Pretty in pink: why we love strawberries and cream

Pretty in pink: why we love strawberries and cream

Pretty in pink: why we love strawberries and cream

15th June 2016

This summer, don’t keep strawberries and cream just for dessert… this quintessentially British combo also works well in your home. We asked stylist Charis White for her top tips on making your home pretty in pink.

Pick your perfect pink palette

This summer’s strawberries and cream dream is no ‘Barbie pink’. It’s an altogether softer hue ranging from subtle dusky pink through pale powder pink to vintage rose, and is über-hot right now, thanks in part to Pantone declaring Rose Quartz one of its colours of 2016.

Start to build your pink room décor scheme by painting one or more of your walls in your preferred pastel shade: we love the Little Greene Paint Company Milk Thistle 187 with its lush lilac tones, Farrow & Ball Nancy’s Blushes 278, which is the perfect match to an otherwise neutral room, and the sophisticated vintage rose shade of Dulux Blush Rambler 5.

dulex pink paint palette

And you don’t even have to paint the whole wall… check out the ‘picture rail’ effect created by the clever use of pink and cream in this beautiful room we found on homes blogsite

How to make pink work in your living room, from

Think pink: clever use of paint creates a faux picture rail effect

And don’t forget to look up! Ceilings have long been the Cinderella of decorating, but no longer. Think about your ceiling in the same way you would a feature wall, or like in real tennis where every area of the court is used (well, it’s Wimbledon soon and we are talking strawberries and cream here!).

Be daring and paper your ceiling with a pretty pink wallpaper such as Timney Fowler Lace 19, with its pastel pink swirls against a cream background, or paint it pink then match it with off-white, panelled Wimbledon changing room-style walls.

Opposites attract

Be prepared to mix it up when it comes to your furniture by combining different eras and styles, such as pairing a contemporary cream sofa with a vintage-style chair upholstered in your favourite pink. Ramp up the action by piling your sofa with cushions in plain pinks, vintage rose and even black for added drama and effect.

We love: the clean, modern lines of the Flint 4-seater sofa in cream contrasted with the luxe period styling of the Bailey velvet armchair in dusky pink.

The Flint sofa and the Bailey armchair from DFS

The Flint sofa and the Bailey armchair from DFS

In the pink: 3 quick wins to super style your home

1. Create your own ‘gallery wall’ like this fab grouping we found by The Design Chaser on

From The Design Chaser at

A gallery wall of photos and art is a real focal point in any room

Just make a grid of four to six large black picture frames on a wall. Fill with double card mounts in pale pink and gold, and use to frame black and white photographs or sketches.

2. Paint a really large square canvas with a very pale grey, then overlay with a pale pink, leaving a 10cm border all the way round for a dramatic piece of homemade artwork.

3. Mirror fashion comes and goes but for summer 2016 the shape to go for is round. Three in a row above a pink upholstered sofa look striking… try this Wilson Set trio from Dwell.

Wilson set mirrors from Dwell

Can't decide which shade of pastel is perfect for you?

Check out our 'ice-cream dream' Pinterest board for the latest in pastel inspiration.

Or if you're looking for more inspiration why not check out our newest Style Sourcebook, online now, full of style advice, latest looks and decorating inspiration, including loads more candy-coloured sofas.

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Spice it up with carnival-inspired brights

Spice it up with carnival-inspired brights

9th June 2016

It’s Olympic year and we’re all feeling a touch of Rio fever here at DFS towers, so we thought we’d kick it up, samba-style, with some tips on how to make the carnival colours that the city is so famous for work in your home.

Ok, so the Olympics don’t kick off until for another two months, but we’re already feeling the ripples of excitement surrounding the world’s biggest sporting event, especially as we’re the proud partners of Team GB!

Think Olympics, think Rio (well, for 2016 anyway; we’ll be Tokyo-bound in 2020)… and think Rio, and you can’t help but think of street carnivals, samba dancers festooned in feathers, and ‘scorchio’ colours bursting out all over the shop. Pair this with the fact that, when it comes to home decorating, exotic Brazilian themes, full of bright, vibrant shades, are bang on trend this year, and it’s a match made in heaven. All you have to do is choose which rainbow shade is right for your home…

Tickled pink

It was fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli (Coco Chanel’s great rival) who introduced us to ‘shocking pink’ back in 1947, and its bold, intense shade still turns heads today. A hot pink statement sofa in an otherwise neutral living space looks stunning… accessorise with boldly patterned cushions in contrasting shades as anything more subtle will get overpowered.

We love

Quartz Chaise Sofa in Pink – a modern classic with deep seats and dark-wood legs.

Quartz Pink Corner Sofa

Perfect with

Cecile Scatter Cushion – with its Impressionist-style landscape design.

Cecile Cushion

Hello yellow

Psychologically speaking, yellow is the happiest colour in the spectrum, bringing to mind sunshine, optimism and creativity, so a yellow sofa could be the ideal way to brighten up both your living room and your mood. Play up the ‘wow’ factor by accessorizing with gold-toned cushions and brass or copper lighting, or really go for broke and stack it with throws and cushions in other neon-brights, such as hot pink or turquoise.

We love

Fling Sofa Bed in Citrus – a comfy 3-seater sofa bed that zing with style.

Tiana Citrus Sofa

Perfect with

Brass and Concrete Table Lamp from Dwell – the industrial look and copper tones will suit any modern space.

brass and concrete table lamp

Tangerine dreams

Orange is the Marmite of the colour wheel – it’s certainly not a ‘take it or leave it’ shade, but if it floats your boat then it can look marvelous in both classic and contemporary rooms. It evokes similar feelings to that of its close cousin red – warmth, energy and passion – and a striking orange sofa makes a perfect focal point. Dress it up with accessories in tonal shades of browns, russets and wood.

We love

Zapp sofa in Orange – elegant simplicity in an eye-catching colour.

orange zapp sofa

Perfect with

Doodle Rug in Orange from Dwell – the perfect retro-inspired rug.

dwell rug

Looking for more inspiration?

Check out our newest Style Sourcebook online now, full of style advice, latest looks and decorating inspiration, including loads more sofas in hot shades, perfect for the Rio Fever look!

Don't forget to follow dfs on our road to Rio 2016 on Twitter, Instagram & YouTube.

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