Month: January 2014

The new year brings new trends. Out goes all the white kitchens, books as decor and ikat prints of 2013, and we make way for the fresh new decors of 2014 – but what will they be?  Here are a few of the latest predictions of interior design trends for 2014:

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Turquoise

Deep turquoise is expected to be the colour of 2014, dominating living rooms and kitchens. Blues and greens have been around for years, it’s about time they combined.

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The lightweight and fashionable furniture are making a comeback. The clear look gives it a contemporary feel and allows it to go with anything, in any environment and any room you desire. From clear cheers to cool and stylish cocktail tables, acrylic furniture is already making a new segment for itself.

Very dark walls

Dark walls are becoming popular. To many people they can be scary as they believe they will make the room look small and dark. However, if you decorate it properly, this is not the case. If you decorate it in the right way, it can look great in any room. Adding metallic features such as mirrors, lights or silver accessories will add light to even the darkest rooms.

Corduroy Upholstery

Corduroy isn’t just for the pants of elderly gentlemen, it also looks great in your home on your furniture. It’s said to be the new alternative to velvet and chenille.

For all these new trends to gain popularity in 2014, old trends have to give way. Here are a few trends we believe will not be seen again for a while:

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All white kitchens

With kitchens constantly modernising year after year, it is finally time for the all white kitchens to give way, the cold, stark and boring kitchens have been rapidly losing popularity with homeowners over the past couple of years.

Books as décor

The old books as decor trend is long out of date; it may suit old historic homes but keep it as far away as possible from contemporary homes. Read the books, don’t stick them on your wall.

Ikat prints

Ikat print became popular within kitchens, it was commonly used as print ion kitchen towels. Now you can find it on paper plates, it is time to stay away from the Ikat print.

What do you think of this blog? Can you think of any more interior design trends for 2014? If so, please leave your comments below.

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Mixing patterns can be a great way to reflect your personality in your home and give your living space a unique and quirky look. However, it needs to be undertaken properly or it could end up looking like a toddler has been let loose with a pen.

Follow these tips when it comes to mixing patterns and prints:

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Large patterns for large pieces, small patterns for small pieces

To keep your patterns tidy, allocate your chosen patterns to the area that they are going. If you choose a large pattern, it will work best on a large area, such as a carpet, a rug or a wall. If your pattern is medium, stick to furniture and if its small stick to small accessories such as cushions and lamps.

Use patterns of a similar style together

If your home is already decorated, attempt to use patterns that are similar to your home’s and which will easily go together. Don’t mix traditional patterns with contemporary patterns as they will not match. Stick to patterns with a similar design.

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Work in odd numbers

When adding patterns to your home, choose three or more patterns. Three should be the minimum, this will allow your interior to have a varying scale of eye catching patterns. The first pattern you choose should be the strongest and largest pattern.

For you second pattern, it should be half the size of the first, and consist of a design which is different to the first. When choosing the third pattern, choose one that is similar to one of the other patterns you have used. It should be on a smaller scale and incorporate a similar design.

Utilise white

If you are new to mixing patterns and unsure on what patterns to choose, the easiest way to effectively design your room is to stick with one bold colour and lay it over white. For example, you could have striped curtains and floral chairs or cushions, all of which have white in the color scheme. If you do choose a white colour, be careful with its shade. Ensure that they all match as some whites may use hints of cream, a brighter white or a paler shade of white.

What do you think of this blog? Can you think if any more tips on how to mix patterns? If so, please leave your comments below.

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Whether you have just moved into a new home or your house just needs a lick of paint to freshen it it up, planning a colour scheme will keep you creative and ensure your home looks great and reflects your personality.

Here are a few tips to help you plan your colour scheme:

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Plan your space

Many people begin with colour, however this is where they go wrong. The paint should pull everything together, not be your starting point. Decide the layout of the room, decide where the dining table, sofa and TV will be placed. You can then work around this, deciding on a focal point and creating the perfect living area.

