Creative Ways to Use Fabric & Wallpaper in Your Home

Sometimes we forget that fabric and wallpaper can be used in far more ways than the obvious. In fact, both can make a huge impact on a space even when used in the smallest of ways. Let’s take a look at some creative ways to use fabric and wallpaper when decorating your home.

Creative Ways to Use Fabric & Wallpaper in Your Home Houston

1)   Add interest to a lamp. A lampshade doesn’t have to stay plain or outdated unless you want it to. If the shade is in good shape, simply recover the shade with new fabric. If the shade is in a solid cover you love, consider wallpapering the inside of it.

2)   Give a bookcase some personality. Adding wallpaper to the backs of bookcase (or cabinets) is a wonderful and easy way to bring color, texture and style to a room.

3)   Create unique flower vases. Simply wrapping some fabric scraps around a glass flower vase can make it something unique. Use fabric glue to hold it in place. Clustering a few vases of various sizes and tying them together with a ribbon can make an even bigger statement.

4)    Make cabinets look custom. Have a beautiful, yet plain glass-paneled cabinet in your entry way or living room? Take some fabric and line those glass panels with fabric. Simply stretch the fabric over the glass and fasten it to the wooden frame using a staple gun. Glue ribbon over the staples if you wish to conceal them.

5)   Dress up your drawers. If you have leftover wallpaper floating around, use it to line the drawers of things such as dressers or desks.

6)   Add flair to your stairs. Wallpaper and fabric can really make a statement on stair risers. Alternate coordinating patterns and cover with acrylic sheeting held in place by decorative hardware.

7)   Design eye-catching wall art. There are plenty of places to purchase wall art, but sometimes you need something a bit more tailored to your needs and style. Fabric panels are one option. Another option is to frame pieces fabric or wallpaper and cluster them together for an eye-catching display.

8)   Cover a headboard. For a custom look in the bedroom, cover a headboard with fabric or simply adhere some wallpaper to it. Either will update the space with some style and personality.

9)   Put a twist on the obvious. The obvious being covering your walls of course! The twist however, is using fabric rather than wallpaper if you’re up for something different. Another twist would be to put wallpaper on your ceiling. Just the right wallpaper can give a wonderful textured look no paint job could achieve.

10) Make a creative memo board. If you have a home office or a nook in the kitchen for notes and such, give it a creative touch. Take a simple corkboard (or artist’s canvas), stretch some fabric over it and staple it into place. It’ll make that to-do list much more appealing.

Be sure to check out our beautiful upholstery fabrics in store or online.

Is it Time to Redecorate?

As time passes, we become comfortable with our surroundings. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes that comfort makes us oblivious to the obvious signs that tell us it’s time to redecorate.

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According to the 2013 Houzz and Home Survey, a whopping 84 percent of U.S. homeowners said they plan to decorate or redecorate a room in their home within the next two years. The primary motivation: to improve the look, feel, flow or layout of the home.

Look around your home.

Are you happy with how it looks? Is it in need of an update? Perhaps a more important question might be: how do you know? Here we’ll look at three main signs that will let you know it might be time to redecorate your home.

Wear & Tear

Life happens, which means that over time, the interior of our home can take quite a beating. Depending on quality and use, items like window coverings, paint, carpet and upholstery need to be replaced every six to twelve years.

Closely examine things such as the arms of couches and chairs, heavy traffic areas through the carpet and paint on the wall. If they look worn, matted or faded, then it’s probably time to reupholster, replace or repaint.

Change in Taste

Our tastes in things tend to change as we grow and mature. What we like two years ago might not be something we’re interested in keeping around for the next two years. It’s more than okay to change the space to suit your current tastes, but keep in mind frequent changes to décor can add up. This is why it’s important to find quality pieces that will surpass the trends. A good rule of thumb is to stick with quality pieces that provide longevity and a neutral palette that will allow you to incorporate bits and pieces of trends you love easily and inexpensively.

Lifestyle Adjustment

Whatever stage of life you’re in, it’s a safe bet that something will cause a lifestyle change at some point. Life events such as marriage, the birth of a child, an “empty nest,” or simply a move into a new home, can be cause for an update.

Do you find yourself falling into any of these categories? If so, then sit down, set out a budget and then make out your [re]decorating plans. It’ll be work, but it will be rewarding. If you want some help, then feel free to stop by our Interior Fabrics location in Houston where our friendly, knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions!

