Design Tips & Ideas
I’m not an antique person but I love mixing old and new together especially in an home office. Cute!
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 4 February, 2014
Even though I think white ceilings are awesome there are also other very cool ways to design them by installing a wallpaper or sticks decals and make the room looks unusual. The ceiling above designed by Interior designer Emily Mugannam.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 20 January, 2014
The New Year is the perfect time to breathe new life into your bathroom and the design team behind the brand Utopia have an exclusive line of bathroom worktops to enhance every home. Worktops can make or break your bathroom so this is naturally where a big part of your makeover budget should be spent. This is not an area to be scrimped on as low quality worktops will not be as aesthetically pleasing and may not stand up to years of daily wear and tear. Read on to find the perfect worktop to complement your bathroom suite.
If you don’t have the cash to splash updating your bathroom worktops each year, you should choose a durable material that is built to last. This is one of the many advantages of choosing a material such as laminate. Laminate worktops are low maintenance and require little upkeep as it is resistant to most stains. This kind of Utopia Bathroom Furniture comes with a lifetime guarantee, so, if longevity is your main concern, this is the worktop for you.
If you are a perfectionist, solid surface bathroom worktops will tick all of your boxes. Utopia take pride in creating bespoke bathroom worktops for customers who want a durable product that looks stunning. Each worktop features an eight step polishing and finishing process that provides exceptional results. Solid surface worktops are available in a range of beautiful colours to complement every bathroom including graphite, oatmeal and black opal.
Geo Stone and Geo Strata
If you want to transform a traditional bathroom into a contemporary space, the Geo Stone and Geo Strata collection from Utopia is guaranteed to delight. This collection boasts a granite-like finish that adds an opulent feel to your room. Tough, practical and fabulously modern, Geo Stone and Geo Strata are the perfect type of worktops for you if bring your bathroom design into the 21st century. The Geo Strata boasts a chrome inlay for that added contemporary touch.
Granite and Marble
Wonderful worktops are often the main feature in a bathroom and for this reason they should be show-stopping. If you want a bathroom that oozes luxury, you can’t beat granite and marble worktops. The material itself boasts naturally occurring crystals that catch the light to ensure your bathroom sparkles. Granite and marble worktops are a great choice for homeowners that want to make a style statement as every piece of granite is unique. This kind of material won’t simply make your home look stunning, it can also add value to your home making it a worthy investment.
Once you have decided on a suitable material for your bathroom suite, it is time to decide on a colour theme. With so many colours to choose from, you may have a difficult decision on your hands, but if you don’t want to update your room in a few years it is wise to opt for classic colours such as black, brown and cream.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 20 December, 2013
A small bedroom doesn’t have to look cramped and cluttered. It only takes a little imagination and some innovative storage ideas to make a small bedroom look spacious and stylish.
The bedroom is place to relax, rest and sleep, and many of us with smaller bedrooms don’t make the most of the space left around the bed area. If you have a small or even tiny bedroom, there are easy solutions to give it a little personality and even make it a place you want to spend more time in.
Smart storage for clothes
If you have a small bedroom then storage space can often be a problem especially when it comes to wardrobes. Forget bulky units and go for the slim line options that can be designed around the space you have. You can go online at many furniture websites and enter measurements to get a wardrobe to fit the space you have. Make sure to consider corner wardrobes that are designed specifically to fit snugly into corner wall spaces, or choose a wardrobe with a mirror will create the illusion of space.
Shelving is another good solution for those with smaller bedrooms and little storage space. For a more stylish look consider the many vertical shelving units that extend from floor to ceiling. Also consider built-in shelving instead of a bed headboard, which is a practical and stylish solution for smaller bedrooms. Shelving units can also be placed against the wall either side of the bed head to make the most of empty space.
Consider a folding sofa bed
Sofa beds are one of the best ways to save space in the bedroom and today’s designs now come with storage space included. Sofa beds offer great versatility when it comes to creating adding space to a small room, especially for those who do use their bedroom as a work area. A lot of thought has been put into the design of the latest sofa beds and you can now buy stylish and comfy futons as well as designer sofa beds that wouldn’t look out of place in an upmarket hotel.
The best approach to a small bedroom is to utilise every inch of space – whether it’s under the bed, over the bed, beneath the window or built into the walls themselves. Plan it well and you could end up with a bedroom that is less of a cramped after-thought and more of a cosy den!
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 18 December, 2013
For centuries, Wooden furniture has been a staple in the family home. Today it is still extremely popular and wood is the preferred material for many household items such as coffee and dining tables.
