Preparing For The Post-Holiday Blues

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Montreal, Greece, Italy, Mexico City or Timbuktu – it doesn’t matter where you travel to, giving it your wanderlust cravings is one of the most magical things anyone can do. It’s the chance to escape life for a week or two, soak up some real rays, forget about your work emails and immerse yourself in a culture so different from the one you know you’ll never want to go back.

But at some point, you’re going to have to, and that’s when the post-holiday blues will settle in. This is the worst. You’re meant to feel fifty shades of relaxed when you return from a vacation, but the post-holiday blues don’t obey this rule, making it hard to maintain that sunny disposition you seemed to be radiating while exploring the northern hills of Tuscany or wherever.

So, without further ado, here are some top tips for keeping the good vibes going well after you return from that most dreamy of vacations:

  1. Clean Up Before Departure

You don’t have to go overboard, but nothing is going to drag you into a blue mood more than getting back to a house that’s a mess. Coffee cups littering the living room, laundry basket overflowing, dishes stacked to the ceiling – that sort of thing. To avoid this and get that refreshing “ahhh, I’m back home” feeling, have a quick runaround before you leave.

  1. Best Bed Possible

If there is one thing you’ll miss more than anything when away, it’s your own bed. It’s having a duvet that can be snuggled up in, a marshmallow to sleep on and all your usual familiarities. Unless, of course, your bedroom doesn’t tick these boxes, in which case you need to invest  in a new mattress, something this link can help with big time: www.mattress-guides.net/purple-mattress-review-complaints/. Trust us, when you get back from a long, tiring journey home, all you’ll want to do is climb into bed and watch Netflix. It’s a sort of decompression chamber. So make it the best mattress possible.

  1. Start Planning The Next One

While we all think the best part of a vacation is the vacation itself, studies have shown the moments leading up to your vacation could be the happiest. Yup. Just planning a trip can lead to increased feelings of happiness, which is why you should start planning your next adventure the moment you touch down. Having another escape planned won’t just make real-life easier, it will give you something to get excited about too.

  1. Feed Your Memories

As you probably know, food and memory are linked in some inexplicable way, sort of like E.T. and Elliott. So, in the same way there are foods that can take you back to your childhood, get in the kitchen and start making the meals that will remind you of your holiday. What an experience it would be to whip up your favorite meal from your last vacation and make a night of it. Or, if you want to go five steps further, check out local cooking classes and start perfecting this cuisine. Make pasta like you had in Rome and ramen like you had in Japan. It will make home a lot easier to handle.

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What Not To Do To Your Fixer Upper

If you’ve recently purchased a new house and it has been given the euphemism title that is ‘fixer-upper’ it may be a little dated at best or in need of complete structural renovation at worst. In any case, once you are done waving your design wand, you will have the perfect humble abode. Many people choose to purchase a house that needs work doing to it to get a foothold on the housing ladder and to try and outperform the market by adding value. Purchase the worst house on the best street, and you could be in the money. Take a look at what not to do when renovating your fixer-upper to make sure the home of your dreams doesn’t quickly become the stuff of nightmares.

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Planning Permissions

If you are structurally altering the property you have bought, adding extensions or doing conversions, it is vital that you seek planning permission. While rare, there are horror stories in the press of people choosing to change their garage into an extra living room or adding a two hundred square foot rear extension and then being forced to pull it down because they didn’t seek planning permission. Yes, the process can be long winded and frustrating, but it’s vital that you get the go-ahead from the relevant authorities. If you don’t, you risk losing money and being unable to sell your home in the future.

Decorating

Ensure that you don’t paint the freshly plastered walls of your new dwelling a crisp white hue before you’ve got your large items of furniture in the rooms. There’s nothing worse than seeing scuffs and scrapes on an otherwise pristine new wall. Find the best local Shiply courier quotes to deliver your sofas, kitchen units, and bathroom suite before you begin decorating. Using a comparison site is ideal as it saves you trawling the net for hours on end trying to find the best deal. Put everything in the centre of the room, cover it with a dust sheet and only then whip out your paintbrush.

