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Dark doesn’t have to be dull

Published by Emma Day in

When deciding what look and feel we want in our homes choosing a colour palette we like enough to last longer than a few weeks can be a difficult task.

As space is at such a premium today, we tend to choose light colours in fear of making our rooms seem smaller.  However, bold and dark colours can add warmth and mood to a room without making it feel gloomy.

In the past purple is a colour people would normally associate more with bedrooms, however dusky mauves and intense aubergines can also look very sophisticated in the living room.  The key to this look is about balancing different shades of purple and also using reddish pinks so it doesn’t become too overpowering.  Key pieces such as flower arrangements, artwork and patterned scatter cushions help to add interest and texture. Lindow in Abergine from Clarke & Clarke (which is shown below reupholstered on a sofa by Plumbs) is the perfect way to add a splash of purple in your home, and can be matched with a range of textures and colours.


This look below is about deep and intense shades of blue that are balanced with grey and white.  When thinking of accessories choose objects to contrast the matt walls such as mirrors, gleaming pewter, glass, and flowers to add femininity to the look. Think carefully about how much light a particular room gets before going too dark, as lighter shades can be just as effective.

Choosing Navy Blue for living room furniture can be practical as well as stylish.  These Loose Covers in Elegant Mini – Navy Blue will help to hide imperfections but can also be easily removed and washed.  To soften the look, add neutral scatter cushions.

If you would like advice on incorporating a deep colour palette in your home contact Plumbs today for a FREE No Obligation Quote.


Plumbs on Location

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A lot of hard work and planning goes into every Plumbs photo shoot, whether that be in the studio, or out on location, so we thought we’d give you a behind the scenes look as we shoot our Botanical Garden fabric at a beautiful stately home.

Built in 1856 and set in 51 acres, Chester, Hinderton Hall is a grade 11 listed family home and the perfect setting for a Plumbs photo shoot.

Our Stylist, Photographer and Product Marketing Manager went along on the day to shoot 3 of our fabrics against this beautiful backdrop.

Photographer Tony Morgan explains the creative process behind the shoot:

“The Hinderton Hall shoot provided various photographical challenges due to the diverse nature of the building.  A combination of natural and artificial light sources enhanced the different textures and design of the fabrics, whilst creating a pleasing aesthetic atmosphere.”


Jenny Stirzaker our stylist explains her inspiration for the shoot:

“The powder mint walls act as a fresh and delicate backdrop to the pretty Botanical Garden design.  Inspiration is taken from the deep pink of the Chrysanthemum flower in the form of scatters, with ivory cream added to freshen the look.

Rich gold silk curtains draped with opulent rope tie-backs add a sophisticated edge and complement the intricate beading on the walls.”

The finished image!  This Botanical Garden fabric in Soft Blue looks beautiful especially now all the elements have been pulled together.  The spectrum of pinks used and the contrasting stripes scatters helps add a sense of unity to the look.  The cream and gold brings out the colours of the flowers in the fabric and ties the whole look together.

To recreate this feminine look in your home Contact Plumbs today, and we can talk you through all the different co-ordination options available.


Go Green with Envy

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As the days get shorter and nights colder, we begin to look for ways to keep warm and cosy, whether using soft fabrics or warm comforting colours.   Our brand new ‘Luciano’ fabric shown below in bold Citrus in reupholstery, is perfect for the colder months as it has a soft velvet- feel.  This sumptuous statement fabric has been matched with a co-ordinating plain velvet - feel ‘Ricco’ cushion and footstool.  To accessorize this look team with rich grey textured walls, and metallic accents.  Keep flooring and rugs neutral to really let this fabric stand out.

If you prefer more muted tones we offer other colourways such as ‘Mink’ or ‘Pebble’ that are beautiful when mixed with bold coloured accents and textures.  Autumnal colours such as burnt oranges and browns will match perfectly with these neutral tones to add depth and warmth to your home

Or if you would like to take inspiration from bright berries on wreaths and turning leaves outside why not choose deep ‘Crimson’ and accessorize with vivid Gold cushions, sumptuous throws and soft lighting for a sophisticated look.

Our Autumn range includes a number of contemporaray and traditional style fabrics.  To see a full range, contact Plumbs today for a FREE Home Consultation.  Your Home consultant will help you choose the perfect fabric for your piece of furniture, and we will even take it away for you and return it looking as good as the day you bought it!

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Plumbs at the 50+ Show Glasgow

Published by Emma Day in Recliner, Competition

Plumbs are going to be showcasing our new range of Easy Rise Recliners at the 50+ Show in Glasgow (SECC Hall 4) on the 7th, 8th, and 9th November.

