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Great Ideas To Refresh Your Kitchen

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If you’re someone who gets carried away with looking at all the kitchen trends and schemes in the latest design magazines, but you have neither the time nor the budget for a major remodelling, there are some quick and easy decorating tips to give your kitchen the update it deserves! The best thing about these tips from Surrey painters and decorators is that you can mix and match them.

We will always notice things at eye level before we take in anything else, and one of the most striking changes you can make is to decorate your kitchen walls. A lot of decor ideas and efforts are put in to the appliances, the countertops, and the many must-have kitchen gadgets, but the walls are where you can make a big impact with little expense or effort.

Keeping an eye on the latest kitchen trends and updating your kitchen wall decor with design-savvy changes can transform your cooking and dining experience.

Colour is one the quickest and most inexpensive ways to transform a room, but to achieve those great kitchen wall colours, then the trick is the three-colour palette.

Colour 1 can be an existing kitchen colour that cannot be changed, such as the countertops or the cabinets. Colour 2 should be a neutral colour of your choice, it should compliment colour 1, and use it on the walls or wall to create a backdrop for your decor.

Colour 3 is the one that will make your kitchen unique. A bold, unexpected, adventurous colour as a statement, and use it for your kitchen accessories, bar stools, cookware, or vases. Find paint swatches and shuffle them all around until you find the combination that just pops! Keep hold of the swatches for further reference.

A can of black chalkboard paint is inexpensive and a great way to dress up an accent wall in your kitchen. Black is a bold, eye-catching wall colour and the perfect backdrop for your ever-changing chalk art.

If you’re out of wall space, a door or cabinet surface is another great chalkboard (and dinner menu) in the making. Remember to layer. A floating shelf or gallery wall collection on your chalkboard wall adds to the unique look of your new, inspired kitchen walls.

If you’ve updated your kitchen decorating with fresh, fashion-forward colours and a focal wall, it’s time to add layers. The latest trend in kitchen design is open shelving, instead of cabinets. This look lightens a kitchen up by creating visual space, but requires you to hide all the Tupperware and mismatched glasses in fewer cabinets.

Instead of tearing out your upper cabinets, try updating your kitchen wall decor by placing one or two floating shelves on an open wall. Floating shelves come in many styles and are easy to install. Keep the floating shelf display items minimal and colour-coordinated for a magazine-ready look.

For a bigger change, take the doors off of one or two kitchen cabinets and paint or wallpaper the back of the cabinet. You now have a new open display shelf. To give your new display life, add LED under-cabinet lighting to highlight the items. Battery-powered lights are available if cabinet wiring is an issue.

If you’re looking for professional painters and decorators in Surrey, for your kitchen or any room in the house, then get in touch today.

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Refresh Your Home For The Coming Year

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It’s always a little sad, once the Christmas decorations have been put away, no more tinsel or fairy lights for a year now, and the house can feel a little emptier for it. It’s maybe a good time to have a think about breathing a bit of life and colour in to the home again. Painters and decorators in Surrey have some sure fire tips to help.

Surely the simplest solution to begin with is to move the furniture around. Just by rearranging the sofa and chairs, or the bed and dresser, you can achieve a sense of a whole new space, but while it still feels very much like home. And best of all, it’s completely free to do.

You might have some older wooden furniture, like bed side tables, or a dresser, and it’s easy to breathe fresh life in to them by sanding them down, and a couple of coats of white chalk paint. It will add some vintage glamour to your room.

We all need to stop hoarding and have a purge every now and then. Go through the entire house, and get rid of all those long forgotten and unused or wanted items that are gathering dust. Charity shops gladly accept unwanted clothes in good condition, and don’t forget to recycle that pile of magazines that will never get read again. There’s a calendar of monthly cleaning and clearing tasks in Ideal Home magazine.

Sometimes it’s not enough to simply rearrange things, and should you be considering giving rooms a totally new look, get in touch with our expert painters and decorators in Surrey to completely revamp your home.

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What Decorating Trends Can We Expect In 2020?

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With the new decade beginning, there are going to be plenty of new interiors trends to give you inspiration for your home.

Good Housekeeping recently shared some of the predictions from a number of professional interior designers, who offered their ideas on what colours and decor ideas we should be considering for our homes in the coming year.

One of the top trends identified, not only by the designers who spoke to the publication, but also Pantone, is the colour navy blue. Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2020 was Classic Blue, which is a shade of navy.

Kerrie Kelly, founder of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, explained why it’s such a good colour to use in your home. “Navy blue provides the perfect amount of contrast for interiors and exteriors in both traditional and modern home styles,” she asserted.

Among the reasons why it’s such a good option is that you can use it to create a dramatic look in your home that introduces contrast without the need to use black.

In fact, high contrast decor is another trend that you can expect to see in more homes around the UK in the coming year. According to Bria Hammel, CEO of Bria Hammel Interiors, you can create this look relatively easily by introducing dark-coloured furniture to rooms that are painted in pale shades.

