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What are the Latest Furnishing Fabric Trends?

Every new season comes with new interior design trends and must-have pieces we can’t wait to get hold of. But which trends are here to stay and which will fade quicker than a bright green curtain facing the sun?

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2017: Greenery

Every year Pantone release what they believe of the colour which symbolizes the upcoming year.  For 2017, the official colour is Greenery, a zesty green shade with yellow tones.

Pantone describe Greenery as -

“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”

How to use ‘Greenery’ in your home

Although initially this colour may not be to everyone’s taste, it’s fresh and natural hue makes it quite versatile in the home.  Greenery can be easily introduced with the addition on fresh plants, subtle accessories or striking upholstery.

‘Greenery’ can also be style in many ways to give completely different looks.  Styling it with white or one or two contrasting colours will give a contemporary look where as teaming it with black and dark browns will create a traditional feel.

Modern:

This look uses a typically Scandinavian piece of furniture covered with a 60’s style fabric called ‘Ferndale’ . The accessories in this room have been kept quite simple in order to let the fabric take centre stage.  Yellow scatter cushions give a burst colour which picks out the yellow tone within the florals in the fabric. 

Traditional:

By using ‘Greenery’ on a velvet trellis design fabric, this look becomes plush and inviting. Gold accessories and dark textured wallpaper only add to the sumptuousness. The detail in this fabric works well with the detail of the mirror and lamps, but the velvet pattern also helps to reflect light and stop the look becoming too dark. 

‘Greenery’ will probably prove to a bit like Marmite when it comes to how popular it is in interior design. However we can’t deny that this colour does add energy and life to a colour scheme.

If you need help giving your home a new look, then why not contact us today, and our friendly local Home Consultant will be able to give you a free no obligation quotation. 

If you fancied seeing how strong your own furniture pricing skills are, then why not have a go at our higher or lower quiz? Let's see if you can spot the furniture bargains!

 

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

Every year Pantone will release what they believe to be the colour that will best represent the world for the upcoming 12 months. For 2016, Pantone have done something different; they have selected two official colours.

Their chosen colours are Rose Quartz & Serenity and are designed to be used together to create a balance and a soft and tranquil tone.

Here is how Pantone describe these colours:

“Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

 

How to use these colours in the home

These pastel shades feel fresh and uplifting compared to 2015’s colour of the year – Marsala, which was an earthy wine tone.

Rose Quartz and Serenity work well in the home, especially when used in accessories or accents.  As these colours are designed to balance each other we suggest trying to use equal amounts of each.  Too much pink and the overall look may be too sickly sweet; too much blue may be too cool. 

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These colours when combined together create a soft retro feel, which would work particularly well with Scandinavian style furniture.

Rose Quartz and Serenity will not be for everyone but will definitely add some fun and freshness to a colour scheme.  What do you think of these colours?  Comment below and tell us whether you’ll be incorporating these colours into your home this year… 

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Trend Alert: All Mapped Out!

Maps are no longer confined to office walls and the boot of your car.  You can use them anywhere from lamp shades, kitchenware and even on upholstery to give your home a sophisticated and worldly feel.

Ways to incorporate the map design trend into your home

Maps are a great way to add a touch of nostalgia to your room.  You could try choosing maps of your favourite countries, or somewhere you’d love to visit one day in the future.  There are many sites online where you can customize accessories (such as the clock and mug below) with places that are special to you and your family.  If you’re feeling creative you could also try making your own feature wall; take a look at our Pinterest board for more inspiration!

Here are some of my favourite ways to incorporate maps into interior design…

What do you think of the map trend? Leave a comment to let us know your favourite way to use it in your home!

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2015 Trend Alert: Marvellous Marble

Marble in interior design is no new trend; marble floors, fireplaces, and tables have been seen in the homes of the rich and famous for years.  This year’s take on the trend is much more affordable, and versatile.

How to use Marble in your home?

Marble is everywhere at the moment from high end designers to high street shops, so there’s no shortage of inspiration around! You can really think outside of the box when looking to incorporate the trend into your home: clocks, bedding and scatter cushions are just some of the unusual accessories that you can find using this decadent design.

A huge advantage of this trend is that you can use it any room to add instant glam and sophistication.  Why not update your tired kitchenware with a marble rolling pin, cutting board, or mug?

Take a look at some of my favourite marble finds…

 What do you think - will you be adding this cool and neutral colour palate to your home? Leave a comment!

