How to Furnish Awkwardly Shaped Rooms

A perfect home takes time to create and some rooms are easier to furnish than others. Some of us are blessed with a bare canvas of walls that form right angles and straight lines. But anyone living in an old house will know that straight walls and square corners cannot be taken for granted. Bedrooms and living rooms come in all kinds of shapes,  including awkward ones.

So what if the space you want to furnish is an attic with romantically sloping ceilings and tiny alcoves? The important thing with awkwardly shaped rooms is to maximise the potential of the space that you do have. Hidden and multi-functional storage is the key to combating those structural abnormalities that you just don’t know what to do with. Life is awkward enough, decorating and furnishing doesn’t have to be!

The dreaded little box room is a cheeky way for estate agents to sell you what is apparently a three bedroom house. We all know that four walls and a window doesn’t really constitute a fully operational bedroom. These rooms are usually saved for the little ones in the family on the basis that they haven’t had as much chance to accumulate as much clutter as Mum and Dad. This is fine until they begin to have so many toys you can’t see the bed for the board games.

Here are some ideas to help store their toys and save your sanity: house their dressing up gear in some under-bed storage, or pile their puzzles up in overhead cupboards. Turn a blanket box from storage into a storage-and-seating combo by simply adding a cushion and blanket to the top. Or use it to create a extra-functional reading nook in an alcove.We all dream of winning the lottery and building them a playroom that puts Hamleys to shame, but until then we can help you fake it until you make it.

Small, irregular shaped living rooms can be tricky to furnish as well. If your front room doubles up as your dining room or place to entertain, de-cluttering is the key. If you’re not a naturally tidy person, fear not, deep blanket boxes can easily hide a multitude of sins in this room, too. Coffee tables with built in storage can look after all those magazines that you never get round to reading, and tall chest of drawers can hide away all those peksy bills that keep on coming.

It doesn’t matter how much room you have to play with, it’s what you do with it that counts.With any living room, there’s always room for a strategically placed mirror. This is such an easy way to automatically make the room appear larger, as it will draw the eye outwards, elongating the space.

Whatever your furnishing conundrum, we can solve it – guaranteed.

Posted in Interior Design Ideas, Products We Offer | Comments Off on How to Furnish Awkwardly Shaped Rooms

How To Create The Perfect Kids Bedroom

When you are a parent, sleep can become a pretty elusive commodity, both for you and the offspring. You may be able to cope with a few disturbed nights, but you don’t want your kids to have to struggle. How can you create the perfect kids bedroom that lulls them off into a deep, and most importantly full night’s sleep every night?

The perfect kids bedroom needs to be cosy, comfortable and – most importantly – personalised. Little ones love to be made to feel special and if their bedroom is full of all of their favourite things then there’s a good chance that the bedtime battle will become a thing of the past.

Ideas for the perfect kids bedroom | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

Whether it’s a specific decor theme, their name in lights or a superhero nightlight that will make your child’s bedroom into the paradise of their dreams, decorating a kids bedroom is a lot of fun. Animal lovers might fall asleep a little easier when surrounded by all their favourite creatures on the walls, or your little princess might feel at ease in her very own fairytale dream.

Your child’s bedroom may need to double up as a playroom during the day as well. If this is the case it’s important that you are able to quickly and easy tidy all of their toys away at the end of the day. This way you can create a clear distinction between play time and bed time. There’s nothing worse than a child who won’t go to sleep at the end of a long day. Every little thing you can do to make heading off into the land of nod easier is going to make for a happy child and parent alike.

Creating the perfect kids bedroom | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

Lighting is also important in your child’s bedroom. Of course every child is different and it can be quite tricky to strike the balance between just light enough to be comfortable to read and play by, yet not too bright that it’s over stimulating.  Overhead and reading lights for daytime can be complementd by softer hued night lights.  Especially since they come in the shapes of many fabulous beasts or favourite film and TV characters. For younger children you can buy speciality light bulbs which double up as both a night light and normal overhead bulb at the flick of a switch.

A child’s bedroom is  an important room in the home. Your little one is precious, as is a good night’s sleep for the whole family. There’s nothing nicer than tucking your little bundle in at the end of the day and watching them fall asleep peacefully into a blissful night of wonderful dreams. Whether or not they stay asleep all night is another ball game entirely, but every little helps!

