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Do you fancy a change to your home? Why not move? Perhaps you buy a house with potential? Well, renovation may be the answer for you.

You could buy your dream home, in the most fantastic location, great price, superb garden but you feel like its missing something and you want to put your own stamp on your new home.
Maybe putting an extension on your property, or turning your loft space into a bedroom?
There are many things which you can do to your property, all you need are ideas and inspiration.

At the beginning of 2017 our very own Karen Jardine and her husband Scot added a single storey Extension forming an open plan Kitchen/living room to the back of their property, turning their 1930’s chalet bungalow into the spacious contemporary living accommodation they wanted.
Karen has always had a real passion for interior design and property, Scot is not a qualified builder but had worked within the industry many years ago and as a DIY enthusiast been able to turn his hand to all aspects of building.

Step 1- First things first. When you decide you want to renovate your property by adding an Extension you need to ensure you can do this by checking if you need Building Regulations and/or Planning Permission, it is advisable to speak to a builder or architect who can advise you of what you are allowed to have, they often come up with ideas you might not have even thought of and problems you might not have foreseen.

Step 2- Karen and Scot knew exactly what they wanted to achieve so had the plans drawn up which were submitted to the Isle of Wight council, Building Regulations were required which meant at each stage of the build the building Inspector would have to inspect the work before they could move onto the next stage.


Building regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building. They are developed by the government and approved by Parliament.
Planning permission is not required provided that: ... 
-The ground area covered by the extension and any other buildings within the boundary of the property, excluding the original house, is not more than half the total area of the property.

Commencement - This first inspection allows you to meet and discuss your proposals and subsequent course of action with your Building Control Surveyor. This is particularly important for Building Notice applications where no plans have been submitted for approval.

Inspection Stages


Foundations - Allows ground conditions to be checked to ensure that the foundations are sufficient to carry the load of your proposals. This inspection must take place before the foundation concrete is poured.

Oversite Materials - An inspection will be made before floor areas are concreted or covered to ensure materials and insulation over the site are suitable. Damp-Proof Courses and Membranes prior to covering with brickwork or concrete.

Drainage Alignment and Fall - All new drainage is inspected for alignment prior to covering over, and to ensure adequate access and fall is provided.

Pre-plasterboard - Allows for the inspection of hidden work and is to be carried out prior to plaster-boarding. This generally will include any structural steelwork and the roof construction.

Drain Test - Wherever possible, the new drainage systems should have a water test carried out on them, to check for performance and water tightness.

Prior to Occupation - If you intend to occupy the building prior to completion of the full works, we need to carry out an inspection before occupation.

Completion - Notification is required when the works are completed to allow this inspection to be carried out. If everything is found to be satisfactory, a Completion Certificate will be issued. Ideally, this inspection is carried out before the builder leaves the site.

Having your plans and ideas sorted beforehand means you do not have to think on the spot when you are in the process of building. Preparation is key! Now for the building to take place.

Step 3- Karen and Scot did almost all the work themselves while still living in the property which took almost a year to complete as they were both still working. Although this can work out less expensive it will take longer and can be very stressful.

Ground work- Karen and Scot hired a mini digger to dig out 1 metre deep footings it’s amazing how much soil comes from a hole, it looks like four times as much, once this was passed the foundations were laid which meant filling the trenches with concrete.

Step 4-the block and brick walls were built with 50ml thick insulation sandwiched between the walls in the cavity, once the walls were up to bridge the space above the 5 metre bi fold doors 2 steel RSJ lintels were put on top of the walls.

Step 5-at this stage the old exterior walls were knocked down, leaving the back of the house open to the elements.

Step 6- roof joists and timber went on to construct the roof, the building is beginning to take shape although not water tight, which because of the English weather was very frustrating.

Step 7- Karen and Scot decided to have a fibreglass roof which they were able to themselves once the timber had dried out and they had a dry weather day.

