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As far as furniture purchases go, sofas are usually up there as some of the biggest investments you’re likely to make while furnishing your family home. So, you’re probably going to want to know that whatever you ultimately choose is going to tick ALL your boxes . . . right?

Before you start trekking around showrooms, getting totally inspired (and kind of overwhelmed at the same time) by the thousands of options available to you, we recommend sitting down and clarifying exactly what kind of sofa you’re looking for.

Sure, most people know to note down the dimensions of your space and bring along a tape measure. But what about everything else!?

To make things easy for you, we’ve compiled a list of the most useful questions we believe people can ask themselves before setting foot in-store or even browsing for sofas online. That way, when it comes time to hand over your credit card, you’ll feel confident that you’re making the right choice for you and your family.

How do you like to sit?

This may seem like a strange question at first, but you’d be surprised at how different people are when it comes to how they like to sit on their sofa!

For instance:

  1. Do you tend to perch on the edge and sit up fairly straight?

  2. Do you like to lie down?

  3. Do you use an ottoman?

  4. Do you sit sideways, reclined against the arm of the sofa?

  5. Do you sit with your feet tucked underneath you?

  6. Are you tall (and would love a deeper seat cushion) or short (and hate deep sofas because you can’t sit back and keep your feet on the floor)?

However you sit, the point is to answer these questions for yourself as well as each member of your household.

Thinking about something as seemingly mundane as how you like to sit can (and should) influence important choices down the line when you’re out shopping. For example, someone who likes to swing their feet up and lean their back (or head and neck) against the arm of their sofa will quickly regret a square arm and should look for something more rounded. Similarly, if you like to be able to lay down, a sofa with a chaise might be the right choice for you.

Considering your sitting preferences is a great way to narrow down what you’re looking for in a sofa and will help ensure you remain pleased with your purchase for years to come.


How do you use your sofa?

Again, this might seem like a weird question, but the way you and your family use your sofa can be a big factor in helping you identify what’s going to best meet your needs -- as well as what to avoid with a ten-foot pole!

Here are some things to think about:

  1. Does anyone in your household nap on the sofa?
    If so, you might want to look at options that are both deep and more on the plush side.

  2. Do you mostly sit and chat on the sofa?
    If this is the case, something firmer and more upright might be a more suitable option.

  3. Are you (or is someone in your household) prone to spills?
    If so, fabric protection is a must and you might also want to consider going for something with a slipcover in a washable fabric that you can easily chuck in the wash when needed.

  4. Do you have cats or dogs?
    If pet hair is a reality of your home environment, opt for fabrics that aren’t total fur-magnets and consider choosing a colour that doesn’t contrast too much with the colour of your pet’s hair (so that it doesn’t stand out).

  5. How many people do you need to seat (usually)?
    If Friday family movie nights are a thing in your household and you therefore regularly need to fit two adults, three kids, and the dog . . . then you’ll want to make sure that your lounge setting accommodates everyone comfortably.


By going through the process of answering these questions BEFORE beginning the hunt for the perfect sofa for your household, you’ll save yourself a whole heap of time. Plus, with the confidence that comes with knowing exactly what you’re looking for, you’ll be able to simply enjoy the process of choosing the comfiest new addition to your family home.

Happy shopping!

How to Pick the Perfect Sofa

Human beings spend roughly 30% of their lives asleep. In case you’re wondering, that adds up to around 220,000 hours (or 26 years).

We don’t know about you, but those numbers alone motivated us to put a little more effort into redecorating our bedrooms so that they may become the stylish sanctuary they deserve to be. And, while we’re at it, we figured we’d compile some of our favourite ideas for achieving exactly that.

Back to Basics

With any redecorating project, it’s tempting to get caught up in all fun details right off the bat. However, the best way to avoid regrets down the road is to begin by taking a look at your canvas – which, in this case, is your bedroom walls.

Given bedrooms are meant to be places of rest, the most important thing to consider here is what colours, textures, or prints you personally find soothing. Many of us, for example, will tend to find bold, bright, and/or dark colours and patterns overstimulating – thus making them a poor choice for our bedroom walls.

