Choosing soft furnishings for a room can be challenging when faced with an empty space, especially a new build that you have not lived in yet. I love it when customers get in touch during the build of a new house, this makes things easier than when the build has been finished, these are some of the reasons why:
- Some fabrics are printed to order and can take 3-4 weeks to arrive in the workshop
- Some fabrics may be out of stock for a period of time
- A window space may not have been designed to allow for the window dressing you would like, this means that changes may be possible to allow for this before final fixtures and decoration takes place
- There is time to explore options and look at lots of different ideas and designs without the pressure of feeling like it needs to be completed as quickly as possible
- Budget! speaking to your curtain maker early on will help you budget for this stage. There will always be hidden costs with any build and being aware of the price of all the finished items can be really helpful so you are not disappointed
For this project, the customer got in touch once the build was at a stage where we could safely enter the property and take measurements. The customer had a good idea of the window dressings that she wanted for all the windows in the house but was unsure about what to do with this door.
This door is in the kitchen and would go out into the garden, she wanted to have curtains but wasn’t sure if this was possible. Understanding how a room will work is key to understanding what soft furnishings will work well. The kitchen sink will be installed to the right of the door and a table will sit in front of the doors. There is a very important relationship between design and functionality, something may look nice but not work for the room and equally, something may work well but not be aesthetically pleasing.
There were a number of options for the customer to choose, taking into account budget, expectations, functionality and design.
- Roller blinds to sit inside the recess – budget friendly but limited design added to the room
- Perfect fit blinds – Easy to use, budget friendly but a lack of design.
- Pair of curtains on a pole – Aesthetically pleasing to the eye but the worry of water splashing from the kitchen sink onto the fabric
- Single curtain pulled to one side with track – Lovely to have the fabric but tracks are not always particularly attractive
- Single curtain pulled to one side with pelmet – Perfect solution!
Whilst the customer didn’t know what was available, she did have an idea of what she wanted to have in the room and this solution was perfect, she would be able to have the softness of the fabric in the room but not the worry of the fabric becoming ruined from cooking and washing up.
We then went on to look at my favourite part, the fabric!
The kitchen specifically was the room that the customer wanted to focus on and had a good idea of exactly what she wanted, a smart stripe to match the tiles. I explored all of my suppliers and pulled together a number of samples for her to look at that may have worked. Unfortunately due to the coronavirus implications for businesses it did mean that the tile choice was changed but this was ok as we were still at the sample stage. Although changed, many of the samples chosen were still relevant. The fabric chosen by the customer was a beautiful linen from the Meg Morton collection.
Although a linen, we discussed the implications of having fabric in a kitchen and this was how the design of the soft furnishings was formed. A pelmet board was fitted by our in house curtain fitter, we take great pride in offering full measuring, consultation and fitting service of all our products.
The track now hidden by the pelmet to provide a sleek, crisp finish!
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss soft furnishings for your home