Indigo Blue Christmas

Sophisticated Christmas with Indigo Blue

Although Indigo blue has been trendy for some time now, it entered the interior world quietly and took some time to establish itself. In 2014 it became increasingly popular and it can be seen in a wide range of home textiles and accessories. Now a firm favourite among many designers, it can be used with great effect to create a modern look for the festive season ahead. Combining this stunning colour with silver or pearlescent champagne gold will give your home not only a warming glow but a truly unique and updated look for Christmas.

This versatile colour can be used in a variety of ways; The moody dark tones can be used as a sophisticated back drop to enhance the glittery delights of Christmas sparkle. Silver and blue have always worked well together and this look can become really sophisticated by combining with shades of grey and using chenille or velvet fabrics with a luxurious sheen.  For a warmer slightly more elegant feel, replace the silver for matt gold’s to create a sumptuous feel. Combine both looks with the twinkling wonder of festive fairy lights for a show stopping winter interior.

If you feel a full on indigo blue interior may be a little too much or you can’t afford to re-design your whole room in this colour scheme, why not just add touches of the colour as accents through your home. You can introduce the occasional cushion or purchase some indigo coloured fabric and make up a table cloth or table settings. You don’t need to throw yourself wholeheartedly into each new trend that comes along – by adding a few touches here and there which are easily changed, you can keep up to date with the trends  without the big commitment and still have a totally inspiring home for Christmas.

By Louise Dawson

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Our Guide to Choosing the Perfect Fabric

Our Guide to Choosing Your Perfect Fabric

Choosing the perfect fabric to compliment your home can be a difficult decision, there are so many to choose from, and if working to a budget then it really is a considered buy not to be taken lightly. The decision should be made on what you like, this sounds simple but it’s not always that obvious.

Take inspiration from something you already love, this could be a piece of furniture, your favourite rug or painting. Once you have decided what you would like your fabric to compliment, you can order your fabric samples. Here at UK Curtain and Interiors we offer a sample service that allows you to select up to 6 free fabric samples which is quick and simple to do.

We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to match colours from a computer screen, to the piece of furniture, carpet or fabric in your home. However, with the help of our in-house designers we can help make your selection an easy process. You can send us a picture via email of your furniture or a cutting of the carpet or fabric you are trying to coordinate your fabric selection too and we will send you a selection of fabric samples for your consideration.

Once you have received your samples we suggest that you put them in the room where you intend to use them. Pin them to the wall and leave them there for a few days, this will allow you to see them in different lights. Gradually you will narrow your choice down as you will find yourself naturally drawn to the one you prefer.

Once you have selected your chosen fabric the rest is easy. Simply visit our website and either opt for our made to measure curtains or roman blind services and your beautifully finished curtain or blind will be delivered direct to your door, or if you prefer to have them made up yourself you can order the fabric from the fabric page of our website. If however, you would rather talk to a real person why not contact us on 0845 340 4433 and a member of our customer service team will be only too happy to take your order over the phone. Remember you can talk to one of our in house designers if you have any questions.

By Louise Dawson

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Colour Wheel

The Power of Colour

We are born into a colourful world, and as children it seems we innately understand that sunshine yellow brings a light, bright happiness, and deep, dark blue soothes the soul. As we grow older, sometimes it is possible to take colour for granted, simply picking and choosing those we like the best rather than taking a moment to look more closely at the beauty that brings it all together, and making our choices for the home based on the life we want to live. Remember, though, that waking up to a perfect blue sky makes you feel entirely different to waking up to a dark grey one.

But exploring colour in a different level can change everything. It has a unique power to pull at our subconscious, and once we understand it, anything is possible. Different colours affect our minds, our emotions, and even our bodies, so it is important to get it right.

Starting with the home is a great way to begin bringing the power of colour into your life.

If you want your home to be calm and serene, you should take a look at soft blues and creams. Muted colours such as these fill the home with a peaceful air, allowing you to enjoy your haven of tranquillity. Some great examples of these colours would be our Talia Denim Embroidered range, the Piper Indigo woven fabric, or the Palma Sky fabric. These cool and calm colours will flow through your home in a soothing, fluid way.

Soft Blue and Cream

Palma Sky, Talia Denim, Piper Indigo

If you are a party animal who wants your home to be the venue for friends and family to get together for a laugh and a good time, then you might prefer the red end of the colour spectrum, and the brighter the better. It is said that red gives you the feeling of fun, adventure, and excitement, and it makes the wearer seem more attractive… So decorating your house in red colours is ideal for those who like to socialise. Try our Satomi Ruby, or combine with a bold pattern such as our Imprint Sunset or gorgeous Nyala Berry print.

