Help Your Furniture Age Gracefully

For most people, furniture is more than just pieces that makes a home complete. There is a fond and unexplainable attachment to them. While it is impossible for the furniture to feel how much you love and appreciate them, you can show other people. After all, with all that service, you do owe them that much. That aside, most furniture will have two primary aspects. Wood and leather or some other form of material. It is how they have been made for thousands of years. Surprisingly, you do not want your furniture to look that old. So, here are some great ways that you can use to take care of your furniture and watch it age gracefully.

Dump and dust frequently.

It would be unfathomable for one to think that such a simple task would add value and life to your furniture. Well it does! Unfortunately, you share one similarity with dust even though it is a hard pill to swallow. The love for your furniture! Only that the dust destroys the whole elegant look and feel. For this, you need to have a clean, soft and damp piece of cloth. Do not make it too wet or spray the wood directly with water as it does not respond very well to water. At least once a week, give your furniture a thorough wipe down to retain its elegant look. It’s not a great idea to always use commercial dusting sprays as they slowly evolve into a foggy residue that can be quite the turn off.

 

Keep the shine bustling.

As much as you try to take care of your furniture, time and aspects of weather will eventually reign supreme. The shine might turn dull and a couple of scratches might appear overtime. By using wood friendly wax or polish, you will not only be able to restore the shine but the glory of your furniture as well. Always make sure that you follow the instructions as they appear on the product strictly for the best results. While at it, you can get creative and create more interesting pieces.

 

For your Leather and other materials.

Ideally, most of your furniture will have either leather or some other kind of material. This needs equal care and loving as well.

If this happens to be leather, you should know that uncoated leather like suede easily stains so it requires more care. Play it safe by using some commercial sprays that make it more resistant to spills. Better prevention than having to scrub out the stains which happen to be quite stubborn.

Leather and other materials should also be dusted every once in a while to ensure they are clean and free from dust. You can also use a vacuum on some of the materials but not on leather.

The heat from the vacuum could cause the leather to become brittle and lose its shine. Even worse, because it is very sensitive to heat, it could end up damaged. Equally important is to make sure that any furniture that has leather is kept away from direct sunlight.

Of course, it would not hurt to show some tenderness to your leather accented furniture by applying a mild conditioner or leather cream to the leather part as you recoat the finishing on the wood part. You can see what a difference this can make.

Your love for your furniture should not be told but rather shown. By using these tips, you are in a great position to show this. Just remember, if you are not very sure about something, you might want to consider calling in a professional. Especially with the repairs. After all, it is more economical to pay for the service than replace your furniture and all the memories it had.

 

Classy Fine Dining

Classy and Contemporary

FineDining3If you like a fusion of both classy and contemporary dining space with minimalistic style, then consider a dining room that has a largely black and white palate such as the ones I found at this company. Monochromatic backdrops enhance the minimal appeal of a space and instantly lend a sense of sophistication. While you might cut back on color, you can still make the space exciting with color accents through wall art and smart lighting options. A cascading chandelier or an oversized pendant light can also enhance the minimal dining space without detracting from classy sophistication.

 

Remember that a minimal dining room is not just about picking a futuristic, sleek dining table and chairs. Minimalism is the art of cultivating more from less and requires the discipline to cut out any excesses from your existing dining room. The unnecessary decorations, the ornate patterns and other frills that distract from the main purpose of the room need to be sacrificed. Only the bare essentials should be accommodated.

Elegant Greys and Neutrals

The charm of gray is something that that has stood the test of time and trends; and the world of interior design has FineDining2fully tapped into the potential of this hot neutral in the last few years. Gray is the ‘go to’ color for designers and homeowners across the globe these days, and it has definitely replaced the white and beige trend of the 90s and early 2000s. What was initially dubbed a passing fad has now turned into a lasting ‘style statement’, which has joined the ranks of what is considered as classy and sophisticated.

The many versatile shades of gray ensure that you can easily use it as both a soothing, neutral backdrop and a stylish, dark hue that highlights the architectural features of your choice in the dining room. Many homeowners prefer a tone-on-tone approach to gray, as it is easy to work with, gives the room visual intrigue and breaks away from monotony. Picking a shade of gray for your dining room depends on a variety of factors, including the size of the space, the available natural light, and even the climate of the city you live in. The adventure of a grey dining room is definitely the way to go in 2015.

 

PREVENTABLE FURNITURE DAMAGE

Preventable damage refers to events or conditions that one can avoid in order to keep furniture safe. Furniture damage takes different forms but careless handling by user still stands as the major threat their safety. Furniture is part of everyone’s daily life and should therefore be prevented from certain damages if at all they are to last long enough. Almost every individual likes to have a neat and well decorated home or office but a good number forget that the pieces of furniture also need to be taken care of. Preventable damages include poor transportation, a poor environment and careless maintenance or handling of furniture.

Poor Environment

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Environment basically entails the existing condition of the pieces of furniture. Although the best environmental condition for a piece of furniture is most the times used to describe the caretaker’s ideal place for them, the well being of the furniture must also be considered. According to experts, there is never an ideal condition to place the furniture as it all depends on the type of material used in making the furniture. Factors such as temperature, light and humidity play a massive role when it comes to an ideal environmental condition for furniture.

Among all the environmental factors, light remains as the easiest condition to deal with, yet it continues to destroy furniture in homes or offices. Most of the furniture surfaces are easily destroyed by constant exposure to direct sunlight. Getting rid of such damages is quite simple as it only takes a curtain or window shade to keep the pieces of furniture safe. One also has the option of keeping the pieces of furniture in darkness whenever he or she is not using them.

Humidity

According to experts, the environmental factor that poses a great threat to furniture is humidity. This is because wood that is used to make the pieces of furniture easily absorbs water via humidity, thereby causing them to shrink and swell. The changes in pressure make certain parts of the furniture to loosen and in the process weaken the entire furniture. A relatively low temperature raises the humidity of a given place therefore the modern heating systems can come in handy in controlling room temperature.

Biopredation

Biopredation is also an environmental problem that experts think has always been overlooked by many. Most pieces of wood are easily destroyed by insect infestation, micro-organisms and certain animals. If not attended to, these factors are capable of massive destruction of furniture. One therefore has to know the conditions leads to these factors and stop it with immediate effect. Fungi and mildew for instance, are common during humid conditions and therefore one has to find an expert opinion on to stop them from destroying his or her pieces of furniture. Rodents destroy furniture in search of food, therefore one is encouraged to clean up after eating or rather avoid eating on sofas at all costs.