How To Create A Focal Point In Your Interior

Modern day homes can often appear disjointed and cluttered due to the unavoidable items that grace our homes such as media devices, accessories, heaters and general bits and bobs. With the need for extra storage space and display units, our home interiors have lost that traditional sense of organisation that created a centralised and stylish space in which to relax.

The focal point of your interior should be the first thing that draws your eye as you enter a room, it can be created using colour, furniture, accessories or a simple change of layout and can transform even the most blank of canvases into a sleek and sophisticated interior design.

 

Wall Art

Wall art and Wallpaper are a great way of creating a focal point in a neutral interior space and work particularly well in plain interiors that lack a chimney breast or natural focal point. Opt for a bold patterned wallpaper with colour and depth or for a more subtle yet still eye-catching finish opt for neutral palettes with a hint of metallic pattern or finish. Wall art can be used to draw the eye to a plain painted wall or can seamlessly highlight a sofa or sideboard area. Large and contemporary images work great in minimal homes whilst traditional portraits and landscapes can also create a soft and refined focal point in more classic interior styles.

 

Fireplaces

The fireplace has long been used as the focal point in the living room area as it provides a centralised and visually appealing area that can dictate the layout and seating arrangements of a room. A large mantelpiece creates an eye-catching centre piece that can be further emphasised using a vase, ornaments of photo frames for added detail and visual effect. Modern electric fires can work equally well, with wall mounted designs being used to compliment a wallpapered or painted chimney breast wall. This creates a zoned area of detail and colour that provides functional practicality as well as elegant interior style.

 

 

Lighting

Lighting is a fabulous way of creating a centrepiece within your chosen room and is the ideal way of creating a focal point in smaller or more awkward interior spaces. A large, single drop light works extremely well in creating a central area of detail and light that can be used to draw attention to an item below, such as a dining table, bed or seating area. Large French or Italian chandeliers look great in classic or contemporary home interiors whilst modern sculptural designs will add a visual artwork that makes a great alternative to a ornament or picture. Opt for bold coloured styles or elegant crystal designs to co-ordinate your lighting choice to your interior style and palette.

 

TVs

They may not be the most beautiful items in the world but our TVs have become to social point of our home with many an evening spent catching up on our favourites TV series and films. Creating a more visually delightful setting for these often ugly devices can be tricky, but with all eyes and furniture drawn towards your TV it becomes a necessary focal point that requires a balance of style and elegance. Opt for a grand and eye-catching TV cabinet that will provide a complimentary focal point but will also hide a multitude of wires and clutter. Alternatively you can create a wall mounted focal point by incorporating your TV as a piece of wall art on a centralised wall or chimney breast.

 

Furniture

Furniture can create a natural focal point in an interior depending on its size, colour and impact on its internal space. Sideboards, console tables and display cabinets create a visual focal point that once again will draw the eye to a particular wall or chimney breast and can be adorned with complimentary items that add to the overall visual finish. Focal points do not have to be against a wall however, a grand and eye-catching dining table, coffee table or bed can draw the eye to the centre of the room with your seating, decor and smaller items orbiting the centrepiece of your interior space.

 

For more inspirational ideas that will create a focal point within your home, head over to our latest Pinterest board – Pinterest – Focal Points

 

Get The Look – The Magic of Minimal

Throw away that clutter, shut away your nik naks, and strip back your interiors! This week we are going back to basics with our fabulous look at the ever popular trend of sleek and sophisticated, minimal interiors.

With crisp, clean lines, elegant and unique furnishings and innovative style techniques the minimal interior trend has struck a cord with a wide range of interior enthusiasts. With all the stresses of modern living, who doesn’t want an interior that’s clean, simple and low maintenance.

For original images and inspiring minimal interior ideas, head over to our latest Pinterest board – Pinterest – Minimal Interiors

Colour Palettes

The first colour that springs to mind when thinking of a minimal interior is sure to be…WHITE, and whilst this is the basis for the majority of minimal interiors it certainly isn’t the only colour option available to you. Smoky greys and natural stone colours look fabulously sleek and clean and when combined with basic white give a subtle contrast without creating a ‘busy’ or fussy colour palette. You can also try a small pop of colour with some cushions or a rug to give a centre of interest and variation without overpowering the visual simplicity of the minimal trend.

 

Accessories

The key to accessorising any minimal interior is invisibility and blending. Whilst a small splash of colour is acceptable in one form of accessory you do not want to overpower the simplicity of your interior with bright and distracting tones. Try and keep to accessories with a matching colour palette to your walls and floors or opt for transparent, glass items such as vases and light fittings to create fluid, undisturbed lines and an illusion of space. Opt for muted tones such as grey, taupe, beige or white and keep accessories to a ‘minimum’, selecting key pieces positioned sparingly across your selected room.

 

Furniture

Selecting the right furniture for your minimal interior can be a tricky task. The key points to remember is not to over-clutter your space by choosing items that are necessary and functional as opposed to filling every last space in your home. Once again the easiest way to compliment your minimal decor is to choose items that will blend into their surrounding and give a clean and sleek overall appearance. Painted furniture is a simple way to solve this problem as the items can be purchased or painted in the exact colour tones of your interior, allowing them to blend into the background. Alternatively why not opt for mirrored or ‘invisible’ furniture like our fabulous Phantom clear armchair & footstool that will provide an illusion of space and light that will not encroach upon your minimal ambiance.

