Your Guide to Velvet Types, Pros and Cons, Uses and Care. Velvet: A Fabric to Love.

Ahhh, velvet. It’s regal, it’s soft–what’s not to love?

There really is something special about velvet–so much in fact, it’s often used to describe how delectable certain things are. Think about it. Red velvet cupcakes sound much more alluring than plain cupcakes. Velvet slippers feel much more decadent than cotton ones. You’ve probably even heard soft or flowing things referred to as being “velvety smooth.”

Dating back thousands of year, this tufted fabric was once associated with nobility only. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. Today, we see velvet all around us, being used in our wardrobes and in our homes.

So let’s take a deeper look at this sumptuous fabric with its soft, distinctive feel, and how it’s the perfect choice for those places in your home that need an extra layer of coziness and style.

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Types of Velvet

Velvet can be made from a variety of fibers such as cotton, linen, mohair, wool, and silk. Although each fiber produces different results, velvet still remains a lovely choice for home decorating.

Linen Velvet: Linen velvet has thin striations and a nubby surface that give it a textured, dry appearance. This variety is cooler on the body and looks lovely in casual living settings.

Silk Velvet: Silk velvet is an experience like no other. It’s pronounced luster comes from its silk filaments that act like prisms reflecting light. It’s smooth to the touch and often gives off the appearance of being wet.

Printed Velvet: Did you know that velvet is available in more than just solid colors? Some velvets are topically printed with delightful patterns that can make big statements in a home.

Mohair Velvet: Mohair velvet is made from the hair of Angora goats. This variety is extremely durable and less prone to becoming crushed or matted, making it a great choice for areas that get heavier use.

Devore Velvet: Even if you aren’t familiar with the name, you’re probably familiar with the look. Devore velvet, more commonly known as burnout velvet, goes through a chemical process which leaves velvet only in the patterned areas against a semi-transparent (burned out) background. This variety is lightweight and full of texture.

Crushed Velvet: Crushed velvet gets its unmistakable appearance because of its unique fabrication process. While still wet, the fabric is crushed and twisted as it’s pulled through a narrow cylinder. Afterwards, it is dried in a crumpled form. In many cases, crushed velvet is used in more nontraditional spaces.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Velvet

Before deciding on fabrics for your home, it’s always best to be aware of its pros and cons. First, let’s take a look at some of the advantages.

Velvet is soft and luxurious. People don’t typically buy velvet because it’s practical. Pretty much the opposite, actually. It’s a special fabric and it’s used for special applications. There’s really no other fabric that has the suppleness that velvet offers naturally.

Velvet is rich in color. Velvet is dyed after its been woven, and because of the pile of its fibers, it accepts the dye very well. The result? Rich, rich colors.

Velvet offers good insulation. Since velvet is thick and dense, it makes a wonderful insulation barrier that can be especially beneficial for windows.

Now, for the disadvantages.

Velvet can be difficult to clean. Yes, it’s true–but it’s worth it. To make it less of a challenge, buy a lint brush and use it regularly. If you have pets, this might not be a great fabric choice as it’s a magnet for fur.

Velvet can wear easily. Of course, this will vary based on the variety of velvet you choose. Taking heed to where the fabric will be used is a great way to make a good decision. Make sure you choose a more durable variation for high-use areas of your home.

Velvet can be expensive. Granted, it is more affordable than it used to be, but it’s still a bit of an investment. With that said, many discount fabric outlets have a decent selection for those looking to save some money. Prices typically depend on the variety.

How to Use Velvet in Your Home

The best thing about velvet is its texture, but if it’s not used appropriately, it can be very overwhelming. Velvet can be many things: seductive, classy, chic, or glamorous–but too much in one space minimizes the elegance, making it seem almost tacky. You don’t want it to lose its impact, which is why it’s important to use it sparingly. Keep reading for a few ideas on how to incorporate velvet into your home décor.

The Bedroom

The bedroom is a perfect place to start. What better place to surround yourself with comfort? For a classy look, try a velvet-covered headboard. Throw a velvet blanket on top of the bedding to have accessible warmth whenever you need it. For something a little more daring, skip the headboard and wrap the box spring in velvet. Not only will it look luxurious, you can do without the bed frame.

Formal Areas

Formal living rooms or formal eating areas such as the dining room are great places to use velvet. The easiest, and possibly the best way, is through drapery. Adding long velvet drapes to your windows are a wonderful way to bring drama into the space. To top it off, consider reupholstering pieces like dining room chairs, a chaise lounge, or a chair and ottoman.

Casual Spaces

A super easy way to bring a little elegance into your casual spaces is with decorative pillows and throws. Even the most casual chair or loveseat can look glam with some fringed velvet pillows or a soft throw draped over it. If your casual space is all about fun, add one colorful velvet piece of furniture to your room.

How to Clean Velvet Upholstery

Earlier, it was mentioned that velvet can be challenging to clean. To avoid damaging its beautiful plushness, you have to take great care when cleaning it. Here are some basic tips to follow when it comes time to freshen it up:

  1. Use a soft bristle hairbrush, velvet brush or cloth to smooth or to keep dust and debris at bay. Always brush in the direction of the nap.
  2. Vacuum excess dust, dirt or fuzz on the fabric surface. A special attachment for velvet can be found at appliance stores where vacuums are sold or at fine furniture stores.
  3. To remove creases, use a steamer. Use a moderate pace until it disappears.
  4. If liquid spills, try to remove as much moisture as you can from the upholstery. The best way to accomplish this is to use a dry absorbent cloth. Dab lightly to avoid pushing the moisture further into the fabric.
  5. To tackle stains, mix a few drops of dish detergent in a small amount of warm water and create suds. Apply lightly and try not to over wet the spot. For stubborn stains, use a dry cleaning solvent.
  6. Let the fabric air-dry. A hair dryer set on low heat can be used to speed up the process if needed. Hold it about 5 inches away from the fabric and keep moving to avoid damage.

