Roman blinds go back to Rome’s famous Coliseum, the ancient and spectacular arena where opulent and often violent events were staged for crowds. This popular venue was bathed in the bright Mediterranean sun and archeological excavations did discover a system of retractable fabric shades that could be drawn over the Coliseum.

But back to the current times…

 

Why should you choose Roman blinds for your home?

 

With their simplicity, function and elegance, Roman blinds will play a valuable role in your home’s design. It’s kind of like a hybrid of a curtain and a blind, ideal for decorating small spaces or covering small windows. Depending on which you choose, a Roman blind can be soft and feminine, or masculine and tailored.

They’ve been around for centuries and has evolved in style to what we know today. It’s a classic style that tends not to cycle in and out of trend too quickly. With the right fabric choice, Roman blinds have the benefit of a long and stylish life.
Curtains tend to overwhelm smaller windows, whereas Roman blinds take up no space on either side of the window, perfect for kitchens and bathrooms too!

 

They are ideal if you have pets or small children who will rub against a hanging curtain. Still creating softness to your space, out of reach of dirty hands or pet hair/

Roman blinds vare more streamlined and is as stylish as they are useful and practical.

 

In a more formal scheme, pair them up with decorative curtains, to increase privacy and control the light.

For the most privacy, outside reveal is ideal.

 

Different Styles of Roman Blinds

 

The way Roman blinds are designed are with clean lines and a unique, fold up design.

They are constructed with a series of horizontal bars to create the gentle folds with eyelets and cords on the “wrong” side to draw the shade up. Windows need to be deep enough for the hardware to hang the blind.

 

Wider Windows

The blind can be divided into two blinds that can be controlled separately.

Tall Windows

We recommend a mechanism with a ball and chain, as those blinds can be very heavy, depending on the type of fabric chosen.

 

Flat Roman Blinds

These are more rigid and offers a structured look if you love patterns.  This design remains uncluttered and pristine.
Contrast piping and scalloping make great, interesting additions to Roman blinds, especially if the blinds are replacing curtains.

 

Soft-Fold Roman Blinds

 These are distinctive, as the fabric cascades in a rippling effect all the way down the window.  This style retains the loose folds in both the raised and lowered positions.  It adds an informal aura and can create a romantic mood and an airy feel.

 

 

Now let’s talk fabric…

 

Roman blinds are so versatile  they can be made out of almost any fabric!

The 2 most important components to consider when choosing a fabric is:

Weight

For Roman blinds to stay put, the fabric must have some weight to it. They aren’t designed to blow in the breeze as curtains do. However, a heavy fabric like velvet and damask would make retracting difficult on a daily basis.

 

Structure

Structure is an innate quality that certain fabrics have and others don’t.

Most organic fibers naturally have the right stiffness for Roman blinds. That being said, part of a Roman blind’s structure comes from the lining, with many options to choose from that suits your needs.

 

We are currently featuring Stuart Graham Cotton fabrics, plain and beautiful printed designs. Linen and cotton fabric tend to look higher end, are very durable, and these days there is a big appeal to natural fabrics. And as mentioned before, they provide the perfect structure for a Roman blind.

 

 

Be courageous and take that step!

Be bold and order your made-to-measure Roman Blinds from Global!

We pride ourselves in our workmanship and service!

 

 

leather look upholstery fabric

When we think of cool modern or urban living, minimalistic leather upholstered furniture comes to mind.  Well we have the solution – Faux leather!  Faux leather gives the look of leather without the price tag or the thought of where the leather came from.  Here are some cool ideas on how to style leather in your home no matter what style you prefer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love our Velocity Range

For the perfect leather look in a range of trendy colours suited for every taste at a fraction of the price of real leather.

