Adding the finishing touches to your house
Now that the housing market is so stagnant, lots of people are opting to stay home and improve rather than move on up the market. There are many benefits to this; firstly you have the potential to increase the value to your home so when the market sooner or later picks up you might make a tidy profit, but also you'll be able to enjoy a superior quality of life in a house that is tailored to your requirements.
Whether you want dramatic changes to your house such as an extension or a loft conversion, or simple changes like new interior designs and layouts, it is the final pieces that always bring a room together and turn a house into a home. From the soft furnishings, wallpaper and curtains to the doors and flooring, these changes inject character, warmth and homeliness and enable you to really make a style statement.
Here are three ways you can make large changes with little details.
Internal doors are often overlooked. They are the first and last things your see when entering and leaving a room and so help define a person's first impression and lasting memory of a room. Therefore they need to be matched to the overarching design of the room and home in general, but also create a mood of their own.
Period homes suit solid oak doors; these help to create atmosphere and fit harmoniously with the aesthetic of the building. Modern homes can afford lighter pine or white doors that bestow freshness and cleanliness. If you live in an apartment or a small property, glazed internal doors will help disperse natural light throughout the property and make your property feel more open.
The floor is equally as important as the walls and ceiling. The main materials are tiles, including clay and stone, wood and carpet. Each material produces a different character and tone, plus some floor types work best in certain rooms. For example, carpet in a bathroom is impractical not to mention passŽ, but carpet in a bedroom adds lavishness. Tiles work best in plumbed areas like kitchens and bathrooms, whilst wood says simple class and elegance.
Windows work in two ways: not only can you look outwards and you can look in. They should suit the aesthetic and period of your home, however they should also be double or triple glazed to keep in the heat throughout the winter. Period homes are screaming out for sash windows and contemporary buildings want glass patio doors and large, multi-opening windows. Remember that loads of natural light earns a premium when selling on your house.
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