Month: September 2017

The Importance of Side Tables

The Importance of Side Tables

We are always on the look out for cool and quirky furniture designs and recently the wall resting Yeh side-table from Menu caught our attention. This table offers users an eye-catchingly minimal design that relies on its two front legs and a wall for support. It is ideal as a bedside table or even in a hallway and will perfectly compliment any modern and minimalist home.
The table itself has some pretty interesting origins, it was designed by Kenyon Yeh and was inspired by a cheerleader practice: “two students were rehearsing strength and balance. The male student was in sitting position up against a wall and the female student was standing on his thighs”. Yeh used this idea and mimicked it in his table design, with its back resting on the wall and front two legs angled away from the wall for stability.
If there is one thing we have learnt about furniture over the years it is that you shouldn’t underestimate the purpose of furniture and a side table is one of those pieces that once you have invested in it, you will be unsure how you managed to survive without it. They are a perfect way to compliment any room, whether you are looking for a place to rest magazines or drinks by the side of a sofa and of course who could survive without a bedside table.
Side tables have many different uses and there are plenty of different designs and styles available on the market. If there is one piece of furniture that will last you a considerable amount of time and be well worth its cost, it is a side table. Below we have noted just a few of its key uses to show you how necessary they are.
In The Living Room
A side table is a perfect way to compliment a coffee table or your sofas. Simply put a side table on either arm of a sofa and you have an ideal place to rest drinks, books and magazines. They are also a necessity for anyone who likes to read as they allow you to have a lamp at the perfect height and distance from you.
As A Bedside Table
Bedside tables are generally chosen to match your existing bedroom furniture and so they are a perfect accompaniment to most bedrooms. They also provide you with additional storage solutions, making them ideal for smaller rooms. Bedside tables also work well in larger rooms as they help to break up the open space and make a room look fuller without being cluttered.

In A Hallway
There is nothing less attractive in a home than walking into a cluttered and unattractive hallway, it is the entrance to the house and therefore the first impression people will have of it. A side table in a hallway is a great way to keep all the clutter to a minimum without consuming too much space. Use it to keep post off the floor and store your keys so that you are never wasting time looking around the house for them.

Make The Most of a Small Apartment

Make The Most of a Small Apartment

Generally there is a stigma attached to small apartments and people feel ashamed about owning them and would rather not live in them. But they definitely have their upsides! If you live in a smaller apartment then the chances are that your rent will be considerably lower, allowing you to spend money on things that count and decorating the place. You also have a coziness that is hard to replicate in larger, open homes.

A smaller apartment can be a very stylish and inviting place…if you know how to decorate and furnish it properly. A lot is said about the necessity of ensuring furniture and styles are functional in small apartments, but if you design your apartment correctly then you should never have to sacrifice style for functionality.

Do your research before decorating a small apartment and look to existing designs and examples that you would like to replicate to help find the balance between functionality and style. You might have to do a bit of rummaging around shops to find the bits and pieces that are both functional but also represent your personal tastes but it is well worth doing so in the long run.

To get you on your way here is some advice on how to get the most out of your limited space.

Define Areas
Small apartments can suffer from clutter if you do not carefully think about how you are going to distribute space. Try your hardest to separate areas and keep things where they belong and this will help keep mess to a minimum. The last thing you want is to have your wardrobe spilling out into your livingroom area. If you have a hobby or interest that takes up space don’t be afraid to show it off and incorporate it into your home. A hanging bike rack is the perfect example of this.

Multi Function Furniture
Okay so we had to mention it…every bit of space counts when you have a smaller home and therefore furniture that can serve more than one purpose is a great space saver. Invest in pieces of furniture that will benefit you rather than you having to work around them. A bedroom is one of the best places to introduce these pieces of furniture and more and more we are seeing the development of interesting design and storage solutions for beds. One of particular note is a hanging bed that can be raised and lowered when required.

Make The Most of Unused Space
If you are limited on time then the chances are you have left the majority of furnishings in your apartment like you found them when you moved in. try to look at your home with a fresh set of eyes and see if there are any wasted corners or areas of a room that can be utilised. Identifying these dead spaces, such as those under your bed and using them for storage can be a great way of creating more space and less clutter.

Go Vertical
If you are short on ground space then invest in storage that is taller rather than wider. This will open up floor space and also make the ceilings appear taller too.

How To Make Your Bathroom The Envy Of Prospective Buyers

How To Make Your Bathroom The Envy Of Prospective Buyers

If you are thinking of selling your home or are struggling to shift your house on the property market then you may have to rethink your strategy and make some changes to key rooms. One of the easiest ways to make your home more inviting to prospective buyers and even to add more value to it is by remodeling your bathroom. An unattractive and dated bathroom can be a big turn off and the last thing a lot of people want to do once they have bought the house is immediately get into redecorating a bathroom.

Giving a bathroom a makeover doesn’t always require a complete overhaul, there are simple and hassle free ways to make it more attractive without you having to splash the cash. You also want to be aware of not redecorating a bathroom in too specific a style as this might go against certain buyer’s tastes.

Here are our top tips for making your bathroom a positive point rather than a negative one for prospective buyers.

Classic Themes
Overall a bathroom isn’t really the sort of place where you want to experiment with styles. This isn’t to say that you have to be boring but it is important to opt for a style that you can see fitting in with the rest of your house and one that you won’t want to change after a few years. If in doubt then always go for a neutral colour scheme, this will suit practically all bathrooms and will be a good base for the rest of your design.

