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Ottoman, Hassock, Footstool, or Pouf?

When it comes to getting your home looking great, there’s nothing like accessories to add flair and style. But finding the right piece to fit your design and budget can be a challenge. Take your living room, for example. Everything is in place; you’re happy with the main furniture, the drapes, curtains, or blinds. The paintwork or wallpaper looks stunning. The flooring is perfect, whether rug, carpet, wood, or tile. But it feels like there’s something lacking. An open space in the central area that could do with something to fill it. So, what should you buy that will complete the look?

Something that won’t detract from the design you’ve cultivated. Something practical, yet stylish. Perhaps you have a coffee table already, but there’s a sense that the space around it doesn’t flow as well as it should. It may be that you are looking for more comfort, perhaps a footrest of some kind. And here’s where you might need some assistance. Do you go for a footstool, an ottoman, a pouf, or a hassock? Are all these one and the same? Maybe to some people. So let’s try to bring some clarity to the issue.

highgrove storage ottoman

Highgrove Storage Ottoman

round deep buttoned fabric pouffe

Round Deep Buttoned Fabric Pouffe

grey buffalo hassock pouffe

Grey Buffalo hassock Pouffe

A rose by any other name…

‘What’s in a name?’ as they say. Wouldn’t
it be great if we all called things by the same name? Well, it might be
simpler, but maybe a little dull. But that doesn’t help when it comes to making
choices when buying things – like furniture. Consider your couch. Or your sofa.
Or your chaise longe. Maybe you call it a settee, or even a settle?
These are basically the same thing, but sometimes with subtle differences. It
all comes down to things like locality, upbringing, and even culture.

When choosing an accessory on which to
place your feet whilst sitting in your favorite seat, the name can be
important. You might look for a footstool, but is that what you really wanted?
What about an ottoman? How many people would consider a hassock or a pouf? And
do you know the difference?

To some, this might not be an issue. But to
the sensible, discerning buyer who really cares, and wants their home to look
the best it can, this does matter.

If you’re one of those people, then this
guide is for you.

ottoman storage boxes

The Liberty Collection Set Of Two Blanket Boxes / Ottomans

The Ottoman

A rather grand-sounding name for what is
essentially a storage box. Taking its name from the mighty empire that ruled
vast areas of Europe, Asia, and North Africa for about 600 years, this was
originally a wooden platform covered with large, soft cushions. They had no
arms or back and formed the main seating area within the home – very different
from the idea of seating in the west. Its exotic appearance appealed to the
‘civilized’ westerners who came across it, taking the idea back home with them.
As the trend spread westward, the design evolved to suit more European tastes.

This type of seating was often found in
clubs, museums, and other public spaces, often set around poles or pillars.
Some examples had a central arm that divided the seat in half or a recess in
which plants could be set. Over the course of the 19th-century people began to
experiment with the shape, introducing circular or octagonal ottomans. As with
most fashions and trends, they became a ‘must-have’ for anyone who was anyone.
This is nicely illustrated by the fact that the very first mention of an
ottoman in the English language was written by none other than the 3rd American
president, Thomas Jefferson.

This furniture accessory was often set in
the bedroom, where it served as a handy place to store linen as well as
creating a ‘lounge’ space. Unhelpfully, because these tended to be larger items
of furniture used for storage, the name then came to describe plain wooden
chests – especially in the British Isles.

These days, however, an ottoman is
generally regarded as a small, rectangular, fully-upholstered stool with a
hinged lid. They are hollow, allowing for storage, but usually strong enough to
be sat on. Most are covered completely and are over-stuffed, and they can come
with or without legs.

large square velvet ottoman

Large Square Velvet Ottoman

Should I buy an ottoman?

If you want something rigid, practical, and
that is completely upholstered, then this could be what you are looking for.
The range is immense, and quality (as with most things) differs greatly. But
there are many hundreds of beautiful examples to choose from. They can be on
the heavy side but are basically portable – but take care when it is full! Some
furniture suites include a matching ottoman. but sometimes a deliberate
difference in fabric adds a touch of sophistication.

While it can be used as a footstool, it is
better used as extra seating. Some people place a tray on top so that it
doubles as a coffee table. While this is handy, you’d need to be certain that
it is secure enough not to cause a hazard.

Obviously, the more it is used, the more
likely it will wear out over time. Re-upholstery can be on the expensive side –
even more so if you need it to match your other fabrics.

If you select one that has feet or legs,
take care when positioning it within your home. If set within a ‘high-traffic’
area, there is a good chance that someone will stub a toe on that solid wood.
And if it has already been filled it will be heavier, adding to the pain of the
encounter.

blue buffalo hassock pouffe

Blue Buffalo Hassock Pouffe

The Hassock

To the more religious-minded, the word hassock
may invoke memories of kneeling to pray in church. Those little rectangular
cushions, often decorated with biblical emblems and scriptures have saved many
a pious knee from pain.

But the term, like so many other words in
the English language, has suffered changes in its meaning over the centuries.
Originally, in the 10th century, it referred to a clump of grass, usually in
marshy ground. How it then evolved to refer to a stool or kneeling-cushion is
anyone’s guess, but that is precisely what happened.

An alternative word – tuffet – was
also used, and very occasionally still is, mostly in the United Kingdom. This
is the word that appears in the nursery rhyme ‘Little Miss Muffet’, describing
the seating arrangements of the unfortunate arachnophobe. The fact that she was
seated gives a clue to the original meaning of both terms. Illustrations for
the nursery rhyme depict her either sat on a low, grassy hump, or on a small
stool.

So, is a hassock (or tuffet) the same as an
ottoman? And in today’s world are they seats or footstools?

In general, a hassock (as a piece of
furniture) tends to be smaller than an ottoman. Though both tend to be
upholstered, the main difference between the two is that a hassock does not
have storage. They are always upholstered and can come with or without legs.

light brown hassock pouffe

Light Brown Hassock Pouffe

Do I want a hassock?

If you don’t need the extra storage, then
perhaps a hassock is the way to go. It will be easier to move around, as it
will be smaller and not stuffed with magazines, books, and suchlike. Depending
on how firm the surface of the cushion is (not too firm, as it won’t be very
comfortable!) you may even use it as a handy side-table for remotes, glasses,
and all the paraphernalia that makes your life easier.

Aside from the lack of storage, another
potential downside may be the smaller size, as well as the fact that hassocks
rarely come as part of a suite. You will need to select your hassock very
carefully to find one that will complement your furniture and not clash with
the existing patterns.

Also, some models tend to be less sturdy
and not quite as comfortable as an ottoman.

round diamonte silver pouffe

Round Diamonte Silver Pouffe

The Pouf

To add to the fun, this can also be
spelled, pouffe. Both words come from the French bouffer, which
means ‘to puff’. This described anything from hairstyles to clothes, to a
large, cushion-like footstool. You can easily see how it came by its name, as
these cushions tend to be

Once again, the word pouf is sometimes used
to describe an ottoman. But the two are completely different, in spite of the
best efforts of furniture to confuse the issue by mixing the names. There are
even listings for ottoman poufs. But this is surely a ruse to capture
more online custom rather than a helpful description.

A pouf (or pouffe, occasionally pronounced pooh-fay
to add flair) is not for storage. Although it can have a solid base or
feet, it is generally a square or cylindrical cushion, used as a footstool or a
seat. In more recent years these were replaced by bean-bags, which tend to be
on the larger and softer side, whereas the pouf mostly served as a footrest.

round pink fabric pouffe

Round Pink Fabric Pouffe

round navy fabric pouffe

Round Navy Fabric Pouffe

Is a pouf right for my home?

These are probably the most portable of the
three, as well as the cheaper option. They can be as simple or as stylish as
you wish but bear in mind that they have a more casual look than either an
ottoman or a hassock. Also, you are unlikely to find one that will match your
furniture exactly. Being lightweight, they can be moved around without any
trouble, but they are not really suitable as a side table.

A good, solid ottoman or hassock can
conceivably provide extra seating when you are entertaining. A pouf, however,
will probably not be firm or comfortable enough for sitting on for any length
of time.

Conclusion

We have seen that an ottoman, a hassock,
and a pouf can all be described as footstools. However, each of them is
distinctly different from the other.

While the ottoman offers a classy look
that’s practical and comfortable, it will probably be the more expensive of the
three. Its heaviness (especially when full) may go against it in terms of
portability, but it does offer a sturdy alternative if an extra seat is
required. There is a chance you could get one to match your existing suite of
furniture, or you can use your clever interior design skills to find one that
compliments it.

The hassock doesn’t have the storage
capabilities but is generally lighter and therefore easier to move. You would
be lucky to find one upholstered in the same pattern as your suite, but this
doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to source one that will blend in. In fact,
some talented interior designers use a mix of patterns as a theme in itself. It
can be used for sitting on, although, being generally smaller than an ottoman,
it might be better suited for kids.

Finally, the pouf – the cheapest and most
portable of the three. You’d be more likely to find these in a home that offers
a more casual atmosphere, though this doesn’t mean they can’t look good. They
make a comfortable footstool but they may tend to sag over time. This makes
them unsuitable for extra seating as they don’t offer the support that an
ottoman or hassock does, even though they don’t have a back or arms.

We have the world of the Internet to thank
for much of the confusion regarding the names, not helped by the fact that
names and meanings often change over the years. Search online for an ottoman,
and you’ll most likely find results that read ‘ottoman pouf floor cushion
bean bag’,
and so on.

This is designed purely to ensure that you
find that page, using a range of terms that might offer a match.

But now you know the difference between an
ottoman, hassock, and pouf. And armed with this knowledge you can make an
informed decision, to add the finishing touches to the look and feel of your
home. So, whether it’s just for casual comfort, a handy place to store things,
or classic style with a practical side, you can choose with confidence.

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How & Where to Get Rid of Old or Broken Furniture

Is it time to give your room a makeover

Do you plan to buy the furniture you always dreamed of

But you have a pile of unwanted, broken, or outdated fittings and don’t know how to dispose of them? 

