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The New Aria Range | How to Style and Care for Laminate Furniture
March 22, 2019 at 3:27 pm 0

When it comes to shopping for furniture, you want to be sure you're buying for style and longevity and not just because something is "on trend". For most of us the furniture we buy is an investment, so you want to know what you're buying will last.

Aria Coffee Table
Aria Grey Oak Coffee Table

With that in mind, we would like to show you our new Aria Grey Oak range. Made from a grey oak laminate, this hardwearing and practical range is perfect for busy family homes, and for timeless interior style.

Historically laminate has been seen as a less desirable material. However, due to modern technological advances, it's really hard to tell the difference between laminate and real wood furniture. What's more, the easy cleaning and low maintenance of laminate furnitue make this the perferred option for busy family homes.

Why Choose Laminate?

Wood Laminate is made from synthetic materials layered on a solid base, such as MDF. To give the look of real wood, a grain is printed with clear, textural layers added on top to give a very realistic wooden look and feel.

Although not solid wood, a wood laminate is actually much stronger and harder wearing than real wood which requires regular maintenance.

With a wood veneer you get the look and feel of real wood, without the high maintenance.

Wood Laminate Pros

  • Lighter than real wood, making easier to manoeuvre around the home

  • Cheaper than real wood, making more affordable for families wanting the look of real wood, without splashing out and signing up to regular maintenance.

  • More colour options than real wood, due to the printing process. The Grey Oak colour is much easier to achieve through laminate becuase of the printing process. Laminate allow you more choice of colours to suit your interior style.

  • Guaranteed stability. Unlike real wood, laminate are not prone to splitting or warping when subjected to different heat sources. This makes it the perfect material to use in homes with central heating.

  • Low Maintenance and easy to clean. As laminates are much more durable, they require much less care and cleaning than real wood. You needn't worry about sanding back and re-sealing like you would with real wood, instead you can clean your surface regularly with warm soapy water without the fear of warping or damage, making laminates ideal for families.

Wood Laminate Cons

  • Less longevity than real wood. As with most raw, natural materials, they will last longer than man-made materials. That said, if cared for properly your laminate furniture will last a reall long time and look as good as new, where real wood can show more signs of wear and tear.

Prone to water damage if not properly protected. Overtime if water seeps under the surface of the veneer it can cause it to bubble and crack. Our wood veneers are protected with a sealant to stop this from happening.

  • Less refurbishing options. We are all partial to a bit of up-cycling from time to time, however, with laminate furniture, this is not possible due to its synthetic nature. That's why buying a piece which is neutral and unlikely to date is key!

Laminate Care and Cleaning Tips

Cleaning and caring for your wood laminate furniture couldn't be easier. As with all furniture, it's key to catch any spills as soon as they happen to keep your furniture looking its best.

For daily care and cleaning, we recommend dusting down the table top with a clean microfibre cloth. For any sticky marks, use mild soapy water and a clean cloth. Be sure not to get too much water on your tabletop, and dry any water with a clean (and dry) microfibre cloth.

For more stubborn marks, avoid using any aerosol or oil-based polish, as these can leave marks. Instead, stick to a solution of water and dish soap, adding a very small splash of vinegar... It really couldn't be easier to care for your wood laminate furniture.

Top Tip: Be sure to use coasters and table mats and catch any spillages as soon as they happen.

Aria Grey Oak Dining Table

The Aria Grey Oak Dining Table is super versatile and will happily sit within all manner of different interior styles. By pairing a thick, wood effect laminate table top with sleek glass legs, you create a light and fresh look to your home.

Grey Oak Aria and Shell Velvet Harper 6-8 Seater Dining Set

Velvet Dining Chairs vs. Faux Leather Dining Chairs

For a more relaxed, chic look, pair the grey oak laminate and glass dining table with a soft velvet dining chair. The Harper Velvet dining chair is perfect for this look due to its curved seat and chrome legs.

Grey Oak Aria and Smoke Grey Velvet Harper Dining Set

The curved back of the Harper chair balances out the angular table, softening the space and creating a relaxed, inviting setting.

Shell Velvet Harper Dining chairs with the Grey Oak Aria Dining Table

Stylists Tip: Mix and match reflective finishes with matt textures, like the velvet and the grey oak. This will stop your home feeling too twee, and give a real designer edge.

Alternatively, for a more modern luxe feel, pair the Aria Grey Oak dining table with a faux leather dining chair.

Grey Oak Aria and Cool Grey Theo Dining Set

The Theo Faux Leather Dining Chairs create a modern luxe look but balancing the hard glass and grey oak with soft shapes and matt finishes.

Grey Oak Aria and Theo Cool Grey Dining Set

Stylist Tips: The Grey Oak laminate will feel different when paired with different colours. For a warmer look, pair with new warm neutrals and colours with a red or yellow undertone. To look cooler, choose more greys with blue undertones.

Aria Grey Oak Laminate Storage Furniture

Laminate furniture isn't just perfect for dining tables, but also storage furniture too! We've made it easy for you to create a well dressed and coordinated how by completing the Aria range with matching sideboards, shelving units and coffee tables too!

Aria Grey Oak and Glass Display Unit

Aria Sideboard

A favourite of ours in the Aria Grey Oak Sideboard. With sturdy glass sides, this modern sideboard looks light and airy in your home, while being a practical storage unit to hide away all those bits and bobs.

Aria Grey Oak Sideboard

Showcase your favourite objects on the display shelf, while stylishly hiding away all those odds and sods in the handy drawers.

The Grey Oak Aria Sideboard works great as a drinks cart!

Stylist Tip: Create a sideboard/ barcart by using the display shelf to house your best glasses and Gin bottles!

