Colour Schemes: Steel Grey & Orange

Throughout the summer holidays we'll be bringing you a series of blog posts on our favourite colour schemes and how to achieve them. This week we're starting with Steel Grey and Orange...
Grey seems to always be on trend, but to bring it even more up to date why not add a splash of a brighter colour? Millennial pinks and lush greens are a popular choice right now but we particularly love this combination of steel grey with a fruity orange, as illustrated here in this image from Home & Garden. Keep the grey tones for walls and any large pieces of furniture, adding warmth with highlights of orange using cushions and other decorative accessories:
When accessorising, don't be afraid to clash patterns, especially in a scattering of cushions. We love the look of this Rutan Orange (4) fabric from Spira against the delicate florals of Mairo's Ogras Black/White (5). Same goes for Bowls (1) in Graphite, with this Under Solen (6) floral print. Or go for a graphic look with a simple geometric print such as Julia Black (2) or this cushion in Waves Grey (3).  
For accessories we love this blanket from House of RYM, available on Northlight Homestore, it has the perfect mix of greys and orange to bring the scheme together and would look great draped over the arm of the sofa. Easily add more pops of colour with smaller accessories such as these candlesticks (2) or an art print (1). Use touches of black or taupe to soften the boldness of the orange with smaller items such as these mix and match mugs (3).
Like this colour scheme? Let us know in the comments, or share your images with us on instagram @swedishfabricco!
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The Season For Oilcloths

The Season For Oilcloths

We're full into the swing of Summer now, and to celebrate we're offering 20% off all Oilcloth fabrics throughout July!

Blue skies, long warm evenings and fresh produce mean that we're slowly being lured outside, particularly at meal times. A slightly warmer-than-usual evening can result in a spontaneous BBQ and a few extra mouths to feed. 

Creating an outside eating space is all about quick set up (and clear up!) and hardwearing materials, making an oilcloth fabric an essential when setting the table. Unlike the PVC covered fabrics, which often get unpleasantly sticky and can make diners feel like they're about to do finger painting with the little ones, an oilcloth fabric has been coated with an acrylic film. This film prevents stains and spills penetrating the fabric, but still allows the fabric to hang normally. It can be wiped clean and even chucked in the washing machine, so perfect for a table cloth, both inside or out, or even popping under a high chair so all those crumbs can be scooped up and put straight into the bin. There's no need for hemming either, just order and cut the size you need and the acrylic coating will prevent any fraying! 

At The Swedish Fabric Co, we stock a wide variety of oilcloth fabrics, suited to any style or scheme;

For a bright summery look this Cirkelblomma fabric from Kinnamark is perfect. The bold but simple pattern and rainbow colours will bring any space to life:

For a more traditional, scandi-inspired look, how about this Sill fabric from Almedahls? Sill translates to Herring in Swedish and is a popular motif in the country. The sky blue, and chalk white colours combined with the simple pattern is a recipe for calm:

If you're after a more traditional look, Mairo's Viola Blue is a small repeat pattern, that makes any space, large or small, feel cosy. Whether you're in a open country garden or an urban courtyard, bring a homely feel to outdoor, or indoor, summer living:

For the chefs and budding vegetable growers, this Pomodoro oilcloth from Vallila is a colourful vine pattern. Running down the centre of the table it will perfectly complement your home-grown produce, and home-cooked dishes. 

Click here to see our whole collection of oilcloth materials. Throughout July we're offering all shoppers 20% off all Oilcloth fabrics - use code JULY17 at the checkout!

We'd love to see your purchases! Share your photos with us on instagram @swedishfabricco

 

 

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5 of our favourite: Summer Cushions

We've picked out our favourite 5 cushions that would brighten up any sofa, and give any room a little lift for summer! Clockwise from top left; 
Let us know which one's your favourite on social media! 
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Chambray Blue

