Begin the year in style with Dovetail’s top three 2019 interior design trends!
The design industry has spoken. The hottest interior design trends for summer 2019 are making themselves known across the high street, from mustard tones to granny patterns. But which trends are really worth getting excited about? Here are our pick of the 2019 interior design trends, all available to buy from Dovetail!
Mustard tones are the must-have shades for the summer months. Previous years saw smaller pops of mustard as the go-to trend, but 2019 sees a push towards larger statement furniture and accessories to create a bold splash of colour to your home. A surprisingly versatile shade, mustard partners well with teal, indigo blue, and white.
Dovetail loves the use of mustard in the following collections…
White is always a classic choice, but white on white is dominating the interior design scene this summer. Light, bright and clean, it enhances your space and guarantees a classy and stylish finish. Pair with dark wood and natural tones.
Dovetail feel inspired by the use of white by the following designers…
Duresta Club & Boutique — Sutherland Sofa (click here)
Orchard & Little — Trailing Orchid Wallpaper (click here)
#3 Granny Patterns
Forget out with the old and in with the new: this summer, old-fashioned becomes new fashion! ‘Granny’ patterns celebrates florals, busy fabrics and furniture with plenty of trim. Patterned sofas, curtains, and wallpaper are the perfect choice to bring ‘granny chic’ into your home.
Dovetail loves the use of granny patterns in the following collections…
Discover the pros and cons of different pet-friendly flooring options to find the perfect fit for your furry friends.
Option #1 // Hardwood
Hardwood flooring exudes a sophisticated, classic finish and remains a staple flooring choice for many homes. But as it is vulnerable to stains and water damage, it may not be the wise choice for pet owners. However, there are some pet-friendly hardwood materials, including oak, maple, walnut, mahogany, and bamboo. On the other hand, softwoods, such as pine, chestnut, and fir, are easily susceptible to dents and scratches.
As a rule, the harder the wood, the more greater its resistance to nail scratches. Therefore, take a look at the Janka Hardness Scale when selecting your flooring: the higher the number, the harder the wood. Any rating below 850 is classified as softwood, while a rating above 1250 is classified as hardwood.
Pros: Comes is a variety of colours and finishes; easy to vacuum.
Cons: Expensive; vulnerable to water damage; easily stains.
Option #2 // Carpet
Wall-to-wall carpeting provides a comfortable lounging area for pets, especially when most of our furry friends spend a lot of time asleep! Carpet also provides a non-slip surface, unlike tile and hardwood flooring which can cause footpads to skid about, and absorbs animal noises for a more peaceful atmosphere.
Carpet is usually made from wool, natural fibres, or synthetic fibres, such as nylon and polyester. While wool carpet is the softest and most luxurious underfoot, it is more expensive than synthetic fibres and not as resistant to stains. Nylon carpets, however, are durable, stain-resistant and affordable, making it a popular choice for households with pets. However, try and avoid loop carpets as your pet’s nails may snag on the loops.
Pros: Comfortable underfoot; non-slip surface; comes is a variety of colours.
Cons: Difficult to clean; vulnerable to wear and tear.
Option #3 // Cork
Cork flooring is eco-friendly and will reduce the growth of mould and other allergens. What’s more, it is warm and pliable, making it comfortable underfoot and able to withstand foot traffic very well. It also absorbs sound, so you don’t need to worry about the constant tapping of pet nails all day!
Cork flooring is far more scratch-resistant than other natural woods options. Cork is a generally resistant material that is both naturally impact resistant and boasts anti-slip properties. Therefore, your pets don’t need to use their claws to move around, so the number of animal claw marks on your floor is significantly reduced.
Pros: Water resistant; needs little maintenance; absorbs sound.
Cons: Discolours overtime; heavy furniture can cause permanent indents.
Option #4 // Laminate
Laminate flooring is often a popular choice for pet owners who like the look of hardwood, but want an easy-to-clean surface. However, the popular choice of smooth, glossy laminate floor can reduce your pet’s traction and easily cause them to slip. Therefore, a textured or embossed laminate finish is far more sensible.
Pros: Easy-to-clean; water-resistant; less noticeable scratches.
Cons: Slippery surface; not as “classic” as hardwood.