Posted in Interior Design Ideas | Comments Off on How To Create The Perfect Kids Bedroom

A Home Office That Simplifies Your Life

Working from home is tough. There are so many distractions and staying motivated all day long can be a lot harder than you think. A home office that is both inviting and functional can be just the thing you need to simplify your home working life.

We all know that we should work to live and not live to work, but it’s all too true that sometimes the daily grind can make you feel as though work is all you do. Life is too short not to have a great work and life balance and particularly when you work from home, the lines can get blurred very easily.

The saying goes that you’ll never work a day in your life if you love what you do. Working from home definitely has its fair share of pros and cons but one excellent perk of being your own boss is that you get to kit out your work space exactly how you want it.

Home office decor ideas | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

The perfect home office is one that is laid out to be as functional as possible, while completely personalised to you and full of reminders of all the things that keep you motivated and happy. It doesn’t matter if you have a whole room as your home office or you’ve just carved out a corner somewhere for you to get your work done, the best home office is one that works for you.

Whether your line of work is creative or high tech, you are at your most productive when you feel relaxed and free from stress inducing mess and clutter. The only things you should be able to see in your work space are the essential items that you need to be able to work and maybe a few strategically placed photographs or inspirational posters or items.

Home office decor ideas | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

Clean, fresh colour schemes are amazingly calming in a home office. Crisp whites, classic greys, soothing greens, and calming mocha colours are the ideal hues for creativity and productivity. Colour can have a huge affect on your mood which will obviously have an even bigger effect on your work day. Start each day right with a home office that is everything you need to be able to succeed at whatever it is that you do from within the four walls of your home.

Posted in Interior Design Ideas | Comments Off on A Home Office That Simplifies Your Life

Introducing: a new place for a furniture bargain!

The clearance area in our Bicester store – the place where you can find end of line pieces, samples and display items – has been a firm customer favourite ever since we set it up. It’s a good place to find a furniture bargain, especially if you’re after a one off or a way to furnish a room in a hurry and on a budget.

And since it’s summer, which is the time when we’re re-arranging all our furniture ready for new collections arriving in the autumn…. we’ve decided to set up another clearance area. This time, in our Banbury store. Last weekend saw our first trial run, with lots of great deals available along with free delivery to all addresses in Oxfordshire.

Our Banbury clearance area has both pine and oak furniture in a range of finishes. And there are plenty of pieces to choose from. Need a wardrobe? We have various sizes. Need a new dining table and smart dining room chairs? We’ve got that covered, too.  There are chests of drawers, coffee tables, sideboards, shoe cabinets and corner cupboards…. all at fantastic low clearance prices.

These deals are only available instore and only while stocks last.  Your next chance to bag yourself a fantastic furniture bargain is this weekend – both in the Bicester and the new Banbury clearance area – so why not visit your nearest store and take a look?

We’ll be delighted to show you around!

Posted in Promotions | Comments Off on Introducing: a new place for a furniture bargain!

How To Arrange Your Bedroom For A Better Night’s Sleep

Sleep has a huge impact on every aspect of our lives. Our bodies need at least 7 hours of sleep each night to be able to rest and repair properly. Too little or poor quality sleep can affect everything from cognitive function to our immune systems. So, getting enough time in dream land really is important. If you’re struggling to get the kind of sleep you need, then your bedroom could be at fault. Try these few simple changes and see if they help.

arrange your bedroomEven if you don’t think you have a sleep problem, there’s a lot to be said for improving your quality of shut eye every night. The easiest way to do this is to arrange your bedroom with sleep in mind. It’s not just your bed that can contribute to a good night’s rest, but the colour, lighting, and scents in the room can also make a big difference to those precious hours of shut eye each night.

The colour scheme in your bedroom should be one that you absolutely love. It pays to spend a bit of extra time carefully selecting paint and wallpaper colours or patterns so that you feel as though you are retreating to a lovely relaxing sleep space every single night. It sounds so simple but we all love to be surrounded by the things we love. Creating a personal oasis could be just the thing you need for an extra spring in your step come morning time. Soft muted colours are the best for promoting sleep, particularly blues. Sky or ocean blue are the best shades for a truly relaxing and comforting sleep space.