Now that you know a little bit more about velvet are you ready to add it to your home’s décor? Stop in at Cutting Corners in Dallas, Tx where we have huge sales going on in addition to our already wholesale prices on Designer Fabrics, Drapery Hardware, Curtain Rods, Rugs and more.

The 8 Hottest Interior Design and Decor Trends for 2018

A new year is here, which of course means new decorating trends!

While there are several trends on the forecast, we’ve compiled a list of our favorites that look the most promising.  

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Brass Accents

While there were murmurs of brass accents a few years ago, brushed silver still proved to be a favorite. Lately, however, people have been gravitating more toward those golden brass tones that are warm and subtle. With the abundance of beautiful designs available, it’s easy to see that the brass of today is nothing like the outdated brass we remember.

Velvet

Velvet is making a serious comeback this year, largely in part to the surge of bohemian design. For maximum effect, go big with a sofa covered in velvet upholstery. Or, simply save it for smaller like accent pillows or floor-to-ceiling drapes. Even if the trend doesn’t last long, it’s still worth finding some area of your home to enhance with this rich and classy fabric.

Geometric patterns

Geometrics are always popular, but for this year, the primary focus will be on circles. Accent pillows, wallpaper, backsplashes–there’s really nothing you can’t throw a circle pattern on!

Typography

The typography trend appears to be full steam ahead for 2018. Go ahead and buy those pillows with words or framed art with sayings such as “EAT”–the enjoyment of these delightful touches don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Fringe

A well-thought-out design includes details. This year, that decorative detail will be fringe! Accent pillows, throw blankets, footstools, ottomans, curtains, and even lampshades can get in on the fun!

Black and White

This classic, high-contrast color combo is ready to take center stage in the upcoming year. A beautiful pairing of black and white is sure to add visual interest to any space while inspiring a sense of balance within your decor.

Natural Materials

The use of natural materials in home decorating has been on the rise for several years now and will continue to do so in 2018. Wood, in particular, will be one of the most prominent elements this year, popping up in unexpected places like ceilings and as accent walls. Other materials to be on the lookout for include bone, shells, lava rock, brick, and stone.

Strong colors

Just by looking at Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, it’s easy to see we’re starting the year off a very colorful foot! In years past, most people gravitated toward cool colors and neutrals. Neutrals are still in but opt for warmer, more intense hues to accent them. It doesn’t matter if you stick with pops of color or go all in, just make sure you go with hardier shades.

What trend is your favorite? Before you get started on your next project, be sure to stop by one of our showrooms or visit us online to check out our beautiful selection of fabrics and fringe. There’s sure to be something that can help your home make a statement in the new year!

12 Popular Types of Home Design to Help You Determine Your Personal Style.

How do you define your design style? Does your current interior reflect what you think it is? Do you even know what all your options are?

There are many ways you can design a home, but if you don’t understand the styles that exist, it can be difficult to decide which way to go. Here’s a rundown of some popular types of home design that might help you determine what your personal design style is.

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Romantic

If you love all things soft and feminine, then your style may be romantic. Romantic is a relaxed style characterized by soft pastel color schemes and sheer, light fabrics. Upholstery fabrics, as well as fabrics for pillows and throws, range from silk, matelassé, velvet and chenille. Of course romantic style wouldn’t be complete without a little sparkle either, so accents of silver, crystal and pearlized shell are great ways to finish off the space.

Modern

If sleek, smooth and polished describes your personality, then the style for you may be modern. Modern is known for its neutral color palette, geometric shapes and asymmetrical look. White walls are usually support the neutral tone-on-tone colors throughout the room.

Old World

If you consider yourself a history buff, or appreciate pieces that tell a story, then your style may be old world. Old world design revolves around dark-stained, aged, distressed, and textured furnishings, architectural details such as exposed beams and arches, and accents like woven tapestries.

Cottage

If you have a fondness for aged pieces and pastel, botanical palettes, then your style may be cottage. Cottage design is about color and comfort, focusing on causal, weathered and sometimes painted pieces of furniture. Other furnishings may include iron and wicker chairs slipcovered and accented with floral cushions.

Eclectic

If you just can’t decide on one favorite style, then eclectic style might be for you. The great thing about eclectic is that you can fill the room with a mix of different styles and periods, as well as various accessories. All you really need is a similar color, texture, finish or pattern to pull everything together.

Asian

If you’re all about Feng Shui, then Asian style might help you maintain that balance. Asian design can pull in a variety of design elements from places such as Vietnam, China, Japan and Thailand, which gives you more decorating options. Although furnishings are often sparse and low to the ground, the ever-popular cushions and pillows in this style provide a comfortable space.

Mediterranean

If you love to travel, and are drawn to the countries north of the Mediterranean Sea, including Spain, Greece and Italy, then Mediterranean style is for you. Mediterranean design is often referred to as Spanish modern, incorporating décor ranging from simple to formal. Walls are often textured, hardware is heavy, and the furniture is ornate. Colors echo the sea and sky but can also include warm shades of terra cotta, lavender and yellow.

