Restyling our homes should be an enjoyable, creative experience but with the endless variety of interior design styles and influences it can become a headache. Minimalist, Art Deco, Shabby Chic, what to choose?
If you are going to concentrate your energy and money on just one area, make it the lounge.It’s the room where you want to entertain guests and relax after a hard day’s work.
To guide you along your interior journey, Martin & Parker have compiled a list of tips that will aid you in your quest for design equilibrium and domestic harmony…
There’s nothing nicer than stretching out on a huge sofa to relax but in order to ensure it doesn’t engulf a room use this trick; anchor the large item of furniture by putting it flat against a wall and use a couple of bold, eye catching pieces for balance such as a large mirror or a jumbo print. Believe it or not numerous small pieces of furniture make a compact room look even smaller so fewer pieces that are bigger will work better.
Despite what certain design catalogues may demonstrate, placing a flat screen television above an operational fireplace (wood-burning or otherwise) is a bad idea. Not only does the heat damage the screen but positioning it so high willcause eventual discomfort in the neck of viewers forced to arch their view upwards. Televisions should be placed three times the length of their screen away from seating and ideally at eye level from where you are sitting. Try placing the television in a corner at an angle so the flow of the room is uninterrupted.
The coffee table is a strong connective point that brings your furniture together both aesthetically and practically. It is generally advised that you place the table approximately 12 to 24 inches away from seating so you bring a balanced sense of space and have room for knees!Having an ottoman with a large tray on top instead of a traditional coffee table is currently very on trend, this also provides further seating if the tray is removed making your furniture multi functional.
Mixing different patternssuch as maxi floral prints and super sized stripes can look vibrant and fun if you get it right, the trick to mixing is to pick a colour theme that will anchor the space and tie the whole room together. If you prefer a more simple colour palate then an all white space is uber chic but to avoid it looking ‘hospital like’ introduce textures such as a crocheted throw, linen sofa and knobbly rug to add depth to this monochromatic look.
If a full room make over is more than you can bear then keep your furniture and décor neutral and just update small items, as you would update your wardrobe. A few new seasonal, on trend accessories can really freshen a room, such as cushions, throws, pictures and plant pots. This way you can play with colours and patterns without blowing the budget.
Martin & Parker can now offer a complete room redesign service through our highly recommended interior designer Kay Ward who can help you decide on anything from a colour scheme right through to project managing your complete room refurbishment.
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