Don’t let your furniture decay in the landfill. Help low-income families receive much-needed household items. Check the guide from Homes Direct 365 and learn the popular ways to get rid of old or broken furniture. 

  • Be a responsible community member. 
  • Protect the environment and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Aid people in need. 
  • Reuse, don’t dump.

Go to a Recycling Centre

Visit the local recycling centre to discard your rubbish. Also known as the tip, this centre focuses on sustainable waste management.  

Drop off household rubbish and bulky items like futons, cupboards, carpets and mattresses. Bring electronic devices: cookers, fridges, televisions, computers, etc.    

According to rubbish & dumpster expert Luke Hancock, you should beware and use the designated bins for household waste and electrical items. Place your rubbish in the proper bin, he adds. 

  • Check the recycling capacity of your local centre and adhere to the limits. Don’t dump more of your house than you’re allowed.  
  • Bring proof of address when you visit the council recycling centre. 
  • Check for vehicle and trailer restrictions. 
  • Read the access regulations. 
  • Carry a permit for commercial vehicles, as local authorities might demand it.

Book A Waste Collection Service

Do you stockpile waste but can’t transport it to the tip? Here is some nifty advice. 

There is a service called waste collection that helps with bulk rubbish. The council dispatches vehicles and staff to collect waste from your home. Book in advance as the typical waiting period is about 8 weeks. Check the service fees, they range between £20 – £25.

The collection service is very convenient if you have large furniture. Check the specifics and prepare your items. Remove all glass panels from the furniture. Secure with heavy-duty tape if you can’t take it off. 

Recycling centres don’t take mirrors, detach them from wardrobes and dressing tables. Disassemble furniture with loose parts, flatten the surface and remove all nails. 

The council accepts household furniture and electronic gadgets, but there are restrictions. Don’t bring your boilers, greenhouses, bathroom and kitchen modules. Throw your daily waste in the backyard bin.

Find Recycling Projects

Research about independent recycling projects. These campaigns serve for the community wellbeing or support charitable causes. Consider this as a convenient, social-responsible way to dispose of your old furniture. 

Donate your reusable furniture and electronic devices to the British Heart Foundation. The nationwide organization sells your items and distributes profit for charities. They offer a free and flexible collection service. The funds from the sales support medical research. Give away your old goods and help save a life. 

According to Gwinnett real estate experts Watkins Homes, you can browse through house listings in your area to not only admire beauty and looks, but learn more of how timber recycling helps saving the environment.

Trade, Advertise, Donate or Give Away

  • Call your friends, relatives, colleagues, and people next door. Check what they need and offer your items. 
  • Ask the local schools, hospitals, orphanages or social centres. They often need desks, chairs, tables and other furnishings.   
  • Post the unwanted furniture on social media. Spread awareness and ask your friends to share the post. Join online groups and chat forums dedicated to furniture recycling.
  • Contact the local newspaper and enquire about a printed advertisement. The ad gets good exposure, and it’s usually free if the content is short.
  • Visit the nearest charity shop. Ask if they accept bulk furniture and offer collection service. Due to safety regulations, some charity shops don’t accept electronic devices. Get familiar with the rules before you donate. 
  • Join a recycling community. Advertise your items in the community post board. If members like something, they come and collect it from your home. Likewise, if you find an interesting item, fetch it from the owner. 

Check Your Donation Options

We’ve prepared a list of social enterprises to make an informed choice. Donations go to underprivileged families and homeless people throughout the UK. 

  • Visit the Reuse Network website first. This association supports charities throughout the UK which accept furniture donations. They organise recycling events and collaborate with partners to spread their philosophy. Volunteers are welcome. Reuse and help people in need. 
  • Emmaus helps homeless people. Their mission is to transform household junk into a poor man’s fortune. Furniture gets a total makeover in their workshops. Afterwards, they sell second-hand items in community stores. Funds go for housing programs. 
  • Go to Recycle Your Furniture workshop in Byker to donate furniture. Explore their store, too. They offer vintage furniture, antiques and funky art pieces which can upgrade your home interior. 
  • If you own wooden items, donate them to East Belfast Mission. They repair and refurbish the wood and sell it in their shops.
  • Stroud District Furniture Bank offers a free collection service within certain areas. Their collection team works in pairs and does a heavy-duty lifting. They restore, repair and sell furniture at affordable rates to support low-income families. 

Repair Before You Dump

Try to repair your furniture. If you have heirloom items, visit The British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association. Choose a reliable handyman specialised in antique restoration.

Repair by yourself or engage friends and family. It’s fun, practical and a great way to bond with loved ones. Watch online DIY videos or check craft blogs for inspiration and helpful ideas. Learn innovative methods to turn shabby furniture into a modern, useful item. Be brave and take your chances. 

Final Words on Getting Rid of Old Furniture

Furniture recycling is a responsible and sustainable method to give a second life to your  unwanted household items. It aids the community welfare and supports the local economy. 

Reduce waste and recycle. Together, we make a difference!

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A Guide To Wood Types

The human race has always had a close
relationship with trees. They have been vital for our very survival, allowing
us to make tools and shelter, as well as fuel for fires and even providing us
with food in some cases. And that’s before we even mention their role in
providing clean air for us to breathe. Without trees, we would not be here.

These days most of us are more aware of the importance of trees. Their role in our continued well being is accepted and appreciated, though we still rely on them for the wood that they supply. Wood is an ideal material, with many uses and applications in our lives especially wooden furniture. Through sustainable management, we can continue to use wood without risking the environment further. We can help by learning more about different wood types and their qualities. The following guide gives some details about a selection of wood types, their characteristics, and uses.

Various wood types
Various Wood Types

Hard Wood Types vs Soft Wood Types

This sounds simple enough; hardwood is hard, softwood is soft, right? Well, no, actually! The terms ‘hard’ and soft’ are more of a botanical description rather than being an accurate idea of their density and feel of the wood. While it is generally true that most hardwoods are in fact hard, and softwoods tend to be softer, there are several exceptions that we will see further along in the guide.

The basic differences between the two are as follows:

Hardwood –

  • Slow-growing
  • broad-leaved flowering species
  • Deciduous varieties
  • Seeds are produced inside a shell (like a fruit or nut)
  • Dense grain
  • Generally more expensive
  • Mostly darker in colour
  • Low in sap content
  • Close grain
  • Heavy in weight and density
  • Good resistance to fire

Softwood –

  • Fast-growing
  • Evergreen – usually from the conifer, fir, and spruce family
  • Needles instead of leaves
  • Seeds are either uncovered or in a cone
  • Less expensive
  • Usually lighter in colour
  • High in sap content
  • Loose grain
  • Light in weight and density
  • Very poor resistance to fire

These distinctions are general, however,
and to find out more we have to take a closer look at each of the wood types in
turn.

oak wood
Oakwood

Oak (hardwood)

Oak has been a favourite for many hundreds
of years, with around 200 species to be found. It is relatively abundant and
has an attractive, open grain that looks great when used for furniture. Because
of its grain, which can resemble the contours found in fingerprints, it is used
extensively for veneers (thin slices that are glued to the surface of the furniture
to provide a beautiful finish). It is available in two types; red oak and white
oak. The white variety is, in fact, more of a greyish-brown shade, while red
oak is similar but with a reddish tinge. Although both are relatively
expensive, red oak is usually the cheaper of the two. Both are dense, heavy,
and hard-wearing, making them ideal for furniture, especially noted for its
resistance to stains and scratches.

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walnut wood
Walnut

Walnut (hardwood)

Due to its scarcity these days, walnut can
be very expensive. The rich, chocolate-coloured grain makes it perfect for
veneers and it is highly-prized in the high-end furniture industry. It is
renowned for its strength and for the variety of colours that can appear in its
straight grain. Although mostly dark brown, lighter shades can be found and the
grain can contain purplish streaks. It is easy to work and is often carved or
turned by hand.

One oddity of walnut is that exposure to
iron can cause staining.

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pine wood
Pine

Pine (softwood)

One of the most abundant species, pine is
always cheaper than most others. It is very versatile but not as hard-wearing
as hardwoods. Varying in colour from a yellowish-brown to a creamy tone, it is
a close-grained variety and the growth rings can be seen clearly. The grain and
colour make it ideal for staining. Pine often contains ‘knots’, which can look
beautiful in a finished piece but can present problems when working with the
wood.

It is widely used in the construction
industry (and has been for centuries), for structural integrity as it is
strong, lightweight, and flexible.

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ash wood
Ash

Ash (hardwood)

This moderately expensive wood is ideal for
bending, which makes it good for curved furniture. The colours range from a
greyish light brown through to an almost reddish hue. The grain is straight and
the wood is known for its strength and is valued for its suitability in the
making of tool handles, baseball bats, and furniture (especially in the
restaurant industry where it sees a lot of heavy use). Though similar in
appearance to oak, the grain is less prone to splitting.

redwood
Redwood

Redwood (softwood)

Similar to pine, but not as durable or
sustainable. Pine regenerates quicker and is about 60% stronger. Redwood is
ideally suited for outdoor furniture or decking due to its resistance to decay
and natural insect-repelling qualities. It is easy to work by hand and though
it is readily available the actual cost of the wood can vary from region to
region.

beech wood
Beech

Beech (hardwood)

Like ash, beech bends well but is
considered the less attractive of the two. Nevertheless, it is still popular
today as it is extremely strong and very resistant to shock. Its tight grain
and light colour give a warm feeling to a room, and it stains well to mimic
more expensive woods, such as mahogany and cherry. One drawback is that it is
notoriously difficult to work by hand. Another potential problem is that it
absorbs moisture fairly easily, so it is not ideal for humid conditions. This
makes it unsuitable for use in coastal regions, especially for door and window
frames, as they will begin to stick. In its favour, however, beech is an odourless
wood, so a finished piece will not overpower a room with its scent.

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mahogany wood
Mahogany

Mahogany (hardwood)

More so than most of the wood types here, the use of this one has become a subject of controversy in recent times. While there are a number of sub-species within the mahogany family, the name usually refers to the Honduran Mahogany. Illegal logging of this tree has led to it being listed on CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). It is still much sought after due to its excellent qualities and is very expensive, which has increased its use as a veneer wood. The rich, reddish-brown darkens over time to give an alluring sheen in the distinctive grain. It is frequently used in the manufacture of musical instruments because of the warm tone it provides.

