Cobalt Blue & Yellow

Colour Combination of the Month – Cobalt Blue and Yellow

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Welcome to a new year of colour inspiration at UK Curtains and Interiors. This month, we are dedicating our January colour blog to an exciting colour combination – Cobalt Blue and Yellow.

We first started talking about Cobalt Blue in Spring 2014 when it featured as a strong colour at London Fashion Week. (Click here to see last years Cobalt Blue blog) It is now filtering through as a trend for interiors from fabrics through to accessories.

Cobalt Blue is a real statement colour which will instantly refresh a tired scheme. Teaming Cobalt Blue with shades of uplifting sunshine yellow or yellow greens creates a really striking colour scheme. Using these strong primary colours in combination will bring life and vitality to any interior.

At UK Curtains and Interiors we are staying ahead of the game and already reviewed our made to measure fabric range to ensure we have products that reflect this vibrant look. We love the Paolo, Mosaic and Nerina printed velvet fabrics in the striking Mineral colourway which features cobalt blue teamed with yellow greens and aqua on a neutral ground.

Paola, Mosaic, Nerina Designs

Click the image above to view these designs Paola Mineral, Mosaic Mineral, Nerina Mineral

These fabulous designs are also available in a number of other colourways. If you are not sure about using such bold pattern in your interior, we also have a great selection of plain fabrics to introduce these colours into your room. Using areas of solid contrasting colours adjacent to each another, especially bright primary colours is another key trend for interiors in 2015. Be sure to use white with the scheme to balance the look.

Colour Blocking your Interiors

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So why not start off your year with a new decorating project and liven up your interior…perhaps with Optimistic Blue and Yellow. Order your free fabric samples at UK Curtains and Interiors.

By Louise Randle

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Fairmont Collection

Introducing the Fairmont Collection from Clarke and Clarke

We here at UK Curtains and Interiors would like to introduce the new Angus, Argyle and Kellie designs from Clarke and Clarke’s Fairmont Collection to our made to measure curtain, roman blinds and fabric by the meter range. These dual purpose fabrics are available in 5 classic colour groups: Charcoal, Denim, Duck Egg, Raspberry & Taupe.

The stunning Kellie design is an intricate exotic bird and floral toile print on a linen ground. This fabric also contains viscose which makes it perfect for drapery and is available in 3 colourways – Charcoal, Denim and Raspberry.

Kellie Design

Kellie Design in Charcoal, Denim and Raspberry

Argyle Denim

Argyle Denim

Argyle is a simple classic herringbone fabric suitable for both upholstery and drapery and the final design in the group, Angus, is a textured semi plain. These designs are both woven with space dyed yarns which create a unique marled shading effect in the fabric.

They perfectly complement the Kellie print with their 5 co-ordinating colours of Charcoal, Denim, Duck Egg, Natural and Taupe

 

Angus Denim

Angus Denim

   The Argyle and Angus fabrics have high abrasion resistance with a blend of viscose, linen and cotton fibre so are great for upholstery.

These fabulous linen blend fabrics are also available to purchase by the metre for your own projects. View the full range of colourways and order your free swatches at UK Curtains and Interiors.

 

 

By Louise Randle

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

The Artiste Collection - New for 2015

New for 2015 – the Artiste Collection from Clarke and Clarke

We are pleased to announce that UK Curtains and Interiors have just introduced the Artiste Collection from Clarke and Clarke to our fabrics range. These stunning digitally printed fabrics on a velvet look ground co-ordinate perfectly together and are suitable for both drapery and upholstery.

The collection consists of the following designs all printed on a velvet like ground which has a unique quality and drapes beautifully:

Ersilia design in Raspberry

Ersilia design in Raspberry

Ersilia – This delicate floral design is artistically produced in a painterly style and available in 8 colourways:

 

 

 

Mosaic Design in Raspberry

Mosaic Design in Raspberry

Mosaic – An intricate mosaic design in a contemporary ikat pattern, adds contrast to the other painterly designs in the collection and is available in fully co-ordinating colouways.

 

 

 

 

Nerina Design in Raspberry

Nerina Design in Raspberry

Nerina – The 2nd floral design in the collection, digitally printed to recreate the beautiful watercolour detail, has a more abstract feel to Ersilia and is available in the same 8 colourways.

