Archive for October, 2010

Brighten up your kitchen the pine way

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The type of furniture you use to furnish your house can make a huge difference in the overall mood and ambience of your home. Take the kitchen for example.

A kitchen with lots of surfaces and units made of dull plastics and chipped veneers can look gloomy and sterile, even to the extent that you want to quickly microwave a ready meal and get out of there as soon as possible. But by exchanging your dowdy kitchen for a bright and vibrant one made of real wood kitchen furniture, you can transform the room into a natural haven which is a joy to prepare meals in.

A lightly coloured wood such as pine is ideal for enhancing the quality of light in your kitchen, as its surface reflects back natural light entering through windows and from interior fittings, giving the room an airy and spacious feel.

Pine kitchen cupboards and cabinets can be as aesthetically pleasing as they are an excellent storage solution for all your pots, pans and plates, while pine chairs and stools provide a welcoming homecoming as you put the kettle on after a hard day at work.

A traditional looking pine kitchen can be effectively combined with more modern elements to create a room that is as attractive as it is functional.

Bring a touch of elegance into your home with pine furniture

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

If you’re looking to spruce up your home, pine furniture makes an excellent addition to your interior setup. Both attractive and hardwearing, it can help liven up your home and add a natural feel to your everyday surroundings.

In the living room, you might try combining a pine coffee table with a traditional pine bookcase to provide a homely atmosphere for relaxing in or entertaining guests. In the bedrooms, the light tones of pine wardrobes and chest of drawers can help create a warm atmosphere to lift your spirits in the dark winter months.

Pine furniture is also an excellent choice for those on a budget, and is relatively inexpensive when compared to other woods. While hardwood furniture can be prohibitively expensive, pine enables even those with only modest means to furnish their home beautifully.

Unlike many modern synthetic materials used in furniture, pine has a unique look and texture which will give your home a strong sense of individuality. What’s more, its versatile aesthetic qualities mean that it fits in well with just about any interior colour scheme. Whether in the dining room, study, living room or bedroom, pine furniture is an ideal choice for revitalising your home, and will last for many years to come.

The Secret of Oak & Oak Furniture

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Choosing furniture can cause a dilemma or two with so much choice of styles and materials. It is not something you are likely to do often, mainly due to the outlay. So here are some thoughts as to why wooden furniture, especially oak is a good addition to your home and a few tips on how to care for it once you’ve got it home.

When you pick your decor and accessories, you will find that wooden furniture is far more versatile than other products. Changing soft furnishings in the future gives you the option of a whole new look without having to replace the larger, more costly items.

For many people sustainability is an important issue, including us. Wood is a replenishable resource and your supplier should be able to tell you where it originated. Most of the timber for our Devon Oak range is sourced from managed forests in America.

Solid Oak

Wood, of course, comes in many different varieties and solid oak, such as our Devonshire Oak range, has certain advantages over other types of wood.

  • As a natural material, wood expands and contracts when exposed to humidity. If it is well constructed, solid wooden furniture will not change shape over time. On the other hand, a mix of solid wood and particle board can be affected by normal levels of expansion and contraction, eventually causing joints and edges to break apart.
  • Every piece of solid wooden furniture varies slightly, which makes your furniture distinctive – no two pieces are identical. Hard wood such as oak has a denser grain than soft wood which makes it stronger and more durable but it is also heavier to move around.
  • As long as the manufacturer gives every item the same level of care in their construction, you will get a unique result which you can be proud of for many years. Wood is an investment and good quality oak furniture may well outlive the rest of the accessories in your home, especially if it is cared for well.

Taking Care Of Your Furniture

Caring for your wood extends the life of your furniture. This starts with choosing whether you purchase of finished or unfinished items.

- The Devonshire Oak range is finished with lacquers so it is ready for the stresses and strains of everyday life as soon as it is delivered.

- You may prefer the unfinished look but this is prone to stains and dirt marks.

- Some people enjoy the process of finishing it themselves, which gives them more choice in the shading and depth of colour staining.

Once you have received your wooden furniture, be careful how you move pieces around. Chairs and tables should always be lifted, never dragged to avoid putting strain on the joints which weakens them. More than one person may be needed for heavier or larger piece.

Avoid leaving water and other spills on surfaces as this may spoil them. Lacquered finishes, such as those on the Devon Oak range are also susceptible to alcohol and nail varnish remover. Be careful with fragrant oils as well, as drips can dissolve the finish on your wood.

For more help with caring for your furniture, send us an email or call us for some advice. Whatever you choose, we hope you enjoy your wooden furniture.