Fashioning Hints | Geometrics
Outdoor or In
The fabrics of the new Zimmer + Rohde Spring collection offer various, fascinating possibilities for decoration.
The fabrics of the new Zimmer + Rohde Spring collection offer various, fascinating possibilities for decoration. Canelloni tape and further modern ways for on top hanging do not leave any wishes open in modern interior decoration.
Fashioning hints | Collection URBAN RHYTHM
window decorations and decorative pillows
Stainless steel rings, box pleats or stand-up seam - The following PDF-file contains descriptive fashioning hints for modern window decorations and decorative pillows.
Stainless steel rings, box pleats or stand-up seam - The following PDF-file contains descriptive fashioning hints for modern window decorations and decorative pillows. Be inspired.
Fashioning hints | Collection Gallery
edging and hanging system
Side edging and special hanging systems enable modern window decorations with generous folds.
Side edging and special hanging systems enable modern window decorations with generous folds. The following PDF-file contains descriptive fashioning hints.
Fashioning Hints | Collection COMING HOME
The new ZIMMER + ROHDE fabrics encourage individual and versatile ways to hang curtains.
The new ZIMMER + ROHDE fabrics encourage individual and versatile ways to hang curtains:
Modern eyelets at the top, a finish with velcro loops, flexibility in the fold effect with the wave heading system or hanging with 7 pocket universal tape. The following PDF-file contains descriptive fashioning hints.
A real eye-catcher
Fabric wall coverings
Inspiration for classic fabric wall coverings is found in the silk wall coverings in castles, palaces and manor houses. Such pieces must be created by an experienced specialist, who position wooden borders on the wall, to which the cloth banners are then attached.
Only opaque fabrics are suitable, and should be fine and smooth rather than heavy and coarse. Shiny satins or damask portray a particularly sophisticated effect, although matt cotton and linen are also good options. Different fabrics can be combined by the banner or from wall to wall. In general, hanging coverings on every wall of a room should be avoided. Nevertheless, the more wall surface the covering spans, the more subtle and intricately patterned the fabric should be. In any case, the style and age of the surrounding architecture should be considered. Historical textile designs such as damask patterns always suit historical buildings, but could also provide a masterful contrast in modern, linear architecture. Regardless, it is always a good idea to limit wall coverings to one wall instead of the whole room. This wall is guaranteed to be a real eye-catcher!
Roller blinds are an excellent alternative to curtains. They can be produced in endless variations. The only thing to consider is that the fabric should not be too thin and light in order to avoid drooping and ensure they remain firm when opening and closing. With opaque fabrics or lined blackout material, complete darkness can be achieved, whilst semi-transparent decorative material can create a charming look with different light effects.
Linear Roman blinds or plain roller blinds are perfect for pure, modern architecture, and are enough to provide a screen against excess light or prying eyes. Significantly more lush is a decorative style enhanced with colour-coordinated curtains. The roller blind is then simply pulled down for darkness, whilst the curtains remain in their positions at the side. This protects the curtain fabric. Such ensembles create a wonderfully atmospheric feel in historical surroundings with large, traditional windows.
An even more nostalgic effect is achieved when Roman blinds are decorated with scallops and edging at the bottom. For a romantic effect, balloon shades can be sewn from fine, soft materials. These beautiful effects are best on their own, without any additional curtains.
Energise or calm the room
Mix & Match
Cushions create a pretty little presentation surface for your favourite fabrics or new textile discoveries you simply couldn’t resist for your home.
Here, too, you have two options in terms of style: you can energise or calm the room. If you choose cushions which repeat the colours and patterns of other fabrics, such as the curtains or a piece of furniture for instance, this nurtures harmony and can even balance the confusion created by too much variety.
A good idea is to use the curtain lining material for the cushions. On the other hand, if you want to add a subtle touch to a room to pep things up a little, go for contrasts. White cushions on a black sofa or vice-versa make an immediate difference.
For an even more dramatic effect, bring colour into the equation. With complementary combinations, such as red and green, orange and blue or yellow and violet, the tones serve to intensify each other. Red, pink and violet tones will make your cushions real eye-catchers. A homely contrast can be achieved by teaming block colours with patterns, or floral patterns with single-coloured fabrics.
A subtle, but equally effective touch is achieved by mixing delicate and sturdy materials, or shiny and matt or smooth and structured fabrics. This can even be done on the same cushion: damask on the front, woollen loden on the back. Alternatively, divide the cushion into various fabric areas, such as in a striped pattern. An extra-stylish option is to contrast historical textiles with modern, minimalist furniture.
