Articles from Alison

Colour’s for Autumn/Winter 2014

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There are four key words being used to describe the new colour palette for Autumn/Winter 2014,  Blush,Frame,Axis and Herald, I usually check the Pantone chart and get their buzzword for the latest hot to trot colour being promoted among designers but I’m liking these names as the descriptive of what we will be seeing in the fashion sector and  interior decor for the approaching months, yes time is flying by since radiant orchid appeared in Spring 2014, a shade we will be taking with us into Winter.
Blush, there will be a blend of both feminine and masculine colours, soft shades will be introduced to a darker undertone, light V dark ,the  use of soft colours against more dominant textures, use the blend to enhance the Yin/Yang relationship.
Frame, will bring us a bright colour palette as a stark contrast, synthetic colours will be used like lime green or electric blue.  Technology the influence behind the theme, geometric designs to create a fun and young decor.
Axis will be the natural contribution taken from the environment, patterns magnified or with a 3D effect with an element of natural V manmade, a futuristic look in style.
Then we have Herald, a throwback of a Regal age, decadent and historic. Bright and strong with a traditional look in fibre and weave, used with grandeur by way of tassle”s and trims  bringing elegance.
A mix of harmonies and something for everyone to enhance the home environment, choose a classic and mix with fashion, take a bold choice and mix with a staple favourite, try unexpected colour combinations. Enjoy a cosmic blend of loveliness in your living space.

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Pearl 75 unveiled in Mallorca

Last night saw the unveiling for the first time in Majorca of the Pearl 75 , designed by Bill Dixon with the interior created by Kelly Hoppen. As always a fabulous night in the Port Portals Marina , a popular place for yachting enthusiasts within the luxury of the sought after location boasting good dining and designer shopping.

The Pearl 75 yacht had many features for the keen yachtsman, a high end ” Boy’s Toy ” of engineering technology and many extra’s, the reception was well met with those invited, enjoying a champagne reception.

The Yacht interior was , in my humble opinion , rather ” griege ” , and lacking a bit of “Wow” factor , usually when “dressing” a home for selling it is key to keep within the realms of neautral therefore not pressing your particular choice of style and colour scheme on a prospective buyer encouraging them to add their personality to the home after purchase, but did Kelly play too safe with this project ?? methinks Yes.
All of the colour scheme remained throughout the yacht it melded into one colour palette, I personally loved the carpeting showing texture , good idea with the comings and goings of sailing , the furniture was basic beige or cream , a good safe choice, but cushions and highlighting decor kept the same too!!, even down to the pictures on the wall ( is floral the way to go??) , not a bit of contrast to be seen, no accent to enhance, a bit of a Zara Home’s 2012 meets Yachting 2013 ( I Love Zara by the way -at home ) and the vases on a bedside table !!! where does my cocktail sit ? If you can afford the Pearl 75 Yacht you have “sanctuary” and proper use of colour would enhance that , you have the option to go to the East whenever you want I assume , so don’t you deserve some excitement in the colour scheme while in the Med, some style when cruising ?? I think so, I am not suggesting a “wild” scheme but character is also part of life, and a little goes a long way.

The lighting was great even fun , interesting use of windows to add light through the below deck corridor was inventive , the blinds within the glass panes a good and practical idea. The use of space a marvel, I loved the drawer space, and the bathroom’s were as ultra modern as you would expect in a luxury home. All in all a great use of the space giving the impression the 75 foot was actually much longer. Well done there.

