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Home Accessories And Tips For Small Spaces

Home Accessories and Top Tips For Small Spaces

  1. Decorate with Mirrors:

Interior designers often place mirrors strategically in small places in order to make them feel larger. One of the most common tips for small spaces is to hang a large mirror in a central location to create a focal point. This will help to reflect light and add good ambiance. If possible, position a mirror across from your window so it will reflect the view and give the illusion of another window.

  1. Draw the Eye Upward:

A room has a vertical dimension as well as a horizontal one. If your living room has a high ceiling, make the most of the extra space by decorating it in a manner that draws the eye upward. Floor-to-ceiling drapes are a stylish way to accomplish this goal. Another thought is to fill the vertical space with a mix of small to midsize artwork pieces. This technique will make the room feel larger than it actually is, because it invites the eye to roam beyond the eye-level horizontal space that may feel confined.

  1. Use Neutral Colors for a Small Living Room:

One of the most popular small living room ideas is the use of neutral colors on walls, floor, ceiling and furniture upholstery. A palette of off-whites or beiges will expand the space by appearing to push back the walls. Soft hues also tend to illuminate a room by reflecting light. In addition to enlarging an area, a neutral palette imparts instant sophistication and creates a calming environment.

  1. Choose Furniture with a Lightweight Appearance:

Consider the visual weight of the furniture piece. This concept refers to the perceived heaviness of an object based on size, color and design. Pick out pieces that have a lightweight appearance, as heavier ones will seem to constrict a space. Opt for pale colors over darker ones, and select pieces that have legs while avoiding those that are boxy. Glass coffee or end tables will take up less visual space than wooden ones because you can see through them. Any furnishings that don’t obstruct views will make an area seem more open.

  1. Select Small-Scale Furniture:

A list of small living room ideas would not be complete without the recommendation to select furniture that won’t overpower the room or appear to dominate the space. A sofa with thin arms and a tightly upholstered back is preferable to one with substantial arms and a multi-cushion back. If space is tight, you could do without a couch completely, either choosing a loveseat or opting to position four chairs around a coffee table. When picking out chairs, consider armless ones because they will take up less space than a model with arms.

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

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How Klooftique Began: This is Our Story

Everyone loves a good story, especially one that shows how something great once started as something small. Most businesses have an “About Us” page but that doesn’t really give the story of how Klooftique came to be. The trials and tribulations of what we’ve accomplished have been quite the journey.

A family business

Klooftique started off as a modest furniture shop. The founders, husband Gerald Furman and wife Beulah Furman started the company in 1973. They had an eye for Cape and Victorian pieces and a passion for restoring something back to its former splendor.

Above all, Gerald and Beulah traveled, sourced and restored furniture from all over South Africa.

To start, Klooftique began with mostly Cape furniture, which included Jonkmanskaste, yellow wood, stinkwood tables, washstands, and Cape country furnishings. The restoration process was done by hand by Gerald and his at the time,  one employee. The two of them restored each piece with care and precision.

Through passion, adventure and a love for bringing life into something once forgotten, this was the start of Klooftique. It was also the start of our recycling path. The Klooftique family has always aspired to the philosophy of reducing, reusing and recycling. We use materials from sustainable resources, recycled goods and focus on fair trade and responsible production.

From strength to strength

Over the years we’ve grown, starting from a small second-hand shop to expanding into a showroom of 200+ metres.

As a family run business, Gerald’s son, Jarome Furman was hands-on, sharing a passion for creating something great. At a stage, he had been collecting Art Deco sofas and chairs and restoring them for clients. There was a demand in the ’90s and 2000s for restored Art Deco furniture. In addition, when Jarome bought the company from his parents, he changed the focus from Cape and Victorian furnishings to Art Deco pieces. Jarome had storerooms filled with the most amazing pieces just waiting to be restored.

Seasons Change

It was a great success. However, interior décor trends are forever changing, and over time Jarome moved out of the Art Deco trend and into a new phase. His wife, Marianna Furman, joined the business. Together they slowly shifted focus from restoration and progressed into what it is today – manufacturing new furniture.

Our first workshop was on-site (in the building where our store is still today), where our craftsmen and women applied their skills. With time, the need arose for us to move into larger manufacturing premises.

The Present

So, Klooftique, as it’s known today, changed from restoring to creating. The change was slow. The brand didn’t change, just what we sell. The ethos, our transparency and our value for selling luxury furniture pieces at affordable prices remained the same.

Most importantly, the family stayed the same too. We are the second-generation Klooftique located at the same premises for over 45 years and counting. The brand we’ve built is not a franchise with stores countrywide, and it’s not a chain store with import stock from overseas. We are local. In other words, every piece of furniture that we sell is handmade by our skilful workers.

A big thank you goes out to our amazing followers and customers for supporting us and allowing us to do what we love. In conclusion, without you, none of this would be possible.

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Get Creative With Custom Furniture

As our interest in personalized interiors grows, the days when a three-piece suite was the backbone of any self-respecting living room feels 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 colour and pieces from different eras that sit together nicely. Pick out designs, fabrics, and hues you love and bring them together 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 colours with care. But don’t be afraid to experiment with your custom furniture. You might just stumble across something unexpected that works.

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, the 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.

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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.

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.

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?

You need more help or 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

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Choosing The Colour For Your Leather Sofa

Sofa and chairs are one of the top furniture expenditures in your home, so choose them carefully. Like other major furniture purchases, your new upholstered or leather sofa will be with you for many years. Your sofa can make a big impact on your color choices for the rest of your living 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. Purchasing a new sofa isn’t cheap, so spend time getting advice and experimenting with colour in the room. 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’re adding a sofa to an already decorated room, choosing a colour becomes vital. 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.

