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The last few days have been scorching, and while most of us enjoy the warmer weather, we remain on the lookout for ways to keep cool when the temperature goes up. Here are 5 handy tops to keep cool as a cucumber and stop your home from turning into a furnace throughout this mini heatwave. 

Keep cool at home
Keep cool at home

KEEP COOL AT HOME: WINDOWS CLOSED & BLINDS DOWN

To prevent heat from entering your home, remember to keep your windows closed and your blinds down. What’s the best way to stop heat from coming in? We recommend thermal blinds or heat reflective solar film. They protect your home from the sun and heat while allowing some natural light to pass through. When night falls, it’s a good idea to open your windows. This will create a draught and reduce the temperature so you can get a good night’s sleep in hot weather.

USE PLANTS TO COOL DOWN INTERIORS

Plants help keep temperatures cool

When it comes to keeping temperatures down, plants are an incredible asset. What’s more, they regulate humidity, which helps freshen the air. Imagine a dense forest, where temperatures are much more pleasant and comfortable. We recommend opting for plants that clean the air and are easy to maintain, such as philodendrons, azaleas, ficus, cactus, ivy and ferns. 

To get green fingers:

Browse our selection of fans and air conditioners to keep cool at home here:

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HANG UP WET SHEETS

When temperatures soar, we recommend putting wet sheets and towels on your windows. As the water evaporates, it will help keep your home cool. Another tip: if your floors are made of tiles, stone or concrete, we recommend wetting them. And if you have a paved garden area, hosing it down will help keep the outdoor area a bit cooler. And last but not least, try placing water—in a bucket or basin, for example—at different points around your home.

THE BEDROOM: CHOOSE LIGHTWEIGHT BEDDING

Keep cool at home with linen
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To ensure a good night’s sleep in hot weather, replace your cosy winter duvet with a cotton or linen bedsheet. Do the same with pillowcases whenever temperatures rise. We also suggest spreading a damp sheet over your sofa to cool the space—just don’t forget to remove cushions, throws and other heat traps lurking in the living room.

UNPLUG LAMPS AND ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

When it’s hot outside, you can stop electrical appliances—TVs, computers and ovens, for example—from overheating by simply unplugging them. The same goes for indoor lighting. And as days are now longer, you won’t need extra bulbs heating up your home. Keeping lights to a minimum is better for the planet too.

In the kitchen, avoid using appliances that generate heat and electricity. Instead of using the kettle, oven, cooker or microwave, why not have a refreshing salad and glass of iced tea?

Did you enjoy this article on how to keep cool at home this summer? Why not read our article on 5 outdoor living space design ideas or even our fan buying guide!

Are you going to give some of these tips to keep cool at home a go? Let us know how you get on via Instagram using the #mymanomanoway#manomanouk and #youvegotthis hashtags!

Annually, Pantone sparks design inspiration and creativity across the world with the announcement of their Color of the Year. This universal language of colour is used globally, setting trends and bringing fresh ideas.

Pantone Color of the Year 2021
Pantone Color of the Year 2021

The Pantone Color of the Year 2021 is a combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, reflecting a message of strength and hopefulness. Following a rocky 2020, the marriage of these two colours aims to inspire hope and stability.

Interiors inspiration by ManoMano
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To help turn this design inspiration into a reality, we have put together our top 14 Illuminating Yellow and Ultimate Grey picks so you can bring this uplifting combination to life in your own home!

Living Room Design Inspiration

Pantone Color of the Year 2021: Living Room
Pantone Color of the Year 2021: Living Room

1. 2-seat sofa, £261.99 – 2. Marble coffee table, £89.99 – 3. Grey beanbag, £69.99 – 4. Jute rug, £45.99 – 5. Yellow ottoman, £28.99 6. Yellow Chesterfield armchair, £219.99 – 7. Grey cabinet, £135.99

Pantone design inspiration by ManoMano
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Pantone Bedroom Inspiration

Using the Pantone Color of the Year 2021 hues, you can get creative by playing around new design ideas. Grey and yellow work well together for a variety of interior styles, including accessories for your bedroom.

