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F+H Tips on Planning Your Home Office Lighting
February 15, 2021
Getting your home office lighting sorted can have a big impact on your comfort and concentration levels.
The lamp should be at or slightly below eye level. The aim is that the bare bulb should not be seen. Position the light to shine directly on to the page which is the best plan to avoid eyestrain. At any time, do take a break and remember to blink...super simple! Your eyes are often deprived of this natural function as we stare at phone and computer screens for hours on end. The discomfort can be epic!
Contemporary light design offers some very cool style options so it isn’t all about function only. You can actually love the look of the lamp as well as enjoying it’s practical role.
The classic modern design for a desk lamp is a deep cowl shade and a sleek metal stand. A metal shade will focus the light directly onto a particular task which is spot on. A fabric shade will diffuse light casting a gentle glow into the total area which is the perfect solution for a reading lamp in a living room or bedroom.
Go for a compact design with an adjustable head and sturdy base so that you can direct the light exactly where you want. Neutral colours in metal, wood and fabric will fit in with any home office design, ambitious or otherwise. A neat base with a sleek stem will give max space on the desk for keyboards, reading notes and the beloved coffee cup.
How To Create Cool Arty Room Décor
January 29, 2021
All too often art is treated as an afterthought but it has just as much impact on a space as the furniture and can add some serious wow to both newly designed and existing room schemes.
Pick your favourite art and then actually let the colours from the painting go on to inspire a complete room décor scheme. Most people are going for a certain look with their homes and a key piece of art can fit in with this (or set the theme for the décor scheme and the atmosphere of the room) if a favourite piece really stands out. The colours you want to highlight can go on to be used in the same tone in cushions, throws and even right down to the metallic finishes for lighting. It is so amazing just how one painting can work as a moodboard for an entire room plan.
Do Keep In Mind That…
Any spot is fine to hang a picture provided it is not going to be damaged by its location which is usually one of the following:
- Too close to a heat source with smoke blackening the painting
- Keep precious pieces out of direct sunlight – move if showing any signs of fading
- Children's Play Area- need we say any more
- On a wall between two large windows can be hard to see properly in daylight when the sun is pouring in
What size wall art do I need?
A useful guide to help you plan ahead
- Measure the width of your empty wall
- Multiply that figure by 0.57 to get the perfect art-to-wall ratio. So if your wall is 5m wide, 2.85 is your magic number
Large bold pictures usually look best displayed singly or in pairs. Small pictures are often better carefully arranged in groups.
- Pick the wall art size closest to this figure – you'll find the most common sizes from the Fervor + Hue collection below:
80cm x 120cm
80cm x 80cm
60cm x 120cm
60cm x 90cm
50cm x 60cm
- 50 x 50cm
If you think that your picture might disappear on a big wall, take it to a frame maker who can do wonders with coloured mount and striking frame styles. This will now help to increase the total picture size.
How to hang wall art
Arm as follows: a hammer, pencil and spirit level…actually forget the last bit and check if you have already got a Measure app on your phone….plus might be worth checking that all internal electrical wiring will not be affected as nails are being hammered in…
So how to get your picture to sit just oh so peachy over the furniture….
Wall art over the sofa
- Measure your sofa – your wall art should be about 2/3 of its width-..this might mean repeat use of a picture and using two to cover the area
-the ideal height will be when the centre of the picture is at eye level. This can be tricky in the living room where you sit and stand so it is a matter of deciding on a level that is a compromise between the two to decide which is the perfect place for the bottom of your artwork to sit above the sofa…but then again if the sofa is close to the wall, it might be wiser to move all up to a more practical height for your gang,
Hanging wall art above a fireplace:
- Measure the width of your fireplace – your wall art should be at least 2/3 of its width
- Measure 10-30cm above the mantelpiece – this is the perfect height for the bottom of your wall art to sit -if it is a traditional fireplace, leave the optimum distance above the mantlepiece
Hanging wall art above a staircase:
- Measure a point that is eye level from the floor – this is where the centre of your first picture should sit
- Measure a point that is eye level from every third step. This will form a diagonal line upon which the centre of each print
Top tips on creating a Gallery Wall
Lay out your artwork on top of a large rug and use this as your guide to create the perfect arrangement of frames. Once you are happy, take a photo on your phone and use this as a reference guide to hanging the pictures on the wall
It’s a good idea to use the largest artwork as your starting point in your gallery wall and build the rest of the display from the middle out.
Grouping pictures by theme is a good get-go point. But don’t make it too organised -put a surprise in randomly.
