How To Arrange Your Bedroom For A Better Night’s Sleep

Sleep has a huge impact on every aspect of our lives. Our bodies need at least 7 hours of sleep each night to be able to rest and repair properly. Too little or poor quality sleep can affect everything from cognitive function to our immune systems. So, getting enough time in dream land really is important. If you’re struggling to get the kind of sleep you need, then your bedroom could be at fault. Try these few simple changes and see if they help.

arrange your bedroomEven if you don’t think you have a sleep problem, there’s a lot to be said for improving your quality of shut eye every night. The easiest way to do this is to arrange your bedroom with sleep in mind. It’s not just your bed that can contribute to a good night’s rest, but the colour, lighting, and scents in the room can also make a big difference to those precious hours of shut eye each night.

The colour scheme in your bedroom should be one that you absolutely love. It pays to spend a bit of extra time carefully selecting paint and wallpaper colours or patterns so that you feel as though you are retreating to a lovely relaxing sleep space every single night. It sounds so simple but we all love to be surrounded by the things we love. Creating a personal oasis could be just the thing you need for an extra spring in your step come morning time. Soft muted colours are the best for promoting sleep, particularly blues. Sky or ocean blue are the best shades for a truly relaxing and comforting sleep space.

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All of the senses need to be catered for in the perfect bedroom. Once you have the ideal visual effects in place it’s time to also think about the sounds, smells and textiles in the room. White noise is ideal for shutting out any household noise that might disturb you from an otherwise peaceful slumber. Sounds from nature such as ocean waves, forest birds or whale noises are very effective sleep aids and are a great deal more calming than the traffic and chatter from the world below. Sounds from the street such as car horns and sirens will over stimulate your brain even without you realising, whereas sounds from nature will have the opposite effect of creating a sense of peace and quiet in your mind.

Scents such as lavender and jasmine are said to have relaxing and soothing qualities. A few drops of each on each pillow might be just the thing you need to enable you to wake up refreshed each morning. The pillows, cushions and throws that you use on your bed can also offer a great deal of comfort. A little extra luxury isn’t just pure decadence, it’s a much needed boost to your quality of sleep and your quality of life. We all need a good night’s sleep, it’s the perfect tonic for almost any challenge or problem that life may throw at you. Having the bedroom of your dreams to come home to every night certainly can’t be a bad thing!

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Show Your Spare Room Some Love This Summer

The spare room is often the forgotten room that becomes a mishmash of odds and ends that don’t really go anywhere else. Nobody really thinks about the spare room until you remember you invited some friends round to stay for the weekend and have to find somewhere to hide all the clutter that has somehow accumulated there.

It’s so much hassle to have to scramble around at the last minute trying to create a comfortable sleeping space for your guests when the last thing you want to do is let your guests feel like an afterthought when they come to stay.

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Create a wonderfully inviting spare room that makes them feel as though they are spending the night in a luxury hotel. Time spent with family and friends is something to look forward to and with a few simple touches, a night at your place can feel like a mini spa break for your guests.

Beds can take up a lot of room and in a space that needs to be multi functional such as the guest room, a sofa bed or pull out futon can be a lifesaver. With more storage space to hand it’s more likely that you will be able to keep your spare room looking as fresh, bright and clean as a hotel. You really don’t have to do much to transform your spare room from chaotic to calming. Just as in a hotel room, less is definitely more when it comes to creating a sense of luxury and comfort.

The same minimalist approach works well with the decor of the room. A plain colour scheme works really well in spare rooms as a neutral colour palette will suit everybody’s taste and make each and every guest who stays with you feel right at home. Keeping the decor simple is also a really effective way to ensure the room is inviting and not overbearing. A few quality decorations such as a decorative mirror and simple artwork on the wall is all you need to style up your spare room.

Being a guest in somebody else’s home can sometimes be quite a nice break. Make your guests feel as though they are at a home from home with some thoughtful finishing touches to your spare room such as a vase of fresh flowers, a jar of sweets on the nightstand and some fresh, crisp, white linen ready and waiting for them on the guest bed. The aim is to make your guests feel as though they have spent the night in perfect luxury, so much so that they may never want to leave!

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How To Spruce Up Your Hallway For Summer

We think that there’s no time like summer time! The nights start getting longer, the weather starts getting warmer and there is a definite spring in everyone’s step. The sunshine gives us all an extra dose of happiness and gives us back our get up and go that often disappears in the cold and gloomy months. What better time to declutter your home and your hallway than at the beginning of a fresh, new season?

We all know that hallways are a breeding ground for clutter which makes them absolutely perfect for a decluttering project. If you don’t watch closely shoes, bags, and kids’ toys  move in and fill up all your space, but there is a way to quickly and easily spruce up your hallway ready for a fun-filled summer.

Your hallway is the room that greets you on those days where you just can’t wait to get home and it’s the last room in the house you visit before you step out into the world. A clean and clear entrance area might be the missing ingredient to the perfect home you’ve always dreamed of.

