Rugs in the Kitchen?

The kitchen is a place of baking, chopping, frying, mixing, pouring, eating and drinking. In other words, the kitchen is a place of mess; spillages, crumbs, grease and grime. Keeping the kitchen tidy and clean is difficult to do, even more so if you have children or animals. So, is it the best idea to cover up that easy clean wooden or tiled floor with a rug?

Let’s look at the pros and cons...
 
 

First of all, the Pro’s...

 

Design. Rugs are a great way of adding colour and texture to an otherwise bland space; kitchen floors are usually a pretty neutral shade so a rug can give a spark of colour, tying in with your kitchen accessories.

Comfort.
You spend a lot of time standing in your kitchen, and a cosy rug will definitely be more comfortable on the old feet.
 
Secondly, the Cons... 

 

Mess. The crumbs and the bacteria that can get harvested in a rug in a kitchen is pretty gross and depending on the type of rug, you may have difficulty cleaning effectively.

The Slip Factor.
Rugs put on top of a hard floor are more likely to slip around, which is a huge hazard if you’re carrying a pan of boiling water, or even worse a bottle of wine! Although you can buy an anti-slip underlay to stop this from happening, at an extra cost of course! 

 
 
If you do decide to go for a rug in the kitchen, it’s important to choose the right one. Style is important, but the material in which the rug is made out of is a big factor too. Some material is harder to clean that others. Pile length is also something you need to think about, but don’t worry we are going to explain everything...
 
Rug Material. The material in which the rug is made out of is really important; a wool rug for example will be difficult to clean thoroughly without damaging. With kitchen rugs we would recommend you always go for either a synthetic material such as polypropylene as its easy to clean than something like wool for example. Another alternative is Jute, which is a natural material which is super hard wearing. 

Pile Length. We would recommend a flatweave rug rather than a rug with a thick pile.Think of the crumbs! The longer the pile the harder it is to get them out of of your rug.
 

Check out the Natural Fibre & Flatweave section of our website to find a huge selection of appropriate kitchen rugs!
 
 
 
Here is Serenity the cat enjoying her lovely rug in the kitchen, the Tom Tailor Braid Natural.

GoodWeave Rugs!

The handmade carpet industry exploits nearly 250,000 children, and as a rug retailer, we want to make sure that we are not contributing to this exploitation. So we have teamed up with GoodWeave, an organisation helping to combat this problem; Modernising the outdated and immoral practice of child labour within the rug industry by certifying child-labour-free rugs and providing education and opportunities to rescued or at risk children. 

Rug producers with certified GoodWeave status open themselves to unannounced inspections by local inspectors to ensure the standard is on par and consistent. GoodWeave currently operate in six countries; The weaving communities; Afghanistan, India & Nepal. As well as consumer countries; Germany, the USA & the UK.

We are happy that the rugs we supply from those countries are GoodWeave approved rugs! Here are some of the amazing designs we currently have.
 
 
 
 
 
To learn more about the great work that GoodWeave do go to www.goodweave.org.uk
 

Modern Rugs at The Ideal Home Show

The Ideal Home Show is based in London’s beautiful Olympia, it attracts people from all over the UK every year; from interior designers to first time home owners!

Whether it was to buy furniture for an entire home or just to get some inspiration, over 15,000 people walked through Olympia’s doors each day of the 17 day show! 

This year was the first year that Modern Rugs made the long journey down the country to be at the show, and we are really glad that we did! Being an online company, we rarely get to see our customers face to face, so it was great for our team to meet so many previous customers and many new ones too! We even saw a few famous faces!

Sadly not every single one of our 10,000 rugs could fit on the stand! So we chose 90 of our most popular. Shaggy rugs, designer, outdoor, kids and flatweaves, we had a selection of everything and there were some real show stoppers:

The Blade Silver attracted the most glamorous of customers! Its shimmery silk-like material looked a million dollars but with an affordable price tag! 

The Plush Sand was the rug that all of the tired shoppers loved to sink their feet into! The super thick shaggy pile was just too cosy to resist! 
 
The Noble House Grey/ Cobalt is one of the softest shaggy rugs we have! The 3D stone effect is really unique and got a lot of attention from the crowds!

 

It was a very busy 17 days, but we really enjoyed our time at The Ideal Home Show. Maybe you will see us again next year. 
 
 
 

Get your rugs right!