Step 8- The wide bi fold doors and window went in, at last the building was watertight, the extension is finally starting to feel real and you can see the space you have to work with.

Step 9-was to take up the tiles and break up the existing floor to be able to lay the membrane and concrete to tie in the old and the new floor, insulation and chipboard was laid on top.

Step 10-Electric wiring and pipes for the plumbing were then installed -it is important to know where you will need lights, sockets and heating before this stage

Step 11- more insulation was needed in between the joists before plaster boarding the ceiling and walls

Step 12-once the walls and ceilings had been plastered and left to dry the kitchen could be installed

Step 13- The fun part! Putting your own stamp on your renovation and making your dream home, a reality...

Karen decided to go for a Scandinavian / Mid-Century Modern interior style. The grey colours work well with the pastel blues, and saturated accent colours. Karen has also got abstract cushions and tiles which work well with the simple colours.

Overall the build has been hard, stressful and time consuming, however, Karen and her partner cannot be happier with their new renovation, creating the open plan social space they wanted, they also have the satisfaction of knowing it's all their own design and work too!

If you need any advice or inspiration in interior design, you can read our previous blog post "Out with the old, in with the New" for ideas.
Also, any advice on property development call our office today on 01983 521212. Another aspect which Red Squirrel Property Shop specialises in.

 

                                    

 

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By Emily Gibson

What can the Isle of Wight offer you this 2018...

2018 is going to be a year of entertainment, festivals, markets and activities.

Electric Woods "Spirit of the Orient"- 10th to 25th February
This is a festival held at Robin Hill to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Your step into the world of lights, culture and an Oriental experience. A magical festival, which will bring the ancient woodlands to life.
This festival is great for the family to enjoy an evening out and experience the Chinese New Year together. The festival is also great for couples, who would like to enjoy a romantic walk around the ancient woodlands whilst enjoying the Chinese culture and magical lights.
You can enjoy authentic performances of a traditional Lion Dance, in a show choreographed with stunning light and sound effects.
Also, children can take part in the fun with story telling, a dragon procession with a 12m long dragon which meanders throughout the woodland. They can also show their creative side by designing their very own Chinese lantern.

Put a Spring in your Step - 4th March 2018
This will be held at Cowes Yacht Haven, offering a selection of fantastic stalls and free workshops. There will be readings, emotional freedom techniques, carefree beauty, coaching, DOTERRA, natural products, a diverse collection of practices.
Also, mini treatments will be available to try on the day. Free parking is included in the boatyard.
This will be a great experience for you, your friends and family, to try new things, and for businesses to express their new, unique services.

Robin Hills Mad Easter Egg Dash - 1st and 2nd April
The great Easter Egg Dash, held at Robin Hill. The Easter Bunny will be hiding tokens in the park for the children to find, during the 2 dashes a day. 
The children under the age of 6 years old, will be taking part in the first dash at 12pm. The older children will be taking part in the next dash at 2pm. 
It is a great chance for the whole family to get together and join in with the Easter Festivities. It will be great fun for the children. It's unlikely anyone will be leaving empty handed due to many prizes available to be won.

 Real Ale Festival - 5th to 7th May
 A festival will be a chance to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Havenstreet Station while enjoying your favourite beverage as you watch the trains go by.
 The ale is sourced by many brewers across the country and a good majority coming from Island sources.
 The Festival is free entry; opening times are 11am - 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. Then 11am- 5pm on Bank holiday Monday. There will also be a variety of live music played throughout the day between 1pm and 5pm.
 It's a fantastic day to take in the unique setting of Havenstreet and also enjoy watching the Steam Trains.

 

 

Wolverton Folk and Blues Fair - 12th May
A one-day festival celebrating Folk and Blues music in the beautiful grounds of Wolverton Manor, Shorwell.
The day will comprise of great bands/artists, children's activities, a tea tent and a real ale tent. There will be a Main stage, and a Beer Tent Acoustic Stage, bringing the best Folk and Blues music the Island can offer.
The event is great for friends, family and loved ones to come together and enjoy a fantastic day of music, food and drink. Set in a fantastic location. The event is in aid of Leukaemia Research and Brighstone School.

