How to use fabric and colour in your home with Susan Deliss

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It was a career setting up investment funds in Egypt that, some what unusually, inspired Susan Deliss to move into design. After spotting a gap in the market for textiles that have a story, Susan set about finding craftsmen to work the fabric into lampshades and also weave her own designs inspired by her travels.

Today, she is growing her fabric collection and among the best-selling items are the ikat lampshades. Susan describes herself as being a ‘purist for things being hand-crafted and hand-printed.’ And we couldn’t agree more.


It’s easy to play it safe when it comes to creating an interiors scheme, but bold choices can really pay off. Susan Deliss has effectively layered pattern in this home, using vibrant colours and a daring choice of contrasting pattern. Mix it up too by combining small, intricate prints with large-scale repeats to achieve a layered effect. Remember to add in some plains, be it a painted wall, a plain but textured piece of upholstered furniture or some one-tone cushions to avoid over- burdening an interior.

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Another view of a family sitting room in a country house that I decorated. The original fireplace was too small so I suggested enlarging it to be more in proportion with the room – results shown here. Owners loved the idea of a red sitting room so I found a beautiful hand woven red fabric to line the walls and combined it with silk hand embroidered curtains, lined in a striped Claremont fabric. Curtain poles bespoke from Robert Kime. I mixed some very contemporary elements, including a cork framed mirror, above the fireplace to give a bit of rugged texture, with many inherited pieces of furniture (my workshop reupholstered all the sofas and chairs) to update the house for a new generation. Photo doesn’t convey how cosy this walling is. Embroidered cushions by @finecellwork #interiordesign #interior designer #interiordetails #susandeliss #interiordecorating #interiordecorators #interiordecorations #interiordecorator #top100 #antique #antiques #countryhousestyle #countryhouse #curtains #handembroidery #handembroiderywork #handembroidery #pierrefrey #christoperfarr #suzani #susandelissinteriors #fabricwall #fabricwalling #antiques #brownfurniture #countryhouse

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Small details make all the difference in this soft, mellow bedroom scheme. Ikat designs are the perfect way to bring a little low-key wanderlust to your home. Ikat (pronounced ‘ick-kat’) is a traditional fabric dyeing technique that hails from Indonesia, resulting in patterns with soft, hazy outlines.

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Chevron curtains add a flash of colour, elegance and modernity to this country-style dining room.

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Kitchen in a large country house that I worked on. Lovely, light sunny room. Pending a more major overhaul of the kitchen units and floor, I was asked to brighten it up. Furniture was here – we moved the books here and cleared lots of surplus things. Once again, I wanted to juxtapose old and new to update the house but not lose its sense of history. Clients loved Kit Kemp’s style – I have sold her lots of textiles and kilims over the years – so I suggested one of my favourite, more contemporary fabrics by @christopherfarrcloth. I had curtain poles made bespoke. #interiordesign #interior designer #interiordetails #susandeliss #interiordecorating #interiordecorators #interiordecorations #interiordecorator #top100 #antique #antiques #countryhousestyle #countryhouse #curtains #handembroidery #handembroiderywork #handembroidery #kitchencurtains #christoperfarr #kitkempstyle #susandelissinteriors #antiques #brownfurniture #countryhouse

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Tiffany Blue is a cool sophisticated colour, inspired by the Iconic packaging of that most glamorous of New York stores. This is not a shade for the faint hearted, if you are nervous of bold colour on walls, use it on occasional furniture, in alcoves or on a feature wall.

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Drawing room in a beautiful country house that I decorated last year for a young couple who love warm, strong colours. I wanted to incorporate a lot of inherited antiques and paintings but make it more fun for the new generation. Pierre Frey on the sofa, Manuel Canovas fabric on the chair and cushion fabric from Soane. A hand painted linen effect on the walls – I can’t quite capture either the lovely colour or finish here as Instagram seems to auto-edit colour in photos. I commissioned more contemporary frames for antique tapestries. #interiordesign #interior designer #interiordetails #susandeliss #interiordecorating #interiordecorators #interiordecorations #interiordecorator #top100 #antique #antiques #countryhousestyle #countryhouse #curtains #handwovencurtains #pierrefrey #susandelissinteriors

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