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Pantone has revealed the colour of 2018

Pantone has revealed the colour of 2018… an uplifting hue of Ultra Violet. According to Pantone, the “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute explains. “It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Prince would be proud!

furniture store

Why Klooftique is a one of a kind furniture store

Our master craftsmen and women each bring a unique skill to their craft. When we combine this with years of experience as a furniture store, this is what makes a Klooftique item truly one of a kind.

Shehaam Klooftique

Giving Thanks To Sheham

Today we celebrate the individuals that work behind the scenes to bring our bespoke sofas to life. Meet Shehaam, she’s been a seamstress at Klooftique for 13 years. Thanks to her skillful hands, each piece is meticulously stitched before it’s ready for upholstering.

decor tips from Klooftique

5 one-liner home decor tips (easy to remember)

5 one-liner home decor tips (easy to remember)

  1. START WITH YOUR COLOR SCHEME.
  1. FAKE HEIGHT WITH LOW FURNITURE.
  1. PUT INVESTMENT PIECES FRONT AND CENTER.
  1. WARM UP A ROOM WITH MIRRORS.
  1. LET SPACE SIZE DICTATE FURNITURE PLACEMENT.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

light brown leather chair metal trim

Why Leather helps to create heirloom (investment) furniture

Why Leather helps to create heirloom (investment) furniture

  1. Leather is four times more durable than fabric, so don’t worry about having pets and children around it. Just like a leather jacket or shoes, good leather furniture gets better with age.
  1. Aniline leather is dyed in a drum, which allows the dye to completely soak through for a rich, deep color. No protective coating is added, and it’s the softest and most expensive leather.
  1. Semi-aniline (protected aniline) leather is also dyed in a drum and has a small amount of coating applied, giving it slightly better protection against stains and fading than aniline leather.
  1. For pigmented leather, color is applied to the surface, not dyed through and through. And while the color isn’t as rich, it’s finished to provide greater protection against scratches, stains and fading. These leathers are less expensive and usually aren’t as soft as dyed leathers.
  1. Unlike upholstery, the color of your leather piece doesn’t make a difference when it comes to regular maintenance. Just use a damp cloth to remove dust.
  1. Look for leather upholstery with zippered seat cushions. While the leather can last decades, the seat cushion may not and you’ll want easy access to get it refilled.
  1. Leather takes on the temperature of your body within 12 seconds, so the notion that leather is cold is a myth.
  1. When considering price, remember that a leather sofa that is looked after, will last more than a lifetime.

 

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

light grey velvet chair

What makes up quality upholstered furniture?

  1. Construction:

You probably won’t have the luxury of seeing the raw frame of the sofa or chair you’re interested in, so ask about it’s construction. Upholstered furniture that is built with good hardwood, doweled, screwed and glued frames will increase the longevity of the piece, and keep it from getting creaky over time. The quality of the construction will to a large degree determine the lifespan of the furniture.

  1. Comfort:

Seems pretty obvious but many people don’t realize that a lot of manufactures offer different cushion options. When choosing a cushion think about what makes you most comfortable while using the sofa or chair. Remember that different cushions require different maintenance too. A down fill, for example, will need to be fluffed each time you’re done using it. Don’t be mezmerised by the design and forget functionality.

  1. Fabric:

Every manufacturer has dozens of fabric options. Go to a store with a design in mind. Do a bit of research upfront. Know what you want and don’t let the prolific options distract you: keep your eye on the prize! It really comes down to color, content, and texture. Once you know your color scheme, find a fabric that is made of the right materials for your needs. Fabrics with a high content of synthetic fibers will be inherently more stain resistant and durable. If you have little kids or pets this becomes really importnat. Also look for a fabric with textured as it makes the everyday wear less visible.

 

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

28-August

7 Basic Living Room Styling Mistakes


28-August


7 Basic Living Room Styling Mistakes

1. Furniture placement

Pushing furniture up against all the walls of a room makes it look smaller rather than larger. Give the room breathing space by pulling the furniture away from the walls.

2. Heavy curtains

Unless your curtains are a spectacular fabric and pattern, you don’t really want the curtains to be the feature of the room. Consider roller blinds in a neutral fabric instead of big heavy drapes – you can still have the block-out effect but in a more subtle way.

3. TV placement

The best place to position a TV is on a blank wall that isn’t blocking window light. If possible, the TV should be mounted on the wall for a more streamlined look. Otherwise, make sure you have a suitably sized TV unit to put your TV on.

4. Lack of rugs

A room is never complete until there’s a bit of colour and pattern on the floor. Rugs on floorboards provide warmth in winter, while rugs on carpet are perfectly fine as well.

5. Lack of colour

Many living rooms lack colour, especially in regards artwork, rugs and cushions. Bright pieces add life to a room!

6. Oversized furniture

Many people fill their living rooms with furniture that is too large or chunky for the space, especially when it comes to sofas. This will make the room look and feel smaller. Consider sofas and chairs with slim line arms, particularly for smaller spaces.

7. Too much matching (overstyled)

Overstyling can look a little pretentious or forced. While mixing different styles may not work, neither does matching every single piece in the room. It’s fine to try and match up some of your furniture, but add in a few other splashes of colour to break it up.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 424 9458
Email: info@klooftique.com

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3 Tips for Styling Large Living Rooms

21-August

3 Tips for Styling Large Living Rooms

1. Designate zones.

In a small room, you will likely only have room for one ‘conversation area’ and no additional space for furniture groupings. Large rooms can function as so much more than just a large sitting area, but you might have to get creative with how to best utilise the size or shape of the room you have. Identify several possible functional areas within the room, such as a conversation zone (or two or three…), a media zone, an area for a writing desk, a console or a game table, a dining area or perhaps a reading area….

