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Kirsty Forder

Sale
January Sale 2019 – Our Top Picks
December 21, 2018 at 11:46 am 0
  Start saving on some of your favourite pieces sooner thanks to our early January sale. Get 10% off sitewide, 20% off sofas and beds and up to 40% off on our January sale deeper discount page. With such great savings, there’s never been a better time to revitalise your home with some stunning new furniture pieces!

40% off

The biggest discount in our January sale, update your kitchen, dining room or living room with up to 40% off selected colours and sizes.

Cleo 4 Seater Matt White Pedestal Dining Table

Cleo 4 Seater Matt White Pedestal Dining Table  

Cleo 4 Seater Matt Grey Pedestal Dining Table

Cleo 4 Seater Matt Grey Pedestal Dining Table  

Duo Matt Grey Side Table and Lime Fabric Stool Set

Duo Matt Grey Side Table and Lime Fabric Stool Set  

Loop 7 Seater Right Hand Corner Bench in Black

Loop 7 Seater Right Hand Corner Bench in Black  

Monti Real Leather Armchair in Black

Monti Real Leather Armchair in Black

 

Monti Real Leather Dining Chair in Black

Monti Real Leather Dining Chair in Black  

Elise Bar Stool in Cream

Elise Bar Stool in Cream

 

Elise Chrome Gas Lift Bar Stool in Latte Beige

Elise Chrome Gas Lift Bar Stool in Latte Beige

 

30% Off

From stackable chairs to stylish storage pieces, save up to 30% on some of our top tables and dining room seating.

Senn Colourful Dining Chairs in Blue, Red and White

  Senn Colourful Dining Chair in Blue Senn Colourful Dining Chair in Red Senn Colourful Dining Chair in White  

Aria Espresso Dark Wood and Glass Square Dining Table

Aria Espresso Dark Wood and Glass Square Dining Table Danetti

 

Form Cantilever Dining Armchair in White

Form Cantilever Dining Armchair in White  

Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard

Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard  

Form Chrome Bar Stool in Cool Grey

Form Chrome Bar Stool in Cool Grey    

20% Off

Keep the look cool and contemporary with Calanna white oak console or Louis marble table. Then introduce dark luxe looks with the matt black legs of the Bella chair or the rich walnut of the Halo coffee table.

Bella Real Leather Dining Chair in Cool Grey

Bella Real Leather Dining Chair in cool grey Danetti  

Arc 4 Seater Grey Gloss and Oak Dining Table

Arc 4 Seater Grey Gloss and Oak Dining Table

 

Calanna White Oak and Glass Console Table

Calanna White Oak and Glass Console Table

 

Louis Ceramic Marble and Light Grey Extending Dining Table

Louis Ceramic Marble and Light Grey Extending Dining Table Danetti

 

Danni Real Leather Dining Chair in White

Danni Real Leather Dining Chair in White  

Halo Walnut Coffee Table

Halo Walnut Coffee Table  

And that's not all!

Don't forget, during our January sale you can get 10% off sitewide on orders over £200 and 20% off sofas and beds. Shop the range now at www.danetti.com
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Floor Lamps, Lighting, Pendant Lamps, Table Lamps
Lighting Buying Guide: Table, Floor and Pendant Lamps – Danetti Lifestyle 
December 7, 2018 at 4:27 pm 0
  Lighting should never be left as an afterthought when it comes to home styling. A well thought out lighting scheme can help pull together the overall look and feel of your room while also performing a variety of functions. In this post, we’ll talk you through what lamp styles and colours to choose so you can illuminate your home in style!  

What Type of Lighting?

Let’s start with the basics. There are essentially three ways you want to light your home: Ambient, Task and Statement or Accent lighting:  

Ambient Lighting

Acting as a replacement for natural light in our homes, ambient lights are an extremely important factor in any interior space. This style of lighting should promote a comfortable level of brightness rather than a high sheen or glare.    

Task Lighting

Unlike ambient lighting, task lighting works hard in a small area. It should be used in areas you need more directional lighting, and where overhead lighting won't reach. Table lamps and pendants will help light a previously unloved corner and help you get some work done!       

Statement and Accent Lighting

Statement lights work to highlight features and add character to a room by drawing the eye to your most cherished items such as pictures or ornaments. Because of their shape and size, accent lighting is usually restricted to one area. Top Tip: When choosing your lights, think about the room's natural light and how that changes throughout the day. Are there any dark corners that would benefit from some illumination? What about a space in your room that’s just out of the sun’s reach? Placement of your lighting is just as important as the lamp itself.  

