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  • Treat yourself to a stylish mirror in 2021!

    A mirror is a perfect way to brighten up your living space. Whether it’s a classic French leaner or one to hang on the wall. Finding the right piece to match your interior is a key part in turning your house into your home. 

    Rich French carvings inspired by the Louis XV era are a main feature in every leaner mirror we showcase. Creating a sophisticated ambience throughout your home. 

    Our Carved Louis Mirror is available in a classy cream. 

    Or for a contemporary spin in a sleek Silver… 

    For a similar design in a more practical wall mirror try our French Antique Gold Wooden Mirror! Easily expand your room and create the illusion of space.

    If a wooden contemporary look is your preference, then take a look at our Eccelston Round Mirror. Brighter, light atmospheres can be created with a natural wooden finish. Allowing natural light to bounce around the room.

    Our Manhattan Charcoal Round Mirror adds a touch of retro-modern elegance to a sleek interior.

    If you haven't found the piece for you then check out the rest of our range here or give us a call. 

    As always, a complete look requires some coordination across your interior. Try matching the French pieces above with some of our Beaulieu or Sophia range. As for the contemporary interior, we would recommend checking out our Manhattan ranges.

    Our contemporary Manhattan mirror matched with the four poster bed.

    Feel free to browse our catalogue or select any image to view the piece on our website!

    Fern xx

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  • How to Decorate a Bedside Table

    Often used to hold drinks, store
    items in the drawers below and house your alarm clock, a bedside table is an item of furniture that is
    sometimes only acknowledged for its practical use. But if you’ve gone to all
    the trouble of decorating your bedroom in a certain style and colour scheme,
    not continuing this theme with your bedside tables could result in an unwanted
    mismatch of aesthetics.

    Below, we look at your options when
    it comes to decorating a bedside table and provide tips on how you can do this
    in a way that will complement the rest of your bedroom.

    How to dress a bedside table

    You may have picked out bedside tables that are stylish
    and visually appealing, but if you’re unsure of what to use to accentuate their
    appearance, you may be wasting the potential of these pieces of furniture.
    Instead of taking a risky leap in permanently altering your bedside tables by
    painting them, there are simpler steps you can take to style them.

    two matching decorative bedside tables in a stylish bedroom.

    How to style a bedside table

    Before buying a set of bedside
    tables, it’s a good idea to think about what you need, such as whether you want
    them to have an inbuilt storage shelf or drawers. You may also want to choose a
    bedside table that will match the height of your bed. That said, even if you’ve
    disregarded these elements and simply based your decision on what you liked the
    look of, it’s still likely you can make them work in your bedroom.

    If you want to style your bedside
    tables, you may want to:

    Use it as an opportunity to
    personalise -

    Your bedroom is your own personal
    space and it’s to be expected that bedside tables will reflect the person who
    sleeps beside them. Although you should refrain from cluttering up your bedside
    table, it can be used as a method of showing off your personality. As such, you
    may want to include decorative items and ornaments that reflect
    your preferences and interests just as you would with a bookshelf or coffee
    table.

    Identify items that match -

    Whether it’s the colour, style,
    shape or pattern, finding items that match elements of your bedroom will make
    them blend in far better. However, while this is advisable for the most part,
    you can still decide to include one piece that is totally different in colour
    or style for contrast.

    Consider an element of symmetry -

    In any bedroom, attractive bedside
    tables will typically show some level of symmetry. You might want to consider making your tables
    symmetrical with each other. For example, if one has a lamp in one
    corner, imagine a mirror in the middle of the bed and position the same type of
    lamp on the opposite side of the other bedside table. Even by simply doing this
    with two objects, your bedroom will look more welcoming.

    Decorate in sets of three -

    When you add items to your bedside
    table that are likely to be permanent fixtures, work in sets of three, starting
    with the largest at the back and displaying the smaller items at the front. If
    they’re spaced out evenly, you can present a sense of organisation while still
    being able to display useful items such as lamps, books or clocks.

    Keep it minimal -

    Working in sets of three is one
    thing, but if you decide to work within this mindset but for nine items, your
    bedside table may become messy and unorganised. Not only do you want your
    bedside tables to look good, but if you’re using your table to hold a drink or
    temporarily store other items, having all areas covered won’t leave you with
    many options.

    What to put on a bedside table

    We’ve spoken about how you could consider adding items
    to your bedside tables that suit the style of the room and cover empty areas,
    but you may be wondering what types of items are suitable for a bedside table.