Ways to Make Small Spaces Look Bigger

Whether it’s out of want or necessity, many people live in small spaces. Sometimes the whole house or apartment is small. Other times, it’s just a room or two that aren’t that big. Either way, small-scaled living can be easy, practical beautiful, and made to appear larger than it actually is. Embrace your space and follow some of this advice for helping your small spaces look bigger.Ways to Make Small Spaces Look Bigger Austin Interior Fabrics

1)   Remove the clutter. Too much clutter can be a huge distraction and make the space feel cramped. A good rule of thumb is that if it hasn’t been used in a year, then it probably isn’t needed. If it doesn’t add to the look of the room, then remove it. For personal keepsakes you’d like to hold on to, but not look at all the time, store them away. You can always rotate things every so many months (or years).

2)   Decorate using light [cool] colors or neutrals. Colors such as these visually expand the space.

3)   Stick with solid colors and/or small patterns. Solids and small patterns, such as our Paraz, on furniture and window treatments unify the space and make it appear larger. Additional tip: Window treatments similar to the color of your walls will look best look best.

4)   Avoid unnecessary details. Things like ruffles on window treatments or furniture don’t allow for that airy feeling.

5)   Shoot for furniture on raised legs. Not all of your furniture has to be off the ground, but having some on raised legs will create a sense of light and space.

6)   In open, adjacent spaces, be consistent with color and flooring. For the times it’s needed to change up flooring materials, try to stay in the same color family.

7)   Provide adequate lighting. If you have windows, let in as much natural light as you can. If natural light is minimal, make sure you add more lighting to your space. Overhead lights will probably work best, but there’s nothing wrong with adding extra lamps or wall sconces.

8)   Buy smaller, multi-functional furniture. You want furniture that fits your body, but sometimes a lot of large-scale pieces won’t fit comfortably in your space. Downsize where you can and add multi-functional pieces such as a flip-top ottoman or a window bench with storage.

9)   Take advantage of vertical space. Floor to ceiling built-ins are the way to go, but if that’s not an option, a bookcase or even floating shelves will help maximize your area.

10)  Hang up mirrors. Mirrors are great at reflecting light, so hanging them near windows is a great way to brighten up the space.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Cedar Park, TX, stop by our Interior Fabrics location in Austin, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Outdoor Living Trends for 2014

Outdoor Living Trends for 2014

Outdoor spaces such as patios, decks and porches are no longer spots to simply house a couple of plastic chairs and a grill. Today, these spaces are being looked upon as extensions of the home, which means they have become places to be decorated! With warmer days on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll transform your outdoor living space. Let’s take a peek into what’s trending for this year.

Dining out at home

Outdoor kitchens (or at least bigger cooking areas) are increasing in popularity. While dining out at a restaurant can be an enjoyable experience, more and more people are taking advantage of another option: dining out right at home in a comfortable outdoor living space.

With this, comes the need for furniture that will accommodate outdoor dining and entertaining. Today, it’s more about casual, deep seating, rather than formal settings. Chat height fire pits with club chairs are becoming extremely popular because of their comfort and warmth. Bar seating, sectional seating, and table sets with cushioned chairs are a few other options to consider. For large parties, look for expandable tables, which will usually allow you to seat up to ten people.

A world of color and comfort

Comfortable seat cushions covered in colorful solids and prints is where it’s at. Last year it was all about florals and tropical themes. This year, we’ve gravitated into geometrics and ethnic, tribal themes—and the bolder, the better. Our Corner fabric, in orange, is a wonderful example of what’s in style this year. You can easily update cushions by buying them or recovering them yourself with new fabric. Not only do you get a fresh look, you also prolong the life of the furniture.

Hot colors to look for are greens, oranges, blues, yellows and purples. To make those colors really pop, pair them with neutrals such as gray, natural brown, and white.

For some additional flair and comfort, add some throw pillows. Pillows are a wonderful way to incorporate and switch out trends on a whim.

Out to the movies

Another growing trend for outdoor living spaces is a media area. From projecting movies on outdoor screens to blaring tunes from powerful speakers, enjoying media in the backyard doesn’t appear to be something that will fade away anytime soon.

