Soft furnishings can transform a house into a home. Cushions, lampshades, curtains, blinds, rugs and throws are often regarded as extras within a room but these finishing touches bring a room together adding a feeling of comfort, luxury and warmth.
Here are my five top tips on how to use soft furnishings within the home;
1. Start small
Committing to strong wall colours or wallpaper can seem daunting at first so start small by introducing pattern and colour through soft furnishing, for example, a cushion with a bold print. It’s a great way to experiment and be a little more adventurous.
2. Create contrasts
Have a go at using contrasting colours and textures to create impact within a room. If you’ve got a monochrome room try adding a bright additional colour to lift the black and white, for example. Mixing natural and man made materials is another effective contrasting tip.
3. Change with the seasons
The ways we use different rooms may vary depending on the season. If the room allows it you could change furniture around to face a fire place or a view of outdoors. Using different colours of cushions -lighter in spring and summer, darker in the autumn and winter- is another affordable way to make a change.
Fabric lampshades have a lovely warmth when light is shining through as you can see the weave of the fabric. Try using patterned lampshades to some interest to a room without it dominating. Rooms reflect our personalities and lampshades are an opportunity to do this whist also adding extra light.
Soft furnishings using natural materials really create a sense of cosiness and warmth. Think of the different ways you can include textures into a room and the different textures available. Don't be afraid to try new things, all of these elements can be easily changed or used in a different room.