Do you design with nature in mind? Incorporating botanical motifs in design has stood the test of time and has earned its place as a staple in interior design. Foliage inspired décor is versatile and can be tailored to suit any interior style! Overscaled fern motifs, Jacobean florals, or just a dose of rich emerald or cactus green bring the natural world indoors. You know that green is good for you, so why not incorporate it more in your life?
When choosing a fabric for your upholstery, do you consider what the finished piece will look like? Are you going for a tight, tailored sofa with firm foam or more of a rustic, relaxed and casual look that you can sink into?
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Two of the largest industry leaders for interior decorative paints, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams, have recently announced two very distinctive directions their forecasters have set for the coming year. Sherwin Williams naming its Color of the Year, Naval (a bold shade of navy) and Benjamin Moore announcing First Light (an airy pink hue) as their chosen Color of the Year have us questioning which direction will be the popular choice for your interiors.
Dulux Paint has also followed suit with Sherwin Williams, choosing a similar and calming blue – albeit brighter, Chinese Porcelain. While Graham & Brown also join them on the organic, tranquil side of the colour wheel with a deep bottle green hue, Adeline.
Sophisticated and mysterious, or youthful and optimistic – how will you dress your walls in 2020?
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Images Courtesy of (from left to right) Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Dulux Paint and Graham & Brown.
The latest design trend for Winter 20/21 highlighted in Pantone’s colour book, Viewpoint Colour – 06 Rise Up, highlights the continuation of maximal style charging unapologetically through an audacious palette that lends an energetic visual voice to the colours and textures that define your interiors.
Coined Vibrant Rebellion by Pantone Vice President, Laurie Pressman, encapsulates the ambition for self-expression, unrelenting hope and youthful positivity expressed in the upcoming Winter 20/21 colour trends.
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Whether it is sgraffito-style lines on a linen-blend based cloth or velvety flock adorning your walls we have a number of decorative flock patterns to offer you the much in demand luxe look you crave. Flocking can be applied to many different surfaces (check out the Telafina fabric and the new 1838 wallcovering in the picture below). This look is created by tiny synthetic fibers that are attached onto a surface. Flock particles are sifted over the surface which has glue applied to it, and then is electrically charged to get the fibers to stand up and produce the napped effect. This can range from velvety to bristly, depending on the length of the fiber.
Elodie, a French name meaning wealth and riches, perfectly encapsulates the newest collection by 1838 Wallcoverings. Inspired by the Art Deco era, we couldn’t see a more fitting collection to bring us closer to the soon roaring 2020’s. Nostalgic trends are continuing to revive the glorious eras of the past and here curved forms and geometric lines tap into the glamour of a bygone time. In the 1920’s and 30’s Art Deco represented the combination of different styles with fine craftsmanship and luxurious materials, and our interpretation of the trend is perfectly in keeping with this spirit. Indulgent substrates, heritage printing techniques, decadent details and a sumptuous colour palette, not only capture the Zeitgeist of the past, but reinvent it for today’s interior schemes.
Another of Elodie’s riches is the captivating mix of printed effects and luxurious substrates, championing the true craft of wallpaper manufacture. Surface printing is a heritage wallpaper printing technique and forms patterns that look as though they have been painted by hand; works of art for your walls. Printed by skilled craftsmen on original, rare machinery dating back over 100 years, Elodie rekindles the traditions of British craftmanship. Select patterns are adorned with lavish, velvety flocks, glistening beads, high sheen foils, contemporary metallics and textured inks, bringing them to life to form unique, resplendent interiors.
Whether in the form of upholstery fabric in luxurious tapestry constructions that would be at home in a Venetian palazzo, or the look of antique, patinaed leather, the market today demands high performance combined with high style.
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Our Dim Out collection is a must-have compilation of washable textures in a 98% dim out construction. The soft, touchable hand and dry finish lend this practical collection an elegant sensibility while meeting the specifications required for an array of commercial settings. Dim Out is not constructed using a foam backing as blackout fabrics are so they will never block 100% of the light. If you're looking for blackout, stay tuned for our blackout collection to hit the shelves next year! Head over to @zoe.c.anderson’s #TextileTuesday stories to catch a sneak peek of the exciting new collection launching in 2020.
Matelassé (mat-la-zay) is meant to achieve a lofty, padded look, without any padding or hand-stitching. This construction is also known as Marseilles cloth as it mimics the style of the hand-stitched quilts originating in Marseilles, France. Although matelassé was originally used mostly for bedding & furnishings, this construction has also found its way into fashion! When it comes to cleaning care, due to its construction consider professionally laundering this fabric to ensure longevity. Our matelassé patterns can be found across a few different collections. Whether it’s residential or performance you are looking for, give us a call and let us help you find the right fabric for your project.
Wool is a protein-based fiber (keratin) available in many varieties such as: Angora, Cashmere, Mohair, Merino, Vicuna and more! Wool is a very versatile fiber that lends well to several constructions such as tweed, flannel, gabardine, loden and even baize, which is the covering for pool tables! Wool fiber is naturally crimped, providing the interior structure of wool fiber a spring-like characteristic that enables elasticity and exhibits resilience by making wool resistant to sagging and wrinkling. The finer the wool fibers are, the more crimp they have and in turn the better they drape. The exterior of wool fiber is hydrophobic, meaning it repels water, which also makes wool naturally less prone to staining. Added benefits to wool include anti-static and inherent flame resistance. Follow the link below to cozy up your space with our upholstery rated 100% wool pattern, Cristobal.