Walk the Wight - 13th May
Last year members of Red Squirrel Property Shop took park in Walk the Wight. It was a brilliant day, where friends and family could spend time together, while supporting a brilliant cause and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Isle of Wight.
Walk the Wight is an event to raise money for Earl Mountbattern Hospice.
There is a choice of 4 different walks during the day-
-Full walk: 26.5 miles Bembridge to Alum Bay (approx. 8-12 hours walking time)
- 1st half: 12.5 miles Bembridge to Carisbrooke (approx. 4-6 hours walking time)
- 2nd Half: 14 miles Carisbrooke to Alum Bay (approx. 5-8 hours walking time)
- Flat walk: 8 miles Sandown to Shide (approx 2-4 hours walking time)
Earl Mountbattern Hospice is a wonderful charity which provides expert medical, nursing and domiciliary end of life care and bereavement support to people in their own homes, care homes and the hospice.

Newport Jazz Weekend - 30th May to 3rd June
Newport Jazz weekend is one of the best-established jazz festivals in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Regularly attracting star names across the UK and also further afield like the USA and Australia.
The festival attracts locals, holiday makers and jazz fans who make a special trip to the Island for this event. It's a fantastic event which brings a great atmosphere to the Island and brings the town to life with local bands playing in pubs and restaurants in the town.

The Isle of Wight Festival - 21st to 24th June
It is the 50th year anniversary of the Isle of Wight Festival. The festival is known for mixing iconic legendary artists with the hottest up and coming acts. It is a festival with a friendly vibe.
The event is located in Newport, which has many tents for different artists/bands. The Script, Kasabian, The Killers, Liam Gallagher and The Blossoms are among the acts playing at the festival.
There are also markets and stalls, which sell clothes, accessories and food. It's a great event which can be shared with friends, family and loved ones.
The festival is an event that brings the Island to life. Bringing a fantastic joyful atmosphere.

Round the Island Race - 7th June
This is a race that interests some of the biggest names in the sailing world, and keen amateur sailors can take part. The sailors skim past the Island's rocky Needles, round St Catherine's point, on to Bembridge Ledge, and then back to Cowes through the Solent.
People can watch from the Needles Old Battery Cafe as the sailors sail round the rocky ledge of the needles.
It's a great day out for the family and keen sailing enthusiasts to soak up the sun and watch the boats race on.

Shipwreck Isle - 8th June
This is a great festival for Pirate lovers. It is a day for families to go to the beautiful Ryde beach at Appley to join in with the Pirate Fun.
There will be sword fighting, music, stalls and everyone is welcome to dress up as their favourite pirate character.

 Lendy Cowes Week - 4th to 11th August
 Cowes Week is one of the oldest and largest annual sailing regattas in the World, and an iconic event in the British Sporting calendar.
 The event lasts for 8 days, with 8,000 competitors sailing around the Island. It brings a fabulous atmosphere to the town of Cowes with around 100,000 spectators who enjoy on and off-shore entertainment.
 It's a great event culminating on the final Friday, with a fabulous firework display attracting many tourists and locals. It's a great evening for friends, family and couples.

 Ventnor Fringe - 7th to 12th August
 This is a unique festival which is a celebration of the arts, show casing emerging and established talent across various creative spectrums.
 The event compromises of pop-up bars, entertainment and secret venues. Teenagers originally setup the festival in 2010, and it's grown into a multi-award winning event.
 It is very unique and special and attracts over 300 performers from across the world to showcase their talents.

