Author: WJ London

Want to give your home a trendy makeover? Adding accent colours to a room is a great way to alter its ambience without spending a fortune. By adding little splashes of colour, it helps to enhance the look of existing colour schemes, giving the room a more modern, stylish feel.

If you’re new to accent colours don’t worry, it’s pretty simple to use them throughout the home. To help, below you’ll discover some top tips for adding accent colours to a room.

Choosing the best accent colour

In order to make sure the accent colour effectively enhances the room, you’re going to need to choose the colour wisely. The key thing to remember is that the accent colour should complement your existing colour scheme. You’ll typically find bright colours work best as an accent colour and they give you the opportunity to really experiment with colours you wouldn’t feel comfortable using in large quantities. Think purples, reds and yellows.

Take your time to find the best complementing accent colour which will fit in perfectly with your existing colour scheme.

Adding colour with fabrics

There are many ways to add accent colours to a room and fabrics are one of the best. Say you’re going with a red accent colour. You can use rugs, throws and cushions to add a splash of colour to the room. You could also use red curtains from a high-quality supplier such as Direct Blinds.

Fabrics are inexpensive, yet they have the power to really enhance the look of a room; especially if you use strong accent colours.

Other great ways to add accent colours to a room

As well as using fabrics and paint, there are lots of other ways to add accent colours to a room. For example, you could use flowers to add a subtle accent colour. A fresh bouquet on the kitchen table will add pops of colour, while also adding a beautiful scent into the room too. You could also use artificial flowers for the same effect.

Artwork can also help to add colour to the room. As well as adding a splash of colour, they also help to bring your personality into the room. You’ll find a huge choice of different artworks out there, so you should easily find something to complement your existing colour scheme.

Overall, adding accent colours into the room isn’t as difficult as you might think. The above is some of the best ways to do it without spending a fortune. The key is to focus on adding little splashes of colour that complement your interior design. You can use fabrics, artwork, paint, flowers and accessories to achieve the desired effect.

Once Christmas is over, the tree is taken down and the last coffee cream-flavoured chocolate has been put out of its misery, it’s time to think about your summer holiday. This might seem like a tall order, especially when you’re looking over your bank and credit card statements, but good financial planning starts early. It also (unfortunately) starts with the boring part – paying off debt!

Spend January working on your Christmas debt

Hopefully, you don’t have too much debt because you used a budget calculator before Christmas last year to avoid overspending. Even if you’re pretty much in the black, you may still have some lingering credit card balances or a small overdraft, so work on reducing or eliminating these hangers-on so that you’re as free as possible.

Have a dry month

Everyone else is doing Dry January, so why not follow the crowds for once? You might find you have no choice anyway if all your mates have sworn themselves off the sauce until February! Think about how much you spend on those cheeky Martinis after work on a Wednesday, as well as how much more you spend on a Saturday, then put these amounts towards debts or savings. Don’t live like a hermit, though, or you’ll end up splurging sometime around January 20 and you’ll ruin all your good work. Organise a cheap pot luck night or have an evening of board games.

Start thinking about next Christmas

Seriously. You can’t start early enough! Scour the sales for anything that you know will come in handy next Christmas. Only buy it if it’s got a steep discount (at least 50% off) and won’t go off or look dated by December. If you’ve already stolen a bit of a march here, then you won’t feel so restricted when you think about summer hols.

Start looking for cheap flights

If you have a destination in mind, or even if you don’t, then start looking for flights and accommodation deals. Depending on the season you plan to travel in, there’s an ideal flight booking window of time. For summer it’s around 45-50 days before the date of travel, so you do have some wiggle room. Of course, you might prefer to hold out for a last-minute deal, but if you don’t know what the going rates for flights and villas are, then you won’t know a good deal when you see one.

Deposit savings into an international card or account

If you know which currency you’ll be using on your holiday, then you can start converting small amounts as you save them. If you turn down a night out, convert the £40 you would have spent into your destination currency. If you decide to buy fewer cakes and coffees at lunchtime at work, then deposit the £2, £3 and so on into your prepaid international card. Watch out for Brexit news, because whatever happens it’ll affect the value of the pound and it might be worth converting your travel money into Sterling and back again if there are big movements.

2019 marks 500 years since the city of Havana was founded. In this auspicious year, a London pop up experience is celebrating in the quintessentially Cuban way -  with live music, salsa dancing, and rum. Having launched in late 2018, Last Nights Of Havana brings the distinctive tastes, sounds and spirit of pre-revolution Cuba to Tobacco Dock and is the perfect place to pay homage to this legendary city.

