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Feeling Blue: 4 Stylish Ways to Use Blue in Your Home

Blue skies may have made way for short greyish days, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy this versatile colour in our homes all year round.

Whether your home is traditional or contemporary, there is always a shade of blue to add richness and elegance to your colour scheme.  From deep inky blues to bright and bold cobalt shades, we’ll help you incorporate this colour into your home…

Stripes & Checks

Blue is a colour that lends itself well to a nautical theme, in particularly when used in stripes and checks.  It’s best to choose mid-tone blues to keep the look fresh and pair with lots of crisp white to ensure a clean grown-up feel.

Moody Walls

A deep dark indigo wall will add instant atmosphere to almost any room.  Dark wood floors and furniture will help create a warm and inviting feel.

Statement Furniture

One or two bright pieces of furniture can freshen the overall feel of a room and also add a touch of personality. If you’re not sure about investing in a strong coloured piece of furniture you can use throws or loose covers to create the same look which can be easily changed at any point in the future. We’ve teamed our striking Hampton loose furniture covers in Navy with soft cream and beige scatter cushions.


Mixing Different Shades

Don’t be afraid to play with different shades of blue in your colour schemes; by balancing light and dark shades of the same colour you can create a layered feel.  

These are just a small selection of the ways you can incorporate this versatile colour into your colour palette – if you have any more interesting tips with blue why not comment below!

If you’ve been inspired to add a touch of blue to your home, contact us today to discuss your options with one of our expert Home Consultants.


Plumbs on Ideal World TV

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes on your favourite shopping channels?  Well, Plumbs were at the Ideal World studios last week to film a live hour-long show and thought we’d give you a sneaky look at what went on behind the cameras!


The camera crew did a great job of making our Home Consultant (Suzanne) feel at home.  

In the first part of the show, we discussed our reupholstery service and some of the 800 fabrics you can choose from, such as our pretty Magnolia Gardens fabric which featured on the sofa below. 

A quick room set change for our Loose Covers section of the show.  The covers are made in our best-selling Mandalay fabric. 

And of course we’d like to say a huge thank you to our Home consultant, reupholsterer and our wonderful presenter. 

If you saw the show, why not tell us what you think, and if you missed it, keep a look out for more shows on Ideal World TV over the next few weeks!



Kids Have Flown the Nest? It’s Time to Refresh Your Home!

If your children have grown up and recently moved into their own homes, it may be hard at first to adjust to a quieter “empty nest”. It can also be an exciting time in your life - you can begin to truly enjoy your home again, reclaiming the space and creating an environment for yourself to spend time relaxing in. Here are some simple tips to employ to revamp and refresh the main rooms in your house.

Refresh Your Furniture: Choose Light!

We’re all guilty of choosing darker fabrics that can hide a multitude of sins - now there are no kids or teenagers around, however, it’s time to embrace a fresh and bright new look! A neutral base colour works well on both sofas and chairs because it creates a blank canvas for you to add splashes of colour to with bright or patterned accessories such as scatter cushions and flowers.  

Throw out the Throws: Upgrade to a Loose Cover

Throws can be a useful solution when you want to protect your furniture from small feet and dirty hands, but after years of moving them after they slipped, it may be time to put them to better use.  If you no longer love the style of your sofa’s fabric, a better alternative to a throw is a removable loose cover.  They still have the advantage of being washable - yet are much more close fitting, stylish and practical. (Don’t know what loose covers are? You’ll be amazed at what a good solution this is for giving sofas and chairs a facelift. See how they work here.)


Update your Accessories

People find that when they have children they tend to hide away anything fragile or impractical, especially if you have boys that like to play indoor sports!  Now that they’ve moved on you can begin to reintroduce those accessories that make a house feel more homely – without the fear of shattered pieces.


Reclaim Your Bathroom

Sharing a bathroom with teenagers can take it’s toll on any family.  Some mornings in a busy household can feel like Piccadilly Circus, and you can almost guarantee that everyone will want to use the bathroom at the same time!