When it comes to our kitchens, we can expect to see a bit more colour entering this space. White has long been a popular choice for kitchen decor, but there’s going to be a shift towards more vibrant shades in this space.

One thing to consider is colour-pop cabinets. As the name suggests, this involves painting your kitchen cabinets in a bright colour. Blue, yellow, red, green or navy blue are among the options that will look great when introduced to this space, the magazine revealed.

Non-white kitchens can also be designed using natural materials. As Ms Hammel explained, using wood for cabinets, islands or shelves in the kitchen can be a great way to escape from the more sterile-looking white work surfaces and cabinets often found in homes.

In terms of how we decorate our newly painted or wallpapered walls, art is going to be important, and more specifically antique art. Ms Hammel noted that “people love that it looks aged and that it has a story to it”, which is why it’s growing in popularity.

Hanging art on the walls in your kitchen is another trend to watch and one that can help elevate this space from being functional to having a more personal touch.

Real Simple has also compiled a list of the top home decor trends that are expected to grow in popularity in 2020 and beyond. The website highlighted some alternative colours to consider if you’re going to be putting a fresh coat of paint on your walls – namely beige and rich greens.

According to the publication, beige and other warm neutrals are set to take over from whites and cool neutrals in the coming year as homeowners look at ways to make their rooms feel more homey. Although navy blue is the main colour to watch, greens in a range of shades are finding favour too.

The key, the website noted, is to choose shades of green with “blue or grey undertones”.

To make sure you get the best finish on your walls, enlist the help of a painter in Winchester to bring some colour to your home.

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South-East Homes Cost More Than 10x Salary

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Homeowners in the south-east of England have to typically spend more than ten times their salary to get on the property ladder.

Compare The Market has revealed research that shows the average house price in the region is £303,031. As the median salary in the area is £25,383, this means house prices are 11.87 times average annual earnings.

While this is steep, it is not the highest house price to income ratio. Unsurprisingly, London exhibited the steepest results, with homebuyers typically having to spend 15.34 times their salary to purchase a property in the capital, which is £464,998 on average.

Following London, Oxford houses are the most expensive for buyers in the area, coming in at 15.2 times the median salary. Even though wages in the south-east area are higher than other places in the UK at £27,089, so are average house prices.

Indeed, with typical properties costing £411,835, this is nearly four times more expensive than in Stoke-on-Trent where it is £109,894. Here, homebuyers only have to spend 498 per cent of their salary to get on the property ladder.

Those who want to purchase a home but are not able to get a mortgage for up to 15 times their salary might consider buying a house that needs a lot of updating, as it is likely to be on the market for significantly lower than similar houses that have already been redecorated.

Indeed, Real Homes previously reported that repainting every room could increase a property’s house price by £7,000.

Therefore, buying a house that needs renovating and hiring a painter in Surrey to bring it up to date will enable you to save money.

 

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Are You Decorating Before Christmas?

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There are just under five weeks until Christmas Day. If you’re going to be hosting friends and family on 25 December you’ll probably want your home to look its best for your guests. But it seems some Brits are going further than simply giving their property a thorough clean.

Research from B&Q revealed that many of us are planning to do some DIY or even decorating to spruce up our homes ahead of the festive season.

While some of the DIY jobs are just small tasks, like replacing a broken toilet seat, others require a bit more time and effort, like painting walls and hanging wallpaper, the Mirror reported.

In fact, the research found that six in ten of us started thinking about making home improvements as early as October. But if you haven’t started yet you’ll want to get your skates on to ensure that you’re ready come 25 December.

If you think you need some extra help, think about hiring a painter in Winchester, or wherever you live, to help you refresh your living room or dining room in time for Christmas. Paying a professional will not only mean you have an immaculate finish, but also that you don’t have the hassle of spending a day or two painting or wallpapering.

While the top job for homeowners to get ready for Christmas was named as buying presents, freshening up the walls with a new coat of paint was in at number four on the list. This ranked higher than buying a Christmas tree or Christmas decorations.

Cleaning the bathroom was in at number two, while cleaning the windows was number six on the list of priorities.

Kam Dhillon, from B&Q, commented: “Hosting friends and family is one of the most magical parts of Christmas, which is why it’s important to have a home you’re proud to show off during the festive season.”

It’s also a great reason to sort out those little home improvement tasks you’ve been putting off for months.

If you’re hoping to make your home look elegant in time for Christmas, there are some simple decorating tips you can follow, according to a recent article for Seen in the City. And the best part is that they don’t have to cost a lot of money.

Start by looking at how you can introduce more light into rooms to make them appear bigger. Mirrors work wonders because they bounce the available light around a space. Living rooms and hallways are the best places to put mirrors, the publication states.

Keeping it simple when it comes to the colours you choose to decorate in is also essential. The publication suggests picking a simple palette of one or two shades for your home and then using accessories to add a pop of colour here and there. To get the elegant look right though, you should broadly stick to your colour scheme with your furniture as well as your painting.

Lighting is also important and can dramatically change the look and feel of a space. Use statement lamps and fixtures rather than opting for a single, really bright light, particularly in spaces like the living room.