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!

6 Interior Design Tips from the Professionals

We’re not quite sure if it is just us that are this excited that the advent countdown has finally begun!!!! (Yes we may have used a few too many exclamation marks there). However, Christmas is officially on its way. So to celebrate hitting the 6th day of advent and with the present hiding sorted, we wanted to share 6 interior design tips from the professionals. Of course, your home needs to be looking top notch for when the family poll up on Christmas day.

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If you have already been browsing for a few interior design tips for a home renovation project, you may already have come across the lovely Daniel Hopwood. Fortunately for all of us, The Great Interior Design Challenge will be back on our screens in early 2017. In the meantime though, here is some advice from Studio Hopwood.

“The key with good design is just to have a limited palette of finishes. They say that you can build a palace with just three.” – Daniel Hopwood

Don’t go overboard on the amount of textures you need to add into a room. Start with three – a fabric, a shade of wood and a metal. Then take it from there.

Well we couldn’t leave out Daniel’s co-star on the new series of The Great Interior Design Challenge. Kelly Hoppen, the queen of taupe is an inspiration to many looking for luxurious, timeless interior design.

“LEARN TO LOOK NOT JUST WITH YOUR EYES BUT WITH YOUR HEART. FIND THE THINGS THAT CONNECT WITH YOU. HOW ELSE WILL YOU KNOW HOW TO DESIGN YOUR HOME?” – Kelly Hoppen

Don’t buy things just because someone tells you they will work within a scheme. Make sure you love everything you choose and that way the interior design of your home will be yours.

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Always after timeless interior design, there is no better firm to turn to than the Hammett duo, known by their studio name Laura Hammett. Laura is very well known for her exquisite, yet timeless contemporary interiors.

“Luxury bathrooms are a big trend at the moment, moving away from the clean white marble look and introducing more softness and warmth with chandeliers, curtains and furniture.” – Laura Hammett

If you have the space, really do something different with your bathroom. They don’t have to be the most boring of spaces. Why can’t the bathroom create that interior design wow too?

Also know for her luxurious, yet timeless interior design projects, the Louise Bradley studio have an ever-increasing collection of bespoke luxury furniture and accessories.

“Clever layering of textiles alongside excellent space planning and good lighting make all the difference in the world” – Louise Bradley

We say it is an absolute must to focus on the lighting. If the lighting is right, the room will look great. But if you get the lighting wrong, the whole feel of the room will be totally different from how you hoped it would be.

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Sometimes the best people to turn to for interior design tips, we cannot forget the brilliant interiors bloggers. A favourite of ours, and a must read blog if you don’t already is the brilliant Abigail Ahern. You cannot knock her for her bold and brave interior style.

“Play around with scale. Scale is one of the most under-considered components in the decorating puzzle. Once you start putting supersized pieces on walls or shelves that are small (like mirrors and lights) you create instant grandeur making a room feel more magical than it really is.” – Abigail Ahern

A great way to make your room feel larger is by adding in furniture that is lower down to the ground. This appears to make the ceilings feel higher, and in turn, make the room feel deceptively larger than it actually is. Then add in a huge oversized floor lamp to show off that extra height.

Finally, with not only a beautiful blog, but also with a beautiful interiors shop in Bloomsbury, Ben Pentreath offers his top interior design tips.

“I like richly layered rooms. Colour, pattern and a mix of old and new furniture create timeless and comfortable places to live.” – Ben Pentreath

The great thing about mixing old and new furniture is that it shows the wonders of the life you have lived and the places you have been. You want your home to tell the story of your life and be full of your treasures.

5 things to do before the year ends

We are sure that there is a long list of all the things we wish to do before the end of the year. However time just seems to run away with us. So we thought we would collate a list here at Furl of the must do’s in London. Offering a little Furl help to give you a few things to do before the year ends.

things to do before the year ends

1. Outdoor Ice Skating

Grab those ice skates, or bottle those nerves and get yourself down to one of the magical outdoor ice rinks before the year is out. It is always on our list of things to do, but for some reason, we just can’t seem to manage to make it down there before Christmas. Even though it is always good fun, it’s just not quite the same visiting in January. Be sure to wrap up warm though. And a note from me, who used to ice skate – wear gloves! There is nothing worse than your fingers sticking to the floor, or should we say ice, when trying to get back up after a sneaky fall.

