Did you know we spend almost a third of our lifetime asleep?
As we all know, it’s important that you get a good nights sleep. It allows your body to restore and rejuvenate, as well as grow muscle and repair tissue. In fact, many studies have linked sleep deficiency to heart disease and diabetes, as sleep is also involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels.
Dovetail have already written a blog on the importance of finding a comfortable and supportive mattress. But did you know your sleeping position is equally as important? From sleeping on your back to your front or side, we all have our favourite position. Read on to find out their benefits, and the affect they have on a good night’s sleep.
Are you one of the 7% of people that sleep on their back?
Sleeping on your back is often regarded as the ‘healthiest’ sleeping position for the spine and neck. This is because your back is straight rather than contorted, while your neck is in a neutral position. Also, it allows your mattress to fulfil its purpose and affectively support your spine.
For the more image conscious, sleeping on your back is a must. Those who sleep on their sides with their face squashed against the pillow are more likely to form wrinkles, while those who sleep on their backs will not!
However, sleeping on your back significantly increases the probability of snoring. As you lay on your back, your tongue falls to the back of your throat, restricting your airways and causing you to snore. For this reason, those suffering from sleep apnea should also avoid sleeping on their back. 40% of adult men and 24% of adult women are habitual snorers, so if you want to avoid being part of the statistic, roll over!
Are you one of the 13% of people that sleep on their front?
Despite being one of the most popular sleeping positions, there are few benefits to sleeping on your stomach. While it eases snoring and sleep apnea, it flattens the natural curve of the spine, resulting in lower back pain and, in some cases, airway blockage. Sleeping on your front also forces your head to one side, straining your neck.
Furthermore, the pressure on your muscles, joints, and organs increases as you sleep on your stomach. In an attempt to stay comfortable, you will spend more time shifting positions, resulting in disturbed, poor-quality sleep.
However, if you find this is the best position for you, try making some modifications. First, sleep with your forehead against the edge of a soft pillow rather than turning your head to the side. This will alleviate neck strain and lower back pain, while also ensuring your airway remains open. Another adjustment is to place a pillow under your lower abdomen or hips to help prevent lower back twinges.
Are you one of the 69% of people that sleep on their side?
Sleeping of your side is by far the most popular sleeping position, and it is also very beneficial for your health. The fetal position (a position adopted by 41% of people) improves heart circulation, which is why it is a position often recommended by doctors during pregnancy. What’s more, it also eases heartburn and acid reflux!
However, there are a few downsides. Sleeping on your left side can put pressure on the stomach and lungs, while sleeping in the fetal position can restrict your diaphragm. Side-sleepers will also be familiar with the dreaded pins and needles caused by resting your head on your arm all night which restricts blood flow. Furthermore, as your shoulder supports most of your body weight, your neck and shoulder muscles can become constricted and tight.
So which mattress is best for each position?
Back sleepers should avoid airbeds and opt instead for a medium mattress (5 to 6 in firmness). If your mattress is too soft, your back and pelvis will sink too deep. However, if your mattress is too firm, your back will leave a gap between your lower spine and mattress surface, resulting in an uncomfortable night’s sleep. Memory foam mattresses will provide sufficient support give to keep your spine aligned.
Front sleepers should opt for medium to slightly firmer mattresses (4 to 7) to help keep their spine in a neutral position. A firmer mattress will prevent the pelvis from sinking too far down and arching your back. Also, stomach sleepers should avoid innerspring beds as they are too springy to be comfortable.
Side sleepers need a soft to medium mattress (3 to 6 firmness) so their hips and shoulders can sink deeply into the mattress, ensuring the spine stays aligned with the neck and back. A memory foam mattresses would be perfect as they contour your body, securing it in place to prevent pelvic rotation.
Dovetail have a wide range of Sherbourne mattresses available from our Norwich showroom, including sprung and memory foam. Click here to view our full range online. If you want more information, please give us a call on 01603 488082 and we will do our best to answer all your questions.
End the year in style with Dovetail’s top three autumn/winter interior design trends for 2018!
The design industry has spoken! The hottest interior design trends for autumn/winter 2018 are making themselves known across the high street, from bright and bold geometric designs to warm and earthy tones. But which trends are really worth getting excited about? Here are Dovetail’s pick of the autumn/winter trends for 2018…
#1 Bright Shapes
These kaleidoscopic concoction of quirky shapes and vibrant colours are certainly a bold trend, yet remains fun and playful. Experiment with a variety of shapes, whether it be stripes, geometric or spots. Have the confidence to clash, and mix and match with a variety of colours. As long as you have fun, you can’t possibly go wrong!