 

How to get Nail Varnish out of Carpet

 
 
Nail varnish: it’s one of the most dramatic and irreversible-looking stains that can befall your carpet. So what do you do when disaster strikes and your carpet is hit with this sticky, colourful paint?
Well, like most things in life, there are a few ways you can go about removing your nail varnish stain. And, like our pervious post on how to remove wine stains from your carpet, it might just depend on what you’ve got lying around in your cupboard.

The ground rules
There are some rules that apply to any nail varnish stain, no matter which method you’re choosing to tackle them with.

The sooner the better
The sooner you tackle this stain, the more likely it is to completely come out of your carpet. Of course, sometimes we only discover a stain once it’s dried. If that’s the case, don’t panic, but if you do have the opportunity to try and remove it while it’s still wet, work fast.
Better safe than sorry
Whichever cleaning method you decide to go for, it’s always a good idea to check the substance on a hidden area of your rug or carpet first, particularly if you’re using bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide.
Keep it simple
If you’re using a coloured cloth or napkin, or one that’s patterned, you’re running the risk of transferring some of the dye onto your (already stained) carpet. Try and stick to white, clean cloths, and avoid paper napkins, which will likely fall to pieces once wet.
Avoid clothing detergents
Clothing detergents are designed for clothes for a reason – they’re best suited to clothing fabrics. That goes for spot cleaners, too. If you use one that isn’t designed for your carpet, it can seriously damage the fibres, not to mention prove a nightmare to remove.
Avoid chlorine bleach
If you have a wool carpet then you should avoid anything that contains bleach or ammonia altogether. That’s because they contain alkalis – the sworn enemy of wool carpets. Again, these can irreversibly damage your carpet, so steer clear if you’re working with wool.

How to get wet nail varnish out of carpet
Now we’ve got that straight, it’s time to raid your cupboards. If you’re working on a fresh nail varnish stain then one of the below methods works best. Make sure you keep the stain wet if you can, by dabbing the area with a damp cloth.

How to get nail varnish out of carpet using… non-acetone nail varnish remover
• Blot the area with a clean, wet cloth, to keep the nail varnish wet.
• Put some of the nail varnish remover onto a new cloth.
• Blot the stain, lifting as much colour as you can.

How to get nail varnish out of carpet using… window cleaner
• Again, keep the nail varnish damp by dabbing with a wet cloth.
• Apply the window cleaner to a different cloth
• Blot the stain repeatedly to lift as much of the varnish as possible.

How to get nail varnish out of carpet using… hairspray
• As always, ensure the area remains damp, using a wet cloth when needed.
• Apply the hairspray to the sponge, and the sponge directly to the stain.
• Blot repeatedly until the varnish begins to lift.

How to get nail varnish out of carpet using… hydrogen peroxide and baking powder
N.B. Only use this method on lightly-coloured carpets, such as cream or white, and always test on a hidden area first. Any peroxide products can affect your carpet’s colour. Do not treat wool carpets with this method.
• Wet a cloth or sponge with the hydrogen peroxide solution, or pour a small amount directly onto stain.
• Blot the stain to remove as much as possible.
• Make a paste with the baking soda and a small amount of water.
• Apply the paste to the stain and leave to soak for one hour.
• Apply a thick layer of baking soda to the stain and leave to soak for one hour.
• Remove the mixture with a spoon and vacuum up any excess power.

How to get dry nail varnish out of carpet
Although removing dry nail varnish stains from the carpet can be much more difficult, there are still some options that could help lessen the appearance of the stain, if not remove it completely. Whichever your chosen technique, start by moistening the area with water.

How to get nail varnish out of carpet using… non-acetone nail varnish remover and rubbing alcohol
• Mix equal parts of each liquid in a bowl and pour a small amount over the affected area.
• Use an old toothbrush to gently brush the stain, being careful not to damage the fibres.
• Vacuum up any loosened polish.
• Repeat as many times as necessary until the stain is removed.

Remember if you’re ever in doubt, call in the professionals! Tackling the stain yourself with what’s in your cupboards can do a great job, but don’t be afraid to call in the experts if you aren’t happy with the results.
 

How to Remove a Wax Stain from Carpet

Spilling candle wax on your carpet or rug can seem like the end of the world, but don’t despair: we’ve got a fool-proof, step-by-step guide for removing wax from your carpet. Simply follow the instructions below carefully, and you can’t go wrong. You will need: steam iron, spoon or butter knife, damp dishcloth.

Step 1
Once the wax has cooled and hardened, use your spoon or butter knife to gently remove the top layer of wax, being careful not to damage the carpet fibres.