You need more help or 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

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Seven Styling Mistakes For Living Room Furniture

Seven Styling Mistakes For Living Room Furniture

1. Living room furniture placement

One of the most common styling mistakes is misplaced furniture. 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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What Makes Up Quality Upholstered Furniture?

Quality upholstered furniture starts with its construction – that’s what any good furniture maker will tell you. So how does Klooftique make their furniture pieces last a lifetime? Here’s our process…

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 its construction. Upholstered furniture that is built with good hardwood, dowelled, 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.

Comfort

It seems pretty obvious but many people don’t realise that a lot of manufacturers 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. The design often mesmerises, but don’t forget about functionality.

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 colour, content, and texture. Once you know your colour scheme, find a fabric that is made of the right materials for your needs. Fabrics with a high content of synthetic fibres will be inherently more stain-resistant and durable. If you have little kids or pets this becomes really important. Also, look for a fabric with textured as it makes daily wear-and-tear less visible.

Do 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

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Why Leather Furniture Is The Best Kind Of Investment

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

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Classic Couches: The Havana Style Is Back!

Our Havana style is back! We first introduced this style about 18 years ago, and it’s still one of our most classic couches. Our Havana chairs and sofa are super comfortable and plush and can be made up in any colour. Pop in to view our leather swatches.
The reason the Havana style has remained so popular over the years is because it makes use of classic features that go well with most colour palettes and styles. In addition, classic couches made out of leather remain a timeless investment.

Pair your Havana Couch with a charcoal grey rug, a statement standing lamp and you’re ready to go! We love helping customers find the perfect couch for their home – after all, it is the centrepiece of the living room!

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Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town. Stay posted to our blog for more tips, tricks and trends from one of South Africa’s leading bespoke furniture manufacturers – Klooftique!

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Call us: +27 21 424 9458

Email us at: info@klooftique.com

Visit our site: www.klooftique.com

Follow us on Instagram at @klooftique for design inspo!

Modern Lighting Ideas From Trends In 2017

Modern Lighting Ideas From the Klooftique Team

Lighting is often one of the main aspects of a room that can determine its mood and feel. Whether it is a living room or a kitchen or even a bathroom, lighting can add incredible style and value.

In 2017, we saw a resurgence of the free-standing lamp that has begun to act as a statement piece on it own. Also trending are copper or rose gold fixtures that add that modern, industrial feel to your room.

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When you think of modern lighting ideas, don’t get overwhelmed. Even a simple side lamp with a large lamp shade is considered stylish and can act as the room’s statement piece.

Bamboo and wooden features in lighting is also a popular choice. Wood, in all its forms, provides warmth to a space. Take a look at some of Klooftique’s lighting fixtures here!

Cool, calm and refreshing, we’re loving all things green at the moment. You’ll find plenty of green elements popping up in our showroom from stunning ceramics to actual greenery and plants.

Follow us on Instagram at @klooftique for more lighting inspiration or visit our showroom at 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town.

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Design Advice For Leather or Fabric Sofas

We understand that both leather or fabric sofa-shopping can be a bit overwhelming. In fact, even natural-born interior designers may need some design advice. If you’re looking to purchase a good quality sofa as a lifetime investment, you want to make sure you don’t make a ‘mistake.’ There are literally hundreds of different types, styles and upholstery coverings. One of the most frequently asked questions is, “Should I buy leather or fabric?” Unfortunately, there is no right answer. Fabric and leather sofas both have positive and negative characteristics.

Here’s some design advice to help you be more informed to better decide which sofa finish is right for you, your family and home.

Fabric Sofa’s Benefits:

Comfort:

Fabric sofas vary widely depending on the fabric, style and the support structure of the sofa. However, fabric sofas tend to be much more comfortable than leather as the fabric tends to be an overall softer, warmer finish than leather. Just like your leather car seats, leather can sometimes feel hot and sticky in summer and a bit cold in the winter. Leather sofas tend to feel firmer than fabric sofas.

Care

The wear and tear of fabric sofas most often depends upon the grade of fabric. Of course, the better fabrics will withstand years of wear, just like better leathers.

Most good quality fabric sofas are treated with a stain-resistant finish, so when spills do happen, they are easily cleaned with specialty products or a handheld steam cleaner. Also, fabric doesn’t scuff like leather can do, so it tends to better withstand pet’s claws and your kid’s shoes than leather.

Color & Pattern Choices

Leather does come in a variety of colors, but fabrics are unlimited in their color and pattern choices, so you will have a better chance of matching existing decor or getting a colour of your choice.

Budget

Fabric sofas are usually cheaper even though good quality fabric and framing are always expensive. The same sofa in leather would always cost more.

The Benefits of a Leather Sofa

Hypoallergenic:

Allergy sufferers often do better with leather sofas because leather doesn’t harbor dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens as easily as fabric does.

Appearance

A leather sofa can lend a certain distinguished classic elegance to a room that is hard to duplicate in fabric. Leather Chesterfield-style sofas are very traditional, but as a rule, leather sofas are typically more trendy than their fabric counterparts. If you like a contemporary or modern look, leather sofas tend to appear sleeker and high end in a space than fabric does.

Care

Leather is very easy to clean, usually requiring a light dusting or rubdown a couple of times a year, whereas fabric needs to be vacuumed and cleaned regularly. However, both leather and fabric are easy to clean and care for if your lifestyle is suited to the finish. Be careful not to leave your leather sofa in directly sunlight all day.

You need more information?

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

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