Now is the perfect time to take back your bathroom and create a haven. Without the hair products, make-up, and general clutter that teenagers tend to acquire, your bathroom may seem quite bare - fill this extra space with items that create a calm and happy atmosphere.  Fresh flowers, pretty perfume bottles and tasteful art will create the indulgent yet relaxing space you deserve.



If you would like any help creating a fresh new look, contact Plumbs today and ask one of our 140 personal home consultants to give you some advice on what will work best in your home. 


Caring for your furniture

Buying furniture is an investment, so it’s only right that you’d want to look after your most valuable and loved pieces. After all, many of them can last a lifetime when cared for correctly!

While most quality items sold today will come with a set of care instructions, many of us may have inherited or acquired our most treasured antiques and heirlooms sans guidebook, and we’re left unsure about how to give them the care they deserve.

By following a few simple instructions, however, you can give your items the TLC it deserves without the risk of damaging it. Here’s how to ensure a happy, prolonged life for your most treasured items. 

Upholding Your Upholstery


Over time fabrics will wear, fade and lose their charming looks, but follow these tips to keep it looking as good for as long as possible…

  • Gently vacuum your upholstery regularly using a brush attachment, as accumulated dirt will accelerate fabric wear. Vacuuming Chenille and Velvet fabrics in the same way also helps to avoid it from looking ‘flat’.
  • Hard as it may be, keeping pets off your furniture will keep it looking better for longer. (Why not get your kitty or pooch their own pet furniture, instead?!)
  • Plump up feather, soft back, and seat cushions regularly to rid them of dust and keep them plush.
  • Keep all furniture out of direct sunlight to minimise fading to the fabric.
  • Clean up any accidental spills as soon as possible – the sooner you do so, the less likely it is to stain. When spot cleaning a cleaner or stain remover, always test in a small area, which isn’t visible, to avoid damage. 

 Keeping Your Woodwork Worthy


It’s important with intricate woodwork to follow some simple pointers and to use the correct products to maintain its beauty.

  • Keep your furniture away from heat sources such as radiators, fireplaces, and direct sunlight - these can all affect the colour and dry out the wood.
  • Dust once a week with a soft cloth.
  • To clean more thoroughly: use slightly damp paper towels, being careful not to wet the wood too much.  Dry using a soft cloth or paper towels.
  • Avoid using silicone based polishes as they can damage the surface over time.  Instead, try using more natural options such as beeswax, and keep in mind that it’s always best to use a small amount.  This only needs to be done maybe once or twice a year.

Looking After Loose Covers


If you have a sofa or chair with a loose cover, cleaning and drying them may seem a little daunting.  No need to fret -

  • Look for the care instruction label (it’s most likely sewn into your loose covers) and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
  • As a rough guide: most loose cover fabrics can be machine or hand washed at 30 degrees.
  • If there are no care instruction labels, or you’re unsure of what to do, we would suggest contacting a dry cleaners who should be able to advise.
  • If you feel that the time has come to replace your loose covers, we’d suggest contacting an experienced company such as Plumbs. We can advise on the type of fabric and design that would best suit your piece of furniture.


Taking the time and care to maintain your furniture can pay off as the life of your items are prolonged.  If you’re unsure of how best to look after aspects of your furniture, especially if it’s worth sentimental or monetary value, it’s always best to contact an expert for advice.


Put your feet up

Footstools and Ottomans can be one of the handiest pieces of furniture in your living room.  Use them to rest your feet or store items like books and magazines, and with Plumbs Loose Cover and Reupholstery service you’re sure to find a style to suit you.


Shorter footstools work well with low rise modern styles of sofas. This Zari fabric from the Prestige range works well with bold Moroccan colours.



By choosing a different fabric in co-ordinating colours you can pull a whole look together.  This Venetian fabric is given a modern edge when combined with our Venetian Stripe fabric.



