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

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

Not Being Practical

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

Poorly Planning Your Layout

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

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

Not Enough Light

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

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

Buying Everything At Once

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

Ellis Leather Armchair
Ellis Leather Armchair

Not Checking Your Measurements

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

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

Leaving Out End Tables & Surface Space

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

Dice Dove Grey Gloss Side Tables

Making Everything Match

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

Ellis Large 3 Seater Leather Sofa

Living Room Buying Mistakes -Avoided!

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

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Colour, Living, Sofas
Real Leather: How to Care for your Real Leather Sofa
February 2, 2018 at 11:51 am 0
Ellis 3 seater Sofa and Armchair

Ellis 3 Seater Sofa and Ellis Armchair

As any interior designer or furniture specialist will tell you, a sofa is one piece of furniture that you should really invest in. This means choosing a sofa that is built to last, that performs well over time and that can stand up to daily use in a busy home. Real Leather ticks all of these boxes, which is exactly why real leather is such a popular choice for a sofa; it is undoubtedly the most durable material available. You can’t beat it for long-term performance, durability, ease of maintenance and of course… Modern Style!   Leather Swatch

Luxe Sofa Range Swatch

 

What Makes Real Leather So Durable?

The leather we use for our range of sofas is extremely thick and falls into the Top Grain Leather category. Top Grain leather goes through a considerable process to remove any marks and blemishes on the hide to create its uniform appearance and makes it more desirable for home furnishings. Our pigmented Top Grain Leather has been dyed and treated with a protected surface. This offers great colour uniformity and maximum resistance to spills and stains, while it's thickness also increases its strength and durability. All together you end up with a high-quality leather that looks great but also is very fit for purpose. Thinner, lower quality ‘Split’ leather is commonly used in cheaper sofas but will not offer the same durability. It will wear quicker and be more susceptible to rips and tears, meaning you'll be replacing your furniture much sooner than anticipated.   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 a modern sofa. This type of leather is used when people want to build a worn look, or patina, but it doesn't give a clean, uniformed look.   Ice Grey Leather Detail

Top Leather Grain Detail

 

Top Grain vs. Split Leather

Top Grain - The top layer of the hide usually the thickest layer when the hide is separated. Top grain is the highest quality, thickest part of the hide and such requires less processing resulting in a softer feel. Split Leather - This is the thinner part of the hide and as such often needs a protective synthetic top treatment. The result is a lower quality more rigid leather.  

One Leather Doesn’t Fit all...

The term ‘leather sofa’ is used very broadly, so it’s easy to forget that the leather itself comes in a whole variety of styles and, more importantly, standards. Here’s a quick breakdown of the most popular choices for a leather sofa:   Dillon 2 Seater Leather Sofa

Dillon Real Leather 2 Seater Sofa

 

High Protection Leather

  • Pigmented Leather - A top grain leather that's had dye and protection applied to the surface. As a result, this offers protection from marks and stains and evens out surface appearance. Features of Pigmented leather are great durability, very even colour and grain and a soft feel.
 
  • Bi-Cast Leather - A split leather with a thick synthetic layer placed over the leather which is embossed with a look-alike grain. The features of Bi-Cast leather are a stiff texture (more suited to contract settings), consistent grain and easy cleaning.
 

Medium Protection Leather

  • Waxed Leather - The surface of the leather is buffed, then waxed and has a smooth, very shiny appearance with almost no grain which can be wiped clean. Waxed leather will show scratches but can be re-waxed although has a stiffer feel and can be prone to cracking.
 
  • Semi-Aniline - A top grain leather that is pigment dyed and treated with a very light protective treatment. It has some of the features of aniline leather but with a harder feel and increased durability.
 

Low Protection Leather

  • Aniline Leather - A top grain leather dyed with aniline dyes but with no protective treatment applied. Features of aniline leather are that it is very soft and luxurious in feel and will show natural blemishes, scratches and scars found in the hide. Aniline leather also has variation in colour consistency.  People often see Aniline leather as the best in class but it doesn't have the protection that other leathers have.
 
