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O is for… Office

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If you’re in need of a bit of extra space in your home, you may well be considering the prospect of converting your unused loft. There has been a rise recently in the number of people who now work from home. Whether it’s to improve your work/life balance or simply to allow you to juggle your working life around looking after small children, you’ll need to set up a working space. It can be hard to motivate yourself to work when you’re in the comfort of your own home, and it’s this reason that makes converting your loft into a home office such a good idea. As such, today’s post will focus on converting a loft into an office.

 

Planning permission

Before any work can be started on the house, you’ll need to enquire about planning permission. The majority of loft conversions do not require any prior permission to be granted. However, if your house is a listed building or you live in a conservation area, you will definitely have to secure planning permission to be able to convert your loft.

 

Plan your space

There’s another kind of planning that’s imperative too. You’ll have to plan out your available space to make sure that every nook and cranny is used to its best potential. It doesn’t matter how big or small the completed project is. After all, for a home office, the main components you will require are a desk, computer and chair. It’s once you’ve considered the basics that you can start to be a little more imaginative with the space.

 

Get creative

Okay so you know what furniture you require, but how about going one step further? You could think about soundproofing the walls to help give you some extra privacy and thinking space, which can be a godsend when you’re working on something important that requires a lot of concentration. You may also wish to create your own little haven. After all, who said that your work space had to be dull? It’s your home to do with what you like. Show off your personality with your own wall art and decorative trimmings. If you want to make the whole room pink, then go ahead. Studies have shown that if we’re happy in the space we work that we will be more productive.

 

Remember that business does not mix with pleasure

One thing to bear in mind, however, is not to kit your home office out with too many distractions. You are there to work. That’s the great thing about creating your office in the loft – it makes it a little more separated from the rest of the house, so you’ll be more in the frame of mind to work rather than become distracted by everything else in your home.

 

Call the professionals

Converting your loft into a home office sounds like a good idea doesn’t it? Well if this is for you, why not call Econoloft – we’ve got 40 years’ experience under our belts. Check out our gallery for design inspiration and our client testimonials will boost our credentials further.

 

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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29.07.2013 No Comments

Decorate your loft with neutrals, without being boring!

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Lofts have the tendency to be fairly dark and dismal (unless you choose to have Velux windows and french doors) so when it comes to decorating, choosing a neutral palate is a good place to start. Neutrals are often thought of as boring but we’re here to tell you otherwise.

In today’s blog post, we’ll be focusing on how to decorate lofts with neutrals.

1. Add intrigue with Natural Textures

When you’re decorating with neutrals, there is temptation is to pick out plain furniture too. However, choose pieces made from natural materials such as raffia or woven rattan to add a different dynamic and give the eyes a focal point.

The woven rattan and leather chairs and textured frame in this room really help to stop it looking drab and plain. The light shade creates further texture, breaking up the plain walls, but keeping to the neutral colour scheme.

2.Think outside the Box

Many people think that a neutral colour scheme is usually white, cream or beige, yet this isn’t the case at all. Mix things up with greyish blue tines, brown tones and purple-based greys.

This neutral breakfast room idea from Pinterest.com is the perfect proof that neutral doesn’t have to be boring. The aubergine vase and purple-brown chair cushions contrast wonderfully with the green ivy and golden brown chairs. The multi-toned carpet helps to bring everything together and make the room look complete.

3. Create a Calming effect with Cool Tones

Following on from the above point, try a steely blue and off-green shade to bring a sense of calm and tranquility to any room.

This bedroom from bhg.com shows how you can add a touch of serenity to your room with a neutral colour scheme. Silk pillows and embroidered bed linen make the room look elegant, whilst the dark-framed furniture accents the room yet the colour scheme is still neutral.

4. Strong colours for Furniture

Bold and brightly coloured walls will make a small loft seem even more compact, so that’s why people tend to use pale neutrals help to give a light and airy feel to any loft. That’s not to say you can’t have any bold colours though.

Myperfectcolour.com proves you can complement a neutral shade by choosing a darker tone for furniture and accessories. This multi-toned bedspread adds a pop of colour intensity to the pale pink walls. Although the curtains are a dark grey, they’re framed with pink to bring everything together.

5. Accent Neutrals with Patterns

Enrich a subdued colour palette with patterned wallpaper which doesn’t overpower the room, but adds an interesting dimension to an otherwise simple room.

The contemporary desk and contrasting black furniture in this office design from housetohome.co.uk help to give this room a contemporary feel, while the patterned wallpaper makes the space more exciting.

 

We think any of these designs would look great in your converted loft but if you’re still stuck for inspiration, have a look at some of our previous work for more ideas.

Which one of these is your favourite neutral look?

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06.02.2013 No Comments

Decorate your loft on a budget

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At Econoloft, we’ve been creating masterpieces for clients for the last 40 years, so when it comes to loft conversion, people look upon us as the authority.

Our testimonials page is evidence for why we’re considered the best in the business for delivering outstanding customer service.

We also love to give our customers friendly and helpful advice on interior design and home décor, yet we understand that not everyone can afford to splash out on a designer interior, so we’ve come up with seven great ideas to help you decorate your loft on a budget!

1. Choose a fabulous Feature Wall

Save time and money by focusing on one wall. Use a bright stand-out shade of paint or cover it in fancy patterned wallpaper.

This exotic floral wall creates a pretty and elegant backdrop in this loft bedroom. Pick up on the bright colours with matching accessories and textiles to tie everything in.

2. Bright Textiles add Colour

Lofts tend to be fairly dark places so keep yours light and airy with neutral painted walls. Use brightly coloured textiles to add colour and extra warmth.

Painting your loft walls white will save you a great deal of money, not to mention make the room look bigger. Liven up your loft with brightly coloured accessories and patterned bed linen.

3. Let there be Space!

Mirrors are a low-cost way of adding extra light to a small and dark space, saving you money on installing lots of windows and giving the illusion of extra space.

Check out this money-saving idea from housetohome.co.uk. Hang lots of small mirrors on the wall to reflect as much light as possible – they look great as a substitute for wall art as well.

4. DIY Wall Art

Rather than splashing out on expensive artwork for your walls, get creative with household items to make your very own wall art.

Dip the bottom of an empty cola bottle into some paint to create your own blossomed artwork, like this savvy Pinterest user. It’s a cheap but eye-catching way of adorning your walls.

5. Negate the effects of a Low Ceiling

Make low ceilings a thing of the past by investing in low furniture no more than 3 feet tall.

Alcove lofts can seem problematic but you can make yours into a feature in its own right. Having a low bed means you’ll be able to avoid banging your head on the ceiling too! Beds like this are ultra modern too.

 

6. Beautiful Bookcases and Cute Cupboards

Rather than shelling out loads of money on fancy paper for the walls, line the back of a bookcase or a cupboard with patterned wallpaper – it’s a cheap and effective way to add colour.

This beautifully lined bookcase was the inspiration of Pillows and Paint Interiors blogger Mary. The patterned paper perfectly complements the colour scheme of the room and makes the bookcase the focal point.

7. Photo Frame your Furniture

Transform an old coffee table with lots of snapshots of you and your family. It’ll really help to lift your mood by reminding you of old times, plus it’ll extend the life of a table that’s on its last legs (if you’ll pardon the pun!).

Have a look at this quirky table-top from countryliving.com. Cut a piece of glass to the same size as the table and slip your photos or postcard memorabilia underneath.

 

We hope these ideas help to give you some inspiration for decorating your loft on a budget.

To book a FREE estimate contact us on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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01.02.2013 No Comments