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Our top ten space-saving pieces for your home:

At Oak Furniture Solutions we know how difficult it can be to find a place for everything and achieve the look you want in your home. As houses are generally getting smaller, we need to provide ourselves with clever and stylish storage options.

We’ve compiled our favourite storages pieces together with some useful advice focusing on specific rooms of the house.

The dining room and kitchen:

For dining and kitchen areas, ensure you make the most of the space available. A kitchen island is always a great storage item, with many uses such as a preparation surface, a breakfast bar and a storage space.

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1950′s Interior Design:

1950′s style is a sophisticated, elegant option for your interior and isn’t too tricky to recreate. This was the post war era of re-emerging economic affluence and the home environment was becoming less formal and more communal. This was the age of the consumer and homes were bright and welcoming, becoming open as well as airy.

This was also a decade of minimalism, with accessories and detailing pared back. Simple, clean lines were broken up by patterns inspired by molecular structures and science.

1950s Furniture:

When you think of a 1950′s interior, think of the style of Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn with sophisticated cocktail glasses and elegant furniture. Eames furniture created by 1950′s furniture designers is incredibly reminiscent of this era, such as chairs and loungers.

The time of the open plan home was just beginning and the emphasis was on a multifunctional space; combining kitchen, dining room and living room if possible. Houses tended to be smaller than pre-war ones so the furniture needed to be small enough to move about or stack.

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Create a natural tone in a room:

You might wish your home was a little less overrun with technology and modern appliances, enabling you to relax a bit or you might just want to lighten up an interior.

In order to bring a part of nature into your room choose natural elements that allow you to wind down. Choose materials that resonate with your personal style. Natural materials include rocks such as granite and marble, as well as wood, cotton, leather and grasses.

For a touch of sophistication, a dark mahogany floor would a rich touch of nature. Brick creates a rustic touch and uniform pattern. This is a great backdrop for urban lofts adding texture and colour. You can choose to leave bare and display a wonderful colour or paint for a crisp appearance.

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Choose the perfect wall mirror for your home:

When you think you’ve finished decorating, a room can still be lacking a certain something. Maybe what you’re looking for is a wall mirror to enhance the space. These have a versatile function and are incredibly eye-catching items. If you don’t want to add any more paintings to an increasingly busy room, then a wall mirror would be ideal.

With a bit of skill a wall mirror can make a room seem bigger too if it’s space that’s lacking or a dark décor that needs to lightened. Use a wall mirror to reflect light and this can be maximised depending on where you position it.

Put a wall mirror opposite a window to reflect the incoming light. Why not use a full length mirror in an entrance way to increase the sense of space. You could even over a whole wall with mirrors, making all the pieces of furniture next to them seem larger. Placing mirrors alongside fireplaces help to give more light in dark space with the flickering light adding the aesthetic qualities of the mirror.

We’ve compiled our top 5 walls mirrors for you to gather inspiration and style ideas.

Oak Furniture Solutions top 5 wall mirrors:

1. Jakarta Reclaimed Teak Mirror:

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Statement Furniture

At Oak Furniture Solutions we know how important it is to create an inspiring interior and it’s vital to remember that you need to introduce a few striking additions to the colour scheme and furniture.

Sometimes statement furniture or accessories can seem adventurous and risky, especially if you’ve planned out your interior scheme carefully. However, statement pieces don’t necessarily have to be zany and over the top. Sometimes the most subtle and elegant pieces can create the strongest impact in a room.

We’ve compiled a list of our top 10 statement pieces to show you how to they can be understated and striking if carefully considered.

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Tips for up-cycling furniture to enhance your home:

There are many different ways to update your home and up-cycling your old furniture is a cheap and fun way to do this. You can transform existing pieces or you can buy cheap, reclaimed furniture from second-hand shops and put your own stamp on it.

We’ve explained how to paint and distress furniture and compiled some ideas and inspiration if you don’t know where to start.

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Tips for creating the perfectly coordinated interior:

Are you in the process of re-furbishing your home, or maybe you’ve just moved somewhere new and need to make it your own? It can seem daunting to decorate somewhere from scratch and choose the right colours, textures and tones. But don’t panic, there’s a formula for every decorating conundrum and we’ve put together some easy to follow steps so you can create your dream interior.

For the novice decorator it may be a good idea to create a mood board, so you can effectively brain storm and really see which colours and textures work well together. Add sample colours, wallpapers and fabrics to the board so you have a variety to choose from.

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Tuscan Furniture:

If you’re trying to bring a Tuscan style to your home, then you should aim to recreate the rustic, country living of this area. The overall feel should be of simplicity and naturalness, with a palette of deep yellows, oranges, copper and green. A warm, comfortable and welcoming look is what you should aim to create, with a vibrant and friendly atmosphere.

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Interior and furniture style round up:

At Oak Furniture Solutions we love researching the latest trends and compiling interior tips so you can create the right room for your furniture. Over the years we’ve created how to guides for styles such as art deco, antique and minimalist and to save you browsing back through our blog archives, we’ve created a summary of each one to the article in question.

The Modern and Traditional look:

Mixing modern and traditional doesn’t have to be difficult. You need to choose a few old pieces and surround with a modern décor. Add in modern throws and mirrors to contrast. You could use floral designs with traditional floor lamps and reclaimed furniture. Contrasts are the key to this look. You should combine eras that aren’t normally matched.

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