    Items that are commonly used to decorate bedside tables
    include:

    • Books
    • Candles
    • Clocks
    • Diffusers
    • Dishes
      and trays
    • Lamps
    • Ornaments
    • Plants
      or flowers
    • Picture
      frames
    • Vases

    How to choose bedside table lamps

    Often seen as the primary component for decorating a
    bedside table, lamps offer subtle lighting for the evening
    while finishing off the look of the bedroom. Available in a selection of
    different shapes, sizes and styles, choosing a lamp can be difficult, but you
    can make the decision based on a number of key factors, such as:

    Style -

    Many people that use lamps as the focal point of their
    bedside tables blend them in with the colour and style of the tables themselves
    and the rest of the room. While this is something that typically works and is
    perfectly fine to do, lamps working as a centrepiece means that you’re given
    more freedom with the option you choose.

    Even a lamp that only has one minor similarity with the
    rest of the room is likely to work as the contrasting component. A benefit to
    having matching lamps on either bedside table is that at least they’ll match
    with each other, increasing the chance of working with the design throughout
    the rest of the bedroom.

    Size -

    Picking a lamp that is the appropriate size in relation
    to your bedside table, bed and the rest of your room is also important. It
    isn’t always easy to calculate this, but as long as the lamp is around a third
    of the size of your bedside table, it should look right.

    Another consideration is the height of the lamp. Between
    the lamp itself and the lampshade, some lamps can be excessively tall, and when
    added to a bedside table, it can sometimes stick out like a sore thumb. The
    height of the lamp shouldn’t be much taller than half the height of the bedside
    table. As for width, it should be evident if the lampshade is too wide if it’s
    spreading outside of the bedside table and getting in the way. If you have problems
    with this, you could always decide to swap the lampshade for one that is better
    suited to the side of your bedroom.

    Quantity -

    As previously mentioned, it’s a good idea to have two of
    the same lamp, with each of one displayed on opposite bedside tables. However,
    you may decide to only have one lamp. You can do this providing the lamp you
    choose is striking and large enough to act as the room’s centre piece.

    If you do choose to go in this direction though, it’s important that you’re aware of the minimal light only one lamp will bring. As a result, you may need to rely on a ceiling light or a lamp elsewhere in the room such as a tall floor lamp.

    Fern xx

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  • Finding your perfect Wardrobe or Armoire

    A wardrobe is a key part in the making of your perfect bedroom. Providing plenty of storage options and a masterpiece to show off in your home.

    Here at Crown French Furniture we offer a stylish array of French, Contemporary and Shabby-chic wardrobes and armoires. This blog is to help you pick out the perfect piece for you and your ideal French home.

    For a classic French look in a stunning white finish, beautiful hand-carved details and natural imperfections - try our elegant Sophia French Armoire with 2 doors.

    Or for a sleeker, more complete look, try our Parisian French Double Wardrobe in a modern grey...

    Grand in stature, if a regal French interior is your aim then our Antionette Sleigh Mahogany Wardrobe is for you!

    Available in a Double....

    Or for even more classic French style , why not try it in a Triple?

    If silver is your preference, our Alexandria 2 Door Armoire is perfect for you. Finished in the finest silver leaf and stunning curves exerting French vibes.

    Or for something completely different, try our unique Manhattan Retreat Open Wardrobe, finished in a natural mango wood colour. Perfect for your contemporary or classic French home.

    If none of these wardrobes match your criteria or for more information check out our website to see the rest of our wonderful range of top-quality French furniture. 

    Fern xx

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  • How to Choose a Coffee Table

    Utilised as the final missing component in your living room’s décor, a piece designed to contrast with the colour and style of a seated area or simply to hold drinks when friends and family come to visit, a coffee table is an item of furniture that acts as a centrepiece to any home’s room for entertaining guests.

    A coffee table may be taken for granted, but if it doesn’t complement other items of furniture in the room it's situated, it could be the downfall of your entire aesthetic. In this blog, we explain the many uses of coffee tables before providing help on what criteria you should consider for picking out a new coffee table for your home.

    What is a coffee table used for?

    In the process of decorating a living room or another space that is designed for relaxing and spending time with friends and family, sofas are a component that simply cannot be ignored. However, coffee tables are often seen as the second most important items after sofas, providing an additional practical element to combine with your sofas and completing the look. Indeed, while many people may choose to include a coffee table for design purposes or simply because they feel it’s mandatory, it would actually be more beneficial to use a coffee table for practical purposes.

