Trend Watch – Polka Dots

Many interior design trends take inspiration from fashion, and polka dots are no different. Style icon Minnie Mouse was created in 1928 wearing her classic polka dot dress and matching head bow. Ever since then polka dots have been an extremely popular fashion choice. Traditionally, polka dots were thought of as feminine, but as time has gone on, the trend has been embraced by men too.

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Polka dots have become a popular choice for interior designers. This is because polka dots have the rare ability to suit most styles. Given their history, they look great in a retro setting, but they can also fit in well in a modern environment. Their versatility is the reason that polka dots never go out of style.

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Polka dots are cheerful, which is why they are such a great choice for interior design, everyone wants to feel happy when they come home, they can act as a focal point for a room. However, they can also mix well with stripes, geometrics or floral patterns too. Keep the look elegant by using neutral colours. Large handmade cushions, curtains or upholstered furniture act as classy accents to your décor without overwhelming a room. Big polka dots are bold and contemporary; darker colours bring luxury and drama to a room while smaller dots are perfect for soft, romantic, more feminine styles.

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At Yorkshire Fabric Shop, we stock a fantastic range of fabrics suitable for any style. Polka dots are yet to go out of fashion, and we have a selection of fabrics that will make you dotty! Browse our fabric range, visit our warehouse, contact our team on 01924 728 753 or drop us an email at help@yorkshirefabricshop.com.

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Focus on Pattern – Damask

It may not surprise you to know that Damask fabric is so named because of associations with Damascus. Damascus became a leading silk-weaving centre in the middle ages, but it was China where Damask fabric originated. Like Houndstooth, Damask fabric is traditionally woven not printed. Originally made with silk, it was popular amongst the wealthy, but today you can buy Damask wallpaper, fabric and even clothing!

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It was in China silk weavers created a luxurious, rich fabric of satin background and a rougher weave with the weft showing the design. Production of Damask fabric moved across Europe, with Italy producing the lion’s share of Damask until the 17th century when France and England began to weave Damask too. In England, silk was not readily available, and so wool and cotton became the textiles of choice, this meant that the fabric produced was a much more durable and affordable option than pure silk.

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Nowadays, the term “Damask” is used to describe a repetitive pattern of flowers or fruit rather than the rich, heavy fabric. The versatility of the pattern means that it can be used in any room of the home without looking out of place. The ornate nature of the pattern makes it the perfect fabric to add a feel of sophistication. The darker, richer colours are luxurious but can be overwhelming in a smaller space, to modernise the look then opt for lighter, non-traditional pastel tones or bright colours. It’s best to keep it simple when it comes to introducing Damask; you may choose to use a statement piece of furniture or add statement curtains. Whatever you choose, keep the use of Damask to a minimum. Too much will cheapen the look and make your home appear tacky.

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At Yorkshire Fabric Shop, we source unique fabrics from around the world so that we can suit your style. From dramatic Damask fabrics to abstract patterns, whether you’re looking for quality upholstery fabric, gorgeous handmade cushions or dramatic made-to-measure curtains, our expert team can find the perfect fabric for you. Visit our warehouse to browse our stock or order free samples online so that you can be sure you’re making the right decision. If you have any queries about our fabrics, then contact us on 01924 728 753 or email us at help@yorkshirefabricshop.com.

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Focus on Pattern – Houndstooth

Houndstooth fabric is a timeless classic and is a favourite for Autumn/Winter. First created in Scotland in the 1800’s Houndstooth is commonly associated with warm, woollen clothing. It was worn by Shepherds to keep them warm on the Scottish Highlands. However, over time it has become a popular choice in the home.

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Traditionally, Houndstooth was adopted by the wealthy. It was a symbol of status and elegance. However, as demand amongst the general public began to grow, Houndstooth fabric became a household choice. The rise in demand meant that designers had to keep the look fresh and new, so alongside the original black and white pattern shades of brown, blues and greens began to emerge onto the market.

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Using Houndstooth for upholstery makes a bold statement. It adds a crisp, clean element to your home while still maintaining a touch of fun. Be sure to consider the size of the pattern in relation to the size of your furniture. A large print will drown a smaller piece, like a footstool whereas a small “puppytooth” pattern on a large sofa will get lost and look too busy.

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Houndstooth cushions or pillows are an easy way to introduce the pattern without having to commit to a statement piece of furniture. With such a strong pattern only one or two cushions can make a big impact.

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At Yorkshire Fabric Shop we work hard to source unique fabrics to suit your style. From classic patterns, like Houndstooth to more modern and abstract patterns like our Milano collection. We have thousands of fabrics available from around the world. Visit our warehouse to browse our range or browse our fabrics online.  

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