[AD] LIFESTYLE: INTERIORS TRENDS FOR 2020

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I thought i'd put a post together sharing some of my favourite interior trends of 2020! I can see some trends from 2019 are sticking around but there's also some new trends for this year! Here are my faves!


Blue is everywhere, it's the new Grey. Being the Pantone colour of the year it's not surprising that Blue is very on trend this year. I think towards the end of 2019 Navy sofa's and feature walls were very popular. This seems to have followed us into the new year and I don't see blue going anywhere just yet! Navy and classic blue just seem to work and creates a modern but homely atmosphere. It works all over the home too, kitchen cupboards, bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms. Blue just looks great! I think the metallic trend works really well with blue too, Golds, Rose Golds and Bronzes look fabulous along side Blue!

Whilst scanning Pinterest for 2020 trends it's clear that white is still very popular along side the darker feature walls and furniture. However softer shades of pink, concrete, greens and browns also seem to be very well-liked. Again these soft hues work really well with Navy and darkers shades of blue/green.

Herringbone floors don't seem to be going anywhere and are just beautiful and a wonderful addition to any home. I think that the Herringbone pattern works really well with modern and more traditional homes making it a real investment.

Glass walls, windows, flooring is such a huge trend! I'm loving the Crittall style doors and windows that are trending on Pinterest! They add an element of industry into the home but also add loads of light and are a great way to divide up rooms. Tuffxglass.co.uk are manufacturers of toughened glass and other high quality glass products and technology so check them out if your planning on adding glass products to your interiors.

Block colours seem to be fashionable however patterned tiles for flooring and walls are also very popular. Statement wallpapers are also on trend right now however I'm not personally a fan and much prefer adding pattern with a tile or soft furnishings that can be changed easily. Adding a retro geometric rug can really add something to a room without being as dramatic as wallpaper or furniture. However if a jazzy pattern is totally your thing then 70's patterns are favoured this year.
I'm still loving the monochrome patterned tiles for walls and flooring, especially in bathrooms and hallways!

Scandi, boho and sustainability are still very on trend. Recycled furniture, lots of wicker and textures are still proving to be stylish. With people becoming more eco-friendly the fashion has become more wooden, reuable rather than plastic and throw-away. Why not check out a local charity shop or ebay for those hidden gems. An old antique side board or dining table can make such a beautiful statement to a home without costing an arm and a leg and also do your bit for the environment.

What are your top interior trends for 2020?  Will you be adding any of these trends to your home this year?









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LIFESTYLE: TOP TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR FLOORING CLEAN

Everyday living means that sadly, your brand new flooring will not stay clean for long, particularly if you live in a busy household, perhaps with kids or pets traipsing dirt in and out all day long. Since you will have spent some of your hard-earned money on having a new floor put in and making your house look nice, you will want to keep it looking as good as possible for as long as possible. 

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However, there are things that you can do to keep your flooring from flooring.uk.com looking good, and that is what we are going to look at here:

Sweep it regularly

Sweeping your floor regularly, as dull as it seems, is the most obvious and one of the easiest ways of keeping it free of dust and debris while preventing it from getting too scratched. If tiny bits of debris and dirt, no matter how small they may seem, are left and continually trodden in, they will damage and scratch your floor. This is particularly an issue with real wood floors.

It is important, however, to be mindful of the type of broom or brush that you use. Depending on the type of flooring that you have, some brushes might scratch it. You want one that is stiff enough actually to move the debris, but soft enough not to ruin it - horse hairs and rubber bristled brooms are usually the best bet.

Mop and vacuum

Sweeping is quick and easy, but if you have the time, running a vacuum around can collect any of the bits that you might have missed, particularly those random bits of fluff that seem always to escape the broom!

Take care with which attachment you are using, because, like the brooms, the wrong one can cause even greater damage to your floor. Most modern vacuums now come with a variety of attachments for different types of flooring, so make sure you use the correct one.

You will also want to mop your floor, but be careful - doing it too often can be problematic. It is always best to mop it dry and use warm soapy water, or cleaners that are designed to be used with your floor type. If you have real wood flooring, do not use the steam mops that have become popular in recent years. These can cause the wood to shrink and warp over time, which is the last thing anyone wants!

Don’t wear outdoor shoes indoors

This not only keeps your floor clean and stops everything from the outside being walked in, but it also protects your flooring. The soles are harsher on the floor, and tiny bits of stones can be brought in the grooves and trodden continuously into the floor. Get into the habit of taking your shoes off at the door and wearing slippers or socks in the house. For areas of high traffic, place some rugs to protect the floor from the inevitable wear and tear, and buy protectors for the feet of furniture.

