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  • The Colour Purple

    This isn't the English variant of Alice Walker's 'The Color Purple' but an introduction to the vibrant and eye-catching colours of 2019 (a wildly less serious topic)! The style over last year has drifted to more standout colours and creating seamless  matches instead of different shades of grey.

    Still worth a mention as it is an incredible read!

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    Hot colours to look for are currently autumnal, burnt oranges, light browns and burgundy. These can make beautiful feature colours but also have a safe feel as they are quite mellow and easy to look at. A typical example is the flood of tan overcoats you see on your smartly dressed colleagues.

    The colours represent natural bright environments

    Translating this onto the interior design scene, we hope over 2019 to see more feature walls and smartly patterned throw cushions. Be braver with your colour choices but, as always, try to keep it palatable. Our general rule of thumb is no more than three colours in one room (with a bit of slack for white, black and grey as a fourth) and no more than 3 patterns. Patterns are hard as some can sit nicely together whereas some can completely disagree, use your judgement and style to make your pick.

    Living Coral

    Starting 2019 you may also see the label 'living coral' thrown around a lot. This is because Pantone named it colour of the year and if you get chance, you should check out their post about it. It shows how well this colour can be used by expressing it through the page, fonts and imagery. There is an especially beautiful video showing its natural presence under the sea.

    2019 colour of the year The colour really does shine alongside pale blues

    The vibe is not too dissimilar to the flush of autumnal colours also rearing their heads. Both exhibit a relaxing undertone, not too aggressive in appearance. This however has a more floral, tropical atmosphere than the warming, spicy flavours of the oranges. I would encourage experimenting with this pallet to see what makes it shine. I would warn that pastels fall in and out of fashion whereas seasonal colours remain timeless.

    amazing use of colour Perfect example of the colour scheme, featured in Livinator

    Furniture to finish the look

    Use this modern colour inspiration to enhance your existing decor. As always with warm colours, a farmhouse or natural wood aesthetic makes a lovely homely environment. We would love to see someone take our Cheltenham range and use this scheme to add depth.

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    As a newly featured range in our catalogue we are interested to see what our stylish customers can achieve with this versatile look, especially playing with the painted finishes available. In our opinion it would suit Autumnal colour schemes with hints of copper around the room.

    taupe finish tallboy The taupe finish is a favourite of mine

    This aesthetic has been experimented with a lot recently to great success. As a more contemporary suggestion, check out some of our weathered pieces. These can add character to a more polished look, going hand in hand with the casual timeless aesthetic of dark reds, oranges etc.

    grey colour scheme A fine example is our weathered chic bed

    Alternatively, our Etienne range boasts a few gorgeous weathered finishes!

    Fern xx

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  • Four Poster Beds

    As everyone has seen again and again in fairy-tales or Disney films, four poster beds are the first choice of long haired princesses or former-beast Kings. The obvious reason for this is the unrivalled luxury and opulence of the design. It completely changes the vibe of both the bed and the bedroom by adding a veil of privacy to your resting place.

    the classic look of a Pinterest style four poster showcase, pssst. check out our Pinterest! the classic look of a Pinterest style four poster showcase, pssst. check out our Pinterest!

    They are rightfully a symbol for beauty and wealth. Those who have the space for one of these undeniably large feature pieces have to make the most of those high Victorian ceilings and find one that's right for you. There is even an Independent top 10 for these beauties which is definitely worth a browse for some inspiration. It's a quick look at all the different design inspirations, some are minimalist, some take influence from the orient, some show African influence. All boast the high level of craftsmanship you would expect to go into such a marvel.

    Our Moulin Noir seems very similar to a bed in the article... Our Moulin Noir seems very similar to a bed in the article...

    Taking a look at our own catalogue, we can see that there is a small range of four poster beds, we provide a few basic designs since we have, so far, offered eccentric and flamboyant  pieces in the form of regular beds. that is to change somewhat with the introduction of our new inspiration.

    Our outstanding Juliette four poster has arrived! Our outstanding Juliette four poster has arrived!

