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Elegant Solutions for When Your Home is Losing the Battle For Space

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You love your home… but it would be great if there were just a little more of it. Of course, you understand that space comes at a premium, and if you want to be able to live in a highly desirable location like yours, every inch of available space is worth paying for. Still, making the most of your space is tricky when you only have so much to go around. Even a relatively simple decision like buying a new sofa can lead to repeat trips to the shop, measuring, trial, error and rethinking the entire topography of your living room to accommodate your new chaise. 

 

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Nonetheless, the importance of empty space in the home cannot be overestimated. It is your most powerful weapon in the battle against clutter and all the negative psychological effects that come with it. If you feel as though your home is losing the battle for space here are some elegant solutions to help you find more…

Get in touch with an architect

While we’ll mostly be looking at making the most of your available space, an architect can literally help you to create more usable space, with elegant solutions like a Side Return Extension. Not only can this add more space, it can also help to increase the amount of natural light coming into your home. This in turn can help your living space look brighter and more spacious.

 

Invest in smarter storage

If your kitchen countertops are piled high with ingredients, groceries and cooking utensils, it can make something as simple as making a plate of beans on toast feel like a chore. Invest in storage solutions that allow you to store more in your available space while also providing quicker and easier access. Whether for your kitchen or your wardrobes, it’s a great way of keeping essential belongings from impinging on your living space. 

 

Make better use of available vertical space

We tend to neglect the space that’s either above or below eye level, but this can also help to improve the availability of walking and living space without contributing to the problem of clutter or diminishing the flow of a room. 

Whether you’re investing in taller bookshelves, displaying more wall art vertically or using more ottomans and footlockers to take advantage of storage space below eye level, there are lots of ways in which you can maximise your vertical space to give you more room in which to live, relax and play. 

 

Rethink the layout of your furniture

And finally… Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to gut your home and clear out all its furniture to make it look and feel more spacious. In fact, furniture can even help it to look more spacious. It’s simply a matter of where and how you display it. Try to hug the walls with furniture, but don’t be afraid to let are wall shine through here and then. Make sure that there is walking space around large items to ensure that they help the room to retain its sense of flow.

What do you think of these elegant solutions for when your home is losing the battle for space?

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The Top Interior Design Mistakes People Make and How to Avoid Them

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Decorating a home can be a daunting project and one that takes on an immense amount of hard work. All those walls which need covering, spaces that need filling and corners which need sprucing up can seem like a never-ending battle. 

Although tempting, try to avoid working with quick fixes, which in the end will only cause you more problems. 

When your home needs improving, it’s best to do it properly. A good job well done will leave you satisfied and content. Otherwise, if you start making shortcuts, common interior design mistakes start to happen which will set you further back than you were in the first instance.

 

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Here are ten common mistakes that many people have experienced, which you should aim to avoid at all costs:

 

1. Choosing all your materials in one day

It’s common to set off on a home improvement day out, planning to come home with a car filled with all your materials. Loading yourself up with all the paint, wallpaper, fixtures, frames, pieces of furniture and fabrics you think you need in one trip is a bad idea.

Not only is the prospect of shopping for an entire room’s décor in just one day a stressful thought, but it’s also risky business. As you start to work on one task, it can change the way you feel about another area of the room. So take your time and work to a layering approach to decorating. 

Focus on painting or wallpapering first, and then assess the accessories, artwork and furniture, building up on the finished look. 

 

2. Always measure carefully

Too many people make rough estimates when they measure, but it’s the one mistake that can cost you time and money. If you have saved a space for a new desk to fit in, and your measurements were too big or small, you’ve potentially got a piece of furniture with no use (or you have to totally re-arrange the room layout).

 

3. Stick to one focal point per room

Every room has a focal point, even if it’s not one that you physically created. In a living room, it’s either the TV or the fireplace area. In the bedroom, its the bed and it’s symmetrical bedside tables. While in the bathroom, it’s the bath area. 

