Room Recipe: Botanical

Room Recipe: Botanicals

19th January 2017

We’re going to be seeing a lot of #greenery this year, so jump on this nature-inspired trend now for an early spring fling.

Green is definitely a go for 2017! Break away from synthetic and embrace the beauty of green. Green has a calming and relaxing effect on an environment and is at the heart of this trend. Plants are layered and paired with woven textures and natural materials creating an oasis of tranquility to escape to.

Sofa

Offset the verdant backdrop with a plain-coloured sofa in a neutral colour, such as the Slouch sofa in silver. This brilliant piece from our Capsule Collection is the perfect place to sit back and reflect. The sofa can be the focal point of a living room and choosing a neutral shade allows you to build up your botanical trend around the sofa.

*Botanical-tip - Feeling totally tropical? Flip the trend inside out by choosing a statement sofa in a floral fabric and keep your accessories simple. If you have a love for colour, choose a rich tone fabric sofa perfect to layer printed cushions on.

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Walls

Keep to the cooler shades of bluer greens such as mint, aqua or pale teal for your painted feature wall. The natural element of this trend can be brought to life with exposed brick painted white to match the rest of the room.

*Botanical-tip - Make a real statement with a botanical print statement wall.

The way you display your botanical inspired art can be just as beautiful as the art itself. We love hanging frames to make a statement wall with a twist.

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Floor

Plank flooring in a bleached or lime-washed finish brings the outdoors in. Keep the flooring light to create an airy feel and add matting or woven rugs in sea grass or coir to keep the natural vibe going. Tap in to the trend using large floor plants to bring a hothouse feel to the room. Large pots or vases can make a real statement, or if you like the rustic look why not add recycled crates filled with your favourite greens.

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Furniture

White coffee tables, sideboards and occasional tables bring a lightness to the scheme, perfectly offsetting the rich greens that abound. Light woods work well with this trend adding to your natural element. We are loving this seasons hot item - the terrarium! Add miniature greens to create a tiny indoor garden for your table. Editor's tip - make use of any old jars or glassware and create a diy terrarium.

*Botanical-tip - add marble pots filled with miniature succulent plants such as cacti for an easy to maintain green finish.

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A striking accent chair in a contrasting colour is a great addition – but stick to the garden theme and choose one in a tropical, vibrant shade of orange, red or yellow. We love the Calm wing chair in mustard velvet to add texture and warmth to the room! 

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Plant life

Unleash your inner gardener and tie the whole look together with living plants as feature pieces in their own right. Plants are an easy way to turn a simple room into a botanical haven. Don't be afraid to mix up your plants. Choose ones with interesting leaves, the bigger, the better or if less is more for you try using single stem greens at different heights to create a botanical backdrop.

Green on Green

Keep the greenhouse look going with coloured glass – bottle green is another key colour for this year. Introduce warmer shades of moss, sage or emerald via accessories. Green on green is a great look for this year, so mix and match to your heart’s content.

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Accessories

  • Layer cushions in nature-inspired colours – think olives and khaki greens, brown tones, dark blues and citrus hues.
  • Prints work well with this trend. Don't be afraid to mix botanical designs with geometric designs to add texture to the room.
  • Woven baskets are perfect for storage solutions in this trend.
  • Large rattan effect lighting creates warm ambiance in a natural way. 
  • Add lightweight natural textured curtains to your windows.

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Luxe up the look

If space allows, bring in a larger sofa in soothing neutral shades, such as the relaxing Chalk from our French Connection range. The soft textures and generously indulgent proportions of this sofa make it the perfect place to retreat and the wooden Opus table adds a luxurious edge to the trend.

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Not crazy for botanicals? Why not dive in and discover our other two favourite trends for 2017 – warm up with Terracotta or take a peek into the Modern Scandi, a twist on the traditional look.

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Room Recipe: The Modern Scandi

Room Recipe: The Modern Scandi

19th January 2017

Scandi-style has had a reboot for 2017 – enter soft pastel walls and richly coloured sofas for a totally modern take on a classic.

Modern Scandi style is softer and a touch warmer than previous Nordic incarnations, swapping neutral sofas for statement pieces in 2017’s cool colours of blue and grey. The clean lines and geometric shapes that make this scheme so on trend are retained, but accentuated with pastel pink walls, woods and monochrome accessories in grey, white and black for a pared-back living space that’s all about calm relaxation.

Sofa

For this look, pick a sofa with modern, clean lines… in the shade set to dominate interiors’ trends for 2017 - blue! This Emote sofa is curvy and contemporary in equal measure, and its vibrant shade contrasts beautifully with the cooler tones of the room around it. The key to a scandi-style statement sofa is clean lines and rounded edges.

*Scandi-tip - slightly tapered wooden legs are the perfect finish.

