The Basics of Mixing Fabrics

The Basics of Mixing Fabrics Houston

Many people get nervous at the thought of mixing fabrics in their home. If you understand the basics of mixing fabrics however, it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Instead, it can be enjoyable and successful. Follow these tips and you’ll be mixing fabrics like a pro in no time.

Find Your Inspiration

It’s important that you start with a fabric in a pattern or color you absolutely love because this will be your starting point. Everything else you incorporate into the room will revolve around this, so choose wisely. You want the room to feel right, and then only way you can accomplish this is to carefully select something that you connect with.

Choose Coordinates

To keep your room from looking or feeling overwhelming, stick with the rule of three. In other words, don’t exceed three different fabrics, unless you are really comfortable with adding in more. At best, four should be your absolute limit. To keep your fabrics fresh and personal incorporate different textures, gradients of contrast, a varied scale, a mix of sheens, and a grouping of complimentary patterns or colors.

Many people are afraid to mix their patterns, but there is absolutely no reason that you can’t! Yes, a floral, a plaid and a solid can go beautifully together if it’s done correctly and the way to do that is to stick with a common color. If blue is the foundation color, then the other fabrics should have that shade of blue somewhere in the pattern. This common color is what links each fabric choice together for a harmonious feel and a beautiful look to your room.

In regards to scale here are some easy tips to help you out:

  • Use small-scale patterns in smaller rooms so they aren’t mistaken for a texture or a solid. You want your beautiful choices to be seen.
  • Medium-scale patterns work for small and large rooms.
  • Stick with large-scale patterns for larger rooms and larger pieces of furniture. Large patterns can overpower a small room and appear fragmented on small pieces of furniture.
  • To add height or width to a piece, go for stripes. Your choice of vertical or horizontal will be based on what you want to accomplish.

Experiment

The great thing about picking fabrics is that you can play around with the swatches before making a final decision and purchase. Home decorating should be fun and experimenting with fabrics allows it to stay that way. It’s important look at your fabrics in different lighting, because what looks good in dim lighting might not look good in bright lighting. It’s also important to experiment with where these fabrics will go. As a general rule, don’t use all the fabrics in one area of the room. Instead, spread them around to create balance. For example, your main fabric choice might cover the sofa, while your other choices are used for throw pillows, drapery, lampshades or smaller pieces of furniture.

Put it Together

Now that you’ve made your choices, it’s time to put it all together. Be sure to take into consideration your walls and floor coverings when designing, as these are additional areas for colors and patterns. Remember, these are just guidelines to help you in your project, but if you need additional help, feel free to stop into one of our stores to talk with an associate. Have fun!

Once your chosen your colors to decorate with, come in to Interior Fabrics location in Houston. We have great staff that will help you find the fabrics you need, without having to spend a fortune.

Dressing Up Your Holiday Table

Dressing Up Your Holiday Table Oklahoma City

Decorating and Accessorizing for the Holidays

Throughout the course of a year we find ourselves gathered with friends and family around the table. Fabric Resource is here to help inspire you with ideas on creating a beautiful and eye-catching place for you to entertain those special people in your life. Here are some tips and tricks on how to use fabric table coverings to enhance the next special occasion you host in your home.

Table Runners are very simple to make and leave you with many options. A finished runner ranges from 18 -27 inches wide, which means most runners can be made with one width of fabric (usually 54 inches wide).

To determine the ideal runner width, look at your table. If it’s narrow, the runner should be closer to the 18-inch size. For wider tables, the 26-27 inch width will work best. You’ll also need to determine the runner length. For best results, you want it to fall short of someone’s lap, which would generally hang no more than 10-12 inches over each end of the table. A shorter runner is acceptable if you are planning to use placements. For more drama however, skip the placemats altogether and add shorter, perpendicular runners to mark each place at the table. If you need sewing instructions or additional ideas, check out the Martha Stewart website.

Placements are both economical and fun to make. Four placements can be made from one yard of fabric and Fabric Resource has a wide selection for you to choose from. We have many fabrics you can use for your placemats, many of which are washable and easy to wipe clean with soap and water.