Aria Display Unit

New for 2019, we have designed a super stylish and highly practical display unit as part of the Aria Grey Oak Range (but also available in white oak which can she shopped here).

Aria Grey Oak and Glass Display Unit

One of the best features of the Aria Display Unit is that the cupboards open on both sides, making this stylish piece of furniture 360º. Position against the wall, or use to divide your room and still have access from all angles.

Handy doors on either side mean you can get to your goodies from all angles.

Stylists Tip: Be aware that you can see into the cupboards even with the doors closed, so maybe avoid piling in those letters and random bits and stick to showcasing your fine china while keeping dust at bay.

Aria Grey Oak Coffee Table

And finally, complete the look with the Aria Coffee Table. Like the rest of the range, this coffee table consists of a soft grey oak top paired with sleek and minimal glass legs.

Glass legs promote a modern and stylish feel, while keeping your interior feeling open.

The glass allows light to flow throughout your home and feel bright and airy all year round.

The grey oak veneer of the Aria range creates a soft sheen, keeping your interior bright and airy!

The grey oak laminate is super versatile and can be used with whatever sofa or statement chair you wish! Position in front of a real leather sofa for a soft, minimal and modern look, or pair with a rich green velvet sofa for a softer, richer look. The possibilities are endless!

What do you think?

Tell us what you think of the new Aria Range, and if you have any questions on Wood Laminate, leave us a comment below.

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Cleaning Guides, Guides, Materials
Interior Styling – How to Style and Care for Velvet Furniture
November 30, 2018 at 4:26 pm 0
With the world of interiors flooded with Velvet Furniture, it's highly likely you too own a piece of this iconic furnishing fabric. But How do you style velvet furniture in a modern home? And what do you do if, heaven forbid, you spill a drink? We cover style, care and general know-how on Velvet furniture so you can keep your favourite furniture looking fresh and new for longer...  

Mellow Velvet Bed in Ochre

 

Velvet Furniture Styling

  New for 2018 is our range of velvet furniture. Available in everything from Stools to Dining Chairs, Bar Stools to Benches and Beds, you're bound to find that one statement piece to step up your interior style game.     However, if you want to introduce a splash of velvet to your home but don't know where to start, fear not. Our Interior Stylist brings you her top tips on kitting out your home with a velvet flash. From maximalist to minimalist, there's a style solution for any home.  

Simple Beginnings

If you love velvet furniture but aren't quite ready to make a full style statement, start off by introducing just a touch of velvet into your home interior.  

Plaza Stool in Blush Pink Velvet

  Start off by introducing velvet into smaller pieces of furniture such as footstools or dining chairs. Our Plaza Velvet Stool is a great place to start. Available in 4 different colours and at just £99, you're sure to find the perfect match for your home. The metallic base also adds a touch of luxury, instantly bringing your home interior to a new level.  

Velvet Dining Chairs

If you're looking to make more of a style statement but want to keep the cost down, think about updating your kitchen with Velvet Dining Chairs. They will bring an instant look to interior design to your home, without the cost or effort! Take a look at our new Velvet Dining Chairs...  

Bay Velvet Dining Chair, Available in Teal and Petrol Grey Velvet with Stainless Steel Leg

 

Form Velvet Dining Chair. Available in Teal and Blush Velvet with Brushed Brass Base, and Silver Grey Velvet with Stainless Steel Base.

 

Harper Velvet Dining Chair. Available in Smoke Grey and Shell Velvet with Chrome Legs

 

Form Velvet Dining Armchair. Available in Teal and Blush Velvet with Brushed Brass Base, and Silver Grey Velvet with Stainless Steel Base.

 

Pairing Up

Choosing a dining set with all velvet chairs is going to look beautiful, regardless of what is going on with the rest of the space. That said, if you want to mix things up a bit, why not mix and match your new Velvet Dining chairs with a Velvet Bench?     Mix and match the Bay Petrol Grey Dining Chairs + Mellow Petrol Grey Velvet Dining Bench. Add the Sanza Velvet Dining Table in Grey Gloss for a coordinated and modern look.   If you have an Extending Dining Set but not a huge amount of space to store extra chairs, think about pairing the Form Velvet Dining Chairs with the Plaza Stools! When not needed around the table, your stools make the perfect footrest. What's more, add a cool metallic tray to the top of your Plaza stool and you've got a handy little side table.  

Form Velvet Dining Chair in Blush Pink

Plaza Velvet Stool in Blush Pink

  This look also works wonders with our Mellow Velvet Dining Benches.

Sanza and Velvet Mellow Dining Set with Plaza Stools

 

Velvet Care and Cleaning

When you buy furniture, you want it to last, be low maintenance and look as good as the day you bought it years later. Some people hear the words "velvet furniture" and want to run to the hills for fear of marking it or creating a bald patch. But, we are here to help guide you through velvet furniture care and ensure your new favourite piece lasts as long as you love it. If you do have an accidental spillage, the key is to act fast. Take these steps and your velvet furniture will be good as new in no time.
  1. Use a super absorbent cloth to soak up the spill before it sinks past the top layer of fabric.
  2. Dampen a clean, white cloth in a solution of warm water and a drop of washing up liquid.
  3. Dab the affected area gently to remove any marks. If necessary, rub gently in the direction of the velvet.
  4. 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.
    Our velvets are rub tested to 40,000 rubs, so you know the velvet is up to daily use. That said, be mindful of dyed clothing as the dye can transfer, and once this has happened, it's very hard to remove. Cleaning Velvet furniture can be tricky. For quick spot cleaning, the above method works wonders, however, should you come across any deeper set stains, it's a good idea to contact the professionals. Velvet is a delicate fabric so hard cleaning may affect the pile. Call in the pros for a deeper clean.  

