Making your house look more sleek and stylish doesn’t need to be a huge, time consuming, or costly process. There are loads of small improvements you can make to your home that are so simple and straight forward. Here are just a few things that you can do today…

Get big prints (and hang them low)

When selecting artwork for your home, you can basically go one of two ways: you can create a collage look by creating a statement wall of multiple smaller framed prints (read on to find out more about this) or you can go minimal and select one large piece. But in both cases, there’s a golden rule: never hang things too high! Putting pictures too high on the wall draws the eye up and makes rooms look cramped and oddly proportioned.

Create statement frame walls

Can’t decide on just one picture to hang? No problem! Mix and match your prints and make them into a statement wall. The rule with this one is to mix up the shapes of the frames and spend some time moving them around to figure out how they look best.

Use wallpaper tiles to make a statement wall

A lot of people are scared of wallpaper (fair enough, it can get messy!) But those days are over. You can buy wallpaper tiles that come in all kinds of stylish patterns and make wallpapering so much easier – because the tiles are smaller and easier to handle than big wallpaper strips it’s a lot easier to get those tricky patterns lined up neatly. So why not go for it and make that statement wall you’ve always wanted?

Hang curtains high

A lot of people make this mistake, but when it comes to hanging curtains, higher is better. Placing the curtain rail above the window creates the illusion that windows are larger, and it also looks neater because the tops of the windows are covered – what’s more, you don’t need to worry about fitting the rail into the window surround, it’s fine for it to be slightly longer.

Define areas with large rugs

Avoid small rugs, which can divide up a room in a way that makes it seem smaller and instead opt for large rugs, which you can use to define your rooms. This works particularly well in open plan living spaces, where you can use a rug to designate the living area. Also, if you have kids (or dogs) a rug under a coffee table can protect your floor from spills.

Jazz up your front door

Treat your front door the same way you would the rest of your home – after all, it’s the first thing people will see. Paint your door a fun colour or add a quirky door knocker. It’ll look great and double up as an easy way to identify you home to new guests.

Display things in small groups

When displaying ornaments, books, storage container or candles in your home, display them in small groups where possible – this will make the placement of objects look more neat and deliberate and avoids a cluttered appearance.

Read another article about how to improve your home HERE and look out next week for more

This week’s amazing properties include an industrial chic apartment in one of London’s architectural icons, a beautifully refurbished Victorian property available to let and a fantastic Help To Buy opportunity. Read on to find out more about these properties and more…

Buckingham Road, N1

This beautiful semi-detached Victorian house has been completely transformed into a stylish modern family home. Located in the sought-after De Beauvoir Conservation Area, the house also benefits from a large rear garden accessible via tall French windows from the open plan living room/kitchen. The living space on the ground floor features a concealed roll down screen – perfect for family movie time.

A bespoke statement glass staircase leads to the first floor where there are two bedrooms and two luxury bathrooms (including en-suite master bedroom). The second floor would be ideal for guests; there are a further two bedrooms and a luxury shower room.

£1,350 per week. Please get in touch at 020 7288 9109 or read more about this property HERE

Infinity Heights, E8

Infinity Heights, located just off Kingsland Road, is close to great local bars, restaurants and boutique shops, but being tucked close to Kingsland Basin and Regent’s Canal, it is away from the hustle and bustle. Haggerston overground station is a one minute walk away, offering great transport links into central London.

Several apartment in Infinity Heights are eligible for Help To Buy (eligibility criteria apply).

From £450,000. Get in touch to find out more on 020 7226 6611 or learn more HERE 

Ziggurat Building, N1

Located in an architectural icon of Clerkenwell, the Ziggurat Building, this very cool two bedroom loft apartment is packed with stylish industrial features.

The apartment features a large open plan living/dining area, two well proportioned bedrooms, family bathroom and separate utility area. There is also a south/west facing terrace – ideal for catching the sun throughout the day.

The apartment is ideally located, both for the great local bars and restaurants of Clerkenwell, and for access to the rest of the city via nearby Farringdon station.

£1,290,000. Give us a call on 020 7253 2533 or read more HERE 

Essex Road, N1

This beautifully refurbished three bedroom maisonette features an open plan kitchen/living space and a private terrace accessible directly from the master bedroom.

The house has underfloor heating as well as a mechanical ventilation and heat retention system to keep air clean and make the house more energy efficient. Other modern features include electric skylights with rain sensors, a projector system and built-in water softener.

Highbury & Islington and Angel stations are both a short walk away.

£1,200,000. Get in touch on 020 7226 4200 or read more about the property HERE 

As the literary saying goes “books do furnish a room” and it’s so true. We love the way a great book collection can make a house into a home and can add style and panache to your living spaces.

Here are some ways you can transform your beaten up paperbacks, chunky dictionaries and cookbooks into ornamental essentials.

