Interior Trends for 2015

Every year we see interior design trends change, from what furniture is in to the perfect wall colour and change is good! This season is all about traditional materials and luxurious materials, a coupling we certainly appreciate!

Monochrome was a big trend last year, along with statement walls in the home and part of this is still very much trending today, but instead of a statement wall, it is all about statement pieces of furniture that will stand the test of time, this is why traditional materials such as oak are making a big comeback.

We will be looking at the top 4 trends of 2015 below.

Artistic Details

The influx of having artwork in the home is quite astounding! Instead of traditional oils in gilt frames the trend this year is to support local and new artists who are yet to build their name, not only will you be supporting new artists but you will have a one of a kind piece in your home.

Now, the type of home you live in and the tastes you have tend to have a baring on the choice you make in terms of artwork, for instance a Tracy Emin sketch piece may not work well in a Tudor home, however this is all down to personal preference, whatever piece of artwork you like, you can make it work for you and your home.

Silky Soft

The materials we use in our home are also a big trend this year, with Silk being amongst them. Silk has always been seen as luxurious and for good reason too, but don’t panic, silk can work for any budget, you don’t need reams and reams of expensive silk drapes or bedding, if your budget is a bit tight you can still stay on trend by doing silk accents, such as a silk pillow for your sofa.

Silk prints are also a big trend this season. So, don’t be afraid to go bold, if your taste and home allows you can go big with this trend, however so remember not to over do it.

Blue Velvet

It doesn’t necessarily have to be blue, but this plush material has made a big comeback this season, from velvet curtains to velvet sofas, whatever your budget you can make velvet work for you and your home.

Velvet is a material that was huge in the 70s and it will make a big resurgence in 2015! You can choose to have velvet accents around your home, or you can be bold and go for a velvet sofa.

Wood

Wooden furniture has been around forever, from the traditional craftsman that make personalised pieces of exquisite furniture to the Ikea flat pack generation, however there is a new wooden trend this season, traditional wooden furniture, we don’t mean antique pieces, its the material itself that is reverting back to tradition.

An example is oak, which is about as traditional as it comes, not only is this wood incredibly durable but over time, the oak can change colour due to sun exposure and just plain old wear and tear, which makes it an evolving piece of furniture. Oak can also provide a fantastic focal point in any room of your home.

A Festive Thank You

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Christmas is a time of year to be thankful and a time to make special memories with family and friends.

Here at Room4Interiors we have quite a lot to be thankful for and its all thanks to our lovely supporters & customers.

Whether you have had a sneaky peak at one of our blogs or made the occasional purchase we just wanted to take this opportunity to Thank You for your continued support.

So, from us all here at Room4Interiors, it is with much appreciation we say Thank You and we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and A Very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

How to Create the Perfect Traditional Christmas

With Christmas just a matter of days away, you may think that you’re out of time in terms of decorating, however, fear not, with a few decorations and some patience, you can transform your home into a traditional Christmas wonderland.

We have shared some of our favourite festive decoration tips below.

Christmas Tree

This is the feature piece of any room and for good reason too! Whether you opt for a real tree or not, the method is almost identical, you need to settle on a theme and go with it.

If you’re looking for a traditional Christmas tree, you can’t go wrong with red and gold, the staple colours of a festive, traditional Christmas.

You can purchase hundreds of different styles of baubles and decorations or if you’re feeling brave why not try your hand at making your own, they will be a lovely memento of the festive season that you can use year in year out.

Decorating the Table

Garlands, pine cones, candles, these are friends when decorating your table traditionally! Decorating the tables around your home can make a huge difference, especially the smaller console tables.

You could even add a few fairy lights to brighten things up. It may seem like a small task but taking the time to decorate your tables will make your guests feel incredibly festive and welcome.

Wreaths

Creating your own wreath is not only incredible simple it is hugely effective and the best part, you can design your wreath to you Christmas style.

You can also make large ones, for your door and little ones to pop all around your home and nothing says festive cheer like a homemade wreath.

Mince Pies

Now these are not strictly a decoration, however they are an integral part of any Christmas.

