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2nd August 2018

2018 Interior Design Trends

So far 2018 has been a bumper year of amazing interior design ideas. From natural materials to geometric designs, inspiration is being found in all sorts of places. So, how can you translate those trends into your own home?

Colour 

Alstons Camden Grand Sofa

While the all-white look of the Pinterest mood board has been at the forefront of interior design for some time now, colours are making their way back to the top spot. From bold cactus greens and ultraviolet purples to layers of muted neutrals, there is a palette to suit all tastes right now so take full advantage of the rainbow spectrum on offer.

Metallics 

Vida Living Arianna Coffee Table

Metallics have been big news for a few years now and are set to continue in 2018 with burnished brass and industrial looking nickel. Copper and rose gold are still great for making a statement, but the rougher, more organic looking metallics will bring you straight into 2018. Choose these materials for lampshades or chair legs to bring a splash of metallic glamour to your room.

Patterns 

Ercol Novara Fabric Large Sofa

Geometric prints are everywhere! From intricately woven designs on lampshades to bold prints on large floor rugs, adding a geometric print to a room is the quickest way to bring any room up to date. Opt for a few scatter cushions and a throw to add this look to your home without breaking the bank or making drastic changes. 

Plants 

Stressless Magic Recliner Chair

One of the fastest ways to bring any room up to date is to bring in plenty of indoor house plants. While many of us have been growing indoor plants for some time, the emphasis is now on chic planters and plenty of foliage. The greener the better! 

Comfort 

G Plan Pip Leather 3 Seater

There have been some trends in the last few years that have put style before comfort, and that is never a good idea when it comes to decorating your home! After all, this is where you want to feel the most comfortable. So, 2018 is all about ramping up the comfort factor, with comfy sofas and luxurious beds to lounge in.

Ceilings 

We’ve had all kinds of trends over the years; feature walls, feature floors, and feature doors. Well, 2018 is the year of the feature ceiling. Make the ceiling the focal point of the room by painting or wallpapering it to draw the eye upwards. 

Head on down to our showroom where you can find some of the best furniture for your home. Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page.

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19th July 2018

Interior Design: Home Office Inspiration

Interior Design: Home Office Inspiration

(Image: Stressless Magic Office Chair)

Whether you regularly use your home office for work or crafting, they need to be super practical spaces where you can feel focused and productive. But, practical definitely doesn’t have to mean boring. With just a few tips and tricks, you can transform your office space into an interior designer’s dream.

The most important feature in any home office is the desk and once this has been chosen the rest of the room will follow on from its design. Give some thought as to whether you prefer a vintage style or a more modern take on the humble desk and work from there. Are you a glass top kind of worker or would you rather a pared-back Scandinavian style? Do you like your furniture to come with character or to be sleek and sophisticated?

After selecting your desk, the next item to draw your attention to is the chair. After all, you may end up spending quite some time sitting in it, so it needs to be something that you find stylish and comfortable. There are so many chair designs that it is impossible to list them all, but a good rule of thumb is to choose one based on whether or not it supports your back. Sure, it might look great but if it doesn’t give you good posture then it won’t be a good investment.

Storage is key in any office space, so decide how you would like to manage yours. If you prefer your stationary and craft tools to be on display, think creatively and use wire baskets or Perspex cabinets to keep them organized. Install some shelving and don’t forget to use the space under the desk to store books and paperwork.

If you’ve ever found yourself working late into the night, then you will know full well the importance of good lighting. A great desk lamp can help tired eyes keep going just that little bit longer, so get yourself a great light to work with.

Don’t forget to add some indoor plants to your office space as this will not only help the room feel brighter and more inviting but will also help to purify the air, great for helping you to think better!

Head on down to our showroom where you can find some of the best furniture for your home. Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page.

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6th July 2018

Things You Never Knew About Furniture

Things You Never Knew About Furniture

As you recline on your comfy sofa or eat a fantastic meal from your dining table, have you ever wondered how that piece of furniture ever came to be? Well, it turns out that furniture has a super interesting history!
 

1. The earliest known furniture in Europe was from Scotland
That’s right! It was first discovered at a late Neolithic settlement in Skara Brae, Scotland that was inhabited between 3200 and 2200 BC. Though, it wouldn’t be particularly comfortable as it was all made form stone due to the distinct lack of tress ion the island!
 
2. Beds have evolved since 3600 BC
Back as far as 3600 BC, beds were made from straw, leaves, and animal furs. Thankfully, this design was upgraded in the 12th century to a bed made from wood, and again in the 17th century to opulent designs with golden sheets and ornate carvings. 
 
3. The sofa didn’t get invented until 1931
That’s right, we’ve only had sofas for 87 years! Bernard Catro invented the Castro Convertible in 1931 and the rest is history.
 
