Wednesday 24 June 2009

Living etc magazine-Upholstery article

At Epiplo Aris we love our design and Interior mags from all over the world. When Living etc did this article, we just had to share it with you. Enjoy!


Bold modern fabrics are the trend of the moment so follow our guide of new ways to use them...

Patterned living room
Strong, modern fabrics have spun upholstery back into fashion. Think button backs on slick metal seats, fitted cushions on iconic chairs, fringed stools in sharp, contrasting shades and you have the essence of statement upholstery: confident, contemporary and ultra-sophisticated.

Top tips for making contemporary upholstery work in your home:

  • Graham Noakes, sales and marketing director at Osborne & Little, says, 'A single, bold fabric can be the starting point for a harmonious scheme, providing the pattern doesn't overwhelm the rest of the room.'

  • Try a strongly patterned headboard with a simple bed cover, or a re-covered period chair alongside a plain, contemporary sofa.

  • Don't be afraid to mix fabrics, such as linen with fine silk, or bold florals with stripes

  • When it comes to choosing the colour of a fabric, be inspired by your lifestyle. Look at your wardrobe, a favourite painting or a rug you already have.

  • Order a fabric sample first – the colour may not look the same in your own home as it does in the shop.

  • Remember, if a piece of furniture was manufactured after 1941, you must re-cover it in fire-retardant material.

  • Finally, if you're nervous of having a piece upholstered in a bold fabric, try loose covers.
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