Create a mood board

Using a mood board will allow you to see where your creativity lies. It will give you direction and decide on a colour scheme that suits your personality. Create a scrapbook full of colours, furniture, style vignettes, or anything you see that you want the mood of your space to convey. Use a colour wheel to see what matches or complements your surroundings or the certain colour you are drawn to. It doesn’t have to be tidy or perfect, as long it gets you creative and gives you an idea, you will be ready to start decorating.

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To keep everything in line and attractive, use a colour scheme, unless you want to be eccentric. Here are some of the best colour schemes:

  1. Tonal – A tonal colour scheme involves using one tone of colour throughout your room

  2. Harmonious – Choosing a harmonious colour scheme involves choosing two colours next to each other on the colour wheel. It emphasises tranquil and peaceful living

  3. Complementary – These colours are contrasting and are opposite on the colour wheel. They are usually more daring

Create a mood

Colours are the best way to create a mood with your home. Try to use warm colours in areas where you want the room to feel welcoming, such as your living room. All colours portray meanings and moods, research them to fully create the desired mood.

Linking other rooms

If you live in a small house, it is easy to go overboard with colour schemes. When the doors are open, the colour may mash together and look ugly. Focus on meeting points or choose a general tone for the whole of your house.

What do you think of this blog? Can you think if any more ways to plan a colour scheme? If so, please leave your comments below.

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With the new year now in full swing, Desser is ready to embrace change and will be releasing a brand new selection of fabrics for its extensive indoor conservatory range, which will also be expanding by four.

We currently have 19 suites available, each offering up unique and interesting designs for your home furniture options. We do our best to provide you with the latest trends for the home, and we have listened to both trend reports and what our customers want in order to develop the new selection of fabrics and suites that will soon be available.

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The new suites will match the latest trends to provide you with sophisticated yet modern furniture for your home. In 2014, plain colours, as opposed to patterns, will be all the rage, and we understand precisely how important it is that your home décor be kept up to date. Whether you’re buying your first suite from Desser or are looking to refresh your home with new furnishings, our updated fabrics will give you precisely what you’re looking for.

Not only will plain colours be huge, but pastels will also be a big hit this year and, as it happens, we’ll be adding a superb selection of sorbet colours to our fabrics. We’ll also be pulling back on the number of floral patterns we offer.

This isn’t all though – along with the new fabrics and four suites that will soon be available, we’ll also be adding wicker baskets to our selection of products. We believe that wicker is an incredibly versatile material and know that our customers will adore the new wicker furniture and décor items we will soon have to offer.

Mark Stewart, Sales Director at Desser, said: “2013 was an incredibly exciting year for us, what with our new website and cushion division both being launched. We want 2014 to be just as thrilling, and are kickstarting it in the best way possible with an expanded indoor range. Along with this, we’re also adding a garden furniture range to our product list, which will help us to get into a new market.”

As the UK’s leading importer and distributer of wicker and rattan products, Desser has an exceptional history of providing high-quality products that perfectly match the current trends. With this latest announcement, Desser will be updating itself for 2014, and we look forward to seeing our customers’ reactions.

 

Over the 95 years that Desser has been established, we have always provided an excellent selection of rattan and wicker furniture for the home, from sofas to armchairs to occasional furniture. Now, though, Desser will be branching out with a brand new garden furniture range.

The new collection is to be known as ‘Bliss’ and will be available from May 2014. It includes a wide range of stunning options, with leather upholstery and natural rattan finishes included in many of the pieces.

Bliss will offer up fantastic new designs for the garden, so Desser customers can furnish their outdoor areas with the same high-quality products they enjoy indoors. The ranges will also be ideal for conservatories and orangeries, as well as the garden.

We have decided to launch this new range due to the fact that the outdoor furniture market is most definitely at the top of its game at the moment, and now is a fantastic time to break into it. We have developed a strong and dedicated customer base over the years and are now ready to enter into a new market at the same time.