On the other hand, some people may find white or neutral walls so contrary to their personality that they find it hard to relax (because the space doesn’t feel like theirs).

The bottom line? How you paint or paper your bedroom walls is totally up to you and should reflect whatever helps you (and your partner) feel at ease.


Fabulous Furnishings

And now for the fun part: the furniture!

As you’d expect in a bedroom, the bed is meant to be the star of the show. Regardless of whether you’re a cushions-galore type of person or a functional-pillows-only type of person, the goal is always to make your bed look and feel as inviting as possible. If 14 pillows and the fluffiest throw blanket the world has ever seen is what that looks like to you, go for it. However, if you like things simple, take the time to make sure the details (like the texture of your sheets and pillowcases, or the weight of your duvet) are really working for you – with less going on, the small things are more likely to stand out to your senses.

The next thing on most people’s lists is bedside tables. Don’t feel restricted to shopping in the bedroom section for this one – you might find a great lamp table or even a stool that functions perfectly well in the bedroom and is exactly your style.

Another essential piece of furniture (unless you’re lucky enough to have an enormous wardrobe) is a chest of drawers. Many of our customers like to coordinate their dresser with either their bed frame or bedside tables (usually within the same furniture collection), but that’s not to say that the bedroom styling gods will come after you if go for a more eclectic look – it’s all up to you!


Delightful Details

Here’s your opportunity to really let your uniqueness shine through.

The final touches are what will tie the whole room together and you’ll know you’ve got it right when you can stand back, look around the whole space, and think to yourself, “This feels like me.”

In our opinion, the best and fastest way to achieve this is to focus your attention on creating vignettes on your chest of drawers and bedside tables (as well as any other shelving you might have in your space).

The golden rule here is to have an absolutely zero-tolerance policy for clutter. Whether we consciously notice it or not, physical clutter so often translates to mental clutter – making a good night’s sleep more of a challenge than it needs to be.

Once that’s taken care of, you’re free to arrange pieces like photo frames, lamps, ceramics, books, and house plants into little groups (vignettes). Keep in mind that there’s a real art to this, and most of us don’t get it “right” the first time. The trick is to keep arranging and rearranging – swapping individual items out as required – until your vignette looks balanced and complete.

How to Style a Master Bedroom

We’ve been loving the rattan trend since its welcomed revival on the interior design scene over a year ago. But why is it so popular?

In 2021, texture and natural materials have proven to be two of the most popular and enduring themes for people redecorating their homes both in Australia and all over the world. Rattan (as well as wicker and other woven natural fibres) tick both these boxes beautifully, in addition to being lightweight, affordable, and versatile – all at the same time!

That being said, there is certainly an art to incorporating this fabulous material into your space in a way that will make houseguests wish they had your eye for balance, texture, and style -- rather than feeling as if they've stepped into a '70s time capsule (and not a flattering one at that).  So, without further ado, here are our five best tips that'll have you expertly styling your new, on-trend rattan pieces in your home with ease.

It’s All White

It's cool.  It's coastal.  Suggestive of clean slates and fresh starts. 

If you ask us, white painted rattan furniture is perfect for those wanting to create a classic beachy look.  However, it is also ideal for those of us who love rattan but are allergic to all things '70s -- a whitewash brings this material firmly into the 21st Century.


Better with Texture

When styling your home, it can be easy to get so caught up with your colour palette that you completely forget to pay attention to texture.  (Oops.) 

Nobody wants textural monotone.  It's the visual equivalent of someone reading aloud a five-page shopping list.  The solution?  It's as easy as adding more texture!  For example, use a rattan accent piece (like a coffee table or even a dog bed) to create interest and intrigue in a space that is otherwise smooth, plain or repetitive (especially in terms of materials).


Hold Your Horses

Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE all things rattan.  In fact, we may even shed a tear when this trend eventually fades.