Energetic Red

Bali Spice, Nyala Berry, Imprint Sunset

And if you want a house that says it’s a warm, welcoming, special place full of happiness and love? Then yellow is the colour for you. Yellow immediately lightens the heart and lifts the mood, and with our incredible yellow fabrics such as our Cherry Blossom Mimosa, Cubus Citrus, and Kaito Citrus, with these designs you can have sunshine even on the cloudiest of days.

Uplifting Yellow

Cherry Blossom Mimosa, Pablo Mimosa, Lorenzo Lime

So make an informed choice when re-decorating your home, and let colours help your mood.

By Lisamarie Lamb

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Our Harris Collection

Our Top 5 Best Selling Fabrics

As we fast approach 2015, ready to welcome in new trends, here’s a rundown of our top 5 best-selling fabrics for 2014.

No.1 Cherry Blossom MarineOur Cherry Blossom Marine Fabric

Classically inspired by traditional oriental design this pretty floral print displays an elegant arrangement of cherry blossom tree branches and flowers. The delicate floral pattern decorates a pale marine fabric that perfectly complements and highlights the individual detail of the white petals and brown twigs. The subtle motif evokes a sense of calm and is ideal for bedrooms or relaxing living spaces. Other colourways are equally popular.

No 2 Casper AmberOur Casper Amber Fabric

Timeless and distinctive, the classic woven stripe of the exotic golden amber colourway makes this elegant striped fabric ideal for creating a bold statement. The broad bands of warm complementary shades, of amber, gold and brown give any modern interior space a stylish period design influence. The luxurious stripe fabric is a favourite for comfortable and sophisticated living rooms.

 

Our Tatton Brick FabricNo. 3 Tatton Plain- all colours!

Plain and simple chenille is a furnishing favourite. The beautifully soft, textured fabric is available in a wide range of attractive colours to complement all styles of modern and traditional interior. The versatile, tactile plain fabric has a subtle two-tone effect and a textural finish that makes it ideal for use in any room.

 

No 4 Harris RossoOur Harris Rosso Fabric

Harris is a faux wool fabric range with distinguished and traditional good looks. The stylishly on trend fabric displays a striking multi check overlay pattern, for authentic rustic style. The distinctive warm red infused, tartan inspired fabric has a soft, durable wool like quality that gives any living space instant homely appeal.

 

Our Pablo Mimosa Fabric

No 5 Pablo Mimosa

Light, bright and modern, the popular Pablo fabric stylishly shows off a funky geometric print. The fabric features complementary shades of cool blues and greys that are enhanced by warm mimosa yellow. The chic contemporary combination creates an eye-catching arrangement of shapes and patterns for you to display in any room.

 

By Anna Pink

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving. It’s a word – a holiday – that everyone in the UK is aware of thanks to American TV shows and movies. It is from those media that we have been made to understand that Thanksgiving happens before Christmas, that it involves a huge amount of food (including some tempting turkey dishes and some rather interesting pies), and that it is when American families get together to celebrate.

But celebrate what exactly? And why?

This huge national holiday does not have a set date, but rather is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. It’s not an ancient holiday like Christmas – it has only actually been part of the annual calendar since Federal legislation was passed in 1941 – but it has been taken to the nation’s heart, and is for many Americans a more important day than the festive period that follows hot on its heels.

Thanksgiving was all about giving thanks for the bountiful harvest that had grown during the summer. Although farmers and food producers still recognise its original heritage, most Americans now view it as a day to share home cooked meals (turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and a plethora of other treats and delicacies which differ from state to state), spend time with one another, and watch football on TV.

There are also a number of annual – and famous – parades up and down the country, with the most well-known bring the Macy’s parade in New Your City. It only lasts for 2.5 miles, but over that small distance an average of two to three million spectators line the streets.

Just as Boxing Day and its fantastic sales follows Christmas Day in the UK, Black Friday and its incredible bargains is the day after Thanksgiving. This marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, with many people waiting until this day before they even think about purchasing anything for their friends and family. The discounts offered on pretty much everything on Black Friday are huge, and can be up to 75% or more on normally pretty pricey items such as electrical goods and accessories. Shops often open at 4 or 5am (some even open at midnight), and the queues literally stretch around the block.

And increasingly, the UK’s shops are beginning to drop their prices on Black Friday too. So although we miss out on the turkey and pie, we are able to save a fortune on all manner of things.

If you don’t fancy queuing for hours, or leaving your warm bed at silly o’clock to do so, you can still grab a bargain – at UK Curtains and Interiors we are offering a huge 20% Off all our products to say thanks for being such great customers all year round. Come and browse online and beat the crowds!Black Friday Sale

By Lisamarie Lamb

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

UK Curtains and Interiors Christmas Cushion Ideas 2014

Ready for the spirit of Christmas?

