Bringing Style To Your Bedroom

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Do you just view your bedroom as a functional room where you go to bed, sleep and wake up and feel that there really is no need to make it special? Is it a room that nobody else sees, so why bother? However, it’s a room that you probably spend more than a third of your life in and here at Style My Home, we think it’s important to make it a really personal room that is an expression of you, which reflects your favourite colours and the things you love to have around you. We hope our article changes your mind and gives you some ideas and inspiration.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if your bedroom had the “wow” factor? Style My Home looks at how your bedroom can be completely transformed to look stylish and polished. It could be a complete makeover or it could just involve adding a few accessories to make it more attractive and appealing. The bedroom should be a calming room that you enjoy going to, a place where you can relax, sleep and love to wake up in, surrounded by all your favourite things.

Declutter And Plan

First of all, you need to create harmony and decluttering is a great way to start. You will then have a blank canvas where you can start planning your dream bedroom. Think about the things that you need in your bedroom and make sure you have good storage options, so that you can stay free of clutter. Think carefully about the colours, tones, patterns and textures that you want to use, as these will pay an important part in creating a room, which is peaceful, calm and soothing or dramatic and romantic.

  • Colour scheme
  • Flooring options
  • Furniture
  • Storage options
  • Wall treatment

Colour, Flooring And Furniture

If you choose more subtle tones, adding accessories can introduce colour, tone and texture to the room. Many people forget about the ceiling, but this is really important as painting ceilings in darker tones or having a textured finish can look amazing and be really atmospheric. Just remember as you lay in bed, it’s the ceiling that you are often staring at. Wallpaper isn’t everyone’s thing, but a statement wallpaper wall could really work or a bold coloured painted wall. Are you happy with the flooring in your bedroom or would you like it replaced with wooden flooring, tiles or a new carpet? You may be using furniture that you have already but if not, think carefully about the size of the furniture, as heavy large furniture will be overpowering in a small room.

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Storage

Storage should never be overlooked and think carefully if you want a freestanding wardrobe or a custom-designed system, as the latter will usually give you more flexibility and extra storage for your things, particularly your clothes. Add a high chest of drawers for maximum storage and introduce a chest at the bottom of the bed or an attractive ottoman for linen storage. A bed with drawers or lift up storage or storage units designed to go under the bed are the answers for storage in a small room.

Accessories

  • Pillows and cushions
  • Throw blankets
  • Rugs
  • Lighting including lamps and shades
  • Bedding
  • Artwork
  • Headboard
  • Personal items

Throws, Rugs And Cushions

A throw blanket or rug can add a splash of colour and add instant contrast if your bedroom has neutral tones. Carefully arrange throws on the bed or on a chair, so they are ready for you to snuggle into if you are watching the television or reading a book. The bed of course takes up a lot of space, so make it an attractive and interesting feature by placing a few pillows or cushions on it to give it that cosy feel. You may also want to change the bed linen and introduce more texture and pattern and a bed can really come to life by adding a headboard, and you will find that a tall headboard can be used to dramatic effect and be a real focal point. Also, why not indulge in luxurious fabrics?

Lighting, Curtains And Personal Things

Lighting can make a real impact, so consider bedside lamps or a floor lamp. If you have a ceiling light, why not add a chandelier to add sophistication and romance, but make sure you always have a dimmer switch. Rugs will add texture and will complement tiled and wooden floors and can also be placed on top of a carpet.

If your room has small windows, blinds may be a good option but in a larger room you can be quite opulent with your fabrics. Consider if you need blackout blinds. To make the room really personal to you, add special things such as photographs, a piece of art or things you have collected on your travels.

What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas from Style My Home, interior designers transforming homes in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and London. If you need ideas and inspiration to transform your bedroom, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.comWe are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to create bedrooms that they have always dreamed about.

