Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at Coach House Interiors?
Keep reading to take a peak behind the workroom door, and discover how our team create the fabulous soft furnishings that you see online and in your homes.
Downstairs stock fabric selection: Upstairs pattern book range:
We offer one to one guidance with fabric selection and design ideas, and can assist with inspiration for a blank canvas or finding the perfect finishing touch to fit in with your existing décor. You can chose from our wide range of stock roll fabrics which are available for purchase there and then, or our extensive pattern book selection from all the best fabric designers.
Fabric can then be ordered based on your own measurements, or we can come and do the hard work for you with a visit to take measurements, and guarantee the best fit for your home. We can then advise which options would work best for you, from a design and practical perspective.
The next stage is to customise your design to suit your taste and requirements.
Do you need some extra insulation? Then an interlined option might be for you. If you wish to effectively block out light, then blackout lining is a great option. The following lining and interlining options are available for your curtains and blinds:
Lined only or lined and interlined
Lining – standard or blackout
Interlining – medium weight or heavy weight
And what about the look of your curtains? We produce handmade curtain headings ranging from:
Pinch pleat Pencil pleat Goblet
Our team are always hard at work, fuelled by an endless stream of tea and coffee! A day in the workroom will see them measuring, pinning, cutting, hand sewing and reupholstering in order to create the perfect products for you. A lot of time, effort and attention goes into each piece in order to ensure the high quality of work that we produce. Here is a sneak peak behind the workroom door…
Ready for delivery
Items can be held in the workroom prior to collection, or alternatively we offer a full fitting service at the client’s home, with door to door delivery and installation by our in house experts.
These completed curtains are hanging in our workroom, before being carefully packaged into the van where they will be installed in their new home.
Here our team are hard at work out on various sites, ensuring that the fittings are completed to our excellent standard. No fitting is too far away – we regularly work in London and have visited sites all over the UK and beyond!
Here are some examples of completed work hanging in our clients home. It is extremely rewarding see the finished products in action, after being involved right form the initial enquiries up until the final fitting visit.
We hope you have enjoyed your workroom tour and insight into the curtain making process.
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We produce all sorts of products here at Coach House Interiors. From blinds, bedspreads and cushions, to loose covers and reupholstery for stools and sofas. But by far our most popular request is for curtains!
All curtains are hand sewn here in our on-site workroom by our lovely team. They measure, cut, sew and hang according to customers requirements, and some of the finished products can be seen below:
Grand Designs: These rich red curtains in Colefax & Fowler Mirella fabric offer a bold, grand look to compliment this stunning feature window. These display an example of a triple pinch pleat heading, a popular choice for our customers. This fabric and countless others are available via our pattern book selection.
Flora and fauna: These patterned floral prints are perfect for a garden outlook, or to add some design to plain walls. Patterns are ideal for picking up multiple colours in a room to tie everything together and produce an overarching theme.
Feeling festive: Want a fabric that fits in during the festive season but won’t look out of place come spring time? This design is perfect with just a hint of festiveness that will still create a lovely atmosphere all year round. These curtains showcase stock fabric New England which is available to purchase in store today, along with a range of other stock fabric rolls and project sized pieces.
We are always interested in fabric and design inspiration at Coach House Interiors, so comment with your favourite fabric or dream design theme!
We have recently completed a project at an old rectory in Hereford. Working closely with our client, we agreed that Jim Dickens fabric would work perfectly to restore this properties traditional features. The furnishing techniques used (i.e. Pelmets, tiebacks, triple pinch pleat headings) complimented the fabric choice along with the décor of the house. This meant that our client would achieve the style and finish she desired.
The bay window pictured above has been finished with dress curtains on either end to enable us to create a deeper pelmet that looked more in proportion with the room. The window is then finished off with three window seat cushions piped in a contrast fabric.
Here are a few more photographs from the rest the house.
With 2017 well and truly out of the way, we take a look at the top interior trends for 2018…
More colours through the home
Nowadays white tends to be a classic colour, especially when it comes to kitchen design, however, homeowners are shying away from bland styles and starting to inject colour, as well as warm wood tones, like mahogany and neutrals such as greys and blues, giving the space a warm, fresh and unique feel.
Other pointers for 2018 include warm greys with camel, rust, tobacco and brown-blacks, as well as earthy reds, yellows which are expected to edge out with cooler neutrals in the coming years. Rich colours aren’t like the 1970s anymore which was full of avocado greens and mustard colours, these date quickly, unlike warmer colours which work well in homes if you want a soothing and diverse mix of colours and textures.
Tropical palm prints may have flooded your social media feeds , but people don’t tend to be tired of eye-catching, oversized, graphic and it’s predicted that more interpretations of over scaled floral patterns in high contract colours will prevail.
After years of popular white marble, concrete is the next material to help steal the spotlight, it’s a really affordable, high impact design element. It’s already being used for floors, countertops and is versatile and accessible as is being used in more interesting and unexpected ways, like home accessories and furniture.
One of the most elevated trends for the next year is the use of blending the old with the new. ‘Conversation’ pieces are on trend and can easily be incorporated into modern looks. Recycled, re-purposed and reclaimed materials People tend to be a lot more socially conscious and there’s more accessible ways to renew old pieces and produce furnishings like wood slab tables and custom furniture.
At one time deep brown and indigo were alternatives to black and in 2018, black became dominant in home décor, it continues to make a powerful statement and will prominently be used in finishes, fixtures and furnishings.
