Making Home Improvements

Making Home Improvements

We moved six weeks ago and so naturally I am already dedicated to making home improvements. I’ve spent many hours (many) on Pinterest and similar interior design sites and have come up with some great ideas for our home. Here are a few ideas which might suit you if you are looking for a way to make better use of a space or ramp up the design aspect. Not all of these are suitable to our situation (we have a bungalow) but might be of use to you!

Create a Drawing Room and Re-Design Your Staircase

Move over Downton Abbey, the drawing room is making a modern comeback. A drawing room is a place of entertainment and relaxation. When you have guests around this is usually the room everyone will spend their time in. Because of this, homeowners take much more pride and care when it comes to the interior design of their drawing room.

Of course, there are lots of things that come together in order to determine the look of a room. When it comes to a room like this one, people tend to have one aspect that is the main attraction. This gives the room a striking and dazzling effect – the show-stopping edge most people are looking for.

There are many different ways you can achieve this. Some people like to invest in an extremely large canvas and therefore they let art take centre stage. Other people like to have pillars or other architectural structures put up. Some like to go for a really large television and thus have an almost cinema-like effect. And then there are others who opt for a beautiful staircase and this is their central point.

If your chosen drawing room has a staircase then it is recommended you think about how to make a feature of it carefully. You can use this opportunity to add a wealth of character, style and glamour to the room in question. After all, you need your staircase, so you may as well make it a beautiful one. You will be able to get a staircase specially designed for you. This means it will suit your drawing room perfectly, it will match your own personal taste and personality, and you can make sure that you stay within your budget as well. When deciding on the type of staircase you wish to go for you will, of course, need to consult with a professional who will use their expertise to give you advice.

Add a Roof Lantern or Rooflight

Is your home feeling a bit dark and dreary? This is an issue many homeowners face. No matter why your home has this issue, there are two good options for dealing with it when making home improvements. We had a house like this and the darkness drove me batty!

Roof Lanterns

A roof lantern, a glass roof elevated with side frames, is a spectacular home addition. Aluminium roof lanterns, in particular, are a wise choice. They add a touch of extravagance and grandeur to any property, whilst also bringing that much-needed dose of natural light. Additionally, roof lanterns often include vents, for improved airflow and temperature control.


Alternatively, why not go for a rooflight? This is a stylish window feature that will sit flat against the roof surface. A rooflight is the ideal option for those who require more sunlight but do not want such a drastic change.

Buy a New Shower Enclosure

When buying any product, it goes without saying that there are a lot of things which need to be considered. This is even more so the case when it comes to buying things such as shower enclosures, because once the enclosure has been fitted, it is very difficult and costly for it to be replaced again. This article aims to provide tips and guidance for those who are looking to buy a walk in shower enclosure for their bathroom.

A lot of people do not realise it, but one of the most important components of a shower enclosure is the actual tray. Some showers do not come with a tray; however this is inadvisable because one may experience trouble trying to find a tray which actually fits their enclosure. Therefore, take the time and effort to seek out an enclosure with a high quality and durable shower tray, otherwise individuals will find themselves having to buy a replacement product every so often. 

Aside from the shower tray, it is also important to consider the size of the shower enclosure. This is something which is obviously determined by the size of the bathroom in question. It is important to measure the space set out for the enclosure before one begins their shopping spree. Bear in mind that shower enclosures are available in a number of different shapes, and thus try and think creatively and efficiently when deciding where to place the enclosure. Speak to professionals and trusted friends you know who have had a new shower/bathroom fitted when making home improvements. Their advice and recommendations might be just what you need.

One last thing which is important is the style of the shower enclosure. Make sure that it is in keeping with the rest of the bathroom’s look. And remember that this is something people will not want to be replacing often, thus looking for something with a timeless trend is advisable.

Making Home Improvements: Ramp Up The Light

I touched on this before but it isn’t just your roof areas that need to let in the light. Choose your curtains or window coverings carefully as while you need privacy, you also need light. Use mirrors and lighter paints to maximise the light in small spaces.


What about you? When it comes to making home improvements what top tips do you have? Do you have a project or maybe just an upcycle task planned


Roman Blinds For Your Home

Roman Blinds For Your Home

If you are here for the first time you may not know that we moved to a new home a month ago. We love it and I am all about interiors at the moment! We’re looking at roman blinds especially. When buying blinds for your home there is a lot to take into consideration. From various colours to different materials, there are many options at your disposal. One option you should definitely think about is suede Roman blinds. According to my research, not only are suede Roman blinds extremely beautiful but also you have a great selection to choose from and you can reap the rewards of other advantages as well. Keep on reading to discover why suede Roman builds are the perfect addition to any home…

Getting Started With Roman Blinds

We have two roman blinds in the house already but are looking into suede Roman blinds. With this type you have the classic look of the Roman style combined with the exquisite suede material, doubling the appearance value. The Roman style is an extremely popular one, since it offers a look that is sophisticated and elegant. It is a very versatile style and will thus complement the furniture and accessories of virtually any room. You can also get commercial blinds in a Roman-style if you are looking to enhance your business. You then, of course, have the beautiful suede material, offering further visual beauty. Suede is a lovely material that has a luxurious and contemporary feel.

Colour Options With Roman Blinds

The full spectrum of colours will be available to you when purchasing suede Roman blinds. From red and aubergine, to mauve and coffee, the options are endless, and suede is a material that does all colours justice, bringing them to life. You also have various design options in regards to the Roman style. You could go for a looped or teardrop style or there are flat Roman blinds for those seeking something a bit more modern. Irrespective of what option you go for, one thing you can be sure of is that you will be investing in a type of blind that has achieved that elusive timeless status in terms of style. 

Nonetheless, whilst visual advantages are important, you want to benefit from a lot more when purchasing blinds for your home. Luckily, suede Roman blinds provide this. A lot of people opt for this style of blind since it offers them a significant degree of privacy. Firstly, suede is quite a thick, and thus it is not a material that is going to allow a significant degree of light to seep through, which sheer materials would for instance.  The Roman style enhances the privacy factor thanks to the use of full fabric panels. This design ensures that people passing by outside cannot see into your house. Not only do you benefit from a large amount of privacy, but significant light blockage as well, which is why suede Roman blinds are often popular for use in bedrooms. It’s our youngest son’s bedroom we are looking at next for blinds so this could work nicely.

Roman Blind Maintainance

A lot of people assume that suede Roman blinds are going to be difficult to clean. However, from what I can gather, that’s not the case. All you need to do is remove the blind and use a cleaner that is suitable for suede. Most types of suede are sensitive to water and water-based cleaners, yet there are some kinds of faux suede that have been manufactured so you can clean them using water. With the vast scope of cleaning products available in supermarkets nowadays, you will certainly be able to find a suitable suede-cleaning product at a cheap rate. Moreover, it is also worth taking into account the fact that suede is a material that does not stain easily. This is because the fabric is so tightly woven and therefore any substances will merely sit on the surface rather than soaking into the material.

The fact that suede repels stains easily is one example of how this is a material that is long lasting. Whilst suede may be soft and lightweight, it is actually one of the most durable materials on the market. When you buy suede Roman blinds, you know you are investing in a product that is going to last for many, many years. Value for money is assured. You can create a warm, cosy, stylish and classy feel in any room, with bedrooms and living rooms specifically being the best choice for this style of blind. When you consider all of the points that have been mentioned, it is really not hard to see why roman blinds are a must-have addition for any home!

Now I just need to see how they might work in a bay window….

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