  • Nubuck - 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 - 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.
  Pure White Real Leather Swatch

White Real Leather Swatch

 

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

Because leather sofas are so durable, it makes them even easier to care for. Marks and spills from food and drink are easy to remove compared to marks on a fabric sofa. 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 be sure to dry your leather furniture after cleaning with a clean, soft cloth rather than leaving your leather furniture to air dry. DO check the label before using any product to check that it’s not too drying on leather. If you’re not sure, spot test an inconspicuous area first! 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.      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. BE AWARE that brand new clothes, especially jeans, can mark upholstery. To clean marks left by clothing, use something such as a magic sponge immediately for the best results.   Luxe Leather Sofa in Heather

Luxe 3 Seater Sofa in Heather

 

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 sofa when putting it in position, but rather lift it to manoeuvre it in your space.
  • Sofas can be very heavy, so it’s important to protect your flooring. Many sofas will come with floor protectors but make sure there’s some kind of protection on the feet, especially if you're placing the sofa on wooden or hard flooring.
  • As tempting as it may be, try not to sit on the arms of the sofa. This will not only weaken the structure of the sofa over time, but it will also pull on the upholstery.
  • When cleaning, don’t forget to get in-between all the small nooks and crannies of the sofa cushions. Vacuum regularly to keep your sofa spick and span.
  • 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 can be moved, it's a good idea to rotate them regularly, giving them a good shake and plump up.
  • Give your sofa 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, but it’s best to use your sofa evenly. This will stop some parts becoming more used and worn than others.
  Have we convinced you that a leather sofa is definitely a smart choice for your home? Be sure to let us know in the comments! :)
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Coffee Tables
Top 10 Coffee Tables Under £200
August 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm 0
Here is our guide to our Top 10 Coffee Tables priced under £200. These modern coffee tables have fantastic style but they do not break the bank! We offer a wide selection of contemporary Coffee Tables, in a range of styles and finishes, this means that there is one to suit every living room. Luna Black Glass Coffee Table
Luna Black Glass Coffee Table £89.00

Luna Black Glass Coffee Table £89.00

The Luna Coffee Table is beautiful and eye catching, perfect for a modern living room. The table top is made from sleek Black Glass which has a triangular shape with curved corners, creating an unusual shape. The table top is made from safety glass to ensure durability and strength which is 8mm thick. The three slim chrome legs have a funky, unique design to create an overall simple but elegant coffee table.     Assi White Gloss Coffee Table
Assi White Gloss Coffee Table £89.00

Assi White Gloss Coffee Table £89.00

The Assi White Gloss Coffee Table has cool, trendy brushed metal legs, which are angled to create a retro design. Sitting on these funky brushed metal legs is a stylish White Gloss Table top. It has a triangular pebble shape with chamfered edges and slim profile. It is also available with a Walnut Veneer or Matt Black table top - ideal for a modern living space.   Luca White Gloss Coffee Table
Luca White Gloss Coffee Table £159.00

Luca White Gloss Coffee Table £159.00

The Luca Coffee Table has trendy curves, ideal for stylish living rooms. It has a cool White Gloss finish that reflects the light perfectly, creating a light and airy feel. The rounded corners and chunky legs complete the glossy look ensuring this coffee table is eye catching. Pair it with the Luca Nest of Tables to complete the White Gloss look in your living space.   Solero Clear Glass Nest of Tables
Solero Clear Glass Nest of Tables £139.00

Solero Clear Glass Nest of Tables £139.00

The Solero Nest of Tables has three modern tables of different sizes that nest inside each other. The tables have sleek clear glass tops that reflect the light beautifully but are also sturdy and strong. The clear glass tops are set upon rectangular chrome loop legs, creating an elegant and stylish set. These handy side tables will add style to your living area without taking up a lot of space!   Naturale Solid Washed Oak Side Table
Naturale Solid Washed Oak Side Table £139.00

Naturale Solid Washed Oak Side Table £139.00

The Naturale Solid Washed Oak Side Table is part of our fantastic range of Naturale Washed Oak Furniture. The timber used has been hand chosen, carefully kiln dried and aired in order to preserve and enhance the natural wood grain. It has then been given a white wash to create a contemporary look. The chunky square side table is ideal for a living room as it can be used as a small coffee table, lamp table or end table.       Emilia White Oak Lamp Table
Emilia White Oak Lamp Table £139.00

Emilia White Oak Lamp Table £139.00

The Emilia White Oak Lamp Table is the perfect size to be used as a side table or an end table in your stylish living room. The White Oak Veneer is light and eye catching as the warm oak grain shows through. Underneath the stylish White Oak table top is a storage or display area. This area is finished in Light Grey Oak to create a funky contrast. There is also a larger Emilia White Oak Coffee Table available.   Velenza Matt White Coffee Table
Velenza White Matt Coffee Table  £159.00