Table skirts, whether they are lap-length or floor-length, can make a table look very elegant. Just like runners, lap-length table skirts should only overhang about 10 -12 inches, while floor-length table skirts should just kiss the floor. For year-round entertaining, keep a variety of different colored table skirts handy.

If you want your look to last an entire season, rather than for just one holiday, then steer away from holiday specific colors and patterns. If you aren’t sure what fabrics or colors would be best, come visit us so we can help. As mentioned earlier, we’ve got you covered when it comes to plaids, stripes, florals, jacquards, embroidered or lattice patterns and much more.

Whether you plan to make the item yourself or not, keep in mind that the process of picking the fabric and then assembling the item takes time. Therefore, as a general rule, it never hurts to plan ahead. Come in to Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx to see high quality designer discount fabrics that will ensure your project is a hit without braking the bank.

Revive Your Bathroom Design With Fabric

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As a general rule, kitchens and bathrooms can be two of the most costly rooms to renovate. Not everyone however, has the budget to tackle a big project like that. If you fall into that category, consider bringing in additional fabric or updating the current fabric that already exists.

If the bathroom is not used regularly you can be a bit more frivolous, investing in luxurious and impractical fabrics. In a bathroom that is used frequently however, you want to go with moisture resistant fabrics that can be washed and stain guarded.

Incorporating fabric is one of the easiest ways to revive your bathroom design, without breaking the bank. If you decide to give this a try, consider these options:

Floor Length Shower Curtains

Whether you’re going for fun or drama, a floor length fabric shower curtain will get the job done. The shower curtain is the focal point of any bathroom, so if anything, this should be the most eye catching piece of fabric in the room. With fabric shower curtains, you have a wide range of options: stripes, florals, checks, solids or a combination of the like. Since moisture collects on the floor, make sure your shower curtain hovers over, rather than touches the floor.

Window Treatments

Just like any other room in the house, a bathroom can also benefit from window treatments. They add a wonderful element of texture to the room and will complete the look of your design. Your style will dictate which type of window treatments you use, and thankfully there are a variety of valances, curtains or shades to choose from. When you do add window treatments, don’t forget details like coordinating embellishments and drapery hardware.

Furniture Cushions 

Not every bathroom is a large one, but if you have a big space, which allows you a vanity chair or bench, consider covering it with a beautiful fabric that will compliment the rest of your fabric choices. In most cases, you can remove the seat and recover it on your own quickly and inexpensively.

Embellished Towels

Why stick with solid color towels if you don’t have to? Don’t be afraid to carry your favorite patterns onto your hand and bath towels, by topstitching wide borders of fabric along the edges. It’ll be your choice as to whether these towels will be usable or decoration only. If you do plan on using these towels for regularly, be sure to pre-wash the fabric to avoid shrinkage.

Unsure about which fabrics will work best together? Visit Cutting Corners located in Dallas, and let an associate help you out.

 

Easy Decorating Updates Using Fabric

Easy Decorating Updates Using Fabric Ft Worth FTW

Get that Updated Look Using Fabrics

Giving your home a new look doesn’t have to take a lot of time or a lot of money. Sometimes all it takes is some fun fabric and a weekend to get a new project accomplished. Visiting a fabric store like Fabric Resource is a wonderful way to track down the exact style you want. Here are some easy decorating updates that anyone can tackle with updated fabric pieces:

Fabric Covered Corkboards 

You don’t have to use those boring brown corkboards anymore. Instead, try dressing one up with fabric. Look for patterned tea towels around the house or buy some fabric pieces large enough to wrap around a cork bulletin board. Cover the front of the board with spray adhesive and add the fabric, smoothing out air bubbles as you go. Wrap the fabric around the sides and staple it in place.

Patterned Wall Hangings

If there’s a bold patterned fabric you love, but aren’t sure how to use it, frame it for the wall. Find three frames you like (or make your own), in any size, remove the glass and adhere the fabric to the backs of the frames with spray adhesive.

Another option is to make hanging panels. Instead of framing the fabric and hanging it right on the wall, attach the fabric to canvases or plywood. Staple a sturdy piece of ribbon or rope to the panel backs and hang them on hooks.

Trendy “Headboard”

Headboards can be beautiful, but they aren’t the only way to dress up your bed. A creative way to incorporate fun patterns is by creating fabric panels or window frames to place behind or above the head of your bed.

