Key Preventive Measures to Take in Your Home

As a homeowner, you want your home to remain in the best possible condition for as long as possible, which means there are some key preventive measures in your home that you should take .

Add a Good Burglar Alarm

There is always a chance that your home could be targeted by criminals and burglars. If you don’t want them to succeed, then you will have to have a good alarm system in place. Home security should be one of your top priorities as a homeowner. And it’s not something that you can afford to ignore. Luckily for you, there are many top of the range security systems that can help you look after your home. Some of them can even directly alert the police in the event of a break-in taking place. If you want one of the best alarm systems, you’ll have to be prepared to pay for it. But it could be worth it.

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Damp Proof the Home

 

Damp and rising damp are big problems for many homeowners. These issues can cause nasty smells, ugly patterns on the wall and they can even cause the home structural issues. It’s the kind of issue that you can’t afford to ignore. In fact, you shouldn’t let it happen in the first place, and there are things that you can do to prevent it. Companies like Tapco Homedry offer damp proofing services that you can take advantage of. This will stop damp taking hold and causing you issues. It’s definitely something to look into if you want to avoid the hassle that comes with damp in the home.

 

Fix the Drains Up

 

The drainage system in your home has massive potential to cause you problems if you’re not careful. First of all, you need to make sure that the drainage system heads in the right direction. If the gutters attached to your home simply lead towards your garden, then you could experience flooding. That water will simply run into the soil and turn it into a boggy mess. And if you live near the bottom of a slope or hill, the problems will be even bigger. You could even find that your land is being flooded by the drainage systems of your neighbours. So, you need to coordinate your efforts with everyone in the community.

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Fill Any Gaps in the Home

When there is a gap in your home’s exterior, this gives things the chance to get it. For example, a large crack or gap near the base of the house could let in mice and rats. Then, before you know it, you have an infestation problem. And it only takes a very tiny gap for bugs to get in and cause you a problem. This often happens in the summer months. And you should also think about the problem posed by birds that can easily get into the home through gaps in the attic. Many species of birds take the opportunity to build nests in the attics of homes if they are given the chance to.

What To Check For When Buying An Older Home

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This blog will give you the basics on what red flags to check for when buying an older home.  Every property, even the ones which have only just been built, will have problems. However, when you’re buying an older home, you have to be much more wary of these issues. Before you even start to think about doing up the interior, there may be a lot of work to make the home habitable. If you’re thinking of buying an older property, then here are some big problems to look out for.

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First of all, termites and other pests. Termites can be a massive problem for people who own old homes. They’ll burrow through pretty much any wood, causing all kinds of structural damage. When you look at the amount of money termites alone can cost for repairs, you may find it very hard to believe! These pests prefer soft wood, so be wary of any leaks in the property you’re looking at. If there’s a lot, then it’s probably worth calling in a professional house inspector. They’ll be able to point out any pests, and other issues with the home. There are many other wood-eating insects which can cause huge problems for home owners. Look out for any signs of infestation whenever you’re looking around a home.

 

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Poisonous substances are another serious problem which you might find in an older home. Lead paint, for example, has been banned since the seventies. However, there are still houses being sold which are covered in this toxic substances. While it’s not a guarantee that every old property has lead paint in, it’s not something you want to leave to chance! Enough exposure to lead paint can cause cardiac arrest, and hinder a child’s brain development. Another big thing to look out for is asbestos. This was used as building material throughout the 20th century, and exposure to it can cause severe illness and death. Make sure to have a home inspector scour the property for asbestos. If you find any, either move on or look into some professional asbestos removal.

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Finally, inefficient windows. Depending on where you are, heating may not be that much of an issue. However, if you don’t want to end up wasting a lot of money on heating, you need to make sure the windows in the home are fairly efficient. Unfortunately, a lot of older homes were built with single-pane windows. These are incredibly inefficient compared to modern standards of windows, and will let out huge amounts of heat. The worst combination you could ask for is a home with both an old heating system and this old style of window. Get a house with both of these, and you may well triple your heating bill! Either have older windows replaced, or move onto the next property. Bear in mind that replacing every window in a home is going to eat into your design budget!

