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.

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The Autumn Days Nights of Interior Design

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The Autumn Days and Autumn Nights of Interior Design

Summer is all but over, the evenings already seem a little shorter and there is a definite chill in the air. Despite this here at Room4Interior HQ we enjoy autumn, revelling in the fabulous reds, golds and yellows and the faint smoky tinge to the air as more and more people light their fires and burners. You have to remember of course that autumn is also the doorway to winter and all the festive fun that comes with it.

If you are looking to give your lounge a makeover autumn is a fabulous time to do it with soft furnishing, enhanced lighting and more lifting a room despite the gloom outdoors.

Clutter Free Comfort

We tend to spend more time in the lounge during the autumn and winter once the lure of the garden loses its novelty as the outside temperature plummets. Any room which tends to b used a lot or which becomes the main family room may often be described as a haven for clutter. Eliminate the clutter by investing in some modular furniture which offers both practical storage solutions and unbeatable interior design styling. This means you will have everything you want near to hand without any of the mess.

Have Throws at the Ready

During autumn the temperatures start to drop, perhaps not low enough straight away to light a fire or switch on the heating however to stay cosy a little something extra is needed, especially at night. Throws serve a double purpose in a lounge, adding colours, patterns and a decorative touch when arranged over sofas and arm chairs. They also provide unbeatable cosiness, especially when curled up after a long day with a book in hand.

Soft Furnishing Add Comfort and Style

Autumn may seem to be a harsher season with the light seeming colder and starker. To combat this festoon your suite with brightly coloured cushions, add a new soft rug and again remember your throws.

Let the Lighting Lead the Way

At any time of the year the amount and type of light in your lounge is what builds the right kinds of atmosphere. During the last months especially it is essential that you consider your lighting arrangements carefully. Soft light for curly up in front of the television and relaxing is fine where as a brighter light would be required for reading or detailed work. Dimmer switches are often chosen to make switching between lighting levels easier however we feel you really can’t beat decorative lamps and ornate candles.

This autumn fill your lounge with soft light, luxurious furnishings and practical yet stylish modular furniture. This will help you create the perfect place for reading a book, curling up with loved one or simply enjoying a calm, relaxed and cosy atmosphere.

Things you never knew about Furniture

Continuing our fun with infographics, we’ve compiled a list of things you never knew about furniture. Have a look. Did you know any of these?

Things about furniture you never knew

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A Summer Style to Suit All Tastes

During summer, it’s a delight to see the lighter nights but that blazing sun does highlight imperfections in the home. It’s no wonder everyone’s got the cleaning bug as all of a sudden the dust seems to float in mid-air while magnolia walls seem suddenly mucky and shabby chic seems simply shabby.

This year there are many new styles that have emerged thanks to celebrity fashion and good old fashioned tradition which is making one furniture supplier very busy indeed. Which one’s your favourite for 2014?

Block Colour

Think seventies with better colour. Forget oranges and browns and replace with bright greens, sky blues and poppy reds. Block colour is big news right now, with feature walls taking the brunt. Are you daring enough to try thinking outside the box?

The trick to this trend is to combine two bright colours with white, incorporating them into the furnishings too. We both adore sky blue and poppy red; it’s a gorgeous combination that looks amazing against an eggshell gloss.

Vintage

Personally we think vintage is over rated as too many people are selling items on EBay using this label when what they really mean to say is “old and ugly”. Vintage should be at least 40 years old if only to make us feel a little younger!

If you do embrace the vintage style you have a lot of room for error as basically anything goes, from 50’s fashion with gingham and Cath Kidston pastels to 20’s art deco of jade greens and muted browns. The choice is yours.

Traditional

Along with modular furniture, we also adore traditional styles. We do love block colour in the office, playroom and children’s bedrooms but the main areas can benefit from a blend of Victorian and Edwardian. Traditional doesn’t mean muted; on the contrary there are many period colours that are beautiful. Think of the 1829 range.

We’re fans of solid wood furniture mainly in cherry, walnut, oak and mahogany and combine these with ornate gilt mirrors, picture frames and our own taste in art. William Morris designs and curtains makes the overall effect impressive but ultra-cosy!

Shabby Chic

Shabby chic shows no signs of going out of fashion anytime soon as in these tough economic times shabby chic provides what we need. It presents an opportunity to reinvent our old faithful furniture along with a setting that’s relaxed and understated. Shabby chic is here to stay. For the best effects choose brilliant white walls and let the painted furniture stand out, scour your local charity shops for Lloyd loom chairs and pieces you can paint. Don’t worry about the end result, that’s the beauty of upcycling, anything looks better than before. You can tweak this style with modern or reproduction pieces from Room4Interiors, saving money while completing the look.

Executive

Think of the eighties skyscraper office and you’ve nailed the executive look. Walnut veneers with grey muted walls with just glass providing the natural light. It can be quite impressive, especially when mixed with chrome accessories in a kitchen, but grey does take some getting used to!

The great thing about 2014 is that no matter what you’re taste you’re bound to be in fashion as these trends cover everything.