The key to creating a feel-good home is getting the flow right, but what does this mean exactly?
It’s all about sorting the balance of colour, furniture and accessories so your rooms work together and don’t feel disjointed. How do you go about it?
Here are five ways to creating flow in your home…
1. Get the look
Decide on the style you want for your home and stick to it instead of changing throughout – a shabby chic living room teamed with a coolly modern kitchen will feel strange. If you love mixing old and new, do it all the way through your home.
So, in the living room add in the Pedestal side tables in walnut (below, left); in your dining area team the Discus table with Eiffel chairs (below, right). In the bedroom hang a retro light such as the Fragment shades pendant.
Hallways are often forgotten areas but as the entrance to your home, they’re the first space people see and do set the mood so they do deserve a bit of attention. The good news is that it’s not tricky to make a hallway looks good.
Here’s some inspiration…
1. Focus, focus
A hallway needs focus and a console table is perfect as its slim but smart – place it along the long wall or at the end to direct the eye to it. Go minimal with the Simple or Puro consoles and go big on accessories, or select one with more design and pare back on the extra decor – Dwell’s Sophia or Marble have a cool modern look.
For a retro feel the Nova is spot-on. If your hallway is on the dark side, then the mirrored surfaces of Reflect will help to bring in the light and make it feel brighter.
Right: Nova console table
Did you know that the colour red stimulates the appetite? And that it is also scientifically proven to promote sociable and lively feelings?
It’s also a rich colour that adds real warmth to a room – all of which makes it the perfect colour for a dining room. However, as it’s such a strong shade you do need to use it carefully – here are a couple of ideas to inspire you…
Whether you’re using a bright red such as Pantone 2035 C (below, left) or one that is more of a red wine shade such as Pantone 7622 XGC (below, right), it’s best not to paint all of the walls as this will make the room feel small and the colour could be overwhelming.
Instead, team it with white and either paint one or two walls red, or if you have a period property with a dado rail half way up the wall, paint the top half red all the way around, but keep the bottom white.
White is a good foil to red and it’s a smart choice for a dining table and chairs. Take dwell’s white Extending gloss table and add a set of all white chairs such as the Tapered or Lois dining chair; a light wood shade combined with white such as the Dip dining chair would work nicely too.
A small space need not mean compromising on looks when it comes to an office. Whether you’re converting a compact box room into an inspiring place to work or carving yourself out a space in a larger room, you can be small and stylish.
Take dwell’s compact Hudson desk – with its simple curved shape its elegant but at just one-metre-long and 50cm deep, is a great space-saver. Verge is slightly larger, but is still trim and has a lovely retro style.
If you really need to keep things tight, there’s Escala, a clever design which gives you storage as well as a neat desk.
The trend for retro style shows no sign of slowing down – this year’s interior design shows majored on products with a vintage vibe, which is brilliant news as combining modern and retro is an excellent way of creating space that’s chic but also feels warm and relaxing.
It’s a great look for an on-trend living room, but the key to doing retro style without ending up with a space that feels fusty is to add vintage accents that complement your modern furniture.
One way is to start with a modern sofa such as Dwell’s beautifully contemporary Oslo sofa – either one or a pair – and then add in some retro. Textiles such as cushions but also bigger pieces such as a sideboard – the Circa or Quad pieces are perfect; both have a lovely, mid-century modern feel, their softer silhouette a foil to the sleeker lines of the sofa.
Monochrome and graphic have come together this season to create a strong trend that is super-stylish, but also timeless. How do you do put it together? With a bold mix of black and white, plus shades of grey, softened by warm woods, accent colours and a variety of shapes that together, make a space look chic and interesting.
Here are eight steps to getting it right…
1. The sofa
Start with a gorgeous black sofa such as Dwell’s Vienna three-seater sofa – it instantly sets the monochome mood and looks fab! If you find all black a little too much go for a light grey sofa such as the very stylish Paris.
Left: Paris corner sofa
Right: Vienna three seater sofa
Never underestimate the power of the understated interior.
Timeless, chic and supremely tranquil, this is a look that calls for careful editing and a restrained way with the furniture and furnishings.
Here are a few rules to help you achieve less is more perfection…
When there’s not much there, there’s nowhere to hide, so choose the best quality materials that your budget will allow.
Avoid extraneous ornamentation
Every good minimalist knows that the devil is in those extra details. Clean lines are what you’re after here, and that means buying furniture with sliding or push open doors and drawers.
Right: Newton storage sideboard
The new season is the perfect excuse to brighten your home with lovely accessories that will make you feel that spring has really sprung.
Here are 10 accessories to inspire you…
1. Wave vase, £65
Bring spring inside with flowers – place them in a gorgeous vase like this one; it looks beautiful even when empty.
Maximalism is back and after so many years of good mannered simplicity and shabby chic eclecticism, I am thrilled by the idea of a trend that celebrates unashamed abundance.
Sumptuous patterns, rich colours and glamorous metallics – the more of each the better – are the cornerstones of this look and while, in theory, maximalists can chuck out the rule book, in practice there are a few guidelines which will help keep you just the right side of chaotic bling.
1. Find an anchor colour
Maximalism is all about clashing colours and patterns, but the secret to a successful clash lies in the subtle repetition of a single shade. Use this colour on one large piece of furniture such as a sofa or a rug, and then pick it up in the other patterns and objects throughout the room. There is no place for obvious co-ordination in a maximalist’s home so keep it low key; a single line in a multi-coloured stripe, the petal on a flower in a floral print is all it takes.
Open-plan living areas are all the rage right now but if you’re not careful, your dream of a chilled and stylish space can turn into a nightmare of clutter and confusion. The trick to getting an open-plan living room right is to zone it – use furniture to carve out different areas according to their use.
The key here is to define a space and give it focus. Do the former with furniture that is substantial enough to create a boundary but not too high that it blocks the eye-line and you lose the open-plan sense of spaciousness.
A corner sofa, such as Dwell’s Malmo or Murcia for example, is a chic and practical choice as the corner end creates an extra boundary. Or choose a two-or three-seater sofa and team it with a pair of armchairs such as Dwell‘s Marseille range. Place the armchairs opposite or at right-angles to the sofa depending on where you need to create a boundary. If you need to create a third line, a sideboard or a TV unit will work brilliantly.