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What Trends Are In For This Year’s Autumn And Winter Seasons?

Brianna Hatton - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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HERE ARE SOME TIPS FROM OUR FABRIC WHOLESALER CHARLES PARSONS ON WHAT TRENDS ARE IN THIS AUTUMN & WINTER

Like fashion, interior design is constantly on the move. Whether it's the latest modern textile patterns or a minimalist look, there's something new around the corner with each change of the season.

 

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As there is a period that is colder than most, being autumn and winter, there needs to be a more drastic change from the warmer summer and spring seasons. Here are a few trends that have been running rampant as the year grows colder, and how you can find the right upholstery fabrics and drapery to decorate your home.

You may have noticed that florals have been making a big comeback in recent years. Elle Decor explains that florals, particularly of the 'granny' design, are 'in' this winter, reminiscent of the spring seasons gone by.

It's not just a pattern found in vintage stores, but rather, a design that is being adopted in modern aesthetics. You'll find floral patterns in wide abundance in accessories like Dr Martens shoes and Cate Kidson bags. Floral may bring connotations of vintage, but it's only being embraced more than ever by modern society.

How can you display this trend in your home? Winter weather isn't all too kind on your rose bushes outside, so it requires some artful home decor. Pressed flowers in photo frames make beautiful homemade displays, especially if you turn it into a collage for a bigger piece of art to display.

For furnishings, Charles Parsons Interiors offers a wide range of floral upholstery fabrics for your perusal. They feature all sorts of colour palettes, so hopefully you'll be able to find one to match to your decor.

If you're hesitant about adopting such a bright pattern for a settee or couch, sometimes subtle is best. A cushion tucked into the corner of an armchair or a decorative ottoman can easily sneak a floral pattern in without overwhelming the design of the room.

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The Poppy range features a beautiful, soft floral design that can be used boldly in your home.

Go marbles for marble

Marble countertops are one of the most popular features of a kitchen, but lately, new trends have seen this design branching out into plenty of other aspects of the home. Tabletops, clock faces and candle holders – all of these are great ways to show off a marble accent, which Elle Decor explains adds small touches of luxury throughout your home.

While you don't want to adopt the marble pattern in all your upholstery fabrics and furnishings, you can find textiles that reflect the soft hues and edgy aesthetics of the marble design.

Choose a plush, plain textile such as one from the Savoy collection – it instantly warms the room while still complementing any statement marble pieces you may have around. Complete the decor with sheer drapery to let natural light in, and you're set for this winter.

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Subtle textures

The trend of rustic decor items hasn't died down yet – think matte metal items, rose gold accents and industrial-chic furnishings. Of course, too many of these items can make a room seem cold, uninviting and too harsh, so to soften it up, adopt the use of subtle textures.

There are some that'll add to the vintage vibe, such as creamy threads. Any of the Borsetti range help to tie cold metals and rustic decor together nicely, especially the neutral shades.

Implement them in the seats of chairs at the dining table, and use any leftover scrap fabric to create a runner for the centre of your marble-designed table top.

It just goes to show that you don't necessarily have to incorporate furs and fluffy rugs for a home in the winter. You'll also find that these trends can be easily up-styled to suit summer once the warmer seasons roll around. For now, pop on the heater and enjoy your stylish home with a hot mug of cocoa.

Charles Parsons Interiors is one of the largest and most diverse fabric wholesalers in Australia and New Zealand. For more information on their collections and more tips on how to select your fabrics head to www.charlesparsonsinteriors.com.au

Add A Touch Of Luxury To Your Bathroom With Custom Made Curtains

Brianna Hatton - Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Here are some tips from our fabric wholesaler charles parsons interiors on how to add luxury to your bathrooms with our custom made curtains!

Many interior designers specialise in decorating bathrooms for this very purpose, making the zone feel like a relaxing escape from reality by installing lavish bathtubs, hanging soft towels, lighting scented candles and keeping bath salts and petals beside the tub.

