X

Kirsty Forder

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.  

Like What You See?

If you enjoy the content we share with you, be sure to sign up to our newsletter. We send out product updates, styling tips and offers straight to your inbox so you won’t miss a thing! You can sign up here.
CONTINUE READING ...
Outdoor, Styling Tips
7 Outdoor Furniture Buying Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid!
April 27, 2018 at 2:54 pm 0
7 Outdoor Furniture Buying Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid! Image: Palermo Grey Pedestal Table and Lola Small Dining Set When browsing for garden furniture, it’s so easy to get carried away with all the different shapes, sizes and styling possibilities. But have no fear, we are here to help. Stay away from these 7 Outdoor Furniture Buying Mistakes and you’ll have created your dream garden setting in no time!  

Mistake 1: Not Thinking About Your Outdoor Space

The outdoor dining set in that glossy magazine may look a dream styled alongside acres of grass and a 30ft pool. But unfortunately, we don’t all have the same luxurious space to fill! Before you start your search, consider your own garden area and what furniture you think will work (and fit) in the setting. Have you got a little alcove that’s ideal for a dining bench?
Palermo Grey Pedestal Table and Lola Small Dining Set

The Palermo White 2 Seater Bench is the perfect fit in a corner or by the side of your patio. Featured set: Palermo Grey Pedestal Table and Lola Small Dining Set

How about a square decked area that would suit around dining set? If you shop for the space you have, you can either maximise it with space-saving features or decide what portion of your garden you want to utilise with furniture. If you have a large decked space, you don't have to completely fill it with furniture. You could choose a dining set that will fill only part of the space to section off a dining area and leave the rest open, ideal if you'd like have a clear view out of your patios doors.   It’s also a good idea to think about usage. Do you entertain regularly? Make sure you have enough seats for friends and family. Are you looking to create an alfresco dining spot or more of a lounge area? You’ll need to think about what you want to use the space for so you can choose the furniture to match.

Mistake 2: Not Measuring Before You Buy

We talk about this a lot in each of our buying guides (which you can read here if you’re interested), but we can’t stress enough how important it is to measure before you buy. Measure the space, mark it out using a cardboard cut out or bedsheet before you buy so you know the furniture will fit. In a garden space, you are a little less restricted than you are indoors, but it’s always best practice to check first.

Mistake 3: Not Researching The Materials Or Quality 

Some materials would look stunning in a garden space, but they may not be fit for purpose. Others will stand the test of time, but then have the bulky and boring look of traditional garden furniture. Thankfully, there are materials that are as practical as they are good looking! If you’re opting for fabric outdoor furniture, two key features to look for are Shower Proofing and UV protection. Showerproof fabrics are okay to be left out during those light summer showers (though it’s best to store them inside when heavier rain starts to fall). Fabrics with a UV protection are far less likely to be subject to fading as the coating is designed to prevent this.   An aluminium frame is also something to keep on your radar. The great thing about aluminium is that it’s anti-rust and can, therefore, withstand the rain. It’s also lightweight so you can easily move, reposition and manoeuver your garden furniture. Our range of aluminium garden furniture has a sleek powder coat so you have the option of a dark or lighter finish to style in your space.

Mistake 4: Forgetting About Function And Relying On Aesthetics

It’s easy to get drawn in by trendy colours and finishes. But if you don’t also consider the quality and function of the furniture alongside its looks, then it’s very unlikely to be fit for use or stand the test of time. This is why you need to consider both function and form. Our frosted glass table tops, for example, not only look effortlessly sleek, but they are also functional too. The glass is easy to wipe clean and weather resistant, while the frosted top stops you getting a glaring reflection in the sun. Our range of dining benches has also been designed with style and practicality in mind. The bench cushions are showerproof and can be removed for cleaning making them perfect for garden seating. However, they also have the comfort, look and style of indoor seating, ticking all of the right boxes!    

Mistake 5: Forgetting About The Finer Details

Not essential but they can make all the difference. Those finer details and finishing touches can be what really makes your garden area stand out from the rest! Adjustable floor guides, for example, may seem like a small feature. However, when you consider how annoying a wobbly garden table or chair can be on an uneven floor, the floor guides soon become a great addition.  Having chairs that are stackable are also ideal as they not only save space, but it also means you can have a couple of extra seats and pull them out when needed. This will make your garden space even more versatile. We’ve mentioned how useful it is to have removable cushions for cleaning and storage. But how about having the space double up as an extra side table? This considered feature is part of our Palermo corner bench range, where the end cushions can be removed to reveal and sleek wooden table, perfect for your drinks and snacks when not being used as a seat.

Mistake 6: Not Considering Storage

So you’ve got your dining bench and table all set up and it looks great sitting there in the sunshine. But what about when the warmer weather starts to fade? Although designed for outdoor use, you’ll want to protect your furniture in the winter months to keep it looking its best for longer. Consider whether you have room to store your garden furniture indoors, such as in a garage or garden shed. If you don’t have space to store the furniture indoors, invest in a garden cover to give the pieces an added layer of protection. It’s also a good idea to remove any fabrics and to stack you dining chairs for added stability when the wind picks up!  

Mistake 7: Ignoring Existing Colours And Finishes

This one’s more a styling preference but it’s one to consider if you’re keen on creating a considered and coordinated look. Unlike indoors, you’re not matching your furniture with a sofa colour or feature wall. Instead, you’ve got your green lawn, flower beds and pebbled patio to contend with. With such an earthy palette to work with, try to choose furniture that can be tied in with the rest of the space. Matcha green and light greys are perfect for creating an earthy outdoor look. This look also works really well in a smaller garden as the green will blend rather than overwhelm. That’s not to say you can’t go bold though. Our Edie chair in Ginger works a treat in a garden area as the bright colour just radiates the look and feel of summer sunshine.   So there you have it, the 7 Outdoor Furniture Buying Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid. Just recap, here’s what we’ve covered:
  1. Not thinking about your garden space
  2. Forgetting to measure before you buy
  3. Not researching the materials or the quality of the furniture
  4. Forgetting about function and relying only on aesthetics
  5. Forgetting about the finer details
  6. Not considering storage
  7. Ignoring Existing Colours and Finishes
 

 Show Us Your Style!

