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Black Friday Tips – A Buyers Guide
November 22, 2019 at 9:32 am 0

So the jig is up, we all know it’s coming. Black Friday 2019 is a week away and most of us have at least one thing in a tab on our phones or laptops – ready to hit ‘Buy’. With all the deals, emails and incentives it’s easy to get Black Friday fatigue. But more importantly, if you are going to buy something, how do you make sure that you navigate Black Friday like a pro; buy the thing you want, stress free, for the best price possible.

These are our top Black Friday buying, from the experts: Get prepared

1. Get prepared

If you are looking for anything like a sofa, or a bed, or a big piece of furniture order your swatches now. Most retailers have a swatch service (ours is Free, just saying). If you order now you will have them in a day or two so you will be ready to order when the time, or the deal, is right.

2. Ask yourself ‘What is it worth to ME’

Its competitive out there, some retailers are offering huge discounts to get your business. If it’s something you can buy anywhere then it obviously makes sense to go where the deals are. But for larger items and investment purchases you need to prioritise your buying criteria and most importantly buy what you love. If you are looking at a sofa for example – you will have that sofa for at least 5-10 years. If you buy the one that you love, in a year or two you will still love it - but if you buy something because it was £50 cheaper than ‘The One’ you won’t be sat there in a year’s time going ‘yes but think how happy we were when we saved £50’. The value of the item should outweigh the value of the discount.

Tip: look for sites offering finance options. This means that you can buy ‘The One’ at the Black Friday price and spread the cost over the year.

3. Avoid the Shops

It sounds obvious but buying online rather than going to store will save you money and preserve your sanity. If previous years are anything to go by, the Highstreet is not a fun place to be come Black Friday.

Take Black Friday online and:

  • Save even more money by avoiding parking charges and get away from unwanted impulse purchases. If you go to the shops the chances of your coming away with just what you went for are slim. Buy online and head straight to the sites you like, no distractions.
  • Don’t be beat by out of stocks. Buying online you will be buying from a central stock pool, not just the limited units allocated to one store.
  • Shopping online you can be calm and focused, making sure that you’re not panic buying.

4. Sign Up

An inbox full of offers can be bamboozling but if there are things you are looking at, at this time of year it’s crazy not to subscribe to mailing lists. Not only are there early offers and VIP access emails going out but with so much buying going on over Black Friday there is slight air of snooze you lose. The larger the discount the faster the items may sell so the quicker you see the deal, the less likely you are to miss it.

Tip; A sign up isn’t a life commitment. After Black Friday you can always have a little purge and go through your emails unsubscribing from brands that you’re no longer interested in. Since the GDPR changes last year brands have had to make it easy. Unsubscribing is as easy a click of a button, literally.

5. Do your research

With so many sites in perpetual sale and making bold discounting claims, it’s important to know that the deal and the company you are buying from is genuine. Read reviews, check prices and make sure you have done all your homework before the day itself.

Do your price research and make sure your Black Friday discounts are real deals and are not just repeated discount you see throughout the year’ – Amanda, Ecommerce Marketing Manager

If you wanted to compare smaller items or tech, Tom from Technical here at Danetti recommends a site called Camel Camel Camel, which will provide a price history for any product that is sold on Amazon.

6. Refresh

We’re all stalking down our favorite sites and checking out the offers, which sometimes change daily. Things are going in and out of stock, due to demand, and depending what you are looking at availability can change. To make sure that you are always looking at the most up to date information you need to keep refreshing your page and clear your cache and cookies.

The easiest way to make sure that your cache and cookies is always clear, and the page is up to date is to open up an incognito window in your browser’ – Tom, Technical Manager

And finally when it comes to a Black Friday mantra, and your choosing your dream bed or dining set, chanel Karl Lagerfeld, who surely knew a thing or two about shopping:

Buy what you don’t have yet or what you really want, which can be mixed with what you already own. Buy only because something excites you, not just for the simple act of shopping.’ - Karl Lagerfeld.

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The Colour of the Moment: Grape – A Velvet Color Masterclass
November 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm 0

Grape is such a rich, deep shade that will instantly add a feel of modern cosiness to your home. In this trend edit, we’ve put together our expert advice on a number of creative ways you can incorporate this stylish shade into your living room, with your sofa as the wow-factor focus.


Firstly, what colour is 'Grape'?

Colour is subjective - what one might call ‘Claret’ another might call ‘Plum’. We've gone for Grape to describe what is a rich, warm colour that sits in the wine - claret - plum - grape spectrum of colour. Because it’s velvet the colour appears to have a tonal quality which makes the colour even more interesting.

Amber Velvet Sofa in Grape

Top tip when buying a sofa: Order a Free swatch! This is important because all computer screens and phone screens are calibrated differently. We match our images against true colour but still, there is nothing quite like a swatch in your hand. Our swatches are free and it will help you see the colour, in the room with whatever lighting you have.

The Looks

Our design team have used colour theory to put together these three schemes, all centered around Grape, to give you some inspiration around how to use the colour of the moment.

1. Earthy Contrast

In Colour theory, a contrasting scheme is when colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel and therefore complement one another. This is why Forest Green is the perfect contrasting colour to showcase Grape. Don’t think of opposite colours as clashing, they offset and therefore compliment each other - It’s the theory of opposites attract! A dark wall is a great go-to for a cosy lounge, it will bring out the depth in the velvet, adding to the plushness. With a dark wall and a deeply toned sofa, keep the surrounding elements light with brass and lighter greys.

This look works well with a full blend of finishes. Here we have used black, chrome and brass. The key here is to blend, not match.

