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DIY: How To Make and Fit a Pine Board Shelf

Each month we release an exciting how to guide, showing you how you can use mouldings to completely transform and renovate your home in a cost-effective way.  This month's guide is a cost effective DIY project that can be completeed within an hour or so. We show you step-by-step how to make and fit a shelf made from pine board, and some basic woodworking tools and techniques. This project can be customised to work with any décor, in any room. There’s an endless list of ways that you could choose to add your own creative flair. The step-by-step instructions, as well as a helpful infographic, can be viewed here.  Richard Burbidge products are sold throughout the UK, find your local stockist here. 

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The New World Office: How to Create a Flexible Office Space at Home

For the past two decades, open plan spaces have been the gold standard interior design choice in the home. However, since the pandemic hit the U.K. and offices were uprooted to people’s dining room tables, Brits are now starting to realise the benefits of having a few strategically placed walls in the home. By now, most will have established an area where they go to work, but for those who don’t have a designated office room, it can be tricky to maintain a separation between work and home life. A recent survey conducted by the IoD (Institute of Directors) found that 74% of company directors plan to continue flexible working after the pandemic.[1] With the WFH lifestyle not going anywhere anytime soon, it’s never been more important for people to create a workspace that fosters productivity and creativity at home. Read on to find out how you can use ‘zoning’ to create work and leisure areas in your open plan spaces.... What is ‘zoning’? Zoning is the art of separating areas in a room according to their function, allowing homeowners to create boundaries without altering the architectural integrity of a space. The trend has grown in popularity over recent years, as open-plan and dual use rooms have become the norm. The rise of ‘vivid zonal’ In past years, zoning was largely achieved with rugs, furniture and muted colour blocking techniques. However, more and more people are now utilising bold colours and textures to achieve their zones, in a trend we’re calling ‘vivid zonal’. Characterised by primary shapes, bold colour blocking and mixed materials, ‘vivid zonal’ helps breathe new life into minimalist open plan interiors. Brightening up the home using colours and textures to create areas for work or relaxation, this post-modernist inspired trend is for those unafraid to experiment with unorthodox materials and features.   Zoning through texture Along with a bold colour palette, texture is one of the best ways to create zones in an open plan space. Wall panelling is a great way to add depth and texture to a space, which will allow you to create a definite and separated professional work area without compromising your self-expression. Without a doubt, one of the greatest difficulties of working from home has to be finding a suitable area to feature in the background of a zoom call. Compared to wallpaper, wall panelling provides a more sophisticated appearance on a computer screen. Thanks to its versatility, it has a transformative effect on any space by creating an illusion of depth, height and character. As a leading UK supplier of mouldings with over 150 years-worth of experience in manufacturing timber products, our mouldings are a sure-fire way to add the perfect finishing touch to your interior design. View our full mouldings range here.   [1] https://www.iod.com/news/news/articles/Home-working-here-to-stay-new-IoD-figures-suggest

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BBC News Feature: Brexit Challenges for Welsh Manufacturers

Last week, we were invited by BBC News Wales to discuss how Brexit has affected our trade with Ireland. Josh Burbidge, Managing Director of Richard Burbidge spoke on the issue. While we are currently still trading with Northern and Southern Ireland, the uncertainties surrounding documentation for products like timber is causing significant shipping delays. To rectify this issue, we would like to see more of an alignment between the UK and Ireland on which documentation is required.  We took steps to prepare for the UK leaving the EU customs union and single market at the end of last year but have still faced significant disruption to our business. To overcome the challenges, Richard Burbidge is working closely with freight partners, as well as our customers to work out the best way to supply stores and home-delivery depots. However, these challenges are adding extra pressure on top of the demands the company is facing because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Josh Burbidge, Managing Director of Richard Burbidge, said: “Last year, much of the focus for our business had shifted to dealing with the demands of the pandemic. For many months, all talk of Brexit had disappeared while businesses grappled with the Covid-19 crisis. But now the disruptions we face are twofold, with Brexit and coronavirus having an impact. The pressure on our supply chain teams has been significant and continues to be a challenge.” Josh continues: “We keep up-to-date with Government advice and have attended multiple webinars providing guidance on Brexit. But a lot of this advice has been generic and has often left us searching for answers on certain aspects of post-Brexit trade. Ultimately, despite this guidance, there has been mass confusion post-Brexit, and more needs to be done to help businesses like ours.” Read the full article from the BBC here: https://hubs.li/H0HgQvx0. Watch the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzcwri_r9dI.  You can also listen to Josh Burbidge discussing the matter further on BBC Radio Wales at 25:30 here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000sk94.

