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Add some colour to your home this spring

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During the winter, everything seems dull and drab – even the clothes we wear are darker. That’s why we’re so excited that spring is nearly upon us. It’ll give us all a chance to inject some colour back into our lives. Using brighter colours in your home will boost your mood and get your home looking fabulous for spring. So let’s take a look at the colours you should be using this spring.

Pastel tones
This spring, it’s all about the candy coloured pastel shades – at least according to elledecor.com. We love the interplay of pink, green and yellow in this rug, offset by the muted sand coloured walls. The lavender sprigs and pale pink vases atop the mantelpiece complete the look, to give a soft, welcoming feel.

 

Rainbow hues
Check out this rainbow coloured room from houseandhome.com. Don’t you think it’s just perfect for a kids’ bedroom? Each block of colour is broken up by a solid white stripe, giving the room a bright and breezy feel. We love the bright blue curtains and sunshine yellow bed linen too – you couldn’t fail to be happy if this was your bedroom.

 

Shades of green
It’s no secret that green is a popular colour for spring. Not only does it signify new life, growth, and vitality, it’s also very calming. So why not recreate this multi-tonal green look from bhg.com in your home? The mint green of the wall adds a fresh vibe, while the pretty patterned lampshade and the curtains bring some warmth to the mix. And you can’t go wrong with a few springtime flowers either.

What’s your favourite springtime colour?

Here at Econoloft, we’re not just about interior design – although if you’re in need of inspiration, be sure to check out our gallery of previous work, as well as our client testimonials.

Our 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry makes us something of an expert when it comes to understanding the ins and outs of conversions, as well as what our valued clients want.

We offer a tailored service, which means that everything we do is in line with your specifications, so get those creative thinking caps on.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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24.02.2014 No Comments

Put a little spring into your home today

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You may not think it, judging by the horrendous weather we’ve had recently, but spring is just around the corner. Soon the grey, dreary days will be replaced by sunshine and blue skies; the leaves will start to grow back on the trees, and you’ll probably find your mood start to improve too. So how can you reflect the outdoor change in your home? Well read on, because today we’ve got some great spring home ideas to share with you.

Leaf patterned wallpaper
Bring a little bit of outside into your home with this natural-looking leaf patterned wallpaper, seen on housetohome.co.uk. Teamed with white washed furniture, this room looks clean, bright and fresh – everything you’d expect from spring really.

 

Grass candles
We saw these grass candles on marthastewart.com and we think they’re perfect for bringing a little calm into your home. You don’t have to choose scented candles – the design can be enough to add tranquillity to a room. However, if you’re looking for the perfect spring scent, we recommend choosing a fresh smell such as clean linen, grass, or sea breeze.

 

Fresh fruit and flowers
Tulips and daffodils are the perfect springtime flower to add a pop of colour and cheeriness to your home. Why not go one step further though, like in this image we found on bhg.com, and fill a vase with bright fruits, before adding in a colour clashing bunch of flowers – this will definitely brighten up even the dullest of days.

 

Bright paint
A splash of paint will add a pop of colour to your home at little cost. We love this bright yellow kitchen, seen on housebeautiful.com. If you are going to paint your walls in a bright shade of paint, keep the rest of the furniture neutral, like in this image. That way, the wall colour will do all of the talking.

How will you add a bit of spring to your home?

As the season changes, you may well be considering a spot of home improvement. Here at Econoloft, our 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry makes us the ideal choice.

We can offer you the benefit of our many years’ experience and knowledge – don’t worry though, you’ll get plenty of opportunity to put your personal stamp on it, as we tailor all of our designs to your specification.

Take a look through our gallery for more design inspiration, while our client testimonials detail exactly why we’re the ideal firm to complete the job for you.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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17.02.2014 No Comments

Interior design ideas – black and white prints

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Earlier this week we brought you some tips for introducing a monochrome colour palette into your home. Black and white are two shades that will never go out of fashion, simply because they are timeless classics.

However, one of the big trends for this year is prints. Why not double the trend and go for monochrome prints? Here are some ways in which you can introduce black and white prints into your home.

