5 Affordable Bedroom Design Ideas

There are two ways a bedroom can be viewed – a functional room that serves a basic purpose, or a wonderfully tranquil and relaxing escape from the real world. If it’s the latter you’d like to create, it might be necessary to go about an urgent design overhaul.

So if you haven’t given your own bedroom any TLC for some time, here’s a quick rundown of five ways you can transform the place, without overspending:

1. Repaint

First of all, never underestimate just how big of a difference a new coat of paint can make to any room of the home. Consider the different moods created by colours – greens being calm and tranquil, reds for romance, yellows for brightness and so on. A quick, easy and hugely effective transformation.

2. Hang Wall Art

Most people hang very little on their bedroom walls, but the right images and artwork really can transform the whole room. You don’t have to overspend either, as there’s always an endless array to be picked up for next to nothing online, at charity shops and from second-hand vendors in general.…

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Stylish Stainless Steel Kitchens

For a number of years now, a prominent trend for new kitchen design has been to use stainless steel, and plenty of it. Some people have suggested this trend has now been around for long enough that we can expect it to start fading out, but we don’t see any sign of that actually happening.

There are many reasons why people seem to love stainless steel kitchens and worktops (plus just about any other appliances and accessories they can get hold of). It’s a versatile material that’s easy to manufacture, meaning it’s cost effective too. It’s strong, durable and won’t require much maintenance to make it last a long time. It’s also extremely easy to clean, and given a little upkeep it will keep your kitchen sparkling. From a practical perspective there really isn’t much to dislike.

From a design point of view, one of the main great things about stainless steel is actually that it can tie all the little details of your kitchen together for one cohesive look. You might not even notice at first because these details can be quite subtle, allowing you to choose your own primary colour scheme and let the steel blend into the background. However, on closer inspection, consistent stainless steel details from your cutlery and appliances to your sink and even door handles will really make for a much more consistent overall look.

Speaking of all those accessories and added extras, a good thing about choosing stainless steel is that you won’t struggle to find anything you need for your kitchen with a matching finish. Since it’s such a popular material, it’s one of the default options for almost all kitchenware so you can easily mix and match different items from various shops and make the whole thing look smart and connected.

Of course, you can also incorporate other materials into your kitchen along with some touches of steel. It can sometimes be surprising how many different colours and materials you can include in one room as long as you stick to a distinct style and make sure that each element complements the rest. Wood, granite, marble, glass… the choice is yours depending on your desired look. However, stainless steel does have the advantage over most other options when you’re choosing the main material to create your kitchen unit doors, worktops and other large surfaces. It’s very affordable and you know that it’s very unlikely to be damaged over time. With something like wood, for example, it’s easy for it to become warped or stained over time because even when treated it’s not permanently water-resistant in the same way that stainless steel is.

If you’re looking for a material that will work for your whole kitchen on a practical level while still looking fantastic, then stainless steel is almost certainly for you. Want something ultra-modern? Gleaming silver surfaces which are easy to clean should do the trick. Prefer a more traditional and homely feel? Just incorporate it in small doses where you …

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Quilting for Beginners

Quilting is a super-popular craft hobby for people who love interior design, but prefer creating their own items rather than shopping. It can be a lot more rewarding to bring your own unique designs to life and see them in your home, rather than opting for something that anyone could own. Quilting is a fantastic way to apply a few different skills and come up with something nobody has ever made before.

Firstly, let’s answer a few common questions when starting out with quilting…

Where can I buy the materials?

You can shop online for quilting fabric and find a fantastic selection of materials to choose from. Patchwork and quilting fabric is big in the UK so there is plenty of demand and plenty of choice. You’ll find that specialist stockists tend to have a wide variety of unique patterns and colours at very affordable prices.

What materials should I start with?