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maple wood
Maple

Maple (hardwood)

The dense heaviness of this wood, along
with its moisture-resistant qualities, makes this a wood ideal for items such
as butcher’s blocks and furniture that endures a high level of use. The grain
varies between being straight or bearing swirling ‘bird’s-eye’ patterns. The
light-brown or reddish colour accepts wood stain easily to resemble a more
expensive wood. It is often used to make dining tables and dressers due to its
hard-wearing qualities.

As with most others in this list of wood
types, there are a number of varieties, but the most commonly used is hard
maple, also known as sugar maple or rock maple.

mango wood
Mango

Mango (hardwood)

At the opposite end of the scale to
mahogany, mango presents a sustainable hardwood that is extremely durable,
versatile, and affordable. Mango heartwood is usually golden-brown in
appearance but darkens over time. It possesses excellent water-resistant
qualities, especially when polished or waxed. The grain is densely packed, and
though it is strong and durable (as strong as cherry or ash) it can be easily
worked by hand. Of all the wood types listed here, mango offers a way forward
for a more sustainable source of timber, allowing stocks of rarer species time
to recover. A mango tree can reach 100ft in 15 years, making it too hazardous
to harvest the fruit. In the past, the trees would be felled and burned. Now,
the timber is sold to be made into furniture, ornaments, musical instruments
and so on. This means that the farmers increase their income as well as
reducing air pollution.

Mango is prone to attack by fungus and insects while growing, which adds to the appearance of the finished product. But once it is treated the wood is safe from either of these problems.

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yew wood
Yew

Yew (softwood)

A classic example of how the classification
‘softwood’ can be misleading, yew is actually harder and more durable than many
hardwoods! Due to the way it twists and turns as it grows, the uses of yew can
be limited. This has led to it often being used for smaller projects, such as
jewellery boxes, or being cut to make veneers for high-end furniture. It does
bend well, though, and is still used today in the manufacture of Windsor
Chairs.

Yew is notorious for its poisonous
properties, which have proved useful in recent times to make potent drugs that
are effective in the treatment of certain types of cancers.

acacia wood
Acacia

Acacia (hardwood)

Also known around the world as mimosa,
wattle, whistling thorn, and a host of other names! It is extremely hard and
durable, with the reputation of having helped the English Royal Navy to
establish their place as a world power in the 1800s. The water-resistant
qualities of acacia made it suitable for shipbuilding, so the Royal Navy
invested in this type of wood to manufacture its legendary ‘ships-of-the-line’
which ensured naval superiority at the time.

These same qualities make it ideal for use
today in conditions where it may come into contact with liquids. Untreated, it
is said to last between 20 to 40 years. It is one of the few wood types that
looks great whether polished, left natural, or varnished. Acacia does not
scratch easily and adds warmth to any home with its rich, deep brown colours.
The high resin content that makes it water-resistant also helps it to fight
against rot, odours, and stains. It also has antibacterial properties and is
easy to clean.

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mindi wood
Mindy

Mindi (hardwood)

Sometimes called chinaberry or white cedar,
mindi wood is similar in density to red oak. It has natural anti-fungal
properties and is resistant to decay.

Although similar in texture to oak, the
grain is packed closer. It is loved by woodworkers as it is easy to work with,
mostly for smaller projects although it is sometimes used to make furniture
such as chests and cabinets. The sapwood of the mindi tree has a yellowish hue
similar to poplar, whereas the heartwood is darker. As the wood is exposed to
natural light it darkens, resembling teak or cherry.

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teak wood
Teak

Teak (hardwood)

Teak is regarded by many people as the
‘king of wood’ due to its versatility and durability. The naturally high oil
content makes it extremely water-resistant and immune to decay and fungus. It
can even withstand high levels of heat and does not easily catch on fire. The
finished timber looks stunning, with golden brown heartwood and yellow/grey
sapwood. These properties make it suitable for a wide range of applications,
including; ship decking, indoor and outdoor furniture, veneers, turning,
carving, high-end joinery.

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balsa wood
Balsa

Balsa (hardwood)

To end this list of wood types, balsa is
another example of how the ‘hardwood/softwood’ description is not as simple as
it looks. Balsa is classified as a hardwood, and yet anyone who has worked with
it knows just how soft and flimsy it actually is. The wood has an extremely low
density and is usually a white or off-white ‘oatmeal’ colour. It is unusually
buoyant, which accounts for its name (Spanish for ‘raft’) and is often used in
the manufacture of surfboards, aircraft, floats for fishing nets and so on.
Although easy to work with, the tools must be very sharp to avoid crumbling or
splitting.

There are so many other wood types, but these represent just a few of the wonderful species available. Each has its uses, some with better properties than others. By learning more about them we can perhaps manage our consumption better, to ensure they stay around to be enjoyed for many thousands of years to come.

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What Goes With Mirrored Furniture?

There are some interior designers who
suggest that mirrored furniture has fallen out of style, having been popular
since the early 2000s. There are two possible responses to this, the first
being; who cares? Interior design comes down to personal choice, and if
something makes you happy then what’s to stop you putting it in your home? The
second response is that when you look around, mirrored furniture seems to be as
popular as ever. It goes to show – industry ‘experts’ don’t always get it
right. You create the look and feel of your home, so go for it.

One thing you may struggle with when
considering mirrored furniture is knowing what goes with it. So here’s a short
guide to steer you in the right direction in adding drama, glamor, and a touch
of elegance to your home.

Mirrored Console Table

Art Deco Mirrored Console Table

Contemporary Interiors

If you favor a more modern style of home,
then the sleeker items of furniture will fit in better. The designs vary
greatly, so be sure to choose furniture with a modern feel that compliments
what is already there. This style of furniture has its roots in the Art Deco
era, with a huge range of different styles added over the years. Examples that
have a ‘retro’ feel may clash with your clean lines and contemporary look, so
try to select one with a modern look. For example, a multi-faceted sideboard,
or large mirror with geometric designs – anything that is asymmetrical will
work.

Alghero Grey Mirrored Geo Wall Art

A match made in heaven

A single piece of mirrored furniture
standing alone can look great. But it also can look out of place or a bit
lonely. Consider pairing different items to get the maximum effect.

  • Place a large, mirrored coffee table against the back of your sofa. The contrast between the materials and the angles enhances both.
  • Set a small, mirrored cabinet between two beds, or between a bed and the wall on each side. This works well whatever the color scheme but is especially effective when natural and neutral tones are used.
  • Use a mirrored side table or coffee table to show off a beautiful antique lamp, or a prized artwork. The light from the lamp will be doubled, showing off both items, and the artwork will be reflected to show it from different angles. Either option will make the best use of the furniture.
  • Don’t be tempted to overdo it! Too many mirrored surfaces can be overwhelming and seem over the top. However, matching something like a mirrored dining table with a mirrored screen can add a real touch of elegance to your dining room.

Biarritz Mirrored Coffee Table

Grey Marble Mirrored Coffee Table

Helios Mirror & Black Coffee Table

On reflection…

Some people find the clean, bright mirror
surfaces a little too much – sterile, even. If that’s you, then there are other
options that may interest you, such as ‘antiqued’ or tinted mirror surfaces.
These fit in excellently with homes that have a more classic feel, or even with
shabby chic. Furniture with patterned mirrors also softens the reflection,
which can bring a warmer, more sophisticated feel. For best effect, these
should be used in rooms with neutral color schemes as they may look out of
place when set against black and white backgrounds.

Milano Smoked Mirrored Diamond Lamp

Decorative Patterned Grey Wall Mirror

And finally

Whatever you choose, the secret to making
your mirrored furniture a success is to use contrast in your design. Try
to bring in a range of textures and textiles to offset the reflective surfaces,
like wood, leather, fabric, and so on. A mirrored coffee table can become a
centerpiece of your living room, so set some furniture and other treasured
items around it that you want to show off. Place a mirrored buffet table beside
a favorite rug to get double the effect. Use a mirror screen to split a room
without making it feel smaller – the reflection tricks the eye into believing
it is actually twice the size. Where you have sharp angles in your new
furniture, tie it into the room using reflective, organically-shaped metallic
ornaments placed strategically.

Mirrored furniture, when used correctly, is
a part of classic interior design and will never be truly unfashionable. As to
whether it’s for you, or which furniture to buy, well, that’s something for you
to reflect on.

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Enhance your home with these display cabinet ideas

Since 1823, when Henry Bishop’s opera Clari
(or The Maid of Milan) first proclaimed the famous words
“There’s no place like home”, this phrase has been taken to heart. In
general, we love our homes, spending an average of £83 billion each year on
home improvements in the UK alone.

The styles of each home are as different as
the people who live in them. We shape our homes around us, making them
comfortable in styles that suit us, adding to them over the years as tastes and
fashions change.

One way in which we make our homes unique
is through acquiring antiques and collectibles; items that appeal to us because
of their nostalgic or sentimental value. They don’t have to be expensive –
though they can be – and they aren’t always to other people’s tastes. But they
are ours, and we love them. Even so, it is often the way of things that these
prized pieces and collections are kept in boxes under the bed, or in attics and
sheds. Sometimes, space is limited, and our beloved heirlooms and treasures are
stashed safely wherever we can find the room.

However, there are ways of enhancing our
homes, by selecting a stylish piece of furniture that will allow us to display
our collections with pride. This way, we get to enjoy them each day, as well as
adding flair to our homes with a beautiful new cabinet.

Here’s a selection of display cabinet ideas as an example:

Antique French Style Display Cabinet

With its ‘Queen Anne’ style cabriole
legs and elegant scrollwork, this cabinet is an excellent way of displaying
prized objects. The clear glass doors will ensure that the contents are displayed
to their best effect and kept safely, reducing the need for frequent dusting.
Antique-effect brass fittings add to the overall feeling of class, while the
lower drawer offers extra storage.

