More than a quarter of British homeowners are unhappy with their home’s appearance, new research has revealed.
The study of 2,000 people by OnePoll, which was commissioned by David Village Lighting, found that a lack of daylight, poor paintwork and not enough space were significant reasons why homeowners disliked how their home looked.
Moreover, around one eighth of respondents considered their home to be a “stressful” place, while one in three revealed that more work was needed on their home to optimise the space they had.
Optimising Your Space
Self build and renovation projects can help you make the most of your space and provide you with a more relaxing environment to live in.
To optimise your space you can do a number of things, such as:
- Knocking down internal walls
- Building out into the garden with an extension
- Making use of existing redundant spaces
- Converting your garage or loft into a habitable room
(MORE: Complete guide to renovating a house)
The OnePoll findings also revealed that to try and maximise their space, one in five adults have made furniture adjustments and 44% have strategically positioned mirrors around the house.
A spokesperson for David Village Lighting said of the findings: “Our homes reflect our personalities, so it’s important to make the most of what you have, even if space is at a premium. A homeowner should never feel like their dream aesthetic is unachievable.”
The OnePoll survey revealed these were the top seven ways people tried to improve their homes:
- Lighting of different colours and strength
- Adding plants and flowers
- Painting walls a different colour
- Purchasing new furniture
- Using mirrors to create the illusion of more space
- The placement of ornaments or art
- Improving technology such as sound system