Creating a Dining Room Sure to Impress 0
Long gone are the days where the dining room was used only on Sundays and special holidays. More and more dining rooms are being utilised more frequently and incorporated into everyday life.
Due to this, there’s now more need than ever to create a luxurious dining room suitable for a feast – and sure to impress!
Here’s our top picks for the best things to include to create a dining room that will definitely wow.
Not only are they incredibly comfortable, but plush and cushioned chairs look more elegant and regal if this is the look you want for your dining room too.
If you’re the type of person who can never settle, many plush and cushioned dining room chairs come with removable covers, so you can change the colour or fabric on yours at your will – this is great for wowing guests who don’t come over for dinner too often – they’ll feel like they’re in a completely new room every time they come and visit! It’s also helpful for dealing with spills, and damage.
A chair like this has a perfect padded back and seat, providing the ultimate comfort and support for you and your guests.
Having a dresser top that acts as a display cabinet is a great way to showcase some of your best art, photos or trinkets.
A glass dresser top like this has plenty of viewing space to show off your best crockery, or impress people with some of your best photo memories of you and your family.
Not only does this provide some excellent storage that saves floor space, it also gives you the option to display some of your more precious belongings and installing extras like specialist lighting can take this to another level and really stun your guests!
Whilst we’re on the topic of lighting, installing some impressive light features in your dining room will not only create a fantastic atmosphere, but make your food look even more delicious.
Depending on the atmosphere you’re going for, different lighting could really enhance your dining space:
- Chandeliers – perfect for larger rooms with high ceilings, chandeliers can look incredibly elegant and envelop a room with light. Perfect for evoking a more traditional feel.
- Floor/stand lamps – in a more modern setting, floor lamps can really help make the most of your space. Often designed in more funky colours and shapes, they can provide lighting at many different heights and slot into the corners of rooms, saving you vital space.
- Ceiling lights – if you’re blessed with low ceilings, ceiling lights installed directly into the top of your room can really help. You won’t be fighting for space with low hanging lamps all the time and spacing these out on the ceiling can bring a lot of light into the whole room, making the overall space look bigger.
Extendable tables like this one can not only help you make the most of your space, but it’s always impressive to watch a room transform!
The greatest element of these tables is that you’re able to cater for such a wide variety of occasions as you can adjust the size of your table, and this in itself is incredibly impressive!
This might sound odd, but having plainer coloured walls allows you to really go the extra mile with your décor.
Intriguing pieces of art and trinkets throughout your dining room are sure to prompt more questions and pique the interest of more guests than a coloured wall.
For more beautiful furniture you can include in your dining room, take a look here.
- Exmouth Bed & Pine Centre Admin
How to Get to Sleep when the Evenings Stay Lighter for Longer 0
Summer is a favoured season for most but not all, it can become a lot harder to sleep when it stays light in the evenings until 10 o’clock and the nights get warmer.
In this blog post, we’re giving you some of our top tips for making sure you can sleep when the evenings stay lighter for longer.
The work doesn’t start from the moment you get into bed, it actually starts from the minute you wake up! There are so many ways you can asjust your daily routine to ensure you get a great night sleep and here are just a few.
Exercising gets your body going and will help to make you feel tired, making you more likely to fall asleep later on.
Try not to exercise just before bed though, or your body will become over stimulated right before sleep!
Exercising in the morning can also be a great way to get going and wake yourself up in the morning.
Expose yourself to sunlight in the morning – the light will help wake you up and your day will seem longer.
This will help your body clock to understand that your day is done in the evening, even if the sun is still up.
The more light you let in throughout the day, the more melatonin your body will produce. Melatonin is the chemical that helps us sleep, so the more that is naturally produced the better.
Keep an eye on your diet
Limit caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before bed as these are all stimulants. Similarly, don’t eat too much before bed as the body’s digestion process is likely to keep you awake!
Adjust Your Night-time Routine
This is one of the best ways to help your body adjust to a sleep cycle all year round. The simplest way to adjust your routine is to get up at the same time of day to optimise your body’s natural clock.
But, what else can you change in your bedtime routine to help you drift off? Here is a list of some of our top tips:
- Avoid bright screens– avoiding screens like these that produce blue light a few hours before bed can help your sleep massively. You can either turn your brightness down or use light altering software to diminish the blue light being emitted.
- Make sure your room is dark– blocking any light at this time can help your body tell that it’s time to sleep.
- Try supplements– if all else fails you could try herbs or supplements. Lavender is a notable natural supplement commonly used to treat sleep issues.
- Get a comfortable bed, mattress and pillow– have you considered that you just might not be comfortable enough at night? Investing in a comfortable sleep set can really make the difference when it comes to the quality of your sleep when the evenings are lighter.
To browse our range of beds and mattresses and see if this is what’s stopping you making the most of your sleep, visit our store or shop online.
