Monthly Archives: August 2019

Air quality in your home and office

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Fresh, clean air is not something we get enough of in today’s modern life, especially as most of us seem to be stuck inside with our great British weather ( apart from couple of heat waves a year, but even then we hide inside an air-conditioned office and happily do overtime ).

The fact is the air quality in our homes can be surprisingly bad thanks to modern synthetic materials and temperature regulation; it also contains pollutants and is often well below recommended humidity levels.

Synthetic furniture, paint, chemicals from cleaners and all electric gadgets pump chemical vapours into the air, heating system dries out the air. It all leads to us complaining about allergies, asthma, headaches and thickly coughs.

This is where plants can help! Certain houseplants can actually clean the air in your home or office; they work hard at cleaning our air of the toxins and realising humidity back. The studies show that plants help us to have fewer headaches and feel less tired, have fewer allergy symptoms, recover faster from common cold, feel less stressed and be more productive and creative if you work from home or in the office.

What plants should you put in your interiors to make a difference to the air you are breathing?

1.Rubber Tree

Rubber Trees produce lots of oxygen. We all need oxygen, lots of it! Add it to your living room!

2.Kimberly Queen Ferns

3.Sansevieria

Easy to care for and happy in all kinds of lighting situation, removes toxins from the air. This is one of the hardest houseplants to kill. Although it does need to be watered occasionally, it generally prefers drier conditions. The snake plant tolerates most light levels, making it any easy choice for just about any room.

4.Golden Pothos

This leafy vine can be hung in the air or set on a shelf! Its brilliant when it comes to removing toxins from the air and it looks great too! It will add a touch of beautiful greenery to your house. Pairs up perfectly in industrial and Scandinavian interiors.

5.Dracaena

Besides removing toxins from the air, Dracaena will also improve attention span and boost memory.

If you are looking to reduce toxins in your home, add a touch of green to your interior! It’s often the germs and toxins that you can’t see that are the most harmful, but alas these air cleaning plants will help you remove toxins and improve air quality.

At Belvisi we know that including natural planting features for any project, they act both as a stunning visual appeal and a way to boost the eco-friendliness of a space. Large plant features will improve air quality and thermal performance of your home. 

We work with professionals specialising in the design, installation and maintenance of indoor & exterior planting. Together we can help you pick the rights plants for your interior! Contact one of our designers on info@belvisifurniture.co.uk to discuss. 

KITCHEN PLANNING

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Whether you are updating your existing kitchen or installing a brand new kitchen in your house, it is tempting to go straight on pinterest or flick through the magazines for inspiration. However, there are few important things to think about first.

1.The space

With narrow kitchens, your options for re configuring the space might be limited. If you want an island, your room needs to be at least 3.6m wide or 4.6m wide if you want a decent island depth with overhand and stools. This is key to a practical and safe kitchen environment.

2.Move it, open it

If you cannot fit your dream kitchen into the current space, you should consider other possibilities. Move it to a different room or perhaps extend existing room to accommodate your new kitchen. There is nothing worse than squeezing inappropriate layout into a space that is not big enough.

3.Think laterally

If you have a smaller sized room and moving the whole kitchen is not an option, you might be able to put elements of your kitchen elsewhere. You could create a utility room in another part of the house to store the washing machine and dryer. A dresser or sideboard in the dining area could also provide additional storage that you cannot afford to fit in the kitchen.

4.Heart of the home

Kitchen has become the place where we socialise with friends and family, so keep this in mind when designing the space. Consider giving the best views, best access to daylight and predict where people can sit, hang out when they visit you.

5.Storage

Evaluate your current kitchen and the storage needed, conclude what kind of extra storage you need: just a simple shelf, more cabinets, baskets. Do you require more worktop space? Can you spare some worktop space and include tall units with generous storage?

6.Appliances

Open-plan layouts need quiet dishwashers and less noisy extractors. Consider that when choosing your appliance to create a comfortable space where you can entertain and relax.

Don’t think about kitchen as a single room in the house, ask yourself how the space is going to affect the rest of the house? Could it make a good link space to improve flow around your home?

Talk to one of our designer if you need help establishing the layout or position of your kitchen. You can contact us on info@belvisifurniture.co.uk or call us on 01223 327463. Alternatively visit our Cambridge showroom where you can view some of our kitchens on display.

View our blog post abut functional kitchens or Evolution in kitchen design for some more inspiration from our designers.

 

Guide to modern furniture

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A short guide on how to achieve modern interior and minimalist look by choosing the right furniture and complements for your house.

Transforming your home to give it a modern contemporary look and feel with give a minimalist open look to your rooms with no overcrowding.

The basics of minimalism include a “less is more “approach to designing a space. This means there are no superfluous details such as columns, mouldings, cabinet trim, and excessive use of colour or textiles. It however does not mean it will make your space look cold! Careful choice of colours and furniture will create an inviting, warm feeling.

The idea behind modern interiors is neutral background, no complicated patterns, simple crisp lines, functional furniture that blend together. Addition of few bold elements in accent colours to help break up the neutrals and provide focal points.

The range of materials that are used in modern style very much so natural: glass, steel, wood and leather as well as natural fibres.

Modern design employs a sense of simplicity in every element.

Contact one of our designers on info@belvisifurniture.co.uk to schedule a consultation. We can help  transform your house into a modern, luxury space.

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