However, it must be said that filling an entire room with rattan furniture (think rattan sofas AND rattan coffee tables AND rattan side tables AND rattan pendants) is . . . well, it’s a lot.

Rattan has been around for centuries so it has well and truly earned the label “timeless” as far as the world of design is concerned. That being said, because of its construction, it creates so much visual intrigue that you’ll likely find it works best in the form of statement pieces dotted around your home rather than entire collections styled in the same room.

Sometimes less is more.


Turn Up the Heat

If you’re guilty of going a little heavy on the cool-tones (think grey, blue, white, black) as far as your home’s colour palette is concerned, some natural rattan here and there may be just the thing you need to warm up your space and make it feel “right”.



Mix and Match

Rattan furniture is only for coastal or country looks, right? WRONG.

Because it so naturally lends itself as a statement piece, rattan goes with pretty much anything. Even in homes that are mostly very modern, you’ll find that the right rattan piece can be exactly the finishing touch you need to elevate the look of your space to a whole new level. So, consider this permission to get creative!


5 Tips for Styling Rattan Furniture in Your Family Home

The bedroom is the most personal and intimate room in the house: it is your sanctuary, a haven for relaxation and unwinding after a long day. It is therefore important that you make it as inviting as possible.

One way to do this is by decorating the room with stylish furniture, starting with the humble bed. Spoiler alert, but we're 100% convinced that you should buy separate a bed frame that is durable while keeping with your own personal style, and pairing it with a mattress tailored to the way you sleep.

So why should you avoid the ensemble? Well, not only is there much to be said for picking the mattress that is right for you, but we also think that it’s worth spending the effort to find the perfect bed frame. Here’s why.


Bed frames are fashionable

From dining room chairs and tables to beds and bedside cabinets, timber furniture never goes out of fashion. It also complements almost any style of home. For example, a timber bed frame will enhance the ambience of your bedroom because its natural tones radiate warmth. They’re available in many styles: sophisticated, ornate, classic, country, contemporary, or rustic. And they can be either stained or painted.

Or you could go for a fabric bed, which is an increasingly popular way to add beauty and charm to the bedroom. Whether you prefer a classic style or something more lavish and extravagant, a fabric bed provides a timeless foundation upon which you can decorate your bedroom.


Bed frames are durable

A timber bed frame is solid and sturdy, and reclaimed timber bed frames—such as the Tuscan, shown below—are designed to take the knocks and dings which are an inevitable part of family life. As they already have knots and nail holes, anything else just adds to their character! With proper care, a timber bed frame can last a lifetime.


Bed frames are comfortable

Fabric or timber bed frames, as well as the linen we choose for them, add to the cosiness of a bedroom. A well-chosen bed frame allows a mattress to breathe, providing comfort and relaxation as well as being beneficial to your health. Opting for an ensemble will rob you of these benefits. For a great night’s sleep every night, select a quality timber or fabric bed frame and a slat mattress to suit your sleeping preferences—soft, medium, or firm.


Bed frames are easy to maintain

Have you ever tried to vacuum or broom underneath an ensemble properly? It’s super hard! Rid yourself of that difficulty—and those allergy- and asthma-inducing particles—by getting a bed frame instead. A bed frame is also easy to maintain on housework day: for timber bed frames, a quick dust and occasional polish; and for fabric ones, a gentle vacuum with the brush attachment.


Bed frames are versatile

A timber bed frame has higher legs than an ensemble which allows for plenty of useful under-the-bed storage space. Alternatively, you could go for a fabric bed like the Bianca, which comes fully equipped with storage drawers. Two birds with one stone, y'know?


Bed frames can offer a way to reduce your environmental impact

Most timber bed frames at 1825 interiors are made from reclaimed timber. Ever conscious of our environmental footprint, our reclaimed timber beds spent their previous life as an old shipping pallet. Can't get much more characterful than that!

So, you can see why we think that buying mattresses and bed frames separately is the way to go. That extra level of choice will really help your bedroom be as comfortable and cosy as possible whilst exuding charm and good taste.