Make a statement shelving wall

Add an amazing amount of storage space to your home, and prevent your living area from getting too cluttered by dedicating a whole wall to storage. You can use the shelving for books as well as an entertainment system, plants and candles. The interesting aesthetic of statement shelving will also draw the eye through the room, helping to make the room appear more spacious.

Create a rainbow bookcase

Organise your books by colour to create a stylish and tidy bookcase. This is a great way to make even scruffy paperbacks look like a style statement.

Have a cosy reading nook

Don’t have spacious open plan rooms that would suit large scale shelving? Not a problem. Create dedicated library areas in smaller rooms by tucking shelves into corners and adding a comfy chair of two.

Get some quirky book ends

What better way to transform your books into ornamental must-haves than by adding some stylish and unusual book ends. You can get some really nice ones from a number of high street homewares stores. The example pictured is from Anthropologie. You can also buy some really unusual book ends (including ones that double up as planters or lights) from online marketplace Etsy.

Don’t forget about coffee table books

Coffee table books can be a great talking point and add a hint of sophistication to your home, artfully arranged they can act like a kind of centre piece to your living area. Just don’t pile them too high!

Floating bookcases are a great space saver

Floating bookcases, which fix only to the wall, free up floor space and give more options, which is especially handy in smaller rooms. Fix floating bookshelves above seating or beds to optimise space and you can always add more later if you need more storage.

Watch this space for more interior design and home improvement tips or read another post HERE 

Two new shared ownership opportunities are coming to Barking & Dagenham.

Launching this Saturday (6 October), Kingsbridge Terraces is a selection of one, two and three bedroom maisonettes and three bedroom houses, all available through shared ownership. The homes will have fully fitted kitchens, integrated appliances and private rear gardens.

Located a two minute walk from the picturesque Greatfields Park and with great transport links from Barking station a ten minute walk away, Kingsbridge Terraces is a great opportunity for first time buyers looking to get onto the London property ladder.

Please get in touch with one of the Shared Ownership team on sharedownership@currell.com or 0207 704 5618 to find out more and book an appointment for the launch.

Leyside, which launched on 29th September, has now opened a beautiful show home. Check out the show home below and please call us on 0207 704 5618 or email at sharedownership@currell.com to register your interest, find out more, or book to visit the show home yourself.

Priority will be given to applicants who live or work in Barking & Dagenham and affordability criteria apply.

Find out more about Kingsbridge Terraces HERE

Find out more about Leyside HERE

This week we have some really stunning properties in Islington, Hackney and Clerkenwell. There are two beautiful family homes for sale as well as two incredible rental opportunities. Read on to learn more about our properties of the week…

Freegrove Road, N7

This amazing six bedroom, four storey Victorian house is situated in the beautiful Hillmarton conservation area. The house has been refurbished in a contemporary style whilst still retaining many period features, including original fireplaces. The dining room opens out directly onto the spacious private garden via French windows and there is a separate double reception room. Well proportioned bedrooms are spread across the first, second and third floor and there is ample built in storage throughout.

£2,100,100

To find out more and arrange a viewing, get in touch at 020 7226 4200 or visit the website to learn more HERE

Lenthall Road, E8

This stylish four bedroom house is located a few minutes walk from vibrant London Fields and Broadway Market, with the amenities of Kingsland Road also within easy reach.

The house has a beautiful, bright dual aspect living room with a separate kitchen and a statement dining room. In addition to three bedrooms on the first floor there is a separate guest bedroom/study on the lower ground floor along with a spacious storage room.

Available early November £1,200 per week.

Call 020 3889 6177 or find out more about this letting HERE

Martin Lane, EC4R

This impressive contemporary apartment is located in the very heart of the city, just moments from Monument station.

The apartment not only has a spacious living/dining area, with alternating mood lighting, but also a dedicated home cinema room. There are two double bedrooms, one en-suite with a walk in wardrobe.

Available now, furnished. £1,100 per week.

To find out more, head over to our website HERE or get in touch at 020 7253 2533 to arrange a viewing

Speldhurst Road, E9

This beautifully refurbished Victorian house in Victoria Park Village is within walking distance of award winning parks, restaurants and pubs. The property is also within the catchment area of excellent primary and secondary schools.

As well as three good sized double bedrooms and a smaller bedroom that would be well suited as a guest room or study, there is also a loft for storage and a rear garden. The lower floor can also be closed off to create an annex flat.

£1,450,000

Read more about this property HERE or get in touch on 020 3222 5555 to arrange a viewing.