Even spacing between pictures is key to creating a smart grid arrangement. Ensure that you plan and measure the arrangements precisely before you start banging nails into the wall. 5cm space is a good guideline
Be Inspired- Let Art Do The Work
January 18, 2021
Favourite pieces of artwork, a quirky collection of prints and memorabilia, plus some treasured family photos can provide the finishing touches to your room scheme, turning a blank featureless wall into an eye-catching display that simply says you all the way.. Take your pick from our selection of modern art and see just how quick and easy it is to add impact to your room scheme. Hard to resist… absolutely..let's get you thinking about art in a very different way.
Wall Art Style
To start with, art in all its glory, can still be narrowed down to the following style themes:
Abstract playfully works by blurring stark lines into a play of colour, tones and texture without any distinct form. This makes it a very popular choice. It causes interest because it truly is in the eye of the beholder to take their own of what the picture might represent.
Botanical is inspired by nature from a single flower to an entire forest with meadows filled with lavender, sunflowers and poppies all proving to be firm favourites
Classic generally refers to reproduction of historically known art.
Nautical is inspired by the sea to include boats, the sandy shoreline and waves in motion
Geometric is modern art featuring distinctive shapes or lines.
Illustration art can range from the happy funky animal pictures to the Music series piano and cello canvas all of which are drawings.
Photography refers to a wealth of amazing digital imagery. All the better when it tells your story.
Which Style Will Work For You
Its all down to personal taste and what you can handle…usually is a good idea to keep in mind the overall room décor style and mood so that the art piece can enhance the theme.
Modern: Most contemporary homes will benefit from a lively colour punch abstract or geometric painting. Anybody mention the grey sofa…..
Retro will usually be influenced by a particular and distinctive era so the right wall art choice will set the mood.
Scandinavian: Embracing that calming earthy influence will work with art that has a similar effect.
Explore the following tips before making your final choice:
Forget The Frame
Who said that artwork had to go into a picture frame? Not us! Our wrapped canvas art pieces can be counted on to add an intriguing colour punch to your room scheme.
Why use several smaller pieces of art to create a striking display when one or two statement pieces can do all the hard work for you. Pick your favourite and use it on the double and then give the pair pride of place in your room scheme. Note that some abstract pictures can be hung either landscape or portrait which could be just the answer when the room height is a challenge. Do give bigger artwork more wall space.
Tell A Story-Buy Pieces That You Love
Let the subject of the picture connect in a relevant way with the decor of the room plus add a hint of your own character.
Design a Gallery Wall
Want to create instant impact in your space? Cover a large section of a wall with your favourite artwork for a guaranteed talking point, combining different sized frames and prints to give it a more relaxed vibe.
Look past your walls for other surfaces to display artwork. Try propping on shelves, placing it on units or just leaning against the wall for a simple but effective way of showing off your chosen pieces.
Lighting create that warm home glow
January 13, 2021
What is ambient lighting?
The main purpose of ambient lighting is to act as your main source of illumination, but without the warehouse glow of a supermarket from the 70s! If it’s well thought-out, it shouldn’t create any glare, so as not to distract your attention, and it shouldn’t be too bright or dark, as both will tire out your eyes. Lighting should work around you and your needs rather than the other way around. Start by with your furniture layout and then select the lighting to suit. Available floor space will instantly tell where and how many table lamps and floor lamps you can introduce, plus available power-points.
Usually, this type of lighting is created using the right balance of ceiling and free-standing lamps. Wall-mounted fixtures can be included in the mix but do require more thought when fitting. Just have to remember that they are not as versatile as lamps which can be easily moved about.
Ceiling fixtures (chandeliers, pendants, recessed and track lighting) help to evenly diffuse the light throughout the room, while lamps soften the corners as it were within the room. A mixture of both could be your solution – just the lamps would be perfect for chill-out, Netflix nights but the main light is needed when the room is in full use. An open-plan space such as the kitchen will utilize a combination of recessed lighting for general ambient light while more decorative, industrial style drop-pendants will work to home in on the sociable dining area.
Need more light to get a job done?
Let us move on to task lighting, which you might use when you study, work or just want to curl up with a great book. In the living room, create a cosy, relaxing reading nook with the use of a floor lamp over a comfy armchair. Do check that the lamp will deliver the level of light that is needed. Finally, light should fall on to a book from over the shoulder for truly comfy bedtime reading.
Creating the high-lights
Accent lights will work to highlight that super-wow painting, sculpture or that particular something of which you are very happy to be the proud owner. Take it handy as all too easy to go overboard here.
While practical matters are important, you can totally nail it by considering the light fixtures as another tool in your room décor scheme. All those eye-catching wood and metallic finishes will add another element of serious style that should not be overlooked.
When you are winding down at the end of the day, your choice of bedroom lighting should offer a gentle background glow to aid total calm and relaxation. Woods and metals in white or soft gold are the dreamy go-to options.
The kitchen has a bigger ask, where action and chill-out can carry equal demands. Here the metallic pendants, can have major visual impact with the use of one or more long flex shades suspended over the dining area.