Bed Frames versus Ensembles

Are you ready to shake off the last remnants of winter and embrace summer?

Start afresh with a new look for your home. Aussies love the outdoor lifestyle and, for many of us, a house on the coast is the ultimate dream. So why not create a 'beachy', aka Hamptons-style, feel in your home? Fortunately, you don’t actually have to live near the ocean to pull it off!


The Hamptons is a beachside holiday location north of New York which is favoured by the rich in summer.

Hamptons-style decorating is casual and relaxed but at the same time classic and sophisticated. This fresh style is ideal for family living and quite easy to recreate even if you are on a tight budget. Think white walls, timber floors, natural jute rugs, cotton or linen slipcovers and a touch of cane or wicker. Look out for stylish occasional tables, beautiful fabric chairs, soft cushions and lamps for ambience -- they can also add bucket loads of character and flair to a lounge room, or in the home office as a place to read, flip through documents or ponder your next big idea!


A Hamptons-style interior should have a light, airy feel, and highlight elements of the landscape in the décor.

Bring the outdoors in and theme each room around taupes, greys, various shades of blue, and whites and include plants, natural stone ornaments, shells and paintings or photographs of the ocean, the sky, or sunsets.

You could also go nautical and use navy blue as your accent colour for cushions, throws, or bedding in an otherwise white bedroom, or add a burst of sunny yellow.

Once you've chosen a colour scheme, even one simple statement piece can transform your space into a beachside haven. Find pieces that appeal to you and create a running theme throughout your home to tie your summer style together.

  • Fill baskets with ocean treasures, such as shells, coral and driftwood and place them on coffee tables, console tables or benches.
  • Glass for sparkle and add interest with rope detailing.
  • Play with stripes on cushions, throws and rugs in navy, white and taupe.
  • Invest in a vintage model ship or a nautical artifact and display it somewhere prominent.
  • Rugs can help to define a large space and a jute rug is perfect for a Hamptons-style theme.


If you’re looking for timber furniture in Sydney, ACT, or regional NSW to complement your Hamptons-style décor, why not have a look at our Coastal collection? With its weathered white-washed finish, we designed it specifically to provide a perfect starting point for your fresh, new coastal-inspired home makeover.


Get Ready for Summer with Hamptons-Style Furniture & Homewares

The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and the humans are packing away their scarves and coats for another year.

Spring has well and truly arrived, and most of us are looking to hit the ‘refresh’ button in various areas of life. By revitalising our surroundings (especially at home), we also have the opportunity create environments that help us with clean slates, fresh starts, and new perspectives. Here are five ideas to get you on your way:


1. Light & Bright

Wiping the slate clean, fresh starts and exciting new beginnings are all traditionally associated with the colour white (in its various shades). This is something our staff see all the time, especially among customers who are newly married, recently divorced, moving out of home, or otherwise transitioning between life stages. You might consider giving your walls a fresh coat of paint or swapping dark and dingy curtains for something lighter and brighter.


2. Spring Florals

Flowers and springtime seem to go hand in hand, and many of us gravitate towards floral motifs at this time of year. You might choose a new, statement fabric chair, ottoman or cushion in a contemporary floral fabric, for example. You could also introduce floral prints to bring life to blank walls, or fill decorative bowls, vases and glass canisters with high quality, artificial fruit and flowers.

3. Pastel & Watercolour

Spring colour palettes are typically full of pastels and watercolour hues. Choose soft colours, avoiding anything too bold, dark or heavy, and you really can’t go wrong.

4. Birds, Bees & Butterflies

Not so keen on florals? Afraid it’ll look a little too much like Granny’s house? For an alternative (flower-free) spring motif, look for birds, bees and butterflies. Incorporate your new season theme anywhere you like, such as fabric chairs, cushions and accessories.

5. Clear the Clutter

Spring cleaning wouldn’t earn its title without, you know, cleaning. If you’re a particularly sentimental type and struggle to clear the clutter, you could always hide it instead (we won't tell). With a few stylish storage solutions such as baskets, blanket boxes, shelves and display cabinets, it’s easy to create the feeling of a clean slate and a clutter-free environment without having to part with any keepsakes or belongings.

