Luxurious velvet

Nothing says luxury and opulence like velvet, especially if you’re after a warm and cosy interior during the winter months.

With its unmistakable beauty and lustre, velvet has earned its place as a covetable fabric for use in home spaces. Below we’ve showcased velvet’s appeal and versatility, from romantic pinks, to royal blues and punchy citrus.  What colours will you be introducing into your home this winter?

All velvets from Tessa Sonik Fabrics.

 

 

All images via Pinterest.

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Colourful Kitchens

While we are fans of the all white, minimalist look, nothing makes more of a statement than a bright and delightful kitchen.

The kitchen is where is all happens, and because it’s so action-packed and full of life, it’s the easiest place to add colour in your home. Whether it’s a tiled backsplash, or a wall painted in a saturated hue, let your kitchen tell a story.

We love the below Mexican tiles, all from Hadeda.

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Not just a stockist of Mexican tiles, Hadeda is also a treasure trove of authentic, imported Mexican homeware – basins, pots, blankets and more. If you’re looking to inject some colour into your home and life, this is the place to visit.

 

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Hygge your home this winter

Some refer to hygge as an “art of creating intimacy” (either with yourself, friends or in your home). While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge – cosiness, charm, happiness, ‘contentness’, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness.

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So how can you bring this cosiness into your home this winter? The simple act of lighting a candle while drinking your coffee in the morning, enjoying a home-cooked meal with friends, or making a ritual of brewing tea in a teapot with a china teacup, can all make a big difference to one’s spirit, and lift domestic life from drudgery to art form.

Apart from candles and crackling fireplaces, there are other ways to make your home a refuge this winter. Lighting is very important (think floor lamps and soft, indirect lighting, rather than harsh, bright light), and layering with comforting, warm textures (wool throws, velvet scatter cushions). Choose a warm colour palette for extra cosiness, and display those nostalgic vintage items – the Danes believe that household objects should be more than just things; they should have emotional value.

 

Finally, invest in natural fabrics in neutral tones, like sisal or jute rugs to create a warm, comforting atmosphere.

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Make your own rug

Sometimes you have something very specific in mind when it comes to a new rug – border colour, type of material, exact dimensions – and matching these can be difficult.  That’s why we love Rebtex’s ‘design your own rug’ service.

You can choose between natural fibres and colours, choose a border colour you love, and see what it’ll look like on the floor you have. It’s a breeze to use the platform, and before you know it, you’ll have a custom rug delivered to your door.

Not sure which natural fibre to choose?  Read our post here.

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Using natural fibre rugs everywhere

The joy of natural fibre rugs is that they can easily and effectively be used in every room in the house, from cosying up bedrooms, to tying together living and dining rooms. Their neutral base offers the perfect warm addition to any room, allowing you to limitlessly play with other accessories and decor items. They are also an easy and cost effective way to give a room a mini seasonal make-over.

All natural fibre rugs pictured are from Rebtex

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Mixing patterns like a pro

When more is more – Mixing patterns in a room makes for a statement about the home and its owners. It’s a beautiful way to express one’s individuality. Here are our tips on how to mix patterns like a pro.

  1. Decide on a dominant colour and fabric

Pick a theme or colour – maybe green and botanical for instance – and let the dominant colour in the pattern be the dominant colour in the room (painting walls or cornicing that colour). Use the primary pattern in a bold way – covering an entire sofa, or wallpapering a feature wall.

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2. Build up secondary colours & patterns

Look for patterns that build up the primary colour, and match a few of the colours from the dominant pattern. Spread these out through-out the room, using scatter cushions, rugs, and lamps. How far you take it is up to you.

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Fabrics from Tessa Sonik, fashion image from Trendland

3. Stick to a theme

One simple way to match colours is to stick to a theme, for example floral, or animal. Choose other patterns in this theme, in the same or similar hue and you’re good to go.

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Fabrics from Tessa Sonik, fashion image from Trendland

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All fabrics featured are from Tessa Sonik Fabrics

Choosing a natural fibre rug

Natural fibre rugs are a go-to favourite, and for good reason.  Jute, sisal, seagrass and coir rugs are easy to care for, affordable and eco-friendly. Their natural, earthy texture makes them amazingly versatile, and a perfect neutral addition to any room.

While they share many similarities, the differences between jute, sisal, seagrass and coir are what sets them apart. You may find that one is more suited to your lifestyle than the other. So if you want to know if jute rugs are soft underfoot, if you should go sisal in your high-traffic entrance hall, or if seagrass can handle spills, read on.

Jute Rugs

Jute is a natural plant stem fibre and is also used to make burlap and twine. Jute fibers are soft and smooth, and are thus the gentlest underfoot.

The rich texture and natural tonal variation of jute rugs also comes in handy for masking minor stains or spills. It’s good to note though that jute rugs are less durable than sisal or seagrass, so they’re a better match for spaces with medium traffic, like dining rooms or bedrooms. Jute rugs can also shed when new, and colour and texture can differ from rug to rug.

Sisal Rugs

Sisal fibers come from the agave plant.  Sisal is the strongest, most durable natural fibre rug, and the perfect choice for high traffic areas. Their hardy weave means they last and can stand up to pet-scratching!

Note that while sisal rugs are very durable, they can fade in direct sunlight and can become stained easily, even by water. They can also feel rough underfoot, and can be slippery (so not a great choice for stairs).

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Seagrass Rugs

Seagrass is a fast-growing marine plant. The reedy plant produces a strong, non-porous yarn that’s resistant to stains – once a water spill dries, a seagrass rug will return to its normal color.

The dense weave also makes it a very durable choice for high-traffic areas in the home. Your seagrass rug will last you years. Due to the coarse texture of seagrass, it’s not particularly soft underfoot.

Coir Rugs

Coir rugs are made from coconut husks, and because these are natural fibres, they will break down over time. To extend the life of your coir mat, avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and try to keep it fairly dry.

Unfortunately shedding is normal for any coir mat, but over time, the shedding will diminish. Simply shake it off or vacuum the mat to remove loose fibers.

All natural fibre rugs and wall-to-wall carpets available from Rebtex.

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