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How the Pandemic Shifted British Interior Design Choices

2020 has seen a dramatic shift in the way people view their homes. With approximately 24% of professionals now exclusively working from home,* what was once a sanctuary away from the stresses of work has now transformed into the office for many Britons, changing our priorities and design choices. Take a look at some of the ways we think the pandemic has shifted British interior design choices this year... Calming aesthetics As people spend more time at home, the need for more grounding spaces has grown in popularity and this is reflected in some of the key emerging trends in 2020. ‘Cottagecore’ in particular has surged in popularity this year. The quintessentially British aesthetic celebrates the joy of a simple, self-sufficient, rural life, with a return to traditional skills and crafts. The trend also focusses on sustainable living, something that is set to grow as people look to become more environmentally friendly. The wall panelling renaissance Requiring few tools and taking only a matter of hours to install, wall panelling and decorative mouldings have also soared in popularity this year, largely as a result of the ‘zoom boom’. As video calls have become part of daily life for many professionals, homeowners have had to consider how their homes appear in the background of their zoom calls. Compared to wallpaper, wall panelling provides a far more sophisticated appearance on a computer screen and is incredibly versatile, with the ability to make a large room look cosier and a small room more spacious. Buying British With the pandemic having an impact on many local, family businesses, there is also new drive to support and appreciate British manufacturers. According to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BMF) association, more than a third of consumers are more inclined to buy UK-made products than they were before the pandemic. Despite cheap competition from abroad, UK manufacturers have fought off competition by offering consumers individual and personalised products. Eco-conscious consumers For many consumers, the closure of physical shops has provided them with an opportunity to re-evaluate their shopping habits. A study conducted by LiveArea found that over a third of consumers have admitted they are now more eco-conscious than before the pandemic.* When making interior design choices, consumers are now turning to organisations such as the FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) to help with their product selection. Setting the strongest available standard for new wood globally, the FSC® guaranteeing that timber has been sourced ethically from well-managed forests. We are proud to be FSC® certified and work with the finest quality British timber to create impeccable products. We strive to minimise our environmental impact and are committed to constructing all of our products sustainably, which is why we have been awarded an ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems certification. Visit our full range of products here. Sources: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/oct/01/number-of-people-working-from-home-in-uk-rises-following-government-u-turn https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/oct/10/covid-boom-uk-furniture-firms-sitting-pretty https://marketing.liveareacx.com/selling-sustainability-whitepaper    

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DIY Jobs for Autumn

As autumn makes its presence known, it’s time to prepare your home for the winter months and take care of those niggling jobs you’ve had on your ‘to-do’ list. With many people spending more time at home, DIY is the perfect way to give your surroundings a new lease of life, as well as embark on a new hobby. Whether you’re a seasoned DIY pro or total beginner, the feeling of achievement when you complete your project will undoubtedly boost your mood. To improve the look and feel of your home in a matter of hours, take a look at some of our best DIY tips and tricks... Skirting Boards Approximate time required: 2 hours Skirting board renovation may not be at the top of your priority list; they are often forgotten about when it comes to revamping a room. However, you’d be surprised by how much they can transform the look and feel of a space. The process of fitting a new skirting board needn’t be a complicated, lengthy process. Our handy 5-part guide will help you perfectly fit a skirting board with basic woodworking skills. Simply choose your moulding, cut it to size for external and internal corners, secure the moulding to the wall and add any finishing touches, such as varnishing or painting. Scotia Beading Approximate time required: 2 hours Wood flooring or laminate flooring requires an extension gap around the perimeter of the room as they naturally expand and contract. Scotia is a decorative moulding used to cover this expansion gap without removing the skirting board. What’s more, this job can be easily achieved with basic DIY skills. For the lowdown on how to choose and fit the correct moulding, take a look at our useful guide. From fitting the beading to adding decorative touches, this guide will help any DIY rookie achieve the perfect moulding. Renovating plain doors Approximate time required: 3 hours Did you know that you can turn your plain doors into classic statement pieces, without the hassle of replacing them? Using our mouldings, you can transform your doors into impactful design statements. Our guide breaks down how to determine the dimensions and placement of the mouldings, cut the mouldings to length, apply them to the door and paint or prime as desired. These are just a few examples of how you can use DIY to give your home a facelift in a matter of hours. From learning new skills and having full control of the job, to saving money and enjoying the sense of achievement, the benefits of DIY go far beyond a means to an end. To find out more about how our mouldings can add the perfect finishing touch to your interior design project, visit our advice section.    

