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19th February 2018

Interior Design: Using Mirrors in Small Spaces

Interior Design: Using Mirrors in Small Spaces

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Living space is at a premium. With the average home in the UK measuring just 818sq.ft. in size, making the most of our smaller spaces is of paramount importance. 

When it comes to maximising limited space, there is no better tool in the interior designer’s toolkit than the mirror, so we take a look at how you can use them in your home to create the illusion of more space:
 

Reflect natural light

Bringing natural light in and reflecting the outside is vital to making spaces feel bigger. Position mirrors opposite windows and doors to bounce light around as much as possible.

You can also add mirrors that are the same size and shape of existing windows in a room. Hang them the same height and position on opposing walls to create the illusion of having extra windows.
 

Be adventurous

Full-length mirrors aren’t just for checking our outfit before you leave the house, they are just as effective hung horizontally in the dining room, hallway, or kitchen to add depth to a room while reflecting light. Try shoaling a group of smaller mirrors of differing sizes and shapes to create something unique to your home.
 

Use mirrors for utility

Mirrors aren't just for creating light and depth, they have utilitarian purposes. Place them on kitchen walls just above the work-top giving you extra sight-lines when preparing food. Add one at floor level in the bedroom for when you're trying on shoes. If you exercise at home add them to the walls to aid you when working out.
 

Angle mirrors with purpose

When adding mirrors in any room think about how you can maximise the benefit of what is being reflected. If you are trying to reflect the outside then position and angle mirrors so the reflection can be seen from your sofa, bed or dining table. Think about where you, your family, and guests will be positioned in a room and make that area the focus of what you are reflecting.
 

Utilise the full height of each room

When it comes to positioning mirrors, the urge can be to settle on fixing at, or around, eye level. This instinct leads to the lower part of the room being overlooked. Adding mirrors to kitchen cabinet doors opens up a small kitchen, creating space, and light at lower levels. If you have light coloured carpets or rugs, then low mirrors reflecting these upwards can double their impact.
 

Come and see the wide range of beds 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 February 2018

5 Ways to Style your Bedroom This Spring

5 Ways to Style your Bedroom This Spring

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Decorating your bedroom in the style of the current season or the season to come is a fantastic way of keeping your house fresh and contemporary. Whether you are buying a new bed, bedroom furniture, accessories or just freshening up, there are plenty of ways to quickly and cheaply redecorate bedrooms in a new style, just in time for the start of a new season. With spring around the corner here are 5 styles to bring that spring feeling into your life every time you fall asleep or wake up.

  • Mellow Yellow

Seeing the first daffodils emerge is such a great feeling, no wonder so many try to encapsulate that style in their bedroom. Yellow bedding, lamps, and accessories make for a fantastic spring feel every time you wake up.

 

  • Fresh Blue

Spring is all about freshness, as we are out and about more, feeling the crisp air against our face. Promote this ambiance in your bedroom for a fresh state of mind. Blue sheets on any of our collection of beds will air out any winter cobwebs.

 

  • Evergreen

An earthy and living colour, Green evokes nature and life. When you're not out in nature have a bit of it always in your home with a green colour scheme with fresh plants scattered around.

 

  • Pastels and Patterns

Adding some texture and pastel colours is a look screaming springtime. Try patterned bedding and curtains whilst using a pastel colour pallet for an exciting yet contemplative mood.

 

  • White Delight

You can't beat the minimalism and freshness and all white decor brings. Go for a neutral style with accessories and flowers being the features in your bedroom.

Come and see the wide range of beds 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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8th January 2018

Interior Design: Decorating Trends for 2018

Interior Design: Decorating Trends for 2018

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As we say goodbye to 2017 and bring in the new year, it’s a great time to look back at the trends of the last 12 months and predict which trends might stand out in 2018.

 

Although keeping up with trends is super difficult when it comes to the home (after all, who has the time or money to redecorate every few months?), they are a great way of bringing in the wow factor when you are feeling the need for a change.

 

When it comes to larger furniture, it’s always a good idea to invest in timelessly classic pieces to create the base for your rooms, while using key trends as an accent or accessory to keep everything looking fresh and up to date. Think accent walls, cushions, lampshades and artwork. These items are much cheaper to replace if they go out of fashion or if you get bored with them.

 

So, what’s new for 2018?

 

Paint Techniques

Gone are the days of solid colour on the walls, this year the focus will be on ombre effects, stencils, and colour blocks to bring a little pizzazz to your walls. Keep furniture simple to avoid clashing with bolder colours and techniques.