Amber comes in a 2 or a 3 seater option.

Top Tip: Stick to one contrasting colour, Forest Green, and use complementary colours for your accessories and accents, such as warm tones like ochre

Grape and Forest Green - Opposite sides of the Colour Wheel

2. Retro Eclectic

This look is probably the easiest of all, the key to this scheme is balance. Although there are a quite a few colours, each colour is evenly positioned and in relation to each other on the colour wheel, so the scheme has both impact and harmony.

A mix of Grape, Teal and Brass Tones.
Evenly spaced tones, spaced evenly around the colour wheel

Warm, earthy tones alongside a contrasting blue a pop of grape creates a multi layered and tonal look. You can really have some fun with your finishes, for example, we’ve included the velvet Plaza stool and Amber sofa, the glass Ripple coffee table and a statement light with a tactile brass bass. 

Top Tip: This colour palette lends itself to a mid century modern feel, perfect if you have a modern style but also love an eclectic feel or vintage find . 

3. Neutral Blush 

This look uses a blend of complementary, warm tones that sit on the same side of the colour wheel to Grape. Layering colours and tones that are near each other on the colour wheel gives a soft cohesive look, as opposed to a striking or contrasting one. All of the colours are on hues from the warm side of the wheel in various complimentary tones. 

When choosing paint colours, for a complimentary neutral to Grape, opt for a grey with a warm base, something like Farrow and Ball ‘Elephant’s Breath’. Then, use warm tones in your accessories like ocre, rust, blush, and metallic accents like rose gold and copper.

Top Tip: to keep a modern feel use black as an accent. A monochrome gallery wall and black accessories has the same effect of punctuating the scheme as a pop of colour would have. 

Which look do you like the best? Thinking of introducing any of these colour schemes to your home? Let us know in the comments! And for more info and styling tips for sofas take a look at our Sofa blog. 

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5 Reasons You NEED a Velvet Sofa in Your Home.
November 8, 2019 at 3:27 pm 0

With its sumptuous feel and regal good looks, a velvet sofa really does look and feel the part. Velvet has a suppleness unlike any other fabric, making it a real style staple for your home. But we understand opting for a velvet couch, at first, might seem a little daunting. It’s a big step but one we believe is well worth taking. Let us tell you 5 Reasons You NEED a Velvet Sofa in Your Home!

Archie 2 Seater Velvet Sofa in Jewel Green


1. It Feels Great
First things first when it comes to velvet- it’s just so wonderfully tactile! Who can resist running their hand up and down this rich fabric. Because of this, luxury velvet sofas and furniture alike inherently have a very cosy and inviting feel, making them a great choice for creating a cosy living room setting. Velvet also comes in a variety of colours, making it even easier to style alongside your existing interior, or create one you’ve always dreamt of!

2. It’s Practical
One question you’re sure to ask yourself is: are velvet sofas practical? Sure they look great, but can they stand the test of time and everyday use? Once only a fabric for the richest and finest of settings, we often think of velvet as being delicate and therefore hard to care for. Well, we’re here to tell you that’s just not true! A synthetic velvet, such as ones made from a high-quality polyester, are less susceptible to marking, fading or crushing. So you get the real look and feel of velvet but with added protection. 

A velvet sofa is much easier to clean and maintain than you may think too. For the best results when cleaning, try to act as soon as the spill or mark occurs. This is because it’s far easier to clean velvet before the mark sinks through to the base cloth. All you need to use is a soft cloth and some warm soapy water, rubbing in a circular motion. Then, leave the material to air dry or use a hair dryer to speed up the process. 


TOP VELVET SOFA CLEANING TIPS:

- Use an absorbent cloth or kitchen towel to soak up the spill before it sinks past the top layer of fabric. You will find that most liquids will sit in droplets on the pile for a moment before they sink though.
- Dampen a clean, cloth in a solution of warm water and a drop of washing up liquid.
- Dab the affected area gently to remove any marks. If necessary, rub gently in the direction of the velvet.
- Avoid getting your velvet furniture too wet. It's a good idea to take a hair dryer and very gently, on a cool setting, dry the velvet. Stroke gently with your hand to ensure the velvet does not dry in the wrong direction.


3. It’s Durable
Practicality and durability go hand in hand when considering what sofa to choose for your home. That’s why the 100% polyester short pile velvet we use for our range of sofas and furniture has been rub tested to 40,000 rubs, so you know it’s far from delicate. 

Velvet is also difficult to snag, as it has no loose threads or raised weaves to get caught on buttons or zips. Many polyester velvets are stain resistant so light marks caused by food or dirt can be brushed off with ease.

Or, what about our Florence sofa? Filled with loose fibres, the plump back cushions add an extra element of comfort. This makes the back cushions are supportive yet cosy, ideal for relaxing with the family.

Deep, warm and cosy - the Florence 3 Seater Sofa in Anthracite

4. It’s Effortlessly Stylish
If you want to update the look and feel of your living area, a velvet sofa is the way to go. Velvet instantly gives a room a more luxe look due to the qualities of the fabric. The colour of a velvet sofa also has far more depth than a flat cotton or linen fabric. This is because velvet has a nap (which is the direction in which the pile of fibers lies), that catches and reflects light across shapes and folds, making the colour look wonderfully rich and enticing. 
 
Because velvet upholstery gently reflects light instead of absorbing it, this makes a velvet settee a great pairing against a dark wall or small corner of your room. Velvet also looks great alongside a mix of finishes, from sleek brass and matt black to shiny gloss and chrome, like we’ve styled here with the Amber Grape 2 Seater Velvet Sofa.