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Trend Alert: Clever Copper

Copper has been everywhere in interior design over the last year or so and its popularity doesn’t appear to wavering.  The trend is even taking over our high street stores from light fittings to kitchen utensils and bathroom fixtures. 

Why is this trend so popular?

Stainless steel has been the staple metal of choice in our homes for many years, and so it was difficult to imagine another metallic becoming so popular, however the glamour, grandeur and versatility of Copper has helped propel this hue into our homes.

How to use incorporate the Copper trend into your home?

Whether beaten, aged or shiny, this warm metallic tone is perfect for any season and works well with both vibrant and neutral colour schemes. Team with grey and white for a calm and contemporary feel, dusty pastels for a playful feminine feel, or for an intense and moody vibe - deep indigo blues.

Here are some of my best copper finds..

 

 This colour also looks great on the walls; take a look at the Colour Predictions blog we posted towards the beginning of the year looking at Dulux’s colour of the Year – Copper Orange.

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Trend Alert: Soft Summer Florals

As we approach the summer months, now is the perfect time to incorporate some soft and subtle florals into your home. 

These delicate designs work well in a colour palette of soft pastel shades like the duck egg blues and muted greens (as shown below). When shopping for accessories be on the lookout for pretty wildflower motifs, and try to buy objects in varying sizes to create a layered look.  Mixing different floral patterns can help create that meadow feel, yet still give you an overall co-ordinated look.

Take a look at some of my fabulous floral finds…

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Colour Predictions for 2015

Towards the end of every year industry experts predict what colours they think will dominate in the upcoming year.  With this in mind we thought we’d look at 2 of them and how best to make these colours work for your home.

Pantone: Marsala

Pantone say “Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.”

 

The deep earthy tone of Marsala lends itself to most trends and works well in both traditional and modern decors. A great way to combine the two is add a few retro pieces to an otherwise modern room.  This Persian style is very traditional yet still works well with the clean and simple modern décor of this room. 

 

Marsala also works well when kept simple.  By covering this modern sofa in plain yet luxurious velvet, it really contrasts against rough painted brick walls and white floorboards.

 

As Pantone suggest, accessories are a great way to incorporate Marsala into the home. We’ve picked these below to show how they would work with a complimentary colour palette.   

(Pendant Lamp – Mattermatters.com, Tea Light – H&M, Bowl – M&S, Scatter Cushion – Omega – Berry, Plumbs)

 

Dulux: Copper Orange

Copper Orange is a warm and hue with pastel pink undertones.  This colour works well with lots of other colours, but Dulux have chosen to showcase Copper Orange with brilliant white, salmon pinks, and zesty tangerine.  

 

Using Copper Orange as a solid colour in a matt finish gives a fresh modern look.  The tree in the corner enhances the Mediterranean feel of this tone.

  

Copper Orange has a distinct 60’s feel when combined with pastel shades and copper accessories.

 

We’re sure to see these colours throughout the year, but the most important thing to remember when updating your home is to create a space that works for you.  Trends are great for inspiring us but we should always try and incorporate them with our style.  If you would like any help or advice on updating the furnishings in your home, call Plumbs today for a FREE no obligation quotation.

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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.  

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Marvellous Mulberry

The beginning of September signals the change of season and wills us to create a cosier environment to come home to.

Deep rich Purples, bright Plum tones and paler Mauve hues can create a warm yet sophisticated look and are on trend for the season.  Think sumptuous woven fabrics, fresh flowers and white accessories to offset these opulent colours.

 

These Ashbee and Brydcliffe fabrics are new to the Plumbs Prestige range.  The Mulberry colourway is enhanced with Aubergine scatter cushions and timeless Gold accessories.

 

These bright and bold dining chairs brighten up this neutral kitchen, and make an unusual match for this natural wood table.  The understated accessories and minimal colour used allow these chairs to really stand out against the white washed walls.

 

The Plum Purple tone of this sofa paired with silver accessories makes for a sophisticated look. By using a large mirror the room appears bigger and adds a touch of glamour!

 

This look contrasts a feminine rosette quilt with industrial bed frame and black board wall to create a striking look.  By adding luxurious fabrics in deep Aubergine colours the look has been softened and become much more liveable.

Purple is one of those colours that evokes a sense of royalty and elegance yet often gets assigned to the bedroom.  Hopefully by looking at the way these different shades are used, it will inspire you to think outside the box when redecorating.   If you would like any help choosing a new colour for your furniture, request a free home visit from one of our expert Plumbs consultants.

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