint and use a combination of rollers and paint brushes suitable for the area you will be painting.

Transform your kitchen lighting

Updating your kitchen lights is a simple way to transform the room. Replacing your existing lights with something similar should be quite straightforward. There are, however, so many options available that you could introduce a whole new lighting scheme. Choose from spot and downlights, oversized pendants, to strip lights and under cabinet lights. Replacing lights should be a simple job, but if you do want to change the lighting completely, you may wish to hire a local electrician.

Give old cupboards a facelift

If the structure of your kitchen cupboards is in good condition, then you could replace the doors. Painting the cupboard doors is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to create a new look. Use a primer first as your base to ensure an even finish. Then pick a colour that works well with your updated scheme, whether a simple white or you want to introduce a pop of colour. To finish the look, you will need to replace the old tired cabinet knobs or handles.

Transform your kitchen on a budget - shelves crowded with ornaments, cans and flasks

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Freshen up your worktops

Worktops in a family kitchen need to cope with a lot. Updating your worktops can make a dramatic change to your kitchen. Worktop kits mean you can easily prepare and paint over old, tired worktops to bring them quickly back to life. Replacing your worktop with laminate is a popular and cost-effective worktop. If you are doing a simple replacement of your existing worktop, then it should be a reasonably straightforward task for any DIYer. If you aren’t feeling confident or you wish to change the layout of your kitchen completely, you might need to hire a joiner or kitchen fitter.

Improve kitchen storage

Good storage can make a huge difference to any family kitchen. While you are updating your kitchen think about how you use the space. Pull-out drawers in a cupboard instantly make every spare inch of space usable. If you lack top cupboards, then wooden shelves on metal brackets can be installed that provide a functional display area for your dishes.

Change the way you dress your kitchen windows

Changing your window dressing is a quick and easy way to update your kitchen. Curtains, nets and blinds can absorb moisture and get dirty very quickly. Shutters meanwhile are great for a kitchen as they are hardwearing, durable, easy to keep clean and above all, look great. You don’t have to be a DIY pro to install them either with easy to follow guides on YouTube and The Shutter Store, you’ll be able to fit them in no time.

Finish off with new flooring

Your kitchen floor must endure a lot, so it is not surprising when it eventually starts to show wear and tear. If you have wooden floors which are looking tired, but you don’t want to get them professionally refinished, then consider painting them instead. If you would like to put down something completely new, a quick, budget-friendly option is to use groutable vinyl tiles which have the look of ceramic. They have a durable finish and are very easy to install.

You don’t have to be an experienced DIYer or have a large budget to give your kitchen a completely new look. Updating just a few key areas can go a long way in changing the overall look and feel of your kitchen for all the family to enjoy for years to come. You can transform your kitchen on a budget!

Interior Style: Mix and Match to Make it Yours

If you are a fan of interior design magazines, especially the likes of Elle Decoration and Vogue living, you could be forgiven for thinking that only designer furniture and accessories can look good in your home.

These magazines are all about the lifestyle of the rich and famous and though the things they show are certainly beautiful, there’s no need to break the bank trying to achieve the same look in your family home.

Stylish living room - interior design on a budget

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Instead of remaining disappointed that you will never own a set of handcrafted wooden spoons that cost £95, look to the high street for inspiration and then make it yours. You don’t have to spend so much to create a home beautiful enough for the pages of a magazine; you just need a good eye for colours and textures.

The Supermarkets

For interior design enthusiasts, the supermarket is a great place to start.  You may not find designer wares here, but you will see all the latest styles and colours at affordable prices. Supermarkets are brilliant for things like kitchenware, crockery and glassware and bring out a new range every season so that you can change things up when you like.

Though you might think that all Tesco’s or Sainsbury’s carry the same stock, they actually tend to cater to the area they are in and stock accordingly. So, if you don’t have a large homeware department in your local, try travelling further afield to find a bigger store or a store in a slightly posher area.