Velvet Barstools

If you're feeling brave, why not team your new velvet dining chairs with complimentary Velvet Bar Stools? We have the new Form Velvet Bar Stools, available with and without backrests to showcase your Form dining chairs.  

Form Velvet Bar Stools

Form Velvet Bar Stool with Backrest

 

Velvet Dining Benches

You may have already guessed by now, but we have a beautiful range of Velvet Dining Benches. Our best selling Mellow Dining Benches now come in Sapphire, Petrol Blue and Blush Pink velvets to add a touch of glam to your dining set. Mix and match with your other velvet furniture, or stick to just your benches for a real style statement.      

Velvet Beds

If you're a regular visitor to the Danetti Lifestyle blog, you may already be familiar with our new Velvet Beds. If not, take a look at our newest range. For bedroom specific styling tips, don't miss out on our previous blog post which is full of tips and secrets for styling your new velvet furniture.  

Amalfi Velvet Bed in Peacock Velvet

  Made up of Double, King and Superking, with or without snazzy storage solutions. Take a look at just a few we have to offer, but be sure to check out the rest of the range here.  

Rene Bed in Midnight Velvet

 

Turin Bed in Feather Grey Velvet

 

Paolo Bed in Shadow Grey Velvet

 

Mellow Bed in Ochre Velvet

Velvet Styling Tips

Now you're thoroughly convinced that velvet furniture is the one for you, it's time to think about styling! Take inspiration from these styling tips to create your dream interior.  
  • Velvet and Metallic finishes work wonders together. The juxtaposition of soft velvet and hard metals creates a stylish look which is super easy to achieve (especially in the kitchen!)
  • Velvets tend to come in highly pigmented colours, meaning you can have fun with your soft furnishings.
    • Plush pinks look great with jewel greens and rich greys.
    • Teal Velvets work perfectly with bold oranges and ochres. Colour clash all the way to a beautifully styled interior.
  • Lighting will change the look of your velvet. Bright daylight with really show off the sheen on the fabric, where moody, lamp-lit rooms will make the colour appear deeper and richer. Think about this when position your new furniture to achieve the perfect look.
  • Mix and match textures. Where velvet has a matt appearance with a slight soft sheen, pair with various different textures to get an individual look. High gloss furniture to natural woods looks great as they are the polar opposite to velvet.
  • If you choose velvet furniture, go all out and choose bright colours. This will create a true style statement with minimal effort.
 

Show us your Style

Have you bought new Danetti velvet furniture? Show us on Facebook and Instagram by tagging #mydanetti in your pictures! Tell us what you think of our new Velvet range, and keep your eyes peeled for new velvet products coming soon!  
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Bar Stools, Dining, Materials
NEW Real Leather Bar Stools for Modern Kitchens
October 15, 2018 at 9:39 am 0
The modern family kitchen consists of 3 key elements: an open space, a cosy feeling and quality furniture. Open space comes with the design of the architecture. A cosy feeling comes from you and your family spending time together, but the quality furniture, that's where we come in... Say 'Hello' to Kiki and Arlo, our new Real Leather Bar Stools.   Arlo Real Leather Bar Stools

Arlo Real Leather Bar Stool in Putty Grey

  Creating a modern family kitchen can be very simply achieved by the addition of luxury materials, such as real leather. Our new Kiki and Arlo real lather gas lift bar stools have a Stainless Steel base to bring an extra element of modern design. Keep on reading to see our new products, and a few must-know tips when it comes to care and styling.  

Kiki Real Leather Bar Stools

Firstly, take a look at Kiki. With a sleek silhouette, the Kiki real leather bar stools are made for modern, minimal interiors. With a considered, simple footrest and flat penny base, the details bring a touch of elegance as much as the real leather seat. The Kiki real leather bar stools come in Cool Grey or Putty grey to suit many interior styles.   Kiki Real Leather Bar Stools in Putty Grey

Kiki Real Leather Bar Stool in Putty Grey

 

Styling Tips:

  • These bar stools are simple, so keep styling reflective of this. Clean silhouettes and simple shapes will really bring this look to life.
  • Pair stainless steel finishes with high shine brass and textured copper for a warm, modern look.
  • Contrast the cold metal base with soft, inviting textures and rich colours for a balanced style.
  Kiki Real Leather Bar Stools Close-up

Kiki Real Leather Bar Stool in Cool Grey

 

Cleaning Tips:

  • A gentle wipe with a damp, soapy cloth is more than enough to clean both the real leather and stainless steel base.
  • Ensure not to leave spills sitting on the surface, as this can cause staining.
  • Never rub, always dab your leather to protect the surface.
  • Always use a leather protector on new, clean stools. This will add an extra level of protection against any spills.
  • Keep real leather conditioned with a balm or cream. Once or twice a year, give your real leather bar stools a clean and condition to keep the leather subtle and looking newer for longer.
  Kiki Bar Stool Base

Kiki Real Leather Bar Stool Base

   

Arlo Real Leather Bar Stools

Arlo is a much more sumptuous and luxurious real leather bar stool. Unlike Kiki, Arlo has a thicker seat and curved backrest, allowing for higher comfort levels and longer meal times with your family. The seat and backrest are not one piece, rather two separate sections giving a fuller seat shape. The Arlo also has a more structured footrest for added comfort.   Arlo Real Leather Bar Stool Close-up

Arlo Real Leather Bar Stool in Putty Grey

 

Styling Tips:

  • Where Arlo is a more luxurious stool, play around with luxe textures when it comes to styling. Choose bold colours and textures for a maximalist look.
  • Add curved, sumptuous shapes to mimic the silhouette of the Arlo seat.
  • Keep your base colour palette simple, with added pops of metallics and colours for a luxe vibe.
  Arlo Real Leather Bar Stools in Cool Grey

Arlo Real Leather Bar Stool in Cool Grey

  Arlo Bar Stool Base

Arlo Footrest and Base Penny

   

Why Choose Real Leather Bar Stools?

