How can colours in your home affect your emotions?

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If you are thinking about making changes to the interior of your home, you should first consider the emotions that certain colours can evoke. Studies have found that choosing to decorate or furnish your home using particular colours in the wrong place can have a negative impact on our emotions. Similarly, using the right colours in regularly used rooms in the home can help you to create a relaxing environment, so choose wisely. The below infographic looks at various colours, their meanings and what emotions they tend to evoke. Find out what colours reflect your personality best and which rooms to use them in. So whether you are looking to create a dramatic, mysterious impact or bring peace and calm to those who walk through your front door, the guide will help you to create your very own haven at home. TJ Hughes is a UK based department store offering affordable furniture for your home and garden in a range of styles and designs.

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Interior Designer Vs. Interior Decorator – Who is Who?

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You’re most likely familiar with the terms ‘interior designer’ and ‘interior decorator,’ but have you ever thought about the differences between the two professions, if any at all? Yes, they both certainly have similar abilities and talents to create gorgeous spaces, but there are some notable differences between the two. Let’s take a look at some of them. Definitions An interior designer is a person who is professionally qualified and trained to create a functional and top quality interior environment. In order to create apt living spaces, a good interior designer should have a great understanding of the human behaviour and be able to infuse this info into the ability to identify, research and creatively resolve interior design issues and turn them into a healthy, safe and comfortable physical environment. In contrast to what has just being said, interior decorators only have to worry about the surface decoration of a space. This may include features like painting, placing furnishings, choosing lighting and deciding on suitable fabric etc. As well as taking care of these surface tasks, an experienced interior decorator will be able to provide you with some valuable advice on a London based Victorian wood flooring company or a London based door and window installation company. Duties and Responsibilities Interior designers have lots of responsibilities to uphold; they organise spaces in definite ways so that they can be practical for certain activities, they ensure that all designs comply with building and safety codes and they manage the whole process of the construction and installation of a design. Interior decorators, on the other hand, focus more on the visual beauty of a space. They don’t necessarily have to worry about the functionality and safety of interior spaces; they just need to make sure that the area is aseptically appealing. As with all industries, it’s important to [...]

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Why we welcome stamp duty rate changes

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Despite Bank of England Governor Mark Carney claiming that the government’s stamp duty reform will add fuel to an already overheated UK property market, Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to replace the unfair ‘slab’ nature of the tax with progressive thresholds is a positive step. Prior to the change announced during Osborne’s Autumn Statement speech that and brought into force at midnight on 3 December, home buyers had to pay a fixed percentage of the whole of the property’s purchase price. The new version of stamp duty now works more like income tax. This is good news for the 98% of home buyers in England and Wales who, according to the Treasury, will pay less under the new system. This is because the first £125,000 of a property’s purchase tax will not be taxed. After that, the new thresholds are 2% of the value between £125,001 and £250,000; 5% on the portion of the price falling between 250,001 and £925,000. However, the amount of stamp duty levies rises steeply for properties above this price level. House buyers pay 10% on the portion of the purchase price between £925,001 and £1.5m and 12% on the portion of the purchase price over £1.5m. Although this means the 98% of house buyers who pay under £937,500 for a property will be better off under the new system, there is concern that the top end of the market could experience a slowdown as the rate has gone up rather sharply. However, the news is very good for first-time buyers and those purchasing homes below the higher threshold. And with a General Election on the horizon, there’s a lot of pressure on the Chancellor to get the electorate on side. A total of 785,392 house purchases took place in England and Wales in 2013, which affected [...]

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5 ways to make sure your home is energy efficient

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When it comes to ensuring that your home is energy efficient, you will need to consider replacing some of your appliances, switching to fluorescent bulbs and even redecorating to get the desired results. Here’s some advice to make sure the work you put in to making your home energy efficient does not cost more than the savings you will make. Home insulation Home insulation helps regulate the temperature, improve the environment and increase your comfort. Not only that, installing new insulation will make your home more energy efficient, which means your energy bills will be reduced. During summer and winter we use cooling and heating appliances to turn our places into liveable environments. If your home is insulated, you’ll use your air conditioning less often, which will lead to a reduction in your energy bill. Appliances New appliances are much more energy efficient than older ones. If you want to make sure your home is energy efficient, you need to buy newer models. There is a wide selection of fridges, ovens, cookers, washing machines, TVs and other electronic appliances that have low energy use ratings. Using modern appliances also means lowering your electricity bills and helps protect the environment. Solar panels Solar panels are a very efficient way to reduce your energy bills. Their biggest benefit is that they can help you reduce your carbon footprint. Using solar energy isn’t harmful to nature, as it doesn’t release pollutants in the air. Halogen lighting Halogen lighting is more expensive than traditional light bulbs but it can pay off in the long term because halogen bulbs can last up to 12 times longer than their traditional alternatives. This will have an impact on your energy bills and on the environment as a whole. Improve your windows Make sure you keep your blinds [...]

