Wallpaper vs Wall Paint

One of the biggest questions about interior design options is whether or not to use wallpaper. There are both advantages and disadvantages to both of these options, so the answer is by no means clear-cut, and whatever answer you reach is going to be the one that you feel is best for you, but it can be helpful to have a clear list of the pros and cons.

The advantages of Wallpaper

Wallpaper is essentially a printed pattern design that can be applied to walls. The two main advantage to applying it in one sheet rather than painting it is that it can be mass produced, making it a lot more affordable than a paint job of similar complexity, and is easy to transport. Basically, wallpaper designs can be made with a myriad of themes and styles to suit anybody’s tastes, and all at a relatively affordable price.

The Disadvantages of Wallpaper

The downside of wallpaper is that damage can’t be repaired effectively. If the wallpaper gets a small tear somewhere in its sheet, that can effectively ruin the entire product. This isn’t a rare occurrence either, as furniture will often get placed by the wallpaper and increase the risk of this happening significantly. Damage can also occur naturally from the passing of years, eventually leading to it becoming a brittle mess that is peeling off at the edges.

Paintwork Alternatives

Comparing paintwork to wallpaper is unfair, in some respects. If you wanted to reproduce a wallpaper design with paintwork, the price is going to be significantly larger. More often, paintwork consists of a homogeneous colour scheme that is easy to apply and very inexpensive. Generally paint will last lot longer than wallpaper, both because any damage to the work can be repaired easily and because it is less susceptible to the passing of time.

In concluson, wallpaper is a great option for those who want a particular style of design due to it being very affordable and easy to apply. The downside is that it won’t last forever and can be damaged beyond repair very easily. Alternatively, using paint to provide the same standard of complex design styles can be very expensive, but it will last longer. If you’re able to forgo the floral designs and so on, paint can be both cheaper and more long lasting.

What to Expect from a Kitchen Refurbishment

Kitchen refurbishments are a concept that many find worrying, and that is perhaps well deserved. Horror stories about families having to spend three months living out of their microwave and off of premade food abound, and while occurrences of this are a minority, they aren’t particularly rare either.

A large part of avoiding this situation comes down to adequate preparation. There are a few stages to this;

  • finding the right kitchen outfitter,
  • choosing your kitchen design,
  • finding and preparing the funds required and the ongoing payment plan.

Finding the right kitchen outfitter is going to be the most important step. Who you choose is going to determine what style options are available to choose from, what the price of their services are, and how quickly they are going to be able to complete the job. When you’re trying to find the right one for you, your best bet would be to look online for those businesses that have a relatively large number of reviews, and transparent payment plans.

Choosing your kitchen design early on can take a long time, which is why you should make sure that you get it out of the way before any work actually begins. You don’t want the development of your kitchen to stall halfway through the process, which could happen if you have a change of heart during the development.

Payment is perhaps the biggest reason behind why the development of your kitchen could stall. In order to avoid any unexpected charges, make sure that you have a full understanding of what liabilities are entailed in your contract with the refurbishment company. Other than that, make sure that you have the funds ready and at hand to pay them when they need it as if the money stops, so does the work. In fact, if your failure to pay breaches the contract, the company can deconstruct any of the work they’ve done for you.

Dining Furniture Sets

One of the areas that you can really get away without in your dining area is a matching set of dining furniture. These matching sets contain a set of tables and chairs that have matching materials and similar aesthetic attributes with each other. Many of the sets come with accompanying table cloths to continue with the symmetrical theme across the different components.

Furniture sets can be quite an expensive purchase to make, but there are plenty of budget options available too. In fact, a dining furniture set can be acquired brand new for under £100, and if you’re prepared to purchase secondhand and spend some time searching online at places like Ebay, the price can be even lower.

Of course, as with anything that you have to buy, you have product lines and brands which are targetted at people who just want something that does what it says it does, and others that target those who want to purchase a luxury item.

At the higher end of the market, dining furniture sets comes in rare and expensive wood varieties such as Teal and Mahogany, along with custom made and unique attributes adorned on the furniture. As you can no doubt understand, this can start to raise the price exponentially.

In fact, the most expensive piece of dining furniture is a breakfast table made by Thomas Tufft 200 years ago, which sold for 4.6M dollars. Obviously a large part of this is due to it being a collectors item, but unique sets with high quality materials and unique workmanship can also be sold for roughly £200,000, which happens regularly in the homes of the wealthy.

 

Purchasing Complete Tableware Sets

A tableware set is often seen as a luxurious item to purchase, but the truth is that there is a wide range of tableware available at varying prices. There are plenty that target the typical university student budget, and in that sense, they can be very economical. Alternatively, there are plenty of luxurious options too, that could be just what you need for special events and gatherings.

To purchase your own set of plates and cutlery, your first step is to decide what budget it is that you have to play with. There are cheap sets that can be purchased for as little as £20, but this can be recognised quite easily as being a cheap set. This is perfectly fine if all you need is something while you’re away at university and living on a very small budget; it is rather poor for somebody that is trying to impress guests though. From the lower end of the market, the quality of workmanship involved with the goods as well as the price can only improve.