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The range will include:

  • A six-seater dining set with fully upholstered chairs and a stone top that’s incredibly hard wearing

  • A modular set with a footstool, which includes a removable plate to use as a coffee table

  • A lounge set, including a sofa, two chairs, a side table and a coffee table, which comes with a removable glass section that can also be used as a footstool

  • A reclining set with a sofa, two chairs and a footstool, all of which are reclining

  • Both a single and a double sun lounger set

Mark Stewart, Sales Director at Desser, said: “2013 was a very exciting year, unveiling our new website and launching our new cushion division. We’re kick starting 2014 with the launch of the new garden range and expanding our indoor range, with new modern fabrics, and on-trend wicker baskets.

“The Bliss collection will bring complete luxury to any garden and is perfect for entertaining or simply relaxing al fresco. Our signature piece is the lounge reclining set, which boasts a double reclining sun lounger with a built-in shade guard.”

Desser is the UK’s leading cane furniture importer and distributor, and we look forward to supplying our superior products to those after new garden furniture.

One of Desser’s most prestigious points is that its family of employees is made up of dedicated individuals that have stayed in the company’s service for many years, as we provide a friendly and fun working environment for all. No employee shows precisely how ideal Desser is than our very own David Rosenthal though, who recently retired after 35 years of service. david David joined us in 1978, when he was thirty years old. He started out as an order picker at our family-owned company, and has been with us through all the changes and additions we have seen over the years. Most recently, we opened a cushion division, which has helped us to go one step further in providing quality wicker and rattan furniture for everyone. Not only this, but the new division also opened up ten new roles within the business and so saw it grow in a very positive way. In his time with us, David progressed in his role, eventually going from order picker to warehouse man. David, who is married to Pamela, 58, is a father of two and will be sorely missed at Desser. Speaking of his retirement, David said: “When I joined Desser, I’d just got married and with more responsibilities I needed a job with more financial benefits. “In my 35 years there have been some big changes. When I started we were mainly providing customers with basket ware but we began importing conservatory furniture and most recently the company has started manufacturing cushions” “It was a good place to work and the lads I worked with were pretty unique and we spent a lot of time laughing. I will definitely be keeping in touch as I made some great friends.” Mark Stewart, sales director, said: “David was a loyal and committed employee and it was a pleasure to have him as part of the team for so many years. We wish him a long and happy retirement.” We can’t thank David enough for all of the hard work he has put in over the years, and hope he has an excellent retirement.

Rattan garden furniture is perfect to use in your garden all year round as it is very durable and hard wearing. Its natural and lightweight look makes it a great addition to any garden. Rattan garden furniture is long lasting, but due to the harsh conditions it endures in winter, here are a few tips on how to winter proof your rattan garden furniture to increase its life: chair-d

Clean rattan furniture regularly

Over summer, your rattan garden furniture will have experienced a lot of use. This may leave dust, dirt and food particles on your furniture. During harsh weather, these particles can grind away at the rattan, ultimately weakening your furniture. It is important that you regularly clean the furniture to improve its life during winter. If it’s taken a bit of a battering then see here how to restore your range to breathe some life back into it.

Remove the cushions

Garden furniture cushions are great during the summer, but by the time winter arrives, they will be sitting there gathering dirt and rain. Although they are made to handle a bit of rain, the harsh conditions of winter could lead to the onset of mould which could damage the cushions. To avoid this, simply store them in a dry place away from the winter elements.

Oil your furniture

By oiling your furniture, it will keep out the dampness which could soften and stretch the rattan fibres. Apply tung oil with a cloth to the rattan when you first put it outside. Reapply each season. desser34

Cover the rattan

Winter will put your rattan garden furniture to the test. However, there may be some winter conditions where your furniture could be taking a battering from the conditions. To avoid this, you can purchase covers to fit each of your furniture pieces. It will cover it from top to bottom and completely protect it from the weather. If you don’t want to buy special covers, you can simply cover it with tarp to which will protect it just as effectively. Keeping your rattan garden furniture clean, sealed, and away from the occasional winter torrential downpour will ensure that your garden furniture stays durable and hardwearing for a long time to come, allowing you use it all year round. This means that it will stay in great condition for use next year. What do you think if this blog? Can you think of any more ways to winter proof your rattan garden furniture. If you’re wondering how to get your hands on one of our ranges please visit our product pages or alternatively get in touch today if there is a range that you want to inquire about! Images courtesy of Shutterstock