But there's another element to completing the look that is often overlooked: designer curtains. Hanging by the window behind the tub, or beside the vanity, your bathroom curtains can bring class, elegance and sophistication to the space to make it feel more like a 'room' instead of an amenity.

Here's some tips for using custom made curtains to do this job.

Use custom made curtains as an accent colour

White is by no means the only hue to use in a bathroom, despite it being one of the most common palettes for a loo. Inject a pop of colour into the neutral tones of white, cream or grey by picking curtain fabric in vibrant hues. Red is a classic exemplar, instantly drawing the eye in towards the tone – try Asina Lychee or Asina Scarlet for a striking maroon and red-tinged fabric.

Echo the curtain colour in other focal points dotted throughout the bathroom, such as decorative objects, towels, rugs, toothbrush and soap stands, or shelving cabinets.

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The red accent colour in this minimalist bathroom could be enhanced by red custom made curtains.  

Complement the tub with curtain fabric

Spend time on any interior website, be it Elle Decor or Houzz, and you'll notice the trend of enormous tubs propping up. These bathtubs run the gamut from vintage versions with ornate clawed feet contrasting against otherwise sleek, modern bathrooms, or hyper-minimalist ceramic tubs making a statement in contemporary bathrooms lined in shiny marble tiles.

Pick curtains in a complementary style. For example, antique aesthetics can be evoked through floral curtain fabric such as Leathan Mulberry or Althorp Tweed. An alternative is to use Baroque-inspired regal patterns such as Corso Como Steel.

Having said that, don't underestimate the power of a sheer curtain in a warm colour such as orange or red. Light filtering through the fabric will reflect the hue across the bathroom, immersing the space in a whimsical light that creates ambiance and mood. Try Calypso Poppy to achieve this mystical atmosphere in your bathroom. It would look fantastic behind a green potted plant, as the red-and-green complementary colours will naturally offer harmony.

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Sheer curtain fabric with a tint, like this red curtain, lets light in but creates a mood too.

Choose curtains that embrace the current organic trend

A leading aesthetic in bathroom design right now is to mesh organic wooden elements with glass, steel and tile. Woven baskets, timber panelling, weathered wood shelves are all considered the creme de la creme of green interior design for bathrooms. Succulents and other indoor plants complete the earthy, natural look.

This style is in many ways influenced by the international drive towards sustainability and valuing green building methods. Not to mention, organic aesthetics are beautiful – indeed, as the father of organic architecture and revered architect Frank Lloyd Wright put it:

"Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity."

It's this raw, natural simplicity that makes the incorporation of wood into bathroom spaces so pleasing. An idyllic way to stay on trend is by evoking the wooden-texture through your choice of curtain fabric. Koby Straw is a richly textured polyester material that fits the bill perfectly.

wooden-texture bathroom trendWooden elements and other earthy, organic materials are on trend in bathrooms.

Charles Parsons Interiors is one of the largest and most diverse fabric wholesalers in Australia and New Zealand. For more information on their collections and more tips on how to select your fabrics head to www.charlesparsonsinteriors.com.au

How To Mix And Match Patterns Like A Pro

Nerissa Vanderkooi - Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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Here are some tips from our fabric wholesaler Charles Parsons Interiors on how best to mix and match patterns:

Don't shy away from prints and patterns. While it may seem less of a risk to stick to a neutral colour scheme or monochromatic palette, prints and patterns have the power to completely transform and elevate a space into a chic interior. It's simply a matter of carefully and tastefully curating the patterns so they work seamlessly together in a complementary manner.

It can understandably be tricky to master mixing and matching patterns from the get go – many interior designers hone these very skills over a career, while others have an instinctive, natural aptitude for pairing prints. No matter which end of the spectrum you fall on, there are universal tips and tricks to succeed in this styling process. Here are a few of these, backed by industry professionals.

Tip 1: Rely on a cohesive colour palette

"To find the balance between matchy-matchy and clashing, it's all about choosing an overarching colour palette," suggests interior stylist Justina Blakeney in an interview with Architectural Digest.

