5th September 2018

How to use texture to make your home more relaxing, inviting, and inspirational

On a subconscious level, a bit of texture makes a room a more interesting and inviting place to spend time. Texture can make rooms feel more relaxing, more comfortable, and more inspirational.

Many of us spend our days interacting with smooth flat phone screens. This is why people love contrasting textures at home. I love to snuggle up with a cosy blanket, feel my feet move from a smooth wood floor onto a thick wool rug, and relax against the softness of velvet. It feels special and creates a sense of intimacy in a room. 

The more materials you use in your home, the more you can enjoy the benefits that a diverse range of textures can bring. But you don’t have to go all out on a total redesign, and you don’t even have to splash out on new furniture. There’s a few things you can do to instantly and inexpensively enrich your home with textures.

Wall Textures

There’s a huge choice of textured wallpaper and wall coverings available. Take a look at the rustic ship-lap we have on display in our Neptune bedroom in-store. We also have some more subtle seagrass wallpapers, which I can’t wait to put up behind our new Collins and Hayes collection. 

Floors and Carpets

If you’re planning a big renovation, a total floor covering is a great way to add texture to your home. One of my favourite carpet ranges is available in a sophisticated pallet of natural colours and comes in loop, boucle, herringbone and rib designs, any of which would add a subtle texture to big expanse of space. 

If hard-flooring is what you’re looking for, a parquet design or a rustic boarding can bring maximum textural interest to a room.

But if you’re not looking to completely redesign your home, the right rug can instantly add a whole new world of texture to any room. I’m choosing a new rug for our living room at the moment. There are so many great options out there.  I’m trying to decide between velvety looking rugs for a luxury feel, or thickly textured wool rugs for that natural or Nordic feel.

Easy breezy throws and cushions

Throws and cushions are instant, relatively inexpensive and easy-to-move around your home when you’re ready for a change. I finish off most roomsets in Hunters with either cushions, or a throw, or both. They’re a quick, easy and accessible way to introduce new materials to any room.

Sculpture and ornaments

When you bring a piece of art that you love in to your home it will inspire feelings of creativity and pleasure. It will also bring interest and depth with its new materials and texture. Sculpture and ornaments can be large or small. And like cushions and throws, they are easy to move around when you want a change.

Above all, always go for the things you love.

- Nina.

26th November 2015

Black Friday Sales

Thanks to our friends overseas "Black Friday" marks the start of their christmas shopping season and as such this tradition has migrated over to the lovely UK. Unfortunatly we are not going into full sale just yet but we might make a little exception just for a day, expect to see a range of offers available across the site and the odd bargin here or there.

1st October 2015

New Ercol Studio

New Ercol Studio

Come and see our newly launched Ercol Studio showing off our top collections for your living and dinig rooms. Available in a range of Fabric, Leather and wood colours and types we're sure you can find something to fit with your interior themes.

30th March 2015

Tempur Challenge

We would like to invite you to come into store and try TEMPUR’s mattress collection for yourselves. In return, TEMPUR will send you a complimentary FREE TEMPUR® Comfort Travel pillow (worth £65) and we will provide you with a £50 voucher to redeem towards the cost of a TEMPUR Double, King & Super King mattress next time you are in store.

11th March 2015

Website Launch



We are pleased to announce our new website is live. With a fetching new design we hope to showcase some of Hunters finest products and collections. We are now able to display more variations, images and show our ranges in a greater detail allowing you to have a better Hunters experience.

However this is still only part of our total catalogue, be sure to pop in store for the full experience and see what else we have on show.


4th August 2014

Hunters SALE: Summer spaces all year long

We all know that the summer months bring with them longer days of cloudless sunny skies, and with those longer days we always seen an increase in visitors stopping by for a spot of socialising, family popping over during the kids summer holidays and an increase in wining and dining occasions to celebrate events while the temperatures rise.

So what better way to embrace the season and welcome your visitors than by stashing away heavy winter furnishings and opting for a spot of lighter, more summery decor? Pick pieces that mean you spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying the hints of summer sun.

With our furniture clearance at Hunters there is no better time to renovate and revive your living spaces than during our summer clearance sale which extends to all of our products including dining ranges, seating ranges and beds.

With our top tips you can ensure that you and your visitors can bring summer into your living spaces that will last all year long optimising comfort, luxury and of course socialisation.

ercol ravenna large sofa

Opt for bright and colourful seating for rooms with less natural light. Coloured patterns will elude to summer days, think Duresta for such designs. White seating also offers the best foundation for living rooms with greater natural lighting as these pieces will reflect the light and create the illusion of more space. This large Ercol sofa offers sexy curves for maximum elegance with a lightwood finish with no danger of overpowering or darkening a room.

While winter seating arrangements are all about cosying up in front of a fire or in front of the television, summer living rooms should maximise conversation and socialising opportunities. Position your furniture, such as sofas and armchairs around a coffee table. U-shaped or circular set-ups provide the best opportunities for conversation meaning everyone can be seen.

