30th April 2018

Styling Tips That Add Value To Your Home

Styling Tips That Add Value To Your Home

We all know moving house can be an equally exciting and stressful time. One of the most frustrating parts can be when nothing is actually happening. Yes, solicitors and surveyors can slow the process down and be a pain, but nowhere near as testing as being stuck in a house you’re ready to leave while it sits on the market for years.

We’ve put together a few styling tips, carefully selected to cost you very little, or nothing at all, to increase your viewings and minimise the amount of time your house is on the market. Do them right and you’ll also maximise the sale price!  

Use fresh eyes to create kerb appeal

Most of us walk in and out of our house every day. This creates a familiarity that can blind us to potential problems. Ask a friend or relative to give you an honest assessment of the front of your house. Does it look tired? Do they find anything unsightly or annoying? First impressions count.

Armed with this new information you can start to freshen up the appearance. As well as tackling anything specific, you should consider revitalising your paintwork and updating worn door furniture. You should also repair any cladding or repoint any brickwork that’s a bit worse for wear. If it suits the style of your property, you can even consider adding a trellis to the front wall, which could hide any unsightly marks, and help to soften the look of your exterior.

Get rid of clutter and create a flow

The best way to arrange your furniture for the way you live doesn’t always match the best arrangement to compliment the property. Get rid of all non-essentials to create as much open space as possible. Use ornaments and accessories sparingly, and ensure they all compliment each other and the soft furnishings. If your TV overpowers your living room think about using a smaller one while you’re having viewings.

If you buy any accessories or soft furnishings to refresh your home, make sure you really like them because while they may frame the homebuyers’ perception of your property, you’ll be taking them with you.

Carry out all the easy fixes

Sometimes minor things can accumulate to change someone’s perception of your home. Retouch peeling paint. Oil squeaky doors. Clean your windows. Replace discoloured silicone in the kitchen and bathroom. Bang some nails into squeaky floorboards. Do any of your kitchen or bathroom taps look like they’ve seen better days? Replace them.

Walk around your house with a pen and pad and make a note of any small faults you can easily fix, even the ones you’re used to living with.

Kitchens sell houses

If you have any money to spend on refreshing your property, the kitchen is usually the safest bet. For many families, the kitchen represents the hub of the house. The more appealing it looks the more likely someone is to fall in love with your house.

You can spruce up your kitchen by replacing cupboard doors, adding some flowers or pictures, and getting rid of unnecessary items from your work surfaces.

Choose what works for you

There are many other tips to help increase the likelihood of selling your house for the desired price. If you can’t afford to add extra space by getting an extension or conservatory, getting planning permission can remove uncertainty for potential buyers and add more value. If you have a narrow hallway, use mirrors to create a feeling of space.

Don’t forget to ensure your house smells good before anyone crosses the threshold. Whether it’s fresh air, flowers, or baking bread, a pleasant smell tackles another sense. The list is endless depending on your budget and property. The key is to pick the ones that work for you.

19th April 2018

How to get a good nights sleep

How to get a good nights sleep

Many of us complain how tired we are. We work more and rest less. There is pressure from social media to do as much as possible with your waking time; bake cupcakes, watch that popular Netflix series, train for a half-marathon, spend “quality time” with friends and family, photograph everything - you get the idea.

When it comes to sleep, most of us find it hard to wind down and switch off after a long day. To help you get a good nights sleep, and maximise your rest, we’ve come up with a few suggestions...


It sounds so simple, but if your room is full of clutter, your mind will fasten on to the clutter around you and you’ll start to think about all the unfinished tasks, chores and errands you have left on your to-do list.

A decluttered room results in a more decluttered mind, which is perfect when you are trying to unwind. The last thing you need at bedtime is to be distracted by your own thoughts. If you have a lot of things that you want to keep in your room then consider investing in some smart storage options. Aim for smooth edges and minimalistic styles to create an undisturbed, organised and calm atmosphere.

Turn it off!

No, we’re not talking about the bedside lamp. Try to create a device-free zone in your bedroom. If you have a television in your bedroom, move it out! If that’s not an option then at least keep it switched off in the evenings. You should make the bedroom a sanctuary. A retreat from the outside world. This means no phones, tablets or laptops either. If you usually have your phone as an alarm, invest in a bedside alarm clock instead, and thank us later.

Studies have shown that the blue light which emanates from our smartphones can cause insomnia. This is because it confuses our brains into thinking that it is daytime, and fires up our synapses, making us alert rather than relaxed.