 

 

 

Paola Design in Raspberry

Paola Design in Raspberry

Paola – This bold watercolour stripe sits harmoniously with the other designs in the collection and also available in 8 colourways.

 

 

 

The above designs are availalable in 8 colourways:

Chartreuse – contemporary mimosa yellow and grey

Chintz – a predominantly red colourway with green and natural accents

Damson – a sophisticated grey and mauve colourway

Mineral – fresh blues and greens create a cool modern look

Natural – an easy to use neutral

Raspberry – a bright colourway featuring fuschia and leaf green

Spice – a modern take on terracotta with warm reds, green and cream

Teal – coral and soft pink teamed with complementary teal

 

Palette Design in Lime

Palette Design in Lime

Palette – Finally this palette knife textured paint effect print completes the story and introduces a versatile semi plain design to the range. Perfect for cushions, upholstered items, drapery and trim details, this design is available in 7 striking colours including Lime, Natural, Damson, Chintz (a warm earthy red), Spice and Mineral (Teal).

 

 

Also available as made to measure curtains and blinds, these fabrics really do have the wow factor and you have to see for yourself the detail and stunning colour of the designs. Why not order a set of samples to see how this collection could transform your home.

Visit our website UK Curtains and Interiors.co.uk to view the full collection and order your samples.

By Louise Randle

 

Made to Measure Cameo

Your Guide to Buying our Made to Measure

At UK Curtains and Interiors we have so many designs in our collection all in a wide range of colours and textures.  Here’s a step by step guide to how you select your perfect made to measure curtains.

Step 1. Decide what type of curtain you want. If you want a contemporary curtain, then an eyelet curtain is a good choice.  If you are looking for a more traditional look our pencil pleat may be better suited. We also have a triple pinch pleat option.

Heading Styles

Step 2. Decide on your colour area. You may already have a favourite piece of furniture and you want to decorate around this, or you want to match to your new wallpaper.  If this is case then you can narrow down your options by selecting from our colour groups online. Remember you can always send us a cutting of your wallpaper or a photo of your room and our in-house designer will send you samples of fabrics that we feel would compliment your decor. 

Step 3. Now it’s time to choose from our huge selection of fabrics. We have so many designs and styles to choose from, and the good news is you can select up to 6 samples and we will send them to you free of charge so you can look at them in your own home before ordering.

Step 4. Once you have made your final fabric choice, simply go to the made to measure section of our website, click on your chosen fabric  and add  your measurements into our on line calculator. Your made to measure price is clearly displayed. We have a simple on line guide which shows you how to measure for your curtains in step by step detail. Be sure to enter the width and height measurements in the correct boxes.

How to Measure

Check out our How to Measure for Made to Measure Curtains Video.

Step 5. Once you have input all your information simply click proceed to checkout where you will be able to complete your order. If at any time you need assistance please give us a call as we are always happy to help. And remember for orders over £99.00 delivery is free.

Happy shopping

By Louise Dawson

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

It’s 2015; happy new year! We at UK Curtains & Interiors hope you had a fantastic time over the festive period. Did you make any resolutions? Is it time for a spring clean? Perhaps it’s a bit of both, and change is afoot. Making little changes here and there at major intervals in life (Christmas, a big birthday, after an illness) can have a huge effect on our well being, and can drastically alter our mood and outlook on life – if you have made resolutions to change this year, perhaps the first step is to start with your home interiors. It’s a small thing that makes a massive difference.

The decorations are (probably) down by now, and all the empty space is just ripe with possibilities. The sofa that looked so small when all your family were squashed in beside each other on it now looks huge again, and ready for a makeover. The curtains that matched the red, green, and gold tinsel that managed to get itself tangled in everything now look odd with nothing to worth with. They definitely need to be freshened up. And the cushions that made the room look cosy and festive before the new year now make it look tired and dated.

Not to worry; It’s time for a change.

And at UK Curtains and Interiors, with our incredible January sale, you can receive 20% off Made to Measure Curtains and Roman blinds, 15% off Fabrics by the metre and PVC Fabrics, and 10% off Readymade Curtains, Bedding, Cushions, and Throws!

What are you waiting for?

