Of course we all know that the windows in your home are not just for looking out of or letting the light in
they are so much more an architectural feature that you may want to highlight or play down and potentially, a focal point to your room.
At Hunters Interiors, we love an eclectic look, one that can be evolved and updated without making drastic changes every season and one way that this can work in your own home is to layer fabrics as curtains.
Create the look by hanging simple banners at your window, combining different designs together such as fabulous prints, great stripes, lustrous silks, taffetas or floating, gauzy linens the possibilities are endless.
Keeping your colour palette tight, perhaps to a maximum of three key colours will make it easier to combine different patterns, here are our top tips for beautifully layered curtain and windows with personality!
Take one fabulous decorative print and pair it with something contrasting for example, a large and exuberant floral teamed with a stripe. The simplicity of the stripe adds a tailored note to the flowers, reining in the prettiness and adding a dynamic edge.
Use one of our beautiful shaded ombre fabrics with a more edgy geometric. The Ombre is almost plain but as it fades to white, it has a softening quality and balances the more demanding geometric.
Use texture to move your home seasonally by swapping a floaty gauzy linen sheer in the summer months for a felted wool or a heavier velvet in the same colour palette. The texture makes a subtle change and keeps your interior fresh.
Who ever said that a pair of curtains had to match anyway?
With a heat wave predicted for this week and next, here are Hunters Interiors top tips for having stylish interiors as well as exteriors, any excuse for a garden party.
Our advice when thinking about décor for changing seasons, climates and trends is to keep whatever you already have, but think of ways to update it. Summer for me means pink rose colours, delphiniums, mauves and purples. Take a lesson from nature and replicate the way it manages to mix all those colours.1. Install box seating with removable cushions that you can stow away when the weather changes. The cushions can then be easily updated for changing trends. I would always use parasol fabrics for outdoor upholstery, as it will be protected from rain, is fade-resistant and available in a wide range of colours and patterns.
2. Design is moving towards environmentally conscious yet stylish solutions. How about installing a gel fire in your garden, which is an eco alternative to a real fire. It looks inviting and extends the length of time you can spend outside in the evenings.
3. Entertaining during the summer is similar to one enormous picnic. Forget formal meals with three courses and have an endless picnic with a succession of delicious dishes. Use more colourful, less formal plates and mix and match. Colourful jugs with a selection of glasses on the garden table takes on a holiday feel.
4. In the current climate, fashion has moved towards enduring classics that can be updated to your changing tastes. A great tip is sourcing vintage metal furniture which can then updated with new upholstery. Alternatively you can use beautiful plastic garden furniture which you can leave outside all year round.
5. Resin tableware is even more popular this year. New technology means it often looks similar to real glassware but it is much lighter and can adapt just as well for the outdoors as for the indoors. Pay as much attention to your outdoor setting as your indoor scheme. We are big fans of brightly coloured glassware, yet resin is a modern and practical substitute.
6. Summer is not the time for dark colours, layer bright tones of pink and blue, perhaps using tableware to add vibrancy to your dining table.
7. Make linen or loose covers for your sofas. Think of this as an economical rather than extravagant update. Making an easy, inexpensive loose cover can change the feeling of the room and a lighter fabric will help keep your interior cool. Don’t forget to wash your fabric before making the cover, as it is likely to shrink and if the fabric can be washable, even better. Exchange heavy styles for lighter and brighter fabrics and colours, florals and patterns, mixed up together.
8. If you have hard floors, take up your rugs and use this opportunity to clean the floor. Wooden floors are incredibly cool underfoot in summer. If you want to keep some sort of rug, choose a kilim or something with a hard texture and no pile, or anything in cotton.
9. Now is a good time to indulge in flowers. Buying whole bunches even roses becomes less expensive at this time of year. Place flowers in jugs and keep arrangements relaxed. Pick flowers yourself and mix them with cow parsley for a pretty, fresh look. Even a jug of cow parsley on its own can create an English country feel.
Enjoy the weather and contact us for any further advice or tips on interiors or exteriors.
On Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd July 2014 we at Hunters Interiors hosted an open Art Exhibition at our Uffington showroom near Stamford. The Hunters Interiors ladies Georgie, Candy and Rachel opened the Hunters Interiors doors to a visually stunning display of artwork by five local artists Catherine Headley, Gillian Durno, Jane Hindmarch, Tricia Stocker and last but not least Belinda Munnings. There was a huge selection of artwork to suit everyones taste a variety of vibrant colours, sizes and all pleasing on the eye were displayed all around the barn conversion the beautiful scenic setting proved perfect for the artwork and there was even artwork hung on the outside barn walls. The event was covered by the Stamford Living magazine and also the Stamford Mercury, and we were thrilled to welcome many local businesses through our doors.
For once we could actually rely on the great British summer as it delivered beautiful warm and sunny weather apart from a brief spell of downpour on Tuesday afternoon where one of Hunters Interiors very own, Candy Smith was left manning the marquee and protecting the showroom furniture from torrential rain and by what seems a true test of temptation she was stuck just metres away from the Pimms stand.
A fantastic day was had by all, Hunters Interiors welcomed many news faces as well as some long standing clients and it was an excellent way to show off the newly spruced up showroom with new wallpaper from designers such as Zoffany, Cole & Son and Designers Guild. There was a continuous stream of guests who were greeted with tea/coffee, Pimms and a selection of culinary treats baked by local Riverside Cafe. The two day event proved such a roaring success that the Hunters ladies are busy planning their next event which if the art exhibition is anything to go be will be another huge hit.
If you ever wondered what an Interior Designers house looks like – A Hunter’s designer, then here’s your chance – and it’s for sale too. Time for a new project! The Granary is sitiuated in the beautiful village of Folkingham. The house is presented for sale by Stamford Agents – Smiths Gore. Details of the property can be obtained from their office, website and on Rightmove.com.