Already have some Danetti garden furniture in your home? We’d love to see how you’ve styled your space. Post a picture on social with the #mydanetti for your chance to be featured on our page.
CONTINUE READING ...
Buying Guides, Living
Occasional Chair Buying Guide: Create Your Home Haven
April 13, 2018 at 4:49 pm 0
Danetti Occasional Chairs Whether you need an extra seat in your living room, want to make use of a cosy corner or are looking to create a statement look in your space, an occasional chair is sure to be a welcome addition to your home. With so many different style and shapes to choose from, it can be tricky knowing what’s right for your space. In this guide, we’ll talk through various sizing, styling and materials to help you find that perfect piece.  

First Things First, Sizing

If you’ve got the space, go big! A chair that's 95-100cm in height, 75-100cm in width and 90-100cm in depth will allow enough space for you to create a blissfully inviting and comfortable spot. With a larger chair, you’ll need to consider whether you have the room to accommodate such a statement setting. If you’re looking to create the ultimate lounging area, have you considered a chaise lounge? Larger than an occasional chair but smaller than a sofa, a chaise lounge doubles up to suit all of your seating needs. A chaise lounge, such as our Luxe, has such a luxurious and designer look due to its quilted back and smooth curved shape. You can style a chaise lounge in an open plan seating area or even in your bedroom as a sleek extra seat.   Sizing Checklist:
  • Height
  • Seat height
  • Back height
  • Width
  • Depth
  • Floor protectors
 

Now Let’s Look at Materials

Are you after a soft fabric or a smooth real leather? It’s likely you’ll add a cushion or throw to your occasional chair but it’s always a good idea to consider the look, feel and durability of the material.  

Fabric Occasional Chair

The melange yarn that we use for our fabric Angelo chair combines two colours of yarn which creates subtle tones and flecks in the material. This makes it far more forgiving than a flat plain coloured fabric. It also gives the chair a wonderful texture and depth of finish. Fabric chairs are inherently cosy so are ideal if you want to sit back and get super cosy. To Clean: Use a slightly dampened cloth to wipe any spillages or marks as soon as they appear. For a deeper clean, only use specialised upholstery cleaning products to treat the chair as you know the product will be safe to use on the fabric.  

Real Leather Occasional Chair

Real leather has such a rich, durable and tactile quality, instantly adding a refined look and luxe feel to a space. With a real leather seat, you could always add a textured cushion or small throw to add contrast and a real designer feel. To Clean: Use an absorbent cloth or sponge to wipe the affected areas. Stay away from harsh cleaning chemicals- lukewarm water should do just the trick!  

Faux Leather Occasional Chair

A faux leather occasional chair has such a contemporary edge and smooth overall appearance. Faux leather chairs are also very easy to clean and are at a lower price point than real leather, so are ideal if you’re working to a tighter budget. To Clean: Use a damp, microfiber soft cloth, applying a gentle amount of pressure in a circular motion  

Colour & Coordination

An armchair is a great way to introduce a bolder colour to your space without it being too overpowering. To do this, try to coordinate elements of your chair, such as the base or legs, with existing finishes in your space. This will help to tie the whole look together. If you’re after a more neutral look, opt for a lighter colour material and coordinate this will sleek copper, gloss or matt black finishes. With a lighter colour occasional chair, you can strip back the look and let your accent pieces do the talking.   A grey occasional chair is great if your existing scheme is on the neutral or cooler side of the colour wheel. This is because it works alongside a whole variety of colours and finishes. If you’re working with a warmer palette, complement with clay grey to create an inviting and welcoming look.

Mix and Match

Don’t worry if you already have a fabric sofa in your living area. Faux leather and real leather chairs actually work really well together in creating a contemporary juxtaposition. A mix of materials allows you to subtly break up the scheme while still giving your space a comfy and coordinated look. This is typical styling of the top interior designers. Be brave with your choices as it’s a very on trend look!
Mix up the look by styling your leather occasional chair with a fabric sofa, like the Studi 2 Seater Fabric Sofa

Mix up the look by styling your leather occasional chair with a fabric sofa, like the Studio 2 Seater Fabric Sofa

What To Look Out For...

A self-righting pedestal base will keep your space looking neat and uniform with minimal effort. It also takes up less room and keeps the area around the base of the chair open and free from obstruction. With a footstool, you’ll be able to kick back and relax with your feet up. Keep in mind that the addition of a footstool will require more space. An armrest on an occasional chair will offer even more support when seated, whether you use the armrests to prop yourself up when reading or for when you just want to snuggle back into the seat.   An open armless style offers a nonrestrictive seat which is ideal for sitting with your feet snuggled up. This makes the chair very accommodating and much more versatile when it comes to seating. Fixed seat cushions give the illusion that the cushions are loose but they are actually attached to the seat. This stops them moving around or becoming displaced during and after seating.   A high back occasional chair will not only create more impact in your room, but it will also offer plenty of support when seated. You can sit up or snuggle down depending on what you’re using the chair for and how you find most comfortable to sit.

Style Staples

There are loads of options when it comes to setting up your occasional chair in your home. For some inspiration, take a look at our top styling tips:  
  • To create a real presence in your room, opt for symmetry. Two statement chairs side by side or either side of a coffee table looks stunning because it’s impactful without looking overpowering.
  • If you’ve got the space, you could place two occasional chairs opposite a sofa to create a cosy communal area.
  • Scatter cushions are a simple but effective way to unify a new occasional chair within your existing scheme. Introduce accent colours and make sure you not only dress your new chair but also get cushions for your sofa too.
  • Mix and match colours and patterns that blend well together. Styling your statement occasional chair with two cushions will instantly create a layered and very cosy effect.
  • If you work from home but don’t have room for a specific home office, an occasional chair and footstool could offer a perfect solution. It also provides a comfortable and flexible seating alternative, where a more solid sofa might look cumbersome or too bulky.
 