 

Jack Up the 80's - 10th to 12th August
Jack Up the 80's provides a family weekend of music, entertainment, food, stalls and kids arts and crafts. It's a feel good festival, where people can enjoy the light-hearted atmosphere.
In excess of £20,000 has been raised in the past 2 years for local charities and good causes. T'Pau, Leo Sayer, Toyah and Jaki Graham are among the acts playing at the festival.
It is a fantastic festival which is enjoyable for all age groups.

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival - 18th to 19th August
The Garlic Farm is located in the beautiful countryside outside Newchurch. It is a festival where people can watch food cookery demonstrations all day, enjoy delicious foods, live music, and there are also arts and crafts stalls.
It's a brilliant day out for all the family to enjoy and also a chance to try new foods and learn new skills.

Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally - 23rd to 26th August
As part of the world famous Isle of Wight Scooter Rally around 5000 riders come to the Island on their classic scooters. The riders mainly stay within the coastal towns of Ryde and Sandown.
There is a large range of bars and entertainment at Ryde bars throughout the day for people to enjoy. Then from 7pm they are ticketed.
It's a great day out for family and friends to enjoy the buzzing entertainment of the busy coastal towns, and to look at all the classical scooters.

Eklectica - 7th to 9th September
Eklectica is a boutique festival which is held at Robin Hill Park. It's known for is quirkiness and diversity. It's set within the mystical woodlands at Robin Hill.
It's a new festival, but it's up and coming. It's great way for friends and family to get together.
Scouting for Girls, Hoosiers, The Fratellis, and the Toploader, are among the headliners for the 2018 Festival.

Island Con - 20th to 21st October
The event is held in Cowes. It is gearing up to become one of the South's premier conventions. It's going to comprise of a kid's zone, gaming zone, workshops and live interviews with special guests.
The event is a celebration of Pop Culture and has a heavy focus on cosplay from all types of fandoms.
It's a great way for people with similar interests to come together and enjoy the event.

So, as you can see, 2018 is going to be a very busy year. Its full of some amazing festivals and events to bring a brilliant atmosphere to the Island. It gives people the chance to spend quality time with friends and family while taking part in events or festivals.

From all of us at Red Squirrel we would like to wish you a Very Happy, Healthy and Fabulous New Year. Let 2018 be a year to remember...

By Emily Gibson


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Age Uk Isle of Wight 

Christmas time is all about giving, caring, love and support. That's why its so important to not only look after your loved ones, but also give to the people who are alone this Christmas.
Age UK is a fantastic charity which helps and supports so many elderly people across the UK. They ensure they are not alone at Christmas, but also the whole year round.
Age UK offer care, support, advice and guidance is all aspects. They advice good ways to maintain a healthy wellbeing, help with any financial questions or worries you may have. And also give details and advice on ways to adapt your home to make it easier for you to live in.

We at Red Squirrel Property Shop acknowledge the spectacular work in which Age Uk Isle of Wight does, and thats why we sponsor their Penguin Plunge event. Being so close to Christmas we understand money can be a strain, and we understand that you need to focus on your own family.
However, the thought of an elderly person being alone at Christmas is the worst feeling, as everyone should feel loved and cared for, especially at this time of year. So sparing a little bit for this amazing charity makes all the difference.

The Penguin Plunge will be taking place on 17th of December at Appley Beach Ryde at 11am. Three staff members of Red Squirrel will be braving all and taking the plunge into the wintery sea. Each of us are doing it for our own reasons...

Emily- "I think this is such a great charity that helps and supports the elderly. And I believe that by taking part in this event and showing our support it not only gets more people involved and aware of the amazing work in which Age UK does but it also gives the charity encouragement to continue in what they do. 
A bit of cold water is nothing compared to the fantastic efforts in which Age Uk Isle of Wight do to help others."

Eileen- "The reason I am helping Age UK Isle of Wight with the Penguin Plunge is that it is a "fun" way to bring awareness to others to donate towards this very worthy cause...
Age UK IOW were very helpful to my Mum and other elderly people I know. In helping them make the most of later life, providing companionship, advice and support for the older people who need it the most..."