Pantone Color of the Year 2021: Bedroom
Pantone Color of the Year 2021: Bedroom

Sideboard chest with wicker drawers, £139.99 – 2. Yellow rocking chair, £149.99 – 3. Gold side table, £129.99 – 4. Grey wood bed frame, £289.99 – 5. Knot cushion, £55.00 – 6. Bedside table, £89.00 7. Yellow footstool, £114.99 

Want to take your inspiration to the next level and give your walls a refresh? For your next weekend project, take a look at out our article on 5 projects to transform your home in one (brush)stroke.

Did you enjoy this article on our top design inspiration by the Pantone Color of the Year 2021? Why not read our tips & tricks to create a cosy reading space or even our guide on how to paint a wall!

Are you designing your home in yellow and grey? Share your finished results with us on Instagramusing the #mymanomanoway#manomanouk and #youvegotthis hashtags!

Whether you live in a studio apartment or want to get more out of a small room​​, ManoMano’s small space design ideas will help get your creative ideas flowing. We have put together some of our best products and savvy tips for decorating small spaces on a budget.

Bedroom decor that won’t cost an arm and a leg!

Even those who don’t live in a palace deserve a bedroom that’s comfortable, practical, beautiful and conducive to a perfect night’s sleep.


Here are some tips on how to decorate a small room on a budget:

  • First of all, sort, declutter and keep only the essentials.
  • Optimise your storage: a large shelf, closet or chest of drawers… Your room will appear more spacious if things have been tidied up/hidden.
  • Choose a comfortable bed with soft cushions and light-coloured sheets, which create an open and relaxed space.
  • Consider adding some soft lighting elements (bedside lamp, fairy lights) to create a cosy atmosphere.

Why not do it yourself?

Check out our selection for affordable bedroom furnishings here.

Clever design for small spaces

1. LED moon Lamp, £12.99 – 2. Solid pine bed frame, £126.99
3. Bedside table in mango wood, £94.99

Small space design: make a cosy living room

What’s the golden rule when it comes to furnishing small spaces? Be practical and optimise!

  • For your sofa, opt for a two-seater convertible bed so you can host family and friends or, if you are in a studio, to sleep on at night.
  • Consider getting a small coffee table: to save more space, go for higher instead of wider. And make sure it has extra storage space.
  • If you need extra seating, simply invest in a few footstools for the floor or a single but inviting chair.
  • To maximise space, avoid putting too much on the floor. Instead, opt for space-saving furniture such as shelves, wall-mounted TVs and ceiling lights. The less you have on the floor, the more space you’ll save.
  • And consider adding a touch of nature with some small green plants!
Affordable design ideas for your small living room

1. Knitted pouffe, £111 – 2. Foldable futon sofa bed, £299.99 –
3. Solid mango wood coffee table, £183.99

Our tips on decorating living rooms on a budget:

Are you working on affordable hacks for a small space? Share your finished results with us on Instagram using the #mymanomanoway, #manomanouk and #youvegotthis hashtags!

With Halloween 2020 falling over a weekend and a full moon, we could be in for a real treat. To celebrate, we have put together a frighteningly tempting selection of our top Halloween decorations, from hanging lanterns to inflatable ghouls and novelty accessories for your pets. Read on for some devilish inspiration if you dare…

HALLOWEEN AT MANOMANO: SPOOKILY TEMPTING TREATS

Trick out your home with some of our top Halloween decor, including an inflatable pumpkin and ghost tree, hanging witch hat lights, and a pet Halloween costume!

ManoMano’s spookily tempting Halloween Decorations
  1. Hanging light up witches hat – £7.99
  2. Pumpkin scratching mat for cats – £13.77
  3. Pet bat costume – £7.99
  4. Skeleton arm decoration – £8.45
  5. Skull hand lamp – £6.99
  6. Halloween lamp – £5.99
  7. Scary inflatable tree – £48.99 

HALLOWEEN AT MANOMANO: DEVILISHLY DEVIOUS DEALS

Give your home a simple seasonal makeover this October with some of our festive ideas! We’ve put together some spooktacular deals at our one-stop-shop for the scariest Halloween decorations, for both inside and outside. Pumpkins & ghosts & skulls, oh my!

