Interior design ideas
Looking for ways to add extra seating to your living room or even bedroom? Or do you have a small space, where you'd like to combine great style with storage solutions? If so, these window seat ideas may be perfect for your home. Whether it's in front of a grand bay window or a more modest one, sitting snugly in a comfortable nook with a book and a view to the outside is about as good as it gets. See the designs below for inspiration...
from ELLE DECOR
There's a reason behind that aversion to yellow, that continual gravitation towards black, or why blue and white is a perennial favorite. Certain hues trigger instinctual reactions and can affect our moods in the most subtle ways. This infographic from UK-based fabric designer Vanessa Arbuthnott breaks down the meaning behind 8 colors and the ways in which they affect our psyche.
Some explanations are no-brainers: yellow represents energy, happiness and attention, while pink represents love and sweetness. And it's common knowledge that red cars can trigger aggression on the road. But did you know that babies cry more in yellow rooms? And that green can prevent nightmares?
So when it comes to decorating that bedroom, it's best to stick to green, lilac, pink and blue, and avoid yellow. Try orange, a social color, in public areas of the home, and use blue in the office to boost productivity and intelligence.
This pared-down palette creates a cool canvas for a Danish couple’s collections of 1940s and 1950s furniture (sourced mainly from France) in their Fredensborg home. Wicker chairs are teamed with a simply draped sofa alongside edgier, industrial-style cabinets and a metal table from Fil de Fer (fildefer.dk)
This globetrotting jeweller has collated treasures from her travels to create a colonial feel, fusing influences from France, India and Africa in her 100-year-old Goan home. Here, she has hung framed artwork to create a feature wall above this vintage Indian sofa
This striking period property in Copenhagen has been artfully updated with concrete floors and streamlined Scandinavian pieces lifted by fresh white paint. The house is owned by a couple with an eye for design: one of them is a co-owner of Danish multimedia design company Norm
A mix of antique rugs with kilims from far-flung destinations injects colour and texture into this light-drenched 19th-century Italian villa, situated on the outskirts of Turin close to the foothills of the Alps
This former garage in the heart of historic s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands has been converted into a colourful and contemporary home-cum-workspace that is divided by reclaimed-timber walls and a vast mezzanine floor
This Majorcan home doubles as a wellbeing retreat whose yoga-instructor owner has created a Moorish feel with pieces gathered from the souks of North Africa. Here, she has introduced colour by piling embroidered cushions on top of a vintage red sofa
American designer Jonathan Adler shares this Long Island home with his British husband Simon Doonan. He has combined his own pieces, such as the ‘Ravello Cocktail’ table, with vintage classics such as a Knoll chair (jonathanadler.com)
A fabric with an allover pattern. Curtain jargon for a pattern that is spread evenly over the overall surface of the material.
A fine, often densely woven curtain fabric, usually made of cotton, linen, half-linen or blended yarns.
Burn out (Devoré)
Type of pattern for curtains where the pattern is achieved using a time-consuming burn out process. This takes advantage of the different chemical behaviour of various natural and synthetic fibres. Mixed fabrics/knitted fabrics made of polyester/cellulose are mainly used to produce burn out curtain fabrics. The see-through pattern, which later appears transparent, is achieved by applying corrosive liquids or protective chemicals. These burn out the cellulose content of the fabric while the resistant chemical fibre remains unchanged. The durability and care properties of the base fabric remain fully intact during this process. This technique makes it possible to achieve attractive, large-scale break through effects that create a particularly impressive effect when used to decorate large window spaces. The knit piece produced using the burn out technique is fine and easy to decorate.
From the French ‘calandre’. A machine with a number of vertically-arranged rollers, which are often heated and counter-rotating, used to flatten or emboss leather, fabric and paper. Also called an embossing calender.
Chenille is a fabric where a caterpillar-like yarn with protruding thread ends is used for the weft. In terms of look and feel, chenille is similar to velvet: It is durable, warming, usually opaque and mainly used as a decorative fabric. For floor-to-ceiling decorations, chenille is processed in such a way that the weft thread runs vertically. This influences the way the folds hang, giving it a subtle Velcro effect. Chenille helps reduce energy costs and improves a room’s acoustics.
Home and household textiles where the colour and pattern match perfectly; often purchased as sets.
ADO Cordon® string curtain. Curtain made using (machine) crocheted yarns where the individual threads hand down loosely. It can be cut to the desired measurements. Used in professional spheres at trade fairs or in exhibition spaces. Also suitable as a room partition.
A fully synthetic material that produces the desired wrinkled effect upon shrinking/pressing and thermal fixing or following chemical treatment. It is best not to use weight tape if you have a strong crash effect. Do not iron!
Collective term for fabrics for window decoration. Compared with decorative fabrics, curtains are transparent and ensure pleasant light conditions in the room. There are many different production and pattern techniques for curtains. The majority of curtains are produced with synthetic fibres (polyester fibres) and generally have the following properties:
High dimensional stability
Low maintenance (easy and quick to clean, short drying time, drip-dry)
High light fastness (level of brightness remains unchanged, even under intense sunlight)
Highly resistant to UV radiation
How a room is decorated in terms of windows, walls and floor. There are no rules. It always depends on the space at hand and the personal taste of the occupant.
Collective term for all curtain and wall covering fabrics used to design, decorate and adorn rooms.
In fabric manufacture, this also refers to the work of the designer, which includes designing patterns appropriate for the material and applying them to the fabric using various production techniques.
A window decoration that consists of curtain and/or decorative fabric.
