Most of us could while away entire evenings on the sofa… whether it’s to eat dinner, enjoy a glass of wine, catch up with friends or watch our favourite TV show. So, that being said, our sofas need to be extra comfy! Here are six sofa throws that’ll not only keep you cosy, but add a splash of style to your home, too!
Furnishing your summer home is an opportunity for you to get really creative. Whether your summer home is just for the use of you and your family, or you plan to rent it out to paying guests, you want it to be somewhere relaxing, comfortable and unique – a place you’ll never want to leave! So let your imagination run riot in your summer home with our interior inspiration…
Another brilliant couple of weeks have passed at The Ideal Home Show and we’ve really enjoyed speaking to everyone who visited us in the Home Interiors section.
One of our favourite parts of the Show are always the Good Homes Magazine room sets. Bursting with colour, inspiration and clever design they are always a talking point when walking through the show.
This kitchen design is all about mixing colours from a similar colour palette such as concrete, silver and dove grey. The oak worktops and chrome touches add a luxury element to this colourful design.
We love the clever partition wall and pendant lighting in this bedroom. The soft yellow wall colour and pale grey flooring give the room a fresh and airy feeling.
The almost black walls give a dark and indulgent feel to this grown up bathroom. This darkness is balanced out with freshness coming through from the green foliage, and natural wood side table.
We can’t wait to return in 2018 for another year at the Ideal Home Show, but before then you can catch us at many other shows across the company. Click here to find out where we are next..
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Autumn is considered one of the more beautiful times of the year, and as we welcome in the new season we tend to rethink our tastes and preferences. Out go the flip-flops and shorts to make room for boots and thick coats. The same feelings often apply in our homes, as we begin to crave a warm cosy space to curl up in front of the fire.
Nature is a great source of inspiration when looking for new colours to update our homes, and autumn is full of warm and inviting tones.
Autumn Colour Palette 1: Brown & Golds
These colours are the classic colours of autumn. Caramel and Auburn coloured leaves litter the forest floor. To use these rich brown tones in your home, it’s best to add a fresher colour to lighten the overall feel of the room. We love the flash of yellow-gold of the leaves before they turn but the green of the trees will work equally as well.
Autumn Colour Palette 2: Teal & Burnt Orange
The vibrant teal sky works perfectly with the burnt orange colour of the leaves in this image. This teal shade could easily be used to add interest to a colour scheme of warm brown and orange tones. The odd accessories in this cool blue/green hue such as a vase or scatter cushion will make the look feel much fresher and modern.
This is just a small selection of the colours nature has to inspire us. Why not take a camera on a brisk walk and create your own colour palette?
Mixing old with new isn’t exactly a fresh idea in interior design. Over the last few years we’ve seen classic French furniture and ‘shabby chic’ grace interior design magazines and homes. This look however is a much different take.
Looking through trends for late 2013 we have begun to see classical ornate furniture and delicate flowers against bare flooring and modern accessories. The floorboards and grey walls are softened with eclectic textures, photo frames and traditional chairs. Although we’ve seen aspects of industrial looks before, for example in loft and warehouse conversions, this is a much more grown up and clean look.
The key to this look is to mix items you wouldn’t normally associate together such as modern silver ornaments and classic portraits.
One of the main benefits of a design like this is that it doesn’t have to look perfect; you aren’t restricted to keeping your home like an unrealistic show home, as we all know real life comes with children, grandchildren and pets leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Inspiration and furniture for your new look doesn’t need to be expensive either, for instance it can even be furniture you already have that just needs updating. The process of up-cycling tired furniture has become very popular in our current economic climate, and as we become more conscious of the carbon footprint we’re leaving behind.
If you don’t have any pieces you want to change how about visiting a charity shop or even getting an item from a Free Site (such as FreeCycle or Gumtree ), then just update with paints, handles, and new fabrics.
This Luxury Ravello Fabric in Rich Vanilla has given a new lease of life to this sofa whilst respecting the classic original design.
Changing the use of a piece
A very inventive way of up-cycling is to completely change the use of the piece that would otherwise be discarded.
How about taking an old table you’re bored of, splitting it in half and stacking into shelves?
This old suitcase has been transformed into a beautiful and very unique chair that would have been cast away, but now will instead sit proudly in any space as a fun talking point.
If you would like to up-cycle any sofas or chairs with Covers or Reupholstery contact Plumbs today for a free no obligation home consultation, and we can advise you about styles and fabrics for your home!
The classic children's book by Frances Hodgson Burnett has been a source of inspiration to children (and gardeners!) since its publication in 1911. The motif of a secret, secluded and private garden, where people are transformed and made happier, is an appealing one. The garden itself could have been labelled an experiment in wilderness gardening; bulbs, wildflowers and trees rejuvenate with a small amount of (non-invasive) human interest. You may not have outdoor space that can be sculpted into a miniature garden of Eden, but you can create a private nook that is just for you.
The Indoor Garden
This is a phenomenon popularised by the space-conscious Japanese, which has been taken up by city bound dwellers who wish to go beyond the usual house plants and herbs, with climbing plants, indoor planters filled with earth and hedges or flowers and some even with water features. A conservatory is often the best place to start if you want to reference this trend, due to the natural light and warmth they are privy to. To get that authentic, 'Secret Garden' look, grow winding, wild pink roses around an indoor arbour.
The Cosy Sofa
Our attractive 'Secret Garden' loose covers feature the trailing flowers and wild beauty that characterised the novel so well, and are fully washable if you want to use them in your conservatory space with indoor garden. This romantic floral can be highlighted to stunning effect as part of a window seat reading nook, and can be matched with curtains in the same fabric.
The Garden Table
An essential ingredient in the romantic, Victorian style idyll is a lacework iron table, either a vintage piece or a good reproduction, to use as a repository for books and drinks. It will complement the fabric of your sofa and the lush roses climbing around your indoor arbour, and the pattern of the metal is distinctive without being obtrusive.
French Impressionist Claude Monet was one of the founders of impressionism. The limpid swirls that composed his work – as well as the strong, natural themes – have inspired countless designers, artists and poets throughout the world. His home, and the garden made famous by his Water Lilies series, provided much of the impetus for his work.
Monet's kitchen is a surprisingly beautiful place from which to draw inspiration – delicate blue and white tiles, probably inspired by Monet's love of the Orient; aqua and sunflower yellow paint; accented by polished brass pots, already a byword for chic in 2013. Note as well, the vintage light fittings, and the polished black and gold Aga.
Yellow & Blue
The romantic combination of pale yellow and dusky blue complements exquisitely tiled floors and neutral furnishings. There is an element of the riverboat in this room, with an almost concealed grandfather clock, discreetly overseeing the room, which showcases some of the artist's Japanese prints. Consider referencing this trend with rich golden curtains in our 'Francesca' fabric.
Many say the garden is another room of the house, and for Monet this was certainly so. He lavished attention on it, resulting in a landscape of flowers, trees etc. This luxury Spring Blossom fabric evokes the gentle beauty of the artist's water gardens. The fabric, which is perfect for loose covers and features a soft ‘slub’ effect, can also be used in re-upholstery.