When you’re shopping around for a perfect bedroom set, it can become an arduous task finding the right piece for the right job. We’ve all been there, on a visit to the local furniture store with a tape measure to hand, thinking “will it fit!”
The Perfect Fit
Modular bedroom furniture lets you choose from a variety of options which interlink together piece by piece so you know that it will fit, no matter what size room you have. You can choose from a selection of internal components, door and drawer fronts and end panels. This enables you to even grow your bedroom set over time if you require more storage capacity. If you felt like a complete change in years to come, you could simply change the end panels and doors giving you a complete new bedroom design.
The finishes available include:
- White gloss
- Black gloss
- Plum gloss
- Grey gloss
- Glass and mirror
Modular bedroom furniture has become extremely popular over recent years due to its versatility and flexibility. No matter what space you have available, modular furniture lets you tailor make you design to fit perfectly within your requirements. Space2 are forerunners when it comes to the modular option stocking a wide range of stunning finishes that would grace any modern day home.
Cushions have gone from plain and functional, to loud and proud, mixing eclectic prints to textured and sculptural. There are so many cushions on the market at the moment, you will be spoilt for choice, but they are the must- have of the season. As the colder weather draws in, a cushion to hug or to brighten a dull sofa or bedspread is a great and cost effective way to make the most of the styles on offer.
You’ll find lots of bright yellow at the moment, veering towards sulphur inspired colour, they are good for adding a splash of colour to a room, although this style of cushion could be too bright for some. However, picking a cushion with a hint of yellow, maybe mixed with other geometric patterns will brighten any sofa.
Vintage sepia inspired prints cushions are all the rage from the London Eye to Angel Wings, they are more art work than for relaxing with. But they do add a talking point; they would look especially good on dark furniture, to bring out the sepia hues.
Texture is big news this season with homespun look knitted cushions with rose corsages or covering a plain cushion with its very own jumper. But texture is not just about the home-made look, it is also about suede and 3D effects, soft velvet pleats and felt petals. These cushions are designed to be touched and stroked and are great for the bedroom. But you could be selfish and store your own cushion away and bring it out when you want to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of cocoa.
Creativity doesn’t just stop with your furniture and soft furnishings; there is a huge expanse of space on your walls too. If you are keen of creating a unique look and adding a bit of character to featureless walls, then look no further, the suggestions here will help to get you started.
Fabric, especially designer fabric can cost a lot of money; however you can add a bit of designer style on a budget. Think about covering your bed headboard in a designer fabric, or taking a canvas panel and covering it with designer wall paper. If you cover a few panels you can add these blocks of colour to walls, lifting them from plain to wow.
Stencils and stickers are a favourite at the moment, as they are relatively good value for money and can create a whole new look in a room. There is a wide range to choose, from witty slogans to monochrome silhouettes. You can place a vibrant graphic in a dull alcove to add a bit of a surprise or for larger graphics you can build them up from the skirting board and let them develop onto the wall space.
Wall art is another stylish alternative to framed pictures, the trend at the moment is for metal art with the essence of nature about it, however if you like to set your own trend, why not create your own, from finds along the seashore, such as driftwood or create a collage of shells or other items you find upon your travels.
Hopefully these easy ideas will inspire you to create your own masterpiece to feature on your walls. But don’t forget about papier-mâché, you can make masks, animal heads in fact anything you can think of, just paint in one colour or add crystals and fabric and go crazy with it.
The Queens Jubilee is just around the corner and you can’t fail to notice all the gorgeous patriotic designs to fill our homes and gardens. If you are organising a family get together, Union Jack bunting is a must and of course crockery featuring the Queen is perfect to celebrate the Jubilee year.
As we are being gifted with an extra Bank holiday, it is the perfect time to get those decorating ideas in action. The current trend does revolve around the celebrations but there are other areas springing forth including furniture that is both versatile indoors and which can be migrated outdoors when the weather is good to us. There is some delightful and organically designed seating, which looks good in the home and also is weather resistant for outside. Perfect for relaxing with a nice cuppa and of course a comfy cushion depicting our heritage.
There is so much to look forward to this year and we can’t forget about the Olympics, their impact is also part of the inspiration towards all things British hitting our stores. If there is just once piece you purchase this summer it has to be a mug to celebrate a wonderful year to come.
The design trends for the coming seasons are bright, bold and tropical. Forget about miserable weather and turn your eyes to the tropics, with lotus blooms and large trailing leaves. Pink flamingos and gorgeous butterflies are featuring heavily on fabrics and wallpaper. The look can be worked in the majority of rooms in the household, with the butterfly theme working well in the bedroom.
You’ll find the trend on virtually everything from bedding to crockery. As the look is bold, you only need a little of it, a feature wall, a few cushions or even some tasteful butterfly stencils to add a touch of design style to dated furniture. Of course, the bolder the room, the more you have to think about the furniture within, consider white bedroom furniture set against a dark cerise and jungle green or the pink of the flamingo against dark wood wardrobes. This trend is seriously fun, in fact even a little bit of this style in your home will bring a smile to your face.
