As the weather deteriorates, the leaves turn brown and the harsh conditions creep in, it gives us a welcome reminder that it’s time to prep your garden for the winter. To give you a hand with the tidy up we’ve put together some tips to help you clear away all of that summer stuff so you let the weather do its worse without damaging your outdoor belongings.
Month: September 2017
This winter instead of just giving your wardrobe a revamp, why not makeover your home? It’s official, the cold months are now upon us with those darker nights are creeping in. The brief amount of sun that we had this year has been and passed, and now we’re in the faced with the chilly days ahead. There is no better feeling than being wrapped up and warm on a bitter down so what better time to start preparing for winter than now!? From cosy cushions to refreshing rattan, we’ve picked out the top trends for the 2017 wet and windy winter months.
Statement ChairsWhen we’re experiencing harsh conditions we all long for a place to retreat to where we can get cosy and keep warm. Empty spaces attract the cold so if you’re struggling to decide what to do with a bear corner of the room, why not invest in a statement chair? In with a bang this winter, opt for a seat that adds a pop of colour and intrigue to invite friends and family to relax on. Not only do these chairs provide additional seating but they also add an extra level of comfort that you sometimes like from a standard sofa suite. Follow the rattan trend and invest in a statement piece such as the Lyon Swivel. It offers versatility and bags of comfort for you to snuggle up in under a blanket.
Colour BlockingWhen it comes to colour schemes it can be hard to settle on that one main colour and stick to it. But why do you need to pick just one? Interior design has moved on leaps and bounds from the days of just colour on one feature wall and now it’s about fusing colours together to make the room pop. Colour blocking is the perfect solution for this and it really is the ideal cure to the winter’s doom and gloom. Get rid of those traditional concepts and opt for a selection of contrasting shades and throw them together for a stunning impact. This trend can be hard to pull off so make sure you check out some showrooms or blogs for inspiration – Pinterest is always a strong starting point.
Get It Right with RattanThose dark wooded colours are out this winter as interiors are leaning towards those light, bright colours that rattan has to offer. Soft in its approach, the reason why rattan is being tipped as one of the biggest trends for winter 2017 (according to Marie Claire) is because it’s so easy to work with. Durable, coming in a range of patterns and fabric additions, rattan can be paired with almost any colour scheme. The perfect way to add some subtle texture to your room, make sure you pick the handwoven panels to create interest for when visitors enter your home.
TartanA fabric we’re big fans of, tartan is ideal for adding a touch of cosiness to your living room, especially when it chucking it down outside! A throwback to the British manor’s, this winter designer’s are triumphing tartan due to its bold effect on rooms. A classy installation, tartan wallpaper looks fabulous but if that’s outside of your comfort zone, then why not try a comfy armchair or cane sofa seat like our Stamford range. Visit our fabrics page to see what Tartan styles you can opt for if you decide to invest in this top winter 17’ trend.
Want to know more about storing garden furniture over the cooler months? As the days darken, the cold creeps in and your garden starts looking more dead than alive. Winter, whilst beautiful, does make the garden space largely unusable for a number of months. Bad weather can also mean bad new for your garden furniture. So, storing garden furniture over winter can help keep it clean, damage free and ready for use come the warming of the weather next year. Prior to Storage There are a few things which you should do prior to storing your garden furniture to ensure it is in the best condition come spring, cleaning being a priority. Mould is a menace and is quick to grow, especially in storage. Washing your wicker furniture with warm water can help to prevent this from developing further, if particularly prevalent then add mild soap to clean more thoroughly. Mould is likely to develop over a winter in storage, so be prepared to carry out this step again in several months. If you’re at a loss on how to begin with cleaning your rattan furniture, then check out our handy infographic for your need-to-know cleaning tips! Extra Coating Once clean, you can either store it straight away or apply extra protection in the form of a new coating. For wicker furniture this should be a simple coating of paste wax to protect the finish of your wood. Likewise, plastic furniture can benefit from a coating of car wax – yes, really! – and metal furniture from a silicone sealant. A quick coating can protect your furniture from the worst that winter has to offer. Undercover Wherever you are storing your furniture over the colder months, whether a garage or shed, you will no doubt need an extra level of protection. A cover is excellent additional protection from the elements indoors, or full protection if you plan to keep your furniture outdoors. There are a number of sizes, weights and fastenings depending on your needs and use. If storing outdoors, ensure that any cover you buy is waterproof and allows for proper fastening to your garden furniture with secure buckles. Accessories All cushions, blankets and other fabric accessories should always be kept inside over winter. The potential for water retention and mould means they are particularly vulnerable in the wetter weather. To prevent replacing them year on year, store in a dry, warm, space. No matter how you store your furniture over winter, ensure that it is well-protected from the elements. A bad winter can be disastrous for your furniture, especially if your rattan becomes frayed or dried out due to cold spells. So, act now in storing garden furniture and have your furniture perfect to enjoy year on year!
Adding a conservatory or orangery to your property – if you don’t already have one – is something we all want. Despite our desires, a new build can be costly and even high maintenance when it comes to the up keep of the room. If you want somewhere to snuggle up in or somewhere to enjoy the suns warmth in, you don’t necessarily have to commit to a new conservatory. There are a number of ways to create this feel and enjoy the benefits they bring, all without having to give up a part of your garden.