Option #5 // Stone
Stone tiles are a great option for pet owners. Not only is it highly durable and scratch-resistant, it’s wipe-clean surface lets you quickly deal with any “accidents” or spills. While most tiles are scratch-resistant, some materials are more porous that others. Therefore, softer stones, such as marble, will require more treatment.
A significant downside to stone tiles are their hard, cold surface. It offers little to no comfort or warmth to your pet, so consider incorporating underfloor heating or area rugs throughout your home. What’s more, a pet bed may prove essential if you want your pet to have a cosy place to relax.
Pros: Scratch-resistant; easy-to-clean.
Cons: Cold, hard surface; slippery surface.
Option #6 // Vinyl
Vinyl is an extremely affordable flooring option that can be easily installed throughout you home. Not only does it provide great traction for your pet, it also comes in a wide range of colours and designs, including natural-looking luxury vinyl. Now you can have durable pet-friendly flooring without compromising on style!
Pros: Resistant to scratches and stains; easy-to-clean; low allergy; quiet underfoot.
Cons: Dulls easily; water spills can cause mildew or peeling.
The Dovetail upholstery clearance sale has landed!
Expect to find a variety of upholstery and suites for an excellent price in the Dovetail clearance sale. All our products are ex-display and available for immediate delivery. Delivery charges may apply.
From stunning leather to glamorous duck feather cushions, there is truly something for everyone. Here are Dovetail’s top three finds – but hurry, these amazing deals get snatched up quick!
Gascoigne Designs // Medium Sofa
This luxurious sofa was once £4,695. Now it can be yours for just £2,295. That’s a huge saving of £2,400!
Gascoigne Designs is a privately owned family business who produce stunning, fine upholstered furniture. Each piece is individually hand cut and tailored to create a stunning final design. This piece is no exception; it’s stylish and eye-catching and most definitely adds a touch of old school glamour! Perfect to liven up any home.
Bardi // Danube Suite
This stunning leather suite was once £4,190, but can now be yours for £2,995. That’s a massive saving of £1,195!
This beautiful Danube suite is upholstered in deep red leather, sourced in the best international markets. It was then tanned and treated in Italy using the best processes to guarantee unparalleled beauty, softness and strength. This suite features a 3 seater sofa, 2 seater sofa and chair.
Gascoigne Designs // Grand Sofa
This grand sofa was once £3,695, but can now be yours for just £1,795. That’s more than half price!
This glamorous sofa is artistically tailored by a single bench trained craftsman. Individually hand cut and accurately stitched by Gascoigne Designs, this is an attractive and luxurious piece for any home. The plush scatter cushions are filled with duck feathers for a sumptuous and comfortable finish.
Want to see the other offers in our upholstery clearance sale?
As we become more environmentally conscious, it can be difficult to find eco-friendly furnishings.
However, cane and rattan furniture provide a really good alternative to traditional hardwood. Brands such a Desser, Daro and Cane Industries provide good quality furniture that is both sustainable and looks good.
Rattan is a naturally renewable palm that grows in diverse forests across Africa and Asia.
Incredibly, rattan grows over 2 centimetres per day. To put this into perspective, this means it grows up to 6 metres every year! Rattan can be fully grown and harvested within two years, compared to some hardwoods which take up to 20-30 years. Therefore, rattan is a completely sustainable product that is environmentally friendly.
Rattan helps to sustain numerous other plants and landscapes. As a runner, it relies on other trees and vegetation for survival. Therefore, rattan harvesters are encouraged to preserve the rainforests where it is found. Rattan also grows in harsh conditions, such as in floodwater, that would usually make land unusable.
Across Asia, rattan is an invaluable part of rural people’s livelihoods.
Rattan crops support many small holdings across South and Southeast Asia, such as Indonesia, where it is grown and harvested. It provides people in these local communities with a regular, reliable income in an uncomplicated industry with a focus on labour-intensive management.
How do the rattan furniture brands that Dovetail stock ensure they are eco-friendly?
Desser promotes fair trade ethics across their company. In a statement on their website, they reveal they “abide by a low carbon emission business plan” to “provide [their] customers with environmentally friendly furnishings.”
In 2011, Daro was awarded a made-aware status for its rattan furniture by LOFA (The Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association). This means they work closely with rattan suppliers to reduce the carbon footprint of their products.