 

Step 2
Dampen your dishcloth, wring out any excess moisture and lay it across the affected area. Make sure that your dishcloth is clean and white – you don’t want to transfer any colour or dirt onto your carpet!




Step 3
Ensure your iron is on a low steam setting, and apply it to the cloth. Put a medium amount of pressure on the iron, allowing the heat to melt the wax into the dampened cloth. 



 

Step 4
Remove the cloth to ensure the wax is soaking up. It will likely appear darker in colour. 



 

Step 5
Re-apply the dishcloth, covering the remaining stain with a different area of the fabric. 



 

Step 6
Repeat steps 3 and 4, until the carpet is wax-free.

 

Step 7
Remove the damp cloth to reveal your beautifully clean carpet.





Good as new!

Are you trying out this method at home? Tell us how you get on by tweeting us at @ModernRugsUK or chatting to us on Facebook!

 

Future of Rugs

 

Sometimes, you need to look under your feet to witness true innovation. That’s right, the world of flooring is developing at an impressive rate. Forget smart phones, we’re on the cusp of having smarter homes, and with that, comes smart rugs.
We take a look at the rugs that are going above and beyond, to get an idea of what the future of rugs might look like.


The rug that helps your child learn
Flooring has gone far beyond the call of duty here, with the JoyCarpet taking steps to actually help babies’ cognitive development. It’s fitted with LED lights that flash red, blue and green, while audio noises and short pieces of music made a secondary stimulus that encourages active play.


The rug that looks out for you
A team at the University of Manchester have developed a ‘smart carpet’; a concept that could be hugely impactful for those with mobility issues. The rug or carpet can be woven with a layer of optical fibres, creating a pressure map. When someone walks across the carpet, the map will distort, and the information can be sent to a computer that makes an analysis. The movements can be recorded and set up to trigger an alarm or call for help if someone trips or falls over.

The rug that leads the way
Phillips have now come up with Luminous Carpets: the flooring that has in-built LED panels that allow different messages to display in the carpet. This can be programmed to label different rooms, direct people to around a building or simply as a welcome mat. The LEDs are enclosed meaning that they aren’t effected by being walked on or spillages.


The rug that guards your home 
It’s now possible to buy rugs that increase your home’s security. These vinyl mats contain wires and pressure monitors that can signal when someone has crossed a point of entry, triggering CCTV cameras to start recording, or an alarm to go off, depending on your settings. Not only that, but these are amongst the cheapest of security measures.


The rug that keeps you in shape
Ever dreamt of having your own personal trainer? Well, that dream might not be as far away as you think. The ‘Tera’ is a concept developed by Luma, and may well be a big game-changer in the world of health and fitness. With the help of its app, which connects to the mat via Bluetooth, the mat uses its LED light as cues for shifts in body movement. This allows it to coach you through activities like Yoga, Thai Bo, Pilates, or Zumba.

It seems that, in the future, people will expect more from their rugs than just interior style and comfort. The rugs of the future, like so many other household elements, can significantly improve our lifestyles and make our day-to-day lives that little bit easier, safer and more enjoyable.

Sources:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2593301/The-smart-RUG-plays-baby-JoyCarpet-flashes-buzzes-help-development.html
https://www.topfloorrugs.com/introducing-luminoso-rugs/
https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-09/smart-carpet-knows-if-youve-fallen-and-you-cant-get
https://www.wired.com/2014/06/this-intelligent-wool-rug-doubles-as-a-yoga-instructor/
https://www.homesecurityguru.com/pressure-sensing-measures
https://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2012/09/smart-carpet-detects-falls---a.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

The Five Key Interior Tends of 2016

 

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The Five Key Interior Trends of 2016

 

  • Nature plays an increasingly important role in our décor
  • Geometric patterns surge in popularity
  • The resurgence of gold and silver extends to our interiors
  • A more daring approach to mixing contrasting materials
  • A new emphasis on homespun touches

 

Over the course of the year, we’ve adorned our homes with industrial-style accessories, rainforest-inspired patterns and a boatload of blue, but which interior trends will we be holding on to, and what will we be leaving behind as we move into 2016?


Below, we take a look at what’s been gaining popularity, using a mixture of our own sales figures, Google data and the opinions of experts in the field.


Here’s what we can expect to see in the UK’s most fashion-forward homes over the coming year.

 

Inspired by Nature

 

 


This year, one of the most prominent emerging trends has been the focus on ‘bringing the outside in’, whether in the form of plant life, botanical prints, animal motifs or more abstract acknowledgments of the trend.


