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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.    

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      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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Ideas and Inspiration, Materials, Styling Tips
Julia Kendell – 2018 Must Have Interior Metallics
May 11, 2018 at 4:51 pm 0

Any designer will tell you, it's the quality of materials that make an interiors scheme. Whether a simple design, quirky, classic or contemporary, the surface details must be of the highest finish for the overall effect to look well considered.  This year, the vibe is all about combining luxurious materials such as marble, polished glass and unpolished natural wood with eye-catching, matt metals.

   

Both brushed steel and matt brass/gold are big news and dominate kitchen trends for 2018. The subtlety of the matt metallic finish exudes an understated elegance whilst the reflective qualities of the metals lift and brighten the look. It's a perfect combination and this palette ensures a room will look both stylish and welcoming.

   

When planning a room update, detail is key and my top tip is to think about what will draw your eye in the room. Any strong colour or heavy pattern will attract attention first.

 

So to achieve a good balance within the space, plan the material finishes with this in mind. For example, a colourful backsplash can create a dramatic effect. But if the colour isn’t used in other places around the room, the eye will ‘stop’ at the backsplash allowing it to dominate the scheme and create an imbalance overall.

   

If you are planning a marble-clad island and want this to be the ‘hero’ of the design, ensure none of the other elements dilute or drown out its appeal. With beautiful, good quality materials, the ‘less is more’ approach wins out.

Form Stainless Steel Barstool Range

   

Often the best interiors, and those easiest to live with, are the simplest where each piece has both a function and contributes to the overall aesthetic. The Form Barstool has been designed with quality of finish very much in mind and the new stainless steel cantilever base perfectly complements this year’s materials palette.

      Whether set against a dark granite, timber veneer, luscious marble or glossy colour, the steel and leather-effect surface materials will stylishly enhance the look.    

Julia’s Material Tips for Updating a Kitchen

  1. Consider the ‘balance’ of the room, what materials will dominate and draw the eye. Are these the areas you want to draw attention to?
  2. Every surface material should complement and enhance the rest as a complete palette of tone, pattern and texture.
  3. Using the ‘less is more’ approach, choose the best quality you can afford for fewer pieces to ensure a quality overall look.
  4. Add in matt metallics to tap into this year’s trend and add life and energy to the scheme.
  5. As with any room design, lighting is key to ensuring the fixtures and furnishings look their best. Use several circuits to produce a flexible lighting scheme for all occasions.
    Keep your eyes peeled for new colourways and textures of our Julia Kendell Collection coming soon. To stay up to date, don't forget to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for behind the scenes sneak peeks! Follow Julia's new blog, The Relaxed Home, for more on her latest projects and Interior Design updates.
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Colour, Materials
High Gloss or Wood Veneer? How to Choose the Right Finish for your Furniture
March 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm 0

Assi Walnut and Moda Dining Set

  Buying that new piece of furniture is a very exciting time. Browsing through Pinterest and creating boards of your dream home is a great way to narrow down your search and define your style. But with so many styles and finishes out there, how do you whittle it down to that final piece? We are here to help. Two of our most popular furniture finishes here at Danetti are our high gloss and wood veneer furniture. So we've written a few quick, easy to digest pointers on high gloss furniture and wood veneer furniture, to help you decide which is right for your home.

High Gloss or Wood Veneer?

Before you go head first into making your new furniture purchase, make sure you know what your new product will be used for. Families will need a harder wearing item, whereas first-time buyers can afford to choose a more delicate, stylish look. To make this easy, we're going to be looking at out Assi Range. A collection on Extending Dining Tables and co-ordinating Sideboards available in White Gloss, White and Grey Gloss or Walnut Wood Veneer.  

