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Most of us see the New Year as a catalyst for a fresh start. Christmas is over, it’s grey outside, we’ve had a bit of a break (if we’re lucky) and we’ve spent an awful lot of time in our homes, which inevitably leads to us spotting its flaws.
Having spent a larger portion of our lives at home over the last few years we’ve come to understand the importance of creature comforts and good functionality. So, in 2022 we can expect this need to inform many of our interior choices.
The matt black, or close to black, kitchen trend has been around some time in the top end retailers, who tend to introduce the latest bold designs first, and some styles don’t quite make the volume players. But when they do, it’s because they are proven winners and that’s what BLACK is today.
There’s a plethora of different interior design trends at present and the purist may adhere to just one look, but in reality, most resulting room designs are often an eclectic mix of styles. Let’s explore a few on trend influences around this Autumn.
Plastic Free July is a powerful campaign and key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation whose vision is to see a world free of plastic waste. It’s an annual campaign that’s been running since 2011 and now millions of people across the globe take part every year, with many committing to reducing plastic pollution far beyond the campaign month.
When I was growing up in the 70’s I can recall a Utility room being something my Mum aspired to have, in fact she was quite jealous of friends that had one and the closest we got was having the washing machine fitted at the back of the garage. Now it appears that the desire is rising again...
The bathroom is a place to escape to, unwind and enjoy a little me-time. Whether you want to create an en-suite that is a hideaway from the kids or a family bathroom that is both functional and stylish, keeping an eye on the latest bathroom trends is a sure-fire way of ensuring that your next makeover is on point.
“Sustainability” is a word that we often hear, but what does it really mean? The true definition is all about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations
While your dream kitchen might be spacious and light-filled, often the reality is something a little more compact, which is why any ideas for how to make the most of small spaces is likely to come in very useful.
There are varying views about how long industry style interior design will remain on trend, but few could argue that touches of this theme can work well in most homes and remain a part of some more recent trends.
The home has become both our sanctuary and prison and with so many more hours spent within it and an increasing number of activities carried out there too. It’s no wonder that the sales of home improvement items went through the roof in the second half of last year, if only to help ease the pressure we are all feeling.
The habits of all have certainly changed. We went out less, bought more toilet roll, learnt a new vocabulary including ‘furloughing’, ‘self-isolating’, ‘social distancing’, ‘elbow bumping’ and wearing a facemask is now becoming the ‘new normal’. One remaining habit we all immediately adopted as a result of this crisis is persistent hand washing and who would have thought that we’d have to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ whilst doing it to ensure its effectiveness.
During the global pandemic, with working from home still firmly on the agenda for many families, carving out a space for the various activities that would normally be carried out elsewhere can be a challenge. So when the pressure’s on to keep everyone in the family happy, and busy, how can the kitchen be utilised for more than just cooking the dinner?
For many us, a trip to the local coffee shop enroute to work during the week, or to meet up with friends on a weekend was largely taken for granted, until lockdown came along...
If you’re spending lots of time at home at the moment, you may be tempted to dig the paintbrush out and set to some overdue decorating tasks. Whether the kitchen could do with a fresh lick of paint, the bathroom needs a tweak or you want to brighten up a bedroom, decorating can be good for the soul, but only if you do it right.
In this month’s blog we’ve asked one of our customers, who works in the industry, to explain why she chose to buy a steaming hot water tap as a replacement tap in her kitchen.
Spending time at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic has seen a surge in DIY sales, according to newspaper reports, with homeowners taking the opportunity to make home improvements while they can.
It may take a bit of time to motivate yourself into Spring Cleaning, but there’s something weirdly therapeutic about actually doing it. Read more here...
If you're starting 2020 with a vow to save money and streamline your outgoings, then follow these simple yet effective lifestyle hacks.