A word to the wise

Keep in mind that outdoor furniture and equipment will be exposed to the elements. If you want your things to last, take the time to save up and invest in quality pieces. Buying low quality will often have you replacing things every few years. Even at a low price, those replacements will end up costing you more in the long run then if you just invest wisely from the start.

Stop by Interior Fabrics, located at 7719 Burnet Rd Austin, Tx 78757 to find your favorite summer fabrics.

Creating an Outdoor Room

Creating an Outdoor Room

As we focus on decorating the interior of our homes, we sometimes forget the importance of focusing some energy on the exterior of it. Porches, decks, patios and even wide open spaces, should be looked upon as extensions of our homes and therefore decorated in a way that reflects the same style we so proudly display behind closed doors. With some careful planning, just about any outdoor space can be transformed into an outdoor room. Once you determine the purpose and define the space, the rest will fall into place.

Determine the purpose

Knowing what the space will be used for will help determine how much space is needed and where it will need to be located. Do you plan on cooking and eating outside? Will you entertain friends and family? Are you going to need privacy? Is ample lighting a necessity? The more specific you are in regards to the needs and wants for this space, the less likely you’ll encounter future problems.

Define the space

A space is more easily defined when several elements are used. For example, an outdoor rug, pavers, or gravel can create flooring in your outdoor room. Strategically planting trees and shrubs or scattering potted plants can section the off the room from the rest of the outdoor space. Sheer curtains and screens are great for providing privacy and giving the illusion of walls. Intimate seating areas can be created simply by arranging furniture. These are just some of the ways you can define the space of your outdoor room.

Be wise with the details

Now comes the fun part: the decorating details. Before you jump right in however, think it though so you don’t end up wasting time, effort or money. For instance, if you have ample shade then something such as an umbrella is unnecessary. If you only plan hosting casual get-togethers, it’s unlikely you’ll need a large dining table. If you get ample sunlight, you may be able to get by with more solar-powered lights than someone whose outdoor room receives more shade. Focus on only getting furniture pieces you’ll use, rather than purchasing a packaged set. When you do get outdoor furniture, be sure to get something that’s weather resistant and easy to maintain. We carry durable Sunbrella fabrics in beige, green, heather, red, taupe and white, which are sure to make any outdoor furniture look beautiful.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Carrollton, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Decorating with Floral Patterns

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Let’s talk flowers.

Research has shown flowers have a positive effect on emotional health, yet when it comes to home decorating, anything more than a mere vase full of them seems to stop most people in their tracks.

This doesn’t have to be the case.

There really is no reason to be intimidated by florals anymore. In fact, with today’s floral patterns being so plentiful, versatile and updated, the task of decorating with them can actually be very enjoyable. All it takes is some basic knowledge and you can create a space that will be full of life and joy.

Here are some key things to remember when considering floral patterns for your home:

(1)  Florals can be used anywhere. Yes, even alongside that ornate Oriental area rug or plaid couch. Incorporate florals by adding accent pillows or curtains that contain at least two coordinating colors (patterns with lots of visible background will work best). Sticking with the color scheme will make it work.

(2)  Scale sets the mood. Large-scale prints set a cool and modern feel, while smaller scale prints appear sweet and vintage (as you mix, remember the one large, one medium and one small print rule).

(3)  Not all florals are feminine. Large, bold patterns, rather than small, intricate and pastel ones, are much more male-friendly. If you have a man living in your home, sticking within patterns such as those might make place feel less “girly.”

(4)  Florals aren’t “old” anymore. Putting a modern spin on a traditional favorite has given florals a comeback. When paired correctly (and depending on what you’re going for), florals can be youthful, fun, cool, classic or sophisticated.

(5)  Repetition will create balance. A lone flowery pillow might look out of place unless there’s another floral pattern nearby. Be sure to repeat a floral pattern two to three times in the space so it makes sense.

(6)  Florals go beyond upholstery. Upholstered furniture is a wonderful (and obvious) way to bring florals into the home, but that’s not the only option. Artwork, fabric wall coverings, tapestries, pillows, bedding, headboards, lampshades, area rugs, wreaths, flower arrangements, and window treatments are other ideas for getting your floral fix.

Some of our top floral picks…

Be sure to browse through our wide selection of beautiful fabrics. To get started, we’ve listed four of our favorites for you to check out: Ankara, Heather, Urban Blossom and Springer.

Visit us at Interior Fabrics in Scottsdale. We are located inside of Switch Consignment!

