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How to choose a perfect dressing table

Once considered a luxury item in the boudoir of the rich, the vanity - or dressing table as it is also known - is now the mainstay of bedrooms across the country.

Choosing the perfect dressing table is easy with these with five great tips – and it doesn’t mean blowing the budget to get the style and appeal you want. Match your rustic bedroom furniture perfectly with your dressing table to get just the effect you want.

1. Features

When it comes to choosing the perfect piece, the first thing you need to think about is what features you need from the dressing table. If you have many items, you may want ample display space or you may want plenty of drawer space to keep trinkets and personal effects safe.

Savannah Small Reclaimed Wood Dressing Table in Bedroom with Chair

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Our Savannah reclaimed wood dressing table is the ideal solution. With one large desk drawer and four smaller drawers atop the dressing table, there is plenty of space to keeping things safe but accessible.

2. Size

Getting the right dressing table is as much about the right dimensions as it is style and features. Too big, and it will crowd the space you have but too small, and its addition in the bedroom will have no impact.

Dorset Purbeck Reclaimed Wood Dressing Table with two drawers

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The Dorset Purbeck reclaimed wood dressing table is ideal for those seeking a rustic or farmhouse feel to their bedroom but also for fitting into limited space. With a slim line depth of 45cm, it has the perfect dimensions.

3.Choosing the right area within the bedroom

You want your dressing table to offer everything you need and that includes being in a space that is accessible, as well as in natural light if possible.  If you have a large reclaimed wood bed taking up most of your space, then your desk may need to be squeezed into a smaller space. When light is short, you need to add ambient lighting. As well as stylish lighting, we have a range of not-too-bright or overly-dramatic table lamps, ideal for adding luminescence when you need it most.

4.Style

From modern to contemporary, minimalistic to rustic, there are all kinds of styles that lend themselves to creating a stylish bedroom that is relaxing and welcoming. In essence, you want your dressing table to support your chosen style, complementing it and not detracting from it.

Nilsson Rustica Reclaimed Wood Dressing Table for bedroom

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The Nilsson Rustica reclaimed wood dressing table fits perfectly in a space where you want a rustic feel and is the perfect bedroom partner to the Nilsson range of reclaimed wood beds.

5.Material

And finally, choosing the right dressing table is about choosing the right material. Historically, the dressing table has been made from wood, and wither painted, stained or varnished to give its final appeal. If you are looking for character, Scandinavian bedroom furniture, often made from reclaimed wood. Alternatively, you could let the beauty of the wood sing its own song such as with this Scandinavian styled oak dressing table.

Hudson Living Wycombe Oak Dressing Table or Console for bedroom

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Key Accessories

We have touched on the importance of light but there are other must-have accessories too.

A comfortable, but stylish seating solution, either a chair or stool, is an essential contemporary furniture accessory. Choose an upholstered chair that complements the dressing table and sits within the bedroom’s colour scheme too. Reclaimed wood shelving is also available to store any extras that don’t fit on the table itself.

And finally, choose a wall mirror that is ideal for your space. Add a hint of Art Deco, or stick with the minimalistic Scandinavian appeal or if you want warmth and rustic charm, a reclaimed wood mirror will work well.

With a wealth of options on offer, there’s really no reason why you can’t find the perfect piece for your space, by keeping the above tips in mind. What will you choose?

Our latest obsession: the best storage solution

We’ve all been there – scrambling around to hide clutter and detritus when unexpected visitors call. We’ve also been frustrated more times than we can count as we seem to have nowhere to put things. And this is why the best storage solutions are our latest obsession - because the right containers, offering the right solutions in the best style for the space are essential.

Aimee Reclaimed Wood Trunk Coffee Table and Storage

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We find the best way of getting the right solutions lay in matching the storage to the items that need to be kept – and that means taking a room by room approach. But as you would expect, we believe that no matter what storage option suits you best, it should be stylish as well as practical.

The Hallway

Shoes, boots, wellington boots, coats, hats, scarves, umbrellas… there are so many things that need to be safely stored away to minimise clutter that it is hard to know which storage option to plump for.

Rattan May Reclaimed Wood 4 Drawer Storage Unit for hallway

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We have many fantastic solutions in the shape of quality rattan furniture such as drawer units – handy for separating family things to aid with the school and work run in a morning – as well as a fantastic rustic style Winchester wooden trunk, perfect for throwing in shoes and bags to keep the hallway clutter-free.

The Bedroom

Again, there are several things that need storing in the bedroom that you will need quick access to from time to time.

