Interior Fabrics

If you don't fancy the mess and hassle of painting, here is a stunning way of colouring your room using fabrics. We show you how to use bold bright cotton prints to really bring a room to life. We've chosen original designs from the Finnish textile company Marimekko Cottons.

The beauty of this idea is that at less than $80 a metre, you can change these hanging masterpieces whenever you get bored with them - they really are an inexpensive piece of art.

How to hang your fabric

  • The simplest way is to hang your fabric is to attach it to a piece of timber frame.
  • Make up a rectangular timber frame. We've used one made of pine and mitred the joints, but you can also just butt them.
  • Remember the larger the print, the larger the frame will need to be.
  • Cut the fabric slightly larger than the frame.
  • Pull the fabric over the edge of the frame as tightly as possible and, using a staple gun, staple the fabric around the frame. Trim the edges with scissors once you've finished.
  • An alternative method is to use just a single slat of timber at the top and bottom. This works fantastically for a wall-length drop hanging.

Marimekko Cottons
Marimekko was founded by Armi and Viljo Ratia in 1951. The company's business concept emerged from a strong desire to create something new, unique, long lasting and beautiful for post-war Finland. The ability to see beneath the surface of the living environment and the changes taking place in it was required to make this dream come true. This was the soil from which came Marimekko's power of generating ideas, products and personalities whose stories have lived on and laid the foundations for the development of a strong Marimekko brand. There are three product lines: clothing, interior decoration and accessories.

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