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- How will the sofa stay fixed in front of the TV screen?
- How will anyone be able to sit on it?
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I'm soft to the touch, and I'm the basis for a lot of sofas. I'm clue one of #DFSEaster. What type am I?
Clue four: The correct product on our website, give the egg a click to see what happens #DFSEaster
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There’s a reason why browns and creams are among the most popular colour choices when it comes to home decorating. They’re incredibly versatile, making for a neutral, restful yet still rich and warm palette that works in whatever size space you’ve got. We asked interiors stylist Charis White what your choice of chocolate says about your decorating style, and how to add some spring zing to your home just in time for Easter.
You may not think you’re adventurous by liking milk chocolate – after all, it’s the most popular type of choc – but in decorating terms, you’re a trailblazer and likely to throw caution to the wind by adding contrasting colour and pattern into your room and on your sofa.
You’re the most dramatic of the three… it’s all about luxury with you, and your decorating style is a beautiful combination of contemporary with a traditional twist.
Simplicity is your watchword – and the Scandi look, with its white-on white, all-year-round lightness, is your dream scheme.
The four days of Easter are the perfect excuse to kick back and chill – so here are our top picks for some chocolate-tastic films and books to help you get your chocolate fix.
One for the kids (big and small) – Cadbury and the National Trust have teamed up to offer Easter Egg Hunts at gorgeous National Trust Locations around the country over the Easter weekend (and everyone who takes part gets a choccie treat!). Find your nearest Cadbury Easter Egg hunt here.
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We’re bang in the middle of National Bed Month 2016, organised by the Sleep Council to promote the benefits of sleep. Here’s how grabbing some quality Zzzzzs at night can reap rewards during the day. Ask any doctor and they’ll tell you that one of the best things you can do for your health and wellbeing is to get a good night’s sleep. But knowing you should do something and actually doing it can be two different things. Many of us don’t enjoy good sleep and, over time, this sleep deprivation can cause problems, both mentally and physically.
What do Margaret Thatcher, Martha Stewart and Google CEO Marissa Mayer have in common (apart from all having names that begin with M, of course)? They, along with many other highly influential people, all get (or got) by on a mere four hours’ sleep a night. So should we all be sacrificing shut-eye for success? Well, no… although after centuries of research the scientists still don’t know exactly why we sleep, they are all broadly agreed that we need it to allow our minds and our bodies to recuperate and recover after a busy day. Not getting enough of it can be a problem, leading to:
So that’s a fair few good reasons to get your head down.
According to a recent report in the Guardian, there are loads of sleeping tips you can use to help you snooze. These range from ‘doing a Pavlov’ and conditioning yourself to fall asleep to a certain piece of music, to keeping a notebook by the bed to write down everything that’s worrying you, so freeing your mind to shut down and relax. Ditching the iPad in favour of an old-fashioned book (we know, so last millennium) is another good idea, as the blue light it emits causes your brain to produce less melatonin, which is the hormone that sends us off to the land of Nod. And while a little nightcap might help you drop off, the alcohol in the drink can interfere with your regular sleep patterns, so it’s best to avoid a pre-bedtime tipple if you want a restful night.
It’s not a perfect science but sleep needs do vary with age. The newest guidelines recommend from 14-17 hours a day for newborns, to just 7 hours for the over-65s. Teenagers and young adults (up to 25) could do with 8-10 hours a day, so when your 16-year-old tells you they really can’t get up at 7am, they might not be crying wolf!
If you’re not sleeping as well or for as long as you should be, it could be your bed that’s the problem. Experts recommend that you replace your mattress every eight years, and according to the Sleep Council, simply swapping your mattress can grab you an extra 42 minutes of sleep a night – that’s over 10 more days of slumber a year. So if you’re tossing and turning every night, trying to get comfy enough to get to sleep, or if you find yourself sniffing and sneezing when you’re in bed (dust mites are a major allergy trigger and your old mattress could be full of them), then it’s time for a new one.
Choosing the best mattress for your needs comes down to individual taste. Memory foam mattresses mould to your body while you sleep for maximum support, while pocket spring mattresses are great for those who share a bed with a partner bigger (or smaller) than them as they stop you rolling into each other. You can find out more about what to look for in our handy mattress buying guide.
Like mattresses, the size and type of bed you sleep on are totally personal. In the UK, most of us (48%) plump for a double bed, with 31% preferring the extra room of a king size. Divan beds top the frame charts at 63%, while 33% choose a bedstead and mattress combo for their sweet dreams. Not sure which you’d go for? You can see the full range of DFS beds here. Here our some of our favourite frames:
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Pantone blew the design world away earlier this year when instead of releasing the much-awaited Pantone Colour of 2016, it released its Colours of the Year, plural. While the ‘s’ may seem insignificant, take it from us, that simple letter generated a whole load of column inches and blogs ,all asking the question: Why two? And why these two – Rose Quartz, a pastel pink, and a soft-tone blue, which Pantone have named Serenity?
