Easy ways to get creative in your home this summer

Easy ways to get creative in your home this summer

Do you often walk into your home and struggle to shake off the feeling that it’s just a bit, well… dull? Maybe it’s a residence that you only recently moved into – and, therefore, you have yet to comprehensively imprint your personality on it. Alternatively, maybe you’ve long put off visually revamping your humble abode out of a belief that it’s “good enough”. Summer could be an ideal time to start injecting more creativity in your residence’s look; here are tips for getting started.

Strip out bad stuff before you put in some good stuff

While your brain might currently be buzzing with ideas for what fresh, exciting things you could add to your home, you might not have sufficient room for them just yet. This could be attributable to an existing oversupply of other items that no longer excite you.

Therefore, before you start writing a shopping list for what you would like to add, carefully consider what you would fancy removing. If there are certain items that seem too hard to take out, even though you would really like to, then you could, as Becoming Minimalist advises, take a more imaginative approach. That could include asking such questions as “If I bought this item now, what would I be willing to pay?” You could be surprised how little that probable expenditure would be!

Be bold with brass

If many of your home’s fixtures are looking outdated or simply tired, you could benefit from replacing them… but with what? Men’s Journal recommends brass pieces. You don’t have to look far for brass fixtures to buy, as we stock plenty here at HandleHardware. Such items that our ironmongery London business stocks include locks, levers, knobs, and viewers – all for doors.

Plant the seed of… a plant

How can you make your interior more breathable? One obvious solution is opening a window or two; however, there is another way in which you can bring more of the organic world within your home’s walls. Try buying some plants – in pots, obviously – for displaying in your building.

Having to continue regularly watering and, in other ways, looking after those plants could imbue you with a greater sense of responsibility – particularly if you don’t already have children or pets in the building. Furthermore, plants can make your home feel more vibrant and – ahem, literally – alive.

Consider how your home looks from the outside

As well as advising you to take plants into the house, Lonny suggests that you pay attention to the outdoor space. We would particularly strongly urge you to look at the signage on your home’s exterior. Does it look worn? If so, you could replace that signage with brass, too.

Seriously? Indeed; at HandleHardware, we offer door letters and numerals that also comprise polished brass. Furthermore, the same kind of metal is used in elaborately-designed door knockers in our abundant stock; you could opt to have one of those knockers put in place on your front door.

 

 

6 of the best interior design trends in 2017

6 of the best interior design trends in 2017

Design trends are often influenced by contemporary events and developments. Indeed, when you consider how turbulent the world has seemed in recent months, this year’s interior design trends might little surprise. They commonly promote the ethos of a fresh start, with which a more promising future could beckon. Here are some of our favourites of the interior design trends that have so far emerged this year; we also advise how you could bring them to your own home.

Green

Pantone has named Greenery – a fresh-looking shade of green – its colour of the year for 2017. With hindsight, it has seemed like a sound judgement on Pantone’s part, as green has indeed been very much “in” this year. Yes, we said green, not Greenery; your home could look revitalised with the addition of almost any green hue. Nonetheless, the Evening Standard says that deep and verdant tones can be more easily incorporated into a home.

Tropical jungle

Green is also a colour that you can expect to see commonly in a tropical jungle – but, no, we aren’t quite advising that you bring lots of trees and wildlife, Jumanji-style, into your home. We are instead recommending that you opt for pieces decorated with suitably saturated colours, images of attractive vegetation, and animal prints. These can help evoke that lazy feeling of summer pastimes.

Brass

This metal alloy looks industrial but warm – an enticing combination that works well in both period and contemporary homes. For this reason among others, we are very excited about our stock’s door accessories in brass. These include stylish-looking door handles in polished brass – though there are plenty of other types of door furniture in our London warehouse.

Durable dovetails

Giving your kitchen’s lower cabinets some deep drawers in which you can store such vital kitchen items as cups and plates can have various advantages. These include the greater ease of reaching those items; besides, when you pull out one of those drawers to reveal the contents, the visual effect can be awesome.

However, those drawers may, should the construction fall short, be incapable of bearing those dishes’ weight; therefore, choose a set of drawers that you know won’t have this problem.

Plants in the kitchen

If your kitchen has a window through which sunlight often shines, then the windowsill could be a great place to keep plants. You could even keep ones capable of growing herbs which you could then use for garnishing meals and drinks that you serve to friends. Interior plants also have the benefit of adding more breathability to a space, Lonny says.