  • TUSCAN SUN VELOCITY

    R199.00
  • THUNDER VELOCITY

    R199.00
  • SQUIRREL VELOCITY

    R199.00
  • SEA HOLLY VELOCITY

    R199.00
  • PAPAVER VELOCITY

    R199.00
  • HUMBLE BLUE VELOCITY

    R199.00
  • CHIFFON VELOCITY

    R199.00
  • ASPEN GREEN VELOCITY

    R199.00

 

Recovering your old sofa in a tan coloured faux leather fabric fabric will work with every decor style from mid-century modern to boho to glam. And not only do they fit in with any color story and texture, but they also anchor the room and are great for chilling out with your bae watching Friday night TV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Extension: Everything from the relaxing beach photo to the mirrored pillow hues make this room insanely inviting and put-together. To get the look, showcase art above and pull some colors down to the seating to tie it all together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relaxed Modern: Your sofa is like an anchor to all of the other furniture in the room. This spaces features it right at home with preppy gingham accent chairs and the natural cocktail table/layered rug combo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep It Warm: The buttery color looks good with warm and cool color stories, but there’s something to be said about the combo of leather with rich purples, pinks, and reds. Throw some darker jewel tones on a leather sofa and add a shag rug and pops of gold for max ’70s vibes.  We also love the look of faux fur draped over a leather chair or ottoman, it adds a bit of luxury & warmth to your room.  Our Ethnic fabric prints will are ideal to cover your old scatters with & will recreate a room such this one below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black and White Minimalist: The linear and leggy style of this sofa totally makes a statement in this minimalist room. Pair it with some graphic pillows and nature-inspired art to break up the clean lines with a bit of movement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glam It Up: Consider tufted leather your go-between for the glam and eccentric. This structured sofa provides just the right balance between the brass embellished accent chairs and ’60s wooden hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Femme Moderne: For a feminine look that’s not froufrou, pull out the warm caramel tones of the sofa with a clean white cocktail table, a touch of copper, and blush tones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shape Shifter:  Recovering your chaise style sofa in leather makes the perfect place to lose yourself in a good book or riveting movie. Pile on the oversized pillows and textured throws for added comfort.  We love using fleece or faux fur for the coziest throws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm and Cool Tones Welcome: Think of styling a leather sofa the same as you’d style a pair of leather shoes. It’ll look amazing with cool & warm colors, and there’s always something about that classic navy-and-tan leather combination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add Some Structure: There’s nothing better than a comfortable couch that you can sink into. Just remember to pair a majorly relaxed seat with something structured. This glass table provides the right amount of balance, while the plant adds a bit of height.

Whatever colour or style you decide on, our professional team of Interior Decorators will make it come together.  We offer all Interior Decor Services with a wide range of fabrics to choose from.  We can recover your lampshades, ottomans & cushions to go with your upholstered sofas. Add custom-made roman blinds or curtains to match your style & measurements exactly the way you want.  With a professional team & a one-stop shop, it cannot be easier to create your dream look.

The reasoning behind this colour choice is far deeper than mere whim. Pantone calls it dependable and stable, something we certainly need at this time when the world is so full of uncertainty and chaos. It leads the way to creating calming spaces for peace and tranquility.

Here’s how to pair Classic Blue and bring it into your decor with panache.


1. COMPLEMENTARY TERRACOTTA

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Combine the earthy orange undertones of terracotta with Classic Blue. Complementary on the colour wheel, the warm, amber tones offset the cool blue without totally upsetting the equilibrium and this combo is guaranteed to get you some complimentary nods of approval from guests. You can also bring touches of terracotta to the scene with earthy pots and vases, all readily available in home and decor shops at the moment.


2. JUST ADD SUNSHINE

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Lovers of acidic yellows and mustards will be pleased that these hues are here to stay. And they get a whole fresh look with Classic Blue. If tranquil and positive is the mood you’re after, this pair is well worth a look. Tresco, Plantation and Comfy are all dual-purpose fabrics, so you can go wild, tame, contemporary or cottagey with all these options, depending on the ratios you choose to combine them.

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You can totally lose yourself in these moody blue velvets from the aptly named Lost Horizon Collection. And see how well Pantone’s Classic Blue works with natural elements such as the embellished linens in the collection, raw brick and dark wood.


4. BLUE ON BLUE IS A WINNER

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Go navy on Classic Blue for a cool and calming story, then ground the look with warm neutrals, which are timeless and elegant.


5. BLUE AND RED — ALWAYS A CLASSIC

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Classic Blue has a sophisticated, enduring feel that will work for any space. Add a bolt of energy with red to bring in a youthful element, making it ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, play spaces and patios.

To enquire about these fabric collections or to make a FREE consultation with one of our Interior Decorators, please send us a message HERE

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