Telephone Box Display Cabinet

If a more classical style is not for you,
then perhaps something a little quirky might pique your interest? This
display cabinet is modelled on the traditional red British telephone box,
making it a conservation piece in itself. Any collection displayed within it is
sure to be protected while being shown off to its best. A truly unique way to
enhance any home whilst saving space, this expertly-crafted cabinet also brings
an element of fun and nostalgia.

Antique French Style Kitchen Cabinet

The keywords when it comes to this style of furniture are “Simple Elegance”. If you prefer a look that speaks of good quality that is more reserved or understated, then you could not choose a better cabinet. Even though it is extremely practical, with four double-height, glass-fronted compartments, complemented with the four lower compartments with solid wood doors, the style is not compromised. The ‘antique white’ finish, as well as the professional craftsmanship, will add to the ambience of your home, making this cabinet an heirloom in its own right.

Antique French Style Large Liberty
Bookcase

Once again, simplicity is the key to this
cabinet’s appeal, but don’t be fooled; when you look closely you become aware
of the attention to detail that has been invested in this stunning piece of
furniture. Classical elegance is combined with practicality, with fifteen
shelves and three extra storage drawers beneath, each with an ornate
gold-effect handle. Also with an ‘antique white’ finish, this time with the top
panel left unpainted to provide a contrast, this cabinet is sure to impress.

Fleur Shabby Chic Display Cabinet

This cabinet is ideal for those homes where
space is more limited. As well as the two glazed cupboards, this
well-proportioned piece of furniture also has two enclosed cupboards and two
centrally-placed drawers. The eye-catching handles are of faceted glass,
complementing the grey ‘shabby chic’ finish to great effect.

Black Antique Style French Cabinet

The black finish with silver detail sets
this cabinet apart. It has four shelves in a tiered design that boasts elegance
and style. The open-back design will ensure that any collections displayed will
be seen clearly. It will add character to your home, while at the same time not
detracting from your decor.

This selection of display cabinet ideas is
a fraction of what is on offer, but the only limit is your imagination. When
displaying antiques in your home, it seems a shame to place them in or on
something that doesn’t do them justice; they deserve better. You deserve
better. Displaying your collection in a beautiful cabinet will help, but there
are other ways of enhancing this by giving some thought to how you
display them with these display case decorating ideas:

  • if you collect glass or items that are in distinct colours, consider separating them by their colour. This gives a pleasing effect that adds to their appeal.
  • as much as you love your collection, a cabinet filled with white ceramic may not be the most exciting. By adding good-quality dried (or fake) flower arrangements you will instantly add a dash of colour and brightness that won’t take anything away from your collection.
  • perhaps your collection is a little ‘eclectic’? No problem! Buy a cabinet with multiple compartments and fill each one with an interesting and quirky item.
  • where possible, place items to give a symmetrical look. This will greatly increase the aesthetic appeal and bring harmony and connection between the items.
  • a display cabinet works so much better when a connection is established to other furniture in the room. By purchasing another item of furniture in the same type, you will instantly bring balance, establishing the sense of style you desire.
  • when tastefully (and safely) done, a rustic lamp or even some types of ‘fairy lights’ can add an extra dimension to any display cabinet and its contents.

Whatever your tastes and whatever your
collection of treasures, there is a cabinet out there to suit your needs. By
selecting the right one you will be able to display your treasures as they
deserve, and enhance the place where you live. After all, there’s no place
like home
.

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11 Types of Storage Trunks

Keeping organised

As well as adding style, and keeping things stored away in your home, Homes Direct 365 storage trunks are also the perfect solution for keeping organised, and travel. You can put away certain items that aren’t needed for a period of time whilst keeping them organised and in order. Today Homes Direct 365 will run through and explain the history, appearance and use of a handful of storage trunks.

Coming in many styles with varied practical properties, storage trunks have a vast variation of looks, such as:

  • Jenny Lind Trunks
  • Saratoga Trunks
  • Monitor  Trunks
  • Steamer / Cabin  Trunks
  • Barrel Staves Trunks
  • Octagon / Bevel Top Trunks
  • Wardrobe Trunks
  • Dome-top Trunks
  • Barrel-top Trunks
  • Wall Trunks
  • Full dresser Trunks

Saratoga Trunks

Travel Trunk Cabinet

Among the many types of antique trunks, there is the saratoga trunk. Named after the popular holiday destination on NY, this place was often visited by the wealthy in the 1800’s. This trunk was made strong, sturdy, and secure. Specifically for travelling. Some of the locking systems were high-end technology at the time, and Saratoga Trunks were the best storage trunks of their day, making it a favourite of a growing breed of wealthy upper-class generation of Americans.

Saratogas had round top which are often referred to dome-top trunks in catalogues. Made from leather, metal or canvas, these pieces were commonly styled with decorative hardware and were definitely classed as one of the fancier varieties. With saratogas being the premium of trunk design; they can often emulate other styles, and retain the signature strength and durability that only a Saratoga Trunk has. 

The myriad is also the most recognisable feature on the trunk, featuring compartments and trays, which can be very complex. 

Cabin Trunks & Steamer Trunks

Bogart Storage Trunks

Known as travelling trunks, steamer trunks or cabin trunks, this style was often used as luggage for extended trips on steamships, trains, stagecoach or boarding school as student trunks.  They were founded in the late 1870’s although they really became popular in the 1880-1920 period and would be seen quite often.

Although many people thought cabin, steamer and travelling trunks to be the exact same thing, a majority of people claimed cabin trunks to be the ‘true’ steamer trunks, being the equivalent of modern day hand luggage and used for more valuable items that were too expensive to go with the main luggage. 

This particular style of trunk was identified by being covered in canvas, leather or patterned paper with a flat or slightly curved top. All these pieces were around 14 inches, in order to comply with the steamship luggage regulations which was why they were named ‘Steamer Trunks’, which since became a hallmark or this style. 

Faux Leather Trunks

Jenny Lind Trunks

Identified through its distinctive keyhole or hourglass shape, the Jenny Lind trunk was named after the singer who shares the same while also being known as ‘The Swedish Nightingale’. This happened when she toured through America in 1850-1852 under the arrangement of PT Barnum. Jenny Lind trunks were also known as stagecoach trunks as they were used for stagecoach travel and also continued to be popular until 1870, being made in a large variety of shapes and sizes. 

These traditional trunks were usually covered in leather or sole leather, with multiple iron bands around the curved body that were fastened with brass studs. They were often compared to the shape of a loaf of bread or figure of eight and were most likely decorated with fancy tooled leather, brass locks and extravagant interiors with paper lining and timings. 

Take a look at the images above of this popular style of trunk and see if you like it for yourself!

Wardrobe Trunks

Zebra Print 6 Drawer Luggage Wardrobe Trunk

Wardrobe trunks are basically a mobile wardrobe and would contain almost anything imagine. They would usually stand on their end to be opened, having hangers for clothes on one side and drawers on the other. Although many high-end wardrobe trunks would feature make-up boxes, mirrors, privacy curtains, removable suitcases/briefcases and even buckles and tie-downs for shoes. Take a look at the pictures bellow of the inside and outside of these complex pieces. 

Being very large pieces, wardrobe trunks were often really heavy and were almost always used for extended travel by ship or train. You can still find storage trunks online due to a few companies still manufacturing these products and offering wardrobe trunk restoration.

Dome-top Trunks

Natural Shesham Set Of 3 Storage Chests

One of the most popular styles of trunks is the vintage dome top trunk, also known as a Victorian travel trunk. This style has a high, curved top that can reach up to 30 inches and can be constructed in a variety of methods such as barrel construction, moulded ply and cuffing.

Dome-top trunks can come in two styles, one being a camel-back style which is distinguished by having a vertically running top slat in the centre that is a lot higher than the other trunks. The other is known as either a hump-back or hunch-back which is similar but has no slat in the centre of the top. 

Dating from the 1870’s-1900’s, there is a lot of dome top trunk history, and are seen as the most talked about of antiques, this had lead to them still being manufactured today. 

Wall Trunk

Large Storage Trunk

Wall trunks are a specific type of trunk that can be opened to a 180 degree angle, making both hinges flat up against a wall. These pieces were and are a sought after piece if they are in good condition due to their speciality, even though they are a middle ranged price. Perfect for maximising storage. 

Dating from the 1870’s to the 1900’s, the two main manufacturers of these products were Clinton and Miller and they’re brand names will most likely be engraved onto the hinges. 

Wicker Merchant Set Of 3 Trunks

Conclusion

Overall there are a lot of styles of these products that were used years ago and still used today, even designer storage trunks! Whether you want to use these pieces to travel, style, organise, to keep as an antique or even if you want some modern storage trunks, we can assure you they’re impressive and very interesting. 

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STORAGE TRUNKS – STYLISH HOMES

Storage Solutions

We’re all accountable for the bunch at the bottom of our table that’s usually unsorted clutter: books, magazines, newspapers and things that are never off our bedroom chairs, all spread around the room.

Well, this problem can be solved by just adding Homes Direct 365 Storage Trunks to your home. For a happy & cleaner home.

If you are looking for some storage trunk ideas then keep your eyes peeled… we have just the thing. Storage trunks can be used to conceal unwanted storage, store everything safely, and provide a lot of detail in your home so they’re definitely a go-to when you’re looking for a clean & tidy home.

 

4 Drawer Luggage Trunk

Drawer Storage Trunk

Why Do We Need Storage Boxes? – Pros & Cons

Storage boxes can be used for many stuff, one of a lot is that many moving & storage alternatives can be linked straight to this excellent option. They are lightweight, simple to pack, stack and label.

Storage boxes are a great idea if you don’t want to get rid of anything but want to keep it safe and off-show… It’s a wonderful invention. You can purchase many distinct storage trunks to suit your needs and space. For instance, storage trunks for bedrooms, storage trunks for living rooms, etc.

However, it may take up much room, I mean one won’t, but if you need a storage trunk set or lots of boxes for storage, then consider the space of your home first again.

