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8 Living Room Buying Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid!
February 15, 2019 at 3:16 pm 0
Living room buying mistakes

Living rooms are a staple part of our homes. Whether we’re sat reading, watching TV or just generally relaxing, we all want a space that we feel comfortable in. Varying in shape, size and style, there are lots of things to consider. And to make creating a perfect living space that bit easier, here are 8 Living Room Buying Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid!

Not Being Practical

You’ve set your sights on your dream living room interior in that glossy magazine or on Pinterest. It’s clean, contemporary and effortlessly cool. But is it liveable? Many shoots are set up to look great but they just aren’t practical. Remember that you and your family will be using the space, so keep key factors like comfort and durability inline with your styling dreams!

Poorly Planning Your Layout

No one wants to squeeze past your coffee table or climb over your footstool to sit down. Plan out your spacing so there’s enough room for drawers and doors to be opened, tables to be walked around and legs to be stretched out and put up without getting in the way.

Ripple Glass and Black Chrome Coffee Table
Ripple Glass and Black Chrome Coffee Table

Not Enough Light

We talk a lot about how important lighting is for your home and lighting your living room is no exception. (You can read more here if you’re keen to find out how to do it well). Consider where the natural light will fall in the day and what areas you’d like to illuminate when it’s dark at night. Living rooms are generally more relaxed settings, so you’ll want ambient lighting to help to create a softer, calming glow.

Alma White and Brass Table Lamp
Alma White and Brass Table Lamp

Buying Everything At Once

It can be tempting when furnishing a new space or renovating an existing home to get everything in one go. But not everyone has the time or money to have that luxury! And that’s not always a bad thing. Start with your essentials like your sofa and seating. Then you can colour match and coordinate accessories to this. Trends and fads come and go, and you can always change your accent pieces over time. But matching to your staple furniture in the space means your living room will always feel up to date.

Ellis Leather Armchair
Ellis Leather Armchair

Not Checking Your Measurements

One obvious living room buying mistake but also one that can be easily missed. When ordering furniture online, it’s best to check, check and then check again that the furniture can fit through your door, that it’s the right size and shape for your space, and that you haven’t overfilled the setting. You can do this by drawing a floor plan on squared paper or marking out your furniture using making tape. Either way, you want to know it'll fit.

Luxe Modern Large 3 Seater Leather Chesterfield Sofa
Luxe Modern Large 3 Seater Leather Chesterfield Sofa

Leaving Out End Tables & Surface Space

The comfiest sofa isn’t half as accommodating when guests have to sit with their drink in hand and snacks on their lap. That’s why it’s always handy to have a surface near your seating, whether that’s a coffee table or smaller end table next to your sofa. If you’re short on space opt for a side table that can nest or be stacked when not in use.

Dice Dove Grey Gloss Side Tables

Making Everything Match

Although coordination can go a long way in creating a well thought out space, overly matchy-matchy interiors can look a bit static and uninspired. Start with your basics and have one central colour or theme, but don’t be afraid to introduce different patterns and textures through your soft furnishings and accent pieces. This will really help bring your room to life and give it some character.

Ellis Large 3 Seater Leather Sofa

Living Room Buying Mistakes -Avoided!

Have we inspired you to freshen up your living room? You can browse our collection of living room furniture over on our website.

Already have some stylish Danetti pieces? We’d love to see! Post a picture on social with the #mydanetti for your chance to be featured on our Facebook or Instagram pages.


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Ideas and Inspiration, Living Inspiration
How to Be Your Own Interior Designer – Open Plan Living Ideas
January 11, 2019 at 1:55 pm 0
Open up your favourite interior magazine and I'm sure you'll see pages and pages full of open plan kitchens. Beautiful kitchen islands separating the cooking space from the dining area. Huge, clean homes fill your head with ideas and inspiration for creating your own open plan living space. And although these images look incredible, it's likely they've been styled within an inch of their life by a professional interior designer.    Interior Designer : Arc and Riva 4 Seater Glass and White Gloss Dining Set   If you want to create your dream open plan kitchen in your own home, all you need is a bit of willpower, planning and a head full of ideas. Here are a few tips on how to get started...  

Interior Designer: Open Plan Kitchens

Place Furniture in the Middle of the Room

When it comes to creating an open plan area of your home, it's really important to think about the layout. We want to avoid any clear walkways from one end of the room to another. Although it may feel natural to place your furniture around the edges of your room, mix things up and place a table in the middle! This will make you walk around the furniture. By simply placing furniture in the middle of a walkway you tie the room together and make a larger space feel cosy and filled.     Our customer, Lizzy, Has renovated her 70's home to a modern and crisp family home. They created a huge open plan living/dining space, with the focal point being this stunning kitchen featuring the Verona Barstool. By sticking to a simple grey and chrome colour palette their home feels seamless and warm, despite being very open. Kitchens work so well as open plan living spaces, due to the furniture naturally found in a kitchen. Kitchen islands, tables and dining benches are great pieces to use to separate the dining from the cooking.  