by Alison Coplen

http://www.superiorinteriores.com/

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Terminology

Are you interested in learning more about windowcoverings?
Start with these terms and you’ll soon know the difference between butterfly pleats and fan shades, festoons and cascades.
Here’s a guide to windowcovering terms, from A to Z:
A
Apron: Window molding located below the window sill on a window frame.
Arched Valance: A valance treatment that is arched along the lower edge.
Austrian Shade: A fabric windowcovering with soft draping scallops which run the length of the shade. They move up and down by a series of cords threaded through rings.
Awning Windows: Windows which are hinged on top and swing outward to open. They are usually rectangular, and wider than they are long.
B
Balloon Shades: Fabric shades with deep inverted pleats that fall into airy, rounded poufs at the bottom.
Bay Window: A window area that extends outward from the main wall, forming an protrusion on the exteriof of the home.
Bias: This term refers to the grain in fabric. The bias grain runs diagonally at a 45 degree angle to the straight grain and tends to stretch when pulled.
Bishop’s Sleeve Curtains: Extra long curtain panels that are cinched up gathered up and over the cinched area.
Box Pleats: Deep, inverted, tailored pleats which are flat on the right side of the drapery to create a classical boxy look.
Brighton Shades: Similar to balloon shades, but without the pleats, rings, and cords along the sides. This allows the sides to fall in relaxed tails. The center section is usually wider than the sides.
Butterfly Pleats : A pleat with two, rather than three, folds to distinguish it from the basic pinch pleat.
C
Cafe Curtains: A window treatment that covers only the bottom half of a window. A cafe rod is most often hung at the halfway point of the window, at sash level.
Cascades: Side panels, usually pleated, which flank swags. They can be long or short.
Casement Window: A casement window has two verical sections that crank open outward.
Casing: A tunnel of fabric created by stitching parallel seam on folded fabric. A curtain rod is threaded through the casing.
Cathedral Window: These windows are usually seen in rooms with cathedral ceilings. The top of the window follows the slope of the ceiling. Many times the sloped top of the window is left bare.
Combination Rods: Two or three drapery rods sharing one set of brackets. They are used when installing draperies with sheers, or to create any layered look.
Cornice: A decorative wooden, fabric, or foam header placed above a window to conceal drapery hardware.
Curtain: Usually unlined, a curtain is a panel of hemmed fabric hung from a rod at the top of a window. Panels can be floor length or end at the windowsill.
D
Draw Draperies: Draperies which hang from a traverse rod and can be drawn to open or closed over the window by means of a cording system. Double Fullness: Using fabric that is twice the measured width of the window. Double fullness creates a fuller look and that is more pleasing to view than skimpy fabric. Dowel: A round of unfinished wood that is available in many lengths and sizes. Dowels can be used as inexpensive curtain rods, and can be painted, stained, or fabric-covered, and finished with finials on each end. Draping: A technique of looping and securing fabric in graceful curves and folds.
E
Envelope Shades: Casual curtains attached to a mounting board and hung as a pair of flat panels. The bottom inside corners are pulled out and hooked onto the wall.
F
Facing: The strip of fabric that is sewn to the raw edge of a fabric and folded back to the wrong side.
Fan Shades: Arcs of fabric pulled together in the center by cords and rings fastened to the back of the shades. The arc, or fan, faces down. When lowered, the shade becomes a flat panel.
Fan Curtains: The same as the fan shade, but used on half circle windows with the fan facing up. A curved curtain rod is required to install fan curtains.
Festoon : see Swag.
Finial: A decorative piece attached to the ends of drapery rods. Usually made of wood or metal and can be many sizes and shapes.
Finish: Product applied to fabric as a protection against water marks and fading.
French Door : A door with with rectangular panes of glass extending the full length. Usually hung with a pair of doors in one frame, with both doors opening outward.
Fringe: A decorative trim sewn onto the edges and hems of curtain panels and rugs. Also often used to decorate pillows and lampshades.
Fullness: Refers to the width of the fabric in relation to the curtain rod. Most window treatments are two to three times fullness.
Header: The top edge of a rod-pocket curtain that forms a ruffle when the curtain is on the rod.
Hopper Windows : These windows are hinged at the bottom and open inward from the top – the reverse of awning windows.
J
Jabot: Piece of fabric, long or short, which drape down on either side of a swag or valance, often pleated and tapered.
K
Kick Pleated Valances: Constructed like box pleats, but the pleats are spaced further apart.
Knotting: A technique used when looping and arranging fabric panels.
L
Lambrequins: Eleborate cornices, usually made of wood, which extend all or part of the way down the sides of the window. They are often padded and upholstered.
