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Check out our useful hints and tips articles to help you get the best out of your home interiors projects.


Four-poster beds: why they're not only for hotels and castles
There's no denying that when you walk into a bedroom and are greeted by an epic four-poster bed, you can't fail to be wowed by it. [more]

Kingston four-poster bed from Turnpost. Photograph courtesy of Turnpost


The benefits of memory foam
Memory foam (polyurethane) was originally developed by none other than NASA, who created it in 1966 in order to help relieve the pressure felt by astronauts during lift off. [more]

Woman in bed. Photograph by Dora Pete


Choosing the right door furniture for your home
There is a huge choice of good quality, reliable and secure door furniture from which to choose, and wide ranges of styles and materials. Here are a few things to consider when making those all important choices. [more]

Door handle. Photograph by Fran Gambín


Using the right screws in your timber projects
If you want to connect two pieces of wood together, it's usually a good idea to use a wood screw. [more]

Wood and screws. Photograph by Patrycja Cieszkowska


How to strip off old wallpaper
So let's say you've become suddenly inspired and driven by the need to change all that old décor. [more]

Stripping wallpaper. Photograph by Jelle Boontje


Chaise longues versus loungers: understanding the terminology
Searching for great-quality furniture can be exciting - however, when different companies or designers use different terminology for the same or similar pieces, it can become confusing. [more]

Chaise longue. Photograph by Fashion for Home


Top things to consider when choosing a new kitchen worktop
Whether you're refreshing an existing fitted kitchen or having a brand-new installation, it's crucial to weigh up the costs, practicality and appearance of different worktop options. [more]

5003 Piatra Gray worktop by Caesarstone. Credit : Caesarstone's Quartz Worktops UK


Choosing the right vacuum cleaner for your home
Vacuum cleaner technology has come on a long way from the days when everyone had an upright Hoover - but with so many options available, it can be hard to understand your cylinders from your cyclones. [more]

Person vacuum cleaning their room. Photograph by Muris Kuloglija Kula


Why not transform your living room with a feature wall?
If you fancy trying something a bit different in your living room, you could consider going for a feature wall to brighten up the space. [more]

Sofa and feature wall. Photograph by Lotus Head


Choosing the right type of blinds for your room
There are so many different ways to shade your windows these days, it can be difficult to know what to choose. [more]

Sun shining through blind. Photograph by Peter Anderson


When can your home insurance be declared null and void?
Our possessions and home are usually our largest assets and worth a good deal of money so investing in a comprehensive home insurance policy is well worth it. [more]

Combination security lock. Photograph by Linusb4


How to choose the perfect chair: striking a balance between style and comfort
A good chair, fit for the space surrounding it, is a must-have in every part of the house - and comfort should be the number one factor driving your choice. [more]

Teddy bear on chair. Photograph by brainloc


Are LED lights environmentally friendly?
LED lights are the most environmentally friendly light bulbs available today. [more]

LED light. Photograph by linusb4


Lighting your living room
The living room is the centre of life in the home, and used for so many different activities - so it is important to find the right way to illuminate this area of the house. [more]

Lamp in living room. Photograph by Vinicius Vecoso


The steps involved in a home conversion
No matter what your reason for your home conversion is, the same basic steps will be involved. Keep reading to learn about those steps so you'll know what to expect. [more]

Building contractor. Photograph by Michal Jarmoluk


Creative lighting options for your bedroom
Good lighting can have a significant effect, breaking or making a room's ambience - especially in the bedroom. [more]

Bedroom lamp. Photograph by Paul Harvey


Fill your home with light this spring
As spring arrives to sweep away the winter gloom, we guide you through some top tips for creating a bright and fresh-feeling home. [more]

Bold floral print. Image by Vassiliki Koutsothanasi


Ideas for home storage solutions on a budget
Just browse the Internet and you'll find a vast bank of tried-and-tested - and budget - solutions to storage dilemmas. Here are some of our favourite tips. [more]

Rubbermaid Bento in Paprika by Rubbermaid Products


What are the benefits of porcelain outdoor tiles over sandstone tiles?
As many professionals in the construction industry will confirm, porcelain tiles are becoming a popular alternative to the stone products that have been in use for many years. [more]

Porcelain tiles on an outdoor terrace


Making sure your home and contents are adequately protected
Your home is generally the most valuable asset you own, which makes it all the more important that you're adequately protected should anything happen to your house or its contents. [more]

House on fire in a model village. Photograph by Chris Chidsey


Canal boat living: top three tips for keeping your home afloat
Here are our top tips for getting into the swing of canal boat living, and helping you merrily float away from the constraints of a traditional home. [more]

Houseboat. Photograph by Siggy Nowak


Five tips for choosing the right paint colour
Paint is one of the easiest, quickest and cheapest ways to transform your interior and the right paint shade can totally alter the character of a room. [more]

Paint chart. Photograph by LotusHead at Freeimages


Selling your house online: the important things to consider
More and more homeowners are now turning to online estate agencies when selling their property. But what needs taking into consideration when you look to do this? [more]

Online estate agent listing. Photograph by Graham Soult


What can you do to brighten up your landing?
The landing is often a neglected part of a home, but if you have a bit of extra space on your landing, you can make it a great addition to your home instead of just the bit between the rooms. [more]

Bookends. Photograph by Benjamin Earwicker


Using property websites for home furnishing ideas
We buy lots of home and interiors magazines in order to look for design inspiration, but there is an often-overlooked source of ideas that's online and completely free: those people selling their homes. [more]