Wood is an extremely hard-wearing, robust material that won’t easily fall apart or sustain serious damage. Not only does wood furniture endure over time, but wood is very adaptable and can be pivitol in helping to achieve the desired style of a room, whether it be rustic or elegant, there’s a type of wood that will suit your needs.
Types of Wood
- Hardwoods such as oak, mahogany, teak and walnut come from deciduous trees
- Softwoods such as cedar and pine come from coniferous trees
Hardwood is often more expensive than softwood, but the difference in price is indicative of the difference in quality; They are generally much stronger and are therefore less likely to sustain damage, walnut and oak furniture are suited with many different finishes, creating a slick, sleek look. Teak furniture is also particularly strong and impervious to rotting.
Solid oak furniture is popular for its strength and durability. You can get oak furniture to suit any style – traditional, rustic, antique, contemporary and modern. There are also many different kinds of oak wood, from reclaimed and reproduction, to weathered and limed finishes if you want a more vintage look.
Softwood is generally more affordable and thought to be more environmentally friendly. Pine is one of the most popular softwoods, as it can be painted or varnished easily to create different styles.
Light or Dark Wood
It is usually advisable to choose a dark wood if your décor is light, and light wood if your décor is dark; this will ensure the room doesn’t look too dull or washed out and it also helps to make the item of wood furniture stand out nicely.
In summary, any kind of wood is a great choice for furniture but choose wisely; find a type and colour which suits your needs and you’ll be enjoying your wooden furniture pieces for years to come
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 10 December, 2013
Solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring are fantastic choices for your space as they are durable, hardwearing and timeless. Having a timeless value is a huge investment when purchasing something like flooring, as it eliminates the need to replace it within a few years. And the best thing about this type of floor is that it can be changed almost as easily as your taste changes.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the things you (or a trusted professional if you don’t value your DIY skills!) can do to your wood flooring to change its appearance, with minimal hassle.
A growing trend emerging is the development of coloured wooden floors, ranging from your standard oak, to black, to any colour you can imagine, really. They are fantastic for instantly transforming any room into a unique space that perfectly matches your interior and personality. As the process is fairly simple – it literally involves painting the floor – it allows for the process to be completed again in the future, should your interior or mood change again.
Coloured oiled floors are also good as you can update high traffic areas easily, by simply painting them, rather than having to worry about replacing the whole floor. The only thing to remember when selecting oiled floors is to ensure you give them enough time to dry, a process which can take quite a long time (usually 24 hours).
The ‘chipping’ process (generally done by professionals) is perfect for making floor designs look older and therefore more traditional and classic. As a result, this means that you are able to use modern, engineered flooring in listed buildings. This is a huge plus as they can provide the durability that may be required in this type of property.
Although a rather daunting-sounding process, this one also has a variety of benefits. Hand scraping the surface of the flooring using the wood’s natural contours and grains creates a truly antique looking floor, ideal for that classic wooden floor look.
As this is known to be quite a rigorous process, so it’s highly recommended that you choose a hardwearing wood, such as oak flooring with thesolidwoodflooringcompany.com, as depending on the grade you opt for, you can achieve a number of beautiful and timeless finishes.
You can also use a number of different treatments to help preserve your flooring, and to give it a refreshing makeover. Investing in a good wood protective oil will instantly improve the appearance of your floors, and will defend them against scratches and stains. This is of course particularly useful in high traffic areas, in homes with smaller children, pets or for businesses.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 20 November, 2013
When it comes to redecorating our bathrooms, we are frequently advised to stick to plain white bathroom suites that will not date easily. While this is practical, team it with white walls and you risk having a bathroom that is bland, lifeless and sterile – hardly the atmosphere you want for one of the most important rooms in the house.
You could avoid this by using some coloured tiles into the room. While these would instantly add life to the space, making it look less like a show home, you can also find yourself faced with a hefty price tag. Plus, if one or more of the tiles becomes damaged over the years, you could be faced with additional expenses to repair it.
An equally as effective option is to go for coloured cladding instead. This can work out a lot cheaper than tiling your bathroom and can still produce a high-quality finish. Available in a range of different colours and styles, these panels are easily mounted to the wall, helping to minimise the mess created during your redecoration. Working in the same way as tiles, the panels are completely waterproof and practical, while being durable too.
Have a look at the fantastic range of bathroom wall panels available from Décor Cladding Centre – their mosaic print panels will work well in any bathroom, with the light airy colours a great option to make smaller bathrooms seem bigger.
To complete your newly cladded bathroom, you should invest in some matching items to finish off the look. Toothbrush holders, soap dispensers and decorative ornaments will all help to tie the room together perfectly. Complementary coloured towels will provide a nice finishing touch too.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 6 November, 2013