Lining: Fabric used as a backing for drapery panels. Lining can provide body and fullness, light control, and privacy. Often lining fabrics are decorative and chosen to be a pleasing contrast to the drapery fabric.
M
Mounting Board: A wooden board installed either inside or outside the window frame to which some types of window treatments are attached.
Mullion: Wood trim that sets off smaller panes of glass in a window.
N
Nap A fabric with a texture or design that runs on one direction such as corduroy and velvet. A fabric with a nap will often look different when viewed from various directions. When using a fabric with a nap, all peices must be cut and sewn together so the nap runs in only one direction.
O
Overlap: The area where drapery panels lap over each other at the center of a two-way traverse rod.
P
Passementerie: Fancy edgings or trims which emphasize the shape of the curtain, such as fringe, tassels, braid, and ruffles. Plinth: A square of decorative wood installed at the corners of a window frame.
Puddled Curtains: Curtains with long side panels allowed to drape and puddle onto the floor to create a soft, full look.
Projection: The distance from the front of the drapery rod to the wall on which it is mounted.
R
Railroading: Refers to using fabric horizontally rather than vertically. Fabric without a nap or a directional design can be railroaded easily. Used to avoid seams in long lengths of fabric (as in dust ruffles).
Repeat: How often the pattern is duplicated at intervals down the fabric or wallcovering. One repeat is one full pattern.
Return: The portion of the drapery extending from the corner of the rod to the wall, enclosing the brackets of the drapery hardware.
Right Side: The printed side of the fabric that is used as the finished side of an item. The right side generally has the most color and the most finished look to it.
Rings: Rings of wood or plastic are hooked or sewn to the top edge of a curtain and these rings are then threaded through the curtain rod.
Rod Pocket Curtains: The most common window treatment. A stitched pocket at the top of the curtain is gathered or shirred onto a curtain rod.
Roller Shades: Shades made of vinyl or fabric attached to spring rollers, mounted to the inside window casing or the window frame.
Roman Shades: Drawn up from the bottom by means of cords and rings, these shades create horizontal folds when raised. A roman shade panel is flat when lowered and covers the window glass completely.
Ruching: Extremely tight gathers used as a decorative top finish to a panel.
S
Self-Styling Tape: A stiff tape with woven-in cords used to create pleated and shirred curtains. Selvage: The selvage edges of fabric are the finished sides of the lengthwise grain.
Sheer: A drapery panel made of sheer or translucent fabric, sometimes used underneath an outer drapery.
Shirred Curtains: Curtains stretched tightly and gathered on rods at both the top and the bottom.
Stackback (or stacking space) : The area of the wall where drapery comes to rest when it is opened and the window is exposed. Draperies are sometimes installed so that the stackback clears the window frame, allowing an unobstructed view.
Stagecoach Valance: Used on narrow windows, this is a panel of fabric mounted on a board, and attached to the inside frame of the window. It is rolled up and tied in the center with a ribbon.
Straight Grain: The lengthwise threads of the fabric, running parallel to the selvages.
Swag : One or more pieces of fabric draped over a rod, typically used at the top of a window treatment with jabots. Also known as a festoon.
Tab-Top Curtains: Curtains with fabric bands attached to the top into which a decorative curtain rod is inserted.
Tension Rod: A curtain rod which stays in place inside the window frame through spring tension.
Tie-Tab Curtains: Similar to tab-top curtains, but with ribbons or fabric bands tied over the rod, instead of sewn in place.
Tiebacks : Fabric bands, cords, or other material that shape the curtain or drape and holds them back from the window.
Traverse Rod: Adjustable drapery rods that open and close the window treatment by pulling a cord.
Trim: Decorative cording, braids, or fringes applied to the edges or hems of draperies, to match or contrast the panel fabric.
Triple Fullness: A fabric panel that is three times the width of the window. Often sheers and lightweight curtains are made in triple fullness.
V
Valance : A window treatment that covers the top of the window and the drapery hardware. A valance is made of matching or contrasting fabric, often with a casing at the top, and gathered onto a curtain rod. .
Velcro: Hook and loop tape used for attaching fabric to a mounting board. Sometimes used for lightweight fabrics and valances.
Venetian Blinds: Blinds made of metal or wooden slats, attached to cloth tape, and worked by a cord on a pulley system, and available in many widths, colors, and sizes. Blinds provide excellent light control while allowing some view to the outside.
W
Warp and Weft: Refers to the direction threads in a fabric. Warp threads run the length of the fabric. Warp threads are crossed by the weft threads that run from selvage to selvage across the width of the fabric.
Window Scarf: A long piece of fabric casually draped over a pole or rod at the top of a window like a valance. The center is gently pulled down to create a soft curve.
Wrong Side: The back of the fabric. The less finished side that may have stray threads or a more rough look to it.

