interiors

  •  Should you put a rug under a dining room table

    Rugs in dining rooms tend to divide opinion. Some people swear by a rug under their dining table, offering practical benefits as well as aesthetic, whereas other homeowners think it’s a real no-no. But which is the right option for your home?

    Rugs under dining tables - the pros and cons

    There are two main things to consider when deciding whether or not a dining room rug is the right choice for you - practicality and aesthetics.

    On the practical side, a rug under your dining table can easily become dirty or stained, particularly if you have children. You can overcome this issue by choosing a rug in a dark colour, or one with a pattern which distracts the eye. Clean and vacuum regularly and you can keep the rug in good condition.

    Some people find that a rug under the dining table makes it difficult to move their chairs in and out - when sitting down and getting up from the table. Whether this will affect you very much depends on the rug you choose, but there is another side to consider. If you’re not a fan of the scraping noise that metal or wood dining chairs can make on wood or tile floors, a rug is the ideal solution.

    It can also be very pleasant to have a thick or fluffy rug under your feet while you eat. This can make the dining table more usable for a wider range of activities, from lazy Sunday breakfasts to doing homework after school, dinner parties to board game evenings.

    On the aesthetic side of things, a rug can add a huge amount of visual appeal to a room. It can create a frame or a border for the dining table, making a focal point within the room and a real feature of the dining room. Rugs are so important in large or open plan spaces, as they help to ‘zone off’ different areas (such as the dining area). You can use a large area rug, along with smart lighting choices, to create a space within a space. If you have a large room and you’re worried about it feeling cavernous or confused, a beautiful area rug can work wonders.

    large wooden table with two statement lights above it and a black rug underneath it.

     

    How to choose a dining room rug

    If you’re ready to take the plunge and pick out a beautiful new rug for your dining table, bear the following in mind:

    • Go larger than you think you need. When it comes to area rugs, bigger is usually better. A rug that exactly fits or is only just larger than an area rug can look a little odd, as the proportions will be out of balance. However, a generous rug that extends quite a way from the table looks luxurious and creates a dedicated dining space. It’s also practical, as it gives extra space for dining chairs to be pulled out (without the legs bumping onto the hard floor).

     

    • Durability is key. The rug under your dining table will have to put up with a lot of use, so it needs to be up to the job. Chair legs will be constantly scraped back and forward, and the table legs themselves may start to leave dents in the floor - many fragile or very expensive rugs may not be able to withstand this kind of use. You might want to look at rugs that have been specially made for patios or outdoor areas, or at least ones that aren’t too delicate or at risk from fraying or damage.

     

    • Choose a camouflaging pattern. You don’t want to be terrified of spills and stains on your pristine cream rug every time friends or family come over, so it’s best to choose a dark coloured patterned rug. This will camouflage any stains and spills nicely.

     

    How to measure a rug for a dining room table

    If you have your heart set on an area rug, it’s time to start measuring. It’s always a good idea to measure up before buying a rug, just so you can double-check that it fits properly and the finished look is what you imagined. As above, be generous with the amount of space you leave around your dining table. If you haven’t yet bought either dining table or rug, you could find that it helps to measure the room first, and then factor in the size of rug and table you have in mind.

    If you’re having trouble picturing what your new rug will look like, why not mark it out on the floor? Use something temporary like chalk or tape, and mark the outlines of your rug with the dining table in the middle. You can move and adjust as you like, noting down measurements for a custom rug or double-checking that a rug you like will be perfect for the space.

    Fern xx

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  • How to dress a bed

    Your bed is the focal point of your bedroom, but how many mornings do you leave it in a crumpled mess?

    A dressed bed can transform the look of a room, and it’s actually been proven that there are benefits to making your bed each morning. If you're wondering how to dress your bed so it looks like the ones you've seen in magazines or on your Instagram feed, we can help. From how to arrange your cushions to how to choose the perfect headboard, we've got all the answers you need.

    Start with the base

    If you want to makeover your bed, start by looking at the basics, such as your sheets and bed cover. Dressing a bed is all about creating layers but the first layer is just as important as the rest.

    Has your current bedding started to bobble, or has the odd hole or tear started to appear? If the answer is yes to either of these, it may be time for a new cover. You should also buy new bedding if your current set doesn’t excite you like it used to.

    Before you buy any bedding, think about what you want the overall effect to be. Do you want a combination of bold patterns or colours or do you want a muted, neutral finish?

    You could buy plain bedding that you want to dress up with patterned throws and cushions. Or you could do it the other way around and buy patterned bedding that you can add plain, solid-colour throws and cushions to.

