Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and an increasingly popular place to live due to its diversity. It is the country’s chief commercial centre and the Welsh Assembly has its home at the Cardiff Bay development. The Wales national rugby union team play their home matches at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, which can boast being the only stadium outside of England that will host matches at the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
It is therefore no surprise that according to Rightmove, house prices in Cardiff rose by 5% over the last year. This is why more and more people are finding it difficult to move house, particularly in the current economic climate. However, you don’t have to buy a new house to realise a new sense of space or different environment. It is becoming much more popular to spend money rejuvenating your existing property, which can make it feel fresh and even give you the feeling that you’re in a new home.
New Paint Works Wonders
A simple, yet extremely effective change you can make is to alter the colour scheme with new paint. Perhaps your walls have become drab over the years or there are marks that make them feel tired. Either way, a new paint scheme will bring new life to old walls. Pantone Color Institute’s colour of the year for 2014 – Radiant Orchid is a good choice; it’s a vibrant purple colour, and very popular at the moment. A safer option perhaps is to opt for a tranquil shade of cream, which will effect a soft, calm atmosphere in any room. Wallpaper, even columns of it, is a great way to add texture and depth to a room. It is also an inexpensive technique to create a new feel.
Spruce Up Your Kitchen
Your kitchen is much more than just a place where you cook. It is usually the focal point of most homes and a place where people congregate to chat for hours. This is why giving yours a new lease of life can be extremely rewarding. You may think that a kitchen needs to be brightly lit or else it will detract from its utilitarian purpose. However, a neat trick for adding a soft glow to your kitchen is to top-light the cupboards. These same cupboards may also be looking a bit worse for wear through years of hard service but they needn’t be replaced completely. It is often just the doors that become tatty and so finding a company who offer replacement kitchen doors in Cardiff is the perfect solution.
Don’t Forget the Floor
It is easy to get carried away painting walls, adding additional lighting and replacing worn out doors but what about the floor? A stained carpet with obvious signs of wear isn’t going to do your new paint scheme any justice. Many people are now choosing wooden floors for the high traffic areas of their homes. They are hard-wearing and easy to clean; what more could you ask for? Another option is to introduce new rugs or small tables. These can cover up stains or signs of wear and inevitably avert peoples’ eyes from your existing flooring.