The High Street

Big ticket items like sofas and furniture can all be found easily on the high street for a reasonable price. Shops like Next and Marks & Spencer have brilliant homeware departments that clearly follow the trends and offer furniture that is family-friendly as well. To personalise the furniture, you can choose from a range of fabrics and some shops are also selling handles and doorknobs that you can swap out to give your furniture more character.

If you can, try to time your purchases with the sales. To save a bit more, you should have a look online to see if there are any vouchers available to get you a discount on sites like Topcashback. Don’t discount display furniture either as this often comes with a good price reduction.

The Charity Shops

While buying everything new is fine, the character often comes from the things we inherit. You will surely pick up a range of knick-knacks over the years that you have inherited from family or bought on holiday, but charity shops are also really good for this kind of thing. And right now, they could really do with our support.  

Even on the most frugal budget, you can create a wonderful home interior that you will enjoy every day. The key to remember is that, like your wardrobe, your interior should be evolving, taking in elements of new fashions as they come in and gradually changing as you do.

Save Money On Expensive Furniture – Here’s How

Homeowners who take interior design seriously want the best furniture in every room in the house. There’s one problem, though: the price. Average, everyday items cost hundreds of pounds, and that’s before you start looking at the exotic stuff. Unless the budget is bottomless, affording furniture can be tricky. The key is to find low-priced, quality items that fit the style of the house perfectly. As difficult as it sounds, it is possible to save money on expensive furniture, as long as you shop around for the best deals on the Web and the high street.

Save money on expensive furniture to get the kitchen of your dreams

Here are four more tips to cut costs and save money on expensive furniture.

Second-hand

The idea of buying a used sofa won’t appeal for many reasons. Firstly, it might be dirty. Secondly, you don’t want another person’s knock-offs. And, thirdly, you want something new and sparkly that wows as soon as you enter the room. Of course, you also need something that doesn’t break the bank and second-hand furniture fits the bill. But, there are great pieces in charity shops or friends’ attics which are clean and cool. In fact, you can tell guests it’s a retro item which cost you a fortune and they wouldn’t disagree!

The Right Times

When is the right time to buy? Now is a fantastic moment because Christmas is over and the January sales are in full swing. Therefore, the price of furniture across the board should be 10% to 20% less than usual. Some companies such as DFS even have promotions which slash rates by up to 50%.  Or, try cheap modern furniture UK to bag a bargain.

Obviously, these sales mean you can purchase your favourite pieces without overspending, so get on the internet ASAP. January can be a bad time because money is tight but think of it as an investment. Just budget more now and cut back in February and March to compensate.

There are other ways to save money on expensive furniture than shopping at Ikea

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Delivery Costs

Shoppers never factor in the cost of delivery when they proceed to the checkout. For a general basket of goods, the price might increase by an extra £5 or £10. Furniture is different as the price might go up by tens of pounds and add a lot to the overall cost. The first step is not to assume the price is set and isn’t flexible. The second is to find a courier service that will deliver the items for less than the amount of delivery. Reviews of Shiply suggest it’s an excellent option because the couriers are already going in the direction. As a result, the price can be up to 75% less than usual. Other than that, you can arrange to pick up the item from the store.

Haggling

Negotiating over the cost isn’t a British thing to do. Another British trait is to pay the full price when it isn’t necessary. Remember that the seller needs the sale as much as you do, which is why haggling is essential. Hopefully, they will agree to cut the price, or they might throw in a warranty which will save you money in the future. At the worst, they will say no.

Can you think of any other ways to save money on expensive furniture?

Decor Ideas For The Family Home

The family home is one of the most important things in your life, providing you and your loved ones with shelter, warmth, assurance and a place to call your own. That is why so many people want to make sure their family home has personal touches that appeal to them. Making the most of your space is essential and there are loads of decor ideas for the family home that will make your loved ones feel relaxed and comfortable.

When looking at decor ideas for the family home, the needs of every member need to be considered - Small brown dog on a sofa

When you are looking to create a stylish relaxing home, your starting point should always be to thoroughly clean the property and then try to declutter it as much as you can. You can find some great ideas in this book. From there, you will find it easier to style your home in the way that is best for you and your family. And what better time to refresh your home than spring?