Assi White and Grey Gloss Extending Dining Table with Danni Dining Chair in Charcoal Grey Leather

 

High Gloss Furniture

Benefits:
  • Super modern and clean look
  • Sits well in all interior styles
  • Brightens up your home
  • Simple clean with a damp cloth is all that's needed
Need to Know
  • Coasters and Placemats are recommended to protect the high gloss finish
  • Leaving spillages may cause discolouration if not cleaned up quickly
  • Small scratches can appear if not protected from day to day use
 

Assi White Gloss Extending Dining Table with Danni in White Leather 

 

When to Choose High Gloss Furniture:

  • If you have a Modern, bright and minimal home
  • If you want to use colour but keep your large furniture simple
  • If you're a first-time buyer and still discovering your style
  • If you have a smaller space, as the reflective nature will make the room appear larger
  • If you want a clean look to your home
 

How to Style White Gloss Furniture

White High Gloss Dining furniture is a great option for any home. The 'blank canvas' of a white dining table means you can play around with an array of textures, colours and interior trends. However, for this post, we've created an inky blue look with lighter elements:  

We've teamed white high gloss with a variety of blue shades, a trendy palm print wallpaper and pops of copper.

  Inky tones are a huge interior design trend at the moment. However, when used sparingly with white gloss, you can create a stylish look without your home feeling too dark and moody. The copper highlight help brings a luxe touch, while the palm print adds personality.

Stylist Top Tip: Balance a high white gloss with dark grey dining chairs. This will create contrast and an interior designer touch

Get the Look:

 

Assi White & Grey Gloss Dining Table

 

Danni Real Leather Charcoal Grey Dining Chairs

 

Assi White Gloss and Grey Compact Sideboard

 

High Gloss Cleaning Tips:

  • Dust daily with a clean, microfibre cloth
  • Mop up any spillages as soon as they happen to prevent staining
  • For tougher marks, warm soapy water and a clean dishcloth is all that's needed. Be sure to dry any water straight away with a clean, dry microfibre cloth.
   

Assi Walnut Extending Dining Table

 

Wood Veneer Furniture

Benefits:
  • Hardwearing and low maintenance
  • Brings texture and warmth to your interiors
  • More affordable than real wood furniture
Need to Know:
  • Avoid any harsh chemical cleaners
  • Use coasters and placemats- this will prevent any unsightly mug rings.
  • Wipe up any spills quickly, as water left sitting on the surface may cause damage.
   

When to Choose Wood Veneer Finish

  • If you're a busy family and don't have time to care for real wood furniture
  • If you want to add warmth to a more minimalist interior
  • If you want to bring a hygge element to your home
  • If you want to add texture to your interiors
  • For a modern and trendy interior without spending a fortune on real wood furniture
 

How to Style Wood Veneer Furniture

The beauty of wood veneer furniture is that, without trying at all, you can bring colour and depth to any room. If you wanted to create a warming interior, we recommend keeping your base palette rich with walnut and dark greys. You can then play with pops of colour, such as an on-trend colour palette of green and terracotta.     Adding a pop of colour will instantly lift any interior. Wood Veneer furniture adds instant texture to a room, so you can afford to be experimental with softer finishes to create a well-balanced interior style.

Stylists Top Tip: Replace terracotta with copper accessories and use green glass and props rather than painted walls. These items are cheaper and easy to update with the changing seasons. Meaning your home will always be bang on trend- without breaking the bank! 

 

Get the Look:

 

Assi Walnut Extending Dining Table

 

Elise Dining Chair in Putty Grey

 

Assi Walnut Sideboard

 

Made your mind up?

So, now we've given you a quick rundown of high gloss vs wood veneer, you should now have more of an idea of how you'd furnish your home. If you want more in-depth tips on caring for your final choice, check out our white gloss care guide, or our wood veneer post for tips and tricks catered to your chosen furniture finish. That said, it's not always a case of this or that. You can mix things up and style your home with both high gloss and wood veneer furniture! Our Assi Sideboard in White Gloss and Walnut is the perfect, versatile piece.  

Assi Walnut and White Gloss Sideboard

  Pair it with any of our Assi Extending Dining Tables and you'll have a seamlessly pulled together, coordinated look. Still unsure? Let us know your questions in the comments below and we'll be happy to help! If you have decided on white gloss or walnut veneer, don't forget to share your pictures and tag us on Facebook and Instagram by using #mydanetti.
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Dining, Materials, Tables
Material Spotlight: HPL
August 8, 2016 at 4:52 pm 0
  Have you ever wondered what goes into making your dining table top? Chances are, probably not. But it’s a lot more useful to know than you may think! Knowing what materials make up your dining table is an invaluable piece of information that will help you in choosing whether the product is right for your homeOur featured material this week is HPL. HPL is a cutting edge, technical material with some amazing durability pointsIt is used for a whole variety of finishes such as countertops, tabletops and flooring as its durable qualities mean it can withstand continued everyday use. That’s why we’ve engineered this great finish for a furniture application. HPL has a naturally matt appearance which means it looks sleek and smooth. Yet, its hard wearing characteristics make it a truly high-performance surface material for the home.  

