Choosing your bedroom colour scheme

Choosing the right colour for your bedroom can be fairly difficult. Actually understanding what each of the colours can represent and what they truly mean is a little trickier. To make it easier for you to decide which bedroom colour scheme might be the right one for you, here is an explanation of the meanings behind all of the core colours that you may want to use.

bedroom colour scheme

Blue

A popular colour within the word of design, blue is suggested to inspire, relax and create a great sense of security. With so many different shades of the colour blue, it can be difficult to find the right one. Not every shade is right for your bedroom, especially if you are looking to create a relaxing feel. The most popular shade for a bedroom colour scheme is a deeper inky blue. This shade creates a moody atmosphere within the room, but also keeps the room dark and in turn peaceful. Due to its serene nature, it is therefore very popular amongst people that struggle sleeping at night.

bedroom colour scheme

Green

Mint green is the best shade of the green to use when styling or decorating a bedroom. Fairly sickly to use block as the colour on the walls, mint green is best introduced as room accessories. Unless of course you added it through a subtler wallpaper pattern rather than block colour. The colour brings a sense of freshness and tranquility to a room. Great for those who work in high-pressured jobs, you can come home to a bedroom exuding relaxation.

choosing a bedroom colour scheme

Yellow

Yellow is another tricky colour when it comes to finding the right shade, with so many to offer. Of course, gold also comes under the yellow category when we are designing a home. As a very happy and uplifting colour, it puts a smile on our faces when we enter a room. But be careful to only use earthy yellow and gold when decorating your bedroom. If you are looking for a luxury feel, add in subtle gold finishing touches. Door handles, window latches, photo frames and trinket dishes all work brilliantly in a luxury scheme. Due to the happiness of the colour, it is often only used in the sociable spaces of our homes such as the kitchen or living room. For an extremely sociable person however, it is brilliant as a bedroom colour scheme.

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Red

No matter how we use it, red will always be linked to passion and love. However when used in a bedroom colour scheme, it quite often represents power and wealth. Picking the correct shade of red again can be tricky as there are so many to choose from. Anything too bold can sometimes come across as tacky if used in large quantities. The deeper, darker, fuller shades of red are ideal for keeping your bedroom design sumptuous. Rich reds are often combined with deep purples, which also imply authority in design. Both of these together are often used as the key colours in homes designed for those in the limelight.

choosing a bedroom colour scheme

Regardless of which colour you introduce into your bedroom, it doesn’t have to fill the room completely. It is best to pair the colour with two other neutral colours, keeping the space fresh and bright if you add in white. For something a little more mysterious, pair the colour with darker neutrals such as grey or black. Figuring out which colour best relates to your personality, choosing your bedroom colour scheme will be easy. Or perhaps we should say as easy as possible!

If you still aren’t sure which colour might be right for your bedroom, then you can order some of our free fabric samples to test them out at home.

Top 5 Space Saving Tips and Ideas

You may have come across some of the brilliant articles that we often share on our Facebook page about ways of maximising space within your home, but just incase you haven’t here are our very own top 5 space saving tips.

space saving tips

ONE. Light

You may think that this seems ridiculous as there is no dual purpose or function to light, but the more light you have, the more space you will appear to have within your home. This doesn’t just have to be introduced in the format of white painted walls and lightly coloured furniture, but also by adding in big light pieces. They won’t take up as much space as you think. If they are a large impressive feature, your room will feel bigger as you will visually notice it can accommodate such a large item and therefore must be larger than you thought. Tribeca chandeliers from Menu are great if you have an Industrial-Contemporary home.

TWO. Shelves

Of course shelving is just an absolute must for saving space for an uncluttered room, but think about adding it in the most unique places. If you have a staircase that twists and turns, add some shelving into the bottom section that wouldn’t be usable as an under the stairs cupboard to give you some extra space for books. Or quite simply use bookcases as your walls. By knocking down your walls to create a huge open plan area, you will be able to use parts of a room that you never knew existed. However it can sometimes feel stark to have such a big room. By using bookcases you will elegantly divide the space into smaller sections but without blocking out too much light and keeping a general open feel.

space saving tips

THREE. Storage

Sometimes our belongings aren’t pretty enough to store neatly on shelves, and we just want to be able to hide things behind closed doors so they can be as messy as we need them to be. Storage is something that we are always struggling to find enough of, but cleverly here at Furl we are always trying to come up with new ways of storage items. We all need a coffee table, but it does take up a lot of space just to house a couple of drinks every evening. A blanket box would double up as both a coffee table and a footstool and even better, with a load of storage. Of course our Storage Beds are a no brainer for space saving too.

