Decorate with Green …ery – Pantone colour of 2017

There is nothing better than the time that Pantone’s colour of the year starts to dominate homes, shows and shops. You have to be a little bit silly to not fall in love with ‘the colour of the season’. But it doesn’t mean that you have to start throwing everything out and replacing it with the new. The new greenery in this case. Of course, if the hubby won’t agree to yet more new cushions, we are happy to say you absolutely need to introduce this colour into your life this year. So how do we decorate with green? It’s a tricky colour to master, particularly when the pantone colour is so strong and vibrant this year. So to make it a little easier, we have picked a selection of greens that will work for different styles of home. Just don’t tell pantone that some of them aren’t so green!

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Decorate with Green-ery

Well we couldn’t possibly write a blog post about the Pantone colour of the year and not showcase it first! So here you have it – Greenery. If any of you were around Clerkenwell this weekend you might have spotted this to die for collaboration between Pantone and Air BnB. They were certainly not short of ideas on how to fill your home with the greenery shade. Bringing the outdoors to the indoors, quite literally, this pop up was a foliage lovers idea of heaven. But if an overload of plants isn’t quite up your street, try adorning your room with succulents instead. They still provide a beautiful pop of colour, with much less maintenance.

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Subtle design details, such as glassware or cushions are the most elegant way of introducing such a bright green into your home. Zara Home have a great zingy collection of glasses that would add the perfect sparkle to your dining room table.

Also, had you thought about laying fake turf in the playroom? It would certainly be playful wouldn’t it!

Dabble in Dark Emerald Green

Perhaps your home design is a little, lets say moodier. You like colour, but nothing too bright as that would be happy and tacky of course. But being left out of the decorate with green phase would just not be acceptable either. So think Emerald Green, Deep Sea Green and get thinking Velvet too. Velvet is such a sultry, luxurious fabric and works fantastically in the deeper shade of green.

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Furl’s Milano Sofa Bed in House Velvet

Unlike Pantone’s Greenery, this deep shade can be used for much larger items within your home. In sight from every angle at the recently finished Cologne Design Fair, was a deep emerald green sofa. We can make our sofa beds in any shade of green, and our House Velvet would certainly mean your sofa was the talking point of your room. With options such as a matching set of cushions, you could tie in the colour by scattering these cushions on other chairs within your room. That way your deep green sofa would look like it had always been there. Paint the walls and skirting board an inky shade of grey/black for true sultry style.

Sage Green

Again for the little details just like Pantone’s Greenery, the Sage Green shade fits better with Country Chic Interiors. Country interiors take marvellously well to a display dresser in the kitchen or dining room. If you already have one, why not sand it down and give it a lick of paint in a sage shade. Tie it in with the rest of your interior by adding a few ceramic pieces that touch on sage too.

Don’t be too shy to add in a pattern with focuses of Sage Green. Throws, scatter cushions and blinds will all add a touch of warmth to your mainly creamy white interior.

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If you don’t think that any of three shades we have discussed will work in your home, then take a look at our full collection of shades to help you decorate with green.

Bathroom Storage – Our top tips and ideas

So you promised yourself that this year, you really won’t push the bathroom renovation to the bottom of the list. You may have noticed a few posts about the latest trending bathrooms designs over on our Twitter recently. We agree with you, some of them are totally stunning. However we all know that bathroom a design just wouldn’t be complete without that absolutely necessary bathroom storage. I mean who wants the spare toilet rolls on show really? So here are a few top tips and ideas as to how to keep that ever so needed bathroom storage, stylish.

Bathroom Storage

Toiletries, spare toilet rolls, towels, extra haircare, travel wash bags and the ‘medicine cabinet’ are all items that we want stored behind closed doors in our bathrooms. However sometimes the size of our bathrooms don’t quite allow for that much storage. So this is where our handy bathroom storage tips become useful.

Image from House of Three
Image from House of Three
Baskets

Baskets are not for every interior style, but they can work in a variety of different bathroom designs. Do you live in a period property? Is your style Scandinavian? Are you a little more Shabby Chic? If you answer yes to just one of these questions, then a basket will fit your interior decoration. Pretty and practical, you really can fill them with anything. Depending on the size of the basket, you might opt to put the spare toilet rolls in there. This way they will actually look as delightfully displayed as they possibly can.

If you have space for more than one, add in a larger basket full of the spare towels so your guests never have to ask you for a towel again. Or if you really want to add a sense of hotelesque (is that actually a word?!) to your home, get a small square basket and fill it with rolled up flannels. Then provide a second basket to be used as a ‘bin’ for when your guests have finished drying their hands. You may want to check with the washing machine queen before implementing that last idea though!

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The Towel Rail

Towel rails do have a habit of taking up a lot of space. Perhaps you’ve tried hooks and they don’t dry your towels fast enough? We have two tips for two different budgets. If you are really going to town and redoing the whole bathroom, think about adding in heated matting to the walls. This is not for those who aren’t willing to splash the cash, but if you are, can really give you back a little bit more space. Heated towel rails can be bulky and take up room that could go to better use on the wall. By having a heated wall, you can find a very slimline rail and hang your towels closer to the floor. This then frees up the space above for a few more shelves.

If you aren’t completely redoing your bathroom, but just want to clear it of all of the clutter, then why not try adding rails to the back of your door. Despite not being heated, the rail will still allow the towel to air unlike a hook where it keeps the towel bunched together.

Image from House of Three
Image from House of Three
Get to all of those nooks and crannies

Don’t neglect the space above your toilet. It is the perfect place for a cabinet, or if you think that might be a little too top heavy then just a couple of very simple shelves. Remember, if you want your bathroom to look fresh and styled you have to add a few styling items. This is what most people shy away from when it comes to bathrooms. You don’t want to feel like you are wasting space by adding things you don’t need. However without these styling items, your bathroom will look dull and lifeless. Why not try a few floating shelves, then add a few vases with a selection of flowers along with a stack of books. Finish the shelves with bell jars full of cotton wool pads. This way you can add a little bit of practicality to your styling at the same time.

Bathroom storage can be tricky, and we know that you will want to cram as much behind doors as you can. Just remember, that without injecting your personality into an interior design, it won’t feel like home. This rule applies to every other room in the house, and still applies to the bathroom! Be savvy and clever and get adding a little more sneaky bathroom storage into your home.

2017 Interior Design Trend Predictions

We just still cannot seem to believe that 2017 has finally arrived. However, we have to start embracing it. Otherwise before we know it, this year will be over and we won’t have even begun updating our interiors. So here are our 2017 interior design trend predictions. Which ones do you think will fall, and which ones will fly? Let’s get updating your homes.

2017 Interior Design Trend Predictions

Upholstered Headboards

Now, all of us at Furl cannot tell you how happy this makes us. Where is the jumping around emoji when you need one?! We have been in love with the upholstered headboard for years and years. Luckily for us, and for you as they are just beautiful, this is one of the most popular 2017 interior design trend predictions. An upholstered headboard can make a huge difference to a room, and really turns the style into hotel chic. We think the larger the headboard, the better. With a large headboard, you don’t need to start thinking about what artwork to hang above it, as the headboard quite simply becomes the artwork.

2017 Interior Design Trend Predictions

Deep buttoned headboards upholstered in Linen are a well-liked choice. However our customers are in love with our Mondrian headboard, which looks it’s best upholstered in a luxurious velvet. (We think so anyway!) There is actually a wall mounted version of the Mondrian in Velvet at our showroom right now, so pop down when you have a spare minute.

Marble

No interior would be complete without a little bit of glam, and marble is certainly glam. You might be thinking, I can’t afford marble and you are totally right. It can get a little bit expensive, but you can still introduce marble into your home no matter what your budget. For those looking to splash the cash, nothing shouts glamorous more than a marble bathroom. They look incredibly luxurious, which suits so many London interiors, but don’t be shocked by the price. For those who are not quite for breaking the bank, marble wallpaper is a fantastic alternative and looks so realistic. B&Q version is available at a very reasonable price. For you crafty lot, spend a couple of pounds on some marble samples from a stone supplier. Then add dots to the bottom of them and turn them into coasters to scatter around your home. This is a very cheap, yet very clever way of adding marble into your home.

Image donated by House of Three
Image donated by House of Three
Cork

Yes you read that correctly – cork is making a comeback. Perhaps one of the weirdest 2017 interior design trend predictions, we never thought would return. We are not quite sure how to feel about this either, but we do have a few ideas where we think it could work. Children’s interiors have become much more interactive over the recent years, in order to help them become more expressive. Why not use cork wallpaper over a small section of wall in your child’s bedroom to create a feature notice board. They can pin up their drawings, party invitations, badges and anything they may collect on their travels. For a more grown up suggestion for the comeback of the cork, quirky coffee table and lamps could really work within an industrial styled interior. Try painting the cork for a different look, which adds that element of fun and interest. Champagne cork stools have been popping up on a few homeware sites, so keep your eyes peeled. They would certainly provide a talking point around the dinner party table.

