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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 arrange bookcases in the living room

    Not only does your bookcase provide a practical and convenient place to store your books, the content of your bookcase also illustrates your interests, style and personality. What you choose to display on your bookcase can say a lot about you, but while they’re widely recognised as suitable storage for your favourite reads, a bookcase can also offer another element to your home’s design.

    Along with sofas, coffee tables, lamps, plants, sets of drawers and ornaments, a bookcase is an important component of any living room. However, it’s only possible to strike a balance for the desired design of your living room by utilising these items in the correct way. Read on to find out how you can incorporate a bookcase in your living room.

    Where to put bookcases in a living room

     

    Before you choose the best location for your bookcase, you should consider a number of factors:

    Practicality

    An aesthetically pleasing bookcase is all well and good, but it’s not much use if it’s poorly situated. Consider putting your bookcase close to sofas or a dining set to make it easier to retrieve and read any of the books on it. That said, where you put your bookcase depends on how much you wish to read books from your collection or what you need the bookcase for. For example, if you frequently work from home, you may need specific books close to hand, but if you read casually but not often, overly easy access to your bookcase is not as important.

    Spacing

    Introducing another piece of furniture - however big or small - can alter the shape of your living room. You don’t want everything to be grouped together in the centre of the room just as you wouldn’t want everything to be at opposing sides of the area available to you, so it’s important to strike a balance by spacing everything out evenly.

    Purpose

    Aside from book storage and visual appearance, you have the option of making more uses out of your bookcase. It’s unlikely that you’ll want your bookcase to become a glorified drinks coaster, but if it’s situated near to sofas and chairs, it could be a good place to temporarily hold drinks, especially if you’re entertaining guests. Alternatively, if you have an entertainment system or games console in your living room, you could put your bookcase near to your television and use it to store DVDs, blu-ray and videogames.

    Coordination

    Even if you’ve gone out of your way to keep your furniture evenly spaced out around your living room, you may want to consider grouping your bookcase with another piece of furniture. This is likely to require some trial and error until you’re suitably happy, but if the design suits your sofa, fireplace, sideboard or television stand, it could be best suited near it.

    Shape

    Organising your living room in an effective manner is partly down to finding a harmony between every piece of furniture, alongside other components such as the flooring, colour and structural design of the room. It’s likely that you will have been wary of ruining this harmony when you first picked out your bookcase, but as much as you will want to make it work with how your living room is already set out, it’s also important to make use of the bookcase’s design.

    Introducing another piece of furniture such as a bookcase should accentuate the other elements that are already in your living room rather than making everything conflict with each other. For instance, if it was designed to be put into a corner, that’s likely to be the best place for it, and if it’s especially tall, it shouldn’t be put somewhere that it’ll stand out.

    A bookcase placed in the middle of a luxury sitting room.

    Can you put a bookshelf in front of a window?

    When you’re planning where to put your bookcase, you may consider putting it in front of a window. Whether it’s out of preference or simply due to a lack of space elsewhere, it’s worth considering, but you may be concerned if it would look clunky or block out natural light.

    Fortunately, it’s possible to avoid both of these potential issues by only partially covering the window with the bookcase. Tall bookcases are capable of covering just one side of a window, while short bookcases that block only the bottom of the window could also be utilized. Although not traditionally recommended, if a loss of natural light can be tolerated and you are struggling to find a better location for your book storage solutions, individual bookshelves that overlap across a section of the window could provide a good compromise.

  • How to choose the right French style bed for you

    When it comes to French style beds, choosing the right one for you and your sleep space can be tricky. There are many different designs to choose from - all of which exude French style and flair.

    To help you suss out which type of French bed would best suit you and your home, keep reading.

    Create an authentic vibe with a rattan

    If you’re keen to give your boudoir a totally authentic French vibe, perhaps a rattan style bed is the best match for you. This type of bed boasts a large, curved headboard and footboard, as well as beautifully carved sides, allowing you to make a true style statement in this room. Look out for designs with intricate detailing at the tip of the headboard and legs for a little extra ooh la la.

    Usually, rattan beds are made from strong, sturdy materials, such as solid oak or oak veneer, complete with a soft sheen lacquer finish. Aside from rustic wood shades, we offer rattan frames that have been painted in hues like pure white and soft ivory - the ideal colour choices if you’re looking to give your bedroom a fresh, clean look and feel.

    Keep it classy with an upholstered design

    For a French style bed with class, why not go for an upholstered design? This style of frame often features a soft, padded headboard which has been covered in luxurious fabric. In most cases, the fabric will look ‘buttoned’, giving the bed a stylish and sophisticated appearance. At Crown French Furniture, we also offer frames which have been designed with both an upholstered headboard and footboard section - the perfect choice if you want to transform your bedroom into a boudoir.

    Aside from the upholstered element, this style of bed usually features a wealth of other stunning features. You can take your pick from designs with sloping headboards, as well as models with beautifully curved legs and sides.

    Make a statement with a carved antique model

    To create a charming, classically French bedroom design, a carved antique model is your best bet. With elegant carved detailing on the headboard, sides and footboard, this style of bed frame is traditionally French in appearance.

    So that you can get your decor spot on, look out for designs that have been painted white and have been gently aged to give the frame a slightly distressed look and feel. To complete the room, you can pair the bed with other Provencal style pieces, such as an antique themed wardrobe or bedside cabinet.

    Combine old and new with a venetian bed frame

    If you like the rustic flair of French decor but you’re keen to keep your sleep space looking cool and contemporary, a venetian bed frame could be ideal. The shape of this bed provides a vintage look and feel, while its high mirrored headboard and low footboard exclude modernity, giving you the best of both worlds when it comes to combining old and new.

    The mirrored effect of this style of bed frame can help uplift darker rooms, while adding an element of elegance and sophistication. Venetian style beds are perfect when matched with similar furnishings, such as a mirrored bedside table, chest of drawers or dresser.

    Which style of bed do you prefer? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

  • Stick with it

    The excitement of the new year has worn off and you begin to look at your resolution with more sober eyes. Old habits die hard and new ones are even harder to get going! We hope you’ve taken on the new year with all the ambition you dreamt of last December and held strong with your resolutions.

    30 Day Mark

    Common knowledge is that the first 30 days are the hardest, typically it takes 3 weeks for an act to become a habit so at this point you’ve made it!!! If not, then who cares! The main part of the resolution is to try something different, if it doesn’t work for you then why change yourself?

    Congratulations to those who have made it! Congratulations to those who have made it!

    Some habits are good to kick, but certain things make us who we are as individuals. The best resolutions we can make are ones which help our progress in the things we love such as spending time with family or learning a new skill!

    Be True to You

    Everybody has their own lifestyle and inspirations, if your new year was dedicated to drinking less coffee but you have trouble staying alert through your day then maybe you need a revision.

    Everybody's weakness ... Everybody's weakness ...

    Check out our inspirations on out Pinterest page, we frequently share interesting and inspiring articles on everything from interiors to Asian cuisine.

    Our Point Being…

    Don’t force yourself to change, if you’re shabby chic furniture or a contemporary piece, stay as you are. The best outcome here is that you’re looking good for Valentine’s day and now can return to not caring about the long term. Enjoy today … Enjoy caffeine and fast food.

    Make 2017 yours! Fern xx

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