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Decor is for life not just for Christmas!

Every year we are wowed by the newest Christmas displays, the trendiest colour schemes and the most eclectic mix of decorations to choose from.  But why should this fun occasion with it's mix of traditional and continually daring palettes, be reserved for only once a year?

Simple.  It shouldn't.  So Plumbs have been trawling the shops for Christmas decorations which can inspire a year round look in your home.  We've scoured the top high street shops and found four great seasonal decorations which got our creative juices flowing.

Red/White schemes -  one of the most famous colour schemes for Christmas.  Think Christmas stockings and candy canes.  See how we've taken inspiration from Marks and Spenser's red and white snowflakes to create this stunning, romantic room set.



Gold/Silver/White - an elegant classic for Christmas, this colour scheme works well all year round to create a sophisticated, rich look to any room.  We've used this novel bauble wreath from BHS as inspiration for our luxurious living room.



Blue/White - A popular alternative to the warmth of reds and golds, this icy palette is great for a winter wonderland as well as a cool and calm feel to your room.  We looked at these Blue and White Baubles from thechristmasboutique.co.uk for inspiration here.





Purple, Green and Blue - Emerging over the last couple of years in all major department stores and high street shops, this new fun colour scheme is great for adding colour to your home throughout the year.  We love these purple and green baubles from John Lewis and came up with a vibrant room set as a result.





So, when you're decorating your tree this year, keep in mind the many possibilities that the festive season could hold for your future decorating.  For more inspirational ideas, visit our fabric range here.

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Choosing your colour Schemes with Feng Shui

When it comes to decorating a new room, the first thing that a lot of us may consider is the colour scheme.  But where to start?  With so many shades available on the market today it can be difficult to make a decision that's right for you.

We could turn to the ancient art and Science of Feng Shui.  Developed over 3000 years ago, the Chinese concept of Feng Shui is suggested to bring good fortune, improve health and strengthen relationships.  In the current climate, we could all do with a little boost of well-being.  So let’s get started!

The direction of your room will determine the colours that would be best for you.  Using a compass, stand in the centre of your house and find the direction of your room (from the centre).  Now see below for the colour scheme that would best suit your room:

My room is North

Reds are a great colour for these rooms.



My room is North West

Blues, Purples and Reds are good here.




My room is North East

Pinks, Reds and Whites work well in this direction




My room is  South

Black and Dark Tones work best here




My room is South West

Blacks, Blues and Greens are all suitable for this direction






My room is South East

White, Grey and Black are perfect here




My room is West

Blues and Greens are good in this direction




My room is East

White and Pastel colours will go well here



Why not click here and view our fabric range by colour for more inspiration.

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Fit for a queen: our New Royal Collection fabrics

Like the majority of the population, this year's Royal Wedding sent Plumbs into a spin of delight.  We’ve enjoyed every minute of it, taking any opportunity to commemorate the biggest event of the year.


Since we held our Royal competition in Spring, we have been working on bringing out a commemorative range of fabrics to remember and reflect the beauty of that special day.

And now they’re here!  Roll out the red carpet and make way for our beautiful new Royal Collection.  These co-ordinating designs consist of a semi-plain, floral, mini leaf design and stripe. It’s amazing how many different looks you can create by simply mixing and matching the fabrics.  The Royal Collection is available in 3 colourways: Ruby, Pink and Soft Gold.  We’ve also included a cream semi-plain to help bring the looks together.



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Three Cheers for the Three Hills Action Trust


Plumbs has joined forces with Jim and Marian Ewen, our Consultants in the Rutland and Cambridge area, to help spread the word about their new charity.  ‘Three Hills Action Trust’ was founded by the couple following an eye-opening trip to Kenya in 2009.  Whilst enjoying their dream holiday, the Ewens volunteered to journey up-country to the Nguu Tatu district –otherwise known as ‘The Three Hills’.

Marian recalls the experience: ‘The children were malnourished, receiving only one small cup of porridge per day.  The school was a broken mud hut and the children only had broken pencils and scraps of paper.’

On returning home, the ‘Three Hills Action Trust’ was born.  In it’s short life-time, the charity has so far set up a food programme, built a classroom, funded chicken farms, piped water to the village and funded adult literacy classes.


Now, Jim and Marian have enlisted our support to help draw attention to the charity and raise funds for the trust.  It’s been great to see so many staff keen to help in any way they can.  20 Plumbs employees have already signed up to tackle the infamous ‘Three Peaks Challenge’ in May next year.  They are hoping to raise £5000 for the charity by walking up the three biggest mountains in the UK, in just 24 hours!

Chris Plumb, organiser of the event says ‘the enthusiasm of the staff to get on board with this fundraising event has been phenomenal.’  He continues to congratulate the Ewens: ‘I think what the Ewens have done is inspirational and I can assure that they have Plumbs’ full support in making a difference to the Three Hills district in Kenya.’

Click here to find out more about the Three Hills Action Trust and stay posted to hear more on our Three Peaks Challenge in the new year.

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