We say to try The Tower of London ice rink. With a view of the city one way and Tower Bridge the other way, it is just beautiful.

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2. Take a mini break

It is the time of the holiday isn’t it? Why not treat yourself to a little mini break out of the city. You may have a few holiday days left to take so don’t waste them away. Even though we love the city in the run up to Christmas, it can get a little bit chaotic. Nothing helps you relax more than a lovely stroll along the seaside. Perhaps with a hot chocolate at this time of year rather than an ice cream!

We say to head to Brighton’s beautiful coast. Only a short train ride away from London you will get there in no time at all. Wander along the Lanes for quirky gift ideas and relax with a stroll along the coast.

things to do before the end of the year

3. Visit an exhibition

With so many exhibits switching over in the New Year, book a date in your diary to go and visit the one you hoped to all year. These exhibitions do not last forever, and very rarely do they come back. We are still hitting ourselves for not making time to visit the interactive rain room at the Barbican. Don’t make the same mistake we did. Put some time aside before the year is out and make sure you don’t miss out.

We suggest a trip to The Hive at Kew Gardens. The award winning 17m high structure really is out of this world.

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4. Take up a new hobby

A hobby doesn’t always have to mean a sport. And New Years resolutions never last. So why not take up a new hobby in the run up to the end of the year. Of course there are plenty of things to do, but we want it to be weird and wonderful. Recently Hermione Granger, okay yes we know, Emma Watson, was spotted on the tube dropping off books for strangers to read. One could perhaps say good deed as well as new hobby. Whichever you prefer to say, we know you and someone else will be smiling at the end of the day.

We think it would be a nice and creative idea to write little happiness notes. Then leave them dotted around various parts of London for a stranger to read and smile.

things to do before the end of the year

5. Try a new recipe

And last of all, but certainly not least of all, why not try a new recipe. It has to be an incredible creative recipe, or something that you have never tried before. Otherwise, there would be no fun in doing it! Yes everyone loves a good old spag bol, but we can surely wait until January for another one of those. You never know, adding a new recipe to your things to do before Christmas list, might surprise you. It may end up on the Christmas day dinner table.

We suggest that if you have never tried eating chocolate covered bacon, you try this brilliant recipe. Stupidly easy and don’t knock it before it try it kind of recipe. Mmm our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

With so many things to do before the year ends and with so little time, which ones would you choose?

Christmas table styling ideas

Please forgive us, we promise not to talk too much more about Christmas until December!! Well we will certainly try our hardest that’s for sure. But before it’s too late, we just have to share with you our faves for the Christmas table styling this year.

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Christmas table styling is perhaps not at the forefront of our minds right now, but we are telling you, it should be! Of course, the star of the show on Christmas day is always the roast. So it is so important that the Christmas table styling is just as good as the dinner. If not better than the dinner! Placemats, menu cards, place names, foliage, candles, the list could go on forever. Here are three ways to style your Christmas table this year.

Glitz and Glamour

Gold, glitter and glamour. The most popular g’s associated with Christmas decoration. To create a timeless, classy look, you simply cannot go wrong with a pop of gold at the Christmas table. Back to our post from last week on golden Christmas decorating, beautiful gold or bronze knives and forks will add the perfect touch to your table. You really want the cutlery to provide the table wow, so pair them with simple elegant white crockery. Add a dark inky blue napkin tied with matching linen ribbon. Tuck a sprig of gold sprayed eucalyptus for an extra element of excitement. Sparkling tea lights will finish off the look beautifully.

