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Interior design trends that will be big this Spring

Advances in technology, innovation and interior designs toady mean that trends are rarely permanent. Something that was all the rage a couple of years ago it not likely to be on trend today, so when creating a space it is important that it is both comfortable and functional with a touch of originality.

Different types of wardrobe explained

While there are many different styles of wardrobes on the market from ornate and traditional to sleek and modern designs, wardrobes usually fall into two categories, freestanding wardrobes and built-in wardrobes.

Renovating a child’s bedroom

Designing a bedroom for your child can be a bit tricky because you want it to last for many years without becoming outdated or grown out of especially if tastes change. Here are our handy tips to creating a child’s bedroom. Painting the walls Fight the urge to paint a big mural on the walls because you may find yourself painting it sooner than you think when your child’s tastes change. Instead paint the walls a natural colour and use posters and paintings for decoration; these can be easily changed depending on what your child wants. Adding furniture Childs bedrooms are usually smaller than other bedrooms in the house so choosing the right furniture is essential. A wardrobe and bedside table are great additions to the room and some under bed storage keeps the room from getting cluttered. Bed and bedding A bed is of course the most essential part of any bedroom and choosing one for a child can be a painstaking task. Choose a bed that your child can grow into because you don’t want to be buying a new bed every few years when it gets out grown.

How to Ensure 100% Blackout Curtains and Blinds

When you are buying new curtains and blinds it is important to consider how well you need them to block out the light. If they are for a bedroom, particularly a child or baby’s room, then you may need to be able to create complete darkness even in the middle of the day. This is where blackout curtains and blinds come in. Many manufacturers of ready-made curtains and blinds now offer 100% blackout. Blackout material is usually made by coating a poly/cotton fabric with a layer of acrylic and comes in a variety of colours – not just black. The fabric is slightly thicker and stiffer than normal curtain material but not enough to prevent it hanging and draping properly. When you are buying blackout curtains or blackout blinds, check whether the seams are covered, particularly on blinds. Even a row of pinpricks can let in a surprising amount of light. Because blackout blinds and curtains prevent light coming through, they also reduce air circulation and this helps keep a room warmer.If you are not looking to replace your curtains but are not happy with their ability to keep out the light, it is now possible to buy 100% blackout linings with the added advantage of thermal insulation. They are lining curtains which can be hooked on to your existing curtains and hangs behind them. They come in a variety of colours and can be a cost-effective way to increasing the effectiveness of the curtains you already own, especially if they were very expensive.

What to Look for When Buying Girl’s Beds

The old nursery school song says it best when it says that little boys are made from frogs and snails and puppy dogs’ tails and little girls are made from sugar and spice and all things nice. The lyrics of that little song is often true when it comes to defining the dynamics of a girl child and the purchasing of a bed for her room. So what do we look for when buying girls beds?There are many different makes of beds that one can purchase but the most important factors when buying a bed would be comfort and size. Upholstered beds can be considered but note, buying a bed should not be taken as lightly as when shopping for guest beds for the holiday season when your home is filled with friends and family.One of the more popular makes of girl’s beds is the princess bed. All girls like to feel like princesses and this make of bed is perfect to create that desired effect. With its high post and wood finish, it is truly a favourite among parents with little girls.Another great buy for the slightly older girl is the Amalfi pine solo. The simple reason is that it comes with a great chest at the foot of the bed for all her dolls and teddies. This great buy will make any little girl feel truly special and is ranked as one of the more popular buys in girls beds.  And, in these trying times when magazines make girls feel that they are suppose to be super skinny; having a princess is always a fresh welcome.

Add Some Romance To Your Room With French Style Beds

It is a known fact that the French are among the most romantic people in the world. If not the most romantic, then they probably rank in the top 2. It is evident in the way they say things, and do things. It is in the way they feel and express themselves, and also how they design their beds.Each make of bed is designed with care and precision and one can always feel the extra personal touch that goes into the making of one these beauties. Whether your preference is king size, double or super king size, they come complete in rich finishes and in all sizes.Some of the most elaborate woods are used when creating these beautiful beds. The materials range from mahogany to cedar, redwood to oak, and pine.These beautiful French style beds are perfect for the person who owns and runs a guesthouse or a bed and breakfast as they make for an exceptional and memorable experience. As an added touch of support, one can include memory foam pillows on all guest beds to ensure that comfort is the main priority.Indeed, for that added extra touch of romance, you can do no wrong with the range of classic French style beds. Made with care and designed for passion, these are the ultimate necessity to give your bedroom that much needed romantic flare, if you don’t have it already. For love and life comes in a good night sleep in a strong sturdy bed.

On Bed Sizes

Bed sizes have become increasingly standardised over decades, although they often vary from country to country. Bed size is important not just when considering your comfort whilst sleeping, either singly or in a double bed, but also from the point of view of the available space in your bedroom and choosing a compatible mattress, bed linen, duvets and any accessories such as headboards.Bed sizes are not always strictly adhered to when they are put in practice during manufacture; depending on the material and the ultimate look of the bed, some inches can be added or reduced to enhance the final product. Bed size is always stated so do check this before buying so that you can plan for placing the bed in your bedroom and getting the right mattress, linen and duvet.Considering bed sizes, it may be useful to think of who will eventually use the bed most often. If buying for personal comfort, it may be advisable to choose a larger bed. If buying for a guest room, a guest beds are typically smaller so that more room space is left.Children’s beds also come in a range of sizes, from small baby cots to larger single beds. Measure this carefully, as many children’s rooms are relatively smaller than other bedrooms, and enough space should be left for your child to move around comfortably or have a playing area.You can also buy bedside furniture, which should be taken into account when measuring.