Prioritise

While choosing the furnishings for your living room and selecting the gadgets for your kitchen are the most exciting part of renovating, it’s vital that you get the important stuff done first. Ensure that all of your utilities are connected and that you have broadband capabilities. Without these simple necessities, it can be difficult for your house to function as a home. Some fixer-uppers haven’t been lived in for decades so will require utilities being turned back on, new pipework to be laid and new phone lines to be installed. You must factor this into your budget as engineer labour costs are not cheap.

Purchasing a fixer-upper could be the best decision you ever make. Indeed, some people make a career of renovating the worst dwellings they can find to flip and turn a quick profit. Ensure that you buy at the right price, set yourself a realistic budget and enjoy turning a once dilapidated building into your dream home.

Save Your Skin: 15 Ways To Make Your Skin Healthier

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We all want perfect skin, but what does it actually take to keep our complexion looking youthful forever? Giving up bad habits and embracing new healthy rituals could help to keep your skin looking beautiful long into old age. Here are just fifteen ways to improve your skin’s health.

Moisturise

Moisturising is one of the most effective ways to ward of wrinkles. As we get older, our skin loses its ability to produce its natural oil called sebum. This causes the skin to become dry, leading to wrinkling. Moisturizer helps to substitute these oils in our skin. By starting to moisturise whilst you’re young, you can prolong wrinkles even more so. There are lots of different moisturisers out there suited to different skin types – this guide at http://www.marieclaire.co.uk can help you to find the best one for your complexion.

Exfoliate

Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells on the surface of your skin making your skin appear smoother. You can exfoliate by either running an exfoliation brush over the surface of your skin or by using a special scrub substance. When it comes to latter option, you should make sure to look for scrubbing substance suited to your skin – there are scrubs for dry skin and scrub for spots and blackheads. You’re best exfoliating in the shower or over the sink when your skin is already wet. Unlike many other methods in this list, exfoliation gives you instant results making your skin feel beautifully smooth – you won’t be able to stop stroking your cheeks!

Stay hydrated

Drinking lots of water can improve the health of all your organs and this includes the skin. It helps to improve the flow of nutrients to our skin whilst flushing out toxins, keeping our skin looking radiant whilst helping to repair damage more quickly. Ideally, we should all be drinking 8 glasses of water a day – this helps all our organs to work at their optimum condition.

Protect yourself in the sun

Some sun exposure can be healthy for our skin – it’s from the sun that we get most of our vitamin D which helps our skin’s immune system. However, too much sun exposure can cause sunburn, which can accelerate the wrinkling process. Sunburn can also lead to more serious skin conditions such as skin cancer. When outdoors in the sun, you should always wear sunscreen or cover up to avoid getting burnt – it may take you longer to get a tan, but it will be a healthier tan. Sunscreen comes in various different factors, but usually anything less than factor 20 is ineffective. Like moisturisers, here are sunscreens out there for different skin types – this guide at https://www.glamour.com/ offers some useful information on sunscreens, which could help you to find the best product for you.

Avoid squinting

Heard of ‘crow’s feet’ before? These are wrinkles that appear around the corners of the eyes and they’re primarily caused by squinting too much. We’re most likely to squint when there’s too much or too little light entering the eyes. For example, intense sunlight often causes us to squint, which is where sunglasses come in use – these accessories won’t just make you look cool temporarily, they’ll protect your looks long into the future. Meanwhile, you should also avoid reading in a dimly lit room as this can also cause us to squint. If you need corrective vision, you should also make sure that you’re always wearing the right prescription glasses or contact lenses as this will limit squinting.

Stop smoking

It should come as no surprise that smoking is also bad for the skin. In fact, smoking has a number of negative effects on the skin. It can make our skin appear pale by restricting blood flow to the skin. It can also cause many facial wrinkles including wrinkles around the lips, wrinkles on the forehead and bags under the eyes all as a result of the heat and smoke. Quitting smoking could help to save your complexion. The likes of vaping is much better for your skin – you can buy vaping products from sites such as https://www.vapeshop.co.uk/. Chewing gum, wearing patches and hypnosis are a few other measures that could help you to quit.

