Decluttering your home in the new year

There’s no greater time for decluttering your home than at the start of a New Year. When you’re in the mood for new beginnings and brimming with resolutions, that’s when you have the perfect chance to declutter each and every room of your home. January 1st marks the chance for a fresh start in all aspects of life, but what could be more important that making sure the place we retreat to each and every day is warm, inviting and clutter free?

Decluttering your home | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterThe hallway is one culprit of household clutter that can create an eyesore the moment you step through the door. Give your guests the right impression this New Year with some storage solutions that tidy your hallway right up. Firstly, you will need a sturdy blanket box or shoe cabinet for somewhere convenient to stow away the whole family’s footwear. Once that is taken care of you can take a look at the rest of our hallway storage solutions that we have on offer such as chest units and storage cupboards. The more storage options you have available to you in your home, the easier decluttering becomes.

Wentworth Cehsts, ideal for keeping clutter at bay | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

You might think that the larger rooms of the home such as the living room and dining room would be easier to keep clutter free. However, it’s usually these types of rooms that seem to always accumulate the most amount of stuff. There’s always something that you need to find a home for and it seems like with each passing year you seem to acquire more and more possessions.

Make 2018 the year you finally get a handle on your home interior and declutter your living spaces once and for all. Most people’s living rooms centre around the TV and so a good place to start when decluttering the living room is to invest in a quality entertainment unit with built in drawers. As much as possible it’s always best to buy furniture pieces with an integrated storage function as you can never have enough storage.

The main offenders as far as clutter is concerned in the bedroom is always going to be your clothes. As you rush to get ready in the morning you need to be able to peruse your outfit choices fast and our Kenwith Double Wardrobe with two built in drawers underneath will allow you to do just that. The range comes complete with a dresser, chest of drawers and bedside table so everything in your bedroom can have its rightful place.

If you work from home then you will know just how many distractions there are for you to contend with on a daily basis just so you can get the most simple of tasks done. Don’t let clutter be another obstacle in your work day. Make sure your work space has enough storage for you to house away any clutter that might get in your way. We have a great range of home office furniture that will give you ample space to tidy away documents, stationery, files and any books that you might need.

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Whether you need a complete de-clutter in your home from top to bottom or you are looking to add some additional furniture pieces to your collection, we are bound to have the perfect storage solution that fits perfectly into place in your home.

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2018 Interior Design Trends

If you want to keep up with interior design trends in 2018, don’t worry we’ve got you covered! Nobody has the time or money to completely overhaul their home decor in every room each time the trends change. While we can provide you with top quality furniture that will stand the test of time and never go out of fashion, we can also help you make a few changes in your home that will keep you up to date without breaking the bank.

A big trend for 2018 is creating an inviting tone that is big on comfort and leisure. Living areas are an expression of everyday life and so it makes sense that your place to retreat to is warm, welcoming and rewarding at the end of a long, hard day. Sofas, chairs and beds are predicted to get bigger, fluffier and comfier as the emphasis on individual wellbeing continues to grow. We are more than ever aware of the need for self-care and taking time out to look after our physical and mental health, and this is going to be plain to see in the interior design trends for the coming year.

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Sophistication and elegance are still going to be number one priorities in the coming year Think luxury and chic while still remaining comfortable and cosy. Suede and velvet upholstery is going to be big whether you go all out with a velvet sofa or just dabble with chair covers or curtains, this is going to be the ultimate statement of luxury in 2018. The luxury element continues in the form of bar carts, wine decanters and cocktail sets and so you will have the perfect excuse to celebrate in style this year.

The most popular flooring for this coming year is going to be light, textured wood floors that will naturally look absolutely fantastic with any of our oak or pine furniture. Depending on what room you are decorating, hard floor may not be the best choice but to get the best of both worlds you can always add in a large rug to soften the floor area.

Optical illusion lighting is going to be the main focal point of the home over the next 12 months.

Nautical Decor Ideas | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterIt’s a quirky interior design trend which shows us the future has well and truly arrived. There’s no conversation starter quite like a 3D LED lamp or asymmetric hanging light. Team this with another up and coming trend of mixed metals such as silver and chrome and you have the perfect recipe for a futuristic room to be proud of.

As we head further and further into the millennium, technology is going to continue to transform our lives in ways we never thought possible. Futuristic interior design trends are a shout out to how far we have come in the digital age. Our technology continues to take us to new frontiers that just decades ago would have been assumed to be an impossible feat. For this reason the interior design trends that we will see emerging at the start of 2018 and beyond are set to be the most innovative, groundbreaking and cutting edge yet.

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2018 Colour Trends

We all know that life is meant to be seen in glorious technicolour and the same could be argued for your home decor. If you’re wondering which particular shades and hues are going to be en vogue in 2018 then look no further as we have scouted high and low to bring you the hottest colour trends that you need to know about in order to transform your home this New Year.

