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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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Pantone Has Revealed The Colour Of 2018

Pantone has revealed the colour of 2018… an uplifting hue of ultraviolet. According to Pantone, the “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” And at Klooftique, we can just imagine the jaws that will drop at the sight of ultraviolet modern furniture in a home!

“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 ultraviolet, 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 ultraviolet lights the way to what is yet to come.” Ultraviolet takes modern furniture to a new level. Prince would be proud!

How have you incorporated ultraviolet into your home? Don’t be intimidated by the bright shade – when used sparingly, it will only add personality to your home.

Set up a consultation with us so that we can help you create the stylish, welcoming home you deserve. You can visit us at 87 Kloof Street, Gardens or call us on 021 424 9458. 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!

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How Klooftique Began: 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 located 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, underwent a change from restoring to creating. The change was slow. The brand didn’t change, just what was sold. 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 where products are imported from overseas. We are local. In other words, every piece of furniture that we sell is handmade by our skillful 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.

The Basics For Purchasing A Comfy, Statement Chair

A statement chair in your lounge should bring more personality to your home than Elton John on stage. However, it still has to be comfortable. Use Klooftique’s handy tips for buying the perfect statement chair.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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5 Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better

7-August


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 space with lots of furniture. Spend more of your budget on fewer but better-quality pieces, and your room will look better.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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What Is Timeless Home Décor?

14-August


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

21-August

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


28-August


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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