Guide to Wardrobes for small rooms 0
We all want somewhere to store our clothes, however, what if your bedroom is on the small side? While small rooms forever have their challenges, there are several things to bear in mind when picking the wardrobes that are the best fit for your space.
Space-Saving 2-door wardrobe
Whilst it may be tempting to try our 3-door wardrobes, the fact is that they’ll submerge the space you have, making it – rather than the bed – the focal point of the room. Rather, choose furniture that’s suitably sized to the space it will be breathing. A 2-door wardrobe will nevertheless provide plenty of hanging space and picking ones with drawers means you have extra room to put things like jumpers, jeans or linens without using up valuable hanging space.
Blend into Walls
In a small room, a bold piece of furniture versus light walls will stand out, making it seem more significant than needed. Consider painting your walls the corresponding colour as your wardrobe to enable them to blend in seamlessly and present them visually recess from view. Our Bishop collection are painted in a farrow and ball grey, the perfect colour for a tranquil space.
Keep it Light and Airy
Alternatively to painting your walls the equal colour as your wardrobe, acknowledge wardrobes painted in a light colour, like our Essex 2 Door Wardrobe. If used with the matching bed frame and bedside tables, it will formulate a harmonious look throughout, presenting the room to seem larger than it is.
Bonus Storage Space
Lastly, don’t forget to utilise the space on top of your wardrobe. Pick some engaging woven baskets to store out-of-season clothes or attractive vintage luggage loaded with additional bed linens to get the most of all the space you have.
- Lindsey Brown Burden
Guide to buying a Bed 0
Approximately, we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed. Sleep is one of the most essential things we require for our well-being and there’s little suspense the intense effect it has when we don’t get plenty of it. We can’t focus, we fall ill more frequently, we can get overwhelmed more easily or emotionally stressed without adequate sleep, not to consider getting up with aches and pains all over. Therefore, when it comes to choosing a bed, it’s vitally significant we consider all the factors required to make, what is generally an investment purchase, a secure one.
As with many things, you must always purchase the best you can afford, particularly regarding your bed should endure the best part of a decade. However aside from your budget, what factors should you be considering before choosing to buy?
How to Choose A Mattress
Comfort is crucial when it comes to choosing a mattress. Whether you want something a little more firm or fancy a softer mattress will rely on you and your sleeping habits. Evidently, you desire something that is soft enough to fall into but firm enough to hold your entire body. What position do you notice is most conducive to sleep? If it’s on your front, you may aspire to choose something a scarce softer. If it’s on your back, a firmer support may be wanted. Side sleeper? Possibly somewhere in between. Be mindful of the pressure points of your most comfortable position and choose respectively. The more contact and support the mattress possesses on your whole body, the less stress you’ll possess on those pressure points.
Do you share a bed beside someone else? Be certain there’s plenty of room for the both of you. Similar to the quality, you should buy the largest bed you can. The extra room you and your partner hold to sleep, the more comfortable you both will be, attempting to get a good night’s sleep and the less interrupted the sleep will be when your partner is fidgeting. Did you know that almost all double beds provide less space per person than a single mattress supplies one person with? If you’re sharing, the minimum size you should be taking home is a King size. Though, if you have space, go for a Super King. It will give considerably more room overall for each of you.
How to Choose a Bed Frame
Likewise, if you waste time picking the ideal mattress for you, if you choose a cheap or inadequate bed to go with it, you may be denying all of your efforts. A high-quality mattress will depreciate on an unsupportive base, making it difficult.
All our beds are crafted with high-quality, durable oak slats which will support your mattress, contributing for a much better night’s sleep. Divan and upholstered bases can additionally be the ideal support for spring mattresses as both components will complement one another.
For every bedroom, the bed is usually the first thing that you see, as it takes up the most part of the room, so your eye will automatically fix itself on this first. A stunning bed will form a focal point for your space no matter what your style is, so choose wisely!
- Lindsey Brown Burden
Adding A Touch Of Luxury To Your Home 0
While most of us would love to live in an expensive fancy home, there are very few of us that have the funds to do so. Well, there are plenty of little tips you can apply to make your house look more expensive – without emptying your pockets!
