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Matching red and gold has been an interior design trend for some time, whether that be the trimmings on your Christmas tree or an opulent style statement that lasts all year round.

This colour match is sure to be around for a long time, so it’s worth investing in quality pieces and materials that will last.  Our brand new Venetian and Venetian Stripe fabrics in Claret and Gold (shown reupholstered below) are part of our new autumn range, and are the perfect way to inject this trend into your living room.  These two fabrics work in harmony to ensure that each individual pattern is not overpowering, and the stripes add a contemporary feel to this look.


Plumbs Reupholstery


This Venetian fabric has been upholstered onto a traditional rolled armed sofa, and the Venetian Stripe onto a classic footstool, although this fabric will work on a range of different furniture types.

To accessorize this look- match with muted metallic tones (also another big trend at the moment) such as matt-finished lamps and subdued golds.  Pick out the the red and gold colours on the fabric using flowers and plants. Try to keep grand accessories to a minimum as this velvet – feel fabric should take centre stage in your design.

If you would like to incorporate opulent reds and golds into your home contact Plumbs for a FREE home consultation and your home consultant can show you our range of over 600 fabrics, including our new Autumn collection, in the comfort of your own home.


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5 Tasteful Terracotta Trappings

Used throughout history in sculpture and friezes due to its malleable, decorative properties, Terracotta has been a popular material for everyone from Ancient Greek figurine carvers, to Victorian tile merchants. The colour evokes Mediterranean cafes, amphora and stucco; a warm, peaceful hue which is perfect for both summer and autumn.

Terracotta Loose Covers


This beautiful sofa fabric, known as Maddison Trellis, is a soft, earthy terracotta, with a subtle pattern reminiscent of tiles. These exquisite decra loose covers are easy to care for (and machine washable!) as well as being neatly tailored specifically for your furniture. Accessorise with soft white cushions – and why not re-upholster your ottoman to match?

Terracotta Plant Pots

Terracotta (the earthenware, not the colour) is most often used in plant pots, to give crimson, gold or saffron coloured flowers a home, and a hint of Mediterranean charm. The planters are designed to be chic, but in an unassuming, unpretentious way. They showcase so-called wildflowers particularly well, as well as trailing plants and fragrant herbs such as thyme (originally cultivated in the Mediterranean area).

Terracotta Curtains

These elegant Terracotta curtains feature a raised floral pattern, in a breathable, cotton rich fabric. They are made to measure, with blind hems, mitred corners and weighted skirts to ensure a perfect drape.  Why not pair these opulent drapes with a mosaic side table, an inlaid lamp and a set of intricately carved bowls, for a taste of Marrakech under the blue grey skies of Britain.

Terracotta Blinds

Elegant Stripe Soft Terracotta

Sleep can be difficult in warmer weather. These terracotta roman blinds, in an elegant stripe, will help keep the glare and the early morning sun out of your eyes. They can stand alone, or be paired with matching or contrasting curtains. These chic shades will keep insomnia at bay and keep you both happy and cool.

Hanging Terracotta Lamps

Suitable for interior or exterior use (and would be lovely in a summer house) these hanging lights incorporate both candle lanterns and traditional light bulbs. The delicate carvings in the terracotta provide an enchanting juxtaposition to the 'heaviness' of terracotta as a sculpting material, making them a delightful living room accessory this summer.

If you want to incorporate more terracotta into your home, contact Plumbs today for a free no obligation home visit, and get made to measure curtains, roman blinds or loose covers today!


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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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Five Fabrics of a Different Stripe

Since the 1930s, stripes have been synonymous with summer; evoking images of regattas, picnic lunches on the riverbank, luxurious garden houses filled with exotic plants and the gentle hum of bees.

The boat show's nautical pattern has been re-interpreted in this season's colours – ivory, gold, aubergine - by our fabric designers, meaning you can achieve a beautiful, contemporary look with roots in traditional motifs.


Preparing for summer means putting your home in order and clearing out the clutter; making your home fresh, airy and inviting. Start by cleaning those windows and replacing winter curtains with a lighter coloured pair. Summer curtains should be crisp, subtle and elegant - stripes of duck egg blue and taupe work well to evoke a seaside atmosphere.

Restrain them with matching curtain ties, or else a piece of matching velvet ribbon can be a charming alternative.

Bright Sofa

For this summer, if you want to freshen up your furniture's upholstery, focus on a muted, yet luxurious neutral palette of gold, ivory and linen, accented with pops of rich, jewel colours, in warm hues like aubergine or burgundy. These softer, more neutral tints give playful stripes a sophisticated makeover, especially when the stripe is executed in a soft textured velvet, or has a luxurious sheen, as in this MayFair Gold Stripe fabric.

Statement Armchair

If you are looking to make a statement, why not try a bright, colourful, yet luxurious armchair cover, incorporating both ombre stripes and classic damask patterning. A traditionally shaped chair will balance the contemporary, vibrant upholstery, such as the ever-popular wing back. Pair with muted accessories, such as this dove grey cushion, and think about texture rather than colour when ornamenting such a bold piece.

Home Accessories

Don't be afraid to accessorise your sofa or occasional chair with contrasting accessories. You can choose contrasting colours, or different patterns – for example plush floral cushions in the same hues as your furniture, or plain cushions in a directly contrasting colour. Deeper jewel tone colours co-ordinate surprisingly well, as do neutral, velvety damask cushions, and sumptuously textured throws. Look for comfortable, cosy fabrics that are also hard wearing and easy to maintain; machine washable is also a good plus.


Candy pink stripes are a particular favourite in upholstery, perfect as part of a romantic, floral design, or a beautiful accent to a conservatory. They are playful, and cheerful, the perfect balance to the sturdy, practical ottoman, designed to store items and receive weary feet at the end of the day. If you prefer a more cohesive look, why not match curtains, ottoman and three piece suite with the same upholstery? Paired with neutral walls it can be a really effective 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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