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Top 6 Interior Design Trends for Winter

It’s just like yesterday when we were basking in the sun and enjoying the summer. Now winter is just round the corner and we’re starting to miss the warmth. If you’re like me, this is the time I give my home a facelift.

This winter, there are some popular trends in interior design that are worth giving a try. The good news is that it’s super easy to adopt these winter trends in your own home.

 

 

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Here are top 6 interior design trends for winter.

 

  1. Warmer colours

Interior designers use the power of colours to change the overall mood of a room. This may seem like a very simple trick but it’s extremely effective. Colours have a way of introducing a new vibe in the room.

Summer is associated with warm colours. Incorporating such colours in your interior décor can give your home the needed cheery summery feel.

Opt for warmer tones like red, orange, and plum. A simple lick of paint with those warm tones can do wonders to your home. To switch things up a bit, you can get furniture or decorative items in those colours to give the room the needed warmth of summer.

 

  1. Floral details

Another interior design trend that promises to be a big hit this winter is floral details. Large floral prints in deeper shades are a favourite this season. Combining throw pillows and curtains with such patterns and shades preserves the summer vibe into your home despite the cold of winter.

 

  1. Metallic touch

Without a doubt there has been a predominance of metallic finishes in interior design this season and this winter will not be an exception. The metallic touch gives your home a modern feel. But to incorporate the warmth that is predominant in this season’s interior designs you can add metals of gold, bronze and rose gold tones. Such metals can be seen on decorative items.

 

  1. Luxurious velvet

It’s interesting to know how far velvet has come in being one of the most desired fabrics in interior décor. Often associated with wealth, class and luxury, velvet is one trend that you’ll see this winter.

Aside from its luxurious air, velvet gives the impression of warmth and coziness that is deeply desired during the winter months. Adding some velvet to your room will usher in that strong presence of warmth. You can incorporate velvet in so many ways like having a couple of velvet cushions or furniture with velvet upholstery.

 

  1. Mix of texture

This winter there a mix of textures that will be the order of the day in interior décor. A variety of textures like embroidery, knits and tassels will show up in cushions, curtains and carpets, while intricate wooden designs will feature in home accessories.  This mash of textures will create that cozy feel perfect for the winter. To create this vibe, play around with textures.

 

  1. Crystalline appeal

With winter comes a gloom but that doesn’t mean that your home should be that way. Hence, this winter there’ll be a lot of glass and crystalline items in interior designs. The glass brings the light that will brighten your home and give it cheer as well as keep it very modern.

You can incorporate glass and crystal pieces to your home with hand-blown glass lampshades and other glass fittings and accessories.

 

What interior design trends are you excited about this winter?

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How to Get Paid What You Deserve

In the workplace, there are all sorts of little details that contribute to your overall job satisfaction but one of the biggest is, without a doubt, salary. If you feel underpaid, not only does it affect your mood at work, but it can lower your quality of life in general. Which will make you increasingly bitter towards your employer.

This is only made worse if you ask your manager into a meeting, request a pay rise and are denied. So, to try to help you avoid this situation, here’s a quick guide on how to ensure that when you’re asking for a pay rise or looking for a new job with a good salary, you’re successful.

 

 

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Do Salary Research

If there’s one thing to take away from this post, it’s this – research. Research, knowledge and preparation are what will help you make sure that you’re successful when trying to obtain a pay rise or achieve a good starting salary at a new workplace.

When employers are deciding on what to pay their staff, they use salary surveys to find out what the industry standard is. By taking part in a salary survey, a business can compare their own pay systems and structures to industry competitors or associates. This will allow them pick out where they are underpaying staff and change their approach (to find out more about salary surveys, click here).

If employers are doing it, why shouldn’t you? Whilst salary surveys offer a much more specialised and targeted approach to salary research, there are plenty of free services out there through which you can get an estimation of the average salary for your job role. Websites like LinkedIn and Glassdoor are great places to start.