    With many styles, shapes, colours and materials to choose from, a coffee table can fill unwanted space in a seated area. That said, coffee tables do more than just please the eye, offering support for holding drinks, television remotes, magazines, and if you actively look to turn your coffee table into a centrepiece, books, vases, candles, lighting and ornaments.

    A set of coffee tables displayed in a modern living room.

    How to pick a coffee table

    Often located in the middle of a living room space, a coffee table can’t be ignored, so you need to make sure that the one you pick is perfect. Coffee tables are available in a vast selection of different forms, but it’s possible to pick out the correct option for your living room providing you consider the material, shapes and uses of your ideal coffee table.

    Coffee table materials:

    Wood - ideal for a rustic, authentic feel

    Glass - a minimal option for upmarket layouts

    Mirror - perfect for promoting a feeling of elegance and enhancing the appearance of space

    Metal - typically associated with vintage feels or used as an arbiter between new and old

    Marble - popular with light tones and sophisticated décor

    Coffee table shapes:

    Rectangular - modern and best suited to larger areas

    Square - suitable for both practicality and representing symmetry alongside other items of furniture

    Circular - casual and easier for people to move around with ease

    Oval - a welcome mix between the perks of square and circular options

    Uses:

    Aside from the visual side of your coffee table, it would be beneficial to think of practical uses. For example, an ottoman would be an alternative option for privately storing items, nesting tables give you the option to split off your tables into separate pieces and use in different areas of the room, or you could opt against a coffee table, instead using a couple of matching side tables.

    What shape of coffee table goes with a sectional sofa?

    A key consideration when it comes to choosing a coffee table is that it works alongside other pieces of furniture in your living room. This extends to any components in the room - including curtains, bookshelves, lighting, the fireplace, doors, windows and even the colour of the room itself - but whether the visual aesthetic works or not will be dependent on the shape, size, colour and style of your sofa. However, while this will take some thought, you may be even more uncertain of your living room’s layout if you have a sectional sofa.

    Sectional sofas are made from several pieces, often meaning that it could be formed as a corner sofa or possess a section that allows the user to lie down. As such, they aren’t always square shaped and symmetrical, leading to potential problems with finding a coffee table that fits alongside this type of sofa.

    Matching a coffee table with a sectional sofa isn’t actually as difficult as it may sound, and you shouldn’t have any problem doing this as long as you bear in mind a few fundamental factors. For instance, it’s crucial that your coffee table is proportionate to your sofa. Sectional sofas are often oversized and significantly larger than traditional sofas, so this could mean investing in a larger coffee table.

    As for L-shaped corner sofas, square coffee tables will present a sleek sense of correlation between similar shapes with circular coffee tables will provide easier navigation for anyone looking to sit down or stand up. The important factor for making a coffee table work with this type of sectional sofa is to ensure that it is positioned inside the length of the sofa. If it overlaps outside of the sofa’s length, the oversized nature of the sofa will look more out of place, making it stand out uncomfortably.

    How to choose a coffee table size

    Identifying a coffee table that is the correct size for your living room is just as important as finding one that is visually appealing and complements your existing colour scheme and decorative style.

    A coffee table is typically between 16 and 18 inches tall and around 58 inches long, but that’s not to say that these measurements are right for the space you’re decorating.

    If you need help with picking the size of your table, you should:

    • Ensure that there is at least two feet between the coffee table and all other items of furniture
    • Measure your room to get a feel for what size would work best
    • Pick a coffee table that is around two thirds shorter than the length of your sofa
    • Check that the height of the coffee table is in line with the sofa's cushions.

    While these tips are likely to help the process of choosing the correct size to suit your sofa and other elements in your living room, you should make sure that you’re sizing a coffee table using your own specifications.

    For instance, if you have a lot of space in your living room and you’ve planned for your furniture to be several feet away from your coffee table, it would be more suitable to get a coffee table that is wider, longer and closer to the ground. Alternatively, if your living room is more compact and you want a cosier feel and more storage options, it would be better suited for your coffee table to be thinner, taller and carrying shelves and drawers for holding items.

    Fern xx

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  • Manhattan Contemporary Furniture

    The Manhattan range is a retro-modern collection of bedroom and dining room furniture that adds a contemporary atmosphere with a touch of spice. Available in Charcoal or Natural Wood, these subtle tones can compliment any interior.

