When it comes to keeping the hob gleaming, 'wipe as you go' is undoubtedly the best strategy. But life is rarely so simple. Spills and splatters can easily go unnoticed and there isn’t always time in the rush to get a meal on the table to mop up while you’re cooking. To avoid buying unnecessary items and make sure you get the job done quickly, just stock up on these hob-cleaning essentials to get it looking sparkling clean again in half the time.
From lavender to jasmine, plants possess natural qualities to help boost our wellbeing, health, happiness and improve our homes, too. Whether you're looking for a natural remedy to help with anxiety or need a plant to keep insects at bay, there's probably a plant that can come to your aid. These days we tend to keep plants and flowers around as decoration or to take advantage of their lovely scent, but plants can actually benefit our health and happiness.
Looking to add some high-end features to your home? A little luxury needn’t cost you an arm and a leg. Professional interior designers have shared the best 'luxury upgrades' for the home – most of which you can achieve on a budget. And you can start small too: interior touches like neutral hues (61 per cent), temporary wallpaper (56 per cent) and upholstering (52 per cent) make up the top five most effective luxury upgrades for the home, according to research by MyJobQuote. (Photo: Tim Young).
Interior designer Abigail Ahern has been sharing little nuggets of advice that break the 'rules' of interior design – and it's something we can all take notes from. Abigail's tips ditch the 'boring' decorating rules that are 'restrictive and zap creativity', instead championing asymmetry over symmetry and using big furniture in small spaces. 'Here's to decorating differently,' says Abigail. Take a look at her rule-breaking interior design tips.
Complete your outdoor space with a selection of stylish and affordable garden accessories. Whether you're on the hunt for outdoor rugs, sculptures, garden lanterns, shed signs, outdoor cushions or even a practical side table for drinks, accessories are brilliant for sprucing up your outdoor area. With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to get your hands on accessories for your balcony, small garden or patio. Whatever your budget or garden style, shop our top picks.
Home improvement retailer Wickes has launched a stylish outdoor build-your-own garden bar set for £350 – it's the perfect garden idea for your outdoor space. The DIY project will bring the holiday scene to your garden this summer. The garden bar is constructed from timber and inside the kit, you will find a 25mm deckboard for the walls, featheredge for the roof, and deckboards for the fascias and the shelves. (Photos: Wickes).
Launched during lockdown, #LoveYourSpace is a House Beautiful UK campaign to help you make home life more productive. We’ll be curating how-to guides and projects for the home and garden (painting, DIY, upcycling, decluttering) all to help you create a truly happy, healthy and loving home. Whether it’s a corner or nook, a small living room, narrow hallway, or a tiny garden or balcony, we'll help you to love your home and love your space.
Rust-Oleum has launched its first ever wall paint in a range of 16 classic colours including neutrals, greys, blues and greens. The paint manufacturer is well-known for its extensive range of furniture paint, but now with the launch of its chalk-derived wall paint, households can achieve a luxurious, modern matt finish for interior walls and ceilings at home. Looking to redecorate your living room or the hallway? The Chalky Finish Wall Paint boasts a 'scrubbable, stain resistant formula.
Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue – a deep blue hue — has been crowned the UK's most popular paint colour for the kitchen, living room and bedroom in research conducted by luxury online bathroom retailer Drench. F&B's Hague Blue is a strong, dramatic and timeless hue with green undertones, which works wonderfully to ground skirtings or used as an accent colour on walls. (Photo: Farrow & Ball).
Dulux's Sapphire Salute is a deep and rich dark blue. Seen here in a small downstairs toilet/cloakroom, Sapphire Salute was voted the most popular paint colour for the bathroom, according to a study by luxury online bathroom retailer Drench. The metallic gold accents add a luxe feel while the wood shelving and towel rack calms the space. (Photo: Dulux)
Garden sun loungers are selling like hot cakes, with the warm weather inspiring us to take our isolation outdoors. From curvy and contemporary garden loungers fit for a five-star resort, to cool and colourful designs straight out of a hip boutique hotel, these sun loungers will transport you to a beach or poolside holiday location. Shop the best outdoor loungers with our top picks...
We're highlighting Black-owned home brands in the UK, from tableware to lampshades and even succulents, to help you breathe new life into your home and, most importantly, to show support for the Black community – now, tomorrow and forever. In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, add these brands to your shopping list right now... (Photo: Barbeline)
Book a virtual design consultation to transform a room or plan your dream home, from the comfort of your own sofa. After months of cooking, Zooming, working from home and home schooling, we've discovered new bugbears with our living spaces that we desperately want to fix. There are loads of online design services offering virtual consultations via video calls, from expert styling advice to a comprehensive service offering moodboards, 3D layout plans & furniture recommendations. (Pic: Tim Young)
The space under your stairs often becomes a dumping ground for surplus stuff that's barely used. Got some spare time on your hands and looking for a fun project? It's easier than you might think to transform an under stairs cupboard into a stylish haven for kids. With a lick of paint and a little imagination, it only takes a weekend to realise the full potential of what is often just a cluttered storage space. (Photo: Dulux)
Looking for some cheap garden ideas? It's easier than you think to give your garden a budget-friendly makeover. We've listed some quick fixes to help you save cash whilst making your outdoor space look fantastic, which in turn will enable you to spend more time enjoying your outdoor sanctuary. Try these easy garden ideas on a budget, perfect for patio areas or gardens of any size.
A bar cart is an essential for home entertaining. Previously seen as a relic of the past, the bar cart (also called a drinks trolley or serving cart) has become a fashionable way to display your favourite spirits and glassware, whilst having the functionality of a moving bar. When buying a drinks trolley, choose a size that won't take up too much space in your home, but one that will still enable you to serve in style. (Photo: FTD.com).
A gallery wall is a curated display of photographs, posters or prints, creatively arranged on a wall using photo frames. Gallery walls provide an easy way to update your interiors, transform bland walls, create a focal point in your home, and bring some character and personality to your living space. Instead of using paint or wallpaper for a feature wall, you can do so with a gallery wall. Popular areas are often in the hallway, up the staircase, or in the living room.
Choosing outdoor plant pots requires a little thought. Budget, location and the upkeep you're happy to do must all be considered before you can make your final selection. Whether it's wood, plastic, metal or terracotta, we've rounded up a selection of our favourite outdoor plant pots in a range of colours, materials and price points, so you can show off all your plants in your garden or on your patio or balcony perfectly.
Living room accessories are the finishing touch for a sitting room, lounge or similar living space. From clocks to rugs, candle holders to vases, and wall art to storage baskets, accessories and soft furnishings are key to a beautiful living room scheme. You can also use accessories to tie your scheme together, whether you want to create a minimalist look, a grey living room scheme, or a contemporary maximalist setting. (Notonthehighstreet/Ella James)
Looking for small living room ideas? Whether you have an open-plan living room layout or a small box-shaped sitting room, no space is too little to qualify for a brilliant decorating scheme. As the most used communal room in the home, it's important to ensure your living room caters to your needs – even if you're working with a compact space. Consider design, layout and storage to create a stunning scheme you'll love. Here are some decorating ideas and design tips for small living rooms.
Looking for easy vegetables to grow? If you're dreaming of harvesting your own homegrown produce but want super-quick results, we've rounded up seven fast-growing vegetables which produce impressive results in no time. For example, cress can take as little as five days from sowing, and radishes in as little as three weeks. Best of all, these vegetables don't require much ongoing maintenance, so they're perfect for the impatient gardener, and for beginners who are starting a vegetable garden.