Whether you’re buying a house to develop it for profit, or create a long lasting family home, it’s important that any refurbishments you make add value in the long term.
Our latest infographic highlights the different ways you can add value to your home; whether you’re looking to heavily invest in structural work, or make minor interior adjustments, whatever your budget, our hints and tips will help you make the most of what your home has to offer.
The arrival of summer brings a flowering of interior design features extolling the many joys of merging our interior and exterior spaces. Which is all very well for people with gardens. However, just because you live in a flat with no outside space, it doesn’t mean that you can’t create an interior that reflects the season.
Use the colours of the summer
Sunshine yellow, sky, or ocean, blue and vivid, leaf green are all beautiful accent colours – and as the natural world proves, they look even better together. Paint a wall or two in your favourite shade of green and then work the accessories. Summer is a fresh and airy season, so go easy on the cushions and decorative objects and opt for small pieces of furniture instead – dwell’s rich blue Rock Face coffee table and a single yellow Eiffel dining chair, for example, would add instant sunshine to any space.
Right: Burgas corner sofa
Right: Rock metal coffee table
Summer is fast approaching, and a new season is the perfect time to refresh your home décor, so why not give your dining room a summer makeover to reflect the outdoors?
Here are some ideas to get you started…
Give your dining room a new lease of life by adding summery colours. A new coat of paint or wallpaper will help lift the wall décor, whilst a change in soft furnishings, such as cushions or a rug, will add instant colour.
Cooler hues, such as aqua green, sky blue or shades of grey work well as a base for a summer paint scheme, as they’re cool and refreshing. If you can’t decide on a wall colour, try white. It’s fresh, bright and a good backdrop for adding accent colours through furniture and accessories.
If your spare bedroom is threatening to become a junk room, it’s time to give it a makeover!
Here are a couple of looks for turning your spare room into a space that any guest would be thrilled to sleep in…
Warm walnut with a modern splash of colour:
Dwell’s Notch double bed is handsome piece of furniture, the walnut veneer giving it a rich, warm look. It comes with deep drawers for storage so you still have a place for those things you don’t need every day. Team it with the matching Notch bedside tables and a pair of Metro table lights – their retro look is a perfect match.
It’s not always easy to get it right when decorating your home – choosing the right paint colour, coordinating furniture and accessories, making a space that’s stylish but comfy too…
But there are some pitfalls that almost everyone makes at some point or another – here are the seven most common interior pitfalls to look out for…
1. Style over substance
It’s not enough that a piece of furniture looks fabulous – it also has to work. As tempting as it is to buy the amazing looking armchair or sofa, if you can’t sit on it and feel comfortable and relaxed, it’s not worth having. However, it is possible to combine style with comfort – check out Dwell’s Faro sofa which has deep seats and a cool stitch detail for a super-chic look.
It’s one of the key pieces of furniture in a living room, so it makes sense to let the sofa take centre stage!
If you’re the proud owner of a black sofa, here are four contemporary approaches to designing your living room.
1. Go dark
If you thought you couldn’t possibly have dark walls alongside a black sofa, then think again! Dark grey walls are perfect for a contemporary living room and, rather than being overwhelming, can help set off a black sofa. Try painting your walls in Pantone’s Granite Gray 18-5204:
Add accessories and soft furnishings in shades of grey, such as the Trapeze cushion with its trendy geometric design, or add a pop of a contrasting accent colour, such as fuchsia pink.
The key to creating a feel-good home is getting the flow right, but what does this mean exactly?
It’s all about sorting the balance of colour, furniture and accessories so your rooms work together and don’t feel disjointed. How do you go about it?
Here are five ways to creating flow in your home…
1. Get the look
Decide on the style you want for your home and stick to it instead of changing throughout – a shabby chic living room teamed with a coolly modern kitchen will feel strange. If you love mixing old and new, do it all the way through your home.
So, in the living room add in the Pedestal side tables in walnut (below, left); in your dining area team the Discus table with Eiffel chairs (below, right). In the bedroom hang a retro light such as the Fragment shades pendant.
Hallways are often forgotten areas but as the entrance to your home, they’re the first space people see and do set the mood so they do deserve a bit of attention. The good news is that it’s not tricky to make a hallway looks good.
Here’s some inspiration…
1. Focus, focus
A hallway needs focus and a console table is perfect as its slim but smart – place it along the long wall or at the end to direct the eye to it. Go minimal with the Simple or Puro consoles and go big on accessories, or select one with more design and pare back on the extra decor – Dwell’s Sophia or Marble have a cool modern look.
For a retro feel the Nova is spot-on. If your hallway is on the dark side, then the mirrored surfaces of Reflect will help to bring in the light and make it feel brighter.
Right: Nova console table
Did you know that the colour red stimulates the appetite? And that it is also scientifically proven to promote sociable and lively feelings?
It’s also a rich colour that adds real warmth to a room – all of which makes it the perfect colour for a dining room. However, as it’s such a strong shade you do need to use it carefully – here are a couple of ideas to inspire you…
Whether you’re using a bright red such as Pantone 2035 C (below, left) or one that is more of a red wine shade such as Pantone 7622 XGC (below, right), it’s best not to paint all of the walls as this will make the room feel small and the colour could be overwhelming.
Instead, team it with white and either paint one or two walls red, or if you have a period property with a dado rail half way up the wall, paint the top half red all the way around, but keep the bottom white.
White is a good foil to red and it’s a smart choice for a dining table and chairs. Take dwell’s white Extending gloss table and add a set of all white chairs such as the Tapered or Lois dining chair; a light wood shade combined with white such as the Dip dining chair would work nicely too.
A small space need not mean compromising on looks when it comes to an office. Whether you’re converting a compact box room into an inspiring place to work or carving yourself out a space in a larger room, you can be small and stylish.
Take dwell’s compact Hudson desk – with its simple curved shape its elegant but at just one-metre-long and 50cm deep, is a great space-saver. Verge is slightly larger, but is still trim and has a lovely retro style.
If you really need to keep things tight, there’s Escala, a clever design which gives you storage as well as a neat desk.