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Top Factors to Consider Before Renovating your Staircase

Top Factors to Consider Before Renovating your Staircase One of the most integral parts of a home is the staircase, when designing a home the location of the staircase determines the layout of the entire property. The staircase is the central design focus and a new stairway has the ability to transform your home from the aesthetics to the flow in your house. If you are looking to improve your interior space, a stair renovation may be for you. Here are some of the top factors to consider when looking to renovate your stair space. Interior Décor The staircase plays an integral part in enhancing the décor of your property. When you walk into a home your eyes go immediately to the staircase, the centrepiece and central design focus of the home. There is a staircase design to suit everyone, from glass to timber to metal balusters, every homeowner can find a design to match their interior vision. As the staircase is the first part of your home guests see upon entering, it really sets the tone for the décor style of the rest of the house. High Quality A well designed and well maintained staircase and balustrade can last for a lifetime without needing to be replaced. A good quality stair balustrade will ensure fitting is quick to complete and stays in top condition. Adding Value One of the many perks of choosing to renovate your staircase is that you will add a great deal of value to your home, to both the prospective buyers, and the monetary value. An up to date and current stair design will attract possible buyers to your property, increasing the demand and value. Safety Safety should be one of your top considerations when looking to renovate your staircase, it’s important to choose a company that is transparent about the testing and safety credentials their products hold. At Richard Burbidge all of our stair systems are put through a series of rigorous tests and assessments by FIRA, the recognised authorities in timber product testing, ensuring our products stand the test of time and comply with all the necessary domestic building regulations for your safety. We can confidently say our stair systems are top of the range safety. Experts When installing your new stair system make sure to hire a reputable fitter if you are not confident in installing yourself. We are always on hand to provide our expert fitting advice to ensure your stair renovation runs smoothly. No matter the design, the most integral part of any staircase is the quality of both the materials and the parts. Richard Burbidge is the UK’s leading supplier of stair parts, with over 150 years’ experience manufacturing timber products, you can be confident your Richard Burbidge staircase will be a great investment. See our stairparts collections here. Contact our technical team for any advice prior, during or after installation, on technical@richardburbidge.co.uk or 01691 678 212.      

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The Evolution of Staircases

All fashion and design styles change regularly to keep up with current trends and staircases are no exception. In an era where aesthetics are vital, staircase trends are constantly evolving and contrary to the adage that ‘The Hearth is the Heart of the Home’ it is becoming increasingly common that the staircase is the central design focus in a home. Since the origin of staircases, there are several designs which have stood the test of time, such as spiral staircases and grand bifurcated staircases, which have one main staircase that splits off into two smaller staircases. These designs are featured in some of the most famous buildings in the world, such as the Tulip Stairs in Queen’s House, Greenwich, or the grand staircase in the Titanic. The first staircases ever created were used in castles in order to defend owners from intruders - the innovative spiral design meant that only one person could go up and down the stairs at a time and there wasn’t enough space to fight on the stairs. Since then, stairs have taken on a completely new purpose and although spiral staircases have remained popular, classic staircases with simple shapes and designs, such as a ‘u-turn’ or an ‘l-shape’, made with a variety of materials, such as wood, metal and glass, have become the standard in homes across the world. A very popular current trend is the emergence of glass staircases, such as in the Apple Building in Shanghai. This trend can make even the darkest and smallest hallways and rooms feel light and open. Another exciting trend that incorporates glass elements is the ‘floating’ staircase trend, which combines architectural engineering with intelligent design. Richard Burbidge offers several glass options for your staircase, including the Immix® collection which has sleek gunmetal connectors, plus light and space enhancing glass panels, combined with white oak. An increasingly popular trend is the emergence of mixing old and new styles to create something completely unique. Combining classic shapes and styles with new and diverse materials can transform a staircase completely. An example of this is to create a glass bannister, which lets in light and opens the room up.  When combined with industrial or old-fashioned fixings it can create the perfect mix of traditional yet contemporary. Richard Burbidge collections suitable for this trend, include; Elements® - which combines glass panels with luxurious white oak features and Fusion®, which mixes oak or pine with chrome or brushed nickel features. ‘Scandi’ is a hugely popular trend at the moment, consisting of neutral colours, simplistic styles and natural shapes. This look combined with other neutral-tone and minimalistic furniture add a stylish touch to any home.  Our stylish Immix® collection would be a great choice for this trend. To bring the staircase to the forefront of your home, a unique way of customising a classic staircase is to give it a pop of colour. Both wooden and metal staircases can be painted or coloured a bright and exciting colour to bring some life and excitement to your home. No matter the design, the most integral part of any staircase is the quality of both the materials and the parts. Richard Burbidge is the UK’s leading supplier of stair parts, with over 150 years’ experience manufacturing timber products, you can be confident your Richard Burbidge staircase will be a great investment. For more information, visit our shop page.    

