UK Curtains and interiors new home page

Welcome to our New Look Website

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We have some exciting news at UK Curtains and Interiors this week – our new look website has just been launched and is now easier to use than ever.

With its re-styled layout and navigation drop down menus you can see straightaway what we have to offer. We have taken on board comments from our customers and made our pages easier to navigate so you can find what you are looking for quickly and efficiently.

UK Curtains and Interiors drop down navigation

We now have a new drop down navigation filter to make finding your perfect fabric that much easier. Click image to visit our website.

Searching for specific type of fabric couldn’t be easier, – simply click the tick boxes to filter products by Colour, Fabric and Design to narrow down your options.

UK Curtains and interiors website product filtering

It’s even easier to search for your perfect fabric, simply click the tick box next to the specifications you require and your matches will come up instantly. Click the image to view our Fabric Range

We’re also going to be introducing additional filters so you can filter products by well-known brands such as Prestigious Textiles, Belfield and Clarke and Clarke.

Best of all, our website is now mobile and tablet friendly so you can browse and shop anywhere and any-time.

Our blogs are packed full of inspiration and advice with information about our products, new interior trends and useful hints and tips. Click here to view our previous post.

To celebrate the launch we’re currently running a great offer – up to 20% all of our products until the end of May.

We’d love to know what you think of our new look website so do get in touch:

By email: info@ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

or phone: 0845 340 4433

Happy Shopping!

By Louise Randle

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Plain Fabrics

The UK Curtains and Interiors Guide to Plain Fabrics

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Plain fabrics are often ideal to use for soft furnishings where an interior scheme already features patterned elements, such as a busy wallpaper.

There are many different types of plain fabric, each with their own qualities and surface appeal so it helps to know the type of look you want in your room as well as what you will be using the fabric for when making your choices.

At UK Curtains and Interiors we have a large selection of plain fabrics in a wide variety of colours and textures, from brands including Clarke and Clarke and Prestigious Textiles. You can either purchase the fabric by the metre to use as required or let us do the hard work and make up your curtains, blinds and co-ordinating accessories for you.

Probably the most important factor when selecting your interior fabric is colour. You may already have a definite idea for the colour of fabric you want but the type of fabric can also have a big influence on the overall appearance of the colour.

For example lustrous velvets, silk and silk look fabrics can help to reflect light back into the room. Some silk fabrics also have a multi tonal appearance when seen at different angles. Pure silk fabrics can be expensive and have a tendency to fade over time when exposed to strong sunlight so if you are worried about this look for a faux silk alternative such as our Tokyo viscose blend fabric, which has the added benefit of being considerably cheaper than real silk.

Tokyo Teal

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Tokyo Antique

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Tokyo Heather

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Our Rossini Velvet has a lovely tactile quality and amazing sheen due to its high viscose content and is available in a wide range of colours including Moss, Jade and Blueberry.

Rossini Jade

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Rossini Orchid

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Rossini Brick

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Satin fabrics, such as our 100% polyester Duchess which comes in 14 colourways, have a smooth surface on one side, making them a luxurious choice for curtains. This fabric also looks fabulous when made up into cushions with complementary piping.

Duchess Sand

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Duchess Fucschia

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Duchess Latte

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If you want to add interest, try using plain fabrics with different textures. Natural fabrics such as linen, or fabrics with linen content such as our Linden fabric which is blended with viscose, adding texture and depth due to their natural slubs; Or look for a fabric with a texture in the weave.

Linden Duck Egg

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Linden Ivory

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Linden Apple

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Our Kasuri design is a fabulous viscose polyester multi-purpose fabric with a simple bark like pattern. It has a high abrasion resistance so is also suitable for heavy use upholstery with colourways including Wheat, Aubergine, Charcoal and Ecru.

Kasuri Sesame

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Kasuri Garnet

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Kasuri Pewter

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Wool fabrics are naturally hard wearing and although a little more expensive our Worsted 80% wool plain fabric in Slate, Charcoal, Chocolate or Natural is a perfect choice for upholstery that will last a lifetime. For a cheaper alternative, take a look at Harrison 100% polyester wool look fabric.

Worsted Natural

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Harrison Loch

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Harrison Pebble

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Our best selling plain fabric is Arlington, a 100% cotton fabric with a textured weave which comes in 21 colourways including some lovely naturals. Ashridge with its textured weave, has a similar look and a great choice of colours but also has the advantage of being inherently fire retardant and great value.  

