A Return To Retro: Orla Kiely Blinds, Curtains & Cushions

A Return To Retro: Orla Kiely Blinds, Curtains & Cushions

Amy Kilvington

By Amy Kilvington

Content Writer at Blinds Direct
Tue 12 Jun 2018

Founded in 1997, Orla Kiely’s self-named brand has made her the most celebrated designer to come out of Ireland. 

We are proud to now offer a range of official Orla Kiely blinds, curtains and cushions at Blinds Direct. These iconic designs are already proving to be some of our most popular products, with so many homeowners realising the beauty and charm of mid-century modern interiors. Are you ready to return to retro? Keep on reading to find out more about Orla and her show-stopping designs…

Orla Kiely Designs

The Orla Kiely brand has grown to be one the biggest in premium fashion. Often considered the Queen of Prints, Orla’s designs have been worn by a number of familiar faces, including the Duchess of Cambridge.

Now, Orla Kiely can be seen across some of the biggest department stores in the UK and beyond, including John Lewis and Amara. They have also collaborated with a number of other brands, such as UNIQLO, Clarks, Boots and Ashley Wilde. Over the course of 20 years, Orla Kiely has developed into a truly iconic brand.

“Drawing inspiration from nature, they simplify detailed shapes into basic geometric motifs.”

Orla Kiely designs embody bold colours and graphic patterns, evoking a nostalgic sense of homeliness and retro charm. Drawing inspiration from nature, they simplify the detailed shapes of flowers, trees, leaves and animals into basic geometric motifs.

These designs are then delivered in simple repeats, with equally simple colour palettes, which feature both the ‘muddy’ natural tones of Orla’s homeland (inspired by fields, forests and mountains) and vibrant pops of colour to spark interest. This elevates Orla Kiely designs from the mustard and orange shades that are so synonymous with retro interiors, offering a more modern and stylised twist.  Of course, Orla’s passion for the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s can still be observed in her designs, as she focuses on boldness, optimism and a simple stylish approach.

Orla Kiely Home Interiors

Orla Kiely interiors are a direct response to the bland and uninspiring styles of the 1990s. If you’re bored of magnolia walls and soulless designs, introduce these bright and powerful patterns that are still stylish in their simplicity.

“Orla’s own passion for mid-century style can be seen in her print designs.”

Orla Kiely home furnishings are a tasteful approach to kitsch; a modernist’s take on nostalgia. To many, the brand is the spearhead of the mid-century modern movement, and Orla’s own passion for mid-century style can be seen in her print designs.

In terms of colours, we see a ’60s and ’70s palette of mustard, olive and moss that’s punctuated with pops of tomato red, powder blue and coral. These shades are then grounded by simple whites and shades of grey.

Shapes are reminiscent of stems, leaves and petals, while fabrics remain high quality and durable, lending themselves to the wear and tear of family life.

At Blinds Direct, we’re so pleased to offer a wide range of Orla Kiely fabrics which are available for your choice of made to measure Roman blind, curtains or cushions. The Orla Kiely collection is courtesy of our good friends Ashley Wilde, who have been our trusted supplier for many years. This means that we can offer our Orla Kiely home furnishings at excellent price points whilst maintaining the short lead times and high levels of customer service that we’re known for. Explore the full collection or select your favourite pattern below – just click to shop!

Shop Orla Kiely Blinds, Curtains & Cushions


There’s something extra special about home furnishings from an iconic designer brand, and the team at Blinds Direct are delighted to offer a diverse range of Orla Kiely designs. Your windows will certainly be a talking point! Want to know more about our Orla Kiely products? Get in touch with our experts today on: 01924 481729.

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