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Different Styles of Staircase Balustrade: How to Choose the Right One

From contemporary to traditional styles, we have a stair system to suit every home and décor. A new stairway can change the whole look and feel of your home, but deciding which style to choose can be a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. In this blog we take you through our different stair systems and styles so you have all the information to find the perfect design for your home.    For modern and minimalist style homes we recommend our Immix®, Elements® and Fusion® collections, featuring our latest trend led stair balustrade designs. Moving away from the traditional wooden staircase, we have a variety of different finishes, from glass to metal, offering a more up to date look. Immix® A stunning combination of white oak handrails and sleek gun-metal connectors, bringing a distinctive minimalist elegance to any home. Not only that, Immix® glass panels create a feeling of extra space and light. Immix® works well in both small and large interiors as the glass panels brighten up the area, expanding your space. Elements® Elements® features a choice of metal balusters or glass panels. The combination of a classic wooden rail and the contemporary metal balusters or glass panels is the perfect choice for a traditional staircase look with a modern twist. Fusion® Our award-winning Fusion® range is a wonderful way to add a contemporary twist to a traditional property or enhance the look and feel of a minimalist interior. Featuring stylish fittings in a choice of brushed nickel or chrome finishes. Available in pine or oak as well as a choice of glass or oak, complementing your existing décor is easy.  For traditional homes, select our Heritage, Classic or Trademark collections. They offer a classic look that would fit in with every home’s décor. Moving away from ever changing trends, these collections will never go out of style. Heritage The real attraction of Heritage white oak is in the detail of the craftsmanship. Each component has been carefully designed with quality, safety and durability in mind, yet like all enduring designs, Heritage spindles and newels look fabulous in any setting. Classic Traditional in style with a hint of modern sophistication our Classic collection is beautifully crafted using the finest natural materials. With rich and warm mellow tones of straight grained white oak, it’s perfect for traditional and modern settings. Trademark Combining great design with exceptional detail, the Trademark collection has something to suit every budget and taste. Emphasis is on the natural beauty of timber with a choice of oak and hemlock to white finish and pine. Mix and match styles to create the ideal look whether modern or traditional with turned or square designs. For help planning your staircase renovation, call our expert technical team on 01691 678 212 or email technical@richardburbidge.com. View our stair systems here.    

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DIY Home Improvements for Spring

Welcome spring into your home by planning a weekend of decorating and renovating fun. After months of dreary weather, spring is the perfect time to get renovating and embrace the bright sunlight and excitement that the new season brings. A seasonal makeover can add a whole new aura and charm to your home without breaking the bank. With the long Easter weekend quickly approaching, what a better time to complete those niggly jobs. At Richard Burbidge we understand the need for cost effective renovation, which is why DIY home renovators love our easy to install mouldings. From skirting to architrave to panelling, we have the precision-cut mouldings for every requirement. If you are in need of some serious mouldings renovation inspiration, then here are our top 3 ways you can add a touch of spring to freshen up your home. Square Wall Panelling Wall panelling is one of the few renovation projects that are extremely affordable, while also completely transforming a room. A panelled wall will become a focal point within your home and a talking point among all of your guests. Square wall panelling is one of the more popular panelling designs and we can totally see why! It’s contemporary and fresh, while adding a classic touch to the room. Our pine stripwood is perfect for this look, opt for 9 x 45 x 2400 (STW6017) to achieve the perfectly square finish. Follow our Instagram for our upcoming how to install wall panelling guide which is being released in April. Source: @underrussellsroof   Updated Skirting Board Skirting board is an often overlooked element in everyone’s home, but you would be surprised the difference a pine skirting board and a lick of paint can make. Skirting enhances the appearance of the floor and the colour of your walls. For contemporary homes we recommend a chamfered pencil skirting (FLR6016), and for traditionally decorated homes opt for ogee skirting (FLR3001). Our handy how to install skirting guide is perfect if you need a quick step-by-step to follow when installing. Source: @linsdrabwell   Stylish Door Architrave Installing architrave around the surround of a door is a very simple project that would take less than two hours and requires very little tooling. Architrave can add character to basic architecture, making your doorways a classic statement piece. Our ogee, torus or chamfered architrave is easy to work with and adds the final touches to compliment your décor. Source: @moochstyle   Our mouldings are stocked nationwide in Homebase, Jewson and Screwfix, as well as thousands of stockists. See our stockist locator for your nearest mouldings stand, (hint: it’s probably closer than you think.)  We will be releasing a how to guide every month so keep your eyes on our website and socials for our newest releases, and have your home looking refreshed and renovated in no time. Download our existing guides here.   If you require any technical support call: 01691 678 212, or email our team on customer.service@richardburbidge.co.uk.    

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