FOUR. Flooring

Keep your flooring the same finish and colour throughout every single room in the house. This will ensure that no matter which room you are standing in or looking at, every room will flow into the next and make the whole house seem bigger. Grey wash oak floors will keep the space bright and fairly neutral so that any colour can be mixed in to the interior design. Wooden floors are of course much easier to maintain and keep clean so you won’t find that you will have to replace the whole lot if one room gets a little dirty. Add in an oversized rug to the bedroom and living areas to soften the overall feel. Sit all of the furniture on top of the rug so an open plan room again looks like it is divided into sections saving eliminating any unnecessary walls.

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FIVE. Mirror

Another difficult one to understand as it doesn’t actually give you any extra storage or space, but mirror of course appears to visually increase the overall size of your room. It is becoming increasingly more common to have entire bathroom walls embellished with mirror to duplicate the size of the tiny space. Mirror also reflects light so can brighten our homes taking us back to point number one. A fabulous addition to our range at Furl is the acrylic mirror option for the front of our wall beds making the bed seem like it is giving you more space as opposed to taking up space.

With some simple changes, different styling and multifunctional furniture buys, even the tiniest of homes will feel much roomier and even better, clutter free!

Choosing the right fabric for pets

We certainly love our four legged friends at Furl, whom are more than welcome to visit the showroom, and so we understand that maintenance of sofas and even beds can sometimes be a bit of pain with them around. Not only do they shed fur, but along with mucky paws and jumping onto furniture they shouldn’t be, there is every chance that they could stain and damage your gear…but they are cute aren’t they! There are also certain things we can look out for, to be sure that we are choosing the right fabric for pets.

choosing the right fabric for pets

Heavy Duty Fabric

Now we have gone through a huge selection process with our fabrics for you already. We make sure that any fabric we offer is heavy-duty, of good quality and strong enough to withstand the wear and tear of everyday life. It is of course very important that any fur from a cat brushing past your sofa or edge of the bed is easily brushed off, and that dirty paws from a sneaky dog that thought he would catch a chance at sleeping a night on the sofa can be wiped clean. So there are of course a few favourite fabrics when it comes to pets.

fabric for pets

Real Leather

Leather is easy to clean, with any mucky paw stains simply able to wipe off. With a huge array of colours to choose from, you needn’t have to stick with the traditional Chestnut Brown that we see so many items of leather upholstered furniture within. Leather will also be the fabric with the easiest maintenance, but it does come at a cost.

Faux Suede

Faux suede has a wonderfully luxurious look to it but is extremely heavy duty and tough too. It is resistant to scuffs and scrapes and Health-guard gives added protection against dust mites, mould and bacteria, perfect for keeping our pets healthy. Known as the ‘cat proof’ fabric, they shouldn’t be able to get their claws into it, and in turn will become disinterested with destroying it.

Wool

Wool is a surprisingly robust fabric and often used in airports, so we are pretty certain that if it can withstand airport traffic, it can cope with a couple of mischievous pets. Easy to vacuum away any malting hair, sumptuous wool is completely natural, renewable and sustainable.

Of course we have far more than these three fabrics to choose from at our showroom and dependent on your pet, the colour of their hair, the rooms in the house in which they might be allowed to roam all has a factor in what fabric you may choose. We do have an ability to order fabric samples from our website, but our full range of fabrics can be found at our Showroom in London, which is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays by appointment. You are more than welcome to bring your dog too!

Choosing the right fabric for pets

Extra Protection

Of course, the more protected your furniture is the better it will survive pet use! Our Guardsman fabric protection is a great way of protecting your investment piece of furniture that we want to follow with you from house to house. Not only does it prevent accidental spills (or any four legged dribble) from soaking in and therefore staining the fabric, but it’s also an insurance policy that will allow your sofa to be cleaned and if necessary re-upholstered. Guardsman is only available on our sofa beds – but this is because by the time your storage bed is dressed with duvet, pillows and throws, there is very little fabric on show, plus we have a brilliant removable fabric option for self-cleaning.

Our pets keep us going on the gloomiest of days, and I am sure you have found yourself ogling at a cutely dressed sausage dog somewhere on Instagram in the last couple of days! Our pets are with us for life too, along with our furniture and with a clever choice of fabric, keeping our houses clean with pets around needn’t be a struggle.

Make your guests feel welcome

Without any space for a guest room, and despite having a brilliantly comfortable sofa bed from Furl, we still want our guests to feel special when they stay over. For most of us, we need to use the sofa right up until the end of the evening so can’t prepare the bed before our guests arrive. Despite not having a dedicated spare bedroom, here are a few things you can do to make your guests feel welcome.

Prepare

Prepare all of the bedding before your guests arrive so you aren’t madly trying to find the duvet late into the evening after a couple of glasses of wine. No matter what the time and how quickly they may remove everything, dress the bed as you would wish to find it in a hotel. Make sure to use a matching duvet set; nothing makes guests feel like you can’t really accommodate them more than different pillowcases. Add a couple of cushions to dress the bed and some coordinative blankets to throw over each arm for if the room feels cold. Don’t feel like you have to buy extra cushions just for the sofa bed, the cushions that are already on the sofa are more than acceptable.