Just The Right Light

Lumens, unlike watts, are a direct measure of light output. The larger the lumen count, the brighter bulb. You can multiply a traditional light bulb wattage by 10 to provide the lumens that you should expect. For example, a traditional 40W light bulb would give about 460 Lumens. Here's another breakdown to give you a better idea of lights and lumens:  
Type of Light Lumens
Floodlight 1,000
Reading Lamp 800
Living Room 450
 

What Type of Lamp?

Danetti lighting - table lamps and desk lamps When you introduce lighting into your home, remember that you’re adding purpose as well as a prettiness. Whether that’s providing a guiding glow or task illumination, the type of lamp you choose will have a big impact. Here are the three main types of lamps and their purposes:  

Floor Lamps

Floor lamps don't require any installation, beyond being plugged into the nearest socket, making them one of the easiest interior updates for your home. They’re incredibly versatile too, as being a free-standing light they can be positioned throughout your home. Overarching shapes like our Evey floor lamp will make a statement in your space while slimmer profiles like the Carmel floor lamp offer lighting versatility for smaller spaces.  

Table Lamps & Desk Lamps

Like floor lamps, table lamps offer ultimate lighting versatility and are an inexpensive makeover for your home. Being lightweight and portable means they can be placed anywhere, helping illuminate dark corners and provide accent lighting.   Top Tip: a lamp with a fabric lampshade is perfect for creating a softer glow, as the shade helps to softly diffuse light throughout the room.     Table lamps are ideal for producing targeted light to assist you as you work, read or apply makeup by focusing attention and reducing eye strain.
Alma Black and Brass Table Lamp

Alma Black and Brass Table Lamp

 

Pendant Lamps

Pendants require more installation as they need to be hardwired into your home. But once this is done, they will transform the look and feel of your room. If you want to style your pendant over a kitchen island, allow clearance of around 75-90cm above your work surface and the bottom of the pendant. If you're worried steam and grease may come into contact with your pendant lights, make sure to pick a material that's easy to wipe clean. When it comes to sizing, pick a pendant that's in proportion with the area you want to light. Too small and the light will look lost, too big and it'll look overpowering. Pendants with or without lampshades are a good way to suit the size of the lamp to your space.   Low hanging pendants are also a great alternative to bedside lamps, like the Teo styled alongside the Mellow bed, as they look super-modern while saving space. It's a good idea to position your light switch close to your bed for easy access when reading or lounging in bed.    Top Tip: When it comes to hardwired lights, try to arrange your light switches so it’s convenient to turn them off. For example, it's best to place switches at the top and bottom of stairs, at each end of a hallway and by the door to a room.  

Warm or Bright?

Having various types of lighting throughout your home is essential to set different moods during the day and evening. Each lighting style has its place: bright for reading, working and practical tasks, and dimmed for watching TV and relaxing. A softer light will ensure a relaxed, welcoming space, projecting warmth into the room.     Top Tip: Consider the main function of the room. If it’s a kitchen or dining area, add task lights to illuminate key areas. A bedroom or living room space calls for a softer, more ambient light, such as shaded lamps that diffuse the light softly around the room.  

Extra Features

Looking for a little bit more? Keep your eye out for these features as they’ll make your lighting even more versatile...  

Adjustable

An adjustable lamp means you can direct light to where it’s needed most. The Hugo lamp takes this one step further, with three-adjustable lights, so you can illuminate even more of your space.
Hugo Black and Brass Floor Lamp

Hugo Black and Brass Floor Lamp

 

Weighty Base

Our marble lamps don’t just look effortlessly luxe, they’re incredibly practical too. Rather than being a marble effect, our marble based lamps are solid marble. Having a lamp with a weighted base helps prevent it from topping over while still remaining easy enough to reposition and move in your space.  

Decorative Bulbs

As we’ve mentioned previously in this post, lamps add both prettiness and purpose to space. We have a variety of lamps designed for use with decorative and filament bulbs. Some are included, like the sleek frosted glass bulb of the Pablo lamp. So you can really have some fun with your styling.  

And Finally, Some Lighting Top Tips...

  • Always turn the lights out when you leave a room, even if you’re just leaving the room very briefly. This will save both electricity and it's better for the environment. 
  • Don’t wait to replace your bulbs if they’ve darkened. The light may still work but they use the same amount of power as a new bulb, just with less light.
  • Brighter bulbs can make your space feel bigger and more inviting, but try to avoid using a higher wattage bulb than necessary – this can make a massive difference to your electricity bill.
  • Clean your bulbs, shades and fixtures regularly to get rid of dust and dirt that accumulates and absorbs light.
  • Something to consider is line of sight. You want it so the light is guiding but not shining uncomfortably in your face!
 