Swap out light fixtures
Replace that dull light fitting with something a bit more dramatic and immediately raise the characterization of the entire room. Consider auctions, eBay and thrift shops for a vintage fitting (make sure to have an electrician check the wiring) to save some money.
Neutrals For Your Large Pieces
Ever notice that houses decorated by designers use lots and lots of neutrals? While you can add colour with your accessories, keep the larger pieces like sofas in a neutral colours maximise it’s longevity, allowing it to fit comfortably into your design, no matter what your style is.
Line Your Curtains
While breezy, light curtains are excellent for summer, once the cooler weather sets in, having your curtains lined adds substance and luxury to inexpensive curtains. If you are handy with a sewing, you could easily do this yourself but if not, a friend may be able to help you out. There are also lots of ready made lined curtains on the market that can do the job just as perfectly!
High And Wide Curtains
Keeping on the subject of curtains, hanging them right up to the ceiling and slightly wider than the edges of the windows gives the illusion of larger windows, a higher ceiling and a loftier and a general feel of grandness. It’s a smart trick that’s easily done – just make sure your curtains reach all the way to the floor. Never buy curtains that don’t touch the floor – it will immediately cheapen your decor and destroy the illusion of height.
Changing out old, worn tile from your bathroom and kitchen doesn't need to be expensive. By using affordable metro tiles, you can instantly refresh the entire look and feel of a room.
Add Moulding to Walls
This works especially well in older properties, but you can also add height and interest to your walls even in newer properties by using wood trim to create a rich look.
Add Coving or Cornice to Your Ceilings
Adding those all important architectural features make a room stand out. Adding coving to the gap between walls and ceiling instantly trims out space and elevates the look of the room. Whether you choose the more expensive decorative cornice in plaster or simple and inexpensive polystyrene coving, there’s no doubting the feeling of luxury can be accomplished on any budget.
Display Fresh Flowers
There's no need to spend huge amounts of cash to add luxury to your home. A simple, inexpensive bouquet from the supermarket can be all you need to add sophistication. just split up the bouquet by stem type and create various small arrangements to dot around your home.
- Lindsey Brown Burden
Making A House A Home 0
Whether you have lived in your home for a couple of months or a few decades, certain things just make a house feel cosier – more like it’s YOURS, you know? And it’s these little touches that create a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere for yourself, your family or your guests. And while the home is always created by the people who live there, I thought I’d share a few more things that bring in personality and warmth and ones which, in my opinion.
Whether it’s a picture from a holiday with your best friend or a photo of your child taking its first steps, photos of those we love and things we’ve achieved creates a monologue of our lives. It can be a vast collection on a feature wall or a few printed off and put on your fridge but no matter how you decide to arrange them, they’ll always deliver a smile to your face.
I always try to get a little something to stick in my bag whenever I’ve been abroad, these small tokens act as stories of my travels and keep those memories vivid. It also produces a bit more of an eclectic feel to my home with a blend of styles. But certainly, you should only choose to present those items you like – don’t trouble too much about whether they ‘match’. They are all layers of your life and produce a much more personal quality to your home.
Greenery will always add life to a room and arranging plants and flowers is a great way to show off your personal style. So whether you are going for a more laidback boho look with hanging pots or want a more Scandinavian style with structured plants, choose plants you love and bring the outdoors in!
It may seem an unusual choice but as someone who loves to cook from scratch, I am forever interested to see what sorts of spices people use in their kitchen! A spice rack will show off your culinary prowess.
The saying goes you can learn a lot about a person solely by the books he or she reads, recognising their interests, desires and what they enjoy for work or play. So for me, there are interior design books all over the place but there are also things like the off autobiography, marketing books, dramatic fiction and lots more. What do your books tell you?
There’s nothing like relaxing in front of the T.V on a cold evening and wrapping up warm. Build a cosy, comforting environment with throws the whole family can gather under and infuse some warmth into your home.
Wear and Tear
Life isn't perfect, so why pretend our home is? The home we live in should be loved and there should, and will evidence of this. So a rug that’s been worn in from lots of comings and goings or that sticky lock that we have to wiggle just right to make it unlock may seem annoying but these are the things that show us our home is lived in and memories are being created. Embrace the imperfections in your home because they are is a symbol of life being lived!