This week’s rental highlights include a three storey Victorian house in Hackney, a three bedroom duplex in Highbury and a bright and spacious two bedroom apartment near the Emirates Stadium (calling all football fans!) Read on to find out more about some of this week’s top rental opportunities…

Groombridge Road, E9

This three storey Victorian house is very close to Victoria Park and features a private garden with a conservatory. Three large bedrooms are located on the first floor with a third en-suite bedroom on the top floor.

The house is a short walk to Victoria Park Village and its great boutiques, restaurants and pubs.

Available now. £850 per week. Read more about this property HERE or get in touch at 020 3222 5555

Batchelor Street, N1

This conveniently located two bedroom apartment is just moments from Angel station. Featuring an open plan living room/kitchen with high windows offering loads of natural light and wooden flooring throughout.

As well as being close to excellent transport links from Angel station and numerous bus routes, the property is within walking distance of the restaurants, bars and excellent shopping of Islington.

£650 per week. Find out more HERE or get in touch at 020 7288 9109 to arrange a viewing

Highbury Park, N5

This large three bedroom duplex apartment in Highbury is arranged over the top two floors of an attractive period property. There is a large reception room with wooden floors and a separate kitchen.

£625 per week. Find out more HERE or give us a call on 020 7288 9109

Kingsland Road, E8

 

This well proportioned two bedroom apartment is in a fantastic location, close to both De Beauvoir and London Fields as well as the amenities of Kingsland Road. The property is very well proportioned with a bright and airy reception room and off road parking.

Available 15th October on an unfurnished basis. Find out more about this apartment HERE or get in touch at 020 3889 6177

Drayton Park, N5

A real find for football fans, this bright two double bedroom apartment is located right next to the Emirates Stadium. Handy transport links can be found in walking distance at Holloway Road underground station and Drayton Park station.

Learn more HERE or give us a call on 020 7288 9109

Find more properties to let on our website HERE and check back next week for more rental highlights

Small bathrooms don’t need to feel squashed in and claustrophobic. And you don’t need to knock through walls or create extensions to make your bathroom feel bigger. Here are some top design tips to make a small bathroom feel more spacious and look amazing.

Rounded edges

Rounding the edges on counters and cabinets is a great idea for smaller bathrooms. Not only does it eliminate the risk of painful elbow-knocks, rounded edges also look modern and elegant, creating a more cohesive appearance, which is particularly important in smaller spaces

Bigger is better (for tiles)

Counter-intuitive though it might seem, larger tiles work better in smaller bathrooms. By using wider and larger tiles, you can trick the eye into not noticing the actual size of the space as clearly – small or intricately patterned tiles, in contrast, draw attention to the close dimensions of the space.

Forget about towel rails

Getting rid of towel rails is a simple way to create a bit of extra space in a small bathroom. Instead of intalling a big fixed rail, why not simply add hooks to the back of the bathroom door, or under the sink? You can style the hooks up to make them into a bit of a feature. High street homewares shops such as John Lewis, Habitat and Anthropologie have a fantastic range of stylish and quirky hooks.

Create storage niches in interior walls

Storage niches in interior walls not only look great, they’re a brilliant solution for bathrooms. Use them to store small items such as toiletries, or create a cosy mood by adding candles. You can also add LED lighting to make the space brighter in a subtle and space-saving way.

Install a floating sink

Floating sinks are a great way to add storage space in your bathroom. Unlike sinks with build in cabinets beneath them, floating sinks mean you’re less limited in terms of storage.

Lose the shower curtain

Do you really need a shower door or curtain? Creating more of a ‘wet room’ style bathroom means you don’t have to divide up the space, which will instantly create a more open feel. If you really do need to section off your shower area, go for a clear curtain or glass divider.

Go big on mirrors

A classic trick for making rooms look larger and brighter is to put in a big mirror. This tip holds true for bathrooms as well. Maximise on any natural light and make the room feel more spacious with a big mirror (plus it makes doing your hair and makeup easier too).

Go green

Adding plants to window sills, or placing hanging plants towards the back of a bathroom can help to draw the eye through the room. Tropical plants work best as they love humid environments.

We’ll be posting more design and home style tips in the coming weeks, so come back for more ideas for your home.

This week’s rental highlights include a modern three bed near Old Street, a large Victorian house moments from Broadway Market and a bright and airy one bedroom apartment in Dalston. Read on to find out more and don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team for more information or to arrange a viewing.

Worchester Point

This slick three bedroom apartment in Clerkenwell is located on the fourth floor, offering expansive views from the open plan living room/kitchen. There is a large balcony, accessible from both the living room and the master bedroom as well as a landscaped garden and communal roof terrace. The apartment is available to let now on a furnished basis. £845 per week.

Find more information HERE or get in touch with one of the team at 020 7253 2533 to find out more or to arrange a viewing.

