Picking upholstery and curtain fabric, or creating a completely new room scheme is a daunting task. Here at The Upholsterer we spend a lot of our days helping customers do just that, so we thought we would share a few tips and tricks that we consider when creating sample boards for clients.
Keeping to Scale
When choosing patterned fabric always keep in mind the intended end use of the fabric, for example large scale patterns work beautifully on floor length bespoke curtains whereas small repeating patterns suit smaller blinds or scatter cushions.
Do not be afraid to have a mix of patterns in one room, as long as they are cohesive in either colour or design, a combination of different scaled prints can really unite a room.
Balance is Key
Equally the balance of colour in your room is critical.
Generally using more neutral fabrics as your main base pieces and adding different prints and contrasting colours for accessory pieces to dress the room is a successful recipe. The colours and tones you chose will affect the ambience of your room, so calming tones and soft patterns work well in a bedroom and warmer tones with bold patterns work well in family living spaces.
Bespoke Fabrics Allow Personalised Choices
Not only is mixing fabric textures pleasing aesthetically, it is a great way to make smart choices about the practicality of your fabric choices. Go for durable fabrics such as wool and cotton/linen mixes on sofas used in family friendly areas and your more luxurious delicate fabrics on curtains or in less used areas.
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Spring its all about colour. Bright colour. Think Palm Springs, flamingos and sunshine.
Follow The Upholsterer’s Simple steps to achieve this fun look at home:
- Chose the right fabric. It may sound obvious, but fabric gives your room life and personality. The featured fabric by Linwood from their new Arcadia collection gives a fresh twist on the classic floral linen.
- Paint a piece of unloved furniture. On a sunny springs day throw open your windows and give a new lease of life to that pine dresser in the corner with a lick of paint. Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ stocked at The Upholsterer, it couldn’t be simpler.
- Accessories are key- Now is the time to have some fun. Accessories are a great way of adding some character without any major commitments. Pick a few staple items as your focal pieces adding smaller pieces where you see fit, play around with your placement, there are no rules. Keep moving your life-sized flamingo around your living room until he finds his perfect home.
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Welcome to the new website. As well as being a showcase for our upholstery service, we have added an online shop so you can order our fabulous range of products right here on the website!
So, whether you’re after that extra special gift, our Annie Sloan paints, products and workshops, or just want to find out more about our bespoke upholstery and furniture making service, do have a browse around.
Laura & Milos