     As you can see, our Juliette is nothing like we have offered before. It offers a romantic atmosphere and soft neutral tones to create an utterly tranquil environment. It also adds a sense of flamboyance to our four poster range. Previously we have offered safe, comfortable designs, but this icon blows them out of the water with an amazingly soft button upholstery featuring jewelled buttons! Now that is unique, and completely new to our catalogue.

    The game has been changed! Fern xx

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  • Luxury!

    The main focus on furniture is the balance between beauty,  practicality and comfort . That is what French furniture can achieve and that is how you create the luxury feeling.  There are no limits on what furniture you have, it's literally all down to personal preference. This is why i love french furniture because of the different styles and how unique the designs are!

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    Some of the best and most luxurious  hotels in the world go for a traditional french design, because of their gorgeous carvings and beautiful antique finishes! Additionally, the quality is just tremendous with a huge variety of french style furniture and designs for everyone.

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    Some might say, hand carved to perfection... French furniture gives you the feeling of luxury and comfort all in one go. Each piece and collection is unique with different carved designs, finishes and details.  This is becoming more popular over the years and can help to produce different atmospheres within your interior.

    French carved design

    The chateau range is an example of a unique collection of classical French furniture with many traditional features. Highlighted with a light patina for an aged appeal and finished with an antique white colour. Which includes very intricate carved details to create a sophisticated  atmosphere.

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     There is something out there for everyone!

    fern xx

  • Divine design

    Produce a powerful and stunning presence in the room with the Portofino collection, it has the classical design implemented into it and is crafted so perfectly. The craftsman really needs a round of applause for this divine design, and its gorgeous light grey stone finish that is distressed with subtle and intricate carvings. The seven drawer Portofino chest is an excellent addition to the bedroom and really creates a laid back and chilled vibe around the room. It is amazing to light up a room and has plenty of storage capacity for anyone to use!

    cff2443_portofino_light_grey_7_drawer_french_chestThe Camille collection is a classical inspired and traditional design, honestly this is personally one of my favourite designs with its weathered oak finish that creates a beautiful setting. The finish creates a rustic rich tone which has a romantic vibe and is the perfect finishing touch to any room. A perfect example of this is the ravishing Camille French style upholstered bed with simple curves covered in a natural fabric and made from solid oak wood! Truly majestic…

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    Taking their divine design from the 18th century is the Charlotte French Inspired Oak Furniture with a really traditional and warm appearance to them. Crafted from solid oak and a soft sheen lacquer finish, creating a tranquil atmosphere around the room. One very unique piece of furniture is the Charlotte oak 8 Drawer Chest, an interesting design by the craftsmen with a big draw central in the chest. Also featuring antique brass handles that really complements the drawers and has an amazing presence to it.

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    Fern xx

  • Winter chills

    The temperature is dropping, are you staring to feel it? I’m already starting to add my fur throws on to my bed at night for that extra warmth! It’s already freezing and we all just want to be all snug in and outside our homes. As much I love summer and basking in the sun, I am actually looking forward to winter because I can start bringing out my nice silky jumpers and coats!

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    An exquisite colour scheme for this winter is grey, it’s a magical and fabulous colour which adds extra cosy feelings to the house. This can be used for your home accessories or furniture to create a soft balance. To be honest I also love grey because it is more neutral and tranquil and it just suits winter due to the elegance of it.

    Grey interior design

    A beautiful grey collection we have, is the Malvern range with very smooth carvings. However, this colour is a very light and a gentle grey but still looks absolutely fabulous. Why not have a sneak peek at our Malvern Extending Dining Table with a combination of rustic oak wood and a fabulous smooth off- grey finish.

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    Texture is crucial for winter, whether it’s using accessories, furniture or anything in your house! There are wide collections of furniture and accessories to choose from to help bring a colour scheme or layout together. Just adding that little something to your home could really make a difference.

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    The winter chills are really here and this year is going so quick, Christmas is around the corner so don't forget to stay warm this season! Winter is coming.

