Renovate With Space

Renovate with space

Renovate with Space

This week’s guest blogger is Holly Barry, Digital PR Executive with Distinctly PR http://Twitter -@HJBarry

In this article Holly shares her thoughts about how to “renovate with space” and achieve a professional finish at a lower price.

7 Top Tips to Renovate with Space

With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s tempting to switch off from the rest of the working community, abandon all responsibility and begin making plans for the New Year.

As we live in an ever-changing society where we are entertained by the notion of a fast-paced lifestyle, renovating your home is one of the most appealing ways to satisfy those cravings and keep an active hand in.

However, maintaining our hectic schedules often results in belongings and household items beginning to accumulate and clutter the surroundings you live in. So, if you’re planning on renovating or redecorating, and you want to really make the most of the space you have available, it pays to do some homework.

Here are our top tips on how to maximise the space you have, undertaking a makeover or room renovation.

Colour creativity

It is known that colour, size and shape, are three important things to consider when re-decorating your room.

The colours you choose will have an enormous impact on how light and spacious a room appears, such as, light coloured walls which make a room appear bigger and brighter. Meanwhile, darker colours have the opposite effect, seeming to bring the walls in to make the room look smaller. Choose off-whites, baby blues and pale greens to maximise space, and make sure that the flooring and woodwork is also kept as light as possible.

lighting up

Lighten up

Creating additional light in a room can appear more inviting, by toying with the atmosphere and ambience, which adds the deception of space.

Skylights, are a popular favourite, creating a modern and contemporary feel, but if you’re feeling more adventurous, why not install unique pendant lights with a copper cable for a more personalised twist. Choose clever standing lighting with a small footprint to help dark corners recede and to brighten the entire space.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

A well- positioned mirror will bounce the light around the room, creating the illusion of a spacious living area. Experiment with mirrored furniture such as wardrobes and storage cabinets, which will help you maintain an organised area whilst opening up your room from the reflection of the mirror. Be sure to play around with the furniture by exploring different angles and turning around, to see what gives the most impact.


Floor it

If you’re considering a major renovation for your home, a mezzanine floor could be a cost-effective way of adding an extra room to your home.

This alternative to creating space allows you to add levels and depth to your existing room. Whether you need an additional bedroom or a home office, a mezzanine floor could solve a lot of space problems, at a fraction of the cost of an extension or a house move.

Make sure you familiarize yourself with the building requirements first, once this has been acknowledged, opt for décor which fits seamlessly with the rest of the room, aiming for a clean, unfussy approach.

Door it

Many people never consider the impact that doors can have on the overall finish of a room. For example, by carefully selecting the right panelling and door handle, the design can be made into an interchangeable feature, which can be easily modernised and kept up to date with the latest home trends.

Opt for a bespoke style which can be fitted from floor to ceiling which will boost the overall sense of space. If space is tight, consider creating an archway which eliminates the swinging door effect to portray an open walkway.

Left on the shelf

Alcove shelving is a brilliant solution which makes use of the readily available space that you may not have thought to use.

By making use of the small pockets of space on your wall, more room will be created for items such as books, ornaments and other small, personable items. There are many different options to choose from, such as floating and slatted shelves, but to make yours look and feel more traditional, pick an oak or pine material for that rustic chic look.

dramatic drapes

Dramatic drapes

When considering small redecorating ideas, curtains should be at the top of your list.

By hanging classic panelled curtains, which are made from a lightweight fabric, you will automatically notice the space difference in your room. The area will feel lighter, more airy which will let light flood through. Consider muted patterns and plaids with a vertical design to notice the floor to ceiling expansion. Avoid, overly patterned and heavily covered samples, which will drown out your room, making it look over crowded. Additionally, dark coloured curtains can seem to make a space look smaller too.

Plan It!

If you have a living room or bedroom that could do with a space-creating makeover, start by making a plan.

Decide on a budget, then write down all of the room’s elements that you’d like to improve. Use our tips above to make the most of the space, and do more research to find creative ways to maximise your space within your budget. A makeover doesn’t need to be expensive, but with some careful planning and a little time and effort, it can look every inch as professional as a room created by an interior design expert.

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