If there’s a time to cocoon, it’s now.

Ensuring our home is a space of comfort and sanctuary is vital for our mental and physical wellbeing. An interior environment that radiates calm will help to provide clarity from the demands of the day.

With the current uncertainties outside of our homes, one thing we can all agree on, is we need to find or create the space within our homes to feel nurtured and comforted. A brilliant way to explore this, is with textiles. 

For many of us, textiles unwittingly create the foundation on which we shape our surrounding space into a reflection of ourselves. Be it a rental or our forever home, textiles set the stage for our personalities to emerge, spaces to become functional and a story to evolve. 

Let’s begin with what we consider to be three of the most important considerations when specifying textiles to cocoon within the home: Function, Texture and Colour

image sourced from Pinterest

image sourced from Pinterest


The spaces within our home often have multiple functions. Be it the living room, also known as, the TV room/sleep-over pit/school/workspace/home concert stage/dog pampering corner, now more than ever our homes are a multitasking environment. 

We make our spaces work by using practical pieces of furniture and multipurpose accessories. Functional textiles are an organic extension of this, and most buy these pieces without giving too much thought. However, by making a considered selection, you can achieve so much more from your textiles and upholstered furniture. 

Nestle by James Dunlop

Nestle by James Dunlop

Nestle by James Dunlop is one of those highly considered textiles. Woven in a practical blend of polyester and acrylic, this machine washable construction offers the snuggliest handle with phenomenal abrasion results. Nestle allows us to confidently upholster onto both residential and commercial furniture designs for a sophisticated yet supple finish.

When considering a functional, multitasking fibre it is hard to ignore wool. Wool is durable, moisture-wicking, sound absorbing, inherently soil resistant (due to the lanolin sheep produce to keep themselves warm and clean throughout the year), and temperature regulating. 

Mackenzie by James Dunlop offers a robust, classic felted wool plain, which offers a botanical dimension with its naturally muted, outdoors inspired colour palette whilst delivering an unbelievably soft handle (no scratchy wool here!).

Johanna Occasional Chair, Credit: Cosh Living

Johanna Occasional Chair, Credit: Cosh Living


Imagine a world without texture. Texture enables a physical, sensory connection between us and the surfaces on which we live and interact. Walking barefoot down the beach, or curling your toes into a dewy grass field, the crisp cover of a brand new book, and the irresistible motion of sweeping ones hand across an expertly upholstered sofa on which you are about to recline.

Mokum’s Strata is created by weaving heavily textured boucle yarns of contrasting colours into a tactile textile. Named after the natural phenomena of rock formations, Strata offers dimensional depth through the tactility, colour and tone.



Whisper Pink

Beloved Milma comes to us from our dear friends at Designs of the Times in Belgium, and is truly a textile unicorn. Despite its sheepskin-like appearance, it is in fact woven on an ancient velvet loom from 100% virgin wool (a term that refers to the first two shearings of a sheep), this shaggy appearance and soft sensation is so evocative and soothing, with the intense colour line adding to its charm. 

Texture is not only measured by pile or yarn, but can also be a thoughtfully constructed jacquard. Topiary by Mokum is a sophisticated matelassé construction, a weaving technique that elevates pattern into a quilted-look finish. The contemporary colour palette offers both soft and bold options, further enhancing the textural effect of this dimensional textile.


Colour is a universal language that we all tacitly understand, but how do we know we interpret it in the same way? How do I know my blue is the same as your blue? Or if the lush, green grass that I dream of, is in the same hue as what you see? 

Mokum Topiary colour palette

Mokum Topiary colour palette

Ultimately it doesn’t matter if the shades we refer to aren’t formulated or interpreted in the same way, because what we do know about colour (and arguably its most redeemable quality) is that when it works, it just feels right and evokes an emotional response. Colour is personal, and totally subjective. We can be guided by trends and seasonal inspirations but, if a colour resonates with your soul, it will never go out of fashion.

Comoda Modula Sofa, Credit: Biasol Design

Comoda Modula Sofa, Credit: Biasol Design

Velvet invites touch and has the capacity to take and reflect colour better than almost any weave. James Dunlop Vienna is such a velvet – coloured in an array of subtle, earthy hued neutrals as well as rich and sumptuous jewel and nature tones. With a supple, matte surface and the subtlest lustre, the warmth of shades like Antique, Bronzed, Empire and Brandy imbue a rich, softening and nostalgic feel. The beauty of tones like Emerald, Botanical, Twilight and Opal pull natural elements from the outdoors in and contribute to a sense of calmness and serenity.





Mokum’s much loved Alpaca Velvet has recently been refreshed with a contemporary brush of rich, reverberating colours that respond to our native surroundings. The dense, alpaca wool-blend pile of this Italian woven textile delivers a sophisticated finish to residential and commercial spaces with its impressive abrasion results and immediately touchable appeal. The versatility of this cloth allows it to suit endless eras of furniture design, and delivers the ultimate cocooning sentiment. 

Stylist: Bree Leech, Photographer: Lisa Cohen

Stylist: Bree Leech, Photographer: Lisa Cohen

So there we have it, invest some time on considering the function, texture and colour of the textiles within your home and we guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the tranquillity you will create. If you feel like you need some help, please get in touch with the friendly team at your local showroom.

With over 110 years of industry experience, we’re always here with ideas aplenty and happy to help you on your textile journey. 



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The latest addition to the James Dunlop textile family now comes with the ultimate in stain-resistant protection – FibreGuard. Renown to be best in class for its easy cleanability, durability and soft handle, FibreGuard textiles can also be trusted to be safe for everyone in the home.