 

Silhouette wallpaper
We saw this black and white patterned wallpaper design on elledecor.com. We think it would instantly liven up a bedroom wall – do you agree? The great thing about this pattern is that it seems to be telling a story. We get the impression that you’d see something new each time you studied it.

 

Stripy cushions
Check out this modern looking black and white living room from designrulz.com. By keeping the walls and furniture a pure white shade, the designer has showcased statement features in black. The monochrome stripy cushions are a perfect blend of the two shades. We love the black and white candlestick holders too – a modern twist on an old classic.

 

Geometric shapes
A simple colour scheme makes it all the more striking when you add pattern to the mix. The geometric design on these wardrobes helps them to stand out as a feature in their own right. This bedroom seen on home-designing.com would have looked nondescript had it not been for the interestingly patterned wardrobes and the added sparkly of the chandelier lighting – proof that sometimes simple is better.

 

Houndstooth
If you like to keep on top of the trends, you’ll know that houndstooth patterns made a comeback this year. There’s no reason why you can’t extend this pattern to your home, as seen on the walls of this hallway from housetohome.co.uk. Rather than focus purely on black and white, the designer of this room has chosen to add varying shades of grey to the mix to give it a softer feel. The black and white accessories and black painted table add a sense of uniformity and give the room a classic feel.

 

Here at Econoloft, we have over 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry. Our wealth of experience, coupled with our renowned high standards of customer service enables us to transform your loft into the room of your dreams.

We tailor all of our designs to suit your specifications but if you’re in need of some inspiration, take a look at our gallery of previous work. Our client testimonials detail what makes us the best firm to complete the job.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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01.11.2013 No Comments

Monochrome madness in the home

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One of the major trends in home décor this year is monochrome. You may think that a black and white colour scheme is a bit bland and rigid for a home, but it can actually leave a very striking effect.

Ideal for decorating a room to leave a sophisticated, classic finish, black and white can be used to decorate any room in the house. Let’s take a look at how you can use monochrome in your home.

 

In the kitchen
This kitchen seen on realsimple.com proves that black and white doesn’t have to be boring. Using the black tiles to create a zigzag pattern adds a bit more style to the mix, which is accentuated further by the similarly shaped shelf. Choosing white for the wall and cupboard colour ensures that plenty of light fills the room, which is essential for a kitchen. Overall the room has a clean, crisp and professional feel to it. We’d be happy to cook here.

 

In the bedroom
Let’s face it; we all want our bedroom to be a place of calm, comfort and luxury. You don’t get more luxurious than hotel style, which is what drew us to this stunning black and white bedroom from housetohome.co.uk. Choosing multi-tonal black wallpaper adds an element of sophisticated luxury, while sticking to a black and white colour scheme adds uniformity and style.

 

In the living room
Choosing to display wall prints in black and white is a great way to add a striking effect to any room. In this living room seen on bhg.com, the black and white prints are the main focus of the room and stand out against the muted backdrop of the walls and clean white fireplace.

 

In the bathroom
We were mesmerised when we first laid eyes on this beautiful bathroom on redonline.co.uk. The combination of wood with the black creates an oriental feel. Choosing to hand a brilliant white bath towel over the black freestanding tub highlights the stark contrast between the colours. Keeping the majority of furniture and the walls jet black gives the room an overall professional finish – we can imagine seeing this bathroom in a fancy hotel or spa.

Which black and white room is your favourite?

If you’re considering a loft conversion for your home, decorating the finished room in black and white will leave an impressive striking effect.

If you’re in need of further design inspiration, take a look at the examples in our gallery. Our impressive client testimonials prove why we’re the best firm to complete the work for you.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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28.10.2013 No Comments

Contemporary Kitchen Designs – Our Top Picks

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As you know, this week we’re focusing on kitchens, and more specifically, how you can turn a bland kitchen into something bold and fun.

Earlier this week we gave you some tips for sprucing up an old, tired kitchen. Today, we’re going to look at the other end of the scale – contemporary kitchen designs. Here are our top picks.

