Your Hygge Home

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Hygge is a word that’s become a real trend, making its way from Denmark and wriggling into the collective consciousness. Pronounced “hoo-ga” – in case you were wondering – hygge is often translated as cosiness yet that doesn’t really capture everything it’s about.

While hygge can indeed mean being snuggled up under your favourite blanket or next to a roaring fire on cold winter nights, it’s also about embracing good feelings all year round, and enjoying everything that life has to offer.

If you’re up for injecting a bit of hygge into your home, keep reading for a few ideas!

Turn off technology

It’s hard to imagine life without smartphones, laptops or computers but modern life has gotten a little too obsessed with technology. By learning to switch off every now and again, it’s possible reconnect with both ourselves and our loved ones, and experience true relaxation.

To encourage alternatives to going online, surround yourself with some alternatives. A bookcase with favourite titles, or shelves with board games generate a real hygge vibe as well as being practical too.

Embrace candlelight

Whether it’s a cold winter’s evening or a beautiful summer sunset, candles have a place. Soft, gentle and easy on the eye, candles provide a relaxing ambience and invite intimacy.

Get away from harsh, artificial lights and provide instant atmosphere to your room. Scented candles are even better, and with a wide choices of fragrances from floral to festive and even including food and drink, you can close your eyes and just drift away.  

The extra advantage of candles is that they look pretty and homely even when unlit, so you’ll be adding a dash of hygge all day long.

Bring the outside in

The Danes are very connected with nature and hygge reflects these values. Taking the time to embrace the world around you, and drink in natural beauty is something that almost everyone could benefit from.

You might not be able to escape for a weekend in the mountains, or a hike over the moors, but you can introduce a connection to nature into your home. Bringing plants inside not only adds colour and vibrancy, it also creates a cleaner atmosphere too.

People!

While it’s perfectly possible to embrace hygge by spending a night savouring some quiet time, it’s also about reaching out to family and friends. Make your home a comfortable space where your loved ones can relax and you’ll succeed in creating a truly hygge home!

Living a Clutter-Free Lifestyle

Having clutter might seem just a euphemism for being messy but it’s a problem that can affect mood and health. Studies have shown that living in disorganised surroundings can increase stress and anxiety, so it’s a subject that’s worth taking seriously.

Living a clutter-free lifestyle gets easier the more you do it, and could help to transform your outlook in more ways than you might expect. There are endless ways to approach the subject but here are a few to get you started.

Find a place for everything

One of the most common causes for clutter and untidiness is the lack of a space where something belongs. When possessions have a home, it makes tidying up much quicker and can minimise the chance of something just being left on the side.

You don’t need to have a large home to have space for everything; it’s often just about storage. Whether you need more cupboards, shelving or even just some transparent boxes, getting organised will make staying clutter-free much simpler.

Once everything has a home you don’t need to dither when you’re tidying up, and it will take far less time to banish the clutter to its rightful place.

There will inevitably be a few bits and pieces which don’t really seem to belong anywhere but here’s a secret: the best organised homes all have a clutter drawer. This is where you can put all those tiny knick knacks that you need to keep but don’t belong anywhere else.

Put things away as you go

Clutter tends to accumulate because you’ve cast things aside throughout the day, creating more work for yourself later on. Just a small tweak to your habits can help you to become naturally more tidy and reduce the clutter.

For example, if you change your mind about the shoes you’re wearing, put the first ones back. Don’t leave them on the floor to be cleared away later. Having a glass of wine? Pop the bottle opener straight back in the drawer and the wine back where it belongs too.

Another good habit is never to leave a room empty-handed. If you’re walking into the kitchen, take something with you that needs to be tidied away. Look round for opportunities to tidy as you go about your day and before long it will be second nature.

Storage that’s smart

While any kind of storage is useful, how you use it can be key. Where possible creating storage where you need it rather than on the other side of your home can help to reduce clutter.

If you’ve got to walk upstairs to put away your spare tea towels and tablecloths, the chances are you won’t. It will end up piled on the side in your kitchen instead, creating unnecessary mess and chaos.

