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How to Be Pretty in Pink


At the height of summer, fragrant blush coloured blooms illuminate our gardens and we are drawn to fling open our windows to experience the sun-warmed aroma of roses, peonies and hydrangea.  Our kitchens are filled with the scent of fresh herbs and new cut flowers; we crave colour and light. Pink is the perfect summer colour; rich yet fresh, bright yet not cloying (if used correctly). It works whether plain or pattern, in simple linen or rich velvet, in a hot, vivid hue or a gentle pastel.

Rich Simplicity


This rich Fuchsia furnishing fabric, plain yet adorned with simple cushions, is called Hampstead. This quality woven fabric is available for footstools, chairs, dining chairs and conservatory style furniture, making it perfect for co-ordinated looks if you want a pink haven. It works beautifully paired with lighter pinks, or with completely contrasting fabrics; a soft velvet cream for example, or a chenille stripe. Why not try sewing your own? It's super easy, especially if you use an 'envelope' or button closure (no zip sewing required!).

 

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Candy Stripes


These candy striped 'Catherine' blinds are fun, feminine and summery. They'll keep the midday sun at bay, and provide a gorgeous border for your freshly scrubbed windows. They are designed to be paired with the Catherine's Garden range - suitable for sofas and curtains – another summer classic, a sweet floral in pink and white. The patterned, lighter hue co-ordinates well the plainer, stronger colour of the Hampstead fabric.


As the perfect summer day draws to a close, why not relax with a cream topped pink hot chocolate, and watch the sun set in the comfort of your cosy pink home.

If you want your home to be pretty in pink, contact Plumbs for a home visit, or else browse our vast selection of upholstery fabrics for a new look today!

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Transform Your Lounge in an Afternoon

Summer is the perfect season to brighten and refresh your home's décor. However it's also the time when many of us want to be outdoors in the sunshine – not hanging curtains and sweeping the pantry! Fortunately you can completely transform your lounge in the space of a Bank Holiday afternoon – with sofa covers, scatter cushions and even some easy-to-hang curtains.

Loose Covers



Sofa and suite covers are an absolute lifesaver for the decorator in a hurry. Regardless of the size or shape of your furniture, you can get attractive and professional stretchy loose covers designed and sewn to fit your sofa perfectly. Simply book a no obligation sofa cover consultation, and get your covers measured and fitted. When they arrive (delivered for free!), you can simply pop them on, and voila! Washable, perfectly fitting covers for your stunning 'new' sofa.

Eyelet Curtains

 

Getting a pair of beautiful, custom made curtains made is a worthwhile investment, especially if you have bay windows or another unusual shape. Eyelet curtains are the easiest kind to hang once they are made; simply 'thread' the curtain pole through the eyelets, replace on top of the struts and affix. They can be easily accessorised with braided, twisted or silken curtain ties, or simply left loose for an attractive, carefree look.

Scatter Cushions


Cushions are one of the easiest ways to transform a space; you can have them made in the same fabric as your curtains, for example, and create a matching look, or opt for a bold contrast. All you need do with these versatile accessories is arrange them prettily; adorning a sofa, placed on the ground for an al fresco air, or brightening a window seat.

If you want to transform your lounge in an afternoon, let us do the preparation for you – all you need to do is get in touch for custom made stretch loose covers, bespoke curtains and a selection of scatter cushions made to your specifications. Contact us today on 0800 019 0505!

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Discover Home Accessories for Small Spaces

Summer is a great time to update your home, but if you have a more compact space - for example an apartment or smaller house - it can be difficult to introduce new elements without making your home look cluttered and 'busy'. However, carefully selected home accessories are an affordable and easy way to make your space seem lighter, brighter and bigger.

Loose Covers


A new set of lovely sofa covers can be easily slipped over shabby or worn upholstery to give your room a new lease of life. This textured oatmeal fabric, combined with plump cushions, will give your home a fresh, seaside air that is open and inviting – and from a practical perspective, will reflect more light than darker colours, making the creamy, natural colour much more suitable for the summer months. Additionally, loose covers can be easily washed, easily replaced, and pressed, so are far easier to maintain than normal upholstery solutions (a boon for grandparents and pet owners).

Curtains


Remember that small spaces can be easily overwhelmed by curtains that have too much texture, colour and bulk. Think light; ideally you want light coloured, lightweight and light reflecting. In practice, this means white or cream colours, plain and in thin, weighted cotton or a firm yet breathable linen. You can pair them with translucent voiles for privacy, and keep them tied back to frame your window panes, keeping the windows open to stimulate air flow.

Scatter Cushions


Cool blue scatter cushions are the perfect accompaniment to a summer living room. In plain fabrics, the colour is calming, unobtrusive and gives an otherwise light, airy room a colourful focal point that makes an impact without overpowering the other elements in the room. If placed strategically they can seem to expand the room, especially if situated in the corners, opposite a reflective surface.

Finishing Touches

Larkspurs are one of the official flowers of July. A simple bunch, slipped into a tall glass vase with a handful of baby's breath, will instantly brighten the dullest of spaces. A mirror, affixed to the wall, will reflect and lengthen the room, making it seem more spacious. Lights should be placed near corners to enliven high ceilings, and ideally so that they reflect within the windows and mirror.

What are your top tips for making the most of a small space?

Remember, you can purchase curtains, loose covers and home accessories from our website. Contact us today for a free, no obligation quote!

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Oriental Nights

One of the latest trends in the world of interior design has a distinctly oriental flavour.   Don't worry, we aren't suggesting wind chimes, dragon patterned drapes, or katana swords wired onto your living room walls.  This is a mature, sophisticated riff on the patterns and colours of the Orient, based on rich dyes and intricate designs that took talented craftsmen centuries to perfect.

Designer Carmen Marc Volvo once explained his love of Pantone's Poppy Red as "a reflection of the Oriental influence on interior design", a love which is currently experiencing a careful resurgence in chic homes across Britain.

Oriental Adventures


These Elana Lipstick curtains, in pink and gold, are a bold centrepiece for any room, drawing on the colour pink, a summer favourite. The gold references the costly embroidery typical in many an Oriental home. Here the curtains are paired with black, gold, and a beautiful matching plant in the same bright hue. Pink is a beautiful colour, however it may be challenging for some when it's this bright, especially in a main room.

Oriental Escape


You can channel the oriental trend in a more subtle way by upholstering an elegant easy chair with this delicious, kimono silk inspired fabric. It retains the exquisite patterning of the Orient in a less bold but still beautiful colourway. Pair this delightfully subtle chair with genuine – or high quality reproductions – of antiques from Japanese history. You can buy these from Etsy or Ebay, but do check how long they've been trading and their feedback to avoid being ripped off. Or else consider purchasing some vintage oriental fabric and making your own.

The Orient Express


For a quick, yet no less exciting nod to the Oriental trend, why not try these dining chair covers in Mandalay's red fabric? China has a long association with red dyes, exploiting the properties of the madder root, and safflower, to achieve beautifully rich hues. These loose covers, in a rich red, accented by the golden foliage and swirls so typical of oriental affluence, will give instant life to a neutral and pedestrian living room. Pair with soft golden accessories and a burnished copper lampshade for an exotic yet elegant look.

Remember, Plumbs offer free, no obligation advice in your own home, and a chance to browse fabric samples at your leisure. If your furniture needs a new look, and you want a bespoke, high quality solution, contact us today!

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