- Bernard Ewin
Space Saving Storage Solutions for the Bedroom 0
If you’re struggling for space in your bedroom, there are plenty of things you can do to maximise the area you have.
From wall mounted storage to doubling up on the furniture, here’s what you can do to save that all-important space in your bedroom:
Invest in Miniatures
Miniature or smaller versions of traditional furniture can be a great addition to your bedroom if you’re struggling for space. They can fit into neater corners or tuck under other pieces of furniture – for example, a smaller version of a blanket box like the below, or a smaller chest of drawers can make all the difference when you’re trying to save space but don't want to compromise on storage.
If you’re restricted to the amount of floor space you have available, it may be time to utilise the walls. Floating shelves or wall mounted clothes rails can allow you to make use of blank space on walls whilst also providing you with a bit of a design feature.
Wall mirrors (like in the photo below) rather than desk mirrors can also save space and bring more light into the room, immediately making it look bigger.
Double Up Usage
If you have some larger pieces of furniture, is there any way you could use these for multiple purposes? A dressing table can also double up as a work desk with the right organisation, and a chest of drawers can always be used as a television stand.
Space Saving Designs
There are now furniture pieces that not only save you space but also increase your storage capacity.
Headboards with built-in cupboards or divan beds with drawers and storage are a great investment for a smaller room. Browse our range of space saving furniture.
Will you be using any of these ideas to give you more space for your storage in your bedroom this year? For more inspiration, browse our bedroom collections.
- Bernard Ewin
Is it time for a new bed? - National Bed Month 0
This month is National Bed Month, so what better time analyse your sleep and see if your bed needs a refresh!
There are some signs to look out for that could mean your bed is on its way out, and all of these could be affecting the overall quality of your sleep.
A good night’s sleep should leave you feeling fit and ready to face the day. So, to avoid insomnia and make sure you wake up feeling well rested every morning, take a look at some of the signs that might mean you need a new bed.
Your Mattress is Old
This isn’t so much a sign, but a fact. The Better Sleep Council recommends replacing your mattress every 7 to 10 years for the optimum quality to be retained.
The lifespan of a mattress can vary a lot depending on how often you rotate it, how you sleep on it and how you take care of it, but as a guideline this should help you assess whether this could be affecting your sleep!
Even if you don’t feel like your sleep is being impacted by a 20-year-old mattress, it’s always a good idea to update your mattress. You may even uncover a level of comfort and sleep you didn’t know existed.
Are Other Beds Better?
Have you stayed in a hotel or at a friend’s house recently and found your night's sleep to be so much better there? The chances are their mattress is newer than your one at home, or it could just be better suited to your needs.
A mattress with better support could make your night’s sleep so much more enjoyable. If you find you’re sleeping better elsewhere, it may be time to reassess your bed situation at home.
Don’t just think about the age of a mattress, think about the firmness and features of a mattress as well.
Stiffness and Aches
Waking up with aches and pains and stiffness is a sure sign that something isn’t quite right with your bed or mattress.
Sleeping shouldn’t cause these issues, therefore if you find this keeps happening you should most certainly look to invest in a new mattress.
Is Your Mattress Lumpy?
Lumps, bumps and uneven patches on your mattress could mean that the springs have gone, and the mattress is ready to be replaced.
A lumpy mattress can cause all sorts of discomfort and disruption to your sleep, so as soon as you notice this it’s time to change your mattress over.
Are you sleeping as well as you did a year ago?
Even in as short amount of time as a year you can find your sleep becoming worse. If you’re not sleeping as well as you were a year ago, look at changing your bed and mattress to eliminate this as a possibility.
Even if your mattress isn’t worn, it’s still entirely possible you have the wrong mattress type. Soft, medium firm and hard firm mattresses all have different properties that suit different people.
If you need a new mattress or a new bed, we have a large selection at Exmouth Bed and Pine Centre. Call into the store to browse our collections and styles or view here.
- Bernard Ewin
Designing Your Bedroom to Help you Sleep 0
Insomnia in both its mild and severe forms is never a nice experience. It can leave you feeling tired and grouchy the next day, and the thought of another night of restless sleep looms in the distance.
Aside from the tips and tricks usually used to combat this, did you know that the style of your room could also be contributing to a lack of sleep?
Certain subconscious factors that help you sleep can be emphasized by designing your room for optimum rest quality. Here’s our tips on how to design your bedroom to help you sleep.
Invest in a Good Mattress
A mattress is the part of your room you’ll spend most time on, and it is the basis to a good bed. A mattress that’s too hard or too soft can really affect the quality of your sleep.
An old mattress can also cause all sorts of discomfort issues, with loose springs and wear and tear all hindering top performance and sleep quality.
Dim the Lights
Too much light when you’re trying to sleep can interrupt your circadian rhythm by inhibiting the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps you to sleep.
