Decorating Tips – Arranging

Here are some of the best illustrations we’ve found that show how best to arrange different rooms and furnitures.

The Rug

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Choosing the right size rug for the room, and furniture in it, is very important. General rule is that a rug can’t be too big. A small rug becomes an item of its own and makes a room look cluttered. A larger rug draws all the pieces of furniture together and connects the space.

Lounge Furniture

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The arrangement of your living room furniture depends on what you will be mainly using the space for. The great thing about this is, that when the needs of the room changes, it is easy to just move around the pieces and change the atmosphere.

Photographs and Artwork

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Symmetry is generally the rule for hanging art work. Even in a salon style (end picture) there is a pattern to the layout (the edges of the frames line up to another). The first image shows how to understand and get hanging pictures on stairs right. There are thousands of ways to hang artwork, this is just a little taster, check out this Pinterest board for more ideas.

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Inspiring Interiors – Mural Wall Designs

There are various ways to get a mural onto your walls at home or in the office. From pattern and design being hand painted (Bethvictoria.com/mural) to wall decals (stickers).

Decals

For the playroom or nursery:

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Available here: Animal tree , Owl and Pussycat , Twinkle Twinkle and

For the rest of the house:

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Available here: Tree and birds , Feather and Map

Hand Painted

Do it yourself:

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Here are a couple of ideas that you could do at home. From a small design to a whole wall piece.

The professional:

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By us:

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Five top decorating tips

Here are some great little tips for decorating your home!

1) Add a rug to change a room

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To instantly change a room add a large rug. It will add colour and shape to a room.

2) Keep bits and bobs together with a tray

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If you have random bits you don’t know what to do with organise them with a tray.

3) Don’t forget the doors

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Doors can be forgotten when decorating a room. Paint them to add more colour to a room. Use block colours or create patterns.

4) Update with paint

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Use paint to re-invent your furniture. Spray or hand paint your items to make them new and fresh. There are many ways to do this, the dripping paint seen above is a great idea.

5) Windowsill displays

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Use trinkets, candles, frames and lights to decorate your windowsills. Flowers are especially good for windowsills, bringing the outside in.

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Decorating the Dorm

This is the time of year when students around the world are getting ready to move away from home to start their university life. One of the most important aspects of this move is decorating the ‘dorm’ room. Making it homely, fun and a good environment to do work.

ORGANISE

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DECORATE

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COMFORT

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Top 5 items on Etsy

Here are five of our current favourite items on Etsy!

1- Perky Formica Table/ Desk in Yellow by WintersMoonUK

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Available here: www.etsy.com/uk/listing/151040065/perky-formica-table-desk-in-yellow?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=tables&ref=sr_gallery_17

2- Scissor Lamp Industrial Articulating Wall Lamp Light by LongMadeCo

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Available here: www.etsy.com/uk/listing/125731669/scissor-lamp-industrial-articulating?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=lamps&ref=sc_gallery_3&plkey=4fbb6685611c89d4601901feaaff8ea4289978c3:125731669

3- Hanging Plant Holder by SonadoraInLove

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Available here: www.etsy.com/uk/listing/236036368/large-hanging-plant-holder?ref=fp_item&atr_uid=8751744&aref=47860168108

4- Triangle Wood Shelves by PieceOfShards

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Available here: www.etsy.com/uk/listing/241609182/triangle-wood-shelves-full-set-of-6-same?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=shelves&ref=sc_gallery_3&plkey=86ac862fb3442be814540062d194e4134e29cd9a:241609182

5- Individual Hanging Painted Mason Jar by PineknobsAndCrickets

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Available here: www.etsy.com/uk/listing/241609182/triangle-wood-shelves-full-set-of-6-same?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=shelves&ref=sc_gallery_3&plkey=86ac862fb3442be814540062d194e4134e29cd9a:241609182

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Inspiring Interiors – The Brick Wall

We are in no way saying that full brick chimney decor is ok. But in some rooms and with some styles the bare brick wall is a  great raw way of decorating the home.

Scandinavian style

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A brick wall works well in a Scandinavian bedroom, especially with a white wash.

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Again with a white wash brick works in a Scandinavian style kitchen. Especially with the mix of light wood and greenery.

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Again for the same reasons the brick wall works in this style lounge. Hints of greys and yellows, as seen in the above living rooms, are a perfect pairing for the brick wall.

Industrial Style

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The natural brick with the dark metal bed frames and large chunky photographs in an Industrial style bedroom is a great combination.

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Heavy metal and wood furniture and dark colours are a signature of the Industrial style. A white wash brick wall will brighten up this style whilst keeping in with the theme.

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Leather, cushions and big metal lights. Industrial style living rooms ooze style and comfort. A brick wall is a simple answer for this style. It allows photographs to stand out and is the optimum industrial wall covering.

Eclectic Style

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The eclectic style brings together bits from all styles that work together. In the above examples you can see hints of Industrial, Shabby Chic and Mid Century Modern.