Embroidery is one of the oldest and most sophisticated textile finishing techniques. It involves the sewing of a design on fabric using thread or cord as the embroidery material (e.g., cotton yarn, linen, silver/gold yarn, metal thread). The thread itself may also be decorated in the process or provided with additional decorative elements (appliqué, beading). There are a wide variety of embroidery techniques, which are distinguished according to the type of embroidery stitch (e.g., cross stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch, herringbone stitch, French knot, buttonhole stitch), the embroidery material/yarn as well as the base fabric used. Unlike hand embroidery, a distinctive feature of machine embroidery is that the stitches and motifs are entirely even.
Raw material used to make textiles. The two major categories are natural and synthetic fibres.
The process of finishing fabrics by adding special substances to increase the utility value of the textile.
It is possible to minimise the flammability of fabrics by using special fibres and finishes. This way, the textiles do not catch fire as fast and do not burn completely.
Curtain pattern where the design is created using short fibres applied at specific places on the curtain.
Protruding decorative hem at the upper end of the curtain that conceals running rails and rolling rings.
Collective term for bed clothes, towels and table linen, bedding and blankets/duvets.
Collective term for curtains, decorative textiles, furniture fabrics and textile floor coverings.
A fabric that can be used both as a curtain and a decorative fabric due to its fabric construction. It is more transparent and lighter than a decorative fabric and more tightly woven than a conventional curtain.
Jacquard decorative fabric
Elaborately patterned fabric produced on a weaving machine with the Jacquard mechanism. Joseph Marie Jacquard invented this mechanism in 1805, thereby making it possible to create large or highly detailed patterns.
Patterned, woven fabrics. Named after the inventor of the Jacquard loom, Frenchman Joseph Marie Jacquard. Jacquard looms are used to create the special pattern of this fabric. They control individual warp threads. This way, patterns are created at the fabric production stage.
Light fastness (colour fastness)
The resistance of colours or colour printing against the influence of natural or artificial light. Intense exposure to light alters colour over time.
Macramé is an Oriental knotting technique for making ornaments and textiles. The word ‘macramé’ comes from the Arabic word ‘miqrama’ and means ‘knotted veil’. It is used to for finishing window decorations.
A net-like transparent curtain. A distinction is made between long (floor length) and short (window height) net curtains.
A light, veil-like fabric made of natural or synthetic fibres. The light, delicate wrinkles are intended here. Organza, also called monofilament, is a thin, transparent fabric.
Paisley, or Paisley pattern, is an abstract, decorative pattern. The pattern is sometimes called ‘Persian pickles’ in the U.S. It resembles a large comma in its most basic form. Paisley takes its name from the Scottish town near Glasgow from which the pattern came. It was an important centre for textile processing in the 19th century. The origin of the pattern goes back to a floral design from the Himalayan principality of Kashmir. It went from there to India. English soldiers brought woven scarves featuring the pattern back to the UK, where it was imitated as a woven and print design in Paisley.
Curtain system that looks like a sliding door covered in fabric. Velcro is used to attach the panels to prefabricated panels that run on sliders.
Collective term for decorative textile articles such as laces, fringes, netting, braids, trimmings and tassels. Passementerie can be used as decorative stylistic devices in different colours, materials and finishes, and are also useful, for example, for gathering fabrics.
Decorative designs on textiles.
A valance at the upper end of a window decoration. Also used to describe the lower part of upholstered furniture.
A type of direct printing. Colour pigments are applied directly onto the fabric and fixed. It is also possible to use metal pigments.
A durable synthetic fibre with a high level of dimensional stability and light fastness.
The process of producing textile products. Curtains and decorative fabrics are cut to size and stitched according to customer requirements.
The recurrence of a motif within a pattern on a fabric.
Fabric blind that uses vertically positioned strips or bars so that it hangs in decorative folds when pulled up.
Original width of the fabric is used as the height with floor-to-ceiling fabrics. It is possibly to vary the width of the fabric without seams being necessary.
Satin is an eye-catching fabric with a shiny top surface. It is therefore often used for decorative purposes due to its elegant look.
Usually a light ground fabric such as voile. Additional effect threads are woven in according to a pattern. Fibres that are not interwoven hang loosely on the rear side of the fabric and are sheered off after weaving.
Secure fibre, see flame retardant
Shantung silk is originally from China. It is plain woven wild silk fabric with an irregular weave pattern with characteristic bulges. This often results in a streaky effect called ‘Shantung’. Nowadays it is often imitated using easy-to-clean structured polyester yarn.
The ADO CoverTex® wall covering system offers a high-quality alternative to wallpaper and is simple and quick to apply. Full walls or just parts of the wall can be covered with fabric.
Decorative fabrics made from thermal chenille function as heat insulators in front of windows and ensure the textile insulation of a room. It is an attractive and effective energy saver that can be added at any time. Thermo Chenille fabric is also sound absorbing, which is particularly effective in rooms with high ceilings or hard floors such as tiles, parquet flooring or laminate.
Upholstery fabrics are suitable for upholstering furniture and are therefore very durable as well as characterized by high abrasion resistance.
French for ‘veil’. Voile is a light-weight fabric made of very highly twisted yarns that is used for curtains.
Ribbon-like weight consisting of small lead balls that is inserted at the lower hem of the curtain or decorative fabric in order to ensure the window decoration hangs evenly. A golden thread is twisted around the weight tape (“Goldkante”). The ADO “Goldkante” is a special trademark of ADO.
Collective term for curtains, decorative fabrics, blinds, shutters or louvers.