A new outfit
From old to new
A new cover gives a breath of fresh air to old, but beloved furniture. Given a new outfit, your armchair or sofa will flaunt new vivacity, bringing anupdated look to the whole room. When considering the right fabric and style, the help of a specialist interior designer should be sought, as even the keenest DIYer will be out of their depth. This is especially important when going for a permanent, non-removable cover.
‘Decorating an armchair is a question of style, a feel for linear forms and a passion for detail’, rightly confirms design icon Terence Conran. Take your time to look through the collection catalogues and take some samples home to try out on your seating. Check the effect with daylight and in the evening. Experiment with samples and colours which create a contrast to the style of your furniture or the colour scheme of the room. Often, a new touch has a refreshing effect on the entire area, not only bringing the sofa to life, but also the interior as a whole.
Light-dark contrasts or single-coloured covers and patterned curtains achieve a homely atmosphere. Similar to the effect of non-colours and earthy tones, this can help to balance and relax a somewhat busy room design. The larger the upholstered piece of furniture, the stronger the effect. Playing with light and shade creates a trendy effect when shiny covering material is teamed up with matt wooden furniture, or matt fabrics are combined with glossy varnish.
A surprising touch of sophistication
During the second half of the 19th century, increasingly elaborate upholstering techniques for ladies’ fashion sprang into being, especially in France: frills and ruffles were teamed with elaborate edging and buttons. From an old stitching technique which was originally used to prevent padding and lining from slipping, the ‘capitonné style’ was developed. It is also known as button tufting, since buttons or small fabric pompoms are stitched deep into the fabric at regular intervals.
The design’s resemblance to a navel initially caused quite a stir. Nevertheless, after being displayed at the Paris international exhibition ‘Salon de repos’ in 1878, the whole seating furniture section of which was finished with deep-sunken buttons (and in the colours pink and peacock blue!), the new trend became unstoppable.
No lounge chair was complete without the design, and even luxury-class train carriages were fitted with the new upholstery fashion. Unfortunately, it was not incredibly sturdy and with the advent of modernity, the design drifted into oblivion. Now, however, old handcrafting techniques have been revived, and the design is celebrating a comeback.
Especially with shiny cover material, the grooves create a fascinating lighting effect. In black or white, capitonné portrays a particularly graphic, elegant atmosphere. In keeping with the contemporary mixed style trend, it now appears on linear, cubic furniture, and lends pieces a surprising touch of sophistication.
Much more than a simple cover
Throws and bedspreads
A bedspread can be much more than a simple cover for your bed and bedclothes for aesthetic reasons and intimacy. The large surface area of a bed offers itself as the perfect stage to show off beautiful fabrics – where else could special materials with large patterns be displayed and admired over such a wide space?
But in reality, any fabric you have fallen in love with, whether patterned or block-coloured, is perfect for such items. Even delicate and fine materials, such as tulle or lace, can be made into beautiful bedspreads when lined with a sturdier fabric. It is always a good idea not to tuck the spread under the mattress, but to instead arrange it loosely over the top, as the fabric tends to fall better when lined.
Short bed throws which leave the legs of the bed visible bring a lighter atmosphere to the bed and room, whilst floor-length spreads create a heavier, but more elegant effect. If voluminous materials like velvet are chosen, the angular shape of the bed frame appears softer and rounder. This effect can also be achieved by quilting thinner fabric. A bedspread, which is generally a sleek square form, offers one of the simplest and simultaneously aesthetically effective options to bring fantastic fabrics into the home. And who said you can only have one?
Alternate your bed throws depending on the season and your mood! Once you have collected a few spreads, show them off by folding or piling them neatly on a stool in your bedroom. A truly beautiful eye-catcher.
Hide and seek
A room divider is not only a practical privacy screen, but also an ideal surface for displaying a fascinating fabric – whether used as a feminine accessory in the bedroom or to separate a space, such as the dining area.
Children also love room dividers for endless games of hide and seek. A range of ready-made structures exist, to which the material can simply be attached. A simple variant, which is particularly suitable for semi-transparent materials, is to join artist’s canvases together with hinges and cover the back. For a heavier structure, blockboard can be used, and can also be upholstered with padding. If desired, curved forms can also be carved along the top edge. For such a structure, a stronger fabric is needed. Both versions are supplied by an interior designer.
Wohnen mit Stoffen
By Elisabeth Berkau, published by Callwey (only German). Available in book stores and at Zimmer + Rohde for €39.95.