4. Charles Darwin invented the office chair 
Back in the 1800s, naturalist and workaholic Charles Darwin discovered a quicker way of getting his work done – by attaching wheels to his desk chair.
 
5. The world’s largest bed is over 86ft long
The record-breaking bed was created by Commissie Zomerfeesten St Gregorius Hertme from the Netherlands in May 2011.
 
6. Tables were invented by the Egyptians

The Egyptians weren’t just building pyramids and intricate coffins, they were also busy inventing the table as we now know it. The Greeks then create their own version of the table for dining on and the Romans also had their own version which they referred to as Mensa Lunata.
 
7. Chairs used to be for rich people
There was a time when only the wealthier members of society could sit in a chair, while the less affluent classes had to make do with the floor, benches, or stools. By the 16th century, however, this all changed, and everyone could have their own chair.
 
Head on down to our showroom where you can find some of the best furniture for your home. Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page.
 
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27th June 2018

5 of the Best Picnic Spots in Kidderminster

5 of the Best Picnic Spots in Kidderminster

What a gorgeous summer we are having so far! All of this incredible weather can only mean one thing – plenty of picnics and lazy afternoons spent in the sunshine. Whether you’re after an exciting day with the family or a quiet spot for an indulgent lunch, Kidderminster is packed with great places to make some amazing summer memories.

Brinton Park

For that perfect spot with something for everyone, you just can’t beat Brinton Park. Covering an area of around 12 hectares, this great park has everything from sensory gardens to a splash pad to cool off after running off some steam in the play area. Bring your skates and a well-stocked picnic and spend the day enjoying the sunshine!

Wyre Forest

For those days when you want to get out of town, Wyre Forest has plenty of great picnic spots. With an adventure play area, Gruffalo trail, and Go Ape, this is one of the best places to come if you have children. Enjoy an afternoon relaxing in the shade of the trees as your little ones enjoy the activities!

Bishop’s Field

One of the most stunning areas in the Stour Valley, Bishop’s Field is home to a vast array of flora and fauna that provide a great backdrop for a picnic in the sunshine. Nature fans will love the rare flowers and the huge numbers of birds that have made their home here.

Chaddesley Woods

The perfect spot to head to during bluebell season. An ancient woodland with a history as far back as the Ice Age, Chaddelsey Woods is home to plenty of streams, ponds, meadows and woodland where you can enjoy a leisurely picnic. Remember to take your binoculars and look out for the elusive woodcock!

St George’s Park

Another great spot to kick back and take in the sunshine in town is St George’s Park. With a great paddling pool, BMX track, basketball court, and play area, there is plenty to keep little ones occupied as you eat all the sandwiches.

While you’re in town, why not head on down to our showroom! In fact, our very special 4-day event begins this Friday, with the launch of our brand new Stressless studio. Both stores will stay open late on Friday 29th of June to offer customers the most opportunity to get in and see some of the fantastic promotions in store. We'll have free glasses of Prosecco, refreshments and nibbles. Plus we'll be giving away a Stressless chair!

 

Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email us via our Contact Us page.

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15th June 2018

A Guide to Cleaning Your Sofa

A Guide to Cleaning Your Sofa

Finding the perfect sofa isn’t easy, but once you’ve finally found the one of your dreams then you’ll want to make sure the investment is well looked after. With the right care your sofa can be the center piece of your home for years to come, so here are some handy tips to ensure that it stays looking its best.

Weekly Cleaning 

It doesn’t take much to keep your sofa in shape but on a weekly basis you should at least give it a brush down. Depending on the material there are different ways to do this, if it’s leather then dust it down with a cloth, remember not to use any cleaning product though as this may harm the leather itself. If your sofa is constructed with fabric, be sure to pick off any bobbling you see and brush it down gently with a soft brush. If it’s velvet, which is even more sensitive, be even gentler.

Monthly Cleaning 

A deeper cleaning can be very stressful and strenuous to your sofa and so should not be done any more frequently than monthly. You do want to ensure the sofa is free from dirt, debris and anything else that might degrade or damage it however; a monthly vacuuming is advised. Remove the cushions and be careful. A handheld hoover on its lowest setting should suffice.

Pillow Plumping 

Regular plumping not only helps your pillows retain their shape and comfort but can also help to prolong their longevity and decrease wear and tear. By revolving/turning the pillows when you place them back on the sofa you will change their positioning and reduce fading from the sun as well as evening out the point of pressure. When you do plump your pillows, be sure to punch them once from each angle and then drop them to the floor to refill them with air.

If you do all this your sofa will live a long and always comfortable life. It doesn’t take much, but even a little care and attention goes a long way. Leather sofas require a little more care, but the payoff is worth it and in some ways the upkeep is simpler.

Browse our fantastic selection of leather sofas and leather armchairs online now.

