Soft furnishings for your home

PUBLISHED: 19:51 23 December 2009 | UPDATED: 16:29 20 February 2013

The Fabric and Tapestry Shop

The Fabric and Tapestry Shop

The right choice of soft furnishing can provide the stylish finishing touches to your home

When it comes to soft furnishing, the details make all the difference. Your home says a lot about you and while the right furniture and dcor is crucial, the finishing touches can make a real statement and lift the overall effect.

You can change the whole atmosphere of a room with the right curtains and drapery, cushions and accessories, curtains, flooring and furnishings and they can complete the interior decoration of your home

Curtains and cushions help provide a soft warm environment as well as creating colour, pattern and texture.

There are so many options and choices of fabrics, tracks, rods, styles and headings, that we often dont know where to start looking to work out which best suit our home, and it can often cause us to give up before we even get started.

But this season there is a big demand for brighter colour and style - the shops are full of bold shades, in contrast to the cool beiges and neutral tone which have been prevalent, but are still popular.

Dont be afraid of colour. You can change the whole feel of a room - at reasonable cost - by just changing cushions and curtains.

The North East has a great range of suppliers and advisors who can help you decide on the right style and shades for the finishing touches to your home, so consult the experts and be brave.

Bold and courageous

The soft furnishings market is changing at an amazing pace as people replace their brown and beige furniture and flooring for something much more individual and stylish.

There is a big demand for brave, bold colours that stand out from the crowd, says Tace Traviss, a director at the award-winning interiors specialists, Dickinsons.

This adventurous trend is flowing through into cushions, accessories, soft fabric sofas and chairs, and even flooring, said Tace. Whether it be bold stripes like the Crucial Trading flooring shown, or the ultra-chic Spanish-made Fama furniture - it all has a wow factor that is a welcome change from the boring beiges and browns that have dominated the market for the last five years.

Contact: Dickinsons Interiors, Hexham (01434 602617) and Alnwick (01665 602040), a UK award-winning company.

Quality shows

Gill Horner Designs showroom within the Michael OConner Furniture store, Portrack lane, Stockton-on-Tees offers customers the opportunity to see firsthand the high quality Gill offers in designer window treatments, soft furnishings, re-upholstery service and with wallpapers and fabrics from names such as Sanderson, James Brindley of Harrogate and Kandola there is plenty to choose from.

The showroom is open Monday - Friday 10am - 7pm, Saturday 9.30am - 6pm, Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm or visit

Curves and clean lines

Delcor would like to introduce their brand new Knightsbridge collection - with elegant curves and clean lines, this piece makes a beautiful addition to any home when upholstered in one of their 10,000 fabrics and leathers.

Delcor, who have been manufacturing beautiful bespoke furniture for 43 years offer a home delivery service and can even assembly the furniture in situ.

Showroom & factory: Delcor House, Double Row, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0PR. Tel 0191 237 1303

Inviting looks

The current trend for wool striped carpets and warm, neutral tones is bringing many fashion conscious customers back to carpeting their homes after years of laminate or wood flooring. The trend has prompted Burts Carpets to bring together a full range of these ultra modern and desirable carpets.

See the range at their showroom on Eastmount Road, Darlington or call 01325 466470 for advice on how to turn your house into a home.

Colour riot

Thankfully, in these dark Winter days many people are being really positive about their homes, and are turning to a riot of bold colours, textures and designs to offset their neutral base colours.

These are not just for modern, contemporary apartments, but work just as well in traditional family homes. There is nothing better than demonstrating your individuality through the curtains and fabrics that turn a house into an inviting home.

Glenda Howie, one of the Interior Design team at the UK award-winning business Dickinsons Interiors knows exactly what her customers are looking for, and has produced some brilliant and eyecatching schemes.

Says Glenda: It is really refreshing to be asked for bold, bright fabrics, and there is a really eclectic mix of styles to choose from as well.

Contact: Dickinsons Interiors, Hexham (01434 602617) and Alnwick (01665 602040)

Absolutely fabulous

Absolutely Fabrics was established three years ago in on the North Tyne industrial estate in Benton. Absolutely Fabrics travel the length and breadth of the country with frequent trips to France to source and acquire the best of fabrics and accessories.

The showroom is stacked to the rafters with thousands of rolls of velvets, silks, cottons, linens, chintzes, animal prints, stripes or spots, toile de jouy, prints for nurseries, faded floral for the country house or bergamots, Fire Retarded fabrics, double width cottons or voile panels from India hand embroidered with velvet and crewel work. It is like entering an Aladdins Cave - a real fabric heaven.

Absolutely Fabrics is at 20c North Tyne Industrial Estate, Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 9SZ. Email:, telephone 0191 266 2070.

Designer discount

Sue bought The Fabric & Tapestry shop almost five years ago as her first business. She has seen the business grow each year since. Based in the picturesque village of Corbridge she sources fabrics from all over the country, specialising in designer furnishing fabrics at attractive discount prices.

The shop is full with fabrics in all styles. Alongside the fabrics Sue also sells Cushions, Linings and Interlinings, Furnishing Accessories, Haberdashery, Troynorth Trimmings, Needlepoint Kits and Appletons Tapestry and Crewel Wool. She also offers a curtain, cushion and roman blind make up service.

The Fabric and Tapestry Shop is at 1 Hill Street, Corbridge, NE45 5AA, telephone 01434 632 902.

Essential elegance

Essentials is the latest collection of furnishing fabrics from Alhambra, which exhibits exquisite attention to detail with piques to glamorous sheers.

Colours from ivory to chocolate and innovative designs from florals to geometric elements. This simple, elegant collection offers various options for creating beautiful interiors. For stockists contact Alhambra UK on 08450060885.

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