Month: October 2013


There are many people who struggle with choosing the perfect furniture for their living room. They find it difficult to match furniture with their walls, floors and what would be the best material sofas to purchase.

Below are some tips on the best way to plan purchasing masses amounts of furniture for your living room and how to choose each piece: Planning the layout Measurements: Use a tape measure to find out the size of your room. This will be very useful when measuring furniture you like and deciding whether it will fit in your room or not. You should also measure your doorways to make sure that all the furniture your use will be able to fit through each door and get into your house. Floor Plan: Decide where you want the larger furniture to go, for example the sofa and coffee table, and then plan everything around them. Mark out where the bigger furniture will go using masking tape, this will help you visualise the room better.

How will the room be used?: Will your living room be the main room of your home where everyone likes to congregate and relax whilst having a cup of tea and a chat? If so, you need to think about the type of furniture you’re looking for and whether it needs to be long lasting or very simple.

Choosing your furniture Basics: First, you need to choose your sofa, armchair, side table, coffee table and any other large furniture you’re thinking about having. Once these are pieces of furniture are in place, you can decide what other furniture you have space for in your living room.

High quality: If your living room is going to be used frequently, you need to decide on high quality material so that they last a long time and won’t easily wear out. You will also want your sofa to be stain-resistant because if you’re going to have a lot of people near it with food, drink and other messy substances, you don’t want it to stain.

Accessories: Accessories are very important to making your living room unique. With accessories, you can put your own stamp on your living room, whether you add a rug, a lamp, cushions or candles, it will look great. Think about the colours and whether they go with your room along with if the accessories you want will fit into your living area.


There are many people who aren’t happy with their homes and feel they need to decorate them to make them come alive again. This isn’t always the case. Sometimes you just need to pay special attention to certain areas of your home to bring it back to life and here’s how to do it:

Cleaning One of the main things people don’t have time to do these days is to give these homes a good clean. This is one of the best things you can do to your house to make it feel fresh and alive again. Pay special attention to areas you don’t clean as often as you’d like to, for example, skirting boards, door frames, windows and your banister.

Cleaning your home can transform it completely and make you realised you might not actually need to decorate it at all.

Clutter Clutter is very bad for your home. It makes it look dirty and unappealing. If you have things piled high in all rooms of your home, sort them out. You can’t possibly need everything you have. Go through each pile, one at a time and throw away anything you don’t need.

Decluttering your home will make it seem a lot more welcoming and more alive. You want to make sure your home stays fresh, and this won’t happen if you have piles of rubbish everywhere collecting dust and dirt.

Accessories Adding accessories to your main living areas can change the whole look of a room and make it appear like you’ve decorated it and given it a whole new look. Adding cushions to your sofas, vases to your tables and rugs on your floors can brighten up any room and add plenty of character.

Accessories can be very cheap to buy and cost you a lot less than redecorating an entire room. Fresh flowers and pictures on the walls can also help.

Kitchen The kitchen is said to be the heart of the home and is usually the most expensive to decorate. If you’re unhappy with your kitchen, you might not need to rip it all out and start again. Adding a lick of fresh paint to the walls and giving it a good polish can spruce the place up very quickly, leaving it looking brand new. Make sure you keep your kitchen clean at all times, although not when you’re cooking, and it will fit right in with the rest of your beautiful house.

Mixing and matching furniture can provide many benefits. From saving you money due to not having to buy full matching sets to creating something unique, the benefits of mixing and matching are numerous. This is great if you are the kind of person who doesn’t like to go to the furniture store and buy a full set of matching pieces. Mixing and matching will allow to incorporate your favourite pieces into your own designs.

However, creating your own style and designs can go drastically wrong. By following these five helpful tips, your designs will look good everytime:


1) Match patterns and colours

Furniture of different styles can be made to match by choosing complementary colours. Uniting your furniture colours can be as simple as purchasing matching cushions or throws. This is a cheap way to make your furniture match.

2) Coordinate the weight of furniture and accessories

If you furniture in general is quite bulky then complement it with sizeable accessories, rather than trying to mix different sizes. Choose a theme and stick to it as this will make sure nothing looks out of place. Balance can become an issue if larger pieces are combined with smaller ones.

3) Combine different finishes

Wood finishes are a great thing to mix and match. Try mixing dark woods with lighter highlights. With a large range of wooden accessories such as picture frames available, it should be easy to find complimentary items for your room. Combining glossy with matte finishes can look really good.


4) Follow a theme

Look out for items which all follow the same theme, such as colour or time period. Try using modern accessories which have been inspired by period pieces as a way to blend everything together. Following a theme is also a great way to find inspiration.    

5) Combine similar shapes

Combining similar shapes can be a really simple way of matching the furniture in your room and if done correctly, can look really effective. Combining different sizes of each shape can help you do create different focal points within the room.

As you can see, with just a few quick adjustments, almost any kind of furniture and accessories can be combined to give you a personalised and stylish look.

Does anyone have any other tips for mixing and matching furniture? If so, leave us a comment below and let us know!