When you’re looking around at older houses, be sure to keep these issues in mind. A lot of old homes have a lovely rustic charm, I know. However, if you get taken in by this, it could end up costing you huge amounts of money!

How To Brighten Neutral Color Themes

Playful Ways To Brighten Neutral Color Themes

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Neutral color palette is at the top of hot décor trends this year, and interior designers seem to be very happy about it. Thanks to their infinite blend ability with dark, vivid, and other pastels, neutral hues will look amazing in almost any décor, especially Nordic, English country, shabby chic, and Provencal style. Still, over time, even the loveliest of homes lose the initial appeal and turn lifeless, so if you want to max out the effect of a neutral color scheme at home, try spicing it up following these simple tips.

1. Go after high-end textures

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In interior design, texture is as important as hue – and it gets even more critical if your home rocks a monochromatic, all-neutral color scheme. Different textures reflect and absorb light to different degrees, thus creating a distinct room atmosphere. For this reason, pairing neutral colors with luscious fabrics, genuine leather, and matte surfaces will produce an ambiance of vibrancy and sophistication. For superior aesthetic value and décor versatility, hunt down quality blinds  and install them in your home: this way, you will be able to adjust light intensity at daytime and optimize the visual effect of neutral tones and high-quality texture combos.

2. Pair a few different neutral shades

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Painting the entire room in brilliant white is a not as brilliant an idea as it may seem. The same is true of other monochromatic pastels: after a few weeks, ivory-colored walls and ceiling will not appear as classy as they first did, and soothing beige may begin to look jaded in a month or so although it seemed urbane at first. Pair different neutral shades to avoid the monochromatic pitfall and add depth to your quarters: for instance, you can complement white walls with ivory curtains and light taupe upholstery, or play around with soft shades of beige, moss green, and beige to vivify the room.

3. Liven it up with interesting shapes

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Just like texture and pattern, shapes are an important element of home décor, and they impact the ambiance more than you can imagine. Sharp angles and straight lines are simple, but they can produce a chilly effect when paired with neutrals. For this reason, throw in furnishings with a few curves, arches, zigzags, and asymmetric shapes: this will instantly increase visual interest, provide subtle contrast to monochromatic paint, and take your home’s aesthetic value straight to the top.

4. Add black accents for visual punch

No hue speaks high style louder than black, so consider using it as a secondary or accent color when designing your rooms following in the neutral footsteps. A black pop in neutral tiling, a dark frame against an alabaster wall, or a sleek modernist shelf in this powerful tone will add a dose of contrast and spruce up interiors centered on a neutral color scheme.

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5. Add a touch of color to your pale room

Neutrals can look sterile, so do not be afraid to add a dash of color to a pastel room to ward off the hospital look. A splash of navy blue, crimson, or deep violet can completely transform an all-neutral room – just make sure you use secondary and tertiary tones sparingly to max out home sophistication. You can add solid or vivid flourishes either as upholstery and home fabric prints, organic elements, shelf collectibles, artwork, or area rugs; this way, you will also be getting a textural diversity as a bonus point.

 

Neutrals are charming – until they turn monotonous, that is. Fortunately, you can avoid a dull home look if you know where and how to add the elements which exude visual interest – and if you are still reading my blog, you know I highly recommend asking a professional designer for advice.  At the very least, a color consultation.  Contact All About Interiors to make your appointment.

Choosing Flooring For Your Home

Choosing flooring for your home is no easy task. There are so many types to consider, as well as various pros and cons of each. There’s also cost to consider, as well as longevity, which makes picking out the ideal flooring that little bit more difficult.

The good news is that there are plenty of simple things you can do to make choosing the perfect floor type easier for yourself. To help you do that, we’ve put together this useful guide, packed full of tips and advice for choosing suitable flooring for your home.