How is HPL made?

  1. Multiple layers of kraft paper are saturated with a specialist resin.
  2. A decorative film layer (such as a solid colour or wood grain) is placed on top of the kraft paper before pressing. This creates a sandwich effect which is fused together using extreme heat (that’s temperatures of 280 to 320 degrees Fahrenheit!) under 70 to 100 bars of pressure.
  3. A clear protective overlay is then used for maximum protection.
High Pressure Laminate HPL

What does it look like?

The creation process of HPL results in a smooth satin matt finish. It doesn’t have a reflective shine but it’s not fully flat matt, so it still has a wonderfully light and tactile feel.

How durable is it?

HPL is a descendant of plastic making it one of the most durable decorative surface materials for the home. High pressure surfaces are also available with special performance enhancing properties including chemical, fire and wear resistance. All of these qualities mean HPL is perfect for those messy family mealtimes, special occasions and big get togethers where there's a lot going on on and around the table. Other finishes such as matt and gloss are fit for everyday use. However, the extensive creation process of HPL means it is even more strong, durable and resistant to scratching. Used in science rooms and schhigh-pressures, a high pressure surface will have no trouble standing up to everyday use in your home!

How do I clean it?

HPL can withstand a variety of common household chemicals such as washing-up liquid or antibacterial spray making it so easy to clean and maintain.  Although incredibly durable, we advise with HPL that you stay away from corrosive chemicals such as descaling agents, oven cleaners, chlorine and acetone. Try to remove these straight away if they spill on the table's surface. When cleaning your HPL table, never use a steel scourer, scourer pad, souring agent or similar products as this can scratch the surface. A soft microfiber cloth will do just the trick.

How do I use it?

As with all of our dining tables, we advise that you never place hot pots or pans directly on a HPL worktop without a trivet or stand, as this can damage the table surface over time. It goes without saying, but never pull an object with rough or ragged edges across the worktop. If your HPL table has an extension leaf, clean the leaf along with the rest of the table to keep it looking neat and uniform. Make sure that the leaf is fully dried before you store it away or place it back in the cradle.

Why choose HPL?

Consider the following points to see whether a high-pressure surface would be a benefit in your home:
  • HPL is strong, smart and durable.
  • It has a slight subtle sheen but isn’t highly reflective, making it a great alternative to a high gloss finish.
  • It’s such a neutral finish which coordinates with a whole variety of other pieces.
  • It’s much more scratch resistant than many other materials.
  • It is heat resistant (to an extent).
  • You also get a colour fastness under artificial lighting.
  • HPL is resistant to household cleaning products and even some chemicals.
  • It is also resistant to cracking.
  • To an extent, HPL is also impact and abrasion resistant.
  • When looked after correctly, HPL is a really hygienic surface.
  So there you have it. Everything you need to know about HPL. Have a question? Ask it in the comments! :)    If you're interested in finding out more about other material finishes, be sure to take a look at Our Top Tips on How To Properly Care for Faux Leather.  
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Dining, Materials
Glass or Gloss: Which Dining Table Finish Is Right For Your Home?
May 27, 2016 at 12:38 pm 4
Glass or gloss, the age old question… well, maybe it’s not that old, but it’s still a very valid point to consider when choosing your dining room table! Although both finishes share some of the same great qualities, having a glass dining table or a gloss dining table can dramatically change the look of your dining area. Always here to help at Danetti, we’ve put our knowledge to the test to give you an informative yet digestible guide, outlining the best features of both glass and gloss as a way to help you make an informed decision as to what dining table finish would look best in your dining room and home interior Our Naro table shows how much of a difference a glass or gloss table finish can create in a space. Each finish also gives ample opportunity for choosing stylish dining chairs to style alongside it.   

