Interior Design and Lifestyle

4 Quickfire Bedroom Decor Tips For Autumn

1. If your bedroom has a fireplace mantel, use it to showcase seasonal decor. Pine cones, colourful candles and dried leaf vines will all contribute to the desired look. 2. As temperatures begin to fall, embrace warm colours to give the room a cosy feeling. Bring out the colourful throws and cushions to go with your upholstered bed, and consider changing your area rug. 3. Prepare your home for the cooler temperatures by switching out lighter fabrics for heavier ones. Deeper colours and thicker f...

The 8-Foot Cube You Can Live In

Well-known Feng Shui expert Liu Ming was facing a dilemma: how could he balance his personal and professional life in one space? You see, Liu lives in a loft apartment in California. However, he also teaches his 30 students there, despite furniture and other belongings getting in the way. Liu wanted to enjoy his own personal area without it clashing with his workspace, and set out to find a radical solution. After contacting Space Flavor, an American interior design firm, Liu soon got what he wa...

How Changing Your Bedroom Decor Can Improve Your Sleep

Do you wish you could enjoy a better quality of sleep? If so, tweaking your bedroom decor could yield surprisingly positive results. Read on for 5 simple tips! Get comfy If you like sitting up in bed to have a quick read or to watch TV at night, ensure you have something comfy to lean on. Leather or upholstered beds are perfect for resting your back on before you decide to get some sleep. Calming colours Colours can affect the mood of any room, so choose wisely. If your aim is to create a relaxi...

Interior Design Trends – Grey Is The Way

Grey has made a powerful resurgence this year in the fashion world and we are beginning to see this trend in interior design, although we think that book may have had a hand in the sudden popularity of the colour too! When redecorating a room, grey has very often been ignored in the past due to it being perceived as a dark colour. However, a carefully chosen shade paired with the right accents can totally transform any living space. Grey paint or wallpaper is especially good with smaller spaces ...

Handy tips on redecorating a child’s bedroom

Are you thinking of redecorating your child’s bedroom and need a few handy tips? Check out the points below to ensure you don’t end up spending a fortune redecorating every time your child changes their mind. Choosing a bed for your child can be quite difficult as they are growing so quickly and as time goes by their interests will change. Children’s bunk beds can provide a useful solution if you have more than one child sleeping in the same room or for when friends come for sleepovers. As...

Bedroom Trends of Summer 2012

Have you been lying in your double bed wishing your bedroom was more stylish? If so, check out the top tips below to get your bedroom ahead of the trend. This summer’s fashion trends have inspired our interior décor styles. This year we have seen statement prints being a focal point for fashionistas. At the 2012 catwalk shows, a combination of vibrant floral patterns and bold geometric prints were exhibited. Clashing colours and paisley patterns were also welcome additions. These styles have ...

How to get the best from your bedroom lighting

When lying in your comfortable double bed you want a peaceful atmosphere to wind down in. Using the right lighting will help to create this environment. Although we’d all like our bedrooms to be a tranquil and calm environment the reality is far from it. The bedroom seems to have many different purposes, often being a place for sleeping, a workplace and even a sewing room. We need to choose lighting to accommodate all these functions. A combination of lights may be the solution as certain acti...

Two beds are better than one, a survey indicates

You may be mildly surprised to hear that Hollywood couple Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton sleep in separate houses, but we Brits aren’t too far behind them in our sleeping arrangements: a new study has found that ten per cent of British couples don’t share a double bed but have separate rooms!   Of those who took part in a survey by esure, 22 per cent of couples have regular 'time out' from each other and 13 per cent of couples sleep in separate beds on one or more occasions each we...

Colour yourself sleepy: A look at colour therapy

The effect of colour on our mood has been explored in several ways, and for hundreds of years. It has the ability to make us feel warm or cold, uplifted or calm, and has even been discussed as a treatment for illness by several published works including the snappily-titled The Influence Of The Blue Ray Of The Sunlight And Of The Blue Color Of The Sky 1876 by General A. J. Pleasonton. But how can we use this connection between ourselves and colour to improve the time we spend in our wooden, metal...

Even the sun won't stop Olympic athletes from sleeping

Blackout curtains will let Olympic athletes get a lie-in when they stay in the specially built Games Village in London this year. Costing £1.1 billion to construct, the village contains 2,800 apartments and will be home to up to 16,000 athletes and officials between July 27th and August 12th. The Games Village with be back in use a couple of weeks later when the Paralympics begin. The curtains will block out all light to ensure the athletes aren’t forced out of their guest beds at sunrise, af...

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