The Dargie Design summer sale is underway and with stylish sofas to trendy decorative accessories included, there’s something to suit all tastes.
Owned by brothers Keith and David Dargie, the store has a range of exclusive discounts across its vast collection of products from luxury suppliers across Europe. Known for its attentive customer service, the store on John Street in Aberdeen, has items that will improve relaxing living spaces to busy kitchens, not to mention comfortable bedrooms.
Creating a space in which their loyal customers can fully immerse themselves in, Keith says it’s the furniture first and foremost that does the talking.
The store’s summer sale runs until the end of July and owner Keith said customers should come prepared with room sizes when shopping for a new sofa in the sale.
He said: “The most important thing in the shop is the furniture. When you’re choosing a sofa, you need to find what is comfy. Comfort needs to come first and then you need to find something which fits your room.
“It needs to be the right size. The biggest mistake people make is they come into the shop and they think ‘That’s too small’ because they think their room is bigger than it actually is.
“You should come in with the sizes of the room and sizes of your current furniture.”
While some may think they won’t find a big choice in a small independent furniture shop, Keith is certain it’s the other way round and customers will actually have more items, colours and fabrics to choose from in a boutique-sized store.
He said: “Choice is a big thing for us. Some of our sofas have 11 different arms you can put on it, then there’s the nine different sizes of sofas, about 120 pieces that you can make corner groups out of and, on top of that, you’ve got about 200 leathers to pick from. You can go crazy with it. Choice is everything.”
If Keith had to pick his favourite sofa he sells it would have to be Togo because he considers it “a design classic”.
He said: “It’s an incredible piece of furniture.
“Togo is very flexible. You can have a corner group and when you move house, you can add sections to it or move it to fit your new space.
“You can do whatever you want with it and play about with it. They’ve been making it since the ’70s and it won’t go out of style.”
From the moment interior lovers step into the unique shop, they will be surrounded by luxurious sofas and beautiful accessories including diffusers, candles and vases.
Since coffee tables usually have prominent places in lounges and living rooms, it’s important they not only look good but that they’re practical, too.
Keith is experienced in the art of coffee table-styling and knows exactly how to create attractive displays without disrupting the flow of the rest of the space.
According to Keith, you need to start with patience.
“You need a lot of practice to get styling right,” he said.
“It takes a bit of time, just build it up.
“You aren’t going to get the perfect arrangement immediately. I’ve been doing this for a long time so I know what works well together.
“We start with diffusers and then add accessories to fade them in a wee bit so they’re not in your face.
“For us, diffusers are the central statement piece. You could also use flowers. It depends on what you want from it.
“If you had the diffuser just by itself, it’ll look empty. “You need to give things context and a bit of scale. The depth is very important and then you need to fill in the space.”
In addition to depth, Keith also thinks height is crucial to creating eye-catching table displays.
He said: “You’ve got to have the right height as well. “Put the tall items at the back because if you put the tall ones at the front, you won’t see what’s behind it.
“If you have a smaller room, you don’t necessarily want too much height – particularly for putting it in the middle of the table.
“You want to keep it a bit lower.
“If you start sticking big flowers in the middle of the room, you won’t be able to see somebody when you try to speak to them so it needs to be practical and of a good scale.”
To balance lamps with accessories, Keith suggests “dressing up” lights.
“It’s about having something near the bottom of it to complement the height,” said Keith.
“That’s why we use books, trays and floor tiles – to change up the height.”
Keith thinks that instead of fancy trays, interior-obsessed individuals can use tiles or books to add a different perspective.
He said: “Books are good. You can use them to separate things and lift decorations from the table.
“If you have dark table and dark accessories, you want to lift it and separate it. You wouldn’t want a dark tray again.”
And using odd numbers when it comes to accessories will help make coffee table displays more interesting.
He said: “Anytime you do displays or anything in the house, use odd numbers. It just works better than even numbers, always. Even numbers don’t tend to look right.”
Keith would also recommend adding a splash of colour to any room.
“I think the problem now is that everyone has a lot of grey in their rooms.
“They have shiny chrome tables or mirrored tables – that sort of sparkly look.
“To bring colour in is very difficult and as we start to move from the greys, which is happening right now, we see warmer colours coming in.
“But how do you move from a grey room to warmer one without actually changing everything in one go?
“You have to start with an accent colour and then sort of blend it in as you go.
“You can bring whites in first and then you can start to bring in pinks, which are fantastic.
“Pink is probably the best colour just now to pair with greys. For example, you could use blush pink.”
In addition to colours, individuals can also experiment with various materials. He said: “There’s a lot of metallic coming in, particularly brass so it’s not too shiny. It’s on lots of vases.
“Ceramic has its intrinsic look to it – ceramic is always good because you know you’re getting something chunky. It’s a great statement piece because it bounces light as it’s a glazed ceramic rather than matte.
“If you’re looking for a softer colour, it has to be matte.
“People can try to experiment with new metallics, but it may not be for everybody. It’s a fashion thing, so it’ll come and go.
“You have to expect that one day, you’re going to look at brass the same way you look at a nice green toilet. It was nice at the time but you wouldn’t want it now.”
Dargie Design is currently offering 15-20% off sofas – visit dargiedesign.co.uk for more.