A convertible coffee-and-dining table

If you live in a huge, bustling city, then your home may be a modest apartment in which space isn’t exactly abundant. However, Forbes has pointed out a clever way of helping create the feel of spacious living regardless. In a 400-square-foot New York apartment, there has been placed a table of adjustable height. This kind of item can thus serve as a coffee table or dining table.

How to modernise your home on a budget

How to modernise your home on a budget!

We Britons certainly love to redecorate – according to one study reported by the Daily Mail, more than half of us think that a simple coat of paint or new wallpaper would go a long way to improving how we feel about our home. It might not therefore be a shock to learn from another recent article – this time by the Daily Express – that the average Briton redecorates their home 36 times in their lifetime, spending more than £36,000 in the process.

That’s a lot of expenditure on what is, after all, simply modernising your home. The good news is that there are plenty of much cheaper ways to do it if you feel your own abode is in need of a revamp, so here at HandleHardware, we thought we would list some of them.

Those small redecorating touches can make a big difference

You may barely even need to break into sweat if you wish to give your home a fresh new look. You might upholster a tired old piece of furniture with a textured fabric or modern print, for instance, or you might opt for a bright-coloured or geometric rug to replace your existing beige hand-me-down.

Or what about just tidying up your room? Yes, it really could be that cheap and simple a process to modernise your home. Be ruthless with the number of items that you have on display at any one time so that the few you do show have maximum visual impact, and use baskets to store anything that you strictly need to keep, but which may presently be cluttering your property.

Upgrade your door handles

Door handles may seem insignificant, but they actually account for a lot of the visual impact that your home has on visitors and occupants alike.

We know that well enough ourselves here at HandleHardware, given our reputation as one of the most trusted suppliers of door handles in London, encompassing all manner of categories including cabinet handles, flush pulls, lever handles and so many more.

Work wonders with kitchen tiles

The very idea of a tiled kitchen may seem passé to some of us, but there’s a good reason why the tiled kitchen has lasted to the present day – it works.

There are few more affordable ways to update your kitchen’s appearance than combining a no-nonsense laminate worktop with bold patterned or coloured tiles. Yet in today’s world in which simple, clean and striking interior design motifs are so popular, the end result can be rather more premium-looking than you may have expected.

Install alcove or ‘floating’ shelves

Homes of all ages tend to have all manner of awkward alcoves that are otherwise hard to use for any purpose, so why not make the most of such spaces with bespoke alcove shelving?

Such shelves, when they lack visible brackets, are also often known as ‘floating’ shelves on account of their floating appearance, and there’s no question that they are among the most effortlessly chic-looking additions that can be made to a home.

Naturally, these are just a few of the changes that can be made to your property to bring it up to the 21st century, and it’s well worth remembering that if you’re struggling for ideas, a quick look around the HandleHardware site could provide you with ample inspiration.

We are, after all, leading experts in architectural ironmongery in London, so don’t be afraid to take a closer look at our in-depth range of door handles, accessories and other products.

7 Simple DYI Tricks - Handle Hardware

Find out our 7 simple DIY tricks

Much has been said in recent years about the apparent decline in Britain’s former love affair with DIY. News sites like This is Money have speculated as to whether this trend can be attributed to an influx of skilled Eastern European immigrants or instead the rise of ‘generation rent’ that means fewer people are now purchasing their own home until much later in life.

Whatever the reasons might be for any such fall in the popularity of DIY in the UK – whether such a thing has happened at all – here at HandleHardware, we don’t think Britons should have many excuses for not dabbling in it at least as much as their parents did.

So that we can make the job easier for you, here are seven straightforward DIY tips and tricks.

  1. Invest in the best quality equipment

Even the most basic painting and decorating is nowhere near as ‘basic’ as it looks. At the very least, you need to get hold of the best quality brushes, paints and rollers within your budget. Trust us – if you settle for the cheap stuff, you’ll probably find it so much harder to do a decent job, and may find yourself wasting a lot of time picking loose bristles out of your painted wall.

  1. Repurpose some old crates

There will almost certainly be wine stores or grocers somewhere near you that have old, unwanted crates – so why not offer to take them off their hands? Bring the crates home and paint them, and you will have storage that is practical, cheap and in the finest tradition of ‘shabby chic’.

  1. Create a gallery wall

Most of us have probably got those areas of blank wall in our homes that we struggle to do anything with… so why not turn one of them into a display of art and family photos? Mix charity shop frames with unframed canvas for an appealingly collected and ‘jumbled’ look.

