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Easy hacks for making the most of the space you have! – By Aligator Storage

Posted by Adrian
July 6th, 2017

Easy hacks for making the most of the space you have!

If you live in a little house but have a lot of stuff, you’re probably at that stage where you’re wondering what colour the carpet actually is and whether you’ll ever see it again. It’s a tricky situation when your possessions start taking over your home and things turn from cosy to claustrophobic.

But, if this is you – here are a few easy hacks so you can start clearing some floor space and feel at home again.

Finding extra storage

Having extra storage in your home is priceless, but it’s also extremely rare. Clever storage around boilers, baths, beds and other belongings is a great way to create more space but it won’t take you long to fill it. Have a sort through all of your clutter and create a pile of the items that you haven’t used in a while – would it be worth putting them into an external storage facility? It means you can go back to them in the future when you do have the space but for now they’ll be out of the way leaving your house more roomy and airy.

Shelves, shelves and more shelves

Shelves are underrated, they provide so much space and you can pile them as high as you like, yet most people are still living their lives shelf-less. With the vast choice of floating shelves, fancy shelf brackets and glass shelves, there’s really no reason why you should go without.

You can even position shelves above doors for those items you don’t use too often, but would look nice on display. You could also build shelves into the corners of your rooms to brighten things up as well as provide that much needed extra space.

Making the most of mirrors

Mirrors should be your go to item when it comes to decorating a small space. In a small bathroom, turning a whole wall into a mirror will do wonders for making it feel more spacious.

Other great places to create the optical illusion of space are down narrow corridors, or propped up against walls to elongate the ceiling. They’re also great on the front of wardrobes and in the alcoves below your shelving. When it comes to mirrors, bigger is always better.

Clever furniture

If you’re really short on space in your home you might want to consider investing in furniture that you can move around to create extra space. Fold out beds or desks and sideboards are great options when you’re feeling cramped. A carpenter will be able to help you install these secretive storage options. Equally, wall dividers that you can slide together for privacy and open up for a space are a great addition to a smaller home.

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Storage Tips to Simplify your Renovations contributed post by Big Yellow

Posted by Adrian
March 8th, 2017

Storage Tips to Simplify your Renovations

Whether you are undertaking major renovations or simply redecorating a single room, there is bound to be some upheaval. You will need to move furniture, and pack up some items to clear out the area being worked on.

Clearing space for renovations means figuring out areas where you can store items to keep them clean and safe. The kind of storage you choose will depend on how extensive your renovation is.

When decorating a single room yourself, you can probably get away with storing items at home in a separate room. However if the renovation or work being undertaken is more extensive or is likely to make more mess (if you’re building an extension, for instance, or completely refitting the kitchen), you might want to think about storing items away from home.

Storing Items at Home

Even if you’re just decorating a single room, the job will go much smoother and quicker if you can completely clear the room before you start. Don’t be tempted to pile items and possessions in the centre of the room. It may seem like a good idea and a quicker option to start with, but invariably paint splatters will damage items or you’ll be constantly moving things to make room for ladders or pasting tables.

Pack up all your breakables into sturdy boxes and storage tubs, wrapping delicate items in bubble wrap (or blankets and tea towels if these are all you have to hand), and pack them carefully so they don’t roll around and cause damage to each other.

With larger items of furniture, such as dining tables or desks, try to remove the legs to save space.

If you’re storing items at home during larger, messier jobs, it’s best if you can dedicate a room for storage where you can put everything, then thoroughly seal the room off. Simply closing the door won’t stop dust getting in, so seal all around the doorframe with heavy duty tape, not forgetting the gap beneath. Keep this room out of bounds during the renovation, since dust will fly in whenever the door is open.

Alternative Storage Options

The other option, and one that is especially useful if you’re decorating several rooms at the same time, is to take out a short contract on a self storage unit. Some of the advantages include:

  • Contracts that run from just a week. A good idea is to allow plenty of time by over estimating how long the job will take. They nearly always take longer than you originally think.
  • Many different room sizes from large lockers up to storage spaces that will hold your entire collection of possessions and furnishings.
  • Trolleys and pallet trucks that will help get heavy items from your vehicle to your storage room.
  • A secure environment, with easy access in town locations.

As when you’re packing things to keep at home, use sturdy storage boxes and remember to label everything clearly so you know what’s inside each one.

Once you have your possessions in storage, the area to be worked on will be free and clear, but remember to put protection down on carpets to guard them against muddy boots or paint spills.

Preparation, as they say, is half the battle. Give some thought about your work area, plan your storage ahead of time, and any renovation will be completed faster and with less stress.

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Guest Post By Art In Wax

Posted by Adrian
February 8th, 2012

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Interior Decorating and Home Décor

When decorating your home or office there are lots of things to consider, and not just the colours, paints, wallpaper and other wall coverings, but also the style and the décor (decorations) you want for the overall finish.

You may want to use the decorating to bring the colour to a room, with use of complimentary colour painting schemes or feature walls. And using wallpapers and wall coverings to bring contrast and keeping the rooms accessories in a neutral style. Alternatively walls and paint work could be decorated in neutral tones and the ascent focused on the styling of a room using furniture, lighting, soft furnishings, art and accessories.

As an encaustic artist I personally like to have our home decorated in subtle tones and use art to decorator the walls, this gives us the option to change the style of a room with the re-arrangement of our Art and accessories without having to fully change wall colours and so on.

Kitchen Decoration

As an example, at the end of the summer last year we re-decorated our kitchen. We are working with some green coloured (inherited) units and decided to change from a mushroom colour to a complementing green and opted for “English Mist”. This colour on the walls, which are plain lined, works well with White ceiling and woodwork and makes the kitchen a light and clean looking environment.

To compliment the plain walls we have three paintings of herbs framed and hung on the wall over the dinning table, the frames are a simple wood effect and make a great surround for the paintings which depict a rustic style terracotta pots of Thyme, Chives and Sage.

Encaustic Art

Paintings created in encaustic wax have a wonderful sheen and texture. Encaustic Artist Hazel Rayfield using hot wax to paint her unique art work, paintings are created using coloured encaustic wax and heat tools, the Art In Wax website blog has a lot of information about this art form, including videos of Hazel demonstrating how she paints using molten wax.

Decorating your home with Encaustic Art

The Art In Wax gallery has many paintings, ranging from flowers and landscapes to funky fish and fashion style artwork, suitable for many different types and styles of room. Encaustic art can be mounted and framed to great effect or display using a stand or display easel which look great as accessories on table tops or shelves.

So if you would like some Original Art for your newly decorated room, or to add a change to existing décor in your home or office, why not visit www.artinwax.co.uk. All art is original, NOT prints and are unique and individual: Shop online now for Art In Wax.

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