This skirted ottoman matches perfectly with the skirted design of this sofa.  The classic Titian Stripe looks great when teamed with bold colours or florals.


You can make a feature of your footstool by choosing dramatic colours.  This plain Chelsea Velvet fabric comes in 35 other colours so would work in almost any home.


This large scale floral Botanical Garden fabric has given this footstool a new lease of life.  The soft blue colourway works well with muted pink and gold accessories.

If you would like to find out more about any of our fabrics, footstools or recovering services then contact Plumbs today for a free no obligation home consultation


Accessorize this look for under £200

Sofa in Kew Gardens – White, Traditional loose cover make-up

When redecorating our homes sometimes it’s the finishing touches that make all the difference, so we thought we would show you how to create a similar look to one of our favourite designs all for under £200.

A colour palette of creams and whites creates a base for lilac and lavender hues.  We have used metallic accents to add an opulent feel to the look, and fresh flowers which co-ordinate with the Purple and White tones of our ‘Lola’ curtains.

The plush shimmering rug adds warmth as well as comfort, and the striped ‘Villa Mosa’ blinds and scatter cushions gives a modern edge to this chic style.


If you’re thinking of creating a new look then our expert Home Consultants can help you update your soft furnishings - all in the comfort of your own home.  If you would like a free quotation, then request a visit today, and we’ll hopefully inspire you to accessorise your brand new look.  


The Benefits of Choosing a Loose Cover Instead Of a New Sofa

Published by Joanna Whitworth in loose covers

With all of the use that a family sofa gets on a daily basis, it’s no wonder that they eventually begin to show a few signs of wear and tear.

If your family sofa is starting to look a little on the worn side, you may well be considering buying a brand new piece, but have you thought about simply covering your existing upholstery with a loose sofa cover instead? If not, here are just a few reasons why a loose cover may be a much better solution than splashing the cash on brand new furniture.


When it comes to interior design, the old saying ‘a change is as good as a rest’ is very true. Giving your living room, bedroom, kitchen or bathroom a facelift can make a huge difference to how your home looks and feels and transform it into the des res you’ve always dreamed of.

In the living room, the easiest way to change the look of the space is to change the sofa. With a loose sofa cover you can easily alter the colour or pattern of your upholstery, transforming how your living room looks in moments.


Environmentally friendly

Using a loose cover to transform your sofa instead of buying a brand new one is also good for the environment. It helps to prevent landfill and negates the need for a new piece of furniture to be manufactured.

Perfect for the eco-conscious consumer, loose covers can also extend the life of your current sofa by protecting the sofa’s surface and making general upkeep far easier.


Easy to clean

If you’ve got pets or young children, you’ll probably know just how quickly a sofa can become dirty. Thankfully, loose covers make cleaning your sofa easier than ever.

Simply pop them in the washing machine or take them down to your local dry cleaners and keep your sofa looking good as new, month after month. This also works for any damage made to your sofa; should the loose cover become burnt, stained or torn, you can easily replace it with a new cover.


Choosing loose covers

So, next time your family settee is in need of a little TLC, why not look for loose covers to give it the love and attention it deserves? You won’t regret it!


Our Time At The Ideal Home Show

Over the last 2 weeks we joined thousands of visitors and many exhibitors at the Ideal Home Show at Earls Court, London. 

Take a look at some of our highlights from the show…


We arrive at the show excited and begin to get the many pieces of furniture ready to go onto the stand.


The finished stand, ready for the busy two weeks ahead…


One of our newest fabrics by Linwood, which has been reupholstered onto this retro chair, gets the interest of many passers-by.


The stall gets gradually busier as the days go on, we talk to many people who want to transform their furniture and give it a new lease of life.


We even have a celebrity pop in; Laurence Llewelyn Bowen takes a rest on our Mini Sofa!


Next, some lovely ladies from Cancer Research UK stop by, Peter Andre cut out in toe!