Geraldine, the design devotee behind
Little Big Bell, predicts that we haven’t seen the last of this theme moving into 2016:

“Green foliage and indoor greens have been a dominant 'nature' influence in 2015. As we move forward to 2016, I predict the pretty pastel hues of floral blooms and the changing tones of the skies and seas.”

 

 

Geometry Rules

 


Geometric patterns are starring in some of the most on-trend homes in the UK. Geometric rug collections have seen sales increase by over 166% in the past year.


The evidence doesn’t stop there. Research from Google Trends shows that searches for ‘geometric rugs’ has increased by 66% year-on-year. What’s more, the term ‘pattered rugs’ has seen an even larger surge, with 85% growth each year – proof enough of the spike in popularity.


It’s little wonder why – clean, modern lines are a great way to add pattern and interest without going down the old-fashioned route. Think zig-zags, uneven stripes and triangle prints, and you can’t go far wrong.

 

 

Colour Trends for 2016

 


The past 12 months have seen some big shifts in terms of colour trends. When it comes to rugs, it seems neutral colour palettes such as whites, beiges and creams are on their way out, with consumers looking for rich or metallic colours to complement and enhance their decor.

Yellows and golds have seen the biggest increase over the past 12 months, with a 34% increase in sales. Greys and silvers aren’t far behind, and blues have also seen a rise. In contrast, whites, beiges and creams have all seen a decrease of 12% and sales in browns have decreased by 29%.


ON THE UP


• Yellows  and golds – increased 34%
• Greys and silvers – increased 23%
• Blues – increased 13%


ON THE WAY OUT


• Whites and creams – decreased 12%
• Beige – decreased 12%
• Brown – decreased 29%


Ben Dale, the founder of Modern Rugs, commented: “We’ve seen cherished gold chosen as the Dulux colour of the year, and we will begin to see more of these sandy tones entering the home as we move into 2016. Our
Sloan Rug has already become one of our best-sellers in Mustard, with sales already up 87% since last year, proving that this colourway is set to be a popular one.”
 

Interiors specialist Becky, from A Beautiful Space, explains how colour is impacting on overall style within interiors: “Stronger colour tones bring warmth to our homes and can add a focal point without being overbearing. These stronger colour palettes can easily work with other natural colours within the room to create an impact.”

 

 

Mixing Materials

 


This year, concrete has complimented smoked glass, wood has been paired with fur, and marble has come up close and personal with leather, and to great effect.

This trend can be easily adopted by breaking up hardwood flooring with a shaggy rug, like this one, which has seen a 57% increase in sales since 2014. It seems that the marriage of contrasting materials is a theme that’s showing no sign of slowing down. 
 

Interior design writer, Jen, from the Love Chic Living blog, thinks the new emphasis on mixing and matching is set to become more popular as we move into 2016:


“I think 2016 is going to see more of a turn towards mixing textures than ever before. It’s become popular to mix colours, patterns and prints to an ever-increasing degree during 2015, and next year will see us really embrace an eclectic home décor look even more. Being braver with our choices and understanding how to combine textures will become integral to how we decorate, with many people worrying less about getting it right, and more about simply pleasing themselves.”

 

 

Artisan Works

 


In the same way that people don’t want to feel like they’re just another number, they don’t want the things they buy to feel like they’ve been reeled off the factory line. And from basketry to crotchet, crafted goods are undoubtedly in – a fact reflected in the sales of our hand-knotted rugs. This Bokhara Beige Rug, for example, has seen a 100% increase in sales: an indication of the value placed on hand-worked items.  As we move into 2016, look out for more traditional and unique items that have been homespun with love and care.


Ben Dale, the founder of Modern Rugs, summarised how these trends are influencing sales:


“Gone are the days of people selecting a product based solely on their existing décor or personal preferences – there are bigger influences at play for consumers, and our sales figures reflect that. We pride ourselves in keeping an ear to the ground when it comes to up-and-coming trends, and we use that knowledge to inform our buying and designing choices every step of the way.”
 

Already obsessed with organic colour palettes or feel inspired to try mixing bold textures? Why not get ahead of the curve and start incorporating your favourite home design trends into your décor?

 

How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet/Rugs

 

How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet

 

Red wine is a notoriously difficult stain to remove; in fact, the very thought of red wine soaking into the pile of a thick, cream carpet is enough to make anyone feel uncomfortable.
But why is it such a nightmare for those of us dedicated to our clean carpets and rugs? Well, red wine contains an intense anthocyanin found in grape skins, which gives foods a highly pigmented red, blue or purple colour. Unfortunately, as most of us will have discovered at one time or another, anthocyanins attach themselves to fabric and carpets very easily.
That said, the fear of spilling red wine on your carpet should never stop you indulging in your favourite beverage. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate guide to removing red wine stains.
 