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The Furl Allwood table in Cement

There is nothing better than gold themed Christmas table styling on a concrete type tabletop finish. This will really give your feast some industrial glamour. We have a fantastic cement table that will just do the trick. Try our Allwood coffee table – for those who need to accommodate 8 people this Christmas. Yes it really can seat 8 people!

Red & White

The go to twine for Christmas present wrapping is the quirky red and white. That alongside a touch of holly makes for the perfect gift under the tree. Why not transfer the gifts to the table this year? Find some tiny boxes and fill them with Christmas treats. Hold them shut with the twine and attach a sprig of holly. Pop these onto a silver beaded charger plate and add a red stained water glass. Scatter red and white candy canes along the table to keep the element of real fun. Add in a touch of silver for glamour – silver napkins and tea lights will keep everyone in the jovial Christmas spirit.

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The Furl Console table in White

Red and White table styling should be kept simply to a glorious white table. This shall ensure the style looks elegant and fun rather than tacky. We have a styled white Console table at our London showroom. Catch us nearer to the big date, and we may even have a few candy canes on it too!

Bold & Bright

Jolly, merry and bright are all things a Christmas table should be. Don’t be afraid to add a bit of wacky colour to your table. Taking on truly wonderful eclectic style, we say go to town with the colour this festive season. Ensure every glass, wine or water, is a different colour. Okay, you might have to double up if there are 14 of you, but you get the idea! Entertain the kids before the meal but having them fill a jar with baubles and stars as feature centerpieces. Keep the rest of the table sophisticated by adding very few additional colours. All white plates, all white napkins, all white crackers. Plus an assortment of brightly colour flowers to tie in the glassware.

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The Furl 4×4 Table in Oak

To add to the rustic eclectic charm, a wooden tabletop wouldn’t go a miss. If you have a large family to accommodate, our 4×4 table is just the perfect fit. Starting as a 6-seater and expanding to a 14-seater, it really is the one.

We can’t wait to see photos of your christmas table styling on your clever Furl tables.

Christmas Decorating – golden and fabulous

With Halloween and bonfire night gone, we all know the next occasion that is lingering around the corner. For those who frequent the coffee shops, you may have noticed that the Christmas cups have officially arrived. Yes, Christmas is not far off and the decorations are even closer to entering into our homes. So for the all important decoration wars, here are our tips to stay on trend when Christmas decorating within your home.

September’s London Fashion Week brought the beautifully rich golden yellow colour to the table. From catwalks to interiors, we knew at the time that golden yellow was going to be a big thing. And we weren’t wrong – It certainly has confirmed our key colour for Christmas decorating.

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The Wreath

Now we are all well aware that this is the ultimate Christmas decoration. Why? Because it is the first thing you see when approaching someone’s home at Christmas time. So it has to be knock out. The money leaf from John Lewis is a pretty golden yellow and would look beautiful against a painted grey or white door.

However if delicate is not what you are going for, we suggest the ultimate wreath from the fabulous Philippa Craddock. She charges by the metre, so you really could go to town. Archway is the new wreath. Add in a few golden feathers for interest and serious stand out status.

 

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The Tree

The tree usually takes pride of place in our living rooms, sometimes in the hallway if we have space. However you have to make it look like it has always lived there. Like the tree is meant to be there. The way to make this happen is to integrate it into your living room scheme.

To stick to the golden yellow theme, we suggest this year splashing out on a golden tree. The sparkling golden tinsel tree from M&S would work a treat. However don’t worry if you are not a fan of the fakes. Get creative and spray a real tree with glimmering golden spray paint. Of course golden yellow is new to town and so there may not be a whole lot of gold in your rooms already. Make the tree fit by adding in a couple of golden yellow crack cushions from Zoeppritz at Amara to your sofa and chairs.

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The Table

The golden yellow boundaries can be pushed so much as to decorate simply by using gold! I mean it does class as a yellowy finish, doesn’t it?

So we propose a new set of cutlery especially for Christmas. Beautiful golden knives and forks will add the perfect touch to your table this Christmas. No matter what your budget, you will be able to find something to work.

