Decorate with White

Our official summer arrived last week, even though I’m not sure we recognized it with the first day providing us with torrential rain – yes we are proud to say ‘Made in Britain’ at Furl, but perhaps not quite so proud about our weather! So to help us all get through the predicted gloomy month of July, we share with you a few tips on how to decorate with white.

White on white, due to the serenity it produces, can brighten our moods and in turn make us feel much more relaxed. Our homes are a place for us to unwind and revitalize and so there is no better way than to extend our summer break by adorning our homes with white.

Decorate with White

Decorating room by room with white as the predominant colour, we realise that more whites exist than you ever could have imagined. From bright whites, to dull whites, to creamy whites and even pink whites, it can be overwhelming trying to pair and match these shades together, especially when we thought it was as simple as just plain old white. This is when texture becomes key to getting it right. As long as you combine various all-white textures together, they will match perfectly every time.

The Walls

With bright white as the obvious choice for the walls, ceiling and skirting boards, try painting your walls a shade darker than the ceiling shade. Even though to the naked eye this may not be obvious, it will subtly extend the height of the ceiling giving you that desired feeling of more space. Keep your skirting boards in the same shade as the walls to extend that height even further.

The Living Room

Suitably relaxing, comfortable sofas finished in soft white linen and accessorised with a combination of wool, linen and all white geometric cushions will provide the optimum level of comfort desired for the living space. Add in a sheepskin rug to complete the rustic look or a bright white velvet rug to modernize. White ceramic vases, trays, a lacquered console unit and shutters to dress the windows will finish off the look.

The Bedroom

A white faux suede bed with plain white cotton bedding, complimented with a patterned throw and cushions will ensure layers of texture within the room and guarantee the bed remains the focal point. Dress the windows with sheer linen floor to ceiling curtains and a roman blind to block out the light. White wooden side tables will enhance a French chic style or for a more modern finish use lacquered side tables. Be careful with adding in large sizes of high gloss furniture such as a full wall of wardrobes as it can scratch easily.

Just remember, to create an ultra contemporary modern sleek look, combine your whites with glass, mirror, high gloss and metallic. If you are after a more rustic chic look combine your whites with soft woods, such as grey oak, linen, wool and add in a combination of different patterns, even if they are still all predominantly white.

decorate with white

Realistically, as beautiful as they may look plastered all over the pages of our favourite interiors magazines, an all white interior may not be practical for your lifestyle. If you have small children, pets or lead a busy lifestyle with minimal time to keep an all white interior spotless, there are still ways of achieving the desired look.

The all white interior creates a calming feeling of relaxation and rest. This can also be achieved by simply using a more natural colour palette that is considerably easier to maintain. Stick to one feature colour, whether this may be a light shade of grey or creamy sand. As long as when initially entering the room you see one trending colour, you will create a cool and composed space, albeit maybe not for long with little ones around!

Guide on how to measure your space for a storage bed

Big furniture purchases don’t happen on a very regular basis and so if you are a little bit out of practice in the large furniture buying department, here is a guide on how to measure your space for a storage bed. You not only need to think about where the bed will be going, but also about access, so the bed fits the space like it was meant to be no matter what size the room.

Storage Bed measuring guide

How big?

Everyone always wants to fit the largest sized bed they possibly can into their bedroom, as it is of course the place we spend almost a third of our lives. Be mindful though, especially if you come to visit the beds at our showroom, because our ceilings are so high it can make them seem a little smaller than they might look in your room.

  • Write down all of the dimensions from our website
  • Be absolutely sure to measure out this space in your bedroom before making a purchase.

Top tip: The best way to measure is by masking taping the size of the bed out onto your floor.

  • Ideally you would like to have at least 50cm on either side of the bed, however if the space is tight you could just about settle for 30cm on one side (or both if you have to!).

Top Tip: When measuring, make sure you can still open any doors without them bumping into the bed.

Don’t panic if your space isn’t built yet! Send through a floor plan and one of our team will look at it for you.

