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Joyful Home Company is home to excellent vibrant upholstery plus beautiful vintage furniture. Explore and find unique statement pieces for your home.
At this time of year and particularly right now all we want to cosy up and stay warm in our homes.
Along with soft fabrics, we love texture, and right now we are seeing a lot of this online and in stores. For example, cushions with pattern weave and raised short pile, chunky knit throws, and soft sheepskins.
With so much on offer, now is the time to layer up your living room and bedroom with gorgeous soft furnishings.
It’s not just the patterns of fabrics – curtains, cushions and upholstery, or the surface covering pattern of wallpaper, that can bring vibrancy, texture, pattern and colour into a room – consider your tile choice too!
And tiles aren’t just for kitchens and bathrooms. Tiling a wall can be just as great for a feature wall as wallpaper. The patterns available are incredible plus it’s a long lasting, hardy finish.
Tiles could be used in just a panel area for a head board. And, if a fireplace needs updating the surroundings or hearth with tiles could give a bold new look.
When it comes to furniture, the sofa is one of the biggest and usually the one you would want to invest in the most.
Over the last year we have been seeing sofa choices increase with so many styles and colour options available. Sofas are there to make a statement!
Whether you like bright colours, floral patterns, stripes or dots, there is a sofa out there for you. It doesn’t take long to find sofas online and if have an idea of what you want then you will be sure to find one.
Continuing from 2019, here are beautiful materials that are still strongly evident in all aspects of homeware and furniture.
Bamboo, cane, wicker, rattan are all across interiors stores with modern silhouettes and varying styles to suit all rooms.
Not just suited for outdoors or conservatories these materials can blend into many styles and trends. Tie together with a room featuring tan and mustard colour tones, mango woods and florals or use as a light highlight in a room of dark jewel tones. Throw a faux sheepskin over a chair, and add a cushion for a look suited to the colder months and then swap for light weight bohemian fabric throw in the summer.
It’s affectionately with humour but with a poignant meaning of self love, confidence, removing the over sexualisation of women, celebrating the human body in all its glory, shapes and forms, and creating beautiful homeware. The trend for illustrations or shapes of female body parts is strong across homewares including vases, cushions, prints, plates and cups.
We’ve picked some of our favourite pieces found on the high street and online.
We are in s time now where climate change and sustainability is massively important and undoubtedly is having a knock on effect to how we buy items for the home.
When we talk about sustainability the key areas are:
1: The material ( ie. wood ) has been sourced from certified third parties. Look out for the FSC logo.
2. Items that are made form recycled materials.
3. The manufacturing process is environmently friendly and produces low emissions.
4. Using materials that are a renewable source and easily grown.
Wood is one of the most popular materials used for creating furniture, and there are lots of handmade examples available from UK suppliers as well as further afield. We are also seeing more plastics being reused to make seat coverings, rugs and more.
Anything we can do to help with this, from buying less frequently, buying more long lasting items, or recycling pieces we have rather than throwing away will go towards a more sustainable future for us all.
Turning the interior design world on its head, the new trend for statement ceilings is a brave new design step in putting creative thought on to an often forgotten surface – the ceiling.
Growing in popularity, following the style advice of creative forums like Pinterest and what’s in Vogue, we see various options and design processes being used to create a focal point of the ceiling instead of other more traditional areas that we make a feature like walls or floors.
We see tiles, wallpapers, stencilling and plaster (or faux) relief work, covering ceilings to bring interest to a room as well as often having benefits including allowing a space to feel lighter, taller, or even cosier depending on what is used.
Most of these ideas come from interiors of the past. Relief ceiling in plaster or wood feature (if they haven’t been ripped out) in the ceilings of grander properties from Edwardian, Victorian, Georgian and earlier houses; wood panelling or carving can be seen in the last few centuries but also in the twenties, thirties and forties; wood cladding has been popular since the midcentury and although fell out of favour in the last couple of decades it’s seen a resurgence in use for both a country cottage feel, beach house feel or the strongest design look – a midcentury modern design. A teak or walnut ceiling would have been used to lower and bring down a ceiling to emphasise the open plan so single level living with large glass windows synonymous with many properties of the 1950s and 1960s.
Now we also see tiles being used as a feature product to cover a ceiling. With brands like Rockett St George introducing tin tiles as a beautiful idea, having not been available in this country until recently, we now see other brands following suit.
But this new trend also gives rise to the DIY notion and gives a chance to get creative or crafty. Wood cladding is certainly an attainable level DIY project but also being creative with masking tape or stencils with paint is also a great idea – both cost effective and easy to do, plus can be changed at a later date to suit dates with no major cost issue – just a few coats of paint.
See our picture for ideas but also think out side of the box – swap the planned wall wallpaper to the ceiling or take the pattern from a piece of homeware in the room and transfer it to the ceiling!