Kay Ward: Living Rooms
PUBLISHED: 14:26 29 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:14 20 February 2013
Kay Ward looks at adding glamour to your living room
With winter now well and truly upon us, our thoughts turn to evenings spent wrapped in a warm cosy throw in front of the fire with a good book or game of Scrabble. But before you reach for that old cardigan and those woolly bed socks, lets investigate how to put some glamour back into the living room.
One of the current furniture trends is definitely turning towards luxury and glamour, more ornate designs with a hint of art deco or rococo detail a far cry from the square minimalistic lines andneutrals of the last few years.
We are introducing colour back into our homes, and the sofa is a great place to start. Velvet and velour fabrics such as the Persia or Amilie Collections from Harlequin Fabrics offer a soft light reflecting sheen that are definitely in vogue for soft furnishings this season.
Rich warm colours such as raspberry and plum are always an autumnal favourite, but we are also seeing vibrant pinks, complemented with sophisticated greys, and striking reds are everywhere (following the new must have colour littering the catwalks).
Motif fabrics make a real statement and are very on-trend this season. A fabulous way of introducing colourful interest to a room is to experiment with cushions, rugs and artwork. Textured finishes are extremely versatile, adding warmth to a scheme and they are a treat for the sense of touch.
These styles of fabrics look fabulous by introducing touches of glass, gloss and high-shine but be careful only to use these sparingly in accessories within your room or you risk creating a room thats a little over the top.
We are extremely fortunate to have Long Eaton as our geographical neighbour, as the UKs capital of Soft Furniture Manufacture and Upholsterers. Nestled in the old mill buildings are world-famous manufacturers and designers such as Duresta, Wade and Parker & Farr, each with exquisite showrooms laden with experience and inspiration. Try Stephen Michael Designs (Long Eaton) or Martin & Parker (Derby) for hand-built, made to measure sofas and chairs. So, forget the mug of cocoa, pour yourself a vodka martini and enjoy your new glamorous surroundings...