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What Is Timeless Home Décor?


It’s all about beautiful, sensible, practical and an effortless feel to your living spaces. Timeless home decor 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. Timeless decor looks honour 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!

Need more information?

Set up a consultation with us so that we can help you create the stylish, welcoming home you deserve. Alternatively, you can also shop our range of products through our online store, right here. Or, follow us on Instagram at @klooftique for design inspo!

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

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Lounge Furniture Tips for Large Living Rooms

Lounge Furniture Tips for Large Living Rooms

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.

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.

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.

Need more information?

Set up a consultation with us so that we can help you create the stylish, welcoming home you deserve. Alternatively, you can also shop our range of products through our online store, right here. Or, follow us on Instagram at @klooftique for design inspo!

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

Comfort

It seems pretty obvious but many people don’t realize 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. Don’t be mesmerised by the design and forget 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 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 important. Also, look for a fabric with textured as it makes daily wear-and-tear 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

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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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Need more information?

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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Test Your IQ For Modern Sofas

Eight modern sofas you should know of before buying

CABRIOLE SOFA

Cabriole is a term that was used to describe a carriage or a cab in the 18th Century. This sofa looks a bit like the cab seat’s structure with the trim of the back curving into arms in one seamless sweep of exposed wood. The wood trim may display baroque styling with elaborate carvings, which is set off by the simplicity of fitted upholstery. There are no back cushions.

ENGLISH ROLL-ARM SOFA

This sofa was made famous by English furniture-maker George Smith, who calls it the Standard Arm Signature Sofa. The style is characterized by a high back and low arms tucked into the sides, which gives the structure a casual and relaxed appearance. Some English Roll Arm sofas wear a ‘skirt’, concealing its feet, and they have padded loose seats and back cushions. The versatility of this sofa design ensures that it will never go out of style. The English Roll Arm sofa is also known as the Bridgewater sofa.

THE KNOLE SOFA

The Knole sofa was specifically created in the 17th Century for the historical Knole House, an estate home in Kent, England. Thereafter, the fashion caught on, and modern reproductions still preserve the stately curvature of the original design. It is also known as the ‘Knole settee’as it features deep seats and a high back and sides. The closed-in framework was meant to ward off the cold in draughty old English castles, but it also afforded some privacy, a fact that some aristocratic ladies of Tudor England used to full advantage. The Knole sofa usually has decorative wooden finials on the sofa back, to which the adjustable side arms are tied with braids and tassels.

THE CAMELBACK SOFA

Besides the hump, another attribute that distinguishes the Camelback sofa is its widely-flared arms that roll outwards and can be used to lean against. The angle of the back is slightly inclined to allow people to sit in a less rigid posture. The Camelback has been in existence since the 18th Century and was first made popular by the English cabinetmaker, Chippendale. There are many variations of this style in the market. Designers have added their own unique twists to the basic structure, and one Camelback is very unlikely to look like another.

THE LAWSON SOFA

The Lawson sofa was designed for a famous 20th Century financier called Thomas Lawson. Tired of Victorian frills and fusses, he ordered his furniture-maker to think of a sofa that chose simplicity and comfort over stately style. The original design has three attached back pillows above three seat cushions. The arms are lower than the back. The back is not upright, but pitched at a very restful angle. Sometimes, the Lawson sofa is dressed in a skirt. Because of the positioning of its arms, the Lawson is considered to be the sofa that is best suited for afternoon naps.

THE CHESTERFIELD SOFA

Chesterfield sofa was created for Phillip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield in the 17th century. A trendsetter during his times, Stanhope wanted his furniture man to come up with a design that allowed a gentleman to sit comfortably without wrinkling his garments. The result was a sofa design with a buttoned and quilted back, rolled arms, nailhead trim and low seat base. An ageless, timeless, male masterpiece. At the time of his death, Phillip Stanhope was visited by his godson. From his deathbed, a very sick Stanhope called upon his butler to “give the gentleman a chair”. The butler took this last command from his master quite literally, and after Stanhope’s passing, he went against the wishes of the family and insisted that the godson go back home with the original Chesterfield.

THE TUXEDO SOFA

The sofa gets its name from the same place that men’s tuxedo evening wear did: Tuxedo Park in New York. Invented in the 1920s, the Tuxedo is one of the first sofa designs that shook off the yokes of classicism and took the first steps toward modernized home décor. The lightweight design with tightly tailored upholstery features arms that are of the same height as the back. The legs are exposed and there are no back cushions to spoil the appearance of its neat, spare silhouette.

THE MID-CENTURY MODERN SOFA

The designs trend that took over the Western world from 1940 to 1970 has re-emerged as a fashionable décor choice in the last few years, reviving the market appeal of Mid-Century modern sofas. These tufted sofas are straight with neat, squared lines and low-slung arms. The exposed metal or wooden legs are low and generally square or slightly tapered. The Mid-Century Modern sofa has become a byword for stylish urban living. If you’re looking for a style that’s smart, practical and suitable for small spaces, there are few rivals to this one.

Need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom!
87 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Shop our collections on klooftique.com
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How To Buy A Couch That’s Right For You

Looking to buy a couch? Before you make any rash decisions, take in these tips from the Klooftique experts.

SHAPE & SIZE

Make sure you buy a couch that will fit into your existing 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? Already have a sofa in mind? Determine whether its construction allows for disassembly like removing cushions, legs, and arms to help you maneuver in tight spots. Take your measuring tape 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 you’ll need. Determine where you want to put your sofa. A sofa will be your most important, 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.

COLOUR

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.

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 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!

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.

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

Follow us on Instagram at @klooftique for design inspo!

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How To Choose The Right 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 is over it. So you’ve 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 for your sofa cushion. 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 down-proof 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.

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

Follow us on Instagram at @klooftique for design inspo!

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