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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...

Three DIY ideas to transform your home this bank holiday weekend

DIY Wall planter

The Easter bank holiday is nearly here, and while many people spend this time off relaxing with family, more and more are using the time to tackle the home improvements and DIY projects they’ve been putting off. In the last 10 years, there’s been a 41% increase* in people searching for ways to improve their homes, with 33,110** searches for home improvements in April last year alone. But how exactly can you add a little something extra to your home this bank holiday weekend without breaking the bank?

From creating your own hanging planter to an Art Deco feature wall, Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, shares three easy and on-trend DIY ideas to transform your home this spring

1. Get organised with a hanging planter wall

‘Holistic Design' with Daval Bathroom Furniture

‘Holistic Design' with Daval Bathroom Furniture

Rich warm coloured woods are creating a coup in the bathroom this season, with timber-clad wall panelling, featured furniture and the use of hardwoods and tropical timbers like Walnut being used to elevate the bathroom and transform it from ordinary to extraordinary. 

Daval, leaders in the British design and manufacture of quality fitted furniture embrace the markets need for holistic design with a collection of furniture that allows you to synchronise a bathroom scheme with your living room, kitchen and bedrooms in terms of quality, design and style. 

‘‘Join the holistic design revolution, your heart and home will thank you for it!’’

Holistic interiors draw inspiration from the following design principles: 

How to create the perfect gallery wall

perfect gallery wall

Great interior design is about bringing together simple and stylish features which make a room a sophisticated space that oozes character and personality.

Gallery walls are a modern and chic way to showcase your favourite images and your unique individual style whether it be through artwork, family photos or fun typography.

If you’re wondering how to get started Clare Moreton, photo expert at CEWE, Europe’s largest photo printing company, has compiled a guide to show you how to make a stunning gallery wall in your home or office space, that is easy to create and makes use of beautiful memories and flaunts your individual style.

Simplicity and symmetry

Save money and the environment: tips for upcycling 

Save money and the environment: tips for upcycling 

The world generates at least 3.5 million tonnes of plastic and other waste every day, which is 10 times the amount compared to a century ago. This means we nowlive in a world where it is vital we take responsibility for our wastage and ensure we do our utmost to protect the environment.  Whether this is through increasing our recycling, or purchasing eco friendly products, it is down to us as individuals to do our part. 

As part of this, many people have been embracing the upcycling trend and have been keeping an eye out for old gems that can be transformed into something special.

Create your own green wall of foliage and flowers anywhere in your home

Create your own green wall of foliage and flowers anywhere in your home

Bringing nature into your home with a green wall of your favourite indoor plants where ever you want it, and with minimal maintenance, can be achieved with the new LECHUZA Green Wall Home Kit Glossy collection.

The CUBE Glossy self-watering planters are available in white, scarlet red and charcoal colours, all in a high-gloss finish.  Each CUBE has its own removable planter liner, water level indicator and wick.  The sets include three CUBE planters, three brackets and one wall bar. The lightweight metal bar provides a secure hold for the entire contents: the planters, plant and water on any wall.

Save hundreds AND make money through just one annual Spring Clean

Woman doing an annual spring clean

New research finds Brits spend 14 hours a week cleaning but could save hundreds of hours AND make money through just one annual Spring Clean

With spring just around the corner, you may think Brits are readying their rubber gloves, disinfectant spray and jay cloths for the annual ‘big spring clean’ but new research suggests that an annual spring clean is a thing of the past for most people.

The energy price cap rise is coming – it’s time for some savvy home swaps   

Apollo blinds saving energy

The Government’s energy price cap is set to rise by some 10 per cent from 1st April this year (Ofgem) 1, leaving many consumers facing additional costs to heat their homes. Money-saving advisers such as Martin Lewis have been urging homeowners to shop around for the best energy deals and not assume the recently-introduced price caps will automatically mean their tariff is the best one for their household usage. Furthermore, customers may be unaware that the energy price caps do not apply to those on a fixed-term tariff.2

Estate agents reveal the home improvements that add the most value to your property

Kitchen home improvements

Making living spaces open plan and having a loft conversion are the top renovations that will increase the value of a home, according to UK estate agents.

A study by Anglian Home Improvements looked into the home improvements that add the most value to a home, as well as people’s attitudes towards the value of home features. 
UK estate agents revealed that making the living space open plan will add on average a huge £46,503.94 to a property’s value. A loft conversion is the next most lucrative renovation, with estate agents saying that they add an average of £24,254.56 to a home’s price tag.

The top five home improvements that add the most value to a home, according to estate agents are:

Making the living space open plan (£46,503.94 average added value)

Clever hacks to make a dark home brighter

Clever hacks to make a dark home brighter
By Matthew Currington, Technical Director, The Lighting Superstore

Spring is just around the corner, when we can look forward to longer daylight hours.

However, if the location or structure of your home means it’s dark all year round, don’t fret. There are many clever tricks you can employ to lighten it up.

The experts at The Lighting Superstore have put together their best hacks to lighten up your home, making your rooms feel larger and your mood brighter…

Mirror, mirror

The oldest trick in the book to make a dark space feel lighter and larger is using the art of reflection.

MyVoucherCodes launches interactive guide to help save money on interior design

Living room interior design

Online discount code provider MyVoucherCodes has launched an interactive guide to interior design, offering people the opportunity to furnish their dream homes on a budget.

It’s a well-known fact that furnishing and redecorating always ends up being more expensive than originally intended. Ideal Home recorded that in Britain, an average of nearly £6,000 a year per household is spent on decorating and furnishing, suggesting that when it comes to playing house, Brits splash the cash.* But, even if you don’t go over-board with your interior design the essentials are still expensive, especially if you’re buying everything in one go.

Revealed: Brits attitudes towards smart home technology

smart home technology – a touchscreen device

Burdened by stress and a lack of time, Brits now more than ever crave convenience and speed in various aspects of their lives. One area where this is particularly true, is within their home environment. Individuals are therefore gradually adopting smart home technology which they can remotely control through their smartphones and tablets to facilitate a ‘connected home’.

The rise of smart home technology has been nothing short of fascinating. In fact, recent findings from ‘Smart Home Week’, found that 43% of Brits now own at least one smart product in their home. When it comes to their understanding of the technology, 49% of UK consumers are familiar with the features and benefits of smart home products according to research by ‘Ernst & Young (EY)’. 

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.