    You could get both patterned bedding and cushions. If you do this, make sure that the patterns are very different, for example, if your bedding has lots of fine detail on, make sure that the throw has a large pattern that isn’t as delicate - the two will balance each other out. Alternatively, you could go with no pattern at all.

    There are lots of ways you can mix and match plain bedding with patterns and colours. Decide on the look you want to achieve before purchasing your bedding.

    The pillows

    Once you’ve got your base, it’s time to think about your pillows.

    It’s up to you how many pillows you have. Some people like to sleep with one and others prefer much more. In the UK, it’s standard to have two housewife pillows on either side of the bed, totalling four. Your pillowcases could match your bedding or they could differ completely. Again, it’s down to personal preference.

    If you have a reversible duvet with a different pattern on each side, your pillows could have one pattern and your duvet the other.

    The cushions

    Cushions aren’t meant to be slept on - they’re there to make the bed look nice. Most designers stick to the number three when it comes to styling. This means, three cushions is ideal. However, it is a personal preference, and if you’d rather things look symmetrical, then use four decorative cushions, like in the photo below.

    large bed with a grey headboard dressed with muted cushions and a large throw. Photo by Adam Winger

    Cushions can, and should, be bought in all shapes, sizes, colours and patterns. Some people like bold cushions and others would prefer cushions that match everything else in the room.

    Throws

    The final layer of a well dressed bed is a throw. Throws are so versatile. They can be folded neatly on the end of the bed, draped across the bed haphazardly so that some of the material  pools elegantly on the floor or laid in a straight line like you might find in a hotel room. Dressing a bed is all about creating layers and a throw is the perfect finishing touch.

    Your bed should represent your own personal style, so have a think about whether you’d prefer odd or even numbered cushions, bold patterns or muted neutrals, a neat hotel finish or an effortless effect.

    How to arrange cushions on a bed

    There are so many types of cushions you can buy that it can be mind boggling. There are round ones, square ones, rectangle ones, ones with pattern, ones without pattern, ones with frills. This means there are endless ways you can arrange them.

    In the UK, most households use two housewife pillowcases. Alternatively, some people place a standard housewife pillowcase at the back and an Oxford pillowcase in front, then use decorative cushions in front.

    The pillows that you sleep on should go on the bed first. Then, use a number of decorative cushions in front. You can line them up in a row or stack them with the larger ones at the back and small ones in front.

    Honeycomb headboard in grey and yellow with grey and yellow bedding and a bright decorative yellow cushion Close-up of colorful bed with hexagon bedhead in bright bedroom interior with yellow chair at wooden desk with plants and candles

    This bed has a slightly larger cushion placed at the front but its bright colour makes this work, particularly as there are two identical cushions either side of it that blend into the background.

    Have a play around and try out a variety of cushion arrangements. Don’t forget you can always return an unused cushion that still has a label on if you don’t like it.

    What kinds of pillowcases can you buy?

    There are four types of pillowcase that you can buy:

    Boudoir pillowcase

    • 30cm x 45cm
    • Used for decoration rather than sleeping on

    Housewife pillowcase

    • A standard 50cm x 75cm pillowcase
    • The most popular cushion in UK homes

    Oxford pillowcase

    • Same size as a standard pillowcase
    • Has loose material that goes around the hem

    European square pillowcase

    • 65cm x 65cm
    • Less popular in the UK
    • Typically goes at the bottom of the pillow arrangement

    How to choose a headboard

    The headboard is as much a part of the bed’s design as the cushions, bedding and throws. A headboard can be used to create a statement and set the design style of the room. You could choose a French headboard if you want to create a classic decadent look. Or perhaps you’d prefer something modern and funky like the honeycomb effect in the photo above.

    The headboard in the below photo adds a touch of glam, which is emphasised by the studded furniture, sequin duvet and opulent cushions.

     

    Photo by neonbrand

    The matching footstool finishes the whole ensemble  off beautifully.

    There isn’t a right or wrong when it comes to dressing your bed. The only important thing to keep in mind is to create layers. However you create these layers is up to you.

     

  • 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!

    The crunch of leaves beneath your feet

    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.

    somebody please dress this in fluffy bedding

    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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  • Spring Has Arrived

    Welcome to our exciting new Blog. We will be bringing you updates of all our latest products and designs to showcase our elegant French reproduction style furniture. Also we will let you know of any special offers not just on our furniture ranges but our Newgate clocks and home accessories. We can help you brighten up your home with the stunning upholstery and  choice of paint finishes.

    Spring looks to be finally approaching so time to freshen up your home taking inspiration from the beautiful snowdrops and delicate Crocus' with our antique white French bedroom and dining furniture. More details to follow :)))

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