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Go Graphic with Geometrics

Geometric patterns are one of the most versatile and biggest trends this year.  You can create a range of different looks from modern to retro, depending on the scale of the pattern and the colours used within your look.  We thought we’d take a look at some of the best patterns out there and how to co-ordinate them into your home.

L75 Cgl P1 

Two of our newest fabrics, these beautiful geometric prints, by Linwood have given this trend a distinctively retro feel.  These fabrics work especially well on 60’s and 70’s inspired furniture, but can also be contrasted with a few interesting modern accessories to keep this look up-to- date.

Grey Wallpaper

This cool grey wallpaper is a modern take on the geometrics trend. The angular pattern works well when contrasted with natural woods, and contemporary chrome accessories.


The soft earthy browns and teal greens of these prints gives the geometric pattern an Indian influence.  This timeless fabric would look great teamed with metallic accessories and splashes of reds and oranges to really carry the Indian theme through.


The busy and colourful geometric print of this bed spread contrasts beautifully with the cold, white brick walls.  The miss match of prints on the scatter cushions adds a slight Aztec feel to this look, and the bold reds, yellows, and oranges also makes this fabric perfect for Spring/Summer.

 Bold Chair

This chair has been reupholstered in a handmade vintage fabric in a geometric print in vivid colours.  This bold one of a kind chair would make a great statement piece in a neutral and contemporary room.


If bold prints aren’t your thing, then how about a geometric piece of furniture or an angulated accessory?  This stunning mirror would work in most decors and will bounce light around a room beautifully.

This trend is something everyone can work with in their home, whether you want to cover a whole wall in a strong and colourful pattern, or use a few scatter cushions to brighten up a piece of tired furniture.

If you would help incorporating prints into your home, through reupholstery or sofa covers contact Plumbs today for a FREE no obligation quotation from one of our expert Home Consultants.


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Pretty Pastels

Over the last year Grey took over from Magnolia as our fall back colour of choice for interiors, but this is set to be challenged.  Pastel shades such as muted greens, powdery blues, buttercup yellows and soft pinks are beginning to fill interior design mags and blogs, so you may be surprised at how modern and versatile this look can be.


Offsetting pastel shades with neutrals colours, metallic accessories and crisp clean lines gives this look a much more sophisticated and modern edge than the sugary sweet images people envisage when you say pastels.

Lilac Wall

The lilac in this image is a much fresher take on the colour of the year Radiant Orchid, especially when teamed with this cool teal striped fabric and matching accessories.  Mixing pastels with different textures and materials will add warmth and balance to the overall look.

 Yellow Chair

Crisp white walls can act as the perfect backdrop to pastel accents, creating a calm and serene space.  The natural twigs in this simple vase contrast with the soft cool colours of the modern furniture.


By mixing different pastel shades the look becomes much more playful.  These paper poms poms are an inexpensive and great way to add a focal point to large rooms, or a child’s bedroom.   


Pastel shades can easily be incorporated to other trends such as geometric patterns. 

Multicoloured Pastel Wall

This touch of pastels doesn’t have to end in the living room; bedrooms are a great place to clash pastel colours, especially when contrasted with the pale wooden accessories such as this beautiful retro chair.

Pastel colours are a stylish alternative to the bolder colour schemes we’ve seen this year, so whether you choose add a splash with accessories or go all out with a new a brand new look you sure to be bang on trend for 2014.


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From Rustic to Futuristic: The Plumbs’ Style Guide

With everyone at Plumbs eagerly awaiting our attendance at the Ideal Home Show (March 14-30), there has been a lot of talk about our favourite interior styles. The event’s Ideal Home Magazine Room Sets are always packed full of inspiration regarding the latest interior trends, with numerous styles represented.

In celebration of the event and to help any of you hoping to recreate the styles that will be showcased this March, we’ve put together this style guide to outline the main features of each distinctive home interior style.