 

A Memorable And Magical Christmas Table

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At Christmas time, there is always a real focus on food and drink and the dinner table is at the heart of everything, as it’s where everyone meets to talk and reminisce. Here at Style My Home, based in Tunbridge Wells, we think the times spent at the dinner table should live long in the memories of your guests, your friends and family. One great way of doing this is to create a stylish table, one that will become a real talking point and one that your guests will remember as they think back to a Christmas time spent with their loved ones.

There are so many things that you can do to show off your styling skills so that you create something magical to really impress your guests. Style My Home brings you our ideas ranging from colour schemes, place settings, centrepieces and table decorations and we hope that our festive ideas will inspire you to add these special touches to your Christmas feasts.

Picking A Theme And A Colour

Your table style is down to planning, and a good place to start is to select a colour scheme and a theme. You could go for the traditional colours of Christmas, red and green or opt for sparkling gold or shimmering silver to add glamour and glitz. Or you might choose to create a wintery scene with Santa, reindeer, snow, glistening trees and candles.

  • Traditional colour palette
  • Glamour and glitz
  • Cool wintery colours
  • Rustic and country setting
  • Nordic charm
  • Simple and elegant

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Tablecloths and Runners

The starting point will have to be the table covering. Many people don’t normally put a tablecloth or runner on their table but Christmas should be an exception. Again what you pick is down to your creativity and ‘simple’ can be the perfect base, so why not choose a white tablecloth, which will add a touch of sophistication and will be the perfect background to your designs including cutlery, place settings and glasses. Tartan patterns are always popular at Christmas, or perhaps you could choose a cloth decorated with Christmas trees, Santa and his reindeer and festive decorations and presents. You may however be very proud of your dining table and might not want to cover it up, so adding a runner adorned with greenery and floral designs will be enough.

Layering Is The Key To A Stylish And Professional Finish

The next step is to consider placemats, charger plates and your crockery and cutlery. White china also looks good and can really come to life with those festive touches and of course you can bring out the crockery with festive designs, as it’s bound to be a real talking point. Here the key is layering.

Consider All Of the Elements

  • Candles
  • Garlands
  • Berries, mandarins and cloves
  • Bows and ribbons
  • Festive scene

Why not bring the fragrance of pine forests to your table? Decorating your table with fresh greenery and placing a few candles with your favourite Christmas aromas amidst the foliage can achieve this. Introduce spruce, pine, red berries, blue thistles and orange segments. And don’t forget, you can use hanging greenery decorated with bows and ribbons for effect.

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Napkins

Napkins should not be forgotten and a simple idea is to tie with festive ribbons so that they resemble gift boxes or you could use Christmas themed napkin rings such as rustic pinecones or you could make your own from Christmas paper cut into tree shapes. And avoid that dilemma of where everyone is going to sit by introducing placecards.

 

Centrepieces

Centrepieces are the real focal point and glass bowls, vases, ceramic dishes, wooden boxes and plates can be used to eyecatching effect. Fill with clementines, sprigs of pine, holly, rosy apples and candles or introduce a tub filled with small Christmas trees. A simple and very effective idea is to choose your favourite flowers for this time of the year and place the vase on a tray with candles and fir cones.

And don’t forget the crackers!

What To Do Next

We hope you have enjoyed our tips on transforming your Christmas table. We are leading interior designers in Tunbridge Wells and Kent and If you would like help in transforming your home or individual rooms in your house, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.comWe are delighted that we have designed many dining spaces for our clients.

 

 

 

Welcoming Autumn Into Your Home

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The nights are beginning to draw in, temperatures are dropping and autumn is here. It’s a season that never disappoints in terms of the colours that Mother Nature delivers including dazzling golds, vibrant yellows, rich oranges, deep reds, gleaming bronzes and lustrous copper tones. It truly is a magical time of year, a time when we want to be warm and cosy in our homes, snuggling up on the sofa in front of a crackling fire or scrunched up under the duvet sipping cocoa. Autumn signals warm fluffy slippers, crunchy leaves, large coats, hats and scarves.

Autumn gives us the opportunity to make all the rooms of our homes feel that little bit cosier, a place where we can relax and unwind and also welcome our friends and family. In this article, Style My Home looks at ways of bringing autumn into your home.