In essence, quilting requires a top layer, bottom layer and wadding to go in between. Quilting wadding supplies are available online and priced per pack or per metre. Sometimes you might want a preset size, like for a standard bedding, or if you’re making your own creations it might be cheaper to buy a different size pack.…

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Your Complete Guide to Net Curtains

Net curtains are something of a forgotten trend in interior design. They’re actually still incorporated in many contemporary designs, whether they’re used in low-budget projects or for expensive and extravagant makeovers.
However, you’ll notice that they’re rarely considered a major focal point. We think that might be doing the humble net curtain a disservice, so here’s our quick guide to everything you need to know about choosing and maintaining your nets.
What’s the purpose of net curtains?
This may be a good place to start. In essence, net curtains provide some privacy and disperse the natural light coming in through your windows, but they have the added advantage of not blocking out that light entirely. Depending on the design you choose, they can really add something special to the overall look of your room.
What rooms are they suitable for?
You can use net curtains in almost any room, although the size and style may vary. You might want to have a different look for a bedroom than you would for a kitchen or a living room, but really this is entirely up to you. Net curtains can be used anywhere that curtains are suitable.…

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Tips For Designing Your Own Bedroom

Although we may sleep though much of it, most of us spend more time in our bedrooms than any other room in the home. That’s why it’s so important to make sure yours is comfortable, relaxing and completely tailored to you. We really believe in taking the lead when it comes to your own home and interior design, so trust your vision and jump right in – once you understand the basics, that is. To guarantee the best possible results, you might look into hiring a professional team to help you.

1) Start with planning where the bed will go. After all, it’s the main feature and function of the entire room. It’s also probably going to dominate more space than anything else, so make sure its placement is practical.

2) Make sure everything is accessible. Come up with a coherent floor plan that makes it easy for you to walk around, especially focusing on the paths you will take most often. This will depend on where you have your bed in relation to the door and furnishings.

3) Consider fitted furniture. You might decide that fitted units are the best way to maximise your storage space and create a seamless finish across your bedroom. These can be a good way to make use of any awkwardly shaped areas. Contemporary sliding wardrobes are a wonderful way to combine functionality and style.…

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Designer Radiator Buying Guide

Once boring, the radiators on the market today are nothing short of fabulous. Designers from all over the world are making their own mark on this increasingly popular home product line, churning out everything from paper clips to dinosaurs!

So assuming you’ve got your eye on new radiators for the home and only the best will do, how should you go about your search?


Well, first of all it’s important to remember that quality radiators these days tend to be far more efficient than they used to be. As such, you’ll probably get away with smaller or even fewer radiators around the home. Popular choices are vertical or horizontal designer radiators for your bathroom or living room. You’ll still need to work out the exact BTU output you need, but this is made easy by using an online BTU calculator.


As for available materials, each brings its own pros and cons to the equation. Aluminium radiators heat up very fast and are extremely efficient, though do not retain heat for long when turned off. Cast iron radiators are great for retaining heat, though take quite some time to heat up. Stainless steel is a good choice for creative radiator design and is also very efficient. There’s also the option of glass, which along with good efficiency can make for simply stunning designer radiators.…

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Luxury furniture for every room

Luxurious furniture provides something that ordinary furniture is not designed for. These household products provide a combination of comfort along with unique style and design. These items are also manufactured from high-quality materials and are created with a focus on durability. Investing in good luxury mid century furniture makes a statement about personal style and commitment to high quality.

Living Room

One of the most important parts of the house is the living room. Most people think that the living room is the first place to be filled with both luxurious and high quality items. Interior designers might recommend living room furniture like wooden mirrors and tables in addition to things made from black leather or softer luxury fabrics. The seating area is the most important aspect of the room, as it is where you relax and appreciate your home’s design the most. Therefore it is essential to get a quality sofa or arm chairs which are comfortable and long lasting. Most sofas will last up to 10 years but the best will look like new for a long time. To create a more comfortable and relaxing space, it is usually essential that you choose a nice soft carpet or rug. There are many different carpet types out there with a range of colours and textures to adapt to your style and budget.

Dining Room

When selecting a dining set, potential buyers must make sure it is both comfortable and accommodating at the same time. The whole family must be able to fit at the table. It should also be the right size so that family members can either share a conversation or gather together without competing for elbow room. If the dining room is joined onto a kitchen or is rather small, it can be difficult to fit in luxury furniture in such a cosy space. To create more room, foldable furniture can be more convenient to accommodate family and any dining guests. A dining set may also be able to be expanded for visitors and growing families.…

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Decorating the Home with Floating Candles

floating candles

Improve any home decor with the help of floating candles. Considered too decorative or elegant at one time, floating candles are now popular and elegant day-to-day touches thanks to home decorators, who incorporate candles in their interior design packages, and real estate agents that add special touches to homes to aid in sales.


