Has your vision of an inviting, cosy retreat fizzled out over the years? Do you worry that your decor is dated or your colour scheme is bland? Well, worry no more! All it takes is a few small changes to transform your conservatory to the welcoming living area you always dreamed of…
When in doubt, choose white!
White is the perfect colour for your conservatory for many reasons. First, its simplicity. Your conservatory should be a space where you can come to unwind and relax; therefore, its clean, calming tone provides the perfect retreat. Second, white is timeless. Unlike “on-trend” colours, it is elegant, tasteful and will never fell dated.
White walls work best in naturally bright rooms, where the light coming is emphasised by bouncing all around. Therefore, it is the perfect colour for your conservatory! It will also make the room appear bright and airy, while creating the illusion of more space. But don’t overwhelm yourself with white! Create contrast with bursts of colour from cushions, throws or even a bunch of flowers.
The perfect growing space.
Speaking of flowers, nothing makes a conservatory more welcoming than a sweet smell of orchids and citrus plants, both of which thrive in conservatory conditions. Designed to let in natural light, conservatories are the perfect place to create a luxurious natural area. Indeed, studies have found that flowers help to reduce depression, anxiety and agitation, while also having long-term positive effects on an individual’s mood. Therefore, they are the perfect companion for any conservatory, creating a welcoming space for you to relax and unwind.
Don’t forget those homely touches!
Your conservatory is as much a part of your home as your lounge and kitchen. Therefore, don’t forget to include comforting and homely touches, such as floral wallpaper and textiles or family photos. You could even include some shelves or dressers to fill with books or games.
Remember, you want your conservatory to be a relaxing space, so opt for comfortable furniture, such as rattan or cane, rather than boxy, wooden furniture. In fact, Dovetail have a wide range of cane furniture for sale, including big brands such as Desser and Daro. Browse online or visit our Norwich showroom today!
We hope that our advice has proved invaluable.
If you have any questions about this blog, or want to find out more about our cane and rattan furniture, do not hesitate to get in touch! Give us a call on 01603 488082 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know nearly 4.2 million Brits now work from home?
As modern technology leads the way for a progressive, flexible work environment, more and more people are now choosing to work from home. With 24/7 contact with clients and colleagues, but with the bonus of lie-ins and an optional pyjamas dress code, you can definitely see the appeal!
Your home office is now a hub of activity. But not matter how long you spend there—be it a couple of hours to a full working week—it’s important that it remains a comfortable, efficient space to conduct your business.
Here are Dovetail’s top five tips to achieve the perfect home office layout.
Tip #1 | Finding the space
It may seem obvious, but make sure you allow enough space for a comfortable work environment. Take a step back, and consider the following criteria: can you stand up, sit down, and easily move across your desk?
Don’t underestimate your space—no one wants to be cramped over the desk for hours at a time! If you are unsure, use the tried-and-tested guidelines employed by professional designers: 60 inches wide by 84 inches deep.
Tip #2 | Natural lighting
If possible, choose a location with natural light. Your desk should be positioned towards the window, as this will prevent glare on your screen. If this is impossible, we suggest investing in some translucent blinds.
A view is the perfect way to instil inspiration. It relieves that cooped-up feeling many experience when they have been trapped in the office all day, and gives you eyes a rest from your computer screen. If you don’t have a view, don’t worry. Place an inspiration board or artwork above you desk instead.
Tip #3 | Choosing your desk
The next stage is to select your desk. If you have minimal space, select a desk which is small, compact and sleek. Also consider investing in a desk with built-in drawers to store your documents or stationary.
As a rule of thumb, your desk should be at least 48 inches wide. This provides a decent amount of space for your laptop, notepad, plus any other materials that are necessary to complete your work. However, if you operate solely using a laptop, you can get away with using a narrower desk. Overall, Dovetail recommend a workspace that is 60 inches wide by 28 inches high for optimum comfort.
Tip #4 | Selecting your chair
It is important to choose ergonomics over aesthetics when it comes to your office chair. Look for one with good lumbar support for the lower back, as this will go a long way to preventing back strain. An adjustable chair is also recommended, so you can adjust the height, back and arms until you feel comfortable and supported.