5 Fresh Spring Makeover Ideas

Unless you’re already familiar with the ones you’re browsing, home fragrances can be hard to shop for online. But don’t worry! Despite what the naysayers say, there are ways you can shop online for home fragrances without feeling like you’re gambling. You just have to know what to look for!

Start by considering where and how you want to use your home fragrances

Before you even look at the fragrance, think about how you want to use it. Do you want it to be an instant refresher? If so, go for a home spray. Do you want a faint but consistent home fragrance? Go for scented décor or a reed diffuser. But if you want something more powerful to use occasionally over several hours, candles and oil burners are your best bet. Finally, if atmosphere is what you’re going for and scent is secondary, go for tealights instead.

By choosing the right form of home fragrance, you’ll have already narrowed your options helpfully!


Look at what the fragrance is called

The name of a fragrance is usually a good indication of its character. A great example is our Aussie Outback range. The name evokes so many ideas, and if that’s the right sort of character you want for your home, then you’ve got a potential candidate.

Likewise, if you’ve got something like Freshly Cut Pine Tree (see our home spray above), then you’ll know straight away that it’s going to smell like Christmas! 

Look at the details: the fragrance notes and ingredients

Given a fragrance like Aussie Outback might mean so many different things, how do you get a more precise idea of what it actually smells like?

Well, you look at the ingredients. In fragrance language, these are called the notes. For personal fragrances, these are often divided into ‘head’, ‘heart’, and ‘base’ notes—basically, what you smell first, second, and last. This will give you some idea about how a fragrance will develop. Home fragrances don’t often describe themselves in these ways, but if the right story is told about the fragrance then usually you can still get a pretty good idea. For Aussie Outback, for example, the description is as follows: “a rich floral blend with notes of fresh green grass and green leaf fused with lemon pine and eucalyptus”. Now that tells you a whole lot more about the fragrance you’re about to buy!


Finally, realise there’s no perfect way to shop for fragrance

This is the case even if you shop in-store. After all:

  • You’re not going to find out much about a scent by smelling the tip of a spray bottle.
  • The smell of something in-store isn’t going to be exactly the same as it is in your home.
  • And candles smell different in solid wax form compared to when they’re burning.

Even when at home, things don’t smell the same all the time. How a home fragrance interacts with the other fragrances flowing through your home will change over time. It’ll change with the windows being open or when you’re cooking something, for example. So there’s always going to be some uncertainty with buying fragrance, be it in person or online. It’s okay to feel uncertain.

Nevertheless, with these tips, you can rest assured that the home fragrances you pick online will no longer feel like random choices. Now go shopping!

How To Pick A Home Fragrance Online

Dining chairs are an easy and affordable means to refresh or develop your dining room aesthetic.

Yet, there are so many different dining chairs out there that choosing a set for your dining room can be pretty daunting. So whether you’re first moving out of home, or your current dining chairs are falling apart, or you’re simply falling out of love with them, check out this easy guide to take all the stress out of the shopping.


There’s no point thinking about how to make your room look inviting as a place to eat if you’ve got little idea about the functional aspects of your furniture.

If you’re buying a new dining table with dining chairs, the first and foremost constraint that you’ve got to come to terms with is the room itself. What shape is it? How large is it? If, like most people, your room is a rectangular prism, then rectangular dining tables are probably the way to go. If your room is closer to a cube, you could go for something more adventurous, like a custom-made square dining table. If it’s a spacious room, you should go for a larger table. If it’s smaller, or you’re in a unit, go for a smaller table (circular ones are pretty cute in these settings). From there, you can consider things like sideboards, mirrors, display cabinets, artwork, and other furniture pieces or homewares that you might want to include in the dining room. We won’t go into that here.