Top Tip: Glass Dining Tables are a great option for open plan living space. The clear table will allow more light to fill your space, keeping your home light and airy. 

 

Create Zones

Although you want the kitchen and dining areas to be in the one room, it's important to zone your home. Placing furniture in the middle of the room will help with the flow of the space, but by using subtle colour treatments and lighting, you can create clear zones to really separate the space.   Think about these tips when zoning your open plan kitchen:  
  • A kitchen Island will help bring the cooking area to the dining area.
 
  • Choosing a different colour/wallpaper in each area will help create a feeling of different rooms. Be sure to choose a simple colour palette to keep things harmonious. Avoid painting the kitchen green and the dining space purple as this will be too much contrast and create an unharmonious feel.
  Zen 6 Seater Grey Gloss Dining Table

Zen and Santo Dining Set with the Teora Bar Stools

Top Tip: Interhouse Design has created this amazing, light and open space by sticking to a clean colour palette and gloss finishes. A U-shaped kitchen featuring breakfast bar will help zone your open plan kitchen 

 
  • Add pendant lights over a table or island to create a 'wall'. This height will help break up your space all the while marrying the two areas together.
 
  • Use the same style throughout the space. If you have Velvet Barstools, choose Velvet Dining Seating too. Sticking to a scheme will help make the room feel tied together.
   
  • Think about height. Floor lamps or tall shelving units will help add height and a point of difference in your home. Using furniture which is all one level will make your home feel flat and uninspiring. Adding height adds interest.
 

Open Plan Living Areas

It's not just kitchens which work well as open plan living areas. You can create an open plan kitchen/living area, or maybe a home office combined with a living room. No matter what you use your space for, by following the above tips you can easily create any open plan living space.     If you're feeling super adventurous, why not have a fully open plan kitchen, dining, living area? This may take a little more thought and planning, but by spacing your furniture well and sticking to a cohesive colour scheme, you can create a truly beautiful home and become your own interior designer.   If you'd like to go back to basics, take a look at how to become your own interior designer. Where we walk you step by step through the basics of decorating your home without forking out for a professional interior designer.  

Show us your Style!

Have you recently re-designed your home? Don't forget to tag us on Instagram and Facebook using #mydanetti. To view all the pieces listed in this post and more, head over to our website.
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Colour, Ideas and Inspiration
Pantone Colour of the year 2019 – Living Coral
December 14, 2018 at 2:47 pm 0
We've dabbled with Greenery, gone intergalactic with Ultra-Violet, but what's next? We've been waiting for a while to see what's new for 2019 and we can now reveal Pantone's Colour of the Year 2019 is...

LIVING CORAL

"An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge"

      The experts at Pantone have chosen Living Coral for the 2019 colour of the year due to its presence in the natural world, but also across social media, which is having more of an impact on our day to day life. It represents the fusion of modern life, giving a vivid and engaging hue to use across art, design and social.   With such a vibrant colour, how does this translate to interior design? The modern home is unlikely to be painted wall to wall in Living Coral. Instead, we will introduce it in our soft furnishings, accessories or in a few, well-considered areas. Pantone have created Living Coral colour palettes which allow you to be on trend, without going "changing rooms" and painting the house head to toe... Let's take a look at some subtle colour palettes for your modern home.  

Sympatico

The first Living Coral colour palette we have is Sympatico. A subtle, complementary palette reflecting "a beautiful array of colours that humanize; fusing together a panoply of international sin tones". This is a really versatile colour combination to translate into our interiors due to the taupe base. You can play around with quantities of each colour to create very different looks, while still creating a harmonious interior which is easy on the eye.     Bring this look into your home with a striped wallpaper like this one from Cole and Son, which features metallic gold stripe with a subtle pop of coral. Pair with neutral furniture and natural textures to balance out the soft tones with harder textures.

Stylist's Top Tip: Stick to a luxe look for this colour palette to create a high end feel with minimal effort. Balance out your textures and introduce very subtle pops of Living Coral to stop your home feeling too twee. Velvet and walnut would be a great choice for this look. 

 

Get the Look:

 

Harper Dining Chair in Shell Velvet

 

Curva Dining Table in Walnut

 

110/9044 Striped wallpaper, Cole and Sons

 

Under the Sea

For our second Living Coral colour palette, we're taking things a bit more literally. This vibrant 'Under the Sea' palette is a bright, eclectic mix of blues, yellows and pinks brings fun and style to your home. You can really play around with proportions; stick to a predominantly blue interior with coral and yellow accents. Alternatively, keep your walls and furniture neutral and mix all these colours together into your soft furnishings.    

Stylist's Top Tip: This is a great colour palette for young families. Choose bold and clashing prints for a real eccentric style in vibrant colour combinations. Use this colour combo in your kitchen, but remember to keep your walls and furniture white, to avoid giving yourself a headache! 