Transitional

If you prefer a clean and serene atmosphere, then transitional design may be your style. Because of the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary designs, transitional is favored by many homeowners. Its classic and timeless design is due to a variety of factors including the simple, sophistication of furniture lines, the diversity of fabric textures and patterns, the neutral color palette and the minimalist approach to accessories.

Art Deco

Exuberant and suave, sophisticated and innovative–that’s Art Deco design style. Bold and glamorous, yet functional, Art Deco was a style that peaked in the late 1920s and early ’30s. Mood lighting, geometric shapes, sleek surfaces, lush textiles, lacquered furniture, mirrored furnishings, and black and white color palettes are just some of the key elements that make this design style so dynamic.

Coastal 

While coastal design can be tweaked to mimic its location, American coastal, fondly called “beach house”, is the most common. If you enjoy your toes in the sand, the breeze in your hair, and the view of sea and sky, then this is probably your style. While seaside motifs can be appropriate, a well-designed coastal space eases people into the mood in a more subtle manner. Open spaces with abundant light, pale neutrals, natural fibers, crisp fabrics, casual furniture complete with light, weathered woods, are key components to a welcoming coastal home.

Bohemian

If you want freedom to express your own unique individuality however you want to, you may be a bohemian. There’s a huge misconception about this design style, which often has people shying away from it. Contrary to popular belief, most bohemian spaces are not ones of complete disarray. In fact, when done right, a bohemian style home can take both the carefree and the unusual and turn it into something glamorous. Warm earthy colors, metallics, and jewel tones open up a world of color palette options, while a mix and match of materials and textiles add to the charm. Furnishings and accessories are often second hand and vintage pieces–each with their own story–that can easily be found at flea markets and antique stores.

Farmhouse

While there are specific elements that define it, farmhouse tends to be more of a way of life, or even an attitude, more than an actual style. So much in fact, that the look doesn’t require that you actually live on a farm–or even in a rural location for that matter. Farmhouse sinks, shiplap, rustic furnishings, natural textiles, vintage touches, and gallons of white paint are pretty much all it takes to round out a modern farmhouse interior that would make Joanna Gaines beam with pride.

Know your design style? Let us help you make your vision a reality. Be sure to stop into one of our showrooms or shop online for fabrics, custom pillows, and rugs that can fit any design style.

Practical Interior Decorating Guide: Understanding the Language of Color

Most of us aren’t interior decorators by trade, which means it can be a challenge to understand the industry lingo–especially when it’s referring to color. Honestly, it’s so easy to walk into a store and pinpoint the colors we love simply by looking at them. Unfortunately, when it comes to decorating the home, this superficial process doesn’t cut it. Why? Because the subject of color goes much deeper that.
What can we do? Well, two things. The first is to continue picking colors on a whim. The second is to learn more about how colors work. Both will bring color to your home, but only one will provide stellar results.
To help, we’ve put together a little guide about color. Hopefully, after reading through it, you will feel more confident the next time you’re faced with paint chips and fabric swatches.
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The Color Wheel

col·or (noun): the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object reflects or emits light.
You probably remember learning about the color wheel as a school-aged child. If it’s been awhile since you’ve given it much thought, now’s a great time to refresh your memory.
Simply put, the color wheel gives us a visual of which colors blend well together. The average wheel model covers 12 colors, which can be broken down into 3 broad categories: primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.
  • Primary colors include red, blue, and yellow. They are stand-alone colors, meaning they cannot be made from mixing other colors.
  • Secondary colors include orange, purple, and green. These colors are created when mixed with the two primary colors that flank them. For example, red and yellow make orange, blue and yellow make green, and red and blue makes purple.
  • Tertiary colors are the six shades that can be made by mixing primary and secondary colors. They are a blend of a secondary color and the primary color closest to it on the color wheel. They are not half and half blends, but rather a blend containing more of one color than another. Mixing the primary color yellow, with the secondary color orange, will give you the tertiary color yellow-orange. Another example would be red (primary) mixed with orange (secondary), which would make red-orange. Other tertiary colors are blue-green, yellow-green, blue-violet and red-violet.
Tip: To get a colorful interior started, pick your favorite color from the 12 and use it as a guide to narrow down your selections until you settle on the exact shade you want.

The Relationship Between Colors and Neutrals

When it comes to interior decorating, there is so much information regarding color and neutrals. And naturally, everyone has their own opinion about it. Some people thrive on color and have no hesitation whatsoever about bringing it into their home. Others are more reserved, opting for a neutral interior with pops or hints of color scattered throughout. Neither is wrong, just different.
What some people don’t realize, however, is that colors and neutrals have a much more intimate relationship than the obvious contrast we see within a color scheme. Colors and neutrals are such a tight unit, they actually influence each other to create many different versions within a specific color family. Simply put, combining a color with a neutral will make a basic color lighter or darker. This is what we call tint, tone, and shade.
  • Tint is the mixture of a saturated color with white, which increases lightness. All pastels would be considered a tint.
  • Tone is the mixture of a saturated color with gray, making it slightly darker.
  • Shade is the mixture of a saturated color with black, which reduces lightness. All muted colors would be considered shades.
If you don’t have art supplies available to play with color, you can get an idea of tinting and shading by visiting your local home improvement store for samples.
Tip: To make sure the colors you choose work together in the best way possible, make sure they have the same value. Value refers to the relative lightness or darkness of a certain area.

Understanding Color Temperature

You may have heard colors described as being warm or cool. These temperatures describe where the color falls on the color wheel.
Colors described as warm colors are typically more vibrant and seem to liven up or add intimacy to a space. Warms colors include reds, oranges, and yellows. Colors described as cool bring a calm and relaxing feel to a space. These cool colors include blues, purples, and most greens.
When choosing a color temperature, take the size of the room into account. For example, a small room in warm colors could make the room feel cramped, while cool colors could make a spacious room appear stark.

