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Interior design trends that will be big this Spring

Advances in technology, innovation and interior designs toady mean that trends are rarely permanent. Something that was all the rage a couple of years ago it not likely to be on trend today, so when creating a space it is important that it is both comfortable and functional with a touch of originality.

Five great furniture arranging suggestions for a successful room interior

Every room in a home is different and it would be unhelpful to just have a single idea that could work for all, but these five suggestions and furniture arranging rules can work in many spaces.

Firstly we suggest that you keep heavy objects away from the point of entry, particularly in smaller rooms. This is easily achieved by putting those very bulky and heavy objects away from the doorway, as far away as it is practicable. The object of this is to ensure that the visible bulk is a far away as possible from your eyes, making the rest of the room more visible.

How to hang cellular shades - inside mount

Cellular shades can add warmth, style and privacy to any bathroom.  The top-down-bottom-up option is a fantastic way to let light into a bathroom, no matter how small it may be, but still maintain privacy when needed.  Shades can be ordered in almost any colour in order to complement the existing fixtures you have, or you can find fresh new fixtures at UK Bathrooms.

Vertical blinds add sophistication

Vertical blinds add sophistication

Versatile, practical and chic, vertical blinds are an excellent choice for every room in your home. Extremely useful, vertical window blinds come in a wide variety of colours, materials and patterns. Matching any décor is a breeze. Features include swivelling panels to allow in as much or as little ambient light as you like. Draws can be placed on either side, or the blinds can be fashioned so that they open down the middle, making them extremely practical. With customisable sizes available to fit any window opening, there are vertical blinds for every room in your home.  Vertical blinds are especially useful in family rooms. With a classic, timeless look, they match any décor, from casual to elegant. The clean lines and minimalistic appearance make them an excellent match for a contemporary room, and their practicality makes them perfect for enhancing a casual look. Rich textures and colours also make vertical blinds a good choice for a sophisticated room.The family room can be enhanced with the addition of vertical blinds. The ability to make small changes in the amount of ambient light let into the room makes them a practical choice. The use of blackout liners adds insulation, keeping the room warmer in winter and cooler in summer, as well as enhancing light control and privacy. Blackout liners work well with vertical blinds in the media room, helping to further reduce glare. Vertical blinds in the media room help create an optimal viewing experience. With blackout liners, the room can be completely darkened. Vertical blinds are the perfect solution for the conservatory or for other large window spaces or sliding glass doors. Customisable sizes make them a practical choice, and the vertical design makes them ideal for sliding doors. Vertical blinds are an excellent choice for every room in your home.

A guide to creating shabby chic furniture

A guide to creating shabby chic furniture

Shabby chic furniture and accessories are very in at the moment. It’s a great way to get some use out of old or antique furniture that’s looking a little tired or out of date, and it ensures that your piece is unique to you too. It’s also very easy to do, only needing a bit of paint and a few other things to get that antiquated yet modern look.First things first, choose your piece of furniture and prepare the surfaces to be painted. You need to ensure that you’ve removed any handles and hinges from the piece first. Then use sandpaper or paint stripper to remove any existing paint or varnish from the surface of the piece. The sandpaper will also help to roughen the surface so that the paint will stick better. Use a cloth wet with warm water to pick up any dust and allow to dry. You’re now ready to move on to the next stage.Now ensure that anything you don’t want painted on it is protected; use masking tape to cover these areas. Some people use a primer, some don’t. It depends on the condition of the wood and what colour you will be putting on top as the primer can slightly lighten it. Use a nice thin layer if you do use primer, and apply it evenly.Once the primer has dried, you can start painting. You’ll probably want to apply two or three layers of paint to get an even colouring, and make sure to allow each layer plenty of time to dry before starting on the next.Now it’s time to get a bit messy with it. Using rough sandpaper to begin with, distress your furniture piece in the places where it would be most worn. Don’t go over the top as it’s easier to do more later than reapply paint to do it all over again. Use a fine sandpaper to go over the sanded areas again so that they will blend into the paint more naturally.To finish it off, you can use beeswax or varnish to seal the paint in place, or you can just leave it as it is. Don’t forget to reattach all hinges and handles you removed earlier, and you’re done.