The perfect option for those with conservative tastes, traditional styles gain plenty of appreciation for their classic and timeless charm. Symmetrical arrangements of furniture and rich colours are common and give this look an indulgent and luxurious feel.




Main features:

  • Antique furniture and furnishings
  • Floral prints
  • Rich colours combined with clean neutrals
  • Deep carpets with thick piles
  • Decorated woodwork


The preserve of the eccentric, this style stands in stark contrast to the symmetry of traditional styles, for a more free-flowing look with plenty of character. The secret to this style is that are no strict rules to follow.



Main features:

  • Mismatched furniture
  • Haphazard arrangement of ornaments, photos and artwork
  • Mixture of patterns and colours on fabrics and furnishings
  • Bold, neutral and dark colour palettes used together
  • Use of glass and wood


Working on the principle that all fashion trends revolve in a circle and repeat themselves, rustic styles are most commonly associated with country cottages and older properties. Exposed wooden surfaces, free from varnish and paint, as well as uneven cuts that give a more ‘rough and ready’ look, are both common.



Main features:

  • Solid wood furniture
  • Dark colour palettes mixed with deep neutrals
  • Large furniture with luxurious, patterned furnishings
  • Natural decorations (fresh flowers, fruit bowls)
  • Uneven cuts and plain finishes

Shabby Chic

This style combines modern elements with traditional patterns for something dainty, quirky and altogether beautiful. Think glass tables with floral furnishings and plenty of natural elements. 

Shabby Chic


Main features:

  • Pastel shades and light colour palettes
  • Floral prints
  • Heavy use of fabric and natural wood as well as glass
  • Strong nature trend
  • Tasselled, embroidered and pleated fabric


A modern look that embraces the artistic elements of manufacturing, this is not a style for the faint-hearted. Dark colour palettes combine with a bold use of metal and distressed wood to create something urban, dark and mysterious.



Main features:

  • Weathered and distressed wooden furniture
  • Dark colour palettes with a heavy focus on black and grey
  • Common use of metal furniture and ornaments
  • Traditional hard flooring
  • Few, sparse natural elements

So what style is best-suited to you?  Whatever your preferred style for your home, this guide should help you to achieve your desired look. To find out more about Plumbs’ attendance at the Ideal Home Show, see our events page for more details.


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Create a Neutral Haven for under £500

Spring is just around the corner and the perfect time to spruce up your home, so to help inspire your creative flair I’ve put together a neutral look based on my last blog all for under £500.

The look I’ve put together below is based on fresh neutral hues co-ordinated with foliage wallpaper and natural beech wood.  A neutral colour palette of white, creams and soft greys works beautifully with splashes of blacks or browns.  A simple and inexpensive scheme like this is perfect base for adding bolder pieces of furniture or colour at a later date. 


When creating your own look for around £500 think carefully about the end result you want for your room, creating a moodboard helps to visualise the overall look before you buy, so can stop you from making any expensive mistakes.

Choosing paint over wallpaper is a more cost effective solution, however if you do fall in fall in love with a particular design, try to keep to one wall or alcoves as any more and the look may be too overpowering and also costly.

You can also save money by upcycling, which has become immensely popular as people do not want to spend hundreds on vintage or one of pieces so take to creating their own.  If you have a worn out piece of furniture that you can’t bear to part with you find tutorials on upcycling such as sites like Youtube.

If you don’t have the time to update your furniture then buying new pieces isn’t always a costly solution. It’s a lot easier to find exciting and stylish pieces today on the high street and in the style of expensive designer ones. 


  1. Made to Measure Turin Loose Covers -  from £199, by Plumbs
  2. Gaser Rug – Ikea - £80
  3. Candle – Matalan - £3
  4. Tripod Floor Lamp – Habitat - £150
  5. Wallpaper – John Lewis - £52 (a roll)

If you would like to take advantage of any of our current offers, contact Plumbs for a free no obligation quote.


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