Color Schemes

Color schemes can be broken down in a variety of ways, but we’re only going to focus on a small handful: complementary, split-complementary, analogous, and monochromatic.
Complementary color schemes are the simplest. Complementary colors are colors that are opposite to each other on the color wheel (i.e. green and red, purple and yellow, orange and blue). Typically, one color acts as the dominant shade and the other as an accent.
The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation and is best used in small doses when you want to draw attention to a particular design element. To keep the eye from becoming overwhelmed, embrace neutrals.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to stick with the literal colors on the color wheel in order to get complementary colors. Today, there are updated schemes that can be executed brilliantly with wall color, accents, and fabric on chair cushions and pillows.
Split-Complementary color schemes are a bit safer in that they aren’t as bold as many complementary color schemes. Instead of choosing the color directly opposite of your base color, you would choose the two shades on either side of the opposite (complementary) color. These two shades will bring both balance and a calming effect to the space, allowing you to rely less on neutrals.
Analogous refers to using three colors in a row on the color wheel. In most cases, two colors will be primary, while the third will be a mix of those two and a secondary color. Some examples would be red, orange, and yellow; red, purple, and blue; green, yellow-green and yellow; or red, red-violet and violet. For optimal results, stick with the 60-30-10 rule, which means there will be one dominant color, one supportive color, and one accent color.
Monochromatic color schemes, or palettes, start with a single hue. Any additional colors used are variations of that specific hue (i.e. its tints, tones, and shades). A well-executed monochromatic scheme is anything but boring. In fact, it can be exciting and attention-grabbing.
To explain it a little better, here’s an example: A monochromatic room in blue might start with a single shade of blue paired with white. It might also include pale blue walls, medium blue window treatments, and dark blue upholstery. To tie the scheme together, the rug or accents might be a combination of blue and white. See how it works?
Now that you know more about color, we hope your decorating process becomes easier. If you still have questions, we will be happy to help you sort through our fabulous assortment of designer fabrics at Cutting Corners in Dallas, TX. Feel free to stop in and we will assist you with all of your fabrics questions!

Essential Tips on How to Properly Care for Your Upholstery Fabrics.

The furnishings we choose are an (yes, expensive) investment that turn our house into a comfortable home. If we wish to retain the beauty and value, however, it’s important that the fabrics receive continuous care. In all honesty, regular maintenance on furniture doesn’t require much effort–yet many people forget to go through even the basic motions.

Looking after the upholstered fabrics in your home will not only keep them looking great today but also through the years ahead. To help make your furniture maintenance easier, here are some guidelines on how to enjoy your fine furnishing without a worry for years to come. Who knows, with some regular TLC, your piece might just become heirlooms someday!

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Preventative Measures

Preventative measures go a long way in helping your furniture last a long time. Some steps you can take to prevent unnecessary wear include:
  • Picking the right fabric from the beginning. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is buying the wrong fabric for the intended use. For example, you won’t necessarily want a white, linen sofa if you have children or pets. Be sure to assess the space and choose fabric accordingly.
  • Having your fabric treated prior to use. Ask the retailer if your upholstery fabric comes pretreated with stain repellent. If they are unable to treat it for you, shop around for someone who can. Some fabrics should not be treated so read labels carefully.
  • Vacuuming. Dust will always be a constant battle, but vacuuming regularly will keep it from settling deep into the fabric. Use the upholstery attachment to vacuum soft furnishings on a weekly basis. This can help remove evidence of daily use, such as dirt and oils. Pay attention to sneaky areas like creases, folds, and tufted areas. If dirt does settle down deep, read labels to ensure safe cleaning. Not all fabrics must be dry-cleaned. Some can be cleaned with mild soap and water.
  • Beating seat cushions by hand. Taking your cushions outside to give them a good whack can really help prevent dust from settling deep into the fibers. While you’re at it, rotate the cushions to ensure even wear.
  • Setting food and drink guidelines. If you can enforce a no food, drink, or pet rule on your furniture, go for it. This is often much more attainable in formal rooms of the home than it is in areas designated for busy family life.

Routine Maintenance

Routine maintenance can be done weekly, monthly, or yearly depending on what works best with your schedule or what’s necessary for your furniture. Some routine procedures to focus on may include:
  • Rotating seat cushions frequently. Flipping and rotating sofa and chair cushions will help you achieve consistent wear. For best results, rotate them weekly.
  • Protecting upholstered pieces from the elements. Excessive heat, light, cold and moisture aren’t ideal for upholstered furnishings. Ultraviolet rays can contribute to fading and discoloration of your fabrics and humidity can invite mildew. For more uniform fading, try rearranging your furniture when possible or keep really special pieces away from windows altogether. Avoid placing furniture too close to heating or air conditioning vents. Doing these things, along with keeping the humidity low in the house, will keep your pieces looking fresh.
  • Treating it kindly. Furniture is not indestructible. Avoid standing or jumping on furniture. Keep sharp objects away so the fabric isn’t scratched or torn. Use arm caps to absorb natural body oils. These are just a few things you can do to prolong your furniture’s good condition.
  • Giving it a deep cleaning. Once a year, make sure your soft furnishings get a deep cleaning treatment. Many homeowners have an upholstery cleaning machine of some kind at home. If you don’t, however, there are several professional cleaning services that can do the work for you.
  • Washing what you can. If your cushions have removable covers that are machine washable, add them to your to-do list. Before you do, however, always double check the label to verify care instructions. A good rule of thumb is to turn covers inside out, wash in cold water to prevent fading, and air dry to prevent shrinkage. Additionally, you should consider having the rest of the piece cleaned at the same time to avoid a mismatch in color.
Overall, leather can be treated in the same manner–however, there are some differences. In most cases, leather can be treated with non-acidic soap and water. For best results blot, rather than rub, and then let air-dry. For more stubborn stains, use an absorbent cloth or sponge. Be sure to rub side to side, rather than in a circle.

