Archive for the ‘French Furniture’ Category

Antique French Furniture

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015


Wonderful antique French interiors are a fusion of historic style with the beauty of naturally simple yet ornate designs.
The main feature of these style furnishings, which can also be classed as shabby chic is the use of natural materials.
Simple furniture with ‘aged’ or natural effect and a touch of antique style. The general misconception of this kind of furniture
is that it is only suitable for a historic or country house, and would not fit into the more modernised town house or urban
apartment space.

However, The right combination of products can help to bring together themes of beauty and elegance in any home!

Natural objects combined with linen textiles can make any home warm and welcoming –
you just need to find the perfect balance. There are a few ways of creating a welcoming layout. Rough wooden furniture
pieces can be “softened” by adding or surrounding them with decorative accessories – exquisite indoor ornaments
and lights can provide a perfect balance. If you find the interior too soft and elegant you can go for a more shabby chic approach,
items that feature a strong distressed effect can be excellent choices.

Developing styles as mentioned above across an interior that ties your design tastes together can work wonders in your home,
providing a welcoming and cherished household. With each piece made up of only the finest and highest quality materials,
you can trust Homesdirect 365 to provide the best in French style Furniture.

You can take your pick from our La Rochelle collection or our Montpellier Collection or even our Paris Collection, the choice is yours.
Homes Direct 365 specialise in antique French and shabby chic design, providing you with everything you need to add style,
class and elegance to your home.

Mirrored Furniture

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Mirrored Furniture

Rooms which face north are always a challenge to refurbish, as they get very little or sometimes no
sunlight whatsoever. Any natural light which does enter is often cold too. To alleviate this as best
you can, it’s best to avoid decorating with cold colours such as grey, and stick to warmer tones such
as yellow shades, or neutral creams. If you are pursuing more colour, then try darker and warmer
tones like purple for example.


The room or window size can affect the temperature too. Whites, off-whites and creamy neutrals
are available in many shades, so there is one for every example of room.

Any room can be completed to feel brighter just by painting the ceiling white so it mirrors light
instead of absorbing it. The tricky thing with some pure brilliant white emulsions is that they’re really
creamy off-white, which is not what you imagine, or need, from a product called “pure brilliant
white”. Make sure you invest in a reliable brand which can produce proper whites.

Colouring the walls and ceiling white can go a lengthy way to making a room feel lighter, but paint is
just a small part of it. One of the best ways to brighten up a kitchen is with pale, preferably white,
high-gloss unit doors, as these rebound light around the area. Glossed entrances are a decent way to
update the room and doesn’t have to be lavish.

You should also capitalise on some mirrored furniture and mirrors for the walls – mount one
opposite the window to take full advantage of the light and make the room seem larger. Mirrored
furniture will also echo light back into the room better than anything else so keep it in mind, and add
mirrors anywhere you can, especially in dimmer rooms which may have less significant windows.

Don’t forget the floor either. White painted floorings, or shiny white floor tiles in kitchens and
bathrooms, will help to jump light around.

Switching, expanding or adding windows can make a vast change but it’s a costly and disrupting
answer to the problem, and planning permission can restrict what you do. It’s more realistic an idea
to swap curtains for efficient roller blinds which also let more light in.

A drastic answer is to take away a wall. Colliding two rooms into one gives the subsequent room
additional windows and it may then profit from sunlight for most of the day if it’s now both east and
west facing.

How to Maximise Space in a Small Bedroom

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

How to Maximise Space in a Small Bedroom

If, like many of us, you live in a flat, apartment or small house, you may have some space issues in the bedroom.
Unfortunately, a common feature of newer properties and city apartments is that they tend to have smaller
bedrooms than we may like. Once you’ve added a bed and some storage for your clothes, you may find that there
isn’t much space left for anything else.

If this sounds like a problem you’re living with then it’s time to get creative with your interior design and bedroom
furniture, because having a small bedroom shouldn’t mean you have to compromise on light and luxury.

Choose your furniture carefully

It’s the essential pieces of furniture in a bedroom which take up most of the space, but you still need a bed,
bedside tables, a wardrobe and other storage solutions. The key to choosing these though is not to buy bigger
than you need and make sure that your bedroom furniture is working for you. So for example, mirrored bedroom
furniture helps to maximise light, a built in wardrobe saves space in awkwardly shaped rooms and beds with
inbuilt storage will save on floor space.

Consider mirrored bedroom furniture

An interior designers dream, mirrored bedroom furniture is the ideal solution for maximising space and light in
small or dark bedrooms. With the simple addition of a few key pieces of mirrored bedroom furniture, such as a
dressing table or chest of drawers, your bedroom will be filled with light when you open the curtains in the
morning. They will also reflect candles and soft lighting in the evenings, not only making your room feel bigger,
but helping to create a romantic and classy aesthetic as well.

The addition of mirrors on the walls or mirrored wardrobes will also work with mirrored bedroom furniture to
help solve particularly dark and small rooms.

Tricks to maximise light

Without knocking down walls, you probably can’t physically make your bedroom any bigger. But there are many
simple things you can do to play with light to give the impression of a larger room. Light and fresh colours on the
walls help to expand the room (reds and dark colours draw the light in and make a room look smaller), mirrors
and mirrored bedroom furniture maximise light, and a feature wall or painting will draw the eye away from the
size of the room.

