Bathroom Design Trends for 2013

Bathroom Design Trends for 2013, Interior Fabrics

The bathroom, although not seen quite as often as the rest of the house, should still be considered an important place for design. That doesn’t mean a complete renovation is in order. While a full renovation is nice, it is not in everyone’s budget, nor does it mean that it’s the only way to give it a fresh look. You can still give your bathroom a mini makeover by adding a few stylish updates here and there throughout the space. Here’s a look at 7 bathroom design trends for 2013.

(1)  Vibrant colors: For years, neutrals have been popular in the bathroom, as well as other rooms of the home. These neutrals aren’t going away, but rather taking a backseat, serving as a foundation for more vibrant colors to bounce off of. Adding some splashes of color adds excitement and drama to your space. A great way to accomplish is this by adding backsplashes or changing up fabrics on shower curtains or window treatments. Click here to check out Pantone’s 2013 color report for inspiration.

(2)  Lighting: Lights are functional, but that doesn’t mean they have to be bland. Today, there are plenty of light fixtures out there that are both functional and beautiful, including pendants and chandeliers, which allows you to finish off a bathroom design to the fullest.

(3)  Transitional design: What is transitional design? To put it simply, it’s the middle ground between traditional and contemporary. In other words, a harmonious blend of the old and the new. It is probably the perfect style for someone who loves an updated and more streamlined version of the classics without going too far into modern design.

(4)  Eco-friendly: This is a trend that is continuously on the rise. Fortunately, the high demand has made more choices available. Whether it’s recycled countertops or flooring, organic fabrics or water-saving fixtures, there is definitely a way you can take part in showing the planet a little love.

(5)  Natural products: Color trends, as well as the desire to be more eco-friendly, have been inspired by nature, throughout the years. Today, many homeowners are taking it a step further by purchasing natural products such as countertops in quartz and granite or flooring made out of wood or cork. More and more, you’ll see products such as these readily available.

(6)  Artwork: This is yet another great way to make a big color impact without having to make huge changes. In the past, the bathroom seemed to be visually sterile. Now, it’s becoming visually stimulating, with homeowners adding art through graphic prints, printed glass screens or printed tiles.

(7)  Luxury: Many people are gravitating toward making their bath feel like a spa. Installing upgrades such as heated towel rails, soft lighting, under-floor heating, or even oversized tubs, showerheads, and body jets can add a bit of luxury and a sense of rest and relaxation.

Pantone Spring 2013 Color Report and Your Home

Pantone Spring 2013 Color Report and Your Home Nectarine

What are the hottest design and fabric trends for 2013?

It’s finally here: the Pantone 2013 color report. Emerald, Pantone 17-5641, has been named color of the year, but as usual, there is an extended color palette, which is sure to please those who love color. The pinks from last year have shifted to reds, the earthy tones of brown are now green and gray, the oranges have been toned down a bit, and a splash of cheery yellow has been thrown into the mix. The deep blue and purple shades from last year are very similar to this year’s selections, which finish off a lovely palette.

This year’s palette, full of soothing neutrals and energizing brights include Emerald, Grayed Jade, African Violet, Monaco Blue, Nectarine, Poppy Red, Linen, Lemon Zest, Alloy, Tidal Foam, Sunflower, Vibrant Orange, Tender Shoots and Dusk Blue. With 14 gorgeous colors such as these, the possibilities are endless as to what you can do in regards to a home décor update.

Fabric Resource has put together some combinations as well as suggestions for fabric choices. Keep reading to see our favorites.

Color Combo #1: Tender Shoots, Monaco Blue & Alloy

Green and blue are always a beautiful combination. They are colors of nature and have a way of making you feel soothed and calm. Combined with soft shades of gray, this trio of colors is sure to make your home dazzle.

Fabric recommendations: Jackson (green), Folly (royal) and Lynsey (gray).

Color Combo #2: Lemon Zest & Tidal Foam

The combination of yellow and gray have a little more modern feel to them, but can still work with any design style based on the pattern of fabric you choose. The pairing of these two colors is becoming quite popular, so finding a fabric you love shouldn’t be hard.

Fabric recommendations: Duffy (gray), Dunning (gray) or Dustin (gray), with accents of Allen (gold).

Color Combo #3: Nectarine, Vibrant Orange & African Violet

One might be timid in adding shades of orange and purple to a space, but the combination is fun, fresh and worth considering. Teamed together, the two colors liven up a room, like a breath of fresh air.

