Beauty without boldness

Staff Writer, Outside News Agency June 10, 2008
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It’s nice to be able to keep up with current trends in home furnishings and interiors but we also have to live in our homes, and while this season’s chocolate and mocha seem inviting, the similarly trendy fuchsia and aqua shades could prove a little irksome after time.

This is something that fabric wholesaler Globaltex has taken into careful consideration with its latest collections. It is conscious that discerning customers may want to follow the latest trends, but in a way that enables them to enjoy their furnishings for longer than one season.

As a result, all the new collections feature the current on-trend colours of soft duck egg, mimosa, rich berry, fuchsia and aqua but they are also mixed with taupe, charcoal, mocha and chocolate to make them more
approachable to the consumer who is looking to embrace the current fashions without being too bold.

For example, the Arcadia collection is an eclectic mix of products taking inspiration from the current fashion trends of textures and layering, but in a subtle way. To create a tactile look to the range, Jayne Wilson, Globaltex’s in-house designer, used an assortment of qualities, including Dupion silk.

For a more luxurious feel, the company’s new collection also includes Mirabel, a simple large-scale trailing floral design, which incorporates highlights of metallic gold and contrasting matt with white blossom flowers to achieve an elegant, opulent feel.

If you are looking for a more subtle approach to furnishings, Tranquility could create the desired effect. This fabric is translucent sheer, which incorporates a vertical colour gradation, giving a soft rainbow effect. It is an elegant sheer that is particularly suitable for drapes.

Incorporating the season’s vibrant colours is Globaltex’s Tropicana collection. As the name suggests, it is inspired from fresh, vibrant, tropical and natural forms with a contemporary feel. It features a great mix of textiles, including velvets, flocks and printed cotton, continuing the trend of texture and layering. The collection is a highly tactile and varied offer of loosely co-coordinating designs held together by the colours rather than designs. It has a large-scale contemporary wave stripe, which has a vibrant colour gradation running through it and dramatic contrasting rich dark grounds.

All the printed designs are printed on to a cotton fabric, which creates its own texture throughout the designs.
The Lancashire-based company’s new collections feature designs include Hibiscus and the Tamarilo Hibiscus, which is a truly tropical design, as the original artwork was painted with a broken textured effect, complementing the texture in the fabric. It features open flowers, broad leaves and fern-inspired designs. Tamarilo is a large-scale transitional Jacobean trail – simple and flowing but very dramatic. The use of on-trend colours gives it a modern yet elegant feel. The Tropicana collection is perfect to create a light and airy room with a contemporary twist.

If you like bold patterns and colours then third collection Extravagance, could be suitable. It offers a more traditional feel, keeping the designs on the same quality of fabric, but giving it a really sumptuous and extravagant look by using bold designs and colour. The collection also includes a mix of tactile soft chenilles, which are woven into an opulent, crinkle effect grounds.

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