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?
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.
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!
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!
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
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
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?

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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.

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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.

Making the Most of the Lighting in Your Home

How your home looks and most importantly feels comes down to a variety of factors however lighting is key when it comes to setting the right mood, creating an atmosphere and affecting how practical a room is.

There are two types of light when it comes to interiors, natural light and good light. Encouraging the maximum use of natural light throughout the day is important, as it ensuring that additional lighting works efficiently and with the design of the room in mind as well.

The Best Light Scheme

The best light scheme is one which incorporates both natural light and a good lighting system which will offer everything the room and its inhabitants will need from dawn to dusk and beyond.

Being aware of the direction that your rooms face and what the primary and secondary functions of the room are will help you put together a lighting plan. A lighting plan will help you focus on what the room really needs lighting-wise and will ensure you make an informed decision when look at different fixtures, lamps etc.

Natural Light According to the Compass

The quality of the natural light will depend on which direction the room faces. A north facing room tends to fill with a colder, harsher light as opposed to warm light. For this reason artists often look for North facing studios or rooms to work in.

A south facing room enjoys warm light throughout the day, obviously dependant on the season and the weather. Rooms such as main living rooms and kitchens, rooms that are occupied the majority of the time benefit most from being south facing.

With a western facing room there is the risk of glare from the sun which will flood the room at the hottest part of the day although this is tempered by softer light and longer shadows as the day progresses into the afternoon. An east facing room therefore is bright in the morning and darker later.

All of these factors need to be taken into account when deciding what type of lighting will be needed.

Practical Lighting

Bearing in mind how much natural light the room in question receives it is important when designing your lighting plan to ensure that lamps, wall lights and ceiling fixtures are all best placed and give out not only enough light but the right type of light.

Task lighting for example is important for rooms where the occupant enjoys detailed work, uses a laptop, stitches, reads or does anything which requires good, solid light. An Angleposie lamp which may be moved and adjusted as appropriate and which comes in designs which suit both modern and traditionally styled rooms provides ideal adjustable light.

Consider also the type and strength and colour of the bulbs used around the room and decide whether a dimmer switch may be a lighting function which adds value to the feel and the convenience of the room.

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Putting it All Together

Once you have discovered what your room needs in terms of general lighting, task lighting and the correct positioning of these lights it is time to have some fun with your task. Shopping for homewares such as light fixtures, lampshades, mirrors to reflect light, candles and more is something that needs to be done with the lighting plan in mind yet also incorporates the colours and the style of the room as well.

If you do your homework properly and make informed lighting choices the overall effect on the room may be very dramatic and indeed will finish the room perfectly.

Amateur Interior Design Top Tips

Changing the way that a room looks or feels takes thought, time and without proper planning may be expensive. These top tips show amateur interior designers how to change a room with style and without any fuss.

It is easy to get caught up in the master plan when looking to change the way a room or even an entire home looks, especially when you have seen the perfect picture in a magazine or online which you wish to recreate. The truth is that these pictures rarely transfer exactly as you would wish them to due to the differences in room size and shape, the furniture already there and the type of natural light in place.

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The best advice interior designs give to those renovating or redecorating their homes is to take a step back and consider these top tips for getting it right first time.

  1. Make a Plan
    When you start a design led project it is important to have a rudimentary plan in place. This plan must be flexible in order to incorporate new ideas that develop as work moves on or that fabulous piece of furniture found at auction which must now be a feature. Having a basic plan in place however, as well as some style boards and similar resources stops the project getting out of hand and too far away from what you originally wanted.
  2. Get Samples
    Seeing the most fabulous pair of curtains or a carpet which looks perfect in a show room is little help to you unless you are able to look at it in the room you will be placing it in. Paint swatches, wallpaper samples, upholstery examples and more are all available from reputable retailers so that you may check out colours and textures in advance, before buying an expensive item which you then find doesn’t look quite right.
  3. Choose Furniture That is Practical and Stylish
    An antique dresser which offers absolutely no storage in a room which is crying out for it or a large modern piece which doesn’t quite fit properly and so never quite looks right adds no value to a room and will eventually end up being replaced, adding to the makeover budget and causing more work. Ensure before you buy anything that you measure up the room properly, including the windows, doorways and recesses. Modular bedroom furniture which may look traditional in style or more modern is often used to add valuable storage, to fit into awkward spaces and of course looks great too.
  4. Use Accessories and Homewares to Alter a Room
    Sometimes changing the way that a room looks and feels is reliant less on putting up new wallpaper or repainting everywhere than it is on dressing a room differently. For example, in a room with a neutral colour on the walls changing floral throws and curtains, and replacing these with more colourful contemporary pieces, adding theme and colour coordinating wall art, clocks, lampshade and assorted homewares would completely transform the space.

Take a step back and look at the room as it is before you start any project, consider your budget, what the room is used for, whether you are likely to want to change it again in twelve months. Think carefully about what would truly make your time in the space happy, as opposed to putting too much importance upon mirroring what professional interior designers state is the current top look.