Accessorise To Transform Your House From Summer To Autumn

Just by adding a few accessories, you can make a quick transformation from summer to autumn.

  • Statement throws and blankets
  • Rugs on hardwood floors and tiles
  • Fragrances with autumnal hues
  • Scented candles
  • Accessories including cushions and pillows
  • Create mood lighting with lamps
  • Look to add a fire or woodburner and display logs boldly
  • Update colour schemes to create more warmth with deeper paint colours
  • Add a feature wall

Woody Earthy Tones And Sweet Floral and Berry Fragrances

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Rugs will bring instant cosiness and textures and keep your feet warm at the same time and elegant throw rugs will add a touch of sophistication. Introduce a touch of panache by draping throws over the arms of chairs and sofas. Autumn fragrances range from woody, earthy tones to sweet floral and berry notes, so choose your favourite scents to fill your home with beautiful aromas and display candles in groups for more effect. Bring the outside inside with botanical cushions and autumn-inspired wallpapers. As we lose light, it’s important to create light, so add an extra lamp or two. And, if you’re feeling really bold, change your colour schemes and fabrics to autumn shades.

Autumn Rooms

  • Spruce up your front door and porch
  • Create space for wellies, coats, scarves and gloves
  • Design an autumnal dining table
  • Make your bedroom cosy

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Porches, Halls and Boot Rooms

Paint your front door a cheerful and bright colour, stack logs in the porch, have a thick doormat and a wreath of autumnal colours to make an instant impact and show a warm welcome. Place a boot rack outside for dirty and muddy boots and create a space in the hallway for wellies, have hooks for warm coats and macs and a basket for scarfs, hats and gloves.

Table Settings, Flowers, Twigs And Branches

Change your table settings to reflect autumn by choosing a richer colour palette, add rattan place mats and earthy toned napkins. Bring in autumn flowers including chrysanthemums, gladioli and roses and collect twigs, berries and gnarled branches to add character and texture.

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What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas from Style My Home, interior designers transforming homes in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and London. If you need help to bring autumn into your home, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com We are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to create rooms that they have always dreamed about.

 

 

 

Ideas For An Unused Or Empty Room In Your Home

 

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Have your children left home and no longer use their rooms? Or do you have a room such as a dining room, which you rarely use or do you actually have that proverbial spare room, a room that you have just shut the door on and which, as everyday goes by gathers more and more dust? For whatever reason, you have a room or rooms that basically have no function or purpose and you don’t know what to do with them.

Do you just keep them as they are, as if they were like rooms in a stately home, or do you transform them into useful spaces that you can benefit from and enjoy? Style My Home, a leading Interior Design company based in Tunbridge Wells certainly hopes you think about the latter and see this gained space as an exciting opportunity, which you can totally transform in a practical or completely indulgent way or a bit of both. Here are some of our ideas as to what you can do with your empty or unused rooms.

  • Guest room
  • Dressing room
  • Study or office
  • Hobby room
  • A retreat
  • Gym/spa/exercise studio
  • Sitting room or snug
  • Reading room
  • Music room
  • Multi-functional room
  • Games room

A Comfortable and Relaxing Guest Room

The above options show that the possibilities are endless, and perhaps herein is the problem. You really do have to decide what will work for you. A Guest Room is an obvious choice and the room vacated by a child who has gone to university would work perfectly. It can be transformed into a welcoming and relaxing space and not one that is filled with all your children’s posters and trophies. Crisp bedlinen and simple accessories could create a space you would be happy to welcome guests to stay.

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A Craft or Hobby Room

Perhaps you have a hobby such as sewing or painting or a craft such as jewellery making, which you would like to spend more time doing but you never seem to get round to it because of the inconvenience of having to put out all the necessary equipment on the kitchen or dining room table. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all set up ready so that you can just go in and start making curtains or continue your landscape painting? Thoughtful, organised storage can make a hobby room a huge success and a place you love to be in.