Charlie- "Personally I like to try and do as much as possible for both local and national charities, so when Age Uk IOW asked if I would sponsor both this and the cinema events I didn't think twice!
They do so much locally and nationally so well worth the jump in the lovely warm sea on the 17th December"

Age UK offer many services for the elderly such as help professionally and personally to allow the elderly to stay at home longer. They offer exercise classes, foot care, IT training, transport services and handyperson services.
These services make a massive difference to people, as it takes the worry and stress out of life. And allows them to have a friendly face, someone who they can rely on and trust. Its very important for people to feel like they have someone who they can talk to and who will be there for     them in their time of need.

  I spoke to Age UK Isle of Wight Fundraising Ambassador, Elisha who enlightened me on the amazing work the Charity does on our Island and what inspired her to get involved with the work Age UK Isle of Wight does.

  What inspired you to become a part of this charity?
 I am very passionate about the Isle of Wight, after hearing that we receive no national funding even though we have the highest demographic of elderly on the island and coming from a sales background I thought I could help. So I joined   the fundraising team.

  What do you believe is the best thing about this charity?
  I love that one of the main focuses of the charity is combating Social Isolation. 1 in 6 older people on the IOW live alone. Being lonely is as bad for you as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. 1 in 3 of older people consider the television     their main form of company.
We offer Active Network Social Clubs (in different Island localities doing group activities, quizzes etc.), we have a Men in Sheds project (for retired men who like to learn new skills and potter about whilst creating friendships), The Good Neighbourhood Scheme ( a befriending service ran by volunteers, popping/calling on those isolated, helping with errands etc.) and also offer digital inclusion courses helping older islanders keep in touch with family and friends through skype etc.

How many elderly people does this charity support on the Isle of Wight?
We receive over 50,000 calls a year seeking advice and directly help over 11,000 older islanders each year. Our information and advice service offers advice on benefits, allowances that older islander entitled to but not aware of, and help fill in the paperwork etc.

What does this charity supply on the Island?
Age UK Isle of Wight are dedicated to supporting older people on the Isle of Wight to live well in their later years. We provide advice. We combat Loneliness. We enable independence.
We offer a handyperson service, making their homes safer and Just About You service offering housework/errands/gardening etc. enabling them to stay at home for longer.

Do you have a lot of people who donate on the island or can it be hard to gather donations?
It can be very hard to get donations. There is some confusion over our charity as although we are a brand partner with the national AgeUK we don’t receive anything from them.
We are an independent, local charity working solely for the benefit of the IOW since 1973. The AgeUK charity shops across all the towns, don’t raise money for the island. That money leaves the island and goes to the national UK charity. Everything we (AgeUK Isle of Wight) raise stays on the island. So lots of people shop and donate to the shops thinking they are helping us, but actually aren’t helping the island at all.

It was very inspiring and eye opening to speak to Elisha, to get an insight into what the charity does, and how holding events such as the Penguin Plunge are so benificial to the charity.
Please come in to our Newport or Cowes office today and sponsor us on our Plunge. Or if your brave enough come in and get an application form to take part in the plunge! 

 

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EPC'S- What are they? Why are they important? How to improve them? And how are they changing?

 

  Why is an EPC important to you?
  When renting, buying or selling your property it is a legal requirement to have an EPC. This is an Energy Performance Cirtificate. This is a rating system for how energy sufficient your home is.
  On the EPC it will give you some examples of how you can improve your energy performance. This could be things such as installing a different kind of heating system, having double glazed windows, better      insulation or switching to energy saving light bulbs.
  Having a home with a better EPC will mean your home is more cost effective for you, but also it will be better for you if you were to sell or rent your home.

