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.

What Does Your Desk Say About You?

As a business person, once we realise we’ll be spending a LOT of time in our office, our thoughts turn to making it as comfortable as possible.

The first item we look at is a desk and your choice can say an awful lot about you.
Personally, I have a Victorian knee hole mahogany desk (so middle class), with a rather worn leather top. It’s not everyone’s taste as the handles tend to fall off at will and it takes a lot to clean but it suits my personality.
It’s big enough to hold up to ten empty coffee cups without compromising my space. It also has very deep drawers that hide a multitude of sins.

What does this mean? It means I’m messy, unpredictable, chaotically organised and falling to bits. Enough about me though what does your desk say about you?
Entrepreneur
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You are just beginning. Do you have piles of paper to the side? You’re an entrepreneur who doesn’t care where you work from as once you’re in the zone, you could be anywhere.
Compromiser
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The perfect desk for the Compromiser

Do you even use this desk or do you give up and bring the laptop onto your knee in bed? I bet you’re a compromiser who doesn’t want work to filter too much into your home life- but it does! It may be time for a bigger desk or even a home office. Working from home is a luxury for you but you’ve had to compromise on space in order to fit it in and to please others who live with you!
Optimist
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The perfect desk for the Optimist

You’ve chosen this desk as you don’t need a lot of space, you’re only going to work a few hours a day. How’s that working out for you hm? You’re optimistic and you think working from home is for emergencies only but somehow you find yourself sat at this desk, more often than not, playing bejewelled. Add me on facebook, we’ll get along!
Idealist
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The idealist’s desk can be doubled as a dressing table, oh dream on…

You thought that working from home would mean views of the garden, cooking dinner in your lunch hour and finally finding the time to take up knitting. Your desk shows your love for romance and the good life but it’s what’s in the drawers that count. How many times have you cooked dinner from scratch this week?
Bond Villain
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Room4interiors bond villain desk

You expect me to talk? No Mr Bond I expect you to… add me on LinkedIn

You’d have a white cat on your lap if the hairs didn’t clash with your Armani suit and make their way into the mouse (no pun intended). You like to spend time surveying your empire which is usually the box room and you see no reason why you can’t step on toes to get to the top (albeit toes of the family dog.)
Peter Pan
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Perfect desk for teenagers

In the rest of the house you’ve been forced to grow up and be an adult. You may be surrounded with Laura Ashley curtains and Ikea wine racks but the office is your domain. Forever young, this desk displays your love of never growing up. You want to be the computer geek in weird science that recreates Kelly Brook (or Brock I can’t remember). You’re the Ferris Bueller of the 80’s and still fantasise about that car… you go for it son!

 

The Home Life

We would all like to live in the perfect house but there may be more happening inside our home than we realise. From the life of our furniture to the technology we use, our home and what we keep within its four walls could have its own story to tell. The infographic below shares a few interesting facts on home life and the choices we make. Does any of it sound familiar to you?

Home Living

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Ultimate Clothing Organisation

One of the main issues which pulls down the feel of a bedroom down is ineffective clothing storage which often results in clothing being left on top of chairs and drawers to be sorted another time. By changing your approach to clothing organisation you may completely alter the atmosphere of your bedroom.

As adults we seem to spend an enormous amount of time washing, drying and ironing clothing and so it makes little sense not to pay closer attention to how our clothes are stored. Effective clothing storage should allow enough room for all items to be stored appropriately, will make them easier to put away, get out and should eliminate the creasing that occurs when clothes are squeezed into already full drawers or cupboards.

First Have a Clear Out

Often the biggest problem when it comes to a lack of clothing storage space is having too many items of clothing, footwear and accessories. If you use them all then that is fine, and with modular bedroom storage it is possible to properly store all of them for easy access. If however you have clothing in four different sizes, clothing that has definitely seen better days and items which you know won’t be worn again then a clear-out is required. Sell, donate or bin anything that you can’t, won’t or don’t wear.

Plan Your Storage

Having decluttered your clothing collection you now need to consider which items you wear regularly and what kind of bedroom furniture you need. Modular bedroom furniture allows you to customise the storage you need to suit your own specific needs and incorporate areas specifically for dresses, trousers, jeans, work suits etc.

Having separate sections for underwear, ties, nightwear, shoes and so on will enable you to quickly and easy find what you are looking for makes putting clothes away a much simpler job.

Modular Bedroom

Use Your Modular Bedroom Furniture Wisely

Once you have purchased and installed your fabulous new clothing storage system it is important to use it in the most effective way possible so that you don’t fall back into bad clothing storage habits and so that you may reap the huge benefits of having proper bedroom furniture.

Remember to rotate your clothing as the seasons pass so that you have the most appropriate clothing to hand when the weather changes. Take advantage of this bespoke type of system so that putting together outfits for any occasion couldn’t be easier.

Having completely revolutionised the way that you view and utilise clothing storage furniture, stay on top of clothing clutter so that you may continue to enjoy a clean, clutter free and relaxed bedroom. Enjoy your time once more in a bedroom where clothing has a home of its own and you have a room that feels more of a haven than a jumble sale.