Arlington Gold

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Ashridge Apple

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Ashridge Red

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Chenille fabrics are soft and textured and use a special type of yarn which produces a good quality hard wearing fabric which can often be used for both drapery and upholstery. Our Tatton chenille fabric is 100% polyester and available in 18 colourways or for something a bit different take a look at our Glitter fabric which has a touch of added sparkle.

Tatton Duck Egg

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Tatton Peacock

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Glitter Caramel

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Ribbed fabrics have a textured stripe created with the weave or use of yarn. Shaftesbury is a poly cotton rib weave with a subtle colour graded effect and Chatsworth is a chenille rib weave in rich vibrant colours. New for 2015 and coming soon to our website is our Chessington Fabric – a versatile poly cotton irregular rib fabric with a soft sheen.

Shaftesbury Teal

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Chatsworth Mocha

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Chatsworth Teal

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There is such a vast choice of plain fabrics at UK Curtains and Interiors that you may find it difficult to make a decision and this is where we can help. We offer a free swatch service so you can see how the colour and texture of a fabric works in situ or tell us what you are looking for and we will help find the perfect fabric for your project.

By Louise Randle

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Pantone Colours 2015

Be inspired by the 2015 Interior Colour Trends

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We have already talked about the earthy red tone of Marsala – pantone’s colour of the year for 2015 – in our February blog but there are other key colours, which according to Pantone will be important in 2015, including bright blues such as Aquamarine, Scuba Blue, and Classic Blue; Soft pinks of Strawberry Ice, the warm neutral Toasted Almond; Custard yellow, Lucite Green and Glacier Grey.

Here’s our lowdown on what we see as being the key colour areas for interiors:

Woodland Greens Colour Board

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“Woodland Greens” is probably the key trend for Spring Summer and already well established this season. This look is all about bringing nature into our homes, through illustrations, patterns, prints and colour palettes. In the green colour area we are seeing nature inspired hues of moss, and olive, and blue toned lichen greens. Rather than looking dirty and drab, these earthy natural colours are given a contemporary treatment by using on white backgrounds to keep the look clean and fresh, combining with other mineral hues or with dark grey walls and natural wood tones.

 

 

Woodland Greens Inspiration

“Woodland green interiors – images from pinterest”
Our Rossini plain velvet fabric in Silver Pine and Moss colourways fit this colour story perfectly.

Metallics are continuing to be important and for Spring/Summer 2015 there is a further move towards warmer metallic colours such as bronze, copper and rose gold or combinations of sophisticated metallic tones.

For Spring Summer 2015, Rich autumnal colours are transposing into soft muted pinks, smoky greys, and subdued blues and aqua.

Spring Blush Colour Board

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Blush is set to be a key colour this year in pastel schemes. Pantone have included a pinky blush tone Strawberry Ice in their annual report and Dulux Paint’s Colour of the Year for 2015 is Copper Blush, a warm elegant pink which combines perfectly with other soft muted pinks, neutrals and whites as well as warm metallic gold. Blush is a delicate soft feminine colour but can also be paired with earthy brown tones and Marsala. Use with deep mauve or soft apricot to create sophisticated harmonious colour schemes. Blush pinks also look beautifully modern when used with soft grey or taupe, accented with copper accessories.

 

Blush and Copper Insiration

“Blush and copper interiors – images from pinterest”

 

Mint Green and Aqua Colour Board

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Mint green and Aqua is another colour area of importance and we saw a lot of this in the new fabric and wallpaper collections at London Design week, combined with other colours including soft pink, raspberry and navy and taupe.  This pastel colour is calming and relaxing and can be given either a masculine or feminine feel depending on which colours you combine it with and how the room is styled.

 

 

 

 

In the true blue area, colours are going lighter and brighter than the Deep Navy and Indigo of past seasons, so look out for more energetic sapphire, royal blue and from the pantone 2015 report, Classic cobalt blue, and the bright turquoise Scuba Blue. Think of a clean Mediterranean blue in harmonious colour schemes with aqua tinted blues. Pastel versions of these colours will create a calming soothing ambience.

UK Curtains and Interiors have a great selection of Blue fabrics covering wovens, prints, plains and textures

Classic and Scuba Blue Inspiration

“Scuba and Classic Blue interior inspiration – images from pinterest”

Yellow is also fast establishing itself as an important colour for interiors this season, particularly for living rooms. On trend colour palettes see yellow paired with grey and white and of course Grey is definitely the neutral colour choice for 2015.

