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Jo Linehan
17 April 2019

You know that spring clean feeling, there’s nothing quite like making changes in your home to boost your mood and improve your day-to-day lifestyle. Whether it’s swapping out old cushions for some new ones in fresh spring colours, or replacing heady, winter scented candles for spring-friendly fragrances, the smallest of interior tweaks can make your house feel like a brand-new home. Whether you are dreaming of making a bigger home improvement this year, or just spending on new accessories throughout the year, here are some tips to reboot your living from simple aesthetics to bigger projects that can add value to your property while saving on energy bills at the same time.  
 

The sofa swap

We’re starting with a budget of €1,000 and can’t think of a better way to invest it than with a new sofa. For many of us, the couch is the heart of the home, and its role - visually and functionally - has more of an impact on our day to day lives then most of us ever consider. Recent research found that staying in is the new going out, with over 56% of the nation saying that when it comes to the weekend they prefer to cosy up in front of the telly. So, upgrading that essential piece of furniture is the easiest and most effective way of making you feel like you’ve taken your living room interior to the next level. There are so many options under €1,000 too. Perhaps you’ve played it safe with your furniture and you’re finally feeling ready to add a pop of colour via a bright sofa, or you want a stylish new piece that adds a wow factor to the living room. Mustard is a top colour for this season and very versatile. This one piece does all the talking in a living room, so you can keep everything else pared back and neutral. Plus, did you know that velvet as a fabric is incredibly durable and tough-wearing? Grey sofas remain a firm favourite and are great for apartment living. You can mix and match with some bright cushions and these are easily updated each season.
 

  
 

Do up the loo

Any bathroom, big or small, will benefit hugely from an injection of €5,000. You can makeover the entire room, starting with the layout. Think about adding a bath or double sink or moving a sink or toilet to create more space; investing in new tiles, accessories can really pack a design punch. Still on a budget of well under €1, 000, you can take even the most basic of bathrooms to hotel worthy standards. The exciting thing about doing up a loo is that you can experiment with colours and designs that perhaps you might not be brave enough to try in a main living space.

When it comes to tiles, there are so many options ranging from affordable subway styles to plush Italian slabs. We are loving these Inspired Moroccan style tiles that can really put your personal taste on your property.   After these basics have been updated, you’ll still have a budget to invest in all the added extras, from paint colours and soap dispensers, mirrors, to storage units to baskets and plants.

Add some luxury with elements like underfloor heating or heated towel racks. If you are feeling very brave, convert the downstairs utility into a second bathroom, or create an en suite in the master bedroom – both options will add value to your home.


 

Transforming your kitchen needn't cost the earth. 

When it comes to tiles, there are so many options ranging from affordable subway styles to plush Italian slabs. We are loving these Inspired Moroccan style tiles that can really put your personal taste on your property.   After these basics have been updated, you’ll still have a budget to invest in all the added extras, from paint colours and soap dispensers, mirrors, to storage units to baskets and plants. Add some luxury with elements like underfloor heating or heated towel racks. If you are feeling very brave, convert the downstairs utility into a second bathroom, or create an en suite in the master bedroom – both options will add value to your home.

If you are thinking of adding value in your property, investing a bit more can be a smart move. Removing an internal wall to create an open plan kitchen and dining space can add real value to a home. Of course, this all depends on your home’s layout and room availability, but for many Irish homes this is a definite option and one worth considering. Not only will it add resale value, it also makes for a much more enjoyable day to day use of your home. The kitchen is the real heart of any homestead, so investing in a remodel here will pay dividends.

Open plan living means wide open spaces, which is ideal for promoting the flow of air within your home and diffusing natural light through different living areas. It also helps to make your home appear bigger – another plus for a potential resale value.
 

ECO living

For a budget of around €25,000 think about going Eco. Making your home energy efficient saves you money, as well as adding value to your home and there’s never been a better time, with SEAI grants available on upgrades like solar panels. Adding insulation, replacing windows and fitting solar-panel heating can will result in a good energy efficiency rating or Building Energy Rating (BER). A high efficiency rating can fetch almost 10% more than a comparable property with a low BER according to an ESRI report*.

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