 

Get the Look:

 

Fern White Gloss Extending Dining Table

 

Finn Dining Chair in Mustard

 

Seafern Wallpaper, Cole and Sons

 

Focal Point

Finally, we come to Focal Point. A muted colour palette with greys, olive greens and a gentle touch of Living Coral. This would be a great colour palette for use in bedrooms and living rooms due to its calming feel. Soft textures lend themselves to this colour palette due to the earthy base tones. Velvets, leathers and woods would all work perfectly, making this colour palette suitable to your existing home interior. Update your walls with a lick of green paint and a botanical wallpaper for a trendy, modern style.     Introducing pops of metallics will also give this colour palette that little lift it needs to avoid becoming too sludgy. Coppers and Brass will work wonders by pulling out the tone in the coral and olive colours while adding that extra stylist's touch.  

Stylist's Top Tip: Choose a wallpaper with a small pop of Living Coral. If you're feeling brave, create a focal wallpaper wall and select a colour from within this to paint you woodwork, leaving your walls white. This will make your home feel super considered while remaining a bit more subtle for future trend changes.

 

Get the Look:

   

Amalfi Velvet Bed in Peacock

 

Flo Table Lamps

 

Graham and Green Botanical Wallpaper

 

What do you think?

So, how do you feel about Living Coral? We'd love to know your thoughts and how you're introducing Pantone's 2019 Colour of the Year into your home. Tag us on Facebook and Instagram using #mydanetti and show off your killer style.
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Bedroom, Beds, Styling Tips
Bedroom Styling Tips with our Interior Stylist
November 16, 2018 at 10:25 am 0
We've all seen how to style a sideboard, coffee tables and shelves. But when it comes to bedroom styling, it's not enough just to get the furniture right. Styling your bedroom correctly will transform it from a place just to sleep, to where you want to spend your time. It's these simple, homely touches that will finish off your bedroom and add plenty of personality.   Bedroom styling: Rene bed in midnight blue velvet

Rene Velvet Bed in Midnight

  We've recently added a collection of beds to the Danetti family. So what better way to show you two different looks than with our new range of velvet beds! Available in Double, King and Superking, you're bound to find the bed of your dreams.    

Bedroom Styling Essentials

Before we get into interior bedroom trends, you need to know your styling basics. No bedroom is complete with the following:
  • Decent Mattress
  • High-Quality Duvet and Pillows
  • Statement Bed (from Danetti)
  • Lighting
  • Soft furnishings
It may seem obvious, but without one of these elements, your room can feel stark, cold and very uninviting. Regardless of your personal interior style, these are the five must-haves when it comes to how to style a bed and bedroom.  

Moody Bedroom Styling

A key trend for interiors right now is dark, moody and rich colours. By using a dark colour in the bedroom, you will create the illusion of more space. All the while creating a cosy, snug room you can't wait to be in. Although the thought of painting your bedroom black can be scary, that doesn't mean your room will feel gothic and dark.   Rene bed in midnight blue velvet

Rene Velvet Bed in Midnight

 

Top Tip: Offset dark walls with white bedding and light textures. Choosing lighter elements will lift the room and make your chosen colour really stand out.

  The Rene Bed in Midnight Velvet sits beautifully against our Black Blue wall, as the curves of the headboard pick up light and add depth and tone. If, for example, you had a dark blue fabric headboard against a nearly black wall, it could look flat and lacking in interest. The way the velvet picks up the light helps to show the shape of the bed, drawing your focus here, rather than the dark walls.   Rene bed in midnight blue velvet

Rene Velvet Bed in Midnight

  If black walls aren't for you, look at dark greys, berries, browns or blues to create the same look. Just be sure to complement the colour of your chosen bed. It's easier to paint your walls than buy a new bed!  

Bedroom Styling Tips

  When you come to simple bedroom decorating ideas and adding that personal touch, remember to follow these top styling rules:
  • Stick to a minimal colour palette. When you have a statement bed, you don't want your styling to overpower your headboard. Choose colours within the same shade to create a complementary look and create a serene setting.
 
  • You can't beat fresh white sheets. White sheets are a classic. When you want your bed to stand out, keep bedding simple. Add a couple of tonal cushions for an added element of colour- but simple is always best.
 
  • Clash your textures. Velvet beds are beautiful and look super luxe. However, if you're after a softer, more relaxed look, balance the smoothness of velvet with a chunky knit and cool metallics like brass and copper. These metallic finishes will lift the styling and add a layer of luxe.
  Rene bed in midnight blue velvet

Rene Velvet Bed in Midnight

 
  • Mimic shapes. Where the Rene bed has an Art Deco-inspired curved headboard, we've chosen the Pablo table lamps as our bedside lights. The spherical shade and arched marble base mimic the shape of the Rene bed, tying the look together. The marble texture also adds another modern art deco vibe.
 
  • Less is always more. Feel free to add pictures of your loved ones and the typical alarm clocks and beauty products to your bedside tables. Just remember to keep things clear. The more bits and bobs you have on display, the more cluttered your bedroom will feel. Invest in trendy boxes or side tables with drawers to hide all those unsightly necessities. Tidy room, tidy mind.
   