Protect you wooden surfaces with Danish Oil

Danish Oil is a special blend of oil and resins which provides a hard-wearing finish for any wooden surface. Unlike varnishes, which tend to chip, discolour or crack over time, Danish Oil soaks into the wood then hardens; this gives a satin finish that is water resistant and leaves the original grain of the wood visible.Danish Oil is available in exterior or interior ranges and can be used on most types of wood. Interior Danish Oil is great for kitchen worktops, banisters and just about any natural wooden fixture in the house and the exterior type is perfect for your garden furniture to help weather proof them and protect them from the sun.Applying Danish OilDanish Oil is applied in the same way and a varnish, either with a paint brush or a cloth; make sure the surface to be finished if free from any old finishes and dust before beginning.Apply the Danish Oil to the wooden surface, wait a few minutes then wipe off the excess with a cloth. Repeat this until you are happy with the result (usually around 3 coats is enough) and leave to dry thoroughly for approximately 6-24 hours.

Best bathroom blinds

Homeowners choosing bathroom blinds will need to consider two major points: practicality and privacy. Privacy is ensured with window blinds, and the addition of blackout liners provides total privacy. Moisture resistance and ease of care are two important practical qualities to look for in bathroom blinds. Several excellent choices are available, offering homeowners versatile, elegant solutions to their window-covering needs. Heavy fabric curtains offer privacy, but in the humid atmosphere of a bathroom can collect dust and encourage the growth of mould. Window blinds are a better choice, coming in a variety of materials, colours and patterns to suit every taste. Bamboo is gaining in popularity as a material for bathroom blinds. It is moisture-resistant, easy to maintain and adds a touch of casual elegance to the room. Cleaning bamboo blinds is as easy as wiping them with a soft, damp cloth every so often to remove any accumulated dust. Likewise, PVC and aluminium make excellent choices for bathroom blinds, coming in a variety of colours and patterns.Roller blinds are an affordable choice for a bathroom, offering optimum privacy and low-maintenance care. Blackout liners can be added to nearly any style blind to offer the most privacy and light control. Additionally, adding liners to blinds helps increase their insulating properties, keeping rooms comfortably cool in summer and warmer in winter. Vertical blinds are a good choice for bathrooms with unusually tall windows. Customised bathroom blinds make it possible to fit blinds to any size or shape of window opening. Read the measurement instructions, or have a professional do the measuring for you, to ensure the best fit with customised blinds. Classic Venetian blinds are another good choice for bathroom blinds. They can be made of PVC, metal or bamboo, offering a wide variety of styles and colours to match any décor. No matter your family’s preference, budget or colour choice, there are bathroom blinds perfect for your home.

How to make a simple storage footstool

A footstool does not have to be just that, it can also be used as a storage container.  However, it can be hard to find the style, size and shape you want.  If you are faced with any of these issues, why not consider making your own.To make a footstool you will need plywood cut to the dimensions required for the shape you are building.  Most DIY stores have a service where they can cut the wood for you.  If you explain the project, they can advise on the best material to use and help with any other queries you may have. Other items needed include sand paper, adhesive, wood screws, nails, a hammer, a drill, hinges, foam, material to cover and a stapler. To make a rectangular shape, arrange the pieces of wood into a rectangular box.  Nail the pieces into place so that the box is firm and stable.  Now fix the base onto the rectangle by screwing it in at each corner.  Add screws to the sides at the upper and lower points to ensure that the box is secure. Decide where the hinges will be placed and rout out notches at these points so the hinges lay flush with the wood and not above it.  Connect the hinges to the lid and attach it to the box.  Staple the foam to the outside and pull a section of it under the box to give a softer finish.  Cover the foam with material by stapling this into place under the lid.  You can now add casters if desired.

