Luxurious Living Rooms

Whether you call it the front room, the sitting room, the family room or the den, the living room sets the tone for the rest of the house. If you create a luxurious atmosphere in the living room then the rest of the house will be sure to quickly follow. How are people creating luxurious living rooms in 2018? Colour, colour and more colour! The days of classy neutral greys are gone and in their place are moody, emotive colours such as turbulent violet, passionate red, and tumultuous turquoise.

Living rooms in 2018 are spaces that do the talking for you. Think of an injection of colour that makes makes a statement and creates a feeling that stays with its inhabitants long after they’ve moved on elsewhere. The best place to start your colour experience is those all encompassing living room walls. Statement walls, feature walls, exposed brickwork or colour blocking are just some of the best interior design ideas to play around with.

Luxury Living Rooms: Colour Blocking | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

Colour blocking is huge this season. For those of you new to the wonderful world of colour blocking all you need to do is select a few shades from your chosen colour palette and incorporate them all onto one wall for a bold, seamless look. At first colour blocking might sound counterintuitive and a far too chaotic method of interior design but the effects are surprisingly good.

When it comes to your furnishings, nothing says luxury like velvet. The fabric is continuing to rise in popularity and is perfect for sofas, curtains, cushions, rugs and more. Soft fabrics and furnishings are so welcoming and comforting, the ideal combination for the living room. A luxurious living room is one that envelopes everyone in it, a cosy cocoon that is far too inviting for anyone to ever want to visit another room of the home.

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Creating a luxury living room is easier than you think and doesn’t need to cost the earth. The easiest way to do this is by creating a focal point. Hanging artwork is often the quickest and most inexpensive way to do this. You can even use a photograph you’ve snapped yourself and get it framed or printed on a canvas. You can easily free up a wall to use as your focal point by changing where the TV lives.

Traditionally, mounting TVs to the wall has been the typical living room set up that we have come to expect. Choosing to house your TV on an entertainment unit instead frees up another wall to play around with, hang artwork on or whatever else you fancy. It’s also far easier to move your living room around when you fancy a change if the TV sits on a free standing unit.

Creating a luxury living room is easily achieved with just a splash of colour, a few interesting textiles and a strategically placed focal point. The ultimate luxury comes from sitting back, appreciating the space and admiring all your hard work as you kick back and relax at the end of a long, hard day. After all, life’s too short not to enjoy a bit of luxury from time to time!

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Beyond Garden Furniture

We’re a furniture store, not a garden centre or plant nursery – that much is obvious. But you may have noticed that beside our selection of beautiful, sturdy garden furniture we also offer a range of wooden planters. Planters and containers are versatile, useful, and popular all year round and an attempt at container gardening can be made by old and young.

Beyond the square, octagonal, and rectangular wooden planters we offer in our stores, you can also plant up pots, buckets, sinks, old car tyres, pushchairs, or even an old bathtub if the fancy takes you. When it comes to container gardening, you are only limited by your imagination.

Beyond Garden Furniture: Useful Wooden Planters | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

So what could you use our beautiful wooden planters for?

  • add an extra touch of cheerful welcome to your front door, either with pots of summer-flowering plants or – more serenely – with a tree or rose bush either side of the front door.
  • Spruce up a somewhat neglected corner of your garden with a splash of colour by planting all manner of containers with colourful annuals and exotic grasses
  • or even create a small, but perfectly formed herb garden or vegetable patch.

Our wooden containers and planters are sturdy and as long-lasting as our garden furniture, but even the strongest wood will react negatively to constant contact with damp soil or wet ground.

Before you plant up your favourite wooden planter, we recommend you fit a liner. Plastic will do very well, provided you poke a few holes in the bottom to allow for drainage. Another useful trick is to keep your wooden planters a few centimeters off the ground. This will let your pots drain better and keep most of the moisture away from the base of the planter.