Autumn Tones - Amber Grape 3 Seater Velvet Sofa

5. It’s Wonderfully Comfortable 

As we mentioned in point 1, velvet is soft to the touch. But when you pair this with sumptuous sofa cushions and supportive arm and backrests, you have yourself a seat that’s irresistibly comfy! Overly slouchy sofas can create a messier look, that’s why our range of velvet sofas have a medium sit. This means the seat has a blend of foam and fibre, making the sofas comfortable and supportive while also being able to recover when the seat is vacated. This also helps to avoid excessive pooling over time.

Take our new Archie sofa: We’ve engineered this seat so that the arms gently slope down the side, making them perfect for curling up against and watching a movie. They also offer a supportive seated position, ideal for reading or working on your laptop.

Trend Alert - Archie Velvet Sofa in Jewel Green, perfect with Blush Pink.

So, have we convinced you a velvet sofa is the way to go? We have plenty more tips and tricks when it comes to introducing this stylish fabric to your home, just take a look at our Ultimate Velvet Furniture Buying guide. You can view the new sofas and more over on our website.

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Mattresses
Your Mattress Buying Questions, Answered.
October 17, 2019 at 4:14 pm 0

Last week we dispelled some common mattress myths. This week we’ll be answering some questions that are often asked when deciding which mattress is best for you. We’ll also give you some top tips to look out for when buying your mattress. 

Q: How much should I spend on a mattress?
A: One of the most important factors for many people when buying a mattress is the cost. Spend whatever you can afford because this is an investment piece that you’ll feel the benefit of every night (and every day) for the next seven years or more. On a cost-per-night basis the price of a mattress isn’t as much as you’d think and is entirely worth it for a good night’s sleep, and ultimately for your health and wellbeing. Although your bed will be the focal point, and you want it to look fabulous, your mattress is where you’ll actually be sleeping - so putting the majority of your budget there is a no brainer.

Did you Know: The Cost per night, per person of our mattresses ranges from just 6p to 16p, and even less if you take advantage of our offer and buy your bed and mattress together.

Don’t forget, we offer 0% finance on purchases over £1500, perfect if you’re looking to buy your mattress and bed together.

Q: Which spring type should I look for?
A: Spring coil mattresses come in two types – Open coil or Pocket spring.
Open coil mattresses have springs that are known to dip or sag causing people to roll-together, as well as becoming lumpy over time. They don’t tend to keep their shape for as long and movement from your partner is common - not ideal if you’re a light-sleeper.
Pocket spring mattresses encase every spring within it’s own ‘sock’ or pocket. This keeps the springs in place allows every spring to move independently which maintains the shape and support of the mattress. This means you get a longer lifecycle from the mattress as well as a more supportive and comfortable night’s sleep, not feeling the movement of your partner.

Spring fact: Every one of our pocket springs has 1m of wire. The length of the wire is what absorbs the weight put on the mattress.

Pillow top mattress

Pocket Springs - Every spring is encased in it's own pocket. On the the Ultimate Pillow top you have a separate spring layer within the pillow top itself.

Q: My partner is a back sleeper and I sleep on my side, does that matter?
A: The tension of the mattress is such an important factor here. A medium tension mattress has enough ‘give’ so it doesn’t put too much pressure on your joints, essential for a side sleeper, but it still has enough support for a back sleeper. Flipping and rotating your mattress as recommended will keep the comfort layers evenly distributed and provide the optimum levels of support needed for a good night’s sleep on both sides, however you sleep.

Q: I suffer from allergies, which mattress is best?
A: So here comes the gruesome bit – most mattress related allergies or reactions are caused by unmentionables left behind by dustmites (don’t ask…google it). The best way to avoid your mattress getting dust mites is to frequently air it and use a mattress protector. Some manufacturers claim to offer anti-dust mite fabric, however, to keep our mattresses as natural as possible they’re not post-treated (which can leave a bit of a nasty smell too!). Look for a mattress that can be flipped and rotated, such as the Tranquil Indulgence or Boutique Opulence.

Another thing to look for is Vents, which will allow air to circulate around the mattress.

Breathable mattress

Side Vents allow air to circulate through the mattress.

Q: How long will my mattress last?
A: Experts recommend replacing your mattress every seven years, this is because comfort and support levels aren’t quite what they used to be seven years down the line. Not to mention the hygiene factor of a seven-year old mattress! Your mattress may last even longer of you look after it correctly. We’re so confident with our new mattress range that we’ve included a full warranty for the lifetime of the mattress.

Q: Will the mattress fit my bed?
A: All of our supportive mattresses are made to fit the Danetti bed range, is based on standard UK bed sizing. If you are looking at a mattress and bed from different suppliers then we recommend that you carefully measure your bed before ordering your mattress to ensure it will fit. The part you need to measure is the inside measurement, not the outer size.

It’s worth noting that there is some tolerance with mattress sizing, which is to allow the mattress to relax over time, and also to allow for the fact that when in use the mattress will be wider than when no one is laying on it.

Q: Does it matter what type of bed I have?
A: Consider your bed when buying your mattress because the two things work together. Take a look at your bed and check what kind of base it has. If it has a flat board base or flat slats, they won’t have any extra give or resistance, so your mattress will need to do all the work. In this case you need to reply on only your mattress to provide the comfort. To give you the best comfort and support levels, check out the super affordable Comfort Bliss or more premium Tranquil Indulgence mattresses which would be ideal on this type of bed frame.