Hanna Raspberry Fabric

Our Hanna Raspberry Fabric

If you need some inspiration, why not check out the Lois design? Floral yet simple, and ideal for getting in the mood for spring, this lovely fabric comes in an array of colours from light sand to bright citrus. Or what about the Hanna fabric? This is a fresh and lively fabric will put a spring in your step – and spring in your home – whatever you choose to use it for.

 

Bloom Cushion Cover

Our Bloom Cushion Cover

Cushions can be an easy way to change things up, and we’ve got plenty of them. Our Bloom cushion design is spring encapsulated in a big, flowery way.

 

 

 

Bright Butterfly Cushion Cover

Our Bright Butterfly Cushion Cover

Our Bright Butterfly cushions are a vibrant way to make a statement about how you want this year to go.

 

Browse our collection and find the fabric that’s just right for you and your new year.

By Lisamarie Lamb

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Once again it’s the time of the year when our thoughts turn to giving. Christmas is a time of celebration, merriment and joy that is usually shared with family and friends. Whether your festivities are traditionally a grand affair or an intimate occasion remember to take some time to think of others who may not be as fortunate as you.

Enjoy the holiday spirit by indulging in traditions old and new. Go caroling with friends, watch soppy Christmas movies and don’t forget to leave a treat out for Santa.

Spread festive cheer

Whenever you hear those cheery Christmas songs make an effort to smile and sing along. Being cheerful really lifts your mood and helps you enjoy the festivities. You’ll also be spreading the contagious cheer everywhere you go.

Decorate your home

Make your home inviting for everyone. Dressing up your home for Christmas has unlimited possibilities and creates a welcoming environment for family and friends. Putting up the traditional Christmas tree, hanging twinkling lights and displaying a homemade wreath on your door are just a few popular seasonal examples of how to quickly transform your home.

Wrap gifts with style

Give your smaller, personal gifts a touch of luxury by wrapping them in luxuriously tactile fabric. Decorate with a pretty bow.

Gift kindness

Christmas is not just about the presents. To really enjoy the true meaning of Christmas give without expectation of receiving. An act of kindness like giving to someone less fortunate will make you truly appreciate all that you have. Consider buying an additional gift for a stranger, giving a charitable donation or gifting your time by volunteering at a homeless shelter.

From everyone at UK Curtains and Interiors we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2015!

Post Christmas Sale

We also want to let you know about our Post-Christmas Sale with 20% Off everything on our website. The sale starts on Boxing Day ending at midnight on the 1st January.

To redeem your discount please enter the following code at the checkout XMAS14.

 

 

 

By Anna Pink

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Aged Metals - Metallics

Trend of the Month – Metallics

Following on from our blog on the 27th October “Latest Trends from Decorex and Focus 2014”, this month we are covering a specific trend that we feel is going to be strong for the winter months and beyond – Metallics.

Metallic effects in fabrics and wall coverings have evolved and developed significantly over the last few years. Where we only used to see bright silver and gold, the metallic colours seen in new collections are far more sophisticated ranging from silvery tones of pewter and steel, soft champagne golds, through to rose gold, bronze and copper. Special finishes and effects are reminiscent of burnished or aged metals.

These various tones of metallics are the perfect way to add a touch of luxury to your interior, whether you use them in small accents through accessories or discreet details or go all out with shimmery fabrics and metallic wallpapers, you can create drama and interest in the smallest of spaces. Different metallics can also be used together in a scheme and this is a fabulous way to create a stunning on trend interior.

We love this stunning bedroom featuring a soft gold metallic wallpaper, silver and mirrored furniture and a bed base and headboard upholstered in a complementary shimmery fabric.

Metal Interiors Wallpaper

Bedroom scheme using metallics

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UK Curtains and Interiors have a great selection of furnishing fabrics including metallics. Our “Sparkle” fabric is a shimmery faux silk embellished with diamonte details and “Glitter” is a chenille fabric with subtle flecks of metallic yarn.

Decorating with metallic is perfect for the festive season and with Christmas just around the corner the use of sophisticated tones of silver, gold or copper will create a stylish look for your home.

Sainsbury's Christmas Decorations

A selection of metallic decorations from Sainsbury’s Home

By Louise Randal

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

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