So there you have it!

Have we inspired you to choose some new lighting pieces for your home? We hope so! Head over to our website to shop the collection of table, floor and pendant lamps.   Have You Heard? We now do beds! Find out how to style this range and more with tips from Danetti's interior stylist.
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Special Offers
Danetti At Christmas: Festive Edition. Win £300 worth of Danetti Vouchers!
December 5, 2018 at 4:12 pm 0
 

Danetti at Christmas

It's Christmaaaaas... well, nearly. And to celebrate the festive season, we're launching our Danetti at Christmas: Festive Edition prize giveaway! For your chance to win £300 worth of Danetti vouchers, simply share a snap of your Christmas decorations and Danetti furniture. You can share your image on Facebook, Instagram, or both! just make sure to use the #danettixmas.   Here are some of last years entries to get you started...
Christmas: Saras light and open dining area with the Fern and Stylo set is a nordic inspired dream! So clean and stylish.

Sara's light and open dining area with the Fern and Stylo set is a Nordic-inspired dream! So clean and stylish.

 
What a delightful corner created with our Wing Occasional Armchair and Grey Gloss Pebble Side Tables! Thanks, Lynne

What a delightful corner created with our Wing Occasional Armchair and Grey Gloss Pebble Side Tables! Thanks, Lynne

Hayley's Cleo and Santo Dining Set looks fab in her family home... We love the boxes turned into houses for the kids too!

Hayley's Cleo and Santo Dining Set looks fab in her family home... We love the boxes turned into houses for the kids too!

Entries close midnight 1st January 2019 with the winner being announced 4th January 2019. We can't wait to see your Christmassy homes! Good luck and Merry Christmas from everyone here at Danetti.  

Competition T&C’s:

  • To enter, you’ll need to share a photo of your Danetti furniture on our Facebook page or on Instagram using the #danettixmas.
  • Our interior stylist here at Danett will select the winner based on the photo they think looks the best. 
  • The competition will run from the Wednesday 5th December 2018 until Tuesday 1st of January 2018. Entries after this time will unfortunately not be counted.
  • The winner will be announced on Friday 4th January 2018.
  • The prize cannot be exchanged for money or any other product or service.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter this prize giveaway.
  So, get your Danetti furniture looking its best, put up your sparkly decorations and spread some festive cheer this Christmas.   You can view our Facebook here and Instagram here. For more style inspiration, check out the rest of our lifestyle blog.
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Sale
Black Friday 2018 – Save Big This Black Friday!
November 22, 2018 at 1:21 pm 0
  Our Black Friday sale is here! So now is a better time than ever to snap up that piece (or those pieces) that have been sat in your cart for a while now but are yet to be checked out. With site wide offers and additional discounts of up to 40% on some great pieces, you’re sure to find something to suit your home in our Black Friday sale.

40% off

Our biggest saving this Black Friday, get up to 40% off a selection of dining tables, our real leather Monti dining chair in black and the handy duo side table set.  

Black Leather Monti Real Leather Dining Chair in Black

onti Real Leather Dining Chair - Friday  

Cross 4 Seater Grey Gloss and Oak Dining Table

Cross 4 Seater Grey Gloss and Oak Dining Table  

Duo Matt Grey Side Table and Lime Fabric Stool Set

Duo Matt Grey Side Table and Lime Fabric Stool Set  

30% off

Sideboards and dining tables are big investments for your home, so why not snap these statement pieces while they're 30% off!

Assi White Gloss And Walnut Sideboard

  Assi White Gloss And Walnut Sideboard  

Elise Bar Stool in Latte Beige

Elise Bar Stool Latte Beige from Danetti  

Zen 6 Seater Grey Gloss Dining Table

Zen 6 Seater Grey Gloss Dining Table

 

Bella Real Leather Dining Chair in Cool Grey

Bella Real Leather Dining Chair in cool grey Danetti  

Cleo 4 Seater Matt White Pedestal Dining Table

 

Aria Large Espresso Dark Wood Coffee Table

Aria Large Espresso Dark Wood Coffee Table  

20% off

If grey is what you're after, we've got you covered. The Arc table, Louis table and Cleo are all now 20% off in our Black Friday sale.  