Leather is a naturally hard wearing material, making it perfect for busy family life. Unlike faux leather, real leather is much thicker, so will not rip or peel and, if properly cared for, will last for years to come. Real leather furniture can be more expensive than faux leather. However, it's important to remember you're buying a product to last. Faux leather is more cost-effective for quickly changing trends, whereas real leather bar stools are an investment and usually a classic design which won't date. For more insider secrets on caring for your leather furniture take a look here.   Kiki Real Leather Bar Stool in Cool Grey

Kiki Real Leather Bar Stools

Which would you choose?

So tell us, which real leather bar stools would you choose? Kiki? Or Arlo? Let us know and remember to share your pictures with us on Facebook and Instagram by using #mydanetti.  
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Buying Guides, Materials
Real Leather Buying Guide: What You Need To Know!
October 12, 2018 at 12:50 pm 0
Bella Real Leather Dining Chair

Bella Real Leather Dining Chair

This month we are focusing on our premium real leather collection. Stylish, comfortable and made to last, real leather should no longer be seen as an expensive luxury for your home! But before you start looking for leather, it’s best to understand what you’re looking for. Here’s a breakdown of the most common and popular types:
Type of leather Protection Level What is it? Features and Benefits
Pigmented Leather High   A top grain leather that’s had dye and protection applied to the surface.  Great durability, very even colour and grain. Soft feel.
Bi-Cast Leather High   A split leather with a thick synthetic layer placed over the leather which is embossed with a look-alike grain. Stiff texture (more suited to contract settings), consistent grain and easy cleaning.
Waxed Leather Medium The surface of the leather is buffed and waxed. It has a smooth, very shiny appearance with almost no grain. No grain and easy to clean. Waxed leather will show scratches but can be re-waxed although has a stiffer feel and can be prone to cracking.
Semi-Aniline Medium A top grain leather that is pigment dyed and treated with a very light protective treatment. Similar features of aniline leather but with a harder feel and increased durability.
Aniline Leather Low A top grain leather dyed with aniline dyes but with no protective treatment applied. Aniline leather also has variation in colour consistency. Very soft and luxurious in feel and will show natural blemishes, scratches and scars found in the hide.
Nubuck Low A top grain leather which has been treated so the natural fibres produce a velvet-like surface. Soft to the touch it has an almost fabric-like look and feel but has no protection at all from marks or spills.
Vintage Leather Low Leather that has been double-dyed and purposefully buffed in areas to give an aged look. A feature of aged leather is that the uneven surface can be quite forgiving but it has very little ongoing protection.
  Top Tip: Aniline Leather, often cited as the most premium type of leather, actually has little to no treatment to protect it. So whilst it is a premium material, it may not be the most practical for your modern furniture. This type of leather is used when people want to build a worn look, or patina, but it doesn’t give a clean, uniform appearance.  

Matching Finishes

Now you’ve chosen your leather, you need to know what to style it with. The beauty of real leather is that it works alongside wide variety of materials, but here’s a pick of our favourite and most luxurious combinations:

Real leather & Marble

The combination of Real Leather and Marble is so pleasing to the eye due to the soft, blurred texture of these materials. The leather is smooth and warm, whereas marble is hard and cold. However, pair these two natural materials and they will ooze a soft, luxurious feel and offer a really inviting touch to any interior.  

Real Leather & Walnut  

By pairing up a walnut dining table with real leather dining chairs you create a pleasing juxtaposition of textures. The soft real leather balances out the rough texture of real wood. As our Walnut veneers are sanded back, they have a soft, reflective sheen, opposed to the real leather which gives a cool, matte finish.  

Real Leather & Brushed

If you're after a modern, luxurious style, think about pairing your real leather furniture with a stainless steel finish. Again, the contrast between matt and slightly reflective finishes will bring a stylish vibe while remaining contemporary and versatile for any interior style.

 

Full Grain vs. Corrected Grain Leather

Full Grain - Full grain leather typically comes from a higher quality of hide or skin. This is the most natural, most durable, and most expensive leather used for high-end upholstery as it keeps all of the characteristics of the natural hide. Corrected Grain LeatherCorrected grain leather is created by splitting a piece of full grain leather, removing the imperfections and embossing fake grain patterns on to it (quite the opposite to full grain leather!). Corrected grain leather is more readily available and at a much lower price point than full grain leather.  

The Do’s and Don’ts of Cleaning Real leather

Leather furniture is very simple to care for.  Marks and spills from food and drink are easy to remove compared to marks on a fabric surface. However, stick to our do’s and don’ts of cleaning to make sure you keep your real leather looking its best: DO use an absorbent cloth or sponge to wipe the affected areas as soon as the spill occurs. Lukewarm water or diluted mild detergent should do the trick! DO invest in a leather maintenance kit. Find one which will look after the leather before, during and after cleaning to make sure your leather furniture lasts for years to come.     DON’T go ahead and use a cleaning product on leather without checking the label first, as you’ll want to make sure it’s not too drying on leather. If you’re not sure, spot test an inconspicuous area first! DON’T leave your leather furniture to air dry. Instead,  dry your leather after cleaning with a clean, soft cloth.   BE AWARE that keeping your real leather sofa in direct sunlight can cause some fading and deterioration over time. Sunlight will have the same effect on fabrics, so just give it some thought when you consider the placement of your leather pieces. BE AWARE that brand new clothes, especially jeans, can mark lighter leather upholstery. To clean marks left by clothing, use something such as a magic sponge immediately for the best results.  