Yellow and Grey Inspiration

“Yellow and grey interior inspiration – images from pinterest”

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We hope this gives you inspiration for your Spring Decorating projects. Look out for further colour blogs later in the year.

By Louise Randle

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Fabulous New Readymade Curtain Designs for 2015

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We are always adding new product to our website and this spring we are delighted to introduce 8 brand new readymade curtain designs to our collection.

Looking for a floral curtain – The Ellie pencil pleat curtain is a lovely floral with delicate red poppy style flowers printed on a natural poly cotton ground, or if you prefer something more classic the Pippa design with it’s delicate floral print will add a feminine touch and would also look very cute in a young girls bedroom, available in Natural and Duckegg. Both of these curtains have the advantage of being washable so are practical as well as beautiful.

Click to view Our Ellie Red Readymade

Click to view Our Ellie Red Readymade

Click to view Our Pippa Natural Readymade

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Click to view Our Inglewood Terracotta Readymade

Click to view Our Inglewood Terracotta Readymade

 

Inglewood is a stylish contemporary printed leaf design which will introduce colour into your room in either the Terracotta or Green colourways. Fully lined and with a pencil pleat heading this design is ideal if you are looking for a bold pattern.

 

 

 

 

Click to view Our Neo Red Readymade

Click to view Our Neo Red Readymade

 

Neo is a contemporary Orla Kiely inspired stylised leaf motif printed on half panama with a simple ready to hang eyelet heading. This design is available in two bold colourways: Spice, with an Orange and Mocha design on a natural ground and Red with Taupe on a natural ground.

 

 

 

Click to view Our St. Ives Red Readymade

Click to view Our St. Ives Red Readymade

 

We are also introducing St. Ives, a painterly watercolour effect horizontal stripe printed on a poly cotton ground with an eyelet curtain heading. This eye catching readymade curtain will be a real showstopper whether you choose the Blue, Green or Red colourways.

 

 

Click to view Our Laurel Terracotta Readymade

Click to view Our Laurel Terracotta Readymade

 

 

If you are looking for something more traditional, then take a look at our Laurel design. This small scale woven leaf trail design  is available in Blue and Terracotta colourways.

 

 

Click to view Our Lynwood Red Readymade

Click to view Our Lynwood Red Readymade

 

 

There is also Lynwood – a chenille jacquard woven leaf trail available in Duck Egg, Grey and Red colourways. This simple but elegant design with pencil pleat heading will work well in either a contemporary or traditional interior.

 

 

Click to view Our Chequers Charcoal Readymade

Click to view Our Chequers Charcoal Readymade

 

 

If you are looking for a woven check readymade curtain the Chequers design is perfect. With two great colours Charcoal and Mulberry it will be difficult to choose your favourite.

 

 

 

 

All the above Readymade Curtains are a cost effective way to quickly and easily change the look or add some colour to your interior and all of the above designs are available in a range of sizes with co-ordinating cushion covers.

Visit our website today to see our full range. Whatever your style, we are sure you will find the perfect readymade curtain for your room.

By Louise Randle

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

May Day Spring Florals

Celebrate with Floral Fabrics this May Day

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With the dawning of May Day, traditionally celebrated on May 1st but now a UK bank holiday, we can celebrate the fact that Spring is well and truly here!

It’s thought that the earliest May Day celebrations occurred during pre-Christian times when young people would celebrate the arrival of Spring with singing and dancing in dedication to the Roman goddess Flora.

May Day has its origins from the Gaelic festival of “Beltane” and the maypole itself is deeply rooted in Germanic pagan traditions. Because of this, many May Day celebrations were banned by the religious authorities during more austere times.

As Europe became Christianised, May Day evolved into a popular secular festival celebrated with traditions such as dancing around the maypole and crowning of the May Queen. In the UK Morris Dancing also often forms part of May Day festivities. Another May Day tradition is the giving of “May Baskets”, small decorated baskets of sweets or flowers usually left anonymously on neighbours doorsteps. Although this has been fading in popularity in recent times, what a lovely idea!

The Spring bank holiday is a great opportunity to have a clear out and refresh your home for the summer months ahead. Use the time to decide what rooms in your home need a revamp – perhaps some new bedding for your guest room?  As it’s May Day weekend, why not celebrate with flowers;

Clcik to view Our Emelina Rose Bed Set

Click image to view Emelina Duckegg Bed Set

Our Emelina Bedding Set features a pretty floral print and is available in 2 perfect spring colourways – Duck Egg and Rose. There are a range of co-ordinating items with this design, including decorative cushions, bedspreads and readymade curtains so you can completely transform your scheme with the minimum of fuss.

