Now is the perfect time to give your home a thorough spring clean and declutter. One area that after gets neglected when we deep clean our homes however is our tableware. When was the last time you went through your dinnerware ranges, cutlery and glassware? Like everything in our home these elements need to be updated, kept clean, and decluttered from time to time. The experts at Harlequin London, leading suppliers of luxury accessories and tableware for the interior design industry, share their professional advice on changing or replacing/repairing tableware and decluttering your home…
How many times during the year do we say to ourselves ‘why do I have that old vase gathering dust’ or ‘I wish there was more space in this room’ – if you remember muttering similar to yourself over the last 12 months now is the perfect time to do something about it. Get rid, change or even give away those items which frankly you are bored of, don’t need and that have become one more thing that needs cleaning.
We hear about decluttering on television, we read about less is more in interiors magazines, more often than not this advice is absolutely correct. If you are unsure just try it for a while and see what it feels like. You have nothing to lose, if you yearn for the dusty vase back just get it back out of the cupboard. If however you don’t miss it and feel liberated with extra space you will have successfully decluttered!
Change or Repair tableware
During Christmas and New Year dinner services, cutlery and crystal glassware often undergo a barrage of use. Undoubtedly there will have been breakages, chips and seemingly impossible tarnishing or stains that simply won’t budge. Now is the time to address these niggling problems, not when your tableware next comes to be used – it is too late then.
If your china was damaged order replacements as soon as you can. Sadly many manufacturers do sometimes discontinue designs so the sooner the better when ordering replacements. Also consider how you store your china – investing in plate dividers made out of felt can help enormously in prolonging the life of your dinner service and avoids scratching and chipping when storing in sideboards or cupboards.
Crystal glasses often get chipped and if part of a treasured set can be easily repaired if the damage is not too extensive. Many shops sell small files that can be used or in some cases you can source specialist glass companies that can do this for you (Blue crystal).
Silver cleaning – silver will tarnish when exposed to the environment but as a general rule the more often it is actually used and handled there will be little need to get out the polish. Silver does not tarnish when exposed to oxygen, however it does tarnish when exposed to sulphur or hydrogen sulphide in the air, and we recommend anti-tarnish cutlery rolls if your cutlery is stored away and will only be used infrequently (Christofle). If heavily tarnished do clean using a reputable agent before putting away – see images of cleaning below. Bear in mind that every time silver is cleaned using a cleaning agent a small layer of silver is removed from each piece!
Improve & Upgrade
Bored and uninspired with your interior – improve and upgrade it with new and exciting products.
The first major trade shows for the home have now happened, sales are over and there so many new, fresh and intriguing trends so give bold colours, pattern and textures that you are unfamiliar with a try.
Redisplay accessories throughout the home, try accessories from one room in another and do consider mixing up different juxtapositions of objets to create a truly original look that is entirely your own.
Introducing new colours is always a wonderful way of introducing an on trend look for the coming year. For everything you need to know about colour click here http://www.sensationalcolor.com/. Some of our clients even use colour relating to the seasons – a perfect way to encapsulate ‘Out with the old, in with the new’!
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