Sunday 21 April 2019

11 ideas for updating your home

Give your property a makeover with our round up of 11 ideas for updating your home – encompassing everything from simple style solutions to full-scale renovations.

Whether you’re looking to improve your property, have just moved house or fancy a change, SoGlos has rounded up 11 ideas for giving your home a new lease of life.

In this hot list, we explore everything from simple affordable touches to full-scale kitchen extensions, showing there is all manner of ways to help homeowners improve their properties, whatever your budget.

1. Create a kitchen extension

If budget allows, then it’s worth considering adding a spacious open plan kitchen/diner with bi-fold doors leading out to the garden. Not only does it create a social space for the entire family to use but it’s a great way to bring in lots of light, and of course enjoy the feeling of an alfresco entertaining space during the summer months.

Cheltenham’s Pittville Bathrooms and Kitchens offers a bespoke design and fitting service, with its experienced team knowledgeable about how best to maximise space and create impressive and useful kitchens.

2. Replace your front door

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Create a lasting first impression from the off by giving your front door a bit of a spruce up. Whether you want to completely replace it or give it a new lick of paint, search the hashtags #doorofinstagram or #ihavethisthingwithdoors on Instagram for plenty of inspiration for your project.

From classic monochrome and zesty bright yellows hues, to period doors with fancy knockers and sleek contemporary designs, updating your door is a simple way to up your curb appeal and make your home the envy of your neighbours!

3. Reinstate a fireplace

If your chimney was boarded up or replaced with a 1960s gas fire, think about reinstating or updating your fireplace to create a warming focal point in your living room.

Wood-burning stoves are now a popular choice and add warmth and texture to both traditional and contemporary properties. Stoves and Fireplaces of Cheltenham has plenty of styles to choose from, along with a selection of mantelpieces and fireplaces.

4. Makeover your flooring

Cheltenham’s Deca Design Flooring has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry and offers homeowners a wide choice of flooring options for both traditional and contemporary properties. The business covers everything from wood, vinyl, and natural flooring, to designer carpets and bespoke rugs.

Owner Chris Groom offers customers a personalised service, including a detailed free consultation that takes lifestyle and budget into consideration, along with the style of the property. You’ll be amazed just how much of a difference new carpet or flooring can make to a home, making it a worthwhile investment.

5. Give your garden some love

Outside space can often get neglected but you should think of it as an extension of your home and the chance to have additional space for entertaining, playing and alfresco dining. Think pretty plants, nice furniture and festoon lights, and you’re right on track.

Invest in new garden furniture and plants from Trioscape in Newent, or head to Miserden Nursery near Stroud, where you’ll find an impressive range of shrubs and climbing plants.

6. Shop for local art

Whether you’ve just moved in or have never got around to adding pictures to your walls, hanging colourful and interesting prints and paintings is a great way to add personality to your home.

There are plenty of places to shop for art in the county, including The Paragon Gallery and Castle Fine Art in Cheltenham, while Gloucestershire artist Jeremy Houghton is known for his striking paintings, many which feature birds.

7. Invest in soft furnishings

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Don’t underestimate the power of finishing touches when looking to give your home an update, with soft furnishings the perfect way to add colour and warmth to a room.

If your curtains or blinds have seen better days then it might be time to update your existing with some fresh new drapes, with Cotswold-based business Just Fabrics stocking a wide range of designs. For cushions and throws, head to Vinegar Hill and Neptune in Cheltenham, or venture to Cotswold Grey in Moreton-in-Marsh.

8. A splash of paint

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Tired rooms can be transformed in a flash with a new lick of paint. Head to Farrow & Ball and Fired Earth's Cheltenham showrooms to pick up colour inspiration and tester pots.

If you like the idea of wallpaper, check out Rapture & Wright who make beautiful hand-printed designs in the Cotswolds, or Cirencester’s Vanessa Arburthnott, which has a choice of pastel-hued wallpapers.

9. Antique shopping

A simple way to update your home is by shopping for unique antique and vintage buys. Not only will you not see them in houses up and down the land, it’s also a nice way to add personality to your space with pieces that tell a story.

Gloucestershire has a bumper crop of places to shop for quality second-hand buys, especially Tetbury which is home to Lorfords Antiques and Domestic Science, while “Malt House Collective”: near Nailsworth is an Aladdin’s cave waiting to be explored.

10. Lighting

Good lighting makes a huge difference to how your home feels and is simple and often affordable to update. Start by adding dimmers so you can easily control the brightness of your rooms, transforming harsh overhead fixtures into gentle mood lighting.

Invest in lamps that can be displayed on shelves, in little nooks and on side tables, and while you’re at it, replace tired shades with colourful patterns, design-led pieces or statement vintage glass chandeliers. For local inspiration, have a look at the designs from Cotswold-based business David Hunt Lighting.

11. De-clutter

And finally, you’ll be amazed how having a de-clutter can make your home feel more spacious and clean. Avoid getting overwhelmed and start with one room, sorting things into piles that you want to keep, chuck and send to the charity shop. For inspiration, read Marie Kondo’s book, ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ or watch her Netflix show.

Paperwork can often be a clutter culprit so spend some time organising a system for keeping bank statements and other important documents. Homesense and Paperchase are good places to shop for colourful storage solutions and files.

By Anna Marshall

© SoGlos
Tuesday 15 January 2019

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