Make Each Room of Your Home Stand Out with the Right Accessories

How to decorate your home with the right accessories

When you take pride in how your home looks, you want to get every little bit just right. This can be a frustrating process, especially if you’re not clued up on interior design. You might see your perfect kitchen on Pinterest but how do you achieve it? How do you get that gorgeous, photograph-worthy look if you’re not a professional stylist?

The answer lies in the detail. It’s all about the accessories you choose to work in harmony with the main features and colours of the room. In this blog post, we run through each main room of the house and discuss how best to accessorise it. The result? A well put-together house that could be mistaken for a showhome.

The living room

Let’s start with one of the most important rooms in the house: the living room. It may well be the first room guests enter when they first arrive at your house. So how do we make a good impression? First things first, don’t be afraid to add a personal touch. After all, the living room is a very personal room and it’s probably where you spend a lot of time as a family. Photographs in frames, trinkets you’ve collected and a vase of your favourite flowers are all great ways to make it feel homely and well thought-out.

In terms of creating that showhome look, make sure you select accessories in textures and shades that complement each other. Don’t choose completely matching features as this will make the room look washed out. However, tonal shades are brilliant for tying your living room together and creating a polished finish. Natural colours are particularly useful to think about: beige, tan, stone, brown – all of these work well together across a variety of textures. Comfort is key in the living room, so think about that too! Don’t clutter the surfaces with accessories and decor. Choose a few pieces that really show off your style and your personality.

The kitchen

In the kitchen, it’s important not to get too caught up in accessorising. Practicality must come first in the kitchen, then think about the detail. However, that’s not to say we don’t appreciate a lovely-looking kitchen! Choose a colour that you’d like to go for and then stick to it when it comes to buying accessories, small appliances and utensils. For example, in our photograph below you can see a mixing bowl, a salt grinder and some mini containers all in a beautiful dark grey colour. This coordination brings a kitchen together and makes it feel much more homely. You don’t have to worry about getting the decor perfect in a kitchen, as long as the environment is clean, tidy and pleasant to cook in. Sometimes, the best accessory is the smell of freshly baked cupcakes!

The bedroom

Let’s take things into the bedroom now. Presumably, this is where you spend the majority of your time, even if it is only for sleeping. The bedroom is probably the most personal room of the house and it’s also probably where you keep most of your stuff. Therefore, it’s important to get the big things like storage and decent furniture sorted before you even think about accessorising. There’s no point in buying hundreds of candles and trinkets if you haven’t even got anywhere to store your clothes!

However, it can be really fun to think about interior design in the bedroom. Your bedding is a good place to start. As the bed is usually the centrepiece of a bedroom, the bed sheets, throws and cushions you choose can have a massive impact on how the entire room looks. Go for a colour scheme that you like and also one that will match the rest of the room’s decor. Try to get a balance between personality and style. We like neutral colours in the bedroom, particularly grey, to achieve that showhome look. That’s not for everyone though! If you want to go for grey, perhaps throw in a few brighter cushions to show off your personality. Overall, the main points to remember are these:

  • Don’t over-accessorize, your bedroom is a place to relax and unwind
  • Choose colours which you like, not ones which are ‘fashionable’
  • Go for a combination of subtle and brighter accessories so the room doesn’t feel either too washed out or too ‘in your face’
  • Candles are your best friend!

The kids’ bedroom

And finally, the kid’s bedroom. If you’ve got little ones at home, you’ll probably know the trials and tribulations of sorting the bedroom out. Toys all over the floor sounds familiar, right? Well, if you create a space that both you and your child can be proud of, you’re much less likely to feel dread when you enter their room! This is where we can really start to have fun with decor. After all, you want it to be fun and playful or it won’t feel like a kid’s room at all. Don’t mimic the rest of your home, no matter how lovely and neutral it may be.

Try to choose decor and accessories that will give your little one a reason to get into bed at night! Get inventive with storage solutions like personalised pegs or hangers. We’ve added a beautiful feature wall to our showhome kid’s room, along with some subtle but matching accessories. It’s fun, it’s playful, yet it still looks like part of a well-planned home without losing any personality or style. Favourite cartoons are a great place to start. Alternatively, go down the route of ‘stars and space’ or ‘flowers and fairies’ if they can’t choose – having a theme always works well in children’s bedrooms.

4 Reasons That a Quality Kitchen is Important for Your Home

Here at CB Homes, quality is the core value in everything we do. Our builds, our drawings, our architects, our customer service – every little part of our business places massive importance on quality. But let’s not forget about the part after the build, the rooms in your house! Of course, it’s entirely up to you how you decorate your home and what type of interior design route you decide to go down. However, one thing’s for certain: it’s important to keep things high quality. You’ll thank yourself later down the line. Today, we’ve decided to discuss the importance of a quality kitchen in your home.
Here are just a few reasons that we think you should invest in a decent and long-lasting kitchen design.

Why is it so important for your kitchen to be of high quality?

1. The kitchen is the heart of the family home

First things first, the kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s the heart of your family time, the best place to enjoy cooking and a great space to entertain guests. Considering you use the kitchen for so many important purposes, it’s easy to see why you should invest time and money into it. However, don’t just focus on creating an aesthetically-pleasing room.

More importantly, your beautiful kitchen should be a practical space to use, with all the appliances and utensils that your family will need. It’ll make each moment you spend there much more pleasurable and memorable! And if the heart of your home doesn’t deserve to be invested in, what does?

2. You’re more likely to cook from scratch

We all know the benefits of cooking from scratch and homemade meals. Roast dinner made by mum, cakes baked by grandma or your uncle’s winning pie: all of these are amazing memories and parts of our childhood. But not only that, home cooking is nourishing for your body! So, why wouldn’t you want to create a high-quality space where you’ll actually enjoy cooking and baking? It’s a no-brainer if you ask us.

