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Get Cosy with Fabrics

Juliet Taylor, a Cornish fabric designer and home show exhibitor, has had a huge success this year when she exported her colourful fabrics to the sunny paradise of the Caribbean, but how can we warm up our homes here this winter, in chilly Cornwall?

Comfy blankets, throws and an abundance of cushions can transform your room into an inviting winter haven, as after spending the day in the icy breeze there is nothing we love to do more than to snuggle up at home.

To start, focus on warming the living room and the bedroom, as these are the areas we use to relax. Make the space more enjoyable by accessorising focal points such as the sofa, chairs and the bed.

When it comes to choosing the right fabrics, interior fabric and design experts Cotton Mills suggest,

“Printed Velvets are huge this season, with almost every company producing collections for this sumptuous trend.”

So why is printed velvet a favourite for Autumn/Winter 2014? Cotton Mills, based in Truro, adds, “With advances in digital printing techniques, it seems that anything is possible (even on velvet) meaning that the impressionistic designs we have seen coming through this year are now appearing on this indulgent, winter favourite.”

Sheepskin fabrics help to keep your room nice and toasty, either as a large luxurious rug or a collection of soft snuggly cushions. This fabric is designed to keep the heat in, just as it would do on a sheep’s back, as well as adding a touch of indulgent luxury to your room.

Introduce warmer, darker colour tones throughout your home in order to renovate and relax. This can be as simple as adding a few cushions or throws in natural earthy tones, deep purples or navy blues. These shades help create a more sublime and homely atmosphere during the colder evenings.

We hope we’ve inspired you to get cosy this season!


Cotton Mills is a Cornwall based company specialising in interior products and design services. They offer a full made-to-measure service and are confident that you will not find another company that can beat their quality at the prices they offer. Click for more

Find out more about Juliet Taylor, from Newlyn Harbour Design Centre, in our Cornwall Home Directory.