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5 Interior Design Ideas for This Winter

Ready to retreat indoors this winter into full hibernation mode? It always helps to have a cosy atmosphere at home to keep you going on those winter nights in. This can be achieved through some simple interior design tips, which will also come in handy when you have family over during the holiday period.

If you’re thinking of sprucing up your home decor this winter, we have 5  great interior design ideas for you below.  If you decide to get anything installed, don’t forget to invest in the necessary high-quality materials for all your fixings such as balustrade components.

Warm up a room by layering soft and comfy textiles on your furniture.

Adding in throws and quilts to create a layering effect on your sofas, chairs, and beds can really create an atmosphere of warmth and cosiness in a room. Opt for soft and knitted fabrics for the cold winter months. You and your family can wrap yourself up in the snug blankets to beat the chill, and they’ll also make your room look comfortable and inviting!

This is ideal for living rooms and bedrooms where you will be spending most of your time indoor to escape the cold. In the bedroom, add an array of layers over your bed such as quilts and throws. In the living room, add in extra pillows and cushions to help create a supremely inviting and cosy look for the room.

Cover the floor with sumptuous rugs.

Nobody wants to walk around on a cold bare floor when it’s already chilly outside. This tip will not only ensure that your feet don’t get cold and help with insulation, it will also amp up the colour and style factor of a room.

Even if your floor is fully carpeted, adding a more plush rug on top during the wintertime helps to give a room a more warm and cosy feel.

Incorporate some wooden elements to create a cabin-like feel in your home.

Everybody dreams of retreating into a beautiful wood cabin in the mountains during the chilly winter days. Create that atmosphere in your own home by adding wooden accessories, This could be anything from rustic pieces of wooden furniture, or even some chopped fire logs displayed stylishly. Wooden design elements are really effective in evoking a feeling of warmth indoors.

If you have a fireplace, get a fire going and spruce up the area around it to make it a focal point in the room.

Possibly the best winter interior design element is a beautifully designed and decorated fireplace with a roaring fire. This really gives you the feeling of being tucked away in a cosy cottage, and it’s a pleasure to come home to. The glow that the fire emits also naturally adds beauty and warmth to any room.

Adorn your fireplace with festive decor during the holiday period. Or display your favourite ornaments and family photos on the mantel. A fireplace is a great investment for winter and when decorated correctly, it really can become the focal design point of any room.

Light a few pretty candles for an instant ambience uplift.

This is a very simple and cost-effective interior decor tip for you this winter. Invest in an array of cute candles and stylish candelabras or lanterns that you can use to create an attractive display. This can be done on your dining room table, coffee table, or even in and around a fireplace.

The flicker of the candlelight adds a cosy intimacy to any room and will definitely help get you through the dreary winter nights. Many candles available these days also help your room smell delicious! Just make sure you stay safe by keeping your candles away from any potentially flammable materials.

So what are you waiting for? Implement the changes now while daylight is on your side, and hunker down for those cold nights that are drawing in. As the leaves fall and start to change colour, this should be your indication that the freezing cold mornings and low in the sky sun are just on the horizon. Winter is drawing in but when it’s cold outside, follow some of our helpful hints and you and your loved ones will be warm and cosy in your beautifully designed home.

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Can’t find your perfect home? Why not build it yourself!

One of the hardest parts about house hunting is having an idea in your mind of what you want out of your perfect home. It might be the amount of space, the style of architecture or simply the way it feels when you step inside, but finding the ideal home can be incredibly difficult for a lot of people. It can often feel as though, in order to actually find a home while house hunting, you have to be willing to compromise one or more of your criteria. However, there is something that you can do in order to avoid having to compromise anything that you want and finally find your perfect home…. build it yourself. Of course, as tempting as this can be, there is a lot of work involved in it. If you’re considering building your own home, here are a few things that you need to keep in mind.

Professional help

The first thing that you need to be aware of is that, unless you already have some kind of expertise, you’re not even going to be able to start planning your home without the help of an interior designer and architect. They’re the ones who can take the ambitions you have for your home and A) let you know how realistic they actually are, and B) turn them into something that’s actually achievable. Not only that but you’re going to need the help of a construction crew. Some designers and architects have their own crews but if not then you need to make sure that you find a team that is both reliable and trustworthy so that you don’t end up getting scammed.