There are several ways to go about removing red wine stains from your carpets or rugs, but knowing which one’s right for you is probably going to depend on what you have in your cupboards, and how recently the red wine stain appeared.


The ground rules
 

Before you do anything to the red wine spillage, read through these ground rules.
The following advice applies to any red wine stain, regardless of your chosen removal method…
 

Act fast
It’s not always possible to remove a red wine stain straight away, but when it comes to acting on your stain, it really is ‘the sooner, the better’.
 

Blot, don’t scrub
Scrubbing a red wine stain will only embed the pigment further into the fibres of your carpet, allowing the stain to spread further. Make sure that you only ever blot the stain for the most effective absorption.
 

Do not apply heat
Avoid using hot water or even a warm cloth when you’re tackling a red wine stain. Heat must only ever be applied once the mark has been removed, to get rid of any residue left by your chosen cleaning solution.
 

Check it before you wreck it
When using bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide, be sure to test a hidden area of carpet for colourfastness before applying. Having a stain to remove is one problem, but bleaching your carpet and trying to get it back to its original colour is nigh on impossible.
 

Plain and simple
Avoid using coloured or patterned paper napkins. Stick to white cloths if you can, and make sure they won’t fall to pieces when wet. You don’t want to end up with papier mâché worked into your carpet!
 

Avoid detergent and spot cleaners
Don’t use laundry detergent, dishwasher detergents or spot cleaners on your carpet. Not only could they damage the fibres of your carpet, but they are also incredibly difficult to remove. Any other spills or bits of dirt are likely to cling to them, making the area look even dirtier than before.
 

Avoid chlorine bleach
You should never use bleach or ammonia on wool carpets: it’s likely that you’ll damage the fibres which, again, cannot be reversed. Wool carpets are particularly sensitive to alkalis, so avoid any of the methods that include soap or washing-up liquid.
 

Two stains are not better than one
If you’re removing a wine stain from a rug with carpet underneath, move the rug as soon as you can. There’s nothing more frustrating than removing a wine stain, only to discover that it’s seeped onto the carpet beneath.
 

Prevention


Before we go through your options when it comes to removing a red wine stain, there are a few things you can try, to avoid the problem completely.
 

Treating your carpet or rug: People tend to have mixed views on carpet protection products, but if you’re prone to spills (particularly if you have young children or pets), then you might want to consider the investment.
 

Opt for a washable rug: Washable rugs like those available here, give you the peace of mind that comes with being able to throw it in the washing machine if things go a bit pear-shaped.
 

Be prepared: It’s always worth having some of the following ingredients in the storage cupboard, in case of a wine-related emergency. That way, you can act fast as soon as the incident occurs.
 

How to remove wet red wine stains


There are several ways to tackle a newly-made red wine stain. Take your pick from the best methods:
 

The hydrogen peroxide method
• Start by soaking up as much wine as you can with a clean, dry towel.
• Mix soap, hydrogen peroxide and washing-up liquid in equal parts.
• Pour the mixture over the red wine stain.
• Leave to soak for one minute.
• Blot the stain until it can no longer be seen.
 

The white wine method
• Soak up what you can with a clean, absorbent towel.
• Pour a small amount of white wine onto the red wine stain.
• Blot the area again with a clean towel.
 

The vinegar method
• Blot the stain with a clean, absorbent towel.
• Mix one tablespoon of washing-up liquid with one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of water.
• Use a towel to blot the mixture onto the stain.
• Gently blot the area with a separate, dry towel until the stain has disappeared.
 

The salt method
• Soak up as much of the wine as you can with a clean, dry towel.
• Pour a thick layer of salt over the affected area to stop it from spreading or setting.
• Once the salt has turned a pinkish colour, scrape away as much of the salt as you can with a spoon.
• Hoover up any remaining salt.

 

How to remove dry red wine stains


As mentioned in our ground rules, the sooner you try and tackle a red wine stain, the better. Unfortunately, things aren’t always that simple; sometimes you may not notice the spillage right away, or you don’t have the right tools for the job. If that’s the case, check out the following methods for a dry-red-wine-stain-friendly alternative.
 