Arc 4 Seater Grey Gloss Dining Table

Arc 4 Seater Grey Gloss Dining Table

 

Moda Dining Chair in White

Moda Dining Chair in White Danetti  

Cleo 4 Seater Matt Grey Pedestal Dining Table

Cleo 4 Seater Matt Grey Pedestal Dining Table

 

10% off

From durable ceramics to rich dark wood veneer, save up to 10% on selected tables and chairs.  

Louis Ceramic Marble and Light Grey Extending Dining Table

Louis Ceramic Marble and Light Grey Extending Dining Table Danetti

 

Aria Espresso Dark Wood and Glass Square Dining Table

Aria Espresso Dark Wood and Glass Square Dining Table Danetti

 

Senn Colourful Dining Chairs 

 

Black Friday 2018

Visit our website to shop the Black Friday 2018 sale, or give us a call on 020 3588 1380 if you have any questions. We're always more than happy to help!   **All Black Friday Offers End Midnight 26/11/18. The BF18 code will not be valid after this time.**
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Cleaning Guides
Cleaning Leather Furniture: What Products Work Best!
November 6, 2018 at 6:15 pm 0
  Although we take care to look after our leather furniture, there’s no getting away from the occasional spaghetti spillage or accidental denim smudge. But what product do you trust to use on your leather when those pesky marks do occur? In this post, we've conducted our own cleaning test, on both leather and faux leather, to find the cleaning solution must-haves for your home cleaning kit.  So without further ado, let’s start some cleaning…  

Scotchgard Multi-purpose Protector

Description: Protective spray Category: Protect Price: £8.34 How to Use: Spray onto new and clean surfaces from 20cm away. Allow the leather to dry overnight (minimum of 12 hours). Reapply periodically and after cleaning to maintain protection. How we tested it: we applied the Scotch guard and then used tea droplets to see how well the surface was protected from the 'spillage'. NOTE: This Scotgaurd is designed for use on real leather, but for the purposes of this cleaning video, we thought we'd test it on the faux leather too...   Smell: 👍🏼 Texture: 👍🏼👍🏼 Easy of use: 👍🏼👍🏼 Effectiveness:👍🏼👍🏼 Our Verdict: Good for a base level of protection, easy to use and not overly expensive. Out of all the protective products we tested, this one was by far the best.  

Furniture Clinic Leather Ultra Clean

Description: Cleaning solution Category: Deep Clean Price: £17.95 How to Use: Shake the bottle before use, then spray the cleaner onto a sponge or cloth. Wipe the mark in a circular motion. How we tested it: we used tomato puree on the right of each of the leathers and dye transfer from jeans to the left.   Smell: 👎🏼👎🏼 Texture: 👍🏼👍🏼 Easy of use: 👍🏼 Effectiveness:👍🏼👍🏼 Best for: Cleaning PU Our Verdict: The cleaner worked reasonably well cleaning the sauce from the PU. This took some time (and a bit of elbow grease!) but it did manage to wipe it all away. However, the product didn’t work as well on the real leather as it struggled to get the sauce of out the deeper grooves. This cleaner didn’t work particularly well on the colour transfer. As you can see from the clip, the solution did make the stain lighter on the PU and did make it less visible on the real leather, but it didn't remove it completely.   

HG 4-in-1 Cleaner

Description: Cleaning Solution Category: Deep Clean and Protect Price: £7.48 How to Use:  To use, dampen a soft, lint-free cloth and gently rub the solution into the leather. Remove any excess so this isn't left on the leather.  How we tested it: we applied the cleaner and then used tea droplets to see how well the surface was protected from the 'spillage'.   Smell: 👎🏼 Texture: 👍🏼👍🏼 Easy of use: 👍🏼👍🏼 Effectiveness: 👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼 Best for: General maintenance of leather Our Verdict: This product gave the leather a really nice feel but, from our tea-test, didn't seem to create much of a barrier of resistance. This product would be good for general leather maintenance but not so much if you want to properly protect it.  

Fabric Magic Leather Cleaning Wipes

Description: leather cleaning wipes Category: Spot clean Price: £2.50 How to use: pull out of the packet and you're ready to go! How we tested it: we used tomato puree on the right of each of the leathers and dye transfer from jeans to the left.   Smell: 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Texture: 👍🏼👍🏼 Easy of use: 👍🏼👍🏼 Effectiveness: 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Best for: Food spillages  Our Verdict: This was by far the easiest cleaner to use, and they smelt great! The wipes didn’t remove the colour transfer so we don't recommend them for this. However, the wipes did remove most of the sauce. With the real leather, we were able to scrub a bit harder resulting in a deeper clean. If you have leather furniture then these wipes are a must-have for those quick spills and easy clean-ups. They're cheap too so even though we had to use a few to clean away the sauce, this wasn't an issue.  