Durability is essential

When you are creating the ideal family home, you need to ensure you choose the right options with your family very much in mind. If you have a young family, you know that kids can be excitable and boisterous at times, which means your choice of furniture must be able to endure some tough treatment. That means furniture like sofas, and even tables and chairs should be robust enough to handle that without serious damage being caused.

Cosy living room with 2 sofas and cushions - decor ideas for the family home

Create a comfortable home

Families should be looking to enjoy quality time together and creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere is a big part of that process. Buying high-quality cushions that look and feel great will go a long way in developing a relaxing atmosphere in a family room.

Good quality carpets and rugs, with a friendly print, will also assist in creating a positive and friendly atmosphere at home.

Shutters allow you to enjoy the light you need

Allowing as much natural light into your home can be of benefit but it is important that you are in full control. There will be days when you want as much natural light as possible and there will be times when you want as little light as possible getting into a room.

A fashionable and functional way to achieve this is by fitting window shutters. California Shutters can be adjusted to fine tune the amount of natural light entering a room, allowing you complete control.

Linen neatly organised with storage baskets - decor ideas for the family home

Invest in storage

You can never have too much space at home and storage options are essential in making sure your family has enough room for activities and fun. Depending on your budget and taste, there is a range of decor options that help you to keep a tidy and organised room while still creating a strong style.

Every member of the family will have their own tastes and needs and when it comes to finding decor ideas for the family home, you need to think about your finances and how far your budget will stretch. However, with some careful research (for example on Pinterest or in interior designs or home magazines), you can create a functional family home that is visually appealing and comfortable to live in.

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Key Spring Interior Design Trends For Your Home

This Spring, say hello to geometrics and exotic motifs.

Spring is finally here and with it the feeling that better weather is about to come, and with that, Summer! Colour, pattern, and plants are the key to giving your house a new look to welcome the season.

Spring flowers in a white pot on a wooden table

There is a whole new generation of graphic artists taking the design world by storm right now, and they are drawing upon influences that range from geometrics and primary colours to the 80s design movements. Think pop-art, and colours.

When it comes to colour a favourite trend of 2017 is the rise of rich jewel tones. These jewel tones go hand in hand with soft pastel colours. Vibrant greens, purples and ruby reds mixed with soft pinks and blues.

Pastel shades are a great way of introducing subtle colour into a room, they’re brilliantly minimalistic and set the tone for a Bohemian, Romantic style. If pastels aren’t your thing you can always for the bold side and choose earthy colours like powdery pink, terracotta, sand, ochre, or olive green. They will give a great exotic feel to the room and will go great with spring trends.

They provide a great way to introduce subtle colour into muted schemes, so they work brilliantly in minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired homes where brighter shades might jar. They’re both warming and calming, and they look wonderful offset against neutrals. They’re incredibly versatile, too: you could start small by introducing a few earth-coloured ceramics, or go bolder and paint the walls. The mood is all about fun and glamorous escapism.

Introducing Geometric Patterns

To meet the geometric trends of 2017 spring here are a few easy additions to the home that will change the feel without too much hassle.

Two geometric shaped mirrors hanging on a wall

I particularly like these geometric mirrors by Lisa Angel. With a minimalistic geometric design, they provide the perfect start to a spring refresh. These hexagonal mirrors can be easily hung in your living room by their attached sting and are available in multiple sizes. Plus, their simple design means you won’t have to change up your room massively to accommodate it.

Glossy black table and chairs in a dining room

If you’re looking for a bolder geometric piece to add to your home, consider lighting. For example something like this statement lamp by Fabbian which comes both with or without suspension and is a great way to add some personality into the room.

Suspension lamps are back, and personally, I find they tend to give more style to a room than surface-mounted lamps. This design, in particular, is a bit pricey but there are plenty of luxury lamps to choose from at LampCommerce.