Well-positioned floor and table lamps is the key to creating that cosy, warm vibe in the living room which is so vital in 2021. If the room décor theme is more Scandi look to the pale woods for the perfect easy complement. Leathers and warm woods will look at home in a contemporary interior with the use of industrial style lighting.
In the Spotlight: Eames Dining Chairs
August 24, 2020 4 Comments
When you’re trying to add a modern touch to your home, it’s difficult to find the blend of sophisticated and retro that fits into any home. The comfortable yet stylish Eames dining chairs have been a popular style of product for many years, and it’s easy to see why. Made from quality materials and with a padded seat area, they don’t sacrifice comfort, but still add a pop of colour to any home.
The Kitchen Essential
Whether you’re updating your whole kitchen or are trying to change the décor in small ways, the Eames dining chair can do it. Because of its versatility and range of colours, it can fit into any home with ease, making it look contemporary no matter the age and style of the kitchen. Whether you go for a vibrant mix of colour or a more muted tone, all of your dinner guests will feel right at home sitting in these dining chairs. Talking and eating around the table has never been more comfortable. The combination of metal and wood means that the legs are sturdy, and they’ll look good against any style of table whether it’s light or dark wood, or even glass.
The Office Staple
With so many of us now working from home, we all need an office chair where we can comfortably work. With the Eames collection, you’ll be able to sit for hours on these comfortable padded seats. Whether you have a home office or have found yourself a small corner of the house to work in, these chairs won’t look out of place. Much more stylish than your standard office chair, they still provide the same amount of support – encouraging a straight-backed but natural posture that will help to discourage back pain.
If you have any teenagers in your life, then you know that setting up a suitable place where they can study is key. We’ve found that they love the look of the Eames chair. It can fit in with the décor of their room, without reminding them too much of school. Perfect for those with a habit of poor posture, it’s a comfortable place to get some studying done, browse the internet, or even play computer games. Whether you are looking for an extra chair for your book nook, chairs for drinks with friends, or even a gift for someone, you can’t go wrong with an Eames dining chair. Fusing contemporary and retro style, it fits instantly into any home, adding a designer note but without being in your face.
Colour and Design
With a beautiful matte finish, the Eames chairs ooze quality at a great price. Currently available in a range of colours and styles, all of these chairs have sturdy legs so there won’t be any wobble. Assembly is also a piece of cake. All instructions and screws are included so you can attach the legs with ease. The legs themselves are great on both carpets and wooden floors, so you don’t have to worry about damage. They may be fashionable, but they are ready for whatever use you have for them.
If you’re looking to add something different to your home, whether it’s a new pop of colour to your kitchen or revamping the old office chair, then the Eames Collection is sure to have something for you. Fevor and Hue are committed to bringing you the best in furniture, and it doesn’t get any better than these beautifully well-rounded dining chairs.
In the Spotlight: Millie Trellis Chair
July 29, 2020 2 Comments
When the sun comes out, there’s nothing we’d rather do than head outside to soak it all up. But when you’re dragging the kitchen chairs out onto the lawn, you know it’s time for a change. With this range of outdoor chairs, the Millie Trellis collection means you’ll be ready to go as soon as the sun peeks out from behind a cloud.
If you’re looking some stylish chairs for outside, look no further. The Millie Trellis Chair is all that you’ll ever want in outdoor seating. Comfortable and simple, these chairs make any outdoor event that little bit better. Whether it’s enjoying a sneaky weekend drink, or a brunch with friends, these chairs are the perfect balance between style and practicality. No need for fancy expensive garden furniture that costs and arm and a leg to keep in good condition. And no need to bring out the foldaway fishing chairs for guests.
The BBQ Chair
One of the best features about the range of Millie Trellis chairs is that they are stackable. Got a big BBQ with friends coming? Simply bring out the chairs and you’ll have a contemporary, chic party in 60 seconds flat. Once everyone’s gone home, you can either leave the chairs out, or stack them in a corner and leave them be. If you do want to keep them outdoors, then that’s not an issue! With no metal parts to rust, you can allow them to sit overnight without any worries. If you need some extra space, they’ll sit comfortably in any small area you have, allowing you to make the most of your garden space at all times of the year.
Design and Style
There is nothing worse than ugly garden furniture and nothing more uncomfortable than trying to use an indoor chair outside. Luckily, Millie Trellis chairs are made of high-grade moulded plastic with a wonderful scoop contour that is just perfect for relaxing or eating al fresco. Available in White, Red, Aqua Blue, Yellow and Orange, there’s a colour for every garden. You can even mix and match if you want to go for an eclectic boho feel. These chairs are super comfortable, and the beautiful leaf design means that they fit in with any outdoor aesthetic.