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What will the room be used for?

 

The first thing that you need to ask yourself is what the space will be used for. Some rooms, such as the kitchen and bathroom, can only have hard flooring because of what they’re used for. While other spaces, such as the living room and hallway, it’s up to you which option you go for. It’s essential that you take the room’s use into account when it comes to selecting the right flooring option.

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For spaces that are going to get a lot of foot traffic, such as the hallway, hard flooring is your best option. This is because it will be easier to keep clean and will last longer. If you have small children, any spaces that they use should have hard flooring. It may not offer as much comfort, but when you’ve got little ones to think about, it’s the best option. You can’t wipe finger painting off your carpet but you can off wood and linolium.

 

Is underfloor heating needed?

The next question to ask yourself is whether underfloor heating is needed. Underfloor heating can not be used with carpet, so if you want it, you need to opt for hard flooring. Unless the space is extremely cold, underfloor heating isn’t essential.

However, if it’s a space that’s going to be used by young children, it can be a good feature to have. Bathrooms, playrooms, and even kitchens are ideal for having underfloor heating installed. Of course, this will come at a cost but it will make your home more comfortable and will also, add value.

 

Take your budget into account

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Of course, a big part of what influences your choice of flooring type is your budget. It’s all well and good wanting to opt for flooring that will last for the longest time possible, but if you can’t afford it, you can’t afford it. Carpet can be a great option, as long as you take good care of it. Lino is also a great low-cost option if you want hard flooring instead of carpet.

 

Some companies offer pay monthly payments for flooring, so if money is tight, this could be worth considering. If money’s too tight to afford the flooring you want, your best option is to look for companies that offer payment plans. That way you can get the flooring you want, without having to stress about the cost.

So there you have it, everything that you need to know about choosing flooring for your home.  Please contact All About Interiors to assist you in choosing the right flooring for your home.

4 Great Tips For Using Metallic In Decor

If you ask me, metallic decor is overlooked way too much in modern interior design. In a lot of homes, adding a little glimmer can add a wonderful finishing touch to the overall feel. While too much metallic will turn your home into a hall of mirrors, getting the balance right will do absolute miracles for the look of your home. Here are 4 great tips for using metallic in your home.

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Regardless of the season, you may have some rooms in your home that feel a little cold. If there are too many whites, grays and other “blank” shades, an interior can be left with the inhospitable feeling of a hospital ward. If this sounds all too familiar, then copper could be the cure you’re looking for. This rich, golden shade is a great way of making a room more homely and warm. There are dozens of ways to apply this, from hammered countertops to backsplash tiles. Even little touches like a vintage copper kettle can be a lovely foil for a room that feels cold.

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Lining a fireplace with copper is also a wonderful touch you could try out. Sure, the flames of a log fire make a great focal point by themselves. However, when they’re surrounded by brick or stone, a fireplace can end up looking a little dull. When you line a fireplace with copper, you’ll really make the feature leap out. If you’re looking to save some money, you could try using reclaimed copper sheet metal from another interior design project. It may be worth hiring in a kitchen hood welder who specializes in copper.

 

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When it comes to the kitchen and bathroom, there’s only one shade you’ll need. Although trends are changing all the time, silver-colored metals are still exceedingly popular for taps and other features.

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There are a range of metals you can choose from depending on your budget and tastes. Nickel, aluminium and chrome all look wonderful in a bathroom. Depending on where you buy from, you can get them in a range of finishes to better match your home. If it were up to me, I’d use stainless steel for its aesthetic beauty and durability. Here’s an article on 5 facts about stainless steel you probably didn’t know.

1)Pick and choose where you’d like to add a bit of sparkle in your home.  2) Make sure you are not overdoing it with the glam 3) use a variety of metals to add warmth in your decor. 4) Contact All About Interiors to consult a professional interior designer to make sure it makes good sense to use metallic in your home.