Organise your home so your storage is closer to where you need it and you’ll find a lot of the clutter magically melts away.

 

Making Your Home Feel Homely

Whether you rent or own your property, a home is so much more than simply a physical space. Feelings of comfort, security and familiarity, being surrounded by our own style, transforms any place you live in into your home.

Without items that look homely, a space can seem sterile, clinical and detached. If you want to inject a bit of warmth into your home, here are a few ideas that could help.

Think Pictures

Whether you’re an art fan or simply love being surrounded by photos of the family, pictures can really transform a space.

Artwork on the walls adds a personal stamp of style, and can complement and accent your chosen furniture. You don’t need a big space to embrace art; a series of small frames can have quite a magnificent effect.

Photos of family and friends are another way to instantly change the feel of your abode. It’s the difference between a show house and a home, and creates the impression of cosiness. If you don’t like lots of photos scattered around, a multi-picture frame on the wall makes an ideal alternative.

Display your belongings

Whether you are a collector of knick-knacks or just have a few choice items, everyone has personal possessions which looks good on display.

You don’t need to have a large home to be able to accommodate this; opt for space-saving shelving and you’ll have the best of both worlds.

It’s up to you exactly what you choose to display. Some people opt for sentimental items, or belongings from their childhood. Others prefer stylish accessories that complement the decor. Whatever camp you fall into, having a few choice items on display can really add depth to your decor.

Offer comfort

A home shouldn’t just be beautiful to look at, it should be comfortable to live in too. Therefore, when you’re creating your perfect space, think about the items that will make you feel snug, cosy and relaxed.

This could be extra cushions on the sofa, a chunky knit throw, or perhaps a stylish lamp that you can switch on to enjoy a soft glow at night. Homes are more than purely functional, they should be a place to feel safe and secure; a few choice items will easily achieve this.

Show yourself off

Whatever your personal taste, your home should be an expression of yourself. Whether you prefer a modern and minimalist style or a traditional and classic look, there are lots of ways to get your personality across and create a home which really is homely.

Flat Pack v Bespoke

In 1962, the market exploded with the introduction of a brand new product: flat pack furniture. Over the years, self assembly assembly furniture has rocketed in popularity, providing a seductive combination of affordability and choice. However, can flat pack ever offer individuality? Or should you settle for the reassurance of bespoke design?

Here’s a look at how the two measure up.

 

Enter the flat pack

Flat pack furniture has reinvented the market, giving consumers the choice of a wide range of products which can be provided at a very low cost.

In truth, affordability is one of the biggest advantages of flat pack furniture, being cheaper to buy. For many people, the price tag is the largest consideration. One of the other benefits is that it’s also possible to fit large furniture into your car, with the flat packs making it possible to simply take it away rather than wait for delivery.  

However, in some cases, there has been the suggestion of poorer quality, with the constructed furniture not being as solid and strong as bespoke items. There is also the lack of uniqueness, and the knowledge that your furniture is replicated in hundreds of other homes around the country.

Flat pack furniture certainly has many pluses, but it doesn’t tick every box.

Bespoke beauty

There’s something irresistibly beautiful about bespoke furniture; knowing that your design is special and unique to you. Whether your home has unusually-shaped rooms, or whether you just want something different, bespoke furniture is a real luxury that most people would relish.

Unfortunately, bespoke designs typically come with a high price tag and are offered as an assembled piece. This adds even more expense and creates the difficulty of transporting it home, and fitting it through the door. There’s not much fun in trying to manoeuvre a large and cumbersome item of furniture through narrow doorways and up stairs!

A Combined Approach

If you want the affordability of flat pack furniture, but the individuality of bespoke designs, there is now a third option. Fusing the very best of both worlds, it’s possible to buy flat back furniture which is inexpensive but high quality, and features a bespoke design that you create yourself.

