We all love beautiful timber furniture but who can afford to deck out the house in one go? We're not talking about IKEA furniture here! And no matter how hard you try, you can never match those timber colours down the track. Well luckily for you mixing and matching your timber furniture is not as difficult as you might think.
In fact, according to apartmenttherapy.com "match-y match-y floors and furniture look staid and flat" and are a thing of the past, so your set of random timber piece could be the start of a stylish, contemporary timber furniture collection.
Now you have finished rejoicing about this fantastic news there are a few guidelines to make sure all your pieces are looking great together.
Keep to one timber tone.
You want to stay with either warm or cool timber tones throughout your pieces. So if you already have a few pieces with warm undertones then make sure you stay with warm timbers. If you have some of the natural grey timbers then stay with the cool tone when looking for new additions.
A white accent colour works with both the warm and cool options and adds a great contrast to the timber tones.
Use a max 3 colours per space.
Multiple colours is all good but you don't want to go overboard and have things looking 'bitsy'. Stick to maximum of three timber colours throughout to make sure everything is harmonious and working together.
Reinforce colours with accent pieces
To help reinforce the mixed timber look, use accent pieces such as mirrors, frames and décor pieces. With décor pieces more abundant on the market and with a wider selection of colours and finishes available you can spend a little more time sourcing the perfect piece to bring your furniture mix together.
Balance the space
Make sure you set out your timber furniture to create balance in each space. You don't want to group all the dark pieces in one spot and lighter pieces in another, this will create a disjointed appearance. Distribute your different pieces throughout the space to provide a balanced appearance.
Theme your selections
If you're still a bit worried about making the right choice and need some extra direction then theming your space can make the process easier. If you already have a few rustic pieces then stay with this style of furniture. Industrial and Scandinavian furniture are other great styles to work with.
Themed furniture will usually have its own predetermined colours and tones so you can be more comfortable that everything will work well together.
The industrial vibe looks great in all of the designer mags but will it really work in your home? Unfortunately for some of us the answer is no, it's just not going to work with your old Queenslander with heritage detailing but for most of us this is actually an achievable style.
You might not be able to extend to exposed brickwork and open rafters but with a simple blank canvas of white walls and neutral flooring, which most of us have, the industrial look can be achieved with some new furniture, lighting and decor pieces.
To deck out your entire home in this style might be a little daunting, so start with one room and try a few options until you have 100% perfected your own style then gradually roll it out to your other rooms. You might be surprised how many of your existing things you can reuse once you get the hang of it.
Here are a few ideas to help get you started.
1. Some new industrial style furniture will be in order to set your theme. Look for ranges including a raw timber look and plenty of metal detailing. With options ranging from heavily themed through to just a hint of industrial, there is sure to be an option to suit your style
2. Your space needs to be practical as well as looking great. An open shelving unit is practically a must to create the eclectic, industrial vibe. Pick out some of your favourite display pieces and books and team them up with some baskets for practicality to put your own personal touch on the space.
3. Keep things simple with a neutral colour pallet. Plain white walls are the perfect backdrop for your new furniture and offset the heavier metal and timber tones. If you have some spare wall space then some inexpensive black and white prints add a touch of sophistication to the space.
4. If you want to go all out with your new look then low hanging pendant lights are the perfect finishing touch. Reminiscent of the warehouse style of lighting pendants are available in all shapes and sizes to suit your space and your budget. Use these as a feature light, additional to your normal lighting, this allows you to go all out with your selection without having to worry about correctly lighting the space.
We hope you are inspired to give this style a go in your own home and remember we would love to see photos of the look you have achieved. So get creative, get styling and make it your own industrial haven.
Well we have nearly reached the end of another year and the festive season is upon us again so its time for a quick wrap up of the year.
2017 has been another big year for BrisbaneFurniture.com.au. We have seen the release of 10 new ranges including some of our most contemporary and industrial looks including the Torque, Draper, Detour and Forge ranges.
Our brand new "Surface Range" has just arrived in stock and is perfectly styled to help you bring home that 'summer holiday house vibe', because who doesn't want to feel like they are on summer holidays all year round.
Our traditional cross back chairs have flown off the shelves again this year, yet again proving their versatile and timeless style and our Hamptons style 'Walton Range' has also been a customer favourite.
Our online Boxing Day Sale is now under way with plenty of bargains to be had so make sure you check it out for some great discounts and offers.
With over 500 happy customers in 2017 we hope you are all enjoying your new furniture and we look forward to providing you with more great timber furniture in 2018!
The festive season is always busy with social occasions, have you found yourself in charge of one of these events and your not to sure where to start, we have collected some great ideas and inspiration for an Aussie themed Christmas gathering.
For a morning or afternoon tea event you can't go past the high tea format. Get everything ready to go and sit back and enjoy the event with your guests. Some hessian, gum leaves and some gorgeous native flowers provide the perfect Christmas colour combination. Put out some classic Aussie finger food and some Christmas favourites and your guests will be wowed by the result.
Going for a more 'Lux' style dinner party? We love this table setting created by 'Build House Home'. The bauble canopy, eucalyptus table runner and simple touches like the gold animals and charger plates takes this styling to the next level. Check out their website for tutorials on all the elements. http://buildhousehome.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/australian-inspired-christmas.html
With our Queensland beaches in fine form this time of year why not take some inspiration and plan a beach themed Christmas party like Karen Schravemade at 'A House full of Sunshine'. The 'less is more' table styling provides plenty of room for serving dishes and the blue and white colour scheme is a fresh change from the traditional Christmas colours. http://www.ahousefullofsunshine.com/2014/12/an-australian-beach-christmas
We hope you have fun with some Christmas styling this year and from all the team at Brisbanefurniture.com.au we wish you a Merry Christmas.