Color blocking and “pops of color” are taking a backseat to multi-color designs that swirl together contrasting hues in one design or motif. Think of the drama a vibrant Moroccan rug adds to a room. Reaching for a multi-color texture or pattern for a large upholstered piece can provide a jumping-off point for the overall palette of a space, and a chance to add truly unique and personal style. Shop the perfect piece from our Summer 19 collection below!
Stripes and checks of all scales are firmly back in the collective design repertoire. Versatility is key here, and it’s all about the construction: a rich velvet stripe will have a very different impact than a casual twill stripe. Layer different constructions, scales and hues for depth and impact. Our recent Color Waves and Upholstery Palettes Collections offer a variety of options in complementary color stories. Follow the links for the books below to order memo samples for your next project!
These highlighter-bright hues were seen on fashion runways for upcoming seasons and can be expected to filter into the décor sphere. Lime green, eye-popping pink and saturated orange are couture cool and can be softened by using them in a plush texture like velvet or felted wool.
Whether you are upholstering outdoor seating or toss pillows, or simply looking for a durable and cleanable upholstery fabric for indoor use, there are a few factors to consider when selecting indoor/outdoor performance fabrics as they are not all created the same. Depending on fiber type, yarn type and dyeing process, the resulting characteristics can differ widely. Outdoor fabrics brand leaders such as Sunbrella and Bella Dura use solution-dyed yarns for their textiles to create goods that have excellent colorfastness to light in addition to a soft hand and good durability. In addition to that, Sunbrella and Bella Dura constructions are mildew-resistant as well as water and stain repellant. They are not waterproof. Outdoor fabrics created with solution-dyed yarns are marketed as bleach cleanable, however most soiled areas can be cleaned effectively with mild soap and water. Bleach can have harmful effects on the natural environment and is harsher than is generally needed for household stains.
One of the best ways to keep upholstered pieces and accessories looking fresh in either indoor or outdoor settings is with regular care and maintenance. Brush off dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabric and blot up spills soon after they occur, as the sooner soiled areas are looked after, the easier they are to clean.
Sunbrella and Bella Dura provide five year guarantees in a residential setting for stain resistance, colorfastness to water, light & crocking (transfer of color to other fabrics) under normal usage and exposure conditions.
This season we are embracing tactile overload with our latest addition to our collection, Velvet Room. This dedicated velvet book covers a collection of sumptuous velvets in a plethora of constructions in ever rich, gemmy hue to inspire a variety of treatments.
Learn how to keep your velvets and chenilles looking their best with our design director Zoë Anderson.
Stark white is trending towards more complex cream, bone and Dutch white shades. These off-whites provide depth and subtlety, shifting depending on the lighting and shadow of the setting. Creamy shades allow versatility in design and add texture and subtle undertones to lend understated interest. Need some assistance in finding the right white for your project?
Black styled with brown is strong and effortlessly chic. Our Spring and Summer 19 collections both boast go-to browns in oak, whiskey and caramel tones to deliver much needed interest and contrast when paired with raven hues.
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The trend toward natural fibers in the home continues. Cotton, linen, wool, bamboo and hemp add an organic softness with their natural, neutral palette and dry hand. Design Director, Zoe (@zoe.c.anderson) illustrates the fluid drapeability and make up of bamboo rayon pattern, Panda, in her #TextileTuesday Instagram Stories. Head over to her highlights to see past videos and posts. Stay tuned for more!
Handsome and then some, these Father’s Day inspired looks are particularly fresh when a rustic menswear design is juxtaposed with a clean, minimalist space. Forget the trip to Savile Row and bring these tailored bespoke looks straight home.
The latest season of Telafina sees the brand continuing in an urban, modern luxe direction with a focus on natural fibers and tactile elements rendered in a pared-back palette to offer a backdrop for a chic lifestyle.
Our design director Zoë Anderson talks us through the plethora of constructions, textural elements and sumptuous shade this season has to offer.
Taking a look at our Spring19 collection, our design director Zoë Anderson talks us through the style influences for the season.
James Watson (Managing Director) and Abigail Watson (Marketing Director) share the passion, craftsmanship and history behind 1838 Wallcoverings.
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Discover the design inspiration and color trends behind our Fall18 collection, in the studio with our design director Zoë Anderson.
Take a look through the playful textures and palettes in our Summer18 collection with our design director Zoë Anderson!
We love seeing our fabric bring new life to old furniture, if you have a piece you would love to revamp we are giving you the chance to win the fabric of your choice! All you have to do is follow us on Instagram, post a photo of the piece you want to recover + your chosen fabric and caption your photo with @maxwellfabrics + #MadeInMaxwell. The lucky winner will be chosen at the end of the month!
Get a peek into the design studio of Maxwell Fabrics and Telafina with design director Zoë Anderson and hear about the modern, luxe new direction of Telafina!
Spring 2018 is like a greatest hits collection for the interior artist to play with. This season includes a fashion-forward wide-width sheer grouping, two new entries in our bleach cleanable indoor/outdoor series, an instant classic faux leather book, and another round of our high end designer-driven Color Waves, and finally two go-with-it-all solid upholstery books to bring it all home.
We are extremely proud to introduce the North American design community to 1838 Wallcoverings!
1838 Wallcoverings has over 4 generations of wallpaper printing experience, producing luxury wallpaper in Lancashire, United Kingdom, an area which boasts a proud heritage of wallpaper printing.
We have partnered with the UK brand to bring their stunning designs exclusively to Canada and the United States, beginning with two beautiful, luxurious collections that balance classic inspiration with contemporary style.