Although your rattan furniture is very hard durable and hardwearing, it may need the occasional lick of paint and a little bit of maintenance over time, especially if you use it as garden furniture. Rattan furniture is very popular due to its long life and versatility. It can be used wherever you wish, such as your garden, patio, conservatory, living room and many other places. Rattan has wood like properties so can easily be painted to rejuvenate it and enhance its look. Here is a guide to help you paint your rattan furniture. Ideas For Your Garden | Blog | Desser Firstly, you will need a few things, which include:
  • Hard-wire brush
  • A small brush to remove the dust
  • Cleaning solution
  • A couple of cloths
  • Primer
  • Latex spray paint
To begin with, you will first need to remove the old paint, especially if it is flaking or peeling. To do this, take the hard-wire brush and forcefully rub the old paint off. Work you way through your furniture and don’t leave any area untouched. Once you have cleared the existing paint, take the small brush and remove the dust from the furniture. After that, grab your detergent and mix it with water in a bowl. Wet your brush and vigorously clean the furniture. Once you have thoroughly cleaned your furniture, leave it to dry for a few hours. It has to be fully dry before you can continue. slider-image-7 Next, to paint your furniture, you need to lay down your cloths or towel and then place the furniture on top. This will help you to keep the area in with your painting clean and free of paint. Apply your spray paint primer evenly, about 8 inches away from the rattan furniture. Once you have finished priming the furniture, make sure it is completely dry before you apply the latex paint, you should wait no less than one hour. After you have waited over one hour for the primer to dry, it is time to add the latex paint. Again, hold the spray can about eight inches away from the surface that you are painting and apply evenly to the furniture. Once you have finished, let the furniture dry for a full day. You can then add your comfy cushions and relax on your rejuvenated rattan furniture. What do you think of this blog? Can you think of any more tips on how to paint rattan furniture? If so, please leave your comments below. If you’d prefer a step by step outline, please see our latest how to paint rattan furniture piece! Images courtesy of Shutterstock  

Any furniture that can handle British weather is extremely hardwearing and durable. It is ideal for placing in your garden, but its versatility allows it to be placed anywhere you wish such as in your living room, kitchen, conservatory and many other places. Here are a few reason why rattan furniture can be used indoors: desser1 Lightweight Rattan furniture is very lightweight. This makes it very easy moving the furniture from outside into your home. You can then rearrange it in a selected area of your home with very little effort. Being lightweight also has endless benefits, such as the fact that you can move your furniture on your own, rather than having to get a friend to help you! It is also great for vacuuming around and underneath as it can easily be moved. Easy to clean A simple dust and a wipe every now and then will suffice when cleaning rattan furniture. If you wish to give it a thorough clean, simply soak a cloth in water with weak detergent and clean; your rattan furniture will be sparkling. desser2 Hardwearing If you have a house filled with children, cats and dogs, rattan furniture will be perfect for you. Energetic children jumping from couch to couch will have no effect on your furniture; neither will sticky hands touching the furniture as you can simply wipe it off. In addition, if your dog sits on your couch, it will no longer suffer the lingering wet dog smell as rattan doesn’t trap odours and bacteria the same way fabric does. Unique and timeless Whatever the interior of your house, rattan furniture will certainly match your decor as it is timeless and unique. Simply experiment with the colour of the cushions to find which combination perfectly compliments your house. Extra seating areas Bringing your rattan garden furniture indoors will give you additional space for your family to relax. You will have extra space to dine, read, relax or entertain friends when the weather is bad outside. Rattan furniture will be a great addition to your home, whether it is inside or outside. Its versatility allows it to only be limited by your imagination. What do you think of this blog? Can you think of any more reasons why rattan furniture should be used indoors. If so, please leave your comments below. Images courtesy of shutterstock