The 50+ Show is a popular event that includes an abundance of activities including; crafts, cookery, dancing, and fashion shows and many more.  The show also has a vast range of exhibitors, so it’s the perfect place to get information on a wide range of subjects, and even try something new!

We are also giving away a 100 pairs of tickets to the event completely FREE, simply enter through our Facebook promotion and share it on your wall to be in with a chance. (Click here…)

Don’t forget to come and visit us at stand D12, and even have a demonstration of one of Recliners.


Be inspired by the RHS Autumn Flower Show

Flower Shows are often associated with the summer months, but if you have green fingers there’s still time to see the best of what nature has to offer at this year’s Shades of Autumn Show.

Taking place on the 22nd-23rd October at the RHS Horticultural Halls, Westminster, this show is the perfect time to get some inspiration for your garden or even your home.  Being unveiled at the RHS Show are 5 specialist nurseries that have been selected as they break the traditional mould and inspire creativity. So we thought we’d take a look at 5 floral fabrics that break conventions and motivate bold creative statements in the home.

Royal Romance brings florals into your home in a stylish and sophisticated way.  It can be used to match both traditional and modern decors, as the flowers are large scale and placed on contemporary colourways, such as Mocha and Rich Gold.




This Olympos Ottoman fabric in Cranberry is perfect if you want to avoid chintz style florals.  The fabric is in a damask style yet still has a sophisticated leaf pattern running through it.  The colours of gold and cranberry are very autumnul and it has been paired with our complementing Olympus Agra design, and plain coloured scatter cushions.


Country Deco in Gunmetal is another of our fabrics that breaks the traditional cast.  The two-tone grey colourway is poles apart from multi-coloured and chintz style florals.  To give this look a real modern edge pair it with a bold colour such as vivid mustard.


Venetian and Venetian Stripe are the perfect fabric to make a striking impression.  The seasonal Claret and Gold colourway is brought to life with a velvet – feel pattern.  This new fabric looks great on either traditonal or modern furniture and paired with muted brass and silver accessories.


Bukhara is a beautiful embroidered Prestige, floral design, shown here in curtains.  This fabric works with a range of contrasting contemporary fabrics you wouldn’t normally associate with a floral pattern, such as our Lindow and Zari fabrics and also modern style spotted and patterned scatters in complementing colours.


For more information on The RHS London Shades of Autumn Show go to or if you would like some help and advise for adding floral touches to your home contact Plumbs today.


3 Rules for Autumn Décor

Autumn is a beautiful season.  Frosted autumn leaves crunching underfoot, the heady scent of real fires, blazing berry wreaths on doors and the brisk yet clear skies. Traditionally, its harvest time, time for us to gather produce and retreat to our nests, to make them cosy and welcoming for the oncoming winter.  Warm colours and patterns appeal more and more, and we fill our homes with thick blankets, flame coloured accessories and deep, soft rugs.

Orange is a popular autumn hue for many reasons; it reflects the golden trees and reminds us of breath-taking sun sets.  October, heralding earlier twilights and later dawns, brings with it a certain sluggishness, likely a hangover from the days when humans would retreat to caves for winter.  Orange and other spicy reds have been shown to make people feel warmer, more energetic, and happier, as the skies become greyer and the weather colder. You can bring a little warmth and magic into your life with this Enchanted Garden fabric, a beautiful one for loose covers in Autumn. Paired with titian accessories, it combines muted warmth with a brighter cream base colour.

Food is one useful way to keep warm in winter; butternut squash and ginger soup, roasted apples, delicious cinnamon hot chocolate. A real or electric fire is good; as are candles, which do produce a slight warmth, as well as romanticising an atmosphere. Soft furnishings are another great way to keep warm; soft blankets – preferably in spicy autumn hues – can be draped over sofas as though they were throws, or piled in a basket, ready to be wrapped around cold legs. Bear in mind though, that a basket of fleecy, warm fabric is an open invitation to any canine or particularly feline friends, who will claim the nest as theirs!

One of the lovely things about Autumn is the abundance of produce available, for both food and crafts. Apples ripen, pumpkins grow, and squashes develop their full bodied sweetness. Berries turn juicy and red, conkers fall, fresh scented pinecones drop, ready for crafts and decoration. Wreaths are a popular decoration, made from leaves, feathers, or (as pictured) berry sprigs. Artificial materials are also used, for example felt and garlanded wire. Pinecone crafts are also popular; the cone can be split, painted, or left whole and used in bunting, centrepieces, or just placed in a decorative bowl so you can benefit from their fragrance and simple beauty.