It’s never been easier to become a furniture designer, tweaking your furniture design to create something that’s unique to you. Delivered only partially assembled, you’ll still have the satisfaction of putting it together yourself. However, the semi-assembled parts provide a greater stability and ensure the finished item is strong and secure.

Bespoke flat pack furniture could just be the way forward, offering affordability and your own individual style in one delightful package.

 

3 Ways to Create More Space at Home

If your home feels like it’s bursting at the seams, but extending your property or moving isn’t an option, don’t give up. There are some ingenious tricks you can try to help provide the illusion of space – and make you and your family feel more comfortable.

 

Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

 

Remove walls

If you can’t stretch to a full extension, but you have multiple rooms in your home, you might want to consider a radical re-organisation. Walls don’t just restrict the amount of light that comes into the room, they also gobble up a surprising amount of space.

 

If you’re able to knock down walls to create a more open plan area, you could be amazed at the difference it makes. Not only will the rooms feel more light and airy, but the extra inches created by the removal of the wall can help significantly too. By removing the wall and creating a much larger room you’ll have more options to arrange furniture, and it could mean you have more space to move around.

 

Rethink your furniture

Many people move from one property to another with their furniture and never stop to think about whether it still really fits. The sofa and armchairs may get replaced from time to time, but how about the rest of your furniture? Have you ever considered the dresser, cabinet, table or bookcase, and whether it still works?

 

By taking a step back and re-evaluating all your furniture, you could find yourself decluttering on a much bigger scale. While you might not want to get rid of useful storage, if there’s large and clunky furniture which could be replaced with smaller and more streamlined pieces, there’s an opportunity to easily gain more space.

 

You could also consider dual use furniture such as sofas with storage. This will reduce the number of items you need in your home without compromising your options.

 

Get creative with storage

If the space around you is sucked up with essential clutter, it may be that you simply need more storage. There’s lots of different ways to achieve this from utilising under sofa space to hanging hooks on the wall, or even through erecting more shelving. Try and use statement pieces to bring life into a room – through pops of colour or vibrant details.

 

By making space for your items, you’ll find it much easier to keep everything tidy, instantly creating a far roomier and less crowded feel.

Buy Cheap, Buy Twice: Investing In Quality Furniture

Most people love a bargain, but does buying something cheaply mean you’re simply wasting your money? There’s a real difference between getting a good deal and paying out for something that won’t last. The trick is being able to spot the difference between the two.

 

When it comes to furniture, it pays to shop around for the best price – but compromising on quality is never a good idea.

 

Being Savvy With Your Spending

Being smart with money isn’t just about knowing how to save a few pennies; it’s also about knowing when you need to splash the cash. While you might be willing to take a risk or two with low cost items, when it comes to the bigger purchases, it’s a different matter.

 

Buying cheap furniture may seem like the savvy option, but when it falls apart after a short time and you have to replace it, the price tag will suddenly seem quite expensive. To be truly money-wise, it’s important to understand the purchases which are worth investing in, because they’ll repay what you spent. Furniture falls into this category: by investing in high quality items, they’ll last a long time – and you won’t have to keep spending out on inferior items that aren’t really up to par.

 

When Quality Matters

A cheap piece of furniture might look good in the showroom, but somewhere along the line, costs will have been cut. It’s simply not possible to create the same high quality finish at a much lower price.

 

It’s worth considering where the cuts may have been made. Are the sofa cushions thick, plump and soft? Or are they thin and cheap, likely to wear down after just a short time? And how about those cupboards – is the wood of a high quality? Or is it likely to splinter and break once your belongings are all stored away?

 

High quality furniture is about far more than simple aesthetics. Cheap and cheerful may look the part, but once you start to use it, the inferior materials, manufacture and design will soon be evident.

 

Make Your Furniture The Focus

If you like to switch up your decor regularly, getting new furniture may seem appealing – but there are ways to change your look without sacrificing quality.  

 

Put the furniture at the heart of your decor and design your room around it. You might want to move the furniture around, add a new detail or feature piece like a radiator cover, paint the walls or buy new cushions; there are lots of ways to change the appearance of your home while still keeping the same core staples.