Go easy on the booze

Unfortunately, alcohol is no good for your skin either. Not only does alcohol dehydrate your body, it can also damage your immune system and ability to rebuild cells all leading to pallid and aged skin. It’s also an insulin booster, which can lead to inflammation and a puffy appearance. All in all, it’s no wonder none of us look good when we’ve got a hangover. Reduce your alcohol intake and you could see a huge improvement in your skin quality.

Cut down on sugary snacks

Those with a sweet tooth may also be disappointed to discover that sugar is also bad for the skin. Sugar spikes our insulin levels, which leads to inflammation. This can make conditions like acne and eczema much worse. Soft drinks are the biggest culprit as they often contain more sugar than even the sweetest snacks (a can of coke contains 39 grams of sugar which is the equivalent of 9 teaspoons). Sticking to only a couple soft drinks a day and drinking more water could have a significant effect on your skin. You could also try drinking sugar-free soft drinks instead – this guide at https://www.coca-cola.co.uk offers a list of low-sugar and no-sugar alternatives to popular soft drinks.

Eat more leafy greens

When it comes to foods that are healthy for our skin, leafy greens come up top. The likes of spinach, lettuce and broccoli are all rich in nutrients that can help to flush out toxins from our skin and repair damage. Start eating more salads and you could start to see a glow returning to your skin. You can also experiment with smoothies and soups as a way if integrating these greens in a more exciting way.

Get your fix of omega-3

Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the most important nutrients for your skin, helping to absorb and retain water and ward off wrinkles. You can find these nutrients in all kinds of foods – the most plentiful source being fish. If you’re not a fan of fish, you can also get your fix of omega-3 in walnuts and flaxseeds. You can also take omega-3 in the form of supplements such as cod liver oil – these are so popular that you’re likely to find them in your local supermarket.

Drink green tea

Green tea is also great for the skin. It contains catechins, which have anti-inflammatory properties, helping to combat spots and rashes. These catechins are also able to slow down aging, preventing wrinkles. Green tea has many other health benefits such as protecting the heart, brain and bones – it’s often heralded as a superdrink.

Stay active

Being physically active is also good for the skin. When we exercise, the blood flows faster helping oxygen and nutrients to reach the surface of the skin. This can help to keep your skin glowing. There are also other advantages to exercise that can affect the skin. The risk of getting cellulite and varicose veins can be reduced by exercising.

Take care with makeup

Most makeup causes no damage to skin – whilst some people can get allergies, there are now many hypoallergenic makeup which can prevent rashes. Those with oily skin however may want to be careful of wearing makeup too often. Makeup can block up pores in the skin leading to spots and acne. It’s best to not wear makeup every day and to always take it off before you go to bed.

Take time to destress

Stress can also take its toll on your skin. When we are stressed our body releases a hormone called cortisol, which makes our skin more reactive to inflammation. This could lead to outbreaks of acne or rashes. It’s not always possible to remove the triggers in our life causing stress, however you may be able to find ways of destressing, helping you to lower your cortisol levels. Some of the best ways to destress include meditation, exercise and taking a hot bath.

Get your beauty sleep

Your skin could also be suffering if you’re not getting enough sleep. Not only does a lack of sleep  cause stress, but it also limits the time our body has to heal. When we’re tired, we’re also more prone to getting puffy eyes, which can develop into permanent wrinkles if you’re persistently tired. Getting a good night’s sleep could help to make your skin look more rejuvenated by preventing this puffiness, helping your skin heal and making you feel less stressed.

Visiting Montreal For The First Time?

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If you are planning on visiting Canada, Montreal is certainly a city that is worth exploring. There is so much to see and do in the area, from an architectural, historical, cultural, and culinary point of view. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things that you must do if you are visiting Montreal for the first time…

Head to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – You should definitely try and incorporate an exhibit into your holiday to Montreal. This is a museum that welcomes works from some of the best names in the world of art, including Gaultier, Warhol, Rodin, and Chihuly. You will most certainly get your money’s worth!

