The tables in your home say a lot more about you than you might expect, whether you own a bruise and battered vintage coffee table or a minimalist dining room table. However there is a lot more that goes into choosing a table than aesthetics (although this is an important part), here are some of the important criteria to think about:
Obviously knowing what you are going to be using your table for should dictate a lot about its style and size. Do you need a table for your livingroom? In which case it is likely going to be a coffee table, so choose a design that matches your existing furniture. Perhaps you need a table that provides extra storage space or one that can provide additional seating when necessary.
Know Your Room
Taking into consideration the room your new table is going to go in should impact your decision. In no instance should you ever go out and buy a table without knowing the measurements of your room and where you are going to be putting the table (unless you have a huge space to fill). If you have a cramped room then the last thing you want is a table that occupies too much space.
Just as you have to know the size of your room so to must you be aware of the height of your sofa and chairs. A high-seated sofa is not going to benefit from having a very low coffee table and vice versa.
If you are low on space then perhaps it is wise to either invest in a table that has a shelf unit underneath it or space for moveable storage bays to sit underneath it. This can be an ideal solution to housing your children’s toys or showcasing books on a glass surfaced coffee table.
If you are prone to clumsiness or forget to use a coaster then wooden tables that can be marked or stained might not be the best choice. There are all sorts of materials available out there from the alternate metal-surfaced tables to glass.
A table should be used to compliment your existing style and other furniture. It can be used as a focal point in a dining room or kept minimal so other focal points are more noticeable. Deciding the importance you want to put on it should help you decide its style and colour. Tables are also a great way to add texture and tone to a room, especially if your room uses a neutral colour palette.
While we generally assume tables once put in a room stay in the same position, quite often they have to be moved for certain occasions or cleaning and therefore it is worth considering whether your table should be portable or not. There are plenty of designs that come with casters or are light weight, but if you buy a heavy oak table then don’t expect to be able to easily shift it around when you need to.
Perhaps one of the biggest causes of arguments in a household is based around the bathroom. If your home only has one bathroom then the morning scramble for it can often be a cause of frustration and arguments, throw in the classic “who left the toilet seat up” allegations and you have a pretty hostile start to the day.
However if you want your bathroom to be a place of calm or you are even considering having another bathroom built to have away with these morning time scuffles then there are several factors worth taking into consideration:
If you are creating a bathroom from scratch then chances are you haven’t really done anything like this before. Your prime concern should be that of functionality and spacing, it is very important to be aware of plumbing and where the key bathroom features can actually go, that is where will you place the sink, toilet, shower or bath? It is best to have a set plan before you get any workmen in as the chances are that they will charge a considerable amount if you keep changing your mind about things midway through completion.
A great piece of advice is to map out the room and think about accessibility. By this we mean place a chair where you would want the toilet to be, stand or move around where the shower would go or lie down where you would want the bath. It is a visualisation trick that will help you get the feel of the room before everything is fitted. You might have an idea of how you would like the room but if it doesn’t feel right then it may be worth reconsidering.
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.
Minimalism is always a good look in a bathroom, rather than going for outlandish themed accessories why not focus on investing in good quality and unique cabinets and sinks. The attention to detail can be added with the style of taps, mirror and cabinet handles you choose.
Know Your Budget
Starting a bathroom from scratch can be an expensive affair if you aren’t careful with your budget. It can be quite a major project and for it all to work out the chances are that you will have to part with a bit of money. It is better to spend more money on an investment than cut corners and end up having to start all over again at a later date. The best way to make it an enjoyable and fruitful project is to do your research, not rush into anything and be aware of your budget throughout.
You will be pretty hard pressed to design a home without introducing some form of pattern or print. Both are tools that allow us to create a look, mood and character that would otherwise be very difficult if we were just relying on a block of colour. From floral themes to Moroccan prints, patterns come in an abundance of styles that can create calm or excitement.
Having said that, prints and patterns can be an intimidating look to incorporate and knowing to what degree you introduce them can also be tricky. Here are some of the biggest print and pattern trends of 2014 to help you on your way.
Greys, Off Whites and Soft Blacks
If you go to any interior showroom or trade fair then it is pretty much a certainty that you will come across this colour palette. These are colours that are very popular with consumers at the minute, look for design ideas where these colours are used in combination to compliment each other.
The floral trend is one that is not only in fashion this year but also interior design. This trend can easily be incorporated into your bedroom through pieces of art, wall prints and wallpaper. This is a trend that you can easily attempt yourself but if you have the funds it is a great idea to get a professional to create a hand painted piece.
Tired of looking at dull prints and patterns? Why not opt for natural textures instead. Make your bedroom more of an inviting environment by introducing natural tones, wood, stone and brick. Choose wooden designs that are made from unaltered cuts of wood as this showcases their natural curves and looks, creating an interesting and relaxing environment. More than just creating a natural look, these styles are very interesting to the eye too.
There is something exciting about walking into a fancy hotel room and having that immediate feel of luxury and thought out design. There are a few key factors to take into consideration when you try and replicate this style, namely a focus on lighting as this is one of the most influential ways of creating and affecting moods. Hotels tend to maintain pattern and print themes throughout the room so have a look at ideas online for inspiration.
Once you have decided upon what prints and patterns you want to use, you then have to decide how to incorporate them. Repeating a particular texture throughout a room is a great way to create an impactful scheme. For instance use the material of your bedhead on any other furniture in your room, such as chairs or seating at the end of the bed and curtains. Look to have colours or styles that compliment each other throughout the room and this will create a unity that a lot of rooms actually lack. And it will also help you focus on the focal point of the room without getting distracted.
The bedroom is that all-important place where we retire to after a long day and look to escape from all the stress of our lifestyles. Therefore there is nothing more important than ensuring our bedrooms are a comfortable and enjoyable environment to be in. after all, who wants to spend all their sleepy nights and waking hours in a room that looks like its been designed by our grandparents?
If your bedroom is crying out for a modern makeover then follow some of these tips and you’ll be well on your way to a stylish and relaxing room.
Colour Is Key
What colour or colours you decorate your room is really down to personal preference and therefore there isn’t really too much that you shouldn’t do. A lot of people enjoy having lighter cream colours in their bedrooms and this tends to make the furniture the focal point of the room, whilst others prefer more vibrant colours that add a warmth and depth to the room. One of the key things to avoid though is using colours that are too dark, they can make a room look uninviting and even a bit sinister and this is definitely not an environment you want to create for yourself or others.
Having the right lighting in your room can make all the difference in how it looks. It is never a good idea to rely solely on ceiling lighting and if possible you should always have adjustable lighting to help create the appropriate atmosphere. There is nothing worse than bedrooms with unflattering lighting! Lamps are a great way to add touches of style and alternative lighting options, the style you choose can help create a modern look that adds a lot of character to your room.
Nothing says modern like wooden flooring, whether it is laminate or one of the many other options available on the market right now. So do away with that old stained carpet and opt for a cleaner and fresher look on your floor. Laminate is a choice that is not only cheap but will add some style points, especially when teamed with a rug or two for added texture.
Choose The Right Furniture
Generally lighter coloured furniture is a better option than dark as it can make a room feel quite old fashioned. This isn’t to say you can’t go dark but just be wary of the material and style when doing so. Everyone should know that the bed is the focal point of the bedroom and therefore a lot of importance should be placed on its position and what type of frame you invest in. remember that bed sheets are the finishing touches to a stylish bed! Also a lot of us suffer from not having a headboard on our beds, although this gives us a lot of style options, it is also a bit of additional comfort when being sat up in bed and can greatly impact the look of a bedroom so it is a definite must.