New Uses for Wallpaper

If you thought wallpaper was just for walls, think again, there are many other practical and fun ideas you can use wallpaper for.  Those left over pieces or samples can be put to good use especially in the bedroom, where you can create elegant bedroom screens to decoupage boxes for storing your personal items in.  Not forgetting scented liners for your drawers, just spray the wallpaper with either your favourite perfume or scented water.

If your wardrobe doors have seen better days, you can use wallpaper for a new look, just measure your wallpaper to the size of the doors and apply wallpaper paste and stick.  Make sure you paint the edges on the doors to match or contrast with your wallpaper.

One of the new ideas being used in the home, is using wallpaper in picture frames.  Sometimes you would rather keep walls plain, but with the range of wallpapers about at the moment, with many in bold patterns, a simple picture frame with a sample of wallpaper could look like a work of art.

Just remember to keep your off-cuts, you might be able to think of new ways to use them.

Easy Spring Clean

It will soon be that time to spring clean the home from top to bottom, but if you feel this is more of a chore than fresh start to welcome in the warmer weather, then hopefully these tips will ease you into it.

It’s always good to have a plan and to be methodical when it comes to big cleaning jobs.  Ideally you want to start from the top and work your towards the bottom.  Use this same method when cleaning each individual room.  Start at the ceilings and work down towards the skirting boards, this way any cobwebs or dust won’t fall onto newly cleaned areas.

Remember you don’t have to do it all in one day, you can spread in out over the week or over weekends and if you have other family members at home, get them involved.  Give the kid’s a duster and they will merrily polish surfaces.  They can even vacuum their own bedrooms leaving you the trickier jobs to attend to.

Make sure you have all the kit you need, from dusters, to new mattress protectors for the beds.  There are some things that just seem to run out when you need them, these are normally bin bags and bleach.  If you gather these things before you start, everything will run smoothly.  Don’t forget there are cheaper alternatives than shop bought sprays.  Lemon juice will remove hard-water marks and soap scum, white vinegar makes a great window cleaner and baking soda mixed with a drop of essential oil freshens up carpets in home, add lavender for bedrooms.

These little tips will get your spring cleaning off to a good start and make a chore into a family day in.

Tree and Leaf Trends

There is a certain 70’s vibe going around at the moment and this is reflected in interior design, with the appearance of tree and leaf motifs.  It is the child-like appeal of these simple designs, with bold colours and textures setting a striking statement.

The design can be seen on cushions, wallpaper, even tea cosies.  They range from simplistic leaf shapes to hand-drawn ferns.  The trend is very easy to use in the home, especially with many accessories featuring this botanical influence.

You can even create your own inspired design with the use of stickers or cut out’s from magazines, ideal in a child’s bedroom, they can even help design tree and place the leaves where they want to, even adding birds and butterflies.  Great ways in helping your child learn more about nature.

Budget Bedroom Updates

Updating a bedroom doesn’t have to cost a fortune, a few simple changes can bring life back into the room and make it feel fresher.  If your budget doesn’t stretch to a full overhaul, then these nifty little ideas will help get you the look you want.

Wallpaper can instantly add a new dimension to a room, but you don’t have to spend a huge amount to do the whole room, create a feature wall in your bedroom, choose a dramatic looking paper and the transformation will make it seem as if you have decorated all the room.

If your bedroom is feeling a little dark, introduce reflected surfaces, such as mirrors, not necessarily on the ceiling, but a striking mirror will reflect light and add an extra dimension to the room.

The latest trend for the bedroom is florals in hot-house colours; you can simply achieve this look by buying a new set of bedding, or even adding a few cushions with large blooms on them. Display on your dressing table pretty florals accessories, like a clear glass vase holding a posy or a picture frame with a flowery image.