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Material WORLD

The possibilities with fabric are endless, so get inspired with our creative ideas for transforming your home because we have this subject covered

When it comes to adding comfort to your home, soft furnishings are way up there at the top of the list. But with so much choice it’s difficult to know where to start. Whether you choose a sheer, lightweight cotton, or a textured, heavier linen, your choice of fabric can totally transform the space. But don’t be restricted to just cushions and curtains…there are so many other ways to experiment. Choose fabrics carefully because they all offer something different and don’t be afraid to mix and match prints to really enhance your room.

Different types of fabric

COTTON Cotton is a natural fibre, and can be used for most home furnishings, making it extremely versatile. It comes in different weights, drapes well and is easy to clean. If you’re choosing cotton curtains to block out sunlight, choose a fabric with a tighter weave, or have your curtains lined.

LINEN Linen fabric, made from flax, has a unique, billowy appearance, giving a more casual look. It’s very strong and durable, holding its shape. It creases easily but gets softer when washed. Linen drapes well making it perfect for curtains because of its weight.

POLYESTER Polyester is man-made, making it wrinkle-free and durable. Polyester fabrics are easy to wash and affordable making them a popular choice. Polyester is often added to natural fibres to reduce the colour-fade and to reduce wrinkling. A 100% polyester fabric is not breathable, making it feel hot in the summer. It’s flammable and also absorbs smells making it unsuitable for a kitchen.

SILK Silk oozes luxury, with a natural sheen and works well as a decorative fabric. It’s dry-clean only and is also prone to sun damage. Silk resists dust mites making it a good hypoallergenic option. It’s not as hard-wearing as other fabrics and stains easily.

WOOL Wool used in the home offers a warm feel and is extremely hard-wearing. Often blended with synthetic fibres to make it more versatile.

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I don’t know about you, but I always feel like we’ve turned a corner in April. The clocks have gone forward, so we’ve got longer, lighter days; the weather is getting warmer, so we can fling open the windows and let the fresh air in and the garden is bursting with colourful flowers beckoning us outside. And not forgetting, it’s Easter this month, which means we get a lovely long bank holiday weekend to look forward to (which is perfect for getting stuck into a spot of decorating)! So with all this on the horizon we’ve filled this issue with lots of exciting spring features. It’s time to ditch those furry throws and heavy winter curtains and lighten up your home’s look for the months ahead. On page 36 we take a look at the latest fabric trends and show how you can use them to give your home the ‘wow’ factor. While on page 42 we discover lots of great new products to take away your wash day blues. If you haven’t already noticed, green is the big colour trend for this year, so on page 20 we show how to give your home a gorgeous leafy green makeover with purse-friendly accessories. To celebrate Easter our Craft Editor, Sophie, has designed some adorable projects to brighten up your home – you’re going to love the cute little lambs (p.60)! And make sure you check out our quick and easy recipes on page 100, perfect for making your Easter family gettogether really special. Have a great month and a very happy Easter!