Browse the Mile End boutiques – If you intend to shop until you drop while you are on holiday, this is definitely a good spot. Some of the best spots for Womenswear include Annex Vintage, Unicorn, and Vestibule.

Visit Basilique Notre-Dame – This is one of the most incredible religious buildings you will ever come across. Basilique Notre-Dame features a strikingly beautiful chapel at the back, and one of the most ornate gothic facades the world has to offer.

Go on a food tour – If there is one thing that Montreal is, it is a foodie city. The food on offer may be of the greasy variety, but who doesn’t love a bit of indulgence while on holiday? Make sure you get some poutine while in Canada. This is a traditional dish that consists of French fries and cheese curds, which is finished off with a good helping of gravy. It may appear like cheesy chips that have been run over, but it’s so much better!

Go up the Mont-Royal – This is free of charge, and it is probably one of the best ways to begin your journey in Montreal. You can see amazing views of the mountains over on the south bank, as well as views of downtown Montreal. If you can, try to get up early and watch the sun rise from this point; it is a magical sight.

Choose your accommodation with care – Last but not least, once you have determined what you want to do in Montreal, you will the be able to determine the best accommodation for you based on location. A lot of people like to stay in a hotel close to the airport for part of their stay, like Courtyard Montreal Airport, and then move onto a more central accommodation option. Either way, get on Google Maps and check out the proximity of your hotel to all of the places you wish to visit.

As you can see, there is a lot to see and do in Montreal, so make sure you plan your trip in advance so that you don’t miss out on any of the amazing attractions. Have a great time!

The Secrets of Better Dental Health

When it comes to your oral health, you should be doing everything that you can to ensure that your teeth stay at their best and brightest. Of course, everyone knows the basics of dental care like brushing twice a day, flossing, avoiding sugary snacks etc, but there are plenty of other things that you need to know as well.

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For bigger changes and treatments, you may well want to go to the professionals like digital smile makeover. However, if you are looking for a few things that you can do by yourself, these are what we will be taking a closer look at in this article.

Angle the Brush Correctly

First and foremost, when you are brushing your teeth, you need to ensure that the bristles are angled correctly. You should be aiming to get the head of the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line when you are cleaning both the inside and outside surfaces of your teeth.

Don’t Forget About Your Tongue

To make sure that you are really tackling any plaque and bacteria that has gathered on, around or under your tongue, you should be cleaning it on a daily basis. You can either use a toothbrush or a specialised tongue cleaner to do this. Some toothbrushes even come with a tongue cleaner on the opposite side to the bristles. The other advantage of cleaning your tongue on a daily basis is that it will help you to prevent bad breath.

Wear a Mouthguard for Physical Activity

While sports are good for your body, they do present potential hazards to your mouth. If you want to take extra care of your teeth, it may be worth investing in a mouth guard yourself – particularly if you are planning on engaging in any ‘rougher’ physical activities. Even if it is not a team sport, there is always a chance you could trip into something and damage your mouth.

Don’t Use Mouthwash Straight After Brushing

Hopefully, you are already using toothpaste which contains fluoride. But if you are using mouthwash right after you brush, it may not have had the chance to take full effect. So, you should aim to wait at least 15 minutes after you have brushed so that you have given the fluoride a chance to work its magic.

Chew More

After eating or drinking (particularly sugary food), you could chew sugar-free gum to help protect your teeth and gums. An alternative solution is to finish off your meal with a cube of cheese which plays a part in reducing the effects of acid on your teeth.

Get Out in the Sun

You may not have automatically thought of stepping outside into the sunlight as a way to improve your oral health, but the vitamin D that you receive from the sun helps to keep both your teeth and your gums strong and healthy.

Seal Off Your Back Teeth

The back teeth are isten prone to problems as they are harder to reach and so you often don’t brush them as well as you can. To help protect them, you could apply a thin protective coating known as a sealant which is designed to prevent both decay and cavities. Taking an extra precaution like this can make all the difference in the long run.

