Textile Futures: Home Decor UK & Fashion Accessories
Welcome to Textile Futures, the home decor UK and fashion website featuring some of the best ideas for home furnishings and fashion accessories for all budgets. From designer wallpaper, value for money curtains and this season’s must have home fashion accessories we highlight the best deals and offer specialist tips and advice on how best to decorate your home.
Coming home to a well planned and attractive home is the desire of all of us. However, the process of decorating the house is an activity that can be both physically and mentally draining, especially for people who do not have an eye for detail. Those who are adept with decor ideas, on the other hand, need fresh ideas to incorporate into their decor routine.
You can look online and take ideas from social media such as Pinterest and Instagram or visit the leading UK home decor websites such as Dunelm, John Lewis, Wayfair, Ikea, Next Home Furnishings, Debenhams, Made and Habitat – take inspiration and design your own unique look for your apartment or house.
A lot of effort and time goes into coming up with ideas on how to decorate each room while putting into consideration what accessories to use and which ones to ignore. You have to pay special attention to each room, making sure that whatever items you select as part of the decor do not clash with the patterns and colours chosen.
With that in mind, you need some extra help from an experienced person to nudge towards the right direction. Here are some helpful pointers inspired by the leading UK home fashion designers where you can incorporate in your home decor routine to ease your work. From vintage inspired shabby chic to modern designer trends - we will present to you the latest inspired fashion textiles for your home.
Edit: If you are interested in following a career path of a home decor designer then St. Martins offers a very good Summer Study Abroad interior design programme.
Dining Room Textiles and Accessories
The central piece of the dining room is the lighting feature and table/chairs set and this must be perfect. When choosing the best lights to match with your current decor It is critical to incorporate chandeliers and candlesticks into the plan to set an inviting mood or for the modern look, wall fixed spotlights can create the soft and alluring look.
Flush ceiling lights are also an excellent option to consider. Careful choice of lampshades can easily make or break the perfect look – there is huge choice when it comes to lighting, cheap lamp shades can be bought from UK DIY stores such as B&Q and Homebase where as the more luxurious products can be searched for at John Lewis, Dunelm and Wayfair.
Ensure that the lighting is not too bright or too dim by getting lights that have a remote that adjusts the intensity. You can get rid of the dull old look by updating your wallpaper. Several patterns and designs are available online to give you a variety to select from. Pair this with plain blinds and fashion inspired curtains for an extra statement. However, when you use dramatic patterns, be sure to tone down on the overexuberant light fixtures.
Select a dining set that resonates to your colour scheme. Comfort should be a priority when selecting dining room furniture. If you have enough space, take advantage of new and trendy sideboards to fill up the area - not only do they look great (especially in modern pine or traditional oak), they save on space and are the perfect furniture item for a small dining room.
Hall Home Decor Ideas
You should keep the hall well-lit since it can be dark especially since often there is no natural light to illuminate the area. Matching the hall carpet with wallpaper and light shades can create a stunning look and can create the effect of “making the room look bigger”. Think about de-cluttering this area too – a simple side table, careful use of pictures or photos frames can really enhance the look of your hallway.
You can often buy cheap hall accessories direct online – look for end of line items and sales throughout the year not just New Year’s, Xmas, New Year, Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Discount store websites pop up all the time, check reviews before you buy to ensure the website is a legitimate business.
Consider using geometric or 2 tone wallpaper to liven up the hall if it is dark. However, pick bright-coloured ones that will aid in reflecting light well. If you opt for paint, select bright colours and a good idea is to always ask a shop advisor on best colour matches and take away swabs / testers so you can test at home.
Living Room / Lounge Inspiration
In case you have one colour wall painting plan, you can hang a tapestry or other wall hangings. This, however, works best in homes with high ceilings. Also, make use of coloured curtains to enhance the ambience. Avoid using heavy fabric curtains like velvet and brocade. Lighter fabrics like polyester, linen, silk, or lace can really stand out and give that wow factor.
The lounge or living room is where families spend time together - talking, watching TV or dining. The central items are sofa sets, lounge chairs and TV cabinets. To match these with textiles can be tricky but not impossible – Look to buy good not cheap floor cushions, sofa cushions and good quality rugs. Look at current trends and decide what look best suits your personality or the look you want to create.
UK shops such as Oak Furniture Lounge, DFS, Sofology, SCS, Made, John Lewis, Next Home Furnishings and Dunelm all have good quality, affordable furniture for the living room. For lighting, you could decide to buy a centrepiece free standing lamp. You can then add more lighting options around the living room perimeter. Alternatively, select a toned-down ceiling light then add lamp shades on side tables and coffee tables to accentuate the space.
In case you have one colour wall painting plan, you can hang a tapestry, pictures or other wall hanging. This however, works best in homes with high ceilings. Also make use of coloured curtains to enhance the ambience. Avoid using heavy fabric curtains like velvet and brocade unless you live in a drafty house. Opt for lighter fabrics like polyester, linen, silk, or lace.
Bathroom Sets, Suites and Fashion Accessories
Are you considering upgrading your bathroom suite? If you are then apart from deciding on which shower, bath, toilet, sink and tiles to purchase there is also the shower curtain, bathroom towels, curtains or blinds and bath mats as well as fashion accessories such as the toothbrush holder, soap dish, taps and waste bin.
For those shopping on a budget then look to buy at UK Argos, Dunelm, Ikea, Amazon, Homebase, B&Q and The Range. Better quality bathroom textiles including 100% cotton towels and high-end bath fittings are worth the money because they stand the test of time – if you can afford then browse Habitat, Wayfair, Balineum, Very.co.uk and John Lewis websites for trendy ideas. Don’t forget to check out their end of season online sales and discount special offers sections, never miss online deals by signing up to email newsletters.
Chic Bedroom Decor
The bedroom is a sensitive area to decorate considering that each person has different tastes. However, a general rule can apply across all rooms, especially kids' bedrooms. Using wallpaper is one way to decorate the bedroom – this can be fun too, especially when you first move in to your new home!
Depending on the gender of each child, you can select cartoon characters that they like and use these as inspiration for the decor. These can be incorporate these characters in duvets, sheets, duvet sets, wallpaper, curtains, and rugs. Current popular kids bedroom sets now include Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and gaming themed decor such as Fortnite or Minecraft.
Additionally, you can opt to hang a photo, wall art or posters on the wall instead of using wallpaper. In cases where you want to use cartoon or celebrity inspired items in the decor, use them sparingly to avoid having a cluttered environment. Use plain colours in the paintwork if you want these pieces to stand out.
You can get bedroom furniture like bedside tables to add to the collection. Use bedside lamps as part of the lighting. Choose good lighting options to ensure that the user can read comfortably if the room doubles up as their study room. A rug near the bed is also an excellent addition to the decor setup.
For adult bedrooms you can choose cheap wallpaper, carpets and bedding from Ikea, Home Bargains or The Range where you can fit a whole room costing less than £200. If you prefer to buy quality then consider Graham & Brown, Versace and Osborn and Little for wallpaper plus expensive bed linen from top fashion designers like Sanderson, Harlequin, Joules and Designers Guild.
Textile Futures: Inspired by Fashion
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