Saturday, November 28, 2015

Lifestyle | Simple and Cheap Ways to Add Colour to Your Bathroom

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Pristine white is often the colour of choice for modern bathrooms. White is clinical and sterile, but
whilst white works well in a bathroom, a splash of bright colour will make the room feel a lot more
vibrant and inviting. You could use coloured tiles, but this is an expensive option and difficult to
change if you get bored of the colour a year later. Instead, colour is best used in small amounts, so
you can start all over again when you need a refresh.
The best bit about adding colour to a bathroom is that it needn’t be expensive, so if you want to give your bathroom a colourful makeover, here’s how to do it on a budget.


A tin of paint is an easy way to introduce colour into a bathroom. If your walls are half tiled with neutral white tiles, pick out a bright colour for the walls and ceiling. Any colour will do, but blues, yellows and shades of green work well.

Window Blinds

Buying a colourful window blind for the bathroom is an easy way to add colour. Plain blinds are inexpensive and can be bought in just about any shade under the sun. A patterned blind will also work well. Blinds can be fitted inside or outside the window recess, but make sure you measure the recess accurately if you go for the inside option - and buy a safety device for the dangling cord to prevent accidents.

Shower Curtain

Shower curtains are very cheap to buy. Look for a colourful curtain to match your decorative scheme
and be as bold as you like. Stripes, patterns, and motif designs are a good choice for bathrooms –
this is your chance to add a bit of personality to an otherwise boring room.


Towels are also cheap to buy, although it is always better to invest in good quality towels from if you want to enjoy a more luxurious bath and shower experience. Coloured towels look fabulous in a plain white bathroom. They can be co-ordinated with bath mats, shower curtains and blinds if you want a more cohesive look. Be careful when washing brightly coloured towels, as the dye may run if you wash them on a hot wash with whites.

Bathroom Accessories

Cheap, colourful accessories such as tea lights, candles, mugs, and ornaments will all brighten up a
bathroom in no time. Colour match to existing items and make your bathroom feel instantly more cheerful and less sterile.

Coloured Lighting

Coloured lighting is a modern way to inject colour into a bathroom, particularly at night. Cheap LED add-ons for taps are great fun – turn the tap on and watch a kaleidoscope of colour flicker around the walls. Or, fit LED lights around a mirror or along the edge of your ceiling. It will feel like Christmas 365 days of the year!

If none of the above ideas appeal and you prefer natural colours, buy some beautiful, fresh flowers and place them on the bathroom window sill.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Lifestyle | Decorating your house for Christmas

Christmas decorating has become more than a bit of tinsel on a tree. Now, it is about the whole house, creating a cosy, warm and festive atomosphere. Last week, my mum and I popped into HomeSense and got completely entranced by the Christmas stock. This year will be my first year hosting Christmas and I want it to be perfect. My mum usually hosts a massive Christmas with family members from all over the world. She normally has three Christmas Trees, lights all over the house a blazing fire and Bing Crosby playing throughout the house.

I will definitely not be able to live up to this, especially without a real fireplace or a sound system that runs throughout the house. But I will be trying to make it as cosy and Christmassy as possible and hope to start new traditions.

While the Scandi trend has dominated the last few winter seasons, this year my heart is torn between the following three themes, consider this my Homesense wishlist!
 I love the White Christmas theme, but in my house I think it would lack the warmth I desire. It is perfect for a minimalists look or someone who is keen on a clean finish. Not everything has to be while, it is good to have another colour to contrast it. I like teaming it with  metallics - Golds, Silvers and Coppers all look great without detracting from the cleanness of the white.

It's no secret that I have been bitten by the copper bug! I think copper is a very versatile colour that will work with most colour schemes. It also has a warm undertone, which I think, psychologically is a must for Christmas decor.

I will admit, traditional Christmas decorations are not usually my thing, I am not sure why, but I think I have been conditioned not to use green or red on my tree by my mum who usually does every other colour! I love the cute red bits now, but keeping it classy with just red and neutral tones.

The biggest Christmas decorating faux pas for me is coloured fairy lights. They make me feel ill. What are your Christmas faux pas and favourites?

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Lifestyle | Ways to Relax in the Comfort of Your Own Home

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Most people these days lead very busy lives and with this comes a lot of stress, which can then impact on both physical and mental health. In order to combat high stress levels it is important for everyone to take some time out to relax, which is something that can be easily done at home as well as by going out to see friends or enjoying a meal at a restaurant.

With a wide range of relaxation methods to choose from ranging from simply reading a book to even enjoying some online entertainment, you can look forward to a diverse variety of ways to help you to relax more easily. Making sure that you take time out on a regular basis to chill out for a while means that you can improve your overall quality of life as well as enjoy better health through reduced stress and tension.

Five great methods to help you relax

The methods you choose to help you to relax will vary based on your preferences of whether you prefer watching films to playing games, or even baths to yoga, but five very popular methods include:

  • Yoga: Yoga is a form of exercise that can really help with both your physical and mental well-being. A range of postures are used as part of this type of exercise and it provides an excellent solution for those who want to be able to relax without the adrenaline of media such as video games or movies. In addition to aiding health and relaxation, yoga is also perfect for building strength and increasing flexibility.
  • Games: Gaming is a very popular option, with many people enjoying games such as slots and table games at online casinos like Betway. Here, you will be able to select from a variety of virtual casino games including the Mega Moolah slot game where you could win big money as well as enjoy fun and entertainment without even having to leave the house. And if you really need a relaxing game to keep you entertained, then Osmos by Hemisphere Games provides you with a dreamlike way to experience life as a single-celled organism! 
  • Movie marathon: You can look forward to entertainment and fun in front of the box by watching your favourite movies back to back or even some of your favourite television shows. Even if you don’t have a huge DVD collection, you can always watch the shows and films you want to see via one of the various streaming websites so you won’t struggle when it comes to finding the perfect entertainment to suit your tastes.
  • Massage: If you plan to spend the evening relaxing with your partner, you can invest in some special oils and enjoy a wonderful massage. There are some great aromatherapy massage oils that you can get these days including ones that are designed to promote relaxation and relieve stress. You can even light some incense sticks or scented candles to create a really tranquil ambience that could summon up a particularly relaxing spa, or even a luxury hotel.
  • Book and bed: As simple as it sounds, getting an early night snuggled up in bed with a good book provides you with a really great and effective way to relax. You can simply look forward to some peace and quiet as you settle down with your favourite reading material and then just drift off to sleep when you start to get tired. This method is perfect for those who may have accidentally watched a scary movie, or even played an exhilarating casino game of slots!

These are all effective but simple relaxation methods that can be enjoyable in your own home, making them perfect for those who lead busy lifestyles but don’t want to let stress get the better of them.

What is your favourite way to relax?

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