A New Headboard Provides an Instant Change to any Bedroom

You want a new look in the bedroom but can’t afford to replace your entire bedroom set.  One option that might meet your needs is to just change the headboard—or add one if your current bed doesn’t have one. The headboard of a bed sets the design theme for the entire bed, and often the entire room. A light, airy, open-weave white metal “princess” style headboard can be replaced with a chunky wooden headboard stained dark brown, and the feel of the entire room changes.Headboards can also give you extra storage space. Some are up to a metre thick, with lift-up tops and hidden storage below. Others offer small shelves for books, tissue boxes, or other necessities. Then there are designer headboards that make a statement about you. Are you a musician? Order the headboard that’s a curved music staff with notes on it. For kids, Disney or cartoon characters dancing across the headboard can welcome them to bed when they’re tired.A “new” favourite is old headboards that have been refinished and re-purposed. Brass headboards are a perennial favourite, but antique doors, WWII hospital bed headboards, and even old window frames have been beautifully refinished and fitted onto bedframes to create a unique look. The best part of these is that you’re not creating any new manufacturing waste in their creation—it’s the second part of the reduce, re-use, recycle trilogy.You can find headboards that create a mood or atmosphere, as well. Loved that honeymoon in the Tuscan hills? Look for a headboard in shades of terracotta, olive, and brown, with touches of gold and blue. You’ll start relaxing the moment you enter the room. A well-chosen headboard can not only finish off your bed, it can also make a statement about you.

Space Saving Beds

In any busy household or even for people living on their own in small studio flats, space is at a premium. In fact wherever you live, over a period of time you’re likely to naturally to fill up whatever space you have and saving it is something of an art form.Bedrooms in particular, often suffer from a surfeit of furniture, which can very quickly leave you feeling oppressed as you have to negotiate your way around dressing tables, wardrobes, chests of drawers and most of all, beds, when you’re often half awake and not in the best of moods.It is in situations such as this where you can save space by choosing a suitable bed. Pick one like a divan bed, which looks and feels like a normal bed, but has space underneath to store blankets and sheets, instead of having them lying around. As for the kids, why not try a bunk bed, they’ll love it? As well as keeping them amused you’ll be halving the space taken up by the bed, although there may be some arguments over who gets the top one.Sofa beds used to be a real pain, with clanking metal frames that seemed designed to take your fingers off when you tried to open or close them. Now, however, the technology has caught up with demand and they’re the height of fashion as well as a joy to use.Even if you’ve got the smallest bedroom imaginable, there’ll be a bed out there that’s just right for your decor and your needs.

Beds to Save Space

Wherever we live, be it a tiny studio flat or a large detached house, we’ll sooner or later come up against a space problem as the junk accumulates. Children and teenagers, especially, tend to live in over-crowded rooms, but all of us could do with imaginative ideas for freeing up space in the home.The bedroom area tends to suffer the most in this respect and is often crowded out with wardrobes, dressing tables, chests of drawers and other furniture, which can be a nightmare to navigate around, especially in the dark. Modern sofa beds are very stylish items of furniture, with many models and designs to choose from that will fit them in with your existing decor. They work just as well in either of their capacities and are popular choices for the living room, where it’s impossible to know that they double up as beds.Sofa beds are available as corner units or settees that in the space of just a few minutes convert into comfortable beds. Chair beds are a type of sofa bed designed for odd corners or for small rooms, where they just fold out to make a convenient place for any unexpected guest to sleep.Consider bunk beds, especially for kids’ rooms, as these are great fun as well as being very effective space savers. The kids will love them and have the added benefit that, if the need arises, they can be separated and turned into regular beds.

Choosing the Bed that’s Right for You

Choosing the bed that’s right for you does not need to involve lengthy visits to bed stores in different parts of town. You can look at a range of choices here. There is plenty on offer, including compatible mattresses and accessories such as headboards.Choosing the right bed is very important, with the average person sleeping around a third of the day. Facing a new day is best done after a good night’s sleep. Typical bed sizes to consider include single, small double, double, king size and super king size. It is highly recommended to measure the space where the new bed is to fit, taking into account any furniture that may accompany it. Also, the largest beds do not have to be reserved for couples: even singletons have a better time in king size beds.Mattresses come in many shapes and sizes, so ensure the one you choose is definitely compatible with the bed frame. Mattress design has become very sophisticated over the years to avoid back pain and early wear and tear. Mattresses are no longer simply supported internally by springs, but come with many different sorts of support, each with its own advantages.Other options to consider are whether to have a freestanding bed, with space between the mattress and floor, or drawer compartments under the bed for storage (known as divan beds). Divan beds are a great way of being as economical with the overall bedroom space as possible.

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