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Walls

2016’s love of the pastel shows no signs of abating through 2017, so rock this trend in your living space with a pale pink feature wall. Keep the other walls nicely neutral in natural shades of taupe, off-white and cream for the calming scandi effect. Not tickled pink? Add a pastel shade of your choice to complement your accessories.

*Scandi-tip - make your pastels pop and your furniture do the talking with pure white walls.

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Floor

Wooden floors are the natural fit for the Modern Scandi style. Keep to the paler end of the spectrum such as ash, oak or even lime-washed boards and top with a classic wool rug in whatever shade of grey takes your fancy. Light floors contribute to expanding the space and inviting in more light. If you can't resist the feel of carpet under foot stick to paler shades of cream and grey.

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Wooden furniture

Scandi style takes its cues from nature so stay natural when it comes to your other furniture. Coffee tables, side tables, even a work desk in wood will add to the look – but keep the lines clean and simple to allow your sofa to shine. Embrace the mid century modern tendencies with smooth rounded edges and natural hues. Scandinavian design prides itself on being functional and innovative when it comes to decorating and storage solutions.

*Scandi-tip - Avoid cluttering! Be space savvy with multi-leveled hanging shelves or a ladder style shelving unit. Practical and easy on the eye! 

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Accessories

Mix and match scandi palettes of grey and accentuate the monochrome style with wall art. We don't have the Scandinavian darkness through the winter but keep your space light and airy with floor lamps in metals or wood. Add elegant ceramic vases and bowls or add a touch of colour with succulents and tulips!

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Warm up and down through the seasons by layering cushions and throws. Adding different textures will provide a lovely cosiness to the room.

*Scandi-tip - Bring in the pink detail from your feature wall for throws and pictures to tie the whole look together.

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Luxe up the look

For a more dramatic, ‘Nordic Noir’ take on this look, swap out the blue sofa for a 'cooler' statement in grey. The Zinc, from our exclusive French Connection range is the perfect addition with its smooth angled arms, rounded seats and button-back cushions. The ideal sidekick accompaniment for the Zinc is the Mica, a beautiful reclaimed oak table that oozes sophistication.

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Still not decided if this is the look for you? Why not check out two of our other favourite trends for 2017.... Go Botanicals and embrace the beauty of green. Or warm up with the rich tones of Terracotta

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Room Recipe: Terracotta

Room Recipe: Terracotta

19th January 2017

The spice is right this year – time to add warmth to your scheme with rich shades of 2017’s hottest colour, Terracotta!

When it comes to colour schemes that just work, they don’t come much more livable than the current hot trend for all things Terracotta. Instantly warming, it’s a look that will take your home through every season.

If you’re worried that bringing in such a definite colour will make your lounge look boringly brown, don’t be. The ‘Modern’ Terracotta is light and bright, with touches of spice shades; saffron, nutmeg and paprika. Matched with natural woods, metals and textiles inspired by dramatic landscapes. 

Sofa

As the focal point of your living room, the sofa is key to this look so go bold.  The Laze sofa from our Capsule Collection in striking deep rust-orange will bring your room to life. The spicy tones of the beautiful Laze kick off the palette in this modern living room. 

*Terracotta-tip - Too much spice? Muted browns and tans introduces a sense of calm to the trend. Take a browse through our fabric sofas.

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Walls

Two-tone walls are a must do for 2017. Choose tonal shades to complement the spiciness of the trend – mink for the baseline and a softer shade verging on peach for the upper wall. Placing the lighter shade on top makes the room look bigger, adding a feeling of space and height, especially if you continue this shade across the ceiling.

*Terracotta-tip - Half and half feature walls are an easy way to add as little or as much colour to your room as desired. Don't worry about finding the mathematical centre of the wall - the beauty of this painting trick is that the dividing line can be placed anywhere on the wall, even vertically! 

To create yours you will need:

  • A spirit level to ensure your divide is a straight line
  • Painter's tape to separate out the section
  • Your 2 favourite paint shades. Editor's tip - paint the lighter base colour first to ensure a crisp clean line and leave enough drying time in-between taping and painting the darker shade.

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Floor

Rustic terracotta tiles may be a step to far into this trend, we recommend keeping the warm tones going with mid-shade wooden floors, such as oak or aged pine. This creates a perfect natural base to the room. Stay on trend with a woven or chunky knit textured rug in a neutral shade.

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Accessories

Footstool: add another layer with a statement footstool. This Play footstool is the perfect mutli-purpose piece that can double up as a side table or a comfy rest for your feet. We're in love with the copper legs!

