How To Utilize Unused Loft Space 0
If you’re lucky enough to possess a large attic space in your home, you may have thought about converting it into a more usable space. Over the last few years, many of us have preferred to stay put instead of moving due to the challenging economy, but as families grow we find we need more space. There are numerous large home improvement projects we can try to increase the size of our houses, but converting the loft tends to be the more popular choice. And often the simplest.
One of the most common ways to use the additional space is to create an extra bedroom. As the family grows, not having adequate bedroom space for kids places the highest demand on our homes, so converting this available space is the ideal solution. You will have to consider if you have adequate headroom when you renovate, and once you add in supports and flooring that space diminishes further. A bedroom needs proper storage of course, and sloping ceilings don’t tend to lend themselves to wardrobes so you may need to have the purpose built cupboards installed.
If you’re overrun by children’s toys and equipment in the rest of your home, or if your children are growing up and need somewhere to hang out with friends, then converting the area into a den or playroom is the perfect way to keep the disorder and noise tidily tucked away. If the kids’ bedrooms aren’t that spacious, and they want room for sleepovers, adding sofa beds and bean bags is an excellent solution, and your children will love their private resort.
More of us are working from home nowadays, I included! And if, like me, you don’t have a dedicated office but do have an untouched attic, think if it would make a good workspace for you. Perhaps you’ve longed to start your own business and needed space to work. The loft could be the solution
Spare Room and En-Suite
If your living space is full, but you still need space for guests and overnight visitors, again, converting the attic into an extra room or possibly a further bathroom could be the answer. You’ll need to consult the experts if you’re going to fit a bathroom. Putting in stairs will impact the space on the floor underneath, and while there are many ways to do it, you’ll need to find one that is practical and works for you and your family.
- Lindsey Brown Burden
How To Work From Home Effectively 0
Working from home is something countless people fancy, and I know from my own experience how great it is, but also what some of the downsides are. I know how tough it can be when there’s no room for an actual office, and your workspace is right in the middle of the living area. I know how difficult it can be to divide work from the free time. And I also know a couple of things about how to make it all work. So, if you’re working from your home, struggling with working from home or imagining working from home, then carry on reading.
No matter how small your home is, you will need to assign a space to your job. Working from your sofa is just not an option for the long run. Even the smallest tables will help when planning your work and day. The same goes for your attire. Of course, I'm not saying you should wear a suit; that would defeat the point of working from home. However, it's essential that you are equipped for the working day. For me, that means taking a shower/bath, have coffee and breakfast, putting clothes on and even makeup. You’d be shocked how much difference it makes to your mindset.
Treat your workday the same as you would if you were still working in the office. I know, this might seem firm, after all, it may be this rigorous approach which led you to want to leave your actual office environment in the first place. However, once you've gotten used to it, you will be able to build a looser structure without neglecting your work responsibilities. This will take some time and take getting used to. So, set your lunch hour, try not to get distracted by household tasks.
Keep an organised desk. I know, this might seem an obvious statement, but when you do work from home, you’ll be shocked how quickly you can find yourself sinking in paperwork. Make sure you have a filing rule somewhere in your house. It doesn’t need to be right on your desk, but you will need to sort away paperwork at least once a week to keep your head and home free.
Remember, your workspace can be created anywhere in your home, the bedroom, which might be the calmest room in your home, the living room or even in a large hallway. The critical thing is that that small space is completely dedicated to your tasks. If you’re lucky enough to have something an attic or an unused room, then you’ve hit the jackpot!
Keep your work hours and free time divided. Signal the end of your working day by shutting down your computer, going for a walk, meeting friends, cooking, etc. Change your clothes. Do what you would do if you just got home from the office. Enjoy your free time and relax.
Hopefully, these tips will be useful to you, and you will be able to enjoy working from home.
- Lindsey Brown Burden
Creating A Focal Point In Your Home 0
Creating or making the best use of a focal point is crucial when you’re designing your room scheme. A central point is one particular feature of conception; that draws the eye towards it. It stands out and says, ‘look at me’ and you can’t help but look. Often it’s an existing point within the room, such as a fireplace or bay window, but often we need to create our focal points from key furniture pieces, soft furnishings or accessories. Once you've got the hang of it, it’s simple, and you’ll find yourself instinctively doing it as part of your interior design.
