Two thirds of UK households have unfinished projects of which 63% are relatively simple such as painting and decorating. 75% of householders say that how they decorate is driven by what others think about their homes.
Imagine the stress then of having a sitting room with one wall painted and a bathroom half tiled, knowing that your friends and relatives are coming over at Christmas…… you know they’ll want to have a nose around!!
Helen Cook founder of local furniture manufacturer Mellow Duck says “There’s no need to worry – with a little foresight and planning, you can be really proud of your home at Christmas. There’s nothing like a deadline to focus the mind so use Christmas as the impetus you need to finish off those half-baked projects and think how pleased you’ll be when they’re all finished! ”
Helen has worked with Ann Marie Cousins from AMC Interior Design based in Ilkley to come up with these 5 simple, ways to get your home up to scratch for Christmas:
1. Get going early – decide what you can realistically do before Christmas such as tiling, painting and moving stuff around. Put a timetable together.
2. Make the tricky decisions – these might be the room layout or colour. Use magazines, Houzz and Pinterest to come up with ideas you like and set a deadline for any decisions
4. Be practical – don’t be over ambitious, keep to one project at a time and keep your ideas simple so you stay within timescales and budget
5. Put your feet up – remember to take comfort into account; can you stretch your legs out? Do you need cushions to make the sofa snug? …and where are you and your guests going to put your drinks
Remember to keep an eye on your credit score over Christmas, as this is the time when many are tempted to overspend, especially on DIY. Make sure you DIY responsibly!by
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