Bright and Breezy Bedroom Styling

Dark walls aren't for everyone. Dark rooms will feel cosy in the evenings, however, if you struggle to wake up in the mornings, think about a clean, bright white bedroom. This way you will keep light bouncing around your room, and introduce colour through your furniture, rather than walls.   Mellow velvet bed in ochre

Mellow Velvet Bed in Ochre

  Our second bedroom decor look differs from the Rene bed in almost every way, except for one thing; the statement velvet headboard. Available in Teal, Ochre or Pepper Grey Velvet, our Mellow bed is the most perfect way to inject a splash of colour into a white bedroom. Whether you're a fan of a clean, scandi style, or a more eclectic, vintage look, the Mellow bed suits any interior style.   Mellow velvet bed in ochre  

Top Tip: Pendant lights work great as bedside lamps. They will keep your side tables clear while creating a style statement.

  Mellow velvet bed in ochre

Mellow Velvet Bed in Ochre

  Choosing a bright colour for your bed is an effortless way to bring an interior designer look to your bedroom. Let the bed be the focus, and keep your soft furnishings subtle and tonal. The shape of the Mellow bed with its smooth, sweeping velvet headboard lends itself perfectly to versatile, constantly changing interiors.   Mellow velvet bed in teal

Mellow Velvet Bed in Teal 

 

Colour Combinations

One of our favourite features of the Mellow bed is the rich colour palette. You can play with different colour combination with your soft furnishings to change things up as often as you like. As homewares tend to be more reasonably priced than a bed, you can afford to be a bit more adventurous with your colour combinations. Here are a few of our bedroom styling colour suggestions:  
  • Teal: Combine teal with cherry reds, navy blues and highlights of brass. The Navy will compliment the Teal, while the pop of red will be your accent colour. Mix and match textures and prints for a real eclectic look.
 
  • Ochre: Pair this soft mustard yellow with burnt orange, soft grey and graphic black and white textures. Ochre and orange complement each other while the grey will tone down the look. Monochrome textures will add a level of depth to your bedroom decor.
 
  • Pepper Grey: Possibly the most versatile colour of the Mellow bed is the Pepper Grey. The world is your oyster with this one, however, we would suggest adding a bit of colour to your bedroom decor. Play with forest greens and dusky pinks for an on-trend style with a hint of vintage glamour. Add elements of brass and marble for a true luxe look.
  Mellow velvet bed in teal

Mellow Velvet Bed in Teal

 

Bedroom Styling Tips

Styling a white bedroom gives you the freedom to choose any colour or accessory your inner stylist desires. These are some of our Stylist's top tips for decorating a simple bedroom:  
  • Play with proportions. When styling a king size bed, you need to be aware of proportions. Avoid an expanse of bed linen by breaking it up with throws and cushions.
 
  • Choose classic wall art. There are many online websites where you can buy cheap prints. These are great if you want to update your home regularly, however you cannot go wrong with a classic art print. Be it an Andy Warhol Tomato Soup print, or maybe a vintage poster you picked up from a flea market. These are the treasures with meaning behind them and are unlikely to date. Keep wall art to a minimum in the bedroom, and remember to stick to a classic.
 
  • Wooden floors need a rug. It's a big trend at the moment to pull up the carpets and show of your exposed floorboard (if you're lucky enough to have them). However, this can make your bedroom feel cold, so always ensure you have a rug in your bedroom. You can choose an area rug, to sit under and around the base of your bed, or a couple of runners either side, just to keep your toes toasty on cold mornings.
  Mellow velvet bed in pepper grey

Mellow Velvet Bed in Pepper Grey

 
  • Warm things up. As we get into the winter months, make your bedroom a snuggly, hygge space with chunky knits and sheepskin rugs. It's these soft elements which will create that cosy cocoon you won't want to leave.
 
  • Style your bedside tables simply. Don't over-do the bedside table decor. Choosing hanging pendant lights will keep your table top clear, although this doesn't mean you have more space for clutter! A simple stack of your fave books, a pretty vase and a relaxing candle should be more than enough.
 

Show us your style!

We hope you love our new range of beds, although, we've only shown you two! We have a whole range of newness for you to see right here. Tell us which bed you would choose and how you'd style it. Don't forget to tag us in your #mydanetti shots on Facebook and Instagram, and we hope you too will create a calm and relaxing bedroom.   Rene midnight blue velvet bed    
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Ideas and Inspiration
#MyDanetti Homes – Our 5 Favourites & How to Get The Look
November 6, 2018 at 5:50 pm 0
We LOVE our customers. You all have such great style and imagination, and there's nothing we enjoy more than browsing all of your #mydanetti pictures. Use this post of our Top 5 #MyDanetti Homes as your interior inspiration, and shop the looks yourself. Keep reading for your must-have shopping lists and styling suggestions, and you'll be well on your way to creating your dream #MyDanetti Homes.  