Velenza White Matt Coffee Table £159.00

The Velenza Coffee Table is a contemporary round occasional table which can be used as a center piece or a lamp table. It is finished in high quality matt white lacquer which is an alternative to white high gloss. There are two hidden storage compartments within the Velenza meaning this coffee table is the perfect storage solution as it can hide away newspapers, magazines or remote controls. To access these storage compartments, you simply twist the sections.   Nuvola White Oak Coffee Table
Nuvola White Oak Coffee Table £169.00

Nuvola White Oak Coffee Table £169.00

The stylish Nuvola Coffee Table is part of the exclusive Danetti Nuvola White Oak Range. The coffee table is finished in stylish White Oak Veneer which is sure to brighten up your room whilst creating a warm look. The simple design has two useful storage insets which are perfect for storing your belongings or displaying ornaments - ideal for a living room. This coffee table is both eye catching and useful.       Aria Small Espresso Dark Wood Coffee End Table
Aria Small Espresso Dark Wood Coffee End Table £199.00

Aria Small Espresso Dark Wood Coffee End Table £199.00

The Aria Small Espresso Dark Wood Coffee End Table is so flexible as it can be used as a small coffee table, end table or lamp table - it's up to you! The rich dark wood square top sits upon two legs that are made from 12mm clear safety glass. The glass has been tested for strength and has also been certified to BS6206. One of the legs is positioned width wise at one end and the other runs length wise creating extra interest but fantastic support.  This coffee table is available with an alternative White Oak top.          
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Ideas and Inspiration, Styling Tips
Spring Cleaning Storage Solutions
April 8, 2013 at 9:50 am 0

If you’ve been spring cleaning then you may have discovered that finding storage solutions for your Living Room or Lounge which are both useful and stylish can be a mind-boggling business.  The Living Room is the centre of the home and a room that usually needs to be very versatile – it can be a place for the children to play by day and a space to chill or entertain by evening.  Sometimes keeping on top of all the clutter that everyday living generates can be a chore.  However, help is at hand - stash away all those bits and bobs, toys and paraphernalia in one of our stylish sideboards, coffee tables with hidden storage or display cabinets to restore calm and serenity to your home.

Here are some of the stylish, modern sideboards that we have in stock, ready for a speedy delivery! Assi Wenge Dark Wood Sideboard
Assi Wenge Dark Wood Sideboard

Assi Wenge Dark Wood Sideboard £439.00

If you are looking for a Dark Wood, stylish, high quality sideboard then this could be the solution. It is ideal for storage in living and dining rooms as it has two spacious cupboards and three handy drawers. The drawers and cupboards all have nifty 'soft' closures. The Assi Wenge Dark Wood Sideboard has slightly slanted, stylish rectangular brushed metal legs which enhance the overall designer look. If you need an extending dining table with the same rich dark looks and funky brushed metal legs, then have a look at the modern matching Assi Extending Wenge Dark Wood Dining Table. Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard
Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard

Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard £396.00

The Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard is part of the same stylish furniture range. Along with the matching extending dining table, this white and grey gloss sideboard gives a room a light and airy feel, whilst the grey gloss contrasting door and drawer fronts provide a welcome burst of accent colour. With two cupboards and three drawers the Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard provides plenty of storage, and the handy 'soft' closures mean there are no handles to spoil the sleek look. Once again, the legs of the Assi White Gloss Sideboard are designer retro, slightly slanted in a brushed metal finish. The matching extending dining table has the same white and grey gloss modern look and funky brushed metal legs.  With this contemporary extending dining table the central extension piece is in Grey high gloss to create a dramatic and eye-catching table. Assi Walnut Sideboard
Assi Walnut Sideboard

Assi Walnut Sideboard £439.00

Also in the Assi Range is a rich Walnut Veneer Sideboard, again giving two spacious cupboards and three handy drawers, providing ample space for dinner services, glasses and other miscellaneous items that you don't necessarily want on show. The drawers and cupboards all have nifty 'soft' closures. This sideboard also has a matching, retro style extending dining table in the same rich Walnut veneer with brushed metal slanted legs.  The grain of the extension leaf insertion runs in the opposite direction to the main table to give a stylish contrast. Aria Glass and White Oak Sideboard
Aria Glass and White Oak Sideboard