Fremont Street

This amazing Victorian terrace house has three bedrooms and two reception rooms spread over four floors. Situated on a quiet street very close to Victoria Park it’s close to many of Hackney’s award winning parks as well as the great pubs, restaurants and shops of both Victoria Park Village and Broadway Market. The house also benefits from a spacious decked rear garden accessed from the kitchen/diner. Available now on a part furnished basis, £1000 per week.

Check out our website HERE for more information or call 020 3222 5555

Charterhouse Square

This one bedroom apartment is situated in one of London’s sought after 1930s Art Deco buildings. Art Deco features can also be found in the apartemnt itself including an eye-catching white spiral staircase. Tall windows allow for an abundance of natural light and the property has a bright and airy feel throughout. Communal facilities in the building include a large roof terrace, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna and laundry facilities. Available early November on a furnished basis. £425 per week.

Read more about this property HERE or get in touch at 020 7253 2533

Queensbridge Road

This one bedroom apartment is located very close to both London Fields and Broadway Market. The apartment is well proportioned with a bright open plan living room/kitchen (fully fitted) and a modern stylish bathroom along with a spacious double bedroom. Available immediately unfurnished. £350 per week.

Visit our website for more information HERE or give us a call at 020 3889 6177

Barnsbury Terrace

This two bedroom garden flat features an open plan living/dining area offering direct access to the large private garden via French windows. The master bedroom has ample built-in storage and the second bedroom offers flexibility, suitable as either a study, a child’s room or a guest room.

For more information head over to our website HERE or call one of the team on 020 7288 9109

Come back next week for another round up of letting opportunities across London. In the meantime, you can browse other rentals on our website.

This week we’ve selected four really beautiful properties, two for sale and two to let. They include a large semi-detached house to let in De Beauvoir, a great one bed flat a stone’s throw from King’s Cross and two stunning period properties, one Victorian, the other Georgian. Read on to find out more about this week’s properties…

Navarino Road, E8

This large family house has four bedrooms and three reception rooms and is spread over four floors, with high ceilings throughout and fireplaces in several rooms. There is a large (80 ft) rear garden and off street parking in front of the house. Navarino Road is situated a two minute walk from London Fields and the refurbished Lido and a five minute walk to Broadway Market with its boutique clothes shops, independent bookshops and award winning bars and restaurants.

Find out more HERE and please feel free to contact the team on 020 7241 4111 for more information or to arrange a viewing.

Culford Grove, N1

This three double bedroom house is available to let, located in the heart of De Beauvoir. The house has a modern bathroom, plenty of storage throughout and benefits from a private roof terrace. The property is located a few minutes walk from Dalston Junction and the great bars and restaurants of that area, but is located on a quiet residential street away from the hustle and bustle.

Find out more HERE or give one of the team a call on 020 7288 9109

Percy Circus, WC1X

This one bedroom apartment to let features an open plan living room/kitchen with high windows and lots of natural light. There is a modern, stylish bathroom, shash windows throughout and access to the south facing garden. The property is a short walk to King’s Cross station, and the shops, bars and restaurants of Angel and Islington are also within easy reach.

Read more about this property HERE or give us a call on 020 7253 2533 to find out more or arrange a viewing.

Sutton Place, E9

This Grade II listed Georgian house features four double bedrooms, a double reception room (with a marble fireplace), two bathrooms (one en-suite) and a 42 ft south facing garden. The property is a few minutes from Hackney Central station and close to the amenities of Homerton and Hackney Central.

Find out more HERE or get in touch to ask any questions you might have, or arrange a viewing – give us a call on 020 3222 5555

See more properties for sale and to let on our website, and look out next week for another round up of some of our most stand out properties.

The past week was Shared Ownership week. To celebrate, Currell participated in the London Home Show last Saturday where the team raised awareness about the scheme and told people all about the shared ownership properties Currell offers. They let everyone know about how Shared Ownership works and how it can be a great option for first time buyers.

If you can’t afford your first property on the open market, the shared ownership scheme might be right for you. As long as your annual income is less than £90,000 (in London), you can purchase from 25% up to 75% of your home depending on your affordability. You then pay the subsidised rent to the housing association on the remaining share of the property that you do not own. Later you can purchase more shares, or if you choose to move on you can sell your share to another buyer looking to get onto the property ladder with the shared ownership scheme.

There are two Shared Ownership launches coming up. Don’t miss out!

Leyside will be launching on 29th September, offering a selection of two, three and four bedroom houses in Barking & Dagenham. Find out more and register your interest HERE 

Kingsbridge Terraces will be launching on 6th October, offering a selection of two and three bedroom maisonettes and three bedroom houses in Barking & Dagenham. Find out more and register your interest HERE 

Eligibility criteria apply. Please get in touch with our shared ownership team to find out about the scheme benefits and your eligibility. You can email the team at sharedownership@currell.com or call 0207 704 5618