Chambray Blue

Who doesn't love a little bit of blue?Whatever shade you choose it can have a really calming effect on any room, but if you're not going for a full redecoration, then how about just adding a touch of blue with a cushion cover, curtain or table runner?
Chambray Blue is particularly hard to resist, a warm sky hue which feels particularly perfect for this time of year when all we really want to do is be at the beach all day! Stop it being too nautical with accents of a darker tone of blue, natural green and off whites. Then sit back and relax!
Clockwise from top left:
Blomma Blue Cotton - Spira
Alma Blue Linen/Cotton - Klippan
Cotton Fouta - House of RYM (available on Northlight Homestore)
Morning Dew Cotton - Klippan 
Maya Light Blue Linen - Himla
Fagelsang Blue Cotton - Almedahls

 

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Spring Greens

Spring Greens

 

Freshen up your interior with our pick of fabrics inspired by natural patterns and flourishing foliage.
1. Leksand White - Klippan
2. Fraken Green - Klippan
3. Blomma Light Green - Mairo
4. Botanik Green - Spira
5. Blomma Yellow - Spira
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Tropical Greenery

Tropical Greenery

Ever since Pantone announced Greenery as their colour of the year we've been loving leafy prints and patterns.

Above; Kinnamark Tahiti Green 

However we thought the trend could do with a little lift for the summer...

So even though the weather at the moment is not quite what we had in mind for this time of year, bring some warmth and brightness into your home with our pick of fabrics. We've combined fresh greens with coral pinks and canary yellows to give Greenery a tropical twist.

All fabrics pictured are listed below and available through our online shop. 

Mairo Palma Green 

Mairo Palma Nougat Cushion 

Spira Botanik Green 

Klippan Cherry Rain Dawn 

Spira Juline Coral (made into cushion cover) 

Skinny laMinx Flower Field Goldenrod 

Featuring Fired Earth Paint Collection

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Gyllstad organic fabrics - Now in stock

Gyllstad organic fabrics - Now in stock

The Swedish Fabric Company is pleased to present textile brand Gyllstad, created by the very talented designer Ulrika Gyllstad. 

Ulrika attributes nature as her greatest inspiration and this is evident throughout her collection. The Swedish Fabric Company will stock the fabrics, Stones, Delta and Fish in both green and blue hues making a great addition to our unique collection of fabrics.

Gyllstad fabrics are made of 100% certified organic fabrics, using environmentally friendly print technique. All fabrics have an approx. width of 162cm with a printed width of 158cm.

 

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Fine Little Day fabrics, arriving in March 2016

Fine Little Day fabrics, arriving in March 2016

The Swedish Fabric Company, greets Spring with birds and blues with a new fabric collection from Fine Little Day.
New fabrics that include Gran and Bird are designed by the very talented Elisabeth Dunker, who was inspired by the sun shining through her windows and the sounds of seagulls over the sea. Fabrics are 50% linen 50% cotton.
Elisabeth Dunker has collaborated and designed many delightful products for the Swedish/Tunisian brand, House of Rym, all of which can be found on our sister website: www.northlighthomestore.com
The Fine Little Day fabrics will be available in March 2016.
Afternoon Delight Arbour Harbour/Blue porcelain cup and saucer set, designed by Elisabeth Dunker for House of Rym.
The Fine Little Day fabrics will be available in March 2016.
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New Spira fabrics - coming soon!

New fabrics include Anita Blue, Siv natural & Siv light blue. 
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New Skinny laMinx Flower Dreams collection

 

New fabrics at The Swedish Fabric Company include the Orla Wedgewood and Pinecushion Wedgewood from the Skinny laMinx Flower Dreams collection.

This collection by Heather Moore is inspired in equal doses by a mid century palette, Japanese style & flowers on the slopes of Table Mountain.

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New features added! Northlight tutorials & interactive blinds

The Swedish Fabric Company are pleased to announce new features with the launch of our new look website.

The new website will be much more interactive, with blogs on how fabrics can be used, and users will also be able to test our fabrics in different room sets.

We would love to see what our customers have made with our fabrics. For the chance to win £100 worth of material from The Swedish Fabric Company, please send us an image to info@northlightdesign.co.uk

Winner to be announced on 20th December 2015.

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Autumn/Winter Klippan collection

Available at Northlight Homestore in late September.
The collection includes the new Morning Dew fabric designed by Edholm Ullenius and the organic Mountains brushed cotton blankets designed by Tina Backman.
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