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Cushions: follow the natural theme of the woven rug through to your soft furnishings with stacks of tactile cushions in the same neutral family to bring the whole look together. Mix and match plain and patterned (this look can take strong prints), in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Metallics: pile on the earthy metals, such as copper, pewter and bronze, to add a dash of sparkle and lift the look from rustic to glam. Think mirrors to open up the space, lamps to brighten up corners and even occasional tables that will glint and gleam wonderfully.

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Finishing touches: Go back to basics with authentic terracotta vases and pots – gorgeous when filled with cacti for a hint of greenery to cut through the warmth. Swerve the florals and instead opt for structural arrangements of foliage, using elegant, sweeping twigs of pussy willow to add drama.

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Luxe up the look

Tan leather sofas are classic investment pieces… and the great news is that they are the perfect fit for this trend. We’re loving the Dynasty sofa with its contemporary angled arms and super-comfy seat cushions that will only get better with age.

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If this hasn't warmed you up enough why not check out two of our other favourite trends for 2017.... Go Botanicals and embrace the beauty of green. Or take a twist on the Modern Scandi. 

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Have yourself a cosy little Christmas

Have yourself a cosy little Christmas

14th December 2016

Christmas means full-on family and friends time, so we’re here to help you make the most of it with some hilarious games, must-watch DVDs and boredom-busting activities. So snuggle up on the sofa and prepare to get your Christmas cosy on, fun style.

Christmas. The chestnuts are roasting, the fire is roaring… and we’re all looking forward to a couple of days of festive family fun. So here are just a few ideas for the best new games, DVDs and activities to keep you entertained through to New Year and beyond. What are you waiting for? Grab a comfy seat on the sofa and let the festivities begin…

1 The best new family board games

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a brilliant board game or two. We’ve picked out three Christmas crackers of games for you, all guaranteed to get everyone (yes, even your grumpy granddad) in the holiday spirit.

  • Obaba Llama Charades for the 21st century, you win this game by finding the rhyme in time. It might be Piglet eating a Twiglet, Angelina Jolie making ravioli or soon-to-be-ex-president Obama riding that llama – go on, you know you want it!
  • Say it, Don’t Spray It Admit it, you’ve always wanted to shut your sister up on Christmas Day. Now you can. Everyone pops in a mouth guard (yup, like at the dentist) then your teammates have to decipher the phrase you’re mangling. As much fun as Pie Face but a lot less mess.
  • Simon Swipe The 1980s classic Simon game (link here for those too young to remember!) updated for the tablet generation with touch screen technology. Keep up with the flashing lights and noise combos if you can.

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The best seat in the house?

Team board games mean players sitting together, so we’d recommend a couple of extra-large sofas around a coffee table for maximum comfort while thrashing your opponents! The Louvre, with its button back and wide cushions, would be ideal.

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2 The best new family-friendly DVDs

You’re all podged out from your Christmas lunch – so now’s the perfect time to pop on a DVD and relax on the sofa with a big box of Quality Street (save the purple ones for us please!).

  • The BFG Voiced by über-actor Mark Rylance, the BFG is another Roald Dahl triumph in film form. Follow Sophie’s adventures in Giant Country as she battles to stop nasty child-eating giants (it’s not as scary as it sounds, honest). PG rating
  • The Jungle Book Live-action version of the classic animated movie that retains all the charm of the original while ladling on the adventure, excitement and fun of Mowgli’s jungle adventures. PG rating
  • The Best of Strictly Come Dancing – Len’s Grand Finale Celebrate the end of Len Goodman’s reign as king of the Strictly studio with this feature-length DVD of his best (and worst) bits of the top dance show. Definitely one to watch when Nana starts demanding another sherry! U rating

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The best seat in the house?

Family movie time means everyone cosied up together with a big bowl of popcorn, so corner or modular sofas are the film fan’s way forward. Choose one with a chaise or, better still, a recliner like the Carmelo, and you’ll never want to get up again. Thank goodness for remotes, eh?

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3 The best family fun activities

So you’ve watched a film and played a game but you still want more? Here are three Christmas-tastic activities to keep the whole family amused (and that won’t break the bank).

  • Pin the nose… on the reindeer How lucky that Rudolph has a nose just perfect for pinning. Channel your inner Picasso and create a picture of Rudy (without his snout, natch), then cut out a few circles from card and paint them red. Add some Blue Peter style double-sided sticky tape to the back of each ‘nose’, pop a blindfold on the first player, give ‘em a spin and away you go. The kids will love this version of the classic party game.
  • Christmas quiz Everyone loves a festive quiz and challengethebrain.com has lots of Christmassy ones you can print out, including Christmas movie trivia (don’t worry, you can download the answers too!).
  • Christmas karaoke Give your lungs a workout with the Christmas-inspired song list from YouTube channel Sing King Karaoke. Yell along to classics such as Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, Wham’s Last Christmas or Justin Bieber’s Mistletoe (sorry, we said classics, didn’t we!), as the words bounce over your screen in true karaoke fashion.

The best seat in the house?

If you’re going to be singing about mistletoe (and wine, don’t forget the wine!) then you’re going to want to be cosy with your loved one… so a cuddler chair or sofa could be just what Santa ordered. And for singing superstars, the Starlet (apt name or what?) ticks all the boxes.

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#FlavoursofXmas

We've been sharing our favourite Christmas flavours over the last few weeks, but we want to see some of your festive touches that you love to add to the home this time of year. It could be:

  • Your favourite candles 
  • Your snuggly blankets 
  • Your Xmas tips 'n' tricks 
  • Your DIY Christmas decorations

However you're getting festive at home, we want to hear from you. To get involved, share your image using #FlavoursofXmas on Instagram or Twitter. Our favourite festive image will win a HUGE £1,000 to spend at dfs. Now that would be a nice Christmas present! But be quick you will need to upload your ideas and #FlavoursofXmas on social by 22nd December to be entered into the draw. Full T&Cs can be found HERE.

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8 ways to cosy up your home for winter

8 ways to cosy up your home for winter

19th October 2016

Pretty and practical tips to make your home a winter haven

With wintry weather on its way, now’s the perfect time to think about turning your home in to a warm, snuggly haven of comfort and joy.

We bet you’ve already bought your winter coat, gloves and boots to cope with whatever Mother Nature throws at you this winter… but what about getting your home ready to face the colder, darker days ahead? Here are 8 seasonal style tips that will add the snug to your cosy winter home.  

1 Rug up

The fashionistas’ winter watchword is ‘layering’ and this goes for your home too. Stone or wood floors that looked (and felt) über cool in summer will benefit from a soft rug or two being thrown over them in winter. Try a sheepskin rug by your bed, a dhurrie-style rug over wooden boards, or spice up your lounge with a large, fluffy number like the Spirit rug from Dwell in a gorgeous jewel-tone.

Rugs add instant cosy winter home style

Rugs add instant cosy winter home style

2 Bump up the cushions

For max snuggle, you need lots of cushions in a variety of tones, textures and sizes. Go for a combo of velvet, faux fur and chunky knits – gorgeous, tactile fabrics that really come in to their own in winter.

You can never have too many cushions

You can never have too many cushions

3 Throw on a throw

Throws are the winter homemaker’s BFF. They’re warm, cosy and, from a style perspective, a speedy way to transform a room when draped over sofas, chairs and beds. The colour? Whites and greys keep it Scandi-stylish, while earth tones of olive green and rich terracotta (like the Turin throw) are bang on trend for this season. We ❤ the warmth and texture of fur throws!

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4 Add some winter fragrance

Wood fires evoke an instant sense of winter, but if you don’t have a fireplace, there are lots of smoky scented candles that work their aroma-therapy (we love Diptyque’s Feu de Bois). Other classic winter-scented candles include pine, sandalwood and clove. This Moroccan-inspired Circles candle holder from Dwell casts beautiful shadows, enhancing the feelings of winter cosy.

Candles are a quick way to add the cosy to your winter home style

Candles are a quick way to add the cosy to your winter home style

5 Rearrange the furniture

Up the cosy factor in your living room by having a seasonal switch-around and rearranging the furniture. Move sofas and chairs away from the walls – try grouping them around a central rug, maybe, or turn them to face the fireplace (if you have one). Immediately the room will feel snugger, warmer and more nest-like. The Country Living Gower is the perfect seat for snuggling on this season!

Group furniture around the fireplace for instant cosy

Group furniture around the fireplace for instant cosy

6 Come dine with me

Even dining rooms can do with a bit of a winter home style makeover. Pop coloured slipcovers over dining chairs for added wow and warmth. Slip a textured rug under the dining table for guests’ feet to sink into (as we’ve done with the Canova extending dining table), and swap electric lights for flickering candles – a feast for your eyes indeed.

Create a modern dining space with high gloss

Create a modern dining space with high gloss

7 lighting

When it’s dark outside, getting the interior lighting is mega important. Ditch the central ceiling fixture (too harsh) and plump for pools of warmer light instead – uplighters in dim corners, floor lamps placed behind sofas and chairs to cast an ambient glow (we love this Peso light, from Dwell), table lamps strategically situated for reading or working, and bundles of fairy lights in unused fireplaces or in vases to add twinkle where it’s needed – will all make your rooms feel cosy and comforting.

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8 Mirror image

Make the most of what natural light there is in winter by reflecting it around the room with a large mirror. It’ll brighten up any space and make the room look bigger too.

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For more autumn/winter style inspiration, including more on fireside living and getting cosy for winter, check out our new Style Sourcebook, online now

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