Comfort is king

It may sound obvious, but a comfortable bed makes all the difference. It’s amazing how many of us won’t think twice when it comes to splashing lots of money on a car, or shoes, but when it comes to a bed (which is designed to last a long time!) we are reluctant to spend a lot of money on it, despite the fact that on average human spends a third of their lifetime in bed! So, take yourself to a reputable furniture store, test out some mattresses, and invest in a good nights sleep!

A restful atmosphere

There is plenty written about how to choose the right interiors for a bedroom, such as to avoid loud, busy patterns, and aim for calm shades. There might be a feature wall, which can have a more exciting design and is more often than not placed behind the headboard, and out of view when you are in bed. But, on the whole, the bedroom should project a restful environment, without distractions.

Generally speaking, blues, whites and greys create a relaxing atmosphere, while reds and oranges should be avoided. Another way to create a restful tone is to bring in some plants, as they contribute to a feeling of freshness and clean air, which helps us to breathe deeper and relax, perhaps without even being fully aware of it.

Making changes can be tough, mainly because it can feel overwhelming just trying to get started. Start small, by testing out one of the tips above. Even if you only apply one or two of the suggestions from this article, it should lead to a better nights sleep, which is something everyone can benefit from. 

27th March 2018

Seven Scandinavian Trends for 2018

Seven Scandinavian Trends for 2018

Scandinavian inspired decor has continued to grow in popularity over the last few years’. The clean, minimalist look, teamed with soft, romantic, decorative accents is something many of us strive for. But, what are the top trends to watch out for this year? Here, we give you the lowdown...

1. Renewable

We cannot make a list of Scandinavian interior design trends without first looking to IKEA. In March 2018 they launched a limited edition collection called INNEHÅLLSRIK. In a unique collaboration with their partners in India, this new line of handwoven baskets and broidery promotes renewable textiles. Caring for the environment speaks to the Scandinavian subconscious, as well as using nature’s offerings to create a home. The beauty lies in the natural materials, as well as in the strong women who skillfully create them.

2. Bold as brass

This year we can expect to see a great deal of brass elements in Scandinavian interiors. However, whereas we usually associate brass with an industrial style, 2018 sees it paired with rich greens and beautiful blues, in a nod to 1920s vintage and Hollywood glamour. Swedish interior designer Parvin Sharifi uses brass in many of her projects. She shares inspiring photos of her Stockholm apartment on Instagram, which serves to inspire design-hungry Scandinavians.

3. Bring in the garden

The Scandinavian love of nature extends beyond being outside in the breathtaking fjords and beautiful landscapes. A Scandinavian home is not complete without some houseplants, as they bring the calm and purity of nature with them.

4. Hygge? Mys!

The Swedish answer to the much-loved Danish hygge is mys. Similar to hygge, mys (pronounced “mees”) is used to describe that feeling you have after a long day at work, when you come home and cosy up. Swedes even call their comfiest trousers their mysbyxor (literally cosy-trousers). Friday evenings are reserved for fredagsmys (Friday-cosiness), where families, friends and even parties of one, will set out a bowl of crisps and watch a film together. Cosiness is key, and Swedes keep their living room stocked with comfy blankets and inviting candles, to maximise the mys-factor.

5. A blank canvas

We are seeing more and more colour-free interiors, often with the added element of an accent colour, sparingly used. Life itself adds the colour to the rooms. By using beiges and greys together with white, the room is an airy blank canvas, ready for anything.

6. Function over form<

You can rely on Scandinavians to choose something for its function first, and then find a way to incorporate it into the design of their home. Ever practical, Scandinavian interior design celebrates the form of useful items, not by hiding them away, but by giving them a pivotal placing within their layout.

7. Industrial is here to stay

The stark contrast of industry and comfort has somehow created a harmony once it is injected into our living spaces. Concrete, exposed metal pipes and well placed industrial style lights work together with our everyday amenities to create a perfect balance. It is oddly calming to our senses, despite the cacophony we might otherwise associate with industry.

19th March 2018

Huge Winter Giveaway

Huge Winter Giveaway

Just as we did last year, this year we decided to not only extend our Winter sale up until the end of February, but we also gave away four fantastic prizes!

We love nothing more than to brighten up the dark, cold months of Winter with a super prize giveaway. As such, we decided to give away one prize each week to a lucky local winner. We did this through our Facebook page, which you can find here.

