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Property Tips 101 - Increasing Light

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Published: 29/01/2018   Last Updated: 29/01/2018 16:48:50   Tags: Property Tips, Light, Watford, Property Hacks

Property Tips 101 - Increasing Light


Welcome to our weekly blog post that we hope will be a source of nuggets of useful information you can use to improve and increase the value of your home!

This week's post is all about natural light -the most sought after feature we find people look for, but also the most difficult to try and create.

  1. Get the trimmers out! - Take a look at any trees, plants or hedges growing around the windows/doors of your house. By trimming these back you can make a huge impact on the light levels inside the property. If you live in a larger property, the hedges and trees further away from your house could be shielding vital sunlight from reaching the windows at all, so its worth investing in feathering the larger the trees in your garden or giving the boundary hedges a haircut.
  2. Change your windows! -  We come across a lot of older properties with dark aluminum surrounds. Replacing these for more modern white UPVC double glazing can help reflect light into the room. An expensive upgrade but one that will help the energy efficiency of your property at the same time! If you can stretch the budget even further then invest in bi-folding doors to the garden or between rooms!
  3. Upgrade your linens - We find that there's a 50/50 split between people who love light bedrooms and those who want their bedrooms to be basement-level dark. If you're in the former category then adding light coloured bed linens, cushions and rugs will help balance out any dark shades in the bedroom. 
  4. Bin the carpet! - Flooring can be transformed into light-friendly reflectors by choosing wooden, ceramic or stone floors with a polished finish which will reflect much more light than carpets. If you prefer to have a carpeted house then stick to light, neutral colours.
  5. If you can't make it, fake it! - Sometimes no amount of trimming, changing windows or minor upgrades can help the situation. Redesigning the lighting of your home can add artificial spots of daylight or the impression that your house is lighter than it actually is! Boost brightness in awkward areas such as corridors, corners and alcoves with lamps, wall lights or recess lighting. Add a dimmer control to make a snug feeling throughout the home on these cold winters evenings.
  6. No more mahogany! - Whilst you may absolutely love that antique mahogany bookcase, lets face it - it's a light sponge. Upgrade your furniture to a lighter shade of wood to encourage more reflection and pay particular attention to blinds and curtains.
  7. Paint, paint, paint! - Along the same lines as the carpets and furniture, repainting your walls white will immediately increase the natural light in your home. The higher the gloss level, the more light reflection. That does not mean use a full gloss paint as you do not want to turn your walls into mirrors, just take one step further up the gloss scale than you normally would!
  8. Mirror, mirror on the wall - Speaking of mirrors, not only will they improve the light levels in your property they will also give the illusion of space and make a smaller room feel an awful lot larger than it actually is.

That's it for this week, hopefully the above will help transform your darker rooms into uplifting light filled wells of the house.

Let us know if you found our tips useful by sending a feedback email t​o watford@deykingharia.co.uk ​





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Property Tips 101 - Compact Living Hacks

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Last Updated: 07/02/2018 09:28:31   Tags: Property Tips, Small Spaces, Compact, Hacks

Property Tips 101 - Compact Living Hacks


Welcome to our weekly blog post that we hope will be a source of nuggets of useful information you can use to improve and increase the value of your home!

This week we let you in on some secrets to maximizing limited spaces in your home, whether it be the design or your furnishings!

  1. Paint everything the same colour! - Try painting your walls, skirting boards, and door frames the same colour. Painting them different colours can actually break up the space and emphasise the (small) size of the room!

  1. Create a living wall! - Lacking a garden, or find that the patio isn't quite enough for your green fingers?  There are many DIY ideas to bring the garden inside, such as a large mesh wall attachment to hang pots and plants and all your herbs, ideal for a small flat or Victorian terrace with a small garden.

  1. DIY Storage! - We saw this fantastic idea from Jungalow.com to create hanging storage for all your bits and bobs, whether it be make-up, shoes, scarves or stationary.  https://www.jungalow.com/2014/09/diy-catch-all-wall-pockets.html

  1. De-clutter! - Decluttering seems to be the answer for everything but clutter is a constant in small spaces, and the more storage solutions you can find, the cleaner and calmer your rooms will feel. Try a strategy to gain valuable spots to stash essentials: Install small cube or rectangular shelf units for open storage. No doors means no need to gobble up space for opening and closing, and a light installed on the wall keeps the surfaces free for books, glasses, and more.

  1. Change your bed! - Storage beds are one of the most obvious storage hacks for small bedrooms, but they’re also among the best. While every kind of space saving bed will open up space in your bedroom, storage beds can give you as many drawers as a dresser. Whether you use those drawers for storing clothes, files, or your movie collection is entirely up to you!

  1. Embrace mirrors! - Like in our last blog, mirrors can really help a small space. Place them opposite windows to maximise light and the illusion of space.

  1. Fold it up! - Fold away beds, fold away desks, fold away sofas, fold away... you get the point. Most retailers will sell furniture designed for compact living. Try and purchase multi-purpose furniture such as shelving with a fold up desk for your study or a fold away bed/wardrobe.

  1. Nice legs! - Mid-century furniture tends to have small legs which don't create large breaks in the visual plane.

  1. Go transparent! - On the same theme as point 8, going transparent with your furniture will help a small space feel a lot larger. Glass coffee tables, clear plastic chairs, glass bookshelves. You get the idea!

That's it for this week, hopefully the above will help make the smaller spaces of your home feel that little bit bigger.

Let us know if you found our tips useful by sending a feedback email to watford@deykingharia.co.uk

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