Looking to refresh your space? Discover the versatile homeware pieces we believe every home should have…
There’s a lot of factors to consider when shopping for new homeware. From product aesthetic and lifespan, to versatility and function - it can be quite a daunting challenge. Here at Tom Raffield we believe it’s best to start off by investing in the pieces that you truly need, then add in designs you desire once you’ve achieved a basic set up. Keep reading to discover our five must-have designs that every home should have.
Why it’s needed: One of the greatest joys is being comfortable in your own home. Whether you have a favourite nap spot on your sofa, or just enjoy kicking back and putting your feet up after a long day, comfort is key in your space. Invest wisely in pieces that will be durable and practical for many years to come, and that can support your family when comfort is needed. Seating is arguably the most important ‘high traffic’ feature of your living area, choosing the right design can be a tricky decision.
Customise your favourite piece with fabric that will not just suit your room, but will stand out. Sustainable fabrics will provide longevity to your pieces, whilst (all importantly) not damaging the environment. The right fabric will bring texture to your space, whilst the right design will dictate the flow of movement throughout your interior, so it is vital you consider both wisely.
TR tip: Colour choice can affect not only the feel of your interior, but how guests perceive and remember it. Colours such as grey and brown give a sense of relaxation and serenity whilst colours such as yellow and orange project energy, happiness and creativity.
Why it’s needed: Refresh your space – fuss free. The smallest of changes can make a big impact. Portable table lights are a great way to ensure you have adequate light throughout your interior, as well as providing a gentle focus on different pieces in a room. Lights at table-top height will help add a sense of depth to your room and create a focal point where needed. Thoughtfully placed lighting adds another dimension, bringing your entire décor’ to life.
A purposeful table light can tie your décor together, adding personality to your space where needed. By choosing unique designs, the versatile light can be carried through each of your rooms, ensuring your home will truly shine. Great lighting can create depth, height, cosy spots, and draw attention to the most impressive areas of your home. It’s all about the balance of light and shadow and bringing new energy to an interior.
TR tip: Table lights are great tools when it comes to creating a calm and cosy atmosphere, or, if desired, bring a feeling of formality into a space. Consider the shadows of your table light and the desired atmosphere. For example, if you are wanting to create a cosy environment, avoid dramatic, layered lighting and choose designs that emit a warm, gentle glow.
Why it’s needed: Help hide clutter, organise belongings, showcase, and accentuate prize possessions or just display the everyday objects in your life – storage is essential. Clever storage isn’t just about floor to wall cupboards, intuitive storage is about being purposeful with your space.
Why it’s needed: Task lighting should serve as the primary lighting source for any room and focuses light on activities such as cooking, reading, or working. No matter what you use your home for, ensuring you have ample task lighting is incredibly important. Task lighting offers the opportunity to coordinate your design scheme, whilst ensuring your daily tasks can be achieved. A beautifully designed shade paired with the right bulb can literally transform a space.
Why it’s needed: The importance of beautifully crafted finishing touches is often underestimated. Without accessories, your space, no matter how beautifully decorated or furnished, will be left looking and feeling unloved. They make your home come alive by adding texture, colour and personality. Accessories aren’t just there for aesthetics, they should be functional in their forms – such as planters, mirrors and bowls.
Bring your space to life with some greenery. Indoor planters are a great way to brighten up your interior with organic forms and colours, whilst providing cleaner air for you to breath. Neutral toned planters will ensure the plants stand out, whilst complimenting your décor.
TR tip: If you’re lacking in window space, place a mirror facing a window with your favourite view. This will turn the mirror into another window, creating not only the illusion of space but framing your view beautifully, allowing you to appreciate it from any angle.