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.
Has your vision of an inviting, cosy retreat fizzled out over the years? Do you worry that your decor is dated or your colour scheme is bland? Well, worry no more! All it takes is a few small changes to transform your conservatory to the welcoming living area you always dreamed of…
When in doubt, choose white!
White is the perfect colour for your conservatory for many reasons. First, its simplicity. Your conservatory should be a space where you can come to unwind and relax; therefore, its clean, calming tone provides the perfect retreat. Second, white is timeless. Unlike “on-trend” colours, it is elegant, tasteful and will never fell dated.
White walls work best in naturally bright rooms, where the light coming is emphasised by bouncing all around. Therefore, it is the perfect colour for your conservatory! It will also make the room appear bright and airy, while creating the illusion of more space. But don’t overwhelm yourself with white! Create contrast with bursts of colour from cushions, throws or even a bunch of flowers.
The perfect growing space.
Speaking of flowers, nothing makes a conservatory more welcoming than a sweet smell of orchids and citrus plants, both of which thrive in conservatory conditions. Designed to let in natural light, conservatories are the perfect place to create a luxurious natural area. Indeed, studies have found that flowers help to reduce depression, anxiety and agitation, while also having long-term positive effects on an individual’s mood. Therefore, they are the perfect companion for any conservatory, creating a welcoming space for you to relax and unwind.
Don’t forget those homely touches!
Your conservatory is as much a part of your home as your lounge and kitchen. Therefore, don’t forget to include comforting and homely touches, such as floral wallpaper and textiles or family photos. You could even include some shelves or dressers to fill with books or games.
Remember, you want your conservatory to be a relaxing space, so opt for comfortable furniture, such as rattan or cane, rather than boxy, wooden furniture. In fact, Dovetail have a wide range of cane furniture for sale, including big brands such as Desser and Daro. Browse online or visit our Norwich showroom today!
We hope that our advice has proved invaluable.
If you have any questions about this blog, or want to find out more about our cane and rattan furniture, do not hesitate to get in touch! Give us a call on 01603 488082 or email email@example.com.
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)
Many people consider cane to be a great choice of material for garden furniture. However, Dovetail believe it is also a great investment for your home. Here are six reasons to why cane furniture is the perfect choice for you!
Cane is a very versatile material. It can be used to create stunning chairs, tables and benches to enhance your home. Easy to bend, cane can be sculpted into elegant curves. This can be difficult to achieve with traditional wooden furniture.
Cane furniture can last for a long time. Moisture in the air keeps cane supple, preventing any cracks in its design. The fact cane is made from bamboo and rattan helps its durability. Compared to hardwoods, bamboo is far more resistant to damage. Also, it can resist swelling or shrinking. Rattan, too, is extremely durable and very difficult to break.
3) Low Cost:
Cane is a cost effective alternative to traditional hardwoods, although it is just a durable. It’s low cost means you can easily replace and re-organise your furniture. Now you can keep your home or garden decor looking fresh and exciting!
Cane is extremely lightweight. No longer do you have to heave around heavy hardwood furniture – instead, cane can easily carried and placed where needed. Re-organising your home has never been so easy! This is especially useful for families with young children. Pieces can be moved to allow room to play. Afterwards, they can easily be returned to their original positions.
5) Low Maintenance:
Cane furniture requires minimal maintenance. While hardwoods need frequent polishing and treatment, cane involves very little upkeep. An occasional polish to keep it looking fresh and stylish will be more than enough!
Cane is an eco-friendly alternative to hardwood. It is made from a combination of bamboo and rattan: both organically grown and sustainable materials. Also, the harvest of rattan in Southeast Asia helps provide poor locals with a source of income. Also, cane is very durable. This means you don’t have to frequently change your furniture, wasting less materials.
Dovetail sell a large range of cane furniture. Check out our range by clicking here. We believe they make a great choice of decor for both your home and garden!