I really enjoy looking at fabrics. I think it’s fun to imagine how different fabrics would look paired together–but, with so many options available, I completely understand how intimidating the thought of mixing and matching them could be. It can be extremely frustrating when you know what you want but have no idea how to execute it. You can visualize it, but it almost seems impossible to get the look without having the help of a professional. Most times, people simply give up and opt for something less challenging. The result? Pure disappointment. It’s not what you truly want, so of course, you won’t truly be happy. Don’t give up or be afraid to try! You can actually make that dream room happen. Believe it or not, you don’t have to hire a designer. You can get the look you’ve always wanted in your home by yourself if you keep these three simple elements in mind: color, texture, and pattern.
As a general rule, you want to find colors that complement, rather than compete, with one another. The easiest way to begin is by finding a specific color, similar in temperature (cool versus warm) and intensity that will carry through and tie it all together. Having a second color will make the continuity even better.
Warm colors include reds, oranges, yellows, and combinations of them all. These colors tend to make a larger space feel intimate and cozy. Cool colors include shades of greens, blues, and light purples. These colors have a soothing effect and tend to make small rooms look larger than they really are.
In order to find a harmonious balance, avoid having all warm colors or all cool colors. Both the balance and contrast is important, so use fabric from both families. Try keeping large pieces covered in neutral colors and add the brighter, more intense colors to the smaller things. For example, a tan or soft grey sofa would ground the room while brightly colored drapes and throw pillows would add the punch you need.
Texture is very important. Not only will the texture influence the durability, it will also set the mood of the room.
For formal areas, stick with smoother, lighter textures such as lace, crepe, satin, velvet or damask. Think leather, tweed, corduroy, velour, wool or cotton for high-traffic areas like family rooms. Sensuede, vinyl, and fabrics usually used for outdoor furniture can stand up to children. A romantic feel can be created with fabrics like organdy, taffeta, tulle, and antique satin.
If you have no desire to pinpoint a particular theme, don’t be afraid to mix heavy and light fabrics in the same room. It can be done and it can look wonderful, so break out and get creative.
Bringing too many fabrics into the room can become chaotic if you’re not careful. So, in order to avoid that and get a cohesive result instead, try not to exceed more than three patterns: a large-scale (to serve as a focal point), a medium-scale, and a small scale. To simplify it: (1) start with a large pattern, (2) pick a second pattern similar in color, yet half the size of the first, and (3) finish off with a solid color pulled from either one of the first two. However, if you’re feeling brave, scrap the solid and incorporate another fabric with a minuscule pattern.
Keep in mind that patterns, just like texture and color, can create a mood. To add energy to the space, use large, bold patterns that make a statement. Something like an oversized floral or even a large plaid will not only make the most impact in the space, it will serve as a driving force for the overall color scheme and atmosphere. For a sense of calm, stick with small and pale patterns that share at least one similar color.
For best results, try to avoid putting all patterned pieces in one part of the room. Be sure to scatter solids and patterns throughout the room in order to retain the balance.
So, are you feeling more confident than you did before? Maybe having some visuals will help. Here are a few examples I’ve pulled together using a small selection of the beautiful fabrics we carry. Hopefully, seeing some trios will spark inspiration and confidence!
See? It doesn’t really take much to pull a trio of fabrics together that you really enjoy. Remember, the goal is not to “match” but rather to coordinate. As long as your fabrics share similar a similar hue or shade of a hue, your choices will work together beautifully.
If you’re still doubtful, seek out a professional to help. There are actually some interior decorators who work by the hour. Find one who does, take them swatches of fabrics you love and then get their advice. Taking this route takes stress off of you for a fraction of what it would cost to have a professional come do all the work for you.
Once you have your trio of fabulous fabrics selected, you’ll need to decide if you’re DIY-ing it or if you’ll need to seek out a seamstress or professional upholsterer. Getting the look you want is so much easier when you have someone make them for you.
In the midst of coordinating your fabrics, be sure to have fun! It will all come together if you just let your creativity flow. At our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx , we’ll be happy to help you find designer fabrics for great prices!