Leather Upholstery Cleaning Kit 

Ink Solution (the smallest bottle of the three):

Description: cleaning solution Category: designed to remove ink Price: kit costs £14.99 How to Use: apply the solution to a damp cloth and dab the ink stain rather than rubbing. Do not apply the solution directly to the leather.  

Cleaning Solution (the spray):

Description: Cleaning spray Category: general leather cleaning Price: kit costs £14.99 How to Use: apply the solution to a damp cloth and wipe the leather in a gentle motion rather than rubbing.   How we tested them: we used a dye transfer from jeans on the right of each of the leathers and a biro pen on the left.  

Ink Solution:

Smell: 👎🏼👎🏼 Texture: 👍🏼👍🏼 Easy of use: 👍🏼 Effectiveness: 👎🏼👎🏼 Best for: - Our Verdict: Didn’t remove the ink but did make it lighter. May possibly work on smaller, lighter pen marks but not a child drawing on the surface, for example. The ink remover ultimately didn't work so this won't be the quick fix you need after your kids have gone all Picasso on your leather dining chairs!  

Cleaning Solution:

Smell: 👍🏼 Texture: 👍🏼👍🏼 Easy of use: 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Effectiveness: 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Best for: cleaning away dye transfers from jeans. Our Verdict: Easy to use, wiped away the colour transfer with minimal effort and pressure. Didn’t leave behind a mark. Best by far for removing a colour transfer from jeans.  

Renapur Leather Balm:

Description: Cleaning balm Category: Clean and protect Price: £12 How to Use: Apply to the leather sparingly using a dry sponge. How we tested it: we applied the balm and then used tea droplets to see how well the surface was protected from the 'spillage'.     Smell: 👎🏼👎🏼 Texture: 👎🏼 Easy of use: 👎🏼👎🏼 Effectiveness: 👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼 Best for: - Our Verdict: Tea rolled off both surfaces the same, seemed to have made little difference. Doesn't smell that nice and was quite hard to apply using the sponges provided. From our tests, we didn't feel like it made that much of a difference.   So there you have it. We've cleaned, wiped and scrubbed our way through these cleaners to help you find the best solutions for your leather. For more leather care and cleaning tips, make sure you take a look at our Real Leather Buying Guide.   

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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.

Show Us Your Style!

Already have some Danetti real leather in your home? Whether it's a bar stool, dining chair or sofa, we'd love to see! Post a picture on social with #mydanetti for your chance to be featured on our page.
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Buying Guides, Coffee Tables
Coffee Table Buying Guide: What You Need To Know
September 28, 2018 at 5:03 pm 0
Coffee Tables:Aria Small White Oak Coffee End TableCoffee tables are a staple part of any living room interior. Varying in shape, style and size, the best place to start when looking for your dream coffee table is knowing your measurements...  

What Height?

  • For the best ergonomic fit, measure the height of your sofa and the chairs around where you are wanting to place the table. The table itself can be slightly higher or lower than your seating area- there’s no set ‘rule’- but it’s best to opt for what sizing best suits your space.
  • If you want a surface to work at, go for a higher table that can accommodate your laptop or books. If you want to create a more relaxed and casual look, go for something lower as a spot for you to place your cup of coffee and snacks.
   

What Shape?

  • For a really aesthetically pleasing setting, find a rectangular coffee table that is half the length of your sofa.
  • If space is tight, especially in small corners, it’s best to opt for a round coffee table as there are no sharp edges to have to manoeuvre around in a tight spot.
  • Oval shaped coffee tables work a treat alongside L- shaped seating areas and sofas as they give a substantial enough styling surface but still allow for ease of movement around and between the coffee table and the seat.
   

What Size?

  • If you are really pushed for space, or if you’ve already got a coffee table but want an extra styling surface, an end table would be perfect. Shorter in length, a coffee end table has all the style and shape of a normal coffee table in a more compact and practical size.
  • If you’ve got a larger seating area to cater for, you could go for a larger coffee table that reaches all of the seating spaces or opt for more smaller coffee tables and place them by each seat.
   

What Material Coffee Table?