Give Your Real Leather Furniture Some TLC

Real leather is strong and very durable. However, you still need to give it some TLC to keep it looking its best for longer! With this in mind…
  • Don’t drag your leather sofa when putting it in position, but rather lift it to manoeuvre it in your space.
  • As tempting as it may be, try not to sit on the arms of your sofa or occasional chair. This will not only weaken the structure over time, but it will also pull on the leather upholstery.
  • When cleaning, don’t forget to get in-between all the small nooks and crannies of the seat cushions. Vacuum regularly to keep your leather furniture spick and span. (Just make sure to use a soft brush attachment to avoid any unwanted marks or scratches!)
  • Do not use chemical-based cleaners on real leather. Spot clean with warm, soapy water, and invest in a high-quality Leather care kit.
  • If the cushions on your sofa or chair can be moved, it’s a good idea to rotate them regularly, giving them a good shake and plump up.
  • Give your leather furniture a quick but regular clean to stop marks from building up over time. Just be sure to wring out your cloth thoroughly and dry as soon as you’ve finished.
  • Everyone has their favourite spot on the sofa or at the dining table, but it’s best to use your furniture evenly. This will stop some parts becoming more used and worn than others.
  If you love the look of our stylish leathers, then make sure you take a look at our Premium Leather Collection on our website. If more styling tips and advice is what you're after, then take a look at our living room and sofa buying guides.

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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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Buying Guides, Materials
Velvet Furniture Buying Guide – Need To Know – Danetti Lifestyle
August 3, 2018 at 4:48 pm 0
Velvet Furniture - Plaza Blush Velvet Stool So, you want in on one of 2018s hottest interior trends: velvet. Good choice! From clothing and curtains to benches and stools, this luxurious finish has made a big style impact in the world of interiors, and it’s easy to see why. Velvet creates such a cosy atmosphere when it comes to home furnishings and is synonymous with luxury. Once only a finish for the extremely wealthy, velvet is now far more accessible for everyone to have in their home.  

Why Velvet Furniture?

A common misconception about velvet is that it’s a high-maintenance material. Well, let us bust that myth right now! When treated with the proper care and maintenance, you’ll find your velvet furniture is built to last. A synthetic velvet, such as ones made from a high-quality polyester, is also less susceptible to marking, fading or crushing. This makes it more durable and suited to daily use.
Form Velvet and Brass Cantilever Dining Armchair in Teal

The way teal velvet catches the light gives the material and colour even more richness and depth.

A key characteristic of velvet is the dense pile. We’ve all stroked a velvet surface and seen the contrast when the fibres are brushed in the opposite direction. For the neatest possible look, brush the pile in the same direction over the entire surface. You can do this by hand or with a specialist velvet upholstery brush.  

Pros & Cons of Velvet Furniture

As with any material, there are pros and cons to having velvet upholstery in your home. The best way to decide if the material is right for you is to see if the benefits weight out the limitations of the material:

Pros:

  • Velvet upholstery instantly gives any piece of furniture a luxe and inviting feel.
  • The colours have far more depth than a plain material, due to the way velvet subtly picks up the light.
  • There’s nothing quite like the soft to the touch quality of velvet upholstered furniture.
  • A classic fabric that will stand the test of time and be loved for years, rather than being a design fad.

Cons:

  • Velvet is more susceptible to attracting pet hair, something to consider if you have a lot of pets.
  • The fibre can weaken if exposed to direct sunlight, so you’ll need to think about the placement of your velvet pieces.
  • Velvet is more likely to attract bits and dust, so requires a more regular clean than leather or plastic to prevent the accumulation of dust particles or dirt.
 

How To Introduce Velvet into Your Home:

You may be a little hesitant to have velvet furniture in your home. Sure, it looks great in all those glossy magazines, but how will it look in a real living setting? Well, have no fear as we're here to help. There's a reason velvet is so popular and that's partly down to how easy it is to style in a whole variety of interiors!  

Start Small

If you've not had velvet in your interior scheme before, start small. It’s the same as when introducing a bold colour or contemporary finish into a neutral interior. Something like our Plaza stool is a great way to have a hint of velvet in your space without it becoming the main focal point or feature. If you love the look you can always introduce dining chairs, benches and more stools later. To get a feel for the fabric and coordinate colours, order swatches before you buy so you know you’re investing in the right piece.

Pair With Complementary Materials

To make your velvet furniture look right at home, you’ll need to think about what materials the fabric will be sitting alongside. Velvet instantly adds a softness to any space, so wooden and leather materials are a good way to create a contrasted yet cohesive look.
Plaza Teal Velvet Stool

Plaza Teal Velvet Stool alongside a leather sofa and wooden flooring.

  Velvet is an excellent material for contemporary designs. This is because its textural quality picks up the light creating interesting silhouettes. It looks especially good with curved designs as the sheen of the fabric will highlight the curves in the surface. The softness of the fabric also adds an inviting feel and approachability, perfect for creating a convivial dining area. Two other great finishes to style alongside velvet are stainless steel and brushed brass. We’ve matched our blush and teal velvets with the brass base, and the grey and blue velvet with the stainless steel as the colours really offset one another. Last but certainly not least, consider styling your velvet alongside gloss. A velvet bench or dining chair adds a wonderful softness around a high gloss table as the fabric is a smooth contrast to the reflective gloss top. The juxtaposition of a high gloss surface paired with the soft sheen of velvet will be going all kinds of beautiful things in your home.  

