FURNITURE: Part 3 – PRACTICALITY & FINISH
This week read FURNITURE: Part 3 – PRACTICALITY & FINISH of my latest blog for tips on selecting furniture.
For practicality it is worth noting that shiny, glossy surfaces are higher maintenance as they attract dust particles easily and show scratches more noticeably than a matt or satin finish causing you to spend hours of your precious time dusting and maintaining the item. Voiles on a window can help protect furniture from fading, which is especially important in south facing rooms, by reducing and softening direct sunlight rather than blocking it completely as blinds would. Sun damage will create problems from reducing an item’s desirability and thereby de-valuing it, to prematurely ageing the piece perhaps even beyond repair. Furniture is easily damaged so take care when moving items around and use correct lifting techniques to prevent damage to your body no matter how lightweight the piece may be.
Don’t forget the finishing touches which can really make a difference to a room. For instance, hang pictures at eye level so they can be properly appreciated and make sure ornaments are cleverly grouped with a common theme bonding them together rather than dotting them around individually which only creates a cluttering effect. Finally, remember that small details contribute to the overall scheme, such as the style of knobs on a cupboard and the quality of the finish on a cabinet. Stick to the style you have chosen for the room as this is the common theme on which everything is based. Style also helps to pull the scheme together in a cohesive way and can make the outcome truly successful. It is also the element that requires the most planning from the outset.
Thank you for reading my 3 part blog on selecting furniture – over the coming months read my blogs about kitchens and bedrooms in my next 2 series.