Our storage beds are available in both standard British and Continental sizes. We make the frames as small as we can and as close to the mattress size as possible. Here are the measurements for both the mattresses and the frames in each size. Everything is made to order, so if none of the sizes below work for you, get in touch with us and we can make a bespoke frame and mattress to suit.

Bed Size guide

Of course if you decide to add on a headboard the frame size might become a little larger. You can have a headboard two ways, either Integrated or Non-Integrated. Non-Integrated will add nothing more onto the measurements, however if you do decide to go for an Integrated headboard, most will add on 6cm to the length apart from the Horizon which is a little chunkier and will add on 10cm more.

Top Tip: If you are trying to save space, or your space is limited, choose a Non-Integrated Headboard or no headboard at all.

guide on how to measure

Measuring Access 

Once you have chosen the size of bed that will fit into your room, measuring the access is of course is the next thing to do. However we like to make our deliveries very simple and so our Storage Beds at Furl are delivered in sections and assembled on site by our very own delivery team.

Never the less, measuring all of the access points to the room is still important, especially if you think your space is a little bit tricky.

  • Stairwells – How much height do you have? Do you think that there will be enough space to manoeuvre the parts around this space?
  • Doorways – Is the height of your door no smaller than the length of the bed? If it is then make sure the access is sizeable to manoeuvre the item in the other way.
  • It is important to consider any additional factors that may eat into your space, such as light fittings and radiators, and any pictures that may need to be taken off the walls during delivery.

Top Tip: The largest part of the bed will be half of the mechanism (so half the mattress size) unless you have ordered a headboard in which case this will be the largest part. Remember, the mechanism is only 4cm deep and the headboard usually only 6cm deep.

Perhaps you have a spiral staircase, or a very low ceiling with a narrow door to enter through. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, but for a bit of reassurance we have not been beaten yet. We ask for you to remove your old bed before we arrive. Our delivery team will bring your storage bed into the room, assemble it and take away all of the packaging with them.

Trending fabrics and finishes: A guide on what to use each trending finish for 

Designing a home can get really complicated, especially when you have to decide upon the colour of the walls, along with the type of flooring and not to mention the multiple fabric choices for furniture and accessories that all need to work together! This job will never be easy as you will understandably want to get it right, but to offer a lot of support and a generous helping hand, here’s a list (yes we love lists) of all the trending fabrics and finishes we are obsessed with right now and what to use each trending finish for.

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Trending: Walnut

Walnut is ‘the’ wood of 2016 and almost every piece of furniture on the high street is currently available in this finish. As a rich, warming yet relatively dark wood, if used in high quantities, walnut furniture sets can often appear to make a room look smaller than it actually is. It is very easy to fall into the trap of adding in the odd extra item of furniture in the latest trending finish, however this will achieve a very vintage, bitty look, perfect if you were hoping to create that feel but not so perfect if you weren’t. For those looking to create a contemporary feel, we suggest giving your home the refresh it deserves and adding in this texture by use of wooden floors. No matter what the room, the wooden floor seems to have overtaken carpet this season and perhaps that is because people have become utterly besotted with a good rug.

Trending: Velvet 

Often thought of as a very traditional fabric, velvet has officially made its return into the home and is the new obsession for both sofa coverings and the odd occasional chair. A sofa is certainly an investment piece, so our advice would be to only cover your sofa in velvet if you loved the fabric before the trend arrived. An accent chair in either a low or high pile velvet (the difference is high pile crushes over time and changes colour when you rub your hand across it, where as low pile doesn’t) adds a brilliant amount of texture to either the living room or bedroom. Deep purple, teal or a dull burnt orange are the trending colours and if you decide to add a cute chair to your bedroom, why not try adding a velvet trim onto the bottom of your curtains to complete the look.

Trending Fabric - Linen

Trending – Linen

Linen is one of those timeless fabrics and has been trending for what feels like a lifetime. However the craze for this season is to actually have a footstool, upholstered in linen that doubles up as both a coffee table and a storage box. With the ever-decreasing size of houses, we look for storage everywhere we can get it, something we are very passionate about at Furl. By simply adding a tray to the top of the ottoman box we can turn it into a coffee table, yet with all of the blankets and cushions stored out of the way to allow for more usable space.