Avoid Bad Habits

There are plenty of bad habits which can have a detrimental effect on your dental health. For example, excessive nail biting can end up causing hard to both your teeth and your gums. Similarly, grinding or clenching your teeth is something which you should get out of. The last thing that you want is to have an improper bite or crooked teeth. While brushing on a regular basis is important, you don’t want to brush too hard as this can wear away the protective enamel on your teeth. Avoid putting your teeth through any trials that you don’t really need to. If you are the kind of person who crunches on ice whenever you have a drink or use your teeth as a bottle opener, these are two habits which you really need to get out of. Finally, people tend to eat a huge amount more sugar than they need on a daily basis, so if you can cut out some drinks or snacks from your life, your mouth will thank you for it.

So, there you have just a few of the things that you can do (beyond the obvious) to improve your dental health.    

Learn How To Make Your Rental Property Feel More Like Home

Renting an apartment or a house is great. It gives you the freedom to move around, doesn’t have the same financial commitment as buying a property and the responsibility for repairs and maintenance rests with someone else.

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While that’s all great, there are also a lot of things that renting somewhere doesn’t allow you to do. Most contracts will include clauses that limit how many ‘improvements’ can be made to the property, making it difficult to make your place feel like your own. It’s a struggle that you might be familiar with, but the good news is that all is not lost. There are plenty of things you can do to give your rental property a more personal touch.

Take a look at some of the following tips to learn how to make your rental property feel more like home.

Ask for crisp, white paint to give a more modern look

The subject of paint can be a difficult one when it comes to renting. Some landlords are happy for you to paint your property, whereas others might prefer to do it themselves. Ask if the walls can be painted white instead of the typical magnolia to help give your home a touch of modern luxe. As most homes come with a shade of cream as standard, this will already make your place feel more homely.

Buy in pairs

When you’re a student, it’s likely that you only needed (or only had space for) for one of everything, but now that you’re renting properly – it makes sense to buy household items in pairs. From having two bedside tables to two vases or table lamps, you’ll be surprised at the difference having two of things can make to your space. It’s easy to pick up affordable home furnishings today, so you don’t need to spend much money to give your interior a boost. It’s worth looking around for interior and home decor brands you might not have heard of, who offer quality pieces on a budget.

Search online to find inspiration

You can find a lot of inspiration for how to make your rented place feel more like home. Pinterest and Instagram, in particular, are great, but there might be other ways to get inspiration from others in your position. Online magazines are perfect for real-life home decor inspiration, while home blogs are of course another excellent source of ideas. If you’re looking for some good tutorials to learn to get crafty or how to accomplish different decor tasks, then YouTube is another good place to explore.

Find creative ways to hang photos and prints

Most landlords will say that putting nails in the walls is a big no-no. Fortunately, there are some creative ways to hang art, photographs and textiles that don’t require a single hole in the wall. Command Strips are great for securing items to the walls without leaving a mark, and you can always hang things from doors if that’s easier. Speak to your landlord about the possibility of installing some shelves that can allow you to find additional storage space, while also giving you another platform for some personalisation.

Fill your home with plants

Plants make a great addition to any property, giving the impression of somewhere that’s more homely and showing that you’re not just passing through. Your plants don’t have to be real to create the effect, and IKEA sells some great artificial plants that will do the job. If you would prefer to have the real deal, however, then choosing apartment-friendly plants can help ensure that you don’t lose them immediately due to low light or lack of outdoor space.

Get creative with storage

Adding a personal touch to your home decor can make a space look and feel more like your own. Get crafty and learn how to make some good things which look like you’ve bought them from a homeware store or from Etsy, but were actually made by you. Mason jars are a good example, and there are dozens of things you can do with mason jars to give your home a more personalised look.

Buy freestanding photo frames

Photos are one of the simplest ways to make a rental property feel more like home. They show memories and things that make you happy and help you form a connection to where you live. While you might not be able to hang many things on the walls, you can buy several freestanding photo frames to fill with your memories instead. A combination of photos and prints makes a great design feature, so start thinking about the things that best represent you.

