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.