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Latest Interior Design Trends

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September 24th, 2019

Latest Interior Design Trends

Design trends come and go in the housing market, making it challenging to know what’s in and what’s already on the way out. This year has been no different in interior design crazes across the entire spectrum of home types and sizes, regardless of whether a dwelling is owned or let. Several design fads of the recent past have moved down the list of desirable looks within the home. Minimalism has departed as the go-to trend, as have all-white kitchens and baths. Instead, homeowners and letters are focused on bigger, bolder designs that showcase personality in every way possible.

Maximalism

Over the last several months, a clear shift away from the minimalist culture in home interior design has taken place. Instead of keeping décor to a minimum and colors muted and calming, buyers and renters are turning their attention toward personalisation in their design choices. At its core, maximalism involves the inclusion of lots of colours, either through painted walls, artwork, decorations, or a combination of all three. Additionally, the maximalist trend encompasses more of what one wants in a home, not less. This craze is all about bringing personality and some degree of noise into the home, all while keeping it classy and organised within a space.

Bolder, Bigger Kitchens and Baths

As a nod to the maximalist trend, bigger, bolder kitchens and baths are making a comeback. This can be seen clearly in recent property listings, such as though showcased by letting agent Mayfair in London. Higher-end homes are focused on opulence in these all-important spaces, included design trends such as a showpiece bathtub or grand fixtures. Adding to the bolder feel, some kitchens and baths are leaning toward darker cabinetry. It is not uncommon to see all black furnishings in these spaces, complemented with bright tiles on the floors and backsplashes. Kitchens and baths are also growing in size, with some homes now pushing the limits on how much space can be used for these rooms.

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Patterned Walls and Décor

Another interior design trend making its way onto the list for this year is patterned walls and décor. Although wallpaper has made a slow and deliberate comeback over the last decade, it has done so in an interesting way. Instead of the floral and pastel design choices of 20 years ago, wallpaper selections now include more geometrical features and bolder patterns.
The colours are also getting brighter, and in some cases, darker, highlighting the now necessary personalisation factor in design movements. Home décor is following suit, leaning more toward patterns in accent pieces like pillows, throws, and artwork.

Natural and Sustainable Trends

Aside from colours, patterns, and personalisation in décor, design trends these days are also rushing toward natural and sustainable textures and features. For instance, many properties listed for sale in middle to high-end markets are showcasing natural light throughout bedrooms, kitchens, and baths alike. The inclusion of the outdoors inside is also becoming widely popular, as plants that promote air purity are increasingly seen inside the home.
Some designers are also encompassing nature into interior décor, bringing features such as vertical gardens inside the house.

While interior design trends do not always last for years on end, it seems the longstanding minimalist movement is on the way out. Homeowners and letters are more focused on maximising their space in a way that proves personality and boldness in many different ways. From brighter colours to exciting artwork and patterned décor, the current home interior design movements focused on maximalism may be here to stay for some time.

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What You Should Know about Remodelling Insurance

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September 4th, 2019

What You Should Know about Remodelling Insurance

Remodelling a house is exciting. It can also be stressful and worrisome. Before you get started on a renovation, there a few key things that you should keep in mind. First you should come up with a plan that includes a timeline and a schedule. Detailed notes can help put the tasks into focus. Factoring in your budget is perhaps the most important thing as far as your remodelling planning goes. When you are figuring out your budget for a renovation, you need to include unknown costs and insurance fees. You may think you don’t need insurance, but you want to have to replace supplies, fix damages, or cover the cost of hospital visits should something go wrong. After you figure our insurances costs, you will be able to focus on the task at hand and move forward with your remodel.

Talk to your Insurance

Before you do anything, you should talk to your current insurance provider to see what they cover and what they will not. This is important, you need to know what you will need to find new insurance for. A lot of insurance companies are not interested in covering renovations, so you will likely need to shop around for specialized insurance. Once you have been honest with your insurer on what you will be renovating, you will be able to find what you need as far as insurance goes and start your renovations with peace of mind.

