How to choose the right flooring for your living room

Whether the living room is a place for relaxing, watching movies, exercising, hosting dinner parties or playing with the kids, it’s good to have a flooring solution underfoot that’s both durable and comfortable. And as the floor is usually the largest surface in a room it lays the foundation for how the rest of the space will look and feel – emphasising the importance of selecting the right textures, materials and colours for your home. So, with this in mind, here’s how to choose flooring that’ll enhance your interior design: Think about your personal tastes and styles Think carefully about your personal tastes and style. If you like the rustic, retro look, for example, you might decide to opt for beautiful oak flooring which is not only visually stunning but brings a sense of warmth and comfort to a property that’s hard to replicate. It’s traditional, it’s long-lasting, but if you’d prefer something more modern and minimalist you can also browse the selection of black or grey options, with charcoal oak flooring sure to give your living room that dramatic edge. Unless you’re completely renovating your property, you should also consider your existing décor as this will have an effect on the hue and style you opt for. If your living room is currently rather neutral you could get away with most designs, but if you already have black walls, for example, laying down black flooring would likely look too dark – however, a white snow oak could contrast perfectly. For the most effective results, familiarise yourself with what colours, shades and temperatures work well together and think about... read more

Guide to Roman Blinds

Roman Blinds Roman Blinds are a practical and elegant option for your window. Made in the fabric of your choice, with various linings. Economical but stylish, their clean lines allow for abundant light when drawn up, and privacy when lowered. Our blinds are made to your own measurements so contact us with the dimensions for a quote, or have a look at the prices of our made to measure. They are easy to install, and come ready to hang with fittings and instructions – or we can fit them for you at a small extra charge. A roman blind can be made in the fabric of your choice, with most curtain material being suitable. Fabrics not suitable are: Napped fabric like velvet or corduroy Stretch fabric Heavy upholstery fabric To calculate the meterage: A-  length of window plus 50 cm (for blinds narrower than your chosen fabric width). B-  length of window plus 50 cm x 2 (for blinds wider than your chosen fabric width) If the pattern on the fabric has to be positioned in a specific way to match other blinds in the room, please let us know. There should be sufficient fabric to allow for this. We will work out the meterage if you let us know the “design repeat” of your fabric. Measuring A metal tape measure is recommended for accuracy. Only 2 sizes are required: LENGTH – measure between where you want the top and bottom to be. The top of the blind is attached to a 2×2 cm wood batten. WIDTH – The blind may be wide enough to cover the whole frame... read more

Our guide to styles and types of curtains, swags and tails

  There are a variety of types of curtains styles and fabric that provide a classy, elegant alternative to blinds. Some of these include sheer or voiles, pencil pleat curtains, swags. Sheers or Voiles are fine translucent fabrics. They are used to filter the amount of sunlight that enters a room creating a limited degree of privacy. They can be used on their own or used with heavier curtains for warmth, privacy, and blocking direct sunlight. In the past sheers were only available in white or off- whites, but today’s selections offer colours, beaded, textures, striped, rainbow effects, metallic, threaded with flower forms,embroidered with designs, sequins, the list now seems endless. Pencil pleat curtains are the most common and popular form of pleats and heading tape used today. The tape forms crisp even upright parallel pleats, which looks somewhat like a row of pencils. It requires 2 1⁄4 – 2 1⁄2 times curtain fullness for the pleats. It has two rows of suspension pockets and can be used with track or pole fixtures for hanging. Pleats are neat, tidy, and create a beautiful full curtain. It hangs uniformly and can be used with any length of curtains. It is also used with valances and pelmets over, as the design is simple, and these decorative elements help “jazz” up the simple neatness of the pencil pleat curtain. Swags are fabric that forms a decorative element over a window, hanging from two fixed points either side of the top of the window, draping down through the centre and highlighting the window light. There are numerous variations of this delicate form of... read more

Guide to measuring your window

Measuring your window is simple if you follow our instructions. Exact or recess? You can choose to have your blind made to fit the inside of the recess of your window or it can hang on the outside. Exact -This is the measurement you need to take if you want your blind to hang outside the window recess. We will make your blind exactly to these measurements. Please remember this is the cloth size. Recess/Hard size -This is the measurement you need to take if you want your blind to fit inside the window recess. We will make your blind to fit into the recess perfectly. There’s no need for you to make any adjustments for the fittings. Two simple steps to a recess measurement Follow these instructions if you want your blind to hang inside the window recess: 1. Measure the width of the recess from wall to wall in three places as shown. Note down the shortest measurement – this is the one we’ll use. 2. Measure the drop by taking the measurement from the top of the recess to the window sill in three places as shown. Note down the shortest measurement. Two simple steps to an exact/hard size measurement Follow these instructions if you want your blind to hang outside the window recess: 1. Measure the exact width where you’d like your blind to be. Note down the measurement. 2. Measure the exact drop from the top of where you want your blind to be to the bottom. Note down the measurement. Important note for measuring Roller blinds! For Roller blinds, we have to allow... read more

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