Of course, you can also use our planters to hide a generic plastic pot from view. Or… you could create a fragrant, colourful seat in a sheltered corner of your garden by combining garden furniture and wooden planters to great effect!

Beyond Garden Furniture | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

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Spring Decor: Bright Splashes of Colour

When the evenings draw in and summer shifts into autumn and winter, many of us reach for richly coloured accessories and soft furnishings to give our homes a feeling of warmth and comfort. Spring decor is equally colourful, but at this time of year, when we crave light after the dark, dreary days of winter, we opt for bright splashes of colour. Cut flowers – daffodils, tulips, and freesias – are the first heralds of spring along with crocuses, hyacinths and primroses. And they add much appreciated cheer.

Spring decor: neutrals with bright splashes of colour. | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

Spring decor, especially early in the season, is often a mix of neutrals, soft pastels and bright splashes of colour that lends itself perfectly to creating calming bedrooms or uplifting living spaces without entirely leaving the comfort and warmth of winter decor behind.

At this time of year, this is often necessary. Winter clings on by its fingernails. And this year, April is certainly living up to its reputation. While there have been bright, sunny spells, we’ve also had more than our share of April showers and grumpy, overcast skies. So,  the cosy fleeces and soft blankets that we’ve piled on sofas and armchairs can’t be packed away quite yet.

That’s when a vase of bright yellow daffodils adds cheer. Freesias and hyacinths will add their delicious scents. And even the calmest neutral colour scheme will light up with a couple of branches of lilac.

If you’re decorating and want to capture the uplifting vibe of spring, you can’t go far wrong with shades of purple. From the palest hint of lilac to more vibrant amethyst, purples can help you create a wonderful calm bedroom, or a bright, welcoming kitchen.

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And if you’d like something a little less Zen? Then why not take a look at this month’s signature colour … cayenne. Spicier than shades of purple but just as cheering, this colour works well in living and dining rooms, whether paired with neutral shades like wood and wicker, or furniture painted in shades of white or cream. Teamed with dark brown or even black cayenne can help you create an invigorating home office. It’s also a fab colour to show off your favourite plants!

As you can see, while colour may still be a little sparse outside, spring decor has no such limitations. Whether you crave bright and invigorating, or Zen and uplifting… spring colour schemes are a great choice. And if you need the furniture and accessories to match your new colours, you know where to find us.

We’d be delighted to help out!

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We’re Spring Cleaning!

As a furniture retailer, we’re well used to dusting behind the wardrobes and under the coffee table! We frequently rearrange the furniture, too – and while it may need a bit of thought and some logistical manoeuverings, we don’t consider it a chore.

And we positively look forward to spring cleaning, which gives us a chance to show off some of our newer products or shine a new light on an old favourite.  While we’re rearranging rugs and coffee tables, and reposition chests of drawers, we also give our accessories collection an airing.

Spring Cleaning our Stores! | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterRugs are popular year-round as a quick way to add cheer or a different vibe to a room. Coffee tables – endlessly convenient around the home – are an eternal bestseller, much in the way bookcases and side tables are. And to go with our solid oak and pine furniture, you can also find a selection of beds and sofas in our Bicester store Bed Centre.

Additional storage is at the top of the list of many customers visiting our shops. At this time of the year, when many of us sort through wardrobes and pack away heavy winter clothes, baskets and blanket boxes are much in demand. We’ve got a variety of both ready for you explore.

We're spring cleaning our stores and baskets are in! | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

And if the weather does decide to get warmer as we’re heading towards Easter, then moving lunch and dinner outside into the garden may actually become a reality rather than the dream it currently is. To give the weather gods a little nudge, and remind them that the calendar is almost mentioning April, we’ve given our fab collection of garden furniture a prominent place in our stores. Why not come and check out the tables, chairs, benches, and planters we have in stock? Maybe the weather will take the hint…

We’ve always considered spring cleaning a fun time of year. We’re even sharing the fun with hefty discounts across all collections while our Easter Frenzy Sale is on. Some of the discounts are only available in store – our garden furniture never makes it onto the website! – so here’s a very good reason to pay us a visit.