Making Sense of Labels

Some fabric manufacturers follow a cleaning standard, so to speak, marking labels with specific codes in order to make maintenance easier. Here is the list of codes you may see and what they mean.
  • Code “W” means to use a water-based cleaner. Spot clean with detergent and then vacuum when dry. Avoid over-wetting the area.
  • Code “S” means to use a solvent cleaner. Spot clean with a water-free solvent or dry cleaning agent. Always pretest a small section beforehand to ensure it doesn’t spot or shrink. Use in a well-ventilated room.
  • Code “S/W” means a water-based or solvent cleaner can be used. Follow the guidelines above regarding W and S depending on which form of cleaner you decided to use.
  • Code “X” means vacuum only. These fabrics cannot be cleaned with any cleaning agents. In extreme cases contact a professional furniture cleaning service.
Again, no fabric is 100% damage proof and it’s up to the owner to treat it well. Using the above guidelines can help keep your furniture looking its best.
When you come in to see us at our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx, please ask an associate if you have any additional questions on this!

6 Cozy Winter Living Tips That Will Melt Your Heart

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Winter is knocking. Is your home ready to welcome it?

No matter where you live, wintertime is all about warmth and comfort. It’s our time to indulge in cozy textures and warm hues. It’s a time for tasty treats and fun, friendly gatherings. In a nutshell, we seek out all the ways to take the chill out of those frigid temperatures.

When it comes to your home’s interior, it doesn’t take much to achieve this. In fact, even some of the simplest changes can make a home perfect for cozy living during the long winter months. Below are some of our favorite ways to keep those interiors toasty until the spring thaw.

Texture with Textiles

Textiles are a key ingredient no matter what the season. For winter, however, textiles rich in texture are where it’s at. Luxurious, plush, fuzzy, shiny, and chunky are just some of the adjectives you should focus on when picking winter textiles.

When it comes to fabrics, rich doesn’t necessarily mean heavy. While there’s nothing wrong with a thick, lush fabric, there are some on the lighter side just as suitable for the season. Some of our favorites include organza, organdy, velvet, silk, wool, and cashmere. You’ll notice that some in that list are light and airy, while others are substantial and dramatic. Any and all can be used in a variety of ways–window treatments, napkins, tablecloths, bedding, pillow covers, and much more. Mix and match them throughout your home until you reach the desired look and feel.

Textiles also include area rugs. And, as we all know, a good area rug can make all the difference. Not only will your design shine, your feet will be extra happy to have something warm underfoot. Wool, sheepskin, fur, and faux furs are all wonderful choices. Even if you have a carpeted space, you can benefit from an area rug. Tis the season for layers so don’t forget to add something to your floor space. It will most certainly increase the coziness of your home.
Did you know that certain patterns on textiles also contribute to a home’s coziness in winter? It’s true! Patterns like plaid, checks, and houndstooth have a cozy look to them, especially when they’re made out of wool. Southwestern or Navajo patterns can also create that visual appeal that will make you want to curl up and relax.

Cozy Up with Color

Color influences our ideas and moods more than we realize, so if you want to feel cozy you have to have some colors to get you there. Now is your chance to bring in some richer hues. Deep shades of red, brown, amber, gold, plum, and green are perfect for the season. Need some color inspiration? Stop over and visit Pantone, the color experts. Each year they produce two seasonal palettes, one for spring and summer and another for fall and winter. You’d be amazed at some of their choices for winter. Many of the can be used year round!

Flirt with Furniture Arrangement

Sometimes all it takes is a little rearranging of the furniture to make a space feel cozy. For the winter months, turn a few pieces of furniture away from the window and toward the fireplace, keeping some floor pillows handy. If you have a wide-open space with furniture spread about, try pulling it in a bit to make more intimate seating arrangements. The more opportunity you have to be intimate with friends and family, the better. As always, be sure to arrange furniture in a way that doesn’t inhibit a smooth flow of traffic.

Accentuate with Accessories

Even if you don’t do any of the above mentioned, you can still create a cozy feeling with accessories. Accessories are so easy to swap out for holidays and seasons. For winter, adding accessories like extra candles, throws, and accent pillows make a big difference when it comes to warming up a space for winter. While you’re at it, change out some wall art for something more seasonal or add a new runner in a wintry fabric to the dining room table. You can even change out your window treatments for the season.

Relax in the Glow of Luxurious Lighting

Lighting plays a big role in home décor, especially when it comes to making a space feel cozy. Adding wall sconces or table lamps are great ways to add soft lighting. If you have an overhead light, consider putting a dimmer on it. Whichever you choose to do, just make sure you don’t forget to keep some candles on hand.

Savor the Season with Scents

There are so many scents that remind us of winter, including gingerbread, pine, and spiced apple. For additional coziness, focus on bringing certain scents into your home. Some people enjoy scented candles, while others (like me), prefer a special essential oil blend fit for the season in the diffuser. It doesn’t matter what you choose, just don’t forget how important smells are to our moods!