 Exotic and Botanical Themes

This is another favourite spring trend because it is bringing some great patterns with it, I’m especially excited by the Banana Leaf Patterns. I absolutely love tropical wallpapers. I think, when used properly and only for details, they can really change a room massively by brightening it up and giving it life.

Choose a wallpaper that has colour, but be careful with a heavy pattern. Bold choices can be good for a while but a simpler design with fewer colours or less clutter will last longer.

Banana leaf wallpaper detail over a wooden bed with white bedding

If you don’t want to change your walls but like the pattern, why not frame it and hang it in your living room? Or consider instead pillows. Pillows are a great way to contrast colours, especially in living rooms.

There are plenty of Banana Leaf Design pillows to choose from in vtwonen and Etsy and come in different sizes and patterns. Framed patterns or pillows are a great quick and easy change to make to your home decor which will make your room feel new without making an entire project out of it.

White sofa with green banana leaf detail cushions in a living room

A tip I would say is keep to a simple palette with accents, but be brave with texture and layering. Remember, you don’t have to make massive changes to your home to give a spring makeover.

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The Retro Interior Design Trends Devaluing Your Home

A recent study commissioned by Bathrooms.com of 2000 people aged 16 and above across the UK has discovered 10 retro interior design trends which might lose us money when we come to sell our homes.

Woman sitting on a bright yellow sofa behind wood panelling

Wood panelling, avocado bathrooms and built in bars were named as just some of the fixtures most likely to put UK homebuyers off.

It is estimated that 324,000 UK homes still have an avocado bathroom suite and, on average UK homebuyers would reduce their offer by a massive £5,000 if a property still has one!

Research into the nation’s most hated retro décor trends has discovered the 10 interior design trends most likely to devalue your home are:

1. Wood panelling (46% of UK homebuyers wouldn’t buy a property if it still had old fashioned wood panelling)

2. Avocado bathrooms (44%)

3. Built-in bars (41%)

4. Woodchip (41%)

5. Artex ceilings (40%)

6. Heavily patterned carpet (35%)

Floral patterned chair on heavily patterned carpet

7. Textured wallpaper (34%)

8. Crazy paving (33%)

9. Brick fireplaces (33%)

10. Built in wardrobes over the bed (30%)

According to the study, UK homebuyers would look to knock £4,877.46 off the purchase price of a property if it still had an outdated avocado bathroom suite. One in six of us (16%) would expect to pay at least £5,000 less and 6% of 25-34 year olds would seek a price reduction of at least £10,000.

A bathroom with an Avocado bathroom suite

Almost three quarters of the UK (75%) think avocado bathroom suites are ugly and three out of four people (71%) say if they bought a new home and it had an avocado bathroom suite, it would be the first thing they’d rip out. But despite this, a fifth of UK homeowners (20%) confess they’ve never updated their bathroom, and around a quarter of the UK (23%) admit to being embarrassed by their outdated bathroom when their friends come over to visit.

Have you got any of the 10 worst offenders?

Inspirational Design Ideas That Parents Will Love

If you’re busy juggling the school run with work or other commitments, you may not have time for DIY and interior design. 

Thankfully, you don’t have to devote a lot of time to shopping or hammering with these inspirational design ideas. If you’re a parent looking to give your home a mini makeover, why not give these suggestions a try?

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Displaying children’s artwork

Have you got folders of paintings lying around in boxes in the spare room? Have you run out of room on the fridge? Or are you struggling to find enough wall space to hang your children’s masterpieces? If these scenarios sound familiar, it’s time to find some innovative new ways to display your kids’ artwork.

One idea is to create a wall-mounted gallery. Buy a series of frames, and select your favourite works. Put up some tacks in the wall and hang your frames. This idea works really well on staircases or landing walls. You can choose frames that are all the same size and colour, or mix things up with different sizes and styles. You don’t need to spend a fortune on your creation. Take a look online and compare prices. Sites like Best4Frames offer a range of cheap picture frames.