Gloss Table Finish

Having a high gloss finish in your space is an instant way to update your interior, even more so with a dining table as it is such a focal point of your space. It’s the hub of your dining room where family and friends gather to sit, eat and chat, so you’ll want a piece that looks its best. Gloss has such modern and contemporary connotations but don’t think you have to have a super modern interior to have a high gloss dining table in your space. Gloss is great for coordinating with existing modern finishes in your dining room but you can also place it alongside more traditional finishes for a really on trend mix and match look. There are more colour options with a gloss finish compared to clear tempered glass. That's why it's good to consider this when selecting a table for your space. The colour of gloss you choose can have a big style impact too. White gloss is ideal for a fresh and crisp look whereas something like taupe grey will add a touch of warmth.  

Choose Gloss If...

You Instantly Want To Create a Modern Look. Due the highly reflective and smooth appearance of gloss, it’s such a wonderfully fresh and clean finish. This means no matter what the style of your interior you can instantly update the look. You Want To Add Just A Hint of Colour To Your Space. Colour gloss finishes like taupe grey are ideal for adding a hint of colour and touch of warmth to your dining area but in a sleek and subtle way. You Want a Finish That Is Easy To Clean and Maintain. We get asked all the time about the best ways to care for and clean a gloss table, and our answer every time is much simpler than you may think! To keep a gloss surface looking crisp and shiny, all you need to do is give it a regular wipe over with a damp microfibre cloth. Use a dab of washing up liquid for those more stubborn or greasy marks. Put down the bleach and throw away the sponges (or just keep them away from your gloss table) as they will do nothing but harm the table's wonderfully smooth surface.  

Glass Table Finish

One of the main things that springs to mind when people consider a glass dining table is that it will be “far too fragile". This is such a shame as this couldn’t be further from the truth. Tempered safety glass, the glass we use for all of our glass furniture products, is in fact incredibly strong and very durable. This means it has been engineered to make it safe for use in your home. So now we’ve blown that myth out of the water, you really needn’t worry about a glass dining table being fragile. Another great feature of a clear glass dining table is just that- it’s clear. This means it can add a modern edge to your dining room interior, helping to really showcase your stylish dining chairs without the table itself looking too overpowering in the space.

Choose Glass If…

You Want To Create The Illusion of More Space. The transparency of a glass dining table creates a fresh and clean look while being less impactful than a solid finish. This means it creates less of a visual stance in your space, giving the illusion of more room. Team a glass table top with a reflective finish like chrome to accentuate this open and spacious look even further. Your Dining Chairs Are The Star Of The Show! The transparency of a glass dining table means your chairs and the area under and around your table is much more visible from all angles than they would be alongside a solid table surface. This is a great styling opportunity as you can really make the most of the space around your table. You can do this either with a stylish rug or opt for a more statement colour of dining chair. Glass is also a smart option if you’ve got a lot going on in your interior. It'll keep the look clean and simple, without clashing with any of your existing schemes or finishes. If You Want To Make The Most Of A Reflective Surface. Having a glass dining table surface is an ideal opportunity to really use its reflective powers to your advantage. A glass table top will effortlessly reflect any beautiful patterned walls and vibrant coloured chairs that you may already have in your interior.

Frosted Glass Table Finish

If you like the idea of having a glass dining table but aren’t keen on having to keep an eye out for fingerprints on the surface, a frosted glass dining table might just be the answer. A frosted or etched glass table has a more matt texture than tempered glass. This means it’s much less susceptible to showing surface marks. You can also add a hint of colour to your dining area as the frosting makes the glass opaque with colour rather than transparent.

Choose Frosted Glass If...