When it comes to storage – the more the better! A minimal interior can only work successfully if all the clutter and household items that we would normally have on display can be tucked away, out of sight or organised in a sleek and consistent manner. Opt for items such as sideboards, console tables and cupboards that will allow you to store away any unsightly clutter or alternatively why not purchase a statement item such as an open fronted bookcase where you can showcase a selection of books that match your chosen colour palette to create an interesting yet neutral feature wall.

Just remember the one key rule: LESS IS MORE!

Summer Lovin!

The weather is finally hotting up and at The Furniture Market we are in a fun and funky mood that takes us back to the laid back and chilled out days of the 1950s and 60s. Why not embrace the retro attitude and laid back style and indulge in some super stylish vintage style furniture that will give any home a welcomed blast from the past and inject some old school flair to your interior.Vintage Retro Furniture

With slick straight edged designs combined with curvaceous seating and ‘out there’ fabrics our wonderful vintage furniture collection embraces the ever popular Art Deco style and provides authentic vintage style with all the mod cons that are required from modern furniture items. The versatility of vintage furniture means that it fits perfectly in both traditional spaces and contemporary, minimal interiors creating light and space within your home.

Oyster and Archer writing desk.

Oyster and Archer writing desk.

 

 

 

 

Our super cute painted furniture items are a quirky yet elegant furniture item that will suit a wide range of interiors. The fun oyster painted drawer fronts will add a splash of illuminating, brightness to even the most neutral of interiors. With its contrasting but complimentary natural wood exterior each item will add vintage chic to your living area. With retro angular legs and sophisticated curved edges this fabulous style will transform any home into a chic 1950s boudoir (without looking like your grandmother’s house).

For a funky yet luxurious seating solution our amazing Eames rocker chair is a must have statement item that will be the centrepiece in any vintage home  Eames Rocker Chair. With opulent curvaceous arms and bucket style seating area it provides the perfect balance of style and practical comfort. Its rocker style feet are crafted from solid wood and the intricate metal framework delicately poise the chair in the air creating a memorable 1950s style that perfectly matches our other vintage furniture items for fluid continuity throughout your home.

Eames rocker chair

Eames rocker chair

For those who want to celebrate the vintage retro style without the flamboyant colours and psychedelic patterns then our two tone furniture items are neutral in colour but do not negotiate on the familiar styling of 1950s interior design Retro Buffet.

 

Two tone bookshelf

Two tone bookshelf                                                                        

Made from elegant natural wood with eye catching zebra style grain on the cupboard fronts this range of furniture will be sure to add a focal point to your interior. The combination of storage and style makes this collection for any modern home.

 

 

Two tone cabinet

Two tone cabinet

If you are looking for the perfect balance of contemporary function and classic styling then our vintage retro collection is a must have furniture range to add to your wish list. This stylish design is timeless and elegant and as you can see from its ongoing popularity today, it never goes out of fashion. This means that these wonderful items are not only pieces of furniture but investment purchases that can be passed down from generation to generation without losing their style and appeal.

For further inspiration for your Vintage interior check out or Retro inspired Pinterest board and get your imagination flowing! Pinterest- Vintage Retro

Country Cottage Chic

If you are anything like me then as soon as the weather turns cold and miserable I feel the need to curl up in a ball and hibernate until spring. However even when the frost is on the ground and the wind is biting through your gloves you can still create a warm and comforting environment in your home that will keep you feeling cosy and snug throughout even the worst winter weather.

At The Furniture Market we are banishing the winter blues with our stylish cottage oak range. This classic, traditional design blends elegant, natural beauty with contemporary functionality. Each piece is carved from the highest quality American white oak and finished with an elegant rustic charm. What I love about this range is the way it adds a warm, cottage style feel to any traditional or contemporary living space.

Cottage Oak Sideboard

Our Cottage oak large sideboard is a simple, rustic design that combines farmhouse aesthetics with practical storage. This ruggedly beautiful sideboard would look at home in any traditional kitchen, hallway or living room and is perfect for hiding away any clutter and displaying all your bits and bobs. With two spacious cupboards and five roomy drawers of varying sizes our Cottage oak sideboard will add character to even the plainest of rooms.

cottage oak extending dining table

In the winter I love nothing more than having our friends and family around for drinks and warming comfort food on a weekend. There is something so satisfying about tucking into a slap up Sunday roast when the wind is howling outside your dining room window. Our cottage oak extending dining table has a timeless country style and is the perfect solution for those who like to make the most of their dining space. This item is the perfect space saving furniture item that can be tailored to your needs, perfect when you have a few extra guests for lunch. This traditional, rugged dining table will add a cosy, farmhouse feel to your dining area. With seating space for 4 to 8 people this simple extending table is the perfect solution for large families or dinner party guests.

Cottage Oak TV Unit

For those long, dark winter nights curled up in front of the TV, why not check out our beautiful large TV cabinet. This simple yet elegant piece of furniture has plenty of space for your TV, games consoles, SKY box with the added bonus of additional storage cupboards for your DVDs, Games and remote controls. If your’e a neat freak like me then this is perfect for keeping your living area organised and clutter free.

You don’t have to be down in the dumps this winter, no matter what Mother Nature may throw at you, you can rest easily knowing that you can sit back and relax in a country cottage environment that feels toasty, warm and inviting.