In the higher end of the market, you can expect to spend anywhere from £10 per plate to £50, yet this still excludes a wide range of products that can cost far and above the maximum scale we’ve set to look at. There is an Aston Martin set of Cutlery (This is a twelve piece set; suitable for one person) that can be purchased for £9430; other tableware sets have similarly tremendous costs involved.

The £10 – 50 per plate range can add up to a lot once you’ve gotten all you need for you, your family and guests. In most tableware sets, each person is given 3 or sometimes 4 plates, meaning that you can expect to spend £40 – 200 per person, multiplied by however many you would be expected to serve. Somebody who likes to entertain a large group of people regularly could expect to spend around £2,000 for a complete set of plates, as well as another £1,000 for the cutlery.

Even though this is expensive, these types of tableware sets aren’t expected to be used daily; they are there for special occasions, such as birthdays, Christmases, Easters and so on. For tableware sets that are more suitable to daily use, what you need are ones that have 3 plates per person, and 3 pieces of cutlery per person. These sets, multiplied by 3-10 (to meet the needs of your family and casual guests), can be purchased for anywhere from £100 – 500 with reasonable expectations of quality.

Starting your Spring Clean and Clean-out

As it is the start of Spring (or pretty much anyway), it is an excellent time to use that added burst of energy to clean out your home of all the crud that has built up over the winter, as well as any knick-knacks that you’ve fallen out of love with.

To start the process of cleaning out your home, it is actually best to decide what things you want to get rid of rather than what cleaning projects you want to do. Cleaning out unwanted junk can significantly open up your home and make it a lot less oppressive. This can, in turn, make cleaning after that a lot more enjoyable and give you a greater sense of accomplishment.

To organise yourself in preparation for cleaning out junk, it is best if you make a large pile of all of the stuff that you own. After this, you need to work through the entire pile and divide them up into groups of ones that you want to keep and those that you’re okay with getting rid of.

What are the Current Interior Design Colour Trends?

Interior design is a pretty nebulous concept at any point, but there are clear trends that you can adapt your home towards in order to meet the current social demands.

In terms of colour, the significant trend towards minimalism seems to be the largest influence in what your colour choices are. Most interior decorators will tell you that you should go for a minimalist design style (particularly if you’re trying to make a show-home for pre-sale), and therefore should use white and off-white colours, with a smaller amount of black mixed into the design for some contrast.

If this isn’t really your style, another trend within the interior design list of 2016 colour choices is based upon the country home style of design. This is best described as including a lot of floral designs, ceramic utensils and creamier colours in general. In order to base your home’s colour scheme on this style, you would have to choose colours that are lighter and softer than you would find in minimalist styles. A floral wallpaper design can also be applied where you want.

What to look for in Tableware

Choosing your tableware can be a complex process. You may enter into the world of tableware, thinking that you only really need one set, but you would be surprised to hear that most homeowners actually own multiple tableware sets.

When most people look for tableware, they usually purchase a different set for different occasions. They will use one set for daily use for their family and for casual guests. Then they will use an entirely different set for more formal events, such as a gathering of relatives. Finally, they will have another set for casual gatherings like parties, where they care a little less about the security of the plates and glasses.

There are obvious reasons for why people do this:

  • With daily use tableware, a little wear and tear and the occasional broken plate or glass is unwanted but ultimately acceptable.
  • Tableware for parties and gatherings that are very casual (with drinking) doesn’t need to do or be anything more than be functional. They can be cheap and disposable.
  • Tableware for more special events is designed to impress upon people the importance of the event and of their status, so, of course, it needs to satisfy a high standard of quality and appearance. Anything will experience wear and tear after repeated use, and most would prefer to avoid that with expensive tableware, so using it on a daily basis is out of the question.

 

Refurbishing Damaged Furniture

Furniture can be damaged thanks to misuse and just thanks to time, so as a furniture owner you should prepare yourself to, at some point, replace or repair your furniture. This is particularly the case if it is something like a sofa or other cushioned types of furniture, as the cushioning will typically begin to wear down and lose its effectiveness a lot faster than, say, a wooden chair.

Refurbishing your furniture isn’t really something that you can do by yourself, unfortunately. It can be done to an extent by reapplying a layer of varnish to your chairs, but generally, a professional is far more suited to the variety of problems that your furniture could be facing. A good furniture refurbisher will be able to strip down and refurbish to its former glory, virtually any piece of furniture.

Furniture refurbishing can vary in price quite a lot, as sometimes treating certain types of materials and type of furniture can require specialist skills and equipment. Refurbishing cheaper varieties can almost be considered pointless, as the price comparison between that just purchasing new stuff can leave some doubt about whether or not it is worth it. Conversely, doing it with more expensive and higher quality materials can be a significant money saving venture, even if the price is quite expensive.