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Five Practical Tips for Parents about Decorating a Fun and Functional Playroom.

Children love to play and it’s important that they have a special place of their own to do so. Many homes (like mine), however, aren’t equipped with an extra room that can be dedicated to play. In cases such as this, the child’s play area often defaults to their bedroom, the basement, or a small corner in the living room. And that’s totally okay! Even the smallest of spaces dedicated to playing can be a wonderful asset to your child(ren). If you do have the extra square footage, however, a designated playroom is a great way to provide a safe place to play while keeping toys out of the main areas of your home. 

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Speaking of toys…

As you design the playroom, it’s important to remember that toys are only a small part of making it fun. The bigger issue actually revolves around the decor. Decor can really make a difference in how well the space works and how much your child enjoys using it. Color, textiles, light, storage, and other basic design elements are all key players in creating a space your child really loves to spend time in.

To get you started, here are some various ideas that will hopefully inspire you to design the perfect space for your little one to have some fun.

Design for the Child, Not for You

As a parent, you are probably full of ideas for a playroom–but what you have in mind might not actually be things your child likes, or wants, for that matter. Since your child is the one who will spend the most time in that area, it’s really important to design it with their interests in mind. Each child is unique and so is their imagination. While one child may be big into trains, Legos, or sports, the other could favor books, art, or dress-up.

To simplify the design process, keep all types of play in mind. Tables, easels, rugs, and cushy chairs are basic playroom staples you can’t go wrong with. Items such as these can help promote their interests for a number of years. Tight on space? Opt for chalkboard paint on the wall. It makes for a fun feature wall and works just as well as an easel.

Another thing to consider is designing dedicated sections for specific types of play. Reading nooks, cooking corners, and art (or music) stations are just a few zones that can be created for your kids. Not only do they make the purpose of the space clear, it allows a variety of ages to make use of the area without tripping over one another.  

Splash it With Color

There are lots of fun colors out there to choose from that can make a playroom a desirable place for your little ones. And color doesn’t have to stay on the walls or doors. Color can actually be incorporated in a variety of ways, including artwork and textiles.

There’s no need to spend a lot of money on wall art for a playroom. Some of the best artwork you can use to decorate are the masterpieces created by your own little one(s)! Surprise them by creating a gallery wall complete with framed art they’ve drawn or painted all by themselves. Their face is sure to light up seeing their work displayed so proudly!

When it comes to textiles, focus on rugs, window treatments, and upholstery. Rugs serve a dual purpose in a home. Not only do they bring in a pop of color for visual interest, they protect the floor beneath them (and in a playroom, the knees atop them). Since it is a playroom you’re designing, opt for a rug that’s plush. It’ll be a much more comfortable play area for your little one(s).

In regards to textiles for window treatments and upholstery, you can find a ton of great kid-friendly fabrics that will accommodate your children’s interests by visiting your local fabric store. If you don’t have a fabric store nearby, look for some great fabrics online, many at discount prices. Since this will be a playroom, you want a durable fabric that cleans easily, but you don’t want to pay a fortune. Often times, you can find discount fabric easily enough that will work well. As a general rule, pick your fabrics before you pick the paint color. It’s much easier to match paint to fabric than it is to match fabric to paint. Also keep in mind that themes come and go quickly, so if possible, pick patterns and colors that will grow with the child, rather than cartoon characters they’ll outgrow quickly.

Storage, storage, storage!

Kids tend to come with a lot of toys, so unless you want the floors constantly covered, then storage is important. To maximize your space, go for vertical storage like floor to ceiling shelving (cubbies) and store toys in colorful baskets. Armoires or lockers are other great organization tools for a playroom (to save some money, check flea markets or thrift stores for ones in need of a little TLC). There are even multipurpose furniture pieces like benches, ottomans, and tables that have removable tops and storage within.

To avoid mass clutter, be sure to have dedicated storage for specific items. Art supplies, books, toy cars, or anything else your child enjoys playing with should have its own place to be stored. Cleanup may not always be perfect, but over time, your kids will be mindful of their duty to put items away in their special place.

Ask for help

The best way to create a playroom your kids are sure to enjoy? Ask them for their input! Younger children may not be able to express their ideas in a way that helps your design process, but they can certainly help in areas like color choices, textures, and accessories. Who knows, they may come up with some really cool ideas!

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5 Tips for Decorating For Christmas That will Make Your Spirit Bright.

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, people everywhere are getting into the holiday spirit–which often includes decorating their home for the Christmas season. For some, the decorating process revolves around tradition, where cherished trinkets are used year after year. For others, it’s all about creating a new look. Either way, it never hurts to have fresh decorating ideas on hand. From the extravagant to the minimal, the traditional to the whimsical, we’ve got you covered. Here are five decorating ideas that just might inspire you this year.

1) Deck out your door

The front door is typically the first thing you and your guests see upon arrival, which is why it’s important to think about the type of message you want it to deliver. Is it warm and welcoming or cold and uninviting? What do you want it to say? In all honesty, it doesn’t take much to create that friendly, festive vibe. Garland wrapped in twinkle lights or a wreath accented with colorful ribbon may seem simple, but that’s all you really need to announce that you’re ready for all the holiday season brings. Looking for something less traditional? Instead of evergreen, consider a wreath featuring citrus fruits, wood slices, pinecones, or even ornaments!

