Decorating with jewel tones

Decorating with jewel tones

8th May 2017

Join the rich list with home décor straight out of the jewellery box.

Pastels and neutrals will always occupy a space in our decorating hearts – who doesn’t love that pared-back, clean, classic look – but sometimes we just want more. More colour, more vibrancy, more pop! Well, luckily for those of us with colour cravings, one of 2017’s key décor trends is jewel tones. Emeralds, rubies, sapphires and amethysts have vacated the jewellery box and taken up residence in our homes… and we love it! Here’s how to make these rich shades work for you.

Emerald green

Green is MASSIVE in 2017, especially since Pantone declared Greenery their colour of the year (for this and more hot colour trends, check out our recent blog). But for those in the know (which includes you now!) the only shade of green in which to be seen this summer is emerald. Décor aficionados Apartment Therapy call it the ‘new navy’ because, like its dark blue counterpart, it’s a versatile shade, pairing wonderfully with neutrals such as black or white while being strong enough to stand up to other vibrant shades such as yellow and pink.

Top tip Keep the green theme going in your room by piling on the plants – both real and on wallpaper or artworks – botanicals are big news right now, so the more the merrier.

Green with envy

Zinc Velvet in Forest Green from our French Connection collection brings a touch of luxury to your scheme. Wonderfully tactile, with button-back detail and modern, angled arms, this is sophistication-meets-cool in one gorgeous package.

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Ruby red

If you’re looking to add some drama to your room, you can’t go wrong with ruby red. The colour of passion – and best used sparingly – this attention-grabbing jewel shade is perfect for an accent chair or statement sofa. Bold and traditional in equal measure, ruby red works best against a neutral backdrop of pale walls and dark wooden floors and furniture, and is a sure-fire way to transform a room from so-so to stunning.

Top tip Group jewel-coloured glassware – everything from bottle green and topaz yellow to bright pink – then sit back (in your red chair) and watch the light dance around your room as the sun strikes the glass.

Red-dy to play

With such an iconic jewel tone, you need an iconic shape to complement it, and we think the Louvre accent chair in Red Combination is just the ticket. Arty and chic, as its name implies, this ruby-red beauty will take centre stage in both a classic and a contemporary room.

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Sapphire blue

Always a popular colour for home décor, blue in all shades is rich and subtly soothing, but when you zing it up to sapphire level, it’s stellar, adding a luxe vibe to every scheme. For a new take on nautical, pair a stunning sapphire blue jewel-toned sofa with crisp whites and decadent golds, or for a more beachy vibe, match it with pale woods and neutral, tactile rugs for a blissed-out living space with added wow.

Top tip Strong jewel tones such as sapphire love patterns so add in some geometric prints on a feature wall or throw down a stylish checkerboard rug, such as the Pixel from Dwell.

 

Singing the blues

A recent addition to our Capsule Collection, which is specifically styled for smaller spaces, the Lull large sofa in Blue tops the sapphire stakes with its mix of retro and modern.

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Amethyst purple

Long associated with royalty, purple reigns (see what we did there!) when it comes to striking home decorating schemes. Rich amethyst tones paired with luxurious creams and classic dark-wood furniture work together to create an air of opulence without tipping over into bling. Luxe the look up to the max with regal accents of silver and pewter via mirrors or statement vases.

 

Top tip For a touch of the playful with a Moroccan-ny vibe, pair amethyst with another jewel tone, turquoise. It’s eclectic, but it works.

The royal treatment

Made for relaxation, the sumptuous Gloss lounger sofa in Purple Combination is comfort personified with its chaise end and cosy pillow cushions. The contemporary design and elegant curves give it standout appeal that will look stunning in both a traditional or more modern setting.

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Why everyone needs a sofa bed at Christmas!

Why everyone needs a sofa bed at Christmas!

8th November 2016

Need a little extra sleeping space for your guests this Christmas? A multifunctional sofa bed – in a multifunctional room – could be just what Santa ordered.

Not everyone has the luxury of a spare bedroom ready and waiting for overnight guests. And this is especially true at Christmastime, when family and friends descend en masse, all of them (not unreasonably, some might say) expecting somewhere comfy to sleep.