Photographs from property particulars


Interior design trends to try in your home in 2016
Interior design specialists Baytree Interiors talk us through some of the biggest design trends that will look good for years to come. [more]

Studley Collection from Baytree Interiors. Photograph by Baytree Interiors


Using mirrors solely for reflection is so last century!
If you thought that mirrors could only be used to see your reflection, think again! Here are five ways to use different types of mirrors in different ways to make any room shine. [more]

Bathroom with mirrors. Photograph by Maria Luisa Buccella


Space-saving furniture-buying tips
For many people, space in the home is a real issue - but there are many space-saving devices you can employ to make the most of smaller living spaces. [more]

Crockery on shelves. Photograph by Dominic Morel


Turning a spare room into an elegant dressing room
Have your kids grown up and left home? If you now have an excess of space, and no clear plan for what to do with it, why not treat yourself to a beautiful and elegant dressing room? [more]

Hanging clothes. Photograph by Daniel Nabil


A buying guide for stairlifts
For all that we love decorating and furnishing our homes in a way that brings us pleasure and appeals to the eye, there are times when practicality has to take precedence over aesthetics. [more]

Stairlift


Make your home more eco-friendly
Making your home environmentally friendly might have once sounded like a chore, but by changing just a few things in your home you can really make a difference. [more]

Łagiewniki Forest in autumn. Photograph by Zorro2212


How to convert your bathroom into a wet room
Open plan living in both houses and flats is becoming more and more popular and the concept doesn't have to be restricted to the lower floor of your home. [more]

Shower head. Photograph by Lotus Head


Top tips to thwart condensation in your conservatory
Condensation is a problem in every area of the home, not just the conservatory - but the risks are elevated in this space as ventilation tends to be poor in the winter months. [more]

Condensation. Photograph by Dave Gostisha


How to choose the right home safe
There are so many models of safe available, each with its own specifications and guarantees, that it can be hard to know which is the best choice for you. [more]

Eurograde safe. Photograph by Winterfield Safes


Handy tips for your home office
A home office can end up an unloved space, filled with clutter from around the house - but it's easy to make your home office inspiring and inviting, and a space where you can be totally in control of the details of your life. [more]

Home office. Photograph by Louis Hall


Getting your money's worth: how to add value to your property before selling
If you're selling, you'll want to get the most money you can from your current home and ultimately try and make a profit from when you first bought it. [more]

Smart interior of property for sale. Photograph by Hatched


How to make sure your bathroom stays smelling fresh
No-one likes using a dirty bathroom, let alone a bathroom that smells less than fragrant. So, keeping your bathroom in good shape is essential. [more]

Cleaning a bathroom. Photograph by Graham Soult


How to choose the best removals company in London
Moving from one home to another is a big task - especially in a big city like London - but there's no reason to allow moving stress to get the better of you. [more]

London from The Shard. Photograph by Graham Soult


How to brighten up your home during the cold winter months
The cold winter days can soon start to take their toll on you, so here are some top tips as to how you can inject some brightness into your home. [more]

Cosy winter interior. Photograph by Jill Wellington


How a new conservatory can be a space for your whole family to enjoy
Adding a conservatory on to your property is something fantastic that you can do for your whole family, and for yourself. [more]

Fern in conservatory. Photograph by Bev Lloyd-Roberts


Sofa trends, fabrics and colours
When people start shopping for new sofas, the most obvious criteria to be met are comfort, durability, style, size and colour. [more]

Soft interior with sofa. Photograph by Justyna Furmanczyk


Updating your kitchen on a budget
If your existing kitchen is looking dated and tired, there are some budget-friendly ways to give it a new lease of life. [more]

Modern-looking kitchen. Photograph by Graham Soult


Shower trays: avoiding the pitfalls
It's not the most exciting item you'll ever buy for your bathroom, but It's certainly worth taking just a little time out to make sure you get a quality shower tray. [more]

Shower tray. Photograph by Skyro


Make your living room your own
When you move into a new house, one of the most important rooms to stamp your own personality on is the living room. [more]

Leather sofa and coffee table. Photograph by Allison Choppick


Top home cleaning tips
The idea of deep cleaning your entire house can feel overwhelming - and there's no denying that it's a big job - so adequate preparation is essential. [more]

Cleaning products. Photograph by Sanja Gjenero


Transform your dining room this autumn
Now the children are back at school, it's the perfect time to embark on a decoration project around your home. [more]

Elegant dining table. Photograph by Chee Kong Teo


What is contract furniture?
You may well have come across websites highlighting the fact that they sell "contract furniture". But what exactly is contract furniture, and who is it aimed at? [more]

Waiting room. Photograph by Karen Winton


The advantages of domestic lifts - and how to fit one in without compromising on interior design
One of the challenges of making accessibility changes to your home - whether that's installing a stairlift, or providing ramped access - is doing so in a way that keeps it looking nice. [more]

A Stiltz lift. Photograph by Stiltz Lifts


Ten hottest interior design trends
Just as in the fashion world, interior design trends change with each season, so stay ahead of the game with the top ten trends for 2012. [more]

Bold wallpaper. Photograph by easternmar


Interior lighting design tips
Lighting is one of the most important parts of home design, and when you start to pick out your lighting, there are several factors you should keep in mind. [more]

Room with lamp. Photograph by Darko Skender





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