Have you ever considered the amount of time spent on your sofa?
From watching TV to snoozing and snacking, Britons are the ultimate couch potatoes. So much so, a 2008 study revealed we spend a staggering 17 years sitting on the sofa!
With figures like these, it’s clearly worth investing in a good quality sofa. An essential item for any home, it’s not a purchase to make lightly, or without considered thought.
There are five keys points to assess when choosing in a sofa: size, style, comfort, longevity and practicality. Ignore these criteria, and the result is a sofa that simply isn’t suited to your needs.
To avoid such an outcome, Dovetail Furniture have compiled a step-by-step guide to choosing a sofa, following the key points mentioned above. Follow our advice and you’ll find your perfect sofa in no time!
Be honest with yourself: do you really have the space for a huge, sprawling sofa? If your room is small, an oversized sofa will make it look more cramped than it actually is. Those short on living space should instead opt for a sofa with low or no arms, as this will create the illusion of a larger room.
On the other hand, should you have a relatively large living room, don’t go overboard on size. Remember that other furniture items, such as TV stands, coffee tables and perhaps other chairs, still need to fit in comfortably.
Think about the intention of your space. Do you envision a formal living room, or a stylish spot for occasional entertaining? A stand-alone sofa presents a sleeker, cleaner line. A sectional sofa is far more roomy and inviting, creating a more casual space that’s perfect for lounging, watching TV or snoozing!
How do you sit on your sofa? It may seem like a stupid question, but everyone lounges differently.
It’s really important to consider seat depth. You may prefer to slouch into your cushions rather than sit upright when watching TV; therefore, if you choose a sofa with too shallow a seat, you will find yourself shifting awkwardly as you try to find a comfortable position. Your sofa is now a wasted investment!
Here is a quick overview of sofa seat depths. 18 inches is a sleek, modern look, but very upright and uncomfortable to sit on. 22 inches is the absolute minimum for a comfortable seat, but still presents a sleek design. 24 inches is just deep enough to lie across, while 33 inches has the ultimate “snuggle factor”.
Different fabrics ware better than others over time. For example, chenille, while soft and silky, stretches and warps over time. Likewise, vinyl is a cheaper alternative to leather, but tends to be less comfortable and cracks with age.
Meanwhile, ensure your sofa has a hardwood frame. This could be oak, teak, beech or mahogany, but avoid softwoods such as pine or spruce. Furthermore, check it is held together with screws and dowels rather than glued and stapled chipboard; these can easily break and will not last as long.
Do you have young children or pets? Then be sensible with your choice of fabric. Cotton-velvet is a family favourite; it’s plush, wears well, and comes in a variety of patterns and shades that can help camouflage any unwanted stains!
Leather is another popular choice for families; it’s wipe-clean, so any accidents, spills or stains can easily be erased. However, it’s susceptible to scratches, so is best avoided by pet owners, as well as wool, satin and velvet. Instead, invest in more pet-friendly fabrics, such as distressed leather and microfibre.
Begin the year in style with Dovetail’s top three 2019 interior design trends!
The design industry has spoken. The hottest interior design trends for the new year are making themselves known across the high street, from cosmic patterns to warm and earthy tones. But which trends are really worth getting excited about? Here are our pick of the 2019 interior design trends, all available to buy from Dovetail!
Designers have looked to the skies for their latest inspiration and the results are out of this world… From zodiac patterns to galaxy murals, cosmic inspiration is the name of the game. Whether you give a subtle nod to the night sky or go all-out with a celestial tribute, your room will surely look heavenly!
Dovetail LOVES the use of constellations in the following collections…
This year, it’s all about Frida Kahlo. Channel the spirit of Mexico’s iconic painter with dynamic, vibrant colours, lush patterns and high-energy wallpaper inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico.
Dovetail LOVE how the following collections were inspired by Freida Kahlo…
Duresta Club & Boutique — Amelia Sofa (click here)
Orchard & Little — Trailing Orchid Wallpaper (click here)
Did you know that velvet searches have increased by 400% over past six months? It is now the most searched for fabric in the UK! Luxurious, seductive and sumptuous, velvet sofas, cushions and carpets is the perfect way to add a bit of lavish to your home.
Dovetail LOVES the use of velvet in the following collections…