If you’ve got lots going on in your existing interior, opt for a neutral colour like white or grey gloss as this will create a clean and contemporary look. Or you could choose a transparent glass table and let the colours and design of your existing space shine through. If you want to coordinate, pick an accent in your space you want to accentuate further, whether this is a wooden finish or shiny metal elements and tie this in with materials on your coffee table. This will create a seamless look throughout the setting.
Halo Walnut Coffee Table

Halo Walnut Coffee Table with brushed steel feet

If you want to create a sense of space, opt for a glass coffee table. It will not only gently reflect the light around your room but its transparent quality means it has less of a visual impact. If you want to create a focal point try blending the colours of your coffee table with a rug placed under the table. This will give the illusion of more room while also making your coffee table a true focal point in the space. TOP TIP: Coffee tables can be a great way to add discreet storage to your room, so if you feel your space would really benefit from having an extra storage spot, choose a table that has drawers or a lift up lid, or even a table that has a handy shelf underneath.  

Style

Do you have a more traditional interior that you want to add a modern twist? Or are you looking to coordinate with existing finishes? Coffee tables are a great way to tie your whole room together as they tend to sit centre stage in the space.

Function

Coffee tables aren’t just places for your cups of coffee. They’re storage units, display areas, places for tasty snacks and your favourite magazines. So if you’re looking for extra storage, opt for a coffee table with a drawer or shelf. Want to display? Choose something with an open compartment or lots of surface space. If it’s versatility you're after, choose a coffee table set or even build up your side tables into a coffee table arrangement, as then you can move and adjust them to suit your setting.
Tiva Coffee Table Set

Tiva Coffee Table Set in a coffee table and side table arrangement

 

Budget

Coffee tables can differ greatly in price depending on size, quality and materials.  If you love the look of a coffee table but it’s out of your price range, try and see if the same style is available with a different finish. Coffee tables are a key part of any living interior so you’ll want to make sure you choose one that you love and that will stand the test of time!  

Versatility

If you need a coffee table that can be moved around the room easily, opt for something smaller and simpler in design, perhaps something that is more like a side table. It’s a pretty obvious point to make but remember that with mobile coffee tables, the lighter the better. 
Acute Grey Gloss and Chrome Square Coffee Table & Side Table

Rather than a coffee table set, you could instead opt for a matching coffee table and side table to create a coordinated look

 

How To Dress Up Your Coffee Table

Now you have a better idea of the size and shape you are after, it’s time for the really fun part- the styling! Follow these simple steps to create a sleek coffee table setup. You’ll have friends and family thinking you’re an interior stylist in no time!
  • SOMETHING TALL: Give your table dressing substance by adding height. Take care not to go too tall as you need to still see your TV! Try styling objects such as vases, candlesticks or a tall lantern, adding a candle for instant mood setting.
  • AN UNUSUAL OBJECT: Think of something quirky or interesting that you can style as the focal point. We always find placing an object in a cloche works really well.
  • SOMETHING FRESH: Adding a plant or a small vase of flowers to the space will add life and zest to your setting. Succulents are ideal as they also have a sculptural quality and need no maintenance.
  • A STACK OF BOOKS: A pile of colour coordinated books or magazines will give your coffee table instant style. Use a few books to make a real impact, topping them off with something decorative like a candle, small vase or plant.
  • ODD NUMBERS: Three really is a magic number, especially when it comes to creating displays that are visually pleasing. Check out our blog ‘The Power of 3’ for loads of tips on how to create this style staple.
   

Care and Cleaning Coffee Tables

Wood Veneer:

What is it? An oak veneer with a fully opaque, matt finish. The resulting finish is an even matt look but with a subtle wooden texture. How to clean it: Dampen a non-abrasive lint-free cloth and move in the direction of the wood grain. For more stubborn marks, apply a dab of mild dishwashing detergent to your cloth.  When cleaning, use a paper towel or a clean dishcloth rather than a sponge, as a sponge will more than likely just spread the liquid across the surface. It's best not to place drinks or plates directly onto the coffee table surface. Instead, we suggest using coasters and mats to give the oak veneer an extra layer of protection.  

High Gloss: 

What is it? Multiple layers of paint applied in controlled conditions and dried for 24 hours between each coat. The surface is then hand finished and polished to a reflective shine. How to clean it: Use a soft microfibre damp cloth, without applying too much pressure, to wipe any marks away. A mild detergent like washing up liquid is ideal for cleaning up more stubborn or greasy marks caused by food and drink. After cleaning, don’t leave the table to air dry. Instead, give the gloss surface a quick wipe over with a dry cloth to remove any moisture or watermarks.  