 

Silver & Black Storage Box (Set of 4)

Set Of 3 Assorted Colors Storage Trunks

Achieve The Best Results & Bring Them Back to Life

Have you ever had that impression when you’ve been somewhere and always bring back an item because you’re uncertain from the very few that the store is selling, that no product will work with your interior? Homes Direct365 can assist and offer you a little more abundance in that sector! We’ve got a broad variety of Storage & Chests you might want to look at!

We have a broad variety of storage trunks, but there are some of the few that we have to fit in any sized room; retro storage trunks, storage trunks set of 3, wooden storage trunks, metal storage trunks, unique storage trunks, decorative storage trunks, small storage trunks, wicker baskets & many more.

Alternatively, though, if none of these suits you and you need more storage room & something that is safer, we have another group of products that are for you ; a small storage trunk with lock, stacking storage trunks, small storage chest trunk, coffee table storage box, storage box with lid, storage trunk organizer & many more that you can view on our site Homesdirect365

 

Set Of 3 Storage Trunks

Wicker Merchant Bench & 3 Trunks

Grand Safari – Trunks – Set of 3

Baskets & Boxes

Independently, baskets & boxes create excellent contemporary storage, and you will no doubt have seen a lot like ours, but we can deliver only the most stylish and practical.

We have many distinct kinds of storage baskets & boxes made of wickercoloured gold, wood & metal. These will certainly create a lovely feeling, so buy yours today and we can make sure they’re not going to be disappointed.

Notwithstanding that you decide to style these in your home or by any means, any of our boxesstorage trunks, etc., we will make sure that we only bring the best and will definitely leave a lovely mark on the entire interior. While providing storage space and being very useful, this is certainly something to hold on for a long time, relieving stress and elevating any room.

 

Wicker Merchant Set Of 3 Trunks

Small Gold Beehive Storage Box

Declutter Your Life & Declutter Your Mind

Were you aware that decluttering has been shown to reduce stress on scientific lines, increase your mood, make you sleep better & it also makes you feel a lot more creative?

Anyone with an excess cupboard or completely filled closet can prove that junk stacks cause stress…right? It’s annoying to look at the reason for this, but it can dredge up to a lot of distinct feelings. That’s why we’ll help you get your clutter once and for all under control! You might be asking what is the best storage trunk for me? What is best for my current interior? Don’t worry, I can make sure that we have more than enough to choose from.

Decluttering is something we all need to think about and you can get the greatest outcomes with these storage trunks. They are very convenient & handy in any situation. I certainly feel some kind of manner when I look at my messy closet. I feel stressed about the absence of organisation and I feel confused about what kind of style I’m even following. Really, not all those emotions should be elicited by a closet, a bedroom or even that chair that is taking up half of the room at the side of your bedroom, but it can.

Conclusion

As you might have guessed, here at Homesdirect365 we like you to enjoy the look of handmade & manufactured furniture. We are an excellent furniture & accessories company and we really appreciate a wide range of different materials to create the beautiful products we sell every day on our website.

Each & every item is really carefully made to the best of our ability. Storage trunks have always been a fantastic hit, perhaps because they are helpful, handy, and you can decorate them whatever you like.

As I said before, it’s not nice for anyone to have a lot of clutter. Use these storage trunks to create a better, smoother and more open room for your home!

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FRENCH DECOR DESIGN IDEAS FOR INTERIORS – FRENCH DESIGNS & FRENCH LIFESTYLE

What is French Interior Design?

Firstly, in many families, the French design is courageous, elegant and chic. Among many households, it’s very popular and that’s the reason why we, Homesdirect365, still sell it every day. In a lovely home, Rustic French Furniture & French Style Home Accessories never miss out.

Originally inspired by the amazing Provençal homes, French country furniture/architecture often features ruffles, distressed woodwork, blended styles, and both vibrant and subdued shades. The Classic French interior design is loaded with a variety of colours, forms and sizes.

You may ask… when was the French Style Interior Design First used?
After France invaded the first in 1494, it was “imported” from Italy. It took French interior designers a few years to embrace the ideology, but around Louis XIII’s decision (1617 to 1643), the baroque style had already gained strong ground across the nation. The French design ideas for interiors were a huge hit afterwards!

What is it about French Furniture & French Accessories that make it so popular?

French provincial furniture generally relates to parts produced in the 18th century in the provinces and lower French towns, away from Paris. The parts were often easier and more inexpensive adaptations produced for the Parisian monarchy by the luxurious Rococo furniture.

There’s something on French style home accessories, French furnishings, Parisian interior design & French-style interior, which feels so straightforward but hard to play. We sell many French furniture and sell products from mirrors and furniture to decorative accents and a lot of beautiful chandeliers. Whether you insert it in your home or use it for inspiration, we can help you attain your fashion interior goals.

Since the beginning, French furnishings have been popular longer than you think! Some individuals consider it to be a vintage style, but it can be put in a French-inspired bedroom in a French-style interior design living room anywhere on French mobilization and it can still create a lovely feeling throughout your home.

Crushed Velvet Antique French Style Bed

Antique French Style Bookcase

Antique French Style 8 Branch Chrome Shallow Chandelier

What would be the best colour for French Interior?

If you are looking for a more initial and neurologic atmosphere, we have a lovely array of furniture & accessories to help you receive that. The smooth, romantic interior design French country style appearance is supplied with neutral colours. Painted with light greige–beige and grey wall, add creamy whites with pale pink, yellow, red or blue accents.

Personally, neutral colours offer a lovely impact and sometimes with French furniture, they look so lovely. Entering your inner home with that easy, generic feeling. We have a lot of ranges with a soft, French touch that can ensure you will not be disappointed with. It all depends on your preference & what your existing interior looks like.

 

Rococo Collection

Estelle Collection

But on the other side of the road, bold colours are the way you want to push your mood. Peacock blue, teal, emerald green, red shade — in French interior design nothing is unlimited. The traditional fabrics in French homes combine well with basic pleas, checks and stripes. Provencal prints combine the main shades of green, lavender, and orange.

When it comes to colour, there is a lot of space for flexibility. Let the palette you choose dictate your character. Although you want the vintage, shabby and chic style, if bold & in your face, are your thing, we have the best ranges for you.

 

La Rochelle Black Collection

Baroque Gold Leaf Collection

What brings out a French Interior?

Living in Paris is the dream right? I mean, you got the Eiffel Tower, the Museum of the Louvre, the Notre-Dame. Lots of lovely landscapes? But we can still take the French design right on our doorstep, even living right where we are. They’re a lot of ways you can bring out your French interior. It could be from French colour, accessories, furniture or even design. They are a lot of distinct ways to make your home stand out depending on who you are and what your finest interior styles are.

Possibly try adding a lovely chandelier? A lot of French compliments such as accessories for a French glamour interior design? If you’re a very vintage and shabby chic individual, I’m sure it’ll help you decide. Why not add to your home a beautiful over-dimensional French mirror? I’m sure that certainly will stand out and turn the head whilst showing off your French-themed interior design. I mean, after all, I guess Classic Parisian style flats constructed in the mid- to late-19th century tend to have a conventional characteristic — a fireplace, often decorated with an opulent mirror, which is a perfect example to do that.

 

Carved Louis Cream Antique French Style Wall Mirror

Vienna Chandelier

Perhaps you could add some lovely accessories such as candle holders, clocks, mannequins, plates and hangings etc. Here at Homesdirect365, we give a number of these in many colours, forms and sizes.

Minimalism is a good option if you want a subtle French hint of the house. But don’t be afraid that there will be plenty of room space – use colour and texture to tell the story. Choose items you’re going to love and enjoy every day. As the French are doing it: a lovely place to have long chats about wine, stylish, beautiful, inspired French kitchen accessories. Choose the most common colours as used by the French to comfort shabby, chic vibes.

Set Of Three Lanterns With Heart Cutout

Keep it lighter or fresh with white or pale walls and ceilings, then choose colours inspired by the rural character: sunny yellows, greens on meadows and red pops. Unconsciously, the use of colours like rust and antique white adds a historic sensation.

Summary

French Accessories & Furniture is the ideal option for anyone! Nothing can be denied that French furniture and French accessories are a great hit when it comes to redesigning and rethinking your home giving it a beautiful French Country interior design. Whether you’re wanting to change your beautiful French furniture or want to rehabilitate your home.

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Driftwood Decor & Furniture – Achieve a Rustic Interior

We can spend hours, days or even weeks trying to find a design for our homes that our friends and neighbours may have overlooked – so that we can get something totally unique that is exclusive to us and our home. 

Because of social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, there seems to be no interior design idea left unexplored enough for us to warrant adding to our homes

That is of course before we came across stunning rustic driftwood interiors; which as of right now we feel is heavily underutilized across the interior design industry.

Driftwood can be seen as rubbish since it is typically found upon a beach shore due to a receding tide – this ‘garbage’ which makes up of actual rubbish, marine life, seaweed and of course any and all forms of driftwood plank is known as tidewrack.

But for us, driftwood is more than just an unused material washed ashore by the sea, it’s a great material for you to express your bright and bold personality in your very own home allowing you to achieve a rustic feel throughout – whether that’s in your lounge, kitchen or your personal haven. 

If you’re looking to add a set of driftwood lamps to help compliment an already rustic interior or you’re looking to completely transform your home and add plenty of driftwood accessories and furniture, you can do all this by shopping online at HomesDirect365.

driftwood decor around the home

Get the rustic driftwood style in your own home

A lot of interior styles requires you to replace your entire furniture set, which is not ideal if you’re strapped for cash or even if you’re limited on time; as moving, replacing and disposing of old furniture can take up a lot of your free time.

Fortunately, with the style of driftwood, many of its interior additions can be placed on shelves or by sofa sides; meaning you don’t need to replace or even move your furniture about to get the style you want to finish with.

However, there are driftwood furniture pieces like chairs and tables which you can add if you’re looking to transform your entire interior – we will talk about this a little later on.

Although, these are not necessary as driftwood ornaments are typically bold and bright enough for you to be able to get the desired rustic look.

Driftwood Ornaments

There are many driftwood ornaments available which can match all personalities and interior styles. We have many driftwood ornaments available on our site but we’re going to show off a few so that you can get an idea of what high-quality driftwood decor looks like and whether or not it would suit you and your home.