These steps are all very easy to follow and worth bearing in mind when you purchase your new flooring. By using these tips, your flooring will not only remain spotlessly clean but look brand new for much longer. 

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LIFESTYLE: Which Parts Of The Home Deserve More Love In 2020?

Painting, Renovation, Paint, Paint Brush

If you’re planning to update and upgrade your home in 2020, it’s important to accept that you can’t do everything at once. As such, you will need to build a prioritised list to ensure that the right areas receive the TLC they require. 

No two homes or families are the same, which is why you must consider your needs as well as the condition of each space. Nonetheless, these are the most common areas that require attention in 2020. Focus on these spaces, and you will see the biggest improvements. 

The Structure 

Your biggest priorities should lie with the building itself. Roof damage, foundation faults, and household leaks require instant fixes. Only a professional should be trusted with the job as your inexperience could cause further problems. Correcting problems caused by adverse weather conditions and general ageing is the start. But you should also consider the security. From better locks on doors and windows to CCTV, those additions will impact your feelings towards the property. 

The Bedroom 

The average person spends one-third of their life sleeping. Therefore, it’s imperative that you give your body the very best chance of rest and recuperation. Investing in a better mattress, blackout curtains, and comfy surroundings is key. When your body is well rested, everything from your mood to skin health will see big rewards. In truth, if the bedroom remains in a bad way, the improvements made in other parts of the home will seem futile. Now is the time to take control. 

The Bathroom 

Bathrooms are one of the unsung heroes of the family home. They are used for several activities every single day, and are where you go to make yourself look and feel human. Upgrading the bathroom doesn’t always require major work. New towel rails, shower doors, taps, and cabinet doors will often do the trick. This can be supported by accessories like new towels, candles, a waterproof speaker, and a fake plant. Create a calm space, and your daily life will improve. 

The Kitchen 

The kitchen is used more than any other room. From food prep to cleaning, everyone uses it every day. Many families use it for laundry purposes too. Aside from aesthetic pleasure, it should be practical and include ample storage. In today’s climate, energy efficiency is another key feature. Custom kitchen renovation projects make it happen. When your kitchen is redesigned with the next few years in mind, the value it can add to your life as well as the property cannot be ignored. 

The Garden 

Your home doesn’t start and end with what’s inside the four walls. As such, paying attention to outside spaces is vital. Budget-friendly garden upgrades are particularly useful. Not least because they encourage you to spend more time outside. This can turn your home into the envy of your neighbours while also creating the perfect place to host friends and family. For even better results, you may wish to consider the prospect of using sliding doors to combine it with living spaces.


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LIFESTYLE HOBBIES YOU CAN CONSIDER AT ANY AGE

Whether you are young and fresh-faced, or just heading into retirement, one of the best things you can do for your wellbeing is to find yourself a hobby. Having a hobby is one of the best ways to keep the brain active and keep you happy.

We are going to take a look at a few hobbies that will keep you on your toes at any age and hopefully if there is nothing here that takes your fancy, you will find a little inspiration within that will set you off on your journey into finding a hobby that’s great for you.


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Why You Need To Keep Active

The trouble with life is that often it can be quite testing from time to time. Whether it’s work or just a little stress at home, we all need to find something that helps us escape from it, and that gives us a release.

Having a hobby will more often than not give us something that will either stimulate our mind or body and sometimes both. When it comes to hobbies, the only difficulty that generally presents itself is being able to find one that we will enjoy.

Hobbies For Your Body

The first few hobbies we are going to look at are going to help keep both your mind and body sharp. We should begin by saying for these hobbies you shouldn’t be too quick to jump in and claim that you are too old for physical activity, no matter what your age, there will be something that you will be able to manage physically.
A few considerations you should think about when looking for a hobby that will challenge your body rather than just your feet are yoga, street dance classes and even rock climbing. Of course, if you are a beginner to anything physical, then nothing beats a little hiking, and it can often be one of the most rewarding hobbies you can have.

Hobbies For Your Mind

When it comes to choosing a hobby that will stimulate your mind, you should be looking at things that have always interested you. If you, like millions of people, require mental stimulation to help you through the day, then why not learn something brand new that really interested you.

Some things you can consider are electronics, computer programming and robotics. There are, of course, quite literally thousands of things you could challenge yourself with, and no matter what you choose, you should do so carefully.

Conclusion

While this post has only pointed out a few of the possibilities, the main purpose of the post was to help you realise that there is no harm in searching for other things to keep you active and happy.

