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Bring out the personality in your home! Homefocus magazine takes a look at different ways to give your home that special feeling. Read on for more ways to decorate your home and create a space you can be proud of...

Five ways to incorporate this year’s key trends into your bathroom

Key trends for your bathroom

According to recent research, a spa like bathroom remains one of the key trends on young homeowners’ wish lists – it’s right up there with aspirational developments such as underfloor heating and loft conversions.

To help you create your own dream space, Charlie Williams, interior designer at Heritage Bathrooms, has looked at how you can incorporate five of this year’s key trends into your bathroom.

Mixed metallics

Velvet: Four top tips for introducing one of 2019’s biggest trends into your home

Velvet sofa

From accessories to big statement pieces, the key velvet additions for 2019. With a distinctive mix of glamour and charm, velvet is an interiors favourite right now, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

While the versatile texture and look is sure to bring a rich finish to any setting, how exactly do you incorporate such a bold trend into the home?

Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice discusses this elegant and unique fabric, from introducing small accessories to big statement pieces.


Accessorising with velvet

Bewley Velvet Button Back Dining Chair – from £59.99 – www.furniturechoice.co.uk

Why January is the perfect time to revamp your home

Decorate and revamp your home

Starting 2019 productively will help to set the tone for the rest of the year and, with that in mind, online blind and curtains retailer 247 Blinds has looked at why now is the perfect time to begin to revamp your home. With the excitement of Christmas over, January is a month that often gets a bad reputation. Many of us are tightening our purse strings, getting back into the routine of work and spending weekends on the sofa rather than at the pub. However, January doesn’t have to be a mundane month and there’s one thing we can all embrace about the beginning of a New Year; it’s a great opportunity to make a fresh start, especially in your home. 

A new project is a great way to keep busy

The biggest garden trends for 2019 from The Greenhouse People

The Greenhouse People - wall planters

Now is the perfect time to take a look at the trends set to liven up our gardens next year. The gardening enthusiasts at The Greenhouse People have put together a list of the key trends you need to know about, whether you’re planning a complete garden re-design or simply want to freshen things up…

A grown-up playground

At first this concept might seem a little outlandish but, for those in the know, adult treehouses and summerhouses are all the rage. Tech titans like Microsoft have long hailed the virtues of outdoor meeting spaces and 2019 is the perfect time for the rest of us to get onboard.

Scandi Season: 6 small steps to give your home that cosy touch

Scandi Season living room interior

With winter fast approaching, our minds can’t help wandering off to thoughts of cosy nights in at home, snuggling up around a roaring fire.  To help your home weather the chill this winter, we at The Lighting Superstore are taking some inspiration from the latest Scandi design trends to give your home that cosy touch! 

Keep it neutral

Scandinavian fashion is all about keeping things simple. To bring this minimalistic approach into your home, start with your colour palette – try out earthy colours such as whites, greys and other subdued tones – this could help you get the Scandi style without having to invest too much time or budget.

Snow Tips & Sparkle: How To Dress Your Home For Christmas

Christmas themed showhome

Lancashire housebuilder David Wilson Homes is spreading some Christmas cheer with its favourite decoration tips and tricks for the holiday season.

Christmas is an important time of year for homeowners and property seekers alike, with everyone wanting the perfect location to host a holiday to remember.

A white Christmas is never guaranteed, but that doesn’t mean homeowners can’t bring the festive spirit indoors by adding some sparkle to their décor.

How to create the perfect kitchen in your forever home

Create the perfect kitchen

Far from being the hidden-away workspaces that they once were, modern kitchens are, in many ways, the hub of the home. These days, we spend a lot of time in our kitchens, and only a small fraction of that is actually used for cooking, so you'll want yours to look perfect. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to designing your kitchen, but we're going to walk you through the steps you should consider if you want to create a space that resonates with you.

It all starts with a plan

3 on-trend bathroom styles for 2019

Industrial Bathroom

Will 2019 be the year you finally get round to renovating your bathroom? Perhaps you have a cloakroom that needs a little TLC or an ensuite that is looking hopelessly out of date?

When you start out on your bathroom planning journey, it can often be difficult to see the wood for the trees. There are so many ways in which you can gain inspiration, from online sources such as Pinterest, to home interest magazines. It can often be hard to figure out just what kind of look you want to achieve.

The good news is, help is at hand. In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at three contemporary but very different bathroom styles, to help you easily achieve that on-trend bathroom you’ve been dreaming of.

New Year, new kitchen

New year new kitchen

There’s no time like the new year for making changes in your home and as the hub of the action the kitchen is a great place to start. So what are the key trends you should be looking out for, ahead of a re-design?

There is no place quite like the kitchen for gathering friends and family; it’s a hub of family life and often used just as much for socialising as it is for preparing food and enjoying meals. This is also the space that will give you the biggest return on investment if you’re looking to sell up and attract buyers, so a look at the latest trends and innovations will no doubt pay off in the long-run.

Top Tips for Creating an Elegant Christmas Bedroom

Elegant festive bedroom

Beautifully decorating your home is all part of getting into the Christmas spirit. While many of us spend hours decorating the entrance hallway, living room, dining room and even kitchen with sparkly ornaments and fairy lights, the bedroom can sometimes slip under the festive radar. But fear not, there’s plenty of time to ensure this isn’t the case for 2019! A festively decorated bedroom will make sure you wake up to plenty of holiday cheer, throughout each morning of December. 