Living in Harmony: His and Her Blended Style

Living in Harmony: His and Her Blended Style

Does your home reflect the best of both of you or does it sway heavily toward one particular gender? Finding harmony when it comes to decorating can be very challenging once you have a male and a female under the same roof, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from the challenge and give in one way or the other. Believe it or not, with all the options out there, compromise is possible. Let’s take a look at how his and her styles can be blended together effectively.

Furniture & Accessories

When it comes to furniture, women tend to care about how it looks, while men tend to be more concerned with how comfortable it is, as well as its durability. When shopping, look for quality pieces that will accommodate the size of the home’s occupants. Instead of ornate detail, go for solid pieces with clean lines and elegant curves. Always keep in mind that the room can be softened with other accents scattered throughout the room.

In regards to accessories that will fill shelves and walls, finding something that appeals to both of you can be difficult. When it comes to wall art, men often like rustic, woodland scenes and animal prints, while women tend to gravitate toward floral or cottage landscapes. A predicament such as this might be resolved with something like a coastal or city scene. When it comes to trinkets and such, lean toward items made of wood paired with interesting accessories made of colored glass, rather than lots of figurines and other intricate pieces.

Colors & Patterns

The color of a home’s interior has a great impact on everyone who lives there. The key in finding harmony between the sexes is to set the stage with neutrals. Earth tones make a great foundation for a his-and-her space. Not only are they pleasing to look at, they give you flexibility to add pops of colors in subtle ways.

When it comes to patterns, a good rule of thumb is to stick with stripes or geometrics. This doesn’t mean that there can’t be flowers! Flowers, just as with pops of color, can be incorporated in subtle ways. Add vases of fresh flowers, a floral area rug, or accent pillows full of posies to soften areas that might look too masculine.

The important thing to remember is that both of your tastes need to be addressed in the décor if both of you are to be happy. Unless one of you just doesn’t care, then there’s really no way about it. Finding the compromise won’t just make the two of you happy and comfortable, it will also be more inviting to guests of both sexes as well.

At Interior Fabrics we have just the right combination of designer fabrics and drapery hardware to  help you mix your styles. Stop in to our North Houston location at 6705 Fm 1960 Rd W
Houston, Tx 77069, or 3104 Fondren Road Houston, Tx 77063.

 

The Benefits of Leather in Interior Design

Leather is a natural material that is often a popular choice for upholstery and pieces of furniture. What some people don’t realize however is that leather is now being used for flooring and even wall coverings. If you haven’t given leather much thought, it may be time to learn about the benefits that come along with it.

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Leather, and Faux Leather have longevity

While there are many durable fabrics out there, such as cotton and wool, leather is still going to outlast it. Some ideal features about leather are that it doesn’t tear, it ages well and it remains hardy against sun and heat. Newer, more modern leather doesn’t crack or peel and also retains its shape after stretching. And, unlike many fabrics out there, leather becomes more supple with age, making it a wise investment.

Low-Maintenance

Leather is a wonderful fabric for those with busy lifestyles. Where many fabrics require costly procedures or special solvents to keep them clean, leather doesn’t. Although leather conditioners are available, often times, all that is required is a simple wipe with a clean cloth to clean up dust and spills.

They are Extremely Comfortable

Not only is leather supple, it adjusts to your body temperature, making it the perfect choice for couches and chairs. You could say that leather is like skin because of its pores and ability to breathe.

Leather and Faux Lather are Versatile

As mentioned earlier, leather is being used in different capacities these days. Today, you can find leather used in flooring and wall coverings. Leather can also be used to cover things like tabletops and headboards. This versatility makes it easy to find ways to incorporate leather into just about any décor style.

Value, or Perceived Value

If you’ve even been car shopping, you know that cars with leather interiors have bigger price tags. It’s really no different when it comes to items in your home. Whatever is covered in leather will have more value than something that isn’t.

Ways to Add Leather (Real or Faux) to Your Home

Often times, people equate leather with masculinity. True, leather can have add a masculine feel to a space, but only if you let it. If you’re unsure how to add leather into your home without it taking over the space, here are some tips that may help:

  • Pale accents such as cream or white accent pillows, throw blankets, rugs and accessories can soften the look of dark leather.
  • Get balance by way of textiles and paint on walls and furniture. Color is a great way to make the space look more cozy and comfortable.
  • Go for something small rather than not at all. In other words, if a sofa is too much leather for you, get a leather ottoman or accent chair instead.
  • Consider having the leather dyed to something that suits your taste and décor more.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Conroe, stop by our Interior Fabrics locations in Houston, TX for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to light weight cotton fabrics and luxurious Dupioni silk fabrics.