Keep your design simple

If you have a small bedroom, stay away from overly fussy or ornate furniture. Keep your pieces contemporary,
minimal and matching. The modern finish to mirrored bedroom furniture, for example, or the clean lines of a
contemporary wooden bed frame will help keep your room uncluttered without compromising on style.

Your bedroom should be a haven of peace and relaxation. And no matter what the size of your bedroom, this can
always be achieved with some careful planning and the right ‘key’ pieces, such as mirrored bedroom furniture,
space saving storage solutions and a coat of paint.

How To Get The Shabby Chic Look Into Your Home

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

How to Get the Shabby Chic Look into your home

The term shabby chic is used to describe a style of interior design where furniture is distressed to give it a soft,
opulent and vintage styling. This look incorporates shabby chic furniture, soft furnishings and accessories to give
an aesthetic of old world charm but with a modern sensibility.

Whilst the shabby chic look can be easily adapted to suit any room in the house, as well as the garden, it is in the
bedroom that the style really comes into its own. Shabby chic bedroom furniture, linens and pastel colours can
really help to create a sanctuary of peace and relaxation, which is exactly what your bedroom should be.

Need a little help in creating this sumptuous look? Well read on and let our guide inspire you.

Start with key pieces of shabby chic bedroom furniture

Whether you are looking to update your bedroom with a few key pieces, or completely re-style your room,
choosing the right pieces of shabby chic bedroom furniture are key to achieving the overall desired look.

The term shabby chic bedroom furniture is used to describe pieces such as beds, wardrobes, bedside tables, chest
of drawers and vanity tables that have been skilfully distressed to resemble beautiful antique furniture. This
process usually involves multiple layers of paint with deliberately worn away areas to show different colour coats
underneath. High quality and often elaborate finishes are also applied to shabby chic bedroom furniture, such as
brass handles, mouldings, glazes and carvings. This provides a vintage and timeless look.

You certainly don’t need to overfill your room with too many pieces of shabby chic bedroom furniture, especially
if you are decorating a small bedroom, but keep the style of the furniture matching and work with a focal point,
such as a king size bed with a beautiful distressed headboard or an elegant armoire.

Keep the colour scheme simple

The range of shabby chic bedroom furniture you choose will help to inspire your overall colour scheme. Keep this
simple in order to let the beautiful pieces of furniture and finishes be your focal point. Whites, ecrus, bleached
and pastel colours with simple vintage floral patterns are most closely associated with the shabby chic aesthetic.
This helps to create a light, sophisticated and elegant space.

Finishing touches are important

Always try to complete your bedroom design with a couple of carefully chosen finishing touches. This might be a
soft pair of linen curtains, a floral bedspread, bedside lamp or decorative mirror to enhance the delicate beauty of
your pieces of shabby chic bedroom furniture.

Shabby chic doesn’t have to be expensive

The shabby chic look, however, really doesn’t need to break the bank. The aesthetic might look expensive, but
well crafted and stylishly distressed pieces of shabby chic bedroom furniture don’t need to cost the earth. Try
searching online for cheaper deals, spreading payments over 1 or 2 years or building your collection slowly.

French Bedroom Furniture: Fresh and Stylish for 2015

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

French Bedroom Furniture: Fresh and Stylish for 2015

What’s the best way to beat the January blues? Well, how about updating your house and creating the elegant
and stylish bedroom you have always dreamed of.

When the weathers cold outside, there’s no greater indulgence than relaxing in a beautiful and comfortable
bedroom. A room that reflects your personality. A room that you can get ready in and enjoy. A room that will
withstand design whims and fads. A room filled with high quality, stunning furniture. And a room that’s as
practical as it is beautiful. So how do you achieve all of this with just one style?

Well 2015 is all about keeping it feminine and stylish in the bedroom. So you will never go wrong by choosing
French bedroom furniture to inspire your new look. With the addition of gorgeous French bedroom furniture
pieces, such as a bed, armoire or chest of drawers, you will be creating a timeless and sumptuous boudoir that is
not only at the height of fashion now, but will continue to be stylish for many years to come.

In fact, the wonderfully versatile thing about French bedroom furniture is just how many looks it can give you.
From shabby chic to antique to opulent, the stylish finish, elegant lines and timeless beauty of French bedroom
furniture can be kept simple with the addition of just one or two key pieces, such as a mirror or bedside table, or
the look can be added to with further design features such as French lighting, mirrors, heavy drapes and beautiful
flocked wallpaper.

This means that you can start your collection of beautiful French bedroom furniture today to update your existing
bedroom instantly, or you may choose to completely redesign your space from scratch. We suggest keeping it
simple, with light colour themes, continuity of shapes and patterns and co-ordinated pieces of furniture in order
to maximise space and create your unique design statement.

When you think of French bedroom furniture, you usually imagine a large bed with embellished headboard and a
feminine, curved dressing table. But contemporary French bedroom furniture is much more than those classic
staples. Our range includes wardrobes, console tables, blanket boxes, bedside tables, screens, mirrors,
mannequins and everything else you could possible dream of to create a highly coordinated and practical range of
storage and living solutions. In fact, one of the most important ways to keep your design fresh is to keep your
room uncluttered, and this is easy to achieve with so many French bedroom furniture options.

So French bedroom furniture is as practical as it is stylish. The elegant and timeless designs will shine through in
high quality, finely crafted pieces of furniture, so you never have to worry about your beautiful bedroom looking
tired or out of date.

Looking for the perfect new bedroom to kick start the New Year? Well choose French bedroom furniture to
inspire your new room, now and for many years to come.