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How to Be Pretty in Pink

At the height of summer, fragrant blush coloured blooms illuminate our gardens and we are drawn to fling open our windows to experience the sun-warmed aroma of roses, peonies and hydrangea.  Our kitchens are filled with the scent of fresh herbs and new cut flowers; we crave colour and light. Pink is the perfect summer colour; rich yet fresh, bright yet not cloying (if used correctly). It works whether plain or pattern, in simple linen or rich velvet, in a hot, vivid hue or a gentle pastel.

Rich Simplicity

This rich Fuchsia furnishing fabric, plain yet adorned with simple cushions, is called Hampstead. This quality woven fabric is available for footstools, chairs, dining chairs and conservatory style furniture, making it perfect for co-ordinated looks if you want a pink haven. It works beautifully paired with lighter pinks, or with completely contrasting fabrics; a soft velvet cream for example, or a chenille stripe. Why not try sewing your own? It's super easy, especially if you use an 'envelope' or button closure (no zip sewing required!).

 

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Candy Stripes

These candy striped 'Catherine' blinds are fun, feminine and summery. They'll keep the midday sun at bay, and provide a gorgeous border for your freshly scrubbed windows. They are designed to be paired with the Catherine's Garden range - suitable for sofas and curtains – another summer classic, a sweet floral in pink and white. The patterned, lighter hue co-ordinates well the plainer, stronger colour of the Hampstead fabric.

As the perfect summer day draws to a close, why not relax with a cream topped pink hot chocolate, and watch the sun set in the comfort of your cosy pink home.

If you want your home to be pretty in pink, contact Plumbs for a home visit, or else browse our vast selection of upholstery fabrics for a new look today!

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Oriental Nights

One of the latest trends in the world of interior design has a distinctly oriental flavour.   Don't worry, we aren't suggesting wind chimes, dragon patterned drapes, or katana swords wired onto your living room walls.  This is a mature, sophisticated riff on the patterns and colours of the Orient, based on rich dyes and intricate designs that took talented craftsmen centuries to perfect.

Designer Carmen Marc Volvo once explained his love of Pantone's Poppy Red as "a reflection of the Oriental influence on interior design", a love which is currently experiencing a careful resurgence in chic homes across Britain.

Oriental Adventures

These Elana Lipstick curtains, in pink and gold, are a bold centrepiece for any room, drawing on the colour pink, a summer favourite. The gold references the costly embroidery typical in many an Oriental home. Here the curtains are paired with black, gold, and a beautiful matching plant in the same bright hue. Pink is a beautiful colour, however it may be challenging for some when it's this bright, especially in a main room.

Oriental Escape

You can channel the oriental trend in a more subtle way by upholstering an elegant easy chair with this delicious, kimono silk inspired fabric. It retains the exquisite patterning of the Orient in a less bold but still beautiful colourway. Pair this delightfully subtle chair with genuine – or high quality reproductions – of antiques from Japanese history. You can buy these from Etsy or Ebay, but do check how long they've been trading and their feedback to avoid being ripped off. Or else consider purchasing some vintage oriental fabric and making your own.

The Orient Express

For a quick, yet no less exciting nod to the Oriental trend, why not try these dining chair covers in Mandalay's red fabric? China has a long association with red dyes, exploiting the properties of the madder root, and safflower, to achieve beautifully rich hues. These loose covers, in a rich red, accented by the golden foliage and swirls so typical of oriental affluence, will give instant life to a neutral and pedestrian living room. Pair with soft golden accessories and a burnished copper lampshade for an exotic yet elegant look.

Remember, Plumbs offer free, no obligation advice in your own home, and a chance to browse fabric samples at your leisure. If your furniture needs a new look, and you want a bespoke, high quality solution, contact us today!

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