You Want a Clean and Crisp Finish. You may have noticed that when you look at regular glass from a side angle, it has a slight green tinge. This is because of its iron content. That’s why for our range of white Eve tables, we’ve used a super white glass with reduced iron. This minimises the green tinge and results in a really clean and crisp white finish. Make sure you look out for glass with reduced iron content if you are after a super clean and crisp frosted glass finish. You Want A Strong And Durable Table Surface. An etched glass table top isn’t an applied finish that can chip or peel off. This means that it really becomes an integral feature of the glass. Etching glass works almost like the opposite of buffing a surface to a shine, as it gives the glass a wonderful semi opaque appearance. This process makes a frosted glass table incredibly soft and a dream to run your hands across while remaining strong and durable. It’s the most durable possible version of a matt finish... what could be more durable than tempered safety glass!   So, there you have it. Whether you like glass or gloss, frosted or clear, the choice really is up to you! We just hope these tips help to make your decision that little bit easier! Are you team glass or team gloss? Let us know in the comments! :) and be sure to check out our ranges of glass, gloss, and frosted glass dining tables if you are after a wonderfully stylish and contemporary dining table for your home!
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Cleaning Guides, Materials
Our Top Tips on How to Properly Care for Faux Leather
September 11, 2015 at 2:42 pm 6
As we are big fans of faux leather here at Danetti, we thought we'd share our top tips on how to properly care for it with you! Not only is it soft, stylish and extremely durable, but with some useful tricks and tips you can help maintain the materials quality which will keep your furniture looking good for longer. Faux Leather is a big part of our product range, so we have first hand experience on how best to look after it. In this post, we’ll talk about the basics of faux leather to get a better understanding of how best to care for it. We’ll discuss a whole host of advice on caring for the material and the best means of protection from future wear and tear. Our 7 things to keep in mind when maintaining faux leather are located further down the page, but we recommend looking at the whole post to get a clearer understanding of the material and its qualities. Firstly, there are 2 main points to remember when dealing with Faux leather:
  1. It’s a non porous surface so most stains will sit on the top
  2. Don’t let it get too dry. If the material is allowed to get over dry then it can crack.
So, What is Faux Leather? All faux leathers are essentially a layer of synthetic material (a type of plastic) that’s embossed with a leather like grain and is backed with fabric. However, there are a range of different types and qualities – the most common being PVC (poly vinyl chloride), Polyurethane and Polyamide microfibre. There’s a huge variation on the market but we only use Polyurethanes, which we often refer to as PU. We prefer Polyurethanes as they are easier to care for and better for the environment than PVC. The reason this is relevant when looking after material is that although PU is more breathable than PVC, it is still classed as non-porous so marks will generally sit on the surface. That said, it is breathable so heat and moisture means that a stain can penetrate the material if the conditions are right (or wrong!) for you. Protection is key... Although leather and PU can look the same, in reality they are very different! Having said that, some of the principles of caring for leather can be applied to faux leather. A protective treatment is a great precaution but with a different effect: unlike with real leather, a protective treatment won’t penetrate and moisturise the faux leather, but rather will add a thin protective layer so that the surface is easier to clean. If marks are easier to clean to start with, there is less need for the harsher cleaners which will lead to drying - a big no no with faux leather. Here are some links to the products we have been told have been useful for the protection of faux leather (please note though that we don't endorse these products and can't be held responsible for the usage or results): http://www.leathercareandrepair.co.uk/faux_leather_help.php http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FAUX-LEATHER-CARE-KIT-CLEANER-CONDITIONER-PROTECT-/260722348477 http://www.leathercareandrepair.co.uk/faux_leather_products.php   Do a regular very mild clean. Mild is the order of the day when cleaning faux leather as harsh detergents will cause drying. It’s a good idea to give the surface a regular once over to keep on top of general little marks that just build up with use. We recommend warm water with some washing up liquid and a non-abrasive cloth. Wring the cloth out so that it’s not dripping wet and wipe over. Follow up by drying off with a soft cloth such as a microfiber cloth. This stops general wear and tear and everyday marks from building up and making the surface look grubby.   7 things to keep in mind when maintaining faux leather...
  • Sunlight Direct sunlight can dry out faux leathers. If your dining table is in a sunny spot maybe try and rotate the chairs once a month so that the same ones are not fully in the mid day sun all the time.
  • Colour transference. Clothes that are indigo dyed (like jeans) or strong colours can transfer onto light colours. Be sure to give this a wipe as soon as you notice it, as it’s the kind of stain that will penetrate if left. A quick wipe down with a baby wipe after use should keep this at bay. It’s the kind of stain that only becomes obvious once it’s been there a while and by then it’s generally too late. The regular once over will also help this.
  • Test First Anything you put on your faux leather, try on a hidden part first just to check that there is no adverse reaction. Test it, let it dry and then try on the visible parts.
  • What product? When choosing a cleaning product, it’s best to ask yourself ‘would I put it on my skin / body’? If not, chances are it’s too harsh for your faux leather.
  • Never reach for the bleach Whatever the stain, don’t use bleach. Bleach is the most drying product you can put on faux leather and it will affect the structure of the fabric and it will become more susceptible to future marking. A small mark is probably easier to deal with and less noticeable than a bit patch that has been affected by bleach treatment. Even if it does remove the stain, that area is then more prone to cracking, plus the surface could be compromised such that future marks actually sink in more.
  • Soft Non abrasive cloths Never be tempted to rub / scrub the surface or use any kind of abrasive cloth or sponge.  Soft cloths and repeated circular motions is all you need. Scrubbing will crack the faux leather not remove the mark.
  • Clean after cleaning Whatever you use to clean a mark, whether it works or not, always give it a wipe afterward with mild detergent. The cleaners will do the job but they are not meant to be left on the surface for long periods of time.
Phew! that was a lot of information on faux leather. (is the word faux starting to sound strange to you too?!) So, to recap on what we’ve pinpointed: Treat faux leather like your skin – avoid it getting  it it too dry and don’t use anything too harsh like bleach.