By mixing this up and creating two areas of a room where your eyes are drawn can just look too much and look distracting. It’s all about creating that one wow factor aspect of each room. For bathrooms, you want people to step into your space and be drawn to a relaxing bath which looks tranquil and modern. 

If your shower stands over the bath, then this can be classed as a focal area, so make sure both are designed similar and blend in perfectly together. You can get some great bath and shower inspiration over at Bathdisc here, whether it’s a corner bath and shower setup or a freestanding one.

 

 

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4. Decorating without any help

Decorating can be costly and fairly difficult depending on the type of house and rooms you have. But above all, decorating is time-consuming when you do it on your own. 

It’s worth asking yourself if the time and effort spent doing it on your own is as worthy as you once thought. A professional decorator can come in and do most painting and decorating jobs in one day, opening you up to start moving on to other tasks. 

For a small percentage of your overall budget, it will give you the peace of mind that the job is done to a high-quality standard. 

 

5. Buying too many trend items

Cushions, throws and decorative pieces come in various trendy prints and patterns, usually following interior trends. If you want to save some money, step away from anything that goes down the trend led route!

Stick to classics for all your soft furnishings and decorative items. In a few years time, they will still look classic and timeless. The same won’t be said for that 70’s themed cushion cover that made a comeback for one year only. 

The entire decorating process will see you switching from choosing furniture, experimenting with paint swatches, trying your hand at wallpapering and positioning artwork around the walls. It’s a multi-skilled job, and there are so many little and big decisions that go into decorating the perfect space. 

A simple faux pas can not only set you back, but it can demotivate you from continuing and knock your confidence. Ensure you take on the above tips above, and fully research into every area of decorating before taking on the job!

 

Do you make any of these top interior design mistakes?

 

Grey Interior Decor for Living Rooms

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When it comes to interior decor, like most things; I always go for quality over quantity. Clutter makes my head ache, so I like my living spaces with as little furniture as possible. I only go for items that are pretty and useful, and those that would allow me keep the space clutter free. A well decorated living room is always liked and admired by many. There is nothing like entering a living room, and every furniture is in the right place. Attention to detail is everything when it comes to interior decor.

The grey shade is a popular neutral colour for interior decor. It is one of my favourite shades when it comes to balancing our a room with neutral tones. Here are 3 great grey decor items for living rooms –

 

 

Grey Cushions

Updating your living room with cushions is cheap and easy. If you are after spicing up with your living room interiors with a small budget, go for updating your cushions in the right colours and design. I currently have my eye on this Grey Velvet Cushion by Baytree Interiors. The cushions come in a good size – 45X45cm, and price – currently on sale for £15.16 at the time of writing.

I love the velvet material, it is so luxurious and looks great for modern or contemporary living rooms. The cushions come in other colours as well – Navy Blue, Pink, Teal, Orange, Mustard, Emerald and Aubergine, if you prefer some brighter colour.

 

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AmazonBasics Heat Insulating Blackout Curtain

I love grey curtains and this AmazonBasics Heat Insulating Blackout curtain is a great decor option. I love the fact that it is blackout. That is great for the current season, as the last thing I need is to wake up when the sun comes out. They are great for bedrooms and living rooms as they help keep the sunlight out.

The shade is perfect if you are after a neutral look, and the price is even more perfect at £27.99 for 168X137. I love it!

 

 

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Sienna Large Soft Shaggy Floor Rug Mat Runner Carpet

I am so in love with this Sienna Large Soft Shaggy Floor Rug Mat Runner Carpet. It comes in a beautiful silver grey colour, with a twisted lighter grey non-shed fibre highlights for a sparkling effect. It is suitable for the living room, kids room, bedroom and even the hallway depending on the layout of your home. 

This lovely looking rug comes in sizes – 80X150cm, 120X170cm and 160X230cm.

 

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What do you think of these grey interior decor items? Did any catch your eye?

 

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