Romantic bedroom decor ideas | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

All of the senses need to be catered for in the perfect bedroom. Once you have the ideal visual effects in place it’s time to also think about the sounds, smells and textiles in the room. White noise is ideal for shutting out any household noise that might disturb you from an otherwise peaceful slumber. Sounds from nature such as ocean waves, forest birds or whale noises are very effective sleep aids and are a great deal more calming than the traffic and chatter from the world below. Sounds from the street such as car horns and sirens will over stimulate your brain even without you realising, whereas sounds from nature will have the opposite effect of creating a sense of peace and quiet in your mind.

Scents such as lavender and jasmine are said to have relaxing and soothing qualities. A few drops of each on each pillow might be just the thing you need to enable you to wake up refreshed each morning. The pillows, cushions and throws that you use on your bed can also offer a great deal of comfort. A little extra luxury isn’t just pure decadence, it’s a much needed boost to your quality of sleep and your quality of life. We all need a good night’s sleep, it’s the perfect tonic for almost any challenge or problem that life may throw at you. Having the bedroom of your dreams to come home to every night certainly can’t be a bad thing!

Posted in Interior Design Ideas | Comments Off on How To Arrange Your Bedroom For A Better Night’s Sleep

Show Your Spare Room Some Love This Summer

The spare room is often the forgotten room that becomes a mishmash of odds and ends that don’t really go anywhere else. Nobody really thinks about the spare room until you remember you invited some friends round to stay for the weekend and have to find somewhere to hide all the clutter that has somehow accumulated there.

It’s so much hassle to have to scramble around at the last minute trying to create a comfortable sleeping space for your guests when the last thing you want to do is let your guests feel like an afterthought when they come to stay.

creating a comfortable spare room | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine

Create a wonderfully inviting spare room that makes them feel as though they are spending the night in a luxury hotel. Time spent with family and friends is something to look forward to and with a few simple touches, a night at your place can feel like a mini spa break for your guests.

Beds can take up a lot of room and in a space that needs to be multi functional such as the guest room, a sofa bed or pull out futon can be a lifesaver. With more storage space to hand it’s more likely that you will be able to keep your spare room looking as fresh, bright and clean as a hotel. You really don’t have to do much to transform your spare room from chaotic to calming. Just as in a hotel room, less is definitely more when it comes to creating a sense of luxury and comfort.

The same minimalist approach works well with the decor of the room. A plain colour scheme works really well in spare rooms as a neutral colour palette will suit everybody’s taste and make each and every guest who stays with you feel right at home. Keeping the decor simple is also a really effective way to ensure the room is inviting and not overbearing. A few quality decorations such as a decorative mirror and simple artwork on the wall is all you need to style up your spare room.

Being a guest in somebody else’s home can sometimes be quite a nice break. Make your guests feel as though they are at a home from home with some thoughtful finishing touches to your spare room such as a vase of fresh flowers, a jar of sweets on the nightstand and some fresh, crisp, white linen ready and waiting for them on the guest bed. The aim is to make your guests feel as though they have spent the night in perfect luxury, so much so that they may never want to leave!

Posted in Interior Design Ideas | Comments Off on Show Your Spare Room Some Love This Summer

How To Spruce Up Your Hallway For Summer

We think that there’s no time like summer time! The nights start getting longer, the weather starts getting warmer and there is a definite spring in everyone’s step. The sunshine gives us all an extra dose of happiness and gives us back our get up and go that often disappears in the cold and gloomy months. What better time to declutter your home and your hallway than at the beginning of a fresh, new season?

We all know that hallways are a breeding ground for clutter which makes them absolutely perfect for a decluttering project. If you don’t watch closely shoes, bags, and kids’ toys  move in and fill up all your space, but there is a way to quickly and easily spruce up your hallway ready for a fun-filled summer.

Your hallway is the room that greets you on those days where you just can’t wait to get home and it’s the last room in the house you visit before you step out into the world. A clean and clear entrance area might be the missing ingredient to the perfect home you’ve always dreamed of.