The baking soda method
• Pour cold water or white wine (if you have any) over the red wine stain.
• Soak up what you can with a clean, dry towel.
• Repeat until the stain has faded considerably.
• Mix baking soda and water into a thick paste.
• Spread a thick layer of the paste over the stain.
• Cover with a clean cloth, weighed down with a heavy book, and leave overnight.
• Remove the majority of the baking soda with a spoon.
• Hoover up any remaining baking soda.
 

The peroxide and soap method
• Add two teaspoons of soap to half a cup of hydrogen peroxide to create a mixture.
• Using a clean cloth or towel, blot the mixture onto the stain.
• Repeat this method using a clean area of the cloth or towel until the stain has been removed.
 

The soda water method
• Pour the soda water onto the stain.
• Blot the area with a clean, dry towel.
• Repeat.
• If you have salt handy, follow these steps with ‘the salt method’ outlined above.
 

Remember: whatever method you choose, there’s never any substitute for professional help. If you’ve carefully followed the advice above and you’re not happy with the results, or you’d rather not risk having a go yourself, then contact a professional carpet or rug cleaner.


 

How to Decorate a Small Room

 How to Decorate a Small Room

 

We aren’t all lucky enough to live in roomy homes with lofty ceilings and plenty of space. However, that doesn’t mean that decorating small spaces has to be a battle. A modest dwelling can easily be transformed into your own personal palace.

 

All it takes is a little creativity and faith in your pint-sized abode – why not consider these simple small space ideas....

 

How to decorate a small room

 

 

Choose the right trend...

 

We all have our favourite interior design trends, but when it comes down to how to decorate a small room, will your preferred style benefit the compact space? While trends such as ‘English heritage’ and ‘country cottage’ can prove a little too busy, simpler styles involving light and airy colours can really open up a room.


If you’re feeling brave, white on white décor is an effective space-creator that needn’t be stark. Simply team white walls and furniture with warm splashes of colour in things like cushions, decorative accessories and rugs. The Arabesque rug in ‘Rust’ is the perfect patterned accompaniment.


Of course, if you’d like even more colour in your life, you could always designate a feature wall. Adorn it with a patterned wallpaper or paint colour of your choice, for an exciting interior that doesn’t feel claustrophobic.

 

 Decorating small spaces

 

Don’t be afraid of patterns...

 

Employed correctly, patterns can actually help make a room appear larger. If you’re decorating a small room, choose a colour scheme for your patterned pieces. Maybe wallpaper covered in large multi coloured florals, or a rug swimming with abstract multi-colour design ?

Large patterns add real depth to a room, while complimentary swatches of solid colour employed in furniture, on floors and on the ceiling, help to ground and anchor the space.


An additional way to unify a small room is through the use of repeat patterns. Take vertical stripes: when featured in things like wallpaper, bed skirts and upholstered chairs, they create a continuous aesthetic alongside the illusion of a higher ceiling.

 

Decorating a small room

 

Be clever with furniture...

 

Furniture is one of the main stumbling blocks when it comes to decorating small spaces. Do you risk a large, statement piece that could overwhelm your space, or go for a group of smaller items that could appear cluttered? You might be surprised to learn that the former suggestion can actually work much better....


When choosing furniture, deciding placement and how much is too much is important. Remember that visually seeing more floor space = a bigger looking room. Try and lift unnecessary things from the floor for example book cases should be swapped for floating shelves, TV stands cast aside and fix your flat screen to the wall, and when choosing a coffee table choose glass or mirrored which will also visually open up the space. You can the balance out the remaining space and bring the items of furniture together with a large rug, which could also count as your statement piece.


Last but not least think multifunctional.... an ottoman that doubles up as DVD storage, or a bed with built-in drawers. If you have oodles of wall space at your disposal, you could even cut down on clutter by fitting hooks or floating shelves, negating the need for boxes and cupboards. Remember the less clutter the more open the room will feel.

 

small space ideas

 

Have a focus...

 

Creating a focal point to draw the eye to a certain area of the room is an ideal way to create the illusion of space. Placing a rug in the middle of a room, for example, can add warmth and open up floor space, especially if the colour of the rug fits seamlessly with the rest of your décor. Block colours, as seen in the ‘Terracotta’ Polar rug, can work particularly well.


As mentioned earlier, a feature wall can also double up as a focal point-cum-optical illusion. By coating one wall in a cheery wallpaper or rich shade of paint, you can instantly warm up a room and, by extension, create the feeling of space and cosiness.


Decorating your small space can sometimes feel like a challenge, but rather than longing for a lavish house with cavernous rooms, don’t be afraid to experiment and make the most of what you’ve got. You’ll probably find that your small spaces can surprise you!