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How to choose the perfect garden furniture

The garden is an important space. Part of your home, as soon as the finer weather arrives, you want to be out enjoying the sun and fresh air.

Small Round Table and 2 Chairs Bistro Set in Clay

It is far more pleasant when you have the right garden furniture. Take a look at this right-point guide to choose the best garden furniture.

Plan It!

Just as you would make a considered purchase when it comes to furnishings for the interior for your home, it should be no different when it comes to the garden.

How do you want your outdoor ‘room’ to look? How many rattan garden chairs will you need to make the space welcoming and comfortable? Do you have a style or a theme you would like to emulate?

Seating

Once you have calculated the space and the requirements, you now need to look at seating. There are a range of seating options in various materials.

If you plan on moving seating around, you will want a lighter weight material such as rattan garden furniture. Wooden or metal furniture can work just as well, and can be fixed into position too.

Rattan Outdoor Dining Chair in Garden

Easy Care Materials

You want to spend the summer enjoying your garden, not repairing things or cleaning furniture, or spending hours keeping something looking good. Outdoor seating comes with easy-care fabrics suitable for outdoor use. Worth the investment several times over.

Don’t forget storage

Those large L-shaped outdoor sofas look great but how will you protect it over the winter? To extend the life of garden furniture, when not in use, it should be stored away in a place that is not overly damp.

Be Bold

Garden furniture doesn’t have to be ‘all the same’. Just like your home, the way you use your garden could be very different to how your neighbours or friends do. And that’s why being bold and personal in your purchases really work, like this reclaimed wood bar table.

St Mawes Bar Table with Drinks Cooler in Reclaimed Teak

Quality

If you do nothing else from this list, do this one: choose quality items that are well-designed and built to last. Choose materials that require little if any maintenance. Hardwoods are better at withstanding weather but are more expensive but worth the investment. 

By looking after your garden furniture, storing it away in winter and keeping it clean, you will get years of use from it.

Don’t Forget the Details

Accessories are just as important in the garden as in your home. Why have fantastic furniture but nowhere for your guests to put their drinks? As well as a garden coffee table, consider adding outdoor rugs to brighten up the patio, throws for when the evening turns cooler and pleasant lighting to set the ambience.

St Mawes Coffee Table in Reclaimed Teak

Consider Dual Purpose Items

Storage in the garden can be useful over the summer months. Throwing outdoor cushions, throws and rugs into a storage bench is ideal for when there is the occasional summer downpour.

Storage Garden Box with Zinc Top from Wood

Also, don't forget to add a welly storage close to your garden to keep all your boots dry and clean. 

Outdoor Shoes and boots storage for Garden from Wood

Once you have the right garden furniture, you will enjoy summer days and nights in the garden. Enjoy!

How to brighten up your hallway this spring

The hallway is often the last place to be decorated and yet, it is the space through which we all pass several times a day. It needs to be at the cutting edge of practicality and function which leaves many of us feeling that the hallway lacks style.

But not with these great ideas! This spring give your hallway a facelift and make it into a stylish and functional space…

White Walls Will Work

Hallways tend to be small-ish places and this means adding colour, depth and drama can be tough to do with dark walls and furniture.

If you shy away from white thinking it will be too stark and impractical, take another look. Use a good quality, washable paint from a reputable manufacturer and paint walls, ceiling and woodwork in one brilliant white.

Add carefully chosen wall accessories – mirrors work well to bounce even more light about a space – and add a dash of colour with a vibrant contemporary rug.

Hudson Living Marlow Console Table

An Art Gallery

Just because a hallway needs to be practical doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish. Hallways are usually gifted with large expanses of walls and this is perfect for creating your very own art gallery.

As well as family photos, there is a growing range of affordable and chic contemporary art that transforms your hallway from ordinary to extraordinary.

Black Crow Canvas contemporary Wall Art for hallway

Stylish Storage in the Hallway

By its very definition, the hallway is the space where coats are kept, muddy boots are flung and the dog paraphernalia is kept too. Not all this stuff are things you want on display.