Our Top Picks

Not to be biased, but we have a great selection of occasional chairs to choose from. So we thought this post wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention a few of our favourites!   1. Luxe Modern Leather Chaise Lounge Perfect for: creating a style statement. As mentioned previously, the Luxe chaise has such a premium and designer look. It’s bigger than a traditional occasional chair allowing you to fully lie down and get unashamedly comfortable. Its quilted back and curved wooden feet will update the look of your space instantly, adding a piece of every luxury.   2. Karma Leather Reclining Armchair and Footstool Perfect for: ultimate relaxation. We understand that not everyone is or sits the same. That’s why with the Karma, you can adjust almost every element to suit your seating needs. Recline the seat, manoeuvre the headrest and put your feet up on the footrest. This occasional chair is definitely for those who want to kick back and relax.   3. Drift Leather Occasional Armchair Perfect for: easy interior update. We love the Drift because of its simplicity. Its smooth curved shape and black powder coated legs give it a modern edge, but its simple design means you can easily style it in a variety of interiors. The armless style also makes this seat non-restrictive, creating such an open and inviting look. If you're looking for tips on how to style the whole of your living room space, then you can't miss our Living Room Basics: Ultimate Living Room Buying Guide. 

Show Us Your Style!

Already have a Danetti occasional chair in your space? You’ve got great taste! For your chance to be featured on our page, post a picture on either our Instagram or Facebook pages with #mydanetti. 
CONTINUE READING ...
Buying Guides, Outdoor
Garden Furniture Buying Guide: Everything You Need To Know
April 4, 2018 at 11:06 am 0
If you're looking to revitalise your garden with looks that were made for lounging, you've come to the right place. In this Garden Furniture Buying Guide, we'll talk you through sizing, care and cleaning, so you can make the most of your outdoor space this summertime. Whether you use your garden for dining, lounging or big get-togethers, there is sure to be a setting that's perfect for your space.  

 5 Things To Consider...

  1. What’s your budget? As with any furniture, you can spend a little or spend a lot. But if you’re smart with your options, you’ll really get the most for your money. Check what materials the garden furniture is made from, consider how versatile it is and how often you’ll use it to really make your budget stretch further.   2. How will you use your garden furniture? Will it be for relaxing, dining or both? Do you have lots to seat or only have room for a few? How about the option to add some extra seats? This will help you choose whether you need garden chairs or benches, coffee or dining tables, or all of the above!   3. Where will the garden furniture be stored? Stackable outdoor dining chairs are a great feature when it comes to storage as they’ll take up far less space than if stored individually. Tables that are sturdy yet lightweight are ideal as they make for easy storage. If indoor storage isn’t an option, opt for a garden cover to keep your furniture protected through the winter months.   4. Does the garden furniture require much maintenance? It’s best to check the level of UV protection and shower proofing on fabrics, and the anti-rust features of metal frames. This is so you know the furniture is fit for outdoor use. Removable cushions and seat covers are also important for easy cleaning and storage.   5. Have you thought about comfort? We truly believe that your garden seating should be an extension of your home. We have comfy sofas and seats inside, so why shouldn’t we have this luxury outdoors! This means checking not only the materials, fabrics and cushion construction but also making sure the size and shape of the future are right for your space.  

Garden Furniture:  Sizing & Materials

It’s likely you’ll sit in your garden differently to the way you sit around a table inside. For example, it's normal outside to sit 8 round a 4 seater table, as you don’t tend to sit elbow to elbow in the same way. Your garden is a more relaxed, informal setting, so you can be more generous with your seating and spacing options.  

Garden Chairs

Similar to a dining chair, if you are after a garden chair with lumbar support, a back height between 30cm and 40cm is ideal.   The optimum seat height for an average dining chair is when there is 26cm to 30cm between the top of the seat and the top of the dining table. If your chair is 46cm to 51cm from the floor to the top of the seat, it will fit well under a standard height table while allowing plenty of legroom.   If you opt for garden armchairs you may need to double check the spacing. The thickness of the table top will eat into your space available for the arm of the chair so you’ll want to make sure it can be tucked in (if this is the look you’re after).   Remember to check the width of the footprint of the chairs you are considering. It’s where the feet will go that defines if they’ll alongside the table or not.   Material - check the material of your dining chairs is suitable for outdoor use. For example, you’ll want to check the level of UV protection and showing proofing of bench cushions and fabrics, and the anti-rust features of metal frames. Shape - dining chairs with arms will offer more support when seated while a slightly curved back will allow you to sit back a really relax.  Storage - can the chairs be stacked or folded? These space-saving qualities will be greatly beneficial when it comes to storage. The weight of the stacked chairs will also stop them flying around the garden in these British summers!  

Care and Cleaning: Plastic Dining Chairs

What are they made of? The chairs in our outdoor garden range are made from moulded polypropylene which is a hard wearing and durable plastic.
  • Wash over the surface with warm soapy water to remove any surface marks.
  • If you want to take your cleaning a step further,  you can use a mild household cleaning spray or furniture wipes. Baby wipes are also a quick fix if you need to wipe a minor spill.
  • Because the chairs are made from polypropylene, it’s fine to use an antibacterial spray on the surface.
  • You can also spray with a hose to clean making the chairs even more low maintenance.
 

Garden Tables

The length measurement of a table refers to the length of the table top, not from where you can fit your chairs tucked in underneath. Generally speaking, the description of the table will include how many it can seat. However, if you are hoping to squeeze in a few more or use other chairs, make sure you check.   To help this, measure between the table legs from the narrowest point to ensure your chairs will fit neatly under your table.   Indoors we suggest leaving around 70-90cm between the edge of your table and each wall or between other pieces of furniture in the room. However, as mentioned previously, you can be a bit more flexible with this in an outdoor space. Just keep in mind that the chairs need to be able to be pulled in and out, leaving enough room for people to pass through.   Top Tip: If you want a better idea of how much space the table will take up, mark out the space on a sheet or piece of card.    

What Shape Dining Table?

A round dining table is perfect if you have a small garden or patio but still want to create a sleek outdoor dining setting. They typically have a pedestal style base which allows you to pull up a couple of extra seats when needed as you’re not restricted by table legs or corners.   A square or rectangular dining table will allow plenty of room for all of your BBQ spreads and tasty treats. Mirroring that of your dining area indoors, a larger dining table will create more of a presence in your garden space. Pair a rectangular or square dining table with corner dining bench and some dining chairs for a really stylised and statement look.    

