Creating the perfect bedroom

Creating the perfect bedroom

When it comes to your bedroom, creating a space that is cosy and calming helps to promote relaxation and a better nights sleep. With March being National Bed Month, its the perfect time to re-think your bedroom and create your own personal sanctuary!

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Getting the right mattress is one of the most important things in your bedroom. Make sure you get one that’s comfortable, supportive and right for you. Mattresses should be changed every 8-10 years. Adding a mattress cover will make your bed even more soft and comfy.

Choosing thicker curtains will help to keep your room darker at night for a better sleep, and dimmer switches, lamps or fairy lights will help to you create the right brightness. Getting the balance between warm and cool temperature of your bedroom is also really important.

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Having a place to sit other than on your bed makes sure you have separate spaces for sleeping and for relaxing. Placing a night stand by your bed means you’ll have all your essentials to hand. But a cluttered night stand results in a cluttered mind; just have essentials such as a drink and a book etc to keep your bed a relaxing space.

The main things to avoid in your bedroom are technology, clutter and pets. Keeping pets and technology out of the bedroom will help you sleep better, and ensuring there’s no mess or clutter helps you feel more relaxed.

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– Comfort –

Comfort is key, especially in your bedroom. Cushions and throws are a simple yet effective way to make your bed really cosy and inviting. Be careful not to overload though, you don’t want 10 minutes of tidying every time you get into bed! Carpets are great for bedrooms to create a cosy feel, but if you have wooden flooring try putting down a soft rug to take the hard edge off.

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When it comes to bedding, have sheets that are nice and soft. Opt for lighter coloured bedding and more subtle prints for a more relaxing feel. There’s also nothing better then clean sheets; make sure to wash them every couple of weeks. And don’t forget that duvets and pillows need washing regularly too!

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 – Decor –

Choosing a theme will create a consistent look throughout your bedroom, which helps to create a calming space. So whatever your style and preferences, have a focus when decorating.

Lighter colours are ideal for the bedroom, with pale blue being noted as the best bedroom colour due to its calming effects. But any light, soft colours will help to make your bedroom feel more spacious and relaxing.

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 Adding personal touches to your room such as special ornaments and mementos will make it feel like your own space. However, its best to steer clear from family photos in your bedroom, and choose art work instead that creates a calming effect for you.

Nature is a proven way to make us feel calmer and is actually great for our health and wellbeing; add in some natural textures and house plants. As well as the visual and touch aspects, create a calming scent with reed diffusers in natural fragrances such as lavender and sandalwood.

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Decorating on a budget!

Decorating on a budget!

Decorating your home is one of those tasks that often gets left behind and forgotten due to other priorities demanding your attention, and money! But it IS possible to decorate your home on a budget, just read our list of tips!Decor4

You don’t have to buy all the most expensive decorations; look through second-hand shops, vintage stores and independent boutiques for cheaper and unique items. High street budget stores have also started to do much more stylish and better quality home decor, such as Primark, Wilko and Home Bargains. You can also find new furniture cheap at scrapyards and give them a makeover, or even auction houses.

If you’re just wanting to give your home an upgrade, there’s no need to be buying big, expensive pieces of furniture. Update your home with accessories such as cushions, throws and rugs which are much cheaper. And if you’re furniture is in a good condition but you’re just a little bored of it, give it a revamp with some paint or new upholsteryDecor5! Upcycling old items and repurposing furniture is a great way to make use of something old to decorate your home.

Some decorating can even be done for free! Take a look at what you already have and see if anything can be changed around; simply rearranging things in a room can give it a new lease of life! Also try going through all your old stuff, you never know what you might find in the depths of your storage that can be brought back out. And instead of keeping your belongings hidden behind cupboards, have them out on display as decorations; you could do this with mugs, books or pretty perfume bottles.

Decor3Getting creative can also be a great way to decorate your home on a budget. Instead of buying pictures or artwork to hang up, cut eye-catching pictures out of magazines and put them up using colour Washi tape (a great idea for not leaving marks in a rental home). Personal touches in your home are the best kind; print a load of photos of family and friends and create a collage with them. Use your imagination and pretty much anything can be turned into decor; used jam jars, cereal boxes, wooden crates, the list is endless! Try using nature as well; we’re not saying go steal flowers from someones garden, but pick up things such as shells from the beach, fallen leaves and branches, flowers, acorns and pine cones, which can make great decorations for your home.

If you do have a bit of money to spend, there are budget-friendly items you can buy to decorate your home. Mirrors create dimension in your home as well as acting as a decoration and making your space look even bigger. Big, patterned wall canvases are a great affordable way to brighten up your walls, especially living in a rented home. Try switching out your lamp shade Decor2covers to something a little brighter, and hang up strings of fairy lights for a warmer, more romantic feel. Buying potted plants for your home is also a great idea as they are cheap, add life to your home, and are even good for your health as they purify the air and make us feel happier!

Update your home for summer!

Update your home for summer!

Now summer has officially begun, it’s time to sort out and revamp your home to get rid of your winter wears, and make your home lighter and brighter for the (hopefully) warmer months.Summer home1

#1 Add pops of colour to your home – bright colours will instantly but you into a summery mood, so whether its colourful cushions or bright accessories, refresh your home décor with a few pops of colour.

#2 Add indoor plants – a great way to bring summer into your home is to fill it with plants and flowers! Read our previous blog for loads of green tips.

#3 Give your garden a makeover – summer is the perfect time to get out in the garden; plant loads of flowers and even summer vegetables to create a vibrant garden, and weed and mow the lawns to get it looking extra neat.

