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Highlights of the Ideal Home Show 2016

The Ideal Home Show is one of our favourite events each year with its mix of interiors, gardens, food and drink.  This year was one the biggest and best yet and we were also proud to be one of this year’s sponsors!

There’s so much to see at this show, so if you didn’t get chance to attend this year, we’ve put together just a few of the highlights..

Ideal Home Show Entrance

The show was back at London Olympia for the second time.  This huge venue was the perfect place for the vast array of exhibitors, restaurants, bars, and show houses.

Ideal Home Show Inside 

For the first time ever Plumbs sponsored the Grand Hall Tea Rooms.  If you had chance to go for afternoon tea you will have sat on one of our beautiful fabrics – Botanical GardensTake a tour around the tea room.

Tea Room 

Plumbs were also asked to provide some furniture for the ‘Traditional British Home’ show house designed by Linda Barker. We choose this simple yet stylish arm chair covered in one of most popular fabrics – Chelsea Velvet. This fabric worked really well with the Teal in the living room colour scheme.

Chair In Show Home 

Walking around the show, we also got to see the room sets designed by Good Homes Magazine.  Our favourites were the bedroom with its subtle muted colour palette and natural textures.

Bedroom Room Set 

The dining room also a highlight, we loved the pastel pink and yellow walls work with an eclectic mix of accessories and prints.

Dining Room Room Set 

This really is only a snap shot of the things to see at the Ideal Home Show, so we hope we’ve inspired you to take a trip next year or see us at one of upcoming events this year.

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How to change the ambience of your room with these simple steps

You’ve spent months looking at paint samples and carefully choosing furniture, but as you stand back and admire your new room something doesn’t quite feel right.  The things we often don’t consider when redesigning a room are the small tricks and tricks that can make all the difference to the room’s ambience.

Here’s our top tips on how to give your home that much needed warmth and style..

1. Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important yet over looked factors when designing the layout of a room.  The right lighting can help change the flow, define different areas and add atmosphere to a space.

Use lamps and fittings with down lighting, as this gives off a soft glow perfect for when you want to create a cosier atmosphere at night.  If you have a dining area in your living room this is a great place to install lighting above. The lighting will help to zone the area away from the rest of the room and is also practical when eating at night.

Dining Lighting  

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 Lightning 2

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2. Mirrors

Using mirrors to make spaces feel bigger is no new trick but can be an important one none the less. They are not only functional but can also add detail and decoration to the room.

Large ornate mirrors make great focal points in a space and will trick the eye.  A good tip when hanging a mirror is to try and place it across from a window. This will bounce the light back into the room and make it feel much more open.

Venetian Mirror 

Mirror 2 

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3. Textures

Adding different textures to the room not only creates layers and adds depth; it’s also a subtle alternative to using lots of colour.   If your colour scheme is quite neutral mixing textures helps prevent the room from looking too flat, whilst giving the space a sense of warmth and comfort.

Textures are also a great way to bring a sense of nature in doors. Faux fur, plants and wood grain

Hannah Blackmore Interiors White  

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Texture 

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4. Decorative Accessories

Candles are a great way to create atmosphere in a room but they work even better when mixed with interesting decorative accessories. When choosing accessories for your home it’s important to think about what they will add to the room.  Avoid choosing things to fill spaces on a shelf or to fit in with a ‘theme’ - chances are you won’t love it and will be tempted to change it at a later date.

Instead it’s best to choose things that you love and reflect your personality.  Think about your favourite plants, prints by an artist you admire or items you’ve picked up on your travels.  

 Decorative Accessories

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Decorative Accessories 2 

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5. Add a rug

Rugs are great because not only are they very practical they can also dramatically alter the way a room feels. There are so many options when choosing a rug for your room to consider, allowing you to add more colour or pattern to a room or soften the look of bare floors.

One design rule to consider when buying a rug is choosing a size big enough to slide under the front legs of sofas and chairs in a seating arrangement – this will help zone the area, and the rug will feel more proportional to the size of your room.

Navy Rug 

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Rug 2 

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I hope we’ve inspired you to add some interesting and personal touches to your home to bring it back to life!  Tell us your plans in the comments section below…

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Plumbs at the Ideal Homes Show London 2016

We’re back at the Ideal Home Show on the 18th March at London Olympia and we’re excited to announce we will be one of the events sponsors this year!

Over the past few weeks we’ve been busy preparing for the upcoming show, and this year we can be sure that our stand will be the best it’s ever been!  We’ll be bringing some of our newest fabrics designs, as well as offering fabulous deals exclusive to the show. What’s more we will also be running some very exciting competitions.

 Ideal Home Show

There’s so much to do at this show whether you’re interested in homes, garden, beauty, food, fashion and technology. One of the highlights we’re really excited about this year are the show houses which are great for you’re looking for some innovative design ideas and you may even see a Plumbs fabric in there too.

If you do happen to come along to the show this year, make sure to book a table at the Grand Tea Rooms, we’re sure that after an afternoon perusing the show you’ll need a well-deserved rest. You’ll also get to see the furniture we’ve helped transform - giving the tea rooms a soft vintage look.  

We’ll be at stand L551 in the Interiors section – so pop over and say hello, and if you can’t make it to this show why not take a look at upcoming list of events and find one near you…

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“I don’t like our throwaway culture” – designer Orla Keily speaks out

Designer Orla Kiely is most recognised for her simple and repetitive floral print which has adorned the likes of tote bags, clothing, and home furnishings for around the last 15 years. 

Dublin born Orla began her career designing hats, which after branching out to bags and accessories also lead her into the world of interior design.  Her retro designs lend themselves perfectly to the Scandinavian style which is hugely popular today.

“Modernism had a huge impact on Kiely, 52. “Growing up in the late 60s and 70s I was very aware of modernism. And as a student in the 80s (in Dublin and London) I was always hunting out modernist vintage, and of course the Scandinavian look.” Rosie Millard from the Radio Times.

Orla Kiely 

Orla Kiely expressed that although her designs are featured on numerous products, she hopes people who buy her items will keep them forever.  This philosophy of keeping and looking after the things we buy is something that resonates with Orla “I don’t like our throwaway culture. It’s very sad when you see sofas chucked out on the front doorstep. I love things that last. My mother would have re-covered a sofa. When I grew up, it was always about giving things a new lift. I like that.” . 

This way of thinking is one that we hope will catch on soon, as the latest figures show that around 672,000 tonnes of furniture is thrown away each year, with currently only 17% being recycled.  These figures seem even more shocking when we take into consideration the amount of CO2 needed to produce new pieces of furniture and thus the increasing strain on the planet. (See our infographic for more information)

It’s great to hear people of the design industry with the same philosophy as ours and we are lucky enough to even have one of Orla Kiely’s designs in our Prestige Collection.  Our Amari fabric shown below in Graphite colourway can be made into loose covers or used to reupholster a tired piece of furniture.

AMI GPH P1

If you would like to give a beloved item of furniture a new lease of life then why not speak to one of expert Home Consultants by contacting us today  for a FREE no obligation quotation.

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