2) Personalize with fabric

This time of year, it is so easy to walk into a store to buy holiday decor, but it’d be much more special coming from your own hands (or the hands of others)–at least when it comes to decor made of fabric. Fabric is a key ingredient to a pulled together room, so if you’re looking to have a unique holiday look in your home, it’s unlikely you’ll find what you need from the department store. Instead of buying mass-produced items off the shelf, consider making your own decor or having them custom made by someone else. Often times, decorative items such as placemats, table runners, accent pillows, tree skirts and even Christmas stockings, can be made quickly and easily. Even if you can’t use a needle to save your life (guilty), there are plenty of no-sew projects that can be found online.

3) Top off your table

Let’s not beat around the bush: holidays mean food–and lots of it. So, it’s only natural that we talk about table decorations. As you congregate around the table, make sure there’s a centerpiece fit for the season. A centerpiece is a great way to add some eye-catching flair to an area of your home where many people gather. Candle holders or holiday-colored vases make wonderful beginnings for centerpieces. Accent the bases of either with garland, incorporate some flowers or berries and you’ve got yourself something unique and lovely for your dining room table. Another idea would be to place vintage ornaments on top of a cake stand, nesting leaves here and there to add a touch of nature’s beauty.

Personalized place settings are another great way to add interest to your dining table. For holiday dinners served buffet style, wrap each dish in a sheet of parchment paper and then tie it up with twine or ribbon before stacking them. Not only will it reward your guests with a pretty presentation, it’ll be something unique and fun they’ll remember for years to come. 

4) Garnish with greenery

Each season offers unique natural elements that are perfect for decorating. For those celebrating Christmas, this usually means lots and lots of greenery, specifically, garland. Garland creates an inviting atmosphere and provides your home with that woodsy aroma associated with this time of year. While the fireplace mantle is a traditional location for this particular decoration, it doesn’t have to be your only option. Garland can adorn pretty much anything, so don’t feel limited. Staircase banisters, dining room chairs, doorways, and windows are just a handful of places that can benefit from the beautiful garland. To make it extra nice, wrap some twinkling lights through it. Have your fill of green? Consider a garland made of pinecones. Tack it up over a doorway and top it off with a big bow in the middle.

5) Change your color scheme

From the color of our shirt to the color of our couch, the hues that surround us influence our moods and actions more than we realize. In the home, changing up the color scheme is one of the simplest and inexpensive ways you can alter the mood in your space. For some, thinking about changing the color in their abode gives them a headache, but it doesn’t have to be that way. For a seasonal change, it’s not necessary to repaint everything. Far from it, in fact. Instead, swap out smaller decorative items like accent pillows and throws, rugs, window treatments and bedding. Little changes such as this can still make it feel like a completely different season than before. How much you’re willing to spend, and how well you want those items to blend into the rest of your decor, will determine if you go custom or not. Custom made items will cost more, so it’s understandable if you opt for something mass-produced. However, something smaller like custom pillow covers, are well worth the investment, especially if you plan on using them for several years.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Arlington, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Fort Worth, TX on South Hulen Street for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to lightweight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Arranging Furniture in Your Home

Moving into a new home, or redecorating your current one, can be very exciting. However, figuring out where everything will go can be a bit stressful. Some might think the size of the room is more important than where the furniture is placed, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In all honesty, it doesn’t really matter if your room is big or small–having the right furniture arrangement is what will make the space much more enjoyable. To eliminate anxiety, we’ve put together a simple guide that works for every room in your house. By following these tips, you’ll be able to arrange your furniture in a way that will make the rooms in your home look their best.

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Measure Your Space

Misjudging the available space in a particular room can be a major letdown. You think that the furniture will fit, but sadly, it doesn’t. To avoid this, measure, measure, and then measure again. It doesn’t matter whether you create the layout on a computer program or draw it by hand. What does matter is that it’s true to scale. First, draw a box, noting the measurements on all sides. After that, measure the furnishings you have in mind and create a separate box on your drawing, uniquely-sized, for each individual piece. Certain computer programs will allow you to move images around, making it easy to play with different arrangements. If you’re doing it by hand, creating furniture cutouts will allow you to do the same thing. And don’t forget to measure the width of doorways and hallways, since you’ll need to make sure the piece can even make it into the house!

Showcase the Focal Point

One of the worst things you can do is neglect showcasing a focal point. Your focal point can be something like a window, a headboard, or a fireplace. It could even be a particular piece of furniture, like a bookcase, sofa, or a set of upholstered armchairs. Once you have the focal point determined, the furniture arrangements can fall into place around it. If possible, avoid blocking its view. For the room to have the most impact, the focal point should be readily visible to anyone walking into the room. In most cases, there are enough creative ways to arrange furnishings in a way that keeps the focal point in view.

Create Balance

There are two types of balance in design: symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical is when there are two of everything. Asymmetrical, on the other hand, which is the lack of symmetry, can still have balance, depending on how the item is positioned. While symmetry is generally easy to obtain, it can get boring at times. Adding asymmetry to a room can grab attention.

So how do you achieve balance? With smaller furnishings and accessories. Tables, storage cabinets, ottomans, floor lamps, table lamps, vases, rugs, and even artwork are all the wonderful things you can use to create a pleasing look. A good rule of thumb is to center the rug in the middle of the main seating arrangement, with at least 2 to 3 inches of it extending beyond the sofa and chairs. This anchors the room while keeping the space aesthetically pleasing. The other items can be arranged as needed throughout the room until you have a harmonious balance that makes you happy.