3. You can add more value to your house

If you take the time to make it right from the start, you’ll add value to your house later down the line. When you come to sell your home, estate agents and potential buyers will see a high-quality, stylish kitchen as a massive value booster. This is mainly because a kitchen renovation is such a big project. It’s easier to spruce up a living room or a bedroom with a lick of paint. However, a beautifully designed and practically fitted kitchen is much more valuable and impressive.

4. It’s crucial for a healthy, happy life

Now, this may sound dramatic. However, our kitchens are the one room of the house that we simply can’t go a day without visiting – aside from the bathroom, of course. We prepare our food here, get our daily water intake here and store our groceries here. If your kitchen is poor quality, you’ll definitely notice a decrease in your life quality. For example, a badly designed kitchen with hard-to-reach cupboards may prevent you from
cooking exactly what you want, or even worse, result in injury. Not only that, but an old, run-down kitchen may mean more germs, which is exactly the opposite of what you want in a food-prep area! It’s so important to invest in a practical layout, stylish cabinets that you’ll keep clean and adequate space to store and prepare groceries.

Fancy a new kitchen like the ones above?

All the room images we used in this blog post are from our kitchen supplier Puddled Duck. For more information on the company and to see some more fabulous kitchens, you can visit their website here.

Frequently Asked Questions From Potential Self-Builders

As you’re all probably well-aware by now (or if not, hello!), here at CB Homes we specialise in self-build services. We’ve written a few blog posts about our expertise in this area, including choosing a brick and getting planning permission. However, we understand that sometimes, we need to take things back to basics. Often, we’ll get asked the same questions from our prospective self-builders, as the process can sometimes seem daunting and confusing. We thought it would make sense to compile those frequently asked questions into one blog post – think of it as your one-stop-shop for all those self-build queries!

How do I know how much it’s going to cost me?

We work within a wide range of budgets at CB Homes, so there really isn’t a set figure for self-build. However, once we’re aware of your budget, we’ll make sure the design is suitable and doable within the price range. Most importantly, we always provide a fixed price quote from the start – this is what you can expect to pay for your house from concept to delivery, as long as you don’t change any elements of the specification along the way.

What factors affect the cost of self-build?

This is something we reiterate to clients from the beginning. Generally, there are three factors that can affect the overall cost of the project: house design, location and size. Ultimately, the more elaborate the house design is, the more expensive it is. You must also be aware of planning permission throughout the process, which is something we will check for you here at CB Homes. We’ll never approve a design that isn’t going to get planning permission, saving you money in the long run. When it comes to location, you’ll pay more for a plot of land in a more popular area. It’s as simple as that!

It’s worth noting that due to an abundance of protected areas in the UK, building plots are relatively scarce. This can, of course, affect plot price. Now, size is also a pretty simple rule when it comes to self-build: the larger the floor area, the higher the total cost. Building costs are usually measured in pounds per square metre of floor area.

Where can I find land for sale?

There are a number of ways to find land for sale from estate agents to Rightmove to Plotfinder to our own website! To make life easier, we recommend self-builders register their interest with us to maximise the chances of finding the perfect plot. And it’s important to remember, we are happy to advise you on plot suitability and potential, even if you didn’t find it through us.

Do I need to find a plot with planning permission?

There’s no real harm in looking at plots without planning permission. However, we don’t recommend putting any money down before you’ve got that all-important permission! If you buy a plot of land without it, there’s no guarantee that you’ll ever be able to build there. Please contact us for advice before securing a plot of land, especially without planning permission.

What size of plot do I need to build a property?

Of course, this generally depends on the size of property you’re looking to build. As a rough guide, we recommend using the depth of the house, adding 15-20 metres for the plot depth and 2-5 metres to the width of the build. A frequent misconception is that you need to have at least 1 acre of land to build a home. Naturally, many self-builders prefer to have a property with plenty of space, a bigger garden and a better outlook. Here are some guide examples of scale based on an 1800 square foot house on various plot sizes:

As you can see, an 1/8th of an acre is perfectly adequate for a good-sized family home!

What if the plot only has limited services i.e. mains water but no electricity or gas?

There are many plots of land which do not have any services at all. But it doesn’t mean that self-builders can’t build there – we’ll be able to advise accordingly here at CB Homes.

How do I get planning permission? Can you help?

Yes, we can take care of this for you! When you have found a plot of land you like, simply get in touch with us and we can advise on the likelihood of obtaining planning permission. If there is a possibility of permission being granted, we will take care of the process for you.

Do I need to find an architect?

CB Homes works with experienced architects and we will put you in touch with one who will be best suited to your design ideas.

How much can self-builders be involved?

As much or as little as you like – it is your home after all! We’ll look after everything involved in the build and will guide you through the process to make building your home an enjoyable experience.

What is the position on stamp duty?

One of the benefits of self-build is that it is better value for money than buying a completed property. One area where you get better value is in stamp duty – you only pay this based on the purchase price of the plot and not on the value of the completed house.

What we do here at CB Homes

And finally, we get asked quite a lot about the services we offer. Here’s a quick-fire list of what you can expect from us:

  • Self-build package with Turn Key service offers ultimate peace of mind.
  • We can assist with plot finding, the design of your home, architects’ drawing, planning and the complete build of your house.
  • We work within a wide range of budgets always providing a high-quality service and product.
  • When it comes to the cost of your project; we will give you a fixed price quote so you know exactly where you stand.
  • If you have planning permission already, we’re equally happy to hear from you.

Get in touch today for more expert advice and assistance during the self-build process. We’re looking forward to meeting more prospective self-builders!