Bespoke storage solutions in spaces such as under the stairs, as do reclaimed wood storage units. Complete with wicker baskets for dog leads and toys, as well as space to store school bags, coats and more, they are a worthwhile investment that fit well with any decorating scheme.

Rattan May Reclaimed Wood Storage Unit with Wicker Baskets

Colour Block Walls

Colour can be difficult to add to a hallway but take a fresh look. Instead of seeing your hallway just from the front door, how many other views of it do you have? For example, sitting in the lounge, do you see a section of wall?

If so, colour-blocking walls and creating colour statements in the hallway is a fantastic solution. Bright colours are on-trend this coming spring. Choose light, bright shades of green, yellow and blue but without going neon in vibrancy.

Finish the wall with a piece of fantastic art or cluster family photos together in same coloured frames, but different styles, sizes and finishes.

Practical Additions

Of course, there needs to be a range of practical additions to your newly stylish hallway:

Umbrella pots are great for stashing brollies and perfectly placed for grabbing hold of one

A wooden chair is perfect for sitting to pull off or pull on boots and shoes, as well as an ad hoc storage area for bags and scarves

Pew Reclaimed Wood Dining Chair Dark

Never struggle with light in a hallway – if adding more lighting isn’t an option, then contemporary mirrors dotted about the hallway are an ideal solution

Art Deco Round Mirror for wall on hallways

With all these great ideas for creating space in the hallway, you’re sure to be able to create a welcoming and stylish entrance to your home.

7 Mistakes You Do When Decorating Your Living Room

We spend a lot of time in our living room so it is natural to want to decorate the space well. We want our living room to seem homely and welcoming whilst at the same time impressing our guests. Many of us are happy to spend many hours decorating our living rooms and will have spent many more choosing colours and décor and yet, when the room is finished we are unsatisfied with the result.

The reason could be because there are simple decorating mistakes that are made time and time again. By knowing what they are before you begin you can avoid making them and end up with a room to be proud of.

Lighting

Living rooms are used both night and day so it is important to get the lighting right. Contemporary lighting schemes involve creating drama with sculptural light fittings. Try placing an oversized lamp by an armchair for reading or fitting a dramatic pendant.

Maddox Pendant Light Industrial contemporary style

Patterns and colours

One or two carefully chosen patterns can add drama and interest to carefully selected parts of your room but you can have too much of a good thing. Use neutrals for most of your colour palette when it comes to pattern choice and stick to one or, at most, two patterns for decorating individual pieces such as a beautiful Louis de Poortere rug or eye-catching scatter cushions. Choose different shapes, materials and finishes to provide diversity and individuality.

Contemporary living room furniture pattern decoration

Rugs

Bigger is better with rugs. Many rooms are spoilt by having a “floating rug” that seems like an afterthought. Rugs that touch all the main pieces of furniture will bring the room together.

Louis De Poortere Vintage Patchwork Yellow Rug

Focal Point

Too many rooms lack a focal point so the room feels directionless. A single, large, piece of contemporary artwork placed in a prominent position will give the room focus. Be careful not to hang your art work too high as you will usually be sitting down when using the room and you should not need to strain your neck to see it.

Dark Ram Canvas Wall Art painting living room

Clutter

Messy wires and too little storage can quickly ruin the effect you are trying to achieve when you redecorate. A coffee table with drawers will offer storage for magazines, books and those all-important but easily mislaid remote controls.

Make sure you think about where your electronics are going, especially if you have a wall-mounted television. If you are planning on repapering or repainting you can take the opportunity to have sockets moved so that wires can be neatly hidden away. For wiring that is not so permanent in nature use trunking or cable tidies to stop the cables becoming tangled and unsightly.

Windows

Big heavy curtains, whilst ideal for blocking out light and noise, hide the windows and can make the room feel dark. Instead choose a blind that can be retracted completely during the day.

Furniture placement

Although tempting to increase floor space, pushing your furniture up against the walls can actually make your room look smaller than it is.

By knowing the mistakes that others have made when decorating their living rooms, you’ll be able to avoid them, allowing you to create a living room you can really be proud of!