    Stunning 4 Poster Bed

    Crafted from top quality mango wood our Manhattan Four Poster Bed is the perfect centre-piece for your home. It's regal stature compliments the soft details creating a stunning and elegant master bed. Available in a King size or Super King size

    Manhattan retreat contemporary 4 poster bed

    To complete the look, pair this with our Manhattan open wardrobe.

    Practical Open Wardrobe 

    A unique open wardrobe putting a contemporary twist on this classic piece. Perfect to store your clothes and any other bedroom clutter in a modern, space enhancing fashion.

    Manhattan Retreat Contemporary Open Wardrobe

    Stylish Cocktail Cabinet 

    A practical Cocktail Cabinet with modern legs and handles and perfect for storing your drinks and glasses. 

    Manhattan Retreat Contemporary Cocktail Cabinet

    Ample space to store some decoration as well to turn this into a stunning show piece. Add a little glamour to your interior and create a unique space.

    Manhattan Retreat Contemporary Cocktail Cabinet Open

    For more storage options try our Manhattan Contemporary Sideboard.
    With 3 doors and 2 drawers our Manhattan sideboard is to die for. French details compliment the modern mango wood's warm undertones.

    Manhattan Retreat Contemporary Sideboard open

    Or have this in our luxurious charcoal.

    Manhattan Charcoal Contemporary Sideboard

    To complete your perfect French storage trio take a look at our spacious 4 Drawer Chest. A modern chest with 4 spacious drawers for your bedroom items whilst keeping up with the French vibe.

    Manhattan Charcoal Contemporary Chest of Drawers

    As with all of our Manhattan pieces, it is also available in our natural mango wood finish.

    Manhattan Retreat Contemporary Chest of Drawers

    All of our Manhattan furniture in Natural Wood and Charcoal are on our website!

    Fern xx

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  • How to Choose a Nightstand

    Nightstands, or bedside tables as they are commonly known, are an essential part of bedroom furniture. From providing the perfect place for lamps that can affect the ambience of your entire room to offering additional storage space and the perfect location for your alarm clock and personal belongings, these multifunctional items of furniture can serve a range of important purposes. That’s why choosing the correct nightstands for your bedroom is so important. 

    When selecting the ideal bedside table(s) for your bedroom, there are a number of things you must consider. These include; the size and height of the item of furniture and whether or not it will fit in the space designated for it, the potential storage space it could offer, the materials it is made from, and, of course, the colour, design and overall style of the item.

    From how to correctly measure a nightstand to knowing how to find a bedside table that is the correct height for your bed, this handy guide will tell you everything you need to know when it comes to purchasing the perfect nightstand for your bedroom.

    What is a nightstand?

    A nightstand is a small table or chest that is meant to be placed next to a bed - hence its alternative name, bedside table. Depending on design, nightstands can be simplistic tables that provide nothing more than an extra surface to hold a lamp, alarm clock and any personal items you want to keep close to you while you’re in bed, or they can involve more complex designs than incorporate drawers and shelves, offering you additional storage space in your bedroom.

    What is a nightstand used for?

    Simply put, they provide an extra surface to support any items you would like to keep close at hand when you’re in bed. From lamps, books, drinks, remote controls and alarm clocks to medications, mobile phones and even intercoms linked to other areas of your home, nightstands provide an incredibly useful place to keep items that you may want easy access to when in bed.

    A modern nightstand supporting bedside lamp and flowers.

    How to measure a nightstand

    If you're looking to buy a new nightstand, it's important that you make sure it's the right size and fit for your space and your needs. After all, if your table is too tall, you will find yourself having to reach upwards to retrieve anything from it when in bed, while a nightstand that is too short may affect the lighting in your bedroom when paired with your existing bedside lamps. For these reasons, one of the most important steps when choosing the right nightstand for your bedroom is finding one that works practically with other items of furniture such as your bed and is the correct size to best fill the space you have available to you.

    Before purchasing a new nightstand, you should first measure the space in your bedroom where you intend to put it using a tape measure. Measure both the width and length of the space, as well as the height of your bed. Once you have noted down all of these measurements, remember to add at least two or three inches to the width and length to allow for a reasonable gap between the bed and the nightstand, as well as space behind for any plugs or chargers. This extra ‘breathing room’ will also ensure you will be able to easily move around your chosen table and access any inbuilt drawers/shelves with ease.