Fabric recommendations: Gypsy (pink), Jefferson (tang) and Folly (aubergine).

Color Combo #4: Monaco Blue, Dusk Blue, Poppy Red & Linen

A little patriotic and always classic, this combination of red, white and blue is beautiful. Something as simple as throw pillows, curtains or bedding in this combination can bring a new look into the space, whether it’s indoors or outdoors.

Fabric recommendations: Decide (blue), Timeless (crimson), Kanvastex (red), O-Camba (navy), Lucky (blue) and Access (natural).

Color Combo #5: Emerald & Grayed Jade

We can’t forget the color of the year and thankfully, shades of greens and blue-greens are easy to pair up. Since this is the color of the year, you will probably see an abundance of green popping up everywhere. Why not add it to your home?

Fabric recommendations: Joker (teal), O-Weather (spearmint) and Tammy (teal).

These are just some of the many combinations this year’s palette allows. Come in, browse our selection and let us help you find the best fabric for your favorite color palette this year.

Come to see us at Interior Fabrics Houston to see the newest discount fabric arrivals. We are located at 3104 Fondren Rd. Houston, TX, open Monday – Saturday!

Go Green in 2013: Pantone Names Emerald Color of the Year

Who says it’s not easy being green?

Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color, has just named emerald, a rich bluish green, as the color of the year for 2013. It is described as, “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony,” and you can guarantee that you’ll see much more green springing up everywhere, including home design.

fabrics Houston Go Green in 2013 Pantone Names Emerald Color of the Year

“The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.’

Yes, when done right, greens, but specifically emerald green, can be classic, luxurious and soothing, which definitely makes it a perfect choice for home design projects. So how exactly can you incorporate this incredible color into your home décor? Since it works brilliantly with neutrals, beiges and grays, there is a variety of ways you can use it.

The great thing about a color like emerald is that it’s versatile: you can go bold or you can go quiet. To make a big impact, consider changing the upholstery on a prominent piece of furniture in your home or painting a large wall. For a tailored and professional look, buy some fabric from your local fabric supplier so custom bedding and window treatments can made. If that’s a bit much for your taste, stick with more subtle changes. For instance, you could change the color of a small piece of furniture such as a nightstand, chest or desk chair. Throwing an emerald-colored area rug on the floor is another great way to bring some of this luxurious color in. Another way would be to make throw pillows or a tablecloth. If none of those will work for you, just adding emerald green trinkets throughout the house change the feel. Since it’s such a strong color, it doesn’t take much to give the room a new look and feel.

Those are just some of the many ways you can add emerald green to your home décor. Again, it is such a versatile color that it can be used just about anywhere. If you love green, then this is definitely your year.  Come visit us so we show you fabric samples that will have the rest of your friends green with envy.

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.

2013 Home Décor Trends

Cork 2013 Home Décor Trends And Fabrics

It’s a new year and trends are starting to surface. Some are old favorites still going strong, while others are busting out and becoming new favorites. Here’s a look at some of the home décor trends that will be hot for the upcoming year.

Trend #1: Graphic Patterns

It appears that graphic patterns are here to stay. Popular last year, colorful, bold patterns are holding strong in home design. Chevron was a top leader last year, and although it will still be around, it will have some competition with patterns such as stripes, herringbone, houndstooth and large plaids. You can always reupholster pieces of furniture, but if you’re looking for simple ways to incorporate graphic patterns, update accents such as rugs, draperies and throw pillows.

Trend #2: Painted Furniture

Have something vintage around that needs an facelift? Paint it! With so many great colors in this year’s palette from Pantone, updating a beloved old piece (or a recently purchased secondhand one) is a breeze. You’ll soon start to see more painted pieces pop up in showrooms and catalogs, but if you’re a DIY’er, then this will be right up your alley.

Trend #3: Metallics

Metallics will be going strong this year. While chrome and silver are going strong, brass will be taking center stage. You’ll start seeing more brass and gold accents, including brass fixtures. Don’t be afraid to mix your metals. Doing so will create a lot of interest and design depth to your space.

Trend #4: Green Colors, Specifically Emerald

Pantone named emerald as its color of the year for 2013, so don’t be surprised when this color starts popping up everywhere. A great way to slowly incorporate the color is by adding accents like lamp bases, throw pillows, glasses and vases. If you love the color and have a bold sense of style, don’t hesitate—go out and buy a bigger, more expensive piece to add to your home. If you have a piece you love, head to our fabric store, pick out your favorite pattern and reupholster.