The secret to a clean, minimalist space is simple: every item needs its own designated space. We know that getting everyone to stick to the plan is the hard bit but at least if you have a storage-savvy hallway, you’re halfway there! The importance of an organised and tidy hallway is often overlooked but there’s a lot that can be said about the feng shui in the entrance to your home.

Hallway storage ideas | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

The summer months are great for getting outdoors and being active but we all know that means that all of the park paraphernalia just adds to the hallway chaos as well. There’s nothing better than fun filled trips to the park with family and friends for a leisurely picnic and maybe even a game of bat and ball, but of course all of the odds and ends from your summer adventure end up getting left in your ever decreasing hallway space as well. All you need to counter the hallway chaos is some convenient under stairs storage, a storage cabinet or two or even some handy baskets to give you somewhere to house all the hallway odds and ends that are getting in the way.

Summer is a great time to start playing around with the colour and decor in your hallway too. You can choose themes and palates that wouldn’t even cross your mind in the colder months. Think seaside or nautical themes with calming blues, tranquil turquoises or soothing yellows. There’s loads of cool and quirky accessories and artwork that will slot right in with this seasonal theme as well. What could be better than feeling as though you’re on holiday every time you set foot in your hallway?

Posted in Interior Design Ideas | Comments Off on How To Spruce Up Your Hallway For Summer

How to Create a Bedroom as Luxurious as any Hotel

Creating the perfect bedroom doesn’t need to be complicated. Often, a few simple changes are enough to make your bedroom feel as luxurious as a hotel. If you think about a hotel room, simplicity is key. Too much clutter is distracting and overwhelming, but just a few purposeful changes to your bedroom can be just what the doctor ordered.

Luxurious Bedroom Decor | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterSleep is the single most important thing you can do for your physical and mental wellbeing and so it’s no wonder that people spend a great deal of time and effort designing their bedroom layout so it’s just right. The most obvious place to start is a nice, big comfy bed with luxurious sheets that you can’t wait to dive into every night. But where do you go from there?

A bedroom colour scheme should be cool, calming and relaxing. Comforting neutrals or simple whites are ideal for creating your very own slice of hotel heaven. Dusty greys or blues with black and white trimmings and accessories also work really well for adding a touch of elegance to your sleeping space, as do soft hints of purple. Choose a colour that makes you feel most at ease,  and surround your sleeping space with soft, soothing hues that are sure to sweep you away to a deep and peaceful slumber every night.

The quickest and easiest way to create the perfect feel for your bedroom is to carefully select the curtains and bedding. Blackout curtains are ideal for shutting the world out as you retreat to your very own sanctuary. Then, there’s something irresistibly calming about a perfectly made bed complete with crisp, white sheets and a mountain of pillows ready to ease you into a blissful night’s sleep. Add an extra touch of luxury by really layering up the pillows just like they do in your favourite hotel. It’s not quite the same when room service don’t come and plump them back up for you, but the finished effect is just the same!

bedroom decorating ideas: keeping your bedroom unclutteredOnce the colour scheme and the textiles are in place, you can play around with the room’s lighting. A bright, airy room that looks comfortably inviting during the day can be controlled come night-time with curtains, blinds and sidelights for the perfect ambiance. Soft lighting that creates a warm glow rather than an overbearing, glaring main light is best. It might sound obvious but the lighting you use in your bedroom could be the one thing standing between you and a good night’s sleep. It’s easily overlooked but the final moments you spend before closing your eyes for the night can make a big difference.

Life is so hectic and demanding, everybody needs a little slice of heaven to retreat to at the end of a long, hard day. Give yourself the bedroom dreams are made of, you deserve it!

Posted in Interior Design Ideas | Comments Off on How to Create a Bedroom as Luxurious as any Hotel

How to Create a Desirable Dining Room

Creating a desirable dining room that is perfect for celebrating, entertaining and more is all in the planning. The perfect dining room is comfortable, inviting and just spacious enough to encourage great conversation. It’s a room where memories are made and so a great deal of thought should be put into how your guests will feel once inside it.