A sprung slat bed frame is the best option, this is to allow your bed and mattress to work in total harmony. Whatever comfort benefits your mattress has will be enhanced but sprung slats. Sprung slats are slightly bowed, think of it like a shock absorber, pushing back against the mattress and amplifying the springs to give a more supportive night’s sleep.

Q: Do I have to flip my mattress?
A: To maintain your mattress for as long as possible, it will need turning or rotating as recommended. We suggest you do this every six weeks or so. Mattresses with all of the comfort layers on the top (Plush Deluxe, Ultimate Pillow-top, Sumptuous Luxury Quilted and Forever Wellness) will only need rotating.

Tip: Think realistically about how often you are likely to flip your mattress, or have flipped your current mattress. For absolute optimum maintenance there we do say that Flip and Rotate is best, but rotating only Is still really valuable when it comes to maintenance. When you have a mattress that you can flip and rotate you have the comfort layers split between the two sides. But if realistically you’re only going to flip it once a year then invest in a rotate only mattress, with all the comfort layers on one side – otherwise you will have effectively half your mattress that you never get to lay on.

Q: I sometimes suffer with a bad back, which mattress should I buy?
A: Lots of retailers out there claim to offer an orthopaedic mattress, there really is no such thing - and that is a fact. Just because they’re using medical sounding terminology doesn’t mean its medically recommended. A common misconception is that a firm mattress going to be the best option for a bad back. Everyone is different and you need the best support for you. A medium tension mattress is best suited to someone of an average weight and build, as the springs on a firm mattress won’t push back enough to give the right level of support. If you do like a firmer sleep, take a look at our Forever Wellness mattress which has a nested spring construction to give a fantastic level of support whilst still offering multiple foam comfort layers to contour to the shape of your spine.

Q: How do I clean / care for my mattress:
A: Look after your mattress and it’ll definitely look after you. There are just a few simple things you can do to keep your mattress on top form:
1) Flip and/or rotate as recommended to prevent dipping and keeping the mattress evenly settled;

2) use a mattress protector to reduce the amount of sweat, oil and skin that is absorbed by the mattress during the night, as well as creating a barrier against dust mites.

3) every now and again strip all the sheets off your bed, throw open the windows and allow the fresh air to get to any nasties that might be living in there and to get that fresh air circulating through the vents

4) If you do get a mark or spill on your mattress clean it damp cloth and mild detergent (not harsh detergents or chemical cleaners as these can damage the fabric and stitching), ensure the bed is completely dry before putting the sheets back on.

5) lastly where possible try to avoid using a vacuum cleaner, this can permanently alter the make-up of the comfort layers, if you have to vacuum it, use a lower setting or give it a gentle Dustbuster instead.

We hope that helps! If you have any questions, give us a call and our Mattress Experts will be happy to help. 020 3588 1380

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True or False? Top Mattress Myths
October 11, 2019 at 5:49 pm 0
With so many options out there, buying a mattress can be a daunting task for many people. If you’re buying for your master bedroom then you’re going to be using it everyday so you really need to make sure it’s perfect; if it’s for the guest bedroom, you’ll want your guests to go home feeling refreshed, right? With our comfort mattress range, we’re here to make life a little easier for you and clear up some common misconceptions about mattresses, helping you to improve sleep and buy the mattress thats perfect for you.

1. A Firm Mattress Is Better For Your Back: FALSE

A mattress that is good for your back is one that supports your spine. When you are lying down, your spine should be straight - the springs need weight to engage them and support the contours of the body. Spring engagement is when weight causes the springs to contract and release, pushing back against the sleeper and therefore giving the best support. A medium tension mattress is better suited to someone of an average weight and build, as the springs on a firm mattress won’t push back enough to give the right level of support. A good night’s sleep also depends on the position you sleep; if you’re a side sleeper, a medium tension mattress is more suitable to give an extra bit of squidge, putting less pressure on your joints and making you feel a lot more refreshed in the morning. The firmness or ‘tension’ rating of your mattress is all dependant on the preference. Often when people say 'i like a firm mattress' what they are actually mean is that they like a mattress that is supportive, possibly because their current mattress isn't. No one likes to feel like they sink right into their mattress. You want the comfort but with a level of support and it's the support that is good for your back. A great option for if you like a firmer comfort level is our Forever Wellness mattress. With a nested spring construction and multiple foam comfort layers, with varying densities, it's designed to have a more supportive firmer feel.

2: A Tufted Top Mattress is More Comfortable: FALSE

This really is down to personal preference. A tufted top gives high ‘lofts’ of comfort, this is the most traditional mattress style top and what most people are probably used to.
Tufted style mattress

A Tufted Mattress: The spring core and comfort layers are laced front to back, creating a pillowy surface.

The more luxurious the tufted mattress, the more pronounced the lofts. Ours go from the Comfort Bliss right up to the Boutique Opulence, depending what level of Luxury you are looking for. Our most indulgent mattress with a deeply indulgent hand tufted top:
Top Quality Mattress

Boutique Opulence: Hand tufted through luxurious silk and wool comfort layers.

The alternatives to a tufted mattress are:
Quilted Top Mattress:
This type of mattress offers a flatter feel compared to a tufted option; it would appeal to someone looking for an alternative to a memory foam mattress, moulding closely to the shape of your body with the extra comfort layers inside.

A Quilted Mattress: The comfort layers are quilted together and joined to the side of the mattress resulting in a soft, level surface.

