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.


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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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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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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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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  • 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.


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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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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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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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



Want to create your own 'Room Recipe'? We are giving 1 lucky winner the chance to win £1,000 to spend at dfs and £200 dwell vouchers. Enter here.

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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. 


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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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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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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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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Shop the ultimate terracotta look HERE

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. 



Want to create your own 'Room Recipe'? We are giving 1 lucky winner the chance to win £1,000 to spend at dfs and £200 dwell vouchers. Enter here.

And don't forget to follow us across Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube for more inspiration.

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Room Recipes: Shopping List

Room Recipes: Shopping List

19th January 2017

Now you've discovered our Room Recipe trends and chosen the one for you! Shop the look from your chosen trend with our helpful shopping lists...

Room Recipe: Modern Scandi

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Emote Sofa: DFS

Zinc Sofa: French Connection at DFS

Mica table: French Connection at DFS

Scandi table *similar: DFS

Cushions: DFS

Clock: Dwell

Vase: Dwell

Vase: Next

Cup : Habitat

Bowl: Habitat

Wall art: Habitat

Mr Fox Cushion: John Lewis

Throw: M&S

Curtains: Ikea

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Recipe: Terracotta

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Laze sofa: DFS

Dynasty sofa: DFS

Play footstool: DFS

Rug: Dwell 

Floor Lamp: Dwell

Mirror: Dwell

Cushions: DFS

Side tables: DFS

Coffee table: French Connection at DFS

Glass Vase: Dwell

Shelf: DFS

Curtains: H&M

Throw: H&M

Terracotta vase: Ikea Tableware

Terracotta pot: H&M

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Room Recipe: Botanicals

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Slouch sofa: DFS

Chalk sofa: French Connection at DFS

Calm wing chair: DFS

Opus table: French Connection at DFS

White table: Dwell

Cushions: DFS

Cushions: Dwell

Throw: Ikea

Patterned cushion: H&M

Terrarium: M&S

Curtains: Ikea

Woven basket: Zara

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Want to create your own 'Room Recipe'?! We are giving 1 lucky winner the chance to win £1,000 to spend at DFS and £200 dwell vouchers. Enter here.