Salary research is important because you need to know what you should be getting paid for your job role. It’s no good simply plucking a number out of thin-air and deciding that’s what you should be getting paid because you could be miles off the average. Instead, research, refine and pick out a range that you feel you fit into. During negotiations, talk about your research and your skills to indicate what you should be getting paid and why. It’s entirely possible that your employer hasn’t done effective salary research and so may be completely unaware, don’t be afraid to politely educate them.

 

Look at the Full Package

Particularly for more senior roles, discovering an average salary is much more difficult because of the benefits bolted onto the payment package. For example, one Store Manager may get paid £24,000 per year, whilst another Store Manager may get paid £22,000 a year but receive free private health insurance. These kinds of perks and benefits are difficult to quantify in monetary terms, so it’s important to think about them when you’re deciding what pay you deserve.

Similarly, you might be willing to sacrifice some of your salary for other workplace perks like flexible work hours, increased holiday or a different job title. If you’re looking for a new role completely, consider these same benefits when negotiating your contract.

 

 

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Positivity and Patience

Finally, no matter what type of salary discussion you’re engaging in, remember to stay positive and patient. Emphasise that you enjoy what you’re doing (or want the job you’re applying for) but are looking for slightly more pay. Avoid sounding desperate or angry at your manager or potential employer as this will not make them want to help you, instead, try to focus on the things you like. Similarly, don’t be dismissive if the answer you get is, “Well, we only have so much budget.” Or “We feel that the pay being offered is fair.”

Neither of those answers is an outright no. Don’t be afraid to (kindly) give the individual a target figure and ask them to consider your request, more often than not it will be taken away and addressed with a senior manager. Even if you don’t get your target figure, there’s a good chance that you will get some form of increase because employers know that satisfied employees are better workers.

With these tips in mind, you should be able to get that pay rise or that dream salary without a hitch. Remember, the first step is always research – do the preparation before entering the lion’s den.

 

What do you think of these tips? Do you have tips of your own to share? Please sound off in the comments section below.

 

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Staying on top of my fitness plans

As a work from home mum with 2 busy kiddies, staying fit and well is important for me. In other for me to run my household the way I want it to go, I have to be on top of my fitness plans. Which is why I try to eat a balanced diet and exercise as much as I can. I also like to take food supplements to help me even more. In the last couple of days, I have been taking the Athletic Line Mega Daily Forte by Scitec Nutrition, and I am loving how it makes me feel energised.

For those who have never heard of these multivitamins, it is an advanced multi-vitamin and mineral formula, with a carefully formulated composition of 26 ingredients. The multivitamins is full of essential minerals that helps support the body throughout the day. A pack currently retails at £16.49. One pack contains 90 capsules which should last for a month, with you taking 3 capsules a day with meals.

 

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I have been taking these multivitamins for over a week, taking 3 capsules a day, and I am a huge fan now. Back in the day, before the kiddies showed up, I used to spend my free time running. I enjoyed running. It was my way of staying fit and it did wonders for my mental health. But once the kids showed up, life happened and I didn’t have the time or energy for many things including running, so that part of me took a back seat. Now with the kids in school, I have more time on my hands to do stuff for me. So I will be picking my running shoes every week and running for as long as I can. And thanks to Scitec Nutrition, the Athletic Line Mega Daily Forte Multivitamins would be helping me to stay on track.

 

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Some of the essential minerals and vitamins included in the Athletic Line Mega Daily Forte includes Magnesium – which contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system. Selenium and Zinc are also included. Selenium benefits thyroid function while Zinc contributes to normal fertility.

After taking these multivitamins for a week, I can feel my body working more efficiently. And I feel ready to fulfil my running desires. Staying on top of my fitness plans was one of my new year resolutions this year. So it feels good to smash it!

 

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Do you have any fitness plans you are currently working on? What do you think of this Athletic Line Mega Daily Forte Vitamins? Do you take any food supplements?

 

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