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Flower Show

Often considered as old-fashioned or chintzy, florals would usually be our last choice when we want to modernise our homes, but that’s set to change as florals are back and are bigger than ever.   

Painterly Florals

Painterly florals have been quite popular over recent months and it’s clear to see why.  These pretty and vibrant prints are a softer way to incorporate florals and work really well with simple modern furniture to add warmth to a minimal look.

 

 

Fresh florals

If you want to create a fresh and elegant look, then a floral style such as this Whitworth fabric could be perfect.  Pastel shades like the Duck egg shade we’ve used on the wall, match the delicate petals within this print perfectly.  

Vintage florals

Vintage florals can be anything between muted and sophisticated to bold and loud, so are a versatile choice when working with a floral scheme.  Delicate vintage florals look chic when paired with a neutral colour palate and French furniture, whereas more brashy styles, are best kept to scatter cushions or can look great when used as a feature in an ornate picture frame such as the ones below.

 

Classic Florals

Some florals when accessorised correctly will never go out of fashion, and this Montartre fabric from the Prestige Collection, is no exception.  This look is lifted by pairing the floral fabric with the bold stripes of our Picasso fabric and co-ordinating scatter cushions.

  

There’s a floral style to suit all tastes, whether that be clean and modern or decorative and traditional, so if you’re thinking of making home improvements and would like any help incorporating floral fabrics or any other styles into your home, then contact Plumbs today and one of our expert Home Consultants will talk you through our huge range of furniture fabrics. 

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Interior Design: Throw out the rules

Interior Design shouldn’t be stuffy or full of rules. Instead, it should showcase creativity, our personalities and also be practical to live in on a day to day basis.   We’ve looked at how breaking some common rules can actually create some stylish and individual looks.

Rule Break 1.  Don’t mix furniture from different periods in time.

Creating the right balance between old and new can be tricky, especially if don’t want to fork out for expensive vintage pieces.  The best way to incorporate older pieces is to think about the architecture of the building.  If it was built in the 1950s try adding a few pieces from that era, and try to restore as many original features as possible. 

Rule Break 2.  Paint and wallpaper only belong on walls

Ok, so this look might not be for everyone but depending on your colour scheme a painted celling can be used to trick the eye and also create drama.  As a general rule, ceilings that are a lighter shade than the colour of the walls will make the room feel higher.  Darker colours can give a sense of cosy intimacy. 

If you’re feeling brave you could try having neutral walls and a patterned wallpaper on the ceiling.  This creates an interesting look and can be co-ordinated with matching accessories and textiles. 

 

Rule Break 3.  Don’t mix patterns or prints

As a general rule we tend not mix more than 3 patterns, however by mixing patterns with the same theme you can create an exciting yet cohesive look.  Florals and prints in similar hues work particularly well, but for a modern look try teaming lots of geometric designs together such as chevrons and stripes.

 

Although this striped Gogh pattern the damask wallpaper are very different in style they are pulled together by the Raspberry colour running through both. 

  

Rule Break 4. Everything should match

The days when we had to buy our furniture from the same store so it would match are gone.  Modern looks are much more eclectic and should look as though possessions have been collected over our life time.  To stop the look becoming too disjointed, try to choose different pieces with a common element, such as a theme colour, pattern, or size.  The look below shouldn’t work, but by co-ordinating a few pieces, such as the white table and lamp, and the coloured chairs and cabinet, it pulls the whole room together.

Rules in interior design can be useful for inexperienced people or to stop us making costly mistakes, however they should never hinder our creative flair.  The best looks are often well planned, practical and a reflection of our personal style.  If you would like help creating your own unique look, contact Plumbs today and our expert Home Consultant can talk you through our huge range of furniture, curtain, and blind fabrics.

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Great day out at the Ideal Home Show Manchester

Early morning in Manchester, and already the outside of Eventcity had begun to get busy, as people eagerly anticipated the grand opening of the Ideal Home Show.  I see a few celebrities getting ready to cut the ribbon such as interior design guru Laurence Llewelyn Bowen, money expert Martin Lewis and presenter of amazing spaces – George Clark.

 

Once inside the show, you were greeted with a Brass band and huge lampshade displays in an array of designs and colours. 

The Plumbs stand all set to greet visitors in the interiors section, and our Mini sofa was still attracting many passers-by.

Surrounding us in the interiors section were room sets created by stores such as Next, John Lewis and Laura Ashley. 

Living is Easy for Less - Homesense

 

I love how the miss-match of colours and styles work in harmony together to create an eclectic yet stylish room.

Cosy, Flamboyant Florals – Laura Ashley

 

One of my favourite aspects of these rooms sets were these origami paper birds on the walls by Laura Ashley, they add a sense of fun and are a great way to use leftover wallpaper. 

 

The Coastal Room - Next 

The subtle colours and natural materials create a soothing and liveable space.

As well as being truly inspired by these gorgeous room sets, I also saw some very bold and dramatic accessories and furniture.  This patchwork upholstered chair caught my eye, although I’m not sure I could live with such a striking piece!

 

Overall the Ideal Home Show was a great place to go if you’re considering home improvements or if you were looking for an interesting day out.  If interiors aren’t your thing then there was much more to keep you entertained, such as the Greg Wallace restaurant, many food and cooking stalls, plus an array of health and beauty products, all under one roof!

We look forward to seeing you next year!

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Exotic Interiors

It’s that exciting time of year when most of us are eagerly anticipating our Summer holidays.  However if you’re not off abroad this year, we’ve collated a range of looks that will take you right back to your favourite holiday memories!

Modern Moroccan

Moroccan design is all about strong colours and eclectic accessories.  Think intricate woodwork, Gold and Copper accents, and jewelled tones.  To make this look work in your home, I suggest keeping to one or two colours throughout the scheme.

 

French Chic

French style is all about soft whites, antique furniture and an abundance of florals.   This style will work well in all types of homes, but is more suited to a country cottage type setting.  This look can be achieved by renovating existing tired furniture, simply by painting white and distressing. 

 

African Influences

Natural materials are a strong theme throughout African design.  Wood, stone, and animal skins are typical trends found in this part of the world.  To recreate a similar look at home keep fabrics neutral, go for dark and imperfect wooden furniture (such as stools and coffee tables), and accessorise with artefacts.

 

Greek

White walls and linens keep the Grecian look fresh and by adding patterns or ‘keys’ around borders (cushions and rugs work particularly well) you can create a visually interesting look.  Although Blue and White are the most popular colour combination when we think of Greece, a monochrome look can achieve the same look but with a modern twist.

 

Going global when looking for interior design inspiration gives us a huge amount of styles, colours and trends to choose from.  You may want to think back to previous holidays and where you’ve felt most comfortable, or be inspired by somewhere you’ve always dreamed of visiting. 

If you would like help creating an exotic new look, contact Plumbs today and one of our expert Home Consultants will talk you through our range of furniture fabrics, curtains, and blinds.

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