Trend #5: Wood

Repurposed, reclaimed and recycled wood isn’t new, but it’ll be at the forefront this year more than ever. Hardwood floors have been quite popular, but it will go a step further this year. Keep your eyes open for design schemes including things such as wood walls, as well as cork flooring and countertops. You’ll also see many more wood pieces around including serving trays, plate chargers, cutting boards, mirrors, and other home accents. Not only does wood give a space a natural, relaxed feel, it helps sustain the environment around us.

When you are looking for all the trendy fabrics and materials you need, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics and materials. We have something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics, colorful outdoor fabrics, and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Use Furniture Slipcovers to Refresh Your Home

Use Furniture Slipcovers to Refresh Your Home Fort Worth Tx

There is absolutely no need to buy new furniture when you paint or remodel your home. Instead, incorporate slipcovers! Over the years the use of slipcovers has evolved. Once used to solely protect the upholstery fabric of precious furniture, slipcovers are now used to change up a room and make a new statement. Today a wide variety of slipcovers are readily available for purchase, but they can also easily be custom made, either by you or a professional. Keep reading for more information about slipcovers and how you can use them in your home décor.

Types of Slipcovers

The practicality of slipcovers is a personal decision, and before you can decide if a slipcover is right for your furniture, you must know more about them. There are two types of slipcovers: ready made and custom fit. Let’s take a closer look at each.

Ready made slipcovers pretty much have a ‘one size fits all’ design, which really has no defined shape. These types of slipcovers essentially cover the entire piece of furniture, leaving excess fabric that needs to be adjusted (i.e. tucked in) to fit your specific piece. Corkscrew pins are also available to help make the slipcover fit better.

Custom fit slipcovers are exactly that—custom made to fit your piece of furniture. Rather than having excess from one large fabric cover, each part of the piece will have it’s own removable cover. Because they are custom made specifically for your furniture, it will cost more than ready made ones. However, you will be able to have exactly what you want because you get to personally pick the fabrics, colors and patterns.

What to Slipcover

With the exception of furniture such as recliners, which contain too many moveable parts, anything can benefit from a slipcover. Don’t be afraid to branch out from the traditional sofa slipcover by tackling projects such as loveseats, chairs, ottomans, footstools, headboards, and lampshades. The list doesn’t stop there. If there is something that needs an update, throw a slipcover on it.

Best Fabrics to Use

Picking the fabric for a slipcover is essentially the same process you would use if you were buying a new piece of furniture entirely. Things to consider would be:

  • Location of the furniture
  • Use of the furniture
  • Ease to clean
  • Purpose of slipcover (protection, design or both?)

Cotton, polyester or blends are always wise choices since they are durable and easy to clean. Other suggestions would be twill, denim, or even faux silks. If the piece you are covering will be in high traffic areas, take color and pattern into consideration as well.

Once you have your project planned out, come into Cutting Corners in Fort Worth to see all of the great discount designer fabrics available. Don’t miss all of our New Year Clearance, Closeouts, and Sales we have going making that project on your to-do list even more affordable! Need some drapery hardware or curtain rods for some other projects? We have those too and will be happy to help you with your selection!

Decorating With Linen

Decorating With Linen North Houston Tx

Linen, a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant, is one of the oldest textile fibers known to man. Created as early as the 4th millennium BC, linen was a fiber prized by its Egyptian makers. Over the years, linen has continued to be a fashion favorite for many, due to its beauty and longevity, as well as the coolness it provides in warm temperatures. With features like that, it’s no wonder that linen is now quite popular in the home decorating industry as well. Linen has a way of bringing a relaxed elegance to a space, which is why more and more people are putting it to use. Here are some great ways to decorate with linen in your home:

Deck your windows. An easy way to decorate with linen is by adding it to the windows throughout your home. Whether you choose long, flowing drapes or shorter, breezy curtains, your living space will benefit from it. With that said, the absorbent quality of linen may cause it to stretch. Should you pick drapery over curtains, make sure the drapes casual puddle on the floor, so any elongation will be forgiven. Linen is also an amazing fabric for Roman shades, so don’t forget to give them consideration.

