William Yeoward, Porta Romana & Creating Colour Palettes with Fabrics

Another of my favourite things about my job is when reps come to visit to show me new their new collections. This week started off with two, firstly a visit from Kerry, my William Yeoward rep. Incase you’ve not come across him before, he has the most amazing ranges of fabrics, furniture, and for me his glass lighting range is particularly stunning. Each lamp is hand blown to order, and the range of colours are amazing.

I was also visited by Sally from Designers Guild who showed me the latest collections. Designers Guild are well known for their vibrant colours and bold designs, which you can see in the image below in their range of rugs! After completing my degree, my first job was with Designers Guild working in product development, and it was here that I really grew to love their style.

When starting designs for a new project, after the initial space planning work, I usually head up to Chelsea Harbour Design Centre to get some inspiration. Here they have over 100 showrooms, holding over 500 interiors brands, including fabrics, trimmings, furniture and lighting.

Here are some truly stunning lamps from Porta Romana. I particularly love the Ikat shades paired with the elegant metal stands.

And this lamp here – what fun! The Duck Legs lamp is probably one of Porta Romana’s signature pieces, and since launching it they have produced it in a number of finishes. This Ostrich feather shade has to be the wackiest, and one of my favourites too.

Last week I showed you some space planning I had been working on for a living room, and I said I’d be researching different colour palettes next. Here are some of the concepts that I came up with. For this particular project, we’re having shutters to the windows rather than curtains or blinds, which means these fabrics here would be for cushions or upholstery. I like to make sure I have a good balance of contrasting tones, textures and scales of patterns when putting fabric selections together, to prevent the room from looking flat.

I love all of these combinations, luckily it’ll be the client that has to choose one to go with and not me, as I think I’d want them all. I’ll let you know how we get on!

Have a great weekend,