For panels, stretch fabric pieces over three artist’s canvases. You can spray adhesive or just pull it taut and then staple the fabric edges to the back. Hang the panels or set them on the floor so they lean against the wall.

Window frames are easy to make and can give your room a creative new look. Look for two frames that when hung side by side, would measure about the width of your bed. Replace the glass with pieces of cut fiberboard to fit each section of the frame. Adhere your fabric choices (have fun and mix patterns) with spray adhesive, install the fiberboard pieces and then hang them above your bed.

Lovely Lighting

Have a perfectly working lamp or chandelier you want to keep, but think it needs updating? Give it new life with a fabric change. Take the current shade fixture or buy a new one and cover it with an updated pattern. An associate from a fabric store will be able to help you pick the best options to work with your project.

Come in to see us at Cutting Corners Fort Worth on S. Hulen St. Check out our discount designer fabrics that save you money, but don’t sacrifice quality.

 

Reupholstering Chairs & Cushions

Reupholstering Chairs & Cushions Scottsdale AZ

General wear and tear is bound to happen on furniture, especially items that are sat on regularly. When this happens, pitching it to the curb isn’t always the solution. Often times, it can be revived with a little TLC. Instead of replacing an old chair, give it new life by recovering the cushion. Not only will you improve its look, you’ll save a lot of money as well. Below you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to reupholster a removable chair cushion.

Step 1: Choose Your Fabric

Often times, the reason homeowners replace a piece of furniture is because the fabric is outdated. Visiting a fabric store like Fabric Resource opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to new choices. There will be multiple fabrics to browse through and speaking with an employee will help you find exactly what you want for your chair. For one chair cushion, you’ll need approximately 1 to 2 yards of fabric to complete your project.

Step 2: Remove the Seat

For this, you’ll need a screwdriver and either a staple remover or pair of needle-nose pliers. Turn the chair upside down and unscrew the seat. Be sure to keep the screws handy for later.

Step 3: Change the Fabric 

This can be done in two different ways. The first, being to remove the old fabric and the second, to just cover it with the new fabric. There’s really no reason to remove it unless the inner padding needs to be replaced, but if you decide to, be sure to use a staple puller or needle-nose pliers to remove the staples. If you plan to just cover the old fabric, spread out your new fabric, place the seat on top, and then measure 4 to 5 inches beyond the seat on all sides. A piece of chalk works well for marking your lines. After the lines are marked, cut the fabric.

Step 4: Attach the Fabric 

Make sure the seat is centered and that the pattern isn’t crooked before attaching it. Fold the fabric up and over the straightest side of the seat and begin to staple. Start with a center staple and then work your way out to the edges. Keep the fabric tight so it doesn’t bunch. Repeat this with the opposite side of the seat, pulling the fabric firmly. If you make any mistakes, pull the staples and start over. Once those two sides are done, wrap the fabric around the remaining two.

Step 5: Pleat the Corners

Take the corner of fabric and point it towards the center of the seat along the diagonal. Fold one side down alongside the diagonal and then fold the other side so you have a nice, straight pleat. Once you have it like you want it, staple it in place. Continue this for the remaining three corners.

Step 6: Apply the Finishing Touches 

Now it’s time to wrap the project up. Trim any excess fabric, hammer in staples that aren’t flush and stain protect your seat.

Step 7: Reattach Seat

Now that you’re done, return the seat to the chair. Screw it back into place and enjoy your beautiful new chair.

At Interior Fabrics Scottsdale, we will be happy to help you with your selections for your project. We carry a wide range of designer fabrics at discount, wholesale prices to save you money without sacrificing quality.

 

Design the Perfect Teen Girl’s Bedroom

Design the Perfect Teen Girl's Bedroom Houston Fabrics Store

With the ever-changing styles of young girls, it may seem impossible to design the perfect teenage room. With the right fabrics and furnishings however, it can be done. Here are some design ideas that will express your teenage girl’s maturing style.

Think Chevron

No, we don’t mean the gas station, but rather the pattern. A chevron is an inverted V-shaped pattern and it’s becoming one of the latest decorating crazes. If you have a girl that loves a bold look then chevron chic is the way to get it done. This pattern can make a really strong impact on a room, and although you want to make a statement, you don’t want to overdo it.