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Small Kitchen Tables

Just because you have a small kitchen area doesn’t mean that your kitchen table isn’t worth getting excited about. If you have a small breakfast nook or a dining corner tucked away in a smaller kitchen, it just means you need to be a little more creative with the space you’ve got. Smaller eating areas are naturally more inviting than some larger, more formal dining rooms that can be a bit foreboding and overpowering.

Your eating space is special regardless of its size. No matter if it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, eating together is the most important part of the day and so your table, whether it be big or small, needs to be up to the task. The best thing about a less spacious cooking and eating area? It’s much quicker and easier to clean which will keep it looking newer and shinier for longer. We have a whole range of kitchen tables in a variety of shapes, sizes and finishes that will be just right for your cosy kitchen.

Both our Bicester Oak Top Leaf dining table and our Vancouver Select extended dining room table are just perfect for inviting and intimate kitchens. Both can be neatly stowed away and brought out when needed so you don’t need to compromise on your living space.Our leaf and gate leg designed tables are also ideal for those spaces where the table needs to be stored away when not in use.

Small Kitchen Table from our Oxford Painted collection | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterWe also have several smaller round or oval tables that may be easier to fit in to your kitchen depending on its layout. These types of tables will work especially well for your home if you prefer the table to be out and ready for use at all times. If this is your preference and you are super tight on space, check out our Cherwell Painted Breakfast table that can squeeze on into even the smallest of spaces.  If it’s something for the breakfast area that you’re after, then our Cherwell Oak Breakfast Bar will do just the job as well.

A small table can still be a statement piece that exudes sophistication. Our Oxford Painted Round dining table is a prime example and it even comes in a choice of cream, white and grey for a perfectly neutral addition to a kitchen cubby hole. Measuring just 90cm by 75cm, this table is sure to fit in to even the most restrictive of spaces and is proof that compromising on size doesn’t mean you have to forgo style in the slightest.

Just think of your small kitchen as your very own quaint bistro where you can conjure up culinary delights and put on lavish feasts for your friends and family. Small spaces can work just as well for entertaining and dining when you have the perfect furniture in your home. No matter how small your kitchen, we have a whole range of tables that are as big on quality as they are short on space.

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The Coffee Table: What would We Do Without it?

In Praise of Coffee Tables | A World of Oak A Touch of PineThere’s not many things in life that are as enjoyable as coffee. Not many of us could live without our coffee fix. Whether it’s that first glorious cup in the morning that kick starts your day, or a long leisurely one shared with a friend over a plate of biscuits, a good coffee table is worth its weight in gold. Whether you are looking for a coffee table for your living room, family room or conservatory, we promise that we will be able to provide the coffee table that is just right for your home.

Choose from a free standing table or one with built in drawers, or even a nest of tables in varying different sizes depending on the needs of the room. We have short, squat tables such as our Lundy Pine Painted Nest or elongated wider tables like our Manhattan Oak Box coffee table which comes complete with drawers and a shelf beneath for ample storage. Our coffee tables come in a wide range of oak or pine, with a painted finish, oiled or waxed to complement your decor. You needn’t limit yourself to the standard square or oblong shapes that we come to expect of coffee tables either as we have some amazing round coffee tables for you to choose from as well.

living room storage solutions | Banbury Oak coffee table with drawersCoffee tables aren’t just for coffee. They are great for lazy TV dinners, board games and somewhere to put all your reading material. When you come home, the first thing you want to do is relax and put your feet up while you have a drink and catch up on your TV shows. This is why we think coffee tables are the unsung heroes of the home. You get more use out of this piece of furniture than you realise. Coffee tables are versatile, and we stock an extensively varied range of coffee and side tables that will fit your living room to a t.