For those saving the pennies, head to Zara Home to find the perfect golden set. For those looking to splash out try the 16-piece set from Nordic House priced at £160. You want the cutlery to stand out as the feature on the table, so pair them with simple white crockery, elegant glassware and lots of candles.

4-seater Duette in Omega Velvet in Wattle. Available to see at our London Showroom
4-seater Duette in Omega Velvet in Wattle. Available to see at our London Showroom

Christmas decorating aside, the decorations are not the only thing we can add to our homes to celebrate at Christmas. To say the least, we can add swanky brand spanking new furniture into our homes. After all, it is the time of year to splash out on ourselves isn’t it? Plus we are absolutely certain that a new sofa will make the Christmas festivities all the more easier. So have you got family staying? Why not take a quick last minute dash to our showroom to have a look at our ‘perfect for every night’ sofa beds.

Lots of our customers use them every night of the week. So they really would be a brilliant addition to your living room to ensure you can fit all the family this christmas. Yes, of course they are available in a golden yellow fabric! In fact they are actually available in loads of different fabrics in loads of colours. And better still, by adding the express delivery the sofa beds are still available to be delivered BEFORE Christmas! Now wouldn’t that just be the best addition to Christmas decorating everrrr..

Bed Dressing Ideas that will compete with Hotel Beds

Dressing a bed is important if you want to create a statement or feature within your bedroom. But we hear you, how are we supposed to know how many cushions or pillows are the right amount? We want the bed to look pretty, but without going too over the top. Of course, the last thing we want to do is spend hours removing cushions before we go to bed! Here are the dos and don’ts of bed dressing. Along with a few bed dressing ideas, you will soon be competing with those beautiful hotel beds we are all so fond of.

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

We gave a few bed dressing ideas in our blog about how to style your bedroom like an interior designer. The way that we dress our bed can be the make it or break it to designer status. Beginning with the optimum amount of cushions that are appropriate for a certain size of bed.

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How many cushions is the right amount?

Only to be used as a guideline as it shall all be relative to your style, add two cushions to Double bed. For a King size bed, add four cushions and to a Super King bed, add six cushions. You will want to add any extra cushions on top of the two to four pillows that you will actually need for sleeping. The more cushions you use, the more of a luxurious boutique bedroom feel you will create. Alternatively, if you don’t mind spending ten minutes undressing your bed at the end of a long day, then of course add in as many cushions as you like. I have seven cushions to a King Size bed– but I had to make a deal to remove and replace all of them myself every day!

What is the right way of placing cushions?

There is no right way of placing cushions to dress a bed, but there are ways of creating different styles. If your bedroom is a little Moroccan and Boho in its style, then you may want to place different sized cushions so they aren’t symmetric or in order to create a messy look. Making sure all of your cushions are different sizes will add to the eclectic look. You will also enhance this by ensuring they are all in different fabrics too.

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The most common way of placing cushions on the bed is in height order. If you are only going for two cushions, it is quite common to have oblong shaped ones, but square cushions would also work. When using four cushions it is often the case that you would have two different sizes. These consist of two large cushions and two smaller ones. Standing the pillows up, you would then add the two large followed by the smaller ones in front. All four cushions could be matching fabrics. Or the two large ones could be in a neutral fabric with the two smaller ones with a patterned texture. For those of you wanting six cushions, repeat the process as before. Then add in two oblong ones to the front, perhaps in the same fabric as the larger cushions.

Don’t match the colour of your throw to your bedding.

Adding on a throw to your bed in the same colour as your bedding is a waste of money. The point of having a throw is to make it stand out. This doesn’t have to mean going for a vibrant, bold colour or pattern. Just make sure that the shade is a contrast to the bedding colour. You can buy throws in all shapes and sizes. If you just want to dress the bed nicely but without too much hassle undressing, then perhaps consider a runner as opposed to a throw. They are much thinner and finish the look of bed nicely. Add in two matching cushions for a simple yet sophisticated appearance.