Choosing window coverings for the conservatory

Most people add on a conservatory in the hope of gaining extra living space.  However, with the bright, open space comes heat in summer and cold in winter.  The lovely grand windows that bring in the light also allow too much energy and heat to escape.  The extra space can provide a great place for entertaining, if the temperature and light conditions can be controlled.  Blinds are the solution most homeowners need to make their conservatory into a comfortable living space that can be used year-round.  Tall windows can be difficult to fit.  Custom conservatory blinds are an excellent solution for keeping your living space comfortable.  Vertical blinds fit tall spaces well, and are adjustable, allowing you to let in as much or as little light as you like.  The types of blinds are nearly endless.  Fabric, bamboo, aluminium and PVC are all excellent choices, depending on your home’s décor, coming in a wide range of colours and styles. Roman blinds add a casual elegance that goes well with a less-formal family style home.  Their simple, fold-up design creates a subtle sense of luxurious style.  Choosing natural, easy to care for materials like bamboo makes looking after for the blinds easy.  Bamboo blinds can be cleaned with a damp cloth and allowed to air-dry.  PVC and aluminium blinds can be treated the same way. For families who prefer a bit more privacy, blackout blinds are a good choice.  Blackout blinds have a heavy lining to block light, heat and cold, creating a completely controllable, comfortable environment that makes your conservatory an enjoyable living space for your family.  The graceful, clean lines of blackout roller blinds make them the perfect unobtrusive accessory for your conservatory.  Choose from the wide variety of materials available to match your home’s décor and your family’s lifestyle.

Blinds since Georgian times

During the Georgian period, most window coverings were interior or exterior shutters.  Constructed in wood, they were typically fastened with a wooden bar placed across the two closed shutters, held in place by wooden hooks.  In mid the 19th century, the Venetian blind came into common use in office building.  They were made from lightweight, wooden horizontal slats, joined together by a ladder of flat strips of cloth.  Englishman Gowin Knight took out a patent on the design in 1760, and a year later, a church in Philadelphia had slatted blinds on its windows.  Reputed to have originated in Persia, Venetian blinds are also known as Persian blinds, and in France, where they were used much earlier than in England and America, they were known as “Persiennes” due to their reputed Persian origins.  Before this, most Victorian blinds were roller blinds, home made from cloth.More modern times From the late 19th century until the mid 20th century, offices used Venetian blinds to control light and air flow in the workplace.  New York’s Radio City Building used Venetian blinds in the 1930s, and a massive order for Venetian blinds was placed for all of the windows in the Empire State Building.  In the 1940s, a method of producing narrow aluminium slats for Venetian blinds was developed in America, and they were made available for the mass market.  An economical way of covering windows was continued with the inception of mini-blinds, in various versions, materials and sizes.  Very popular in the 1970s and 1980s, mini blinds are Venetian blinds that use a narrower slat, constructed in lightweight aluminium.  Since then, blinds have developed with many styles and in very many fabrics.

Which Curtains and Blinds Offer the Best Insulation?

Windows can be a source of heat loss in the winter. Choosing the right curtains and blinds can help to insulate the home, reducing heat loss and energy bills. Although all curtains and blinds provide a degree of insulation, some are more effective than others.Heavy curtains and those with thermal linings work best at preventing heat loss. Some curtains feature a third layer of interlining which provides a higher level of insulation. Curtains can also be combined with a simple window blind such as a roller blind. Roller blinds are very discreet and can be hidden within a window recess, providing further insulation when rolled down behind drawn curtains.Many blinds, particularly Roman blinds and roller blinds, are available with a thermal lining and are often cheaper to buy than curtains. Thermally-lined blinds are effective at preventing heat loss and, like curtains, are available in a range of styles and colours, allowing you to save money on energy bills with decorative flair.

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