A scent is such an intimate thing and what we decide to put on our bodies by way of perfumes and body sprays creates an impression on people around us. Choosing a scent you love for your home creates an atmosphere and accordingly appeals to one of our senses that is often overlooked when we create our style. You could use a room diffuser, candles you love or even boiling orange peels and cinnamon on a stove or making a welcoming pot of coffee.
Whether they damage your furniture, leave ‘deposits’ on your favourite rug or shed everywhere, pets are still and always will be an excellent addition to any family. They introduce a warm and cosy vibe to our home which means we forgive them for their downfalls. As a nation of pet lovers, bringing a furry companion home is another way to bring life and character to our homes.
What makes your house a home?
- Lindsey Brown Burden
Tricks To Add Value To Your Home 0
When selling a home, there are always a few things you can do that will mean for a quick sale. However, if you are contemplating putting your house on the market, your funds could be limited – buying and selling can be a pricey undertaking, and everyone’s pockets are a bit strained. However there are a couple of things you can do that will add value to your house without needing to remodel completely or spend a tremendous amount of money. For less than a couple of hundred pounds at the most, these additions will make your home look far more appealing, and appear more valuable so whether you are planning to sell or you’re even staying put, why not try some ideas and see what you think?
A tin of paint is very affordable and with a few hours of work, you can totally transform the look and feel of a room. Consider repainting your kitchen cupboards into something more trendy such as white, black or any shades of grey and replace the handles for a refreshed look.
Consider swapping out the taps in your kitchen or bathroom for a fresh look that will give your room an instant update. Be sure to find a new tap that will use any existing holes so you don’t need to create new ones but look for enhanced models with pull-out sprayers or hot-water taps for a chic style that will also increase the functionality of your bath or kitchen.
Replacing doorknobs or replacing the device on your front door with high-quality hardware gives a home a feeling of safety and adds that extra detail that buyers will not look for but will notice when inspecting a property. Higher quality hardware feels great in your hand and will feel more satisfactorily weighty, and substantial – a little detail like this can reassure a buyer that they are buying a quality house.
Wall Panels and Trimwork
If you live in a period property, with the original characteristics removed or if you live in a slightly newer property where they were never introduced, consider adding coving, skirting boards and architrave to rooms that lack these details. For period features, consider adding simplistic wall panels to make the walls a feature. Lengths of wood trim aren't expensive but can go a long way in creating a beautiful and aspirational look in your home.
Swap Out Your Curtains
If you have thick dark curtains by your windows, consider swapping them for airy fabrics or a thinner lighter material. This will take advantage of any light you may get in the space, and we all know that light, welcoming and airy rooms are on every buyer’s wish list.
The Illusion Of A Larger Room
While we all love the thought of knocking down walls and adding extensions, that’s not always the most practical idea nor is it something that’s often within budget. However, there is the often used trick of doubling the depth of space with mirrors. Consider upgrading a small room with a mirror to make it look bigger and brighter.
- Lindsey Brown Burden
Kids Storage Solutions 0
Keep It Bespoke
Toy storage requirements will always be changing quickly as the children grow so creating bespoke storage that suits you, and your family is important. Keep it simple and bear in mind that it needs to adjust to the changing requirements of a growing kid, and ever-present books and toys. Make sure the storage is within reach of the child, keeping books low down, and boxes labelled.
There’s nothing better than a couple of personalised things to encourage your child to tidy up after themselves. Bags or sacks in a playroom or behind the sofa, labelled for each of your kids, will convince them to keep their treasures safely cached until the next time they are wanted.
Beautiful and Practical
Toy storage doesn’t have to be boring, and it doesn’t have to be made up of a pile of plastic boxes from the store. Make your storage part of your interior design. Add beautiful or funky pieces to walls and the floor that doubles up as storage for books or prized possessions, Keep the boxes in the cupboard or under the bed.
As they grow, they may not need space for that lego anymore, but tweens and teens still require proper storage. Whether it’s for crafting tools, robot model kits or their collection of games. Keep giving good storage solutions for their bedrooms and you might just help them create a jumble free room. Well, we can but imagine!
- Lindsey Brown Burden