 

Global Traveller

Exotic knickknacks, tribal prints, jungle patterns and earthy colours are all set to make a big splash in 2018. Use potted ferns and palms, zebra striped cushions, and animal-themed artworks to your heart's content!

 

Ultra Violet

Pantone’s colour of the year for 2018 is ultraviolet, a blue-based purple which is easy to bring into the home on cushions, rugs, and throws. Goes brilliantly with fresh, neutral bases or sumptuous colours and rich fabrics such as leather and velvet.

 

Plants

Plants are the quickest, cheapest, and best way to liven up a space by bringing life and colour into it. Whereas 2017 was more about succulents, 2018 is set to focus on larger specimens, such as indoor trees and exotic lilies.

 

If you are looking for the perfect furniture for your home, why not head to our showroom in Kidderminster to check out our wide range of fantastic pieces. You can also get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling 01562 755766 or email us via the Contact Us page.

 

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4th January 2018

How to Choose the Right Sofa

How to Choose the Right Sofa

(Sofa in image is the G Plan Hartford)

We spend an enormous amount of time on our sofas so it’s no wonder that it can be a bit of a challenge choosing the right one for you and your family. To help, we've put together 5 basic guidelines you should consider when choosing the right sofa for your home…

 

1. How much room do you have?

It’s a good idea to get the measurements of your room before you start to look around. Make sure you note down units in feet and metres just in case you forget your measuring tape when you visit the furniture shop! You will also need to think about the size of your doorframes and whether your new sofa will fit through. It may not be as simple as thinking your new sofa is smaller than your exisiting one , as a number of other factors can affect the delivery process such as whether the feet / cushions are removeable and the height of the actual sofa carcass.

 

2. Which colour to choose….

Colours can have a huge impact on the feel of a room. Selecting darker colours may help to hide any marks or stains but they can make a room feel smaller depending on the colour of the floor and walls. Find a sheet or blanket in the colour you are thinking of choosing and drape it over your existing sofa to see if the colour fits. A light coloured sofa may help to brighten a room up but it will present its own challenges when it comes to wear and tear. Another point to consider as well , is whether you should take out a 5 year protection plan which will cover you against any stains or accidental damage caused , but also covers the furniture for electrical faults (usually only guaranteed from manufacturers for 12 months) and structural issues - Ask in store for more details.

 

3. What’s it for?

If your sofa is going to be used frequently then it is important to select one which will be durable and long-lasting. Have a think about getting one with removable covers so that they can be easily washed in the event of an accident. If you decide to go for a fixed cover, make sure the weave is relatively tight to prevent the chances of stains developing. You may also need to consider whether to get a dual purpose sofa bed to create more sleeping space for when friends and relatives come to stay.

 

4. So many styles to choose from!  

Modern sofas include a huge range of styles to suit everyone’s tastes, such as corner sofas, modular sofas, recliners, futons, chaise lounges and loveseats. Think about which style would fit in with the rest of your décor.

 

5. Mix it up!

Don’t feel obliged to purchase matching armchairs with your new sofa, mix it up by choosing a set of chairs which compliment the upholstery of your new couch. 

Come and see the wide range of sofas 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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14th December 2017

How to Make a Christmas Wreath

How to Make a Christmas Wreath

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Christmas is in the air which means that coming home is even more special than usual. There’s nothing more welcoming than a beautifully festive wreath on the front door, especially if you’ve just battled your way through the cold weather to get there! So, if you’re feeling crafty (or thrifty!) this Christmas, why not have a go at creating your own inviting Christmas decoration for the front door?

 

Find your supplies

One of the best things about making your own festive wreath is that you can source almost all of the supplies from your local park – and there are plenty in Kidderminster! Look around for suitable holly branches, pine boughs, ferns and pine cones to create your masterpiece. You can use other wreaths as inspiration, but follow your own instincts on what you think will look good – after all, this is your own design! 

 

Create a base

This stage might sound like the tricky one but actually all you need are two wire coat hangers. Stretch them out into two circles and tape them together, making sure that the two hooks are facing the same direction. Masking tape or floral tape are great for this job, but if you don’t have them around then normal sticky tape will do. 

