We’re hanging on to the sunshine as long as we can but there’s a definite chill in the air, so it’s a good time to think about home maintenance. Here we present the Hour Hands edit of practical tips and interiors inspiration, to help you welcome the season with style.
Home maintenance checklist
▢ Check that all guttering is clear and in good working order
▢ Trim trees and branches that may cause damage to your home if they fall in bad weather
▢ Service your boiler
▢ Keep the house warm by bleeding radiators, fitting draught excluders, and lagging pipes and water tanks
▢ Order a good supply of logs for the wood burner
▢ Get a carbon monoxide alarm, if you don’t already have one
▢ Think about fitting a smart meter to monitor your heating and reduce bills
▢ In the garden, give the lawn one last mow to keep it neat throughout the winter
▢ Plant some bulbs for a splash of colour in the spring
▢ Pack away the garden furniture and store in a safe place until the warmer months
A/W 2017 style trends
We’re loving this season’s dark green and khaki shades across paint and accessories – stunning when combined with rich natural wood, leather and brass. Take inspiration from these beautiful interiors to avoid straying into public house territory.
Keep it cosy
Cosy and luxurious in feel, velvet adds texture and style to any room. Combine with natural textures such as reclaimed wood, baskets and knitted throws, and add contrast with smooth ceramic and metal accessories. As a splurge item, a velvet sofa would be amazing (dark green is especially on point), or for a subtle update, introduce velvet cushions and throws.
Shades of blush
Blush is everywhere – this colour looks great with last season’s greys and will add an instant update without having to completely repaint everything. It also works perfectly with this season’s dark greens.
This trend from the past has started a comeback, but forget the shiny finish you may remember from the 80s; this time round it’s a natural matt finish that can be used on walls and floors. Take inspiration from this updated trend and all-round classic style.
Don’t forget, if you’re short on time then the Hour Hands Home Improvement team can arrange to do all of this for you. Contact us to keep your home running smoothly and looking stylish over the winter season.