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How To: Incorporate Seasonal Twists

Now that Spring is here, you may want to put away your heavy bedroom throws and thick cushions and start having a small spring clean. Spring season is about adding some well-placed refreshing touches to your interior which give it the lift it might need. Flowers are the easiest way to do this. Seasonal blooms bring a sense of newness to any interior. A bunch of early tulips cut from the garden, loosely arranged in a large jug will do the trick or if you prefer something Easter-themed, add some speckled eggs to a flower arrangement. Also think about changing...

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March 20th 2017

 

How To: Create a Cottage Themed Bedroom

Ever wanted a cosy cottage bedroom setting? Try mixing calming pastel shades with dark toned furniture and vintage accessories – this will help your bedroom provide the rich backdrop which often characterises a cottage-themed interior. Cottage bedrooms are very traditional; the ideal place to relax and read your book on a cold evening. They should be snug and layered with cushions and throws for extra character too. Don’t forget about the lighting – this shouldn’t be bright light, but instead you should opt for soft glows coming from large, old-fashioned lamps. Brown furniture is also a good idea if you’re...

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March 3rd 2017

 

How To: Get your children to go to bed on time

Half time is just around the corner for many parents this week, with our children having the next week off school. That means some of them may want to stay up a little later than usual, but breaking your ‘school night’ routine may not be the best idea. Consistent bedtimes help maintain structure to your child’s day and sticking to their set bedtime helps their body clock to retain its normal cycle. Offering incentives or rewards is most likely the best route to get your children to go to bed on time, but be aware, offering sweet-based treats can have...

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February 17th 2017

 

How to: Brighten your home with mirrors

Placing a mirror in the right place can make all the difference in your bedroom – they can make the most of a room's natural light, enhances views and opens up a small space. We’ve scoured the web for the best bedroom mirror tips to help you give your interior that missing ingredient. Full length mirrors Mirrors which are the same width of the furniture make the piece look purposeful and prominent. Also, placing a mirror in between two windows tricks the eye into thinking there is another window there and helps maximise natural light. Round mirrors Use a rounded...

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February 6th 2017

 

How to: Maximise space in small bedrooms

In every room of your house, there is always a better way to maximize the space you are getting out of it. For some areas it may be as simple as de-cluttering, but your bedroom is the most difficult because of the amount of space your bed (essential) takes up. The bed is not always the easiest obstacle to work around and therefore valuable space is wasted. The most obvious way to get more space in your small bedroom is to avoid large wardrobes, instead opting for rolling under bed storage which can hold clothes and belongings. This will give...

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December 28th 2016

 

How to: Mix patterns in your bedroom

Making sure your patterns don’t clash is tough, but we can help you with some tips to make sure your patterns are used in the right way. Complementing colours If one is bold and striking, the other pattern should less so – think unobtrusive, calm and quiet. A clean and simple pattern up against a geometric one, for example, should work as long as your colours mix together well. Mixing pastel patterns with primary colours will rarely work – these are just too contrasting. Instead try similar florals or a stripe and a check pattern if they are made from...

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December 16th 2016

 

How to: Experiment with wall finishes

The finish you choose for your next bedroom project can make or break your interior’s overall design, with wall finishes greatly influencing the style of your room. Which wall finish would suit your room most? Read on and find out: Timber If you want your bedroom to feel cosy or intimate, a timber wall can help you achieve that. This is because it helps give the illusion that the ceiling is lower, simply done by panelling your timber across horizontally. Timber certainly gives your bedroom a distinctive mood and style. Brick Walls If you’re feeling brave, peel back your bedroom...

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November 21st 2016

 

How to: Keep warm at night

The chill is about to set in but, fear not, we’ve collected some of the best ideas on how to keep yourself warm at night. Wear night clothes such as pyjamas or a large T-shirt to keep you warm. Natural fibres such as wool, cotton or silk will keep you warmer than synthetic materials. Have a warm bath just before you go to bed. This will gently warm and relax you to help you feel sleepy. Have a warming, milky drink before you go to bed. Keep the bedroom warm, but not too hot, and free from draughts. Choose a...

