Finding the Right Colour of Sofa for your Living Room Doesn’t Have to Be Hard!

A sofa is quite possibly one of the top three expenses that you will pay out for in your home. Your sofa will be with you for many, many years and it can make a huge impact on the other colours that you decide to have in your home. If you are planning your interior design and you have no idea which colours you want to go with then you can start with the sofa and plan everything else around it. This is a great way for you get a rough idea of which colour is right for your room.

Light or Dark?

If you are moving into a new place, the first thing that you need to do is make sure that you can actually fit a new sofa into your home. If you know that you need a 3-seater, think about it, can you fit it through your window? When you have decided this, you can then move on to whether or not your sofa will be an accent colour or even a neutral colour. The colour of your floor will have a huge impact on this so if you have a dark floor then consider going for a lighter colour of sofa.

The problem is that a lighter coloured sofa will come with its fair share of challenges. One of the biggest challenges you will face is the stain and general wear and tear of the sofa. Before you choose a white sofa, think about how big the room is and also take into consideration any pets that you have. If your sofa is essentially going to become a dog bed then white may not be the best choice, so consider going for a pastel colour or even lighter primary colours such as red, blue or yellow.

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Neutral Colours

Neutral colours are very easy to decorate around and they are great if you want to keep up with your style as it changes throughout the years. Consider a leather Chesterfield sofa in a neutral colour, such as cream, brown, beige or grey as this can create a lot of interest with your decoration. Neutral sofas can be very attractive and you can even decorate the sofa by using colourful cushions.

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Chairs and Other Furniture

When you buy your sofa, don’t be tempted to buy a full set right away. It’s more than possible for you to decorate your room by using a lot of different chairs or colourful footstools. Not everything has to match in with each other in order for the general design to work and you don’t have to make a huge purchase all at once either.

Sales are a great way for you to save money and you would be surprised at how much you can actually get knocked off a sofa of your choosing when you spend a certain amount at the store. This gives you the chance to get any cushions that you need and it also gives you the chance to get other areas of the home fully furnished as well.

Drawing The Right Attention Online

If you have any kind of account on the internet,  your online presence is going to matter a lot to you. There’s a lot you can do to make it stand out in the ways you want, such as running a blog and taking adverts, or building up a social media following that also believes in the message you’re sending out. Either way, you’re going to need to make sure you really are drawing the right attention, and that you’re being productive with the exposure you’re receiving. Here’s some ideas on how to do so.

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Write What You’re About

This is an incredibly simple first point, but it’s incredible how many sites don’t take this into account. Trying to be artsy or creative with your interface doesn’t matter when it doesn’t make sense to the general public! So, most of all, your website needs to make sense. Whoever might be interested in your company needs to know upfront what you’re about and what you offer, and what they can get out of it. There’s no good having a well designed website with graphics you set your heart and soul on when there’s nothing else to explain what you do.

One of the best ways to keep people engaged is to keep your words simple but effective, and make sure users of your website can always see them. Reminding people of the message you’re offering is a great way to get people to understand it, or even invest in your product. Repeated exposure works wonders when it’s done in the right way, so try and switch up what you’re saying on all the tabs on your website, and make sure the interface looks like something you yourself would be interested in!

Write From the Heart

If you really believe in what you’re doing and the core message you’ve crafted for yourself, make sure people know about it. We draw a lot more of an audience in when we speak from the heart, and letting them feel like they can be heard and on par with us means a great community can be built from such a simple venture.

Make posts about topics that interest you, and if you’re doing reviews of products or services, make sure they’re honest and non deceiving. People don’t like to be lied to, and with such a callout culture on the web nowadays, it would be honestly refreshing for the amount of positivity you could garner.

This is where an seo company could help you, as even when you’re publishing great content day in and day out, you’re going to need a few relevant keywords littered throughout that are specific to you. A lot of people don’t know where to start when it comes to navigating search engines, so don’t feel bad if you’re among them!

Drawing in attention when you’re online isn’t always good, but you can do a lot to make sure it is. Craft your own community to be positive with your presence!

Make Your Interior Design A Brit Hit

While some people may still be seduced by the sleekness of the Danish, Swedish and Norwegian designs of the mid-century, others are keen to expand their furniture horizons. While you could opt for that classic 1960s nest of tables, the tiled 1950s coffee table or the minimalist pair of tan hued Barcelona chairs, why not break the mould?

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Scandinavian furniture has been en vogue for a decade or more with outlets like Ikea using designer pieces as their inspiration to make achingly cool furniture for the masses. While there’s nothing wrong with venturing into the Swedish maze of sofas, beds and storage to pick up a few accessories for your humble abode, you won’t want to kit out your entire pad from the Scandinavian store.

Instead of venturing towards the European, why not linger a little on the British furniture that is slowly making a comeback. Some well-known brands have revolutionised themselves to keep up with their competitors in the twenty-first century, and others are just emerging onto the interior design scene. Take a look at these brands that will give your home a touch of British class.