Brushed Metal:

Halo White Gloss Coffee Table

Halo White Gloss Coffee Table has trendy brushed metal feet

What is it? Solid stainless steel that has been buffed to give a brushed look. The surface is treated with a slight abrasive in a linear motion to give a matt metallic look. How to clean it: For everyday cleaning and non-stubborn marks, you can simply use some hot (not boiling) water and a cloth or sponge to wipe over your brushed metal furniture. You can always add a little bit of washing up liquid if your cleaning needs an extra boost. Try to keep it dry as possible, whether this is after cleaning the material or mopping the floor around it. This is because if the metal is left to air dry, marks and water spots will occur. Avoid using steel brushes or any highly abrasive scrubbing pads as this can cause scratches or leave behind residue which can over time lead to rust.  

Tempered Glass:

What is it? Strengthened tempered safety glass which has been certified to British Standards to ensure safety, durability and strength. How to clean it: You can use antibacterial sprays, even ones that contain bleach, as the glass is nonporous. Then use a specific glass spray, such as a window cleaner, to protect the surface from smears using a lint-free cloth. Alternatively, you can also use soapy lukewarm water and dish soap to give the coffee table a good clean. Don’t place abrasive materials on the coffee table as this will scratch its beautifully smooth surface. Most things will be fine but objects with a rough underside could leave a mark if dragged.   TOP TIP: Remember to also clean the underside of your glass table if it’s transparent. It won’t need an in-depth clean like the top surface but it’s still important to clean and maintain the underside to keep your table looking its best.  

So There You Have It!

Have we inspired you to get a stylish new coffee table for your home? We have such a wide variety of designs, styles and colours in our coffee table range, so there is sure to be something that catches your eye. For more coffee table styling tips, check out our Coffee Table Style Guide. If you're revamping the whole of your living room, then you can't miss our Ultimate Living Room Buying Guide.  

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Outdoor
How to Store Your Garden Furniture For Winter
August 31, 2018 at 4:33 pm 0
What a summer we’ve had! The bright summer mornings and long summer nights spent in the garden seemed like they’d last forever. But as the weather begins to get cooler and the clouds start creeping in, it’s a good idea to start thinking about how you're going to store your garden furniture over the winter monthsAlthough designed for outdoor use, garden furniture is best tucked away or protected during the rainy seasons. Follow our top tips so that your garden pieces stay looking sleek and fresh, ready for use next year!  

Keep It Clean

Mould and mildew can spread quickly if moisture is left on the surface. So one of the most important steps when it comes to storing your garden furniture is to clean it beforehand. One final, thorough clean before storage will help the furniture be fit for use next summertime.  

How to Clean: Cast Aluminium

We all know Aluminium garden furniture won’t rust, (and if you don’t, take a look at our Aluminium post here), but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to take care of the material when you store it away. Start by using a nylon-bristled brush to remove any dirt or leaves. Then it’s best to use a hot water and soap solution to scrub away any further marks and stains. Try to avoid using cleaning materials that are overly abrasive as they can damage the surface of the aluminium. Once cleaned, use fresh water to rinse the aluminium. You can help further polish and protect the surface by applying a coat of water and vinegar with a soft cloth.

How to Clean: Plastic Chairs  

Plastic furniture is so easy to clean. You can start by using warm water mixed with soap, detergent, or any other standard cleaning solution. For a deeper clean, you’re fine to use a tiny bit of bleach. Avoid using steel wool or anything abrasive as this can damage a plastic surface.  Plastic furniture is able to withstand the force of a pressure washer. So before storing your chairs, give them a quick hose down to rinse of any leaves or dirt.

How to Clean: Frabic Bench Cushions

  Most outdoor bench cushion covers are removable and machine washable. However, if you wash them too frequently, the protective coating will begin to wear away. If you are machine washing your cushions, a gentle wash on the coolest cycle will be all you need. For regular, light cleaning of your bench cushions, lightly brush off any loose dirt and then vacuum the surface using the handheld nozzle. Then, spot-clean the affected area using a damp cloth and fabric safe cleaning product.

Stack Your Chairs

When not in use it’s best to stack your chairs. This will help to minimize their footprint both in and outside. If you don’t have the space to store them inside, try to leave your chairs in a relatively sheltered area of the garden and cover them with a tarp or other waterproof cover. The cover for your chairs should be close fitting but not too tight so that some air can circulate around your furniture. Stacking the chairs when left outside will also give them added weight so they won’t topple over in strong winds.  

Keep it Covered

Even when stored inside away from the elements, it’s still a good idea to keep your garden furniture covered. This will help prevent dust from settling on the surface. Our garden covers are made from a high quality, heavy gauge woven fabric with a waterproof coating. This garden cover comes with a cord and eyelet so that it can be cinched in, keeping your garden furniture securely undercover.  

