Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Spring Style Updates

As the weather outside starts to brighten up, you may also be thinking about ways to brighten up your home! Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your interiors with the latest looks, by either adding a few colourful accessories, or making a big change – and what better colour could be used to brighten up your home than yellow?

Whether you are a lemon lover, or if you prefer the toned-down pastel shades – it doesn’t matter! Either way, yellow is set to be one of the biggest trends this Spring. It’s easy to see why it is such a popular shade, it is energising, has the ability to lift moods and it warms and adds brightness to even the most dull and lifeless rooms.

According to the Chinese Feng Shui theory on colour, yellow represents joy and peace and can help improve your frame of mind. So how can you add yellow into your home without it looking too garish? And what kind of yellows look best?

Pair yellow with a complementing neutral colour – While you may not want to pair yellow with white or cream (this could make it look too bright) Grey goes perfectly with yellow, as it counterbalances the acidity often associated with yellow tints. Monochrome and Teal also work well with yellow, while black works best if you are planning on using more than one shade.

Know your undertones – There is no one standard “yellow” colour, and it can be seen with either red or blue undertones. Red undertoned yellows will appear slightly more orange and will create a warm, inviting environment, whereas blue untertoned yellows will appear cooler and are best used sparingly to avoid creating a cold environment.

Size of the room and lighting effects – The size of the room you are decorating, as well as the amount of natural light it receives are the two most important considerations when it comes to adding yellow to a room. A small room that receives a little amount of light will do best with bright, bold yellows as they work to brighten a room. A large room that has lots of light suits pastel, muted yellows best.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Getting the most out of your Carron stove

So you’ve made the move and bought a new Carron stove – lucky you! Stoves are great for heating up rooms, and are especially pleasing on the eye! But to make sure you are getting the most out of your Carron stove, you need to make sure you are using it correctly!

Using your stove for the first time
It is important to take extra care when lighting your stove or the first time. In order to make sure your stove performs in the right way, you should:
1.       Place a small amount of paper and dry sticks (or firelighters) at the back of the grate and light them.
2.       Once burning, fill the stove with dry fuel and set the air control
3.       Don’t fill the stove to a higher level than the bricks, and do not operate the fire with the door open, except during refuelling.
You shouldn’t just be cautious when using your stove for the first time either, it is important that you look after it through its entire lifetime.
The primary air supply control
You control the heat output of your stove using the air control, which should be clear from blockages at all times.
Setting the controls
·         Sliding the air control fully over to the right, means the maximum amount of air will get to the fire, making it burn quicker. Sliding the air control fully to the left, means the minimum amount of air will get to the fire, meaning it will bun slower but with less heat.
·         The ideal setting for the air controls is having the primary inlet almost closed, with the secondary inlet half open. Obviously this will vary depending on the flue draught, and you can set it to burn at your preferred rate. The same goes for the secondary air supply
·         If your stove goes out whilst you still have fuel in it, it means your air controls are set too low.
·         If your stove overheats, close the door and inlets, and allow the stove to shut down. This will prevent any damage to the stove, and is the safest way to cool it down.

If you like any further info visit http://www.carron.uk.net/carron-stoves or call 0808 1292224