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Three Pieces Worth Investing In

18 Aug

Everyone wants to save a little money. Sometimes that’s a great thing – a bargain on a few dining chairs or an end table is great, and if they turn out to be rubbish, you don’t need to worry about it too much. Other times, though, it’s a lot more important that you make sure your purchases are of stellar quality. Here are the three most important things not to skimp on.

  1. Your main bed
    It’s estimated that we spend about a third of our lives asleep, and when you put it that way, it’s obvious why you should invest in the very best bed you can afford. It’s easy to think that finding a good bed is all in the mattress, but in reality, the frame is just as important. It’s all about making sure that every part of your body is adequately supported, and that you’re not kept awake all night by creaking and squeaking or a bowing mattress base.

  2. Computer chairs
    Almost everyone in the Western world complains of back pain occasionally, and one of the biggest contributors to this is bad posture and unhelpful chairs. Look for proper ergonomic office chairs of a sort that give you all the support you need and are as easily adjustable as possible. With a little work, you’ll be able to tailor your chair specifically to your requirements.

  3. A sofa
    The three things we spend the most time doing by far are sleeping, working, and relaxing. You sleep in a bed and you probably work in a computer chair, but a lot of your relaxation is likely to happen on the sofa – whether you’re watching TV, surfing the internet, reading a book, or chatting with friends and family.  Make sure you’re comfortable enough while you’re there, and your back will thank you for it.
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When to Get it Wrong: Five Interior Design Mistakes You Might Want to Try

2 Aug

1. Dark Colors in Small Spaces
Everyone’s always saying that dark colors don’t work in small spaces – but if you like dark colors and you only have a small space to work with, that really isn’t much help! This is really where the ‘feature wall’ concept comes into its own; paint just one wall in your favorite hue, and pick a similar color in a few shades lighter for the others. Finish the look with woodwork in a darker tone, and consider accenting with the darker shade as well.

2. Overfurnishing and Overcrowding
If you’re going for a ‘bohemian’ look rather than a cleaner one, there’s no reason whatsoever you shouldn’t hang pictures, scarves, drapes and embellishments to your heart’s content. Just make sure that if you go for it you really go for it – what looks bad isn’t too much stuff, it’s trying to hit a middle note that is neither one thing nor the other.

3. Collections on Display
Don’t listen to all the nonsense about figurines and film posters looking too juvenile. If you love something, let your space embrace that love – just put in the effort to display and frame them well.

4. Kitschy, Quirky Style
Your home should reflect you, and if you happen to love lava lamps and 70s prints there’s no reason not to have them. The trick here, again, is to go all the way if you’re going there at all – a halfhearted attempt really will look out of place.

5. Brights That Clash
Carefully planned clashing can work just as well as thoughtful co-ordination. A bunch of disparate elements look careless if they’re simply all jumbled in there together, but if there’s something like a feature wall or a woodwork color to tie them all together, you’re likely to find it all works much better than you might have expected.