    Fern xx

  • The Halloween themes

    The celebrations are around the corner, as Halloween approaches, people get ready to dress up, party and decorate their house for a Halloween effect. We have some perfect furniture suited to this holiday but also can look stunning any time of year. The Napoli silver mirror is a stunning wall mirror that has an edgy and gorgeous effect to any room.

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    This Halloween themes can be so delightful to look at and it really shows the festive spirit, I love seeing the decorations in any holiday, some are truly magnificent. Don’t get me wrong though, it can still be expensive to do this, but I admire how creative and ambitious some people get and the effort they put into it.

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    Countries around the world celebrate Halloween as well as other holidays, communities come together for sweets, candy, food, drinks and the festive spirits, literally spirits because it is Halloween… I’m sorry about that joke, I find the worst jokes are actually the best joke. Accessories can be essential for decorating in any holiday, some of the candle holders we have available are stunning for this holiday. Take a look at the small "oyster" glass candle holder, it can be perfectly suited to this holiday adding a little sense of mystery with this enigmatic smoked tone.

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    Another candle holder we offer comes as a pair of 3 but looks terrific because of it adding an edgy scenery to the room. It is  finished in a metallic antique gold that can actually look romantic as well depending on the scenery around the room.

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    We at crown french furniture hope you have a fantastic holiday filled with joy and excitement!

    Happy Halloween

    Fern xx

  • Accessories are necessary!

    The little things in life bind us together and can mean more to us than anything. That’s why accessories we offer could be perfect for you or maybe as a gift to someone. They can be glamorous additions to your household.

    Bed covers and throws are the ultimate finishing touches to any bedroom, creating a fashionable and stunning atmosphere. Have a glance at the Silver Shimmer Fur Throw, it’s perfectly crafted for your comfort and warmth in your bed. But it also makes the room feel cosy and relaxed.

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    Another addition to the bedroom is the cushions which can make the bed look more stunning and welcoming to get a good night sleep on! The Velvet Embroidered Cushion Cover has a magnificent detailed design for any room including the bedroom, with a touch of elegance...

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    Layout

    A significant part of furniture, is the layout and the organisation. Accessories boost the layouts and stop anything from feeling empty. Take Lamps for example, they can be used in a variety of settings to create the perfect ambience and helps fill up the room.

    One of my personal favourites is the Patterned glass urn lamp with white shade because it adds a bit of class to the room and looks outstanding. But this mainly goes for modern living areas but could also match a traditional style depending on the furniture and layout if the room!

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    We have some magnificent finishing touches in the rooms of your household, whether you are going for a traditional or modern look, accessories can be added to both to spice up the room.

    There are some extraordinary accessories in our catalogue just waiting for you!

    Make the small things count!

    Fern xx

  • Contemporary or Modern?

    Interior design is constantly changing and progressing through styles of each era. The beauty of this is that it creates a varied range of crafting techniques and genres of style to choose from. Contemporary can be seen as the style of the time and modern is the newest style.

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    Contemporary to Classic

    All of our ranges were modern at some point, whether that be in 18th century France or today’s England, classical and modern furniture typically embodies the era it was made in. Looking at the best loved classics of today, you can only admire how they were once edgy, adventurous pieces embodying trends and new ideas.

    Essentially, modern is today’s contemporary and a lot of contemporary styles have gone unnoticed simply because they aren’t favoured by a modern audience. Those that are become ‘classics’!

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    What to look for

    Whether you go for the more modern inspired or the cultured, you must theme your interior consistently and avoid jumping between eras … unless you are a master of interior design and somehow pull this off, in which case please send us a photo once you do! So choose pieces which work with the style you have gone for, ideally ones with cultural similarities.

    Notice a lot of our chairs feature cabriole legs which work particularly well with the French inspired tables we offer!

    dorset_contemporary_french_armchairs Dorset Upholstered Armchair

    Modern

    On to the battle between the styles, this edgy new age design technique will make you feel fashion forward and is to the taste of the majority of people (hence it takes its place as the modern style). It is arguably the more adventurous but offers a greater payout as you could be at the front of the design revolution of the 21st century.

