With summer now in full flow, this might be the most inspiring time of the year and a period in which you come up with dozens of ways to improve your home and garden. Just getting outdoors can give you a whole new perspective on the place you live and where it might be letting you down.
August is a month in which you are sure to entertain friends and family, probably more than any other month of the year. It is at these times that you will notice things you are proud of in your abode, but equally features that badly need updating, improving or even ripping out.
Perhaps the best place to start when it comes to giving your home a lift is the walls. While decorating can seem like a relatively straightforward task, it is worth remembering just how much of an impact it can have. In almost all dwellings, the first thing that strikes you is the colour of the walls. Get it wrong and your home could be an embarrassment, but get it right and you will be known as somebody with the ultimate taste and perfect style.
This is where we think a painter and decorator can help. Naturally, you are not used to applying paint and perfecting your work, but a professional will ensure the very best job is done. Nobody wants their home to have uneven edges or random marks, so entrusting the walls to an expert seems like the obvious move.
Your biggest dilemma might just be where to start. It probably depends where you tend to do your entertaining, as this is where you may spend much of your time and benefit from a new look the most. For some people, this is now the kitchen – a room that in recent years has become a social hub and the centre of the home.
Adopting a brand new style in this area could well be one of the best home improvements you have ever made and leave you wondering how you ever coped with your previous style.
But the kitchen is not the only place where a dramatic change can have a tremendous effect. Also look to revamp your living room, as this is another important part of the home. You will probably sit here to watch television most evenings or lie back on the sofa for a nap, so being surrounded by relaxing tones such as cream, white or yellow can be a good idea.
While the aesthetic benefits are obvious and significant, it is also worth noting the importance of revamping your colour scheme if you wish to sell your home. Buyers are unlikely to be attracted to an outdated style, so hiring a local tradesman to do up your walls prior to putting the property on the market is surely a wise move.
There are many things you can do to spruce up your home this season, but if you are looking for a big impact and great value for money, very little will top calling a painter in to work his magic