Painting
Everyone knows one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a room look fresher is to give it a quick lick of paint! Paint can transform a room from dark and dingy to bright and airy in no time at all. Choose neutral and light tones, as they will be more agreeable to everyone than any bold style.

Grouting
Generally grouting is the most irritating and unappealing area of a bathroom, this is where dirt and bacteria sneak into and can make a bathroom look very dirty and old. If this is the case in your bathroom then you might want to consider a re-grout. You might even want to consider retiling the bathroom all together with a more modern and easy to maintain style.

New Taps
Another quick and easy way to introduce a bit of style and character into a bathroom is to replace the taps with either modern or vintage designs. It is a cheap option that can create a more elegant bathroom.

Shower Curtains
It’s fair to say that a lot of shower curtains are really worse for wear and if this is the case in your bathroom then you might want to consider swapping it for a new one or removing it all together. You shouldn’t underestimate the impact of small changes in a room and this is definitely one that will swing whether a bathroom is stylish or cringe worthy.

Mirrors
Too many bathrooms rely on a tiny mirror and we are generally of the opinion that the bigger the better! Mirrors not only help you in them morning but they also reflect light from the window and make the bathroom a lighter and fresher environment.

How To Create An Inviting Kitchen

How To Create An Inviting Kitchen

Whilst a minimalist style is a very popular and current one in interior design, if it isn’t done correctly then it can leave important areas like your kitchen cold and uninviting. The kitchen is a place that should be welcoming and where you want to spend time, whether cooking or interacting with people. This is why there has been a growing trend for wholesome ‘shaker’ style kitchens.

Although these kitchens are stylish in their own way, it isn’t their primary concern to look or be fancy. Instead the idea is to create a warm and friendly environment that is both simple in design and traditional.

Here are some style tips to make your kitchen more inviting and less like a generic.

Open Shelving
One of the simplest ways to add character and practicality to an area is with open shelving. Not all of your cupboards require doors and by introducing open shelves you are actually able to show off ceramics and your fine crockery or glasses. If you have too much junk then you can use baskets on the shelves to have the area open but not put every individual piece on display, this is also another fine way to add some style points.

Get Wood
Traditionally shaker style kitchens really embrace wooden paneled units. The use of woods such as maple can add a warming touch and can also be painted to suit your personal preference. This also means that if your kitchen is also looking a bit worse for wear then you can simply repaint the panels for a quick and easy revamp.

A Peg Rail
Incorporating a peg rail into your kitchen not only adds a great storage option but also style points too. Whether you want to use it for keeping coats on or even pots and pans, a peg rail is something you can even create yourself with a strip of wood and several pegs.

Tile It Up
Tiles are a great way to create a traditional look and they are also a lot easier to clean than if you were to make a mess cooking with painted walls. Tiles can be a great way to merge the cupboards and paintwork together and you should look to choose a style and colour that compliments the kitchen. It is probably a good idea to avoid or limit tiles that have a pattern on them as this can clash with the rest of the room.

Furniture
If your kitchen is large enough then you should definitely consider putting in some freestanding furniture such as an island bay or breakfast table. This will not only make the kitchen more of a social area but it will also add to its traditional and inviting appearance. Think smartly when making these choices and you can end up with a table or island bay that provides you with several storage options too, helping you to get the most out of your kitchen space.

How To Choose A Coffee table

How To Choose A Coffee table

You might not believe it but a coffee table is an integral piece in the living room setup. Those of you who have moved into a home and it either hasn’t already been furnished with a coffee table or you are yet to buy one, will probably have resorted to using your sofa’s arm as a coffee rest and this definitely isn’t the right way to be thinking. A coffee table isn’t merely a functional object but it is also an opportunity to add a personal touch of style to a room, whether you opt for a minimalist and stylish glass-topped model or a battered and worn vintage one.

As ever there is a lot more to take into consideration than you might expect when buying a coffee table. Fortunately we have outlines them all to make your life that little bit easier!

Understand Your Space
There is no point getting a coffee table that is either too big or too small for your living room, regardless of how much you might like a particular design. In general a coffee table should be around 18 inches away from your sofa for optimal reaching distance. This makes it close enough for you to place something on it and far enough that your legs have space. Consider the size of your room and perhaps cut a cardboard shape out to see what a specific sized coffee table would look like in your room.

Leave Space
Whilst you want to leave adequate space between the sofa and coffee table, you should also make sure there is enough space between the coffee table and the rest of the room. You do not want a table that restricts a frequently travelled route, whether it is to the other side of the room or to the television.

Know Heights
Another consideration that a lot of people don’t take into account is the height of their coffee table. What you need to consider is the height of your sofa, if you have a particularly high sofa then there is no use getting a low coffee table, not only will it be impractical but it will also make the proportions of your room look odd. If you use a coffee table a lot then consider going a bit taller than the regular 16 to 18 inches as this means you won’t be bending over as much every time you use it.

Be Aware of Styles
A coffee table should compliment your existing style, namely that of your sofa. This doesn’t mean that they have to be identical styles, rather just think of what will look good when placed next to each other. There are plenty of coffee tables designs available, from glass to metal to give you options.

Go For Glass
A glass table is becoming a more popular choice for coffee tables. It can also be a great storage solution, as well as one that shows off things. Consider investing in one that allows you to stack books beneath it to show off a bit of your collection as well as keeping it out the way.