Strike a posy – fashion’s new florals for your home

Strike a posy – fashion’s new florals for your home

16th February 2016
Calling all home lovers – how much attention do you pay to what’s going on at London Fashion Week (19-23 February)? Not a lot? Well you should, because take it from us, it’s only a short, platform-heeled step (yes, they’re back and we’ll all be tottering around on them soon!) from runway to room when it comes to home fashion trends.Basically, what appeared on the catwalks last autumn (when the designers showcased their looks for spring/summer 16) is now hot news for homes… and what’s currently making headlines in London, New York, Paris and Milan will be making its way into a lounge near us come autumn.

High fashion for your home

This ‘dedicated follower of fashion’ approach to home decorating is, unsurprisingly, due in the large part to the unstoppable rise of social media. With so many photographers, stylists and bloggers posting and tweeting the new fashions within seconds of the model stepping onto the catwalk, it’s little wonder that what used to be a two-year lag between haute couture and home is now almost instantaneous. As homeowners, we see designer looks we love, and we want them in our homes now… and luckily the interiors guys are more than happy to feed our addiction, with collections that reflect the fashion trends hitting the stores on a seasonal basis.

catwalks exampls

Image credit: Dolce & Gabbana


Spring’s top home decorating trends

So what’s on the radar for our homes this spring? Well, you can expect a strong nod to the Seventies, a flourish of animal print and some laid-back neutrals, but one that really stood out on the catwalks of Dolce & Gabbana, Vetements, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Gucci among others was the trend for over sized flower prints – or as we like to call it, florabundance. These giant blooms strutted their stuff for the fashion houses, and now they’ve sunk their roots deep into interior design too, with everything from sofas, footstools and rugs to wallpaper, cushions and throws displaying flower power.

Floral montage

Bottom Left: Chiltern grand floral sofa I DFS.


Blooming marvellous

So how do you bring the glories of the garden to life indoors? We asked interiors stylist and blogger Charis White for her expert opinion on how to work this season’s hottest decorating trend.

  • Floral sofas and armchairs with frilled skirts are in. Pile up with flowery cushions, mixing in the odd plain velvet one too – a bit of Paisley wouldn’t go amiss here either. Paint the walls a verdant green (I love Farrow and Ball’s Yeabridge Green, new for 2016), which is a perfect foil for a riot of brightly coloured floral prints. Cultural aside: the Royal Academy has chosen a very similar shade to show some of the paintings in their current exhibition Painting the Modern Garden (running until 20 April 2016), so you know you’re onto a winner.
  • In 2016, patchwork feature walls will give way to patchwork rooms where each wall is completely covered in a different floral wallpaper. Contrast this riot of colour with plain furniture, but add an army of floral cushions or flowers.

Image Credit: Surfaceview.co.uk

Image Credit: Surfaceview.co.uk

  • For full-on floral max, mix super-large floral motifs such as floral murals (Surface view have some amazing ones) with medium-sized prints and some ditsy ones too. Take this look across wallpaper, curtains, sofa fabrics and accessories. Tap into spring’s hot new colour trend too – hang some floral prints in brightly coloured frames – I’m crushing on pink, red, green and turquoise. Break up the ‘Florabundance’ with one wall painted a solid colour. 

Quick home-decorating wins

Fancy a posy rather than a whole bouquet? Charis has some speedy solutions to add just a hint of bloom to your room…

  • Decorate each riser of your staircase with a different floral wallpaper

Image credit: Apartmenttherapy.com

Image credit: Apartmenttherapy.com

  • Hang a selection of fabulously floral circular lampshades at different heights for a fantastic focal point.

  • Add a touch of posy with a scattering of floral cushions to brighten even the darkest of palettes.

  • Compliment a vintage floral statement chair with a soft pastel backdrop

For more floral homes inspiration and ideas, follow us on Pinterest and stay tuned..

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Welcome to the inspirational new blog from DFS

Welcome to the inspirational new blog from DFS

16th February 2016

There are blogs, and then there’s our new DFS blog, The Edit. We’ve called it The Edit for a reason, because we want to inspire you with tailored (or edited, if you will!) ideas, help and advice on how to make the most of your home. The Edit is your go-to place for stylish home design, creative solutions and practical suggestions that really deliver for every space, from urban flat to country cottage.