A great way to use the chevron pattern is to incorporate it into your flooring. When it comes to girls bedroom design however, that might not be the best way to go. Instead, focus on chevron patterned fabric. For your bold, shabby chic girl, go for gold. Gold chevron fabric is super sophisticated and will look great pretty much anywhere you put it. Try incorporating the pattern on the bedspread or on throw pillows and drapes.

Animal Kingdom

For your girl that has some added flair, focus in on animal prints. Whether you venture on the bold side or stick with subtle colors, animal prints are the perfect way to add some fun to her space. One of the best places to add animal prints is on furniture. Faux gator, zebra or leopard patterns, made out of faux leather or suede, make great upholstery fabrics for chairs, cushions or ottomans.  If there aren’t many furnishings to reupholster, focus on the biggest piece in the room: the bed. A comforter made out of suede animal print will definitely make the bed the focal point of the room.

Silky Smooth

The glamorous girl should be surrounded by silk. Two amazing fabrics that will make the perfect teen girl bedroom are taffeta and dupioni silk. When combined, the results are stunning. The natural bumps and impurities within dupioni silk make it a beautiful fabric for bedding. The smoothness of taffeta makes a lovely contrast when used for drapery throughout the room. You really can’t go wrong with either one of these fabrics so whether you use one or both, just have fun with it.

Additional Tips for Girls Bedroom Designs

  • Most teens like to stay away from a lot of white color.
  • Many teenagers love bold colors.
  • Painting the walls is a great way to incorporate change without redesigning.
  • Find out from your daughter if she wants a specific theme or color scheme.
  • Nice, doesn’t have to equal expensive. Look for sales and visit your local fabric store for materials and advice.

Looking for a fabric store near you in Houston? Come by our Interior Fabrics location, for the best deals on discount designer fabrics for drapery, upholstery and more! Don’t know where to start?  Our team has oodles of experience and can help guide you every step of the way.

Choosing the Best Upholstery Fabric

Although color seems to be the most important reason people chose fabric, there are other factors that should be considered as well. Factors like style and durability, as well pets, fade resistance, and ease of cleaning, should also be taken into account before making a final decision. With that said, it can still be difficult to narrow down your choice without enough information. Here we’ll look at the different traits of fabrics, which will help make your decision a little easier.Choosing the Best Upholstery Fabric Houston Tx

Fabrics fall under two categories: natural fabrics and man-made fabrics. Natural fabrics are cotton, cotton blends, leather, linen, silk, wool, ramie and hemp. Man-made fabrics are acrylic, microfiber, vinyl, rayon, olefin, nylon, acetate and triacetate. Each has their positive and negative points, but once you take your needs into account, you’ll be able to figure out what will work best.

When it comes to fabric durability, think about where the piece of furniture will be. Will it be in a high traffic area like a family room or will it be a formal piece that won’t get as much wear? As a general rule, woven patterns will hold up longer than printed ones. Fabrics with higher thread counts will also be very durable.

Fabric swatches have a fabric wearability code, which will help you determine if the particular fabric will meet your needs. If you are at the fabric store and are unable to find this code, ask the salesperson for help.

A double rub test is used to determine fabric strength. The double rub, is a back and forth motion that gives an approximation of the wear and tear. 3,000 double rubs are equivalent to one year’s worth of use.

Heavy duty (HD) fabrics withstand more than 15,000 double rubs. These fabrics tend to be stiffer and thicker than most fabrics. With that said, newer blends are now available, which give you more supple and softer options. Heavy-duty fabrics are a great choice for family rooms.

Medium duty (MD) fabrics withstand between 9,000 to 15,000 double rubs. The fabrics are a bit more versatile, making them perfect for family rooms, as well as living rooms.

Light duty (LD) fabrics can handle about 3,000 to 9,000 double rubs. These fabrics are more delicate, only withstanding one to three years of regular use. This fabric is best on pieces that get minimal use like formal dining room chairs or for sofas and chairs in formal sitting rooms.

Delicate duty (DD) fabrics should only be used on pillows or purely decorative furniture. This is because it withstands 3,000 double rubs or less.

