Luxury Soft Furnishings

By Oliver Burns

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January 20, 2020|Trends

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  • dding texture to a space is an all-important consideration when designing any interior scheme. Without texture a room will have the same visual tone and tactile feel, which can result in it feeling flat and uninspiring. Fabric is an effective way to instantly create an inviting atmosphere in a space, especially when contrasting materials are layered together to add visual interest and texture. From sumptuous throws and decorative cushions, to luxurious rugs and window dressings, there are a number of ways you can introduce texture into your home. In this blog, we will explore the different types of luxury soft furnishings available and how to weave these into your interiors.

Beau House Master Suite. Image by Oliver Burns.

'From durable fabrics like wool and leather, to more delicate materials like suede and mohair, there is a textile to suit every requirement and taste.'

When designing our luxury residences, we love to incorporate an array of different fabrics and finishes to complete the space. From durable fabrics like wool and leather, to more delicate materials like suede and mohair, there is a textile to suit every requirement and taste. Before deciding on a fabric, we recommend first checking the label at the back which will indicate if that particular material is suitable for window treatment or upholstery too. It’s important to consider the fabric composition and how many rubs are specified to check the durability and suitability of the fabric for its intended purpose. If a fabric is needed for decorative purposes only, it is usually less than 10,00 rubs. If you require a heavy-duty fabric, look for 25,000 to 30,000 rubs instead.

Regent's Park Master Suite. Image by Oliver Burns.

One of the most effortless ways to instantly change the look and feel of a space is through cushions. If the cushions will be displayed in a reception room, it is more impactful to select a contrasting colour to the sofa. Play with scale, using different sized cushions and varying the placement, so the overall effect is not too staged or uniform. To create a harmonious scheme, select tones that mirror key pieces in the room, such as rugs, ornaments or artwork. For instance, the master bedroom in our Regent’s Park Townhouse features cushions in a deep indigo blue that ties in with the throw as well as the bedside lighting. For an opulent finish, we love silk or velvet cushions, which instantly add a sumptuous feel to a space. If your cushions will be used inside, invest in a high quality feather and down mix so it retains its shape. Since outdoor cushions are more hardwearing, a fibre filled cushion pad is a more suitable option.

The snug at The Lakehouse. Image by Oliver Burns.

A throw is another effective way to make a reception room or bedroom more inviting. These can be changed up seasonally, selecting darker colours and heavier fabrics for winter and lighter colours and more breathable materials for the warmer months. In our Italian Lakehouse, we thoughtfully selected a sumptuous faux fur throw to adorn a chair in the snug. This contrasts beautifully with the velvet cushions, creating an inviting space to luxuriate après ski. We love Italian textile specialist Frette’s luxurious selection of throws in silk, satin, cashmere and suede for instant sophistication.

Family Residence Master Suite. Image by Oliver Burns.

'The choice of blind or curtain in a room can have a dramatic effect, not only controlling light but also providing privacy.'

Unlike cushions and throws, window dressings need to be decorative as well as functional and are therefore a key soft furnishing to consider to make a space feel complete. The choice of blind or curtain in a room can have a dramatic effect, not only controlling light but also providing privacy. When selecting a window dressing, consider the direction the room faces to determine how much sunlight will infiltrate this area. For rooms that receive an abundance of natural light, or that you sleep in, a blackout option may be necessary. Extending the curtain fabric to the floor creates the illusion of height in a room, whereas a curtain that just brushes the floor lends a more casual and contemporary look. In some spaces, a beautifully decorative pole with finials can transform the look, highlighting the window further as a focal point in the room. For instance our Family Residence master suite looks out over beautiful countryside. A statement pole and full length curtains in a muted grey hue frame this view to stunning effect.

Belgravia Townhouse Reception Room. Image by Oliver Burns.

Like a statement window dressing, a well-chosen rug has the power to anchor a room and define boundaries, unifying the other design elements together. When selecting a rug, it is important to carefully consider its placement as well as the fabric itself. An effectively placed rug will sit underneath furniture, rather than floating in between pieces and can be used to highlight key design features such as a piece of furniture or a fireplace. For areas with high footfall like a hallway, opt for a rug in a durable fabric in dark colours or with a patterned design to disguise any marks. For a dining room, a rug with a flatter weave works well to avoid snagging on chairs. A carefully chosen rug can bring together a space, acting as a work of art in its own right. In our Belgravia Townhouse dining room, a wool rug with an elegant pattern of overlapping leaves not only reflects the muted colour palette of the room, but also mirrors the exquisite de Gournay Willow wallpaper.

  • Family Residence bed cushions. Image by Oliver Burns.
  • Family Residence reception room curtains. Image by Oliver Burns.

Soft furnishings are an effective way to experiment with trends or to give your home a refresh in a non-committal way. They not only add texture and visual interest, but ensure a space feels welcoming and inviting, transforming a house to a home.

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