Care and Cleaning: Garden Tables  

Powder Coated Aluminium

What are they made of? When aluminium is exposed to the elements, it’s material qualities mean that it 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!
  • To clean the powder coated leg frame, first, remove any decorative cushions or furniture accessories. Then, simply wash or hose the surface with soapy water or with a mild household acid such as vinegar or lemon juice.
  • 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.
  • 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 finish. A normal garden hose will do just the trick.
 

Etched Tempered Glass Table Tops

What are the made of? Acid etched tempered glass with a film colouring applied on the back. Because acid etched glass isn’t an applied finish that can chip or peel off, it really becomes an integral feature of the glass.
  • To clean acid etched glass, spray the glass lightly with a good quality, non-streaking window cleaner.  Then wipe the table top over with a clean, soft lint-free towel.
  • After cleaning, move the cloth in a circular motion to dry the glass. This will help to prevent water marks and spots.
  • Never use anything abrasive as this will scratch the beautifully smooth surface.
  • We advise not to place hot utensils straight onto the table's surface. Instead, use something such as a table matt or wicker coaster. This will prevent the glass surface becoming marked or slightly damaged over time from the heat.
 

Garden Benches

Garden benches are perfect for creating convivial seating areas that will allow everyone to enjoy meals outdoors. If you're after benches for your outdoor space, here are a few tips and things to consider:   Allow enough space so that the front of the bench is in line with the front of the table. This applies whether you have your bench tucked in or at the full length of your table.   A full-length outdoor bench works especially well with a pedestal-style table. You can neatly tuck the bench in while still maximising the space you have available.    A backless bench will be narrower than a bench with a backrest. This means you’ll have all the seat comfort without the extra depth of the back. Backless benches are also lightweight and easy to move in and out. This makes them ideal for versatile garden seating.   A garden corner bench is a great alternative to dining chairs. It can instantly create a cosy seating area in the corner of your garden or patio. It also does the job of an outdoor sofa as you can sit back and get unashamedly comfortable just as you would indoors.  

Care and Cleaning: Garden Benches

What are the cushion covers made of? The cushion covers for our garden range are made from 100% polyester. A synthetic polymer,  polyester is a very smart material choice for an outdoor cushion covers as it’s resistant to stretching and shrinking, it’s quick drying, moisture resistant and easy to clean. All of our garden benches have removable cushions with removable covers. This means they can be machine washed if needed. However, we recommend keeping this to a minim as this will hinder the effectiveness washed, however, we don't recommend as it can affect the showerproof / anti UV coating.
  • Polyester is showerproof due to its coating. The cover isn’t indestructible though. We suggest that you don’t leave your cushions out in the rain or bad weather. Also, make sure they’re thoroughly dried before storage.
  • For regular, light cleaning, you can lightly brush off any loose dirt or grime and then vacuum the surface.
  • We strongly advise against using any harsh detergents as this can damage the material. Instead, stick to water-based cleaning agents.
  • Never clean outdoor cushions with a pressure washer as any excessive pressure can tear through the material.
 

Phew!

We’ve covered a lot. Don’t feel overwhelmed though. Here’s a final run through of what sizes you need to keep in mind and the top tips from this post. You’ll be sat lapping up the sunshine in your lovely garden in no time!  
  1. Measure your space so you know what you have to work with.
  2. Check the table, chair and/or bench height so you know you’ll be sitting comfortably.
  3. If you want to use the table ends, it’s a good idea to measure the table width.
  4. Knowing your table length will help you decide how many chairs you can have. You’ll also know what bench length and size to go for.
  5. Remember to check the table measurement from in-between the legs, not just the table top.
  6. Check your materials, both for comfort and durability.
  7. Outdoor seating is far more flexible than indoor, so have some fun with your styling.
  8. Consider storage, whether that’s indoors or in another area of your garden space.
  If you'd like to read some more of our Danetti guides, you're in luck. We've covered everything from how to style your living room to sizing for dining benches. To find out more, have a look at the Danetti Guides section on our blog.   Keep your eyes peeled for our garden styling tips blog post which will be coming soon...

Show Us Your Style

Summer is just around the corner. So when you have your stylish new Danetti outdoor furniture in your garden, we’d love to see! Post a picture on either Facebook or Instagram with the #mydanetti for a chance to be featured on our page.
CONTINUE READING ...
Ideas and Inspiration, Living
Console Table Buying Guide: Styling & Sizing Tips
March 16, 2018 at 4:38 pm 0
Danetti Console Table Range Do you ever feel that your room is missing something? It’s probably a be console table! A console table is a great piece of furniture for creating an attractive display area.  With a console table, you can transform a previously unused or awkward spot into the stylish focal point of your space.  In this guide, we’ll walk you through some of our best sizing and styling tips so you can get the most out of having a console table in your home.  

Know Your Measurements

The shape and size of the majority of console tables mean that they are designed to be posited against a wall. This style of table is generally thinner in width and therefore benefits from having the support of the wall to lean, prop and style items against it.
Fern Grey Gloss Console Table

Placing a console against a wall is a great opportunity to showcase some of your favourite artwork. This is a handy trick if rented accommodation means no nails in the walls! Product: Fern Console Table in Grey Gloss

If you’re planning on placing a console in your hallway, space awareness is key. You don’t want guests entering your home and bumping straight into your table! Keep in mind that the average hallway is around 90 -100cm in width, with the majority of console tables measuring between 30cm and 40cm in depth. Based on these measurements, this allows for plenty of room to walk past but it’s always important to check.   If the table has a shelf, it’s also good to check the height and its weight bearing. This is so you know that everything you want to display will fit nicely in the space available.     TOP TIP: Console tables have a lot less storage compared to sideboards due to the slim nature of their design. If storage is a must but you don’t have room for a storage unit, you can always store items in the open space underneath, either stacked or tidied away in stylish boxes.  

Console Finishes

When choosing a table finish material, it’s a good idea to consider what flooring you have in your space. For example, if you have tiled or wooden flooring, a chrome, glass or mirrored, finished console table would be ideal for adding a crisp and modern look to the space. Chrome finishes are also great alongside coloured or patterned carpets and rugs as they will beautifully reflect the colours. Gloss fits into a range of interiors but would add a lovely smooth look when placed on a coloured carpet or coordinated tiling.    