Beige is not boring

Interior Design

Beige is a neutral, maybe even “the” neutral, described as a light brown colour that might also be called taupe, tan, camel or even caramel. In fact, just about any very light shade of brown could be referred to as beige. Beige is called a neutral because it is neither warm nor cold and it matches nearly everything. While other neutrals like black and white could make bold statements when it comes to interior design, beige is a better choice if you prefer subtle looks.

interior design by alison coplen of superior interiors, mallorcaWhen the trend for Neutrals became popular and nearly every client I saw was asking for makeovers in the natural colourings, I eventually found it very bland, I zoned out mentally as there was no challenge or excitement in the decorating process for me. I realised that the choice was mostly a desire to keep the home simplistic and calming and even with a big range of fabrics to choose from I did, dare I say it, become bored at times. I had tried to embrace it and even bought the fabric to recover my own sofa’s in a light cream, I took it home to double check when it arrived but when I laid it on the sofa and stood back I could not go through with it and continued with my personal love of a bit of drama.

The fabric choice began to diminish with my suppliers, the designers were attempting to bring a bit of drama back in and phase the neutral out , prints were bold and bright, but it did not last, by what must have been popular demand the choice began to return when I viewed collections, and now I have a much broader selection, but the past couple of season’s have shown a wonderful introduction with textures and combinations. beautiful mixes with natural textures of linen’s and silks and fabulous velvets, faux suede’s and leather’s. The shades are so rich that beige is now never boring.

Helpful hints with the Naturals:

One of the tricks to decorating with beige and creating interest is to choose different shades of beige. You can choose a rich, camel coloured carpet or rug and match that with beige walls that are so light they are almost cream coloured. You can draw attention to the colour in the walls by adding trim that is a milky, white shade. You can also add visual interest to your room by choosing beige features with patterns. You can put up a beige damask wallpaper and match that with a beige, striped couch. These patterns will be subtle but make your room look luxurious.

Shades of beige are not the only choices when going neutral. Greys and even blues have entered the neutral category recently. 

interior design by alison coplen of superior interiors, mallorcaMushroom tones, taupe’s, a pale limestone colour or grey If you find the right grey, it really looks good with camel. You can play with that layering effect

Include the dark neutrals, which can create drama.

You might not think of blue as a neutral, but it just depends on the shade. 

Paint can date so fast, now we are seeing a lot of grey. It seemed like chocolate was big for a long time, but now it seems that Grey tones are coming back.

A serene paint palette can be brought to life with a mixture of texture and metallic finishes. Play with texture and shimmer in order to create excitement in a neutral space.

Choosing the right colours makes all the difference because it causes less work in the long run. 

To avoid a monochromatic colour scheme, bumping the colour of your wall up or down one shade on the colour wheel to create a 3-D effect. On a wall, use a lighter colour on top and a darker colour on the bottom. The two shades maintain the neutral palette and create contrast.

When you get right neutrals together, it really has this great effect of feeling timeless and sophisticated but still casual.

If you have too much beige in your room, for example, your walls, flooring and furniture are all beige, you risk making your space look drab. You can brighten up your rooms and make them look sunnier by adding white to the beige. For example, if you already have beige flooring and beige walls, buy white furniture. This will give your home a beachy feel and make it look cleaner. You can also add black accessories. Add a mirror with a big black frame or some black wooden tables and chairs you your beige room. You can also add black scatter pillows to your seating.

Every room needs a little bit of bling. By using unique finishes like tile, or wallpaper infused with textured beading, neutral shades can feel very glamorous. Bring in bits of colour with gold leafing, copper and gold.

Different combinations of fabrics are very important if you are going to go all neutral in a room. A textured rug, silk pillows, even in the same cream tone, will look different. Mixing the same colour in different textures creates a unique feel

A neutral is the perfect backdrop for all the special details in your space — whether an art collection or pieces from world travels. Accessories and furnishings can speak volumes. A backdrop that is neutral helps those pieces stand out.
interior design from alison coplen of superior interors, mallorca

Your Bedroom


by Alison Coplen

bedrooms from alison coplen of majorca magazine and superior interiors of mallorca(majorca)You probably already know that your bedroom should be your safe haven … your oasis … your special retreat. It is the place where you end your day and begin a new one. Therefore, shouldn’t your bedroom make you smile and feel comforted?

1. Paint your bedroom in your favourite colour. Waking up to a colour you love is the perfect way to start your day. whatever the latest fashion says in the “in shade”. If you love orange, then include it in your bedroom decor as a  statement or  add accents in your favourite colour. 

Just use colours you truly enjoy for a personal bedroom design.

2. Use comfortable and inviting fabrics, . many people find it difficult to coordinate different fabric patterns or textures. In fact, many bedroom design ideas can become too fussy, start off keeping it simple and develop the style and look which appeals to you,

bedrooms from alison coplen of majorca magazine and superior interiors of mallorca(majorca)Choose a fabric that compliments your paint colour and use it in your drapes, or your bedding… and even in an upholstered chair. Don’t forget the cushions, they add the luxury touch.