Store on a Solid, Flat Surface

If possible, try to move your furniture off of your grass when not in use as this will significantly reduce the furniture’s exposure to moisture. If this isn’t an option, try standing the table and chair legs in saucers or on pieces of wood preservative as this will add an extra layer of protection. For more tips on how to clean your garden furniture, make sure you take a look at our Cleaning Outdoor Furniture blog post.  

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Dining Tables, New Products
Louis Extending Dining Table: Product Spotlight
August 17, 2018 at 3:27 pm 0
  When it comes to a family dining table, durability is a must. It’d be no good having a table that looks the part but isn’t up to scratch when it comes to usability. We champion all of our dining tables as being fit for everyday use, none more so than our new Ceramic Louis Dining Table. This table not only looks great, but it’s incredibly durable and practical too. In this product spotlight, we’ll talk you through the great features of this piece has to offer, and why you need to consider having the Louis table in your home!

Practicality & Durability

Fajitas for dinner, buffet spreads and birthday parties are all great occasions, but they can take their toll on our dining tables. And who wants to hide a good looking table under a plastic cover? Well, you’ll be glad to hear that with the Louis this won’t be an issue.   The table surface is made from a durable ceramic that’s been backed onto tempered safety glass. Although a bit of a mouthful to say, this is what makes the Louis so sturdy. The ceramic top is resistant to over 100°C heat, so you can place hot dishes straight from the oven onto the ceramic surface and not worry about the material warping.     The ceramic is also fully scratch proof. This means it’s more durable than being scratch resistant, so ideal for busy mealtimes and families with younger children. You can fill your table full of plates, dishes and pans and not worry about damaging the surface.  

Louis Table Finishes

Marble & Light Grey

One of the limitations of a real marble table (other than the price) is that it's porous. The marble backed ceramic finish is, therefore, a great alternative as it’s resistant to absorption. So you get the luxurious look of a marble table but with increased durability.

Softly Mottled Stone

The other two finishes for the Louis are a light and dark grey ceramic. If you look closely, you can see the surface has a textured stone-like appearance, rather than being one flat colour. This gives the table a natural look but with the added benefit of the durable ceramic. The darker of the two will create a real statement look in your dining area while the lighter grey is ideal for styling alongside modern finishes.

Make Room For All!

Extending dining tables are ideal if you want the option of extra seats but don’t need a large table up all of the time. Extending tables also give you added versatility and can help you maximise the space you have available. The Louis table has a single butterfly extension piece. It’s so easy to use; just pull the table apart then flip and clip the extension in place. The extension is stored within the top so you don’t need to think about where to put it when it’s not in use. This makes it incredibly user-friendly. Unextended, the table can seat four to six (using the table ends). With the extension in place, you’ll be able to seat up to eight. Seating will also depend on your choice of dining chair. For example, some chairs have a wider base while others are taller and slimmer.  So if you want to maximise the use of this table, it’s best to check the width of your chairs.
Louis Ceramic Marble and Deco Real Leather Extending Dining Set

Because of the wider seat of the Deco, the Louis is better suited to a six-seater set up.

Louis Light Grey Ceramic and Lucia Extending Dining Set

However, with the Lucia chairs, you can fit up to eight thanks to the slimmer shape of the seats.

Colour & Coordination

The extension piece is made from a quality MDF board. It’s satin painted to match the colour of the leg frame while also coordinating with the colours of the ceramic top.  The MDF extension isn’t heat or scratch resistant like the ceramic top, so it’s best to still use heatproof coasters and mats on this section of the table surface. The stainless steel leg frame is satin painted, same as the MDF extension piece. We’ve added an inverted 45° sculpted angular detail so the leg frame neatly tucks under the table top. This gives the leg frame a subtle yet considered design detail on the leg, without interrupting the smooth table surface.  

Care and Cleaning

To clean the ceramic table surface, use a wet sponge and a mild detergent. It’s that simple! Because ceramic is extremely durable, it’s less prone to scratches and stains than a natural stone, so you can spend less time worrying about the clean-up and more time enjoying mealtimes.   To find out even more about this durable table, you can view the Louis Ceramic Marble and Light Grey Extending Dining Table, Louis Dark Grey Ceramic Extending Dining Table and Louis Light Grey Ceramic Extending Dining Table over on our website.   For more tips on how to buy the perfect dining table, take a look at our 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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