    When it comes to measuring the nightstand itself, the first thing you need to do is ensure its dimensions fit comfortably  within the measurements of the space it is intended to fill. As well as making sure the bedside table is not too large, it is also worth remembering that if the item is more than six or seven inches smaller than its intended space, it might be dwarfed by empty space on both sides - it’s all about finding a nightstand that is both not too small or too large.

    How to pair nightstands with your bed

    Once you have identified a bedside table of suitable width and length, next you have to make sure it is the correct height - this will ensure it pairs correctly with your bed. As a rule, to ensure you can easily reach items on your nightstand while lying down, its surface should be no more than three inches higher or lower than the top of your mattress. Whether you opt for a table that is slightly taller or shorter than the height of your mattress comes down to personal preference.

    Do nightstands have to match your dresser?

    To put it simply, not necessarily! When it comes to the interior design and decor of your home, there are no concrete rules. Deciding whether or not you would like your nightstands to match the dresser in your bedroom, for example, simply comes down to personal preference and the overall aesthetic you are trying to achieve. If, for example, you have a traditional country style bedroom, sticking to a theme and choosing nightstands that match other furniture in your room may help complete the look you are going for. On the other hand, if you want an industrial look, or simply an eclectic mismatched vintage style, choosing items that deliberately don’t match may be the way to go.

    The only commonly accepted rule of thumb in this area of interior design is to at least have two items in a room that have something in common. This could be the type of wood they are made from, the same design style, the same colour, or even an exact match. The rest is up to you!

    Fern xx

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  • Etienne Weathered French Bedroom Furniture

    Here at Crown French Furniture we like to freshen up our range of products with the newest trends and styles in the world of top-quality French furniture. One of these new ranges is our Etienne French Weathered Bedroom Furniture.

    Crafted from the finest pine wood with a grey paint finish and solid oak tops to put a contemporary twist on the classic French style of the Etienne furniture.

    Bed and Bedsides

    Our Etienne Upholstered Bed features elegant curves to compliment your ambient interior. It is available in Double, King Size or Super King Size. The crisp curves look great with our rustic oak top bedside and Bed End Stool.

     Elegant Storage Solutions

    Why not pair your beautiful Etienne bed with a matching Double or Sliding Weathered Wardrobe to fix any storage dilemmas in your bedroom whilst keeping up with the rustic French vibes.

    Look Your Best Like Your Furniture

    The elegant curved legs of our Etienne Weathered Dressing Table support a sturdy and practical tabletop. Perfect for you to store your personal belongings with its 3 spacious drawers.

    Pair this with our Matching Etienne Weathered Stool, with a luxury upholstered cushion.

    Chest of Drawers

    To complete your perfect set of grey Etienne furniture, utilise our excellent 5 or 6 Drawer Etienne Weathered Chest.

    Fern xx

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  • Why We Love: The Gilt French Curved Bed

    The flood of orders for Gold beds has inspired us. We currently have a tremendous amount of happy customers looking at their Rococo Antique Gold beds (and a fair few waiting to join them!). But for those who haven't found love with the heavy floral carvings, this blog is about our upholstered hero.

    Button upholstered, gilt vibes

    Our Gilt French curved bed brings the same elegance of antique gold as our rococo but with a more homely feel. Whilst the rococo shows of regality, the gilt French brings a more contemporary style. The floral carvings are more subtle and serve to compliment the button upholstery beautifully. This makes the star of the show the contrast between the finish and the fabric.

    gold gilt french upholstered bed

    The button upholstery on our Gilt bed looks so inviting

    Whilst the antique gold adds light and brightness to the piece, the softness of our linens finishes the overall look of class with a sense of comfort. We see the bed as a more homely approach to the antique gold style. This is because it incorporates parts of French design in a loving, warm way.

    How to style it

    Pair this bed with the rest of our Gilt and Gold Leaf range or use strong colours to bring out the opulence. This range thrives with contrast elsewhere in the room so be brave and make the most of those eye catching designs.

    Pair it with some lush rug to really boost that cozy and classy appeal. Alternatively, bring some neutrals in and let the French style be the star of the show.

    Fleur

    For anyone who sees all this gold and feels overpowered, our Fleur range is for you. We take the carvings and style of our gold range but tone it down with a more palatable silver leaf.

    Fleur silver french bed

    This finish is less powerful and allows more flexibility. Style this range with the same brave colours our gold pieces thrive with for the perfect bedroom.