Whilst walking round the Ideal Home Show another inventive car creation caught our eye.  We just loved the red colour of this Smeg500 fridge!

If you visited us at Earl’s Court, no doubt you’ll have met Emma Page, who organised our time at the show: “The Ideal Home Show was an amazing experience; it was fantastic to meet so many of our customers who had such good things to say about Plumbs and our stand! People were very complimentary of how we have evolved as a business and the fabulous choice of fabrics we have. A great show and I am looking forward to getting back out on the road again for the next one.”

We had a fantastic time at the Ideal Home Show London, and we can’t wait to visit our next show at The Malvern Spring Gardening Show 8th-11th May, but you can always come at visit us before at show rooms in Preston and Dover, or visit our stand at Dobbies Preston 7th April – 6th July.  To see a full list of our upcoming events this year follow this link.  We hope to see you soon!


Pretty Pastels

Over the last year Grey took over from Magnolia as our fall back colour of choice for interiors, but this is set to be challenged.  Pastel shades such as muted greens, powdery blues, buttercup yellows and soft pinks are beginning to fill interior design mags and blogs, so you may be surprised at how modern and versatile this look can be.


Offsetting pastel shades with neutrals colours, metallic accessories and crisp clean lines gives this look a much more sophisticated and modern edge than the sugary sweet images people envisage when you say pastels.

The lilac in this image is a much fresher take on the colour of the year Radiant Orchid, especially when teamed with this cool teal striped fabric and matching accessories.  Mixing pastels with different textures and materials will add warmth and balance to the overall look.


Crisp white walls can act as the perfect backdrop to pastel accents, creating a calm and serene space.  The natural twigs in this simple vase contrast with the soft cool colours of the modern furniture.


By mixing different pastel shades the look becomes much more playful.  These paper poms poms are an inexpensive and great way to add a focal point to large rooms, or a child’s bedroom.   


Pastel shades can easily be incorporated to other trends such as geometric patterns. 

This touch of pastels doesn’t have to end in the living room; bedrooms are a great place to clash pastel colours, especially when contrasted with the pale wooden accessories such as this beautiful retro chair.

Pastel colours are a stylish alternative to the bolder colour schemes we’ve seen this year, so whether you choose add a splash with accessories or go all out with a new a brand new look you sure to be bang on trend for 2014.


Create a Neutral Haven for under £500

Spring is just around the corner and the perfect time to spruce up your home, so to help inspire your creative flair I’ve put together a neutral look based on my last blog all for under £500.

The look I’ve put together below is based on fresh neutral hues co-ordinated with foliage wallpaper and natural beech wood.  A neutral colour palette of white, creams and soft greys works beautifully with splashes of blacks or browns.  A simple and inexpensive scheme like this is perfect base for adding bolder pieces of furniture or colour at a later date. 


When creating your own look for around £500 think carefully about the end result you want for your room, creating a moodboard helps to visualise the overall look before you buy, so can stop you from making any expensive mistakes.

Choosing paint over wallpaper is a more cost effective solution, however if you do fall in fall in love with a particular design, try to keep to one wall or alcoves as any more and the look may be too overpowering and also costly.

You can also save money by upcycling, which has become immensely popular as people do not want to spend hundreds on vintage or one of pieces so take to creating their own.  If you have a worn out piece of furniture that you can’t bear to part with you find tutorials on upcycling such as sites like Youtube.

If you don’t have the time to update your furniture then buying new pieces isn’t always a costly solution. It’s a lot easier to find exciting and stylish pieces today on the high street and in the style of expensive designer ones. 


  1. Made to Measure Turin Loose Covers -  from £199, by Plumbs
  2. Gaser Rug – Ikea - £80
  3. Candle – Matalan - £3
  4. Tripod Floor Lamp – Habitat - £150
  5. Wallpaper – John Lewis - £52 (a roll)

If you would like to take advantage of any of our current offers, contact Plumbs for a free no obligation quote.

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