Lighting 'helps to create space' in a kitchen
One of the best ways in which homeowners can enhance the appearance of their abode is by making the most of lighting.
This is according to Louise Rocco, interior stylist and managing director at Hot House Interiors, who said lighting plays a key role in the kitchen in particular and it can be cleverly used to make smaller spaces seem bigger.
Practical lighting, such as under-cabinet fixtures, helps to ensure your work surfaces are well lit, while shelf lighting can make a room seem taller by filtering light down from above, Ms Rocco explained.
She added: "Lighting channels fitted beneath shelving is a great way to achieve this, plus are a discreet solution that can double up as both task and mood lighting."
It may also be wise for householders to consider window treatments to make their kitchen feel lighter and airier and the expert claimed cafe style shutters are a "wonderfully striking", cost-effective solution.
As they are only fitted to half of the window, the shutters could further be used in bathrooms, due to the fact they provide plenty of privacy at the same time as maximising the amount of light available.
Another way to make a real impression on any guests to your home is by fitting bamboo flooring, as the material is sure to complement any changes you make to lighting in your bathroom or kitchen.
Possibly the most unique choice on the market, the surface is often a talking point and can make any room stand out. In addition, it can be purchased in a wealth of styles, from strand woven to vertical bamboo and engineered bamboo floors, while it comes in various exotic shades.
Intense black colours are a favourite among property owners looking to add real personality to their houses, while if your goal is to create more space and light in a room, light golden bamboo floors could be more appropriate.
Because the material is made from grass - instead of wood - it is a highly environmentally-friendly choice, as no plantation has been damaged in the production process.