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How to make a house a home

by LaurettaCWright

I’ve always been a bit of a home girl, and I don’t mean that in a rap/hip-hip kind of way, but rather that my home really is my castle.

Since moving in six years ago, I’ve transformed a derelict house into somewhere where I can comfortably spend most of my time, making my house a real home.

Gone are the single pane windows, dodgy lighting and threadbare carpets. And instead is a modern, yet cosy home filled with love and laughter. Well, most of the time. But surrounding myself with stuff in the colours and scheme of my choosing is what makes me happy.

So it was interesting to read a recent survey from one of my favourite homeware shops, Homesense, on what people do to make their house a home.

Apparently, one in ten Brits can’t settle into a new home until Wi-Fi is connected and, on average, it takes 90 days for a new house to feel like a home.

Other results from the survey revealed that on average, Brits redecorate their homes after just 2 years 4 months; 23% refresh their home decor more than once a year (although one in 20 of us confesses to having the same interior décor for more than 20 years); and typically we allocate £1,500 to redecorating in the first year of owning a new house.

The research, which polled 2,000 men and women between 18-60 years, also highlights the stylish have and have-nots when moving into a new home. With more Brits renting their homes than ever before (47% in 2015 – Mintel), the research supports an emerging trend for us to ‘spruce’ up the home, rather than redecorate entirely.

Items we want to change

Most desirable items

1 Black-painted woodwork (48%) Plants/flowers 40%
2 Patterned carpets (45%) Photo frames 32%
3 1970s tiling in kitchen or bathroom (44%) Artwork 27%
4 Coloured bathroom suite (37%) Real wood flooring 27%
5 Dark wood kitchen cupboards (31%) Open fireplace 25%
6 Lino flooring (29%) Wallpaper 24%
7 Artex ceilings (26%) Wallmounted flat screen 22%
8 Pebbledash exteriors (15%) Range cooker 13%
9 Brass-coloured door handles (9%) Induction hob 11%
10 White power sockets (8%) Wireless speaker system 11%

Interestingly, 57% of Brits admit they are stuck in an interior style rut and one in ten of us admit they are too scared to use colour in their homes. As an aspiring interior wanabee (and nicking the phrase coined by Scrappy Doo) I’d have to say ‘Let me at ‘em!’

So, what’s next on your decorating hit-list?

*Cottage not mine, but working on it…

4 comments

Favor Home Solutions 20th November 2017 - 7:04 pm

Man these are some great tips, especially if you don’t have a huge budget to afford granite counters and all of those things. This is a way for people to really stick to a budget, but not shortchange themselves on the look and the feel of their home.

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LaurettaCWright 21st November 2017 - 11:47 am

It’s all about the value for money isn’t it?

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Tania O'Donnell 10th March 2016 - 11:06 am

I’m obsessed with wood floors. We can’t afford them right now, but I can’t wait till all this carpet is up. I hate it – it is light-coloured and shows every single stain, hair, imperfection. Roll on being able to have parquet beauty throughout the house. Great post!

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admin 10th March 2016 - 11:14 am

Thanks Tania – we couldn’t afford wood floors either but I found a really good vinyl flooring for downstairs which looks (and feels) like the real thing. It was expensive and fools everyone, but cheaper than parquet flooring if you can’t wait that long! Another tip is to lay flooring first then fit skirting board – the finish looks much more professional. Sadly this observation came too late for my place!

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