 

Breakfast bar
Check out this modern, girly breakfast bar kitchen from housetohome.co.uk. Having a breakfast bar between the open plan kitchen and dining room gives you a great place to chill with friends or relax in the morning with breakfast. The designer has gone for a clean finish with girly floral accents, seen in the pink plastic stool backs, the tea towel design, fake pink flower and the “I heart” message on the extractor fan above the cooker. We can just imagine this as the shared home of two BFFs.

 

Bright and cheerful
We love these colourful patchwork style kitchen cupboards. Along with the bright chairs and lemon yellow light shade, this kitchen seen on Pinterest.com is an array of mood boosting colour. You can continue the theme by investing in brightly patterned accessories such as tea towels, plastic cups and pots and pans.

 

Steely grey
Although the monochrome checked tiled floor effect strikes a chord with Victorian design, the steely grey shade of the kitchen cupboards and the dresser, seen on redonline.co.uk, brings this country style kitchen bang up to date. Despite country classic elements such as the Belfast sink, the hanging utensil storage and industrial style pendant lights add a sleek and contemporary look.

 

Curved island
Okay so we cheated and chose another design from housetohome.co.uk. However, we think that this curved island kitchen design would look just perfect in a city apartment. The polished white finish is accented by the sparing use of black accessories, while the exposed brick style of the opposite wall serves to further highlight the sleek, contemporary design. We could definitely make ourselves at home here.

Which contemporary kitchen design is your favourite?

If the thought of having a second kitchen appeals to you, why not consider turning your loft into the kitchen of your dreams?

Econoloft has been in the loft conversion industry for more than 40 years, so our extensive knowledge and experience makes us more than qualified to complete the job for you.

Take a look at some of our previous designs in our image gallery, or read through our impressive client testimonials to find out what makes us the best firm for the job.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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24.10.2013 No Comments

Ways to brighten up a tired kitchen

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You’ll often hear people say that the kitchen is the hub of a home. It’s the place where everyone congregates at parties, where your kids sit and do their homework while you prepare the evening meal, and maybe even where you all sit down as a family to eat. As such, you should pay the most attention to the décor.

After all, if you’re going to be spending that much time in there, you’ll want to make sure it’s to your liking. So if your kitchen is looking a bit old and worn, here are some ways to brighten it up, and transform it into the kitchen of your dreams.

 

Hang pots and pans
Do you often find that when it comes to needing a specific pan, you have to reach right into the back of your kitchen cupboard? Well, thanks to this nifty solution from housebeautiful.com, all of your pots and pans will be within easy reach and you can even use them as a decorative feature – what’s not to love?

 

Sort out your lighting
If nothing else, you should always ensure that the lighting in your kitchen is good. Invest in spotlights around your cooking and preparation area to aid with optimum visibility. If you have an open kitchen, you should consider down lighting over the dining area – this will cast a soft warm glow that is more relaxing in the evenings. We love this kitchen from channel4.com – the multiple lights really help to brighten up the dark worktops.

 

Chalk board the wall
You’ll never have to worry about misplacing your shopping list again with a chalkboard kitchen wall. There will be no need for a calendar as you can simply wipe away tasks and add new ones daily. What’s more, it’ll even provide a creative outlet for your children. Easyliving.co.uk has completely nailed it with this kitchen idea.

 

Custom-write your kitchen splashback

 

We think this customisable kitchen splashback seen on housetohome.co.uk is the ideal way to personalise any kitchen. It’s easy to fit as it just sticks to the wall, so there’s no need to worry about tiles and grouting. What’s more, you can choose up to 100 words, allowing you to customise it to your exact wishes. How about having one made with a list of your favourite dishes from around the world?

 

Here at Econoloft, we love to bring you great ideas to help you spruce up your home.

If you’re in need of a bit of extra space, you may be considering converting your loft. Our 40 years’ experience in the industry means that we’re more than qualified to complete the work for you. What’s more, we’ll tailor the design to suit your requirements, so you’ll be left with the loft of your dreams.

Take a look in our gallery where you’ll find plenty of design inspiration. Our client testimonials prove why we’re the best firm for the job.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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21.10.2013 No Comments

Bold wallpaper designs – our top picks

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As you know, this week our focus is on patterns and prints. We’re all about introducing a pop of colour here and a pretty pattern here. Why? Because colour and prints brighten up a home and boost your mood, especially handy at this dull, grey time of year. Today we’re going to show you how you can use bold wallpaper designs in your home.

