I think I may have the post-holiday blues. I’m missing the huge vistas, the wide open skies and the sea views. I’m craving colour. In the home. In my wardrobe. In my daily life.
Well, in the home, that’s where curtains come in. There’s no easier way of adding colour, and pattern and interest to a decorating scheme. You may think that’s what wallpaper is for, much as I love it, but wallpaper doesn’t add texture and the sense of luxury that well made curtains convey.
And my fabric of choice? It has to be natural fabrics such as linen and cotton every time. The colours are more subtle on linens than in other fabrics I usually find, and it has a weight behind it that just makes them hang beautifully. And there is nothing quite like the crisp freshness of 100% cotton.
My dream living room scheme to beat the post holiday blues.
What about the Clouds fabric (above). Perfect for a child’s room, but also stunning for a summer living room or a sun room. The gorgeous fluffy clouds will lift the spirits on a grey winter’s day. I’d keep it simple with tab-top curtains on a metal pole and fit a plain roman blind beneath it. Nothing says comfort like a layered window treatment. To complete the scheme I would choose a grey sofa and make up some cushions in some coordinating stripes and plains. The striped fabric is spun from the finest European flax and will add a more traditional twist to the scheme. Perfect.
My dream bedroom scheme to beat the post holiday blues.
Or what about some pretty birds for an uplifting bedroom scheme? A delicate design, it depicts the blue tit on the Rowan Tree. I’d pick out the yellow for cushions and use another small-scale pattern in similar shades too for maybe a bed valance or bed curtains. So traditional. Once again I’d keep the curtains simple with a roman blind underneath.
There are so many fabulous fabrics out there it is so hard to choose.
But the real icing on the cake would be to choose some bespoke ready-made curtains and have someone do it all for me!