Here at UK Curtains and Interiors, we are already getting ready for Christmas. It’s such an exciting time of year, and although the dark nights make us feel less inclined to do anything, there really is something heart-warming about writing our Christmas to do lists and deciding what presents to buy.

There is such a lot to think about, but what better time to get creative. Christmas is an ideal time to give your home a makeover! There is so much inspiration around us and Christmas is usually when we spend a lot of time in our homes enjoying the company of family and friends. We all want our interiors to look great and inviting! So, if you are re – designing your interior now is the time to place your order for made to measure products to ensure you have your new interiors ready to impress your guests!

For a quick seasonal update, use cushions to add some festive cheer at minimal cost. Visit our website to see our new range of Christmas cushions for 2014.

How about dressing your ChristmChristmas Fabrics Ideal for Craftas table using homemade mix and match napkins produced from various different fabrics? First choose a colour scheme – it doesn’t have to be the traditional Christmas colours of red and green. Select a simple plain fabric for the tablecloth and then a combination of different co-ordinating patterned fabrics to produce place mats, napkins and chair covers. The overall effect is stunning and the idea can be re-visited throughout the year, using a different selection of fabrics for other occasions such as Easter.

One of our designers has recently been inspired by new concepts for making gift wrapping really unique. For example, you can wrap your gifts in fabric and tie with a co-ordinating ribbon. This is a completely recyclable way of wrapping presents and therefore less costly over time. With so much choice of fabric you can mix and match and create a really personal gift.

At UK Curtains and Interiors, we sell fabric by the meter so what better way to get festive and creative at the same time and really personalise your home and your gifts this season.

By Louise Dawson

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Velvet Crush

Give Your Home The Velvet Touch This Winter!

The moody winter weather is settling in for the long haul. There might even be snow. But what’s the problem with all of that? As long as you’ve got some sweet treats, some books, some loved ones, and some fabulous velvet interior fabrics, you can snuggle up to and feel as cosy as anything, never mind what the world outside is doing.

If you want to add some well-earned luxury to that heady mix of cosy comforts, then why not decorate with velvet? It’s soft and warm, deep and decadent, and it makes quite the statement, giving your home the opulent, sumptuous look of a gorgeous winter palace. The Snow Queen will have nothing on you and your interior design plans!

If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to making your home a grand yet snug place to be through the winter, don’t worry. At UK Curtains and Interiors we’ve got everything you could possibly need to get going.

Take our Rossini velvet fabric, for example. Whether you want warm, russet colours (there’s the Rossini spice or copper for that), deep, dark ones (jet or plum will work wonderfully for you), or something light and dainty (linen, jade, or orchid perhaps), the Rossini fabric will set your home off perfectly. The velvet texture is eminently touchable, and you – and your guests – will love the feel of it. It hangs beautifully too, and will keep you warm and happy all winter long.

Or there is the Velvet Stripe fabric. Just as comfy and cosy (and expensive looking) as the Rossini, the Velvet Stripe has an added bonus feature of a striped pattern, drawing the eyes and keeping it there to admire your interior design skills. Available in a range of autumnal colours (Spice, Dijon, amethyst, and berry to name a few), you’ll be able to kick back and relax in your perfectly decorated (throne) room.Velvet Stripe Mineral, Ebony, Amethyst, Sorbet

 

 

 

 

The Milan is another exceptional choice of velvet fabric. This textured velvet design comes in all the stunning autumn and winter shades you could want (such as chocolate, sorbet, grape, and midnight), and it will keep the cold at bay as it wraps you in a snug cocoon of luxury and comfort. Gorgeous!Milan Midnight, Grape, Chocolate, Sand

 

 

 

 

By Lisamarie Lamb

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Moody Mauves

Designers colour of the month – Moody Mauve

As the nights draw in and the days become cooler we naturally start to think of the new season – it’s time to revisit our winter wardrobe and pull out our warm sweaters and get inspired by our designers colour of the month.

Warm / Muddy tones are back in Vogue this season. In home furnishings our designers said, purple is the key to this trend as it takes on a darker palette with deep shades of aubergine, grape and deep purple teamed with softer greyed off mauve. These colours work beautifully with warm neutrals, soft greys and silvery metallic tones, perfect for creating atmosphere, drama and Elegance in our homes. This palette works especially well for transforming bedrooms into moody, sophisticated spaces.

Moody Mauve Fabrics

Liven up your deep purples with splashes of brighter shades. Our designers suggest, Radiant orchid is a perfect colour complement – Pantone colour of the year 2014 is still very much around for 2015 but is being used more as a highlight to the deep moody purples.

Our designers say that texture play’s a pivotal role in the perceived colour of a fabric – great at adding depth and movement to a plain. At UK Curtains and Interiors we have a wide range of textured plains to help capture this “Moody Mauve” scheme. Tatton and Rossini are our designers’  top picks.