3. Add candles and mood lighting. Lighting can enhance a bedroom design far more than you may realise. Yes, you need lamps for task lighting, but to really create a bedroom that is glowing, soft and relaxing you need some mood lighting.

This can be created with candles, bedside lamps, wall sconces and even picture lights.

4. Add soft textures Keep in mind that the goal of your bedroom design idea is to calm and soothe. So, choose fabrics that are soft and comforting. Select silks, linens, cottons , velvets and suede’s.

5. Make sure your bedroom design ideas include window treatments that cover your windows at night. This will also close the room in and add to the coziness of the room.

Planning the perfect bedroom design idea doesn’t have to be difficult.

Keep it personal, choose the colours and fabrics you like… select artwork that enhances your style and enjoy the decorating process.

Pictures by: Alhambra, Andrew Martin, de la Cuona, Creat and Creazoni

bedrooms from alison coplen of majorca magazine and superior interiors of mallorca(majorca)
bedrooms from alison coplen of majorca magazine and superior interiors of mallorca(majorca)
bedrooms from alison coplen of majorca magazine and superior interiors of mallorca(majorca)
bedrooms from alison coplen of majorca magazine and superior interiors of mallorca(majorca)

Blooms are back

Are blooms coming back into fabric fashion?
by Alison Coplen

Spring is definitely on the way, the plants are showing signs of life and the almond trees are in full bloom around the countryside, I love this time of year and how pretty it starts to look; but are we really bringing blooms back into the decor of the home?

The designer’s say we are, and signs are showing in my new fabric books!

I am not holding my breath yet that this will totally take off. Fabric designers throw something into the mix every year to shake things up. We have had the monochrome phase which still lingers but can be tricky to work with. Black is not popular as a holiday home colour choice. The colour “pop” phase, with ultra trendy fabrics using colour block geometry or spots is sort of fading – for me anyway. So, will the blooms now prevalent in the books catch on?

I still have a soft spot for the Olde English chintz look. Laura Ashley was at her height when I had my first home to furnish and it lent itself especially to children’s rooms. Used with some restraint, grown up bedrooms looked stylish and cosy. Shabby chic has been the later style with a more elegant edge due to it being subtle instead of too ‘matchy ‘which can be over-kill, it will work with certain style homes and furniture.

Here are a few of my preferences within my range, I have a few ideas of how these can be used within client homes but I think I will still play safe and use as an accent or one bold piece. Fabric fashion is fickle too. 

fabrics from superior interiors of costa de la calma, majorca(mallorca)
fabrics from superior interiors of costa de la calma, majorca(mallorca)
fabrics from superior interiors of costa de la calma, majorca(mallorca)
fabrics from superior interiors of costa de la calma, majorca(mallorca)
fabrics from superior interiors of costa de la calma, majorca(mallorca)

Interior Design

Interior Design by Alison Coplen

firnishings from majorca magazineThe image often conjured up by the term interior design is that of having a rather ‘arty’ individual come in to throw around some unnecessarily elaborate ideas, come up with an over-decorated result, and who will select high end and expensive designer furnishings that you may prove quick to tire of, and successfully part from you a lot money!!

Add to this the fact that the face of interior design has been portrayed by the media as a thing of fun and frivolousness it is little wonder that people may well consider it a luxury, and certainly a service that does not lend itself to times of financial constraint when we are all pulling in our belts a little.

What the interior designer has to offer to businesses and individuals thinking of refurbishing their work and living spaces, is very different. It is valid service that can, in the long run, save time and money and when spend time giving my clients advice and ideas on how to create the interior they are looking for it is time I do not actually include in a bill. I am after all just doing my job of working with fabrics and that is what is paid for.

firnishings from majorca magazine
When approaching a project the designer should always get a brief from the client outlining what they want for their room or home, in terms of use of space, the number of people using that space, and any colour schemes the client may have in mind.

firnishings from majorca magazineThe functionality of a room is obviously very important, but so are the aesthetics and other factors such as whether or not the client wishes to maintain existing furniture and features into their new scheme.

Another important factor to consider is the budget. Everyone has either a budget, or an idea of how much they have, or want to spend. To this end it is very important for anyone embarking on an interior refurbishment project to know this information at the outset. Both designer and client are wasting time and resources if the designer comes up with a fabulous scheme regardless of cost, the client loves the scheme, but once all the quotations are in it is too expensive, this creates disappointment and it can be difficult to continue in looking at different fabrics and ideas without wanting what you first chose,. The correct way to approach a new project is with an idea of the budget in order that the appropriate fixtures, fittings and finishes are selected, and they come within any cost constraints.

