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Get your living space ready for life after lockdown

by Rebecca Hurst

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With lockdown gradually easing across the UK, many of us will (hopefully) be able to let family and friends into our homes again soon, for the first time in many months. Creating a room you can be proud to show off when restrictions are finally lifted, without breaking the bank, is easy when you know how. We share with you our tips and tricks for getting your living space ready for hosting you nearest and dearest post-lockdown.

 

Give your living space a lick of paint

There’s no cheaper and easier way to make a dramatic difference in a room than by applying a fresh coat of colour. Whether you’re feeling brave and opt to add in a feature wall – a chimney breast is a great place to do this, by the way – or you just want to apply another coat of the same colour, you’ll be surprised how much of a difference a new coat of paint will make.

Fit a fireplace beam

Feature fireplaces make ideal focal points in rooms. Adding an oak beam to your fireplace is a really simple way to spruce up your living space.

All of our oak fireplace beams (with the exception of our 19cm x 14cm beam) are supplied with simple-to-install fixing brackets, suited to the size of your oak beam. You’ll also be supplied with easy-to-follow fitting instructions. Plus, you can always get in touch with us if you have any questions at all.

Just remember that if you are buying your oak beam to install at a later date, make sure to unpack it so that it can breathe. Air-dried oak beams will still have a small amount of moisture in the middle and it’s important that this moisture has somewhere to go.

Not only does adding a natural wood fireplace mantel to any room make it feel really cozy, it’s also the perfect place to create a seasonal display.

Decorate your oak fireplace beam to match the season

Embellish your oak mantel with decorations to suit the time of year. In spring, for example, we love to put various sized vases of tulips and daffodils onto our oak beams, punctuated with pastel-coloured candles.

If you’re hosting a post-lockdown lunch, you could hang some bunting in spring colours from your oak fireplace mantel, to make the room feel extra festive.

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Add a floating shelf display

Floating shelves can not only make practical use of unusable wall space, they can also be decorated to add warmth to a room and make it feel even more inviting.

Again, your floating shelves can be decorated to match the season. Adding a few houseplants to your oak floating shelves is a great way to bring the outside in and will cheer you up even on those more wet and windy spring days we get in Britain.

As always, we’d love to see your post-lockdown room revamp, so please keep those photos coming in!