Protecting the surface makes it easier and more effective to clean. Stains will sit on the top so protecting the surface will make cleaning an easier, less abrasive process.

Approach larger stains in parts. Patch clean one bit and then when you have a successful result, repeat on the other areas.

So there you have it, Danetti’s own run down of the best ways to care for and to protect faux leather. Reckon we’ve missed anything? or do you have your own remedy for cleaning that you're willing to share with the world! We’d love to hear some of your own hints and tips, including your opinions and experiences with faux leather furniture. Be sure to post your responses in the comments :)
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Dining Tables, Materials
The Gloss Goss – 7 Top Tips for looking after your Gloss Table…
May 22, 2015 at 9:55 am 6
Modern gloss dining tables So, imagine this...you’ve just taken delivery of your new Danetti dining set - the brand spanking new High Gloss table looks box fresh and it’s reflective surface has got you literally drooling! Well, before you dribble all over your lovely new table, I thought I would answer some frequently asked questions and give you advice on how to keep it looking it’s best... Practical but gorgeous table protectors Should I use furniture polish to buff my gloss surface? Actually, there is no need to use any thing other than water and sometimes a very mild detertgent with an e-cloth. Silicone based cleaners will leave a greasy film over the surface which will be almost impossible to remove. Don't bother to use glass cleaners either...they are corrosive and will damage the tabletop. All you need to do is simply give it a very light wipe with an e-cloth...on this occasion -less really is more! My table has a funny mark on it - I was thinking of using a very soft linen cloth to sort of rub it off...will that be okay? Only if you’re on a mission to rid your table of it’s lovely blemish free smooth gloss surface! You really only need to use a microfibre cloth or an e-cloth - promise! My son often does his homework at the table - but it’s usually only pencil work - they can’t score the surface of the table - can they? Well never say never...I would say to always protect your table with a table protector when it’s being used for other purposes to reduce the risk of indentation and scoring the surface with sharp objects.. What can I do if my table gets chipped - should I just use something like white paint or tippex to cover it up?  It's unlikely that will happen - it takes quite a lot of strength and determination to chip our tables, so hopefully this isn't something you need to ever worry about. I have heard on the gloss grapevine that some people have had certain success with a white gloss chip/scratch car paint repair pen...apparently it needs a very light touch - but we don’t recommend any specific product. Sticky pad protects gloss tableAt mealtimes, I sometimes use oven to table ware - is my High Gloss table heat resistant? Well, like most table tops, hot items should always be placed on a trivet or heat proof mat otherwise you can scorch your table and cause irreparable damage. There are some lovely trivets and chopping boards around that will protect your table whilst adding character to your dining setting. My toddler spilt some of his drink at lunchtime - but it’s only water so it’s okay to leave it till I clear away the dishes isn’t it? It’s only a small amount? Ummm….well even though it’s only water, it's best to wipe it up immediately with an absorbent microfibre cloth. Infact, it’s best to avoid anything drying on the surface or you will be left with water streaks, but these can be buffed away with an e-cloth but it’s safer to just act quickly! Can I put my plates, glasses and vases directly onto the table top? Yes you can, but remember this is a high gloss product and whilst it is durable and hard wearing, to protect the paint finish and help it keep it’s good looks longer, we would always recommend using placemats and coasters. Coasters to protect table Do I need to invest in specialist cleaning products...and where do I get them from? High Gloss maintenance is easy peasy and