The Sumptuous Luxury Quilted Mattress is perfect if you like a luxurious topper on your mattress as you have this soft, topper-like feel built in.
A Pillow Top Mattress
A Pillow Top Mattress is almost like a mini mattress on top of your mattress. Our Ultimate Pillow Top Mattress has all the deep comfort and support of the most premium mattress but with shallower lofts. The Pillow top is made up of mini-springs resulting in a shallower tufted top, so you will feel peaks of comfort while still getting that extra support from the mini-springs.
Pillow Top Mattress

A Pillow Top Mattress gives you double comfort but with shallower surface lofts.

3. More Springs Are Better: TRUE...ALMOST.

The more pocket springs your mattress has, the more support, resilience and weight distribution you will get. More springs means your mattress will retain its shape for longer, so you won’t find yourself unintentionally rolling into the centre. More springs also means that the weight will be distributed evenly. So if your partner moves in the night, you won't be disturbed. Our new mattress range only uses pocket springs which are kept in place by their own individual ‘sock’ so every spring moves independently, ranging from the 1000 pocket spring Comfort Bliss to 2400 on our Boutique Opulence mattress, you know you’ll be getting a supportive night’s sleep with our mattresses. TIP: Don't be blinded by bold claims of high spring counts! The reason we don't have a 5000 spring count mattress in our range is that over a certain level you cannot feel the benefit. That's a fact! If you are thinking of choosing a high spring count mattress make sure you ask about construction - stacked spring layers can result in a high spring count (seems good, right?) but unless there is variation in tensions there is zero benefit to your comfort. 

4. A Pillow-Top Mattress Will Be Too Hot: FALSE

Everyone is different, we all regulate heat different levels. With a mattress, heat is generated through direct contact to the surface of the mattress and with some foam topped synthetic mattresses this heat increases further. However, our Ultimate Pillow-top mattress from our comfort mattress range has individual mini-springs and a wool layer. Don't think of Wool as hot. Being natural, the wool is able to breathe and allows air to flow through the pillow-top meaning it won’t get too hot and will improve sleep for you.

Ultimate Pillow Top: Multiple comfort layers featuring natural breathable wool.

5. A New Mattress Will Take Time To Get Used To: TRUE

As with a new pair of shoes, a new mattress will take some time to bed in (excuse the pun!). Remember, you’ve been sleeping on your old mattresses every day for years, it has moulded and contoured to your body shape. Your new mattress will settle too, this is perfectly normal and is a sign that your mattress is working properly. Similar to wearing in a new pair of shoes, it could take a couple of days or a couple of weeks, but we’re confident you’ll love our new support mattress range which are all handmade with love and care in the UK. Shop the new mattress range now!
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Guides
5 Tips for Choosing the Right Product for the Space
June 14, 2019 at 3:52 pm 0
Before buying a product it is important to consider not only the style and colour of the product itself but the environment it is going into. Thinking about how the product will be used and where to put it in the space is fundamental when choosing the right product. We share our top 5 tips for making the most out of your space. Ensuring you have the right products for your home.  

Interhouse Design shows us how to use furniture to break up their space and create separate zones

 

1. Draw A Floor Plan

  Before you start arranging furniture, it's a good idea to draw yourself a little floor plan. If you cut out your furniture to scale on a separate piece of paper, you can easily move things around until you have a layout you're happy with. Remember to include key features in the room such as windows, doors and fireplaces.  

The Fern and Eames set looks great in Mihaela and Stephen's open plan apartment

  By creating a floor plan, you will be able to visualise the space and ensure you have enough space to walk around your furniture. If you have an open plan living space, you can see clear walkways and allow better flow throughout the room. For dedicated spaces, you'll be able to squeeze a little more in. By back your furniture against walls, you can make the most out of your space.  

All of our product pages have measurements, so you can effectively plan your new layout

  Always read the measurements box on our products pages to ensure that it can fit into the space selected. This is useful with a multifunctional room, you can easily see what can go where.    

2. Use Focal Points as a Guide

  Think next as to how the space is going to be used and who will use it. Identify the focal point in the room whether it be a fireplace, view, television, etc and orient the furniture facing this accordingly. If you plan to watch television in the room, the ideal distance between the set and the seating is three times the size of the screen.    

Centralise your Luxe Chaise to create a central focal point

  By framing a focal point with your furniture you can bring a real dramatic feel to your room. Place sofas facing each other either side of a fireplace for a cosy seating arrangement. Alternatively, if you want your sofa to be the focal point, position in the centre of your room, with enough room to walk the entire way around.    

3. Try to Create Space

  When you are arranging your furniture, always ensure the path between doorways is clear. This isn't just to make your space look bigger, but also ensure you have a clear route out of the building in case of emergency. Don't place any large pieces of furniture in that path if you can avoid it. We recommend you allow 30-48 inches of width for major traffic routes and a minimum of 24 inches of width for minor ones.  

Allow plenty of room between your sofa and dining table, but a lesser amount between your sofa and coffee table.

  In bedrooms, allow at least 24 inches between the side of the bed and a wall, and at least 36 inches between the bed and a swinging door. In a dining room, make sure there are at least 48 inches between each edge of the table and the nearest wall or piece of furniture. By sticking to these measurements, you will keep your rooms clear, which in turn makes them look and feel bigger. You should never feel like to need fill every corner of every room- remember, less is more!    

4. Use Contrast to Achieve a Casual Look

Combine straight and curved lines to create a casual look. If the furniture is modern and linear, contrast with a round table. If the furniture is curved, contrast with an angular piece. For example, pair the curves of the Mellow Bench, with the graphic lines of the Zen Glass dining table. The contrast of the faux leather and glass will help create a casual dining space, too.  