Decorating Children's bedrooms for Christmas: The Do's and Don'ts of Decorations

Decorations in bedroom

Christmas is arguably the most magical time of the year, especially for Children. Christmas songs, writing letters to Santa and gift lists, all help to build the excitement in the run up to Christmas (not that they need it!). Have you ever thought of spending the time give their bedrooms a festive makeover? Taking some time from your busy schedule and helping your little ones to decorate their bedroom is almost guaranteed to bring instant happiness. To get you started, Room To Grow have shared their do’s and don’ts for Christmas decorations:


Winter styling tips for your new home

Cosy winter styling of home

Matt Deighton is the Managing Director of Sofas by Saxon, a manufacturer of luxury sofas and soft furnishing accessories. Here, he shares his winter styling tips on how you can give your new home a cosy style overhaul just in time for winter.

If you’re looking forward to spending your first winter in your new home, you’ll want to make sure your décor is cosy and inviting. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing four simple but effective winter styling tips that will add warmth and comfort to your home, while still looking perfectly modern and on-trend.


Add statement velvet furnishings

Get festive with Bloc Blinds unique swappable Christmas blinds

Festive Blinds

For those looking for an interesting way to accessorise their home this year, why not opt for one of Bloc Blinds special swappable roller blind systems? This clever invention has elevated the humble roller blind to the latest way to keep up with trends and key calendar dates as the company’s unique Fabric Changer system empowers homeowners everywhere to be bang-up-to-date by simply hooking-on and hooking-off patterns in line with the season.

Room to judge: The first impressions guests have of your home

Home in daylight

When we welcome guests into our home, we hope they walk away talking about how lovely it is. But when it comes to spending our hard-earned cash on home improvements, are we focusing on the right things?

New research from Hitachi Personal Finance reveals the areas that people first notice when visiting someone's home compared to our top property priorities, plus the experts have given their tips on the best changes to make to improve those all-important first impressions.

How to create Còsagach in your home

Còsagach bedding

Last year we were obsessed with Hygge, the feeling of contentment derived from Denmark. But times change and this year it is all about Còsagach - an old Scottish word for feeling snug, sheltered and warm, inspired by cosy boltholes and small spaces.

Identified as a top lifestyle trend for 2018*, it’s one we now need to embrace as our Summer draws to a close and Autumn arrives.

So here are five tips from Elle Shenton, product designer for Silentnight bedlinen and accessories, on how to achieve Còsagach in your home.

1) Crank up the heating

Get Ready To Impress Festive Guests With Ronseal

Ronseal Floor Wax

The dining room really comes into its own at Christmas. It's the room where the most important meal of the year is served, so it's crucial to get it looking its best. Prepare your room ahead of the 25th with a little help from Ronseal.  

Give your dining table a festive, shabby chic update with Ronseal's Chalky Furniture Paint. Requiring minimal elbow grease, and only a quick sand in terms of preparation, just two coatsof this product are all it takes to achieve a flat matt finish and create a statement table that guests will love as much as the food you are serving on it.

(From £17.99)

The ultimate velvet statement in your home

Velvet sofa in living room

As we’re in the middle of autumn and the cold snap has hit, now is the perfect time to make your home comforting and cosy and what better fabric to include than an opulent velvet?

Velvet is a style that is not going anywhere but it is a worry for families up and down the country that its perfect finish will be spoilt by an unsightly stain. Aquaclean, the stain resistant sofa fabric, is here to help with its gorgeous ‘Harriet’ fabric range that is the first stain-proof velvet ever.

Three ways to spice up your home this autumn

Black Sofa contrasting with white walls - Autumn Style

Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, Rebecca Snowden shares her top styling tips for autumn 2018

As the temperature starts to drop and you look to spend more time cosied up at home, there’s no better time to update your home decor and spice up your living space. Some of the biggest trends to enter our homes this autumn include a move towards earthy colour combinations, cushy neutrals, and layering up different textures for a cosy feel. 

With these key trends in mind, Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice offers her top styling tips to bring your home to life this autumn.

1.   Accessorise with comfy textures

Interior DIY tips to run your home in an energy efficient way

Man doing some interior DIY with his dog

How we decorate our homes can make a huge difference to the amount of energy we use and pay for. Here are some top tips from Hoppy on how use interior design for your home in an energy efficient way:

Rearrange furniture

If your main source of heat is covered by large pieces of furniture such a sofas or cabinets then the heat won’t travel very far and it won’t be keeping you warm! Arrange your furniture around radiators instead to give the heat plenty of opportunity to circulate and heat the room. 

How to make your new home your own

Bedroom in new home

You've scrimped and saved for months, sacrificing holidays, nights out and weekend treats and now you’ve finally got your hands on the keys. The keys to your very own home. Bricks and mortar that you can call your own. But whether it’s a new build with a blank canvas or an older property in need of some TLC, you’re going to want to put your own mark on it to reflect your style and personality.

This piece should offer some tips to help you create a home you’ll be proud to call your own, without it costing the earth.

Choose your colours

Budgeting For Bathrooms

Budgeting For Bathrooms

When budgeting for your new bathroom, tiling is a crucial consideration.  Tiles are the hardest thing to replace and are exposed to lots of traffic and frequent cleaning. Therefore, it makes sense to spend the money on something you know will last and you will enjoy for longer.

Compared to natural stone floor tiles, Porcelain has the advantage of being very easy to maintain making it a great choice for domestic use.  It’s lightweight and doesn’t stain which is perfect for bathrooms.  In terms of budgeting, prices also tend to be lower than the equivalent stones and while ultimately it comes down to personal taste, porcelain does give all the benefits of stone but without any of the maintenance.