Each year the Pantone Colour Institute predicts the colour trends for the following twelve months. For 2018, the chosen colour is a bluey-purple hue called Ultra Violet. The Institute usually has an uncanny ability to predict the colour of the year correctly and so 2018 is likely to be the year that purple shows us its power.

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When you break it down, purple is a very mesmerising colour indeed. Interestingly, it is made up of two colours at completely different ends of the spectrum: blue and red. While blue evokes feelings of thoughtfulness, the red symbolises passion and excitement – which is quite a powerful mix for any room of your home. The colour purple has connotations of power, creativity and the supernatural which makes it perfect for creating an interesting and captivating space in any room of the home.

We are living in very exciting times and so it really doesn’t come as any surprise that bold and playful colours are really going to be big in 2018. It’s also become increasingly popular over the last year or so for colours to lose their gender connotations so you can really have some fun playing around with the colour palette in your home this coming year. Think warm yellows, energetic purples and watery tones of blue for a fun and engaging space that captivates the senses. Now more than every you can go bold with your colour choices and go for the extraordinary choice rather than the plain old ordinary one.

Of course a bright and vibrant colour scheme isn’t to everybody’s taste and preference. Modern life is so demanding and hectic but colour is a powerful psychological tool that can affect your mood and enhance every aspect of your life. There is a lot to be said for the calming and restorative nature of a neutral colour schemes. Muted and soft purple hues  are common in nature, and for a less vibrant colour scheme sophisticated blush or serene shades of blue offer the best of both worlds with a dash of gentle colour that keeps it simple and reminds us that life doesn’t need to be so complicated.

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Some common themes that are carrying over into 2018 are the increasingly popular themes of mindfulness and escapism. Perhaps the way in which social media has become integrated into everyday life has taught us the importance of not having to be ‘on’ all the time. In a world where we are constantly accessible across various different methods of communication, it’s nice to have somewhere we can retreat to and switch our brains off for a while. It’s for this reason that we will also be seeing a rising popularity in minimalist pastels over the next 12 months. Whichever colour you choose, pop along and see us for the perfect oak or pine furniture to match.

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Christmas and New Year Store Opening Times

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How to Create a Festive Dining Room

Everyone is always so excited to decorate the tree at Christmas that they might forget to deck out the dining room with some festive cheer as well. It makes sense to sprinkle some Christmas magic in the room where you will sit down to tuck into a delicious Christmas feast. From your dining room table to your dresser to your walls and even your lighting, there are so many ways to inject some Christmas cheer into your dining room this festive season.

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You’ve heard of deck the halls with boughs of holly, but Christmas foliage doesn’t end there. The winter months are synonymous with pine cones, twigs, snowflakes, icicles and mistletoe to name a few of the best natural festive artifacts. Get creative with some spray paint and you can have your very own winter wonderland in an instant. If you are the crafty type, why not create each Christmas guest their very own place setting created with various different pieces of nature?

Christmas is a dark, cold and dreary time of year which is just perfect for an assortment of fairy lights, tea lights and candles to create a cosy feel. The contrast of the dark nights pressing in from outside and the twinkling of candles in your warm, snug dining room will make your Christmas day feel simply magical. If your dining room has a chandelier or another type of feature light, you can bring it into the Christmas decor too by decorating it with tinsel, baubles, ribbon or even just a carefully placed sprig of mistletoe.

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You’ll obviously want to show off your stunning dining room table in all its glory and so you will need a statement centre piece. A glass bowl of pine cones and twigs is a firm festive favourite but for something a bit different why not go for a jar full of sweets for the kids and a bowl full of miniature after-dinner drinks for the adults?

To dress up the rest of the furniture in your dining room such as your dresser, book case or drawer unit, look out for some festive decorative pieces such as stars, reindeers or mini Christmas trees. To take the hassle out of decorating, use something you are already going to put out anyway such as the Christmas crackers or Christmas Poinsettia or fern, or even a light.

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Christmas is such a special time of year so why not have some fun and let the festive decor spread out across the whole house? After all, Christmas only comes once per year but the happy memories shared amongst family and friends will last a lifetime.

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Storage Solutions that Actually Work

Storage Solutions that actually work from A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterEveryone knows that one person with an impeccable house that doesn’t even look lived in. The one where there’s not a single thing out of place and where every surface seems to repel mess and clutter. If you’re naturally a messy person, it can seem impossible to get that picture perfect look, but the home you’ve always longed for can be yours with a few quality storage solutions that actually work.

