Be Eco-Friendly, Green and Sustainable
Eco-friendly, Green, Sustainable – all terms that are now widely used and that all of us want to aspire to. In the world of home-décor too, all things natural are definitely trending. For curtains, look to natural fibres such as cotton, linen, silk or wool and if possible – re-upholster old furniture instead of buying new.
Going green doesn’t mean your home has to look like a hippy-hangout – you can create a variety of looks and still be ecologically sound. For a contemporary and cool look, go for white or off-white fine linen or cotton drapes – a simple pinched pleat curtain heading with ceiling to floor curtains will make any room look airy and light. Go for one or two stronger colours to contrast with all that white – perhaps a rich cotton velvet chaise longue in deep red or simply add coloured silk cushions to a white leather sofa.
That Rustic Look
For a more rustic look, combine hessian with your linens and perhaps go for a large floral print on your curtains or soft furnishings. A more vintage look can be created by combining lace with jute on cushions or tiebacks for example or a beaded trim on curtains. Re-vamp old furniture with a shabby chic coat of paint rubbed down with sandpaper and re-cover tired chairs.
Combine Contrastic Colours and Different Textures
It’s not just curtains and soft furnishings that can get the natural touch – blinds too created from natural fabrics can be added as a standalone window treatment or combined with curtains to create a layered look. Combine contrasting colours or different hues of the same colour and different textures such as silk and velvet to create a coordinated yet cohesive design statement in your room.