 

Indulge Yourself

You deserve far more than cheap furniture which is lumpy, thin and poor quality. When you buy cheap furniture, you buy twice – with no exceptions. Treat yourself by investing in high quality furniture that you love – and it will be part of your home for many years to come.

Alternative Uses For Radiator Covers

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A radiator cover is a surprisingly effective addition to your home heating, with some experts estimating that they can increase the warmth in your room by up to a third.

As well as being a great way to maximise the heat that you receive, radiator covers are attractive too, and are available in a wide range of styles and designs. With such an attractive exterior, you’ll want to show off your radiator cover as much as possible! Here are a few alternative uses for radiator covers that could inspire you to transform your home.

Storage shelf

If you’re a little bit short on storage and shelves in your home, the amount of room a radiator takes up can be frustrating. Although it’s essential to create lots of warmth, the space is inevitably wasted.

This is where a radiator cover can help. As well as protecting against the possibility of burns from touching hot metal, a radiator cover makes the space functional once more. With the heat from the radiator directed out into the room, the top of the radiator is ideal for using as a shelf. It’s a good idea to refrain from keeping anything on here which is particularly heat-sensitive but other than this small restriction, there’s no limit to how you use this area.

Radiator covers can be a really useful way to maximise space in a more compact bathroom. Even if you have a small radiator cover, the space can be used in lieu of a traditional shelf for storing bathroom essentials.

Magnet for pets!

If you’ve got a feline friend in your home, you’ll already be aware of their habit of nabbing the best seat in the house.

Cats love nothing more than being warm and cosy, which is one of the reasons you’ll often see them curled up on the bonnet of a car, not long after the engine has been switched off.

If you choose a radiator cover which has a large space on top, you’ll be creating an instant new home for your kitty. Warm and elevated, a wooden radiator cover is the perfect space for your cat to relax on – just throw in an extra cushion for true feline luxury.

Scrap the coffee table

If you like a clean and minimalist look but still need a space to place items on, a radiator cover can double up. This gives you the chance to scrap cumbersome and dated pieces of furniture such as a coffee table, and instead use the new space you have available.

A radiator cover works especially well in this capacity in spaces such as halls. You won’t need to squeeze in a console or hall table, and can instead use the area on top of the radiator cover for whatever you need.

Discover bespoke radiator covers

Jali offers a range of made to measure radiator covers, suitable for both small and large areas. An affordable option for every home, speak to us today to find out how you could transform your living space.

Choosing A Summer Colour Palette

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You wouldn’t want to dress the same season after season, so why should your home? Turn your home from a cosy winter hideout to a fresh and bright summer home by adding a splash of colour to your furniture. This simple trick can make your home as seasonal and stylish as you!

One great way to do this is through coloured furniture. Furniture is an easy and effective way to bring some optic feng shui to your living space. Now that summer is here, there’s nothing like a bright and fresh colour palette to enhance your furniture’s appearance. So, what colour palettes should you choose to enhance your home’s summer attire?

Pale Blue and Orange

Pale blue and orange works fantastically well by conjuring up days spent at the beach, as a large orange sun begins to set at the end of a fun-filled day.

A Summer in Paris

The combination of red and white can help you reminisce on summer vacations in Paris. Include hints of checked fabric to really get that real Parisian feeling.

Go Floral

There is nothing more summery than a bunch of bright flowers, so why not choose some furniture that resembles your favourite summer bunches?

Blue and Green

Blue and green should never be seen right? Wrong! A light tone of blues and greens can bring the best memories of freshly cut summer grass and a crystal clear sea into your home. Remember to keep to lighter shades to keep that summer feeling!

These four colour palettes will not only bring the summer inside your home, but switching from darker tones to these bright and breezy palettes can make your living space look and feel bigger as well!