    Fern xx

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  • How to decorate with mirrors in the living room

    Often used both for functional and decorative purposes
    in areas such as bathrooms and bedrooms, mirrors can enhance virtually any space in
    your home. When it comes to your living room, you may have already selected
    chairs, bookcases, pictures, ornaments, lights and other pieces of furniture to
    lift the look and feel of the space, but you may be wondering what you can add
    as a final component to tie it all together.

    An attractive mirror could be the answer. These accessories possess many benefits, such as making rooms lighter, creating an illusion of extra space, and covering up any unwanted imperfections. In this guide, we look at how you could introduce a mirror into your living room and how doing so could take your interior design to the next level.

    How to hang a mirror on a wall

    In a bedroom, freestanding mirrors can help to accentuate the space and give you a chance to see how you look in your outfits from top to toe. However, in a living room, a mirror is generally better suited to being hung on a wall. Whether it’s positioned opposite a window to bounce more natural light around the room or to work alongside other mirrors in an interesting pattern, you’ll need to make sure that your mirror is firmly secured on the wall.

    To hang a mirror:

    1. Start by planning where you want it to go and check that nothing is behind this space in the wall that could prevent you from hanging it. There are tools that you can use to scan the chosen area. This equipment will alert you to any live wires or pipes that could potentially harm or obstruct you during the process of hanging your mirror.
    2. Hold your mirror up to the wall and mark where you want it to go with a pencil. The marking will either be an indication of the top of the mirror, the sides of the mirror or where the nail will go behind the mirror.
    3. At this point, you can choose how you want to hang your mirror. There are a number of methods, and some mirrors are fitted with a small hook on the back to save you the trouble of deciding the most appropriate option. However, in terms of large or awkwardly-shaped mirrors, it would be advisable to put a hook on either side of the mirror about a third of the way down the frame. Hammer a nail into the wall a few inches down from the top centre of where you want the mirror to go. You can then attach string to the hooks, allowing it to flow down by a couple of inches, and use it to suspend the mirror from the nail.
    4. Once you’ve hung the mirror, check that it’s straight by using a spirit level. If the mirror isn’t completely flat to the wall, you can secure it by putting mirror hanging strips, adhesive tape or even something as simple as Blu Tack in the corners or several areas along the back. Just be aware of how these methods might mark your wallpaper.

    A living room with a decorative mirror hung on the wall.

    A comfortable sofa and modern decor.

    Although this is the most traditional method of hanging
    a mirror, there are other techniques that are better suited to mirrors of
    different shapes, sizes and styles. Read on for help on hanging your mirror to
    a door or tiles, or hanging a frameless mirror.I

    How to attach a mirror to a wardrobe door

    Attaching mirrors to wardrobes, cabinets or other pieces
    of furniture designed for storage is often something done in bedrooms. However,
    as some living rooms also have these items of furniture, it’s a worthwhile
    consideration if you feel that a mirror would upgrade your furniture or
    disguise imperfections.

    How you attach the mirror onto the door of your wardrobe
    will depend on the mirror itself and the type of wood you’re fitting it to. For
    example, if you’re looking to fit a frameless mirror to a thin, hollow door,
    you could use an adhesive glue as long as you’re happy for the mirror to be
    permanently attached to the door. If you’re fitting a framed mirror on a thick
    door, you would be able to fit the mirror using small screws or nails
    connecting the mirror to the door through the frame.

    How to mount a mirror on tiles

    Tiles are rare in living rooms, but if the downstairs of
    your home is open plan or if you have a tiled wall for contrast, you may need
    help with hanging a mirror. Obviously, the concern with hanging a mirror on a
    tiled wall is that the tiles will split, crack and suffer damage.

    However, you’re actually able to use the same steps as
    you would for hanging a mirror using hooks and a nail as long as you use a
    drill bit that is designed for penetrating tile without damaging it.

    When it comes to drilling the hole (or holes if you’re
    mounting your mirror in a different way), you should start by wetting the drill
    bit before carefully drilling into the tile. To minimise the risk of damage,
    take regular breaks and apply more water during the drilling process to cool it
    down. After drilling the hole, you should fit a wall plug as this will help to
    prevent any damage once the nail or screw is fitted.

