Your Hygge Home

Jali bespokje wardrobe and drawer unit

Hygge is a word that’s become a real trend, making its way from Denmark and wriggling into the collective consciousness. Pronounced “hoo-ga” – in case you were wondering – hygge is often translated as cosiness yet that doesn’t really capture everything it’s about.

While hygge can indeed mean being snuggled up under your favourite blanket or next to a roaring fire on cold winter nights, it’s also about embracing good feelings all year round, and enjoying everything that life has to offer.

If you’re up for injecting a bit of hygge into your home, keep reading for a few ideas!

Turn off technology

It’s hard to imagine life without smartphones, laptops or computers but modern life has gotten a little too obsessed with technology. By learning to switch off every now and again, it’s possible reconnect with both ourselves and our loved ones, and experience true relaxation.

To encourage alternatives to going online, surround yourself with some alternatives. A bookcase with favourite titles, or shelves with board games generate a real hygge vibe as well as being practical too.

Embrace candlelight

Whether it’s a cold winter’s evening or a beautiful summer sunset, candles have a place. Soft, gentle and easy on the eye, candles provide a relaxing ambience and invite intimacy.

Get away from harsh, artificial lights and provide instant atmosphere to your room. Scented candles are even better, and with a wide choices of fragrances from floral to festive and even including food and drink, you can close your eyes and just drift away.  

The extra advantage of candles is that they look pretty and homely even when unlit, so you’ll be adding a dash of hygge all day long.

Bring the outside in

The Danes are very connected with nature and hygge reflects these values. Taking the time to embrace the world around you, and drink in natural beauty is something that almost everyone could benefit from.

You might not be able to escape for a weekend in the mountains, or a hike over the moors, but you can introduce a connection to nature into your home. Bringing plants inside not only adds colour and vibrancy, it also creates a cleaner atmosphere too.

People!

While it’s perfectly possible to embrace hygge by spending a night savouring some quiet time, it’s also about reaching out to family and friends. Make your home a comfortable space where your loved ones can relax and you’ll succeed in creating a truly hygge home!

Living a Clutter-Free Lifestyle

Having clutter might seem just a euphemism for being messy but it’s a problem that can affect mood and health. Studies have shown that living in disorganised surroundings can increase stress and anxiety, so it’s a subject that’s worth taking seriously.

Living a clutter-free lifestyle gets easier the more you do it, and could help to transform your outlook in more ways than you might expect. There are endless ways to approach the subject but here are a few to get you started.

Find a place for everything

One of the most common causes for clutter and untidiness is the lack of a space where something belongs. When possessions have a home, it makes tidying up much quicker and can minimise the chance of something just being left on the side.

You don’t need to have a large home to have space for everything; it’s often just about storage. Whether you need more cupboards, shelving or even just some transparent boxes, getting organised will make staying clutter-free much simpler.

Once everything has a home you don’t need to dither when you’re tidying up, and it will take far less time to banish the clutter to its rightful place.

There will inevitably be a few bits and pieces which don’t really seem to belong anywhere but here’s a secret: the best organised homes all have a clutter drawer. This is where you can put all those tiny knick knacks that you need to keep but don’t belong anywhere else.

Put things away as you go

Clutter tends to accumulate because you’ve cast things aside throughout the day, creating more work for yourself later on. Just a small tweak to your habits can help you to become naturally more tidy and reduce the clutter.

For example, if you change your mind about the shoes you’re wearing, put the first ones back. Don’t leave them on the floor to be cleared away later. Having a glass of wine? Pop the bottle opener straight back in the drawer and the wine back where it belongs too.

Another good habit is never to leave a room empty-handed. If you’re walking into the kitchen, take something with you that needs to be tidied away. Look round for opportunities to tidy as you go about your day and before long it will be second nature.

Storage that’s smart

While any kind of storage is useful, how you use it can be key. Where possible creating storage where you need it rather than on the other side of your home can help to reduce clutter.

If you’ve got to walk upstairs to put away your spare tea towels and tablecloths, the chances are you won’t. It will end up piled on the side in your kitchen instead, creating unnecessary mess and chaos.

Organise your home so your storage is closer to where you need it and you’ll find a lot of the clutter magically melts away.

 

Alternative Uses For Radiator Covers

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A radiator cover is a surprisingly effective addition to your home heating, with some experts estimating that they can increase the warmth in your room by up to a third.

As well as being a great way to maximise the heat that you receive, radiator covers are attractive too, and are available in a wide range of styles and designs. With such an attractive exterior, you’ll want to show off your radiator cover as much as possible! Here are a few alternative uses for radiator covers that could inspire you to transform your home.