The Importance of Having a Focal Point:
Developing a point within a room, that attracts attention, is a good way of bringing the ‘wow’ factor into your scheme. A space that lacks a focal point can be forgettable, common and lack a cohesive theme. A focal point doesn’t require to be expensive or huge in its essence either; the smallest trinket can be just as appealing and memorable. The focal point of the room will often help hold the scheme together. It can explain the story of that scheme instantly, giving it structure and meaning, and helping us identify what the scheme says. Designing a point like this is well worth investing in, and will give your room extra appeal.
How to Create a Focal Point:
So how exactly do you start creating a focal point? Well, it’s not that complex. Quite often there might be a feature in the room that is, of course, going to be the focal point of the plan. It might be a fireplace, or your dining room table or maybe even the headboard in your bedroom. If nothing jumps out at you as being the central point, don’t despair, it’s simple to create one too.
If you’re looking for inspiration on what to do, or how to plan your focal point, hopefully, the following examples below will give you some ideas.
- Lindsey Brown Burden
Adding A Touch Of Luxury To Your Home 0
While most of us would love to live in an expensive fancy home, there are very few of us that have the funds to do so. Well, there are plenty of little tips you can apply to make your house look more expensive – without emptying your pockets!
Swap out light fixtures
Replace that dull light fitting with something a bit more dramatic and immediately raise the characterization of the entire room. Consider auctions, eBay and thrift shops for a vintage fitting (make sure to have an electrician check the wiring) to save some money.
Neutrals For Your Large Pieces
Ever notice that houses decorated by designers use lots and lots of neutrals? While you can add colour with your accessories, keep the larger pieces like sofas in a neutral colours maximise it’s longevity, allowing it to fit comfortably into your design, no matter what your style is.
Line Your Curtains
While breezy, light curtains are excellent for summer, once the cooler weather sets in, having your curtains lined adds substance and luxury to inexpensive curtains. If you are handy with a sewing, you could easily do this yourself but if not, a friend may be able to help you out. There are also lots of ready made lined curtains on the market that can do the job just as perfectly!
High And Wide Curtains
Keeping on the subject of curtains, hanging them right up to the ceiling and slightly wider than the edges of the windows gives the illusion of larger windows, a higher ceiling and a loftier and a general feel of grandness. It’s a smart trick that’s easily done – just make sure your curtains reach all the way to the floor. Never buy curtains that don’t touch the floor – it will immediately cheapen your decor and destroy the illusion of height.
Changing out old, worn tile from your bathroom and kitchen doesn't need to be expensive. By using affordable metro tiles, you can instantly refresh the entire look and feel of a room.
Add Moulding to Walls
This works especially well in older properties, but you can also add height and interest to your walls even in newer properties by using wood trim to create a rich look.
Add Coving or Cornice to Your Ceilings
Adding those all important architectural features make a room stand out. Adding coving to the gap between walls and ceiling instantly trims out space and elevates the look of the room. Whether you choose the more expensive decorative cornice in plaster or simple and inexpensive polystyrene coving, there’s no doubting the feeling of luxury can be accomplished on any budget.
Display Fresh Flowers
There's no need to spend huge amounts of cash to add luxury to your home. A simple, inexpensive bouquet from the supermarket can be all you need to add sophistication. just split up the bouquet by stem type and create various small arrangements to dot around your home.
- Lindsey Brown Burden
Making Your Home Look Finished 0
So if you’ve had the plasterer or tiler in and possibly the electrician too. You may have put down new flooring or hung fresh wallpaper. You’ve painted the walls, replaced the questionable radiator and the room finally look fabulous again, now that you’ve saved it from its shame before. You may have bought some new furniture or given fresh life to your older pieces. It feels good, right? It sure does.
The odd thing is, so many people just stop there. The walls and floors are done, the new furniture is in the room, but somehow, it lacks a bit of life. Even after all that work, you may want to hold off sharing your room on social media just yet. If you want a place to feel polished and look entirely complete, there are six essential finishing touches you might fancy adding to space to give it that truly completed feel.
You might think the only job an area rug has is preserving the floors from a busy area. But they also give an excuse for you to pull the colours and textures of a space together. They also help to segment spaces in an open plan area and grounds the pieces in a smaller room, making it all look more drawn together.