 

Clcik to view Our Fleur Bed Set

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Also from UK Curtains and Interiors is The Fleur embroidered bedding set by Charlotte Thomas, featuring bright pink and olive green floral motifs, ribbon and pintuck detailing and superior quality polycotton percale.

 

 

 

We also have a great range of floral fabrics which can be purchased by the metre so you can make up some pretty cushions for a quick update or design your own curtains. Posy and Esme are traditional floral designs printed on a poly cotton ground. Both are available in a number of pretty spring colourways including the ever popular duck egg.

Click to view Our Posy Duckegg Fabric

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Clcik to view Esme Duckegg Fabric

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Our Ersilia fabric is new this spring and we love the Raspberry colourway. It’s painterly watercolour floral design is on trend and perfect for spring/summer but the velvet ground which it is printed on will also see you through to Autumn/Winter which as we know comes round all too quickly.

Clik to view Our Ersilia Chartreuse Fabric

Click image to view Our Ersilia Charteuse Fabric

Click to view Our Ersilia Raspberry Fabric

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Click to view Ersilia Chintz Fabric

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At UK Curtains and Interiors we have a wide selection of floral fabrics to choose from in a range of different styles – both contemporary and traditional. Visit our website and browse at your leisure this May Day.

By Louise Randle

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

St George's Day

Red & White Interiors for St George’s Day!

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At UK Curtains and Interiors, we are celebrating St George’s Day with Dramatic Red – ideal for making a bold style statement in your interiors.

But have you ever wondered about St George? Not just who he was or what he did (other than slaying the dragon for which he is famous, of course), but just what is the story behind our beloved saint?

The man we celebrate on 23rd April was not from England. In fact, he wasn’t even from the UK; St George (Georgios as he was really called) was likely to have been born in Syria, in around  275 AD, to a Greek Christian family who were fairly well off. His father was a high ranking officer in the Greek army and his mother, Polychronia was from a noble family.

History tells us that Georgios lost his parents at an early age, and then travelled to visit Emperor Diocletian to join the army. He was accepted straight away, without having to go through any kind of trial to find a place, and this was likely because his father had been a favourite of the emperor’s. Soon enough, although still in his early 20s, Georgios had been promoted several times, and, like his father, was well regarded.

Sadly, Emperor Diocletian was an easily led man, and when whisperings began to circulate that Christians were dangerous, and could cause an uprising, he issued an edict that all of his Christian soldiers would be arrested and only set free again once they converted to the Roman gods, as an example to the people. Georgios renounced this edict, declaring his love for Jesus and vowing never to renounce his religion. Because of this, he was sentenced to be executed, despite Diocletian offering him money and land if he would only convert.

Georgios was executed on 23rd April 303 AD. The dragon of myth is said to be Diocletian himself, for although Georgios didn’t kill him, he certainly broke his heart and earned his place in martyrdom.

It’s time to celebrate the man, the legend, and the country so be brave and try using patriotic red with UK Curtains and Interiors gorgeous range of fabrics to create a real statement interior.

Nothing could be more dramatic than our Botanical printed fabric in the Rouge colourway with it’s black and white illustrative design and eye-catching colour placement. Or what about the fabulous Dandelion printed design in Firefly? It’s a stunning mix of vintage and contemporary.

Dandelion Firefly Fabirc

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Botanical Rouge Fabric

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We also have a great range of red check fabrics, including our Polly, Halkirk and Stockholm designs, all available in red colourways – everything a patriotic Englishman or woman could want!

Halkirk Cardinal Fabric

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Stockholm Red Fabric

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Polly Old Rose Fabric

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Other products featured in our St George’s Day moodboard include:

Why not visit our website www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk to view our full range.

By Lisamarie Lamb

UK Curtains and Interiors

Botanical Butterfly

London Design Week Trends

As promised here are the design trends from London Design week.

Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise Trend Board

Birds of Paradise Trend Board – Click image to view our fabric collection

This is a continuation from what we saw last Autumn at the London Shows. Bird designs have been popular for several seasons now and the latest patterns feature colourful motifs such as hummingbirds, parakeets and birds of paradise with tropical foliage in bright jewel like colours – bright emerald, lime, teal, cerise and purple.

Take a look at our Kellie design in Raspberry – a beautiful intricately drawn floral toile featuring exotic bird motifs.