   The EPC came about after the Paris Agreement was launched. This agreement encourages countries to take part in signing a deal to lower their carbon emissions by the year 2020. The EPC's were part of         the process of reducing emissions.
   When you have an EPC assessment you will get examples of how you can improve your rating. There is also a part of the EPC called the Green Deal Finance. This is a way in which you can have energy-         saving improvements to your home and the best way to pay for them.
   On the graph if there is a green tick next to a recommendation such as "Cavity Wall Insulation" that means that you can get government funding to improve this section.
   A amber tick next to a recommendation means you may be able to get some government funding for the improvement however you may have to make a contribution to the price of the fix.

Ways in which you can improve your EPC.

Lighting-
Replace your existing halogen or non-low Energy Lighting with Lighting Emitting Diodes (LED). Lighting Emitting Diodes are more effective, versatile, and last longer.
LED's are directional light sources which means they direct light in a specific direction, unlike incandescent and CFL, which emit light and heat in all directions. That means LED's are able to use light and energy more effectively.

Roof Insulation-
Ensure that your roof insulation is at least 270mm in depth. This is simple and inexpensive to introduce and will have many positive impacts to improve your EPC but also to insulate your home better.
If your roof is 90mm or less you can get funding to have the loft filled or topped up.

Wall Construction- 
If your property has cavity wall construction ensure that it is filed. This will mean that less heat will be leaving your home, meaning your home will be more cost effective. This is again a simple and inexpensive to intorduce to your home.

Central Heating System-
Replacing an old and inefficient boiler with a newer and more sustainable boiler. This can be an expensive alteration to your home, however this is a great way to introduce a more sufficient heating system to your property.
If introducing a new boiler is to expensive, its always a good idea to think about heating controls. So even if you have an old boiler you can instal modern controls such as a thermostat or individual Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs). Which will have a positive impact on your EPC results.
A thermostat is a component which senses the temperature of a system so that the systems temperature is maintained near a desired setpoint.

Renewable Technologies-
There are a wide range or technologies and solutions of renewable enery. For example solar/photovoltaic panels generate hot water and electricity through to bio-mass boilers and ground source heat pumps, these will replace your normal conventional central heating systems.
Renewable energy technologies can be up to 20X more effective. They will give your home a positive EPC rating, making it more attractive to future buyers. Not only that it's also an environmentally friendly alteration.

Updating EPC Regulations in 2018-

From 1st April 2018 the department of Energy and Climate Change have changed the law so any private sector rental properties will be required to have an EPC of an E or above. landlords will not be able to rent out their property if the EPC is less than an E on the rating. This is because they want to make homes more environmentally friendly and also more cost effective.
This will apply to new lets and renewed tennacies from April 2018, and it will then be applied to exsisting tennancies from from April 2020. If landlords breach these laws they could be looking at a fine of up to £5000.

How we can help...
At Red Squirrel Property Shop we can carry out an EPC assessment on your property, and with this we will supply information on how you can improve your EPC rating and give you tips and pointers.

 

Out with the old, in with the new…

We all know what it feels like wanting to create your perfect home, to live in the palace you have always dreamt about. However, it’s not always as simple and easy as we like to believe. It can be very difficult renovating your property into your dream home. Firstly, you need an idea. You need to know exactly what you want and how you want it. Then it’s sorting out planning permission or building regulations, then finding the right people to help you with your project, such as builders and architects. It’s a very long and demanding process, but it’s all worth it when you’re sat in your modern styled lounge or your vintage styled kitchen.

Sometimes the hard part about turning your property into something new is getting an idea or the inspiration to do it. You may know you want a change and something new, however you may not know what that “something” is quite yet. And there is nothing better than finding a list of property ideas and examples for you to be able adjust your ideas and style too. Well, at Red Squirrel Property Shop we invest time into Project Management and we believe it is very important to give you the helping hand you need in creating your perfect property.

I believe that it’s not only the brick work that creates the perfect renovation, but it’s also the stamp you put on it yourself. The style you decide to endeavour on is very important, as it shows through your personality, your likes, and how you want to make you home feel. This could be cosy, modern, retro or even vintage. Therefore, exploring the different designs in which you could present your home is very significant.

