The home is a funny place sometimes; there are those occasions that you just want to sit and enjoy the roof above your head and others where you need to tear it all apart and start from scratch. That feeling tends to crop up at this time of year as the move towards a bit of spring cleaning because stronger. So with that in mind, we are going to take a look at some the home improvements and maintenance that you might want to explore.
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One of the first things you are likely to do when it comes to home improvements is to get the paint brush out and make a trip to your local DIY store for paint pots. If that sounds like you, take a step back and have a think about what the plan is going to be. The reason we say that is that you are looking at the walls now and thinking they need a change, but what is the purpose behind that alteration? Well, we are going to suggest that you take the time to think about the rooms you are working and their purpose.
The reason we say that you should reflect on the room’s purpose is due to something known as colour psychology. Colour psychology is the study of how different shades and tones affect our mentality and has become something of a staple of the interior design world. The idea is that you would consider what rooms are used for and decorate them with a colour that assists in that mood. The prime example of this would be in the living room or the bedroom where you should be more likely to use a calming colour like blue rather than a stimulating red.
If you are starting with painting the walls, there is a good chance that you will take a look down at some point and think that the floors need a bit of refreshing. Now that could mean any number of things to different people. For some readers, that is simply going to be hiring a carpet cleaner to make your current floor look as fresh as possible. And that is a great idea, some cleaners can make flooring look as good as new. However, others will want to invest in a brand new floor whether that is carpet, hardwood, or any other type of base. Much like with colour psychology, we would suggest that you think about the room’s purpose and lay flooring that suits its requirements. Carpet in the kitchen, for example, is a nightmare waiting to happen.
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When it comes to spring cleaning, you will quickly come across a lot of things that you can improve around the home. The good times will mean simply getting your hammer or screwdriver out to make some changes or fix a hanging, and the bad will require pest control. Taking the time to make minor adjustments to the home is an important part of the cleaning process and one that should never go without being done. You might prefer to do the odd-jobs that maintenance throws up before you start doing any of the interior decoration that we have mentioned above.
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As spring gets into full-swing the time will come to get back outside and enjoy fresh air without the need for winter coats. In preparation for those times, you should take your maintenance and improvements plans into the garden to get it ready for the warmer months. There are lots of things to consider when it comes to tidying up the garden such as mowing the lawn, removing winter debris, clearing dead plants, and checking for any animal holes that may have been dug during the winter.
Even if you don’t consider yourself to be particularly green fingered, there is a lot of value to getting outside and getting your hands dirty. There are plenty of flowers that you can plant that don’t take too much attention or prior knowledge, and they will add a little bit of colour to your garden which in turn should encourage you to spend more time in it. Gardening is a hobby that can catch you from out of nowhere, the nurturing of a plant from a seed to the fully fledged thing is quite a feeling and is one that you will enjoy.