  1. Have some WD-40 spare

WD-40 really is a bit of a miracle product for all kinds of things that you will find yourself having to do around the house from time to time. You might find it invaluable for preserving furniture, wiping off tough stains, fixing a window that won’t slide shut… well, pretty much anything, really.

  1. Replace your old door handles

You might have expected us to cite this one given that we are, after all, a key source of door handles in London here at HandleHardware. However, it’s a great tip all the same – the likes of cabinet handles, pull handles and even the offerings of our designer range are more affordable than you might think, and they really turn heads once they have been fitted in your home.

  1. Add more storage

Yes, yes… we know it’s a very dull tip. However, it is also a vital one, as very few of the other improvements that you make to your home will look good if each room is cluttered with items. Wherever there’s some extra usable space to place a cabinet there or a set of shelving here, make the most of it so that your home benefits from a clean and tidy appearance.

  1. Keep some masking tape handy

Masking tape is a godsend of a product for all manner of DIY applications, but particularly when you need to protect a surface while working on another – such as if you are painting a skirting board and need to protect the carpet below or the wallpaper above. For the protection of especially vulnerable surfaces, we would suggest that you buy low tack masking tape.

Is DIY dead among Britons? Not necessarily – after all, one recent article by Property Reporter reveals that according to one analysis, annual consumer spending on DIY products in the UK has gone up by 42% in real terms since 1996, to an average of £211 a person as of 2015.

Shop for your architectural ironmongery in London from a leading specialist such as HandleHardware, and you can be even more confident of enjoying brilliant results from your DIY efforts.

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Types of hinges and where to use them

Door hinges come in different styles and sizes to suit a wide range of applications, but by keeping a number of things in mind it shouldn’t be difficult to know which one to choose. Regardless of the type of door, you always need to keep in mind the door’s thickness and weight as these are the factors that will determine the both hinge size and the amount of hinges you will need to apply. Being familiar with these things will help you establish the best hinge for the job.

Butt Hinges

Butt Hinges are commonly used on interior or exterior doors mainly because they are the neatest option. This type of hinge consists of two rectangular leaves with screw holes that are joined by a pin or a metal rod. Once this pin or metal rod is withdrawn, the leaves will separate, making it easier to take down the door when needed. On application, both of the leaves are recessed, and one side is on the edge of the door and the other in the door framework, or jamb. When the door is closed, only the pin shows, making them a good option for interiors. This type of hinge is suitable for almost any type of project as they are easy to attach and have a simple, yet effective design.

Cabinet Hinges

These tend to be the smallest type of hinge and can be used for interior cabinets and cupboards. Each door style will dictate which type of hinge needs to be used with it, but cabinet hinges are primarily made for three kinds of doors; lipped, overlay and flush. A lipped door is one where the lip has been cut completely around the door, the overlay door has edges that rest on the cabinet frame, and flush doors will have their faces flush within the frame face. For cabinets, one of the most popular hinge styles is a pivot as it is concealed once closed. There are also cabinet hinges that are self-closing. These will have a small spring inside and can be used for any door whether lipped, overlay or flush.

Continuous Hinges

Another name for this type of hinge is the Piano Hinge because it is what they are primarily used for. They provide a high quality and smooth action to any lid, door or piano keyboard. This type of hinge will run the entire length of the door and like most hinges can come in various lengths, thicknesses and finishes, particularly brass which is a popular option. These hinges are also a good option for heavy objects.

Heavy Gate Hinges

Heavy Gate Hinges can both provide security and architecturally compliment your exterior gate. This type of strap hinge will be composed of a strap and a pintle. The pintle will be attached to the gate post and the strap attached to the gate. Once the gate is closed, strap hinges will be visible, so they add to the overall aesthetic of the gate. This means that heavy gate hinges are usually available in a variety of designs and finishes.

Spring Hinges

This is a spring-loaded hinge that helps to open and close hinge leaves. The spring will apply force to secure an open or a closed hinge. Because of its self-closing ability, this type is often used as an alternative to overhead mounted door closers and can be used on wood and metal doors, medium to heavy weight doors and low to medium frequency usage. This type of hinge is approved for use on fire-rated doors.

Tee Hinges

As the name suggests, a Tee Hinge is shaped like the letter T. To apply, the horizontal part of the hinge goes onto the door frame, and the vertical part is screwed to the door. This type of hinge is usually used on sheds or light outdoor gates. They provide good strength and are incredibly easy to attach but do not give much security as their fixing screws are exposed.

For high quality and affordable door hinges in the UK, look no further than HandleHardware, a trustworthy site offering an extensive range of hinges for homes and businesses.