Glass:

Tiva Glass and Chrome Console Table

The colourful rung and artwork is a great match for the reflective Tiva Glass and Chrome Console Table

  • A glass console table is ideal for placement in a smaller space as the transparency of the glass really helps to create the illusion of more room.
  • Glass is visually very light, making it something to really consider if you’ve already got a lot of colour and design going on in your space.
  • A glass and chrome console combination is great for adding a hint of contemporary design while also blending seamlessly with a range of finishes within your existing interior.
 

Gloss:

  • A high gloss console table will allow you to brighten up your space alongside adding a smooth and wonderfully reflective finish.
  • Depending on what colour finish you choose, you can style, coordinate and really modernise your space. Brighter colours are perfect for adding a fresh and vibrant feel, so consider what atmosphere you want to create in your space to help with your colour selection.
  • A white gloss finish will instantly add a clean, crisp and modern luxe look while darker hues such a taupe will add a warm and tactile feel.
 

Wood Veneer:

 
  • A wood veneer will bring such a tactile and inviting feel, a great first impression if you’re planning on putting your console in your hallway or entrance space.
  • Rich wooden finishes like walnut are perfect for coordinating with more modern materials for a really on trend, mixed material look. Walnut looks especially good with dark luxe finishes like black chrome.
 
  • A white or grey oak veneer finish has a wonderfully tactile and textured quality as you can see the stylish wood grain running throughout. Oak veneer finishes are much less reflective than gloss, making it a great alternative to having a bright, glossy finish in your home.
 

Work Your Space

One of the great features of a console table is that they’re not restricted to one room. If you've got an empty space in your home, chances are a console table would fill it nicely! If you’re stuck for ideas, here’s a selection of ideal console table placements:

The Hallway:

If you place a console table in your hallway or on your landing, it will instantly create a useful ledge for your keys, purse, letters and a variety of miscellaneous items.

The Living Room: 

A console table can also be used to create an ornate display in your living room setting by incorporating mirrors and table lamps. Its sizing means it that won’t take up much of your space while still creating a big style impact in your interior. Style a console next to or behind your sofa for an extra yet slim surface. 

The Dining Room:

In a dining room, a console table can be a useful place to display your favourite china or crystal glass. Having a console in your dining space is also an ideal spot for placing any extra dining chairs that aren’t in use around your dining table. This way, the chairs will not look lost or clutter the space but rather create another stylish seating area.

The Bedroom:

You could use a console table as streamlined dressing table by simply placing a mirror in the centre. It could also be used as a desk which is ideal in a bedroom as its slim shape means it won’t take up lots of your room. Place desk tides and organizers on and around the console to create handy storage spaces, just bear in mind that a console will be higher than your average desk.

Console Table Styling

Now you know your sizing and finishes, it’s time to think about styling! We’ve compiled a list of simple but super effective styling tips that will have your console table looking right at home in no-time:   1. To stop the surface or the shelf of the console becoming cluttered or messy, place a box or dividers onto the surface to organise the variety of items you wish to place onto it.
Acute Matt Grey and Black Console Table

Keep your console neat with dividers and neat baskets. Product: Acute Matt Grey and Black Console Table

  2. A decorative dish or tray is a quick fix to stop anyone just throwing their keys down on the table surface, helping to prevent minor dents and scratch marks.   3. Baskets, boxes and even plants are a great way to fill the empty space below a console table. They'll also help to add another element of style, colour and texture. Practical and good looking- what more could you need!

TEST

4. A stack of books is a great way to use part of the console surface space. Old or new, books will give the surface a styled yet homely feel.   5. Placing a mirror on a table against a wall will create a lovely decorative feature. It’s also great for bringing light to your space.   6. Make use of the wall above your console by hanging your favourite artwork or family photos. Having the table positioned underneath is a subtle but effective way to bring attention to the frame.   7. A real designer trick is to use a pair of lamps on either side of an oversized mirror or vignette of photographs. It’s a simple yet very effective way to create an impactful look.   8. Small stools and ottomans are a great way to create a clean and symmetrical look. This arrangement will also provide a handy space when you’ve got more people to seat. For tips on how to style the whole of your living room alongside your sideboard, take a look at our Ultimate Living Room Buying Guide. 

Show Us Your Style!

Have we inspired you to get yourself a lovely new console table? You can check out all of the consoles in our range here. If you already have a Danetti console in your home we’d love to see! Share a picture on Facebook and Instagram with the #mydanetti for your chance to be featured on our page.
CONTINUE READING ...
Buying Guides, Living Inspiration
Living Room Basics: Ultimate Living Room Buying Guide
February 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm 0
Living Room Styling Tips   Living rooms are the social hub of the home. It's a place to sit back, relax and catch up with friends and family in a cosy and inviting setting. With so many living room styles, shapes and designs to choose from, we thought we’d take it back to basics to help you create your perfect living room setting. We’ll cover everything from what furniture pieces to choose to colours and coordination. Sit back and enjoy!  

Know Your Space

First things first: know your space.  It’s best to start by drawing up a floor plan so you know what room you’ve got to work with. Don’t worry- this is far easier than it sounds. All you need is a tape measure, pen and paper! Alternatively, there are loads of apps that’ll do all the work for you. Some apps even let you visualise your future by placing it in a space. To see the apps we’ve chosen as the most useful, check out our blog: Top 6 Must-Have Interior Design Apps.  

Living Room Furniture: Staple Pieces

There are certain furniture pieces that are signature of a living room setting. These are the pieces that will really stand out in your space so you’ll want to choose them wisely...

Sofas & Occasional Chairs

Sofa and occasional chairs are generally the biggest investment for your living space, so you’ll want to make sure they’re right for you. The most important thing to get right is sizing, which is best to do before you buy. For more information on sofa sizing, take a look at our Your Sofa Buying Questions Answered blog post.