Feather motifs are also incredibly popular and we saw a lot of hand painted watercolour feathers printed on linen and linen/blend fabrics. This trend is already filtering down to the high street and is certain to be a key look for 2015.

 

Botanical Butterfly

Botanical Butterfly Trend Board

Botanical Butterfly Trend Board – Click to view our fabric collection

Another key trend for Spring 2015 are butterflies and dragonflies. Stunning use of colour and botanical details give butterfly designs a new lease of life in fabric and wallcoverings. Colourways with dark grounds make a dramatic statement and have a designer feel.

Our Botanical printed fabric really has the wow factor with it’s detailed pen and ink flower and butterfly drawing in black and white and a pop of vibrant colour. The sunset colourway in particularly stunning.

 

Graphic Geo

Graphic Geo Trend Board

Graphic Geo Trend Board – Click image to view our fabric collection

With a retro influence, geometric designs this season have a nod to the 80’s with patterns inspired by arcade graphics, repeating elements and crisp lines. Surprising colour combinations with a softened colour palette combined with pale grey, natural and accents of charcoal gives these geometrics a brand new identity.

Featuring a repeating geo motif our Rio printed fabric is perfect for this look.

 

 

 

Mark Making

Mark Making Trend Board

Mark Making Trend Board – Click image to view our fabric collection

A huge trend at Design Week, Mark Making style fabric patterns were seen everywhere – encompassing a range of different effects including tribal style decoration, random brushstrokes, shibori (tie dye), marbling and  paint splattering effects reminiscent of the work on Jackson Pollack. Generally designs feature two tones of colour – black and white or navy and white has graphic impact but use of other colours can create a softer look.

New for 2015, our Palette Printed velvet fits this trend perfectly.

 

 

As at Decorex and Focus last Autumn, textured fabrics, patterns and effects dominate and Animal skin designs are back in vogue. Reptile skin inspired patterns along with leopard, tiger and panther markings provide a whole spectrum of exciting textures.

Forget poor imitation faux furs, the latest animal skin fabrics are about sophisticated fabrics and luxurious textures and UK Curtains and Interiors have a great selection – have a look at our Wildcat, Snakeskin, Safari and Python Designs for inspiration.

By Louise Randle

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

The Boat Race

What Colour Will You Be Supporting This Weekend?

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This weekend is a big one for sporting events – and for colour. But what colour will you be supporting, and will it make a difference to how you watch the contests?

The first of the exhilarating sporting events to come up is the world renowned Grand National in which the finest horses and their jockeys race against one another over a gruelling four mile (three and a half furlong) course consisting of 16 difficult fences, 14 of which are jumped twice. This is the world’s greatest steeplechase, and it began back in 1839. It was the idea of William Lynn, innkeeper and entrepreneur, who owned the Waterloo Hotel in Liverpool. He was the sponsor of a flat race called the Waterloo Cup, but he knew that horse racing could be bigger and better, and he decided to lease some land at Aintree in order to test this idea out. The very first winner of what was then called the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase was Lottery. Captain Becher, another famous horse, was also running, but he fell at the water fence, and to this day it is known as Becher’s Brook.

The race’s name changed to the Grand National Handicap Steeplechase in 1847 and the rest, as they say, is history.

Grand National Race

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This is the one event of the year when even those who would normally never wager on sports decide to take a literal gamble and put some money down. But which horse? Which rider? Everyone has their own way of choosing; it could be a completely random pick, it could be that the name of the horse takes your fancy, or it could be the colours of the silks worn by the jockeys. Beautiful and vibrant, each one is unique and, just like our fabrics at UK Curtains and Interiors, there will be one that suits your personality perfectly.

After the Grand National comes the Boat Race, the age old battle between Oxford and Cambridge. Thousands (perhaps as many as 250,000) of people flock to the banks of the Thames to watch these teams compete and many, when asked who they want to win, will come out with the old joke answer of, “the blue team!” Why a joke? Because both teams wear blue! However, the contrast between Oxford’s deep blue navy and Cambridge’s pale duckegg shades are huge, and if choosing a winner is to do with colour preference, it seems the nation is happily split down the middle.

The Boat Race

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The race has been an annual event since 1856 (although it first took place in 1829), apart from when it was postponed during World War I and II. The course is 4.2 miles along the River Thames, and runs from Putney to Mortlake in London. There has only ever been one draw in all the years of its existence, and Oxford and Cambridge have almost equal wins between them; Oxford has won 78 times, whilst Cambridge has won 81 times.

The event gathers around 15 million viewers on TV, and is a much loved part of the sporting calendar.