Lots of bare walls can make a room feel a little unappreciated. Whether you prefer to fill a large wall with a big piece or just have a few single statement pieces, don’t overlook the character that art can bring to your space. Always choose what you love first and pay attention to the colours and how they work in a spaced second. There are loads affordable options out there that there’s no need to postpone this important finishing touch.
Even the most simple cotton curtains will elevate a room and make it look more perfected. They will, of course, grant some privacy but even thinner unlined curtains will filter the light in space very nicely in summer and winter, heavier lined curtains can be a very energy-efficient way to keep a room warm. Always hang your curtains high and wide so that when the curtains are drawn back, the entire window is visible, providing as much light to flow into a room as possible. Make sure they drape all the way to the floor. Ending your curtains at a window sill will make your room look smaller while curtains that reach the floor will give the illusion of height and elevation.
If you have lots of surfaces in your home (think shelves, sideboards, accent tables, a fireplace mantle) that are left empty, your room will feel bare. While I don't recommend stuffing every available space with ‘stuff’ for the sake of it, having a few small groups of items in a display will help space feel like someone lives there. I’m not talking about tossing your clothing around a room or leaving mugs around but deliberate displays – a stack of books, a few table lamps, perhaps a candle. Creating these little display areas are a pleasant way of getting the finished look in a room.
While area rugs and curtains will make a room seem more elegant, you will want to add your personality to the room as well. Otherwise, it will look like a hotel room, lacking any real soul. You want a place to tell the story of you and to make it feel like home. An excellent way to do this is by showcasing your personality – whether that’s through personal photos, items picked up on your trips, treasures that have been passed down to you from family or friends.
With everything else in place, the last finishing touches any room benefits from is a house plant. They bring a natural touch to your space, bring the outdoors in and give a space some fresh air. Consider suspending plants from the ceiling, dotting smaller plants on shelves or surfaces. If you feel you have bad luck with plants, begin with smaller hardy varieties like snake plants or spider plants.
- Lindsey Brown Burden
Great Ways To Make A Bathroom Feel Bigger! 0
If like me, you have a tiny bathroom in your home. And you’ll be continually looking for ways to help produce the illusion that it’s larger. You’ll be wanting to maximise storage, add detail and exciting features and make it light and warming, all while trying to keep its function and practicality. It’s not always a simple task but I’ve had lots of practice with this over the past years so thought I’d share some of my tried and tested methods to help you!
Colour can make a tremendous difference, and not just the colour but the kind of paint as well. For smaller rooms, where light is sometimes a problem maybe invest in some light reflecting paint. That sort of paint uses a light-reflective technology to reflect light back into the room. Light reflective particles can reflect up to twice as much light, making space seem brighter and more spacious.
This has to be the best trick you can use. Along with the special paint above, bound light around the space with the use of mirrors. Position the biggest one you can see over your sink or vanity unit to give an illusion of extra space and reflect as much of the light as possible. Even if the room is quite dark, this trick can make a huge difference.
If the bathroom is rather small, you might think you need to buy smaller tiles, but you would be mistaken! The smaller the space, the larger your tiles you will want. Instead of breaking up space with the smaller detail you enable the room to feel larger with the adding of larger pieces. Use tiles ideally in one colour or style across the whole room. Give the space a more continuous flow and you’ll soon see how you’ve made you room feel bigger.
This is a difficult one and something that is entirely personal. Many people would tell you to avoid darker colours and in theory, this is pretty accurate. Lighter colours, pastels to tie into this year’s trends, will free up the room, but if you feel you need some impact with colour don’t be scared to add some drama with an accent. Perhaps some dark green or blue, as long as you use some of the other tricks I’ve mentioned above it won’t feel too claustrophobic with your decision.
Everything needs a home in a small bathroom, and the way to achieve this is by smart storage. Even if you can only fit a small cabinet, or maybe some shelves. It will all be welcome and extremely useful, and help to keep your small room feeling neat and tidy.
This is vital. Every few weeks go through your bathroom belongings and throw out anything old and unused. Reorganise, using your storage more efficiently to guarantee your small room doesn’t become overcrowded. The more streamlined, the more you’ll be able to maintain that feeling of calm.
With small rooms, particularly bathrooms, you need to get creative and use your imagination. Use pieces that you wouldn’t usually use for space or function, add colour/storage in ways you might not usually, and create a space that works for you and your family, no matter how big or small the space is.
- Lindsey Brown Burden