Category Archives: Home improvement

Brexit brings on the paint brushes!

Britain is gearing up for a surge in DIY in the wake of the ‘Brexit’ referendum, a new survey suggests. The vote to leave the EU is already taking its toll on the property market, with 1.7m homeowners now more inclined to renovate than relocate.

 

London-houses

 

More than one in 10 homeowners is less likely to sell up following the exit vote – a figure which jumps to almost one in five in London – whilst 10% of homeowners plan to turn to property improvement instead of selling. This number rises to a staggering quarter of property owners in the 18-34 age group and, as younger voters and London-based voters statistically wanted to remain in the EU, it’s unsurprising they are deciding to ‘wait and see’.

 

The survey, by home improvement marketplace Plentific.com, found:

  • 12% of homeowners (1.7m) are less likely to sell their property in the next three years as a result of Brexit
  • 10% are more likely to carry out home improvements
  • 25% of homeowners aged 18-34 are more likely to redecorate than move
  • 18% of London homeowners are less likely to move in the next three years

 

diyIn recent years, the property boom has been enjoyed particularly by London-based developers, homeowners and landlords, but the research shows that property owners in the capital are now the least likely in the UK to move, with the figure 50% higher than the national average of 12%.

 

Homeowners in Plymouth are the least likely to carry out a spot of DIY, with just two percent more likely to improve their home following Brexit. In Cardiff, the 12% less likely to sell matches the UK average, whilst five percent are now considering home improvement, and in Newcastle the figures are 15% and six percent respectively.

 

Plentific co-founder Cem Savas said: “The EU result sent shockwaves through the UK, Europe and beyond. The value of shares for companies within the property market have already plummeted and Foxton’s have also issued a profit warning, which highlights what Brexit could mean to the UK property market. The Plentific research shows a level of uncertainty for homeowners, which will impact buying and selling confidence as well as continuing to drive the huge demand for home improvements.”

 

Founded in 2014 by Cem Savas and Emre Kazan, Plentific is a fast-growing home improvement marketplace designed to connect homeowners with local tradesmen and professionals.

The research was carried out by Opinium via an online survey of 1,063 UK homeowners aged 18+.

Lighten up with a garden room

Push the boundaries between outside and in with a garden room. From quirky covered terraces to traditional extensions, orangeries or panoramic conservatories, get yourself a space that allows you fire up your imagination and flex your creative muscles. Not only will it give you some extra space, but your perfect garden room will give you a welcome haven that allows you to kick back and relax in all seasons.

If you are blessed with green fingers, creating your perfect garden hideaway can be as simple as teaming your favourite pots and plants with rustic rattan or wooden furniture and some classic outdoor wall lighting.

Outdoor Wall Lights

 If you’re looking to achieve the botanical look without getting your hands dirty, then why not keep your garden room on message with a floral or printed wallpaper? Add a stylish table and chairs and depending on the purpose of your garden room, you’ve got yourself a charming and timeless area to dine or relax. Make a focal point with a single piece of furniture or lighting, but remember to keep things versatile as blinds will more than likely fade quickly in a room bathed in light. Choose furniture that works both indoors and out.

Table Lamps

 

If bright and bold is more your thing, why not recreate the holiday vibe with bold bean bag style seating, bright bench cushions or silk lamp shades. Spice up the party atmosphere with some bold bunting and you’ll smile every time you walk in!

Chrome Table Lamps

 Keeping your garden room cool in summer and warm in winter, is key to using it all year round. Depending on your garden room’s orientation, ventilation and blinds will be key to keeping a comfortable temperature in the summer months. Keep a tower fan or an electric storage heater tucked away in the corner to help out when you need it.

Five ways to get the Scandi look

Scandi LookIf you’ve been admiring the cool, calm and collected look, that is all things Scandinavian – then there is no better time than Spring to inject some clean, Nordic inspired lines into your living space.

There are some key design tips which we can take from this simple style. From plenty of light to pale wood, organic materials to muted tones, there are a multitude of ways you can make this look work in your home.

Let the light in

Scandi Look WindowsNot featuring much in in the way of curtains or window drapes, the Scandi look aims lets in as much light as possible. While some may bolt at the idea of losing a trusty pair of curtains, there are ways to maximise the amount of light that you let in through a window. Hanging them a few inches higher and wider than usual, will allow more of the fabric to sit against the wall, as opposed to the window. Using thinner fabric for blinds will stop you blocking the light from seeping through, and still allow you to keep your nosy neighbours out!

Mirrors are great for bouncing light around a room. Position mirrors strategically opposite windows, and use reflective flooring like a wood laminate or floorboards to achieve the same effect.

Candlelight can add a calming atmosphere both inside and out. Bare bulb lighting is also a popular Scandinavian trend. Use stark bulbs on a flex, or diffuse the light through neutral light shades.

Add wood

Wood LightingA huge characteristic of Scandinavian design is wood. Be it floors, walls or furniture, the use of natural materials allows you to bring the outside in. Rustic wooden tones ooze elegance and make a cozy and inviting living space. Add a characteristic bench or stool, or go the whole hog and panel the walls.

Scandi LightUse a (predominantly) white palette

Fresh, clean, modern – white is the way forward when it comes to achieving the calm and peaceful nature synonymous with this style. Whitewashed walls are common, and adding accents of black to create a monochrome palette is stereotypical of the Scandi style. You don’t have to limit yourself though. Throw in pastels to add charm and colour.

Declutter like never before!

Minimal is the only way to create a ‘clean’ look. If you loathe hiding your clutter, then you will naturally find this harder to achieve than some. Take note, accessories must be functional and unpretentious or heirlooms with a history.

Keep it natural

Alongside wood, don’t be afraid to throw wool, sheepskin, plants and branches into the mix. Varying natural textures adds a certain ‘organic’ homeliness to the look. A wood burner can only add to the charm.