Vital Checks:

  • Height
  • Width
  • Depth
  • Seat Height
  • Seat Depth
  • Material
  • Base
  • Padding
  An equally important feature of living room seating is the comfort. Check the materials and quality of the sofa padding if you’re after a really cosy piece. For example, some sofas have a softer sit while others are padded but remain slightly firmer to retain their shape.
Create impact in your living room with a quilted detailing and high arms. Product: Ellis Leather Armchair

Create an impact in your living room with a quilted detailing and high arms. Product: Ellis Leather Armchair

Chairs and sofas with high arms, such as the Ellis sofa and armchair, offer more support when relaxing and will create a bigger impact in your space. Fabric sofas such as the Studio will create a softer and cosier look. Leather sofas and chairs with a quilted detailing, such as the aptly named Luxe sofa, will instantly add a luxurious feel to any living space.  

Coffee Tables

Coffee tables are a staple piece of living room furniture.  They’re perfect for creating conversational areas where drinks and snacks can always remain at arm’s reach. If you choose a rectangular coffee table, it should be roughly one half to two thirds the length of your sofa. Round and square coffee tables are more flexible, it’s just a case of matching what will suit both your sofa and seating arrangement. The height of your coffee table should always be slightly lower than the seat height of the sofa and chairs around it. As for spacing, around 36 to 46 cm will allow for enough leg room between your sofa and coffee table.

TV Stands

Make sure you know the size of your TV and of the unit you are considering purchasing. You don’t want a unit or TV that’s too big or too small! If you’re planning on putting a lot of electrical equipment on the unit, you’ll want to consider cable management as this will help keep your space looking tidy. Aside from housing electrical pieces like your TV box or DVD player, consider whether you want to use the unit for storage of books, TV remotes and other miscellaneous items. You won’t want cables trailing across your living room floor, so check that there is a power socket near where you want to have your TV. And finally, consider what you’ll be using your TV unit for. Obvious answers aside, are you an avid gamer or minimalist? Consider what you need the unit for so that it ticks all of the right boxes.   TV stands and TVs are measured in different ways. TV stands are measured horizontally across the front while TVs are measured diagonally across the screen. Also, the measurement of a TV screen does not include the frame around the screen (which is sometimes referred to as a bezel). This is important to note as it means a 40 inch TV unit will not perfectly accommodate the size of a 40 inch TV. If you want to get a TV stand that matches up with the edge of your TV, measure the width of your TV rather than using the size given to you as this will be the diagonal measurement of the screen.  

Living Room Furniture: Optional Extras

Side Tables

Side tables are such an underrated piece of living room furniture. Versatile, practical and stylish, they’ve got it all!  In your living room, you’ll want to have enough surface space without overcrowding your room, and side tables will help you to do just that. If you’re a little pushed for space, you can group side tables together instead of having a coffee table. This will give you both a stylish and versatile surface space. 
Pebble White Gloss and Teal Gloss Side Tables

Pebble White Gloss and Teal Gloss Side Tables

Alternatively, opt for a side table set that can be stacked or tucked away. That way you can bring out more surface space when needed.   As for sizing, side tables shouldn't be much shorter than the height of the sofa or chair they are next to for both practicality and aesthetics.

Console Tables and Sideboards

The great thing about a console table is that you can style them in almost any space. Their cleaver sizing and shape means they take up minimal room while maximising the space. Opt for a console table in your living room if you don’t have room for a large sideboard, or if you have an awkward empty space you want to fill. If you have the room or need the storage, then opt for a sideboard. Sideboards work incredibly well in a living space as you can style items on the top surface while storing away any miscellaneous items and clutter. A compact sideboard is a compromise between a console and regular sideboard as you get the best of both worlds: space saving and storage.

Living Room Spacing and Styling Tips

Here’s a quick rundown of best practices when it comes to living room furniture, from styling, sizing and colour schemes:   1. Inspiration. Start by looking through your favourite magazines and pinning pieces to your Pinterest board. For now, don’t worry about the cost, just start to get a feel for what colours, styles and materials you’d love to have in your space. There are always ways to create expensive looks for less. There are loads of ideas on our Pinterest page to get you started!   2. Focus. Decide on a focal point in your living room so you can build and style your furniture around it. Keep in mind that living spaces are highly convivial and conversational when choosing what to focus on, as you’ll want the space to remain open and inviting. Your focus could be anything from your TV or fireplace to your seating or a piece of artwork. 3. Back it up! This may sound controversial, but you don’t need to place all of your furniture against the wall... Sofas are great for creating different areas in your living room, especially useful if your room is open plan. You can find out more about our open plan living tips here.   4. Room for all. Ideally, you’ll want to be able to seat at least 6 people in your living room. Even if you’re pushed for space, this is easier to do than you think! For example, sofas like the Ellis 2 to 3 Seater are slightly larger than your average 2 seater sofa meaning you can always fit in a couple more when needed. Side tables and footstools are also ideal as they can double up as a handy extra seat.   5. Colourpop. You don’t need to have a bright green feature wall to introduce some colour into your living space. Instead, you can go for a more subtle approach through your choice of side or coffee tables. If you’re after something bolder, choose a coloured sofa or armchair. Make sure you choose a colour you love and not just the ‘in’ shade though, as you’ll be sitting on that sofa long after the colour trend is over!      6. Traffic flow. By placing furniture pieces closer together you’ll create a more intimate setting. However, you’ll want to leave enough room for guests to walk through. People should be able to comfortably talk to each other without straining their necks or shouting while also being able to easily get from one side of the room to another.   7. Coordinate rather than match. A living space that’s too coordinated can look a little forced. You want your space to work together but still have that WOW factor.  To do this, choose two to three main colours for your room palette and incorporate them throughout different aspects of your space. This will tie the look together but lift your space and stop it looking too matchy-matchy or flat. 8. Declutter. A busy and cluttered living space doesn’t exactly scream relaxing home haven. Decide what you need in the room and what’s taking up space that could be used more practically.   9. Be realistic. We just suggested clearing away the clutter but that’s not to say you have to leave your surfaces bare. In fact, a living space needs those personal touches to make it feel like home. Otherwise, it’ll start to feel too posed and not lived in. Plants, photos and stylish ornaments are all simple but effective ways to give your living room its own personal style.  