As the author and owner of the popular Bohemian-inspired blog, The Jungalow, Blakeney relies on the use of a single colour to tie the patterns together. This doesn't mean you have to pick the exact same hue, but rather varying light and dark tones of the same base colour will also work harmoniously together with the diverse patterns.

Try this tip by matching the swirling pattern upholstery fabric of Maze Turquoise on your cushions or armchairs, paired with Brussels Lagoon for your curtains to combine both in the same overarching blue scheme.

Tip 2: Choose a classic pattern across multiple surfaces

Classic patterns, such as stripes, polka dots or the on-trend chevron, are timeless and have been used decade after decade in interior design.

The perk of these tried-and-tested patterns is that you are likely to find them in a wide range of surfaces, not just commercial textiles. Artworks for your walls, ceramic vases, candle stands, rugs, throws and even lamp shades can be found with striped, dotted or chevron patterns adorning them.

This means you can layer the patterns throughout the room, choosing the same print but in different thicknesses or fading aesthetics. In the picture shown below, the chevron print is brought out through a modern, abstracted artwork for the wall as well as a crisp upholstery fabric on the cushions. The triangular forms are echoed by the statement pendant light fixture and the delicate, brass and copper wire basket displayed on the shelves. Sheer curtain drapery basks the room in light, showcasing the chevron pattern in all its glory.

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Tip 3: Use scale to your advantage

Interior Design Pro suggests playing with the scale of patterns, experimenting with big and bold patterns beside small and delicate prints. Although there is no strict rule of thumb, most professionals will recommend not going beyond three to four different patterns when dabbling in scale as any more could become jarring and overwhelming.

Give this tip a whirl by choosing the bigger scale flowers on Poppy Fuchsia designer upholstery fabric with the tinier, more delicate floral imagery of Litzy Mauve solid drapery fabric.

Tip 4: Balance with neutrals strategically

It helps to soften prints and patterns with solid neutrals. In an interview with House Beautiful, designer Ashley Whittaker shared her top advice on how to strategically use solid neutrals to your advantage.

"I always tell clients not to be scared of pattern," said Ms Whittaker. "They'll look at six-by-six-inch swatches tightly clustered on a table and say, 'ooh, wow… that seems like a lot.' Of course I interspersed them with solids and neutrals."

For interspersing your prints, stock up on versatile neutrals such as creme, beige, brown, grey, white or black commercial textiles.

Tip 5: Choose prints or patterns that match the style of your home design

Is your interior decor more contemporary, sleek and modern or antique, vintage and rustic-chic? Patterns and prints will also fall into these two spectrums of style, with some more futuristic and mod while others nodding to the past with ornate, intricate line work.

The trick to succeeding with a modern scheme is to prioritise block colours and solid upholstery fabric, in keeping with the minimalism vibe, but to introduce one standout feature print. The image shared below does exactly that – the sofa, rug, cushions and furniture are all in single colours in block materials with not a single pattern anywhere in sight. Instead, one feature wallpaper with bold yellow and white prints ties into the rest of the decor by staying in the same overarching colour scheme but easily stands out from the rest of the room thanks to the pattern.

mixed and matched patterns

On the other hand, a bohemian vintage look will clutter and clash as many different earthy, organic prints such as leaves and plants with bold, vibrant colours – both looks have their own value and impact, so choose your own preference.

Charles Parsons Interiors is one of the largest and most diverse fabric wholesalers in Australia and New Zealand. For more information on their collections and more tips on how to select your fabrics head to www.charlesparsonsinteriors.com.au

Free Make Curtain Fabric Range

Danielle Crosby - Sunday, May 31, 2015

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  • Added benefits of full-length curtain samples which you can take home and hang up
  • We stock the majority of our Free Make fabrics in our warehouse, meaning minimal waiting for fabrics to be ordered in and a faster turnaround for your curtains

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