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Christmas is all about spending time with family and friends. But if you're entertaining during the festive period, there are some essentials you need to remember.
You'll want your guests to have a great time, so it's important that you make them feel as comfortable as possible... As well as ensuring they're well fed, watered and entertained.
With that in mind, here are our top tips and must-haves for entertaining this Christmas.
We’ve picked out our top three style steals to inject a fun look into your home this season. They’re the perfect soft furnishings to freshen up your décor for summer!
It’s time to turn up the heat with firey reds! We’re hoping this summer’s going to be a sizzler and are loving warm tones at the moment. Our chenille circle eyelet curtains have a vibrant, modern pattern and the deep red shade is perfect for this time of year.
Our style expert’s top trend for June is mismatched cushions. They bring a living room or bedroom to life and can create a vibrant new look.
Add depth to a room, bring it together and make it feel warm and homely by simply introducing a few contrasting cushions.
Choose colours that complement each other, a mixture of patterns and prints and a range of sizes and shapes – don’t be afraid to experiment.
Colours we particularly like to see together at the moment are bold shades such as lime green, pink and teal.
If bright colours wouldn’t suit your home’s décor, then why not try this trend in monochrome with a variety of patterns and materials in black and white. We love dog tooth designs at the moment with chenille black cushions.
Our top combination:
Try these four cushions to combine the patterns and colours to complement each other:
Winter is well on its way with the cold weather slowly creeping in, but don’t worry, we have plenty of soft furnishings to keep your home warm when the cold weather strikes.
If you’re looking to cut costs at the moment, like most, then avoid switching your central heating on until it’s absolutely essential. You can focus on using soft furnishings to keep your home warm … we’re already reaching for our TV blankets this year and sticking hot water bottles in our beds to beat the chills!
Soft furnishings can make a massive impact when it comes to maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home, they help to lock in heat and keep the cold out. We have plenty of stylish products you can use in your home to keep it at the right temperature and we recommend using door curtains to help get rid of draughts.
There are lots of different styles of door curtains available that will complement a range of décors, both modern and traditional. The great thing about door curtains is that they’re affordable, practical and stylish at the same time. The best place to use a door curtain is on your front door as this is one of the main places where heat escapes and the cold comes in. If your front door features glass panels then door curtains will also help to improve your privacy levels and stop prying eyes from being able to see in.
When you first move into rented accommodation, you’ll probably notice that the décor is fairly bland, so it’s a good idea to inject some fun into the property with soft furnishings. We thought we’d share some simple ways to put your own stamp on your rented home without getting in your landlord’s bad books. It’s important to make sure that any changes you make to your home can be reversible and won’t leave permanent damage that might result in you losing your deposit.
Brighten up a bedroom
The biggest item in your bedroom is usually your bed, so the best way to change the look of your bedroom is to buy a bright, bold duvet cover. We love this Iona blue quilt cover because it contains lots of different patterns and colours that will make your bedroom look cosy.
Even though spring starts shortly there’s still time to make some changes to your home to prepare for the season. Luxurious faux fur throws and deep red shades work well throughout winter but spring is your chance to inject a fun, fresh new look into your home.
We’ve all heard of the term ‘spring clean’ so what better time to give your home a complete overhaul than for the new season? We suggest incorporating the colour green into your décor as it represents growth, harmony and freshness which reflects spring perfectly.
Often people shy away from using this bright colour in their home and choose to stick to ‘safer’ options but when used correctly, green can make a big impact to your home and give it a new lease of life. We have some products available to help you to introduce this colour into your décor with ease:
At the moment you may be pre-occupied with shades of grey (ahem) but have you thought about incorporating black into your bedroom design? It’s a very popular colour at the moment and a great way to add drama to your room.
If you want to make a bold statement, you could opt for black soft furnishings and contrast them with bright feature walls such as fuchsia or red. You could also opt for a monochrome look by painting your wardrobe doors white and complementing them with black and white wallpaper. Black also works well with grey and silver palettes too.
If you do create a black-themed bedroom, we recommend that you make a real feature of your lighting. Go for opulent chandeliers, lamps and pretty wall lights that can be dimmed to create a relaxed environment before you visit the land of nod!
Here are our top statement black items that we think would look great in a bedroom. You can also view them on our Bold Blacks Pinterest board – what do you think?
Lille Duvet Cover: We absolutely love this design! The pretty ruffles and diamante details are gorgeous and will make a great feature in any bedroom. Combine with our Satin Roses Bed Runner to add an extra touch of luxury.