Check out the new outdoor fabric collection of Hertex

Featuring on-trend botanical and geometric jacquards, this collection leads a new generation of functional and beautiful outdoor upholstery collections. Spring Break is stain and water resistant, has 30 000 Martindale rubs and offers the highest grade of sun resistance. It’s suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

Spring Break Collection of Hertex

Contact Sue on 082 950 3142 or email to view the collection.

The comeback of velvet


Like many a times before, the trends of the past undeservedly gave velvet a somewhat poor and dusty image – very much at odds with a modern, trendy design.

Yet now, this fabric has made the biggest comeback since Britney and bold colours. Not only to the closet, but also to everything from a couch to a scatter cushion, and even curtains.


One of the main reasons for its comeback is a phenomenon that one can call “cocooning”, which very basically translates to feeling cosy at home, surrounded by soft fabrics. We as humans long for texture, structure and warmth in our homes.

Velvet is a perfect fit for this trend. It complements all sorts of styles and lends a certain elegance to upholstered furnishings. Advances in digital printing have allowed for more elaborate patterns to be printed on velvet, and because velvet holds colour very well, this makes for bright, saturated and bold prints.


Simple shapes can lend a contemporary makeover to this fabric, and it can look aesthetically pleasing in any colour – trendy in the berry hues of the season to modern in shades greys and other neutrals. If you’re feeling brave, choose mysterious, dark jewel shades like emeralds, dark blues, maroons or even ochre – which can add that striking wow factor.

Thanks to the pile, velvet makes any colour look luminous and vivid. Very much like during certain historical eras, the soft fabric is now being used for wall coverings, cushions, upholstery, bedspreads and more. And, if you’re not feeling the velvet vibe for all over your home, you can still add a touch of velvet magic with a scatter or a select upholstered item.

Decorating with scatter cushions

It’s amazing what a difference scatter cushions can make in a room. Here are three tips for decorating with scatter cushions…

Hertex Scatter Cushions

Carefully-chosen scatter cushions can add sophisticated interest to a neutral scheme or add a tongue-in-cheek twist to an elegantly chic space. You can use bright scatter cushions to warm up a cold room, lighten a dark one or take the edge off a very bright area in a home.

What’s more, scatter cushions are relatively inexpensive so you can change them with the season and your mood.


Identify the predominant colour in the room and choose scatter cushions that incorporate this colour, even if it’s a subtle touch of the shade within intricate patterned or floral prints.


If you believe rules are made to be broken, ignore the first rule and go for scatter cushions in completely different colours. The only trick is to make sure they are all of the same intensity, so they are all bright, all neutral or all pastel shades.


Use scatter cushions in a complementary or contrasting colour to the sofa. You don’t want scatter cushions to blend into a sofa and match it perfectly.