Show Us Your Style

Already have some Danetti pieces in your living room? We’d love to see how you’ve styled your space. Show us your style by posting a pic on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Don’t forget to #mydanetti!
CONTINUE READING ...
Buying Guides, Home Office
Desks Guide: How To Create Your Dream Home Office
February 9, 2018 at 3:51 pm 0
If you’re fed up of having to clear a space on a counter or balance everything on your lap when you want to get some work done, then you’ll definitely want to consider a home desk! Our collection of minimalist but designer desks are perfect for creating a handy and stylish study space for your home. In this guide, we'll give you some tips and tricks on how to choose the right desk for your home. You'll finally have a handy workspace to call your own!  

Home Desks: What To Consider Before You Buy

 

1. What size desk do I need?

When it comes to desks there isn't a one size fits all solution. However, for a desk to be useful as a study area, it's helpful to work out your spacing so you know what’s going where. For example, with a desk that’s 120cm in length, you could have:
  • 40cm laptop area
  • 40cm drawing or writing area
  • 25cm for a storage tray or dividers
  You'll also want to make sure you're sitting at the desk comfortably. You don't want a chair that's too high or a desk that's too low, so once you know the height of your desk, you can measure this against your chair to make sure the two pieces work together. All of our dining chairs are a great match with the desks, so it's easy to find a stylish pairing!  

2. Where should I place a desk in my home?

If you have a home office then this will obviously be where you're desk will live. However, that's not to say you can't have a desk if you don't have a separate room. You just need to be a bit more creative with your placement! If you work from home or are planning on getting some serious work done at your desk, then it's probably best to place it away from the busiest areas of your house, such as your kitchen or living room. However, if you're planning on using it for some downtime on your laptop then these rooms will be just fine. The great thing about our range of desks is that their streamlined sizing means they're big enough to work at but slim enough to make use of smaller, previously unused spaces. How we've styled the Trestle desk above, for example, shows how you can turn an open space into a sleek workstation.  

3. What can the desk hold?

Trestle Matt White Desk

If you need a desk to hold a computer and miscellaneous items, you’ll need to check how much weight the surface can hold. If you’re planning on using the surface for just for your laptop and a couple of books, then most desks will be perfectly fine. All of our desks have a total weight bearing of 100kg.  

Top Tip: if the desk itself doesn't have much storage space, consider making use of the area around it. For example, you can stack boxes and dividers underneath your desk for neat, quick and easy storage, or use your wall space by adding some sleek shelving units.

 

4. How do you work?

Are you happy to work just on your laptop, or do you like to spread out your papers and see every piece you’re working on? Consider how you like to work as this will affect what shape and size will be best suited to your needs.  If you work from home full time you'll want to consider:
  • Closeness to natural light
  • A desk that has some storage OR putting your desk in a space where you can have a shelf
  • Access to plugs and charging points
  • The comfort of your desk chair
They make seem like minor details but this can make a world of difference if you'll be using your desk regularly.

5. What material?

Once you’ve decided on the desk shape and design you like, it’s time to consider the material. Desks in various colours and finishes can create such different looks, even if the shape and size is similar. For example:

 

Matt White

A great alternative to white gloss, a matt white finish will give your study space a fresh look just without the reflective quality of a gloss finish. Matt white is ideal if you want a more subtle take on a contemporary vibe.

Care and Cleaning

  • As with gloss, it's best to wipe up any spills immediately by using a soft microfibre damp cloth, without applying too much pressure.
  • We’d strongly advise against using harsh chemical based cleaners as this will damage the material finish.  
  • After cleaning, give the surface a quick wipe over with a dry cloth to remove any moisture from the surface.
 

Natural Wood

Natural wood desks will give your study a warmer and slightly more traditional look, but that’s not to say it has to look old-fashioned. Pair a wooden desk with some chrome stationery pieces or a colourful desk chair to update the look.  

Care and Cleaning

  • To clean a wood veneer desk, 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.
  • Never use wax-based polishes or cleaning products on your wood veneer as these are designed for raw solid timber rather than veneers.
  • Use coasters every time you place hot or cold drinks on the surface as this will give the veneer an extra layer of protection against general wear and tear.

 

White Gloss

We’re big fans of a white gloss finish, and looking at a piece like the Fern white gloss desk, it’s very easy to see why! Other than being an incredibly easy way to update the look of your interior, the white gloss will keep your room feeling modern and fresh. Because white gloss is so neutral, you can style it alongside a whole variety of colours and finishes making it incredibly versatile.  

Grey Gloss

A more subtle take on a white gloss finish, a grey gloss desk will bring a lovely shine to your space accompanied with a hint of warmth. Like white gloss, grey gloss is great for styling alongside a wide range of finishes. A grey gloss desk will instantly give your study space a designer look.  

Care and Cleaning

  • To clean your gloss desk, use a soft microfibre damp cloth, without applying too much pressure.
  • After cleaning, don’t leave the desk to air dry. Instead, we suggest giving the gloss surface a quick wipe over with a dry cloth to remove any moisture.
  • Avoid throwing things down on the desk, especially sharp objects such as keys as this will scratch the surface. A bowl or stylish dish is perfect for placing on the desk to prevent marks and minor scratches.

 

Black Glass

If you’re after something to really impress friends and family when they check out your new home office, black tempered glass would be a great option. Safe, strong and durable, forsted black glass isn’t your typical desktop finish but it certainly does the job- and does it well. A glass finish works incredibly well with a design like the Cavour desk as it’s in keeping with the clean lines and streamlined shape of the desk.  

Care and Cleaning

  • This great thing about a glass desktop is that you can use antibacterial sprays, even ones that contain bleach, as the glass is nonporous.
  • You can also use a specific glass spray, such as a window cleaner, to protect the surface from smears using a lint-free cloth.
  • Don’t leave the table to air dry after cleaning because if left, the soapy residue can leave stubborn watermarks and avoid placing abrasive materials on the 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.
 