Driftwood Ornament Sun Sculpture – HomesDirect365

driftwood ornament abstract design

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Driftwood Sculpture – Abstract – HomesDirect365

Driftwood Sculpture

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Driftwood Forest Sculpture – HomesDirect365

Driftwood Small Forest sculpture

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Driftwood Animals

By far the most popular style of driftwood effect decor is the driftwood animal, typically these pieces are inspired by James Doran Webb himself. Usually, a decent size so that you can place them on a coffee table or side table, you can never go wrong with animals made from driftwood – the trouble is selecting the right one for you and your home.

Driftwood Horse Head – HomesDirect365

driftwood ornament horses head

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Driftwood Small Giraffe Ornament – HomesDirect365

Driftwood Small Giraffe Ornament

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Driftwood Tiger Sculpture – HomesDirect365

Driftwood Tiger Sculpture

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Driftwood Seahorse

Especially beautiful if you’re looking for a more nautical focused design, a driftwood seahorse will make more than a fine addition – adding this to your coffee table or sofa side which already features a rustic or modern design will allow you to get the most out of it.

Driftwood Seahorse Sculpture – HomesDirect365

Driftwood Seahorse Sculpture

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Driftwood Large Seahorse – HomesDirect365

Driftwood Large Seahorse Sculpture

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Driftwood Dog

Whether you’re just a lover of dogs or its a tribute to a past pet that once played a huge part in your life, a driftwood dog sculpture from our catalogue can bring you the style and design you need to help transform your home.

Driftwood Dog – Wood Carving – HomesDirect365

Driftwood Dog

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/driftwood-giant-dog-wood-carving-p52433

Driftwood Horse Head

A classic take on animal ornaments, you can never go wrong with horse head decor – it seems to be always in. This is even more apparent with a driftwood horse head sculpture which can bring that vintage look – yet one that offers something totally unique to other traditional wall horse head designs that are currently on the market.

Driftwood Horse Head – HomesDirect365horse head

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Horse Head Large – HomesDirect365

Horse head

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Driftwood Fish

Just like the seahorse carving, a driftwood fish would be perfect if you’ve got or seek a more nautical feel, whether that’s in a bathroom or just in your lounge area. Almost like displaying your favourite catch, driftwood fish carvings will always work well as a focal point piece on any coffee table or mantle piece.

Driftwood Fish – HomesDirect365Driftwood fish

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Driftwood Sculpture Large Fish – HomesDirect365

Driftwood fish

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Driftwood Fish – Carved – HomesDirect365driftwood fish hand carved

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Driftwood Reindeer

Not just for Christmas, a driftwood reindeer can make for an elegant addition all year round, being part of a mantlepiece, a coffee table or a sofa side. From our website, you can get singular pieces or ones that come in sets, these are more suited towards people wanting to spread the elegant design throughout the home rather than only giving one room the chance to truly shine.

Driftwood Reindeer Small Ornament – HomesDirect365

Driftwood reindeer small ornament

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Driftwood Reindeer Wood Carving – HomesDirect365Driftwood reindeer wood carving

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Driftwood Pig

The driftwood pig can be a unique addition to your home, traditionally not seen as a cute or desirable animal, there is just something about this driftwood animal in particular that the others just don’t bring to the interior – perhaps its uniqueness and in turn its bold designs sets it from the rest of the animal ornaments which you can add to your home today from the HomesDirect365 website.

Driftwood Pig – Ornament – HomesDirect365Driftwood pig large ornament

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Driftwood Pig – Baby – HomesDirect365

driftwood pig - baby pig ornament

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Driftwood Owl

Wise and elegant, owls always make for a great addition, especially if you’re looking to accentuate these personal traits you also possess. Working just fine on its own, you can add a driftwood owl to a bookcase or mantlepiece to allow it to bring the style into your home.

Driftwood Owl – Hand Carved – HomesDirect365

driftwood owl

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Alternative Driftwood Sculptures & Ornaments

Moving on from a focussed animal sculpture design, we also offer many other styles of driftwood ornaments, these can be anything from classic heart designs to alternative abstract pieces which may only work in a niche interior like one which focuses on only rustic decor and furniture.

Since there are many unique designs and creations, just like before, we are going to list a few of our favourites so you can get an idea of what it is we offer – we invite you to check out our driftwood ornaments collection yourself if you’re looking for something specific.

Driftwood Heart

A classic choice. A pretty safe one too in terms of the design of the driftwood sculpture, large wooden heart ornaments can make for an impactful addition to your home. Made from a large piece of driftwood, you are going to want to feature this as a blending piece rather than a focal point piece due to its simple design – something like one of the previously mentioned animal ornaments would work better at being a focal point due to their more vibrant and unique finish.

Driftwood Wall Art – Heart – HomesDirect365

driftwood wall art in the shape of a heart

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Driftwood Heart Mirror – HomesDirect365

driftwood heart mirror

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Driftwood Tree

Driftwood trees generally make for a great addition all year round – perhaps that has something to do with their natural design or because their wood designs make sense visually so they are able to work in a wide range of settings.

Talking more specifically about a driftwood Christmas tree, these ornaments work great as little accent pieces around Christmas time, so that they can complement your other Christmassy decor and bring out the best in the holiday we all love.

Driftwood Tree – Christmas Tree – HomesDirect365

driftwood trees as a classic christmas tree

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Driftwood Christmas Tree HomesDirect365

Christmas tree

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Driftwood Christmas Tree Small – HomesDirect365driftwood-christmas-tree-small

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Driftwood Vase

An unusual driftwood furniture design by itself, a driftwood vase would be the perfect complimenting piece to beautiful flowers – artificial or real. Typically the vases we have to offer can give you a more natural but unique feel, which would be perfect in a rustic home or single room.

Driftwood Vase – Glass Bowl – HomesDirect365

driftwood-vase-bowl

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Driftwood Vase – Double glass Vase – HomesDirect365

driftwood vase - vase bowl set of 2

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Driftwood Furniture

Moving on from ornaments and smaller pieces to more vibrant, eye-catching and bold additions – we are going to talk about driftwood designs in terms of driftwood furniture which you can bring into your home, whether you’re adding or replacing old ones, there is certainly going to be more than one furniture piece that will be perfect for you and your interior – helping to achieve your desired look.

Usually, we’d split furniture into its respective sections; driftwood bedroom furniture, driftwood lounge furniture, driftwood dining furniture and so on. Instead, we’re going to show off some of our favourite categories leaving the exploring of our beautiful rustic furniture up to you.

Driftwood Side table

Not necessarily the focal point of a room, but one that is absolutely necessary for design and practical purposes – like everyday use – a driftwood side table will make for more than just a great addition. 

Especially if you’re looking to feature something like a driftwood glass side table which helps to offer that little bit of extra style.

Driftwood Side Table Round – HomesDirect365driftwood side table round design

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Driftwood Side Table with Legs – HomesDirect365driftwood side table

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Driftwood Side Table with legs – HomesDirect365Driftwood side table with metal legs

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Driftwood Console Tables

Looking similar to teak furniture, rustic wood furniture such as driftwood tables – more specifically a driftwood console table – can completely change the look of a room.

Generally, console tables can become great focal pieces in your lounge or dining area, driftwood consoles are no exception and if anything this is more apparent due to their more than obvious bold design – capturing the attention of anyone that lays eyes on such a wonderfully crafted piece of furniture.

Driftwood Console Table – HomesDirect365

driftwood console table

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Driftwood Console Tabe Large – HomesDirect365

Large driftwood console table

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Driftwood Coffee Table

Another great style of driftwood table is a driftwood coffee table. A focal point of any lounge, family room, or living room area, driftwood coffee tables can make for a great addition if its both style and practical, everyday use you’re looking for. 

A drift wood coffee table can feature a glass top in addition, which can help it to bring extra unique and bold designs to a home that may lack personality or just alternative style which you may be looking for.

Driftwood Coffee Table Large – HomesDirect365

Driftwood Coffee Table

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Round driftwood coffee table – HomesDirect365

Driftwood round coffee table

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Driftwood Dining Table

Carrying on the theme of drift wood tables, we also provide our customers with a stunningly unique driftwood dining table that can make for a bold addition to a dining area and completely transform the entire space.

It should be no surprise that dining tables are primarily the focal furniture in a dining room and this only gets more apparent when you invite something like these drift wood table to the interior space.

Driftwood Dining Table – HomesDirect365

Driftwood Dining table large

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Driftwood Dining Table – Glass Top – HomesDirect365

driftwood dining table round glass

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Driftwood Round Glass Table – HomesDirect365

driftwood dining table round driftwood design

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Driftwood Chairs

To go along with the rustic wooden furniture table, you’re going to need handmade rustic furniture chairs to match.

We offer a wide range of driftwood chair for use as dining chairs or as unique additions that can act as focal points in your lounge area, which can give you the feeling as if though you were a King or Queen in your very own home.

Driftwood Chair – HomesDirect365

driftwood chair for a dining room

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Tall Dining Room Chair – HomesDirect365

driftwood dining chair hand made

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Small Driftwood Chair – HomesDirect365

driftwood small chair for a lounge

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Driftwood Mirror

To tie in the design and give you a complete look, a driftwood mirror would make for a more than perfect addition. Alongside your brand new drift wood furniture or your other decorative pieces, custom made mirror will help get you the rustic interior you have been searching for.

Driftwood Mirror – HomesDirect365

driftwood mirror - square design

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Driftwood Rectangular mirror – HomesDirect365

driftwood rectangular mirror

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Driftwood round mirror – HomesDirect365

driftwood abstract round mirror

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Don’t forget about your garden

Driftwood Benches

We’ve mentioned that driftwood can be added all throughout the home, but it’s important not to forget about the garden or outdoor spaces. These spaces can also be filled up with driftwood items like driftwood benches. Although we don’t have many options for outdoor spaces, adding one of these benches alone can still give you the desired look.