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How To Get Bridgerton Inspired Wall-Panelling At Home

Just as the nation was struck with another lockdown, Netflix blessed us with the bingeworthy hit series, Bridgerton. With viewing figures projected to reach upwards of 63 million households within just 28 days of its release date,* it’s fair to that the period drama has taken the world by storm. So far, the show has inspired a spike in corset and empire hemline dress sales, in what stylists are calling the ‘Regencycore’ aesthetic. Now, there is a rise in demand for regal interior aesthetics. What is ‘Regal Revival’? The exotic parquet flooring and pastel wall panelling that gave the Bridgerton manor houses their oh-so regal aesthetic are now becoming popularised as part of a trend we’ve dubbed the ‘Regal Revival’. Drawing inspiration from the Regency era, the ‘Regal Revival’ trend offers a contemporary twist to the Neo-Classical grandeur of period interiors. This modernised Bridgerton aesthetic is characterised by deep tonal wood floors, abstract paintings and square panelling, finished with gold accents.  A quick and cost-effective way to get the Bridgerton inspired ‘Regal Revival’ look in the home is to install wall panelling. Take a look at our handy tips on how to install Bridgerton inspired wall panelling within a matter of hours...   Step 1. Planning and measuring Firstly, you will need to measure the walls every length and width, making a note of any fittings you will need to avoid. Draw your design with the measurements on some paper, making sure to plan an equal gap horizontally and vertically. Transfer your measurements and plan to the wall, using a pencil, tape measure and laser level mark where each panel piece will be, while bearing in mind the width of the panel. Step 2: Cut the panels to length The next step is to cut your panels to length. Using a saw and mitre box at a 90-degree angle, carefully cut the panels that will be horizontally placed according to the measurements. Repeat this process for all of the horizontal panels, then lightly sand the ends until smooth. Step 3: Apply the panels to the wall When applying the panels to the wall, start with the vertical panels. To apply the panels to the wall, we recommend nails and adhesive for extra security and hold. Place your panel onto the marked wall, use a laser level to ensure the panel is straight, then apply strong hold adhesive to the back and apply to the wall. Repeat this process for all panels. Ensure you use a pipe and cable detector before nailing or drilling into any walls. If you are unsure it is safe to nail into your wall, opt for a strong adhesive instead. Once you have applied the panels, use decorators caulk to patch any gaps, cracks or holes, then sand prior to finishing. Step 4: Get the Bridgerton look To achieve a Bridgerton inspired look, paint your panelling in your favourite pastel colour scheme. For an extra dose of luxury, finish your panelling off with some gold. Step 5: Share your Renovation We love seeing how you have transformed your home with Richard Burbidge. Upload a picture of your DIY project to Instagram or Facebook and tag us @richard_burbidge. You can also upload your images to our testimonials page here. We can’t wait to see what you create with Richard Burbidge mouldings!   To see our full decorative moulding collection, visit: https://richardburbidge.com/shop/mouldings   *https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/bridgerton-netflix-viewership-1234878404/  

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DIY: How To Make a Clothing Stand From Dowels

Each month we release an exciting how to guide, showing you how you can use mouldings to completely transform and renovate your home in a cost-effective way.  This month's guide is a quick DIY project that is perfect for beginners and enthusiasts alike! We show you step-by-step how to create a free-standing clothing rack using just dowels, string and some basic woodworking tools and techniques. This project is so versatile and can be used in any room, from a towel stand in the bathroom, a coat rack in the hallway, to a clothing stand in the bedroom. Have some DIY fun this weekend and make your own!  The step-by-step instructions, as well as a helpful infographic, can be viewed here.  Richard Burbidge mouldings are sold throughout the UK, find your local stockist here. 