1. Aver and Ida Dining Set

@pennygoldstone

  We absolutely love this look from Penny with her Aver White and Oak Extending Dining Table and mix-and-match Ida Chairs. The combination of the Mustard, Taupe and Teal dining chairs play off the natural textures of the rest of the room.  

Aver Oak and White Dining Table with Ida Dining Chairs in Taupe, Mustard and Teal (@pennygoldstone)

Styling Tips:

  • Add 1 or 2 subtle colours to neutral rooms. The Mustard used here plays off the brass light to keep the look coordinated.
  • Mix textures such as the soft white sheen of the Aver table top with rough textures of the original floorboards.
  • Keep styling to a minimum, and let the table and chairs do the talking.
 

@pennygoldstone

 

Get The Look:

If you want to recreate Penny's look, here's everything you need;  

Aver Extending Table

   

Ida Dining Chairs - Teal, Mustard, Taupe Grey

 

Total Cost: £839 (inc. 6 Chairs)

  If you love this #MyDanetti Home, but prefer a more muted, scandi look, check out the home of Francesca. She has mixed the Taupe Grey Ida Chairs with the White Finn Chairs for a crisp, scandi look.      

2. Verona Gas Lift Bar Stools

@RenovationHQ

  Next up in our top 5 #MyDanetti Homes, we have the lovely Lizzy and Phil, who have chosen our Verona Gas Lift Bar Stools in Cool Grey for their beautiful kitchen makeover.     We were lucky enough to be invited into Lizzy and Phil's home to film a testimonial with, and we fell in love their styling and decorating choices (not to mention that perfect colour match!). Take a look at their Customer Testimonial and see why it's one of our favourite #MyDanetti homes:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETTd8wyLAb0  

Styling Tips:

  • Stick to a simple colour palette of Cool Grey, White and Chrome highlights for a cosy, modern look.
  • Add a texture with fresh flowers and mirrored finished to balance the soft faux leather of the Verona Bar Stools.
  • Play around with symmetry. In such a symmetrical kitchen, play around with your styling and keep this symmetrical too, to create a harmonious and balanced space.
 

Get The Look:

Want to get Lizzy and Phil's style? They also have the Loop Backless Bench, so here's the look plus an extra suggestion:  

Verona Gas Lift Bar Stools

   

 

Verona Cantilever Dining Chair

 

Sanza Grey Gloss Extending Dining Table

 

Total Cost: £1183 (inc. 2 Benches and 4 Chairs)

 

3. Fern Extending Dining Table and Ida Chairs

@Withinmywalls

  Similar to Penny's home, Within My Walls have used the Ida chairs, adding the white and black rather than teal. However, for a more city slicker, modern feeling to this #MyDanetti Home, they have chosen the Fern Extending White Gloss Dining Table.     The high gloss table top works beautifully in this simple space as not only does it reflect light around the room, but it also reflects the amazing oversized cityscape on the wall.  

Styling Tips:

  • Warm up monochrome homes with a touch of taupe and a splash of colour. Mustard is a must have when it comes to 2018 interior trends. Tone it down by adding a touch, rather than going all out with mustard!
  • Keep styling minimal and make a statement with an oversize piece of wall art.
  • Turn a cost-effective dining table into a centrepiece by positioning pendant lights overhead. The light will bounce off the table giving a feeling of luxury.
 

Get The Look:

  Fern Extending White Hi Gloss Dining Table

Fern White Gloss Extending Dining Table

 

Ida Dining Chairs in Black, Mustard, Taupe Grey and White

 

Total Cost: £2000 (inc. 8 chairs)

 

4. Arc Dining Table and Loop Dining Bench

@TheLittleTerraceHouse

  Possibly one of our most liked images on Instagram is this absolutely stunning dining set from @thelittleterracehouse. The combination of the backless Loop Dining Benches and high white gloss Zen Dining Table works perfectly in this modern extension.   We love how the chrome of the Loop Bench legs balances the oversized mirror on the wall. The colours used promote a sense of calm while allowing light to flood through the space- a common problem of extended terrace houses!  

Styling Tips:

  • Combine reflective finishes, such as high gloss and chrome, for a modern look.
  • Use faux fur throws and knitted textures to add warmth to a crisp setting.
  • Choose angular props to reflect the shape of the Zen table and bring an extra dimension to the look.
 

Get The Look:

 

Zen White Gloss 6 Seater Dining Table

Loop Backless Benches

Total Cost: £857 (inc 2x Benches)

 

5. Finn Bar Stools and Dining Chairs

@LavenderLane

Finally, we have the home of Jen. They've fully renovated their kitchen and chose our Slate Grey Finn Bar Stools to compliment their modern home.     Not only did Jen choose the Finn Bar Stools for her busy family life, but also the Fern 6 seater dining Table and Cool Grey Finn dining Chairs. We love how the wooden legs of the Finn range add warmth and a touch of scandi style to this monochrome home.   We were lucky enough to meet Jen and her wonderful home when she filmed a Customer Testimonial with us. Have a look and see what Jen loves most about her new Danetti Furniture:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8WAwNtpYi0  

Styling Tips:

  • Choose varying shades of grey, but not too many. Match wall colours to chairs for a sleek look, with elements of lighter and darker colours.
  • Add wooden touches to warm up modern interiors.
  • Plastic chairs are perfect for a busy family life, and they will wipe clean and show fewer signs of wear and tear.

