Archive: March 2015

Our Top Five Spring Cleaning Tips

March 24th 2015 by .

As the weather gets warmer, the sky bluer, and the days longer, it can only mean one thing – spring is here! Say goodbye to those bitterly cold mornings and depressingly dark nights, and say hello to the season of rebirth and renewal. Or at least in theory anyway, if the recent solar eclipse is anything to go by, grey skies are here to stay. But one thing that can’t be dampened by clouds is the fabled spring clean. Everybody knows they should do it, but if the weather does actually begin to get nice, why should I stay inside and clean? So we’ve put together five tips for an effective spring clean, enjoy!

1)     Make a Plan

Make A Plan for Spring Clean

While it may sound obvious, the sheer scale of a spring clean can catch people off guard, especially if you’ve never done one before. Make a plan with a section for each room of the house, and then list all the jobs you can think of. Think about tasks such as cleaning the baseboards, the walls and the windows, as well as moving and cleaning behind and underneath furniture. Doing this will mean the entire clean is organised and you will save hours of time.

2)     Get Prepared

You’ve agreed on a weekend, you’ve made a plan, you’re ready to do this. You open your store cupboard, only to be greeted by a 2 year old sponge, a feather duster, and half a bottle of bleach. Oh.  The last thing you want to do now is run to the shop and buy some supplies, so make sure you do this in advance. You’ll need an all-purpose cleaner for the walls to the floors and glass cleaner for windows and mirrors. And don’t forget about specialised cleaners such silver polish and oven cleaner for those once-a-year jobs. Equally important are your tools, inspect them all from mops to brooms and replace them if they’re out of shape. A frayed broom can make sweeping take twice as long. Finally, microfiber cloths are brilliant all for your dusting needs.

3)     Declutter

Despite what its name suggests, just tidying up is very important to a spring clean. There’s no point lifting up a stack of papers and cleaning under them, only to put them straight back afterwards. Yes, you’ll get rid of the dust but the room will look just as messy. Spend time arranging things neatly and ask yourself, do I really need this? If the answer is no (which it often is), get rid of it! Donate it to charity and add to the feel-good factor that spring brings. Alternatively, if you’re willing to invest a bit more time and money, there are some super-stylish storage solutions available – like the one shown below. Not only do they declutter the room, but if done properly they can look incredible.

 

Spring Clean Smart Storage Solution

Clever storage not only gets rid of clutter but it looks incredibly stylish.

4)     Attack the Kitchen

While every single room is important, none sets the mood for the home quite like the kitchen. It is often the first and last impression your guests will have of your house, so the spring clean is a great way of ensuring it’s a good one. Remove any food from open view and then clean, scrub, wash and dust like you never have before. The cabinets, floor and worktops are the three essentials, scrub until they sparkle as the saying goes. And don’t forget the appliances; you want to clean until you can see your reflection. Our very own Robert Clark has made this handy guide for cleaning your kitchen doors – you can watch that here. On the other hand, if you’re a bit lazy like us – transform your kitchen by replacing the doors and drawer fronts for a clean, stylish look.

Cleaning Kitchen for Spring Clean

Make sure to give your kitchen doors a thorough clean

5)     Have Fun

If you dread and fear the spring clean – you’re never going to enjoy it. It’s only as boring as you make it. Invite some friends and family round and make a day of it. Stick the radio on, have a few drinks and celebrate by buying them dinner – as long as they don’t make a mess!

So stop reading and preparing for that spring clean now! Or, let us know what your tips are in the comments below.

15 Shades of Grey

March 10th 2015 by .

15 Shades of Grey in the Home

As the controversial new film 50 Shades of Grey hits the cinema, we take a look at 15 gorgeous kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms in everyone’s favourite neutral colour – Grey. Enjoy!

1) Being so versatile, grey creates the perfect backdrop to a range of bolder colours across the spectrum, light blue is a personal favourite of ours.

Grey and Light Blue Kitchen

2) Light Woodgrain pairs beautifully with grey as it adds contrast to your kitchen to create a wonderfully traditional cooking space.

Grey and Woodgrain Kitchen

3) An untreated hardwood floor and a marble worktop can give your kitchen a wonderful rustic feel. Finish with traditional metal features such as bronze faucets to create a classic kitchen with an individual touch.

Grey Kitchen with Wood Floor

4) A combination that will always look super-stylish, pair your grey kitchen doors with a white kitchen to create a modern room that is smart, sleek and sophisticated.

Grey and White Kitchen

5) Paint it Red! A bold red splashback and some accessories adds colour and light to your kitchen that grey simply can’t on its own. Red and grey can transform your kitchen into a luxurious modern masterpiece.

Grey and Red Kitchen

6) Our very own Visions Storm Grey is a delightful modern shade. Paired with stone flooring and metal handles, this kitchen door will bring timeless contemporary style to your home.

Visions Ultragloss Storm Grey

7) With so many beautiful shades available, you can create a stunning bedroom just from contrasting shades of grey.

Grey Bedroom

8) As well as looking great itself, grey will accentuate your other design features such as a bold rug or a stylish mirror.

Grey Bedroom Accenuates

9) This luxurious room screams Hollywood glamour with its elegant draping curtains and iconic furniture.

Luxurious Grey Bedroom

10) The wonderful wood-effect of our Avola Grey combined with the classic Shaker styling of the Washington door creates a sleek and stylish bedroom door.

Avola Grey (Wood-effect)

11) With their ultramodern, minimalist design, wet rooms are all the rage these days, and looking at this incredible grey example, it’s easy to see why.

Grey Bathroom / Wet Room

12) Grey tiling is incredibly popular in bathrooms and for good reason. Their exquisite appearance will give the room a rustic feel and with their timeless style, you can be sure it’s going to look amazing for years to come.

Grey Tiled Bathroom

13) This striking colour combination will make everyone who sees it green with envy.

Grey and Green Living Room

14) A grey carpet or rug will add so much character and style to your living room. Be careful though – it can change the whole tone of the room.

Grey Living Room Rug and Carpet

15) And finally, one for the guys, a grey living room can pair perfectly with that brand new TV you were eyeing up.

Grey Living Room TV

 

Those are 15 of our favourite shades of grey, what are yours? Let us know in the comments below.

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