There are other aspects of interior design that must be taken into account, such as health and safety, particularly when applying interior design to a commercial use, such as retail interiors, clubs, restaurants and the like although most companies supply suitable materials within the legal confines, that is the manufacturers obligation.

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Photos from Romo and Casamance

The Quoting process

QUOTING – THE PROCESS EXPLAINED by Alison Coplen

majorca magazineDuring a recent conversation it was brought up that the question of what an estimate may come to and answers about this may be of general interest, after all the cost of new curtains or having a favourite piece of furniture recovered is quite important nowadays.

The expectation of cost can be a pleasant surprise but sometimes it can be a disappointment, dare I say even a shock!! Therefore one thing I never like to do is “guesstimate” a price.

Something that cannot be changed is the quantity of fabric required for upholstery, no possibility of skimping there so I do make covers reversible to allow for wear on both sides of a cushion for example making best use of the fabric economically.

Curtains can have some varying degree of quantity requirement depending on the style of the header or look that is being sought.

Two times the width of the window is standard, light weight curtains can take up to three times the width of the window for a luxurious look but considerations like the space either side of the window would need to be taken into account. I have never been a a fan of tab top curtains as the tabs take up a lot of space on a pole and are best suited to a panel look. The stamped ring has been a popular choice lately, curtains hang very neat with this look and I personally prefer two and a half times the width of the window for this style.

So there are many options to consider and decisions to make when choosing and not just the fabrics and the designer should be able to help their client with their final choice.

majorca magazineOnce the choices have been made I then like to give clients some options when making an estimate, then they can see where their money may be spent. For example if they decide that the fabric was a good price but the pole was too expensive if I give a choice of 2 or 3 poles to compare prices the budget can then be worked out as to what is acceptable.

In most cases this way of pricing a job is possible.

Just as an example of one brand of pole I may recommend here are three in the same style and their differing prices. A 2 metre brushed steel complete 85,00€, 95,00€ or 141,00€

majorca magazineWith too many fabrics to mention in the collection I offer, it is difficult to choose which to give as examples, but light fabrics do range from 20 euros a metre to in excess of a 100 euros. But these are usually quite special, and come in wider widths which means you get a 3 metre length for 1 metre, then it does not sound so bad!

Heavier fabrics for curtains can also come in the wider widths which prove very economical and many companies have adopted this in their production. These can also range from 30 euros upwards.

Many designer styles will eventually be produced in a similar way by regular distributors, they do not always create the same colours as the more expensive range but the overall look can still be as creative and stylish.

Here are some photos of company’s I use and the price range within varies from high end to very reasonable, and I think they all look equal.

PS. According to leading colour guide Pantone, 18-2120 Honeysuckle, a dynamic reddish pink, will be defining the mood of 2011 given its “uplifting” qualities.

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Practical fabrics

 

PRACTICAL FABRICS by Alison Coplen

Where interior design is concerned I think it is all well and good to be observing the new trends in co lour, minimalist style and how impressive the overall look may be to visitors or a potential buyer. But I do believe in comfort and feeling at ease at home, some of the examples I see of trends do not always invoke the feel of being able to put my feet up with mug of tea, or wine, by my side, and getting cosy for some time in relaxation.

When I am with a client discussing what they are looking for, they usually have had experience with redecorating their home but appreciate guidance. Children may have flown the nest but there will be visitors with young ones or grandchildren and there could be pets to take into account! The home should be a place to be lived in with the family at ease around the furnishings.

How do we reach that happy medium of being designer stylish, inviting and also family friendly?

One area that I have seen impressive improvements is in the upholstery fabrics now available. Beautiful quality in many different designs as well as plain, complimentary textures and including all colour ranges with varying price tags to suit all pockets and best of all, with the ability to be cleaned easily. That is a key selling point for me when choosing from collections that I want to present to people.

If the furniture looks like new regardless of lifestyle then the main focal point of the room will keep up appearances.

Here are a few fabrics that I have chosen from my companies:

majorca magazine - practical fabrics
majorca magazine - practical fabrics
majorca magazine - practical fabrics
majorca magazine - practical fabrics
majorca magazine - practical fabrics
majorca magazine - practical fabrics

Fabrics photographs reproduced with permission from Saum and Viebahn and Rustika