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Feng shui tips for your bathroom

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Your bathroom holds the key to wealth and prosperity, according to Chinese philosophy. Good bathroom feng shui starts with chi – the life energy that every living thing has. Chi, which translates as ‘air’ or ‘breath’, is a force that determines our lives. Like air, energy moves through your home, but if it collides with any form of clutter, such as a stack of old newspapers, it will become trapped. Once you remove the clutter, the energy circulates and moves through your home once more. The stagnant energy is carried away and new fresh energy begins to constantly flow through your home. Letting the energy flow circulate through your home will bring prosperity, wealth and happiness. Feng shui should start in the bathroom because water symbolises money. If good chi cannot flow into your bathroom, this may affect your financial stability. The sink, shower and bath have the power to wash away debris and dirt and renew the good energy flow. However, they can also wash away personal chi. How to fix wrong bathroom placement Minimise negative chi in the bathroom by choosing the following colours: cream, grey, pale blue or beige. If the bathroom is positioned near the front door, place a full-length mirror over the door. How to improve chi in the bathroom Mirrors are essential for every part of the house, according to feng shui. Because they exhibit reflection, mirrors will help improve the energy flow in your bathroom. Mirrors help circulate and speed up energy, which is why they should only reflect good energy. Therefore, do not place a mirror facing the toilet because that will multiply dirty energy.  Keep your toilet seat lowered to prevent good energy from leaving your home. Keep the bathroom door closed to prevent good energy from leaving the room. Replace [...]

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Does Investing In Eurozone Property Still Make Sense?

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With the UK’s property market in a relatively healthy position and given the wider growth in the British economy, investing in property overseas may make some people question the rationale for looking at the Eurozone at all. However, property investments in Europe still make sense for a wide range of UK investors. Just like the British property market, there are areas which have seen little growth since the global economic crisis. Nevertheless, even in Eurozone economies which have seen zero growth over the last few years, there are significant property portfolio opportunities for investors to seek out which will provide healthy returns. According to leading financers , such as the Aviva Investors European Property fund, few people have been put off from investing in European property markets, “despite the relatively weak economic background of the Eurozone.” They claim that real estate capital in many Eurozone markets has seen steady growth in terms of transaction volumes. This indicates a strong investor appetite for such regions. According to Andrew Hook, the Aviva fund’s manager, the flow of investments has moved ahead of the occupational market and it looks likely that this trend will be seen to have continued throughout 2014, once the end of year results are in. With some large developments in Spain and elsewhere in the Eurozone left without a single occupier, British people may still think twice about investing into depressed housing stock. However, even in Spain there are now significant hotspots of property growth where investors are opting to buy in at what they hope will be the bottom of the market. It really depends on the exact location of where you look to make your investment rather than making a decision based on the economy of a particular Eurozone country as a whole. In central Europe, for example, returns of fifteen per cent and upwards [...]

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Duct cleaning prevents odour problems and cuts health risks

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Studies show that the level of dirt particles in your home atmosphere could rise due to unclean air ducts. This happens because most of the dirt can’t be absorbed by the dirty air ducts, which leaves dust particles free to float around the living space and stick to other surfaces or be inhaled by you and your family. Unclean air ducts are also one of the most underrated sources of unpleasant odours. This is because they are a perfect habitat for bacteria and other hazardous microorganisms. Can you remember the last time you cleaned your duct? Almost all household activities can have an effect on your duct. Smoking, cleaning, washing and cooking are directly connected to ducts as they are also their main pollutants. And smoking, cleaning, washing and cooking may also emit bad odours that can lower the air quality both inside and outside your house. More and more people are becoming aware that indoor and outdoor air contamination is a serious problem. And if you ducts have serious dirt contamination, they could be a big contributor to serious health issues. Ducts could harbor particles that cause unwanted problems to people with respiratory health diseases, disorders in the immune system or other environmental allergies. The presence of unpleasant odours could be a clear sign that your ducts should be cleaned the proper way. If you sense such smells around the duct area, beware that they are already polluted and moulds, fungi or bacteria are creating the problem. In other words, your health is at risk if you come to find bad odours from your ducts. To minimise the risk of health issues and in respect to prevent aftermath smells, you should pay more attention to duct contamination. Researches have pointed out that most allergy sufferers have stated that having [...]