Invest in luxury bedding

While you may not want to invest much in your furniture, your textiles could be a much more worthwhile investment. Finding the best bedding depends on a number of things, such as your colour scheme and what tog you like your duvet, but there are plenty of options out there for you to make sure you find good quality bedding. Feather and down make a bed look more expensive and luxurious, and when you feel comfortable in your bedroom you’ll feel much more relaxed in your home.

Embrace different textiles

It’s amazing what textiles can do to make a place feel more homely. Some throws and cushions on your sofa can add some colour or texture and make your place feel much more lived-in. Everyone likes to get cosy on a cold winter evening, so cuddling up under a blanket on your sofa can help you to embrace that ‘hygge’ feeling that will bring feelings of warmth. Primark and Matalan are great shops to pick up some luxury-looking textiles without breaking the bank, allowing you to switch up your look easily as you embrace different trends.

Make the most of your available space

One problem that many renters encounter is space. If you feel that your living space is too small, you might not want to bother trying to decorate it out of fear it will make it look too cluttered. Rather than giving up, take a look at some great design ideas for small spaces and apartments – you might be surprised at what you can do with the smallest of spaces. Storage solutions can be your secret weapon in a smaller rental property, helping you keep the clutter to a minimum and letting your decoration skills shine through.

Choosing renting over buying

Many people are choosing to rent their property instead of buying. The cost of living in a big city like London, for example, can mean that buying a property just isn’t something that’s realistic, while others don’t want to be tied down with the responsibility. It’s possible to find some affordable rental properties in the UK, and a comparison with the HDB rental price points you see in other countries shows that you might not be as worse-off as you might think. Renting can be a temporary arrangement while you save for a deposit from your own home, but it’s also stress-free and simple long-term living situation.

While you may not be living in your dream property, there are still plenty of ways to make your rental feel like home. Talk to your landlord about any adjustments you can make, offering to cover the cost yourself if they seem unwilling. Adding that personal touch is important, and whether you plan on being there for a few months or a few years – take the opportunity to put your own stamp on it. Home is where you make it after all.

Design Ideas for Small Spaces and Flats

If you have a flat or a small house, interior design can be a bit more challenging than usual. After all, the last thing you want to do is make your home look even more cramped. You need to concentrate on interior design that is going to make your home appear and feel more spacious. Read on for some ideas to help you get started.