Floating Candles to Spice up your Home

Don’t wait for a special occasion to add floating candles. Add atmosphere to the home every day by placing floating candles in a fluted glass decorated with seasonal greens, flowers or leaves. A small river or decorative rocks placed in a wine glass or small glass bowls and filled with water and candles add a subtle elegance to any home.

In the spring, add rose petals, water and rose floating candles to small glass bowls and place on shelves, coffee tables, bed stands or in a bathroom. Purchase scented rose candles to add a wonderful scent of spring to any room.

Decorating with floating candles is relatively inexpensive. Floating candles bowls for floating candles and floating candle centrepieces can be found on the Internet or in craft shops.

If you have purchased small candles in small glass containers in a candle shop, you have a ready-made bowl for floating candles. Once the candle is down to the last bit of wax, scrape the wax out of the container, wash and you have a glass container for floating candles.

At the dinner table, place a glass coloured vase filled with water and add a floating candle. These floating candle centrepieces at the table add a soft glow to the table and helps create a relaxing dining experience. Placing the vase on a rounded or rectangular mirror or a decorative placemat will enhance the ambience.

Use items found in the home for floating candle holders, such as a shallow baking dish, teacup or a decorative tin that is hollowed in the centre enough to allow it to hold water. Add water and a floating candle or a group of floating candles and you have an instant centrepiece for a luncheon or dinner.

Most candles will float because they are made of wax. Tea lights are fine to use to float candles. Small shaped candles purchased at craft and candle shops are unique touches for themed gatherings, such as pumpkin-shaped for a fall luncheon. Craft stores sell candles specific for floating because they are light, small and rounded or flat-bottomed.…

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TOP 10 types of cladding materials

The structure of your house is protected by cladding. It is an exterior finishing system that protects the inner structure from harsh weather conditions. Exterior wall cladding also improves the aesthetic appeal of the house. The outside wall cladding, like aluminium cladding, has other advantages also besides protecting your house and making it look good. It also acts as a flame retardant.

You will have less pollution in the house if you have cladding and your house will be more energy efficient as well. There are many house wall cladding materials available on the market.Each of these materials has different features and functions.

Before you apply exterior cladding for houses, you should know about the regulations and permissions in your locality. In many cases, you need to take permission before changing the exterior feature of your house. You also need to set up the budget so that you can choose the materials accordingly.

Here we will discuss the major types of cladding materials available today.

Aluminium cladding

It is one of the most popular types of cladding used in the building. It can be recycled, and so is very environment-friendly. It also requires minimal maintenance as it doesn’t corrode or rust. It has a long lifetime. Processes like anodizing, powder coating or galvanizing can preserve the actual texture and design of the aluminium cladding. You can get aluminium cladding in various designs and colors.

Stone cladding

Exterior stone wall cladding gives a natural stone look to the house. You can use stone cladding for both the exterior and interior of your house. It will give your house a rustic and earthy look. Installing this type of cladding is very easy. You will hardly need any maintenance. People who are environment conscious prefer this material. You can use stones like marble, granite, slate, limestone, sandstone, etc.

Wood cladding

Wood cladding looks amazing. This type of cladding is also suitable for both interior and exterior use. There is nothing better than the look of natural wood. Wood cladding is also energy efficient and durable. With wood wall cladding exterior of the house gets an elegant appearance. It doesn’t decay. But like the other cladding materials, it is not fire resistant.

uPVC cladding

This type of cladding is very convenient. It is easy to install. You will not have to do any complex repair works. Also, no maintenance is required. This type of cladding is also suitable for both interior and exterior of the house. This type of cladding can be found in a number of colors. It will add extra insulation to your house. It is very cost effective as well.

Glass cladding

This type of cladding is very impressive. You can find various cladding designs including laminated, tempered, enameled, curved, etc. Glass cladding is very economical.

Tile cladding

This type of cladding has been invented recently. It comes in various forms and is appropriate for both the interior and exterior of the house. This type of cladding can …

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Brighten your patio or garden with outdoor candles

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Whether you prefer an old-fashioned open flame, a lantern that will keep burning through the wind and rain, bug-repelling scents, or a modern “candle” powered by a battery, your garden, lawn, or patio will look cheerful and welcoming at night with the soft illumination of a few outdoor candles.

