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Archive for February 2012

Plumbs - Local to you!

Many of our customers search for local services, so we’re working to make your search a little easier.  With Plumbs offering a local Home Consultancy service and we often use local upholsterers across the UK, we’ve teamed up with other local businesses to bring you the best services close to you.

Our new website, Re-upholstery Oxford, for example, explains Plumbs service in the Oxford area, as well as highlighting a number of local upholstery cleaners to help keep your transformed furniture looking at its best.


Click here to find your local Home Consultant and stay tuned for more news of Plumbs services in your area.


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Design Explained: Modern Vs Contemporary

How would you describe this look?

Some of you may say modern, others will say contemporary, but which is technically correct?  Like many of you, I find it difficult to distinguish between the two design terms, so we’ve put together a quick guide for getting your design lingo the right way round!

Common Features

One of the main reasons why it’s so hard to tell apart what’s ‘modern’ and what’s ‘contemporary’ is that they do share some common features. Clean, straight lines with industrial materials and a neutral palette can be found in both design movements.

Key Features of ‘Modern’ Home Design

'Modern' design originated in the 1920’s and sought to transform the more detailed shapes of earlier design periods into simpler, abstract pieces.  A key aim of modern design is to highlight simple form and function, meaning streamlined, uncomplicated furniture.

In keeping with the simpler design idea, 'Modern' interiors often come with large bare walls, creating the ideal backdrop for showcasing vibrant artwork and accessories.  Geometric patterns in textiles, and natural materials such as leather and teak woods, feature heavily in 'Modern' design.

Key Features of ‘Contemporary’ Design

Unlike ‘Modern’ design, ‘Contemporary’ design is an ever-changing movement, depending on what’s current.  At the moment, 'Contemporary' design is interested in reinterpreting more conventional styles, again opting for more linear, cleaner designs.

It is in 'Contemporary' design where you are likely to find more minimalist interiors, concentrating on the bar essentials needed for that room.  'Contemporary' design often combines calm palettes and sleek finishes with edgier textures and pops of bright accents colours.  Polished marble, chrome and gloss surfaces are present in current 'Contemporary' homes.

In summary, 'Modern' design emanates a retro feel, whereas 'Contemporary' design can seem more futuristic in its styling.  So, looking again at our original image – is this modern or contemporary?  We’ll let you decide.


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Creating a Focal Point in your Home

It can be difficult to know how to arrange your furniture.  Do you follow latest trends, give Feng Shui a go, or do whatever works for you?  I would always go for the latter, but at the same time I’d need to know my room had a specific focus; a spot or area that draws the eye and brings the whole look together.

Once you’ve decided on a focal point, the rest should come easy.  You can harmoniously arrange the rest of your furniture around that one point. Simple!  All you need to do is figure out your focal point, and how to best enhance it.

Architectural Focal Point

For some, you may be lucky enough to have some significant architectural feature that lends itself as an obvious choice.  This could be a fireplace, an interesting alcove or even large windows.  Bay windows are particularly striking as a focal point.  They can be dressed elaborated and your main furniture positioned to accentuate the feature.  The light will also illuminate your furniture, creating a feeling of space.

Social Focal Point

Often the living room is the hub of the home, a place to relax and enjoy time socially with family and friends.  If this most suits your lifestyle, you may choose to make the social area your focal point.  Mixing fabrics and furniture styles can bring great interest to socially clustered furniture.

Feature Wall Focal Point

You can create a stunning focal point in even the simplest of rooms by creating a feature wall.  A popular trends with designers and home-owners alike, there is a whole wealth of beautiful wallpaper designs for such a purpose.  Innovative paint designs and wall decals also give great effects.

How do you like to create focal points in your home? Drop us a comment – we’d love to know!


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Home Decor that's Good Enough to Eat!

Happy Pancake Day!

While your tucking into your pancakes today, whether they’re savoury or sweet, spare a thought for the delicious texture and colour combinations that you’ve created!  Remember, you can take inspiration from all areas of life for decorating your home, and yes, that even includes Pancake Day!!  A luxury treat like this can pave the way to an equally luxurious home.  See how we’ve brought these scrumptious golden tones together to create a beautiful room set for decadent fabric ‘Luxury Ravello’.

Why not try it yourself, or browse our fabric range for more inspiration.


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