Planning is the key to a stylish interior

The evolution of the style of a home tends to be a gradual process, often shaped by the evolving practical concerns of a family. The problem is that people often lose sight of the overall look they want to create, ending up with furniture that doesn’t work well together and ultimately proves unsatisfactory.
Middleton Bespoke Joinery takes a look at how you can plan ahead to create the look you want. 


There are so many fabulous resources both online and offline for great interior design, so why not make use of them? Take the time to explore different looks to ensure your design choices are the best they can be. Websites like Pinterest are great for creating a virtual moodboards of all your ideas.

Use your investment pieces as a framework

While your style is likely to evolve and change over time, major pieces of furniture such as your dining table, sofa and flooring will not be replaced frequently. It is vital that they complement each other as they remain in your home for a while and provide the backdrop for smaller, more easily-updated style elements.
If you can afford to buy your major investment pieces at once, great. If not, having an end vision in mind for each of them will help you plan when to incorporate them and in what order to avoid clashing with your existing furniture.
Expect the unexpected

We can’t always know what’s round the corner and you should bear this in mind when choosing furniture. If you move, or your family grows, will your furniture still be suitable? Choose investment pieces that can be adapted to different environments and offer great durability.
Work to a timeframe

The perfect interior is a journey, rather than a destination, but identifying when you can afford to splash at on your home, when your circumstances at home are likely to change and how often you tend to get tired of certain styles will ensure your interior design stays coherent and focused.
To discuss your furniture needs and commission a bespoke piece of furniture, please contact us.

Five things to consider in a dining table

The dining table is an important part of every home. From Sunday lunches to birthday parties, it plays a part in a lot of your family’s quality time. That’s why it is so important to find the right dining table for you and your family. We take a look at the things to consider when making this important investment.


Whatever type of table you buy, the first step should always be measuring the space you have to fill.
Remember that the space won't just be filled with a table but also chairs and of course people. Consider how many people usually sit at the table and if it will need to accommodate more people on specific days and occasions. It may be worthwhile opting for an extendable table if you tend to host large gatherings.


In many ways the dining table is the heart of the home, so it is important it reflects the personality of you and your family. Equally, there is no sense choosing a table that doesn’t fit in with the rest of your home’s décor, unless you are planning on seriously overhauling your interior. Consider the pieces you already have, the pieces you intend to buy in the near future and how they might relate to your prospective table.


The materials you choose will largely depend on both your style and durability needs. Glass and stone are particularly durable, but they can seem cold and would not suit traditionally-styled interiors. Most people tend to opt for wood as it ages well and can be used for a variety of styles.
Whatever your choice, it is best to opt for a user-friendly finish that won’t require constant protection and maintenance.


No dining table is complete without seating. If you already have chairs it is vital you choose a table that complements them. If you are buying chairs to go with your table, consider what you will need from them in terms of space, style and materials. For instance, is the fabric durable? Will they offer the appropriate support to everyone, young and old? Are they easy to manoeuver?

The chair is often the part of the dining experience where people get creative with fabrics and colours. Modern dining rooms often feature mis-matched chairs so don’t be afraid to shop around and get creative.

Off-the-shelf vs bespoke

Once you have considered all your requirments from a dining table, chances are you will have a very specific list of needs. You could shop around, trying to find that piece in a million that delivers everything you desire – or you could just buy bespoke.
The dining table really is an investment piece. It isn’t something you want to replace every couple of years because it’s worn out or your needs have changed. Withbespoke furniture, you gets a table that's built to last as well as being built to your exact specifications.
To discuss creating your perfect table, or any other piece or bespoke furniture contact us. 

The five worst interior design trends ever

Designer Rose Tarlow once said: 'An object added for effect instead of affection will always look like an affectation.'
In other words, you should never decorate your home according to what other people think looks good at the time. Interior design should reflect your personal taste and lifestyle.

When it doesn’t, the result are trends like the ones listed below. We take a look at some of the worst interior design trends ever.
Inflatable furniture

Pioneered in the Sixties with a resurgence in the Nineties, inflatable furniture is cheap, easy to assemble and looks quirky. The trouble is it also looks cheap, is easy to break and looks like a mutant balloon. There is nothing practical, life-enhancing, or aesthetically pleasing about inflatable furniture.

Shag carpet

Even if you do want your floor to look like Muppet fur, the sheer thought of cleaning a shag carpet should be enough to put anyone off. Definitely one that should remain in the Seventies.

Carpeted bathrooms

You can almost see the benefits of this one. The bathroom is a room for relaxing and what is more cosy than carpet?
The bathroom is also a room for cleanliness and hygiene, and there is nothing hygienic about a carpet permanently exposed to damp, dirt, splashes and stains.

Themed rooms

Changing Rooms has a lot to answer for with this one. Influences should be used to create a look that reflects your tastes and needs, but using MDF to turn your living room into the Coliseum is unlikely to complement your lifestyle or stand the test of time. There is a difference between reflecting a style or culture and turning your room into a novelty.


The jungle painting over your baby’s bedroom walls is great, and modern wall art and decals offer something fresh, but a giant painting of a vineyard across a quarter of your lounge will overpower everything else in the room.

Of course, as much as we dislike these trends, we are sure there are some homes out there making them work. There are as many living solutions as there are lives to be lead. The most important thing is finding the right solution for you. 


Turning your ideas into your dream piece of furniture

All we need is a sketch of your idea and our workshop will do the hard work

Turning your ideas into your dream piece of furniture

All we need is a sketch of your idea and our workshop will do the hard work
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