10 Tips for Decorating and Furnishing your Bedroom

 Ten_Tips_for_Decorating_and_Furnishing_your_BedroomAs we’re moving into spring, I’m going to focus on each room, one per week, to give you tips for furnishing, decorating and styling each room. Some of the tips will concentrate on the basics but you have to get the basics right for the room to work well and be a comfortable room for you to enjoy.

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How To Make A Room Look Bigger

Whether it’s a boxroom bedroom, a home office, a small living room or a kitchen that is crying out to be extended, here are some tips to make that small room in your home look larger.


1. Window Treatments

Don’t let the curtains swamp the walls and windows. Go for lighter fabrics, similar to the wall colour, so they are less obtrusive. Pull the curtains right back with a tieback to maximise the natural light flooding into the room and emphasise the size of the windows. Roman blinds are ideal for windows in small rooms as they are neat and tidy, don’t take up any floor space, let the light flood in and provide privacy and shading if required.

2. Mirrors

Mirrors reflect the light so will make the room brighter. Multiple mirrors hung on a wall in a haphazard way or a single large mirror can make the room seem double the size. The mirror also makes it seem that you have double the furniture too.  Metallic furniture such as a metallic console table will have similar benefits.

how to make your room look bigger - mirrors

3. Long Legs

Buy sofas, armchairs and coffee tables with legs rather than designs that go all the way down to the floor. Being able to see the floor under the furniture creates more of a sense of space.

4.  No Clutter

Clear away all the clutter. If you haven’t used something in the last year, is there any point in keeping it? Keep surfaces like the mantelpiece or shelves tastefully sparse to maximise the sense of space. Don’t clutter the space with small pieces of furniture. Fewer, but bigger pieces, will make more of a statement so the emphasis is on the furniture rather than the size of the room.

how to make room seem bigger - mantelpiece

5. Multi-Purpose Furniture

Buying furniture items that can fulfil at least two functions means that you won’t need as much furniture in the room. The coffee table should have inbuilt storage rather than just being a table. Ottomans are really flexible pieces of furniture: they offer storage, they can act as a coffee table, they work as a high foot-stool or they can be an extra seat when visitors call. An ottoman in the bedroom could double as a laundry basket or storage for extra blanket too.

how to make room look bigger - ottoman


6. Fold Away Furniture

How often do you need a kitchen or dining table that seats six or eight? Once a month? Once a week? If the full size of the table isn’t being used often, consider getting an extendable table or one that folds down. Stackable chairs in a small kitchen or dining room are also a good idea.

how to make your room seem bigger - foldable table

7. Colour and Pattern

Decorate in light rather than dark colours. Pops of colour are fine and will create an impact but don’t make it too busy with lots of bright colours. Plain or lightly patterned fabrics are best as a pattern that is busy may overwhelm the room.

8. Wallpaper Design

Wallpapers with vertical stripes will make the ceiling appear higher which could be a good choice unless your room is quite narrow. As the chairs in this Chairs design wallpaper are in vertical lines, it adds height to the room yet doesn’t seem harsh or boring.

How to make your room appear bigger - wallpaper

We hope this has given you some inspiration for making any small rooms in your home look more sizeable. If you would like to hire an interior designer, builder or any other tradesperson, don’t forget you can ask for quotes on our website.

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Creating Camaraderie and Conversation with Chairs



How can you arrange your furniture so that a person feels there’s an atmosphere of camaraderie and warmth in the room? If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’m a fan of reading nooks, how an armchair with a small table and a lamp in the right setting and placement just oozes relaxation, but on a trip to Cuba recently, it occurred to me how the placement of two chairs suggests companionship, chat and camaraderie.

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Results and Video of our January Draw 2018

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Hi folks,

here are the results and video of our January Draw 2017. Each month we have a draw for everyone who hires a tradesman and provides feedback. So not only do you get up to 4 quotes from Rated Tradesmen but you also are in with a chance to win a cash prize as well!

The draw for everyone who hired a tradesman and provided feedback in the month of December was held on January 27th. The results are as follows:-

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10 Tips for Efficient House Cleaning

How_to_get_your_household_chores_done_quickly_and_efficientlySpring is on the way, snowdrops are starting to flower and daffodil leaves are showing. It’s won’t be long before we all start thinking about the annual big spring clean and which rooms we want to decorate in the coming year. First though, here are some tips for making that spring cleaning process easier by doing a little bit more cleaning each day. Once you put some of these tips in place, you’ll hardly notice doing them but they will make a big difference to your weekly “big clean” not to mention the annual spring clean. If you’re doing all of these already – well done.

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Wallpaper Trends for 2018

Wallpaper_Trends_for_2018If you’re redecorating one or more of the rooms in your home soon, here are some wallpaper trends for 2018. You can’t beat wallpaper for adding warmth and texture to a room and yes, while it does take more work than paint, it adds so much style, it really is worth the extra effort.

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Kitchen Island Inspiration


A new kitchen is a large investment, both in terms of finance but also in terms of planning time to get it right. It’s going to be the hub of your home; the place where family members gather to chat as well as a place to prepare food and eat. In this article, we’re going to share various kitchen island designs.

Many homeowners are opting for kitchen islands now as they offer so many multi-purpose possibilities: extra worktop space, extra storage, an eating space. But what design, what size, what materials should you opt for?

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Happy New Year 2018

Happy new year
Wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year, let’s continue to keep tradesmen working and customers happy in 2018!

Our office will be closed for the Christmas break until Wednesday 3rd of January but you can post jobs throughout the holidays on
our website at www.tradesmen.ie and they will be sent out every day except Sundays. Email and text messages will be checked regularly throughout the Holidays.

With Best Wishes,

From all the gang at Tradesmen.ie!:)
1st January 2018

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Santa Announces the results of the 2017 Christmas Draw!!!

Tradesmen.ie Christmas Draw 2014Hi folks, here is the video of Santa as he announces the winners of the Christmas Draw to all the boys and girls!!

Each month we make a video of the draw for everyone who posts a job on Tradesmen.ie and provides feedback. The winners receive cash prizes and a mention on our blog:)

The draw for everyone who provided feedback in November was held on December 25th. You can see a video of the draw below:-

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Happy Christmas from Tradesmen.ie

Happy Christmas from everyone at tradesmen.ie

Thanks to everyone who has posted jobs on Tradesmen.ie posting approximately 250,000
jobs helping to create and sustain employment in the Irish Economy. We hope that you have a happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year filled with promise and opportunity!

Our office will be closed for Christmas from Saturday 23rd of December and re-opening
on Wednesday 3rd of January but you can post jobs throughout the Christmas on
our website at www.tradesmen.ie and they will be sent out every day except Christmas Day and Sundays. Email and text messages will be checked throughout the Christmas Holidays.

With Best Wishes,

From all the gang at Tradesmen.ie!:)

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