Tip #5 | Personalise your space!
One of the perks of working from home is YOU are in control. Customise your office so you feel more “at home”; incorporate personal touches throughout your workstation that brighten your day and provide inspiration.
These touches could be anything, from family photos to patterned wallpaper to succulents. But whatever they are, make sure it reflects your personality and promotes a pleasant work environment.
Follow our top tips for the perfect home office! Tweet @DovetailNorwich for more design advice.
Did you know we spend roughly 26 years per lifetime in bed?
It’s an incredible figure, which only goes to show the importance of a good bedroom. A comfortable bed, yes—but a well-considered layout can also truly make a difference. In this blog, Dovetail will reveal our top tips for the perfect bedroom layout, including how to optimise your space and create the perfect sleeping conditions.
Top Tip #1 | Consider the shape and size of your room.
If your bedroom is small and narrow, you may feel your choice of layout is limited. After all, your room may hardly be big enough to squeeze in a bed! However, there are some simple hacks to fix this. Is storage a problem? Try a floating shelf to utilise your space, or a raised bed where you can store boxes underneath. And if you want your room to appear bigger, invest in a few strategically placed mirrors for the illusion of space.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the large master bedroom. Unite the space with a large rug to pull the furniture together and create a more integrated room. The bed should be positioned in the centre of the back wall, and paired with bedside tables and lamps. A dresser and chair on the opposite wall add a nice final touch.
What about extra large, long and narrow bedrooms? It’s crucial you don’t place your bed at one end of the room—this will only isolate the space. Instead, place in centrally against the long wall. With all your space, you can take advantage of a king (or even a California king) bed. Rather than bedside tables, why not invest in some large dressers to further fill your space? Finally, an extra large rug will help to tie the room together.
Top Tip #2 | Follow a good Feng Shui layout.
Feng shui is a word that’s thrown around a lot when it comes to interior design. But what does it actually mean? Well, Feng Shui the Chinese art of spatial arrangement relating to the flow of energy (otherwise know as chi). Furniture is arranged to maximise harmony between the flow of chi of the environment and the person—this is meant to affect your wealth, happiness and success.
So how should you position your bed to achieve good bedroom Feng Shui? First, your bed should be placed diagonally from your door against a solid wall. It should be grounded by good energy on both sides, for example, by a pair of bedside tables. Any other large piece of furniture—be it a chest of drawers or wardrobe—should not be placed to the side, but instead at the foot of the bed. This allows the energy in the bedroom to remain balanced.
Top Tip #3 | Good lighting is key.
You want a warm, relaxing ambience in your bedroom before going to sleep. This will help you wind down for the evening and achieve a good night’s rest. Bedside lighting is a good choice, but there are a few things to consider.
First, the height of the lampshade in relation to your eye level. After all, the last thing you want is a glare from the bulb when you are lying in bed! Take into account the height of the bed and its bedside tables, as well as the height of the lamps themselves. Second, look for switches that can be easily accessed from your bed. Lamps with switches on the cables often work best, as this minimises the awkward stretching in the night to find the switch.
Dovetail sell a wide range of furniture and accessories to compliment your bedroom layout.
Check out our wide range of fixed and adjustable beds, as well as our new range of designer headboards. If you have any more questions regarding the perfect bedroom layout, why not give us a call on 01603 488082? Our team will be more than happy to help. We look forward to hearing from you very soon.
The dining room can be the heart of any family home.
Even if it’s only used for special occasions — or in some cases, barely at all — the dining room should be treated as more than “just a place to eat”. It’s a social space where the family can come together, whether it be to dine, talk about their day, or even to take part in a family game night!
The flexibility of a dining room allows you to tailor it perfectly to your needs. From formal dinners to a cosy alcove for drinks and nibbles, Dovetail have assembled our top tips to organising the perfect dining room layout.
Is your room mostly used for formal dining?
A large table with extendable leaves is the perfect choice. Should you need to entertain large crowds — such as for a family gathering — you can easily add leaves to reach your perfect size. And once the party is over? Simply remove the leaves for a smaller, more personal dining space.