Trending Finish - Marble

Trending – Marble

Who ever would have thought that we would be dashing to the shops for the latest marble topped dining table? However with the increase in obsession with Instagram, (for those who are not in the rat race – the photo sharing app that has got us all signing up to professional photography courses so our photos look the best), the marble top has been an absolute must for a flat lay photo for Instagram. Best suited to a six-seater table, style with metallic accents such as gold charger plates to act as place mats, as this will tone down the marble giving you a contemporary luxurious feel.

Trending – Leather

Leather is a very practical fabric, and so you may find numerous sofas within your home already covered in it. The new trending practice though is to use textures in places that you might not expect them, such as a chest of drawers. Tying in seamlessly with the Walnut trend, we suggest having a walnut frame with leather-fronted drawers to add an extra dimension to your room.

So you’re not even into trends – you know what you like and that is that. Well we all envy you, because most of us need the trends to ensure our homes stay fresh and current. Don’t however feel like you need to always follow them. Introduce them into your home only when they fit with the style, and if you do add them in your own way.

Style your bedroom like an Interior Designer

You work really hard, you have a family that keeps you on your toes all hours of the day or maybe you just love being in bed! The design of your bedroom is so important as it is the place that you get to finally relax, recharge and spend a little bit of time just being you. To introduce myself, I’m Becca, a qualified Interior Designer that has worked with Furl for the last three years. You may have met me at the London Showroom, where I am on hand to give you interiors advice, help you to plan your room and advise on colour selections that fit into your existing theme. Your bedroom is your personal sanctuary, and so I want to advise you on how to style your bedroom like an Interior Designer.

Style your bedroom like a designer

Refresh

The first thing to consider when designing and styling your bedroom is always the colour. You need to ask yourself what atmosphere you would like to create. If the definition of a bedroom for you is a ‘space to relax’, think neutral or soft muted shades of colour. For some, the bedroom needs to feel passionate and enticing, so moody, dark on-trend colours like deep blue and purple would create a perfect ambiance. No matter what the desired design style may be, use three shades of colour together. These could be as simple as white, grey and blush or something bolder such as grey, yellow and teal. Introduce these colours in sections throughout the room. Paint the walls teal, keep the bed, curtains and carpet in shades of grey and accessorise or add your feature pieces in a striking shade of yellow.

Image from House of Three
Image from House of Three

Texture

The right balance of texture is key to ensuring that your bedroom comes with that Interior Designer status. Be careful not to add too many different types of wood into a room, if you choose the most popular wood of 2016, Walnut – stick with it! Mirror, velvet and high pile rugs to soften wooden floors are textures that usually feature within a room that has been touched by a designer. The way you dress your bed is also the make it or break it to designer status. Finish the bed with a sumptuous throw and cushions. The size of your bed determines the optimum amount of cushions you should have. Add two to a double, four to a king and six to a super king. Stick to these quantities as the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day is spend ten minutes undressing your bed before you can get into it.

Statement Headboard

Statement

A bedroom would not be complete without a focal point or statement piece. The bed of course is the most important item of furniture within the room and so why not finish it off properly with a statement headboard. If your ceilings are average height, the headboard may not have to be as tall as you would think to stand out as a feature. Furl have some beautiful headboards in larger heights if you want to create that showoff status. If you have never really understood the headboard, an interesting piece of artwork or statement chandelier would also do the trick. For those we all envy with a little more space, an armchair in a striking fabric would work perfectly.

Accessorise

Don’t forget to accessorise, as this is definitely the most important part of styling your bedroom. Have all of your treasures displayed around your room, so you wake up every morning remembering the stories behind collecting them. Bedside styling must not just be beautiful, but also practical. The lamp is for reading, and so the collections of books aren’t just for show. Candles and vases full of flowers soften the space and the scent given is also relaxing. Your bedside tables do not have to match and neither do your accessories. The less symmetrical the layout, the more vintage your design style will become.

Listen to what your heart tells you when it comes to your bedroom design, stay away from using items or colours that you really don’t like just because it’s ‘on trend’ as you will start the day imperfectly. However most of all have fun and get creative!