 

Best of British
For the truly patriotic among you, this British flag wallpaper, seen on channel4.com, is a fantastic way to make a statement. With the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee last year, and the royal baby fever this year, it’s safe to say that there are a lot of reasons to be proud to be British.

 

Animal lover
If you’re a cat lover then this cat-printed wallpaper is ideal for your home. The monochrome colour palette keeps everything looking classic and chic, while pops of colour can easily be added in the form of accessories, such as this lampshade and these vases. You’ll find plenty more designs like this one on sanderson-uk.com.

 

Autumn leaves
Bold wallpaper can sometimes seem a bit too overpowering, so instead of using it around the entire room, make a statement with your paper by creating a feature wall like in this room seen on houzz.com. The designer has picked out the key colours of the pattern with the choice of furniture and accessories, creating a sense of wholeness and harmony in the room.

 

Something for the kids
Kids love to hear a bedtime story before they go to sleep. Imagine how excited your youngsters would be to hear that their favourite bedtime story is going to feature on their bedroom wall. With adorable-home.com, you can make that happen. Take a look at this little red riding hood pattern – it’s bright, colourful and fun, making it ideal for your child’s bedroom. Keep the rest of the room neutral so as not to risk making the room seem small and cramped.

As you can see, adding bold colour to your home is easy when you know how. Which of these bold wallpapers is your favourite?

 

Here at Econoloft, we are experts in transforming your home and as such, we tailor all of our loft conversion designs to your specific requirements.

Take a look at our gallery for some examples of work we’ve already completed, while our client testimonials are proof of why we’re the best firm for the job.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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17.10.2013 No Comments

Around the world in 80 lofts!

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Oh okay, so maybe we won’t show you 80 different lofts. We are however interested in taking a peek at what our foreign counterparts love in a loft. The following lofts from around the world will give you plenty of design inspiration for decorating your own converted loft – don’t say we’re not good to you.

Loft bathroom – France
This country French loft bathroom seen on Pinterest.com is everything you’d expect – the designer has retained the natural wooden beams for a rustic effect, while the furnishings are simple and practical. It’s reminiscent of a gite in the middle of the French countryside – c’est magnifique.

 

 

Loft apartment – New York City
Apartments don’t come cheap in the Big Apple, and this stunning New York City apartment, found on lifestylemirror.com will set you back a cool $24,500,000. We love how swanky all of the furnishings are – it definitely has a touch of minimalist chic to it. And what a view – the floor to ceiling windows let you feel like you’re right in the heart of the city.

 

 

Luxury loft with mountain views – Switzerland
If you’re planning to visit Switzerland any time soon, luxuryaccommodationsblog.com offers truly stunning apartments. This one boasts breath-taking views of the mountainside, while the interior is made to feel cosy and warm thanks to the fire, soft lighting and warm coloured wooden furniture. We could quite easily feel at home here.

 

Reversible Destiny lofts – Japan
We’ve come to expect weird and wonderful things from the Japanese but nothing could have prepared us for this – these reversible destiny lofts, found on lofts.com, are the project of late architect Arakawa and his wife, and were designed with the sole purpose of trying to reverse the effects of aging with the use of bright colours, undulating floor surfaces and ladders instead of stairs. We’re still undecided as to whether we could live in one but you have to admit, they’re unique and quirky.

 

Which design is your favourite?

 

If you’re in need of further inspiration a little closer to home, take a look at our gallery. Our impressive client testimonials prove why we’re the best company to convert your loft.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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19.09.2013 No Comments

A nursery fit for a prince

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We’ve got royal baby fever here at Econoloft and the arrival of Baby Cambridge on Monday afternoon, as yet unnamed, got us thinking. While Kate and William are not short of rooms, the couples who gave birth to the other 2000 babies on the same day as HRH was born may not be so lucky.

Having a baby can take up a lot of space in your home, so if you’re one of the many couples or young families who struggle to find room to house everyone comfortably, then this post is for you.