Budgeting

One of the best things about building your own home is that you often have more control over your budget since you can adjust the plans based on what you can afford. However, it’s also very easy for your expenses to spiral out of control if you’re not incredibly careful about your budget, both when creating it and making sure that you stick to it. Don’t let your ambition get ahead of you and leave you in a dangerous financial situation.

Time management

The other drawback of building your own home is the sheer amount of time it takes. Buying a house can be a long and convoluted process, but it’s nowhere near as significant as the amount of time that building a home can take. Similarly, you often have to use the money from selling your old home to afford the costs of building your home to you need to be sure that you’re able to find somewhere to live while your new home is being built. Make sure that you include how long the build should take in your plan before you get started, so you know exactly what to expect.

Sure, there are a lot of challenges involved in building your own home, but if you’re willing to work through them, then you could end up with a home that’s all your own and that you’d be happy to spend the rest of your life in.

Up dating your living room walls

As our living rooms or lounges, as they are often known are where we tend to spend a lot of time, it’s definitely worth investing a bit of money and effort into making them the best space possible.  One of the easiest ways to do this is to update your living room area with a few clever touches to the walls. Touches like colour blocking, patterned wall paper, decorative features and picture shelves. To get the details on how to do this, keep reading.

Colour blocking

One way to update your living room wall is to use coloured paint. It’s simple to apply and relatively cheap regarding wall treatments. As well as being available pretty much all over the place.

The real key paint look this year is colour blocking, see the great example at House and Garden. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to DIY. First, pick two colours, or three if you are feeling brave, that you like and that compliment each other well. See the colour wheel at Sophie Robinson for some advice if you not sure.

Then you need to decide how much of the room will be painted in each shade. Bear in mind that colour blocking is usually done on the horizontal line, so if the room is already broken up with a picture rail.

Then prepare the walls as you normally would for painting by removing any paper and debris. After that, the next step is to mask off the bottom section of the wall, so it’s protected from any drips from when you paint the top. Then you paint the top section, once it’s dry, you can go in with the other colour along the bottom. Giving you a bold, dramatic look for a minimal effort.

Wall paper and patterns

Painted walls, however, are not to everyone’s taste. Something that is proved by the continued popularity of products such as the wallpapers available at Fabrics and Papers.

Of course, to get a truly updated look, you need to choose a paper pattern that is bang on trend.  Black or white, foiled marbled papers in gold and rose gold are a good choice for this, as are feature walls in geometric prints in either rainbow colours or monotone. This is because a room fully decked out in this type of pattern can be a bit overwhelming.

Although, if you are concerned that the trends change faster than you can keep up with them, it may be worth considering the innovation of removable wall paper. Something that you can apply without all the hassle of paste. Then just take off and replace with something else when you get bored or want to change the look.

Decorative features

Also remember that when you are updating your living room, it’s not all about the actual walls themselves, but what you hang on them such as art and decorative features.

While we will deal with traditional framed art below, it’s also worth mentioning that you can get some stunning effects with sculptural wall mounted pieces. In fact, you can even get radiators that are shaped in sculptural forms like the honeycomb version available from http://www.onlyradiators.co.uk/blog online. So not only are you getting something beautiful to look at, but it’s also serving a practical purpose in your home as well.

Framed Art

With regards to the more traditional framed art that you can hang on your wall, it’s the actual decision-making process, where people often experience problems. After all, you have to pick something that you love, and that will look great displayed on the wall, as well as an image and frame that is within your budget.

Although, there is another way to address this issue, and that is using a picture shelf. Something that is very popular at the moment. A picture shelf is usually a free floating shelf with a dip running along it. So you can stand frames images up to display them.

This idea work especially well if you use A3, A4, and postcard sized frames that fit in with you general decor. Then you can easily, and cheaply download and print new images from sites like etsy depending on what’s in fashion, what you like, and the type of ambiance you are trying to create. Something that is way easier than replacing and re-hanging all the artwork that is on the wall, every time you fancy a change.

In these ways, you can live it up at home, by updating your living room walls. Creating a modern and pleasant space, in which to spend your time.

How will you update your living room walls?