How to plan your next home improvement

Thursday 2 April 2020, Written by Laura Tompkins

The key to a successful home improvement project is all in the planning. It can be very tempting to dive straight in and get started, but carefully planning your project, preparing your area and ensuring you have everything in place before you start, will ensure you get the best results. So, whether you’re working on your kitchen, bathroom, hallway or even the downstairs cloakroom, take a look at our top tips to help give you the best start.

Make a list

Before you start anything, look at your area and decide how you can best use it and make the most of the space, it’s also worth consulting a professional builder, tiler, architect or even interior designer – especially if you’re about to start a large project. Now is also a good time to consider your budget and make a detailed list of priorities and plans.

Consider your style

There are many interior styles to work with and you may already have an idea of the look you are trying to achieve. Some of the most popular looks are:

1. Contemporary – think sleek handle-less kitchen cabinets, modern fixtures and fittings and large format style tiles, often in stone, wood and concrete effects. While no single style is dominant, contemporary schemes tend to have natural elements, muted colours and softened rounded lines. Here’s a few ideas for a contemporary style space:

2. Traditional – this style usually depends on the age of a property and its original features. For example if you have a Victorian home, some traditional features may include fireplaces, Victorian geometric tiled floors, bay and sash windows and even stained glass windows. Many homeowners stay true to the period features of a property and keep or update them, here’s a few examples:

3. Farmhouse – this style is often found in more rural areas in the countryside and is inspired by farmhouse buildings. Farmhouse style embodies muted, neutral tones, many textures and natural elements, painted furniture and rustic field or brick tiles in soft shades like those available in our Winchester collection. Here’s a look at the farmhouse style:

Take your time to think about the style of your property and consider how to make the most of its features. This should make it easier to decide on an interior style that you’ll love for years to come.

Get inspired

This is one of the most exciting stages when planning a renovation. Spending a good amount of time on Pinterest, Instagram and flicking through the pages of interior magazines is a great way to feel inspired. It’s also brilliant research and you might be surprised to find that you change your mind a few times along the way! You can check out our Pinterest boards here, there’s plenty of beautiful kitchen, bathroom and interior images to browse through. You can also download our brochures, In the meantime, here’s a few idea's:

Don’t forget finishing touches

Once you have established a clear idea of your finished project, consider thinking about those all important finishing touches. Tiles are brilliant for pulling a space together and completing a project to perfection. Whether it’s a simple splashback or a feature wall, we have plenty of tiles to choose from. Take a closer look at our different tile collections in this blog post – you’ll be sure to find the perfect tile for your project!

Pastels Moodboard 1

For more ideas, head over to our Inspiration pages or browse more images on Pinterest.

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