2017 interior design trend predictions

Green

Pantone’s colour of the year is Greenery. Inspired by nature, this shade of green is like no other green we have seen before. With so many London homes and apartments with very limited outdoor space, if any at all, we are craving a little bit more outdoors in our lives. Described by pantone as a ‘tangy yellow-green’, we think the only way to introduce this colour into your homes is through foliage itself. As it perhaps might be a bit bold on the walls. Having said that, there are lots of nature inspired prints circulating the interiors market. If you are the sort of person that perhaps might not be able to keep a plant alive, this might be a really lovely, subtle way of introducing foliage into your home.

2017 interior design trend predictions

At the end of the year, we shall certainly look back over our 2017 interior design trend predictions to see which ones really took off. Do you think any of our predicted trends will take over our home interiors? Which one would you chose to redecorate your home with? We really hope to see more upholstered headboards and would love to see yours. Tag us in your Instagram posts using @furl.home and use #furlheadboard so we can see which design you picked for yours.

New year new you. Let’s get fit!

Not sure about you, but we welcomed the new year with a few bubbles, laughter, family and friends. Actually perhaps a few more than just a few bubbles. So first of all, a huge Happy New Year to the lot of you! This year is all about you. New year new you and all. So we thought we might share our favourite recipes for keeping fit in January. Of course helping to shed all of that extra christmas weight.

At our London Showroom we have a fantastic table called Allwood. It is actually perfect for times like Christmas when you need a little extra dining space. Despite being a coffee table it actually extends to seat 8 people. However, when the festive period is over and all of your family and friends go home, you can simply slide it back to a table for 4.

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The first day back in our Showroom gazing at this gorgeous Cement version got us thinking. This post is all about the new year new you. So how can we start to get fit? So we came up with this. If a salad looks beautiful, on a stylish table…how can you not want to eat it? Our cement Allwood would fantastically display these Ottenlenghi salads.

Pan-Fried Brussels Sprouts And Shallot With Pomegranate & Purple Basil Salad

We are pretty sure that you must be as sick as us of the brussels by now. They just seem to keep on coming, so here is the famous Ottenlenghi Brussels salad. So rich with colour and sticky sweet, we are pretty sure that even if you don’t like Brussels you will like this one. With this one, there is no need to waste any of those leftovers.

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new year new you Method

‘Trim off the ends of the sprouts and cut them in two lengthways. Heat up a large wok or nonstick pan, and add two tablespoons of oil. Fry half the sprouts on high heat for about four minutes, until nicely golden brown all over but still quite crunchy. Transfer to a mixing bowl and keep somewhere warm. Add more oil to the pan and repeat with the remaining sprouts.

Add two tablespoons of oil to the pan and fry the shallots as you did the sprouts, for four to six minutes. Add to the sprout bowl. Add the maple syrup, lemon zest, molasses and remaining oil to the still warm vegetables. Add half the pomegranate seeds and half the basil, season generously and toss to mix.

Serve warm or at room temperature, with the remaining pomegranate seeds and basil sprinkled on top’.

For the full recipe visit the Ottenlenghi website – our favourite food go to.

French Beans With Shiitake Mushrooms and Nutmeg Salad

Sticking to the wintery theme, we thought you might like to also try this Nutmeg wonder. After all, green salads most certainly do not have to be boring.

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New Year New You Method

‘Fill a medium saucepan with plenty of unsalted water and bring to a boil. Drop in the beans and blanch for four minutes. Drain, refresh and set aside in a sieve to dry completely.

Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and half a teaspoon of salt, and sauté over a high heat for about a minute, stirring the whole time. Reduce heat to low and cook for five minutes more, stirring occasionally. You want the onions soft, sweet and just turning golden brown. Add remaining oil, garlic, mushrooms, nutmeg and pepper; cook on medium heat for another four minutes, until the mushrooms are golden. Remove from the heat and mix in the beans. Season to taste. Pile on a serving dish and sprinkle with chervil. Serve warm or at room temperature’.

For the full recipe visit the Ottenlenghi website – I don’t even like mushrooms, and even I like the sound of this one!

Good luck with your ‘New Year New You’ programme. Let’s get fit together!