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


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


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


Enhancing a room with a mirror
Mirrors are often used in homes for a variety of purposes beyond their original intention. This makes them great value for money and wonderful additions to any room. [more]

Mirror in boudoir. Photograph by Roger Kirby


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


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


How handily can you find a good handyman?
Today, due to the spread of the Internet, searching for a decent handyman is easier and more convenient than it's ever been. [more]

Builder working on a house project. Photograph by Ned Horton


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


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


Making the most of a modern dining room or area
Stifling formality is largely a thing of the past - these days, dining rooms, often combined with the kitchen, tend to be much more vibrant and frequently-used areas. [more]

Dining table. Photograph by Gargi Bhuyan


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


Making over a Victorian house: five top interior design tips
Victorian homes boast grand-scale rooms, period features, and quality builds. Whether you're starting from scratch or freshening up your current look, here are our top five design tips... [more]

Interior of a Victorian country house. Photograph courtesy of Vanessa Rhodes Interiors


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


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


The pros and cons of wooden versus laminate flooring
If you are looking to buy new flooring for your home, the sheer amount of choice available can be somewhat confusing. [more]

Sleeping dog on laminate floor. Photograph by Jonathon Monk


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

LED light. Photograph by linusb4


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


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


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


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


What to look for when buying a new oven
There are some appliances that a household simply cannot do without - and an oven scores highly on the list of domestic essentials. [more]

Potatoes and onions roasted in the oven. Photograph by Ariel da Silva Parreira


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Creating a luxury kitchen
Many people think that creating a luxury kitchen is expensive, but with proper planning and thrifty buying it doesn't need to break the bank. [more]

White worktops. Photograph by Mayfair Granite


LED strip lights can save you money
LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lighting is truly the lighting option of the future. [more]

White LEDs. Photograph by Tristan Benninghofen


Five bedroom trends to try this summer
If you feel that your home is feeling a little sorry for itself and could do with a new lease of summery life, check out these five bedroom trends that are hot for 2015. [more]

Limelight bed. Photograph by Bedstar


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


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


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


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


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


Thinking about a loft conversion? Here's all you need to know
We've put together this list of all the things you really need to know if you're thinking about a loft conversion to make sure yours is just right. [more]

Loft conversion. Photograph by JWCO


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


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


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


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





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