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November 18th 2016

 

How to: Incorporate bedroom art

A well-placed piece may be the easiest way to turn your room into the stylish sanctuary. However, choosing the right style piece can be hard; to help you inject some culture into your sleep space, we've rounded up our favourite 3 examples of how to best incorporate bedroom art, all of which would look great in a variety of bedrooms. Consistent framing Keep the focus on one wall by consistently using black framing with white prints, helping you to create a ‘gallery’ wall. Featuring black and white art further supports a bedroom’s monochrome theme too. Bookshelf displays Art doesn’t always...

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November 4th 2016

 

How to: Clean your bedding

Every time we sink into bed at night, we lose up to a litre of sweat and shed millions of skin cells, so cleaning your bedding regularly should be top of everyone’s to-do list. Try following these simple tips for the best bedding results: Duvets Aim to wash your duvets every 2-3 months If there is a stain on the duvet, shake the feathers away (if you have Natural bedding) from the area and treat the stain before you pop it in the washing machine. Drying duvets in the sunlight will kill micro-organisms, in the winter try running a warm...

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October 24th 2016

 

How to: Create Decorative Headboards

Instead of updating your entire bedroom look, your interior may instead benefit from a new-look headboard. Your bedroom should be your personal retreat, a place not only to relax but to get a good night’s sleep too. An attractive headboard can certainly help you re-connect with your bedroom. Updating your headboard can be very inexpensive too, especially if you do it yourself. Sweet Dreams Make use of some spare lumber and cut it down to the right size of your bedstead. Once you have the frame, try adding some cute photo frames to the wooden panels for a very unique...

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October 3rd 2016

 

How to: Give your bedroom the latest trends

Last week, we visited Decorex International 2016 in London and came away having seen an impressive collection of brands making their mark on this year’s biggest interior design trends. Decorex International is the UK's leading design show and the only one of its kind in the UK for the luxury interiors market. If there is one room in your home that should truly reflect your taste, personal style and surround you in a world of uncompromising comfort, then it is the bedroom. Painted Florals Oversized painted florals or abstracts bring colour and a sense of art into the home, which...

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September 26th 2016

 

How to: Cope with your partner snoring

What might seem amusing at first definitely loses its charm when you’re having poor sleep as a result of snoring. But, short of kicking them out of bed, what’s the best solution and how best can you cope? Drowning out the noise Earplugs are a classic, but effective option. Custom shaped earplugs can be more comfortable than store bought and many audiologists provide this service. If it's late and you're tight on options, there are also ways that you can make temporary earplugs yourself. Or if music isn’t too distracting, plug in and use gentle, calming music to help drown...

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September 16th 2016

 

How to: Style a small guestroom

If you’re having trouble decorating a guest room which is on the small side, we’ve collected some useful tips on how to best make your room feel like a cosy escape, no matter how much space you have. First, try to make extra room around the bed, rather than putting the sides of your bed up against a wall. This can make the room feel cramped, and so creating aisles of space will help the room feel bigger than it actually is. Doing so also improved the room’s flow and made it easier for visitors to get into and out...

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September 5th 2016

 

How to: Minimise jet lag and tiredness

With an upcoming bank holiday weekend and the end of the summer holidays just around the corner, plenty of us will be travelling to and from different timezones over the next few days. That means jet lag can set in, but our expert advice can help you beat tiredness before, during and after your flight. Before Tempting as it is to stay up all night before you travel, so you're tired and more likely to sleep, is a risky tactic. Better to be fully rested before you travel and get a good night’s shut-eye before you embark on your journey....

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August 26th 2016

 

How to: Inspire a retro bedroom trend

There is no doubt that retro bedroom trends are back in a big way. Furniture design is similar to fashion in that designers gain inspiration from the past and fuse it with modern details and inspiration. If you want to update your home with a retro design but aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help. Choose your favourite era Retro is all about digging into past eras. First, you need to decide which characteristics you enjoy and which fit your design style. Decide on your accessories If you’re not sure about taking the full plunge into a retro-inspired...