Dovetail LOVES the use of bright shapes in the following collections…
• Axis Collection — Scion Wallpaper (click here)
• Elara — Vorwerk Carpet (click here)
• Alba Range — Cane Industries (click here)
#2 Pink, Pink, Pink!
From dusty to candy, pinks are all the range this autumn! The perfect antidote to the traditional earthy tones of fall, pink adds warmth and colour to any home. It also contrasts well with metallic shades and contemporary greys, so it is quite easy to incorporate into your home. Fun, flirty and fun, pink is the perfect way to brighten up your home.
Dovetail LOVES the use of pinks in the following collections…
• Chiswick — Duresta Club & Boutique (click here)
• Mirage — Duresta for Matthew Williamson (click here)
• Serendipity Prints — Blendworth (click here)
#3 Burnt Metallics
Of course, autumn wouldn’t be autumn without the warm, earthy tones of burnt copper and brass! The fiery, golden tones instantly provide elegance and rustic charm and provide that cosy, autumnal feel. Burnt metallics can be incorporated in both traditional and modern settings to enormous effect.
Dovetail LOVES the use of metallics in the following collections…
• Albert — Duresta for International Luxury (click here)
• Asuka Wallpaper — Harlequin (click here)
• Sonata Fabrics — Wemyss (click here)
Get on trend and transform your home with Dovetail’s top three summer prints for 2018!
The design industry has spoken! The hottest print trends for summer 2018 are making themselves known across the high street, from bright and bold designs to more understated, softer tones. But which trends are really worth getting excited about? Here are Dovetail’s top three summer prints to watch out for in 2018…
A big trend at the moment is seventies print, and nothing screams seventies quite like geometric print! It’s bold, brave and exciting, and adds lots of visual interest to the room. But one thing to remember when it comes to geometric is that a little goes a long way. As you can see from our top picks above, the bold print should be used as an accent to compliment the rest of the room. Perhaps try geometric cushions or home accessories?
Dovetail LOVES the use of geometric in the following collections…
• Alstons Sofas — Camden Range (click here)
• Desser Cane — Camden Conservatory Range (click here)
• Alstons Sofas — Sullivan Range (click here)
#2 Gelato Colours
A huge trend for both interior design and fashion, gelato colours allows you to choose your favourite ice cream flavour and your favourite paint colour. Mix and match pinks, blues, greens and yellows to find your perfect palette. These pops of colour add fun and zest to your home, and work really well alongside a neural background.
Dovetail LOVES the use of gelato colours in the following collections…
• Duresta for Matthew Williamson — Mirage (click here)
• Sherbourne — Kensington Chair (click here)
• Sherbourne — Buckingham Chair (click here)
#3 Inky Blues
Contrast the sickly tones of gelato with another big colour trend for 2018: inky blue. The cool tones of deep cobalt, sapphire and navy are perfectly complimented by accents of pure white. If you like this colour, be daring with your choices! Rich and moody, this colour scheme is a stunning addition to any home.
Dovetail LOVES the use of inky blues in the following collections…
• Duresta for Matthew Williamson — Minnelli (click here)
• Club & Boutique by Duresta — Amelia (click here)
• English Classics by Duresta — Wing Chair (click here)
Looking for an effortless way to liven up your home?
There is no better way to transform a room that with cushions. While it may seem gratuitous, this simple but effective technique can bring new life to any home.
Cushions can provide a much-needed burst of colour, or offer a welcoming, comfortable space. Whatever their purpose, they are always the perfect finishing touch to any room.
Here are our top tips on cushion arranging for optimum impact.
First, don’t get carried away. As with many things, less is definitely more. You don’t want your bed or sofa to be so swamped by cushions you can’t find a seat! Three or five cushions is a comfortable medium.
As recommend above, stick to an odd number of cushions. This adds balance to your arrangement, while also seeming more informal and relaxed. Indeed, odd numbers are preferred in many Asian cultures, such as Japan. Even numbers are actually considered unlucky — so stay clear!
A great way to organise your cushions is in a 2:2:1 ratio. Simply work from the outside in for an effective arrangement. First, place the two largest, matching cushions on the outsides, then have them overlap with the next matching pair. Finally, finish with a single decorative cushion in the middle.
