Light up your life…

The clocks have fallen back and the nights are drawing in and it’s that time of year when lighting becomes more important, more necessary and increasingly more significant from an interior design perspective.

The mood and ambience created by the right type of lighting is important for our homes, our interiors and our moods and is ever more important with the requirement of home working and make-shift offices within our houses.

New lamps and lighting quite literally light up a room but they can also lift our spirits, light up our lives and influence our mood. Many of the best hotels, restaurants and bars spend a huge amount of time, thought and money on getting the right type of lighting to set the mood and create the type of atmosphere that’s conducive to audience and activity. Our homes are no different and especially now when we’re able to control not just our heating, but also our lighting via our smart phones and through energy saving Apps – now is the time to think about your interior lighting design and layout.

The last couple of decades has seen many of homes move towards open planned living where lighting is key to differentiating space. Francis of Malvern stock a broad range of lights and lamps but we also help you to decide which are right for you, which suit your type of home and which are going to be most practical in achieving your own ‘lighting goals’. Perhaps you didn’t think that you had any ‘lighting goals’ – maybe you haven’t, and in which case you should definitely book a personal shopping appointment so we can talk all things lighting and find out if there are any areas of your house that could require fresh illumination.

As we move towards December we will begin to see the installation of warm and sparkling Christmas lights. Invariably these temporary illumination installations enhance homes and make them feel more calm, warm and atmospheric and we should take inspiration from this and consider how our lighting could do this all year round, although perhaps in a less sparkly way.

If you’ve read this and have had a light bulb moment 😉 – give us a call or email our team to discuss your lighting needs.


Working from home

Whether you’re working from home as the norm, or you are now being forced to do so; it could be time to rethink your home office. Or, even consider more permanently adapting a space to create a more office-like environment. However, having a home office doesn’t mean it needs to be boring; on the contrary, your home office should be as inspiring as possible; you’re potentially spending a large amount of time in this space.

Francis of Malvern have a wide range of office furniture brands that’s suitable and adaptable to all shapes of space. Our brands include Alphason and Bentley Designs and you can view the full range of products here.

The New Norm

Working from home is not always easy; therefore having the right environment and the right equipment is important for concentration. This also ensures you have a workspace that allows you to think clearly and creatively. Considering the overall layout of the workspace is important; especially the positioning of your desk and chair which are key of course; but so is the type of furniture you choose. Interior designers will often talk about the consistency and cohesiveness of an overall (home) design; therefore it is important to consider how the workspace fits in; especially as that space may be multi-purposed for numerous members of the household. For example, your home-office might double up as a homework station for your children; in which case you may need to consider storage and the convenient access of files and equipment.

This year has seen an immeasurable shift to home office working and that is likely to stay in place for the foreseeable future; as well as perhaps being adopted as preference for many industries. The benefits of this can be significant and the environment is certainly one benefactor of the new regime; there is less travel and commuting, fewer cars on the road, and reduced emissions into the atmosphere.

If you’re replacing existing furniture and would like any advice or assistance with recycling, then please don’t hesitate to contact our team. Our aim at Francis of Malvern is to carefully consider and recommend furniture that performs, lasts and has minimum impact on the environment.

 


Interior Design

The Finishing Touches

Interior Design & Finishing the Home

Over the last few months many of us have invested in home, interior design and finishing the home. We’ve also invested in family and the simpler things in life. This has been a real positive of 2020 as we’ve had time to reconnect with our living spaces whilst observing nature, slowing down and valuing everything a little more. But there maybe a few finishing touches that we can help you with and we’d love for you to contact us or safely visit our stores where we can assist you with a wide range of flooring, furniture and accessories for the entire home.

Furniture & Flooring

At Francis of Malvern we have an enviable range of flooring and a newly refurbished flooring department. So it’s here that you’ll find all you need hard flooring, wooden floors, laminates and rugs. If you’ve been busily decorating your home and have completed all you can then it might be that the flooring is the final piece of puzzle and will complete your overall look and design. But it’s not just flooring that can finish a room, it may be the signature or statement piece of furniture that you need or a new sofa and chairs. We have furniture and interior products for every room in the house and you can view our entire product range on our newly launched website. Seemingly everything is new at Francis of Malvern!. Please do take a look at the new website though and let us have any feedback too.

Interior Design Support

Naturally we love the home and we get a kick out of helping our customers finish their homes, whether that’s flooring, furniture or lighting. There is nothing quite like a newly decorated room having it’s carpet laid and furniture carefully placed in to position. It’s one of those moments in life that you smile involuntarily and think the newly finished space each morning that you wake up – unless that space is your refurbished bedroom and in which case you get to smile the moment you wake up. The team here are ready and waiting to chat through anything you need and help you organise those finishing touches that complete the picture and help you to create the home that you imagined.

Personal Furniture Shopping Experience

We are also extremely flexible and here to facilitate you in the safest and most convenient way. Our stores are complying with all requirements and we’re going above and beyond to ensure everything is kept as safe as possible. If you prefer to speak by phone or would like to organise a personal shopping experience then you only have to contact us on 01684 573823. But if you’re happy to visit then you can find our location here and we’re open Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 5:30pm and Saturdays by appointment only.