Wondering where to buy cushions in Singapore, or reupholstery fabric for sofas or other old furniture? Changing the soft furnishings in your home can transform the feel of the whole space without you having to go to the expense of shopping for new furniture or redecorating. We spoke to these soft furnishing and furniture experts about their stores, tips and trends to help you on your way.
Originals – Geri Murphy
What can readers expect from your store?
At Originals, we never stay still. We’re constantly growing our large range and keeping ahead of the trends. Our Nomad Home collection embodies our principles and forms the backbone of our style. We use materials that are strong, solid, organic, and practical. We balance form and function, knowing that our pieces can push boundaries in design and still be comfortable and easy to maintain. Our curated selection of upholstered furniture and accessories softens spaces, making a home that’s inviting, stylish and relaxing.
How can soft furnishings transform a room?
In many ways. With a little tweak, with the addition of a statement piece or a complete room transformation! As travel has been off the cards for many, their home has become their sanctuary. Cushions in Singapore need to be hardy and stylish, and ours are both. Along with reupholstering fabric sofas, they’re a really quick and easy way to transform a room.
What trends are you seeing for 2022?
Customers aren’t shying away from injecting some colour and are often open to hues they never thought would work.
Do you have any hot tips regarding furnishings?
Be brave – create a home that makes you smile when you enter. As much as possible, eliminate clutter. Let your statement pieces breathe and be the stars.
Desace Studio – Kenneth Lim
What are your hot tips for using soft furnishings to change a room?
Think about how you want to use the room and its furniture; is it a space you come to sit and reflect, entertain, relax with family, study or work? Patterns and textures need to work with an environment, not against it. Choose calming hues such as pastels and plain colours for a more meditative environment. Consider funky geometric patterns or bright block colours for a vibrant room for entertaining.
What’s your top tip for those thinking of reupholstering a piece of furniture?
Our fabric can be used to re-cover sofas, for cushions and even tables tops. Re-covering older pieces is a great way to keep your pre-loved piece alive; it’s environmentally friendly too. Switching up your fabric sofas from our wide range of materials is a simple yet effective way to make a real difference.
One key tip is to consider whether the piece of furniture is to stand out in its own right, or meld into the aesthetic of the room. Choose an upholstery fabric accordingly.
What colour and fabric trends can you predict for 2022?
Tropical prints continue to prove popular for upholstery and themes, but particularly for cushions in Singapore. Colour trends include varying shades of pink – perhaps a nod towards the need for a more calming environment after the last two years!
WTP The Furniture Company – Naazli Somjee
What can EL readers expect when they visit your store?
We’re a one-stop destination for design projects of any scale, from the contemporary to the classics. Our furniture is made by craftsmen who ensure the kind of attention to detail and quality materials that allow your desk, sofa, chair or cabinet to last for generations. We carry a huge range of upholstery material for beds, armchairs and fabric sofas. For customers wondering where to buy cushions, curtains and wall panels, we have a variety of those too!
How can soft furnishings change a room?
Soft furnishings don’t just enhance the comfort of a room; they also personalise a space. This helps to give a room character and identity – lots of personality. A room can have a completely new look just by mixing and matching different soft furnishings.
What are your hot tips?
Don’t be afraid to match textures. If you’re scared of too much colour, then you can use the same colour tone but change up the upholstery fabric; so, pairing a linen sofa with velvet cushions and a velvet armchair. Blue as a colour is a great neutral. Believe it or not, it also gives you a splash of pizzazz without being too wild. Cushions in Singapore don’t have to be blah! Add vibrancy to a space using cushions, or recover fabric sofas to make a real statement.
What are we likely to see as colour and texture trends for 2022?
Contrasting dark and light wood in homes, for one thing; you just have to keep in mind the continuity by matching the tones to the rest of your colour palette. People will also be taking a deeper dive into velvet upholstery, particularly for sofas and armchairs. Navy blues and teals will likely continue to trend into this year. Rattan is also making a comeback, so we have that to look forward to.
Arete Culture – Caroline Chin Geyler
What are your hot tips for using soft furnishings?
New upholstery and soft furnishings have the ability to change the look of a room entirely! Choose your big, investment pieces like furniture in neutral tones or core anchor colours such as a deep grey or navy, depending on your colour palette. Our cushions in Singapore can also give you flexibility – adding throw cushions in accent colours and switching out throws, for example.
Don’t be afraid to play with patterns and scale; we love using rugs with larger abstract patterns to elegantly bring together different colours in the room, add texture, and create visual interest without overwhelming the room. You should also use patterns and different textures for smaller pieces like throw cushions to avoid the dreaded drab showroom effect.
What’s your top tip for those thinking of reupholstering a piece of furniture?
We love the opportunity to repurpose furniture where we can in our projects, so if you’re thinking of re-upholstery, go for it! Know that dark fabrics tend to age better as they hide stains and dirt more easily, while light-coloured fabric will require more frequent deep cleaning to maintain a stain-free visage. Fabric sofas lend themselves really well to a simple yet effective route of room transformation.