Trend setters  

Over the next weeks and months, we’ll be revealing the hottest decorating trends, key furniture shapes, must-have fabrics and wow colours to bring your home bang up to date. We’ll be asking interior design experts and the UK’s top homes stylists how to glam up your space Hollywood style or add a dash of colour to your garden in time for the summer. We’ll also be talking to the designers and craftsmen who actually make your DFS sofas about their inspiration, and why classic British style never goes out of fashion.

Problems solved 

In our practical living section, we’ll be sharing down-to-earth, achievable solutions to all your queries, from how to choose the perfect statement chair to a few tips on how to tap into the ‘upcycling’ trend. We’ll also take you behind the scenes of some exciting and upcoming projects.

Talk to us 

We’d love to know what you think of this blog, and for you to share your style stories with us. You can find us on Twitter, Pinterest and, later this month, Instagram.

And, of course, we’re always here at The Edit. Until next time…

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Glam rocks: how to get the Hollywood look for your home

Glam rocks: how to get the Hollywood look for your home

15th February 2016
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock recently, you can’t have failed to notice that it’s movie awards season – BAFTAs, Golden Globes and, of course, the iconic Oscars, which are being held in Tinseltown on 28 February. All of which got us thinking about Hollywood glamour, and how nice it might be to inject a bit of LA luxe into our homes this side of the pond.

Now, we’re not suggesting you take it as far as the godfather of gilt, Liberace – there’s only so much bling anyone can take. It’s more about adding elements of ‘wow’ to what’s already there with glamour furniture and Hollywood-inspired décor to create sophisticated spaces, or little ‘pockets of luxury’ around your home.

After all, relaxing in a boudoir-style reading area in the corner of the lounge, or getting ready for work in a Bardot-esque dressing area is a fast-track way to feeling like a millionaire (even if, like us, you’re still waiting for your lottery numbers to come up!). And the really good news is, it’s super-easy to pull off this look…

How to get your glam on

All you need are a few well-chosen statement pieces and some clever styling hacks to up the fab-u-lous factor.

1 Shape

Classic furniture shapes and styles work best for the luxe look – wing-backed chairs, Chesterfield sofas and that staple of every starlet’s home, the chaise longue. As always, the devil is in the detail and tufting, button backs and curved legs will all add to the look.


2 Fabric  & texture

Luxe is a truly sensuous look, so unsurprisingly it centres around sumptuous upholstery fabrics that not only look opulent but feel beautiful too – think velvet, leather and suede and you won’t go far wrong. Texture will add much-needed contrast too, so once you’ve chosen your sofa or chair, layer it up with accessories in a variety of tactile finishes, such as smooth satin cushions or indulgent angora throws.


3 Colour

Light or dark, the choice is yours with this trend. Pale on pale shades – whites, greys and creams – work wonderfully well together, especially when teamed with occasional pieces such as side tables in metallic silver or mirrored dressing tables. For a deeper, richer look, think about purple, chocolate or even animal-print furniture – but this time paired with warmer shades of copper, bronze and, of course, gold.

Colour 2

4 Silver-screen styling

Four ways to truly channel your inner Marilyn…

  • Wallpaper

Create a feature wall with a panel of dramatic statement wallpaper. Keep it plain, textural and dark for a moody look, or go for bold with a geometric or over sized floral print.

  •  Lighting

Ever fancied a chandelier? Now’s the time to go for it, especially in a room where you wouldn’t expect to find one, such as the bedroom or kitchen. If that’s not your scene (or you just don’t fancy all the dusting) then create pools of mood lighting next to your glamorous chair or sofa with table lamps or angled floor lamps.

  •  Mirrors

No, not for looking at yourself! Mirrors – or indeed any reflective surface – are the perfect way to add subtle sparkle to your scheme. In bedrooms, a mirrored or pearlised dressing table will zing, while with mirrored coasters or lamp bases will brighten up dark wood side tables.

glam

Area rugs are a great way to create a delineated space in an open-plan room. Unleash your inner beast with exotic animal prints or a fluffy shag pile number. Just remember, less is more though – you’re not trying to recreate Elvis’ jungle room!

rug

For more beautiful homes inspiration and ideas, check out the DFS  Hollywood Glam Pinterest board...

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