If you manage to find an oversized throw, you will find that the throw may actually work in the same colour as the bedding. If the throw reaches the floor on all sides of the bed, it will then contrast with the floor. Oversized throws create a modern luxury bedroom style.

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Send us some pictures of your better than hotel styled beds, especially if your bed is a storage bed from Furl!

Style your living room like an Interior Designer

Following on from our blog post a few weeks ago detailing ‘How to style your bedroom like an Interior Designer’, I thought it only fitting to also advise you on how to style your living room like an Interior Designer too. Every room in your house needs to look beautiful after all! As some of you may already know I am the resident Interior Designer at Furl and you may have met me at the London Showroom where I am on hand to give you interiors advice, help you plan your room and assist with colour selections. It is however so much harder when you get back home, head bursting with information and so many different design styles, to pull together a room that is both practical, yet beautiful. By following these simple steps, we can ensure your Living Room perfectly meet a Designers standard.

The design of your living room is very important as it is the place that you relax at the end of a hard days work, where you entertain your guests on a Friday night and where you have the in-laws round for afternoon tea. Determining the style and feel of your room is therefore the first thing that you need to do. Do you want it to be a formal living room? Is your lifestyle full of entertaining friends? We ask because of practicality – you wouldn’t want to have a bottle of red wine poured all over your sparkling white sofa whilst entertaining at the weekend, even though we do have a solution to that too! (Guardsman in our sofa bed extras).

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Colour

Your colour selections will help to not only determine your style but also determine the feel of your room. This is where the rule of three applies. When deciding upon the colours for your living room, select just three and ensure that everything you put into the room is in one of those three colours. For a formal, more traditional interior, select cream, purple and walnut. Paint the walls a deep purple, and then add in bursts of the colour through accessories. Keep your sofa, chairs and window dressings in a warm cream and then compliment with walnut coffee and side tables. No matter what style of room you wish to create, if you apply this rule of three to your colour selections, you will always be sure to have a living room that is designed exactly as an interior designer would curate it.

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Making a Statement

No matter what size your living room might be, it is always important to have that feature piece that stands out, even if you do think it is perhaps a little too large for the room. Most of the time, an interior designer would add in a oversized statement armchair in a brilliantly patterned or vibrant fabric. You could do the same with the sofa, but this may overpower the room and as more expensive items than armchairs, aren’t quite as easy to change in a few years time when it doesn’t compliment your tastes anymore. If you don’t have enough space for an additional armchair, a statement pendant light or lamp would also work a treat.

Guide on how to measure for a sofa bed

Refresh

Every living room should have at least one plant or bunch of flowers. When you flick through the pages of Elle Decoration or Living Etc., you may notice that every interior lifestyle shot has a huge bunch of flowers or towering plants in the corners. That is not because they smell nice, but because it makes the room visually look more attractive to your eye. This ‘magazine look’ is the concept that every interior designer is trying to achieve when they first reveal your new space to you. Easy when you have a budget large enough to afford a designer, but if you can’t maintain the cost of buying a new bunch of flowers each week there are some brilliant faux options that look incredibly realistic. The initial cost may be a little bit more, but they will last you a lifetime, literally.

As daunting as designing your living room may seem, have as much fun with it as possibly can. Try an outrageous paint colour on the walls. If you really hate it, you can always do it again. A little trick from the trade – cut or fold samples to the proportionate size to give you a better idea of how much of each colour you will have within your room. In short, if the samples all work together in small swatches, they will work together in big pieces too! We look forward to seeing some of your designs.

Perfect table for food at your BBQ – The Revo

Our wonderful customers that come and visit us at our Showroom sometimes get us thinking, and we often say you provide us with some of our best ideas. Last week, many people were admiring our Revo Table, understandably of course, but their reasons were slightly different from ours – it was going to make the perfect table for food at this years summer gatherings.