Gplan room

Ingrid dining set

If you’re one for holding dinner parties then opt for a long rectangular table which gives better socialising opportunities and everyone to converse face to face. Look to create statements with one bold colour like the one featured in our Ingrid Modern Oak range which offers fully customisable dining chairs with a wide range of fabrics to choose from. The curves and simple lines to these pieces don’t overwhelm the room and can easily open it up.

If you’re planning on having guests over to stay then a summer makeover for your guestroom could be on the cards. From nautical inspired seashells through to seasonal floral you have a wealth of options to choose from to ensure maximum comfort for your guests. Look at sofa beds which are excellent choices not only for comfort but they also offer compact space saving solutions when you want to use your guest room for other things.

Sofabed for guest room

Curtains and blinds derby

Replace heavy drapes for lighter blinds and sheers which will still let in natural summer sunlight but still give necessary privacy. We offer a complete measure and fitting service for curtains and blinds. Just pop in store to find out more.

By bringing in bright colours with lively tones and accents you will be ensuring that summer is present in your home all year long.

Why not visit our furniture store on Gower Street in Derby which stocks a range of high quality brands from Duresta through to Wade and G plan all of which are reduced in our sizzling Summer Sale, or contact us for further information on any of our ranges.

3rd August 2014

Summer furnishings

With the arrival of the summer solstice over the weekend – British summertime is officially in full swing and what better time to rejuvenate your home after the dullness of a spring clean than now?

Whether you want furnishings of the period, traditional or more contemporary style, at Hunters we have a range of stunning varieties to compliment your home’s design. While visiting our website you will also find that we currently have some sizzling special offers over summer to ensure that you’re not only getting the highest of quality but the most competitive of prices.

If you’re looking for furniture in the Derby or East Midland’s area, we can cater to your tastes. From beds right through to carpets we have helped families, couples and professionals to furnish their homes since our humble beginnings in 1928.

Two of our most popular brands from our showroom are both the Duresta furniture collection and Ercol. The particular attraction of both of these ranges is that they cover all your furnishing requirements and provide upholstery options which can often be missed with other brands.


We choose to bring our customers of Derby and the surrounding area furniture from Ercol as it is not only designed for aesthetic beauty but also for comfort without any compromises on functionality.

You will find some contributions from some of the best British furniture designers in this range as the brand constantly tries to keep to current trends and tastes while evolving and reflecting the brands trusted craftsmanship.

Providing everything from recliner chairs right through to sideboards and dining tables, Ercol designs cater to most tastes and we’re sure you will find something you require from our vast range.

We have worked with Ercol since both of our companies beginnings in the 1920s and can vouch for the long lasting durability of their furniture – you even have the added opportunity to rejuvenate current Ercol upholstery should the coverings on chairs or seats wear out, or you fancy a new look – this is available though their reCover service.

Duresta furniture

Since 1938 this local designer has been producing and manufacturing high quality and luxurious handmade upholstery which continues to evolve with its different shapes, styles and fabric designs.

Not just furniture of functionality but also style with sofas and chairs which are made with experienced craftsmanship, Duresta sofas both luxury, comfort and colour to any home. Many people often choose them because they want to create central pieces to their living spaces.

Our extensive collection of furniture from the Duresta collection offer strong technical specifications, which have retained confidence in the brand over the 70 years that the brand has been established, bringing charm and elegance to your home.

Available in a wide array of fabrics you will be spoilt for choice – don’t just browse online, come into our Derby showroom to see these fabrics in the flesh.

Competitive prices

We aim to provide all our customers with excellent service, quality and price. Browse our clearance offers now or pop into our showroom – we will not be beaten on price.

Should you not be able to find what you’re looking for our team of staff know our brands well and will be able to advise or help you with what you need.

2nd August 2014

What to do in Derby at the Weekend

If you have a family then you will know that kids can easily get bored at the weekend. How can you keep them entertained? To help you we’ve come up with a list of some of the things that you can do in and around Derbyshire over the weekends:

Derby Gaol

The Derby Gaol is a tourist destination ideal for kids who like the adrenaline of something a little scary. The gaol contains two cells: The Condemned Cell and the Debtor’s Cell, each of which include doors from the original prison and more eerily, the etchings of names and dates scratched into the walls from the 18th Century. Kids can learn about criminals who lived in a period when they really didn’t have to do much to end up behind bars. The Derby Gaol has quickly become one of Derby’s most popular destinations.

Address of Derby Gaol:
50-51 Friar Gate

The Climbing Unit

This is open Bank Holiday Saturday and Sunday 10am-7pm and Bank Holiday Monday 10am-8pm. You can go climbing at any point this weekend! To have a go you need to become a member but this only costs £3. There are over 1100 square metres to climb, and sessions are available for both adults and children so all the family can go. Some adult courses require you to work alongside a trainer so call 01332 265 864 for more details.

