Decorating my home

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Window blinds are a must for some homes. And somebody has to make the decision and choose the most adequate and fit all around the house.

The main types of blinds are: Roman, roller , Venetian, vertical, and panel. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages so analyse them throughout before choosing one.

The Various Types of Blinds That Are Best Meant for A Homeowner

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Flooring in a property can make a massive impact on first impressions, so it pays to get it right. Here’s our top tips on choosing the right flooring for your rental property…

Consider the property’s use

The first step in choosing the right flooring for your rental property is to consider who will be living there. If your target tenant type will be families, for example, you’d want to avoid flooring types that can’t be easily refinished or could be ruined by a loose crayon or dirty paws. We’d recommend vinyl or laminate flooring for high-traffic areas of the property, as these flooring types can withstand heavy foot traffic better than most others.

You could also opt for non-slip wood-effect tiles, which are easily maintained, stylish and affordable. In properties with fewer tenants, you have more choices with flooring, so you could consider more stylish choices of tile, as they’re less likely to be damaged and can improve the property’s appearance even more.

 

Think on a room-by-room basis

Certain flooring types are best matched to particular rooms in the house, so when changing flooring for an entire property, you should think on a room-by-room basis. When it comes to kitchens, keep in mind the type of material that will be easiest to clean and won’t need to be replaced every time you get a new tenant.

Natural stone floor tiles look great in kitchens. There are also a range of designs and colours to choose from, which gives you the chance to build up the room’s style from the ground up. Tiles are also the obvious choice for bathrooms, as they are waterproof, durable and easy to maintain.

If you’re steering clear of carpets in an effort to avoid having to replace flooring too regularly, bedrooms will benefit from engineered or hardwood flooring for extra warmth and homely comfort. Living rooms are very much dependant on tenant type, as properties with more people will require more durable flooring, so we’d suggest hardwood flooring so that you won’t have to update your flooring every time your property is up for let.

 

Avoid obvious pitfalls

Certain flooring types are a definite no-no, with 14% of tenants saying carpet in the bathroom would completely put them off a property. Other pitfalls you should avoid include installing wooden flooring in wet rooms, light-coloured carpet in hallways or installing your flooring yourself, without experience or guidance. All of these mistakes can cost you tenants, time and money – so make sure you consider all potential pitfalls before rushing into buying your flooring.

 

With flooring playing such an integral role when it comes to securing tenants, it pays to make sure the flooring types you choose are well suited to your property. To make sure you choose the right flooring for your rental property, follow these top tips and build your property appeal from the ground up.

 

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Not all old house, but many of them have a fireplace. Exposed, or marginalized, thought of as the center of the house, or just as an utility, if you have a fireplace in your home you can consider yourself lucky.

Usually they blend in the decor quite well without redecorating, but when they do not, you can refresh them to match exactly your interior design concept.

To illustrate what we mean, take a look at this example:

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An Outmoded Fireplace Gets an Upgrade

If this gets you thinking about what you can do with the one in your house, here a couple of more examples and ideas:

15 Ways to Refresh Your Fireplace on Any Budget

We would really like to know if you have a fireplace and what it looks like. Leave a photo in a comment and maybe we can suggest some easy DIY ideas for a new look!

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Property guru Sarah Beeny is urging prospective sellers to get their houses market ready and up for sale ahead of the Christmas rush for a potential festive purchase.

Sarah Beeny property expert and presenter of popular Channel 4 television shows, including Property Ladder and Double Your House for Half the Money, says the figures don’t lie – the festive period is one of the busiest times of the year for house hunting.

With so many people having time off over the Christmas holidays, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s an upsurge in interest at this time of year. On Christmas Day in 2014, Rightmove recorded over a million house-hunters visiting the website. When you think about it, this makes perfect sense considering the amount of people that have new mobiles or tablets for Christmas presents and spend the day browsing the web. However, it’s worth noting that those searching on Christmas Day were actually serious about buying as over 10,000 people took time out from their turkey sandwiches to actually email agents on Christmas Day.

On Boxing Day it got even busier, with page views jumping to over 25 million – up 21% on 2012 – and views peaked on New Year’s Day, with over 38 million page views recorded.

