Romancing The Home

Feeling far from head over heels about home? In the spirit of Valentines Day, we’ve put together some affordable updates that are a sure fire way to help you rediscover that spark for your space.

We’re all familiar with the phrase “Home is where the heart is” but what if, quite frankly, you just aren’t feeling it any more. If you used to be mad about your house but now it just drives you crazy, don’t automatically start scrolling through Rightmove! Like every relationship, when domestic bliss turns into domestic doom, a little TLC can go a long way to rekindling the romance. Here are our suggestions for some simple changes that will make you fall in love with your home all over again…

Write a snagging list.

Identify the niggles, your home’s equivalent of leaving the loo seat up and forgetting to put the cap on the toothpaste. Dripping taps? Wonky cupboard door? A patch of scuffed wall? What are the little things getting to you on a daily basis that would be relatively cheap and easy to fix and make a big difference to how you feel about your home?  Make a list of your gripes, grab the tools you’re going to need and set aside an afternoon to blitz it. If DIY isn’t your thing, ask around for handyman recommendations and find someone who’ll be able to rattle through your jobs in no time.

Clear the clutter.

Whether you’re buying into the minimalist trend or not, there’s still a lot to be said for the idea of less is more. Use an early spring clean as an excuse to take stock of what you really love and need in your home. Once you’ve decluttered and reorganised, rooms will be instantly more liveable, it will be quicker to find what you need, when you need it and you’ll have extra space to show off those treasured things that truly make your heart sing. Roll up your sleeves and be ruthless! Need a little help? Click here to read our guide to decluttering.

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This beautiful Country Cottage Natural Oak and Painted Display Cabinet stylish way to give precious pieces the attention they deserve.

What are your first impressions?

If you want to view your home with fresh eyes then the best place to start is with the hallway.  Often a dumping ground for coats, bags, papers and shoes, it’s the first thing you (and your guests) see when you open the front door and the last thing you see when you leave. Wrangle welly boots, hang a mirror to accentuate light and space and, if size is an issue, consider a compact console table as a handy place to store your keys, post and other important household items. The slim design of our Orrick Rustic Solid Oak Console Table would be ideal. It’s crafted from premium cuts of timber and features hand-chamfered edges and sculpted handles on the sturdy dovetail drawers. Dressed with a lamp, photo frames or a bunch of blooms it’s also a neat way of making an impactful design statement.

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Make an entrance with one of our stylish console tables.

See your home in a new light.

It’s not just people that suffer from SAD! Gloomy spaces, particularly during our long, dark winters, are crying out to be brightened up. The right lighting can instantly alter the mood of room. Table and floor lamps are great for layering light to create an ambience that’s warm and inviting. Used cleverly, lighting can also give the illusion of space.

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 Our Oulu Floor Lamp with a hardwood tripod and white linen shade will be the shining light in any scheme.

The softly-softly approach.

Updating your sofas and chairs with cushions and throws throughout the year (or ‘seasonalising’ to give it a technical term) is a really simple, cost-effective way of refreshing your decor or subtly changing the character of a room.

Hunker down with layers of soft blankets, sheepskins and plush cushions in the winter and celebrate the summer by switching cosier fabrics for lighter cottons and linens.” Debby van Dyk  (Creative Director, Oak Furniture Land)

Soft furnishings are also great if you want experiment with different colours but aren’t brave enough to paint the walls.

Bring the outside in.

Don’t underestimate the power of a bit of greenery to revitalise jaded interiors. Aesthetics aside, certain carefully chosen plants will literally breathe new life into a room: aloe, spider plants and peace lillies (to name a few) don’t only add colour and texture to a space, they’ve also been proven to purify the air and filter indoor pollutants. If you’ve not been blessed with green fingers, low maintenance succulents are very forgiving and, fortunately, they’re bang on trend too. Pet owners will want to check the toxicity of plants they bring into their home as some are unsafe for animals.

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If you want to explore more on how effective plants can be at filtering indoor pollutants, those clever bods at NASA conducted a research study. You’ll find a brilliant infographic here!

 

So, how will you be romancing your home this Valentine’s Day? If you’ve got any  tips and tricks for making your home as cosy and romantic as can be this year, let us know! Make sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook and tag us in your posts with #LoveYourHome. We’ll share all our favourites!

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