Cotswold Reclaimed Wood Blanket Box for bedroom or hallway

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Anything from blankets to bed linen and towels can be stored in this stylish reclaimed wood blanket box. Chunky in style and appearance, there is a satisfying quality to anything made from reclaimed wood. With wooden bedroom furniture that provides spacious storage at an affordable price without compromising on quality, you can truly have it all.

The Living Room

The lounge is the place where you show visitors and guests when they arrive and so storage solutions in here really do need to be both practical and stylish. If you love the rawness of the rustic style – plenty of wood and exposed brickwork, beams etc. – then rustic, yet contemporary coffee tables will fit into your design scheme perfectly.

Cotswold Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table for living room

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The Cotswold range of wooden furniture also offer storage perfection. The reclaimed wood coffee table is the perfect platform for drinks and nibbles, whilst having spacious drawers for throwing all kinds of clutter to be thrown in and hidden – it’s great for storing the remote controls too.

The Garden

The outdoor space at your home also has many things that need to kept tidily away after a day in the sun, whether you’ve been lounging on your rattan chairs with cushions or busying yourself with the bedding plants.

Weather can damage the highest quality rattan furniture and other items made from the hardiest of plastic, metals and wood. There is also the frustration of never being able to find matching gardening gloves or smaller gardening implements like a hand trowel.

Zinc Top Aldsworth Outdoor Storage Box

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Outdoor storage is not always stylish. Gaudy coloured, flimsy plastic chests are not the only solution. Our outdoor storage options come with zinc topped lids for extra weather proofing and hardy wood to keep everything free from rain, damp or the sun – and can keep it a spider-free space too.

Storage doesn’t have to be boring – take a look at the different stylish options available and have your home clutter free and stylish in no time!

Add a Stunning Woven Texture in Your Home

For anyone keen on styling their home, an understanding of the seven principles of interior design is essential. Space, line, form, light, colour, pattern and texture emphasise the focal point in a space. That means adding a key element that draws attention to itself.

Chilgrove PE Rattan Garden Sofa for outdoors

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Texture is an easy way of adding emphasis to a room or space, both in the home and in outside areas too.

The Texture of Rattan

Rattan is a fast-growing plant that is sustainable and once dried and woven, produces furniture and other items that is not only of exceptional quality but superior strength too. It can have a smaller, more delicate weave or pattern or, as in some cases we illustrate below, it can be larger, chunkier and more robust in its finish.

Rattan Furniture for the Outdoors

Because of its strength and ability to withstand all kinds of weather, rattan garden furniture is an increasingly popular choice in garden across the country.

Trends for the outdoor space for the coming summer season is for a laid-back approach to rattan garden furniture – opt for loungers or hammocks, bringing a relaxed approached to seating in the garden.

Marden PE Rattan Garden Corner Sofa Set

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The rattan sofa, both stylish yet neutral, will work well on the patio or in the conservatory, with the weave of the rattan inviting people to take a seat and relax a while too.

For a higher chair that is both relaxed seating and perfect as an al fresco dining chair, there are a range of rattan garden chairs that fit the bill. As well as texture, rattan pieces tend to bring earthy yet neutral tones to a space, perfect for any garden space. We like to think of rattan furniture as deceptively simple.

Chilgrove PE Rattan Garden Chair with Cushion for Outdoors

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Perfect for the Conservatory

Rattan is a material commonly associated with the conservatory. Deceptively lightweight but brilliantly robust, rattan doesn’t warp or weaken with heat hence, a firm favourite for the conservatory or the orangery.

A pair of Grey Wash Rattan Armchairs with Cream Cushion in conservatory room

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Whitewash rattan conservatory furniture adds style and neutral colour to a space, whereas the pair of grey wash rattan chair with cream cushions adds texture and colour without being distracting.

Dining in Style and With Style

Rattan is to just for the patio or the conservatory. As a material, it is a stunning addition round the dining table.

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No matter what your style – contemporary, rustic industrial or farmhouse country chic – the wood dining table, complete with large weave rattan high-backed dining chairs and soft, cream coloured cushions is simply perfection. Where else will you find a dining table with such character?

Rattan in the Bedroom

Want something different but still within budget? Want a bed frame that makes a statement, packs a punch but without being overly quirky or so eclectic that it is a bespoke piece that is too individual to be part of any design scheme other than its own?

Country Maya Rattan Sleigh Bed

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The rattan bed frame is the ideal solution – different without being ‘odd’, it has a warmth to its appearance, as well as being stylish and the centre of attention.

In our minds, there is no doubt that rattan is one of the best materials for use in and outside of the home, offering an elegance, stylish texture that is perfect, no matter the design or trend.