requires little more than common sense so panic not! Check out my checklist below: What you need: A feather duster Pack of soft microfibre cloths Spray bottle filled with clean water and very mild detergent, Glass and polishing e-cloth When to use them: Daily basis: remove surface dust with a quick dust Messy days: Buff away fingers prints with an e-cloth and a little spray of water if necessary (onto the cloth not the table) then buff dry with a soft, dry cloth. Action stations: For liquid spills, wipe up immediately - if it’s a sticky spill use clean water and a very mild detergent and wipe with an e-cloth - never leave water to air dry. THE BIG NO-NO!: Don’t use chemical based cleaners - just pure water and an e-cloth
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Colour, Dining Chairs, Materials
Our Top 5 Coloured Plastic Dining Chairs
January 22, 2015 at 5:41 pm 2
Coloured dining chairs are a great way to add vibrancy to your dining area. January is so grey, we all need a bit of bright in our lives, to see us through to the BBQ season. There so much scope to play with colour, Multicoloured dining chairs are definitely not just for the super modern minimalists. Coloured dining chairs can be used as just two accent chairs in a mix of greys or a full on statement of 6 bright chairs in just one shade. You can pick a tone from a rug, or a picture, or even just the hue of your favourite flower. Recently on a shoot we styled all yellow Eames Style Dining Chair to tie in with an abundant vase of Mimosa. There was nothing else yellow in the room but the cheery yellow was singing. Plastic Chairs Mood Multicoloured chairs aren’t only for large expansive spaces. I know there’s a big trend of an accent wall but if your dining table is in the lounge, or like me you rent, you don’t necessarily want bright colour on the wall. Using bright dining chairs is a great compromise. Sometimes plastic isn’t the first choice when we think of comfort for seating but I want to dispel the myth. It’s the perfect material for showing off a bold colour and maximising durability; It’s warmer than metal and more hardwearing than fabric. In the case of the Eames Style Dining Chair and the Gliss 921 A Frame Chair for example, it’s the moulding of the plastic that gives the seat it’s comfort. All of our multicoloured chairs are easily wipe able which is ideal for families where you want style but are possibly wiping your dining chairs 10 times a day! Here’s how you can get the look with our top five Coloured Plastic Chairs.   1. Emo Plastic Dining Chair - £56 These have the double joy of being indoor or outdoor because if the material. They are 100% moulded so can be used outside as effectively as indoors. Like the Fern Dining Chairs they also stack. Of all of our coloured dining chairs the Emo Plastic Dining Chair has the broadest palette so you can either mx them all up, pick a palette that suits you or just go for one shade.   2. Eames Style Dining Chair - £49 Eames Style Dining Chair Who doesn’t love the Eames Dining Chairs? Apart from the yellow the palette here is slightly more muted which allows you to buy into the look of colourful dining chairs but in a slightly quieter way.   3. Snow 300 Plastic Coloured Dining Chair - £64 Snow 300 Plastic Coloured Dining Chair Like the Emo Plastic Dining Chair Dining Chair the Snow 300 Plastic Coloured Dining Chair can be used indoors or outdoors and are stackable. They have a slightly more curly shape than the Emo Plastic Dining Chair.   4. Gliss 921 A Frame Chair - £129 Gliss 921 A Frame Chair This is a real design classic. As coloured dining chairs go this one fuses real design kudos with functionality. The transparence Perspex used on the seat of the seat gives the colours real light and depth. Not just restricted to dining chairs, this chair would make a beautiful accent for a desk or in-home work space. 5. Fern Dining Chair - £38 Fern Dining Chair These aren’t actually plastic, they are painted plywood but the effect is the same: Strong bold colour with real impact. These chairs stack which is ideal for a smaller space or when you just need to pull up a few extra pews.
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