6 easy ways to get the minimalist look

6 easy ways to get the minimalist look

20th April 2017

Minimalism in home décor doesn’t have to mean bland. For many of us, less really is more when it comes to home decorating – here’s how to rock the minimalist look in your home in 6 easy steps:

1 Cut the clutter

There’s no getting away from it – if you want to be minimalist, you’re going to have to pare back some of that clutter. Follow the queen of tidying Marie Kondo’s advice and junk anything that isn’t 100% necessary or that doesn’t make you happy. You’ll feel better for it, we promise, and you’ll have a great blank canvas to start with.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Amazon, from £6.99

2 Sort out your storage

OK, so you didn’t clear as much stuff as you hoped in step 1 (we’ll let you into a secret, nor did we!). Solution? Storage! Look for clever ideas such as underbed boxes, window seats, shelves over doors… and of course, furniture. At DFS we have everything from beds to footstools with built-in space for loads of stuff, but we really love the Lydia chaise, not only because it’s a great hidey-hole but its clean lines tick all our modern minimalist boxes too.

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3 Go back to basics, colourwise

Now you’re clean and clear, you can start to think about colours. A paler palette is minimalist nirvana – but that doesn’t mean simply white. Raid the spectrum between off-white to mid-grey for walls – add some texture if you can with wallpaper or painted brick. Embrace your inner Scandi and replace heavy curtains with voile panels to diffuse the light, as in this gorgeous shot from interiors stylist and blogger Amy Kim at homeyohmy.com.

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4 Get the lights right

As you might expect with this pared-back look, lighting is minimalist too, meaning goodbye shades and hello bare bulbs! Think industrial chic meets Turner Prize-winning works of art and you’re on the right lines, like this fabulous yet functional Giza pendant light from Dwell.

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5 Make room for monochrome

For accessories, an essentially black-and-white palette taps into the minimalist mantra, as you can see from this beautiful room we found on home renovation site mykukun.com. The quirky mix of patterns on the cushions adds interest to the scheme, and the striking wooden table gives the look an enviable natural element.

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6 Really live the ‘less is more’ life

Minimalism takes a bit of work. To keep on top of things, there are a few ‘rules’ to maintaining optimum minimalism:

  1. Think before you buy – do you really need it?
  2. Appreciate what you already have – after all, you’ve only hung on to things that make you happy, haven’t you!?
  3. Always go for quality over quantity – it’ll be worth it in the long run
  4. Declutter regularly – especially on a season by season basis
  5. Adopt the ‘one in, one out’ method – you buy a book, you give one away – that way you never accumulate too much stuff

It’s this element of mindfulness – really considering every purchase and style decision you make – that turns minimalism into more than just a trend, making it a way of life… and a beautiful one at that.

 

Three DFS sofas for minimalist lovers

Now you know the rules of the minimalist life, here are three sofas that we know you’ll love…

 

1 The statement piece

A cool, calm and uncluttered background means you can really go to town on a standout sofa without offending your minimalist sensibilities… as long as it’s the only ‘wow’ piece in the room, that is.

We love: Zinc in blush velvet

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2 The Scandi 2.0

Minimalism owes a lot to Scandi with its clean lines, neutral colours and pared-back, natural style, so tap into that Nordic cool with a sleek sofa in chic charcoal.

We love: Hardy in Charcoal

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3 The ‘is it really there’ sofa

Only for the brave (or those without cats) a pale sofa is the epitome of minimalist style, especially when it’s a Scandi-inspired luxe leather centrepiece.

We love: Axel in Stardust

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Help us raise money for the British Heart Foundation

Did you know that when you buy a new sofa from DFS, you can have your old one taken away and help raise money for the British Heart Foundation too? How’s that for applying minimalist principles! You can find out more about this brilliant partnership here.

 

Get fresh with spring’s exciting new colours

Get fresh with spring’s exciting new colours

4th April 2017

With so many fabulous new decorating colours, designs and styles to choose from, now is the perfect time to update your home. Get set to say ‘Bye-bye, winter’ and ‘Hello there, spring!’

There’s just something about spring that makes us want to lighten up and brighten up – whether that’s in the clothes we wear, the food we eat or in the way we style our homes. So this season, we took inspiration from colour experts Pantone and their Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report to bring you a few of the shades that your home simply can’t be without this spring.

1 Fall for Niagara

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This denim delight is a key colour for spring 2017, and you’ll see it popping up everywhere from frocks to furniture. Earthy in tone and ultimately soothing and tranquil, it’s the perfect relaxing shade for living rooms. Creating a fresh, modern vibe for your scheme, this true blue pairs beautifully with neutrals and is a dream date for this season’s hot metals, brass and bronze.

Shop the trend

Take a look at this gorgeous teal/blue Clay curved corner sofa from our stylish French Connection collection. And at 1.85m tall, this Giant Ribbon floor lamp with a brassy-gold metallic base from Dwell is a real talking point.

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2 Hello yellow

Pantone primrose yellow

Primroses are some of spring’s first flowers, so it’s no surprise this sunny shade features highly this season. It might be the colour of happiness and optimism, but full-on yellow can be a bit much (although it does look amazing teamed with dark wood and metal for a new take on industrial chic), so go easy and inject just a few rays of sunshine with a single statement sofa or some carefully chosen accessories to add oomph to your current furnishings.

Shop the trend

The mellow-yellow Spritz sofa is a real eye catcher and would look stunning in an otherwise neutral room. And we love this New York City cushion from Dwell with its primrose flashes and iconic imagery.

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3 Pale and very interesting

Pantone Pale Dogwood

Pink can be pretty polarising but we defy anyone to dislike this subtle pastel shade that’s bursting into bloom this spring. Its almost peachy undertones make it a shoo-in for pairing with a wide range of other colours – try it with darkly dramatic greys, pure whites or even brighter pinks (such as Pantone’s other key spring shade, Pink Yarrow). And, like many of the new spring colours, it’s simply gorgeous with gleaming brass accessories that bring out its underlying warmth.

Shop the trend

Searching for the perfect pastel pink sofa? We think the Slate 4 Seater from our French Connection collection ticks those boxes, especially when offset with quirky accessories such as these metallic cactuses from Dwell.

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4 The green light

Pantone Greenery

And, keeping the best to last, Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017 is… Greenery! Fresh and fashionably fabulous, it’s the perfect spring shade to add some zing to your scheme. Its vibrant yellow-green hue reflects the foliage and the lushness of the garden, so it’s an easy way to bring the outside in until the weather gets warm enough to take the inside out! Greenery works brilliantly with cooler blues and is a match made in heaven with crisp whites, plus it’s a strong enough colour to stand up to this season’s on-trend geometric prints.

Shop the trend

The zesty lime colour of the Crosby sofa makes it the perfect Greenery-inspired statement piece for both contemporary and traditional homes. Pair it with this striking patterned Chevron rug from Dwell to bring your living room bang up to date.

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