Driftwood Bench – HomesDirect365

driftwood bench for your garden

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Driftwood Animal Bench – Hippo – HomesDirect365

driftwood animal bench hippo

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Driftwood King Bench – HomesDirect365

driftwood bench

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Final Thoughts on Driftwood Furniture

Driftwood decor and ornaments look great in any style of home that features an already modern or rustic feel. And if it doesn’t, then driftwood furniture is the perfect replacement if you’re looking to create a unique space that can reflect on your bold and bright personality.

Our Driftwood categories

Driftwood & Teak Furniture by Homes Direct 365

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Driftwood Side Tables by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/driftwood-teak-furniture-c2804/driftwood-side-tables-c2806

Driftwood Coffee Tables by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/driftwood-teak-furniture-c2804/driftwood-coffee-tables-c2809

Driftwood Stools by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/driftwood-teak-furniture-c2804/driftwood-stools-c2810

Driftwood Console Tables by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/driftwood-teak-furniture-c2804/driftwood-console-tables-c2808

Driftwood Dining Tables by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/driftwood-teak-furniture-c2804/driftwood-dining-tables-c2807

Driftwood Cabinets & Storage by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/driftwood-teak-furniture-c2804/driftwood-cabinets-storage-c2811

Driftwood Chairs & Benches by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/driftwood-teak-furniture-c2804/driftwood-chairs-benches-c2805

Driftwood Mirrors by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/driftwood-teak-furniture-c2804/driftwood-mirrors-c2870

Driftwood Animals by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/driftwood-teak-furniture-c2804/driftwood-animals-c2862

Driftwood Ornaments & Sculptures by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/driftwood-teak-furniture-c2804/driftwood-ornaments-sculptures-c2871

Driftwood Miscellaneous by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/driftwood-teak-furniture-c2804/driftwood-miscellaneous-c2872

We have other unique items listed in the below categories

Modern Furniture by Homes Direct 365
https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050

Industrial Style Furniture by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/industrial-c2117

Dining Room Furniture by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/dining-c2055

Lounge Furniture by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/lounge-c2116

Matching Sets by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/matching-ranges-c2073

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Grey Furniture – 2019’s hottest trend

It’s official, grey is the new beige!

But is this just another passing trend or is it here to stay?

We can’t really know for sure, but what we do know is that grey furniture is as beautiful as any other interior design trend that has come about in recent years.

And for that reason, we’re going to pin this one as a trend you’re going to want to get in on, joining the rest of the experts and professionals in the industry.

This is more apparent if you love cool and calm colours in your home that allow you to create a relaxing atmosphere whilst not sacrificing much in the way of practical design or style.

Grey bedroom ideas

We’ll start in the most thought of place room in any home; the bedroom!

Grey bedroom furniture can come in all shapes and sizes, typically items like grey oak furniture usually do the best when it comes to styling and adding practicalness to your home. Grey bedrooms also include grey bedding to allow the colouring of the room to stay consistent, even with the focal point piece – which is no surprise, your bed.

Grey rooms don’t only have to feature grey colours, that would be absolutely ludicrous since no rooms look good with just one colour being featured – it is important to feature other accent colours like yellow, reds or even blues to help make it easier on the eyes and not to overuse the colour…let’s talk more about this.

Not just grey

It is important to understand that you can match in with other colours, perhaps having a grey and rose gold bedroom to show your more light and relaxed feel intertwined with a more bolder and eye-catching look; which can be great if you’re looking to add grey bedroom furniture sets with rose gold accent pieces.

Alternatively, you could feature a light grey bedroom furniture or even a dark grey bedroom furniture in your personal haven; perhaps mixing in the styles of grey together alongside something like white to get a grey white bedroom that constantly features a calm and welcoming atmosphere at no cost of being overwhelming.

Other great matching colours can be things like;

  • Purples
  • Reds
  • Silvers 
  • Navy blues
  • Yellows

The list just goes on, grey has almost become the new white or black; in the sense that you can match it with almost anything.

More than one style

Grey oak bedroom furniture usually gets pinned with the whole modern style and we’re unsure why this is. Perhaps it’s something to do with today’s market or just the stereotype around colours like grey and white;

Regardless, we are here to tell you that grey works with almost any style of furniture

Whether you’re looking to add modern grey bedroom furniture in the style of grey oak bedroom furniture which can replace your current decor or if you’re looking to add grey shabby chic furniture such as a grey shabby chic mirror – you can be reassured this grey coloured trend will tick all the boxes for your interior design.

On top of that, you can even look to add french grey furniture to your light grey room which will give you an expensive, elegant, yet calm feel to your interior.

Be sure to add accent colours

One of the most popular styles of grey bedroom furniture sets are ones that feature an accent colour like yellow.

The reason that grey and yellow bedrooms are so popular is that each colour features such opposite characteristics that they end up working so well together. Does that mean yellow decor is back in?

Absolutely not.

But does it mean it can work with this new great interior design trend?

Most certainly.

You could even do things like adding grey bedroom walls to a grey and red bedroom, this way you can simply add accent colours to get your desired look.

A pink grey bedroom is also up there with some of the odder but eye-catching looks you can pull off with grey furniture.

Grey and yellow bedroom accent

Finally, a cost-efficient decor trend

Keeping up with design trends can be annoying, for both you and your wallet.

Thankfully, with the grey wood bedroom furniture, you could most probably be able to get away with turning your current oak furniture into grey painted oak furniture.

Although this is not ideal since you may not do a very good job and you would make a mess of your intended grey bedroom designs and ruin already perfectly good furniture.

Grey painted bedroom furniture can be a tricky one to pull off, so you should probably leave furniture designs like that one up us, the expert; HomesDirect365.

The way you would go about this is by adding grey wood bedroom furniture to a primarily grey themed bedroom and then you would add grey pink bedroom decor in the style of accent pieces like photo frames and wall mirrors to help achieve the desired look.

Grey bedroom inspiration – some of our favourite pieces

Hopefully, by now, we’ve got you thinking about what sort of bedroom design you’re going to want to end up with. Whether you’re going with one of our suggested modern grey bedroom ideas like rose gold and grey bedroom or a grey and yellow room, you’re going to want to add pieces that can give you this desired look.

This is where we can help…

The following are some of our favourite grey bedroom set pieces that can give you your desired look.

Grey Bedroom Wardrobes

Alongside a modern grey bed, grey bedroom wardrobes are also a focal point piece if you choose the right one.

Some wardrobes can look overwhelming in a small grey bedroom, so we’d recommend opting for a single one if that is the case.

Other than that, you can’t go wrong with adding a large wardrobe to your grey and wood bedroom if you seek to get the grey interior trend everyone can’t seem to stop talking about.

Chloe Grey Antique French Style Wardrobe – HomesDirect365

Grey wardrobe

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/chloe-grey-antique-french-style-wardrobe-p56768

 

Chloe Grey Antique French Style Triple Wardrobe – HomesDirect365

Grey wardrobe in a bedroom

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/chloe-grey-antique-french-style-triple-wardrobe-p56769

 

Richmond Shabby Chic Triple Over 3 Drawer Wardrobe – HomesDirect365

Grey wardrobe with 2 drawers

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/richmond-copper-grey-triple-over-3-drawer-wardrobe-p54065

Grey shabby chic bedside table

Matching with your wardrobes, you can add a set of grey shabby chic bedside table

These accent pieces are perfect for finishing the look in your haven, along with adding decorative and practical style – something that most furniture may not be able to do on its own.

 

Etienne Antique French Style Bedside Table – HomesDirect365

Grey 2 drawer bedside table

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/etienne-antique-french-style-bedside-table-p47883

 

Chloe Grey Antique French Style Bedside – HomesDirect365

Grey ornate bedside table with 2 drawers

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/chloe-grey-antique-french-style-bedside-p56763

 

Light Grey Antique French Style Bedside – HomesDirect365

Light grey bedside table

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/light-grey-antique-french-style-bedside-table-p53126

Grey chest of drawers

For storage and for looks, adding a shabby chic grey chest of drawers to your bedroom is another great way of completing the look you desire. 

And because of the adding tabletop space, you can also use it as a place to add your accent colours like the yellows, whites and even blues, which we discussed a little earlier.

Here are some of our favourite chests that we think will get you the look you need:

Bakersfield Grey Antique French Style Tallboy Chest – HomesDirect365

Tallboy chest of drawers

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/bakersfield-grey-antique-french-style-tallboy-chest-p45172

 

Chloe Grey Antique French Style Chest – HomesDirect365

4 drawer grey chest with ornate details

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/chloe-grey-antique-french-style-chest-p56766

 

Chloe Grey Antique French Style Chest – HomesDirect365

Tall chest of drawers

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/chloe-grey-antique-french-style-chest-p56765

Grey oak bed

And lastly, adding one of our oak grey beds to your home will give you a focal point piece that is going to be able to further accentuate the grey colours and any other accent colours you may already feature.

There are quite a few choices you could go with, depending on the style of your bedroom and the rest of the home;

 

Grey Oak Bed – HomesDirect365Grey fabric bed

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/marfa-wooden-bed-with-grey-fabric-headboard-p56326

 

Modern Grey Bed – HomesDirect365

Bisbee modern grey bed

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/bisbee-grey-bed-p52653

 

Grey French Bed – HomesDirect365

dark grey bed

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/chloe-antique-french-style-grey-bed-p56760

 

Whichever grey painted bed you choose, it will more than certainly give you the look you have been seeking; consequently, it is probably the most important piece in your room if you’re wanting to pull off this look.

Grey living room ideas

Continuing on from the bedroom we have arguably the second most important room in the home; the living room.

This is another great place for you to express your grey living room ideas throughout. Since they’re plenty of colours that go with grey, there will be no shortage of ideas in terms of both the grey decor and grey furniture which you can feature.

Just like a bedroom; not just grey

Just like we discussed in the bedroom, it is important to know that you don’t just have to feature greys of all shades to achieve the hottest design trend of 2019; you are able to also feature accent colours like reds and blue to get the desired look whilst still having a space that is calming and relaxing.