Zen and Mellow Bench Dining Set

 

5. Use Symmetry to Create a Formal Look

If you want to create a more formal atmosphere symmetrical pieces work best. Try to use products that are of a similar design and style. Our Sanza and Loop Bench Dining Set is perfect for creating symmetry in a room. It's also perfect for saving space as you can tuck it into a corner, keeping your dining room clear.  

Loop Corner Bench and Sanza Dining Set

 
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Ideas and Inspiration
House on the Market? 5 Tips To Help You Dress Your Home for Success.
February 22, 2019 at 1:09 pm 0

There's no denying in these somewhat uncertain times the current housing market is a little bit unpredictable. If you're thinking about putting your house on the market or currently listing, there are a few quick fixes to make your home look truly irresistible to potential buyers.

Simple touches such a fresh flowers and fruit will give your house that homely touch.

Making your home appealing for new buyers shouldn't take up too much of your time or money, but it's these little details which make all the difference...

1. Create Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is something your house has, or doesn't. Many of factors contribute to curb appeal, some of which are out of your hands altogether. That said, there are a few super easy things you can do to make sure your house stands out above the rest:

A simple paint touch up, cleaning and gardening will give your home all the curb appeal! Image via Pinterest.

  • Clean Windows. Making sure your windows have had a good clean, inside and out, will instantly make your house sparkle. Don't forget to give all the window frames a good scrub down, and if they need a little sand and a paint, it's definitely worth doing!
  • Shutters or Blinds. Shutters are not cheap, however, they do add value to your home, so an investment worth thinking about. Make your home stand out from your neighbours and think about those little bits of your interior you can see from the exterior.
  • De-weed and Jet Wash Paths and Drives. Spend a sunny Saturday afternoon pulling any weeds out from between tiles and giving your drive and pathway a good jetwash. If the exterior of your home is clean and looking well cared for, it gives potential buyers an indication of the standard you set for your home.

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  • Get Green-Fingered. Depending on the time of year, pop down to the local garden centre and buy a few seasonal blooms. The fact you've taken time to make the front garden look good with flowers and a good tidy up will go a long way.
  • Tidy Up. I mean, this may seem obvious, but there's nothing worse than rubbish, an old sofa or old building supplies scattered around your driveway. Tidy up to give the best first impression possible.

2. Finish Those Odd Jobs Around the House

Maybe you've been meaning to fill those holes in the wall, or repaint the hall way from those mucky fingerprints. Make sure you set aside a weekend to get all of the little odd jobs done around the house.

Dark walls can show the scuffs so give your paintwork a touch up, or even repaint to look pristine. The Tiva Console table sitting pretty against deep grey walls.

If you feel like you've got nothing left to do, run through this little check list- there's bound to be something you've missed!

  • Touch up or repaint any areas that need some care and attention.
  • Fill in gaps in skirting boards and door frames. Fresh caulk will make the world of difference.
  • Oil any squeaky doors and cupboards.
  • Steam / clean curtains to look crisp and pristine.
  • Replace any cracked tiles.
  • Regrout bathroom and kitchen floors and walls. This will make your tiles look brand new!
  • Spend some time in the garden weeding, mowing the lawn and planting some lovely flowers and plants.

3. Clean Your Home From Top to Toe

Again, maybe an obvious one but give your home a thorough clean, making sure not to miss skirting boards, carpets and windows. Keep on top of the cleaning and dusting weekly, with extra attention just before you have potential buyers over to view.

Keeping your home clean and tidy will make potential buys know you've really cared for your home. Verona Barstools in the stunning kitchen of @renovationHQ.

It's also a great idea to have a Marie Kondo style clear out before moving. Not only will your home be organised within an inch of its life if any guest wants to check out the inside of your airing cupboard or kitchen drawers, but it will also make your life so much easier when moving! You'll only have to pack the things you need and use and be quick and easy to unpack in the new house as you will already have a home for everything.

Before you have a viewing make sure you do the following:

  • Put away any washing hung out to dry
  • Give the kitchen a spruce up. Clean any stainless steel appliances and surfaces with Baby Oil to disguise scratches and make it gleam!
  • Dust all your surfaces
  • Hoover the carpet and mop any tiles
  • Make the beds and plump up any sofa cushions
  • Declutter- hide remotes, paperwork and those odds and sods we all have lingering without a home.

Add homely touches to your interiors during viewing to make your home look cosy and inviting. The Effie Velvet Sofa is perfect for adding impact to neutral homes.

4. Keep Interiors Simple

Whether you're a fan of maximalist and bold interiors, it's likely the new homeowners will have a different interior taste to you. To make your home appealing to the masses, tone it down a little bit and where possible keep colours neutral.

The Zilo and Fia dining set is simple enough to appeal to the masses, yet packs enough style punch to show your personality.

Potential buyers will want to see the opportunities in your home and how to stamp their own personality. Now, we're not saying make you home a lifeless box with no personality, but maybe tone down the animal and floral print clash.

5. Add a Fresh Touch

Finally, go one step further and add small touches to your interior which will really show you care. Fresh flowers and a clean scent will do more than you think for visitors.

It's been said that injecting a splash of yellow instantly makes your home more appealing, while a fresh scent of clean washing or a spring day will draw potential buyers in.

Avoid overpowering fragrances and keep things subtle and not too feminine to appeal to a wider range of couples or families.

Market Ready?

There are plenty of things you can do to dress your home for success. The above are just a few small changes which won't take long but can make all the difference when attempting to sell your home.