    How to hang a frameless mirror on a wall

    A frameless mirror can offer a luxurious appearance, easy maintenance and, because it has no frame, it can be simpler to hang as it’s likely to be lighter. Without a frame, however, you can’t simply attach hooks to the back and suspend the mirror from a nail in the wall as this would result in damage to the mirror. Alternative solutions such as adhesive tape or mirror hanging strips are quick and easy to use and, providing you fit them correctly, they’re just as reliable as nails. You could also consider an adhesive sealant, but this is a more permanent option and your wall is likely to be seriously damaged if you attempt to remove the mirror in the future.

    Fern xx

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  • How to decorate a bookshelf

    While the traditional purpose of bookshelves is to store your favourite books and present them to guests, they can also be utilised to add extra colour and vibrancy to your home.

    Whether it’s down to not being a heavy reader or simply wanting to prioritise decoration over storage, you may not even want to include books on your bookshelf. In this guide, we look at how you can decorate your bookshelves and alternative items you can display on them to accentuate your home.

    Parisian bookcase Our new Parisian bookcase

    How to decorate a bookcase in a living room

    A bookcase is one of several primary pieces of furniture in any living room. However, it’s unlikely to have the desired visual effect if it’s bland and uninteresting, or conversely if it’s overpowering. To avoid these outcomes, there are a few considerations you can bear in mind when decorating your bookcase, such as:

    Harmony between ornaments

    The intention of putting ornaments on your bookcase is to complement this piece of furniture and the rest of the room. It can be a challenge to find objects that share a similar colour or style while all being unique, but as long as you select items that stay within the same theme, you should be able to make it work.

    Contrast in moderation

    Although consistency through similar colours and styles can help you to create a chic look when decorating a bookcase, you may want to consider putting different objects in for contrast. This could be something as simple as introducing a circular shape on a shelf full of square ornaments, or even wallpapering a section of the shelf a different colour to your ornaments to make them stand out.

    Ornament placement

    Finding appropriate objects to fill the gaps on your bookshelf is one thing, but it’s also important to put some thought into how you display them. One thing to bear in mind is to never make your ornament placement one dimensional, as it will end up looking more like a means to an end for storage than an impressive visual display.

    When arranging your ornaments, put larger objects at the back and smaller items at the front. If you intend to include a lot of ornaments on your bookcase, you could place some of them at different angles so they face different parts of the room.

    Alter the style of your bookcase

    If you’ve done all you can in terms of decorating your bookcase and still feel like it somehow doesn’t suit your living room, it could be that your bookcase requires a facelift. Changing the shape of your bookcase might not be possible, but you could consider painting it a different colour so it flows better with the other items of furniture in your living room. Alternatively, see our guide on how to position your bookcase in your living room for some more harmonic interior inspiration.

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    What to put on a bookshelf

     

    When picking out ornaments, you might look out for specific items that work well together based on colour, style, shape or type, or it might simply be a case of getting what you like the look of at the time and improvising when it comes to finding the right place for it.

    Below, we look at some of the objects in your living room that you could use to decorate your bookcase:

    Books

    Obviously, bookcases are built to house several shelves of books, but you can enhance the look of these furnishings by changing how the books are displayed. For example, you could mix up the sizes to make a varied pattern across the shelves, contrasting colours and textures to make it interesting to look at.

    Picture frames

    When spaced out correctly and used sparingly, picture frames can add colour and personalisation to a bookcase. Larger picture frames are suitable for filling big spaces and if there’s a gap between books and the edge of the shelf, you could use smaller picture frames to make the shelf look more populated.

    Boxes and baskets

    Both boxes and baskets are frequently used for decorating a home, as they can look good while also storing small bits and pieces that could otherwise be easily misplaced. They’re also useful for filling up large gaps on shelves and stacking on top of each other.

    Art

    Pieces of art - whether it’s a picture small enough to fit on a shelf or a visually pleasing ornament - are the perfect way of adding an element of culture to your living room. Depending on the shape of the piece, you could place it in front of a book, lean it against the end of the shelf or use a few pieces across separate shelves to show balance and bring the composition together.

    Can you put a lamp on a bookshelf?

    A lamp can make a great addition to a bookshelf. By adding one of these lighting accessories, you’re able to include an aesthetically pleasing ornament while also illuminating your bookshelf to make it stand out. The only issue that may become a problem is wiring, as it could ruin the sleek appearance to see a single wire dangling off the side of one of the shelves.

    However, you could consider drilling a small hole in the side of the bookcase, running the wire through it and plugging it in to a nearby socket, or you could use battery-powered LED lights instead.

    Fern xx

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