According to report in the Wall Street Journal, Leatrice Eiseman, executive colour director of Pantone’s Color Institute, explained that they chose the dual shades as they’re often seen together and so make a natural pairing. She went on to say that ‘it makes for the perfect combination in the home’ and describes the colours as ‘inducing feelings of stability, constancy, comfort and relaxation. ’Psychologically speaking, she’s right. There’s a wealth of science behind colour meanings and the effects of colours on our moods. Warm, sunny shades such as red, yellow and orange have been shown to promote feelings of sociability, reassurance, warmth and optimism, while cooler shades of pink, blue and violet conjure up peaceful, emotional responses. Neutral colours – browns, creams and greens – make us think and feel stable and homely.
We see this ‘psychology of colour’ all around us. Hospitals painted in pastel shades to relax patients; primary schools bursting with, what else, primary colours to appeal to the pupils; offices decorated in calming blues and greens to promote productivity (interestingly, grey, white and beige, while seemingly neutral, have been shown to depress and demotivate workers, so bosses beware!). These ‘mood colours’ translate to our own homes too, with certain hues lending themselves to particular rooms. Yellow – sociable and warm – is particularly good in kitchens; lavender and violet, with their connotations of peace and love, are shoo-ins for grown-up bedrooms (bye-bye rows before bedtime!). And if Pantone has got it right, Rose Quartz and Serenity in the living room to make us all feel comfortable and relaxed… and let’s face it, in today’s hectic world, that’s something we’re all looking for.
According to DFS design director Helen Leigh Jones, people tend to shy away from pink thinking it ‘too saccharine’, while the wrong shade of blue can ‘feel uninviting’. But a dusty pink shade such as Rose Quartz, especially when used in Pantone’s ‘natural pairing’ with a cool blue like Serenity, can, says Helen, “give a real sense of wellbeing". So this spring, embrace your softer side, décor wise, and plump for pastels. Here's some of our sofa picks from the ice cream dream..
Paper or paint your walls in a subtle rose pink or a tint of pistachio green and offset this with a stunning muted blue or pale lilac sofa – or vice versa. Candy-colours rule and nothing is off limits. Style your room with metallic cushions and throws in shimmery silvers and greys for a complementary tone-on-tone look, or go for bold and add a huge dose of contrasting oomph with accessories in hot pink and deep blue shades to really emphasise the sorbet shades.
Those clever people over at Buzzfeed have concocted a quick quiz that shows (allegedly!) how your favourite colours reflect your personality. Are you realistic? Grounded? Or emotionally engaging? Take the quiz and find out!
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World Book Day – held this year on 3 March – is a UNESCO-designated worldwide celebration that aims to encourage a love of books and reading in children of all ages. You’ve probably seen the kids in your local area going to school dressed as their favourite book character – according to a report in the Guardian, Harry Potter and Matilda top the heroes dress-up poll for WBD, while Harry’s arch-rivals Voldemort and Dolores Umbridge lead the villains’ rankings.
But it’s not all about dressing up. Schools, preschools and nurseries that have signed up will receive packs of book tokens (they’re giving away over 14 million tokens this year, that’s one for nearly every kid in the country). Children can swap these for one of 10 exclusive, new and above all, free books. This year’s list includes a Roald Dahl, a Star Wars story and a Mick Inkpen Kipper the Dog tale, so there’s something for every child, from pre-school to Key Stage 3. You can find everything you need to know about WBD16 here.
There’s a wealth of research that backs up the benefits of reading to – and with – your children (and it’s the best reason ever for grabbing a sneaky cuddle!):
Having a cosy space where you and your child can settle down to read doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You’ll need:
But we live in a digital world, we hear you cry. Aren’t books old hat? Well, we honestly think that nothing beats sitting down with your child and a well-loved book (iPads don’t have lift-up flaps, for one, and as for reading in the bath, well…). But that’s not to say there aren’t some brilliant apps out there that will help and entertain your child on their reading journey. Here are two of our faves:
Little Big Foot
A fun, interactive read and play-along for preschoolers – follow Little Big Foot’s adventures as he leaves home for the big city for the first time.
£2.99, iOS only
Squeebles Spelling Test
Designed for 5-11 year olds, this app encourages kids to improve their spellings by rewarding them with a fun game for completed tests. Stealth teaching or what!
If you are a fan of the classics and want to make a statement with your displays, check out our latest Pinterest board, ‘Once upon a bookcase…’. Lots of fun tips and ideas to make your cosy corner magical!
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