Image via Pinterest.

Fun Fact: Research suggests that rather than call your house number 46, your home will be much more memorable to potential buyers if it has a name.

Properties named after books or animals or flowers and plants like Honeysuckle Cottage or Willow House will stand out and give a cosy preconception to those house hunting. We're not saying it's a must to sell your house, but it's a lovely touch and maybe something to consider when you move into your new home.

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Bar Stools, Dining Seating
Backless vs Backrest Kitchen Bar Stools
January 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm 1
Backless vs Backrest Bar Stool Seating

Backless vs Backrest Bar Stool Seating

A common stumbling block when choosing a kitchen bar stool is whether to go for a backrest or a backless bar stool. While having a kitchen counter bar stool with a backrest offers plenty of support, you might not like the idea of the bar stool's backrest being visible above the height of the countertop. Below we've written a quick rundown of the benefits and considerations of each design to help you choose the right stool for your space.  

Kitchen Bar Stool with Backrest

Pros

  • Good lumbar support. When sitting in the same place for a while your body can often slump, so with a backrest, this can take off some of the stress on the back.
  • Backrest bar stools feel more secure as you have a supporting surface at the back.

Cons

  • The backrest may be seen above the height of the countertop. Dependent on the height of the backrest will depend on how much will be visible above your kitchen countertop. This is a purely aesthetic issue but should be taken into account.
  • Kitchen bar stools with a backrest cannot be fully tucked under your counter or table. Therefore, the stools will be more visible and take up slightly more floor space.
 

Backless Bar Stool

Pros

  • No visible backrest above the height of the countertop so you have nothing to break up the simple straight lines of the surface.
  • Backless kitchen bar stools can be tucked under the counter or table so they'll take up less floor space. This is ideal if you're a little pushed for room.

Cons

  • As there is no back support, when seated you'll more likely to be leaning and resting on the surface in front of you.
  • If you have younger children, backless stools offer less support when they are seated.
  Still stuck for choice? Why not have the best of both worlds...

Kitchen Bar Stool with a Small Back Rest

Pros

  • This style of stool offers some Lumbar support for the lower spine and for the lower back.
  • A small backrest is not so visible above the height of the countertop.

Cons

  • As the backrest is far smaller, it will not offer complete support for your back.
  • Like a backless stool, a stool with a small backrest won't offer full support for younger children.
 

So there we have it!

We hope we've given you some inspiration as to what stool will be right for your space. Now let's choose the perfect seat! Head over to our website to full the full range of backless and backrest bar stools.  For more sizing and styling tricks, be sure to take a look at our Bar Stool Buying Guide.
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Colour, Ideas and Inspiration
Choosing the Right Colour Schemes for Modern Homes
October 5, 2018 at 12:07 pm 0

When the time comes to decorate, we all know the daunting feeling we get when we see that blank canvas. Deciding on the right colour scheme for your room can be as important as choosing the right furniture.

Colour stimulates the mind as well as our emotions. There is a wealth of information on the internet about the symbolism and history behind the use of certain colours. But we're going to keep things simple and guide you in the direction of interior colour schemes. Take a look at our guide to help make that perfect colour choice!

 

The Colour Wheel - Your best friend when it comes to selecting interior paints.

 

Cool Colours

Cool colours are on the right-hand side of our colour wheel. They are hues ranging from Green to Blue, through Blue-Violet. These colours are best used when you want to create a calming and relaxing atmosphere. Cool colours are typically used in the living rooms and bedrooms, as they promote a sense of tranquillity and relaxation.

BLUES

Blue is a particular interior favourite for creating calmness, peace and tranquillity. It is a popular colour for many rooms due to the fact it can go with both traditional and modern styles.

   

The Grey Gloss Fern Console and White Trestle Desk work great against this dark blue wall to create a modern vintage vibe.

   

Vintage styles can be created using blue with white and floral prints. Choose a chalky looking colour with a richness. Vintage homes need to feel authentic, so the deeper the colour, the better

   

Try Oval Room Blue from Farrow and Ball for a rich shade to suit your vintage interior.

 

Contemporary styles can be created using a cooler tone of blue with mismatched metallics and gloss finishes. Or try creating a more colourful interior by pairing shades of blue work well with pastel colours. Think soft apple greens or bright yellows for a great combination creating a sunny Mediterranean style.

   

Denim Drift from Dulux is the perfect cool shade for modern interiors.

GREENS

Green is the colour used to symbolize nature, balance, harmony and positivity. Pantone announced Greenery as its Colour of the Year 2017 due to its fresh, zesty feel. It creates a relaxing atmosphere when used in various tones.

   

Pantone, Greenery

   

Team with pastels and neutrals to create a contemporary look in a living room. Alternatively, for a country cottage look, work with shades of cream and neutrals for a look that's very easy on the eyes.

   

The Arc and Riva Set brings just the right amount of colour to your kitchen. Use a graphic rug for a modern look.

 

Adding black and white to green can create an Art Deco look or why not be bold and try a retro theme with lime green for something a little different.

 

PURPLES

Purple can be a tricky colour to introduce into our homes. Pale Lilac can feel very young and sweet, but too dark can feel a bit seedy. The key to getting this trend right is using purple sparingly and combining with other colours.

        When Pantone announced UltraViolet as 2018's Colour of the Year, we were all a little unsure what to think. However, after reviewing the colour combinations suggested by Pantone, we came round to using purple in our homes. Keep your walls neutral and play with purple in your furniture and soft furnishings.    