Consider converting your old loft into a nursery fit for a prince (or princess of course). After all, why shouldn’t your baby be treated like royalty, at least in your own home? Here’s what you will need to recreate a regal bedroom.

 

1. Choose a regal colour scheme
Bring your baby up proud to be British with a blue, white and red colour scheme. Rule Britannia!

Keep your baby’s room as bright as possible by painting the walls white and using blue and red to add a pop of colour. We love the bunting across the top of this bunk bed, seen on projectnursery.com – every baby’s birth should be a celebration.

 

2. Rocking chair
Babies require calm and tranquillity. If your little prince is struggling to sleep, a gentle cuddle in a rocking chair will do the trick.

Housetohome.co.uk recommends investing in a wide-width rocking chair design to offer you extra support during those long sleepless nights. A cushion will add extra comfort for you and a cuddly toy will soothe your little one.

 

3. The royal cot
You’ll need a cot like no other for your bundle of joy, so why not hang a tented net over the top of your baby’s bed.

Make your baby feel extra special by dressing up the bed, like in this photo from channel4.com. As your baby grows, they will love to use their bed as a special hideaway den. Investing in items that will stand the test of time is a great idea to help you save pennies.

 

4. Pink for a girl…
There were rumours that the Trafalgar Square fountains would light up pink if the royal baby was a girl and blue for a boy. Make your daughter feel like a princess in a pretty pink coloured room.

All over pink may seem like too much so fade it in gradually with soft pastel pink hues. This girl’s nursery on parenting.com mixes baby pink shades with muted caramel brown to bathe the room in a soft glow.

 

5. Add some toys
We’re sure that the new prince will not be short of toys to play with. While your baby is young, you can provide entertainment for him by hanging a colourful mobile above his cot.

We found this multi coloured mobile on hgtv.com and fell in love at first sight. You can also buy mobiles that play a soothing melody to help send your little one off to sleep as soon as you put them down. Experiment with different styles to see what works best for your royal highness.

Let Econoloft transform your loft into a nursery fit for a royal baby. Check out our gallery for further room design inspiration and take a look at the praise we’ve received from our happy customers in our client testimonials.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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24.07.2013 No Comments

3 of the best living room colour schemes for summer

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We’re now in the midst of summer and what a scorcher it is turning out to be! Although you’re likely to spend a fair bit of time outdoors in the heat, sometimes there’s nothing better than seeking a bit of respite in in your cool living room. Just because it’s great weather outside, does not necessarily mean that your home should look dark and gloomy.

Here are three of the best living room colour schemes to help you brighten up your home this summer.

1. Bright and breezy
If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to decorate your living room this summer, invest in a couple of tins of white paint. The best thing about white is that you can match it with anything, plus it’ll really open up the space in your living room.

Copy this colour scheme from countryliving.com and add accents of colour with accessories. This bold patterned rug adds a pop of multicolour to the room without being too over facing. Of course, a vase of fresh flowers will also instantly inject colour into your living room and boost your mood – choose vibrant sunflowers or poppies to give the most impact.

 

2. Leafy green
Your living room should be an area where you can seek calm and serenity and forget your everyday troubles. Help increase your sense of tranquillity by decorating your living room with a leafy green colour palette.

Choose a muted shade of green for the walls and invest in brighter hues for furniture and accessories. These lily pad tables add a touch of modern quirkiness to this housetohome.co.uk living room. Keep things natural for the flooring and opt for wood for a natural feel.

 

3. Primary colours
School’s almost out for summer, so why not indulge in your inner child and decorate your living room in pack a punch primary shades? To avoid everything looking too busy, tone down the brightness a little.

Tone down the yellow by splitting it up with cool white like in this room from houzz.com. Powder blue furniture and red accessories complement this scheme wonderfully and give an overall feeling of warmth. Muted primary colours add a touch of grown up glamour to your living room while simultaneously indulging your fun inner child.

Have you considered converting your unused loft into a living room? It would be the perfect space to entertain guests or to use as your own personal sanctuary.

Take a look at our gallery to give you more design inspiration. While you’re there, why not see what our clients have to say about our work in our client testimonials?

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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18.07.2013 No Comments