Changing our home interiors with the seasons is, naturally enough, encouraged by design brands. With spring’s arrival comes a welter of fabulous cushions, throws, rugs and curtains to transform rooms from dark and cosy to light and fresh.
An easy way to do it is taking the homewares market by storm. Reversible fabrics and accessories were red hot at London Design Week in March, from companies including Fromental, Dedar and de Le Cuona. Dedar’s new Dalie Papaveri Tulipani design takes the idea literally, inspired by the effect seen on the reverse side of a woven Jacquard fabric.
Curtains given a tab-top or eyelet treatment can be simply turned around to give a new look to a sitting or dining room, where no lining is required. Jean Paul Gaultier’s Cabaret fabric, a fishnet-inspired design in 10 colourways, each inverted on the reverse, would be ideal for this, while de Le Cuona’s painted Vintage Canvas is subtler.
Interior designer Natalia Miyar, soon to open a South Kensington studio, is a big fan of reversible curtain fabric to inject different tones and depths. Letitia Taylor, head of newly launched Harrods Interiors, which stocks the Gaultier fabric, has another idea: “I love the thought of using a reversible fabric to create a different look not just from season to season, but day to night, when the lights are on and the mood in the room changes.”
For contrast cushions — proving popular with interior designers —MiaFleur’s come in contrasting plain linen, Arlo & Jacob’s have a whimsical illustration on one side and a block colour on the other, and Apponyi Home’s let you switch textures, from leather to cotton, linen or velvet.
Fashion designers Gaultier and Christian Lacroix both offer cushions juxtaposing glamorous, embellished prints with a neutral reverse, at Rockett St George and Harrods respectively. And reversible throws by fabric designers Eleanor Pritchard, Hem, Roger Oates and Liberty can be used to transform a bed or sofa, instantly changing the mood of a room.