It might sound obvious but taking the time to carefully select your dining room table can make all the difference. Round tables are great for making sure all of your guests are able to speak to one another easily as everybody can see each other. Square and rectangular tables work just as well too, especially in smaller dining spaces, as long as you get the chair placement just right. It’s a hard balance to strike between getting the seating close enough for easy conversation but far enough apart to give each person plenty of elbow space. There’s nothing worse than playing elbow wars with someone you’re sat next to all night long!

Once you’ve selected the dining room table that’s right for you, make sure it stands out with some fabulous feature lighting. Dining rooms are great fun for this as you can be a bit more ostentatious than you would be in other rooms. It’s easy to be brave and make bold decor choices when you know the room is for more formal occasions and celebrations. Chandeliers and pendant lights are perfect but make sure the bulbs aren’t too bright and glaring else your guests might feel they have come round for more of an interrogation than a relaxing meal.

make the most of your dining room | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Biceser

It’s a good idea to start in the middle and work your way outwards when you are decorating your dining room. Once your table, seating and lighting is in place you can start thinking about putting something on the walls and any other decor you might like to have to add a bit of interest to the space. The obvious choice is a large mirror or piece of artwork but you can play around with open shelving and other wall decorations.

You might want to kit the rest of your dining room out with some additional furniture such as a dresser, corner unit or bookshelf depending on how much room you have. These pieces are great for extra storage as well as giving you the chance to add your own personal style. A dresser is a great place to display family pictures or interesting trinkets you’ve collected over the years and a bookcase can be for so much more than a place to just store your books. Have some fun with it and really make your dining room a talking point of your home.

For the finishing touch, why not dress the dining room table for the ultimate wow factor as soon as you walk through the door? Don’t add too much, often just a tasteful table runner with a centrepiece candle and quality tableware is enough to make your dining room just perfect. Everybody wants a dining room fit for royalty to dine in but with just a few magic touches, yours could be the most desirable dining room your guests have ever seen.

Posted in Interior Design Ideas | Comments Off on How to Create a Desirable Dining Room

A Month of Fantastic Furniture Deals

It’s May. We can finally look forward to some better weather and here at A World of Oak A Touch of Pine we’re rather excited about the fantastic furniture deals we’ve put together for you this month! 🙂

Fantastic furniture deals from A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester.

We’re having our annual Spring Sale with up to 50% off right across the store. And on top of this, we have two additional ways to let you save money on beautiful furniture.

Outdoor Furniture at Fab Prices!

It’s the time of year when we think about barbecues, afternoon tea or long summer lunches in the garden. When we’re looking for place to sit down in the sun for a few minutes in the middle of the workday, or to watch in comfort while the children play outside. Which is why we’ve found some gorgeous, sturdy garden furniture – and negotiated amazing discounts off the RRP.

Outdoor furniture: Fantastic furniture deals from A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester.

We have tables of various shapes and sizes, garden chairs and sturdy benches, umbrellas to keep the sun off your face, and even smart wooden planters to start your outdoor herb garden, give the tomatoes somewhere stylish to live or get the sunflower race off to a good start.

Our outdoor furniture deals aren’t on the website, so please visit our Banbury or Bicester store. You can try out your favourite bench or comfy chair while you’re here! 🙂

And there’s more….

And we’re buzzed about this one. We’ve negotiated another stunning deal with the supplier of our popular Woodstock Oak, Manhattan Oak, and Oxford Painted furniture collections. So on top of the storewide sale, we can also offer you a SPEND & SAVE promotion, specifically on these three ranges.

You can spend a little and save a little. Or you can spend more and save…. a lot! Here’s how it works:

  • Spend £0 – £499 …. save 5%
  • Spend £500 – £1499 …. save 10%
  • Spend £1500 – £2499 …. save 15%
  • Spend over £2500 …. save a whopping 20%

Spend & Save Promotion on all Woodstock Oak, Manhattan Oak and Oxford Painted furniture. Fantastic furniture deals from A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester.

Doesn’t this make for one a-MAY-zing month of furniture deals? Check out our website, visit our stores… and if you have any questions, please know we’d be delighted to answer!

Wishing you a wonderful Bank Holiday Weekend!

Posted in Customer Service, Promotions | Comments Off on A Month of Fantastic Furniture Deals