Get The Look:

 

Finn Bar Stools

Fern 6 Seater Dining Table

Finn Dining Chairs

 

Total Cost: £781 (inc. 6x Chairs)

 

Ready? Steady? SHOP!

Now we've given you all the tools you need, it's time to start shopping to get the #MyDanetti Homes of your dreams! If you've already achieved your dream #MyDanetti home, don't forget to tag us in your images on Facebook and Twitter. Happy Shopping!
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Ideas and Inspiration, Styling Tips
Haunted House Party | Create a Sophisticated Spooky Style for your Halloween Party
October 23, 2018 at 4:03 pm 0
  Surprise your friends this Halloween by creating a sophisticated Haunted House Party. Forget about tacky cobwebs, bats, pumpkins and skeletons. Instead, choose black lilies, blush roses, and dripping candles for your Halloween decor. This year we've created a Gothic Glamor Halloween in just 5 simple sets. Take a look and re-create this spook-tacular look yourself!  

Step 1: Halloween Flowers

Although fresh flowers are not the common choice for Halloween, that doesn't mean they can't be used to create a spooky setting. Choose faded, antique colours with a splash of greenery.     For our shoot, we went for faded pink roses, black lilies and purple tracellium for an eclectic mix which doesn't feel too "done". The dramatic silhouette of the lilies and greenery create that hard edge. All the while the softness of the roses and filler flowers give the antiqued look.  

Step 2: Candles

No Haunted House is complete without an abundance of pillar candles. Turn the lights down low and let the gentle flicker of candlelight provide the spooky, atmosphere. By choosing black candles, you instantly create a gothic look. Pair with antique candelabras and a splash of gold, to avoid thing feeling too dark.    

Step 3: Pumpkins

Ok, so I know we said no pumpkins, but once you've painted various shapes and sizes in a subtle colour palette, they're the perfect accessory for your Haunted House party. We've chosen pale pinks, light greys and dark greys to compliment the rest of our scheme. Scatter your pumpkins around your floral displays and candles to balance the colour and add a new shape into the equation.    

Step 4: Cut Roses

No Gothic Glamour look is complete without roses. Choose deep reds or, like us, super dark grey for your Halloween decor. Chop the heads off and arrange individually and in small groups around your pumpkins and candles.     Or, if you're planning with plenty of time, why not dry out your roses first by tying them upside down out of direct sunlight for a couple of weeks. These dried petals and stems will bring an element of decay to your Haunted House Party to solidify the Halloween vibe.  

Step 5: Velvet and Brass

Finally, to bring you Halloween look all together, add the glamour. Velvet and Brass are the perfect combination for a luxe look, so by adding Brass and Velvet furniture into your setting will bring the whole look together. Our Form Velvet Armchairs were selected for our Halloween shoot for this exact reason. The smooth sheen of the velvet against the hardness of the brass perfectly reflects the candlelight, creating a spooky vibe for all to enjoy. Our pale roses and candles pick up the blush pink velvet of the seat, while our gold antique candelabras balance the brass base. The final flourish to bring this look all together.  

Happy Halloween

Whatever your plans, and however you choose to decorate, we hope you have a fantastic Halloween. Just remember- if you're welcome to trick or treaters, be sure to pop a pumpkin outside the front of your house. This signals to your fellow ghosts and ghouls that you're happy to participate in trick or treating!   Are you going to spookify your Danetti wares? Don't forget to tag us and show off your Halloween style with #mydanetti on Facebook and Instagram... Don't forget to creep it real!
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Ideas and Inspiration
6 Fun Family Activities for Autumn Half Term
October 19, 2018 at 5:20 pm 0
This autumn half term let's try something new. Put the phones away, turn off the TV and get out and about with your family. We've found 6 fun, family-friendly activities for you and your little ones to do this half term. So wrap up warm and spend quality time together this autumn.  

1. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

With Halloween just around the corner, get ready for those trick-or-treaters by picking and carving your own family of pumpkins!   Pumpkin Patch at Crockford Bridge Farm   A quick Google reveals loads of farms which hold autumn half term activities, including Crockford Bridge Farm. Crockford Bridge Farm hosts a Pumpkin Patch Event from 20th-28th October, with a jam-packed day full of pumpkin picking, face painting and a theatre show. With tickets just £4 each, it's well worth a day out with the family.   Once you've got your pumpkins home, spend the evening making a mess and carving them! Just a reminder- to signal to trick-or-treaters that you're happy for them to knock on the door, the rule is to put a pumpkin outside. So why not make this formality more fun by creating a family of handpicked pumpkins.  

