Lavish Some Love on Your Bedside Tables

Bedside tables are often ignored, unloved and worse a haven for clutter. It is bemusing really as these cabinets frame your bed and offer a wealth of practical storage as well as the opportunity to add an additional layer of design to your bedroom.

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Choose the Right Bedside Cabinet

Not all bedside cabinets are created equally unfortunately. In order to add something to your room rather than detract you need to find pieces which work alongside the other furniture in the room, either matching or complementing them in some way. Consider how much room you have, for example do you want, need and have room for a bedside table on either side or the bed and if so how big do they need to be?

Also consider how much storage you want your chosen pieces to incorporate. Would you like two drawers or would one be sufficient? Consider your choices carefully before buying.

Clear the Clutter

Bedside cabinets and tables attract clutter. Glasses, books, glasses of water, medication, tissues, jewellery and more often languish on the top making that part of your bedroom look untidy and spoiling the overall calming effect that you had wanted to create in your bedroom.

A top tip is to use the drawers or cupboards on the bedside cabinets to store your items so that items remain close at hand and organised while the top may be used for more decorative purposes.

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Dress Your Bedside Tables

When dressing your bedside cabinets you have a limited amount of space to play with therefore it is important to make it count. If a reading lamp is a must make it a spectacular piece which works perfectly with the existing décor and ideally doesn’t take up much room.

If you need a glass of water by the bed invest in a carafe and covered glass which again complements the style of the room.

Choose Quality Every Time

You could pick up some cheap and cheerful bedside cabinets for just a few pounds however they will not be as study, last as long or look anywhere as good as a quality set or individual piece would. Quality doesn’t necessarily have to mean overly expensive however it does pay to spend that little bit more to find the right pieces for your home.

 

 

 

Adding Nature Inspired Décor to Your Home This Autumn

Some of the most beautiful accessories and decorative touches in any home are inspired by nature. Regardless of whether you prefer bright and bold modern interior design or favour a true “back to nature” look there is a place in your home for more natural pieces.

Cushions and Covers

Soft furnishings are so easy to replace and doing so may change the entire feel of a room. This autumn why not choose gold, yellow, reds and greens to create a colour scheme that will make your main room look as beautiful inside as it does outside at this time of year?

Leaf patterns, twig outlines and more on throws, rugs and even dining room table runners all add to the overall effect you are trying to create.

Incorporating Wood into the Home

Wood often provides warmth and a depth to a room. Choose accessories that work with the style of your room such as these fabulous antique trunks. Wooden bowls and photo frames all add to the effect.

Bring Nature into the Home

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This season the trees offer an abundance of gorgeous natural pieces for us to include in our home. Acorns, conkers and more arranged in a bowl make a fabulous centrepiece on the dining room table.

 Why not arrange large twigs in long vases, intertwining them with string lights for an extra special piece?

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Decorate Your Walls

Incorporate natural tones and materials when decorating your walls. Autumn wreaths, wall art, wooden or nature-inspired clocks, trailing ivy and more could be added around the home to create a stunning effect. There is nothing stopping you here so allow your imagination to run wild and create some stunning pieces which will wow visitors and yet create a calming atmosphere within the home.

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 Floral Arrangements

Adorn sideboards, tables and desks with autumn flowers in colours which suit your style and enjoy the extra splash of colour and scent as you move around the home.

If you aren’t a fan of real flowers or simply dislike constantly changing water and refreshing vases why not choose artificial pieces which will last longer and maintain their colour. Source cleverly made artificial sunflowers or similar which look realistic and arrange in bowls and vases at key points around the home.

 

By adding a few natural touches and getting creative with accessories you could create a whole new nature-inspired look this autumn to enjoy.

Using Metal, Glass, Copper and Brass in Your Interior Design Plan

When redesigning a room and looking to breathe new life into the décor make sure that you take the time to properly consider your space and what you want to see in it. Many of us are guilty of changing colours yet not being brave enough to look at alternative styles which is a shame and doesn’t do a room justice.

What is needed before the project starts is a lot of research. Visit sites such as Pinterest which is full of inspiration for those looking to trying something new. Metal and glass are finding their way back into interior design vogue, not only in modern industrial type arrangements either as the more traditional styles of old are coming back hard and fast.

Instead of looking at chrome, steel and glass perhaps now could be the time to consider softer looking yet equally interesting accessories and tones around the home? Copper and brass especially has proven very popular recently as well as being one of the more affordable ways to add metallic shades to your home.

Use accessories such brass bells, copper kettles, book ends on sideboards and mantles which catch and reflect warm coloured light around the room as well as looking fabulously quirky in their own right. Old keys displayed on walls or again on dressers have long since been popular with interior designers both professional and those simply enjoying the hobby. Explore a new take on the usual rusted or heavy iron keys by hanging some of these beautiful bright keys somewhere where they may be noticed and admired. These make a great piece of wall art as well being perfect for gift-giving if you know someone else with a similar theme.

