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Bring a Touch of Autumn Drama into Your Home

The changing of the seasons is the perfect time to give your home a brand new look ready for long cosy nights. When thinking of autumn we naturally think of the burnt orange and rich red tones of the foliage, but if you’re not a fan of these colours don’t despair – there are many other ways to add richness to your home.

Beautiful Botanicals

This trend is usually associated with the summer months, however by pairing the vivid green of the plants and scatter cushions with the moody peacock blue wall the look becomes much more inviting in Autumn. The gold on the coffee table and ornaments also make this look feel much more luxurious.

Green Botanicals

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Combing Colours

This look is all about mixing colours. The maroon velvet sofa looks even more sumptuous when placed against the deep navy blue walls.  Lighting and pattern (such as the Ikat scatter cushion) helps prevent this colour scheme from being to overbearing.

Blue Walls Velvet Sofa

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Indulgent Velvet

Velvet is used a lot in this look to add drama and texture and is even used in places you wouldn’t normally expect it such as the mirror (which is barely noticeable against the inky walls).  The metallic touches on the chair and plant pot help add a little relief against the dark colours of the furniture and walls.

Abigail Ahern Pelican

Image courtesy of: Abigail Ahern

If you want to change the look of your home, a great place to start is your furniture.  By re-covering your sofa, chair or suite in a dramatic colour your furniture can be become the centrepiece of your room.  An easier way to choose the perfect colour for your home is to look at fabric swatches and see how the different colours work in your space.  To speak to an expert Home Design Consultant about your options contact Plumbs today.


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Reupholstery Transformations: From Drab to Fab!

This black chair had seen better days.  The fabric had become tatty and the seat cushion was beginning to sag and become uncomfortable to sit on. The shape of the chair was gorgeous though, and we knew it had the potential to be updated and live a whole new life.

Black Chair

What a transformation!  We gave this chair a brand new look with one of our favourite William Morris fabrics. The seat cushion has been replaced and the frame checked for necessary repairs.   The deep blue base colour of this fabric really complements the dark wood of the feet, and the floral design will now turn this chair into a focal point of any room.

William Morris Chair

Do you have a piece of furniture in desperate need of a new look?  Speak to one of our expert Home Consultants who will guide you through the process and help you choose from over 800 fabrics to transform your own furniture from drab to fab.


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Plumbs at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

This year’s exhibition calendar has been jam-packed with lots of new shows and events, and there’s still more to come.

One of our favourite shows to visit is the Tatton Park Flower Show which we attended towards the end of last month. This is a great show if you’re looking for a little inspiration for your home and garden, with a variety of stalls selling everything from cheese to lawnmowers.

As you’d expect the beautiful flowers are a huge attraction for this show. This is just a small fraction of some of the striking flowers we saw displayed…

Tatton Park Collage

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If we didn’t see you there this year why not visit us at an event near you?  To find out more head to our exhibitions page.  Alternatively if you would like to arrange a free home consultation to see our range of reupholstery, loose covers and curtains fabrics - see our visit request page. We hope to see you soon!


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6 ways to update your garden this summer

Is your garden in need of a makeover?  Then follow our guide below to help you make the most of it this summer.

  1. Add colour

Adding colour to your garden is one of the easiest ways to give it a new lease of life.  By simply buying a few planters filled with colourful plants you can really freshen the overall look. Or for a cheaper alternative. why not get creative and update the pots you already own with spray paint? There are many tutorials online like this one below from bowerpowerblog

Blue Ombre Plant Pot 

  1. Lights, lights, lights!

We know the importance of good lighting in our homes, but our gardens can often be overlooked.  Lighting outside is not only practical, it can add character and make us want to use our gardens more (especially on those warm summer nights).  There are lots options to choose from when looking at lighting for your garden. Solar lights are a particularly good option as they are relatively cheap to buy and can just be staked into the ground.

Solar Garden Light

  1. Create zones

Defining zones can be a great way to bring order to a busy garden, especially if it’s used for multiple purposes such as cooking, playing games, and relaxing. You can use different materials to separate your space such as fencing or paving, but you can also define an area using themes, colours and types of plants.


  1. Paint

Painting your tired-looking shed and fences can give your garden a cleaner, polished look.  An obvious choice if your garden has natural look is to choose paints in brown and green tones, however your shed can be the perfect place to play with colour. Why not turn your shed into a ‘beach hut’ by painting it in soft pastel hues?

Beach Hut Shed

Image source: Cassiefairy

  1. Privacy

An overlooked garden can be off-putting to use, especially if you live in a busy residential area.  Adding some privacy will make you feel more relaxed and help you see your garden as an extra living space.  There are a few options to consider when creating a more private garden, some of which will take a little time and investment.  If you’re planning to stay at your home for some time it may be a good idea to invest in plants, hedges and trees, as you’ll get to see the benefit of your hard work.  A much quicker solution is fencing or to create a sheltered seating area such as the one below.

Dining Area

  1. Accessorise!

Accessories are one of the quickest ways to give your garden personality and create a welcoming atmosphere.  You can pick up items like bright watering cans, lights, and cushions relatively cheap from garden centres, and supermarkets.  You could even try making your own – these pots below are made out of old tins painted in bold colours.  These would be great if you plan to grow your own herbs!

Garden Accesories


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