Storage shelf

If you’re a little bit short on storage and shelves in your home, the amount of room a radiator takes up can be frustrating. Although it’s essential to create lots of warmth, the space is inevitably wasted.

This is where a radiator cover can help. As well as protecting against the possibility of burns from touching hot metal, a radiator cover makes the space functional once more. With the heat from the radiator directed out into the room, the top of the radiator is ideal for using as a shelf. It’s a good idea to refrain from keeping anything on here which is particularly heat-sensitive but other than this small restriction, there’s no limit to how you use this area.

Radiator covers can be a really useful way to maximise space in a more compact bathroom. Even if you have a small radiator cover, the space can be used in lieu of a traditional shelf for storing bathroom essentials.

Magnet for pets!

If you’ve got a feline friend in your home, you’ll already be aware of their habit of nabbing the best seat in the house.

Cats love nothing more than being warm and cosy, which is one of the reasons you’ll often see them curled up on the bonnet of a car, not long after the engine has been switched off.

If you choose a radiator cover which has a large space on top, you’ll be creating an instant new home for your kitty. Warm and elevated, a wooden radiator cover is the perfect space for your cat to relax on – just throw in an extra cushion for true feline luxury.

Scrap the coffee table

If you like a clean and minimalist look but still need a space to place items on, a radiator cover can double up. This gives you the chance to scrap cumbersome and dated pieces of furniture such as a coffee table, and instead use the new space you have available.

A radiator cover works especially well in this capacity in spaces such as halls. You won’t need to squeeze in a console or hall table, and can instead use the area on top of the radiator cover for whatever you need.

Discover bespoke radiator covers

Jali offers a range of made to measure radiator covers, suitable for both small and large areas. An affordable option for every home, speak to us today to find out how you could transform your living space.

Choosing A Summer Colour Palette

Jali bespoke cupboards

You wouldn’t want to dress the same season after season, so why should your home? Turn your home from a cosy winter hideout to a fresh and bright summer home by adding a splash of colour to your furniture. This simple trick can make your home as seasonal and stylish as you!

One great way to do this is through coloured furniture. Furniture is an easy and effective way to bring some optic feng shui to your living space. Now that summer is here, there’s nothing like a bright and fresh colour palette to enhance your furniture’s appearance. So, what colour palettes should you choose to enhance your home’s summer attire?

Pale Blue and Orange

Pale blue and orange works fantastically well by conjuring up days spent at the beach, as a large orange sun begins to set at the end of a fun-filled day.

A Summer in Paris

The combination of red and white can help you reminisce on summer vacations in Paris. Include hints of checked fabric to really get that real Parisian feeling.

Go Floral

There is nothing more summery than a bunch of bright flowers, so why not choose some furniture that resembles your favourite summer bunches?

Blue and Green

Blue and green should never be seen right? Wrong! A light tone of blues and greens can bring the best memories of freshly cut summer grass and a crystal clear sea into your home. Remember to keep to lighter shades to keep that summer feeling!

These four colour palettes will not only bring the summer inside your home, but switching from darker tones to these bright and breezy palettes can make your living space look and feel bigger as well!

Did you enjoy today’s post? Feel free to share it with your friends and help them create their perfect summer home too. If you want to know more about our products and services then do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly team, today. What are you waiting for? Give us a call on 01227 833333 between 9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday, or drop us an email at sales@jali.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Updating Your Home On A Budget

There’s lots of ways to increase the value of your home, as well as update the overall appearance, but many of these cost big bucks. From adding an extension to converting the attic, home renovation isn’t cheap.

The good news however is that you don’t need to spend a small fortune to update your home. Here are just a few ideas which could make a surprising difference to how your property looks.

A Lick of Paint

Everyone knows that giving your walls a fresh coat of paint will make the room look brighter and cleaner, but there’s no need to stop there. Many other parts of your home would also benefit from being painted and it could completely transform the overall look.

The front door is the first thing that visitors see, and painting it could give you instant curb appeal. You’ll only get one chance to make a first impression, and a freshly painted front door will make a world of difference.

Inside, you can paint lots of different elements, both big and small. In the bathroom, you can even buy special paint to update your bathtub and the surrounding tiles. Whether you change the colour or just refresh the existing decor, it will make your bathroom feel like a different room.

Cover Those Radiators

Radiators are a necessary evil in many homes, providing an excellent source of heat – but not looking particularly attractive.

Radiator covers are the solution, a great way to maximise the heat distribution in the room while giving a much-needed facelift. You can pick a radiator cover in a style that suits your decor; you’ll find a wide choice, from simple and modern to more ornate, intricate designs.