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As copper and brass reflect light and colour choosing a colour scheme couldn’t be easier as it is a case of anything goes. While some continue the theme with gold and yellow fabrics others might choose a core neutral palette with silver grey, cream and even a light blue which provide a perfect backdrop for the warmer coloured accessories as well as looking brilliant in their own right.

When arranged in an uncluttered way using traditional-looking ornaments and accessories such as these, copper and brass works perfectly in any style of home.

Other glass and metal pieces such as umbrella stands, photo frames, signs and more add interest and unbeatable style to a space whether your home favours a more modern look or again is already sporting a more traditional style.

Intricate design works means that we are now able to enjoy various metals and glass items around the home without them looking stark or harsh. Indeed these materials look anything but cold and are becoming increasingly popular in homes of all sizes.

When looking to revamp a room again look beyond the soft furnishings and consider metals and glass which as we’ve established may make all the difference in a room, transforming the look and feel in a wonderfully decorative way.

Dining Room Design Tips Ready for the Season

Being a room which is more practical than anything else the dining room is sometimes overlooked when the “pecking order” for redecorating or renewing is decided upon. In truth the dining room should be one of the first rooms you pay attention to as this is where you entertain, where you eat as a couple, a family or on your own.

The dining room also often provides a number of additional functions from being the study or homework room to doubling up as somewhere stylish yet comfortable for a casual meeting of friends.

Meal Times
Formal dining, once a thing of the past in many household is now seeing a welcome revival with TV dinners being ignored in favour of sit down family dinners every night, proper Sunday dinners, dinner parties and more all being held in the dining room. With dining kitchens being much sought after yet hard to find the separate dining room has once more come back into favour.

From an interior design perspective it is lovely to see a properly set table, with tablecloths, mats, “proper” dining sets and beautiful centrepieces regardless of the occasion.

Storage
Dining rooms are often once more overlooked when it comes to being an ideal storage space. Welsh dressers or their more modern counterpart, sideboards and more hold crockery, table linens, cutlery and any other items used in the room. Thankfully dining room furniture may be both useful and attractive.

The Multi-Purpose Room
While the dining room should be primarily for eating and entertaining this would result in a lot of “dead” space in your home during the day. Use your dining room wisely for children’s homework (away from the TV and out of the kitchen where distractions are easy to spot), for informal catch-ups with friends, as a home office and more. How you’ll use your room will depend on your family and your lifestyle. The key is to make the room work for you which is easy to do with cleverly chosen and arranged furniture.

Décor Choices
A dining room needs two things, plenty of light and a spectacular table.  Mirrors, fresh flowers, photographs and more maybe placed around the room to create a look which works with the size and shape of the space as well as your individual tastes. Try to keep clutter to a minimum and your once forgotten dining room could once again be a thing of beauty and a real asset to both the design and practical use of your home.

Winter Wardrobe Organisation

One of the more depressing elements of winter kicking in is not so much summer and autumn ending but the fact that once again you are going to find yourself hauling suitcases of winter clothes out from under beds and out of cupboards. Once out items will need to washed, refreshed and ironed again and then of course the summer gear has to be packed away in their place.

Here at Room4Interiors we feel that the arrival of the dark nights should be spent curled up with a book in front of the fire not organising piles of clothes and that cold dark mornings should start with hot buttered toast and coffee, wrapped in a dressing gown rather than trying to hunt down the perfect winter outfit for that day’s weather.

With this in mind we’ve put together a mini guide to winter wardrobe organisation.

Invest in All Year Round Storage

To avoid the backbreaking and time-consuming seasonal changeovers of clothing why not invest in bedroom furniture which will hold everything with ease? Modular bedroom furniture may be designed with your clothing in mind so that all available space is used wisely.

With this type of clothing storage moving clothing around so that those items used most are to hand which makes choosing outfits quicker and easier. With overlaps in weather cycles, for example between spring and summer you may have anything from April Showers to bright, hot and sunny days having a range of all-weather clothing to hand makes sense.

Shoes and Boots

It is of course impossible to have too many pairs of shoes or boots however storing them all in a way which makes them easy to get to may sometimes cause problems. Again with modular bedroom furniture you may choose spaces which fit your collection so that your favourites and most used pairs are out and easy to find and others stored neatly in *boxes.

*Top tip – take photos of all your shoes and boots, print them off and stick to the front of the shoe boxes facing outwards. This way finding the perfect pair takes seconds and saves you opening box after box.

Accessories

Dependant on the weather it may sometimes be difficult to add pizazz to your winter wardrobe, especially when outdoors as everything is covered up by heavy coats and scarves. Choose accessories such as weatherproof hats (at a jaunty angle of course), brooches, dangly earrings and outerwear embellishments to make sure you look your very best even when it’s raining.

Of course the lack of sunshine, dark days and nights and seasonal events cry out for sparkles so ensure that all of your much loved accessories are stored where you can easily reach them, finishing off each outfit perfectly.

Moving from summer wear to winter attire needn’t be a traumatic event when you have a personalised modular clothing system. An added bonus to choosing furniture such as this is that our modular bedroom furniture collections look fabulous in any room making perfect interior design as well as fashion sense.