Velvet Care & Maintenance:

Velvet upholstery is far easier to clean and maintain than you may think. Firstly, the 100% polyester short pile velvet we use for our range of furniture has been rub tested to 40,000 rubs, so you know it’s far from delicate.   Like with most materials, it’s best to act as soon as a spill occurs. This is because it’s far easier to clean velvet before the mark sinks through to penetrate the base cloth. First, use an absorbent cloth or paper towel to soak up the spillage. Dab the surface rather than rubbing as this will better soak up the liquid.   To clean your velvet furniture, all you need to use is a soft cloth and some warm soapy water, wiping the fabric in a circular motion. Then, leave the material to air dry or use a hair dryer to speed up the process. You can also vacuum your velvet upholstery by using the handheld nozzle. This will better collect any dust or bits that have been caught up in the pile. Be sure to use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum as this will be much softer on your velvet and avoid any unwanted marks.      If you feel your velvet has lost a bit of its sheen, have no fear. You can use a steamer to restore its signature shine by keeping the nozzle moving across the velvet at a moderate pace. Move in the direction of the nap for the best results. Once completely dry, brush the material in the direction of the nap using a soft-bristled hairbrush.   To keep the material looking its best, regularly brush your velvet furniture with a velvet brush or soft clothes brush, going in the direction of the nap. Try not to let anything hard sit or rest on the material for a long time. A heavy book, for example, can mark velvet if left in the same place for long enough.  

Colourful Combinations

Velvet comes in a whole variety of colours, so we’ve done the edit to offer you a selection of the most designer looking shades. Light blue, grey and navy colourways are on the more neutral side of the colour wheel which makes them incredibly versatile and timeless. Both are easy to work with, meaning you can introduce colour to your space without it looking too overpowering. The subtle sheen that velvet offers also reveals high and lowlights to the colour, giving your velvet furniture even more depth. Rich jewelled tones like teal are a great match with a velvet material as they just ooze elegance and luxury.  Styled alongside brass, this creates a such an opulent and plush appearance.  Blush pink, on the other hand, is far softer so is ideal if you want to create a more subtle but equally as plush feel in your home.  

So there you have it!

Have we inspired you to add a piece of velvet luxury to your home? Make sure you take a look at our velvet collection, which includes stylish benches, dining chairs and handy stools. For even more helpful tips, take a look at our Velvet and Brass styling blog post.
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Ideas and Inspiration, Materials, Styling Tips
Velvet and Brass: How to use 2018 Hottest Interior Trend in your Home
July 6, 2018 at 9:53 am 0
Velvet and Brass finishes have been creeping up our interior wish-lists for a while now, with 2018 seeing the biggest influx of velvet furniture. For your average homeowner, velvet can feel out of reach as it can be expensive as it's a premium fabric. However, we think great design should be affordable for everyone! Which is exactly why we have launched our own range of velvet furniture. All at a more affordable price range so you, too, can have your dream home.    

Coming Soon...

      As velvet is a newer material to use in our homes, it can be tricky to know how to style around what you already own. We love the combination of velvet and brass and have designed some simple pieces which can seamlessly slide into any existing home interior.   Check out the Plaza Velvet Stools and Mellow Velvet Benches, and keep reading for our styling tips! Plus, keep your eyes peeled for more exclusive velvets coming very soon....  

Why do we Love Velvet and Brass?

In all honesty, you probably love velvet and brass together because it suits your own interior style. But believe it or not, there is a reason why this luxe combo is so easy on the eye. Velvet is a cut pile, which simply means the weave is cut lengthways, to provide a soft surface with more of a sheen. A cut pile will naturally make velvet more delicate. Over time if not cared for properly you may begin to see bald patches form. That said, all of our Velvets are rub-tested to ensure longevity. So, treated with care, they should last for years to come.  

Sapphire Velvet and Brushed Brass Plaza Stool

  As velvets create this super soft lustre, brushed brass does the opposite and gives off a cooler, matt vibe. The juxtaposition of these 2 materials gives off very luxurious vibes while remaining cool and contemporary. Gone are the days of crushed velvets and diamante trims- less is definitely more when it comes to interior decor.  

Velvet Inspiration

As with any home update, it's important to look for inspiration before making any decisions. Anything can inspire you, from fashion and interior mags, social media or even your favourite restaurant. Velvet and Brass is a very luxe look, so you want to be sure you incorporate extra luxe elements into your vision to create a perfectly styled home.  

Sketch, London

  Potentially the space to start off this interior design trend is Sketch, London. With its head to toe pink velvet interiors balanced with warm brass and textured marbles, there's no denying the instagramability of this stunning restaurant.   Transferring this high-end look into your home is much easier than you may think. Aside from painting your walls and ceilings bright pink, you can add a few simple velvet and brass pieces to create the same look at a much lower price tag.  

Plaza Stool

The quickest and simplest way to introduce velvet and brass is with our Plaza Velvet Stool. The versatility of this little stool allows total freedom to use in any room of your home. Position it against your leather sofa for a comfy place to put your feet up, use as a trendy dressing table seat or as extra seating around your dining table. Plus at just £99, it's affordable no matter what your budget!  

Plaza Blush Pink Velvet Stool

  Take a leaf out of our super stylish customer's book and use your Plaza Stool as a Dressing Table Seat. The Plaza is available in 4 colours with 3 different finishes meaning you'll be sure to find the ideal option for your home.  

Penny Goldstone has chosen the Teal and Warm Brass Plaza for her dark and dramatic dressing area.

