Keep home look­ing best

Central Telegraph - - REAL ESTATE | INDUSTRY NEWS -

THE un­ex­pected guest drop­ping over has had us all shov­ing mess into the near­est cup­board, drawer or even un­der the sofa. As we swear un­der our breath and prom­ise to em­brace Scandi min­i­mal­ism and read up on feng shui, here’s nine tips that you can eas­ily use to boost your liv­ing space.

UN­MADE BEDS

IT MAY make you think of your mother’s ad­vice, but an un­made bed can bring down an en­tire room. MyDo­maine re­vealed that a prop­erly made bed makes the right first im­pres­sion – and not just on guests but on your­self when you re­turn home. It makes the room feel re­lax­ing and gives off a pos­i­tive vibe, so it’s worth adding a few ex­tra min­utes to your day to make sure it’s done. And if you’re a fan of cush­ions and spreads, but find it takes too long to make up in the morn­ing, sim­plify it.

CLUT­TER

THIS is some­thing we’re all guilty of, but it can re­ally make a space feel un­wel­com­ing. If there’s too much go­ing on it can make your house feel smaller and chaotic. Take some time each day to clear and stream­line the ar­eas that get most crowded, for ex­am­ple the cof­fee ta­ble or a desk.

FLU­O­RES­CENT LIGHT

YOU may not have given a sec­ond thought to your light bulb – or even know which ones you have – but flu­o­res­cent light­ing should be avoided. The harsh light can make your space – and guests – washed out. Switch to a softer, warmer glow to help your home look more invit­ing.

VER­TI­CAL BLINDS

AN­OTHER one you may have never given a sec­ond thought to, but ver­ti­cal blinds are a big no-no. They evoke nurs­ing homes, hos­pi­tals and other func­tional build­ings. If you’re rent­ing, it can be hard to avoid or re­move them. But MyDo­maine rec­om­mends box­ing in the rail, or putting cur­tains in front of the blinds to dis­guise them.

WIRES

AN­OTHER one of mod­ern life’s fix­tures, wires seem to ev­ery­where. From your TV, in­ter­net, phones and other tech ly­ing around, some cor­ners can end up look­ing messy and clut­tered. While you may not be able to af­ford buy­ing wire­less ver­sions of ev­ery­thing, try cre­ative so­lu­tions to tidy away those pesky wires. If you can’t af­ford a new TV, try mount­ing it on the wall with the wires tucked neatly be­hind. Keep your other wires un­tan­gled, and store them out of sight when you’re not us­ing them. For wires in use 24/7, try get­ting pieces of fur­ni­ture that can eas­ily hide them.

DIRTY WIN­DOWS

EV­ERY home has win­dows, but when was the last time you cleaned yours? Sim­ply giv­ing them a quick scrub can re­ally lift a room. It will let more light in, and the view will im­prove out of sight.

VASES

IF YOU have pint glasses strewn around filled with flow­ers, you need to in­vest in a good vase. Make sure to go for an el­e­gant, clas­sic piece that will match your home. There are plenty of cheap op­tions out there.

LAMP­SHADES

THESE can re­ally be hit and miss, and we’ve all spot­ted some hor­rors in the past. To brighten up a room with­out spend­ing too much, try re­plac­ing some lamp­shades. Old ones, es­pe­cially pa­per, can get dirty and dusty over time, and end up look­ing dated. Of­ten the lamp­shades that come with the lamp aren’t the best qual­ity, so swap it for some­thing that re­flects your own taste.

FRAMES

IF YOU’VE got posters stuck on the wall with Blu-Tac, it’s time to in­vest in some frames. This will in­stantly trans­form your pad from share house to chic apart­ment. Just make sure you go for the right one.

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