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

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Blackpool Illuminations

Nostalgia at its best

So as the nights draw in and the days get shorter and we cosy in at home our childhood memories come flooding back. For me the one that I remember best is the Blackpool Illuminations, now a mother myself it’s a must that my children have the same experience and I try and install those very same memories. This year was no exception as we bundled into the car and headed off in search of bright lights.

On arrival into Blackpool we park up and take in the evening air, the first tradition that cannot be changed is fish and chips by the seaside. At this time of year the sea is wild and the wind is biting, but we are wrapped up warm and hardly notice the chill as we tuck into our fish and chips.  We finish right on time to see the lights switch on and we gasp at what Blackpool has to offer.

We walk along the promenade as I have done every year since I was a child, I am cajoled into buying an overpriced plastic flashing toy, the children squeal and wave them around as does every other child that we pass. The familiar smells of Blackpool fill the air and are accompanied by the noise from the amusement arcades that we walk past. For a child it’s a wonderland of fun and excitement, but once the Blackpool Illuminations are switched on even the grownups cannot help but fall back in love with the time forgotten seaside attractions.

Half way along the cold starts to set in and we feel it may be time to head back to the car and drive under the remaining illuminating lights, as I once did as a child. The lights this year are the same as every year bright and flashing, holding a nostalgia that keeps us returning year upon year. Each year they are slightly updated by whatever current trend has taken place, and this year is no exception showcasing the popular children’s television programme Sophia the First, much to my daughters delight.

Blackpool TramsThe illuminated trams and brightly lit horse drawn carriages pass by us each one more delightful than the previous one. This year as the illuminations hits its centenary, the traditional rocket tram has been refurbished and takes pride of place on the promenade.

Eventually we near the end and the car goes quiet as the children settle down for a sleepy ride home. For me it’s just as magical watching it through their eyes and remembering my own childhood experience, of snuggling up in the back of the car watching the lights go by.

With only a few weeks left of this annual event I recommend you take the opportunity to visit Blackpool and experience the extravagant lights. As nothing gets you more prepared for winter and the need to cosy up at home, it somehow doesn’t seem so bad that summer is over and I am now ready for winter and all that it has to bring.

Winter is a time spent mostly at home and I want mine to be warm cosy and ready to instil my children with happy childhood memories. So with that in mind I turn my thoughts to updating my home and making mine a cosy winter palace. Maybe I can take inspiration from the Blackpool Illuminations and decorative lavishly, with embellishments that twinkle just like the lights.

by Louise Dawson

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

An Explosion of Colour

Gun Powder, Treason and Plot – Explosion of Colour!

Take visual inspiration from Guy Fawkes’s celebrated event of gun powder, treason and plot, by giving your living space a dramatic explosion of colour. Whether your living room simply needs a splash of vibrant colour to liven up your comfort zone, or a mix of beautiful contrasting graphic prints to inject some contemporary styling inspirations, the below stunning sophisticated collections from UK Curtains and Interiors have exactly what you need.

Pablo BerryComfort Zone

Lift the look of a tired sofa or armchair by adding a few eye-catching cushions in an assortment of striking colourways and dramatic retro graphic patterns such as our Pablo design for an instant transformation.

Nyala JuiceGo bold with geometric prints like our Nyala design, which is ideal for partnering with plain colours and for layering over contrasting designs for a personalised look that is distinctive and funky.

Choose from rich shades of beautiful berry, damson, or juice to create a classic contemporary customised corner in your home.

 

our Pablo, Nyala, Paloma and Sylvie designsWindow Dressing

Classic stripes are timeless and traditional and perfect for adding designer detail to windows. Upgrade your window dressing, style up displaying floor length curtains that showcase elegant vertical bands of alternating colour to effectively highlight a focal point in your room. The prominent striped fabric of our Pierre design boasts thick and thin regimental inspired stripes in an organised selection of cheerful colours to brighten up those dark days.

Sylvie HyacinthAttention To Detail

Adding a riot of colours, and patterns like our Sylvie or Paloma designs makes a room welcoming and inviting and also brings your interior fashion sense bang up to date. Transforming your home season to season is quick, easy and inexpensive when you incorporate soft furnishings and fabrics to upgrade pieces of furniture and paintwork.

A Paloma Damsonstylish scattering of square, bolster and pillow shaped cushions and a versatile and practical throw can fire up a living room, home office or bedroom with minimum effort. Think like Guy and be inspired to set off an arresting display in your home this Fireworks night.

By Anna Pink

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Are you afraid of the dark

Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

With the shops full to over flowing with pumpkins, witches hats, and ghoulish costumes, it occurred to us that, actually, all those burnt oranges and purples, those deep, dark reds and blacks, far from being terrifying shouldn’t be shied away from. They should – and can – be used to great effect in your home, all year round. So are you afraid of the dark?