Nautical

Living on the Isle of Wight we are an island which has lots of inspiration from our surroundings of coast and countryside. Nautical décor is often described as the “coastal” or “cottage” look, or New England. This is very popular on the island as it’s very relatable to our location. This look consists of unfurnished wood, pale linen furniture, coastal related décor such as sea shells in jars, sailing ropes contoured around the room, or maps decorating your walls. Whites, blues, greys and cream are usually the popular colours for this style. They all work together to create the coastal vibe of the Nautical style.

Within a nautical styled interior, you must create that coastal effect, therefore using items which come from the seaside is very important. Using ropes which would be from an anchor and rolling them up into a glass bowl. Or collecting shells and putting them in glass jars. They all work together to present the coastal theme. Colours such as pastel blue and whites are a key importance in presenting the theme. Using small, intricate props, such as these, will really enhance the effect of the style you are going for as they are easily recognisable as “coastal” items.

Using decorations such as a “life ring” and a “nautical map” develops the idea of a coastal décor. Living on the island we are extremely lucky in being able to get inspiration for this kind of décor right on our door step. We have many town locations such as Cowes which will supply Nautical interior décor.

              

Mid-Century Modern

Mid-century modern is characterized by refined lines, and simplistic natural shapes. Its simplicity is what makes it have a modern feel, less is more. Usually the colour of the Mid-century style tends to combine darker neutral tones with saturated accent colours. The furniture is usually shaped with long straight lines, for example chair legs. And the edges of furniture, such as sofas or cushions, are usually smooth with a curved edge.

It’s important to remember that this mid-century modern style is mainly basic and simplistic, therefore having items of furniture which express an abstract style is vital. This could be things such an abstract cushions with saturated accent colours, or lights which are designed in unusual shapes and sizes. Mid-Century modern is such a popular style choice as it combines simplicity with the abstract view.

                       

Bohemian

Bohemian style interiors capture the adventure, youth and carefree attitude through its materialism. It’s full of bright colours and patterns which represent the freedom and adventure in the style. The look can be seen as messy, if it’s not thought through properly. This is due to its heavy use of colours and abstract, but it can also be seen as cosy, with its large blankets and cushions, warm colours such as purple and reds, and also the use of fairy lights and cloth veils. The style can create the sense of mystery and superstition through its use of colour and abstract feel.

The use of large hanging lights creates the sense of warmth within a bedroom. Likewise, the thick cushions and bedding adds to this effect.

The boho style can be used in a way which isn’t quite so over-powering. You can use neutral colours for your walls, flooring and beddings, but then accessorise with bold and bright object such as rugs, cushions, blankets, fairy lights and lamp shades, to create the bohemian style to your room. Some people prefer this approach as it’s more of a subtle way of presenting the style.

           

Farmhouse

Farmhouse décor is a modern approach to cabin/lodge style furniture. It consists of neutral colours such as whites, creams and beige. The furniture used for this kind of décor is usually heavy woods or fabric sofas. They are usually chunky styled which gives them the sense of warmth and comfort during winter months. However, the light neutral colours allow the furniture to work within every season.

The farmhouse look is again very simplistic however, with the chunky furniture and modern styled colour it works really well. The farmhouse look can be either very modern, or modern, but with a more traditional look. That depends whether the home is more neutral with its colours, meaning the interior is more white based giving it a modern feel. Or if the property used darker woods, it can be seen as a more traditional modern style.

               

Overall, it’s very important to focus on what interior you want, as it portrays your personality, and decides what sort of character you want your property to show.
A top tip is sticking to one interior style. It makes your home more effective than if you were to blend two different styles together. This can look messy and awkward within the home.
If you would like to renovate your home and you are interested in some form of property management, please get in contact with us regarding any queries or questions you may have.


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