What colour and textile trends can you see for 2022?
There has been a general trend towards upholstery fabrics, prints or techniques that have an element of rich, handcrafted work, whether that’s through hand-beaded embellishment, hand-dyeing techniques (or similar effects done by digital printing) or hand-woven patterns. Classic colour palettes will continue to dominate — taupes, blues and greys — and natural materials such as cotton and linen will also continue to be in demand for their ease of use and durability.
House of AnLi – Panagiotis Lynas
What can customers expect when they visit your store?
Our distinctive, luxe homeware can be found in two stores in Tanglin Mall; one of these, The Loft, has just been launched and gives visitors a unique space to experience House of AnLi’s furniture in a real-time setting. Many of these pieces can be custom made and upholstered with our 100 percent Belgian linen from Libeco.
Also, don’t forget we have our two eateries – our Bistro on the third floor, and Pano Kato Grill restaurant on the second floor. Both are perfect for weary, hungry shoppers!
How can soft furnishings change a room?
Using soft furnishings can be a simple but effective way to heighten or change up a room’s look. Classic key furniture pieces in a home, such as a sofa or bed, can be immediately lifted by beautiful upholstery, or striking cushions. For unique key furniture pieces, simple but beautiful linen upholstery can create a luxe look without distracting from the beauty of the piece.
What are your hot tips for anyone considering using soft furnishings?
Upholstering a headboard is such a great and creative way to create a focal point in a bedroom and doesn’t have to break the bank. Also, don’t always assume that larger pieces such as a sofa armchair have to have everything else fit around them style-wise. By custom-making a piece, including choosing your bespoke upholstery, you can work these larger pieces into an already styled room, no problem.
What colour or texture trends are you seeing for 2022?
Rustic, natural tones continue to be popular with our customers who are keen to create a calm, comfy and chilled-out space for people to relax in at home. Warmer earthy tones are also favoured, with natural fibres continuing to be a key choice.
End Curtain – Jason Teo and Faith Goh
What can customers expect when they shop with you?
End Curtain takes pride in offering personalised styling and quality workmanship. Our wide range of soft furnishings, including curtains, blinds, upholstery and wallpaper means that you can customise something to suit your home here. We’re passionate about helping our customers create their ideal space, and our friendly team of experts will work with you to ensure your needs and requirements are met. Whether you’re after a specific look or need help putting together a cohesive design, we are here to help.
How can curtains or blinds transform a room?
As soon as you step into a room with curtains, you can feel the difference. Curtains help to soften the look of an interior and impart a certain warmth and privacy. The soft, luxurious fabric and the way they drape can make any space feel cozy and inviting!
Share one hot tip for anyone choosing curtains for their home
Curtains are an important part of your home as they can add both style and function. In addition to aesthetics, keep in mind that the type of fabric you choose plays a part in the amount of privacy and natural light in your home.
To create a lighter, brighter space, you may consider choosing curtains in neutral colours such as beiges or whites. For bedrooms where privacy and more light control is required, opt for black out curtains to achieve a higher degree of privacy and darkness levels.
What trend are you seeing this year?
Textured and natural fabrics like cotton and linen curtains are trending as homeowners are seeking to bring nature elements into their home by incorporating earthy tones for a more relaxing and ‘homey’ ambience.
marshmalloh – Natalie Loh
What can our readers expect from your store?
marshmalloh is a lifestyle start-up inspired by travels, architecture and love. Being avid explorers, we wanted something tangible to hold on to, something that would evoke memories of a past trip or dream up fantasies of an upcoming adventure.
The answer was right in our hands – the everyday throw pillows that we have on our sofas. They are more than just decorative pieces, they are canvasses that inspire wanderlust.
So, at marshmalloh you can expect a lovingly curated selection of throw pillows each season. They feature different fabrics, colours, textures, and fun little details like tassels and pom poms.
Why are soft furnishings so important for the home?
Because they are so modular and versatile! You can use decorative throw pillows to transform your sofa and living room to cater to different seasons, different occasions, or even different moods!
In-laws coming over for a visit? Line your sofa with classic and neutral pieces. Hosting a Friday soiree with your BFFs? Bring out the avant-garde prints to really get into the partay mood.
What trends are you seeing in soft furnishings?
Our customers are becoming more sophisticated. They’re not just looking for pretty pieces, but they want soft furnishings that tell a story – about who they are, and how their tastes are evolving.
This might sound really nerdy, but we think throw pillows are like Instagram posts brought to life in three-dimensional form!
What tips do you have for readers?
When it comes to decorative throw pillows, there’s no such thing as an end product or a final look – it’s an ongoing journey of experimentation, creativity, and expressing yourself.
So keep trying out different combinations of sizes, colours, patterns and styles – and enjoy the process!
Now you know where to buy cushions in Singapore and upholstery, get more style inspiration in our Homes section!
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