Invest in some blackout blinds or curtains to keep any light from car headlights or street lamps out of your view, and make sure you turn off all televisions and computers as the blue light emitted from the screens can also interfere.
One unusual culprit that isn’t usually considered is the digital alarm clock – having the lights from this face you all night can keep you up and have just as bad an impact as looking at any other digital devices would.
Certain colours evoke different moods and some are more peaceful and relaxing than others.
Pastels are known for their calming effect and decorating your room with these colours could be what you’re missing in your mission to sleep soundly.
Tidy Room, Tidy Mind
Clutter in your bedroom is never advised but can be even worse if you’re having trouble sleeping. Untidiness and belongings scattered about your room can cause anxiety even if you don’t realise it.
The effect that anxiety then has on your body can cause a lack of sleep, so try to keep a tidier room to ease your mind before bed.
Temperature also plays its part in aiding you with a good night’s sleep. Being too hot or too cold are the worst culprits when it comes to being awake all night long.
Microfibre duvets can help with this in the warmer months, they’re a type of duvet that helps air circulate and ‘breathe’, saving your bed from being stuffy and constricting.
The importance of pillows to a sound sleep is something that often goes amiss. You need enough pillows to prop your head at the right angle – high enough that your head is above the rest of your body and you’re not constricting your neck, but not too high that you’re almost upright.
The filling of the pillow then comes into question. For luxury, you may want to choose down, or for support try memory foam. Try different pillows out until you find what works best for you.
Some scents are known for inducing sleep and being more relaxing. Lavender is a firm favourite for many.
Effective ways to use these scents to help sleep are in the form of essential oils, bath salts, candles, sleep masks and pillow sprays.
These scents are worth a try if they result in the peaceful night’s sleep you deserve.
For information about mattresses or other bedroom products, feel free to contact us today or come and visit our store.
- Bernard Ewin
Tips to Give Your Home a Refresh in the New Year 0
A new year often brings about change and inspiration. One of the best ways you can implement this in order to improve your 2019, is to give your home a bit of a refresh.
There are a variety of ways to freshen up your living space and bring something different to your home.
If 2019 is the year of ‘New Year, New Home’, keep on reading.
Upgrade your Storage
So many of us are guilty of leaving our belongings out and about. Investing in some good quality storage can make a big difference to the atmosphere of your home. Even if it’s just a space to put the items you would usually have scattered around.
Bookcases are great for displaying ornaments, magazines and newspapers, similarly, ottomans and cupboards are an ideal way to stash undesirable or unused items out of site.
If you’re a tad tight on space in your home, rather than adding more units, think about switching some of your current pieces for those slightly more useful, or invest in some hidden storage accessories to keep even the smallest of spaces tidy.
If you’re in the market for upgrading your storage this New Year, take a look at our range of storage pieces – you'll be sure to find the perfect piece for your home.
If there’s items you find yourself reaching for on a daily basis, ensure the layout of your items work with this.
Not only will this look different, but you can organise things like your cupboards or wardrobe to have the frequently used items at the most accessible places.
This will make a huge difference not only to refreshing your home but will most likely result in an easier start to your morning when everything you need is in arm’s reach!
What more do we need to say? A spring clean has become something of a new year’s tradition for many, sprucing up your home with the intent to follow this for the rest of the year.
Whether you stick to it or not, a ‘spring clean’ can be great for refreshing your home. You may discover belongings you haven’t seen in a while, and there’s no better feeling than the accomplishment that follows a clean room – tidy house, tidy mind!
Florals and Greenery
There’s nothing fresher than nature. Add some of this to your home by decorating with flowers, you’ll soon notice their pleasant scent filling your home.
Green is a colour known to symbolize freshness, fertility, growth and harmony. Balance your home and bring only good emotions by dotting some green plants around your house.
You’ll be able to find some form of greenery to freshen up your space no matter how much room you can dedicate to this purpose. A potted cacti for your desk or a larger corner plant - there will be something that’s perfect for you and your home.
Change up your Colour Scheme
This is a simple and relatively cheap way of refreshing your home for the new year.
Whether you have accent cushions and curtains, or a theme within your artwork, changing the colour scheme for these can really change the look of your house from season to season.
The great thing about colour schemes, especially if you have a neutral base to your rooms, is that they can be changed again and again, always adding a fresh feel to your living space.
Liven Up Your Walls
The same goes for a feature wall – it is a fairly easy job to change this up when you feel like it.
You could even let the colour of this form the basis of your general colour scheme and is certain to add a new element to your sanctuary.
Allow Yourself the Little Things
Even a small spruce up like changing your sheets can help your home feel fresher for the year ahead.
If your budget doesn’t allow huge spending, there are plenty of retailers who sell affordable bedding.
Small changes like this really can make a huge difference.
Whatever room you’re looking to freshen up in 2019, we can help. To browse our range of furniture, with plenty of storage options to suit you, visit our website today.
- Bernard Ewin