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  1. Unclutter – There is only one place to begin, and this is with clearing any clutter. Clutter can easily accumulate when you are living in a small apartment, as you don’t have as much storage space. You are going to need to be strict regarding what items you keep and what items you throw away. You should also look for some clever storage solutions. For example, you could opt for a divan bed, which has storage options underneath it.
  2. Choose airy pieces – You will be much better off going for a table with an open metal base or a see-through acrylic one, rather than choosing a solid-wood coffee table. This will weigh the space down.
  3. Let there be light – Dark spaces look more cramped. It’s important to let as much natural light into a space as possible, as relying on harsh overheads can result in a lot of headaches. You could get skylights installed if you have a top floor flat. Or, why not go all out and have new, bigger windows put in? Of course, this is a large investment, and so you should only go down this route if you can afford the expense and the hassle.
  4. Embrace the floating design trend – Your small flat will appear closed off if you incorporate bulky and large pieces of furniture. One way to open things up is to incorporate floating elements into the design, as this allows the eye to travel all the way through the space while also ensuring you benefit from the same functionality. Opt for a floating sink instead of a traditional vanity, for example, or switch your bookcase for floating shelves. Also, when it comes to furniture, don’t go for anything that sits directly on the floor, and instead choose furniture pieces that have legs.
  5. Add depth with layering – Depth is something that a lot of small spaces seem to lack. One easy way to add this is with layering. Layer your bed with throw pillows and multiple blankets to keep you cozy and warm while adding depth. Why not add a fluffy rug to your living room or use shadow boxes for wall hangings?  
  6. Select furniture that is scaled-down – Petite tables are going to be much better than bulky furniture. Make sure you buy items that suit a smaller space.
  7. Use décor and furniture to add curves – A lot of small flats tend to be box-shaped, which is why it is a good idea to add some curves with your furniture and décor. This will stop the interior design from appearing monotone. Think about using a sofa and chair set with angled sides, for instance, or go for a round dining table. Once you have found furniture pieces that match your personal style and your needs, make certain to complement those curves by choosing accessories that have similar shapes. There are many different ways you can do this, for example, you could go for a table lamp with a rounded shape or an oval shaped mirror.
  8. Match your curtain colour to your walls – Your room will feel a lot bigger if you match the colour of your curtains to your walls. This is because your curtains will blend in, which results in an unbroken line.
  9. Purchase a statement mirror – One of the best ways to open up a space and make it appear a lot bigger is to invest in a statement mirror. This can become the focal point in the room. The reason why a mirror comes highly recommended is because it will ensure natural light bounces around the room. This makes the space appear a lot bigger, and it will be more comfortable and welcoming too. The bigger the mirror is, the better!
  10. Choose a light colour palette – When choosing colours for your flat, it is a good idea to keep things light. Light shades will open up the space, whereas darker and richer colours have a tendency to make spaces appear a lot smaller. It is a good idea to go for two lighter shades and then use a darker colour for accenting. This will ensure your home is visually interesting.
  11. It is all about scale – One thing you need to remember when decorating a small space is that it is all about scale. Your small space will look larger when you choose furniture that is small. Unless you want to make a bold statement, you should stay away from overstuffed and dramatic couches!
  12. Find an organisation system – As mentioned above, dealing with clutter is of paramount importance when decorating any type of small space. When it comes to small apartment living, everyone knows that storage is king. You need to choose the right systems to help you deal with clutter. To keep you on track, invest in some organizers. There are plenty of clever solutions available for purchase today. You could use small baskets to line shelves, for example, or why not buy back-of-the-door shoe hangers for extra storage without taking up more space?
  13. Fake larger windows – You can make your windows seem taller than they are by placing curtain rods just below the ceiling, rather than placing them just above the window frame. This is because it draws the eye upward, which makes a rather big difference. You can also use this to make your windows appear bigger in terms of width.
  14. Go vertical with storage – Don’t only think horizontally when it comes to making use of space in your apartment, you need to think vertically too. When trying to get the most storage out of the least amount of space, narrow and tall storage systems are the best way to go. For a built-in shelving look, one great idea is to place two identical bookshelves at either side of a doorway.
  15. Figure out your priorities – One thing you need to accept is that you can’t have it all when you have a small flat or a small space to deal with. There may be many different furniture pieces and ornaments you want to include, but you are going to need to be more choosey. Take the time to figure out your priorities, as small spaces are limited. Once you have done this, allocate these priorities accordingly. For example, some people want a living space and, therefore, would prefer a bed that folds up. There are then those that would rather have a desk space than a dining area. Think about what you need, and make your home work to this. Don’t feel forced into decorating your home traditionally – it’s your home, it must work for you!
  16. Rethink spaces that aren’t being used at the moment – It can be easy to get stuck in a rut when you have been living in the same place for a substantial amount of time. It’s time to think about whether you are using your space in the most efficient way that you can. Challenge yourself! Identify spaces that currently do not have a useful purpose. Once you have done this, think about different ways you can use these spaces to your advantage. You will be surprised with what you come up with. Plus, you are bound to find plenty of inspiration on blogs and social media.
  17. Invest in dual-purpose furniture – Every inch counts when you are dealing with a small space. Invest in furniture that has more than one purpose in order to make the most of a room. Focus on pieces that are going to work with you, rather than trying to work your space around the furniture you want. There are so many clever dual-purpose items that are available for purchase today. Sofa beds aren’t the only option!
  18. Sprinkle in some Metallics – Not only do metallic accessories look incredible, but they will make your flat appear a lot bigger too. They will have a similar impact to a mirror, meaning they will reflect light off the surface and open up the space. Plus, metallic accessories are bang on trend at the moment, so it’s a great way to ensure your flat looks super stylish.

So there you have it; plenty of suggestions that you can use to make any small space or small flat appear bigger. You will be surprised by how much of a difference these changes can make. Plus, a lot of them don’t cost a lot or require much effort either! It’s a win-win. You will feel like you are living in a brand new home.