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Personalising Your First Home

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April 7th, 2021

Personalising Your First Home

When you own or rent your first home away from the one you grew up in, it can be both challenging and exciting. While you might be looking forward to spreading your roots independently, the responsibilities now also fall onto yourself, as opposed to your parents or guardians. The amount that you can personalise your home will depend on whether you have bought the property or are renting from a landlord. The amount of creative control that a renter has will differ, depending on the rules set down by their landlord, but that does not mean that personalisation is impossible.

Wall Art

Using pictures and frames to decorate your home can help bring a more personal touch. You could choose to use traditional photographs or even canvas prints with free hanging kit that will allow you to have more of a 3D effect on your walls. This art could feature traditional images by well known artists, or instead incorporate some of your family photos or holiday snapshots. You may need to check with your landlord if it is acceptable to hang items on the wall. If not, you could always use your canvasses and photographs on tables and sideboards, so there is no damage done to the house itself.

Wall Colouring

If you are a homeowner, you will have full jurisdiction over the colours you choose for your home. You may opt to use your favourite colours, or look into which colours are likely to be popular this year. For smaller homes or flats, you may also want to consider trying to maximise the size of your rooms. This can be achieved by letting in as much natural light as possible, as well as using lighter colours. This increases the appearance of the size of the room due to having more surface area for light to reflect off of. Once you have chosen the wall colours for your room, you could also pick out curtains or blinds that will match this theme and give the vertical surfaces more of a polished look.

Rugs and Carpeting

For homes that you own, you may be able to change the carpeting or even replace it with wood panel flooring or elegant tiles. While those living in rented accommodation may not be able to do this, that doesn’t mean that the flooring cannot be personalised. Choosing rugs that match the colour schemes of your furniture, offer you a bit of warmth under your toes, or simply take your fancy, can help to cater each room more to your tastes than simply leaving them as is.

The decoration and personalisation of your home may not seem like a big deal, especially when you have to unpack and sort out your utilities and other bills. However, this personalisation can help you to feel more at home that bit quicker within your own space, allowing you to build up your confidence and start enjoying the aspects of independent living.

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Quick tip: Painting skirting boards

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November 27th, 2010

A quick tip for when your painting skirting boards, when decorating a room and you are having a new carpet fitted, but not for a few days after you have decorated, a quick tip is to cut the carpet around the room about three inches away from the skirting boards, removing the carpet, but leaving the gripper rods (mind your fingers on these) and the underlay. This will allow you to paint the skirting boards all the way to the bottom and not get bits of fluff or carpet on the new paintwork.

Also, by removing only a few inches of carpet from around the edge of the room you won’t be walking on cold concrete or floorboards whilst you wait for the new carpet to be fitted. Another advantage of removing the carpet and painting all the skirting to the floor is if the new carpet if a different thickness you wont end up with that horrible yellowish line where you haven’t painted.

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