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  • Spring Design Ideas For Your Living Room

    Spring is the best season of the year. As the weather warms up and plants burst through, it is a time for renewal, and looking forward to what the summer may bring.

    It is also the ideal opportunity to freshen your house up, and use the positivity of a fresh outlook to rejuvenate your living space. You might just want a new coat of paint to liven the atmosphere, or you may want to be a little more radical...

    Here are 5 living room design tips to get you started:

    Make It An Oasis

    One of the most appealing aspects of spring is the greenery that begins to appear outside. It is a calming, reassuring sight, so why not bring it inside too? Use potted floor plants and position smaller plants on window ledges. Not only do they look great, but their leaves also clean the air. Excellent for a health-conscious family.

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    Go Lazy

    If you want to try something different, and give your living room the illusion of more space, go for lightweight relaxing furniture. Ditch the traditional sofa, and instead have a number of deep seated wooden or metal framed chairs situated around the room. Open weave rattan chairs are the perfect solution for this design theme as they are durable, look stunning, and are surprisingly comfortable.

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    Copy The Japanese

    Japanese homes are famed for their minimal, airy qualities. Their people believe that less clutter is reflected in the physical and mental health of the house occupiers. To mimic this style, make sure to look out for slim-line light coloured furniture and avoid using dark colours in the room décor. Thin white tables combined with light wood furniture are a great way to start your Japanese adventure!

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    Try Traditional

    If you prefer to give your living room a more classy and elegant finish, it may be time to consider using dark wood furniture. Many people associate dark wood with a more sombre ambience, but done correctly it can look really peaceful and luxurious.

    The main trick is to always have a light coloured wall and flooring scheme around the furniture. It is this contrast that highlights the quality and workmanship of the darker pieces and gives rise to the elegant perception. Light colours also emphasise the tranquil homely nature you are trying to accomplish.

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    Urban Chic

    Industrial-style living has become increasingly popular in recent years, with loft apartments and bare brick walls a regular sight in design magazines.

    Do you find them attractive?

    Now spring is here, it could be a great time to give your living space the warehouse look.

    Metal furniture is a must for this design theme; try and source dark iron-framed tables and chairs, while keeping accessories to a minimum. A few canvas photos, and a side table for your industrial style lamp are a nice way to get this style created quickly. Trendy leather chairs also look fantastic against a stone or brick backdrop.

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    How are you going to spruce up your home this year? Maybe you prefer a different design? Check out our ranges – they may just inspire you further.

  • Refresh Your Home With Occasional Seating

    Most properties tend to conform to tradition when it comes to room design. Dining furniture in one area and lounge furniture in another is the 'British standard'.

    Yet what if you thought outside these self-imposed boundaries?

    By drawing inspiration from abroad, and incorporating the latest design trends, you can change the feel and ambience of your house very easily.

    Here are a few ways occasional seating can be used to refresh any home:

    A Landing Chair

    If you are lucky enough to have a landing with a window, why not place a comfy chair next to it? These areas are ideal for relaxing and reading a book, away from the bustle of your main living room. One issue could be a lack of space, yet there are still options. Choose a slim-line rattan seat with a comfy cushion, and your all set!

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    Create A Snug

    Large spaces can be made much more cosy by using a bookshelf as a room divider. It can be a great way to create a new area without expensive structural costs. People are beginning to use this method to split dining areas into formal and informal zones. Simply get a great looking bookcase and a couple of lounge chairs for your new snug enclosure.

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    Kitchen Innovation

    The kitchen is often thought of as a place that is only for food preparation. If furniture does encroach on this area, it is usually in the form of hard wood stools – certainly not a place to relax. However, when you think about it, our kitchens are a place where we spend a lot of time, so why not make them more appealing?

    If you have room available, consider Olivia Rattan and Mindi Daybed – somewhere to put your feet up while the slow cooker burns.

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    The Simplest Solution?

    One way to quickly alter the perception of any living space is use stools as foot-rests. Simply by placing a stool in front of an existing chair, you are suggesting that putting your feet up is welcome! This technique can be the most powerful in formal dining areas that need a bit of time and love spending on them. It can also be a way of introducing new design details into the room, as can be seen by our unique goat hide teak stools.

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    Outdoor Ideas

    If you think of some of your best holidays, it is likely to evoke memories of sitting outside with family and friends. Now granted, the British weather is not always reliable, but most people have an outside space that could use more imagination. Maybe you have a balcony, yard, garden, or roof terrace? Just erect an umbrella or awning, and then use some lazy style chairs underneath to give your home an al fresco option.

     

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    Have you been inspired to think further about using occasional chairs? Browse the full range to find something that suits you.

  • Colours That Complement Wood Furniture

    Nothing states quality and luxury more than hardwood furniture.

    Chunky beds and hand-crafted side units have a beautifully natural feel. This gives a relaxing and reassuring presence in any home environment. Just as important are the choices of colours to complement the wooden theme. Ideally, wall colours, floor coverings, and other furnishings should be used to illustrate the focal-point features. With that in mind, we have put together a short guide on the best ways colours can complement wood furniture.

    Keep the decor light
    The most obvious recommendation is to paint your walls in lighter shades. If you have mid-tone or dark wood furniture, white or magnolia walls can help lighten up the room. Cream decor and
    natural teak products are also an excellent way to achieve the 'cottage' type look.

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    Warm and inviting
    Part of the appeal of wood furniture, is the 'warmth' it exudes. A great way to extend on this feature is to also use a light, inviting colour scheme such as lilac. This design can be a perfect solution for a bedroom, where peace and tranquillity are the key factors.

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    Make floor coverings subtle
    To really make your main wood pieces stand out, have the floor coverings a few shades lighter than the furniture. For dark wood, pine and mid-tone flooring works well. If your main feature is a natural teak bed or chair, then neutral flooring or white carpet can be a good contrast.

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    Keep your wood colours consistent
    While all wood shades can rightly be regarded as elegant and luxurious, mixing them together is not a great idea. Keep your chosen tone consistent. Having a variety of different woods on display in one room causes colour clash and can be an ambience killer. If you would like a range of wood tones in your home, make sure to split them by room.

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    Metal design decisions
    If you are intending to go for a more modern interior design, considering using chrome or
    aluminium finishings to provide a sleek contrast to the main wood furniture. This 'industrial' design scheme has become more popular in recent years, and can be a sure way to grab the attention of any future dinner party visitors!

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    Do you have any suggestions about which colours to use? Have you got some great design photos to share? Let us know via our Facebook page.

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