Tatton is a versatile textured chenille at an unbeatable price! Check out our purple shades including Aubergine, Grape and Mulberry.

Rossini is a beautiful  velvet  with a lustrous shine and a wonderful tactile appeal so if you want to splash out check out Rossini’s great range of Purple tones: Blueberry, Plum and Orchid. With Such choice you are sure to find the perfect colour for your home.

Freya, Monet, ImpressionIf you don’t want to go too deep and dark – freshen  the look up with soft painterly prints on lighter, fresher grounds.  Mix your dusty mauves with deep blush pinks to create a softer, more feminine feel.  Look out for our Freya, Monet and Impression designs printed on a velvet ground which we will be launching on our website soon.

We are constantly updating our product range so you can be certain we will always have fabrics to fit in with the latest colour trends. If you are not sure of the exact shade you are looking for, make use of our free sampling service and order swatches of different  fabrics within a colour area so you can see exactly how the  various tones of a colour work in your interior.

By Louise Randle

www.ukcurtainsandinteriours.co.uk

Children in need 2014

Help Support Children In Need

BBC’s Children In Need charity telethon celebrates 34 years of fundraising this month and promises to be another fun-packed evening of entertainment featuring popular celebrities. Get into the spirit of the annual event by making a donation that benefits UK children’s charities. To date the Children In Need appeal has raised over £740 million. The generous donations fund over 2,600 projects for children and young people and support local charitable organisations in the UK.

Raising Awareness

First broadcast as a charity telethon in 1980, the Children In Need appeal was initially hosted by Terry Wogan with Sue Lawley and Esther Rantzen. The event captured the public’s imagination and saw the donations increase dramatically every year, eventually breaking the million pound mark. The BBC’s first ever appeal for children, which was broadcast on the radio on Christmas Day in 1927, raised £1,143 18s 3d.

Long-standing host Terry Wogan remains the telethon’s main presenter and over the years has been joined by a diverse line-up up of famous faces including Joanna Lumley, Sue Cook, John Craven, Andi Peters, Gaby Roslin, Natasha Kaplinsky and Fearne Cotton.

Pudsey Bear

The official Children In Need mascot made his television debut in 1985. Cuddly Pudsey Bear was created by BBC designer Joanna Ball and is named after the town where she was born, in West Yorkshire. Spotty bandaged Pudsey was originally brown but was given a distinctive bright yellow revamp after his first telethon appearance. The lovable mascot receives letters, drawings and e-mails from youngsters all over the UK and is regularly photographed with famous celebrities.

Brightening Up Your Child’s World

The Children In Need charity telethon annually raises social awareness and funds for disabled and disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. If you have young children why not revamp their bedroom with bright, bold, spotty and patterned fabrics that celebrate lovable Pudsey’s unique style?

By Anna Pink

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Poppy appeal 2014

Remembrance

The beautiful red poppy is the universal symbol of remembrance. Traditionally, the nation wears a paper poppy to show their support for not only those who died, but those who are still fighting today.

The poppies were first worn in 1921, when artificial poppies were made by ex-servicemen (which gave them an income) and the money from their sale went to fund others who were not so fortunate as to have work. Eventually, the British Legion was set up and took over the making of the poppies. The money made from them each year goes to help serving and ex-servicemen and women when they are in need. It also funds a number of charitable projects. Here at UK Curtains and Interiors we want to persuade everyone to wear their poppy with pride.

But why limit your support to one day or one month? Remembrance Day is 11th November, but if you want to keep the memory of those who have sacrificed so much all year round, why not do it with some gorgeous fabrics?

Scarlet Red

Take a look at our Scarlet Red Poppy Floral readymade curtains – suitable all year round with its bright red floral pattern and its full lining, these stunning curtains are eye catching and attractive, and will certainly make a statement wherever you hang them.

 

Faye RedIf you want something a little more subtle (but just as beautiful), then the Faye Red Poppy fabric would suit perfectly. Its delicate design is a testament to remembrance, but the deep red on cream colouring is perfect for any room, any time of the year.

 

JanieSpiceFor something a little different, a little modern, but just as gorgeous, UK Curtains and Interiors has the Janie Spice Bedding Set. Simple yet stunning, this set depicts a poppy field that is bright and light enough for spring and summer, yet the colours would make an autumn or winter bedroom warm and cosy.

 

Esta RedFinally there is the Esta Red floral fabric. Reminiscent of a watercolour painting, there is a simple beauty about this pattern. Gold and red are the dominant colours, and the whole thing really stands out as a piece of art as well as a wonderful way to decorate your home.

 

 

As Laurence Binyon’s famous “For the Fallen” so eloquently states; “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we shall remember them”.

By Lisamarie Lamb

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk