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

Pantone Niagara

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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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.

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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.

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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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