Another idea is to create a washing-line style gallery. Put up a piece of string or tape and then use mini pegs to hang your pictures. Once the line is in place, you could add personalised wall stickers to finish off the look. Go for your child’s name or a quote from a famous artist.

Wallpaper with a difference

Are your kids always drawing on the walls or adding their own touches to your wallpaper? If so, why not create a chalkboard wall? Your new wall will look stylish, and your children can be as creative as they like. You can use chalkboard paint or buy a ready-made sticker. This is an excellent idea for family kitchens, playrooms, and children’s bedrooms.


Sensational storage

Storage issues are commonplace in family homes. Are you constantly tripping over building blocks or trying to cram as many books as possible into your shelving units? The good news is that there are some fantastic child-friendly storage ideas out there. You can buy units, which look like toys and invest in clever solutions. Think giant Lego brick storage boxes. Or wardrobes and beds fitted with pull-out drawers. If you have older kids, bunk beds with desks underneath are an excellent space-saving option.

Family photos

Every parent loves to display photographs of their kids around the house. There are various ways you can do this. You can stand frames on units and chests. You can hang canvases on the wall or buy giant multi-aperture frames. You could create a photo wall in the same style as your artwork gallery. Or you could put up a series of shelves and fill them with your favourite images.

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If you’re a parent looking for simple but effective design ideas, hopefully, you’re feeling inspired. Try these quick and easy tips, and your home will look beautifully unique in no time!

Make Your Bay Windows More Beautiful with Curved Radiators

Bay windows are a delightful feature in any home but until now they have also tended to limit the number of heating options available, especially when it comes to fitting the right type of radiator.

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With the advent of the curved radiator, such concerns are truly a thing of the past. Curved radiators are well-designed and efficient and they also come with a dazzling array of colours, finishes and features that can really help lift a tired room to new heights.

Heating Problems Solved With Curved Radiators 

As many homeowners with bay or curved windows have realised, it can be very difficult to find a radiator that strikes a balance between functionality, aesthetic form and a minimal footprint.

Large traditional radiators look obtrusive and clunky and due to the unusual angles inherent with bay windows, they tend to be installed too far into the room, stealing precious space.

The ideal radiator placement is below the windowsill or as close to a wall as possible. Bay windows and straight-lined radiators have tended to make this difficult to achieve.

Curved radiators easily solve this dilemma because they have been designed to fit into spaces that are also curved. This non-linear solution is ideal because annoying dead space is no longer an issue and the room can also be properly heated and enjoyed as it should be.

A Look For Every Taste 

Curved radiators come in an incredible array of colours and finishes, meaning that there is certain to be something to suit every design situation. Whether your taste is classic and ornate, minimalist, sleek and streamlined or loud, bold and contemporary, the range of looks and materials on offer at Radiator Curving Ltd. makes it easy to find a perfect match.

Just a few of the finishes include subdued ivory, gold, copper and bronze metallic sheens, summery fresh yellows or stark blacks and charcoal greys.

Textured surfaces are also available that can help complement fabrics, furnishings and featured décor and there is even a pressed metal scrolled look that just oozes class and style.

Create A Cosy Reading Nook 

These beautifully curved radiators are so well-made that it would be a pity to hide them away but some people choose to do exactly that. With a bit of creative carpentry, many homeowners have built enclosures around their radiators which still allow their heat to be dispersed throughout the room, but also add an extra level of utility and flexibility to how the room can be used.

Reading nooks and window seats are a perennial favourite and coupling the right kind of radiator with the appropriate clearance and suitable timber, one can make a cosy seat over the top of the radiator right beside the bay window.

With adequate ventilation, such a set up can actually force the heat to be directed outwards instead of upwards and definitely makes for a toasty seat that takes the chill out of a cold winter’s day.

When seeking decorative heating solutions for bay windows, curved radiators are an innovation whose time has definitely arrived. These elegant and sturdy appliances will bring comfort, warmth and visual delight to any home in which they are installed.

How To Perfect Your Indoor Lighting

How you choose to light up the inside of your property can either make or break your entire home decor style.