Refresh

Try and sweep the area for anything that doesn’t need to be lying around. There is nothing worse than having to sleep amongst that nights half eaten cheese board, so try and clear everything to the kitchen. Burn a candle for a couple of hours in the evening or perhaps add a Jo Malone diffuser to your coffee table to keep the room feeling fresh.

Accessories

Turn your sofa side tables or coffee table into bedside tables by adding a small clock and a couple of magazines on one side and a jug of water, lamp and vase of fresh flowers to the other side. If you know your guests well, you could get their favourite magazines and send them home with them if they don’t get a chance to read them in the morning. These little touches will make your guests feel really special and make the space feel much more like a bedroom.

Little Details

Your guests may be staying on an impromptu visit, or without too much warning so they may not have all the toiletries they need with them. Provide a little basket in the bathroom full of fluffy towels, a hairdryer, shampoo, conditioner, shaving foam, soap, makeup wipes, toothpaste and perhaps a couple of cheap unused toothbrushes. None of these have to be full size or even particularly expensive. You may have stocked up on a few hotel freebies, but if not lots of places do perfect travel sized versions that will help to make your guests feel more at home.

make your guests feel welcome

Your guests should wake up in the morning feeling well and truly spoilt. Treat them to fresh baked croissants and they will be speaking about how lovely your home is for a decade. Just hope they don’t start telling people you aren’t so keen on staying how marvellous their visit was!

Style your living room like an Interior Designer

Following on from our blog post a few weeks ago detailing ‘How to style your bedroom like an Interior Designer’, I thought it only fitting to also advise you on how to style your living room like an Interior Designer too. Every room in your house needs to look beautiful after all! As some of you may already know I am the resident Interior Designer at Furl and you may have met me at the London Showroom where I am on hand to give you interiors advice, help you plan your room and assist with colour selections. It is however so much harder when you get back home, head bursting with information and so many different design styles, to pull together a room that is both practical, yet beautiful. By following these simple steps, we can ensure your Living Room perfectly meet a Designers standard.

The design of your living room is very important as it is the place that you relax at the end of a hard days work, where you entertain your guests on a Friday night and where you have the in-laws round for afternoon tea. Determining the style and feel of your room is therefore the first thing that you need to do. Do you want it to be a formal living room? Is your lifestyle full of entertaining friends? We ask because of practicality – you wouldn’t want to have a bottle of red wine poured all over your sparkling white sofa whilst entertaining at the weekend, even though we do have a solution to that too! (Guardsman in our sofa bed extras).

style your living room like an interior designer

Colour

Your colour selections will help to not only determine your style but also determine the feel of your room. This is where the rule of three applies. When deciding upon the colours for your living room, select just three and ensure that everything you put into the room is in one of those three colours. For a formal, more traditional interior, select cream, purple and walnut. Paint the walls a deep purple, and then add in bursts of the colour through accessories. Keep your sofa, chairs and window dressings in a warm cream and then compliment with walnut coffee and side tables. No matter what style of room you wish to create, if you apply this rule of three to your colour selections, you will always be sure to have a living room that is designed exactly as an interior designer would curate it.

style your bedroom like an interior designer

Making a Statement

No matter what size your living room might be, it is always important to have that feature piece that stands out, even if you do think it is perhaps a little too large for the room. Most of the time, an interior designer would add in a oversized statement armchair in a brilliantly patterned or vibrant fabric. You could do the same with the sofa, but this may overpower the room and as more expensive items than armchairs, aren’t quite as easy to change in a few years time when it doesn’t compliment your tastes anymore. If you don’t have enough space for an additional armchair, a statement pendant light or lamp would also work a treat.

Guide on how to measure for a sofa bed

Refresh

Every living room should have at least one plant or bunch of flowers. When you flick through the pages of Elle Decoration or Living Etc., you may notice that every interior lifestyle shot has a huge bunch of flowers or towering plants in the corners. That is not because they smell nice, but because it makes the room visually look more attractive to your eye. This ‘magazine look’ is the concept that every interior designer is trying to achieve when they first reveal your new space to you. Easy when you have a budget large enough to afford a designer, but if you can’t maintain the cost of buying a new bunch of flowers each week there are some brilliant faux options that look incredibly realistic. The initial cost may be a little bit more, but they will last you a lifetime, literally.

As daunting as designing your living room may seem, have as much fun with it as possibly can. Try an outrageous paint colour on the walls. If you really hate it, you can always do it again. A little trick from the trade – cut or fold samples to the proportionate size to give you a better idea of how much of each colour you will have within your room. In short, if the samples all work together in small swatches, they will work together in big pieces too! We look forward to seeing some of your designs.