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The brick background to this style works as a great neutral canvas for the other style to meet.

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We love the mix of Industrial, Mid Century modern and hints of Scandinavian in this first lounge. Especially the roughly exposed brick with the worn off white paint.

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Cushions!

A range of cushions from a range of shops.

Cushions from John Lewis 

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1) www.johnlewis.com/romo-jessica-zoob-passion-4-cushion/p1399200

2) www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-future-fusion-tile-cushion/p1623265

3) www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-geo-medley-cushion-black/p1623254

4) www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-fusion-ikat-cushion/p1623124?colour=Blue

5) www.johnlewis.com/harlequin-amazilia-cushion-papaya-apple/p1913857

6) www.johnlewis.com/sanderson-simi-cushion/p1779705?colour=Green%20/%20Pink

Cushions from Urban Outfitters 

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1) www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5532464900106&category=CUSHIONS-EU

2) www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5532466760023&category=CUSHIONS-EU

3) www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5532365620002&category=CUSHIONS-EU

4) www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5532365620003&category=CUSHIONS-EU

Cushions from The Range

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1) www.therange.co.uk/watercolour-brights-flower-cushion//the-range/fcp-product/87693

2) www.therange.co.uk/botanical-butterfly-cushion//the-range/fcp-product/113079

3) www.therange.co.uk/mini-butterfly-cushion//the-range/fcp-product/113080

4) www.therange.co.uk/romantic-rose-blue-filled-cushion//the-range/fcp-product/110441

 Cushions from Marks and Spencer

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1)  www.marksandspencer.com/ship-s-ahoy-cushion/p/p22368018

2) www.marksandspencer.com/conran-overlay-cushion/p/p22370912

3) www.marksandspencer.com/midnight-watercolour-cushion/p/p22390479

4) www.marksandspencer.com/graphite-checked-cushion/p/p22390844

Happy Shopping!

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5 Top Tips For Decorating

5 of our current top tips for when you’re decorating your home.

1 – Go for white

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Simply –  white works. Any room and with any style, a base of white walls or furniture is an easy and efficient way of decorating your home. It is a colour that you won’t tire of and if you decide you want to do something different its a great base coat.

2 – Leather will last

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Any colour, even white, leather is a long lasting and pretty indestructible material. The head board of a bed to a dining room chair this material is timeless and comfortable option.

3 – Mix it up

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Don’t be confined within one design style or colour option. Mix up modern and vintage or industrial and Scandinavian. The style of one piece of furniture doesn’t have to dictate a whole room. Mix colours too, as long as the shades are right, a blue and pink room works, give it a go. But, don’t go overboard with the mixing!

4 – Plants brighten any room

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Plants can brighten the dullest of corners in a room. From big potted plants to little terrariums. A bit of green and a bit of life can bring brightness to any room.

5- Wallpaper works

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Whether its our wallpaper or another wallpaper is a great way to decorate a room. They don’t just have to be used on a wall, if you have a sliding door make it look a lot nicer and brighter with a patterned wallpaper.

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UO Magazine Rack and Basket

A few posts ago we picked some of our favourite items from the sale sections of various stores. One of these was this industrial style Magazine Rack and Basket from Urban Outfitters.

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We liked it so much that we bought it!

We chose the black option as it would have clashed with the other colours in our room.

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It’s just the right size for the space and looks great with our record player and vinyl. The colour works well with the other colours around and the red and white egg chair looks great with it.

Available here : Magazine Rack

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Our top 5 items on Etsy

We’ve selected 5 items from Etsy that we currently love.

1) Cocktail Chair – Mid Century Modern, Retro, Vintage, Newly Reupholstered

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A 1970s cocktail chair that has been restored into this perfect Mid Century Modern feeling piece. The legs have been treated and the seat reupholstered. We think that the colour combo works really well and would look great in a lounge or bedroom.

Available Here : Kallistaa

2) Modern Ceramic Hand Planter

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We love different ways of having flowers in our home and this porcelain piece is something we haven’t seen before. Its different, looks great and the plant works so well in it. It doesn’t have to be for plants, you could use it to cup your jewellery, soap, little office bits or candles (with a bit of sand).

Available Here : SCULPTUREinDESIGN 

3) Antique Cream Vintage Frame Set

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The frames that this shop sell are a great way to get a salon style of hanging pictures in your home. The sets of frames are made to order, let them know what colour and sizes you want and you’ll get your own unique collection of vintage looking frames.

Available Here : WillowsEndCottage

4) 5 Jar Pendant Light – Mason Jar Chandelier

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A cluster of Mason Jars that have been turned into a light fixture. We like the fact that you can adjust the length of the cords so that you can arrange them as you want. They also have these available with different amounts of jars and different length cords.

Available Here: IndustrialRewind

5) Iris Light Mint Green Minimal Design Table Lamp

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Following on from our last post on geometric designs in the home we found this little beauty. This would work as bed side lamp or in a home office space. A fresh and modern piece.

Available Here : Lambater

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