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March updates for your home and garden

Are you ready for Spring? Cleaning might be at the forefront of your mind but this is also the perfect time of year to tackle small projects. Not only will they have a big impact on how your house looks and feels, many can be ticked off your to-do list in a day. Here’s how to make March the month of inspirational home improvement.

Get your garden ready

If you’re dreaming of an alfresco summer surrounded by beautiful blooms and a lush lawn, you’ll need to put some time into your garden now. March is all about preparation – pruning shrubs, giving your lawn a cursory mow if it’s started to grow, mulching and taking out weeds and planting bulbs. If you’re planning on growing climbing plants, it’s also a good time to put up supports for them to twine around as once the first sunny days hit, some can shoot up rapidly. For those of us who aren’t green-fingered, find a gardener who can take care of all the prep for you.

Trees can block daylight into your home or in your garden, so now is the time to tackle them. If the tree is large, find a professional tree surgeon to prune it back or remove whole branches. Plants aside, don’t forget about exterior surfaces and walls – a fresh coat of paint can instantly give your house plenty of kerb appeal, while tired decking, brickwork, furniture and fences can all be brought back to life with a colourful shade. You can do this yourself or find a painter.

colourful garden bench

Image source: Sandtex

Read more: small garden design ideas

Upgrade your bathroom

Most of us put off revamping our bathrooms until we absolutely have to but by making a few easy changes, you can turn any space into a sanctuary at home. For example, if you swap your existing taps for a shiny new pair (always make sure you swap like for like, e.g. one single-hole mixer for another), it’ll transform your basin area. They’ll be more enjoyable to use, could help save you water and put a stop to annoying drips. Alternatively, if a tiled wall is looking past its best, you could replace the grout or completely re-tile it – simple metro tiles are inexpensive while looking fresh and contemporary.

A shower upgrade will also make your bathroom more inviting. If you’re on a budget, changing the showerhead to one with flow options will give you the choice of a soft rain spray or massaging jets. Some designs need high water pressure, so check before you buy. Similarly, if low water pressure means your morning drenching is lacklustre, you could replace the shower with a model that can make the most of it, such as the digitally controlled Artisan Evo, below. Installing a pump to boost the flow will help – speak to a plumber about what’s possible.

grey bathroom

Image source: Bristan

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Rethink windows and lighting

Brighter longer days mean now is the best time to swap thick curtains for a lighter treatment at your main windows, such as cheery striped blinds, unlined linen drapes, colourful rollers or even café-style shutters. Alternatively, you could simply swap the pattern from rich, heavy damask to seasonal florals. Changing your lighting will also bring a fresh feel, so think about installing a statement pendant or wall lights to brighten up a dark space, such as a hallway, or a network of spotlights to boost light in main rooms.

hallway statement pendant light

Image source: French Connection

Read more: how to light your home

Improve your storage

When almost every surface in your home has something on it, there are two choices: declutter or get some storage that works a lot harder. I favour the latter because I always seem to throw away something just as I need it. Fortunately, there are some great options available, from under-bed storage boxes that make the most of wasted space to clever modular cubes that can be easily added to, moved around where they’re needed most or mounted on the wall. If space is really lacking, however, it’s worth considering a bespoke solution. Built-to-fit cupboards that make the most of niches or fit around boxed-in pipework can easily solve storage problems. Find a carpenter or joiner to help with new storage solutions here.

cube wall shelves

Image source: James Design


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