 

Aalkins has gone for the Pink Plaza Stool to balance with her Brass and Marble dressing table.

  Swapping your classic dressing table chair for the Plaza Stool instantly adds style and form. Its handy size also means it will tuck neatly under your dressing table or desk. Stylish, compact and space saving!  

Mellow Bench

One of our best selling lines is our Mellow bench- now available in Sapphire Velvet and Brass. The beauty of these benches is that they can be part of your dining set, or sit on their own as a statement piece. You could even double up and use as a compact sofa!  

Mellow 3 Seater Bench in Sapphire Velvet and Brass

    With the current dark wall interior trend, the sapphire velvet works beautifully against many inky shades. Position against dark blue walls for a camouflage look and to make the brass legs pop. Alternatively, the soft blue sheen also looks great against varying shades of purples, dark greens and smokey greys- the possibilities really are endless. We all know the soft sheen against the matt brushed brass works wonders, but how about adding another layer and pairing the Mellow Velvet Benches with a high gloss dining table?! The super-reflective surface bounces light around the room, giving your new velvet furniture extra depth. Plus, no one can resist a durable, grey gloss extending dining tables, such as our Sanza.  

You could even pair your Mellow Benches with the Plaza Stool for extra seats when needed!

    The Mellow Velvet Bench also comes in a Petrol Grey and Stainless Steel leg, which we will be covering very soon on the blog.  

How to Style Velvet

Although we've only shown you 2 new styles, fear not- we have plenty more velvet and brass newness in the works! Let's just build up the courage to introduce this trend into our homes one step at a time. If, however, you're diving straight into the velvet scene, our Stylist has some top tips for you when it comes to styling velvet and brass in your home.    
  • Velvet is a very soft material with a subtle sheen, so contrast this with natural materials such as marble and wood. Marble is also a very luxe material, so pair with velvet for a modern, minimal and very luxurious interior.
   
  • Mix and match your metallics. Sticking to just brass can feel overpowering and a little dated. Instead, clash highly reflective metals with brushed finishes. Or maybe mix a brushed brass with a stainless steel.
 
  • If you opt for a brighter velvet, keep the surrounding colours neutral to really make your velvet pop.
   
  • Use textured throws and cushions with a graphic print over velvet sofas to avoid your home looking too twee and to add personality.
 
  • Choose muted or darker colours as these will last longer. A bright orange velvet sofa will look incredible, however, you want your furniture to last. Instead, choose a colour which has a bit more longevity and versatility to work in your home as you change over the years.  Dark blues and muted pinks work great in any existing interior.
   
  • If you really want your velvet to glisten, place in a room with plenty of natural light. However, avoid direct sunlight as this can cause bleaching.
 
  • Velvet is a tricky material to clean if you don't pick up any spillages right away. You can use warm soapy water and a clean cloth to mop up any spills. For bigger stains or those you don't get to in time, seek professional advice before attempting to clean the velvet yourself.
 

Coming Soon...

  Keep an eye out for our Velvet Buying Guide coming soon to the blog, full of tips and tricks to cleaning your velvet and how to keep it looking good as new! If you want to see more don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We'd love to see how you style our Velvet Furniture in your home! Don't forget to use #mydanetti in your photos!
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Materials
Stainless Steel Furniture: Material Spotlight
June 29, 2018 at 9:44 am 0
Choosing the right finish for your home can be tricky. With so many styles and variations available, it can seem like a minefield trying to find one that ticks all of the right boxes. If you’re looking for a finish that’s durable, easy to clean and looks great too, then you just might be in luck. Introducing this week’s material spotlight, Stainless Steel.  

What is Stainless Steel?

Stainless steel is a metal alloy. It is made up of steel mixed with elements such as chromium, nickel, molybdenum, silicon, aluminium, and carbon. It is both corrosive and stain resistant due to its waterproofing in the manufacturing process. This means the material does not need a further coating for protection as it’s inherently already protected. It’s anti-rust too.  

How To Style Stainless Steel Furniture

The great thing about a stainless steel finish is that it has a wonderful shine, without being overly reflective. This makes the material ideal if you want to add a modern feel to your space without it becoming too overpowering. Because of this, stainless steel can be matched with a whole variety of finishes, from woods to velvet or faux leather.
Angola 4 Seater Modern Oak Dining Table

The stainless steel legs of the Angola 4 Seater Modern Oak Dining Table are a sleek contrast to the smooth oak surface, making this table look even more tactile.

Because stainless steel is so versatile, you can really have some fun with your colours and materials. Here we've chosen the Form Stainless Steel Bar Stool With Backrest in a bold teal against a trendy marble bar backdrop.

 
The stainless steel legs of the Mellow Velvet 3 Seater Bench with Backrest in Petrol Grey are again a nice contrast to the soft velvet upholstery.

The legs of the Mellow Velvet 3 Seater Bench with Backrest in Petrol Grey are again a nice contrast to the soft velvet upholstery.

Chrome vs Stainless Steel

Because Chrome is a polished finish, it’s reflective and very shiny. Commonly used for furniture finishes, chrome furniture instantly gives a room a modern and light appearance. Chrome is also corrosion-resistant and is a very light metal. This makes it an ideal choice for something like a dining chair or stool as the lightweight qualities of chrome mean they can easily be moved and rearranged. Stainless steel, on the other hand,  has a far more subtle sheen than chrome. It’s corrosion-resistant, scratch-resistant, and tarnish resistant, in many cases making it more durable than a chrome finish. It is also very easy to keep clean as fingerprints and marks are less likely to show up on the surface. If your furniture is going to be used regularly and by lots of people, stainless steel is an ideal option because of its durability.   To help you decide which finish is right for you, take a look at the following comparisons:
Stainless steel Chrome or chromium plating
Alloy containing at least 10.5% chromium. Not an alloy; only chromium.
More durable than chrome. Durable to an extent but not as much as stainless steel.
Not as reflective or shiny as chrome, but easier to keep clean. Has a more modern, brighter look than stainless steel, but takes slightly more care to keep clean.
Tends to be more expensive than chrome. Less expensive which makes it ideal if you’re working within a budget.
 