Aria Glass and White Oak Sideboard £549.00

This modern White Oak and glass sideboard is perfect if you are looking for an unusual and eye-catching storage solution.  The main body of the sideboard has a White Oak veneer with a very stylish oak grain running through it, and the glass supporting legs give the appearance that it is floating in the air.  The legs are made from 12mm thick tempered clear glass which have been rigorously tested for strength and durability, certified to BS6206 to ensure the quality of toughening and strength against impact. Stash away the TV remote, DVDs and other bits and bobs in the spacious drawers of the Aria Glass and White Oak Sideboard to keep clutter to a minimum in your dining room or lounge. The Aria Sideboard has four sleek 'soft' closing drawers for storage and a large display area. For a completely stylish new look in your home, why not have a look at the matching Aria White Oak Dining Table, Coffee Table, Coffee-End Table and Shelving Unit? The Aria range of furniture is also available in rich Espresso dark wood finish.
 
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General News, Living
Modern White Gloss Sideboard Storage Solution – Now In Stock!
February 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm 0
Fern White Gloss Sideboard

Fern White Gloss Sideboard £399.00 (should be £599.00)

The exclusive Fern White Gloss Sideboard is new to our range and is the perfect solution to storage dilemmas in modern and contemporary homes. As part of the Fern Range, it matches perfectly with the white high gloss dining tables in the Fern Range, to create a bright and trendy dining environment. The white high gloss finish bounces light all around the room, making the space look and feel larger and lighter.  This sideboard also represents excellent value for money at the introductory price of just £399.00 (should be £599.00). The Fern White Gloss Sideboard has four handy cupboards to store away all those bits and pieces that you don't want on display, and is supported by two feature loop legs which are finished in brushed metal. All in all, the Fern White Gloss Sideboard is a fantastic storage solution - in stock now and ready for delivery!
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Living, Materials
White High Gloss Sideboards and Storage Solutions
July 11, 2011 at 11:34 am 0
White High Gloss Sideboards provide the ultimate stylish solution to the annoying problem of where to store DVDs, CDs, the dinner service "kept for best" and all that valuable crystal.  Things that you may not use on a day-to-day basis but would like to keep tidily to hand.  Your favourite wedding presents, photograph albums and bottles of duty free can all be safely stashed away out of sight. Umbria White High Gloss Sideboard
Umbria White High Gloss Sideboard

Umbria White High Gloss Sideboard £539.00

The ultra trendy Umbria White High Gloss Sideboard is a modern and contemporary piece of furniture which adds style and sophistication to any dining room or lounge.  The contemporary white high gloss finish is beautifully accentuated by slim modern aluminium finished legs.  With three drawers and two cupboards it provides plenty of useful storage for your home.     Cecina White High Gloss Sideboard
Cecina White High Gloss Sideboard

Cecina White High Gloss Sideboard £730.00

The Cecina White High Gloss Sideboard is a very sleek and stylish cabinet, perfect for family living. The White High Gloss finish reflects light and brings a modern slant to any dining room, lounge or kitchen diner.  The three cupboards provide roomy storage for things such as crockery and glassware, and even the kids’ toys!   Santino White High Gloss Sideboard
Santino White High Gloss Sideboard

Santino White High Gloss Sideboard £1650.00

The Santino White High Gloss Sideboard is an impressive contemporary piece of furniture, with three compartments, a large central one and two smaller ones either side. This is a really solid and sturdy white high gloss lacquered sideboard, which is available with a choice of doors - glossy white lacquer, glossy black lacquer, glossy red lacquer, wenge veneer or walnut veneer.  The legs are finished in either satin finished steel or chrome and each compartment has a transparent tempered glass shelf. There are three other cabinets in the Santino range and a whole host of other sideboards and storage solutions in white high gloss  - take a look here The Cusi Range of Storage Coffee Tables
Cusi Small White High Gloss Coffee Table

Cusi Small White High Gloss Coffee Table £449.00

With an oriental influence to its design, the Cusi Range of coffee tables provides excellent storage space for all of your day-to-day clutter.  Newspapers, magazines and remote controls can be niftily tidied away out of sight in the storage compartment underneath.  There are no handles or knobs to interfere with the smooth straight lines of this contemporary white high gloss coffee table. These coffee tables are also available in chocolate or wenge finish.
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