Address of Climbing Unit
The Climbing Unit Limited, Unit 5
Mason’s Place Business Park
Nottingham Road
Derby DE21 6YZ

Darley Park

Darley Park is a fantastic place to spend the Bank Holiday (so long as the weather is kind). A short walk from the city centre, you can incorporate some time at the park into a pleasant Saturday’s shopping. The beautiful River Derwent runs through the park, creating a beautiful view that is only complemented further by bright sunshine.

Darley Park Car Park
Off Duffield Road A6 (opposite Broadway Pub)
DE22 1EN

Priory Course

The Priory Course is a huge golf course which consists of over 300 acres of land. It is situated in the heart of Derbyshire and offers over 36 holes. The layout means that it is appropriate for golfers of all abilities. There are two courses; each course contains 18 holes, is par 70 and measures just over 6000 yards.

Breadsall Priory Hotel & Country Club
Moor Road

Wild Park Derbyshire

If you are looking for an action-packed weekend then the Wild Park Derbyshire might be what you’re after. There are all sorts of activities that you can get up to including paintballing, woodland laser tag, and quad biking. All the family are welcome or if you are a group of adults you will love it here as well. There’s even archery and blindfold driving. Get your friends together for a good time!


Middle Wild Park Farm,
Wild Park Ln,

Twin Peaks Outdoor Activities

Taking part in the Twin Peaks Outdoor Activities offers you the chance to try everything from canoeing, kayaking, and rafting, to abseiling, climbing, and orienteering. There are fun activities for everybody to enjoy. The different experiences are designed for people of all ages and abilities; you can go as a family or a group of friends.


123 Shepton Crescent

Sprint Motorsport Indoor Karting

The Indoor Karting arena is over 32,000 square feet and contains a 250 metre track. Go-karting is one of the most fun experiences that you can have, and is particularly brilliant on a Bank Holiday weekend when friends or family members might be coming round to see you. It’s easy to do and you’re in

1st August 2014

Welcome to Hunters of Derby

For the widest range of high quality furniture in the Derby area, look no further than Hunters Furniture.

Established since 1928, we are proud to be Derby’s longest established home furnishing retailer and with our city centre location, are ideally placed to serve Derbyshire and the East Midlands area.

Our showroom showcases a vast selection of beautifully designed sofas, chairs, bedroom and dining furniture from well known brands. We are open Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 5:30pm and our friendly and helpful team are on hand to provide advice and guidance. The showroom, based in the centre of Derby, is easily accessible on foot or by public transport, and ample parking is available nearby.

At Hunters of Derby we are committed to bringing you the very best selection of high quality furniture, at competitive prices, with an unrivalled standard of customer service. Our dedicated team are committed to ensuring your satisfaction; from the moment you enter our showroom to leaving you to enjoy your new furniture in your home. In addition to our in-store advice, we offer a home consultancy service throughout Derby and the wider area. Our expert staff will be happy to visit you at home to suggest furniture or flooring options to suit your individual taste, budget and practical requirements.

We are proud to provide our outstanding range of home furnishings at the very best prices. In fact, we are so confident that our prices are the most competitive that we promise to match any competitors’ price for an identical product*. Many of our products are in stock and ready for immediate delivery, however if this is not the case we will ensure that you are kept fully informed of the lead time and estimated delivery date.

Whether your furniture is delivered by our ‘white glove’ delivery team or via our trusted courier partner, you can rest assured that your purchase will arrive in perfect condition. We can unpack and assemble, as well as removing all packaging so that you can start to enjoy your new furniture straight away. Hunters of Derby really is the best choice for the widest selection of high quality home furnishings at unrivalled prices. Browse online or visit our Derby showroom and get ready to be inspired and amazed at our range of furniture, flooring and home accessories.

31st July 2014

Neptune Furniture at Hunters

Since being established in 1996, Neptune furniture has been providing quality and luxury products that add style and elegance to any room in the house.

This fantastic range of solid oak wood furniture is made with huge attention to detail, so you can be sure that you are getting the perfect piece; no matter what you are looking for.

Whether you are looking for dining furniture, pieces for the living room or bedroom furniture, the Neptune range has it all. From dining tables and chairs, sideboards and coffee tables, beds and chests of drawers; every need is covered.

If you want a fantastic selection of Neptune to choose from, we have 4 beautiful ranges to offer.

The Chichester range is a combination of natural oak and hand painted wood; it contains a beautiful selection of dining tables, chairs, dressers and more, it even has a wine rack! The great thing about this range is that you have a choice of 28 colours, so your furniture can be completely unique to you.

The Chichester bedroom range is also available in a choice of 28 colours and is a combination of natural oak and painted wood. It contains a bedstead, bedside tables, chest of drawers and more.

The Suffolk range consists of similar items, offering tables with plenty of seating for 6 to 12 people; interestingly the concept for this range came from finding a series of chairs in East Anglia during the 18th Century, truly a classic design.

The Henley range is a contemporary twist on classic antique styles; this has resulted in a unique range. The solid oak looks natural, ensuring that it will look perfectly at home in any situation.

If you are looking for stylish, high quality and practical furniture then Neptune is a fantastic choice and is sure to turn any house into a home.

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