Have a Purpose

Could someone walk into your home and know what each room is meant for? Or, are there certain rooms in your home that are a mishmash of ideas thrown into one space? To put it simply, each room should speak for itself. A family room would have items such as a comfy sofa and chairs in front of a TV and maybe even a table in the corner for games. An office would have a desk and maybe some bookcases. Designing each room with a purpose in mind will eliminate any confusion and bring harmony to the space. Even if a room has to serve multiple purposes, arrange the furniture in a way that clearly defines each space. For example, if your open concept space serves as both your living and dining area, make sure both spaces have their own identity. One way to do that would be to put the back of the sofa to the table. Another would be to break each area up with a rug. Whatever you choose to do is fine, as long as the purpose of each area or room is clear.

Size Variation

To add visual interest to your space, mix furnishings of various sizes. Avoid filling the room with the same size pieces. For example, a large sectional, overstuffed chairs and a big coffee table would be overpowering in one room. Something a little less cumbersome would be the large sectional, paired with some smaller armchairs and an end table or two. Keeping the sizes mixed will give the room character.

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Your ultimate guide to selecting the perfect upholstery fabric.

Whether you’re salvaging an old piece or designing a new one, picking upholstery fabric will eventually come into play. For some, choosing upholstery fabric is fun. For others, not so much. Honestly, between the investment in the piece itself and the abundance of options at our fingertips, it’s no wonder many homeowners feel overwhelmed rather than overjoyed when they are faced with fabric.

Just thinking about things such as colors, texture, pattern, and thread count can make your head swim with thoughts on where to even begin–and the last thing you want is to make the wrong decision. Once you have an idea of what to look for, however, picking upholstery fabric can be something you can actually like doing.

So, let’s get started! First, we’ll take a quick look at fabric content, fabric type, and pattern type. Then, we’ll move onto some key tips that can help make your decision easier and the overall experience more pleasant.

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Fabric Content

When I say fabric content, I’m talking about the fibers that make up the fabric, which can be broken down into two categories: natural and synthetic. While I won’t be covering all the fibers, I will be listing the most popular.

Natural fibers generally feature a flat weave that is softer than synthetics. They also tailor well for upholstered pieces. Because they are a natural product, however, they can be less resistant to fading and pilling.

Widely-known natural fibers include:

  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Wool
  • Silk
  • Rayon

Synthetic fibers are man-made, chemically-produced textiles. In general, they are more durable and more resistant to staining and fading.

Common synthetic fabrics include:

  • Acrylic
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Olefin
  • Polypropylene

Fabric Types

Simply put, the fabric type is the way the fibers were turned into fabric. There are several ways to do this, which include:

  • Weaving–interlacing, usually at right angles, of two sets of threads to form cloth, rug or other types of woven textiles
  • Knitting–multiple symmetric loops of yarn, called stitches, in a line or tube
  • Braiding–method of interlacing three or more yarns or bias-cut cloth strips in such a way that they cross one another and are laid together in diagonal formation, forming a narrow strip of flat or tubular fabric
  • Nonwoven–bonding or interlocking fibers or filaments by mechanical, thermal, chemical or solvent means

Pattern Types

There is a wide array of patterns available, but there are some that are more common than others. Some of these include:

  • Florals
  • Paisleys
  • Stripes
  • Geometrics
  • Damasks
  • Plaid
  • Checks
  • Gingham

Now that we’ve touched on some of the basics regarding fabric, let’s move onto talking about what you can do to make the narrowing down process easier.

Examine Your Space

Is your upholstered piece going in a large room or a small one? As a general rule, a larger space can visually accommodate more patterns and colors than a small one can. For instance, if you have a large room, don’t be afraid to go all out with bold colors and repeating patterns. Your room can handle it. A smaller room, however, might be more appealing with a simple print and a smaller range of color.

Assess the Piece

Is the piece you are upholstering small and narrow or big and long? A smaller piece, such as a chair, won’t really showcase a big pattern like a couch will. Instead, you might want to look for something along the lines of thin stripes or small flowers.

What is the style of your piece? Is it modern? Early American? Traditional? In most cases, the piece will look its best when covered in fabric that compliments its character. Will the colors and patterns blend nicely with the other items in the room? Are you picking the color because you truly like it or because it’s the latest trend? These are all things to consider before making a final choice.

Wear and Tear

Will your piece be in a high traffic area or used less often for formal affairs? Do you have kids? Are pets in the house? Is its location by a window? Taking things like this into consideration will really help you narrow down your choices.

Woven fabrics, rather than printed ones, and fabrics with higher thread counts will definitely be the most durable. If you have children, you might want to lean toward a darker color scheme in order to hide dirt more easily. If there is a dog or a cat sharing your space, leather and microfiber fabrics are more likely to withstand your furry friends.  If your piece lives near a window, ask for fade resistant fabrics that will hold up against sun damage.

If kids and pets aren’t an issue, don’t be afraid to flaunt that freedom by choosing a luxe fabric. Something soft and lighter in color won’t be much of a problem if it won’t be faced with messy fingers or pet hair.

Another factor to consider is how much maintenance it will take to keep your fabric looking nice. Certain fabrics, like leather, age over time. Others, fade easily in the sun. Read labels to see how it can be cleaned and how proactive you’ll need to be to keep it from looking older than it really is.

Once you’ve narrowed down your decisions, be sure to examine the fabric before you buy. Giving the fabric a little tug and pull, both with and against the grain, is an easy way to determine the quality. If loose threads appear, the fabric is poorly made. That doesn’t mean that quality fabric comes at a higher price. You can get really good deals for your piece of furniture if you’re willing to do some homework. Before you stop in to buy your next designer fabric at only a fraction of the cost at Interior Fabrics, make sure you measure your piece of furniture correctly so that you know exactly how much fabric you will need!


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