The Wow Factor

Spring is the perfect time to update your home. Delicate yellow daffodils wave softly in the breeze, and the first flowers are just beginning to bud in your garden, adding a welcome touch of life and colour to your outdoor areas. Your mood will be lifting, your optimism increasing, and your energy levels soaring as we finally shed the dark, dank days of winter. 

It’s a time of renewal and regrowth, of casting out the old and welcoming in the new, so if your interiors are starting to look a little tired, there’s no better season to rework them. And if you need a little inspiration, we can help.

 Here, Lydia Rowe, Alan Ward’s creative manager, gives her five top tips on how to achieve that all important wow factor this spring…

 #1: Complementary colours

“Before furnishing a room, you should always decide on the colour scheme. Whatever scheme you choose, it will serve as a guide so you can select the right fabric or finish for each piece of furniture.” 

If you’re feeling really bold, why not try incorporating one of our Lavish Jude chairs? Available in an assortment of jewel colours, including brinjal purple, teal blue, and turmeric yellow, it’s luxurious velvet upholstery and super soft foam filling make it perfect for sinking back into on a spring evening, a glass of rose in hand as you bask in the last rays of sunlight falling through your window.

#2: Light and reflection

“Remember the importance of light and reflection. For example, the right lamp can be the difference between a cosy, inviting evening space and a functional but unappealing room.” 

Keep it warm and welcoming for spring night relaxation, or bright and airy for indulgent days spent in sun-warmed rooms.


#3: Sofa selection

 Lydia adds that: “The right sofa can last for years, so think about quality, not just price.” 

Our Loxley Grand sofa is one of our favourites and could be the perfect choice for your home. A modern take on the classic Chesterfield style, it will look eminently elegant in the centre of a sun-drenched room, and few things will compare to sinking back into its decadently stuffed cushions as the birds sing outside, your hands resting lightly on its sun-warmed scroll arms.

#4: “A wall mirror will create the illusion of space and reflect light to give your room a more interesting depth.”

Choose a piece that’s timelessly elegant or quirky and contemporary depending on your style preferences, and be sure to hang it opposite a window for optimum aesthetic effect.


#5: Mixing and matching

 “Be brave and mix, don’t match. It’s your home and your style, so even though a sofa is available as a three seater, two seater, and a chair, consider two eclectic chairs that will complement your chosen piece.” 

For those considering mixing and matching, we especially recommend trying it with our Cruise 4 Seater sofa. With its chic and stylish fabric and understated tones, its European good looks blend perfectly with even the most eclectic collection of accompanying furniture. It has the added boon of being the perfect place to snuggle up on an evening in a living room warmed by the last rays of spring sunshine.



Once that’s taken care of, it’s on to your outdoor space – and luckily for you, we have a truly gorgeous garden furniture range to help make your al fresco dining dreams a delightful reality. Here’s to warmer days, cocktails in the sunshine, and a glorious spring for us all to enjoy, inside our homes as well as out of them!

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