The prizes we gave away included:

Week 1: Witney Coffee Table worth £279.99 – won by Samantha Johnson

Week 2: Royal Oak Shelf Unit worth £199.99 - won by Clare Howitt

Week 3: Hayworth Lamp worth £139.99 – won by Michelle Lee

Week 4: Lichfield Button Back Chair worth £199.99 – won by Kimberley Harriss

We’d love to thank everyone who took part in our competitions and would urge you to keep up to date with all the latest news, and competitions on our Facebook page here.

26th February 2018

5 Easy Ways to Prep the House for Spring

5 Easy Ways to Prep the House for Spring

Spring has nearly sprung, so it’s time to get the house in order. Dust off those shelves and neaten the colder crooks of the house as the sun shall soon be shining upon us – at least, that’s what we’re hoping!

Come rain or shine; there’s a variety of super simple touch-ups that can give your home that extra sparkle, just in time for stepping back into the real world. The time for hibernation is over, let’s pull back the curtains with renewed vigour, and a spring firmly in our step

Hitting the Spring Refresh

Spring is a favourite time of year: time to cleanse ourselves of previous follies and kick-start the path to summer. No longer must cleaning be a chore; get a concrete plan in place, check those must-clean spots before getting down to business.

Spring cleaning should never be a one-person job – with a simple checklist to hand, get the family involved and have the task finished quick-smart.

With the right approach – and a few helping hands – you can have your house spick-and-span and ready for visitors in no time. It will be so fresh you can almost taste those Summer Cup cocktails.

Spring Greens

Why clean if not to complement with the right interior? Come spring, come green, so source some flora and have the house mirroring the outdoors. Injecting life into the décor is a wonderful way to add a sense of breathability to a room, revitalising tired spaces and ensuring an oxygen-filled home.

What better way to relax post-cleanse than with a few calming breaths amidst the foliage?

Accessorised Interiors

Spring is a time for clean lines and minimalist surrounds – toss out the heavy throws and replace with lighter blankets; utilise wall space for patterned hangings and seek coloured glass for some considered candle holders. Light-filled rooms love light-touch ornaments – and spring 2018 is all about the zen.

Rediscover the Outdoors

Spring is as much about stepping back into the open air as it is refreshing the indoors, so seek items that fit equally well in a bright, airy conservatory as within your tropically-inspired walled garden. Upbeat colourways, silk road candlesticks and teak chairs beautifully match the rustic vibes we’re sure to see this year so that carefully-curated garden furniture could become a mainstay of your spring.

Nostalgia for the Coast

Memories of childhood Easter holidays by the ocean, sand-covered shoes being trawled through the house – these are sure to influence our modest dwellings. Expect seaside blues and sailor stripes to adorn many-an-enclave of our homes with weathered woods contrasting metallic faucets to bring a nautical nostalgia, and crisp lines providing a geometric symmetry in the bathroom space.


Spring is the time to reboot, refresh and get creative. The previous year has well and truly vanished into the ether; we are all about looking forward. Ring in new designs and prepare to experiment, for it is rare we are afforded the flexibility of these early-year months. The busyness of summer is yet to take over – be sure to take a moment to relish the spring-calm.

2nd February 2018

Competition Time at Hills - 2018

Competition Time at Hills

February is turning out to be an exciting time here at Hills Furniture Store. Not only have we extended our sale, but we’re hosting four competitions – One each week of this month!

The first competition will start on Friday 02/02/18, and we’ll announce the winner the following Wednesday. We’ll then continue with another completion each Friday. All you have to do is share, like and comment on our competition post! It couldn’t be easier.

See our Facebook page here.

Prizes to be won:
Week 1: Witney Dining Coffee Table worth £279.99
Week 2: To Be Confirmed
Week 3: To Be Confirmed
Week 4: To Be Confirmed

Terms and conditions

1. The promoter is: Hills Retail Stores Ltd (company no. 2904363)] whose registered address is 5-6 Bridge Street, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 1XA.
2. Employees of Hills Furniture Store or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via
5. The closing date is stated on each individual prize draw or competition. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
7. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
8. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
9. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
10. Winners will be chosen by an independent adjudicator or panel of judges appointed by the Promoter.
11. Entrants must be within a 30 mile radius of Hills Furniture Store to be eligible to win.
12. Winner(s) will be notified via Facebook within 4 weeks of the closing date. Following such notification, the winner will be required to send the Promoter their full contact details to arrange delivery of the prize.
13. If the Promoter cannot: (i) contact the winner (via the details provided at the date of entry) within a reasonable period of time (to be established at the Promoter's sole discretion); or (ii) the winner does not return full contact to the Promoter within 14 days of notification that they have won the Prize, the Promoter reserves the right to re-draw a winner of the Promotion and thereafter until a winner on these terms is found.
14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
18. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
19. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Hills Furniture Store and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found here.