The Benefits of Custom Made Furniture

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It seems as though there is one main reason most people pass at the idea of custom made furniture: money. The words “custom made” often brings about thoughts of luxurious items that seem unattainable and therefore, not worth consideration. This is unfortunate because custom made pieces can actually be beneficial. A few main benefits of custom furniture are that it fits your space, it is unique and it lasts. Let’s give those benefits a closer look.

Custom pieces fit your space…

When a mass-produced product just won’t solve a specific decorating problem in your home, a custom piece will. This is probably one of the biggest benefits of having custom made furniture. If you need a piece of furniture to fit a specific part of the room with exact measurements, you will often shop in vain when looking through your run of the mill furniture store.

Custom pieces are unique…

A custom piece has a story behind it: the inspiration behind it, the design process, and how it was constructed. Simply put, a custom piece of furniture is art. From the frame to the fabric, you specify what you need for your space, which will make it one of a kind. A handcrafted piece is the only true way to have something unique.

Custom pieces will last…

Unlike mass-produced furniture, custom pieces are made with durable materials that will stand the test of time. It will be of sound quality, which can give you peace of mind that it will be around for generations to come. That’s a guarantee that showroom furniture made by the thousands just can’t give.

Although custom-made furniture generally costs more than mass-produced pieces found at furniture stores, it is well worth the investment. Plus, if you shop around, you’ll find out that it doesn’t have to bust your budget. Taking the time to talk with several craftsmen can make it easier to narrow down who can produce what you need for a price you can afford. If you have to wait a while in order to save up, do it. It will be worth it.

We have wide assortment of frames for pieces such as sofas, chairs, ottomans and headboards, as well as a variety of fabrics that will make your piece extra special. Constructed with hardwood kiln-dried frames and no-sag springs with high-density polyester foam cushions, our sofas and chairs are sure to be long lasting. We also offer excellent warranties. Stop in to see what we have to offer.

Come in to see us on Fondren Road, we know that you will find your favorite designer fabric at a great price!

Using the Color Purple in Your Home

 

Earlier this year we revealed to our readers Pantone’s color of the year for 2014: Radiant Orchid. What we didn’t elaborate much on however, was how to incorporate it into your home. Here we’ll take a look at how to use the color purple when decorating. But first, let’s take a look at what makes this color so great…

The color purple, often characterized as having mystic and royal qualities has been known to:

  • Be uplifting
  • Offer a sense of spirituality
  • Encourage creativity
  • Calm the mind and nerves

And let’s not forget how beautiful it can be. But even still, great qualities such as these just don’t seem to make adding it to a home nearly as easy as it is to add it to a wardrobe in a closet.

True, purple is a color that has to be used wisely—especially in a home—but it can be done. Furthermore, what many people don’t realize is that depending on the shade, is that purple can be just as masculine as it is feminine, often times making it a better alternative to blue.

The key is to choose shades wisely, using muted purples liberally and vibrant or bold purples for accents only. For example, a bold, regal purple would be best used as upholstery for a vintage chair or bench sitting in your entryway or even the cushions on your dining room chairs.

Another thing to remember is that purple can be overpowering. Instead of using paint for walls, consider wallpaper with shades of purple throughout. This texture will give you the punch of color you want but without making the room feel saturated. If you do go with paint for your walls, find some dark wood pieces that will help absorb the intensity. The same thing goes with fabric. Depending on the piece, a patterned fabric with purple might fair better than a solid, however you can incorporate the other by way of pillows or drapery.

Once you have your purples figured out, use accents of metals like silver or bronze to finish the look off. Choose your accents wisely, as certain metals compliment some shades of purple better than others.

Where to Use It

Purple can be used just about everywhere, although it isn’t very popular in kitchens. Since purple can be a very relaxing color, it works exceptionally well in living rooms and bedrooms. It can also add quite a bit of drama to formal areas, such a dining rooms. At the end of the day however, wherever you need a touch of glamour is where purple should be.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Keller, 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 light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.


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