Once you’ve sorted out the table, you sort out the chairs. Firstly, how many people are you expecting to host at any given time? Secondly—and you’ll need the measuring tape for this—what’s the maximum chair width that allows you to seat that many people at your table? And thirdly, what is the maximum seat height for your dining chair that will allow 300 mm from the top of the seat to the underside of the dining table? (Or, more clearly: measure from your dining room floor to the underside of the dining table, deduct 300 mm, and that’s the maximum height for the seat of your dining room chairs.)

You consider these questions because 1) you’ll need as many chairs as the number of people you’re expecting to host, 2) those chairs will have to be correctly proportioned so that you can fit the maximum number of people at your table, and 3) you want the people sitting in those chairs to be able to fit their legs comfortably under the table. There’s no use having a pretty room if people’s legs are jammed under the table every time they try to sit, or if every time a guest comes over they have no chair, or worse still, they can’t even fit at your table because the chairs you chose were too large!



Your dining chairs don’t have to match your dining table. Your dining chairs don’t have to match your dining table. Your dining chairs don’t have to match your dining table.

Did I mention that your dining chairs don’t have to match your dining table?

Yes, dining tables can come with dining chairs. In fact, these dining packages, as they are so called, are one of our specialties. But you’ll notice that even with our recommended dining packages, we like to mix and match dining chairs with dining tables. You don’t have to have Tuscan dining chairs with a Tuscan dining table. You could go for French Cross dining chairs, instead; even in a contrasting colour. Another option is to move away from timber dining chairs and go for fabric in a matching colour—for example, our Gallery chairs with the Tuscan table. Another option still is to be more adventurous—for example, by going for chairs in a similar but noticeably different tone and texture to your dining room furniture. Really, the (dining chair) world is your oyster!

Now, what to do with those old chairs? Landfill isn't the answer. There will be some person, family, or charitable organisation out there that will be willing to give your old dining chairs another life. Consider storing them for your kids until they’re ready to move out, passing them on to relatives, selling them at a garage sale, or calling an organisation running a community shelter to see if they could use them. Alternatively, keep them in your garage for your own use. Having spare dining chairs may come in handy down the track -- you know, for any emergency seat-uations. 

Happy dining!

How to Choose Dining Chairs

We have so many customers who dream of owning a table that will be large enough to seat the family at Christmas time, or simply a standard 1500mm square dining table, but are unsure if they have enough space.

Even if you measure your room before you start shopping for a dining table and chairs, it can be a bit confusing knowing how much space you should allow between the table and the nearest obstruction. What you want is enough space for your guests to be able to comfortably pull back their chairs and move away from the table, and room to walk behind a person who is already seated (e.g. to serve food).

I won’t bore you with the technicalities of ergonomics, except to say that the diagrams below are from my old university 'bible', Human Dimension & Interior Space (Panero & Zelnik, 1979, page 146).

The first diagram (below) shows the minimum clearance required – measurement A – between the edge of the table and the wall, or a buffet, etc. You need to allow at least 76cm.

The second diagram (below) shows the minimum clearance required – measurement F – between the edge of the table and the wall, or a buffet, etc. if you desire circulation space. 

You need to allow at least 122cm.

By doing a few simple calculations before you start shopping you’ll already know what size table will be suitable for your room and, therefore, avoid at least one of the mistakes made by the owners of this dining room!

Image courtesy of Tuckrbox.com.

How to choose the right size dining table

So what's all the fuss with two-tone furniture?

The label ‘two-tone furniture’ applies to those pieces of timber furniture which have two different tones of finish. Our favourite pairing is our signature ivory wash with a honey-coloured top. It’s tried and true, which is why you’ll see it in so many of our core collections. We also do a weathered top and ivory combination in our customer favourite Byron collection, too. (Yep, we really love the two-tone look!)

I bet two-tone furniture doesn’t even go with that much, right?

Wrong. Two-tone timber pieces work with many different furniture styles, for the simple reason that having two different tones gives you twice as many colours to work with. For example, you can take our ivory/honey combination and use it as the base of pretty much any room, and particularly rooms furnished in country style, French country style, French provincial style, Hamptons style, or shabby chic. That’s pretty versatile!