Whether you have puff pastry or short crust pastry, one thing is for sure, these festive delights give you a taste of Christmas with every mouthful! As an extra special touch why not try some pine icing sugar.

 

However you decide to decorate your home this year just remember to enjoy the festivities, maybe with a mince pie or 2 :)

The Joys of a House Move

When planning a move the more organized you are during the process the more smoother it will go. There are many steps you can take to reduce your stress level and the chaos that typically is part of any move.

Moving into your first home can be one of the most exciting yet daunting times in your life. From packing up all your belongings, organising removal men to buying new furniture and this is just the tip of the iceberg! However, it isn’t all doom and gloom, with some organisation and patience moving into your new home can be a joy instead of a chore.

Statistics show that moving home is right up there with getting divorced on the stress scale and for good reason too, it’s not just a case of packing up a few pots and pans, there is the utilities to organise, which is a mission in itself, and the worst part is the unpacking. Sure, the first few boxes are fun, you’re still in the ‘new house haze’, but by box 25 the enthusiasm starts to wane.

Once you have gone through this minefield, the fun really begins. This is the euphoric stage, the stage where you get to purchase all the exciting new bits for your home, I like to think this is the reward for all of the stress that comes with moving.

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Deciding Your Home Style

Not everyone has an immediate sense of what their home should look like, this normally comes with time, or if you’re slightly addicted to Pinterest you will know exactly what your home should look like, or at the very least what style you would like in your home.

What to Buy First?

Deciding on what to purchase first can be quite difficult, however this doesn’t have to be the case. The best way to begin this process is by choosing which room you want to begin with first, if you use a system, room by room etc. it can prevent you from purchasing items that you may not be so in love with at a later date.

It may seem ridiculous to put so much emphasis on the importance of choosing the right furniture, but these are items that will be in your home for quite some time and if you buy quality, timeless pieces they can last a lifetime.

There is no hard and fast rule on what item to start with, but your dining area is a good place to begin, why the dining area? Well this is the place that you will be entertaining your family and friends, so getting this area ready first is important, and plus we all need a place to eat our meals.

The size of your dining area really does dictate what furniture you should go for, but one of the most purchased styles is the sturdy, chunky square dining table, the reason for this is because it is a timeless piece of furniture that can stand by you through all of the trials and tribulations of life, even when you have 3 children throwing themselves around the dining area, they can do so safe in the knowledge that your table will withstand almost anything that they can throw at it.

So, whether you have moved into your first home, or this is your tenth home, it is always fun to purchase new bits that will complete your home.

How to create the Perfect Nordic Christmas Theme

With Christmas just a few days away there is still plenty of time to create the perfect festive theme throughout your home.

One of the biggest trends this Christmas season is to go Nordic. The reason the Nordic theme is so popular is due to its simplicity yet effectiveness and nothing says festive like a stack of logs, stags and knitted items.

This simplicity can be achieved by bringing the outside in, so imagine lots of lovely nature inspired elements, with candlelight, with red, white and wood tones throughout.

There are several key elements to a Nordic theme, we have shared some of our favourite must haves below.

Heart Lanterns

These are absolutely perfect for creating a warming ambience, while bringing the outside in. You can pop them on your sideboard, around your living room, in the kitchen, basically anywhere you want to add a ‘Nordic’ touch.

Felt Decorations

Nothing says Nordic quite like red and white felt decorations! You can have them in almost any shape, with hearts and stars being a popular choice. They add a special touch to your tree, or you can even dot them all around your home to carry the theme through.

Stag’s

Now, this doesn’t have to be a real life stag head, you can go ceramic, wooden or even plastic. Over the mantelpiece is the traditional place to put them, but you can of course put them anywhere around your home. These are a real statement piece and can really bring the room together.

Faux Fur Throws

Is there anything more Nordic than fur? Well, there might be, but in terms of a Nordic theme, a fur blanket is an absolute must! Just imagine relaxing in front of a beautiful open fire with a faux fur blanket draped over you, while your sipping a nice mulled wine.

 

These are just a handful of ways that you can bring the ‘Nordic’ theme into your home this festive season.