Who says a family home can’t be stylish? While there are some obvious things to stay away from – lots of sharp corners and expensive vases on coffee tables spring to mind – it is possible to create a home that is child-friendly but still modern and chic.
Here are a few ideas to inspire you…
1. Choose a sofa with removable covers
Covers that can be removed and cleaned makes spilled drinks and illegal scribbling far less stressful to deal with. Dwell’s Seville modular sofa is smart, and its seat, back and loose cushion covers are all removable – in a chic charcoal it is definitely more forgiving of any marks. The Verona also features removable seat, back and loose cushion covers so you can relax if you prefer a lighter shade of sofa; for those who prefer a sleeker sofa, check out the Oslo which has removable loose cushion covers making it a practical choice too.
Once the colour of choice for hospital corridors, mint green is finally having a high fashion moment. Fresh yet soothing, this pastel shade is the perfect backdrop for the season’s favourite nature-inspired interiors.
Here are six tips to help you get it right…
1. Buy the best quality paint you can afford
Try the colour out in the room you are intending to decorate and live with the test patch for a few days so that you can see it various lights. Try any of the following shades for mint fresh walls:
- Farrow and Ball’s Cabbage White No. 269
- Behr’s Dinner Mint 450C-1
- Pantone’s Hint of Mint 11-4805 TCX
2. Use it on all four walls
Mint green is a subtle colour so if it’s to have any impact at all, you need to use it on all four walls. Painting the woodwork in the same colour will make your room appear bigger and also create a sense of calm as there are no harsh contrasts to distract the eye.
3. Mix it with warm tones
Mint green can look cold, so pair it with rich woods such as walnut, which are ideal for floors and large pieces of furniture; whilst dark brown or tan leather is ideal for upholstery. Try dwell’s Pod lift up coffee table and Paris leather sofa in tan, or the Antwerp console table and TV unit.
Left: Pod lift up coffee table
Left: Antwerp console table
Right: Antwerp TV unit
Keen to spruce up your home for summer? Refreshing your decor needn’t be expensive.
Here are some ideas for quick fix décor updates, all costing under £50.
1. Frame it
Create some new wall art for your walls by investing in new frames and getting your favourite photos printed out. If you don’t have suitable photos to use, try downloading some free printable art instead, or frame your favourite wallpaper samples.
Options such as the vertical and horizontal photo frame has four slots and the blue is a lovely summery colour for displaying memorable summer snaps. Or go for something more traditional with the walnut Sketch photo frame. Try displaying them on the wall in a gallery wall art style display, with multiple pictures grouped together.
Left: Vertical and horizontal photo frame – £9.95
Right: Sketch photo frame walnut – £9.95
For some great contemporary ideas, try the family photo frame, tree desk top photo holder or freestanding cube photo display. All of these can easily be customised with your favourite photos or postcards, and you can change them into new displays whenever you want.
Never underestimate the transformative power of decorative accessories. A few well-placed objects, some interesting artwork and a liberal scattering of cushions can take your living space from bland to brilliant in an afternoon.
Here are some ideas to get you started…
Objects. These don’t have to be expensive to be interesting. Anything goes and if it has a story to tell, so much the better.
1. Group objects in odd-numbered clusters – three vases, five jugs etc.
Even the most mundane pieces will have impact if there are enough of them – try a collection of 15 pebbles ranged across a shelf, for example.
2. Stick to a theme to give the display a sense of cohesion.
Try a single colour, one type of object or a particular material. A row of dwell’s Bronze vases would add a sense of opulence – mix the sizes, large against small for added interest.
‘Modern simplicity’ is a buzz-word trend – a warm update on Nineties minimalism, it’s all about neutrals and works brilliantly in the dining room.
Here’s how you can achieve it in your home…
Materials are key to getting this look right. In the dining room, opt for modern gloss and glass, with just a touch of wood to warm things up.
Dwell’s Treble extending dining table in light grey and walnut is perfect – it’s stylish and sleek, and features a stone table top teamed with glass legs for a lighter look; both of which are offset by the walnut veneer crossbar. Team it with a set of Jenkins faux leather dining chairs which are nicely understated and also add texture.
Another option is the Luca glass extending dining table which combines glass with a simply curved base of stainless steel. Try the Luca table with the Loop leg dining chairs – stone or grey would look good.
There’s nothing like colour to energise a room – and you don’t have to crack open a tin of paint or get sticky with wallpaper to do it.
Here’s how to integrate colour into your home using just furniture and accessories…
1. Fabulous furniture
Instead of a neutral sofa, choose one in colour such as dwell’s Faro sofa which comes in a lovely shade of petrol blue as well as a gentle yellow.
Another option is to team a neutral sofa with an accent chair in a bright hue. The Ripple rocking chair in red is perfect with a grey sofa; tie in the red with the Zebra stripe cushion on the sofa, or use a couple of Capsa stools which come in a fabulous shade of orange as well as mustard.
An uncluttered and tranquil space is the first step to a good night’s sleep – here’s how to design it right…
Take to your bed:
An uncomfortable bed is guaranteed to keep you awake at night so you need a good one. Dwell’s Morrison felt bed looks gorgeous, the padded style radiating a sense of comfort even before you’ve got in. Plus, the slats lift up to reveal internal storage. Team the bed with a good mattress that will support your body – dwell has a range of pocket sprung mattresses with individual springs that are super-comfortable.
Leaning down to reach a glass of water or book is irritating so invest in a bedside table. The Sphere bedside table’s round shape is a nice foil to the straight lines of a bed, and with two deep drawers, gives you storage too. If you prefer a more square approach, the Monza or Antwerp are both modern and practical.
There are some things you will always find in the home of an urban minimalist – furniture and accessories that suit a small space, in neutral tones with metallics, wood and a mix of great shapes and textures to warm things up.
Here’s the check-list…
1. A compact sofa in a soft dark grey, such as dwell’s Oslo small sofa which has a comfy deep seats and backs with stylish slim-line stainless legs.
2. A cowhide rug, in brown, that adds subtle texture and an interesting shape.
Did you know that we spend about one third of our time sleeping? So it’s really important that we choose a mattress that helps us get a good night’s rest. An undisturbed night is crucial for restorative slumber that helps us recuperate from the day, in particular allowing our muscles to relax, so improving the blood flow to all parts of the body.
But how do you choose the right mattress for you?
It’s a highly individual choice – the best way is to test one out before you buy. Lie on it for at least 10 minutes so you get a feel for it. You’re after a mattress that feels comfortable and supports your body. One rule of thumb is to lie on your back and slide your hand beneath the small of your back – if your hand fits under you easily, the mattress is not supporting you enough; not at all, the mattress is too hard.
Which dwell mattress will be the right one for you? Here’s the lowdown…
1000 individual small springs (based on a king-size bed) are contained in separate fabric pockets that move independently, supporting your body by contouring to your shape and supporting those areas most in contact with the mattress.
Giving either medium or firm support, it has a durable fibre layer that gives the mattress natural breathability, and helps keep your body at a natural sleeping temperature.
It should be regularly turned to keep it in good condition over the years.
Thinking of working from home? Separating your work space from your personal space is important, as it helps you maintain a sense of balance in your life.
Here are some top tips to allow you to enjoy your personal and work space in style…
1. Create a designated work area
It may be tempting to work on the sofa, but it’s better for your productivity and home life if you create a designated work area.
Whether it’s a corner of your living room, the spare room, an alcove or a study, invest in a desk and a comfy chair and give yourself somewhere to ‘go to work’.
The Hudson desk or large Madison office desk works well in a home office, whereas the modern Verge desk is ideally suited to a room that doubles up as a living area or guest room too.