Traditional outdoor candles can be as simple as a bucket of wax with a wick, or as ornate as any sculpture. Candles specifically designed for outdoor use typically have a very thick wick which makes them a bit more difficult to light or extinguish but provides a bigger flame for more light and resists being blown out by the wind. Bucket candles usually won’t be filled to the top with wax. This further protects the flame from breezes, but also means that they have to be sheltered when it rains or the water dumped out afterwards.

A more water-resistant garden lighting solution is an outdoor lantern. These can be hung from tree branches or gazebos or can sit on the ground or a table. Some models include a matching pedestal, post, or hanger, so there are many styles to fit your garden. Many lanterns will accept standard outdoor or even indoor candles, but another popular option is the oil lantern. Probably the best-known example of an outdoor oil lantern is the tiki torch. For a more elegant look, lanterns with clear oil reservoirs can be filled with coloured oil. An adjustable wick allows you to choose just the right level of light.

Whether burning oil or wax, the addition of citronella oil provides an added benefit. Citronella oil, extracted from the leaves and stems of the lemongrass plant, is a non-toxic insect repellant that will encourage mosquitoes and other flying pests to fly elsewhere.

There is also a modern alternative to the common candle: outdoor LED lights which resemble candles and include circuitry to add an artificial “flicker” of flame. Solar or battery powered, these avoid some of the problems of an open flame like fire hazards, wind, and rain. However, they don’t have the option of adding a bug repellant.…

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Different types of boiler

Did you know that there are different types of boiler? Before choosing a boiler for your home, it’s ideal to learn about the boilers that are available in the market. Each boiler is different to how they work, and they also have their advantages and disadvantages. Below we’ve listed the main types of boiler and which homes they will be most suitable in.

Combination boilers

A combination boiler is known as a ‘combi boilers’ that provides a direct hot water through the tap from the mains instead of collecting the heat from a water storage cylinder. The boiler can also supply a powerful shower without installing another pump. However, the only downside of using the power shower is that the water can only go through one tap therefore if two taps are running at the same time, both of tap will have a slower speed of water flow.

What are the other advantages of having a combination boiler? The combi boilers come in a small unit. Therefore, it doesn’t need a lot of space or Pipeworks in your home. Less pipework means the installation will be easier and faster to install too. What are the disadvantages? All the heating and the hot water comes from one unit only which means if the unit stops working, you won’t have any hot water and heating.

Which home is best suitable for the combi boiler? They are best suited for smaller properties due to being a compact unit which doesn’t require a lot of space.

Regular boilers

The regular boilers require a separate hot water cylinder and two separate tanks for the storage of cold water and the other for maintaining the water level of the main heating system. They are mainly installed and most suited for homes who already have an old traditional radiator system.

The regular boilers are ideal for homes who uses a lot of hot water. They are also great if you have two or more bathrooms in your property.

System boilers

System boilers are the easiest to install compared to other boilers. Even though the boiler requires a cylinder for hot water storage, the other components including the expansion vessel, safety valve, vent and the pump are already built in the boiler. Therefore the boiler itself is way easier and faster to install compare to the other boilers. Another advantage of having a built-in boiler is that it removes the risk of damages and water leaks from the pipelines.

This type of boiler works well with eco heating systems which make it environmentally friendly as well as cheaper to run. The system boilers fit any homes with more than one bathroom.

Condensing boilers

The condensing boilers work by using a heated gas. The heated gas is passed through the boiler’s heat exchanger which then passes the energy to any heating system including your radiators. After the energy has passed, it releases the gas into the air through the boiler’s flue. The process of releasing the combusted gas

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10 Cool Things You Must Have In Your House

If you could have literally anything in the world in your house, where would you start? The answer – any of the ten ultra-cool things listed right here! Some weird, some wonderful but all about as cool as it gets!

1. An Aquarium Bed. That’s right – why settle for a normal headboard when you can have an aquarium installed instead?

2. Forest Chandelier. In terms of lighting, how about a chandelier that casts shadows all over your walls that make it look like you’re deep in a magical forest? Seriously…too cool!

3. Swing Set table. Make any normal table infinitely cooler in an instant, simply by adding a frame and suspending a bunch of swinging chairs.

4. Beachfront Office. Ever fancied an office or workspace right there on the beach? It’s easy really, just pick up a high-quality sandpit and reposition your desk and chair accordingly.

5. Combination Dining/Pool Table. Make the most of your living space and keep the whole family happy with a dining room table that also doubles as a full-size pool table.…

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