Come and see the wide range of discount and clearance goods available at our store in Kidderminster. Our staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable and are always ready to assist you.

Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email our staff direct, all their details can be found on our Contact Us page.

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29th May 2018

The Biggest Bedroom Trends in 2018

The Biggest Bedroom Trends in 2018

(Product in image: Arabella Bed Frame)


Whether you are planning a complete restyle or you’re just looking to refresh your room with a few key pieces, checking out the latest trends in bedroom décor is a great way to get started. From colour inspiration to furniture styles, we’ve rounded up the best trends of 2018 for your bedroom transformation.

 

1. Dark colours are in
There was a time when pastel and neutral palettes took precedent in the bedroom, however these days it is very much a different story. Bolder, more dramatic colours such as inky blues, emerald greens, and sumptuous purples now take centre stage and provide the backdrop for an opulently layered look. 
 
Try adding a dark velvet throw to the bed or use dark linens to achieve this look without painting the walls.

 
2. Natural textures
With dark colours providing a decadent backdrop, it is down to the furniture to bring some levity into the space, which is why natural textures are a huge trend right now. Think natural woods like this solid Chinese oak headboard, or these Ercol chest of drawers.

 
3. Tropical prints
Tropical foliage prints are everywhere at the moment, and with their vibrant colours bringing an exotic pop of interest it is easy to see why! Choose a few palm leaf cushions or a jungle wall decal to make your space feel like it’s a holiday destination.

 
4. Luxurious textiles
Fabrics such as mohair, cashmere, velvet, silk, and faux fur are perfect for adding to the sense of over-the-top luxury that is so big in 2018. Invest in a new set of bed sheets or use a textured wallpaper to add that glamorous edge.

 
5. Ceilings
2018 is the year of the ceiling. No longer painted white and simply forgotten about, ceilings are now being wallpapered, gilded, or given a bold lick of paint. Creative moldings are super popular and help to finish off the look of a room while extra special attention should be paid to any pendant lights – the bigger the better!

 
For the perfect furniture for your new bedroom, head on down to Carters Furniture Store today.
 
Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email our staff direct, all their details can be found on our Contact Us page.
 
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14th May 2018

How to Choose the Right Sofa for Your Back

How to Choose the Right Sofa for Your Back

With reports of chronic back pain on the rise, many are quick to point fingers at office chairs as the cause. After all, most of the nation spends a large portion of their weeks hunched over a desk, causing stress on necks and backs. But, did you know that your sofa could be contributing to the strain on your back as well?

Although softer sofas might seem like the most comfortable choice, it is often the more supportive option that can have the best results for your back in the long run. Supportive sofas encourage better posture, which puts less strain on the joints and intervertebral discs which in turn leads to less pain.

Spine surgeon Ketan Khurjekar says, "The human body is ergonomically designed. When we sit on slouchy and soft sofas, we disturb the normal curvature of the spine and body ergonomics. These comfy sofas are good for sitting for a short time but sitting on them for a longer duration can cause pain in the spine."

So, how can you avoid back pain in the first place? When choosing a new sofa, it is important that you consider how well it will support your back. Make your selection based on which one will provide optimum support for the neck and spine, rather than the one you feel is softest. The NHS advises that the best sitting position is one which supports your back and keeps your knees level with your hips.

Recliner sofas, such as the G Plan Firth, are a great choice as they provide excellent head and neck support, firm cushions for the spine, and are fully adjustable, allowing you to move the sofa to the correct angle for your spine.

Come and see the wide range of recliner sofas at our store in Kidderminster. Our staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable and are always ready to assist you.

Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email our staff direct, all their details can be found on our Contact Us page.

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30th April 2018

How to Mix Patterns

How to Mix Patterns

When it comes to interior design, there are few tasks as tricky as mixing patterns. When done correctly the result can be stunning, but when it goes wrong, it can go so very, very wrong! Understanding what will clash and what works well together is a serious skill, but luckily one that can be learned with a few tips.
 

1. Stick to a colour scheme
One of the key factors in a successful interior is the colour scheme. Create a mood board either on a large piece of card or online using Pinterest. Collect images and colours that you are drawn to and that you would like to reflect in your room. Bringing them together on a board will show you which patterns and colour combinations will work. As a general rule, neutral tones and patterns are easier to mix, while bold colours and patterns are more striking and can be more difficult to work with.

 
2. Create a feature wall
If you’re looking to add a serious wow factor to your room, choosing a bold wallpaper is a great way to add a layer of pattern. Avoid drowning the room in pattern by only using it on one select wall.

 
3. Be aware of sizing
Choose a mix of bold, large-scale patterns with smaller, detailed patterns to create contrast and character and make sure they are evenly distributed around the room so as to draw the eye. 