Two-tone furniture also adds another layer of depth and character to your home, and is a super easy way to break up timber floorboards. Just consider the Byron dining package below: that simple-but-gorgeous cross detailing in the legs of the table and the backs of the chairs would be much more lost if the furniture were painted with just honey or ivory.

All right, I’m listening. How might I furnish my dining room with two-tone furniture?

The foundations of the room: wall paint and the floor. Often there’s not much you can do about this without a lot of work (time and/or money), but a few pointers for your foundations are:

  1. Use tiles or floorboards rather than carpet. There tends to be less crying over spilt milk when it takes two minutes to clean rather than twenty!
  2. Your wall paint or paper should feature a soft, natural colour (look to nature for inspiration)  that makes people want to eat and relax. 
  3. Take advantage of natural light as much as you can. It’ll make any eating area more inviting.

Next step: filling your dining room. We always recommend that you get the full dining set if your room can fit it: a buffet, a dining table, and enough dining chairs for your family and a few guests. The dining table and buffet can absolutely come from the same furniture collection (and take a whole lot of the guesswork out for those of us who aren't pro interior decorators), but feel free to mix and match to suit your personal taste.

Final step: personalise the space with homewares. You can really go crazy with homewares! One piece of advice, though: artificial fruits and foliage might be easy to maintain, but they’re probably not the best idea for a dining room. People want to feel like they’re eating real food when they’re in your dining room, and that’s always more believable when they’ve got real fruit and foliage to look at. Besides, guests don’t like feeling outsmarted by a deceptive piece of “fruit” if they’re looking for a sneaky bite while they’re visiting...

How about my living room?

Two-tone furniture is an easy way to make any room come to life, especially if you live in a small space. Need inspiration? Look no further than our display below.

So, what’s so good about this display? Without the honey-coloured tops, the similar-coloured legs of the sofas would become lost, and it would become a sea of beige and grey. Which is fine. But that extra dimension of colour adds a little something really makes the room pop, without being so dominating that you can’t make the room your own. With such a characterful yet harmonious living or lounge setting, who wouldn’t want to take an afternoon nap?

And the bedroom?

Everything about two-tone furniture in the living room applies to the bedroom, too. But what makes two-tone perhaps even better in the bedroom is that just about any quilt cover design will go with it. You want to continue the navy scheme? Go for it. You want to go with a lighter scheme like below? Go for it. You want to change the look of your bedroom every season without changing the fundamental pieces? Go for it. Two-tone furniture will help you feel cosy regardless of your preferred decorations.

Looks good. I’m willing to give it a go, but is there something subtler that I can consider whilst I’m at it?

There certainly is. Our Florence collection is not strictly two-tone, but it runs in a similar vein. This is because the rough-sawn tops give the pieces in this collection a different texture to the rest of the timber. Let’s call it ‘two-texture’: a perfect halfway house to our veritable two-tone collections.

So that’s our take on two-tone, in a nutshell. But what about yours? Join our Facebook group or tag us on Instagram to partake the conversation about this wonderful way to furnish the family home!

How to Decorate with Two-Tone Furniture

There's a big difference between a "house" and a "home".

While a house is a space that serves your basic needs, a home is a beautiful place for your friends, family, and you to create memories and enjoy life. Choosing the right furniture and accessories that are both personal and functional will transform your house into the haven you desire.

Start with an open space

A clutter-filled home environment is often the result of general family living. But the more space you're able to create, the more options you'll have when it comes to choosing furniture and accessories to suit your lifestyle.

Take a good look at your furnishings, accessories and storage spaces, in order to begin afresh. Sell, donate, or dispose of anything that's just gathering dust, creating obstacles in high-traffic areas or contributing to a cluttered look. This way you can step back and visualise the environment you want to create.

