When re-designing your living space, you need to stay up to date with the different furniture styles at your disposal and ones work best for the space you have to hand. In order to stay up to date, the following tips should be kept in mind:
Acquainting Yourself with the basics
Browsing through the usual furniture and furnishing website, one may come across different categories such as “traditional,” “modern/contemporary,” “minimalistic” and “country.” However, not everybody knows the distinct characteristics of furniture falling under each of these categories.
Traditional furniture is typically characterised by elaborate carvings on dark wood with a regal appearance. Most of the traditional furniture found these days comes in oak, which lasts many years when maintained properly. Upholstery of traditional furniture is usually of subtle colours and patterns such as shades of browns and paisley.
Contrary to that, contemporary style features sleek and sophisticated designs, usually with bright contrasting colours of upholstery. Minimalist designs are characterised with mostly white furnishings with a bit of contrast here and there in the room.
Country and eclectic décor styles are similar in many ways. Both have pine furniture in common, and both focus mostly on comfort and grace. The upholstery could be any pattern and any desired colour, as long as it looks nice in the particular room.
Determining personal preferences
After acquainting oneself with the basics of furnishing, it gets easier to figure out which furniture should look the best in the house. Most people don’t adhere to themes strictly rather follow their hearts. What looks good to eyes is more than sufficient an explanation. Modern and updated furniture style may not necessarily meet the requirements of personal preferences. Nonetheless, it is also important to keep eyes open for all the innovative items heading to the market.
Browsing through magazines
A huge number of print and online magazines cater to people interested in interior design. Not only do these magazines provide inspirational ideas and fabulous new findings in the market, they also provide expert answers to common questions concerning furnishings and offer latest design trends.
Checking for updates on Facebook
Social media websites such as Facebook offer a wonderful opportunity to stay updated with the latest furnishing options out there. One can “Like” a couple of interesting “Pages” pertaining to latest furnishing ideas, and get regular feeds on personal wall in addition to the page’s wall. Many furnishing stores also have pages on the website including CSL Sofas on Facebook. The Facebook page lets users comment and post on the wall, and gets their queries answered whenever they have any questions. They can also browse through the albums of the page to take a look at the updated designs of fabrics.
Using Twitter as a resource
Just like Facebook, Twitter too provides access to latest furnishing designs and décor ideas. It requires users to “Follow” pages and people after which they can start receiving their “Tweets.” Tweets provide very useful information, with which it is very easy to stay updated with the latest trends.
Nowadays, most of the favourite furnishing stores in the market such as CSL Fabrics have apps for mobile phones on which thousands of items are available on the digital catalogue that can be accessed on the go. Additionally, some apps such as CSL app also have “In your room” augmented reality feature.
Oliver Bray’s interested in interior design was sparked by the refurbishment of his house a few years ago. Since then he’s evangelised on the affect our environment has on us and writes about the latest fashion trends designed to inspire your life.