Enter the sofa bed… the queen of multifunctional furniture. Way more comfortable than a blow-up mattress, and space-saving to boot (well it does combine two of the biggest bits of furniture in most homes into one handy package), it’s the idea solution for Christmas and beyond.

Multifunctional furniture for multifunctional spaces

By its very nature, the sofa bed combines two functions into one (sitting and sleeping, in case you were wondering what else we might be talking about!). But why stop there? Why not double-duty your sofa bed AND the room you put it in, for maximum versatility and practicality?

From living room to guest room

If you’re going to be using the sofa bed as an actual sofa when you don’t have guests for Christmas, then the lounge is the obvious place to house it. And for even more bang for your space-saving buck, look for a sofa bed that comes with hidden storage too… like the Lydia Chaise End 3-Seater Sofa Bed from our gorgeous House Beautiful range.

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That chaise isn’t just great for stretching out on to watch It’s A Wonderful Life on Christmas Day… it’s also the perfect place to stash the duvet and pillows, clearing clutter and giving you more space to entertain your guests. 

WIN the Lydia! As a special Christmas treat, we’ve got one of these fab sofa beds up for grabs – scroll down for more details on your chance to win a Lydia sofa bed!

Make your office work harder

Many of us use the spare bedroom as a home office, but it’s really annoying to have to edge round a full-size bed to get to your desk. A sleek sofa bed like the Sonique would look stunning in any office, giving you somewhere for colleagues, the family or even the pet dog to sit when you’re working, and quickly converting into a super-comfy double for family and friends during the festive period.

Added bonus: your desk can also be used as a dressing table when the sofa’s in bed mode. So that’s double, double-dutying, then!

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Sleepovers sorted!

Kids love having friends sleep over during the Christmas holidays… so it makes sense to have somewhere comfortable in their bedroom for them to crash on (we would say sleep on, but any parent can tell you that sleeping isn’t usually on the agenda!). If you don’t have the floor space to fit in a sofa bed, you could always go for a day bed like the Madeline, with a trundle bed that slots tidily underneath. Just warn Santa not to tread on any sleeping children when he drops off the pressies!

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Kitchen comfy

They say the kitchen’s the heart of the home, so if you’re lucky enough to have one big enough to fit a comfy sofa in, why not make that a sofa bed instead, so your kitchen becomes a truly multifunctional space? It’s a nice place for your guests to sit with a drink while you’re making Christmas dinner, and when you’re guest-free, you can relax there with a coffee and a good book. A compact design, like the Oracle, with its sleek cream leather design, would work in both a classic and a contemporary kitchen space.

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WIN! WIN! WIN!

So now you know that you can fit a sofa bed anywhere in your home, we’re giving you the chance to win the House Beautiful Lydia sofa bed and your choice of Dulux Amazing Space paint to create your own magical space this Christmas.

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One lucky entrant will win the ‘look’ from our Christmas Magical Spaces shoot (above) – that’s a Lydia Right Hand Facing Chaise End 3-Seater Sofa along with 7.5 litres of Dulux Amazing Space paint in your colour of choice. All you’ll need to add is the Christmas tree! You can enter here… good luck!

For more winter style inspiration, including a round up of some of our favourite sofa beds, check out our new Style Sourcebook, online now.

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Get in! The summer of sport has just kicked off

Get in! The summer of sport has just kicked off

14th June 2016

From Euro 2016 in June to the Olympics in August, it’s shaping up to be another fantastic summer of sport… and you’ve got the best seat in the house!

Every once in a while, the sporting gods come together and give us not one, not two, but SIX amazing events in the space of just THREE months, meaning you’re virtually guaranteed to find something brilliant to watch, sports-wise, this summer (unless you’re into competition tiddlywinks, in which case you’ll have to wait till next April for the World Singles Championships, sorry).

On your marks, get set… go!

Euro 2016

To help you plan your viewing schedule for this action-packed period, we’ve got a quick rundown of this summer’s sporting super six…

When? 10 June – 10 July 2016

Where? All over France, from Lille in the north to Marseilles in the south

Who’s in it for us? The UK is doing pretty good (well, at the time of writing anyway!) with three of our national football teams – England, Wales and Northern Ireland – having qualified for the tournament

Chances of winning? England have the best chance of our three, coming off the blocks with odds of 9/1 to take the trophy, but if we’ve learned anything from Leicester City’s triumph in the football Premiership, it’s that every underdog has its day… so even though Wales started the tournament at 80/1 and Northern Ireland are only being punted at 300/1, miracles can – and do – happen!