 
4. Always layer
Use larger patterns on walls or rugs to bring a room together and add smaller patterns on throws, cushion, and curtains to create an effortlessly layered look. Limiting your patterns to three or four will help to keep it simple and prevent clashing.

 
5. Incorporate patterns on furniture
Upholstery is a great way to add another layer of pattern to your room. Check out our great range of sofas to help you bring patterns into your home.

 
Come and see the wide range of patterned furniture available at our store in Kidderminster. Our staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable and are always ready to assist you.
 
Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email our staff direct, all their details can be found on our Contact Us page.
 
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12th April 2018

The Benefits of a Real Leather Sofa

The Benefits of a Real Leather Sofa

Product in image: G Plan Chloe

Leather furniture has a rich history and is without a doubt the go-to choice when it comes to leaving an impression. There are many reasons why it remains in our minds as a mark of quality and luxury, over many years it has proven why it is the most versatile, long-lasting, and comfortable choice of material when it comes to furniture. So, what exactly are the major benefits of choosing a leather sofa?

Quality 

When you invest in a sofa it isn’t always just about aesthetic appeal or comfort. It’s about investing in a piece of furniture that won't age and will continue to work with the room and adapt to possible redecoration and renovation. Leather has versatility and longevity in spades. With the right upkeep, your leather sofa will keep looking better and better and will remain a focal point that will impress all those who you invite into your home.

Comfort 

Other materials can fade, sag or lose their shape over the years; leather is a lot more durable. Unlike upholstered furniture, which can get worn out over time, as leather ages it becomes more and more comfortable. It also breathes, meaning it won't be quite so affected by varying temperatures and can adjust to a comfortable heat a lot quicker than other materials. Synthetic or imitation materials can leave you feeling clammy as they retain moisture, leather absorbs and releases moisture, however, so it feels fresher for longer.

Durability 

As already touched upon, leather ages incredibly well. Where other materials crack, fade, and peel, leather does not and will typically last up to four times as long as a fabric sofa. There is also the fact that it’s very resilient, you are far less likely to rip or tear a leather sofa as it is such a flexible and tough material. It is also easy to clean, and most spills or messes can be wiped up with just a damp cloth.

Aesthetic Appeal 

It goes without saying that leather leaves an impression. It has become synonymous with luxury and has a high-class appeal. It is also available mostly in neutral natural colours meaning it easily blends in with any scheme or interior design choices you are likely to make. The colouring is absorbed into the material itself and doesn’t fade as it does with fabric or synthetics.

Browse our fantastic selection of leather sofas and leather armchairs online now.

Come and see the wide range of discount and clearance goods available at our store in Kidderminster. Our staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable and are always ready to assist you.
 

Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email our staff direct, all their details can be found on our Contact Us page.

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2nd April 2018

How to Decorate on A Budget



With the official chirp of spring finally bouncing off the thawing snowbanks, it’s time to look forward to the inevitable spring clean. It’s a great time of year to rethink, repaint and redecorate the home even if the bank balance doesn’t always agree. We’ve put together a handy little guide on how to make the most of what you have to give your home the TLC it deserves without taking out a second mortgage.

1. A fresh coat of paint 

When you’re on a budget this is the quickest and easiest way to breathe new life into a room without spending much money at all. Whether just going over what you already have with a fresh coat or bringing in a new colour completely, this is an excellent way to make the walls sing with the season.

2. A simple shift 

Whether you’re just going for a deep clean or a fresh coat of paint, you’re going to be moving the furniture around, so why not have a rethink and play with your inner interior designer. Interior decoration isn’t a concrete concept and what has been working for you isn’t the only way it can work. Perhaps with a little ingenuity, you can give what was feeling stale enough of a shakeup for it to feel fresh and bold without spending a single penny.

3. Bag yourself a bargain 

Sometimes all it takes is just one new feature to completely change a room. Why don’t you browse the clearance section of our website or come on down to our showroom in Kidderminster to see if you can pick up an on budget bargain. You can work with the new piece of furniture to craft a whole new look or scheme for an existing room. Keep it cheap by focusing on accessories and new colours in rugs, cushions or even just a lick of paint on a feature wall.

4. Play with lighting and mirrors 

Lighting can make a big impact on a room. Whether from the natural lighting in the day or illumination at night, it’s important to consider its effect. There isn’t much you can do to change what lighting a room receives during the day, but you can play to it with mirrors and placement of furniture. Once dusk falls a room can undergo quite the transformation depending on what lighting it has and where it is placed. Play around with new shades, lamps or other lighting choices to create a whole new identity for your room by night.

Come and see the wide range of discount and clearance goods available at our store in Kidderminster. Our staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable and are always ready to assist you.

Can’t make it to the store? Simply get in touch by calling 01562 755766 (Carters Furniture Store), 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City) or email our staff direct, all their details can be found on our Contact Us page.

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