Coffee tables don’t have to be boring bits of furniture, either. We have some really quirky and unusual coffee tables that are sure to be a conversation starter when you invite people into your home for the first time. Take a look at our globe coffee tables, or our selection of root furniture. It’s great fun playing around with your furniture and adding in some really unusual pieces that you wouldn’t expect to normally see in the home.

Whether you go traditional or modern with your coffee table, the most important thing is to get one that is just the right size for the space. It needs to be big enough so everyone who will be seated in your living room has somewhere to put their drink, while not being so large that it completely dominates the room and overshadows everything else in it. Come down and see us and we’ll help you find the coffee table that fits in just right for you.

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Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Shoes seem to take on a life of their own in the hallway. You can never find a matching pair, they always end up spread out across the floor taking up far too much room and you trip over them at least once a day. It’s one of those bugbears that you never get round to sorting out. Let us take the hassle out of your hallway with one of our storage units that are perfect for tidying away all your trainers, wellies, pumps and more, once and for all!

Shoes, glorious shoes | A World of Oak A Touch of PIne

We provide shoe cabinets in all shapes and sizes so no matter the size or type of hallway you are working with, we are guaranteed to be able to find the perfect fit for you. We have both short and tall shoe cabinets depending on your requirements, or you can simply make use of a blanket box to house all of your footwear in. Our Vancouver Oak Shoe Cupboard gives you a multi-functioning piece that can tidy away your shoes, leaving you with a clutter-free, spacious hallway that is much nicer to come home to.

It’s much easier to quickly find a matching pair of shoes when you use a shoe rack. The morning dash always seems to be a mad frenzy of trying to locate your phone, car keys and everything else you need for the day ahead. Take one less hassle out of your day with a storage solution for your hallway that not only looks great, but it does what it’s supposed to do at the same time. It’s not a good start to the day to leave the house stressed so why not let us help you put your best foot forward with some shoe storage that transforms your hallway.

Hallway storage: shoe cabinets

A cluttered and messy entrance is extremely off putting for you and your visitors. You can easily make your hallway a calming space to come home when you get everything in order. The hallway is a room where clutter automatically gravitates too. It’s where you leave everything as soon as you walk through the front door. Shoe racks are a hallway’s best friend, they are so convenient and easy to use that even the laziest of housemates can’t fail to be able to tidy their shoes away. Gone are the days of tripping over yourself coming through the front door. De-cluttering your hallway is easy when you’ve got furniture that does the hard work for you.

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Console Tables: Small But Endlessly Useful

Console Tables | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterConsole tables are such an underrated piece of furniture seeing how many uses they have and how much of a difference they can make to your home. Most people chose to place a console table in the entrance to their home so that they can create an inviting hallway that is warm and welcoming. It’s also the perfect place to put lamps, photo frames and key dishes and they provide an ideal storage solution that doesn’t take up a great deal of space.

The hallway is the ideal place for console tables as they provide a handy surface to put things that you really need when you leave the house. We all know that car keys, phones and wallets have a life of their own and always seem to go missing at the worst possible times. Having a designated place to put them when you get home can really save you time on hectic work mornings when you really need to make it out the door on time.

If you’re short on space in your hallway a console table Banbury Oak Console Table | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicesterwill be just enough for a lamp to light the hallway while providing a useful shelf or drawers below. If you have a larger, longer hallway our Clovelly Oak Console Table is long enough to be able to display a few photographs or decorations while having two spacious drawers included for you to stow away any unsightly clutter.

Our selection of solid oak and pine console tables come in a variety of different heights and widths and with a choice of one or two or three drawers. Our Vancouver Oak Expressions Console table goes one step further and offers three drawers and two doors, as well as an integrated wine rack. This console tables offers ample space to store your finest china and tableware alongside your wine collection making it a brilliant addition to any dining room.