2. Rainy Day Den Making and Story Telling

It's Britain. It's autumn. We know it's bound to rain at some point over half term. So as a rainy day activity, why not get the sheets out, throw the cushions on the floor and make a den! When you're a kid, there's nothing more exciting than turning the sitting room into your own blanket fort. Make new memories with your children this half term and go all out with the den making.   Make a den with cushions and fairly lights   Here's a step by step guide on den making:
  • Take your dining chairs or bar stools and place in front of your sofa, about 5 or 6 feet away.
  • Grab some bulldog clips and a couple of large sheets.
  • Clip your sheets onto the back of your chairs, and tuck into the back of your sofa.
  • Use a broom to hold up the centre of your den.
  • Pile cushions, blankets and beanbags on the floor under your den.
  • Add fairy lights for a special sparkle.
  • Snuggle down with a good book and enjoy your new blanket fort.
  Our dining chairs or bar stools are perfect for den making, in particular, our Gas Lift bar stools. you can adjust the height to make them as high as possible to get extra height in your den! No sore necks, just hours of family fun!   Verona Gas Lift Bar Stools

Verona Gas Lift Bar Stools

  Rather than sitting staring at our phones. Lock them away for a couple of hours whilst using your den, and spend time as a family chatting and reading stories together. You could even play a few games and turn a rainy day into one to remember.  

3. Visit a Fireworks Display

  Bonfire night falls the week after half term this year, but there are plenty of local bonfire nights on during half term. Almost every village, town and city will host multiple fireworks displays. Find out your local ones via www.thelist.co.uk/events/fireworks-display to browse dates and locations, and see if there are any local half tern bonfire nights.     Just remember to wrap up warm, and if you're going to play with sparklers, be sure to wear your gloves!!  

4. Family Movie Night

As most of us now have some sort of streaming programme, it's easier than ever to have a movie night without browsing the isles of Blockbusters (although that is something kids of today will never get to experience!). Designate one night of your half term to a family movie night. Load up with snacks, popcorn and crisps, and snuggle down to your favourite.  

Robin Sofa

  Browse Netflix, Amazon Prime or even your DVD collection and choose a couple feel good winter warmers to watch with your family. Maybe even choose a little sing-along, like The Jungle Book or Frozen! Or, if you're feeling extra festive, what about a Christmas classic like Home Alone? It's never too early for Home Alone!  

5. Family Bake Off

Another rainy day activity could be to host your own family Bake Off! Ok- maybe not a full-on Bake Off style challenge, but cooking up some sweet treats with the family is a lot of fun! Take a look at this recipe for warming cinnamon and apple biscuits and get baking!
  • 177g of plain flour
  • 120g of rolled oats
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 115g of pre-softened unsalted butter
  • 160g of light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 120g of cubed apples. We like Granny Smith apples for this. 
  • 2 tsp of lemon juice
  Apple and cinnamon oat cookies  
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C, and line 1 large baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Whisk together your flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda and salt until thoroughly mixed together.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract into your sugar and butter mixture.
  5. Stir together the flour mix with your butter mix, before gently folding in the apple cubes.
  6. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons per cookie onto your baking tray, and about 2 inches apart. You can flatten them with your spoon to make sure they cook more evenly.
  7. Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes, or until golden on top.
  8. Allow your cookies too cool on the baking tray for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack.
  9. Chow down and enjoy your autumnal treat!
  For an extra tasty treat, dip your cookies into a salted caramel sauce, or for those who are extra adventurous, why not add some cubes of caramel to your cookies before baking?  

Louis Extending Dark Grey Dining Table

  Our Louis Dining Tables are the perfect options for busy family life. The ceramic table top can withstand heats of up to 100 degrees C, and is tough enough to avoid scratches from cutlery, keys and using plates without coasters (although we always recommend using coasters and placemats!).    

6. Welly Walk

The final activity on our list of half term activities is a good old family walk. Or, as it's Britain, a Welly Walk. Pop on your wellies and wander down to your favourite walking spots. With so many stunning rambling tracks in the UK, you're never far from a scenic walk.   Half Term Welly Walks   Possibly the best part about going out for a winter well walk is getting home to your lovely cosy home and warming up with a hot chocolate and one of your freshly bakes cookies!   Take a look at the National Trusts top 10 Family Walks and feel inspired to wrap up and explore the great outdoors. what's more, this time of year there are all sorts of fruits and veg ripe and ready to pick. See if you can forage for blackberries, apples and even things like mushrooms and garlic, but be sure you only pick where it's allowed and only pick foods which are safe to eat. Here's a little guide to foraging to read up on before you go and pick your own.  

Happy Half Term!