 

Construct your masterpiece  

This is the fun part! You can make your wreath as simple or intricate as you like, however you choose to do it just make sure that everything is super secure in case the weather turns nasty. One of the best ways to start a wreath is to select a bough between 8” to 10”. Secure the stem of this bough to your wire coat hangers using wire or twine. Then you can take another bough of around the same length and overlap it on the first stem, attaching with wire. Repeat until entire wreath base is covered with greenery. 

 

Add some magic

Now you have your basic wreath it’s time to jazz it up with some fancy festive decorations! Embellish your wreath with baubles, fairy lights, spray painted pine cones, dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks, or ribbons. Let your imagination run wild! Attach these securely to the wreath using floral wire or a hot glue gun.

 

Voila!

Using the hooks on the base of your wreath, hang it to the front door for the whole world to see!

 

Merry Christmas from all of us at Carters Furniture!

 

If you are looking for the perfect furniture for your home, why not head to our showroom in Kidderminster to check out our wide range of fantastic pieces. You can also get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling 01562 755766 or email us via the Contact Us page.

 

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24th November 2017

Black Friday Sale Now On!

Black Friday Sale Now On!

Can you feel the excitement in the air?
 

That’s not Santa and his sleigh…
 

It’s another incredibly magical annual event…Black Friday!
 

This year we are offering a huge 30% off all G Plan furniture, one of the most iconic brands in the world. Hand-crafted in the UK, G Plan upholstery is a fine example of British workmanship. Using only the finest sourced materials and impeccably timeless design, all G Plan furniture is crafted to stand the test of time. Incredible value for such a high-quality range!
 

This is why we are super proud to offer this classic brand in our store!
 

And with free delivery on orders over £1,000, you can grab yourself a serious bargain before the festive season starts.
 

Treat yourself and your living room this week by taking advantage of this Black Friday deal.
 

Just make sure you get in there fast, as we really don’t want you to miss out on these remarkable savings.
 

Amazing offers like this don’t happen every day or even every month, so avoid disappointment by visiting us at our online store or our showroom in Kidderminster this Friday to find out more. Or simply shop online.
 

After all, ‘tis the season for big savings!
 

If you are looking for the perfect furniture for your home, why not head to our showroom in Kidderminster to check out our wide range of fantastic pieces. You can also get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling 01562 755766 or email us via the Contact Us page.
 

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15th November 2017

The Iconic Brand, Stressless

The Iconic Brand, Stressless

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Synonymous with high-quality comfort and timeless design, Stressless furniture has been gracing our homes since 1971 when the revolutionary Stressless TV-recliner became an instant global success.

Initially launched in Norway, the moving features of the recliner allowed freedom of movement not seen before in home furniture. Its patented sliding system meant you could easily lean backwards or turn around with one simple movement. This ground-breaking design saw Stressless recliners become an international must-have and by 1980 sales had exceeded 100 million Norwegian Kroner. The company’s success was recognised with the Norwegian Export Prize in 1983.

Continual development of the patented design led to the launch of the pioneering Plus™ System in 1991, which allowed automatic adjustment of the headrest and lumbar support while providing the ultimate in reclining comfort.

By 1993, demand for Stressless products was so high that the company branched out into creating Stressless sofas. These innovative sofas offered the opportunity for individual movement on a multi-seater, which had not yet been seen before in the furniture market. Further developments came with the introduction of the read and sleep function in 1999, an extension of the Plus™ System which allowed for users to select a sleeping or reading position for the headrest while reclining.

The establishment of the home cinema trend in the early 2000s led to the creation of the first-ever Stressless home theatre system which remains one of their most popular ranges to date.

With its revolutionary technology, timeless design, and superior comfort and support, it is no wonder that the Stressless range continues to be one of the most iconic brands in the world of furniture to this day. 

If you are looking for the perfect Stressless sofa or chair for your home, why not head to our showroom in Kidderminster to check out our wide range of fantastic pieces. Or simply shop online, we have all the latest Stressless models available, from fabulously comfortable Stressless Recliners to sumptuous Stressless Sofas in Small, Medium and Large sizes. You can also get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling our Kidderminster branch 01562 755766 or email us via the Contact Us page.

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1st November 2017

New Ranges!!!!

New Ranges!!!!

This Autumn , the team at Carters Furniture & Carters Bed City  are excited to announce some brand new ranges in-store and Online. Our Bed City store are proud to announce a brand new relationship with Salus with there Natural collection now in store, and a rekindled relationship with Slumberland who we welcome back with 4 newmodels from there vintage collection. We are looking forward to the Winter and continued success with new lines instore and online.

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