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How To Achieve The Top 2021 Interior D├ęcor and Design Trends

Having spent a large portion of 2020 being cooped up indoors, we’ve all had plenty of time to reconsider our interior design choices. As we move into a new year, many of us will be ready for a new look in the home. With this in mind, we’ve predicted which design trends will become popular in 2021. Read on to find out how to achieve the top 2021 interior design trends in your home... Japandi A harmonious blend of Scandinavian and Japanese design, ‘Japandi’ is simple, minimalistic and functional. With a focus on earthy colourways, organic materials and greenery, the trend transforms the home into a tranquil space by bringing nature indoors. Characterised by uncluttered and open-plan spaces, décor should be chosen sparingly, selecting only a few statement functional pieces. A hallmark of ‘Japandi’ is the mixing of wood tones; pairing a beautifully crafted piece of wooden furniture with sleek non-decorative wall mouldings will create a tonal contrast which adds depth and character to any space. While achieving a bright and open space can be tricky in smaller living areas, opting for mixed material stairparts, such as glass with timber, is a great way to create the illusion of more space. Our Elements and Immix collections both contain mixed material stairpart options, offering a practical yet modern style, perfectly encapsulating the ‘Japandi’ trend.   Rustic Vogue As we move into 2021, we are seeing a shift from city to rural, as the home becomes a calm and serene haven away from the hustle and bustle of city life. A sophisticated take on the hugely popular ‘Cottagecore’ aesthetic, ‘Rustic Vogue’ embraces the warmth and comfort of the traditional farmhouse, whilst maintaining the modern luxuries of city living. Characterised by raw woods, soft textiles and limewash colours, ‘Rustic Vogue’ encourages natural elements and celebrates the beauty of imperfections, such as exposed wooden beams, tumbled linens and woven textures. Wainscoting panelling can help to marry the traditional with the contemporary and interject some character into a living space. As raw wood is a central characteristic of the trend, consider revamping your staircase with raw wood stairparts. Our Trademark, Classic and Heritage collections all contain stairparts which can either remain in their raw form or be painted a light white colour.   Regal Revival Drawing inspiration from the ‘Arts and Crafts’ movement of the 19th century, ‘Regal Revival’ is a sophisticated fusion of Gothic grandeur and contemporary minimalism. Born as a response to industrialisation and the mass production of furniture, the ‘Arts and Crafts’ movement celebrates simple and honest craftsmanship. Moving into 2021, our ever-growing reliance on digital technology has meant that people seek to find solace in handcrafted products within the home. ‘Regal Revival’ transforms the home into a place of self-expression and traditional charm through its deep tonal palette and parquet flooring. Decorative mouldings are an integral characteristic of this trend, with square panelling, gold painted panelling, decorative detailing and fluting all contributing to the regal aesthetic. To further achieve this look, opt for oak stairparts to bring a dose of grandeur to the home. Our Trademark, Classic and Heritage collections all come in superbly crafted oak components, offering a traditional yet timeless look.   Vivid Zonal Distinctive and bold, ‘Vivid Zonal’ is an energetic and optimistic style that breathes new life into minimalist interiors. Brightening up the home using colours to create areas for work or relaxation, this post-modernist inspired trend is for those unafraid to experiment with unorthodox materials and features. Characterised by primary shapes, colour blocking and DIY furniture, ‘Vivid Zonal’ is playful yet sophisticated and considered. Sleek non-decorative mouldings can be painted bold colours to create a distinctive and textured aesthetic to any room. The trend encourages the playful mixing of materials, which can be successfully achieved through a combination of stairparts. Our Immix, Elements and Fusion collections offer the mixing of materials such as glass or metal with timber, helping to create a contemporary and bright look. To view our full collection, click here. If you need help planning your stairs renovation, get in touch with our team here. 

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