Whatever you decide to do this half term, we hope you have a great one! Don't forget to share your pictures with us using #mydanetti, whether you're making a fort with your new sofa, or baking treats are your Danetti dining table, we'd love to see how you're spending half term.
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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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Colour, Ideas and Inspiration
How to use Spiced Honey in your Home – Dulux Colour of the Year 2019
September 14, 2018 at 5:28 pm 0
September sees the release of UK colour specialist, Dulux's Colour of the Year 2019. Previous years have highlighted varying shades of blues, purples and coppers. But what does 2019 bring? And how will we use in our interiors? Say 'Hello' to

Spiced Honey

    The experts at Dulux say; "Spiced Honey is a warm Amber tone, inspired by the beauty and versatility of honey itself. Spiced Honey can be soothing or calming, cosy or vibrant, depending on the palette you pair it with." Dulux have created 4 very different looks incorporating Spiced Honey into all manner of interior styles. But how do you work this look into your home? With a new colour of the year from Dulux and Pantone released every Autumn / Winter, it's hard to keep up with these changing colour trends.   So to help you out, we've taken the new Dulux Spiced Honey colour palettes and shown you how you can change your dining chairs to sit within these interior schemes. This is a quick and cost effective way of updating your interiors. Use the new colour of the year 2019 on your walls, and mix and match our colourful dining chairs to suit your favourite style.  

Soothing

This colour palette features very harmonious, natural, earthy tones. Spiced honey has been balanced out with darker mulberry and slate greys, and lighter oatmeal and taupe shades to keep the colours similar. A harmonious colour palette is made from selecting neighbouring colours on the colour wheel. A few shades darker, or lighter, will create a soothing interior, perfectly suited for living rooms and bedrooms.   To introduce this colour palette of Spiced Honey into your home, keep your wall treatment simple, and match your woodwork and ceilings to your walls. We've selected the Finn Dining chair in Taupe, Taupe Grey and Mulberry Purple to bring the light and dark shades to your Spiced Honey walls. Choose soft textures such as plush velvets and waffle knits to emphasise the soothing feel.

New Dining Table?

We recommend the Grey Gloss and Glass Arc Dining Table. The high gloss grey leg complements the colour palette perfectly, while the glass top allows the colours of your Finn chairs to be seen at any angle.  

Arc Glass and Grey Gloss 4 Seater Dining Table

 

Calming

Similar to the Soothing colour palette, the Calming board has colours toned down with a grey base. Wack up the saturation of these pinks, purples, blues and greens, you will have a very eclectic look indeed. However, by choosing a more muted tone, we end up with the calming, pastel colour palette.   This Calming look is perfectly suited to rented accommodation or first-time buyers, as it works great with a blank canvas. The Finn Chairs we've chosen with this board is the Aqua, Taupe and Steel Blue. By keeping a cooler colour palette in our dining chairs, we can then inject Spiced Honey and the pink and purple tones into our wall colours and home accessories. What's more, this combination of Finn chairs can be updated throughout the changing colour of the years. This palette will sit with Driftwood of 2018, and Denim Drift from back in 2017. By sticking to a neutral colour palette, you give yourself the flexibility to refresh your soft furnishings and wall colours, rather than buying new colourful furniture every year!

New Dining Table?

For this look, try the Aver Oak and White Extending Dining Table. The matt white table top balanced with the oak legs bring warmth and a scandi vibe to your interiors.   Aver Oak and White Extending Dining Table

Aver White and Oak Extending Dining Table

Cosy

This Cosy colour palette is reminiscent of traditional English countryside cottages, with a slightly modern twist. The classic shades of sage, oatmeal and rust are brought into the 21st century with a pop of Brick Red and Teal. Dulux recommends being experimental with your wall paint treatment. The below image shows Spiced Honey used around windows with 2 stripes of brick red racing around the centre of the wall.     Stick to using the neutral colours on your walls for longevity, and inject a pop of colour into your dining chairs. If this is the Spiced Honey look you're after, we suggest choosing the Finn Chairs in Teal, Brick Red and Taupe Grey.

New Dining Table?

If you're looking for a new table too, we think the Cleo Dining Table would look great in the Calming setting. The Oak table top mimics the tone of Spiced Honey, whilst the powder blue base brings some much-needed colour.  

Cleo 6 Seater Modern Farmhouse Dining Table

   

Vibrant

Finally, we have the Vibrant colour palette. Made up of all the colours in the rainbow, however, knocked back to a slightly more muted shade.     The key to getting this look right is to select one main colour and 2 accent shades. Introduce the remaining colours in small quantities throughout the space. We think as a starting point, the Slate Grey works perfectly with Spiced Honey. As an accent, Mustard and Aqua are always a safe bet. Then, the bright reds, oranges and royal blues can be used as your highlights in soft furnishings and accessories.  

New Dining Table?

To avoid any danger of this look feeling too much like a playschool, be sure to choose a sleek and modern dining table. The Grey Gloss Sanza is a great option. Its angular silhouette will bring a crisp edge to the mismatch of colours, while the cool grey will balance those bright shades.  

Small Grey Gloss Sanza Extending Dining Table

 

So there you have it!

How will you be using Spiced Honey in your home? Don't forget to share your beautiful homes with us by tagging #mydanetti on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We can't wait to see how you bring Spiced Honey into your homes.
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