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    Contemporary

    When we talk about contemporary we really mean classic, it is commonly called contemporary because it is era specific yet here we need to distinguish between past eras and the modern era. Alternative to the modern era, our classic pieces boast an abundance of tried and tested culture. They are able to bring such a strong sense of character to a room with familiar styles made famous by their respective eras.

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    You can make it work

    Each era boasts its own style; each has gone down in history either as famed and recreated or simply a period of exploration. It is your choice which you want to be part of, either celebrating success in the contemporary pieces and styles we provide or using them to bring a new sense of life to your interior. Either way, fashion continues to grow and vary so be part of the change and offer us your opinions on the mirrored, modern designs you can find on our website!

    Share your thoughts! Fern xx

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  • Spring in Your Step

    Certain to bring a smile to your face is the arrival of spring! Easter eggs are lining the shelves and the chill of winter is beginning to subside. We adore our seasonal rhythms here at Crown French Furniture, not only because it goes hand in hand with new pieces for our catalogue but because it inspires change everywhere!

    Colour Schemes

    We go on about colour schemes because they are always changing, not just with the seasons but with the trends. This offers a flow of fresh ways to decorate your interior and keep things exciting!

    Bright floral colours that jump out at spring. Bright floral colours that jump out at spring.

    Spring is the most creative of the seasons in our opinion, it entails a vast range of vibrant colours as well as new ways to play with them. Many uses of colour just aren’t as well loved in the colder or even hotter months, one of our favourites is pastels. Being able to decorate with light toned colours allows for a whole new interior to emerge, multiple colours can be combined within an interior using pastels as they don’t become over engaging or contrast too strongly.

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    Layout

    Every so often everyone decides to rearrange the furniture, most people hold unwritten rules such as the head of your bed being away from the door but whatever you abide by, it’s nice to see a change in our environment. With spring cleaning coming along it also allows some thorough dusting and reorganisation.

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    For a freshness to a room, look at shuffling the seating or the position of bookcases, nothing too major but it will feel like a new room from an alternative perspective.

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    Use the new found sunshine to highlight any features you want to pop in your interior, whether that be accessories placed to catch the shine or a bigger piece with a beautiful colour you want to come through.

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    Fern xx

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  • Show Some Love

    Preparing for mother’s day can be a nightmare, between getting your own lovely mums a special something and helping your youngest choose a gift for yourself, it’s hard to feel appreciated. There are ways to relax and feel celebrated for whatever role you play as a mother.

    Enjoy yourself! Enjoy yourself!

    Relax!

    This is a celebration of you! You deserve to be able to relax so whatever responsibilities are stopping you day-to-day from achieving this, either brush them under the rug or ensure they won’t inflict stress on the day.

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    Treat Yourself

    So what if you buy your own presents from your son or daughter, at least you’re going to get what you want! Whatever treatment you get on mother’s day, don’t feel obliged to let everything be done for you. Appreciate what comes your way but make sure you have an enjoyable time for yourself. Your family know you, but they aren’t mind readers, break out your favourite album or go for a run. Whatever is going to make you feel free is there for you to do.

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    Remember It

    Celebrate with a small gift to keep around the house or a family photo. Mother’s day isn’t the most important date on the calendar but it is still significant for a close family to feel like they’ve accomplished something and are appreciated. If they know it means a lot to you they will likely get into the spirit a little more each year.

    Display some proud family photos as a reminder! Display some proud family photos as a reminder!

    Breakfast in Bed

    The staple of a good mother’s day is breakfast in bed, so get the cupboards stocked with all of your favourites and make sure your family know what you would like. No point having an English breakfast if you’ve started a new health kick.

    Our beautiful Velvet Chesterfield bed. New in store!! Our beautiful Velvet Chesterfield bed. New in store!!

    Oh and make sure you have the bed.

    Celebrating Every Day

    It doesn’t have to be mothering Sunday for you to appreciate the love that you give and receive as a mother. Being a parent is a blessing and despite the hard work, you always know you have someone that loves you.

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    Happy mother's day! Fern xx

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