29th January 2018

The hallway: just an entrance into the house, or an insight into your home?

The hallway: just an entrance into the house, or an insight into your home?

For those who don’t see the value in decorating this purgatory-like space, think again. This is a prized area for creative expression and one which should hold no limits when it comes to stylish re-imagination.

So, what are you waiting for?

Creative Cupboards

There’s an uplifting sense of achievement when we make use of those seemingly redundant spaces; when we add a little surprise thanks to locating hidden depths within the wall.

Be it under a stairwell or built into the side, utilising unexpected space not only serves its purely functional needs. It also adds a welcoming, homely vibe as one enters the property, immediately seeing a bench on which to relax.

Statement Stairwell

Every feature of your house must be viewed as an asset, and while a stairwell could be regarded as more of an eyesore than a statement piece, why not inject colour into its appearance with a well-chosen carpet.

Nothing sparks the imagination like a vibrant stair-runner, converting an understated corridor into a burgundy paradise. Bottoms up to the brave!

The Illusion of Space

By their very nature, hallways lack width. But what one lacks in stature, one can make up for in presentation.

Installing a generously-proportioned mirror can bring a spacious luminosity to even the most cramped of environments, with the reflection allaying any looming fears of claustrophobia. Plus, when you get home looking a bit wind dishevelled, tidying oneself up becomes that much simpler.

Grand Openings

Where light is at a premium, be open-minded with how you design the entrance; and pay close attention to your doorway.

A grand entrance into the home sets the stage for what’s to come, flooding the interior with light, and even laying the focus on other decorations – like the 19th-century landscape painting, perhaps.

Where Walls are not Walls

Contemporary homes are all about the intelligent use square-meterage, with open-plan living affording a seamless flow from room-to-room. However, we are not all so lucky as to have an expanse to serve as a kitchen-cum-living space.

That’s not to say we can’t introduce our own sense of conviviality through an unconventional choice of wall and one that is coming into fashion is the stretched glass façade. Part open-plan, part room divide – all light-filled beauty. The effect defines each area without restricting your field of vision, which can be an excellent way of bringing a flow back into those awkwardly-tight areas.

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Don’t let the constraints of conventional wisdom limit your ambition in the hallway. Taking inspiration from what you see around, there is all manner of grand designs you can apply to such a unique space.

Few rooms in your home have such strict limitations to work within, which can be a godsend when toying with multiple creative ideas.

21st January 2018

Style Inspiration from Meghan Markle

Style Inspiration from Meghan Markle

Taking a cue from the latest hysteria to grip Great Britain, it seems we finally have reason to be cheery; and about time too, as winter drags its heels.

A royal wedding is upon us, so why not use it as an excuse to see how Ms Markle’s styles can brighten up our days. While she may have taken a leave of absence from social media in recent times, her legacy of lifestyle inspiration lives on.

The Cosy Canadian
Markle is a massive advocate of the Danish-style hygge concept bringing that sense of intimate cosiness into every room. Think woollen cushions, inviting throws and faux-fur rugs to add an inviting warmth throughout the house – maybe winter isn’t so terrible, after all.

Mix & Match
It’s not all about Danish minimalism. The future Mrs Windsor also enjoys adding a touch of flair to her house through antiquated pieces with a story to tell, such as the timeless mirror seen in the image above. You could even blend styles and go with the similarly adventurous animal ornaments, like those that appear to adorn Megan’s walls.

One thing is clear: there is no single approach as far as the Hollywood superstar is concerned.

If the shoe fits…
If you’re lucky enough to have several pairs of wonderfully elegant shoes amongst your collection, why wouldn’t you place them front and centre?!

Meghan dedicates a whole wall to her variety of high-heeled creations, offering a colourful, decorative backdrop that extends beyond her wardrobe.

Pets Allowed
While she prizes the elegant nature of her interior decor, every home must make space for a four-legged friend (or two).

Plumped-up corner-sofas complement the angles of many rooms and create a beautifully social space for friends to congregate at the end of a hard day, perhaps with a glass of Tinto in hand. Plus, there’s no better space for the pets to recline – or look wistfully into the camera – than from a comfy-looking couch.

Bring Colour from the Outdoors
Why not liven up the indoors with a vibrant, blooming bouquet? Meghan is certainly no stranger to the flower shop.

