11 things your home needs to have

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11 things your home needs to have

Will Sayner Will Sayner
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 However beautiful a home’s décor may be, over time it can start to look a little disheveled and messy, and this isn’t necessarily a poor reflection on the occupants, it’s just that we all have busy lives and maintaining a pristine home can’t always be our top priority. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for mess and clutter to build up, and before we know it our lovely homes don’t look quite so lovely anymore.

 Whereas there’s no magic solution to maintaining an immaculate home, there are a few problem areas and solutions that can help make the task easier. Today we’ll be running through eleven things you need in your home to help keep it looking its best. Let’s get started…

1.  A creative colour scheme

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 White certainly has its uses, but don’t be afraid to branch out and show a little creativity. After all, it’s your home right? So decorate it in a way that reflects your personality.

2. Exploit the outdoors

 If you are lucky enough to have a balcony, a terrace or a small garden, then make sure you use it! As tempting as it can be to fill these areas with junk you can’t find a home for, making an effort to use these spaces will make your home a much more pleasant, tidier environment. Just remove the junk and purchase a table and chairs for the space – simple!

3. Don’t waste the space under the stairs

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Wine cellar beneath contemporary staircase

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 From a mini office to a closet, a wine cellar or even an interior garden, the space under the stairs has limitless potential. Use it!

4. A step in the right direction

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 Tired of always having to stand precariously on a chair to get to a book, kitchen ware or whatever else you may keep on the highest shelf or the top of the cabinet? Why not install a fixed ladder that can slide along the top shelf? It’s practical, and it adds a little quirky charm.

5. A mobile island

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Contemporary Eco Kitchen in the Cotswolds


 A centre island in the kitchen can, at times, become a hindrance, for example when we have a lot of guests for lunch or dinner and there’s not enough room to comfortably seat everyone. A mobile island, like the one pictured above by kitchen manufactures, Sustainable Kitchens, could be the solution.

6. A little library

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Girls' Bedroom


 If you’re a book worm then you’ll need somewhere practical to store your books; they can’t be left lying around to clutter up the place, but equally they must be easy accessible when you want them. Incorporating a little library space into your home can provide a practical solution, as well as an attractive aesthetic feature.

7. Matching chairs

 For those who opt for an eclectic look in their homes then different dining chairs compliment the style, but for the rest of us cobbling together chairs of different styles and heights when we have guests for dinner is neither stylish nor practical.

8. An organised pantry

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Teddington Kitchen Extension

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 Pantries are typically small and enclosed spaces, which make them easy targets for mess, clutter and chaos. An organised panty will prevent you from tearing the kitchen apart every time you need to find a seldom used ingredient.

9. Turn a corner with better cabinets

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Grosvenor | Luxury American Walnut Kitchen


 Don’t waste valuable storage space with out of date cabinets that cause problems at the corners. Nowadays there all sorts of crafty solutions for excellent corner storage.

10. An organised garage

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An Extraordinary Garage Makever with wall cabinets and bike storage


 Having a garage at home is undoubtedly a plus for any property, but be careful not to let it accumulate junk. To make the most of the space, invest a little time in its organisation and stick to the system.

11. Proper storage is instrumental in maintaining a tidy home

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 Whatever the instrument; get a wall-mounted stand. This frees up floor space making for a tidier looking home, it prevents the instrument from being damaged and it looks pretty cool too.

 Not that we’ve covered what you do need in your home, take a look at our list of things to avoid.

 Adapted from an article by Mariana Garcia.

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