decorating

Decorating on a budget: the dining room

Whether you have a traditional Dining Room or an open plan room; it’s a great thing to have somewhere in your home that’s dedicated to the ritual of eating. So decorating it on a budget can come in handy!

In modern times it’s easy to rush through meals, eating breakfast on the go, lunch at your desk and dinner in front of the TV. This distraction means we are less focused on our food; therefore we have lost the age-old formality of mealtimes.

Bring back mealtimes!

We’re big believers in having dinner at the table with loved ones after a long day; put away phones and tablets, turn off the TV and use this time to connect, bond and appreciate friends, family and food. Your meal will taste better we promise!

Dining decorating on a budget

So, what if you are desperate to carve out a new dining area in your home? Or refresh your current dining furniture, but you are limited on budget? We have plenty of quality dining ranges that won’t break the bank; from oak dining tables and chair sets, to contemporary breakfast bar stools and sideboards. And what if space is limited? We have small tables and extendable tables – the ideal solution for adaptable living arrangements.

However, ensure your dining table is large enough to accommodate the right amount of dining chairs to suit the members in your household. If space is an issue consider stackable or foldable chairs to make sure that everyone has a seat. Mis-matched dining chairs are bang on trend; which means you can alternate some low-cost or existing pieces with higher-end models for an economical and eclectic look.

We understand that the dining table needs to be versatile - used for work, study and creative activities as well as for eating; so we’d recommend investing in one key piece of quality dining furniture that will last. Experiment with lower cost items such as chairs and accessories.

Don’t forget the finishing touches

There are affordable accessories such as: table mats, candles, cutlery, tablecloths, napkins, plates, and sparkling new glassware. These items can be updated easily to elevate the dining area without you having to spend a fortune. Your dining table should be the focal point; and the team at Francis of Malvern can help you find the right one, within your price range.

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bedroom-furniture

4 tips to help you choose the right bedroom furniture

Bedrooms should be a sanctuary of calm and tranquillity – a place to escape to at the end of the day, a welcome haven away from noise, work and the daily hubbub. Bedroom furniture is so important, so it's worth investing in something that is going to last.

We see more and more of our customers deciding to invest in this important room, with new development unfurling from scientists on the importance of sleep and rest in a technologically advancing world.

  1. Create a sanctuary

The Sleep Council recommends reducing all bedroom clutter to help create a minimal and soothing place to drift off. Avoid eating, working and watching TV in the bedroom too – this room should be an escape from your daily activities so your mind can switch off and get to sleep easier.

  1. Get the bed right

A good night’s rest starts with your bed frame and mattress. Buy the best that you can afford, and change your mattress every 8 years for the best results.

Everyone’s different and there are a plethora of different options available for those who prefer soft, firm or hybrid cushioning. Don’t forget your pillows and duvets too – too thick or thin and you’ll be uncomfortable. We can help find the right bed and mattress for you. Speak to one of our team in-store and we can work out which brand, style, tog or mattress type you need.

  1. Work with the room

 Whether you have a palatial boudoir or a confined chamber you should work with the limitations of your space. Those with insufficient room for storage should consider getting a divan bed with built-in drawers. Strategically built custom wardrobes that work with awkward walls and corners maximise available space and bring order to unruly layouts.

When planning a tiny room you should also be strategic with furniture. Reduce the amount of used floor space by putting up shelving to replace bedside tables. Another handy small bedroom hack is to use hanging door storage for shoes and accessories.

It can also be tricky to work with a room that’s overly narrow or large – substantial furniture will help to make the space feel better proportioned.

Plan your bedroom furniture around the available light– if there is a limited source of natural light, make sure to position dressing tables by a window so that you can see comfortably during your morning routine. Use blackout blinds to guarantee an uninterrupted sleep.

  1. Talk to the experts

Speak to an experienced bedroom planner to ensure that both your practical requirements and design style needs are met. Our team members are always on hand to offer fitting advice and product suggestions. We can arrange a home visit to assess your space and provide a complete floor to ceiling design.

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spring bedding

Let spring in

Ah spring – how we have longed for you!

Staying at home and self-isolation in the midst of Covid-19 has us yearning to bring some of the new season’s fresh air and sunshine indoors. For many of us this has been the catalyst to embark upon the spring clean to end all spring cleans. For others, this has meant total garden upheaval as we follow our urges to nurture and grow flowers, herbs and vegetables for pleasure and sustenance in the time of confinement ahead.

 

Now’s the time to invest in home comforts. Welcome the colours, materials and prints reminiscent of the time of year into your home. Here are some tips from the Francis of Malvern team, to help you feel mother nature’s touch (even if you have to stay indoors).

 

Florals

  • Buy cut flowers with your groceries or grow your own garden flowers to adorn your interior. Colourful dried flowers are a good on-trend alternative that will last and last.
  • Embrace floral prints with your home accessories, cushions, curtains and tableware.
  • Grow indoor houseplants to breathe life into your home.
  • Grow indoor herbs to add fresh ingredients to your cooking.
  • If renovating, choose light, bright coloured paints for walls, and choose pale or pastel shades for tiles and carpets.

Natural Materials

  • Choose furniture made from pale or honey coloured wood to maintain an airy springtime feel throughout the seasons.
  • Consider fitting natural carpets in sisal, jute, wool or seagrass.
  • Use linens, cottons and light, sheer fabrics designed to reflect or let the light in.