Get creative with colour

Colour is the perfect way to infuse your home with your own personal style. Colour can enhance your mood, establish a theme and evoke specific emotions. For an organic, natural look which fits beautifully with coastal, shabby chic and French Provincial styles, choose timber furniture in white, ivory or warm honey as the base for your scheme. Neutral wall colours provide a perfect backdrop for coloured accessoriescushions, ceramics, frames and printswhich can easily be changed at little cost when you feel like a quick refresh. The key is to surround yourself with colours that make you feel positive, uplifted and relaxed.

Choose functional furniture that suits your style

Once you've decided on a theme and your colour palette, take some time to think about the purpose your furniture needs to serve. For example, if you'd like to create a country-style kitchen and dining room, consider a timber dining table that seats the appropriate amount of people but also fits comfortably into your space. Match it with timber cabinets, shelving and wine racks that convey your style, but are also useful for storage, thus reducing clutter.

The finishing touches

Finally, to give your house a 'homely' atmosphere, accessorise to suit your interests, hobbies and personal style. For example, if you love the shabby chic style and you've chosen white or ivory timber furniture, highlight the eclectic look with baskets, hat stands, books, antique style hooks and displays of vintage crockery. You could also design a photo wall or scatter framed photos of family, friends, travels and inspirations throughout your home. Large photo frames are also perfect toppers for timber buffets and hall tables, mixed with your cherished knick-knacks to highlight your personality and give you pleasure.  The possibilities are truly endless!

With the right mix of open space, furniture and individual style, your house will transform from a mere shelter to a wonderful place you simply can't wait to come 'home' to.

How to Turn Your House Into A Home

Whether you’re heading to a new job, school, uni, TAFE, or are about to start working from home on a more permanent basis, you'll want to be able to think and create in a space that is inviting and inspiring.

Timber furniture can enliven any workspace, and with the right storage options and careful consideration of lighting, furniture placement and colours, you can say goodbye to 'Monday-itis' for good!

Choose your colour palette

Let your personality shine through décor. A feature wall is an easy way to brighten a room, especially if you choose inspirational colours such as turquoise or purpleperhaps at half-strength if you are not feeling brave. For a small space, white walls with splashes of colour in paintings, vases or rugs to reflect your personal style will help you feel comfortable and motivated.

Invest in space-saving timber furniture

For a functional yet stylish office, choose your furniture wisely to avoid clutter and retain a feeling of spaciousness. A matching timber bookcase, desk, filing cabinet and printer stand may be the only pieces you need to keep your office organised. Timber is sturdy, durable, and complements just about every colour scheme. It can add a natural feel to your office and give a sense of bringing the outdoors in. Look for stylish pieces that are practical as well as beautiful.

Coordinating timber pieces will also create a cohesive look that will enhance your sense of calm and productivity. Before you purchase timber furniture, measure your room carefully to ensure that all pieces fit comfortably in the space available. Try out different styles of chairs as well, taking ergonomics into account, so that your body is well supported while you're working.

Think about practical furniture placement

Make sure you set up your office as an efficient workspace. For example, if you often refer to books while you're working, place your bookshelf next to your desk for easy access.

For computer work, ensure that your monitor and desk are positioned correctly to avoid eye strain due to natural light reflecting off the screen or directly into your eyes. It's also important to be able to give your eyes a break every so often, ideally by going for a quick walk, but at least by looking out of the window or hanging a colourful picture or family photos in your line of vision. Place a small lamp on the desk for intricate tasks or to use when the natural light is low.

Create a clutter-free environment by using storage options such as timber filing cabinets, display cabinets and bookshelves. Be aware of angles and sharp edges on furniture—especially in small rooms—so you can move freely around the space as you work.

Inspire yourself

Depending on the nature of your work, you may wish to add items that motivate you and get your creative juices flowing. Indoor plants instantly boost mood, productivity, and creativity. Put a photo frame, a piece of art or a few cherished knickknacks on your desk, or create a vision board to hang on the wall to remind you of your goals.

The most important thing to remember when you're styling your home office is that it doesn't have to be boring! Investing in timeless timber furniture, surrounding yourself with your favourite colours and keeping the practical aspects organised will ensure that you have an inspiring workspace in the new year.

How to organise your home office for your next chapter of life

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