The secret to achieving a nice room and turning it into a great room is by using colour that complements the room and brings an added element to your lifestyle. There are some vivid changes you can make with just a little decorating knowledge.
Nearly every decorating programme or home make-over show talk about feature walls, nearly everyone is aware of this phenomenon. For instance, in the bedroom the feature wall could be behind the bed and the bedding incorporating on the key colours of the wall. It’s not just feature walls that can create impact in the bedroom; bold bedroom furniture can give an instant lift to tired decor.
You can make the whole room striking from the beginning. If your style is more classic than modern, a great colour would be olive green, although you de need to stay away from overly yellow greens as this can make the space look dull. The best way to find the perfect colour for your room, is to make use of paint samples, ensure you are generous with painting blocks of colours. You will need to view the colour at differing times of the day to ensure, it still looks good with varying light conditions. Once you’ve chosen your colour, make sure you paint your woodwork white and if you can get white with a hint of lime, it will only add to the striking effect of your room.
You can also create a spectacular room with the use of darker tones. An important aspect is not to drown the room in a solid dark colour but to counterbalance it with crisp white woodwork or white gloss wardrobes if in a bedroom, this all helps to break up the darkness.
A little know-how can create a wonderful home for you and your family, with outstanding contrasts and brave statement decor which will give the edge to any room, giving your home the wow factor.
Have you got walls in your home that look a little too spacey, as though they just need something to break up the width or height. There are some great ways to break this area into a cohesive mix with the rest of your room.
If you have lots of little bits you would like to display, but they would get overshadowed in a display cabinet, you can buy simple geometic shelving to create an eye-catching display area, arrange the shelves as the focal point of the wall and adorn with your knick knacks, you can even separate the shelves with a small picture or stencil around them for a more organic feel.
Develop a family gallery, choose a random picture of photos that have great memories, and depending on the style of your room, you can either have all matching picture frames or your style maybe a little eclectic, so a mixture of frames would suit and begin forming your gallery. You can arrange in a pyramid style for a more formal look, or graduate out from the largest picture frame to the smallest. This idea gives an instant impact, alongside happy times.
Words can be used on walls, from your favourite poem to a chorus from a cherished song, it also adds a personal touch and gets a conversation going. Simply stencil your chosen text onto the wall, you can buy various fonts and letters of the alphabet or you can print out from your computer. Make the letters contrast to the colours of your wall and the larger the letters, the bigger the statement.
There are other ideas to break a wall up, from displaying your ceramic plates to mirrors and large pictures, it all depends on your style, but there is no reason to be shy, make your statement!
If you thought wallpaper was just for walls, think again, there are many other practical and fun ideas you can use wallpaper for. Those left over pieces or samples can be put to good use especially in the bedroom, where you can create elegant bedroom screens to decoupage boxes for storing your personal items in. Not forgetting scented liners for your drawers, just spray the wallpaper with either your favourite perfume or scented water.
If your wardrobe doors have seen better days, you can use wallpaper for a new look, just measure your wallpaper to the size of the doors and apply wallpaper paste and stick. Make sure you paint the edges on the doors to match or contrast with your wallpaper.
One of the new ideas being used in the home, is using wallpaper in picture frames. Sometimes you would rather keep walls plain, but with the range of wallpapers about at the moment, with many in bold patterns, a simple picture frame with a sample of wallpaper could look like a work of art.
Just remember to keep your off-cuts, you might be able to think of new ways to use them.
Last year we touched upon the monochrome trend for wallpapers and this year there seems to be even more choice to choose from. Black and white avoids colour mismatch and accessories can easily add striking contrast to a sophisticated backdrop.
Ideal places for the monochrome effect are the hallway and bathrooms; however there is a change with the two-tone effect moving into the bedroom for sublime elegance and impact can be achieved in the living room.
How you use the monochrome wallpaper available is depending on the light within your home and also the scene you wish to create. If you have a dark room, black wallpaper may appear over powering, however, a white background with a black accent will lighten the room. The brighter the room, the wider the choice as you will be able to use the black background with white accent.
Accessories also play an important aspect with the two tone design, with focus being on textures or the pattern within the wallpaper itself. You could also add a splash of colour against the monochrome backdrop, with fuchsias, teal and the new rave of lime green.
So winter is upon us, but there is no reason why the deeper shades of spring can’t be used in the home, they really do make the most of the darker months. Think along the lines of pinks, purples and reds, with a splash of palm leaf green. These colours are ideal for infusing into the bedroom. Look towards plain pieces of bedroom furniture as the main accent will be the depth of soft furnishings.
Cleverly intersperse floral patterns amongst bold purple bedspreads, by using cushions and updating the curtains. You can also bring the floral accent in by making use of floral china or ornaments decorated with flourishes of pink and cream. If you want a more long term effect, artificial flowers will carry on the look throughout the winter months without you having to worry about constantly replacing.
If your budget doesn’t stretch to replacing wardrobes, then think about how a folksy look works with mismatched pieces of furniture, the key is to ensure there is a singular theme running through, in this case it would be floral and purple, so even adding a patterned rug will get your bedroom folky.