Minimalist interiors are incredibly soothing environments in which to wind down after a day on a movie set (or the office), but adding flashes of colour through touches such as this can bring a freshness to a room that brightens the soul without dizzying the mind.

Rugs & Chairs, Everywhere
Imagine curling up in your favourite chair, pulling a rug over your shoulders as you drift into a daze. A dream sure to occur in Toronto.

Adding a variety of chairs to one’s home not only means there’s no shortage of places to sit but also brings personality to each room as you roam through different styles. Use throws, rugs and cushions to keep things original, but beware: the dog may get more use of it than you do!

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It’s no surprise Meghan Markle was a star-in-the-making way before she met Harry. Her style was worthy of the multiple online destinations where it featured – it’s just a shame that the days of her design-inspiration may be numbered!

12th December 2017

Christmas at Hills Furniture Store

Christmas at Hills Furniture Store

The Hills Furniture Store in Spalding, Lincolnshire will be closed for Christmas from 21st December and will reopen on Wednesday 27th December with our huge winter sale.

Here’s a full list of our opening times:

December 21st / 22nd / 23rd / 24th ……Closed
Christmas Day…………………………….Closed
Boxing Day………………………………...Closed
Wednesday 27th December……………..9.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday 28th December………………..9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 29th December……………………9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 30th……………………………..9.00am – 5.00pm
New Years Eve…………………………..10.00am – 3.00pm
New Years Day……………………………Closed
Tuesday 2nd January…………………….9.00am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 3rd January…………………9.00am – 5.00pm

We’ll be uploading our sale brochure shortly, which you’ll be able to download on our site. However, we urge you to come in store to see all of the truly great offers we have on across all departments, including dining room, lounge, bedroom and accessories.

What’s more, with great savings, interest-free credit and free delivery you can’t go wrong.

From everyone at Hills, we’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

5th December 2017

2018 Interior Design Trends

2018 Interior Design Trends

With the excitement of Christmas on the horizon, it might seem odd to be turning attention to what lies in store next year. Yet, having experienced so many trends over the past twelve months, the time felt right to share our predictions for 2018.

Having witnessed the advent of Hygge, myriad mind-bending patterns, and the arrival of the impulsive Amazon’s Alexa - each of which has deeply influenced our interior inspiration - let us predict which key trends will unfold over the coming months.

Mixing it up in the kitchen

The age of white is over. All hail the arrival of mixed-material kitchens.

While many of us have worshipped our minimalist kitchens for far too many years, a few are finally bucking the trend to re-introduce their personality to the space. Open-plan living has become commonplace in the modern home, which is reflected in livelier kitchen designs that actually invite the family’s company thanks to a newfound warmth.

No more mono-chromatic indifference, it is time to embrace the blend.

Statement artworks

No longer will the home be dominated by subtle colours and understated artworks. Welcome to the age of the centre-piece.

As a new generation comes of home-ownership age, statement artistic endeavours are gracing the interiors of their stylish abodes. Rather than timeless artefacts, expect modernist masterpieces to dominate the walls creating a distinct visual impact on arrival and dictating the overall design.

Bring on the greenery

As we’re continually encouraged to show a more mindful appreciation of our own well-being, it’s of no small importance that pot-plants and hanging gardens are making a come-back. Why not bring fresh oxygen into your workspace with a wallflower with which to share your deepest, darkest secrets (we all do that, right?).

A flash of green not only helps ease stress, it also creates a sense of outdoors indoors to boost general feelings of wellness. An elegant evolution of 2017’s big trend.

Millennial pink

While green remains resigned to the pots, pink is hitting the big time. Perhaps not to the scale of a house, but it will certainly be visible in many an interior.

A further generational influence coming to the fore, forget ageless avocado bathrooms or the peachy walls of yore. It’s time for millennial pink.

The colour has been out in force for a few years, but it is only just coming into play in our homes as millennials reach a golden age.

Designer touches in unexpected places

As we experience continued innovation in how we use the home, why not transfer this into how we conceptualise its look? Expect designs to cross borders and expand to flooring, with patterns to complement the eclectic nature of the spaces in which we live.

Our lives are marching forward at an ever-quicker pace, it’s time our interiors caught up with this progressive ambition.

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Who knows which way next year will turn out, but we’re sure to see any number of exciting flourishes and original interior design.

Vibrant colours, unexpected technologies, or a return to more natural roots – whatever the outcome, 2018 is sure to be a year like no other.

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