Other tips when it comes to fabric:

  • Color is important, so make sure your choice is appropriate for the room and its purpose.
  • Keep fabrics that fade out of direct sunlight.
  • If you live in a humid climate, look for mildew-resistant fabric.
  • Microfibers are best at keeping certain allergens to a minimum.
  • Avoid delicate fabrics if you have indoor pets.

Keep in mind that quality fabric doesn’t necessarily mean expensive fabric. So before you buy, shop around. Visit us at Interior Fabrics in Houston, Tx, tell us what you need and let us help guide you to the right choice. Fabric and furniture is an investment, so make sure you gather as much information as you can before you make a final purchase.

Interior Fabrics, Houston named as one of the ‘Best Fabric Stores’ by CBS Houston!

 

Window Treatments: Getting Them Right

Window Treatments Getting Them Right Houston

One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when it comes to window treatments is getting the proportions wrong. It’s important to understand that scale and proportion are different. Scale refers to the size of an object compared to the space it’s in, while proportion is all about relationships. For example, an overstuffed sofa crammed into a small living room would be a scale issue. Proportion, on the other hand, would be something like a rectangular dish on top of a square table. The dish wouldn’t necessarily look right since it’s not the correct proportion for the table.

Take a look around your home. Are the elements of the room in harmony? What about the windows—are they? The harmony comes into play when the scale and proportion work together. If you don’t understand how the two go hand in hand, then you can end up with window coverings that are too small, too skimpy, too top heavy or too side heavy. It’s these little design flaws that make all the difference if you want a finished appearance to your rooms and windows.

The design solution is based off the requirements of the room. Determining whether your window treatments are function or decorative, will help make the selection much easier. Even with purely decorative window treatments, scale and proportion is important. You want to make sure that window treatments are appropriate for the room. Window treatments in simple rooms don’t need to be overdone and they shouldn’t be skimpy in room of a bigger scale.

Tips for Scaling Window Treatments

  • Most windows will need 1½ widths of fabric to make a side panel. Two story windows at least two widths are needed.
  • Tall window treatments often need a deeper return to hang properly. As a general rule, 5 ½ inches for a single drapery and up to 8-10 inches for exceptionally tall windows.
  • Smaller-scale rooms look great with small tight pleated draperies, such as pencil pleats, pinch pleats or fan pleats.
  • Pleats need to be over-sized in tall window treatments.
  • For top treatments, start by dividing the finished length of your drapery by five or six to determine the approximate finished length.
  • Before purchasing rods or rings, take into consideration the size of the room, the height of the windows and the scale of the treatment.
  • Tiebacks are the most pleasing to the eye if they are placed high (about 1/3 down) or placed low (about 2/3 down).

If you still find yourself struggling with your window treatment, don’t hesitate to visit us at Interior Fabrics in Houston. Taking time to become more educated about scale and proportion will help in all aspects of design around your home.

 

Area Rugs for Your Texas Home

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Sometimes the interior design of a home just isn’t complete without an area rug. Area rugs are multifunctional and should really be considered when decorating your home. Not only do they bring color and style into a room, they also protect your flooring. With that said, not all rugs are alike. When it comes to rugs, they are constructed differently both in material and weave, come in variety of sizes, and require specific care and cleaning based on their design. Keep in mind that a high quality rug is going to be an investment. You want to buy the best rug you can afford, so if you have to go without, until you save up enough money, it’s better to do so.

Although machine-made rugs can be produced more quickly, the same basic techniques used in hand-woven rugs, still apply. Whether you purchase a machine-made product, or a handcrafted one, knowing the features of each type of weave will help narrow down your options.

 

Hand-Knotted rugs are made up of individual knots that are tied to the warp yarns that make up the length of the rug. All of these knots are what makes up the surface, otherwise known as the pile, of the rug. The amount of knots in the rug, enhance both the durability and the value, meaning the more, the better. Another key feature is that no two hand-knotted rugs are the same.

Tufted rugs don’t have knots, which make them easier to manufacture. The surface of these rugs is created by loops of yarn that are pulled through the backing material. The loops are then sheared, making the rug smooth. Keep in mind that tufted rugs tend to shed more than other rugs, which means more vacuuming may be required.