The secret to a clean, minimalist space is simple: every item needs its own designated space. We know that getting everyone to stick to the plan is the hard bit but at least if you have a storage-savvy hallway, you’re halfway there! The importance of an organised and tidy hallway is often overlooked but there’s a lot that can be said about the feng shui in the entrance to your home.

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The summer months are great for getting outdoors and being active but we all know that means that all of the park paraphernalia just adds to the hallway chaos as well. There’s nothing better than fun filled trips to the park with family and friends for a leisurely picnic and maybe even a game of bat and ball, but of course all of the odds and ends from your summer adventure end up getting left in your ever decreasing hallway space as well. All you need to counter the hallway chaos is some convenient under stairs storage, a storage cabinet or two or even some handy baskets to give you somewhere to house all the hallway odds and ends that are getting in the way.

Summer is a great time to start playing around with the colour and decor in your hallway too. You can choose themes and palates that wouldn’t even cross your mind in the colder months. Think seaside or nautical themes with calming blues, tranquil turquoises or soothing yellows. There’s loads of cool and quirky accessories and artwork that will slot right in with this seasonal theme as well. What could be better than feeling as though you’re on holiday every time you set foot in your hallway?

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How to Create a Bedroom as Luxurious as any Hotel

Creating the perfect bedroom doesn’t need to be complicated. Often, a few simple changes are enough to make your bedroom feel as luxurious as a hotel. If you think about a hotel room, simplicity is key. Too much clutter is distracting and overwhelming, but just a few purposeful changes to your bedroom can be just what the doctor ordered.

Luxurious Bedroom Decor | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterSleep is the single most important thing you can do for your physical and mental wellbeing and so it’s no wonder that people spend a great deal of time and effort designing their bedroom layout so it’s just right. The most obvious place to start is a nice, big comfy bed with luxurious sheets that you can’t wait to dive into every night. But where do you go from there?

A bedroom colour scheme should be cool, calming and relaxing. Comforting neutrals or simple whites are ideal for creating your very own slice of hotel heaven. Dusty greys or blues with black and white trimmings and accessories also work really well for adding a touch of elegance to your sleeping space, as do soft hints of purple. Choose a colour that makes you feel most at ease,  and surround your sleeping space with soft, soothing hues that are sure to sweep you away to a deep and peaceful slumber every night.

The quickest and easiest way to create the perfect feel for your bedroom is to carefully select the curtains and bedding. Blackout curtains are ideal for shutting the world out as you retreat to your very own sanctuary. Then, there’s something irresistibly calming about a perfectly made bed complete with crisp, white sheets and a mountain of pillows ready to ease you into a blissful night’s sleep. Add an extra touch of luxury by really layering up the pillows just like they do in your favourite hotel. It’s not quite the same when room service don’t come and plump them back up for you, but the finished effect is just the same!

bedroom decorating ideas: keeping your bedroom unclutteredOnce the colour scheme and the textiles are in place, you can play around with the room’s lighting. A bright, airy room that looks comfortably inviting during the day can be controlled come night-time with curtains, blinds and sidelights for the perfect ambiance. Soft lighting that creates a warm glow rather than an overbearing, glaring main light is best. It might sound obvious but the lighting you use in your bedroom could be the one thing standing between you and a good night’s sleep. It’s easily overlooked but the final moments you spend before closing your eyes for the night can make a big difference.

Life is so hectic and demanding, everybody needs a little slice of heaven to retreat to at the end of a long, hard day. Give yourself the bedroom dreams are made of, you deserve it!

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How to Create a Desirable Dining Room

Creating a desirable dining room that is perfect for celebrating, entertaining and more is all in the planning. The perfect dining room is comfortable, inviting and just spacious enough to encourage great conversation. It’s a room where memories are made and so a great deal of thought should be put into how your guests will feel once inside it.

It might sound obvious but taking the time to carefully select your dining room table can make all the difference. Round tables are great for making sure all of your guests are able to speak to one another easily as everybody can see each other. Square and rectangular tables work just as well too, especially in smaller dining spaces, as long as you get the chair placement just right. It’s a hard balance to strike between getting the seating close enough for easy conversation but far enough apart to give each person plenty of elbow space. There’s nothing worse than playing elbow wars with someone you’re sat next to all night long!

Once you’ve selected the dining room table that’s right for you, make sure it stands out with some fabulous feature lighting. Dining rooms are great fun for this as you can be a bit more ostentatious than you would be in other rooms. It’s easy to be brave and make bold decor choices when you know the room is for more formal occasions and celebrations. Chandeliers and pendant lights are perfect but make sure the bulbs aren’t too bright and glaring else your guests might feel they have come round for more of an interrogation than a relaxing meal.

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It’s a good idea to start in the middle and work your way outwards when you are decorating your dining room. Once your table, seating and lighting is in place you can start thinking about putting something on the walls and any other decor you might like to have to add a bit of interest to the space. The obvious choice is a large mirror or piece of artwork but you can play around with open shelving and other wall decorations.

You might want to kit the rest of your dining room out with some additional furniture such as a dresser, corner unit or bookshelf depending on how much room you have. These pieces are great for extra storage as well as giving you the chance to add your own personal style. A dresser is a great place to display family pictures or interesting trinkets you’ve collected over the years and a bookcase can be for so much more than a place to just store your books. Have some fun with it and really make your dining room a talking point of your home.

