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Exotic Interiors

It’s that exciting time of year when most of us are eagerly anticipating our Summer holidays.  However if you’re not off abroad this year, we’ve collated a range of looks that will take you right back to your favourite holiday memories!

Modern Moroccan

Moroccan design is all about strong colours and eclectic accessories.  Think intricate woodwork, Gold and Copper accents, and jewelled tones.  To make this look work in your home, I suggest keeping to one or two colours throughout the scheme.

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French Chic

French style is all about soft whites, antique furniture and an abundance of florals.   This style will work well in all types of homes, but is more suited to a country cottage type setting.  This look can be achieved by renovating existing tired furniture, simply by painting white and distressing. 

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African Influences

Natural materials are a strong theme throughout African design.  Wood, stone, and animal skins are typical trends found in this part of the world.  To recreate a similar look at home keep fabrics neutral, go for dark and imperfect wooden furniture (such as stools and coffee tables), and accessorise with artefacts.

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White walls and linens keep the Grecian look fresh and by adding patterns or ‘keys’ around borders (cushions and rugs work particularly well) you can create a visually interesting look.  Although Blue and White are the most popular colour combination when we think of Greece, a monochrome look can achieve the same look but with a modern twist.

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Going global when looking for interior design inspiration gives us a huge amount of styles, colours and trends to choose from.  You may want to think back to previous holidays and where you’ve felt most comfortable, or be inspired by somewhere you’ve always dreamed of visiting. 

If you would like help creating an exotic new look, contact Plumbs today and one of our expert Home Consultants will talk you through our range of furniture fabrics, curtains, and blinds.


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If You Go Down Into The Woods Today

Towards the end of 2013, interior design had taken a trip into the woodlands.  Foliage prints and wallpapers, natural woods, and animal motifs crept into interior design magazines and homes and this design trend is set to carry through into this year and be bigger than ever.

Taking inspiration from nature is perfect if you want to mix classic designs with quirky and interesting pieces.  You can achieve this look in varying degrees either by adding a few accessories or upcycling some pieces you already own, such as benches, sofas and chairs.  A relatively neutral colour scheme of crisp White, deep Browns, and Greens helps complement bolder pieces and indulgent fabrics.



The natural colours of this beautiful check wool fabric (Skye in Heather) evokes thoughts of long walks in the woods, roaring fires and help bring out the dark wooden features of furniture such as this stunning reupholstered Wing back chair.  This fabric suits the rustic accessories of the image above such as chunky wooden furniture and aged candle holder, to really let the fabric stand out I would keep the walls neutral and use natural flooring


Scatter cushions are probably the quickest and easiest way to achieve this trend on a budget.  Depending on your sofa and décor you can choose bolder styles or keep it simple with black and white prints such as this wolf design.  Scatter cushions like this work beautifully when paired with faux fur throws in inviting Mink hues.  

ScatterStag Head

Faux Stag heads are a huge trend at the moment whether on prints like this scatter cushion or as decorative art such as this green and white piece.  You can pick up items in varying styles and colours, so will fit in to most decors.


These wall stickers are great if you don’t want to commit to wallpaper as they’re easy to apply, usually quite inexpensive and can be removed when you want try something new.  Choose one wall to feature on and keep all other wall art and shelving to a minimum so draw attention to your design.

If you would like any help updating your furniture contact us today for a FREE no obligation quote, and your local Home Consultant will talk you through a range of fabrics and co-ordination options.



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London Fashion Week

It’s never too early to look ahead when it comes to London Fashion Week, so we thought we’d take a look at what colour trends have been on the catwalk for next Spring/Summer, to help you co-ordinate your home with your wardrobe.

Emilia Wickstead’s Spring/Summer looks for 2014 were all about block colour in blues, yellows and pastel pinks, only broken up with a few striped pieces.  Designs were simple, feminine and elegant which meant the real focus was on the beautiful shades of colour.  Plain coloured fabrics look great in the home too, especially on sofas to showcase good simple design.  Our Maddison fabric in Cornflower is the perfect way to add a splash of colour to your living room and can also be placed with bold throws and cushions for a complementary look.

London Fashion Week

Emilia Wickstead


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Temperley London showcased pinks, plums and reds for their show, in floor length embelished skirts and dresses. "It’s about complete romance; a Sicilian dream; a tropical mood in a Mediterranean environment” says Alice Temperley ( This femine and romantic look can be achieved using our Elite fabric in Crocus designed by Wilmans.  Complete the look with clashing textures or by using floral and striped cushions together for a contrasting look.



London Fashion Week
Temperley London







A fresh, clean breeze is sweeping aside all the fuss and frills for next spring”, says fashion writer Alison Lynch (Metro Blog), and that’s definitely clear to see when you look at Emilia Wickstead’s clean cut shapes and vibrant yellow and green shades.  These colours will work perfectly next season, with block colour outfits or our simple Panama Loose Covers (shown in Lime) being dressed up or down with accessories to keep up with current trends.



London Fashion Week
Emilia Wickstead



Loose Covers



Bora Aksu uses handmade Turkish textiles with crocheted pieces and sheer panels in his collection.  He mainly used soft colours such as pale blues but also included this showstopping colour on a floor length gown.  You can make an impression in your home with similar bold tones, using our Perdita fabric in Scarlett.  Teamed with neutral walls and splashes of red accessories, this look definitely has that wow factor.


London Fashion Week
Bora Aksu



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Be Inspired by… The Secret Garden

The classic children's book by Frances Hodgson Burnett has been a source of inspiration to children (and gardeners!) since its publication in 1911. The motif of a secret, secluded and private garden, where people are transformed and made happier, is an appealing one. The garden itself could have been labelled an experiment in wilderness gardening; bulbs, wildflowers and trees rejuvenate with a small amount of (non-invasive) human interest. You may not have outdoor space that can be sculpted into a miniature garden of Eden, but you can create a private nook that is just for you.

The Indoor Garden

This is a phenomenon popularised by the space-conscious Japanese, which has been taken up by city bound dwellers who wish to go beyond the usual house plants and herbs, with climbing plants, indoor planters filled with earth and hedges or flowers and some even with water features. A conservatory is often the best place to start if you want to reference this trend, due to the natural light and warmth they are privy to. To get that authentic, 'Secret Garden' look, grow winding, wild pink roses around an indoor arbour.

The Cosy Sofa


Our attractive 'Secret Garden' loose covers feature the trailing flowers and wild beauty that characterised the novel so well, and are fully washable if you want to use them in your conservatory space with indoor garden. This romantic floral can be highlighted to stunning effect as part of a window seat reading nook, and can be matched with curtains in the same fabric.

The Garden Table

An essential ingredient in the romantic, Victorian style idyll is a lacework iron table, either a vintage piece or a good reproduction, to use as a repository for books and drinks. It will complement the fabric of your sofa and the lush roses climbing around your indoor arbour, and the pattern of the metal is distinctive without being obtrusive.

If you want to create your own secret garden, contact Plumbs today for a free, no obligation home visit, or else browse our vast selection of re-upholstery fabrics for a new look today!


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