What if I Go Forward Without Insurance?

If you decide to risk a home renovation without the right insurance, you will be liable for all the damages and even hospital visits should an accident occur. In any home-building job, insurance is required so you may receive hefty fines if the authorities find out that you’re not insured. You probably shouldn’t start a home renovation without the right coverage, you are risking more than you have to.

Types of Insurance

What you really need for a home renovation is empty building or site insurance. Site insurance will cover renovations and empty building insurance will insure the property when it doesn’t have tenants. Conventional building insurance won’t be enough to cover your property if it is empty for more than 30 days according to the experts at MoneyPug, which is used as a platform to compare home insurance. The same goes for properties that are not habitable. Some insurers will extend empty building insurance, but this may only provide basic coverage for earthquakes, fires, and other disasters.

For the insurance you need when you’re starting a renovation, regular inspection is one of the things that empty building insurance depends on. It is dependent upon draining the water systems after being drained. The electricity and gas mains need to be isolated as well. Some companies require the waste to be cleared and the letterbox to be sealed. Others want extra security measures in certain areas.

When you take out site insurance, the physical elements of the project, which includes the structure, materials, and temporary work are covered by this type of policy. Accidental damage to other people and property is covered. People working on the renovation will be covered if they are injured on the job. Furthermore, loss and damage to equipment you own will also be included. Site policies also include personal possessions, accidents, and legal expenses, but the cost likely depends on the value of the property, where it is, the value the renovation will add, and the overall terms of insurance.

It doesn’t matter what you are changing to your house, you should look into the right insurance for what you are doing. Knowing ahead of time what insurance you need will help you determine the overall costs of your renovation. Once you understand what you are getting into, you will be able to go forward with peace of mind and the necessary knowledge to get the job done. Then, after all is said and done, you will have exercised caution and will be able to live in your dream house. So what are you waiting for? Get started today, you won’t regret it.

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How to Repaint Internal Doors – contributed by handle King

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February 5th, 2018

How to Repaint Internal Doors

Do your doors look a little tired and need a new lease of life? In a traditional home, solid wood doors can be stripped and restored to augment their natural beauty. Black or copper door handles are a great way to offset this period look and add a modern twist. Stainless steel and chrome door handles on the other hand look perfect on white doors in a contemporary interior and offer a neutral ambiance throughout your home. Consider the contours and tones in your room to determine the handles that best complement your interior.

If your doors are paint encrusted, you will need to strip the layers of paint back before refinishing. This will not only improve the aesthetic finish on your doors, but will also help to ensure your doors operate smoothly. If lead based paint is being removed, it is best to speak with a reputable specialist for advice before carrying out work as there are additional precautions which need to be taken to ensure the paint is removed safely.

Painting an internal door with a roller

Before you commence work it is important to prepare your work station. Protective gloves, eye and face masks are necessary to ensure that no dust is inhaled and offer you protection from any chemical cleaners that may be used. Ensure that the items you are using are fit for purpose before you start. Once you have done this it is best to unhinge the door to ensure an even finish. Make sure that your work area is well ventilated and dust sheets are laid to catch the debris.

Perhaps the most common method for stripping paint from your door is using a chemical stripper. Typically, this is applied to the surface of the door then after the specified time the paint is removed using a scraper. On stubborn and intricate areas of the door or architrave, a wire brush maybe used to carefully remove paint from the surface. Once you have completed this step, any chemical residue should be removed using the recommended fluid specified on the product you are using. Always follow the step-by-step instructions specified by the manufacturer as they will be most relevant to the product you are using.

Once the paint has been successfully removed, it’s time to sand your door in preparation for painting. When painting, remember to apply the paint smoothly and evenly, do not overload your brush, as this can cause the paint to run which in turn can create drip marks to dry onto the surface of your door. Remember to allow enough time for
the paint to completely dry before applying a further coat of paint. Once you are happy with the finish, you will be ready to hang the doors and fit your door handles.

Fitting a new door handle

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