To create a more inviting space, you could consider ‘chopping’ your cushion. Sounds bizarre? Not really! Simply plump your cushion, then create a V-shaped indent on the top edge using the side of your hand. The overall look is less rigid and more welcoming than a fully plumped, perfectly square cushion.
Dovetail have a comprehensive range of cushions available from our Norwich showroom.
Are your existing cushions looking a bit worse for wear? Revitalise your existing cane furniture with a new set of cushions! If you know the name of your suite, us call on 01603 488 082 to discuss a price. Alternatively, bring in a base and back cushion to our showroom for us to identify. Find us on 226 – 236 Sprowston Road, Norwich.
Bring out your rollers – International Wallpaper Week has arrived!
From Monday 2nd until Sunday 8th October, Dovetail are excited to celebrate International Wallpaper week. With so many styles and designs to choose from, this event is not to be missed!
At Dovetail, we often think wallpaper is overlooked. Many think that it’s too much of a hassle, while others think paint is a more cost-friendly option. However, we’re here to stick up for the underdog. If you want style, glamour and sophistication, look no further than wallpaper!
Decorating your home doesn’t have to be a chore.
Many people choose ease over style. After all, why waste time hanging wallpaper? A lick of paint is far quicker! But that’s where you’re wrong. For the sake of an hour or so, your home looks far more boring and unimaginative than if you’d hung wallpaper. Plus, decorating can be really fun, especially if you invite your friends over! You can order a takeaway, turn up the radio and, before you know it, your room will be transformed.
As we mentioned before, painted walls can look really boring. A solid colour – especially cream or beige – can look so uninspiring and dull. Also, it can make your room both look and feel colder. Wallpaper oozes warmth and colour, while also providing insulation in the colder months. This is exactly why it’s a great choice for your home.
Here are some top wallpaper tips from some big names in interior design:
Barbara Hulanicki (founder of iconic clothes store Biba): “Interior trends are slower than fashion, but they usually follow fashion in colour – when in doubt, go for a LBD: little black design.”
Tilly Hemmingway (from House of Hemingway): “Don’t be afraid to go bold! But keep other decor in the room clean and simple so it doesn’t overpower the main attraction.
Sophie Robinson (British interior stylist): “A feature wallpaper should be positioned to create a focal point in the room. This is typically the headboard or the fireplace, any area you’d like highlighted could work.”
Want to find out more about International Wallpaper Week?
Click here to visit the official website for the event. You can find even more top tips and advice, as well as exclusive competitions and news articles. You can also find out more via their twitter: @NWallpaperWeek.
Now that it’s 2017, you may be thinking of giving you home a make-over. But if you’re trying to decide between painting your walls or buying wallpaper, Dovetail have complied a list of the benefits of wallpaper for transforming you home!
A common misconception is that wallpaper isn’t durable. It is! Wallpaper can easily withstand wear and tear, especially those that come with a vinyl protective surface. Wallpaper is also very easy to clean. Most can be cleaned with a light sponge, while many have scrubbable surfaces allowing for greater cleaning strength.
Paint, on the other hand, can chip easily if scraped or hit. Repairing and repainting can be difficult if you cannot find the same shade of paint. Filler paint may also be needed to fill in holes caused by chips. Already, the maintenance of painted walls can be far longer than the simple scrubbing of wallpaper.
It’s not as expensive as you think:
Many assume wallpaper is more expensive than paint. While this can be true, it isn’t always the case. Depending on the brand, you can find a variety of inexpensive wallpaper. In fact, some varieties of paint, such as textured or faux paint finishes, can end up being more expensive. If you were put wallpaper up yourself, costs can be further reduced by eliminating the need for installation. Plus, as mentioned before, wallpaper is actually very durable. You may end up saving money on your long term expenses with wallpaper as you don’t need to continually your walls!
You get a variety of colours and prints:
The main problem with paint is that is can be quite plain and boring. While wallpaper comes in a wide variety of patterns, styles and designs, you are limited to block colours with paint. Now, you may just want a plain colour, but where’s the fun in that? With wallpaper, you can have floral patterns, spots and stripes, or maybe even some Art Deco prints! You can add texture and depth to you walls – something a simple coat of paint cannot do.
The great thing about wallpaper is that it can completely transform a room. You may want a change of scenery in your living space but don’t want to spend too much money on buying new furniture or hiring an interior designer. Simply adding wallpaper is an effective way of changing the dynamic of your room. It can become fresh and exciting, all without having to dig deep into your pocket!