Versatile Garden Furniture
Want to bring these chairs inside? They’re completely versatile, and so work perfectly indoors as well as out. As a lovely bedroom chair, or office chair, they won’t scrape wood floors or damage carpet, so you can use them in any room of the house.
Being plastic means that these chairs are easy to keep clean. Simply wipe them down with some antibacterial spray and a cloth any time you feel the need. The moulded plastic means that there are no parts that stick out that could be dangerous, and no metal screws that will rust if they’re exposed to water.
The next time you think about getting some outdoor chairs for those sunny days, consider the Millie Trellis Chair collection at Fervor and Hue. Simple and sophisticated, they take the effort out of garden furniture upkeep while still providing proper support. Simply bring them out whenever they’re needed and stack them away again when they’re not. No fancy upkeep, no fuss. Just well-designed, good-looking
Fevor+Hue Announces New Partnership With Flexi Fi
February 04, 2020
Fervor+Hue Cork, are delighted to announce the latest partnership with FlexiFi. This new partnership will allow our customers to spread the cost of their purchase and make repayments over a monthly payment schedule.
The benefits of this new partnership include :
- Spread the cost
- 0% Interest finance
- Select a plan that suits you
- Quick and easy application online
- Early pay off without any additional fees or charges.
For more information on this service you can contact us on 021-4248689
MOODBOARDS TO ECHO THE GREAT OUTDOORS
July 04, 2018
ROOM South-facing Open Plan Kitchen/Living space with view to garden outside and filled with lots of natural light
WALL Off-White, Farrow & Ball
WOODWORK Kitchen Island Base- Hydra, ColourTrend with white worktop
Doors, Skirting etc,- White Tie, Farrow & Ball
FLOORING Tiles in Ivory/Grey/White subtle blended mix
UPHOLSTERY Echo the Hydra paint colour from the kitchen island in a textured velvet couch and use the Botanic Cushion Collection with a selection of Velvet Touch plains to unify the scheme. Also you might consider the Home Square Green Patchwork Eames Chair for additional seating
ACCESSORIES The warm glow of copper and brass metals. Plenty of faux foliage in natural colours
MOODBOARD COUNTRY CLASSICS 2
June 27, 2018
ROOM Country Cottage Living Room
WALL Storehouse, Colour Trend
WOODWORK All White, Farrow & Ball
FLOORING Wood, Light Warm Color or Limewashed Wood
UPHOLSTERY Look at Red Earth, Farrow & Ball for upholstery colour inspiration. Use in a damask, jacquard or velvet fabric.
ACCESSORIES Can be the perfect finishing touch to capture that easy gentle country feel in this scheme.
Vintage Metal Photo Frame€19
Exquisitely cosy wool mix throw in assorted colours€16
Create a wonderful display of house plants and herbs with these pots from €5
MOODBOARD COUNTRY CLASSICS
June 27, 2018
ROOM Big Sitting Room in an old Georgian House
WALL Pure Fennel, Dulux or Nettle Soup, Colour Trend
WOODWORK Pointing, Farrow & Ball
FLOORING Oak Wood with Multi Colour Persian Style Rug
UPHOLSTERY Look at Dining Room Red Colour Trend for leather suite colour inspiration
ACCESSORIES Casual Floral Art Canvas €45
Retro Box Clock €30
Faux Red Hydrangea from €4
MOODBOARD INSTANT COLOUR POP
June 20, 2018
Stripes can have just as lively an effect on a décor scheme as any other type of overall pattern but without the same danger of visual clutter and are great where space is at a premium. Home Square Bloom Stripe Multi €12.95 offers instant charm especially when you make full use of its colours to decorate the entire room
ROOM Sun Room or Conservatory
WALL Churlish Green Farrow & Ball
WOODWORK New White, Farrow & Ball
FLOORING Cream Tiles
UPHOLSTERY Look at Fruit Crumble, Colour Trend or Mid Orchid, Dulux for upholstery colour ideas
ACCESSORIES Introduce some pattern with a framed Floral Print €25
Bloom Garden Cushion €12.95
Assorted Stripe Mugs €3.80
MOODBOARD FLOWER POWER
June 13, 2018
A cushion such as Home Square Hot Blossom Multi €14.95 is a very simple and effective way to use a single focal piece and allow the colours from it turn into an entire décor scheme. The style of floral pattern makes a more contemporary statement than would normally be associated with flowers in the past.
ROOM Sitting Room
WALL Feature Wall: Oval Room Blue Farrow & Ball
Other Walls: Calamine, Farrow & Ball
WOODWORK Alabaster White, Colour Trend including the fireplace surround
FLOORING Hickory/Walnut Wood Floor or Biscuit Colour Carpet
UPHOLSTERY Crushed Velvet –colour reference Minimal, Colour Trend
ACCESSORIES Vintage Jewel Photo Frame
Delicate porcelain rose €3.50
Soft Striped Detail Mug €3.80