Sarah Beeny says: People often think December’s a quiet time in the property market calendar and hold off selling until January, but these stats show that putting your house up for sale ahead of the festivities can pay dividends.

People who are looking to move have more time to search for properties and research the market over the festive period, so it is a great time to sell. You will get a head start on anyone not ready to make the most of the increased activity and generate mass interest in your property.

Most people think that this is a quiet time of year, but vendors who list their properties in late November and December get a significant amount of buyer interest over the festive period. People viewing properties in these months tend to be the serious ones, including people that need to buy for a particular reason, such as starting a new job in the New Year.

With an extended period of time off work and an iPad in hand, potential buyers’ search will have already started before the New Year. Presumably some buyers need a distraction from family get-togethers!

As a result, it is clear that marketing your property before Christmas can give you a real head-start, and expose your property to significant numbers of active buyers searching during the festive period.

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Kitchens might seem like the least customizable space in your house, but with a little bit of perspective… a kitchen can be a work of art.

We found some of the most impressive kitchen designs in an article on ktchnmag.com. They made a collection with stunning design they came across in 2017 for this common place inside a home.

Stunning Kitchens of 2017 [GALLERY]

Now, we know we cannot read an article without having some great ideas at the end for our house… What would you change and what idea would you borrow from the 2017 kitchen collection?!

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Raising the value of the house can be done in many ways. You can start re-shaping it, creating more useful space, refurbishing, changing the design, and maybe even adding some technological improvements (smarthomes).

A clean-cut way to add value inside the home is choosing valuable antiques. Special decorating objects that blend in the design, old elements from an old house that can be reused and kept for their high value, furniture from antique shops…

It will give you some headaches when it comes to the general design of the house, but with a very critical eye and some rightfully chosen antiques, your house is going to be… precious!

Lifestyle: Antiques shopping in the UK

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Thinking about renewing the flooring in your small flat or your spacious house? Ever considered bamboo? 

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It looks great inside and the material (although not new) is one of the new entries in the commonly used materials for constructions and renovating.

We found a great article on ThisOldHouse.com about how to use bamboo for usual flooring for interior designing. There are, as for any other material, pros & cons.

Pros:
• A fast-renewing resource, bamboo is ready to harvest in 5 to 6 years, about one-tenth the time it takes red oak to mature. New stalks regrow from the same plant.
• Generally less expensive than a common hardwood by about $1 per square foot, and even cheaper in comparison with an exotic species.
• Extremely durable, a quality bamboo floor can last decades with care and minimal exposure to grit, high heels, and pets’ nails.

Cons:
• It can scratch, even with a factory finish, just as wood does; use doormats inside and protective pads with furniture.
• All bamboo is not the same, and it can be hard to sort through the quality claims. Plus, the different types (see below) make apples-to-apples comparisons a challenge.
• Off-gassing can occur with lesser-quality flooring made with adhesives containing urea-formaldehyde.

Read the full article for a clear image and all the implications.

All About Bamboo Flooring

More on how magical bamboo can be in Elora Hardy’s inspiring talk on TED.com.

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When you’ve got a small kitchen, the hard part is getting used to it. Once you make peace with the thought that you will never have the entire space you need, you can learn to manage a small kitchen.

However, what we recommend is that – once in a while – you clean all the space up and get rid of all the useless stuff that just crowds up the room.

Moreover, there are tricks of making use of space that you don’t consider usable at first sight. Read the article below and tell us what you improved in your kitchen

How to Make Space in a Small Kitchen

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Caliente is the Spanish word for ‘hot’, but also the new Benjamin Moore color for 2018.

It is definitely stronger than the shades the famous paint producer got us used to in the last years. However, it is a good way to spice up a house exterior or to give some attitude to a boring interior.

Read the full story of the Benjamin Moore colour for 2018 in this article on Architectural Digest.

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To put it in a context, Caliente is a special type of red.

The 2018 trends do not stop here, for what Benjamin Moore is concerned. You can find the entire suggested pallet for any type of redecoration you have in mind for next year right here.

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