#4 Summer crafts – creating some colourful crafts has two benefits; you can brighten up yoSummer home7ur home on a budget and it’s a great project for your children over the school holidays.

#5 Mood lighting – if the weather holds up, you’ll be spending lots more time in your garden, and putting up some pretty fairy lights will create a lovely relaxed vibe in your garden, so you can stay there all evening and enjoy your refreshed garden.

#6 Have a clear-out and deep clean – if you didn’t do this in spring, do it now! You’ll feel so much better when you’ve de-cluttered and cleaned your house, which will create much more space. And make sure to pack away all your winter things to make room for summer.

#7 Complete a DIY/décor project – in winter you often don’t feel like doing much, so now put your more energetic summer mood to good use and get on and finish that home project you’ve been meaning to do!

#8 Switch to lightweight – change your duvet to a lighter one to keep cool at night, and let more of the natural summer light in with thinner curtains.Summer home3

#9 Add mirrors – create even more light in your home by hanging mirrors, which will not only bounce light around the room to create a brighter space, but will actually make your rooms look more open and spacious!

#10 Hang wall art – a really simple way to add some colour to your room is to hang up some vibrant, unique wall art; it doesn’t have to be fancy, many high street shops do budget-friendly canvases.

#11 Create the perfect outdoor entertaining space – update or buy new outdoor seating and make it super comfy with light blankets and cushions for evening, and don’t forget about that mood lighting! Locate the space near to your house for easy access whilst entertaining.

#12 Sort out your freezer – you’ll be using it more in the summer months, so empty it out and give Summer home6it a defrost and a clear-out, ready for more delicious summer treats.

#13 Stock up on summer essentials – keep your medicine cabinet stocked with sunscreen, after-sun, insect repellent and bite cream. Keep your airing cupboard filled with picnic blankets and beach towels, and plenty of sports equipment in the shed!

#14 Deep clean your BBQ – summer means BBQ’s, so give your grill a really good clean so you’re ready for guests, and to make the food taste even better.

#15 And when you’ve done all this hard work, treat yourself, family and friends to a summer party!

Make your home a hippie heaven

Make your home a hippie heaven

Let’s face it, deep down we would all love to live the life of a care-free hippie: The not-a-care-in-the- world attitude, relaxed vibes and floaty clothes. Yep. Sounds great. But in reality, it’s not the most practical way of life. Instead, get a little slice of your own hippie heaven wibed tapestryth our home decorating tips.

  1. Hang up beautiful, patterned tapestries around your home to bring colour and character to your rooms (tip: if your renting use command hooks to make sure you get your deposit back!)
  2. Mix and match textured and printed decorative pillows for a fun and cosy feel
  3. Channel the exotic hippie vibe by purchasing a vintage Moroccan rug
  4. Use natural fibre pieces for that down-to-earth stylemoroccan rug
  5. Cover your home with super comfy floor pillows; they’ll give you the hippie look and provide extra seating when you have guests
  6. Crystals are the perfect decorations to help you get in touch with your spiritual side
  7. Indigo-dyed fabrics are a hippie staple, they evoke feelings of calm and tranquillity
  8. Always have scented candles and incense sticks (be careful though, you don’t want to burn down your new hippie home)floor pillow
  9. Scatter indoor plants around your rooms; they look great and boost productivity
  10. Hang up fairy lights and paper lanterns to create your own hippy sanctuary of relaxation
  11. Fill shelves with unique boxes, vases and trinkets that have meaning

Independent and vintage shops, such as Yellow Sunrise in Leeds Corn Exchange, are the perfect places to help furnish your hippie haven, as well as Etsy, Amazon and Hippie Shack. Many high street shops are also getting in on the trend, try: Next, Urban OutfittersH&M Home and Wilko, depending on your budget.

How to make your smaller/studio apartment feel bigger!

How to make your smaller/studio apartment feel bigger!

Are you put off renting a small apartment, or frustrated with the lack of space in your studio flat? Smaller or studio apartments can prove a bit of a challenge, but with our handy tips, you can make them into the perfect little home.

  • Make sure you let in plenty of light: this will make you apartment feel more open and spacious, so avoid heavy curtains and add plenty of light fixtures
  • Get to know the flow of your apartment: think about how you move around the space and move your furniture accordingly, making clear pathways to avoid frustration and bumping to thismultipurpose furnishings
  • Strategically place your furniture: for studio apartments use rugs, tables or lighting to create separate “rooms”
  • Multipurpose furnishings are you best friend: beds with storage underneath, hollow ottomans and tables, anything that doubles up as furniture and storage will free up space to create a clutter-free area
  • Get organised: this is the perfect opportunity to sort out your belongings and throw out anything you no longer use, then buy pretty organizers to store all your stuff away neatly
  • Create personality: it can be hard to make a small, rented apartment your own- use command hooks to hang up pictures and art without leaving holes in the walls
  • Clutter is the enemy: don’t fill small rooms up with lots of decorations, choose one distinct piece to display, and stick to one colour/shade for simplicity
  • Some small apartments don’t have an entrance hall; create your own foyer or ‘landing pad’ by putting a table, catch-all dishes and hooks for coats closetsnear your front door
  • Awkward features can be utilised: turn cubby holes into seating areas, a home office or storage spaces
  • Dot indoor plants around your living area: they make your apartment feel fresher, filter air and increase productivity
  • Make use of mirrors: they create depth making your space look bigger – prop one opposite a window to create the illusion of another window

Now you can create your own little haven in our one-bedroom apartments in York, Huddersfield and Skipton, or in our studio apartment in Leeds city centre. Find your new home on our website http://www.spaceproperty.co.uk/Housing