Care and Cleaning Stainless Steel

As we’ve mentioned earlier in this post, stainless steel is a very easy material to clean and maintain. It’s best to regularly dust the surface to avoid it looking dull. Soapy water should be all you need to remove any marks. For those harder to remove marks, window cleaner or a 50/50 water and white vinegar spray works a treat.   Top Tip: Our favourite tip for cleaning brushed metals has to be Baby Oil! All you need to do is rub the baby oil on with a paper towel, and buff away any excess with a dry, microfibre cloth. Keep in mind that baby oil goes a long way, so make sure you use it sparingly!   With a regular light polish and clean, your stainless steel furniture can last for years and years. As modern kitchens tend to use brushed metals on everything from cookers, sinks and fridges, the finish will stay looking modern and fresh for years to come. Want to read more? You're in luck! You can also read up on the benefits of Aluminium garden furniture and get some help deciding whether to go for a gloss or wood veneer finish in your home.  

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Materials, Outdoor
Aluminium: Why You Should Buy Aluminium Garden Furniture
May 25, 2018 at 4:34 pm 0
Summer is just around the corner, so what better way to enjoy the warm weather than sunning yourself on some stylish garden furniture! We’ve written a whole series of posts about sizing and styling garden furniture (which you can read here). But what about materials? Introducing Aluminium…  

What Makes Aluminium So Special?

Aluminium garden furniture is perfect for climates that have a mix of rainy and sunny spells. This is because it is inherently anti-rust. So when exposed to the elements,  aluminium develops a microscopic layer of oxide on its exterior. It’s this oxide layer that acts as a barrier to protect the metal from further damage and prevent it from corroding (the more you know!).  Despite being incredibly durable, aluminium furniture won’t break the bank. This means you can have both style and quality at an affordable price.  

Strength & Durability 

Highly resistant to cracking or other types of blemishes, aluminium garden furniture is ideal for busy families as it can withstand both the elements and frequent use. Although we do recommend that you store your aluminium furniture in a dry place during the winter months, or use a cover during rainy spells, you don’t have to worry about the elements breaking down the structure of the furniture itself as it is highly resistant.

Function & Form

Another great feature of aluminium is that it’s light enough to pick up and move around your garden but substantial enough that it still makes a style impact in the space. This makes it easy to restyle in your garden and then store inside during the winter months. Lightweight doesn’t mean flimsy though; aluminium still has a weighted quality which makes it heavy enough to stay put on your patio. This, combined with features such as the frosted glass top of our Palermo and Fresco tables, will keep your garden table neatly in place.  

How Do I Clean Aluminium Furniture?

If you’re after garden furniture that’s low maintenance and easy to clean, aluminium is about to become your new best friend! This is especially true if you buy a powder coated frame or cast aluminium as the finish is baked on. This makes it outperform basic sprayed-on coatings when it comes to durability and longevity. To clean the powder-coated aluminium frame of your table or benches, first, remove any decorative cushions and furniture accessories. Then, simply wash the surface with a lint-free cloth and soapy water. Dirt and salts can build up on the surface over time causing it to look dusty and grimy, so it’s best to first clean this away to avoid damaging the powder coating.     Top Tip: Don’t forget to wash underneath the furnishing and in all cracks and grooves. If your furniture has a glass top, clean it with a household glass cleaner but try to avoid spraying this on the powder coating.   For more stubborn or greasy marks, you can add a mild household acid such as vinegar or lemon juice. Stay away from any ammonia, TSP or soda-based products as this can encourage further oxidation on the surface. Avoid scraping or rubbing the powder coating with an abrasive cloth as this could damage or even remove the coating from the surface. It’s a good idea to use your garden hose to give your aluminium a good rinse. Because aluminium is anti-rust, this won’t damage the surface. If you do this, avoid using a pressure washer or a strong setting on a garden hose nozzle as such a strong and focused stream of water could damage the furniture’s finish. A normal garden hose will do just the trick. Allow the furniture to dry completely before placing cushions on the seat. We advise that you wash your table and bench frames as and when needed when in use, but make sure you give them one last thorough clean before you store the furniture away for winter. Top Tip: Try to clean your powder-coated aluminium furniture in the shade to avoid fast-drying streaks and unwanted fading.

How Do I Keep Aluminium Looking Its Best?

A powder-coated aluminium surface not only increases the visual appeal of the aluminium but also gives the metal additional strength. This helps to reduce scratches and dents from daily use. However, to keep it looking its best we suggest keeping an eye out for small chips or cracks on the surface. This is so you can prevent any water from entering underneath the outer layer. To further protect the surface after cleaning, wipe the surface with a little car wax or baby oil on a dry cloth as this will help give the surface a wonderful shine. If you really want to keep your powder coated aluminium looking its best, from time to time you may also want to also apply a wax product that is specially designed for keeping powder coatings looking new. A good time to do this is just before storing or covering your patio set for the winter.    

So there you have it!

That’s why you should buy aluminium furniture for your garden. Easy to move and style. Practical when it comes to cleaning and able to withstand the weather. What more could you need! If you’d like to see more, why not take a look at our range of aluminium garden furniture on our website.  

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