Not every home needs to be light and airy, and if you prefer darker shades Halloween is the perfect opportunity to look around for some sensational autumn into winter inspiration. Get the atmosphere right using fabrics and colours, and you might be rather surprised at just how cosy the creepy days can be.

Take our velvet fabrics, for example. Thick, heavy, and luxurious with a hint of the decadent behind it, this is the ideal texture to add mystery and that gothic air to your home. Our Rossini spice plain velvet is a subtle mix of pumpkin orange and another deeper, redder shade that blend wonderfully to give you just the right mix of fruity fun when you want to make a definite dramatic statement. This is absolutely what Dracula himself would use in his castle…

Are you afarid of the dark

Our silk and satin fabrics are just as impressive, and come with a lighter, luxurious side. The shine on these materials conjures up images of flickering campfires where scary stories can be told as the flames crackle and burn. Beautifully evocative and utterly mesmerising, the silk and satin look is in. Why not check out our Duchess plain fabric? It comes in all the Halloween shades you could want, including spice, black, red, and mauve. Or what about Windsor Stripe? With this gorgeous material you don’t just get one beautiful haunting colour, but two to really stand out from the crowd.

Textured chenille is the ultimate in comfort fabric. Heavy and warming, it looks and feels great, and will certainly take the chill off a Halloween night (or any other night, come to that!). We’ve got a number of examples of charming chenille, including our textured Kasuri range (in aubergine, ebony or garnet for the best in gothic thrills) which you won’t want to stop stroking, and the DaVinci damask fabric, which is available in a range of beautiful dark colours such as purple, slate, and raspberry against a gorgeous wheat background.

Who says Halloween only comes once a year? Keep the spirit all winter long with these sumptuous fabrics. And don’t be afraid of the dark…

By Lisamarie Lamb

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

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Need Help? Why Not Ask Our Designers!

For some of us the thought of updating our home seems a challenge too far. The idea of choosing colours and patterns can seem far too extreme and leave you in a panic! Or maybe you know what you want but just need a second opinion or reassurance that your chosen colours or designs work well together before parting with your hard earned cash. Whatever the case, why not speak to one of our talented designers.

Our design team constantly researches the interior market, they visit all the relevant interior design shows and regularly attend trend seminars. With a wealth of knowledge and plenty of design projects already undertaken they can assist in any situation.

Looking for a cheaper alternative……..

Send us a swatch of the fabric you like and we will find something similar at a competitive price.

Trying to match a fabric to your existing scheme…..

If you supply us with a cutting of your wallpaper or a sample of your paint colour we can find a fabric to sit with it perfectly.

Can’t find what you are looking for on our website……..

We have access to such a wide range of fabrics that we simply cannot fit it all on our website but don’t despair as we may be able to source a fabric to match for your specific requirements.

Need advice on putting together your interior scheme……..

From what type of window dressing would suit your room to which type of fabric or design is best suited to your soft furnishings, we will be happy to help.

So whatever your dilemma and whatever your budget our design team are on hand with the help and advise you need to achieve your perfect look, we are here to help.

Contact us now on 0845 3404433 or via our contact us page, and we will happily assist you in whatever way we can.

By The Team at UK Curtains and Interiors

http://www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

Latest Trends from Decorex and Focus 2014

Decorex is renowned as being the best place to identify the latest trends in the world of luxury interiors and this September it didn’t disappoint. At Focus 2014, held at the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, the interior showrooms opened their doors to the industry presenting their fabulous new collections of designer textiles, wallcoverings and furnishings.

Over the last few weeks we’ve had chance to digest all the information collected from visiting the shows and here, exclusively for the readers of our blog, are some of the key trends which we feel are going to be important in the forthcoming seasons:

Tropical BrightsTropical Brights

A real statement trend with vivid colour and bold large scale designs. Look out for exotic birds, flowers and foliage and dragonfly motifs along with crocodile and snakeskin inspired textures. We love the new range by Matthew Williamson for interior fabrics and wallcoverings company “Osbourne and Little”

Our Sylvie and Paloma printed fabrics sit well in this trend.

 

Tree TimeTree Time

Artistic interpretations of trees, branches and leaves in a variety of drawing styles and with a predominantly neutral palette. Bark like patterns can be seen in textured fabrics and wallcoverings. Owl motifs provide a further link with this woodland story.

View our Ferndale and Evergreen designs if this theme appeals to you or if you are looking for quirky Owl motifs take a look at our “Feathered Friends” printed fabric

 

Madam ButterflyMadam Butterfly

Oriental inspiration is huge and chinoiserie motifs and drawing styles are seen in a wide range of designs from classic toiles, beautifully drawn florals featuring lotus flowers, birds and butterflies, fretwork patterns and designs with a more quirky take on the oriental theme featuring geisha motifs… even painterly fish motifs (Harlequins “Koi” design)

If you are looking for an Oriental themed fabric, have a look at our Lotus and Cherry Blossom Designs.

