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The finishing touches are some of the most delightful things about home design. You’ve done the hard work – sanding and varnishing floor boards, putting up new partition walls and rebuilding that pesky garden fence. Now it’s time to put your creative stamp on the place you’ve put together. Here are five attractive and practical ways to really make your home your own.
Get twinkly with some fairy lights
Fairy lights are an ideal alternative to night lights, and can also be used to create warm mood lighting in place of more dangerous flames. Fill a clear vase with colored lights and place it in a restored fireplace, for a visual cue that’ll warm the cockles. Or string lights around nooks and crannies to highlight the secret areas in your new cozy living room.
Install a stereo
Music is one of the best ways to add the right mood to a room. Try wiring multiple rooms for sound – particularly the bathroom, which is the one place you’re guaranteed to get some time to relax. Most speakers are pretty resistant to ambient moisture, so unless you actually put them in the shower you’re likely to have the sounds you love while you luxuriate. If you’re feeling really adventurous, hard wire them behind the plasterboard.
Restore your furniture
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a new look from your lounge or bedroom. Start with what you have and look at creative ways to restore it. Wooden furniture in particular is great for this – you can sand it down and paint it, add decals or stencils, or bring back the shine with a new coat of varnish. Chairs and other soft furnishings can be reupholstered for a fraction of the cost of a new set, and washing your rugs will bring back the brightness.
Build a baby’s room
If you’re preparing for a new arrival, one of the best ways to channel the nesting urge and bring some excitement into the home is to build baby’s room. In smaller homes, try building a cot and setting it at the end of the bed where you sleep. Add a few soft toys and some swaddles, as you buy or are given them, and in no time your house will start to feel ready for that special new addition. As the time approaches, you can decorate baby’s room with fun, colorful schemes that make you happy too.
Ditch those curtains
Houses or rooms with views sometimes fail to make the most of their surroundings. Ditch the curtains and install interior blinds instead, for windows that don’t lose any of the view behind a retracted curtain. You can also use blinds in smaller rooms, to cut out the light without cutting down on the space. Use blackout blinds for sleeping areas (and baby bedrooms) to retain control of just how much light gets into the room during the day. You’ll find blackout blinds are particularly useful if you have jobs that require unusual sleeping patterns, or if you are in the first few months of a new arrival. You can click here to order now, or to research your options.
The Author is a DIY and home improvement journalist, whose articles have been published on more than 200 high profile web pages in the last 10 years. His own personal network of DIY and home improvement blogs is regularly syndicated for use by some of the county’s biggest DIY programmes.