Ercol

Having been around since 1920, Ercol is a stalwart of vintage British design. From the circular glass-topped coffee tables to curvy dark wood armchairs and sofas, there is a piece of furniture for everyone. You could opt to go vintage and ooze some retro chic with a 1950s Ercol sideboard complete with hairpin legs and geometric handles. Or you might prefer to take a look at their more modern designs such as their reclining sofas for ultimate comfort.

Alstons

The nostalgic feeling that Alstons sofas provide rest in the fact that they are a family firm who hand make every single piece of furniture that leaves their warehouse. None of their seating is mass produced conveyor belt style, and you can feel safe in the knowledge that your three piece suite is unique. Opting for the more traditional designs, Alstons have been in business since 1860. Their ethos and commitment to quality are still apparent today.

Doshi Levien

For something entirely different and a tad eccentric yet critically acclaimed, why not venture into the world of Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien. Using the most bizarre shapes, the oddest colour combinations and the most tactile fabrics, Doshi Levien produces bespoke sofas, shoes, ornaments and sculptural pieces for the home. They are not an old firm, having only launched in 2000, but what they lack in history they make up for in innovative and creative design. The only downside is that you’ll need deep pockets if you want a Doshi Levien piece.

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Britain has a long history of creative designers, and this shows no sign of abating. Young designers such as Edward Barber and Bethan Gray are showing off their unique abilities to bring something new to the market. By combining a range of furniture within your home, you’ll be able to create a property that is bespoke, creative and adds a touch of British flair to its interior design.

A Simple Guide to Building a Home from the Ground Up

If you have a home designing itch that just can’t be scratched through doing a bit of refurbishing, then why not go one step further? Why not go as far a step as you can go when it comes to home designing, in fact, and build your very own home from the ground up for you and your family to live in? Doing so takes hard work, of course it does, but it is probably not as hard and probably won’t take as long as you would first expect it to. To see just what needs to be done in such a venture in as simple and as straightforward a way as possible, make sure to read on.

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Get yourself the perfect plot of land to build on

The first thing to do in a home building venture is to, of course, find a plot of land to build on. But, this shouldn’t just be any plot of land, and it certainly shouldn’t just be the first plot that you come across. No, you should make sure that during the process of plot choosing that you are always looking out for and indeed holding out for the one that is perfect for you. Now, this plot could be perfect because of its geographical location. It could be perfect because of its price. It could be perfect because of its size. Basically, the plot that you choose should match your building dreams and aspirations perfectly.

When it comes to finding such a plot, that’s where hard work on your part is going to come into it. What this hard work would entail specifically is you searching for plots using various sources of doing so, such as the Internet, and then you actively heading out to these plots to make sure they look just as good in real life as they did on your computer screen. Even if you were looking at and researching residential land for rent in as far away a place as Malaysia, it is still advised that you actually see the plot you invest in for yourself with your own eyes before you actually hand over any money in regards to it. You need to do so because, quite simply, things never do look quite the same as they do on a screen, whether that be for better or for worse!

Get all the legal stuff out of the way

As boring as legal stuff always is (and, believe me, when it comes to home building it’s just about as fun as it is in regards to everything else) it simply has to be covered when you are seeking to build to your own home. Specifically, what you need to do is get to grips with and sort out a mortgage strategy for your new-build that will both keep the building work on the right side of the law and keep everything you do financially in regards to the venture on that side too. What you should be doing when sorting out such a strategy is ensuring that any and all money lenders involved with the venture are kept in the know in regards to everything at all times. By not doing so, and more importantly by not mentioning them in any legally bound paperwork, then all parties — you and them included — will be in trouble.

Start floor planning, and get building

And now for the fun part, the floor planning and the building! But, as fun and as physically rewarding as this stage is, don’t let the euphoria of it all get to your head: one bad move at this stage could spell disaster for your new-build venture. So, make sure you are always doing your utmost best to avoid the making of bad moves!

When it comes to floor planning, a bad move would be not using a floor plan software as this kind of technology makes architecture as easy as it ever has been, whether those that use it are proficient in the subject of architecture or not. In this software you would be able to see your proposed building layout in blueprint form, and seeing this is pivotal when it comes to doing the little, innocuous things that you think don’t mean a great deal but actually do, such as the placement of doors and windows.

Once you’ve laid out the best made floor plans of your new-build, it’s time to start building it. And, no, don’t worry because this does not mean you will have to do all of the work alone. Of course, helping out with the building work is something that you should both want to do and are, to be honest, expected to do — to make sure you’re up to this task, consider taking a course on design and construction prior to the starting of the building venture — but most of the work will be done by professionals in the field of building and construction. And when it comes to choosing who exactly it is that will be doing this work for you, make sure to take your time in studying and vetting the professionals you seek to bring in before you do so; make sure you have your building professionally surveyed once all the work is done, also You need to do this because, unfortunately, in this day and age, cowboy builders are rife and sometimes it’s hard to spot them when the only thing you know about them and their work is what they tell you.

Building your own home is something that you should be doing if you have a home designing scratch that you have, thus far in life, been unable to itch. So, what are you waiting for? Go on, do it, build your own home! And, when you do, make sure to throw the biggest house warming party your friends and new neighbours have ever seen because after all of your hard work in plot finding, mortgage sorting, floor planning and building the home, you’ll definitely deserve it!