If you’ve tried and failed to declutter your home before, it’s likely because your storage solutions weren’t up to the task. Our quality, multi-functional furniture ranges provide ample storage for all the rooms of your home. Whether you need a chest to chuck all the kids toys into or a coat rack to keep your hallway from looking like a jumble sale, we are sure to have the right storage solution for you.

living room storage solutions | Banbury Oak coffee table with drawersThe living room is the most popular place to make a start with decluttering. The whole family uses this room and you spend a great deal of time in the lounge relaxing, watching TV or chatting after a long day at work. You can get more out of your living room furniture by using a coffee table with a shelf underneath or a side table with a drawer and/or shelf below. When you double up on functionality with a piece you were already going to get for the room, you get more value for money as well as an extra place to stash all of your odds and ends.

This is great advice for all rooms of the home and you can easily restore some order to the master bedroom, the spare bedroom or even the kids’ bedrooms with furniture that does two things at once. A wardrobe with a built in drawer unit allows you to make the most of the height of the room so that you can pack more in and make the most of the available space.. Some of our bed-frames also come with built in drawers underneath to give you some out of sight storage that will help keep everything looking ship-shape.

Messy Desk Messy Head | A World of Oak A Touch of PineThe home office is another room that could do with some extra storage. Paperwork always mounts up whatever you do and files seem to take on a life of their own as they completely take over your work space. Choose from our extensive range of pedestal desks with built in drawers for storage so you keep both your desk and your headspace as clear as can be. Some of our bookcases come with drawer compartments which are the perfect home for all of your stationery supplies or anything else that is cluttering up the space.

All rooms in a house are always a work in process but let us help you get you one step closer to a wonderfully calming, clutter free home with sufficient storage for all of your needs. It’s just a matter of everything in its rightful place, which is exactly how any home should be!

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Why Christmas is the Perfect Time to get a new dining room table

Christmas time is the perfect time to choose a new dining room table for your home. It just isn’t Christmas without a Christmas dinner but a dining room table is so much more than just somewhere to sit and enjoy a festive meal with the family. It’s also just somewhere to sit around and talk the night away, or to even enjoy a festive game of Trivial Pursuit or Monopoly. It’s the social hub of your home where you will always gravitate towards when you are entertaining, which always seems to be pretty much every day over the Christmas holiday!

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There is so much time over the festive season for socialising and having fun that your dining room is sure to see much more traffic than it normally does. Make sure your home has the very best in quality dining room furniture that is more than up to the task. The kids are bound to need plenty of room to play with their new games, puzzles and messy craft activities that they got for Christmas as well. Just be sure to remember the protective cover for the paints and play-doh!

Christmas is the time for all things new and exciting, with new presents and new memories being made throughout the holiday. What better time to treat yourself to a brand new dining room table for you and your family to enjoy than the most wonderful time of the year? You will always look back on the first Christmas with your brand new table and remember the moment your family sat round expectantly waiting for you to unveil the most amazing Christmas turkey ever. Your festive feast will undoubtedly look even more appetising when it takes centre stage on your stunning oak or pine table.

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We know you need a table that is big enough to fit the whole family round, comfortable enough to keep them feeling cosy all day long and durable enough to stand the test of time. Oak and pine are perfect for investment furniture pieces, especially dining room tables as they are both incredibly robust and durable materials.

Our tables come in a variety of different sizes with the option of an extendable table available to you in case you need to vary the size of your table from time to time. We also offer a range of comfy dining room chairs for you to choose from as well. Pop down and come and take a seat at one of our tables yourself and you will see exactly why you need a brand new dining table to make this Christmas the best one yet.

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A Perfect Christmas Starts with a Table

When you think of the magic of Christmas, it’s natural to think of the more obvious things like the perfectly decorated Christmas tree, some amazing presents and a delicious turkey dinner. The importance of a good dining room table as a factor in planning your Christmas day often gets overlooked. It’s not too late to wow your friends and family this Christmas with a stunning dining room table that really adds that little extra sprinkling of festive magic to your dining room.

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Of course it’s nice to give and receive presents at Christmas, but the real festive spirit comes with gathering round with your nearest and dearest to enjoy a scrumptious feast with all the trimmings. Christmas is a time for family and what better way to really relax and enjoy the festive season to the full than with a brand new beautifully crafted dining room table. The only thing that could make Christmas more exciting is the thought of unveiling an amazing new addition to your home furnishings. Christmas crackers and table presents look all the more wonderful when they take pride of place on top of a perfectly crafted oak or pine dining room table.

Whichever table you decide is right for your home from one of our extensive ranges, it is sure to look incredible when everything is perfectly in place ready for the family to tuck into the ultimate Christmas feast. Make sure your guests feel extra welcome this year and get to enjoy Christmas in the ultimate comfort and luxury.There’s nothing worse than having to cram everybody round a table that just isn’t big enough, or forgetting at the last minute that you don’t have enough chairs for everyone.