So, the big question is: what colour will you be supporting?

By Lisamarie Lamb

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Window Dressing

Our Guide to Buying Fabrics

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We are often asked various questions about fabrics by our customers, so we thought we would put together this guide full of helpful tips and expert guidelines to buying the right fabrics.

Can I use the same fabric for upholstery and curtains?

Some fabrics can be versatile. For curtains the rules are pretty straight forward – as long as the fabric hangs well and feels good to the touch it should be fit for purpose. When it comes to upholstery, we need to be a little stricter. For a fabric to be suitable for upholstery it has to be more hard wearing. In the furnishings industry to class a fabric as an upholstery fabric, it will have had to pass certain tests that ensure it will withstand a certain amount of wear. These standards are usually presented on the fabric but if you are unsure, a quick call to our wonderful customer service team should answer your question quickly.

Are all fabrics fire retardant?

The answer is no. It is not industry standard for a curtain fabric that is to be used in the home to be fire retardant. If however you wanted to use a fabric for contract purposes then yes your fabric would need to meet FR standards. This can be done using an inherent yarn when the fabric is woven or in some cases for standard upholstery a back coating can be applied to the finished fabric.

What is an inter-liner?

An inter-liner is a slightly wadded piece of fabric that sits between the curtain and the lining. The purpose of this is to provide a look of complete luxury. The curtains hang better and feel incredibly sumptuous. It also provides another level of warmth.

How do I know I am selecting the right colour for my room?

This question we get asked a lot and I am pleased to say we can help you here. As you may already know, the one thing that gives UK Curtains and Interiors its unique point is the skill levels of our In-House Designers. We often get customers calling us for help in selecting the right fabric, our design team are always ready to help and after a quick chat, they will be able to understand your needs and put together a selection of samples for you to choose from. Remember we offer a free design service and can send up to 6 free samples.

How do I know what the best trends are?

Once again this is a question for our in-house design team. They visit many of the interior shows and trend seminars and we are delighted to share this information with you through our blogs and pinterest boards. If you have a question about trends, colours or design just give one of our team a call and we will be happy to help.

I can’t find a fabric to match my wallpaper?

Simply send us a swatch of your wallpaper and we will send you cuttings of fabrics that we feel are best suited to your scheme. Looking for a particular type of design, a floral for example – just call or email us with the details and we can do the rest.

I hope that answers some of your questions but  if you have more you can email us at info@ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk and we will get back to you or give us a call on 0845 340 4433 for a friendly chat!

By Louise Dawson

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

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What are you doing for Easter? It’s a question that is being asked more and more these days, even though just a few years ago Easter was not such an opportunity to gather family together, or plan some kind of big celebration, as it is now.

Today Easter is becoming as exciting as Christmas, with decorations, presents, loads of delicious food (traditionally lamb is served in place of turkey) – especially chocolate, of course, which is delivered by the Easter Bunny, who seems to bear a passing resemblance to good of Santa Claus! – and the chance to make some spring time resolutions.

The wonderful thing about Easter is that there are four whole days of holiday to enjoy – double that of Christmas – and it gives us a chance to reflect on the year so far, and regroup to work out where we are going (perhaps literally) now that the weather is changing and the skies are staying bluer for longer.

This year, Easter, comes just after the clocks spring forward into British Summer Time, so it’s the perfect time to ‘put your eggs in one basket’ and start fresh. Make 2015 the year you change it up, the year you do something different, the year you make the most of those four precious days of Easter and that burst of optimism that British Summer Time always brings, and make your house a home to be proud of with help from UK Curtains and Interiors.

Evergreen Willow Fabric

Click image to view our Evergreen Willow Fabric

Bright and sparkling Easter fabrics include the delightful Evergreen Willow which brings the sunny springtime inside and brightens up even the darkest room.

 

 

Serenity Lavender Fabric

Click image to view our Serenity Lavender Fabric

 

Or what about UK Curtains and Interiors’ Serenity style fabric? These butterfly designs are beautiful and give a real feel of calm.

 

 

Tick Tock Verdi Fabric

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For something more bold, there is always the Tick Tock novelty design. The clocks may be going forward, but don’t let yourself be found behind the times – be bold, be brave, and be modern.

 

 

 

Whatever fabric you choose for your reinvigorated post-Easter life, you’ll love the immediate and utterly satisfying changes it brings about. Visit UK Curtains and Interiors for more ideas to freshen up your home.

By Lisamarie Lamb

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk