by Pass The Keys | Editorial | 27 Sep 2016
With the best of the summer weather behind us, now is a good time to start thinking about undertaking a few DIY or home improvement projects to get your home shipshape in time for Christmas.
If you’re in the mood for a new colour scheme in your living room, bedroom or hallway then you could do worse than take some inspiration from the beautiful autumnal colours that are on show at the moment. Golden browns and vibrant reds can be used to great effect in most spaces and can give a real lift to tired areas, or brighten up smaller rooms.
'If you’re a person who loves the autumn then pick out your favourite colours and bring them indoors,' said Proskips, nationwide skip hire. 'You can keep it simple with one or two decorative pieces or soft-furnishings. Or, if you’re feeling a little more ambitious, paint or paper a new feature wall or an entire room in your favourite autumnal shades.'
If browns and reds aren’t your thing, then the seasonal fruit of this time of year could also give you some new ideas. Think rich purples from the plums and fruits that ripen this time of year and deep greens from the moss that’s uncovered when the leaves fall from the trees. You can really add some opulence to a room or home with these colours and lift your own mood and feelings about your home, too.
Decorating isn’t the only way to improve your home, however. How about giving your kitchen a bit of a makeover? One way is to think about your current layout and consider if a new one would work better for you. If that’s a step too far or you’re happy with the layout, you could also consider adding some new gadgets to your kitchen.
Spiralizers, do-it-all microwaves and smart gadgets are among the most popular new kitchen gadgets for 2016, according to home retailer Lakeland. These types of gadgets are gaining in popularity because they allow people to make healthy food easily and/or quickly.
'Home improvement isn’t always about making big changes and spending lots of money,' said Denhan Guaranteed Rent. 'Sometimes, a few smaller, carefully considered additions can make a big difference to your home and lifestyle.'
Home improvement is a big market in the UK. However, a recent survey shows that Britons are actually third in the list of top European DIY-ers. Germany tops the poll of the European DIY retail markets, followed by France then the UK, with Italy in fourth place.
Painting and furniture assembly are the two biggest markets in Germany, the survey by Technavio of all 28 European countries shows. After slowing considerably in 2014 following a decline in consumer confidence and house prices, the French DIY market is now showing signs of recovering.
For the UK, meanwhile, DIY is a pretty commonplace practise which supports a healthy DIY retail market. However, this may slow in the future due to an increase in the ‘Do it for Me’ (DIFM) market among younger Britons, Technavio reports.
'DIY is part of the UK’s culture with Bank Holidays being a traditional time for projects to be undertaken,' said Williams Lynch. 'This may be beginning to change though, as the younger generation prefers to put their home improvement projects in the hands of experienced professionals.'
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