For almost all of us, the UK lockdown has meant spending a lot more time at home than we’re used to. Which tends to mean noticing every single DIY job you’ve neglected over the past few years.
Perhaps you have a list of jobs around the home that you’d finally like to complete this summer (from framing and hanging pictures to re-painting or wallpapering a room). Or perhaps there’s a bigger project, like updating your kitchen, bathroom or flooring, that you’ve been putting off.
Whether it’s a large or small update that you have in mind, His & Hers shares our advice on updating your interior design scheme this summer:
Consider your flooring
If your flooring is starting to look a bit worn, it’s worth taking the time to think about the styles and materials you love, rather than automatically opting for a like for like replacement. Perhaps after years of cleaning up the occasional glass of spilt wine or coffee from a neutral coloured carpet you’re finally ready to make the switch to easier to clean solid wood flooring, for example. Whether it’s on Pinterest, in an interior design magazine, or at a friend’s home or a hotel, every time you see a flooring style you love, try and get an image of it, so you can create a flooring wish-list. Once you have a broad idea of what you want, use a website like Flooring365 with a really large selection of solid and engineered wood flooring where you can narrow down your search and get a better idea of how much your new flooring will cost.
Pay attention to the details
If you’re feeling a bit tired of a particular room or area of your home, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the space needs a total revamp. Often, we get so used to our surroundings that we stop noticing the things we really love about a space. Why not have a think about the tiny investments you could make (from treating yourself to a new plant to buying some nice new bath towels, or maybe actually using some of the things we tend to save for ‘best’, like designer candles). Also, if no one has bought you flowers recently, His & Hers highly recommends buying some for yourself to brighten up your home.
Ask for advice
Here at His & Hers, before the lockdown, we’d happily ask for a bit of advice or a second opinion on an outfit we were considering wearing for a big event. However, for some reason, when it comes to investing in our homes, we don’t tend to be as quick to enlist a bit of informal advice. However, since we spend as much on kitting out our houses as we do on the contents of our wardrobes (if not more) it can be worth speaking to a friend before making a big purchase. Also, if they’ve had a brilliant customer service experience with a particular company, or tradesperson, getting a recommendation from someone you trust could save you a lot of shopping around.
We’re very proud to bring you this feature in association with Flooring365. The words are all our own, but the featured flooring is theirs.
For more inspiration for your home, please pay a visit to our interiors page.