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  1. Five Clever Tricks To Maximise A Small Space

    We all dream of having a large luxurious kitchen and bathroom space, but this isn’t always possible in reality. If you’ve got poky kitchen or bathroom, you may be thinking that there’s nothing you can do to revive your small space. But in this post, Oakland Leicester show you some sneaky tricks to help you create a kitchen or bathroom design that really makes the most of the space you have available.

    1. Colours

    A small room can be opened up and appear larger if you adopt a light, pastel or neutral colour scheme. You can still personalise it with small accessories and personal touches. If you have windows in the room, make the most out of them; use blinds or drapes as little as possible and let the light stream in. Artificial lighting can make people feel trapped and closed in; natural sunlight lifts the spirits and creates the illusion of feeling closer to the outdoors, and therefore more free.

    2. Focal Point

    If you’ve kept the rest of the décor plain and neutral, create a focal point that will catch the eye. Perhaps a splash of colour in the form of a kitchen or bathroom splashback, a decorative mirror or a piece of artwork of your choice. If people are focusing on your focal point enough, they’re less likely to notice how small the rest of the space is!

    3. Corners

    The corners of rooms are often overlooked, but utilising them can really help you with storage and space. Don’t just install cupboards along the walls – install them in the corners too. Try adding a corner cupboard or drawers to your kitchen or even a corner sink in your bathroom.

    4. Underfloor Heating

    Underfloor heating is a great way to maximise space; it’s particularly popular in bathrooms. The entire heating system is under foot, so there’s no need for big clunky radiators taking up precious space. Here at Oakland Leicester, we supply and fit underfloor heating in association with Nu-Heat.

    5. Minimise Clutter

    Obviously we understand that this is easier said than done. But it’s more important than even to keep smaller rooms neat and tidy. For your kitchen, dedicate one cupboard to housing all of your appliances, so they’re easily accessible but hidden away when not needed. In the bathroom, try to keep only what you require on a daily basis in the room itself and your other, non-essential toiletries in a larger room elsewhere.

    Oakland Leicester are interior specialists, designing, supplying and installing high quality kitchens. If you’re looking for a designer kitchen in Leicester, get in touch with us today on 0116 2772252 or contact us online.

  2. The Benefits Of Renewable Energy In Your Home

    A poll funded by the UK Energy Research Centre revealed that there is strong support among the British public for renewable energy, and for reducing energy usage generally. The research, which was led by Professor Nick Pidgeon, involved Cardiff and Nottingham universities. It was also the first study to be conducted that specifically looked at the public’s attitudes regarding changes to the UK’s energy system.

    Over three quarters of the public (79%) support a reduced reliance on fossil fuels, but some 82% are also worried that the UK relies too heavily on getting its energy from overseas. Solar energy (85%) was favoured over wind energy (75%), with over 80% saying that they were looking to cut their energy usage. Nuclear energy was found to be not so popular, with around half of those polled saying they’d oppose plans for a nuclear power station being built in their area.

    The survey covered people’s views on energy changes in England, Scotland and Wales and involved the questioning of two thousand people, taking 30 months to complete. Questions ranged from asking people about their views on smart meters to heating systems, and even on greener forms of transport such as electric vehicles.

    One thing the survey showed was that there is still a need to educate the public regarding carbon capture and storage (CCS), as nearly half of those surveyed were unaware of what exactly CCS entailed. Though the British government still has some work to do on convincing the general public about the benefits of nuclear energy, the overwhelming findings showed that the British public support decarbonisation and the utilisation of greener forms of energy in the coming decades.

    There are a number of solutions for reducing your home’s energy usage; you’ll find a large chunk of your energy bills go on heating, and underfloor heating can be a great way to combat this. Heating incredibly efficiently from the ground up, they heat rooms in your home far more effectively than standard radiators and use less energy to do – and can be a great solution when combined with solar panels to generate your home’s electricity.

    As well as providing underfloor heating, we here at Oakland Services can supply everything you need for an ideal bathroom or kitchen renovation. Both of these rooms can benefit with luxurious, yet affordable, underfloor heating being installed, so for more information simply browse our website, contact us online or call us on 0116 2772252.

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