 

Nordic Home Nordic Home

Wool fabrics are a classic look for interiors with stylish checks, stripes and plains. and The Nordic trend encompases these classic fabrics and brings the look up to date with simple Scandinavian motifs, faux fur and photo realistic images of wolf, elk and stags  in a subdued nature inspired colour palate.

We have a range of wool fabrics to suit all budgets so why not take a look at our online range, make use of our free swatch service and create your own Nordic Home.

 

Abstract GeometricAbstract Geometric

Geometric fabrics and wallcoverings, particularly chevrons and linear designs create a clean modern look. Patterns play with layering and opacity and form the focus of the interior scheme when teamed with simple furniture and plain white walls.

UK Curtains and Interiors have a huge range of geometric designs online for you to select from.

 

 

Textured PatternTextured Pattern

Pattern becomes texture and textures become pattern in this look which includes design elements such as marbling, moire, bark like textures, loose geometrics, random brushstrokes / mark making and layering. Fabric and wallpaper designs appear seamless without any obvious repeat.

 

 

 

So now you are aware of what’s on trend why not start thinking about how you can update your home.

We hope our moodboards of the latest fabric trends will inspire you with your next interior decorating project.

by Louise Randle

http://www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk/

Autumnal Feel

Autumnal Feel

The nights are drawing in, the days are getting darker, and there is a definite chill in the air, even if the sun does try to make its presence felt. There is a definite autumnal feel, and along with conkers, daddy long legs, and long sleeves, it’s time to start preparing your home for the cold winter months. How better than to change your interior colours to match the outside ones – it will make your home feel cosy and warm (and they’re easy on the eye too!).

So what kinds of fabrics are ‘in’ for the autumn to winter season? What sorts of colours are on trend this year?

The key when choosing the perfect fabric for your interior designs is to think warm. Think cosy. Think snuggling up in front of an open fire (even if you don’t have one). It’s dark and dismal outside, but as long as it’s comfortingly decorated inside, no one really cares.

There are some excellent wool look fabrics this year, and this trend is fantastic as not only does it look good, but it ensures a beautifully homely house as well. These lined materials are traditionally designed with warmth and style in mind, and our Harris wool look is perfect for creating that snug as a bug feeling in your own home. Using muted reds, mustard shades, deep oranges, and warm taupes you really can make autumn and winter come alive for you.

For something a little less traditional but with all the gorgeous textures and cheerfulness of a wool look fabric, why not try a woven leaf design? Now your interior can match the exterior as the leaves fall prettily from the trees. There will be no mistaking your autumn fabrics when you take down your light summer curtains and replace them with these sumptuous and attractive designs. Try Claremont, Aliona, or Palma in camel, dusk, or dove to make everything a little lighter whilst still retaining your cosy feel.

Like the leaves but aren’t sure about the warm glow of the reds and oranges? Don’t worry, there is something for you too. Pewter grey is a sensationally popular choice this year, and there are plenty of stunning styles that incorporate this modern colour palette why not try this colour in our Aragon, or Lugo designs. Whether you prefer super shimmery or more matt, you can be bold and brilliantly different when you add a crisp silvery shine to your interiors.

To really stand out from the crowd, perhaps it’s time to go for a textured fabric. Textured chenille or velvet semi plains are perfect for adding depth and interest to your interior fabrics. Take a look at our Kasuri fabric in sumptuous warm shades such as sesame or garnet. Another great tip to create a cosy living space is to mix and match your textures – layering them together to provide you with plenty of comfort for the coming season. The best way to do this is to invest in a variety of textured cushions and throws, this also helps instantly update a tired/plain sofa.

Whether you choose traditional autumn hues or branch out and try the refreshingly modern winter tones, you know your autumn and winter nights are going to be spent in splendour.

by Lisamarie Lamb

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk

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TwoRuba

TwoRuba is the new bar and restaurant situated at the Hilton Hotel in London’s Tower Bridge. The thinking behind the interior design was that it should be an incredibly flexible space. During the day the aim is to be a casual coffee bar, then come the evening a more sleek and fashionable
cocktail bar come restaurant is revealed.

This transformation is cleverly achieved by a large mesh drapery curtain which acts as a kind of catwalk linking the bars that are split across three levels to one another, with dramatic ceiling pendant lights that help guide you through the area.

To help with the inspired theme of duality the fabrics and materials used in creating this incredible place are those of complete contrast; Deep purple suede and leather contrast beautifully with concrete,  brass and timber in a stunning mix of contemporary and tradition.

The designers involved in this interior project have done a  truly stunning job. Seeing a space that has been so creatively put together can make us want to re-design our own interior space perfect for our lifestyle. You may need a space in your home suitable for more than one function…..eating and socialising for example, or work and relaxation.  So why not be inspired and create your own “TwoRuba” – Whatever the functionality you require – you can find loads of ideas at UK Curtains and Interiors. If you are stuck for a solution why not call us and one of our talented designers can help you create your perfect space.

by Louise Dawson

www.ukcurtainsandinteriors.co.uk