Originally known as Villa de San Cristobal de La Habana, 1519 was the year in which Havana was founded by Spanish settlers, making it the seventh village of Cuba. This city, which buzzes with music and is rich in colour and culture, is celebrating by restoring some of its historic building and planning a huge programme of parties, cultural events and concerts. Last Nights Of Havana will run for a limited number of nights this Spring, allowing Londoners to enjoy a taste of these celebrations.

A celebration of rum, jazz, dance and decadence, Last Nights of Havana brings the glamour of pre-revolution Cuba straight to London's Tobacco Dock. Guests can dance the night away with professional salsa dancers and enjoy live jazz from Cuban-born band Sambroso Sambroso, while sipping on delicious rum cocktails and munching authentic Cuban street food.

The party season is officially upon us. Christmas and the New Year provide us two great reasons to get together with friends, family and colleagues to celebrate. So, the chances are that, over the coming week or so, you are going to be invited for drinks, a special meal or a celebratory party. Now, is a great time to make sure you are ready to attend those special events. Putting off doing this any longer is just going to leave you stressed and having to buy an outfit that you are not 100% happy with. With this in mind, we have put together this quick checklist style article to help you to get party ready, as soon as possible.

Sort out your dress or outfit

Getting your party outfit out and trying everything on, right now, is a good idea. This is the only way to be certain that everything fits, is in good condition and looks good together. If you do it right now, you will have enough time to remedy any issues you find. There is plenty of partywear available at JD Williams, so finding what you need will not be an issue. It should only take you 30 or 40 minutes to find the perfect dress and accessories and place your order.  

Book a hair appointment

At this time of the year, hairdressers get very busy. So, if you have not already done so, book yourself an appointment with your favourite salon. It is worth setting aside some extra time and cash to have your hair coloured or deep-conditioned.

Enjoy some spa or beauty treatments

Do the same for your skin. Treat yourself to some deep-cleansing and conditioning treatments. This will help you to look your very best in the photos.

Remember to book yourself an appointment to get any hair removal that you need to be done. If you will be leaving your arms or legs bare, consider having a spray tan as well.

Top up your personal care products

Double-check that you have plenty of your skincare and personal beauty products available, at home. Pay particular to your makeup, especially if you are planning to use items that you do not normally wear.

If you are trying out a new look, take the time to do a couple of practice runs. This will help you to tweak things so that your makeup looks flawless for the party. You can find some great party makeup tips and inspiration, here.

Break your shoes in

If you are going to be wearing a new pair of shoes or boots, it is wise to break them in first. You will only have to wear them around the house over the course of a weekend to stretch them enough. When you can get up and dance to your heart’s content you will glad that you took the time to wear them in, a bit.

Some partywear style advice

If you are still not sure what your party look is going to be for this festive season, go online and get some inspiration. There are plenty of party styling articles out there. You should also find this article that I wrote recently about creating a unique evening look helpful too.

Without a doubt trees add something a little special to a home. A nice tree provides an impressive focal point that only gets better as the years pass. Plus, of course they are also good for the environment, your health and the value of your home.

If you have enough space, it really makes sense to turn to a firm like The Tree Center to find one to plant. But, before you do so, it is important to do a little research. If you do not do so, it is all too easy to make the wrong choice. You do not want to end up with a tree that becomes a problem a decade or so down the line.

Here is an overview of the main things you need to consider when buying a tree for your property.

Local rules and regulations

In some parts of the country, the planting of certain types or sizes of trees is prohibited or restricted. So you need to find out what the rules are where you live and comply with them. The last thing you need is the expense of taking down and removing a large tree when your local council suddenly starts applying the law.

Your neighbours

It is also wise to think about how the trees are going to affect neighbouring properties. Just because you can plant trees that will grow to 50ft or more at the end of your garden does not mean that you should just do so. If they block your neighbours light you could still end up in court. Having a protracted argument with your neighbour is never pleasant. So, it is best to think things through and be considerate when choosing which trees you will plant.

The look of the trees at maturity

You also need to understand how big the tree will grow to and how it will look once mature. This will ensure that you do not choose a tree that becomes too big for your garden. If you do not do this the tree trunk could end up partially blocking your driveway or pressing up against your shed.

The tree’s root system

It is also important to take account of what is happening beneath the ground. Most trees have massive root systems that reach out far beyond the canopy. You need to take account of this. If you do not do so, you can easily end up planting a tree whose roots spread into the foundations of outbuildings, even your home.

The cost of maintaining your trees

All trees need some form of maintenance, some more than others. You need to understand what work has to be done, how often it needs doing and how much it is likely to cost. If a mature tree needs cutting you will have little choice but to hire a professional tree surgeon to do the work for you. Doing it yourself could be dangerous. If something were to go wrong the chances are your insurance would not cover you for any injuries or damage caused.