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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.



Italian Mirror Bedroom Furniture

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Italian Mirror Bedroom Furniture

At Homes Direct we have an extensive range of mirrored bedroom furniture to suit your every
bedroom need.

All of your mirrored furniture will really brighten up your morning when you open the curtains to
find the amount of light within the room has doubled, and it looks almost twice as large as before.
For once, you may prefer the view inside the house than outside it.

As standard, mirrored furniture is Italian in its roots. However, in the 17th century, many of its
citizens left the country and migrated to France where the style began to gain popularity. Therefore
in keeping with this tradition we have out two distinct styles: Italian, and French.

Our Italian range is also broken down further into Rimini, Florence, and Romano due to the sheer
amount of styles coming from all these parts of Italy. This mirrored bedroom furniture range is the
ultimate choice for anybody who’s even the slightest bit interested in the light designs, and for
people who want to bring out, and accentuate the features their bedroom may already have.

Mirrored bedroom furniture is a very efficient, and cheaper way of adding more light to an existing
room. This is of course when compared to adding lights to the room which can take up more space,
which may be sorely needed by some rooms. Here you could simply replace your existing furniture
with this range, and give the perception of a deeper room, solving both problems at once.

The French style is very distinctive in design. It looks simple, clean, and is only going to literally
reflect whatever you have in your bedroom. Within the collection of our bedroom furniture, you’ll
find both classic and antique designs, alongside our modern and contemporary designs. This range
gives anyone the ability to create their own style and find something which suits their requirements.



Light up your home with mirrored furniture

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Light up your home with mirrored furniture

Living in a basement flat or a home which doesn’t get much natural light may mean that your house seems
quite dark and dreary at times, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of ways to bring more
light into your home and make the most of the light you do have – one of the best ways is by using mirrors
and mirrored furniture.

Light up the bedroom

The bedroom is a place to relax – a safe haven from the world where you can unwind and get a good night’s
sleep. It’s important that it is dark at night but gets plenty of light in the mornings, so if your room is always
a bit dark, consider investing in some mirrored bedroom furniture to add a little extra light. Mirrored
furniture adds a contemporary feel to any room, and it can also help to create a feeling of extra space in
small rooms or apartments.

Brighten up the lounge

Mirrored furniture such as a sideboard or table, is also a great way to inject a little extra light into your
lounge – after all, it’s the room where you spend most of your time when you’re at home. A mirrored table
can look stylish in any lounge, but particularly appealing in contemporary-styled, minimalist lounges, set
against a wooden floor and sleek leather sofa. Mirrored tables probably aren’t the best option if you have
younger children, as you don’t want sticky fingerprints everywhere.

Mirrored bathroom furniture

Mirrors have always had a place in bathrooms – you probably already have a mirrored wall cabinet or
mirror hanging above your sink. But why not take things one step further and install a mirrored cabinet at
floor level, great for storing all those bits n’ bob that don’t have anywhere else to go!

Mirrored storage

Storage cubes with a mirrored finish or ottomans with hidden storage are a great way to inject some light
into darker areas of your home such as the hallway, and they have the added benefit of keeping things
safely stored away.

It’s a good idea to start with just one or two small pieces of mirrored furniture and add to it from there,
rather than filling your whole home with mirrored pieces, which could be overwhelming! A mirrored
dresser in the bedroom and mirrored coffee table in the lounge add style and brightness without being too
much.



Four furniture styles your home needs, now!

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Four furniture styles your home needs, now!

Choosing the right style of furniture for your home can be a challenge for many people. Do you
stick to what’s in fashion, opt for classic style, keep things contemporary or simply choose
something that suits your personal tastes? It’s a good idea to keep on top of the trends for interior
décor, as this can help to inspire you. With that in mind, here are four furniture styles that your
home needs!

French furniture

Shabby chic or French furniture is really popular right now – it’s so feminine and pretty. From pale
pastel bedframes to velvet padded headboards and ornate French dressers, this style of furniture
is the ultimate way to pretty-up your home (although you might want to check what the man in
your life thinks first!) Investing in antique French furniture can be expensive, but luckily there are
companies selling stunning high-quality French-style furniture which looks the part and costs a
fraction of the price. Start slowly and add just a couple of pieces to your home before going all out,
to avoid looking like you’ve overdone it!

Minimalist chic

When we think of minimalist, we think of dark wood, cool metal, contemporary materials such as
chrome, plastic and glass. This ultra-modern style of furniture definitely isn’t at home in your
average Victorian semi; save it for urban studio apartments or sprawling converted warehouses
looking for a clean, sleek style. A word of warning though; if you have a lot of belongings,
minimalist chic style furniture won’t work for you!

Regency glamour

Regency style furniture has always been popular amongst the wealthy, but it’s starting to make a
comeback in the average home too this year. If you own a period property with traditional
features such as high ceilings and cornices, regency furniture can add a touch of glamour. Again,
don’t overdo it here. Nobody wants to come into a room piled high with furniture – a simple
Regency0-style chair or sofa can make a real style statement.

Reclaimed and recycled

Reclaimed furniture is hot right now! This doesn’t mean that every single item in your local salvage
yard has a future as a piece of furniture in your front room, but reclaimed pieces can be found in
all sorts of surprising locations! From coffee tables made out of recycled wooden pallets to vintage
typsetter drawers, you’ll always ensure your furniture is unique if you buy reclaimed and recycled
pieces and give them a new lease of life.