Whatever hobby you eventually find for yourself, you can be sure that it will be yours and something you will find an added passion for. Having a passion like this will often last a lifetime. 

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LIFESTYLE: FINDING THE PERFECT HOME FOR YOU


When we think of looking for our perfect place to settle down, it’s easy to fall into traditional thinking. We may wish for a nice white picket fence or a beautiful countryside home where we can raise our 2.5 children and enjoy the flow of community life. If that’s something you wish for, you should feel proud of that. There’s nothing nobler than finding your little slice of the world and doing your best to raise a loving family there.

However, it’s also important to recognize that this isn’t for everyone. It might not be for you. You needn’t have to feel guilty about that either. We all have our tastes and needs, and over time the ability to find what truly matters to you becomes clearer and a little more interesting to pursue.

But how can you find the perfect home for you, and what criteria should you measure your options by in the first place? These are worthwhile questions to ask. We believe that the following advice should help you answer them:

The Day Ahead

Considering each day as an individual unit can help you think of what life you may wish to live, and from there, what home is most important to you. Do you wish to wake up in the morning with a seafront view as you sip on your coffee, or are you more of an urban-focused individual? What commute are you happy to take, or what schooling experience do you hope your children will have? The more you answer these questions, the more you will perfect your day ahead, each day, and this will construct the life you want.

What Makes You Happy?

It’s a simple question - what makes you happy? This is a more principled and profound question than the matters that may make up every day. Do you NEED to focus on your art, and have studio space for that? Is family and good community all you have ever wished for? Are you a car nut, in need of your own space to conduct repairs and classic car restorations, as well as being close enough to a famed track to test drive your work on open days? What makes you happy? It’s a question worth asking.

What Holds The Most Value?

What is it that holds the most value? Could it be that the perfect home for you is not that remote cabin, but a beautiful investment in a cottage, in a protected area? This No1 property guide house and land packages set of options could help you see just how much bang for your buck you could acquire if you search in highly-investable areas, ensuring your perfect home not only makes emotional and rational sense, but deep financial sense as well. Searching for value is not a nice addon, but could provide the backbone of your final decision-making process.

With this advice, we hope you will find the perfect home for you. You deserve it.

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LIFESTYLE: SHOULD YOU CONSIDER A LANDSCAPING PROJECT FOR YOUR GARDEN?

A lot of people neglect their gardens for various reasons. Some people just don’t have the time to take care of lots of different plants, while others just find it a waste of money to invest in their garden if they don’t spend much time in it. Regardless of what your reasons are, one of the best ways to motivate yourself to spend more time in the garden and care for it is to give it a purpose.

Finding a purpose for your garden can be difficult, especially if the amount of space you have is limited or restricted. That’s where a landscaping project can come in handy to inspire you. There are a lot of fantastic ideas on the internet, but it can be rather expensive, especially if you’re hiring a contractor to help you.

So in this post, we’ll be taking a look at a couple of reasons to try landscaping and also how to decide if it’s the right thing for you.


Is your garden space limited?

If you’re limited on how much garden space you have, then it’s probably a good idea to actually avoid landscaping unless you can flatten out a lot of ground. Landscaping is generally something that you should only consider when you have a lot of space because the idea is to personalize your garden with lots of unique plants and elevations.

However, a garden with limited space typically won’t have the freedom of modifying the layout. If you have a relatively small garden but still want to renovate and improve it, consider some budget garden updates instead to add some more comfort or a splash of colour.

Find a landscaper or do it yourself?

Landscapers are among some of the most expensive contractors you can hire due to the variety of different skills they have. It’s not just about mowing the lawn and planting some flowers–a landscaper needs to have a lot of knowledge in order to give you a beautiful backyard. This can include irrigation like settling up a sprinkler system, adding unique lights to highlight your garden regardless of the time, and also adding decking.

If you decide to carry out your garden projects yourself, then getting a bit of experience first never hurts. However, you’ll have to think about all of the responsibilities you have, such as purchasing screws for landscape projects, preparing borders, futureproofing and so on.

Do you have time to carry it out?

Sure, a garden project can be handled by a contractor you hire. You might think that most of the work is focused on the garden, giving you the freedom to do what you want at home while your contractor helps you landscape. However, there are times where you may need to give your contractor access to your home while you’re away. This can be put some people off and they’re not a fan of hiring someone to do a job, even if it is cheap.

If you do have plenty of time, then we can suggest making it even cheaper by doing your own landscaping. Start small with your own little projects, then work your way up and tackle more complex things when you have more experience.