Cranberryhome Column: Inspirational fabrics for your interiors

Hugo Fleming, Design Director of award-winning local interior design company Cranberryhome, gives us an interiors insight into new fabrics for curtains and blinds and even headboards…

Fabrics really make a house a home, with so many designs and colours to choose from, just where do you start?

Firstly, any window looks so much more presentable if you consider a layered look. Layering a window essentially means adding a blind to the inner part of the window and dressing the outside with curtains.

This sophisticated look needs a little experience to combine patterns, textures and colours. To keep it simple, add a blind in a textured fabric and plain curtains or reverse the look.

Experiment with different curtain headings to add interest and detail. A popular heading is double pleat which is stylish but not too over the top, you can add a button detail to these also.

Alternative headings include: goblet, triple pleat, eyelet and a more contemporary wave curtain heading.

When choosing curtains, always opt for interlining; this adds weight to your curtains, ensures they drape well and serves as an insulating layer in those cold winter months. Curtains look fuller and more expensive too!

Prestigious Textiles Apsley fabric offers a luxurious country feel available in different colour ranges. Here you can add cushions with tassels for that more boutique look.

Choosing a rich colour and pattern for a plain looking bedroom gives it a focal point.

Experiment with different shaped headboards to accentuate the look. Fullerton fabric from Osborne & Little hits the spot and makes a statement headboard.

Adding contrasting piping or tassels to a scheme creates a more bespoke look.

Fabrics are very touchy-feely, so be sure to experience a sample of your fabric first before committing.

Try making cushions out of designer fabric and adding these to lift a plain sofa or chair, adding that finishing touch you need.

Finally, as an alternative, invest in a double pole for your windows. Dress with a curtain on the room side and a voile on the inside for that laying effect. Adding an acrylic curtain pole gives a more contemporary look.

Hugo is Design director of Cranberryhome the award wining interior design and property styling company based in Milton Keynes. Often found at Ask an Expert at Grand Designs Live, Hugo is in demand as an interior designer all over the UK.

This feature was published in the April and May 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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