Interiors Q&A

PUBLISHED: 10:03 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:03 31 March 2015

Darlings of Chelsa, Clapham sofa

Darlings of Chelsa, Clapham sofa


Herts experts answer those burning questions

What’s the best sofa option for maximising space in our living room?

John Darling of Darlings of Chelsea, St Albans: ‘A modular corner sofa is a great way to make the most of the space you have, utilising the corners of the room and offering more seating space per unit. They’re also perfect for using in an open-plan living space to divide up the room and create different zones for relaxing, working, eating etc. Whether you’re looking for a fabric or leather corner sofa, there are great options available, including the Carla and the Fabio (pictured), which have a uniquely shaped corner piece which means you won’t lose out on seating space, while the Alice modular sofa is great if you’re looking for a flexible seating option, as you can piece the modules together as you like, and rearrange them as and when you need.’

We would like a wood burning stove but think it might be too hot for our room. Is there a way of controlling the heat?

Heather Stean of Hertfordshire Fireplace Gallery in Potters Bar: ‘Firstly, room size is key, and a rough guide for heat requirement is height x width x depth in metres, divided by 14. This will give you a kilowatt guide but does not take into account radiators already present.

Most customers do not need more than a 5kw multifuel stove in an average room, and a permanent air vent would be required if this is exceeded. There is also a requirement to have a CO detector installed.

Alternatively, you could opt for a gas stove that would produce an average 4kw heat output, with the flexibility of heat control. This remains the most economical fuel option.’

I’m looking for a quick and easy way to refresh my home for spring. Where should I start?

Katie Watson at Fishpools in Waltham Cross: ‘Bringing a surge colour into your home will make the space feel renewed and revitalised ready for warmer days. White decorating schemes are a good blank canvas for injecting vibrant splashes, which work equally well in both small and large doses. These can be introduced through soft furnishings and decorative accessories in bold and beautiful shades from spring pastels to neon brights. If your dining room is lacking life, try replacing tired dining chairs with designs in a rich hue like green; a great option that will bring the spring feeling of the outside in.’

What’s the best way to look after porcelain floor tiles?

Mitzi Ross, Bibliotheque, Potters Bar: ‘To maintain porcelain tiles, the first and most important clean is after grouting and building works have been completed when a ‘builder’s clean’ should be carried out using a propriety mild based acid, following the instructions.

After this, do not use cleaning products such as washing-up liquid or Flash on porcelain as they will leave a sticky residue that acts as a film for other grime to stick to and will look unsightly. Instead, use warm water and a clean mop for daily cleaning and for spot cleaning use cream rinse, then wash off thoroughly. Also, highly recommended is a VAX-V120 Wet and Dry pick up for a weekly clean.’

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