For the finishing touch, why not dress the dining room table for the ultimate wow factor as soon as you walk through the door? Don’t add too much, often just a tasteful table runner with a centrepiece candle and quality tableware is enough to make your dining room just perfect. Everybody wants a dining room fit for royalty to dine in but with just a few magic touches, yours could be the most desirable dining room your guests have ever seen.

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A Month of Fantastic Furniture Deals

It’s May. We can finally look forward to some better weather and here at A World of Oak A Touch of Pine we’re rather excited about the fantastic furniture deals we’ve put together for you this month! 🙂

Fantastic furniture deals from A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester.

We’re having our annual Spring Sale with up to 50% off right across the store. And on top of this, we have two additional ways to let you save money on beautiful furniture.

Outdoor Furniture at Fab Prices!

It’s the time of year when we think about barbecues, afternoon tea or long summer lunches in the garden. When we’re looking for place to sit down in the sun for a few minutes in the middle of the workday, or to watch in comfort while the children play outside. Which is why we’ve found some gorgeous, sturdy garden furniture – and negotiated amazing discounts off the RRP.

Outdoor furniture: Fantastic furniture deals from A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester.

We have tables of various shapes and sizes, garden chairs and sturdy benches, umbrellas to keep the sun off your face, and even smart wooden planters to start your outdoor herb garden, give the tomatoes somewhere stylish to live or get the sunflower race off to a good start.

Our outdoor furniture deals aren’t on the website, so please visit our Banbury or Bicester store. You can try out your favourite bench or comfy chair while you’re here! 🙂

And there’s more….

And we’re buzzed about this one. We’ve negotiated another stunning deal with the supplier of our popular Woodstock Oak, Manhattan Oak, and Oxford Painted furniture collections. So on top of the storewide sale, we can also offer you a SPEND & SAVE promotion, specifically on these three ranges.

You can spend a little and save a little. Or you can spend more and save…. a lot! Here’s how it works:

  • Spend £0 – £499 …. save 5%
  • Spend £500 – £1499 …. save 10%
  • Spend £1500 – £2499 …. save 15%
  • Spend over £2500 …. save a whopping 20%

Spend & Save Promotion on all Woodstock Oak, Manhattan Oak and Oxford Painted furniture. Fantastic furniture deals from A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester.

Doesn’t this make for one a-MAY-zing month of furniture deals? Check out our website, visit our stores… and if you have any questions, please know we’d be delighted to answer!

Wishing you a wonderful Bank Holiday Weekend!

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Family Friendly Living Rooms Made Easy

When you have a young family it can feel frustrating that you need to design every room of your home around them, but being a parent doesn’t mean you have to forgo everything on your interior design wish list. There’s really no reason why family friendly living rooms can’t be stylish, too!

Trying to create somewhere that is safe for your kids to roam and play, yet comfortable and stylish enough for you to enjoy as well can be a balancing act. But a stylish living room while the kids are young is definitely possible and your living space can be adult and child friendly at the same time. All you need to do is think storage, speed and safety.

Family Friendly Living Rooms | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterThe key to creating family friendly living rooms that allow them ample space to play with room to spare for you, too is storage, storage and more storage. With plenty of out of the way storage solutions, your living room can be converted from playroom to adult den in the blink of an eye once the little ones are asleep. Toy boxes and baskets are great for chucking all their toys and games into quickly at the end of the day and they can always double up as toys themselves during the day. There’s also nothing wrong with being unconventional about your storage solutions. Repurpose the furniture you have to hand, and you’ll be creating a family friendly living room that’s not run-of-the-mill.

The living room is the most used room of the house where so many memories are made. Kids love having a designated area to play. Low level coffee tables can double up as a play table during the day. Kids just love messy play and all those play-doh and paint sessions can really take their toll on your furniture. All you need is a protective sheet that can easily be whipped off after they’ve gone to bed and your coffee table will be yours again in an instant.

Make your living room safe for little explorers to roam free by keeping accessories and ornaments up high out of the reach of their tiny, inquisitive hands. Soft corners are a great idea too and soft molded plastic attachments can be easily added to table edges and the like to make sure your little ones are kept safe at all times. It’s a good idea to mount your TV to the wall if possible as well. If your TV sits on a TV stand you can avoid any accidents from curious explorers by anchoring the back of the TV to the wall.

A kid friendly living room needs to be tough enough to stand up to anything your kids may throw at it. Everything needs to be washable from the walls to the surfaces and textiles, that way you can clean up any spills and sticky hand prints quickly and easily with just a baby wipe. There are numerous kid friendly wall paints available on the market that are wipe clean so you can protect your walls from any over enthusiastic artists in the house! If you have the wall space (and the courage!) why not go all out and create a chalkboard wall which will be sure to keep them busy for hours and hours on end? Kids just love to show off their creative side, but if you plan your living room just right then there will be plenty of room for all of you to let your creative flair run free.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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