When I moved into my home, my external doors were big and chunky brown doors. Fully wooden with small windows near the top effectively blocking most of the natural light that came them. As I don’t own my home replacing them wasn’t something I was able to do and I had to wait until it was time for them to be replaced.
That time came around 18 months ago when my old wooden doors and secondary glazed windows were replaced with new double glazed windows and doors to the outside of the property. The colour remained the same and somehow, myself and every single one of my neighbours on the row managed to pick the exact same style door for front and back. That is, except for my next door neighbour who opted for half moon style window placement at the top of the door with gold coloured fittings as opposed to our choices of silver fitting with 2 full-length slim windows to let in all the light.
But the biggest change came inside.
The colour of the doors was kept only to the external sides and the inside remained white. After having a big chunky brown door blocking all natural light, to have all the dark colours gone and replaced with more window space and a white door frame completely changed the look of my hallway. So much so that we ended up redecorating the hallway and stairs in a white paint with glitter to match the new lighter, brighter feel of the space.
But this has meant that now my internal doors, which again are brown, need to be updated throughout to carry on the look and style we have developed around our home. As our home is only small the difference small changes like this make can really transform our inside space.
For example, when we moved in, our colour schemes for around the home were pretty dark and miserable. It resulted in a really dark and heavy feeling. It drained any light and before long became a little bit suffocating. Since redecorating my rooms to lighter colours we have noticed such a difference already. Having that small change of the front and back doors with new windows has made such a difference that we now want to carry this through to other fittings around the home.
Replacing My Internal Doors.
This is a big one for me. It is something I feel with drastically change the feel of my home as well as updating the style. I am adamant I want to make the change to white doors. However, with my home being small I wanted to check out my options.
Opening the living room door cuts off a small portion of the room that is just dead space. It opens towards the window and as such, all we have along that wall is the 3 seater sofa. I would love to be able to use the corner for a nice table or a freestanding lamp. But with the door open it would be a waste as it would end up hidden.
That was until my mum was also discussing changing her living room door too. All the kids seem to mess with the door and when hers is open it cuts off the room almost. So she mentioned about getting a bifold door quote to see if this would make a difference. I definitely think this could work for me too and give me back the space I lose behind the door.
This is something I have been putting off for the longest time. Mostly due to all the upheaval. I think I am pretty sure that I want a grey laminate style floor in my living room. This will help to carry through the white feel from the butterfly wallpaper. For the hall and landing, which I would most probably do first, I think a grey wood look vinyl floor covering would work well. I have the same style in my kitchen and it is really hardwearing so I know it would work well and be tough enough to withstand all the daily traffic as we go around the house.
This would just leave the bedrooms. This is the biggest job as we would need to rehome each room to allow for new carpets to be laid. We don’t have much free space so this would take up a lot of time and be a really big upheaval.
The last job on my list is to change my outdoor space. I am lucky to have a decent sized garden but I don’t make the most of it. I have just cleaned it up ready for the winter by cutting the grass as short as it will go and ripping out all the weeds from in between the paving stones. It is a job I hate but I am hoping this will see me through for a few months now.
The dream is to create a minimal effort garden so it flows naturally from the interior of my home and matches the look and style we are going for inside.