The heat from radiators can easily be lost behind curtains, but a radiator cover is functional as well as attractive, forcing the heat forward and into the room. So much more than just an attractive feature, a radiator cover can provide real benefits too.

Jali bespoke radiator cover

Don’t Forget Fixtures and Fittings

Finally, by simply changing your fixtures and fittings around your home, you can make a significant difference to the overall look.

These are the kinds of details that can often be missed, but by changing a drawer handle or a cupboard knob, you can instantly update the appearance. Look around your home and you’ll find lots of other small accessories that can easily be updated without blowing your budget, such as taps and light switches.

Be Inspired by Jali

For more ideas and inspiration about how to update your home, including our range of bespoke radiator covers, get in touch with our knowledgeable team today.

Making a feature of your hallway

A hallway is the portal to your home, which is why it’s well worth investing in making it a beautiful space. From colour and accessories to furniture, there are many different things that you can do with a hallway to ensure that it reflects you and the personality of your home. The possibilities are endless!

Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite tips for ensuring that your hallway is a feature in your home.

Think colour

When it comes to decorating a hallway, there are a few different directions you can go in. If you have a smaller space then a neutral colour palette is a great way to amplify the light, and help to create the feeling of airiness and space. You can then look to inject statement accessories in a select colour palette, such as lampshades, artwork, or rugs if you want to bring some vibrancy.

Alternatively, if you have a larger area to play with, you may want to go bold with deep, dark walls – or even coloured tiled floors for a luxurious feel. Play with textures as well as colour for maximum impact; we love deep dark tones paired with beautiful smooth brass or copper accessories.

Give your radiators some love

Many hallways include a radiator, which can be annoying for people looking to create a beautiful space; after all, most radiators are not particularly attractive. However, that doesn’t have to mean that your dreams of a statement hallway are no longer achievable. Make sure that every single part of your hallway gets some love by investing in decorative radiator covers, which can help to hide away some of the less attractive elements of a room, and instead turn them into a feature to be proud of.

Whether you’re going for a minimalist look or want to opt for something more detailed and vibrant, radiator covers are an excellent way to make a statement. Plus, they can also help your home be more efficient, as they push the warm air forwards into the room. Check out some of our beautiful bespoke radiator covers.

Don’t forget the details

A hallway doesn’t have as many elements to play with as many other rooms in a home, which is why you have to make sure that all the details count. From door handles to lampshades and rugs, make sure that you’re using everything you have in your toolbox to bring the space together. Invest in a floor lamp to bring some ambience to the area later in the day, or dot the walls with mirrors, artworks and wall hangings to bring a touch of eclectic chic to those passing through.

You can also use your radiator covers to provide yourself with some extra storage or even use them for alternative uses. For example, you can cover the gas and electric meters without making them difficult to access, thanks to the removable front panel of most radiator covers.

If you’re interested in making your hallway a heavenly space, or indeed any other room in your home, then get in touch with one of our friendly team today to find out more about our beautiful bespoke furniture.

4 home styles that demand radiator covers

Jali made to measure radiator cabinet

Radiator covers take any well-designed interior to the next level, and then there are styles that just wouldn’t be complete without them. While Victorian, Moroccan, Hamptons, and Baroque style interiors share little in common, they do all look vastly better with radiator covers.

Victorian

Victorian homes that still house original features add great value to the property. Stained glass windows, decorative trims around doorways and windows, geometric tiled hallways and patterned wallpaper are all characteristics of a traditional Victorian home. Floral patterns and elaborate design details were a strong trend found throughout these homes so a floral pattern and intricately detailed radiator cover would fit in perfectly.

Jali bespoke radiator cover

Moroccan

Moroccan style interiors typically contain intricate and highly symmetrical patterns, floral motifs and bold colours. Of course Moroccan styles stem from islamic art and culture., Beautiful archways and curved doorways are original features of this style, and traditionally the colour scheme reflects either desert or ocean hues. Plush upholstered furniture and heavily patterned rugs are staples of Moroccan interiors, as are geometric, colourful tiles. Floral, geometric and star patterned radiator covers in brilliant reds, oranges, greens and blues would fit a Moroccan style interior with aplomb.

Hamptons

The Hamptons, where New York’s rich and famous get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax by the sea. A lot of white is used, with blues and reds making up the three most predominant colours in this laid-back style. It’s not just the colours of the American flag that are key to this look; stars and stripes on furnishings are also characteristics of the Hamptons style. Woods and other natural materials create a homely feel that is not over-the-top, while nautical themes run throughout. This style is very versatile with our radiator covers with star, striped and criss-cross radiator covers being the most suitable to fit this look. White would be the most obvious colour, while a red or blue cover would stand out for all the right reasons.     

