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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.

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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.

 

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Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

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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.

 

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Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

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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.

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leather swatches

How to choose the colour for your leather or upholstered sofa or chair

Sofa and chairs are one of the top furniture expenditures in your home, so choose them carefully. Like other major furniture purchases, your new sofa will be with you for many years. Whether you call it a couch or a sofa, that large and comfortable piece of furniture in your living room can make a big impact on your color choices for the rest of the room.

Where to Begin

If you’re starting a decorating project from scratch, a sofa can be chosen first so you can decorate around it. Painting a wall is far cheaper than purchasing a new sofa so spend a bit of time getting advice, experimenting by laying some colours in the room and thinking it through. A showpiece sofa as inspiration for a room could be upholstered in a vibrant luxury fabric or leather covered. Remember it’s likely to be the focal point of the room.

If you are adding a sofa to an already decorated room or if you’d prefer the sofa play a supporting role, then choosing color becomes very important. Choosing a new sofa for an existing color palette means that you’ll have to decide if the sofa will be neutral, or if it will take on an accent role.

There are designers that favor a sofa that matches the wall color to unify the room and make the room look larger. This is a creative idea for a harmonious color scheme. If you are buying a sofa to match your wall color, then changing the wall color in the future could be complicated. The most common approach is to choose a sofa that complements the other decor and is not the center of attention nor camouflaged into the wall color. This is why neutral sofa colors are the most popular for most homes.

Shopping

One of the first things you could do is to take some cellphone pics of the room with you when you go sofa or chair shopping. You may also want to take some magazine clippings that you like with you. Choice of colour can be intensely personal so take your time briefing and explaing your preferrences.  If you’re shopping in a quality store (such as Klooftique) the consultant or owner will have been trained in colour choice so it’s good to get their advice and recomendation first.

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Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

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interior design tips

4 creative ways to mix and match

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As our interest in personalized interiors grows, the days when a three-piece suite was the backbone of any self-respecting living room feel long gone. Now it’s all about letting a spirited mix of colors, prints, textures and shapes dictate our seating choices. To do it well, choose blocks of color and pieces from different eras that sit together nicely. Pick out designs, fabrics and hues you love and bring them together them with a dash of recklessness. This will work best if you follow a few basic rules, such as sticking with a neutral backdrop and pairing colors with care. But don’t be afraid to experiment. You might just stumble across something unexpected that works.

Unleash your imagination

  1. Dare to be different. Take a risk but also bounce your idea on a couple of people you know have some taste. e.g. also speak to your Klooftique consultant. Go through books, magazines, internet and bookmark the inspiring stuff that connects with your soul – something in you that says ‘yessss!’ Also take smartphone snapshots when you see clever combinations in nature, in clothing shops, on signage. This will help you identify color combinations that consistently catch your eye.
  1. Weave together two shades. If you don’t want to mess around with different shapes and styles of seating in your living room, you can always go down the mix-and-match color route within a coordinated range. A flexible modular-style sofa enables you to combine shades, patterns and textures within the same seating arrangement. A sprinkling of yellow/red in an otherwise all-gray scheme injects a lively modern tempo and works amazingly well against the grand backdrop, as the simplicity lets the architectural details shine.
  1. Dabble with vintage hues. Blend chalky colors with vintage styles and if you don’t want a seating mix that’s too self-consciously eclectic, then think of pairing items. The pleasing blend of buttermilk, peppermint and coral colors weave in a considerable mix of patterns, but there’s harmony in the united colors. The green of the far sofa is picked up in the pillows of its neighbor, while the coral of the armchair is echoed in the subtle print on the larger sofa.
  1. Play with colour. Though a monochrome color palette creates a sleek, sophisticated vibe that’s unlikely to go out of fashion. Soft-edged modern leather sofas can be the perfect vehicle for a black and white scheme, with the unfussy color duo putting a simple slant on the mix-and-match feel. But think colour! why not brighter blues, greens, and even louder prime colour pillows?

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Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

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17-July

The basics for purchasing a comfy chair:

  1. Feel: The seat should feel soft to sit on yet offer firm support. If it sinks in too much, you will have to struggle to get out of it. If it is too hard, you may become uncomfortable after sitting in it for even a short period.
  2. Angle: Your thighs should be perpendicular to the floor because you can’t be comfortable if your knees are pointing up or down. Look for a seat height that is right for you.
  3. Depth: Another factor to consider is the depth of the seat. If you are taller, look for a seat with greater depth. The extra depth can easily accommodate the length of your legs. A shallower depth is good if you are not very tall, or suffer from bad knees.
  4. Width: A wider seat such as in a chair and a half is good if you like to lounge in your chair. A chair and a half is also a good substitute for a loveseat if you are short on space. Take a look at the RC Green Chair and Half.
  5. Height: Backs can be high or low, but more than anything, the back is there to offer lumbar support. If you read or watch TV in your chair, you would also want some neck support, so those chairs would be better with high backs. Chairs with lower backs are good for conversations, and you tend to sit up straighter in them, but they are hardly meant for lounging.
  6. Tight back or pillows: There are two basic kinds of seats and backs, those with a tight cover or those with loose cushions. You can choose whichever look appeals to you, but if you are looking for comfort, cushions do make it a little cozier. You can also choose a mix with a tight back and a cushioned seat or the other way around.