Over the years the colour pink has prevailed and it’s now considered as general-neutral and no longer just a feminine colour, so from the runway straight into your home, pink is the way to go!
When it comes to curtain linings, they don’t just provide functional benefits for your windows, they can also add fullness to your curtains to help them hang better.
Having an extra layer of protection means your curtains will last longer and help prevent colours from fading, whilst maintaining a clean crisp look, as the lining can protect the fabric from dust and direct sunlight. Depending on the type of lining, it can also provide different levels of insulation.
Standard linings – polycotton
Polycotton is a blend of cotton and polyester, this material is manufactured in a way which will bring out the best of both fibres. Cotton is a lot more resistant to heat compared to man-made fibres, these are good when it comes to durability as direct sunlight can damage fabric. Polycotton is a natural material which means that air can pass through it, so curtains which are made from 100% cotton are suited to more warmer weather, or kitchens, so the curtains don’t absorb cooking smells too.
Cotton is a go to material for a number of benefits, pure cotton can wrinkle easy and is also susceptible to shrinking after being washed. If untreated for flammability, then cotton can burn away easily, whilst polyester just melts.
Polyester is a synthetic fibre and is very durable; it’s resistant to mould and is great for retaining their colour and holding their shape meaning they don’t wrinkle easily. The downside of this is that polyester easily melts away.
When considering the benefits of both materials, polycotton is a strong material which is less prone to wrinkles and can also insulate well, this type of lining is great for any windows as it can meet most requirements.
Blackout and dim out lining
With an added layer of extra coating, blackout lining can block out the sunlight, it’s most commonly used in bedrooms, where you are disturbed by the sunshine peeking through your curtains. When comparing this to standard linings, blackout lining is made from thick material meaning they can help with thermal insulation and noise reduction.
Blackout and dim out curtains have different advantages, dim outs usually allow for most of the light in the room to be blocked out, in comparison to complete blocked out blackout curtains. Why choose blackout lining?
Control over the light in the room
Reduces the level of noise entering the room
Absorb heat during the winter months
Keep out the heat during the summer months
Protects furniture and carpet from the fading effects of the sun
Adding a thermal lining to your curtains or blinds is another great way to save on your energy bills as they can retain the warmth inside a room during the colder weather. They can also block heat from coming in during the warmer weather, this style of lining is good when it comes to keeping you room at a cool and comfortable temperature throughout the different times of the year. Thermal linings are also blackout and noise cancelling.
Having poorly insulated or single glazed windows means that constant heating is usually required to maintain a warm temperature in the home as heat can easily escape through the gaps and the seal of good window frames can also degrade over time. Having extra layers of microfibre don’t just thicken, they also add volume to the curtains which creates a fuller look.
Should you be unsure of what lining to choose, don’t worry, simply give our team a ring, they’ll be more than happy to help.
Whether you’re buying a new sofa or choosing to reupholster a favourite chair, there are a variety of different fabrics out there that you can choose from. From patterns, plains, textures to durability, there’s lots to consider.
Consider the type of furniture that you’re buying or recovering, as well as the room that you intend to put it in. Is it a casual setting where you can use something that stands out, or is it more formal where you’ll need to use traditional patterns, or a muted colour palette. Look for modern or contemporary styles based on how you would like your room to look. Ornate carved chairs wouldn’t suit a polka dot pattern, but dots may look good in a children’s room.
Take a step back and think about how you’d like the piece to look, make sure that it fits in with other pieces which are already in the room. If you’re wanting to embrace the latest fashions, then make sure that it’s something that you truly like and can live with for years to come.
Pattern or plain
Consider the character of the furniture, if you’re recovering an existing piece, then you may want to emulate the look it had before a fresher design, or to make a total change. Think outside the box, classic styles don’t really need a classic design applied to them. Antique wing back chairs would historically be upholstered in floral prints, but they can be brought up to date and covered in a more plain striking colour or a modern pattern.
If you are selecting a different pattern then consider the size of the design, smaller pieces like dining chairs or stools wont show the full potential of a fabric with a large pattern on it.
By mixing and matching different patterns in the same area, you can add a new lease of life to the room. Contrasting patterns work by ensuring that each pattern is a different scale. This also prevents patterns from merging into each other and making the room look confused.
Selecting a colour
Colours can help to change the mood of a room, if you want to match the weight of the colour to the rest of the room. Electric blues aren’t going to work in a room full of soft pastel colours. Different colours can work well together if they’re the same weight, alternatively a feature chair could have a big impact.
It’s important to consider whether you want your furniture in cool or warm tones, warmer tones have an undercurrent of yellow, orange or red and make you think of sunlight and heat. Warm colours bring items closer and also create a sense of intimacy and comfort. Cool colours are known for creating a sense of space and depth and can have a hint of blue and stark white.
You don’t need to create a whole room in one tone, statement pieces in a contrasting tone can help to being a welcoming sense of balance to a room.
Textures and fibres
There’s a number of different textures that you can choose from when it comes to fabrics, from tight, to smooth to fluffy, velvet and linen. Make sure that you pick something that you’ll enjoy sitting on.
Use the fabric in the way it was intended, ornate embroidered designs can be saved for the rarely-used accent chair in the corner, high traffic areas like the living room can result in fabric deteriorating quickly.
Fabrics are tested enough at the development stage to make sure that they meet regulations. Some fabrics will have great special effects which include them being water repellent fabrics which don’t soak up spills, or there’s fire proof fabrics which will repel fire.
Should you require any more information regarding our upholstery services, simply get in touch with us today!