Devilish deals for ManoMano Halloween Decorations
  1. Trick or treat hanging decoration – £5.99
  2. 4 piece porch decorations – £9.18
  3. Pumpkin lantern string – £4.99
  4. Pumpkin lantern – £12.99
  5. Skull piggy bank – £24.90
  6. Inflatable ghost – £28.99
  7. Skull bandana – £5.99

For further seasonal inspiration and ideas, check out ManoMano’s complete Halloween section.

Did you enjoy this article on ManoMano’s selection of Halloween decorations? Perhaps you’d be interested in learning about our top tips on surviving the upcoming Black Friday or reading our wood fireplace insert buying guide!

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DIY insect hotels: what are they and why make one?

When you put an insect hotel in your garden, you are actively welcoming these beautiful little creatures which are extremely beneficial for the wellbeing of all your garden plants. This DIY insect hotel, also known as a bug hotel or house, is very much in demand at the moment. But do you know why? Are you wondering whether it is indeed as useful they say?

In this blog post, we will tell you about different types of insects, the role that they play in our gardens, and how to build your own insect hotel.

Insects are extremely important and useful in the garden. Each one of them plays their own vital role in keeping the garden beautiful and healthy. They are a natural pesticide, which is why they are called “the garden’s little helpers”. Ladybirds, for instance, will take care of aphid pests on rose bushes, while bees will pollinate the garden plants. The insect hotel will provide shelter for all your little garden helpers, and at the same time, it can be turned into an excellent tool for play learning with kids.

In the photo below you can see the wide range of insects that can find shelter in this bug hotel.

Many bugs can find refuge in a DIY insect hotel
Many bugs can find refuge in a DIY insect hotel

Tools and materials

Tools for a DIY insect hotel
Tools for a DIY insect hotel

Cost, time and difficulty

You only need around £30 worth of wood for this particular DIY insect hotel. If you already have all the materials, the cost of building this insect hotel will not be more than £40.

It takes about half a day to build the bug hotel structure itself, and another half day to kit it out and finish it.

DIY Insect Hotel: Building stages

1. Prepare the planks of wood

You can use 4 planks of wood measuring 15 cm wide, 2 cm thick, and 250 cm long.

Prepare the wood
Prepare the wood

Cut the planks as follows:

  1. 2 planks measuring 100 cm long, 15 cm wide and 2 cm thick. Using a mitre saw or a mitre box, make a cut at a 45º angle on one end of each of the planks. These planks will be the sides of the hotel structure.
  2. 4 planks measuring 60 cm long, 15 cm wide and 2 cm thick. These four planks will be placed horizontally to make up the various “shelves” or “hotel floors”.
  3. 2 planks measuring 72 cm and 70 cm long for the roof.
  4. 3 planks measuring 30 cm long.
  5. 2 planks measuring 25 cm long.
Cutting the planks
Cutting the planks

2. Build the structure

You can now begin to build the structure of the insect hotel! Place the 4 planks measuring 60 cm long horizontally. Place the 2 planks cut at a 45º angle vertically, as you can see in the photo below:

Build the insect hotel structure
Build the insect hotel structure

3. Add the back wall of the DIY insect hotel

All you need to do now is attach the back wall of the bug hotel to the rest of the wooden pieces. You could also use marine grade plywood or pallet pieces. 

Build the back of the bug hotel
Build the back of the bug hotel

4. Where to put your homemade insect hotel

The weight of your DIY insect hotel is now around thirty kilos, so before you finish it, you will have to secure it onto the place where you want to put it. The best spot for an insect hotel is a sunny place, protected from wind and rain.

First, attach legs to the structure. We used thick square pieces of timber measuring 15 cm in height.

You can then place a zinc sheet on the roof to better protect the hotel.

5. Set up the space for your guests

In the last step you will need to set up the space for the hotel guest. To make the space attractive and comfortable for them, you can include some of these:

  • Pine cones
  • Bamboo/reeds
  • Old tiles
  • Straw/hay
  • Logs of wood
And voilà !
And voilà !

Did you enjoy this article on how to make a DIY insect hotel? Perhaps you’d be interested in learning about how to make an outdoor pallet bar or reading about how to maintain a chicken coop!

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