Be Inspired... Heavenly soft furnishings

PUBLISHED: 11:37 15 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:37 15 August 2014




Furnishings may be a final touch, but they can be a crucial element to a room, providing comfort and

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style. Sarah Hammill meets three local experts who can help you create your own beautiful space

The style: Exquisite Upholstery

Providing customers with much-needed inspiration since 1899, Fishpools furniture shop in Waltham Cross is fast becoming one of the most trusted quality upholstery retailers in the south east. With more than 62,000sq ft of showrooms, even the most fussy of buyers can find something to their taste, from exquisitely upholstered sofas and carefully designed pillows to made to measure curtains. Interior designer, Kate Watson, has intricate knowledge on furnishing rooms. She explains: ‘‘From dusky lavender tones to deep autumnal heathers, there’s a vast array of beautiful hues to choose from in store and just as many ways to style them.’ Kate believes purple can be a perfect shade for any room. ‘Lilac shades work particularly well in bedrooms and can be combined with other pastel shades to create a soft, feminine feel. Deeper shades will lend spaces a regal air, making them perfect for formal dining rooms, especially on cushions.’

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For further details please contact Fishpools on 01992 636465 or visit

The style: Sumptuous Comfort

Founded in 1963, award-winning Colchester department store, Williams & Griffin, is a favourite for branded bed linen and offers a variety of furnishing patterns ranging from contemporary to household names such as Cath Kidson – ideal for giving a house a summery vibe now the warmer weather is here. Buyer for Williams and Griffin, Stephen Seymour, reveals the key summer trend in the soft furnishings department. ‘It’s all about coastal themes, envision pure white naturals with coastal blues, bringing a little sunshine to every room. Our key ranges for this theme are sea salt, that come straight from Cornwall and Joules. They provide a natural environment with nautical lines and boats patterning the furnishings, I call it “coastal calm”. We have the largest selection of branded bed linen in the Colchester area and we provide quality too.’

For further details contact, Williams & Griffin on 01206 571212 or visit

The style: Designer Fabrics

Set on the Suffolk/Essex border, Amor Interiors not only specialises in bespoke upholstery, but also has the largest fabric library in the eastern region from which the team can successfully reupholster furniture and also help customers that have a specific idea of what they want. Most of the fabrics used are designer and of the finest quality, with names including Mulberry Home and Harlequin. But it’s not just upholstery that Amor Interiors focuses on, as you can also request handmade curtains to your specifications created by a team of expert makers in local workshops using the finest natural products. With thousands of fabrics to chose from, making a decision can be overwhelming. Designer Jenny Primrose explains the current trends. ‘During my time here I have noticed an increased interest in plaid,’ says Jenny. ‘It is definitely back in fashion, whether it be on throws, upholstery or cushions. In fact, it’s often now the case of the brighter the plaid, the better.’

For further details contact Amor Interiors on 01787 880908 or visit


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