Best place to watch it? Football is a sociable sport so gather your friends and family and kick back on a super-comfy, spacious corner sofa like the Mode in leather…

The Mode corner sofa from DFS

The best seat in the house for football viewing


Wimbeldon 2016

When? 27 June – 10 July 2016

Where? The All England Club, Wimbledon, London

Who’s in it for us? Apart from a certain Mr Andy Murray and his bruv Jamie, keep an eye out for Dan Evans, Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund, while in the women’s tournament, we’re rooting for Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and Naomi Broady

Chances of winning? On current form, and with Rafa Nadal having pulled out due to injury, it could be three in a row for Djokovic, but here at DFS towers we’ll be with the crowds on Murray Mount and singing Bonnie Scotland all the way!

Best place to watch it? If Murray does make it to the final, it will be edge-of-the-seat stuff, so we’d say go for something with comfy cushions and a sturdy frame, like the Betty Patch Grand Sofa

The Betty Grand Patch from DFS

Next best thing to Centre Court for Wimbledon fans


Tour de France 2016

When? 2 July – 24 July 2016

Where? France, starting at Mont St Michel and ending in Paris

Who’s in it for us? Team Sky’s Chris Froome will be defending his 2015 win

Chances of winning? He’s the first Brit to win two editions (that’s cycle-speak for tours!), so we’d say pretty good

Best place to watch it? Watching them cycle up all those hills can be exhausting, so a recliner chair could be just the job. How about the Carmello electric recliner chair – so you can unwind at the touch of a button!

The Carmelo Electric Recliner Chair from DFS

The perfect place to tour France!


British Grand Prix 2016

When? 8 – 10 July 2016

Where? Silverstone racing circuit, Northamptonshire

Who’s in it for us? 2015 champion Lewis Hamilton. Jenson Button should also qualify.

Chances of winning? Not Hamilton’s best year, with only one win (in Monaco) to his credit, so fingers crossed for the home-advantage effect

Best place to watch it? A cutting-edge sport like Formula 1 demands a cutting-edge place from which to watch it, so we’d recommend the Sanzio recliner sofa… it’s even got its own go-faster stripes (well, it’s piping really but we got a bit over-excited!)

The Sanzio 3-seater Electric Recliner Sofa from DFS

Recline the seat and pretend you’re in your own F1 car


Golf Open Championship 2016

When? 14 – 17 July 2016

Where? Royal Troon, South Ayrshire, Scotland

Who’s in it for us? Too many to mention from the home nations as a whole, but Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is ranked third in the world at the moment so let’s hear it for the luck of the Irish!

Chances of winning? See above!

Best place to watch it? Let’s keep with the golf theme and go for something that reflects the course at Royal Troon… smooth and green with real presence, like the Presence Cuddler sofa!

The Presence Cuddler Sofa from DFS

A fair way to watch the golf? We think so!


The Olympic Games 2016

When? 5 – 21 August 2016

Where? Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Who’s in it for us? Only the whole of Team GB! And as proud partners of Team GB, we’ll be paying special attention to our DFS family athletes, gymnast Max Whitlock, cyclist Laura Trott and swimmer Adam Peaty

Chances of winning? We’ll sweep the board in Rio, of course – it’ll be like London 2012 with bells on!

Best place to watch it? On the Britannia, the Great British sofa, of course! Made for Team GB, it’s our tribute to the athletes who help make Britain great.

The Britannia 4-seater Sofa from DFS

Rule Britannia… the iconic sofa collection inspired by the best of British

 

Happy Father’s Day!

We couldn’t finish a blog all about sports without wishing all the dads out there a very happy Father’s Day for this Sunday, 19 June. It’s your special day, so grab yourself a drink, put your feet up (check out the recommendations above for some great recliner chairs and sofas!), switch on the TV and relax… you deserve it!

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Looking for more inspiration?

Check out our newest Style Sourcebook, online now, full of style advice, latest looks and decorating inspiration.

 

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