There are plenty of modern colours schemes for living room, some of these colours schemes for living rooms consist of;

  • A grey and brown living room
  • Blue and Grey living room
  • And even a grey and cream living room

These are amongst the ‘tame’ range, you could go for pinks and purples if you’re wanting more of a bold look.

Helping to add to the grey style, you can also add accent pieces like grey wall art to be placed on grey walls to help accentuate this particular look.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to convert your living room colours to only featuring grey and another accent colour, having something like a grey feature wall will allow you to set a focal point in your room – this is beneficial if you want to complement some grey furniture you have picked up from HomesDirect365.

Grey living room inspiration – some of our favourites

Just like with our bedroom ranges, we’d like to show you some of our favourite grey living room furniture which you are able to order from our contemporary lounge catalogue today.

Ensuring you are one step closer to getting the grey look your family and friends won’t be able to stop talking about.

Grey sideboard

Just like a chest of drawers is to a bedroom, sideboards are an essential part of your lounge area. Matching with plenty of grey colour schemes, any one of our modern grey sideboards will help you to get the look you desire.

Here are a few of our customer’s favourites:

Grey Antique French Style Sideboard – HomesDirect365

Large grey sideboard

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/grey-antique-french-style-sideboard-p48373

 

Bisbee Grey Large Sideboard – HomesDirect365Grey sideboard part of the bisbee collection

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/bisbee-grey-large-sideboard-p51022

 

Grey Wooden Sideboard – HomesDirect365Grey wooden sideboard

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/grey-wooden-sideboard-p46762

Sideboards also work perfectly with any ornaments for the living room due to their tabletop space which can be easily utilised practical with such decorative grey ornaments or something like a grey table lamp.

Grey Fabric Sofa

Grey living rooms or any living room for that matter all need a sofa. They are like what beds are to bedrooms – an essential piece to the room itself, both practically and for style.

Adding any one of our grey corner sofas to your lounge area will give you the look you want, working perfectly with grey living room walls due to its matching colour. And if you’re looking for colours to go with grey than what can be better than a grey leather sofa – dark or light.

Grey Fabric Sofa – HomesDirect365

grey fabric sofa

 

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/grey-fabric-sofa-p54590

 

Grey Sofa – HomesDirect365Grey sofa

 

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/hampton-3-seater-grey-sofa-p42463

 

Grey Odense Sofa – HomesDirect365Grey odense sofa

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/grey-odense-sofa-p44961

Grey TV Cabinet

A grey tv cabinet will do well to complement an already grey home, a practical addition to your lounge so that you can add your TV to it, you’re going to want to make sure you add some form of accent decorations to this piece to allow it not to blend in with the rest of the furniture – since after all the grey wood tv cabinet is potentially another focal point.

 

Silver Bergere Antique French Style TV Cabinet – HomesDirect365

Ornate grey tv cabinet

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/silver-bergere-antique-french-style-tv-cabinet-p28675

 

Antique French Style TV Cabinet – HomesDirect365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/silver-antique-french-style-tv-cabinet-p33447

 

Silver Antique French Style TV Cabinet – HomesDirect365

Antique silver tv cabinet

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/grey-antique-french-style-coffee-table-p48383

Grey coffee table

Usually the certain point of a living room, grey coffee tables offer a way for you to get practical and decorative furniture in your home all in one piece. Whether you’re picking up a grey gloss coffee table or a grey marble coffee table for your interior, you will be happy making any one of them a featured addition.

 

Grey Antique French Style Coffee Table – HomesDirect365

Grey coffee table

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/grey-antique-french-style-coffee-table-p48383

 

Bergen Cube Coffee Table – HomesDirect365

Grey coffee table

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/bergen-cube-coffee-table-p41716

 

Bergen Oval Coffee Table – HomesDirect365

Circle coffee table

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/bergen-oval-coffee-table-p41718

Grey Side tables

Side tables can be great little pieces for your lounge area if you’re looking to further accentuate the style or add some extra practical space, perhaps a place for your hot coffee or simply for your favourite ornaments.

The side tables and grey round side table which we offer are no short on style and can be easily added to a french style or contemporary living room.

 

Cookham Butchers Block Grey – HomesDirect365

Grey side table

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/cookham-butchers-block-grey-p55178

 

Bisbee Grey Telephone Table – HomesDirect365

Grey side table bisbee collection

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/bisbee-grey-telephone-table-p51018

 

Richmond Lamp Table – HomesDirect365

Grey sidetable with table top space

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/richmond-grey-lamp-table-p49617

In the same vein as side tables, we have nest of tables. Just as beautiful, a grey nest of tables can bring about a practical design you never knew you needed. Making them a must-have addition no matter what style of furniture you feature; perfect for your grey living room.

 

Grey Bergen Nest of Tables – HomesDirect365nest of tables in a grey colour

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/grey-bergen-nest-of-tables-p37736

 

Richmond Nest of Tables – HomesDirect365

Grey nest of tables

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/richmond-grey-nest-of-tables-p49647

 

Nest of 2 Tables Hex – HomesDirect365Grey set of tables

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/hex-nest-of-2-tables-p55015

Don’t forget about the dining room

Moving on from grey living rooms, one of the areas of the home we’d finally like to mention is the dining room. A place where we can spend a lot of our time with friends and family but one we necessarily don’t think of decorating immediately; lounge and bedrooms usually come before this.

The dining/kitchen area can feature many different colours, this is down to the drawers and worktops which may already be in place as well as the electronic applications that you have previously added.

Because of this, mainly due to the preinstalled drawers – it can be hard to get the complete grey look you seek.

So in this case, we’d recommend doing one of the things we’ve mentioned previously and that is to blend the grey in with another colour such as white to make up a white and grey dining set for instance.

Alternatively, you could feature a white table and grey chairs so that you can add more focused look to this room, ideally you’re wanting to match the whites with other whites in the room, say the walls or ornaments.

Grey dining room inspiration

Just like we’ve done with the previous rooms, we’d like to point out our favourite grey furniture and decor pieces so that you can get that grey look you have always wanted.

Grey dining room table

Adding a modern grey dining room table to your dining area can be a great way of adding a focal point piece to the interior. To further work on this you could make up a grey dining table set when combining grey table and chairs.

Vermont 5 Piece Dining Set – HomesDirect365Grey dining table set

 

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/vermont-5pc-dining-set-p45947

Grey dining chairs

To put with your grey dining room chair, grey dining room chairs can help to further emphasise the feel you’re going for. However they are not necessary to complete the grey look; if you’ve already got a grey dining table in place, they can make for a great addition nonetheless.

Finchley Dining Chair – Set of 4 – HomesDirect365

Grey set of dining chairs

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/finchley-chair-4pk-p53139

 

Elliot Dining Chair – HomesDirect365

Modern grey chair

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/elliot-dining-chair-2pk-p53281

 

Rex Grey Dining Chair – Set of 2 – HomesDirect365

Grey dining chair

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/rex-grey-dining-chair-2pk-p53306

Grey Cabinet

Another way to get the grey kitchen diner you have always wanted is by welcoming in extra storage like a grey cabinet. Offering you a place to add your favourite ornaments and photo frames, a large grey cabinet from our range of furniture will help get you the desired look.

 

Grey Cabinet Featuring 4 Drawers – HomesDirect365

Tall dark grey cabinet

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/grey-4-drawer-cabinet-p56295

 

Fleur Shabby Chic Display Cabinet – HomesDirect365Grey display cabinet for a lounge

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/fleur-shabby-chic-display-cabinet-p40403

Grey bookcase

Adding either a large grey bookcase to your dining area or one of a small variety can help to give you that desired grey finish. Helping to hold ornaments whether they too feature the grey finish or one of a more accent colour like yellows or blues.

Richmond Tall Bookcase – HomesDirect365

Grey tall bookcase

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/richmond-grey-tall-bookcase-p49454

 

Grey Elm Wood Bookshelf – HomesDirect365

Unique bookcase finished in grey

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/grey-elm-wood-bookshelf-p46343

 

Grey Cookham Bookcase – HomesDirect365

Tall grey bookcase

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/grey-cookham-bookcase-p53257

Grey console tables

Lastly, we’d like to offer you a great way of bringing both the grey look and effortless practical style to your dining area. This is in the form of a console table, which can be used all throughout the home but particularly they look great in your dining area.

Etienne 1 Drawer Antique French Style Console Table – HomesDirect365

Single ornate grey console table

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/etienne-1-drawer-antique-french-style-console-table-p47894

 

Etienne 2 Drawer Antique French Style Console Table – HomesDirect365

2 drawer grey console table

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/etienne-2-drawer-antique-french-style-console-table-p47896

 

Richmond Two Drawer Console Table – HomesDirect365Dark grey console table

 

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/richmond-copper-grey-two-drawer-console-table-p54066

Summary

Grey furniture is here to stay.

Whether it’s in the limelight for long or its just a passing trend, there is no denying that furniture featuring beautiful greys and other accent colours are a game-changer when it comes to redesigns and rethinking how your home should look, from personal haven to the communal area that is your lounge or dining room.

Grey furniture categories

Bisbee Grey Set by HomesDirect365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/french-furniture-c487/matching-ranges-c372/bakersfield-grey-collection-c2657

Chloe Grey Set by HomesDirect365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/french-furniture-c487/matching-ranges-c372/chloe-grey-collection-c2940

Grey Furniture by HomesDirect365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/search/grey

We have other unique items listed in the below categories

Modern Furniture by Homes Direct 365
https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050

Industrial Style Furniture by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/industrial-c2117

Dining Room Furniture by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/dining-c2055

Lounge Furniture by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/lounge-c2116

Driftwood & Teak Furniture by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/driftwood-teak-furniture-c2804

Matching Sets by Homes Direct 365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/contemporary-modern-furniture-c2050/matching-ranges-c2073

Bisbee Grey Set by HomesDirect365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/french-furniture-c487/matching-ranges-c372/bakersfield-grey-collection-c2657

Chloe Grey Set by HomesDirect365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/french-furniture-c487/matching-ranges-c372/chloe-grey-collection-c2940

Grey Furniture by HomesDirect365

https://www.homesdirect365.co.uk/search/grey

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