Get the Look

Once you’ve chosen your perfect desk, you can easily build out your designer looking study setting. Whether you’ve got a dedicated home office or want to make use of a unused space, side tables and sleek cabinets are are ideal accompanying items that will turn any space into your very own home office haven. Here are three of our styled desk looks to give you some study space inspiration:  

Look one: Cavour Black Ash & Zilo Chair in Orange

The streamlined shape of the Cavour makes it ideal for smaller study spaces as it both physically and aesthetically takes up less of your room. Here we’ve styled the Cavour with the Zilo chair in russet orange to add a pop of colour alongside a comfy place to sit.  

Look two: The Trestle & Ida Chair in White

If you need a little more storage space but still don’t want your workspace to take up a lot of your room, the Trestle is ideal. This modern desk has a handy drawer so you can tuck away your keyboard or stationary items. However, it maintains a sleek shape. Here we’ve styled the Trestle with the Ida dining chair. The wooden legs add a touch of warmth and while the PU upholstered seat keeps it comfy.   

Look three: The Fern & Zilo Chair in Blue

Slightly chunkier in shape, the Fern is a simple but really effective way to transform an unused spot into your new favourite study corner. Having solid legs creates a neat space under the surface to stack and store various books and boxed. This is perfect if you’re a little pushed for room. Pair a white gloss piece like the Fern with a colourful dining chair for a really on trend impactful look.  

Show Us Your Style!

Already have a Danetti Desk in your home? We’d love to see! Share your picture on our Facebook and Instagram pages with #mydanetti for your chance to be featured on our page!
CONTINUE READING ...
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 leather sofas:   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! :)
CONTINUE READING ...
Ideas and Inspiration, Living Inspiration, Styling Tips
Walnut Finishes: The Hottest Look for Cosy, Autumnal Interiors
December 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm 0
Cosy walnut finishes, with a walnut coffee table and side tabes Welcoming walnut finishes into your home is a sure fire way to make it the cosiest place to be this winter. Walnut finishes instantly create such a warm, tactile and inviting feel throughout your space, not to mention adding a really premium look. So sit back, snuggle up and relax as we show you how to create a cosy autumnal vibe throughout your home.  

Why Walnut?

Walnut is a medium-brown finish that’s not too light or dark, yet its yellow undertones place it within a warmer colour group along with finishes such as mahogany or cherry.  What sets walnut apart is that it’s incredibly versatile when it comes to styling with other colours and finishes. You can easily style walnut with light or dark paint colours and furniture pieces, depending on whether you’re after a bright or cosier look. Styling walnut with green, grey and blue shades will keep the look connected, while lighter colours will create a stronger contrast and really make your walnut furniture stand out.

Walnut Finishes: The Winter Warmer

There are so many ways to introduce this tactile finish to your home. So whether you’re looking to create a cosy living area or inviting dining space, there is sure to be a walnut piece to suit your needs. However, that’s not to say you need walnut finishes in every aspect of your space. Coordination and combinations are key...  

Accentuate the Look: Walnut and Black Chrome

Two finishes that are a match made in heaven are walnut and black chrome. A subtler take on a regular chrome finish, black chrome further accentuates the dark luxe qualities that a walnut finish has, while also introducing a modern flair and shine. A combination of black chrome and walnut is also an easier way to introduce a black chrome finish to your space as the two materials work so seamlessly well together. Top Tip: a fabric sofa will keep your walnut finishes looking even cosier. To keep the look light but coordinated, opt for a lighter colour fabric. 
Studio 2 Seater Fabric Sofa styled alongside the Acute walnut square coffee table and side table.

Studio 2 Seater Fabric Sofa styled alongside the Acute walnut square coffee table and side table.

Our Acute range, which includes a side table, square coffee table and large coffee table, is a simple but really effective way to introduce this winter warmer look to your living space. With a combination of such deluxe finishes, you can really have some fun with your styling. Take the Acute console table, for example. To create this moody yet cosy look, add a candle and some dark accessories. If you’re looking for a little more contrast, opt for regular chrome. This can be done with walnut and chrome mixed material piece like the Curva dining table. Here we’ve gone for the coordinating Curva chairs in black but if you want to lighten the look, go for a lighter colour such as white.  

Complement the Look: Walnut and Brushed Metal

If you’re after a slightly less shiny surface to chrome, brushed metal is about to become your new best friend! This sleek material finish has a much gentler shine than chrome. This, combined with the warm tones of the walnut, really helps to create a smooth and cohesive look. Another great thing about brushed metal is that you can introduce this as part of your walnut furniture, such as the legs of the Halo coffee table. Alternatively, you can coordinate your walnut pieces with other brushed metal elements in your space, from dining tables and chairs to your sofa feet and curtain rails.
Halo Walnut Coffee Table

Place a rung under the Halo Walnut Coffee Table for an added look and of warmth and texture.

 

Coordinate the Look: Walnut and Leather

A great way to create a really cosy feel is to combine your walnut finishes with smooth leather pieces. The variation of textures will again break up the look but if you opt for cooler shades like stone or charcoal grey, the colours and textures will seamlessly blend together. To achieve this look, you can opt for a smaller piece that combines the finishes, such as the Duo Walnut Side Table and Graphite Grey Stool Set. If you’re looking to create a real style statement in your space, go for something larger like the Assi Walnut Extending and Deco Dining Set. If you’re looking to carry a walnut theme throughout your home, opt for both!  

Lighten the Look: Walnut and Glass or Gloss

Styling your walnut finishes with a glass or glossy surface will keep your room feeling rich and tactile but will help to lighten the overall look. The contrast of finishes will break up the scheme while also stopping your interior looking too dark. This might be a factor to consider if you already have a lot of darker finishes and want to introduce walnut into your space. You can achieve this look by choosing a piece that is a mix of materials, such as the Assi White Gloss and Walnut Sideboard, or choose a glass item that will complement your interior while not being too visually impactful, like the Ripple Glass and Gold Coffee Table.   So there you have it, a whole variety of ways to introduce walnut in your home. Have we inspired you to create this winter warmer look in your home? Let us know in the comments! And for even more inspiration on how to style this on-trend finish in your home, be sure to take a look at our walnut Pinterest board which is packed full of design ideas.   

Show Us Your Style

Already have some walnut Danetti pieces in your home? We’d love to see how you’ve styled this rich finish in your space. For your chance to be featured on our page, simply post a picture on Facebook or Instagram with #mydanetti.
CONTINUE READING ...