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Whether you’re nestled in the countryside or right in the middle of the city, your home is sure to see a rise in visitors over the coming season. Friends and family will soon be making the rounds to wish you good tidings and you’ll find yourself retreating indoors as the weather cools.
Ensure you have a beautiful and inviting home with some of my top tips for preparing for winter…
Inspired by Pantone Colours Silver Grey, Ivory Cream & Jet Black
- Octavia, Parchment - Made-to-Measure Curtains - Plumbs
- Branch Candelabra - John Lewis
- Silver Love Wall Art - Very
- Luxury Ravello, Rich Cream - Reupholstery by Plumbs
- Faux Fur Sheepskin Black Rug - Quality Rugs Online
Now is the perfect time to invest in some good quality, lined curtains! With curtains drawn for longer, it’s nice to pick a design that adds interest to your room. Plus, lined curtains will help reduce energy loss and keep your room warm!
For me, winter is all about curling up in mounds of cushions and soft luxurious fabrics! Velvets and Chenilles really come into their own this time of year offering a beautiful feel. This Luxury Ravello fabric even gives a beautifully subtle sheen!
Black and Gold are a great contrast for creating a luxurious look. Adding silver metallic accessories will help to lighten the overall palette. The branch candelabra is a great touch for a wintry feel!
Inspired by Pantone colours Mosaic Blue, Purple Magic & Steel Grey
- Silver Tree Stem Floor Lamp - Coach House
- Chelsea Velvet, Teal - Reupholstery by Plumbs
- Cottonwood Leaf Metallic Wallpaper - Laura Ashley
- Mini Glass Lantern Two Tone Purple - Home Home Home
- Plum Pudding Collection Lady Figurine - Dunelm Mill
- Astoria Mirror Console Table - John Lewis
- Spider Purple Rug - Rugs Centre
Rich Teals and Purples can be a contemporary alternative this season. Use alongside a neutral palette of white and silver for a balanced look.
You could opt for an eye catching occasional chair in a stunning colour like this Chelsea Velvet – Teal; or choose a large, plush plum rug to accentuate your seating area.
Again, metallic accessories can be so effective this time of year. You could even add to your wintry wonderland with twig designs for your wallpaper and furniture. This is a popular trend at the moment so there are plenty of great finds around!
Every now and then we can become tired with our furniture. Staring at the same old design can become tedious, or it may even have seen better days. But fear not! There is an easy way for you to revive your sofa or suite by becoming your very own furniture designer!
Reupholstery allows you to take the reins and turn your furniture into something truly unique for you and your home. I've compiled a list of just some of the ways you can individualise your furniture with reupholstery.
The quickest way to give your furniture a unique look is by choosing a brand new fabric that is right for you. It's amazing the difference a fresh new colour and new design can make to your sofa.
If you currently have plain, modest fabrics why not opt for a radical burst of colour for a dramatic transformation. Or if you're simply looking to refresh your suite, choose a similar design that you know will fit with the rest of your room. Sometimes just a new take on a traditional design can be all your furniture needs to look fresh and new!
There is so much choice when it comes to fabric design so be creative and have fun with it! Remember you can mix and match fabrics, so you could choose a bold design for your feature sofa with a more subtle fabric for your chairs. Or if you're looking for something with real 'wow' why not opt for a different fabric for your seat cushions and a co-ordinating fabric for the base!
Remember, at Plumbs we have over 600 fabric options and colourways to choose from so you can find the perfect look for your home!
If you want a completely new look, reupholstery can help by maintaining (or taking away) features like button backs or piping. Button backs can give furniture a grand, luxury feel especially when combined with a luxurious fabric such as a chenille or velvet. Similarly you could change the entire look and feel of your button backed sofa by simply reupholstering over this feature to give a smooth, modern finish.
Adding piping to your furniture can give a subtle change when using the same fabric as your furniture, adding definition to the shape. For an original look you could even consider contrast piping, using a completely different colour to the main fabric. This can look particularly effective on occasional furniture.
Furniture can be given a new look and feel simply by changing or adding castors or feet. You may be surprised to discover the variety of shapes and sizes that are available out there, and the different effects they can have on your furniture. Knowing what styles to choose can be a minefield so get to know your options and how they can add to your current furniture.
For example, if you have a traditional piece but are looking to add a modern edge, try to find angular, metallic feet which can give a great contrast, or look for bun feet, which are a chunkier design. Combining modern and traditional elements is a popular way to renew your furniture and bring it up to date whilst being respectful of its traditional qualities.
Not only are furniture feet a great way of individualising your favourite sofa or chair, they also have a number of more practical plus points! Since feet come in all different sizes, you could alter the height of your furniture, making it more comfortable for your specific needs. Adjustable feet are a great way to combat uneven floors and a good advantage of opting for castors is that furniture can become easier to move around. So if you prefer to pull your favourite armchair a little closer to the fire, you can do so with ease.
Although we don't supply furniture feet, our re-upholsterers are more than happy to add your own new feet or castors whilst working on your furniture.
THE FINAL RESULT
With a choice of fabrics, features and feet options there are almost endless combinations that can be created with reupholstery, resulting in truly unique furniture that is exactly how you want it!
Remember, Plumbs offer free no-obligation advice and a chance to browse through our fabric range in your own home. So next time you're fed up with your furniture, why not take a look at how we could help you give it a unique make over!
With just 47 days left to go until Christmas what perfect way to indulge in interior design and Christmas decor bliss than at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas! The event, held at Earl's Court, London this week between 14th - 18th November promises to be full to the brim with sparkle, home craft and decor inspiration. Plus, this year we're joining in the fun for the first time ever! Why not come along to our stand (1N70) and say hello - we'd love to see you there!
Here's a little of what you can expect for this great day out...
The show has everything from Interiors and Furnishings to Food and Drink, and the latest festive fashions. Highlights of the event will include Christmas Room Sets designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen; a helpful ‘How to’ theatre full of DIY projects and craft idea; a winter catwalk and many more festive treats!
Over at the Plumbs stand we will have our very own reupholsterer Mick Delaney (as seen on TV!) who will be demonstrating the art of reupholstery live and in real time. Mick and handful of our consultants will be on hand to answer any of your reupholstery or loose cover questions.
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We will be taking all of our 600+ fabrics with us to Earl's Court so you can get a real feel for exactly what we have to offer for transforming your furniture. With the festive season approaching and the new year just peeking above the horizon - now is the perfect time to consider a new look for your home.
So why not bring your family and friends and be inspired at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas! You won't be disappointed!