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graffiti upholstered chair

Tips on buying upholstered furniture

  • You can specify the degree of softness of your sofa seat if you have it custom-made. Otherwise, take the time to try out every sofa until you find the one that seems most comfortable. Note that sleeper sofas tend to be harder, more rigid, and heavier than other types of sofas.
  • Upholstery fabric should be upholstery-weight velvet, tapestry, woven wool, leather, or another heavy-duty material.
  • If you’re choosing a fabric, look at fabrics available in all price ranges. Compare the thread count for density. The greater the density, the stronger the fabric. A quick test of density is to hold the fabric sample to the light. The less light that passes through, the denser and therefore stronger the fabric is.
  • Your sofa and chairs don’t need to be the same style or covered in the same material. They should have compatible styles and coordinating coverings, for the sake of unity. To flank a sofa, for example, pick two side chairs in different styles such as a shield back covered in identical fabric. The effect offers both unity and diversity.
  • For longevity, choose neutral-colored upholstery coverings in durable materials. Neutral colors never go out of style. Add a dash of color with patterned pillows. If you choose a distinctive pattern for your sofa and chairs, the pattern should match at the seams and align on the pillows and skirt (if there is one) to create an unbroken pattern.
  • Sofa pillow edges should align smoothly, without gaps between pillows or the sofa back and arms.
  • Make sure the frame of the furniture is sturdy. The sofa shouldn’t flex in the middle when it’s lifted by the ends.
  • All exposed wood parts should be smooth, without any discernible marks or blemishes.

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Sofa Cushion

Choosing your kind of Sofa cushion.

You’ve had that sofa or chair for 20 years and it looks like it has to go. The seat is sagging, the cushions are lumpy, the upholstery is shredding, and even the cat does not want to sit on it anymore. So you finally went shopping and decided on a particular Sofa shape but realised there are so many sofa cushion options to choose from. So what are the basics to help you choose?

1. All-Foam Cushion

Although manufacturers use different terminology and might vary on the specifics a bit, when all is said and done, there are basically three choices in cushions. The first choice is the all-foam cushion. This is usually constructed of a high-density foam core covered by a softer layer of foam, and then a polyester fiber wrap, all enveloped in downproof ticking (which prevents feathers from poking through). This is the cushion of choice if you like a very firm seat and you want the fewest possible wrinkles in the fabric.

2. Spring Down Cushion

The second cushion choice is usually called spring down. It is the second-softest cushion and is made with a core of coiled springs, which is surrounded by a foam box and then wrapped with a thick layer of polyester fiber. This is all fitted into a downproof cover filled with a blend of down and polyester fiber. The springs provide a resilient feel, and the little bit of down adds a touch of softness and loft that only down can give.

3. Down Plush, or Blendown

The third basic choice for a cushion is called down plush, or blendown. It is the softest and most luxurious of the cushions, and is constructed with a thinner foam core wrapped in a thick layer of polyester fiber, and then wrapped in a much thicker layer of a down and poly-fiber blend. Because of its relatively thin foam core and greater proportion of down, it really feels and acts like a pillow. As you sit on it, it will flatten and change shape a bit, and it requires fluffing every time you sit on it to restore the loft and proper dimension. It’s definitely not for the person who can’t be bothered with all that maintenance. For the way it feels it may be worth the effort.

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How to select the best sofa for you

4 Pro tips in choosing a Sofa

1. SHAPE & SIZE

Make sure you buy a piece that will fit into your existing architectural environment. Check that you will be able to get it in. Are you on the 9th floor?, how big is your elevator, do you have narrow doors or tricky corners in your home? Already have a sofa in mind? Determine whether its construction allows for disassembly like removing cushions, legs, and arms to help you manoeuvre in tight spots. Take your measuring tape out and measure the footprint of the potential sofa location. Tape off the perimeter of your measurements with painter’s tape to help you visualise how much room the piece will take up. Determine where you want to put your sofa. A sofa will be your most important, eye-catching, costly piece in the lounge. Take some cell phone pics on your lounge with you when making a shortlist. Show them to your salesperson for advice. Be open to new ideas.

2. COLOR

Sofas are often the biggest statement in your living room, so choosing a color that makes sense for your space is important. Want something that allows for constant change and versatility? A neutral sofa is a must. It will follow you through changing trends and a constantly evolving palette. Want a new look? Simply swap out your throw pillows! Want to make more of a statement? A vibrant cayenne will instantly warm up the space and provide an eye-catching pop of color. Want to toe the line between the style of an eye-popping color and the versatility of a neutral tone? You’ll want to go with a blue or a green. They’re neutral enough to work with any color scheme, but chromatic enough to provide an unexpected visual treat.

3. MATERIAL

Determine how much wear and tear your sofa will get to select the best upholstery fabric. Have pets or kids? High performance textiles like luster velvet and chenille tweeds are easy to clean and are very forgiving as the fibers are primarily synthetic, which helps resist stains and abrasion. Linen blends are great for a casual, yet refined look. Primarily a natural and synthetic mix, the provide and organic look and feel. Twills are the best of both worlds: they provide an organic feeling with the durability of a performance textile. They also tend to provide a handsome, tailored look. Want something that will only get better with age? Our leather sofas come with a slight pre-worn look and over-time will just accumulate more character. Like a great pair of jeans, leather changes in tone according to use and tells a story of its ownership over time. A plus: it’s also perfect for all seasons!

4. BE DIFFERENT

Don’t take a sofa at face value, give it character with accent pillows. Think of your sofa as a backdrop for the sensational accent pillows that will give it style and character. Pillows are the spice of life in your living room, so have fun designing a grouping that plays up your new sofa and finishes the look of the room. A trick is to create one set of pillows for the warm months and a second for the cold months, so that your sofas can take on completely different looks for each season.

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