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Why Wallpaper Makes The Best Feature Walls

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wallpaper best featuresFeature walls have become a staple in many houses. Step into almost any home on any street and we’re guaranteed you’ll see at least one feature wall taking pride of place in the lounge or dining room.

It’s not surprising that many of us are embracing this design trend. After all, a striking statement wall is all it takes to transform an otherwise ordinary room from drab to fab. Wallpaper adds a stylish warmth and depth that monotone paint simply cannot. Fascinating textures and beautiful prints add a modern twist to the décor of a room, while feature walls covered in wallpaper can be used to create a designer look in any space. Working in almost any location, feature walls are perfect for adding personality and excitement to large living spaces where you want to make a statement, or by emphasising small spaces that need to impress without overpowering.

The choice between paint and wallpaper has much been debated. Here we highlight the benefits of using wallpaper to create a breathtaking feature wall that will be a talking point for visitors for years to come…

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Yes, there are a vast array of paint colours available (you can even match your dining room wall to your favourite jumper after all), however paint only offers matte and satin finishes, meaning it’s very hard to create the look you were after if texture is your thing. Wallpaper on the other hand comes in an inspiring array of designs, complete with a tremendous selection of beautiful finishes. Pearl, glitter, raised inks, suede and embossed –to name but a few – are all readily available, allowing you to create the perfect space and indulge in a lavish design that you wouldn’t necessarily want covering an entire room.

Wallpaper adorned with large, graphic patterns is bang on trend and will add depth to a large room, while a detailed paper with an intricate floral pattern will inject a feminine touch into a lifeless guest bedroom or create an inspiring space for a home office.

Wallpaper is much longer lasting

Properly hung wallpaper will last three times as long as paint, making it a cost-effective alternative to digging out your paintbrushes and rollers in the long run. Wallpaper is extremely hard-wearing in high traffic areas too, lasting up to 15 years. Paint on the other hand is much more likely to chip, crack and become marked or stained, so the need for touch ups is more frequent.

No need to call in a plasterer

Wallpaper covers a multitude of sins. Hiding imperfections on wall surfaces, small cracks and uneven plastering, wallpaper almost eliminates the need for skimming – saving you both time and money.

Wallpaper is timeless

Remember a time before wallpaper? No, us neither. Wallpaper has been around longer than we care to remember, so that wallpaper you’re thinking of hanging will still look chic and up to date in five years’ time. Transform a room instantly with a delicate stripe feature wall, use wallpaper to make a room that feels too big instantly cosier with a dark striking patterned paper, or adorn a chimney breast with large leaf patterns and bring the outside in. The choice is yours.

What Should You Do To Prepare For Spring?

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Despite what the weather might suggest, spring has definitely sprung; the clocks have gone back, daffodils are starting to appear in every front garden, and the smell of cut grass is in the air.

The winter months are long, cold, and dark and whether we realise it or not, winter has a detrimental effect on our homes. Fresh air is limited due to the Great British weather, making our houses feel stuffy and appear dull, while the dark nights are extremely good at concealing dust, dirt, and those little DIY jobs we were meaning to get round to but haven’t quite found the time to tackle. As spring is the season that promotes new life and new beginnings, now is the perfect time to inject new-found energy into your home.

Keep reading to see our top five tips on getting your home ready for spring and the benefits of doing so.

  1. OPEN IT UP

Open all your doors and windows to get rid of the winter smells. You might not realise it, but odours can linger and air get stale. Five months of limited fresh air really take their toll and make interiors musty and dry. By airing the space, you neutralise the last dusty, dull vestiges of winter and make your house feel fresh and bright without the use of chemicals.

  1. GO GREEN

Flowers and plants are a cheap way of injecting new life into your home. A few carefully placed plants and a vase of flowers on a dining room table will immediately lift a room and make it appear brighter and more spring like with minimal effort. Adding some greenery into your house also has amazing health benefits, such as increasing oxygen levels and thus creating a healthier living space.

  1. DECLUTTER

Still got unused presents lying around from Christmas? Let them go! If you haven’t used them by now, the chances are you never will. So give them to a friend, donate them to the local charity shop or better still, gather up everything you haven’t used this year and start selling things on eBay. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure after all.

  1. DIG OUT YOUR FEATHER DUSTER

Closed curtains and heavy blankets are great at concealing dirt, stains and marks. Once these have been squirreled away until the winter months return, your house can seem altogether filthy. So take advantage of your newly-created space and give your house a good clean – you’ll be surprised at how fresh and light it seems after a good going over with Mr Muscle.

  1. PLAY AROUND WITH COLOURS

Spring is the perfect time to decorate. It’s light enough to see colours in natural lighting, warm enough to have the windows open to help dry paint and wallpaper paste, and is filled with colours to inspire your creativity. Decorating your home in spring can help you create the look you’ve always wanted and help you fall back in love with the house you bought all those years ago.

How to Stay Sane During a Renovation

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Home RenovationRenovations can be hard work, whether you’re having a new kitchen fitted or simply sprucing up be bedroom. With an endless barrage of dust and intrusion, even renovation works which only last a couple of days can be really stressful. To make sure your project is as hassle-free as possible, here are a few tips for staying sane while your home is temporarily transformed into a building site.

 

 

Find your privacy

It can be very uncomfortable having strangers in your home for most of the day. When they arrive, figure out a space where they won’t need to enter, and make them aware that this is your space during the project. Make your smaller living quarters comfortable and move everything you’ll need into that room. Always close the doors and windows of your private space to prevent dust and dirt filtering in.

Prepare in advance

You know that builders and decorators can be disruptive and cause quite a lot of mess, so it’s important to prepare your home before they arrive. Try and empty completely the room which they will be working in, and decide if they should enter via the front or back door. Then you can go about protecting your furniture and furnishings in the hallway and any other pathways. Dust sheets are a great idea, as is tape for windows and doors.

Choose a Pro

A good tradesperson can make a home renovation a lot less stressful for a client and their family. Before you choose who you’d like to carry out the work, make sure you do lots of research and ask around the local community for recommendations. Although there are plenty of useful websites for finding a professional to hire, sometimes it’s good to choose a company which has flourished through word of mouth recommendations and testimonials. This shows their work is of high quality and they have many satisfied customers.

Plan for pets and kids

Building work can have a distinct impact on children and pets, so depending on the length of time that renovations will be taking place, it may be worth organising other accommodation for them. Maybe a friend could look after the dog as it could escape while builders are entering and exiting the property regularly. You may want to have your kids stay with a relative so they are protected from the dust and paint fumes.

Follow these tips and your home improvements should be less stressful for you. If you have any more advice let us know!

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