If the room isn’t very big, you might want to turn it into a dressing room or an office or even a reading room or quiet retreat.

Be Imaginative and Add Colour and Personal Touches

  • Declutter and tidy
  • Think outside the box and be creative
  • Lighten up the space with colour
  • Spruce up a child’s bedroom
  • Add personal touches e.g. artwork, cushions, furniture
  • Introduce plants
  • Lighting – add lamps and mood effects

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An Exercise or Games Room

Other ideas include a gym or a games room. Even if you are a member of a local health club, it’s nice to be able to work out in your own space without all the travel involved. You can fill a games room with a pool table, table tennis table, a dartboard or even an air hockey table. If the space is small, maybe consider a mirrored wall to create space so it makes a great work out place.

Create Practical Multi-Purpose Rooms

Multi-functional rooms could be a home office and library, or a media room, which transforms into a cosy sitting room or snug where you can watch the latest movies as well as listening to your favourite music. Children’s bedrooms can be transformed into stunning guest rooms but when the children come back to stay, they are still available. A craft or hobby room can quickly be transformed into an artist’s studio if you keep furniture to a minimum. All of these combinations allow you to consider storage options as well!

What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas from Style My Home. So if you are lucky enough to have a spare or unused room, don’t let it go to waste and do make the most of optimising your newly found space. If you are struggling to come up with ideas, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com We are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to realise the full potential of their homes by transforming unused and spare rooms into practical and useful spaces.

Declutter and Evaluate Your Home – Are You Ready To Ring The Changes?

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Do you smile as you approach your home and think of the oasis of calm that is waiting for you behind the front door? Or do you dread it as you think of the mess and clutter that is waiting for you?

It’s so true that, “A home should be a home” and it should be the place that you look forward to coming back to and hanging out in. A home must be not only practical and functional but also inviting, interesting, pleasing on the eye and relaxing. Does your home contain that tranquil space where you can forget about everything and wind down? Does it exude your character and personality and have that comfortable sofa where you can completely relax? If it’s filled with your clutter and mess, you really need to make changes.

“Start Ringing The Changes”

February is a wonderful time to start ringing the changes and thinking afresh. It’s time to visit the old saying, “Out with the old, in with the new”. Take a good look around your home and ask yourself if you really love being there.

  • Are you happy in your home?
  • Is it working for you?
  • Do you only see mess and clutter?
  • Does the whole house need a tweak or a transformation, or is it just a room or two?

Now is the time to declutter and then evaluate!

To create the atmosphere and ambiance you are looking for, you will need to streamline your possessions and give your home a good clean and keep it that way. Go through your home room by room. Deep cleaning and decluttering can be extremely therapeutic and calming.

You will need to summon your ruthless streak and start thinking of throwing out, fixing and mending, donating, going to the tip, recycling or selling at a boot fair or through social media.

Discover Space and Calm

Mess can be oppressive and you’ll soon discover that if you keep surfaces clear and clean and put things away in cupboards and other storage spaces, it will be well worth the effort as you discover calm and that oppressive feeling starts to dissipate.

Once you’ve overcome the hurdles of decluttering and cleaning, you will really be able to see your rooms in a new light. You may be surprised by the amount of extra space that has been created and you now have a blank canvas to begin creating the home you are looking for.

Use Your Imagination

  • Paint with soft and warm colours
  • Refresh your furniture
  • Introduce new lighting
  • Fill with scents and aromas such as candles
  • Bring interest with rugs and cushions
  • Lift the mood with plants and flowers

You will find that major renovations aren’t necessary such as replacing doors and windows, knocking down walls or putting in a completely new kitchen – a few tweaks here and there can really transform a property. Pick out some lamps and colourful cushions and add a new picture and of course use a little bit of imagination!

What To Do Next

If you would like some help in transforming your home or individual rooms in your house, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com We are delighted that we have bought that oasis of calm to many properties in the Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge areas and delighted owners as the spring has come back into their step as they approach home.

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