Baroque

The elaborate and opulent style known as Baroque gained popularity in the 17th century. One of its most famous proponents was King Louis XIV who had the Palace of Versailles decked out in bronze sculptures, intricate tapestries and large chandeliers. The Baroque style screams grandeur and typically uses furnishings with lots of whites, yellows and reds of different hues and a whole lot of gold. Oversized mirrors with gilt frames, crystal chandeliers and richly woven carpets with intricate detailing are all characteristics of this style.

While we don’t have specific baroque style radiator covers, there’s nothing to stop you from painting one of our radiator covers and adding the trademark gold leaf of the Baroque style to regal criss cross style fretwork. Our majestic fleur-de-lis patterned radiator cover also goes hand in hand with Baroque-inspired interiors.

Our radiator covers come in many patterns, shapes and sizes. There are also several colours and finishes to pick from, and they can be customised to perfectly fit around your radiator. Click here to see our full range of radiator covers.  

 

Style up your storage, for less!

One size, or style, will never suit everyone. At Jali, we believe in great design for all, and lots of choice, so your furniture will fit your space, your taste and your budget perfectly.

Jali bespoke double cupboardClever customer Tony has taken full advantage of our online options to create unique storage units for different spots in his home, enjoying all the advantages of bespoke but without the expense!

Jali bespoke cupboard with fretwork doorsThe two cupboards Tony designed show just how versatile the Jali system is.

The double cupboard, above, has Shaker-style doors and a deep plinth.

The smaller cupboard, left, has no plinth, so the fretwork doors, in pattern 2152, can make the maximum impact.

Tony also chose our radiator cabinets for his home. These are freetstanding by default, but like our cupboards, drawer units and bookcases, they can be easily modified on our online Designer to fit snugly against one or two walls, according to need.

Jali bespoke radiator coverAnd we give you a choice of solid or fretwork doors when designing Jali cupboards or wardrobes – you can even design and order doors on their own to upgrade kitchen or bathroom storage!

So like our loyal customer Tony, discover the joys of styling up your home with Jali – more joy every day, and much less to pay…

-Annie

 

Renew and refresh your room, with real wood veneers!

Décor looking a little drab? On the hunt for good-looking storage you can put together fast? Jali furniture in real wood veneers gives you the best of all worlds. It’s easy to assemble and only needs finishing with a suitable oil to protect its natural beauty.

i303Choose our pale and very interesting oak finish or pick rich walnut for a darker, sophisticated impact. Both options have unique markings and figuring that comes from the trees from which it was cut.

The Jali team then ensures all the parts that make up your order are skillfully made and will fit together perfectly.

The result: stunning, bespoke furniture that brings a touch of nature indoors, to make your room look really special.

So if painting isn’t really your thing, or you just fancy a change, take full advantage of our real wood veneers. They’re good for the planet and they won’t ever go out of fashion. Isn’t Mother Nature a darling? She really knows how to make a style statement, one that is guilt-free and will give you pleasure for years… bless!

-Annie

Fab Feb fretwork – fast!

February may be the shortest month, but it’s quite long enough, thank you very much, to make some fast and effective changes to your home…

Fretwork really is one of the quickest and easiest ways to freshen up your surroundings. It adds a dash of daring and drama to your décor. It’s individual and inimitable. And it’s so inexpensive!

Some of the fabulous Jali bespoke fretwork patternsAbove are some of the fantastic patterns available on the Jali website. Using our fabulous fretwork is a great way to transform any interior, from period refurbishments to the Fusion trend that has proved such a winner in recent months.

Jali bespoke screenJust imagine trying to make your own complex decorative panels, and you’ll soon see why professional designers and home DIYers alike make a beeline for Jali.

Those precise, crisply-cut designs are the result of immense expertise, care and technical know-how, and boy do they look good…

I spotted this screen in a beauty salon in Canterbury – it was so obviously one of ours! The owner said a friend had given it to her and she’d had many admiring comments on it.

The fretwork panels available on our website are 6mm thick; use the ‘Customise’ link to change the size of the panel as well as the border around the pattern.

17Use the ‘Border options’ button on the Jali Designer to change the border dimensions from 5mm to 200mm on all four sides equally, or even choose a different width for each side if that suits you better.

Or just choose your favourite pattern as the grille for a Jali radiator cabinet, as seen in this lovely photo by David Mereweather.

It was on the front cover of a Wealden Times magazine that I picked up in Waitrose; it was great to see one of our products in such a delightful setting!

-Annie