So having a BBQ this week, or at least attempting to, even if we don’t get blessed with the sunshine? By now I am sure we have told you how great our clever tables are, and a ‘recently added’ addition to that list of greatness is use for displaying food at the weekend BBQ gathering! So for this glorious occasion, and as a thank you for constantly bringing smiles to our faces, we want to share with you our top three salad recipes for summer.

perfect table for food

perfect table for food

perfect table for food

Easy to make and delightful to eat, we hope you enjoy making these salads just as much as we have done. Always on the lookout for new salad recipes that look great displayed on our clever tables, we welcome your creations and look forward to adding them to our book of ‘table worthy’ recipes. Obsessed with styling, and just in case you didn’t know, they look fabulous displayed in the Sophie Conran Salad Bowls and stacked at different heights on our Revo Table!

For those of you who are yet to be dazzled by our Revo, it is a coffee table that transforms into a dining table. Both practical and beautiful, it opens up in a matter of seconds to become a dining table that can seat up to eight people. Designed to perfection, there are no fiddly screws to undo or leaves to store and it is available in both glass and wood finishes. Revo is on display for you to see and try at our London Showroom, and we wouldn’t say no to you testing it out with a good summer salad!

Decorate with White

Our official summer arrived last week, even though I’m not sure we recognized it with the first day providing us with torrential rain – yes we are proud to say ‘Made in Britain’ at Furl, but perhaps not quite so proud about our weather! So to help us all get through the predicted gloomy month of July, we share with you a few tips on how to decorate with white.

White on white, due to the serenity it produces, can brighten our moods and in turn make us feel much more relaxed. Our homes are a place for us to unwind and revitalize and so there is no better way than to extend our summer break by adorning our homes with white.

Decorate with White

Decorating room by room with white as the predominant colour, we realise that more whites exist than you ever could have imagined. From bright whites, to dull whites, to creamy whites and even pink whites, it can be overwhelming trying to pair and match these shades together, especially when we thought it was as simple as just plain old white. This is when texture becomes key to getting it right. As long as you combine various all-white textures together, they will match perfectly every time.

The Walls

With bright white as the obvious choice for the walls, ceiling and skirting boards, try painting your walls a shade darker than the ceiling shade. Even though to the naked eye this may not be obvious, it will subtly extend the height of the ceiling giving you that desired feeling of more space. Keep your skirting boards in the same shade as the walls to extend that height even further.

The Living Room

Suitably relaxing, comfortable sofas finished in soft white linen and accessorised with a combination of wool, linen and all white geometric cushions will provide the optimum level of comfort desired for the living space. Add in a sheepskin rug to complete the rustic look or a bright white velvet rug to modernize. White ceramic vases, trays, a lacquered console unit and shutters to dress the windows will finish off the look.

The Bedroom

A white faux suede bed with plain white cotton bedding, complimented with a patterned throw and cushions will ensure layers of texture within the room and guarantee the bed remains the focal point. Dress the windows with sheer linen floor to ceiling curtains and a roman blind to block out the light. White wooden side tables will enhance a French chic style or for a more modern finish use lacquered side tables. Be careful with adding in large sizes of high gloss furniture such as a full wall of wardrobes as it can scratch easily.

Just remember, to create an ultra contemporary modern sleek look, combine your whites with glass, mirror, high gloss and metallic. If you are after a more rustic chic look combine your whites with soft woods, such as grey oak, linen, wool and add in a combination of different patterns, even if they are still all predominantly white.

decorate with white

Realistically, as beautiful as they may look plastered all over the pages of our favourite interiors magazines, an all white interior may not be practical for your lifestyle. If you have small children, pets or lead a busy lifestyle with minimal time to keep an all white interior spotless, there are still ways of achieving the desired look.

The all white interior creates a calming feeling of relaxation and rest. This can also be achieved by simply using a more natural colour palette that is considerably easier to maintain. Stick to one feature colour, whether this may be a light shade of grey or creamy sand. As long as when initially entering the room you see one trending colour, you will create a cool and composed space, albeit maybe not for long with little ones around!