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Student property can make life easier for landlords

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Student property is often a fairly sure investment for those who are looking to invest in property and the returns are pretty much guaranteed year on year with students being relatively trouble free. There has been a real demand for student property as student numbers increase but supply cannot meet demand which results in high yield for landlords. Many of these landlords often believe that the tenants should leave the property in a certain state when it comes to check out and this is often the reason why they opt for student property investment, this is also boosted by the relatively hassle free experience and the ease of managing such properties. However, new research carried out by the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has found that many landlords and letting agents are under the wrong impression that they are able to claim old for new when it comes to wear and tear from the deposit of their tenants. There are currently rules in place that state that the tenant has to return a property in the same condition that it was in when they began their rental contract and the condition has to reflect exactly what was stated on the inventory report. There are many landlords however, who are unaware of the ‘betterment’ principle. What this means in simple terms is that the landlord is unable to use the tenants deposit in order to replace items that are classed as old at check-in for new items after a two year tenancy, even if additional damage is caused. The number of cases where this happens is on the increase and this is partly down to the fact that the landlord has not taken the time to read the check-in inventory. When the time comes for the tenant to leave, the landlord [...]

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Are house prices in London really falling?

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It’s been a long-time coming, but finally it seems as if there’s a consensus that house prices at the luxury end of the market are falling. According to research from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, London house prices have seen their biggest fall in four years. The index of house prices across the UK saw London drop from -9 in September to -35 for October. The RICS also said that the proposed Mansion Tax is likely to have a “deleterious impact” on top-end property in London and that the demand-supply imbalance is largely in reverse. In October, RICS found that housing demand in London was down for the fifth quarter in a row and in August a firm of international estate agents predicted that London house prices would “only grow by 3% in 2015” compared with an estimated 15.5% this year. Is London losing its lustre? The reason London has managed to sustain extremely high prices is because the UK capital is seen as incredibly attractive internationally, both for businesses and wealthy individuals. The city’s competitive tax regime, political stability and reputation as a centre of finance and business makes London a highly appealing place for international property speculators. However, there are growing fears changing economic conditions might threaten London’s status as a power city. In the downturn, the capital’s prime property market developed into an investment safe haven, as foreign funds looked to put their money in more tangible, long-term investments. It may not yet be introduced, but the mere threat of a Mansion Tax is worrying for high-end property owners. If it wins the election next May, Labour has pledged to introduce the levy on owners of properties worth over £2m as a way of raising the funding it needs to pay for the NHS. The idea was initially [...]

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Tips on making room for Christmas

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Would you believe that Christmas is just five, short weeks away? If you’d taken your cue from any of the major retailers, you might have thought it started a good few months ago. But now it really is approaching fast, and we’re all looking forward to the big day. Many of us have family coming to stay over Christmas, and even those who don’t will have to find room for all the toys, gifts and gadgets we accumulate over the holiday period. This means we need to make room, but clearing space in an already overcrowded house can seem like an impossible task. Check out our top tips for making space for Christmas, even if you think your home is already overflowing. 1.      Declutter first It can be tempting to stuff all the clutter and junk into already overcrowded drawers and cupboards just to make more room in the house. But this is counter-productive because all you’re really doing is making more of a task to sort out later on. Let this Christmas be a fresh start for you and your family by really setting at the decluttering and making a bit more room to breathe. Start in one area, such as a drawer or cupboard, and completely clear that before moving on to another. Consider each thing you take out of the pile, and decide whether it’s something which is useful to you. If not, you can either bin, donate or sell it to free up more space. 2.      Raise cash by selling We’d all love a bit more money for Christmas, so why not make the most of your clear out by selling some unwanted items? If you feel your house is overrun by toys, you can even get the kids involved by encouraging them to pass on [...]

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