Hooked rugs are similar to tufted rugs, but without the sheared loops. Instead of a smooth surface, you have a knobby, embroidered look.

Flat-Woven rugs do not have a pile like the above-mentioned rugs. Instead, the vertical yarns are woven through the horizontal yarns.

Braided rugs do not have a pile either. Another special feature is that they are often reversible. These rugs are extra strong and durable, because the yarns are braided into one continuous rope, which is then sewn in a spiral.

As mentioned earlier, rugs are made from a variety of materials. The main natural fibers area rugs are made from are wool, silk, cotton, sisal, hemp, jute, bamboo. Rugs also come in synthetic fibers like nylon, polypropylene (olefin) and rubber. Before making a purchase, think about your needs. Will the rug be placed beneath furniture? Will the rug be used in high-traffic areas? Understanding more about fibers will help you make a decision.

  • Wool – strong, durable, soft and easy to clean, but prone to fading.
  • Silk – strong and soft, with sheen, but harder to clean.
  • Cotton – durable, machine washable and biodegradable, but wears quickly.
  • Grass fibers – strong and durable, with great texture, but prone to staining.
  • Synthetic fibers – strong, durable and stain-resistant but crushes easily.

As you can see, all have their pros and cons, when it comes to durability, feel and ease of cleaning, so it’s really going to come down to your budget and your needs.  Talking with the rug supplier will help you figure out what will work best in your home.

Fabric Resource has a wide variety of Persian, contemporary, and shag rugs for you to choose from. Often times, when a rug is purchased from a department store, there is a huge price markup involved. This is why the best option is to purchase from a reputable rug dealer. The quality of our rugs is exceptional and we offer a 25% off introductory offer. Shop online or come visit us at Interior Fabrics in Houston, or another of our Texas locations!

 

Warm Up Your Home for Winter

Warm Up Your Home for Winter Dallas

It’s that time of year again. Those warm days of summer, and mild days of fall, are about to be pushed aside by the cold. Even though the temperatures are dropping outside, that doesn’t mean it can’t stay warm inside. 

One of the easiest ways to bring warmth into a home is with rich fabrics. Accessories like blankets, bedding, table linens, draperies and pillows covered in luxurious fabrics, can take the chill out of any room.

Organza 

Organza, a lightweight fabric, is shiny and sheer. Since it is usually made with silk, it can be on the expensive side, however, there are less expensive versions made from synthetic fibers. Organza is a wonderful choice for sheer drapes, or something less dramatic like napkins.

Cashmere

Although cashmere has predominantly been used for clothing, it can now be found in home décor. Cashmere blankets, throws and duvet covers in warm earth tones are a wonderful way to warm up spaces around you.

Organdy

Organdy is often confused with organza. They are very similar in appearance but organdy is made from cotton, rather than silk. Although its luster is more on the muted side, it still makes a great choice for curtain panels. For something different, try making organdy ribbons to top off your holiday gifts.

Velvet

Thanks to the industrial revolution, velvet is much more affordable and attainable. A fabric made from both natural and synthetic fibers, velvet has been a popular choice for curtain panels and upholstery fabric. You can’t go wrong with using it in that manner, but try mixing it up by warming up your dining room table with placemats, a tablecloth or chair slipcovers made of this luxurious fabric.

Silk

This natural fiber is highly decadent and makes any room look luxurious. The great thing about silk is that it absorbs moisture, which makes it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Warm up your bedroom with a silk duvet cover paired with a couple of decorative velvet pillows.

Another great way to bring warmth into the home is with accents. Try incorporating some of these ideas into your seasonal home décor changes:

  • Add rugs to cold floors.
  • Use natural elements for decorations. Think dried flowers, pinecones, and leaves placed on the mantel or in glass bowls.
  • Place candles with scents associated with the season around the house or use oil warmers.
  • Create a more intimate seating area around your fireplace.
  • Replace bold-colored artwork with black and white prints.
  • Purchase low-wattage bulbs to create a cozy and romantic mood.

Interchanging fabric and accessories for the season doesn’t have to be too stressful or too costly. Even little changes can make a big difference in warming up your home for those cold winter months.

When you’re searching for your favorite designer fabric, make sure to visit us at our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx  to get discount prices without sacrificing quality!


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