Introduce a serving table to the room if you usually host large numbers of people. This way you can spread your dishes “buffet-style across the room”, so the table feels less cramped and more inviting.
A large, sturdy table is also the perfect companion for a study. Why not add some bookshelves to the room so it can act as a study outside of dining time? It could equally become a space to relax with the newspaper and a coffee.
Do you feel your dining room is too small to utilise?
Nonsense! You just need to follow these very simple (but very effective) tips. A round pedestal table with armless chairs will create the illusion of a larger space, while a monochromatic palette is also effective.
It’s important to keep the floor and walls clutter-free and minimal; if the space is filled with side tables, bookshelves and lamps, you are simply introducing more corners to wiggle around, and the room feels all the smaller for it.
But what about flooring?
Obviously, the more often you use your dining room, you will need a more hard-wearing flooring than if it only used for special occasions. Laminate flooring may be a cost-efficient choice, but it beautifully compliments any wooden furniture. It is also easy to clean and stain resistant, so is perfect for heavily frequented dining areas.
Alternatively, carpets can equally work as well in your dining room. They also add warmth and comfort (often missing due to the minimalist furniture) while a fresh, neutral colour choice can help to brighten the space.
Dovetail have a variety of dining furniture and flooring available from our showroom.
Our Pacific Lloyd loom cane collection comes in 8 subtle colours with co-ordinating fabrics, while Daro offers a vast choice for any taste. Why not take a look at our extensive cane and loom collection for yourself?
A hub of activity, be it coffee mornings, book clubs or family parties, your living room needs to be the perfect place for socialising. Therefore, it’s important that you don’t simply throw your furniture together. It takes time, effort, and a little bit of science to create a warm and welcoming living space.
Don’t know where to start? Read Dovetail’s advice to find out how to organise your living room. Our step by step guide makes the whole feat a lot easier. So what are you waiting for? Get reading!
Step 1: Don’t be glued to the walls!
One of the most common sights in a living room is having all the seating pushed to the edges of the room. This is a big mistake – especially if your lounge is a social hub. Nothing is worse than trying to have a chat with someone stuck against the opposite wall! Instead, push your seating together for a friendly, comfortable atmosphere.
Step 2: Find your point of interest
But where should you position your seating? Find your focal point. This could be your television, coffee table or fireplace. It could even be a set of bay windows. Once you’ve decided, position your furniture towards this point.
If you regularly entertain, we recommend creating a “conversation circle”. You can do this by adding cushions or stools around your arrangement. Now you’ve created a comfortable, engaging space for your gatherings.
Step 3: Allow for ease of access
It’s all well and good making your living room look good, but why bother if no one can access it? Make sure your layout is practical and comfortable. For example, leave enough space between your seating for people to easily navigate the room. Don’t have furniture corners facing one other, resulting in narrow walk-ways and bruised limbs!
Also, it seems silly, but make sure everyone has a drink rest in reach. This could be an ottoman, coffee table or even a nearby shelf. Don’t make them have to walk across the room every time they want to take a sip of coffee!
Step 4: Clever design tricks
This step is full of hints and tips to make the most of your living space. For example, do you have toys and games for your kids that you want to hide? Imagine a line that begins at your doors and travels straight to your furniture. This will clearly direct people across your room, blocking off corners where you can sneakily store your odd bits.
Do you have a large living-come-dining room? Divide the space into two distinct areas by facing your sofa away from the dining room. This defines a clear conversation zone and that differs from the rest of the open plan.
If you want to create a unified seating area, use a large rug. This will create a welcoming communal area and draw all your items of furniture together. Also, have your seating facing one another or in a circle so your guests are face-to-face when having a conversation.
We hope that reading our guide has provided you with some layout inspiration.
Why not start organising your furniture today? If you’re looking for a new sofa for your new look living room, pop down to Dovetail. We have a wide selection of upholstery for you to choose from (click here) at our Norwich showroom. If you have an questions, give us a call on 01603 488082.