2. Anchor the room.

Great rooms or large living areas can end up feeling a bit of a mess if you put too many small pieces in the room without at a couple of anchoring pieces. A sectional, large sofa, large coffee table and even built in bookcases or a piano will help anchor a room so smaller pieces can be tucked in here and there as accents if necessary.

3. Avoid too much wall ‘hugging.’

Somthing that just does not work is a sofa pushed back against one wall and the chairs on the opposite size of the room against the other wall, leaving too much open space in the middle. If you have to shout in order to have a conversation with someone sitting across from you in the room, it is likely your furniture is too far apart.

With a larger room you can pull seating out from the walls to create a much cozier conversation area around a focal point like a fireplace. Don’t fear empty walls, you can use wall space for art, buffets and consoles, benches and bookcases or additional conversation areas where the furniture can be pulled closer together.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our Cape Town furniture store in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 424 9458
Email: info@klooftique.com

Vases

What’s ‘Timeless Décor’?

14-August


It’s all about beautiful, sensible, practical &  and an effortless feel to your living spaces. Timeless furnishings should be first of all, comfortable. If you are going to have a piece of furniture that you aim to keep for a number of years, make sure it’s comfortable. Look for well constructed pieces and wonderfully time-honored fabrics or good leather.

Make sure the styling is not too trendy or dull. A classically beautiful sofa or chair or table is the backbone of a timeless look.

Timeless décor means fabrics that will stand up to years of changing trends. They transcend those changes.  Add layers of accent décor like lamps, art, tableware, pillows, bedding, etc. in more updated colors and styles. They can be changed out easily when they get tired or are out of style. Introducing a new color or contemporary style is so easy if you have timeless pieces.

Practice the changing of pillow or throws to reflect the season or mood.

Pillows and throws are like jewelry to our soft furnishings. They can be relatively inexpensive and add lots of pop and pizzazz to a timeless look.  Here’s where to add just-now colors and patterns. And have fun.

Neutrals are the epitome of timelessness.

Neutrals never go out of style. They evoke a clean, fresh feel. A neutral color palette will keep your home furnishing design feeling fresh and up to date no matter what’s new in the decor world. It will be one of the best decor decision you’ll ever make.

Don’t overcrowd a space.

Timeless decor respects the space it’s in. Better furniture be a little sparse than crowded together. Timeless decor looks honor and shows off each piece of furniture beautifully. It may be a little hard for some who love crowding their living rooms. Less is best for timeless décor

Blend old and new.

Mixing classic pieces from different eras is an amazing way to bring interest and beauty into your décor.

Edit your collections to just a few.

Many of us love to collect something. And if you are a collector I bet you love showing it off. For a timeless look, edit your collection to the “very best” and display them. Or rotate your precious items and display a few at a time. Resist the temptation to show everything you’ve collected. Less is more when it comes to displaying collections within a timeless decor.

Live with what you love.

If you are looking for that timeless, classic, amazing look, then choose pieces that you love! It’s your home, your expression, your inner living space… your sanctuary. Make it a reflection of the wonderful you.

Also understand that achieving a timeless look is a process. Enjoy it!

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

Decor tips

5 Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better

7-August


1. Give your furniture some breathing room.

Resist overcrowding a room. Gracious living means space to maneuver with ease. This is really great news if you are working with a tight budget. You don’t need to fill up a space with lots of furniture. Spend more of your budget on fewer but better-quality pieces, and your room will look better.

2. Know how to arrange furniture on a rug.

There are basically three ways you can arrange furniture on your rug.

All on: The rug is large enough to place all of the furniture legs on top of it. This creates a more luxurious feel. For this, bigger is better. Just be sure to leave at least 30cm of floor surface on all four sides of the rug’s borders.

All off: If you have a small room, keeping all legs off the rug is a great cost-effective choice. You don’t want to pick too small a rug, though, or it may look insignificant. The rug should appear as though it could touch the front legs of each of the seating pieces. This approach is best suited when you’re layering a pattern over a larger solid or textured rug.

Front on: Put just the front feet of all your seating pieces on the rug to tie the arrangement together visually and create a well-defined space while lending a feeling of openness.

3. Create a focal point.

To create harmony and order, there can only be one boss in a room. The rest should be staff. Or, one leader and the rest should be followers. The same holds true in design. Choose your star and make it the focal point to anchor a room. Allow other items to take a secondary role. Don’t ask everything to have a leading role; it will just result in visual noise & clutter.

Your focal point might be a loud piece of artwork, sofa, chair or colour. Whatever it is, choose something that will draw attention. Walk into a room – what catches your eye first. If there is such a piece, then you have a focal point.

4. Vary the scale.

What looks good in the store may look like an elephant in the room when you bring it home. Or it’s too tiny to be of any significance. So always vary scale and proportion. Consider the height of your ceiling. One tall piece of art on the wall will work beautifully with several smaller pieces. The same holds true of furniture. Your largest piece may be your focal point.

5. Add layers of lighting.

One central lighting fixture will never work as well as several smaller light sources. Design professionals build layers of lighting to create interest, intrigue and variety. In a room where everything is lit evenly, nothing stands out. Pick a focal point and perhaps a secondary focal point and highlight those. Add general ambient lighting and some lower lighting, like table lamps, for interest.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 424 9458
Email: info@klooftique.com
www.klooftique.com