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August 5th 2016

 

How to: Decorate kids bedrooms

A child’s bedroom has to take many forms because it’s used for sleeping, playing and working. Indeed, the best childrens’ bedrooms are multi-dimensional, but should also be a reflection of their personalities. Nursery White and airy is a good option for young children who aren’t quite old enough to need a bedroom-style setup. Space to let them play is important, as is child-friendly storage space. An easily adaptable, neutral themed nursery also gives you more flexibility as they grow up and start developing their initial ideas about their favourite colours. Children’s Bedroom As your child grows up, their bedroom starts...

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July 15th 2016

 

How to: Best sleep on a plane

The worst part about a holiday is sometimes having to get up very early to catch a morning flight. Nobody wants to spend the first day of their summer getaway trying to recover, so try arriving refreshed by catching some sleep on the plane. If your budget can stretch to a business, or better still, first-class upgrade then it’s worth paying the extra amount if you want the best chance of being comfortable enough to doze off. If you want to sleep, make sure you also travel in non-restrictive clothes too. Avoid watching any in-flight entertainment on long haul flights,...

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July 1st 2016

 

How to: Sleep better during exam season

Students across the country are right in the middle of exam season and might be starting to feel under pressure to get the grades their hard work deserves. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential if you want to perform at your best and so here are a few helpful tips to help you along the way: Try to go to bed early Late night TV just isn’t worth it on the eve of an exam, you’d be better off drifting off to sleep a little earlier than usual. Sleep is especially important during studying because it allows the brain...

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June 10th 2016

 

How to: Sleep better during Hay fever season

Did you know that two-thirds of Hay fever sufferers continue to experience symptoms while trying to sleep? Research reveals some are losing more than an hour of sleep a night as they struggle with streaming noses and itchy eyes during warm summer evenings. Minimising your Hay fever reactions can be difficult, but keeping your windows shut is vital if you want to limit the amount of pollen in your bedroom. Another tip is to avoid drying your bed linen on an outdoor clothes line – bed sheets pick up a lot of pollen if dried outside, so try to keep...

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May 20th 2016

 

How to: Get up earlier

Waking up early is either a privilege or a pain; depending on what type of person you are. Some of us just love to get up early and enjoy the peace and quiet, while others want to keep hitting their snooze button. Making the change from a serial snoozer to an early morning riser is really tough, so we’ve collected some handy tips from around the web to give you some help. The best method is to do it gradually – 10-15 minutes earlier for 2-4 days, until you feel used to it, and then repeat. For example, if you...

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April 29th 2016

 

How to: Create a feature wall

Feature walls are simple but high impact ways to transform any room in your home. They can be a splash of colour or pattern that can bring a sense of individual styling. The best feature walls are often quite vibrant and striking. For example, a darker colour looks great against surrounding light walls and helps create a focal point for your bedroom. The wall which is directly behind your bed is usually the best option when it comes to feature walls. Once you’ve chosen your feature wall, the next big decision is to decide on the design. The number one...

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April 8th 2016

 

How to: Best organise yourself for a house move

Packing for a house move is stressful at the best of times. Moving day is looming and you realise that you can't put off the packing any longer. What about those breakables and family heirlooms? Try planning ahead and reduce the potential for disaster on your moving day: Before you even start packing, make a priority list and consider what will need careful packing, and which items are covered for breakages. It’s also a good idea to estimate how many boxes you’ll need and where you’re going to get these from. If you’re packing any paint, bleach or aerosols –...

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March 25th 2016

 

How to: Iron your fitted sheets without an iron

Keeping your bed linen looking its best all of the time can be a little challenging, with bed sheets wrinkling up as soon as we get them out of our washing machines or dryers. But did you know there is no need to bring out the dreaded iron every time you want to iron out these creases? First, pop your fitted sheet onto your mattress, over your mattress protector. Then, lightly spray all of the sheet with water; don’t drench it but enough to give it a light covering. Now just pull the sheet tightly over all corners and leave...

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March 4th 2016