Autumnal fabric trends

As the mood turns to autumn, David Harris, Managing Director of luxury fabric specialist Kobe UK, talks Inex through the fabrics of the season.

Jewel tones are taking centre stage this season, inspired by the cosmos and metals. We’re seeing lots of royal purples, emerald greens, sapphire blues, copper tones and reds work their way into the latest fabric trends. They work well in the living area; the brave could choose a bold sofa in a jewel colour, while those looking for a more subtle approach could add a fashionable touch with statement cushions and accessories. Our Gabra range of fabrics has a strong jewel palette and looks striking as a pop of colour or covering a chic sofa.

Vivacious velvet
Velvet is still strong this season. Whether it’s subtle or all-out glamour, the fabric is so diverse it can be introduced into an existing interior scheme or be the base of a new one. I’m always so impressed with the versatility of velvet. It comes in many guises as printed, woven or geometric and can be used beautifully in upholstery or curtain fabric.

Velvet’s luxury can be seen in both texture and drape, hanging elegantly as a curtain and conforming excellently to curves in upholstery. For a more subtle nod towards the trend, accessorise with a handful of plumpy cushions and a soft blanket throw.

Velvet also works wonderfully with an Art Deco decor, which made a comeback in a big way thanks to a number of 20s-inspired films such as The Great Gatsby. To add a touch of the 20s into the home, choose statement pieces, combined with timeless plains and semi-plains reflecting lavish glamour. Our Volterra collection of matte-look velvets are available in three distinct styles with a selection of colours to suit all tastes, including of-the-season jewel tones green, purple and gold.

The industrial revolution
The ‘industrial’ look is one that has transitioned through the seasons; originally inspired by ultra-chic loft apartments or converted city warehouses with floor-to-ceiling drapes. The autumn 2017 update sees a palette awash with greys and silver, with hints of contrasting black and white. Transparent, floaty fabric is also prominent this autumn. Incorporate it into a scheme with sheer voiles – such as our Locking CS or Sousta CS – combined with heavier metallics from our Crosby range and faux leather for the latest on-trend industrial chic.

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