Console tables also work really well in the living room and make great surfaces for anything from house plants to photo frames. They are the perfect size to fit in the corner of a living room next to your favourite comfy reading chair or sofa. Whether you opt for one of our freestanding tables or one with a storage shelf underneath you can be sure that you will be selecting a top quality addition to your home that will last for years and years to come.

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Corner Cabinets: Furniture that Earns its Keep

We know that just because a piece of furniture is destined to live in a corner of the room doesn’t mean you won’t spend a great deal of time and attention picking it out. Our amazing range of oak and pine corner cabinets range from tall and long to short and wide and so will fit in to any space you desire. Whether you are looking to provide some out of sight storage or for somewhere to display your trophies and trinkets, a corner cabinet is the perfect storage solution for all rooms of the home.

It’s often the smaller furniture pieces that go in a room that really add the finishing touch. Items like corner cabinets are so underrated and can really add that something special to your hallway, living room or dining room. In fact, corner units are ideal for just about any room of the home. Playrooms, family rooms, home offices, you name it – if there’s a spare corner available then one of our units will slot right in.

Corner Cabinets: making use of corners | Mobel Oak Corner Display Cabinet from A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

If you have little ones running around at home, it will make your life so much easier if you have a handy and convenient place to clear away toys and games at the end of the day. We know that little bundles are joy are often like little tornadoes and so you need all the help you can get when it comes to tidying up after them. The Mobel Oak Large Corner Display Cabinet is absolutely ideal for tidying up after little tots. Its three interior shelves are hidden away behind a clear glass panel that is just the right height to keep everything that’s inside safely tucked away from little hands.

Woodstock Oak Corner Cabinet | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterWith the hallway being the first room that everybody goes through as they enter your home, it naturally ends up with piles of coats, bags and other bits and pieces. Corner units are a dream come true for entranceways. Both our Woodstock Tri Corner Unit Base and our Woodstock Oak Corner Cabinets work great in the hall for somewhere to tidy away everybody’s shoes, hats and scarves. Hallways can really benefit from a tasteful corner unit that will look stunning with a feature mirror or piece of artwork above it.

Corner units are also great places for things like lamps, coasters and the TV remotes to live. They offer great storage as well as looking elegantly stylish and giving your home an extra touch of class. Never underestimate the power of good furniture, it can completely overhaul the look a feel of a room and your house as a whole.

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Is it Spring Yet? Our New Range of Outdoor Furniture Says it Is!

Is it Spring Yet? | Outdoor Furniture from A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterThe BBC has weather warnings out this week for snow and hail. It’s supposed to stay cold all the way to the end of February. Do we care?

Of course not! We know that spring is on the way. The first snow drops are out, crocus and grape hyacinths have started appearing, and winter-flowering jasmine is adding colour to bare brick walls and dew-soaked fences. Soon, it will be time for daffodils. And then the first hardy barbcue enthusiasts will take the sunshine as an excellent reason to eat – or at the very least cook – outside.

Spring is on the way. We know it, and we have the furniture to prove it. Actually, our newest sets of garden and outdoor furniture arrived in store just yesterday, and we’re busy arranging it to its very best advantage.

If your garden bench, planters or picnic table have seen better days, if your wooden chairs have gotten a bit rickety and a hazard to Aunty Mo’s ample posterior, then why not check out what we have in store for you?

Our outdoor furniture is quality, British-made, sturdy and solid wood. From benches to single chairs, from tables to planters to outdoor dining sets, sunshades and parasol stands – we have all the outdoor furniture pieces that will allow you to enjoy an English summer in your garden. All at up to 50% off manufacturer’s recommended prices, and with free delivery if you live within 20 miles of our stores.

Outdoor furniture and garden furniture from A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

There’s only one thing you have to do to take advantage of our early season offer and get your new garden furniture in place before the weather beats you to it…. visit our Bicester or Banbury stores. Because these great offers are not available online.

So what are you waiting for? Spring his nearly here!

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