If you want to spice up your home for Autumn, contact Plumbs today for a free, no obligation home visit, or else browse our vast selection of re-upholstery fabrics for a new look today!




Total Comfort Furniture

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When you think of recliners you may conjure images of bulky mismatched furniture that lends nothing to modern design trends; however that’s all about to change with our new range of Total Comfort Furniture.

One of the main benefits of our Total Comfort Furniture is the ability to match a recliner to existing furniture, whether that be an exact match to a Plumbs fabric you’ve had upholstered in the past, or a complementing colour or pattern to your décor.  This means you have much more choice when purchasing an Easy Rise Recliner from Plumbs as we can use any of our 600 reupholstery fabrics.  So if your taste is more modern than traditional you can be sure your recliner won’t be out of place in your living room.

At Plumbs we have a range of different Recliners to suit all needs; that includes, The Marbella, Rimini and Westbury models. You also have a choice of manual or electrical mechanisms for each model, and even the choice to include our Heat and Massage Systems that can be controlled easily with a handset.  The benefits of this this system means you can enjoy a relaxing massage experience in the comfort of your home as well as the warmth of the heating pads in the heating system.  The heating system is a great source of extra heat and can be run for as little as 1p a day, what an efficient and comforting way to keep warm this winter!

Your Easy Rise Recliner is fully bespoke as it’s made to dimensions that fit you best.  You can also choose extras to complete your design such as castors, knuckles, cushions and arm covers, to make your recliner truly unique.   It’s also important to Plumbs that you receive a quality British made product, which is why the Total Comfort Products are guaranteed for 3 years wear and tear, and the mechanisms in your recliner are guaranteed for 7 years.

Take advantage of our FREE ‘White Glove’ delivery service, in which you will be shown how to use your recliner in your home, and a demonstration on extras such as the Heat and Massage System.  Afterwards we will then take all packaging away for you.

Plumbs Easy Rise Recliners have a 7 day money back guarantee and can also benefit from a VAT exemption if you’re disabled.

If you would like to discuss your stylish new Easy Rise Recliner or any other products from the Plumbs range contact Plumbs to for a free no- obligation home consultation.


Plumbs on Trend

Published by Emma Day in Reupholstery, stripes

Matching red and gold has been an interior design trend for some time, whether that be the trimmings on your Christmas tree or an opulent style statement that lasts all year round.

This colour match is sure to be around for a long time, so it’s worth investing in quality pieces and materials that will last.  Our brand new Venetian and Venetian Stripe fabrics in Claret and Gold (shown reupholstered below) are part of our new autumn range, and are the perfect way to inject this trend into your living room.  These two fabrics work in harmony to ensure that each individual pattern is not overpowering, and the stripes add a contemporary feel to this look.



This Venetian fabric has been upholstered onto a traditional rolled armed sofa, and the Venetian Stripe onto a classic footstool, although this fabric will work on a range of different furniture types.

To accessorize this look- match with muted metallic tones (also another big trend at the moment) such as matt-finished lamps and subdued golds.  Pick out the the red and gold colours on the fabric using flowers and plants. Try to keep grand accessories to a minimum as this velvet – feel fabric should take centre stage in your design.

If you would like to incorporate opulent reds and golds into your home contact Plumbs for a FREE home consultation and your home consultant can show you our range of over 600 fabrics, including our new Autumn collection, in the comfort of your own home.


Prints make a comeback

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You may associate bold prints and stripes with the 60’s and 70’s but like fashion they have eventually come back around again (with a modern twist), and look like they’re here to stay.  There’s a breadth of choices that span over all aspects of the home, from wallpaper and tiles to flooring and furniture, so whether you just want a small print or dare to cover your whole wall, we have pieced together some inspiration.

Printed upholstery fabrics are very popular at the moment as many people want to make a statement in their living room.  This Plumbs Delphina Damask fabric in Rose adds a romantic feel to this classic rolled armed sofa.  The deep pinks and gold’s are picked out perfectly with matching plain scatter cushions, and could also be co-ordinated with matching curtains.

This leaf pattered wallpaper could be over powering, but it’s toned done with simple block colour furniture and understated wood flooring.  There are lots of different colours and styles when it comes to wallpapering with pattern, even in DIY shops, so it needn’t cost you a fortune to redecorate.


If you already have bold prints or patterned walls why not tie them to plainer or block coloured sofas with co-ordinating scatter cushions.  Cushions can be easily and cheaply changed to update the feel and style of your home, and add luxury and comfort to your sofa.

If you would like any advice on incorporating printed fabrics into your home with Loose Covers, or Reupholstery call Plumbs today for a FREE No obligation Home Visit.


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