Lounging On Leather

The benefit of lounging on leather is that this material is quite easy to care for and as it wears, this only adds character. Leather seating options are a timeless look, a popular choice amongst today’s homes and often a great investment if it is made with high grade leather as this will past the test of time. Although most colour schemes go with leather seating, you can modernise the space with warm neutral walls surrounded by timber or metal furniture pieces accompanied by a natural jute rug. The perks of leather seating gives you limitless decorating options and nothing is stopping you from mixing and matching materials to finalise the overall appearance of your interior. 

Recycled Timber Insertion

Mixing assorted recycled wood furniture finishes is a popular and timeless trend that brings warmth to an interior. Create impact within your bedroom by sourcing a mixed timber or recycled wood furniture piece such as a bed frame or bedhead and surround this with a light wall paint colour. You’ll find your eye being drawn to this as a focus piece when entering the room. Layer the space with similar wood tones to create balance. This could be through practical furnishings like bedsides, tallboys or dressers. If you don’t have the space for these extra furniture pieces, a wall clock, photo frames or lamps will also do the trick. Keep the bedding neutral and splash colour through cushions and a throw. Incorporating these key features into your space will apply a raw and ageless style. 

Prime Features

Introducing key replica vintage / weathered furniture pieces into a room and placing them with a grand artwork or a majestic clock can bring immediate charm and grandeur to an interior. Such decor is readily accessible today due to this popular look being timeless. This is a safe stye to decorate with because the colouring is typically neutral and you can always bring a touch of subtle colour through plants, photo frames or wall art. Keep the space minimal but don’t scale down the design of the prime features. 

Wool & Cotton Accents

Wool Ottomans are distinctive natural articles that provide textures, patterns and colours to your interior. If you are inspired by the eclectic/ boho style, adding pouffes can really promote that look. These stunning features act not only as a functional footstool but also as a platform to showcase complimentary ornaments. A popular styling tip is to place a tray on the top surface to hold selected decor accents to really dress the space. Partner with woollen/cotton throws or cushions as finishing touches.

Earthy Additions

Earthy homewares such as ceramic jars and vases are a very cost effective way to introduce a raw and natural interior to your home. Textured and patterend earthy decorative schemes produce a very organic feel to a room especially when using one off designs. Such decorations commonly give you a real ‘back to nature’ feel when these additions are homemade. Keep the room very minimal with a natural toned pallete and add a touch of fresh greenery to your earthy incorporations. 

Relaxed Rattan

Rattan is booming within our interior spaces. This limitless material is being used in various ways whether it is in furniture pieces, lighting or accessories its all part of the boho craze! We are loving the balance of natural wicker, cane and bamboo that forms a relaxed organic style to a space. Rattan can be used to compliment a vast range of old or new items, rattan really is a timeless look and can be paired with most styles.

A Bold Statement

Working with a neutral colour palette on the walls of your home? You don’t have to repaint to transform the look of the room. Why not add interest and brighten your interior with a pop of colour. Just by adding one signature piece of furniture you can alter the entire feel and look of the room. You can achieve this by hanging a bright colourful piece of artwork, tapestry, add a rug with bountiful hues or select armchairs in your favourite colour to reflect your own style.

Inspiration Can Come from Anywhere

By definition, inspiration is a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something.

Don’t you love being inspired by something that you glimpse quickly but has a profound effect on your imagination? If you are searching for fresh ideas for decorating or renovating, look beyond the obvious sources.

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That impetus could be from a floral display you see at a wedding or other reception that defines a neutral palette and serene atmosphere for a room. It could be realised in quality artificial flowers or the form itself could motivate you to create a similar cascading effect in a room divider, shower screen, window treatment or curtains.

Sometimes the juxtaposition of two colours will surprise you and their unique combination will become the source for a whole new adventure in colour schemes.

Inspiring colour combos can come from nature, a scene on TV (such as the Countess of Grantham’s room in Downton Abbey) or two small dots of oil paint on a canvas at the art gallery.  Some of the best colour artists were Edouard Vuillard and Odilon Redon. They can be described as artist’s artists for their amazing use of colour. Look below to see some brilliant examples.

The outrageous colours used by Vuillard on the left and by Redon in the centre work beautifully together within each painting and offer some superb hues to experiment with. Sometimes the shapes and textures may be the motivation. The abstract by Barns-Graham could be reinvented as a floor plan for a room or garden or it could be used to represent the proportions for the decoration of a feature wall.

'Boulevard-of-Batignolles', Edouard Vuillard, 'Sunset', Odilon Redon and an abstract by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
‘Boulevard-of-Batignolles’, Edouard Vuillard, ‘Sunset’, Odilon Redon and an abstract by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

 

 

 

 

What’s the Best Furniture for Home Entertainment?

The Basics

Home entertainment can be watching TV or movies on TV, gaming and listening to music. The bare minimum furniture you need for a room dedicated to entertainment are:

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Whether you have a box unit or wall mounted flat screen, the TV is really the hearth and focus of most family homes. Wall mounting frees up a lot of space but any TV can be integrated into a functional storage unit. The biggest problem with Wii games and the ever-changing new technologies in audio-visual devices is the huge amount of requisite accessories we amass. This is especially true in an extended family situation when dad loves his old LPs and the kids are into Xbox one and Playstation 4.

Storage

twoStorage units can be sleek or more like a console or buffet shape, this depends on the style of your room and the look you want to achieve.

The main thing is being able to store all your equipment and accessories and hide the worst of the messy cables.

Corner TV units can be a great solution for small spaces or for when you want visual access from more than one room. The most important thing here is the final height of the TV screen. It should be at a comfortable viewing level, which means generally that your direct eyeline should be approximately a third of the way up the screen. There are also some great smaller solutions made for specific storage items such as DVD towers and racks.

Couch

 Make it comfy! A modular couch can be a good choice for an entertainment room because it can be reconfigured according to what you are doing and how many people are involved. The traditional sofa and pair of armchairs or recliners work very well too. The prime task is arranging the furniture to maximise your viewing and listening position as well as utilising the general space. Ottomans, especially those that include their own storage recesses, can be perfect seating choices for extra guests that drop by.

 Coffee Table

 Lastly, a must-have, provided you have the space for it, is a coffee table. Placed btween the couch and the TV unit, a coffee table provides you with a surface to put your drinks and snacks on. Look for a coffee table that can also store things you need close to hand like the remote controls, TV guide and magazines. With these basics you will create an ideal place to put your feet up and, relax and enjoy your toys without the clutter.

 

 

 

How to Equip Your Home Office

Think Outside the In Box

You don’t need to restrict yourself to office furniture choices. The important thing is to find exactly the style and size you want that also expresses your own inimitable uniqueness.

You will spend a lot of time in a home office so you must be very comfortable, not just in your chair but happy with the aesthetics of your surroundings.

Think about what you need to accomplish and how. Do you need to store and have access to paper files or is everything you work with electronic? Is there room to keep necessary supplies close at hand?

Do you work with any tools or accessories that will scratch your desk top? You might want a laminate or glass surface to work on. Find the right chair then match the table or desk to it so you can achieve the correct height for comfortable desk use.

There are lots of options for office storage.
There are lots of options for office storage.

Storage comes in as many varieties as you can think of.

Look at possibilities from the kitchen, garden, living room, bathroom… inspiration can come from anywhere.

Retro and industrial filing cabinets are great and they can delineate the space from the rest of your apartment but jars, boxes and canisters can also be adapted to keep things handy and tidy and at the same time add visual interest.

That visual interest will help to keep you stimulated and it will reflect your creativity, uniqueness and ability to think outside the preverbial box!