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Top Tips For Installing Radiator Covers

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Everyone likes to feel warm and cosy, and radiator covers are the ideal option – adding up to 30% more heat into your home. Attractive and practical too, radiator covers provide a beautiful veneer to cover up the boring metal appearance

However, although the design of radiator covers may be hard to resist, you might be worrying about how to install the cover without professional help. Never fear! Help is at hand with this guide below – but you’ll soon realise that installing a radiator cover is much less hassle than you thought…

Measuring up

Never assume you know the dimensions of your radiator; before investing in high quality radiator covers make sure you know exactly the size you need.

Many modern radiators come in a standard size, but this isn’t always the case. Some homes may have had smaller or larger radiators installed, leaving you with the need for a made to measure cover. Similarly, older homes may include radiators which are a different size. It’s therefore essential to get out your tape measure before purchasing what you need.

When you’re measuring your radiator, don’t forget to make sure you allow enough room for the nozzles and valves you want to be covered too. The height is measured from the floor up; it’s not just the height of the actual radiator itself.

Once you have your full set of dimensions, you should add around 2.5cm to get the size of radiator cover to buy. This provides the necessary air circulation around the radiator while it’s in use.

Fitted or free-standing?

Many types of radiator cover come in a flatpack and must be assembled before being fixed in place. You should also find out if they come with their own mounts, making it simple to attach your radiator cover to the wall, even if your DIY skills are fairly basic.

Some types of radiator cover are freestanding. This means that once you’ve put all the pieces together, it simply slides into position and doesn’t need to be attached. Although this design is obviously much simpler, there are limitations. Freestanding radiator covers aren’t as secure and are therefore unsuitable for many other uses, such as shelving or storage.

Attaching a radiator cover to the wall may mean a little more work at the outset, but in the longer run, you’ll appreciate the extra options it provides.

Choose your design

Browse through the enormous selection of radiator covers we offer here at Jali, and you’re certain to find the design that matches your decor. With bespoke and made to measure radiator covers too, why not speak to a member of the team today to get yours ordered?

Where Should You Position A Radiator?

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A radiator is a cost-effective means of heating a room, providing an affordable solution and consistent warmth, right where you need it.

Radiators have traditionally always been placed on an exterior wall, typically below a window, and most people don’t ever consider moving them. However, it’s now surprisingly easy to relocate a radiator in your room, providing more options than ever before. Here are a few ideas about the best place to position a radiator.

Out with tradition?

If you’re keen to have your radiator relocated into a different part of the room, there’s nothing to stop you making the switch. Nevertheless, there are some benefits to having your radiator below the window, so it’s worth thinking about it carefully.

The exterior wall, and the window above, are usually the coldest spots in the room. Having a radiator here helps to prevent cold air from entering, and immediately dropping downwards.

Although a radiator can help to counteract the seepage of cold air, in reality double glazing and good insulation means that this is far less of a problem. If you’re in an old, draughty property, keeping your radiator below the window might be a good idea, but for modern homes, it’s far less essential.

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Get creative

Improvements with technology mean that you can now place your radiator wherever you want in your room, without the need to be hampered by piping. Relocating a radiator isn’t a big task and provides lots more flexibility with the design of your space.

Where possible, try to locate the radiator so that it won’t be behind any large items of furniture. Ideally, the space in front of the radiator will be clear and free of clutter. This provides the best chance of heating the room effectively.

Curtains can be another problem for radiators; long or mid-length curtains can seriously affect the amount of heat given out.

Decorative yet functional

Wherever you decide to place your radiator, investing in a radiator cover could be a smart move. You can get bespoke and made to measure radiator covers which are surprisingly affordable. These match with radiators which aren’t the standard shape or size, and can even fit snugly into alcoves or recesses.

As well as improving the appearance, a radiator cover can help cut down costs. One of the biggest factors for deciding where to position your radiator is the loss of heat. A radiator cover prevents the heat from moving backwards, and instead forces it out into the room. This creates a far more effective method of heating, saving you money in the process.

Radiator covers offer the solution to getting the perfect position for your radiator, keeping more of the warmth directed into your room. If you need any help or advice about radiator covers, contact Jali for free information and guidance, and a no-obligation chat about how we can help.