If you get it right, your lighting can make your rooms appear spacious and fresh, while failing to get your illuminations spot on can leave your spaces looking drab and dreary.

So, if you’re keen to up your brightness levels at home, here are some tips on how you can achieve indoor lighting perfection.

Update your fixtures 

Simply updating your current fixtures could help to enhance your indoor lighting and make a huge difference to the general look and feel of your home.

Worn-out looking fixtures and fittings can cause your decor to look outdated, so you could upgrade to give your abode an instant facelift.

For example, instead of relying on a hanging ceiling light in your hallway, you could open up the space by ditching this in favour of a couple of wall-mounted fittings instead.

Meanwhile, you could fix wall up-lighter models onto your dining room walls to eliminate the need for corner lamps that take up unnecessary floor space.

Browsing the products available from your local interior design store or from an online retailer such as The Lighting Superstore should give you plenty of inspiration before you consider making an upgrade.

Take control with dimmer switches 

Installing dimmer switches in your home is a great way to take control of your interior lighting.

Having this feature available on your more prominent fixtures allows you to decide on the level of brightness emitted and, in turn, enables you to create the perfect atmosphere in each room.

Whether you want to illuminate your living space of an evening or create a subtle yet romantic glow in your bedroom, dimmer switches allow you to dictate the intensity of your indoor lights.

Pay attention to corners

To ensure your home is perfectly lit, you’ll need to pay some attention to the smaller spaces within your rooms too.

While you may not think twice about the corners of your study or the alcove in your guest bedroom, leaving these areas in darkness could be putting a dampener on your overall interior look.

After all, if you made the effort to illuminate these crooks and crevices, you might find that the functionality of your rooms improves, creating a much more homely and attractive-looking space.

Creating a perfectly lit home could be easier than you think, especially if you take suggestions like these into consideration.

Money Saving Tips For Bathroom Renovations

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Are you thinking of doing up your bathroom soon, but worried you can’t quite afford it? If so, read on. I’ve pulled together some tips I have learned through experience and from plenty of advice I’ve been given over the years. Here are several things to think about if you want to save money on your bathroom renovation.

Clean your tiles

Nothing makes a bathroom look dingier and dirtier than stained grout. And, in all honesty, it’s the one thing that just makes you want to rip everything out and start again. However, you don’t have to go down that route if you don’t have to. In fact, if you find a good grout cleaner and are prepared to get your hands dirty, it can come up looking as good as new. You might have to replace a few tiles here and there if you fit a new bath or shower, but again, it’s an easy DIY job.

Reduce your tiles 

If you do decide to rip out the tiles and start again, just install less. The rest of the room can be painted cheaply in a colour of your choice. All you need to do is make sure that the wet areas are covered and sealed, and the rest is up to you. It might even be possible to get some nice stone tiling in there instead, with all the money you have saved.

Change heads and taps

Another way of getting an entirely new look from your bath fittings is to replace the taps and shower heads. It’s much cheaper than changing an entire unit, and it will freshen things up completely.

Replace old with new

Your bathroom as it is now might not look sparkling clean. And, you might need to buy a new bath, shower, toilet and sink. However, if you are strapped for cash, look for replacements that can slip straight in where their predecessors were before. One of the biggest costs of bathroom renovation is the plumbing. So, if you don’t move things around completely, you will save plenty of money.

Go second hand

There are plenty of places you can pick up second-hand bathroom pieces from, including antique stores, boot sales, and even scrap metal merchants. Take a look and see what you can find. You can get some beautiful old units for a fraction of the cost of buying new.

Invest to save

Finally, don’t be afraid to invest if it means you will save money in the future. Two things spring to mind immediately. Firstly, if you want to save money on your utility bills, then trying something like dual fuel heating for your bathroom should pay itself off in five years or so. Secondly, if you are planning on selling up in a couple of years, then see your bathroom as an investment in itself. It’s one of the key areas that prospective buyers will look at, and can add value to your home.

Well, there you have it. As you can see, there are plenty of ways to save – do you have any more?

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