A perfect Christmas starts with a dining table | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterTables aren’t for just eating around, they are a great place for fun and games as well. Christmas just isn’t Christmas until somebody gets Monopoly out so make sure you have enough room for everybody to be able to get involved in the after dinner fun. Whatever your chosen game is for Christmas evening, your family can’t fail to have a Christmas to remember with a plush new dining room table that they will never want to get up from.

Give yourself one less thing to worry about this Christmas with one of our amazing dining room table sets that is just waiting for you to come and claim it. The only difficult part will be deciding just how to decorate your beautiful oak or pine table so that you can transform your dining room into the festive fantasy of your dreams.

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Declutter Your Way to the Beautiful Home of Your Dreams

There’s nothing worse than unwanted clutter in your home. Clutter takes up much needed space, it makes the house look untidy, and just the sight of it is enough to send your blood pressure skyrocketing. Whether you are looking to declutter one room in particular or you need some storage solutions to help you declutter the whole house, look no further because we have a whole range of different solutions for you.

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It’s hardly surprising that living rooms are the ultimate clutter breeding-ground when you take into consideration how much time you and other members of the household spend in this room. Books and magazines get strewn across the coffee table and all sorts of random odds and ends always seem to end up taking up residence in the bookcase or dresser. The most common cause of clutter is not having a designated place for everything, and a few strategically placed bookcases, cupboards or shelves can quickly put a stop to the messy madness. It’s best to be creative with the space you do have in your living room so that you get the maximum number of storage solutions in the room without it looking over-crowded.

Hallways are another common clutter culprit which are usually full of a huge pile of unruly shoes, hats, coats and scarves. We’ve got organiser cabinets, blanket boxes, and shoe cabinets that are perfect for getting your hallway in order. We know how frustrating it is when you are rushing out of the door and cannot find a matching pair of shoes no matter how frantically you search. Hallway madness can be a thing of the past when you kit yourself out with some handy storage solutions that will declutter your hall in an instant.

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If you are looking to de-clutter the bedrooms we offer wardrobes with drawers built in to give you that extra bit of storage for anything that doesn’t need hanging up. Top boxes are a great feature to extend wardrobe space, and blanket boxes sit pretty at the foot of the bed and offer somewhere to tidy away shoes, bags and any other bulkier items.

Decluttering is easy when you are smart with your furniture choices and many of our ranges offering multi-functional pieces such as our bedside tables with integrated drawers so you can keep you sleeping space serene and clutter free.

Decluttering a whole house can be a daunting prospect but if you add functional furniture pieces to your home piece by piece, and keep your decluttering efforts current, you will soon have the clutter-free, picture-perfect home you’ve always dreamed of.

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How to Make the Most of Your Dining Room

Has your dining room table become something of a long forgotten relic hidden beneath a mountain of clutter? It’s never too late to turn it from wasteland to wonderland with a statement table that looks as impressive as it does inviting. It’s so easy to use the dining room table as a dumping ground for piles of laundry and just about anything else that you never seem to find the time to put away. With one of our impressive dining room tables in your home, you won’t want anything obscuring the view.

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Clutter is the most unsightly thing in any home but our storage solutions are key to keeping everything out of sight and out of mind. Don’t let anything stop you from showing off the newest addition to your home to your friends.

Nothing should obscure your dining room table so make sure it is seen in the full glory it’s meant to be by keeping everything in its place with cabinets, side boards, display units or bookcases. These are great storage solutions that will complete your dining room beautifully as well as giving you somewhere to display all of your favourite photographs, trinkets and ornaments. Once you have found the perfect furniture for your dining room, how do you get the most out of the rest of the room?

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When you have all of your furniture pieces in place you can start thinking about the style of the room. The decor, the colour scheme and the accessories are all just as important as the furniture pieces and will make a massive difference to the overall feel of the room.

Some of our ranges come with the option of a painted finish which is a great place to start when picking out the rest of the decor for the dining room. Always start with the larger, investment pieces such as dining room tables and work around them. It’s always easier to change the colour of a room, but not as easy (or cheap) to change whole ranges of furniture.

The arrangement of the room is another really important feature that can be the difference between a dining room dream and a dining room disaster. Obviously this depends a great deal on the layout of your dining room and the relation to the kitchen.

Make sure you place the table somewhere where there is ample space for the number of chairs you have. There is nothing more uncomfortable than being squashed around a table at a dinner party and not having enough room to push your chair back. When choosing your chairs it is a great idea to test them out first to ensure they are comfortable as well as stylish. Of course this will be no problem at all when you pop down to one of our friendly showrooms, so come and see for yourself what we can do to help you on your way to a beautiful dining room to be proud of.


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