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The Top Interior Design Trends of 2018

Check out the key 2018 decorating trends that you should maybe consider for your next home improvement project;

Colour Blocks and Rich Pigments – Creating shapes with colour blocks, ombre walls and stencils will be rising in popularity this year. Although grey may still be the neutral choice for some people, colour is set to be bolder for many.

‘Violet, navy and emerald green are all key colours for 2018.

Glamorous Dark Wood – Furniture is set to head to the dark side this year! It’s time to say goodbye to pale, bleached woods and hello to the return of retro glamour.

Fringing – Interiors often follow the footsteps of fashion, – this spring, fringing is a huge deal.

Definitely a trend to consider if you want to be ahead of the crowd.’

Greenery / Tropical Prints – Continuing from last year, the tropical trend is still going strong. Add some greenery into your home with palm leaf prints, botanical terrariums and an array of planters and pots.

Rustic –Textiles take a playful role with raw edges and appliqué details. Mixing weathered woods, natural materials and contrasting earth tones all add to the rustic trend.

Metallic accents – This year it’s time to forget about the copper and rose gold, and think more about brass! It’s the most sophisticated and organic of all the metals.

Soft pink and emerald green both accentuate brass tones perfectly.’

 


Smaller house

Useful tips for downsizing in property

 

Going to a new place can be a real challenge, especially trying to fit in all your possessions. Below are some tips for planning and organising a property downsizing.

  • Make a list of all the possessions you’d never want to live without.
  • Try and get the floor plans of your future home. This will help you about the arrangements of your furniture and appliances.
  • Compare the sizes of the new and old rooms to get a realistic feel of the amount of furniture that would fit there.
  • Try to get to know your new home and neighbours before you move. They might be able to help you with any queries or even offer a helping hand.
  • Plan ahead. Ordering new furniture can take weeks, so make sure you pre-order whatever you need – you don’t want to end up sleeping on the floor for your first night in your new home!
  • Make sure you sort out all utilities e.g. gas, electric, water. You don’t want to be paying over the odds for the first couple of months. Don’t forget the internet, sometimes this can have a long waiting list.
  • Anything that you won’t be able to keep, don’t throw it. Sell/Recycle/Donate it.

TOP 20 WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY AND HELP THE ENVIRONMENT

saving the environment

Environment light bulb

  1. Draught proof around your front door. This will help to prevent cold air from coming into your home through these colder periods.
  2. Insulate the loft. It will help with preventing heat to escape through the top of our home.
  3. Try and have a shower instead of a bath as baths tend to use a larger amount of hot water.
  4. Install double glazing. It will improve the thermal comfort of your home, and help save a bit on your energy bills.
  5. Replace lighting with low energy LED lights. They use much less energy and also lasts longer.
  6. Avoid using a dryer to dry clothes as they are very expensive to run, try and hang them outside whenever you can.
  7. Only boil the amount of water you need, don’t overfill the kettle!
  8. Turn the water off when brushing your teeth.
  9. Avoid blocking radiators with any sort of furniture, as allowing convection currents to flow will let the hot air be felt across the room much quicker.
  10. Recycle as much as you can
  11. Dim the brightness of your smartphone. It will use less energy so you won’t need to charge it so often.
  12. Try and fill an old water bottle up and keep it in the fridge, instead of running the cold tap each time.
  13. Dust and vacuum your radiators as the layers of dust can stop the heat from flowing freely.
  14. Clean filters – dishwashers and washing machines. It will allow them to perform better and less likely to break down.
  15. Ice building up in the freezer reduces its effectiveness. Try and defrost it regularly.
  16. Try and swap a full-size computer to a laptop or Ultrabook.
  17. Before you leave your house make sure all electrical appliances are off – Don’t leave electrical devices on standby.
  18. Try walking instead of driving to places!
  19. Save energy in the kitchen – Thaw frozen foods in the fridge to reduce cooking time. Also, try and use the microwave when possible, – it uses less energy than an electric oven
  20. Install Solar Panels.

What else would you do to save energy and help the environment?