Anzio Gas Lift Barstool in Mulberry Purple

    The Anzio Barstool is just the right amount of attitude and colour for modern kitchens. Keep accessories metallic for a cool vibe and for a lighter feeling home.    

Warm Colours

Warm colours are on the left -hand side of our colour wheel. These are your reds, oranges, pinks and yellows.  They are lively, stimulating and domineer over cool colours. Warm colours should not be used as a base colour and are best used when highlighting statement pieces in your room.

REDS

Just like warning signs, red is a colour which grabs your attention. Making it ideal when used on a feature wall or creating a statement piece in a room. As red is a very dominating, powerful colour, it's best to use in the social rooms in your house, such as your kitchen or playroom.   

The Brick Red Finn Dining Chair is the perfect way to introduce red into your home without it feeling too overpowering.

  Avoid using red in your bedroom or living room, as it is a very visually stimulating colour and will not help with the relaxation. That said, when used in small doses, red can often be more effective, so great for those decorative accessories.

 

For a more subtle red, take a look at Picture Callery Red, from Farrow and Ball for a more traditional and softer look. Pair with off-white and dark woods to create an antique vibe.

 

YELLOWS

Like the sunshine, yellow is bright and exudes excitement so ideal for a child's room or in an entrance hallway. It is also effective when used to highlight elements of your space.  

Finn Barstools in Mustard

  When choosing yellow furniture, be sure the rest of the decor is subtle, otherwise, you risk creating a very busy looking room. Navy and Yellow are a match made in heaven, so stick to dark blue walls and offset with a pop of mustard.

ORANGES

As a mixture of red and yellow, it shares both attributes of these colours. Although Orange is hot and fiery like Red, it is not as aggressive. Orange actually stimulates mental activity, so add a splash of orange in a study or children's playroom. It also works well in a kitchen as is associated with appetite and health foods.  

The Orange Zilo is just enough of a pop in this modern home office with the Black Cavour Desk

 

PINKS

Pink has been having a moment recently. Be in Millenial pink or Plaster pinks, we see different shades popping up all over the interior circuit. Blush pink has been a favourite in our homes for a while now, especially when paired with copper and white.  

Blush Pink Plaza Velvet Stool

  Create a real statement by painting a pink ombre wall. This is a great interior paint effect for a little girls room or a home office. tone down pink by mixing with Grey and White for a more grown-up look.  

The White and Oak Aver Extending Dining Table works beautifully against a Pink Ombre Wall

   

Neutrals

Neutrals are great for creating a light and soft environment and giving the illusion of space. This scheme looks stylish, sophisticated and is great used as a blank canvas. You can then injected with colour, print and pattern for interest.  

Cleo and Santo Dining Set

  This is ideal as a base colour as allows you to update the room by just using bright accents and accessories. These tones are great when used with warm tones such as rich red, mushroom, and terracotta.  

BLACK

Black is formal, elegant and prestigious. It makes other colours stand out so ideal for teaming up with warm shades. Too much black in a space can make the room feel smaller so stick to limiting the quantities by adding accents of other colours. Black is perfect for that formal dining area to add a touch of class and style.

 

Elise and Black Chrome Dining Chair

  Perhaps try black Leather Dining Chairs as they are great at hiding marks and bring drama to your home. Our black chrome is a great alternative to a classic chrome finish, so go to the dark side and play with these inky tones.    
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Dining Tables, Materials
Glass Tables Are Great For The Illusion Of Space
September 21, 2018 at 10:29 am 0
We all want to make the most of our space. Whether that's creating sections in an open plan kitchen or maximising what little room there is available. This is where contemporary furniture comes into its own! Materials like glass and perspex create transparent pieces which create the illusion of space. In this post, we’ll give you a  rundown of what glass tables are great for when it comes to styling your home.  

Glass Dining Tables, Great For: Strength & Durability

We couldn’t write a post about glass dining tables without mentioning tempered glass. All of our glass products, from dining tables to sideboards and consoles, are made from tempered safety glass that's been tested and certified to British Standards. This means the material is strong, safe and durable. All of our glass tables have been designed with style, practicality and safety in mind, so you really needn’t worry about the glass being precarious or fragile in any way.  

Great For: Creating The Illusion Of Space

Being transparent, a glass table will give your room such a light and open feel, especially compared to a table of the same size but with a darker, opaque finish. For example, the Zen 6 Seater Glass and White Gloss Dining Table is a relatively large table but because of the slim glass top and gloss legs, the table has less of a visual impact and presence in the space.   If you don’t have the space or don’t need a larger table, opt for a round glass table. That way, you’ll have the space-saving qualities of a round table top with the added visual lightness from the glass. Styled with stackable chairs like the Riva, you can always add a couple more seats when needed and then stack and store the chairs when not in use.  

Great For: Adding Some Colour

Glass dining tables are really versatile items. The lack of colour actually means that they can be introduced into a whole variety of different schemes. Glass is a good opportunity to introduce a splash of colour to your space through your choice of dining chairs.   Whether you choose leather, plastic or fabric chairs, the tactile material and colour of the seat can be seen from all angles. This makes a glass table perfect for showcasing your dining chairs.  

Great For: Mixing and Matching

Having a glass table doesn’t always mean just a glass top. A table with glass legs means you can have the material or colour you’d like on the surface, but you get the space-saving a visual lightness from the glass legs. A table like the Aria has such a style impact and ‘wow factor’ thanks to the glass legs. It looks as though the top is floating in the air! If you'd like some more tips on buying your dream dining table, be sure to take a look at our Ultimate Dining Table Buying Guide.   

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