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The power of textiles

01 February 2016

Everyone loves a good home makeover, right? So how do you get a big impact with a normal person’s budget, schedule and, let’s face it, patience? Textiles. You won’t believe how they can turn your whole home around. So play with the colours, textures, and volume for instant impact.

A close-up image of textiles, including pillows, a throw, and curtains. A close-up image of textiles, including pillows, a throw, and curtains. A close-up image of textiles, including pillows, a throw, and curtains. A close-up image of textiles, including pillows, a throw, and curtains. A close-up image of textiles, including pillows, a throw, and curtains. A close-up image of textiles, including pillows, a throw, and curtains. A close-up image of textiles, including pillows, a throw, and curtains. A close-up image of textiles, including pillows, a throw, and curtains. A close-up image of textiles, including pillows, a throw, and curtains. A close-up image of textiles, including pillows, a throw, and curtains. A close-up image of textiles, including pillows, a throw, and curtains. A close-up image of textiles, including pillows, a throw, and curtains.
A graphic painting hangs above a white sofa with pillows the same colours as the painting.  A graphic painting hangs above a white sofa with pillows the same colours as the painting.  A graphic painting hangs above a white sofa with pillows the same colours as the painting.  A graphic painting hangs above a white sofa with pillows the same colours as the painting.  A graphic painting hangs above a white sofa with pillows the same colours as the painting.  A graphic painting hangs above a white sofa with pillows the same colours as the painting.

An easy start

Not quite sure where or how to begin? Just pick a favourite item in your room. We love the colours in this painting (our interior designer, Lina, made it!), so it became the foundation for the style of the space. By adding in pillows in complimentary shades, the room got an instant boost of energy, while feeling more cohesive.

Coordinate, coordinate, coordinate

The trick to going all out with textiles? Choose pieces with similar colours and patterns, but try mixing different materials and textures to make things a bit more interesting. You’ll be shocked how much you can keep adding to the room when things feel coordinated. And, yes, you can definitely hang a rug on the wall.

A white room with a white chaise, side table and large window is decorated with plants and lots of white and green textiles. A white room with a white chaise, side table and large window is decorated with plants and lots of white and green textiles. A white room with a white chaise, side table and large window is decorated with plants and lots of white and green textiles. A white room with a white chaise, side table and large window is decorated with plants and lots of white and green textiles. A white room with a white chaise, side table and large window is decorated with plants and lots of white and green textiles. A white room with a white chaise, side table and large window is decorated with plants and lots of white and green textiles. A white room with a white chaise, side table and large window is decorated with plants and lots of white and green textiles. A white room with a white chaise, side table and large window is decorated with plants and lots of white and green textiles. A white room with a white chaise, side table and large window is decorated with plants and lots of white and green textiles. A white room with a white chaise, side table and large window is decorated with plants and lots of white and green textiles. A white room with a white chaise, side table and large window is decorated with plants and lots of white and green textiles. A white room with a white chaise, side table and large window is decorated with plants and lots of white and green textiles.

Form and function unite

Beautiful textiles can be functional, and functional textiles can be stylish! Take this standard, white curtain. Everyone knows it serves its purpose in keeping light and drafts at bay, but check out what a difference it makes to tie the end in a loose knot. A rug keeps our feet warm, but it also creates definition and structure in a room. And this incredible botanical textile sets the entire tone of the space, while serving as a room divider.

A room with a white sofa, decorated with blue, black and white pillows, as well as a decorative woven piece in matching colours that hangs on the wall. A room with a white sofa, decorated with blue, black and white pillows, as well as a decorative woven piece in matching colours that hangs on the wall. A room with a white sofa, decorated with blue, black and white pillows, as well as a decorative woven piece in matching colours that hangs on the wall. A room with a white sofa, decorated with blue, black and white pillows, as well as a decorative woven piece in matching colours that hangs on the wall. A room with a white sofa, decorated with blue, black and white pillows, as well as a decorative woven piece in matching colours that hangs on the wall. A room with a white sofa, decorated with blue, black and white pillows, as well as a decorative woven piece in matching colours that hangs on the wall. A room with a white sofa, decorated with blue, black and white pillows, as well as a decorative woven piece in matching colours that hangs on the wall. A room with a white sofa, decorated with blue, black and white pillows, as well as a decorative woven piece in matching colours that hangs on the wall. A room with a white sofa, decorated with blue, black and white pillows, as well as a decorative woven piece in matching colours that hangs on the wall. A room with a white sofa, decorated with blue, black and white pillows, as well as a decorative woven piece in matching colours that hangs on the wall. A room with a white sofa, decorated with blue, black and white pillows, as well as a decorative woven piece in matching colours that hangs on the wall. A room with a white sofa, decorated with blue, black and white pillows, as well as a decorative woven piece in matching colours that hangs on the wall.

Up the walls

Yes, we just went on about function. But sometimes we love beauty for beauty’s sake alone. Try softening up your wall space with a lovely textile, like this chunky woven one (if you love woven pieces, you can see another cool way to use them here). And once again, we’re tying together the room with coordinated colours.

Made by

Interior designer: Lina Aldén
Digital designer: Annie Svensson
Copy writer: Vanessa Algotsson
Photographer: Mats Ekdahl
Editor: Linda Harkell