Revamp your bedding. You can use linen all-year round, but giving your bedding a change during the summer months can definitely provide you a soothing place to lay your head. Linen is known for collecting creases and wrinkles, as well as its ability to hold those creases and wrinkles. This makes linen an excellent choice for shabby chic design or even a room that needs an elegant, lived-in feel. Furthermore, since linen provides both a cooling and a calming effect, what better place to use it than in the bedroom? If you’re feeling extra creative, take a paintbrush, some tinted glaze in a color of your choice, and create the look of raw linen on a wooden headboard. For instructions, visit: Martha Stewart.

Enhance your table. If you would prefer to use linen on a smaller scale, a great place is on your dining room table. From table clothes to napkins, linen is a perfect way to add charm to your eating area.

Give life to an old piece of furniture. Linen can be used to cover certain styles of sofas, but a simpler way to incorporate linen is by recovering the seat cushion of a chair or chaise lounge. Using linen fabric in this manner can give a piece of furniture a beautiful, vintage look. Have old linen tea towels or an old linen tablecloth that needs replaced? Salvage the good fabric before tossing it and use it to update your throw pillows.

Freshen up the bathroom. You don’t see many linen shower curtains available for purchase, so why not have one custom made? A common misconception is that linen has to be white or cream colored. This is not the case. In fact, linen can be dyed to suit any design style you choose.

Other Ways To Use Linen

Here are some other fun, creative, and unique ways to use this lovely fabric:

  • Decorative linen pouches to hold bath salts
  • Add punch of color or trim to photo frames
  • Recover a lamp or chandelier shade
  • Make your own dishtowels
  • Linen dust shields for bookcase shelves
  • Create cocktail napkins
  • Make linen-lined baskets
  • Folding screen

Since linen is a fabric that is relatively inexpensive, you can either buy or make all sorts of great items for you home. To get started on selecting your linen come visit us and we’ll help get you on your way.

Visit us at Interior Fabrics on FM 1960 RD W in North Houston, Tx. You’ll find tons of great deals, along with a huge selecetion of discount designer fabrics that include linen and all of your other favorites!

Making Your Home Design Family-Friendly

Making Your Home Design Family-Friendly Scottsdale AZ

If you have an active family, then it’s important that your home caters to that. You want your living space to embrace that lifestyle, rather than hinder it. This doesn’t mean that you can’t, and shouldn’t, have nice things—quite the opposite, actually. There is a middle ground that can offer sophistication tough enough to handle children. Here are some tips on making your home design family-friendly.

Take into consideration how you live.

Think about the people you live with and then examine the things that go on in your home.  Are there food fights? Does your family participate in lots of indoor activities? Is there an existence of pets? What about little babies? These are all people and things to take into consideration while planning your design. Accommodating them, as well as the activities, might require darker furniture, area rugs, etc.

Don’t hesitate to decorate.

So what if the kids are little? That shouldn’t keep you from having a home that you love. Believe it or not, children of all ages can learn to appreciate and respect beautiful things. You can even get them involved when it comes time to look at paint or fabric swatches. Furthermore, there are a variety of items available that are not only beautiful, but also durable enough to stand up to those little hands and feet.

Get creative with color, pattern, and texture.

Look past light-colored couches and chairs and go with something new. Whether it’s a bold color, a fun or elegant pattern, or a touchable texture, don’t be afraid to branch out. Not only will these things help hide dirt and stains, they will give your home a comfortable, rather than sterile feel.

Stick with low-maintenance.

Low-maintenance doesn’t have to mean bland. It just means casual and comfortable, without a lot of fuss. Think clean lines, exposed legs, and vintage, weathered looks in favor of tasseled window treatments, skirted sofas or chairs, and cloth-covered end tables. It will save you a lot of time fussing and cleaning.

Go with durable and easy to clean products.

Here are some tough materials suited for the job of handing a busy family:

  • Windows: Long drapes are lovely, but they aren’t always children-friendly. Instead, try roman shades or wood blinds that can be easily cleaned.
  • Walls: You can’t go wrong with washable paint. Scuffs and even crayon drawings are bound to appear on your wall, so painting with something that can be wiped off with a sponge and water is ideal. Another tip: Skip the flat paint and go for semi-gloss.
  • Floors: As a general rule, floors that are easy to clean, such as tile, laminate, linoleum or wood, are the way to go. However, if you are going with wall-to-wall carpet, lean toward nylon or wool-nylon blends, which resist stains and wear well. Area rugs can also be a lifesaver whether you have wood floors or carpet.
  • Fabrics: The most durable and low-maintenance fabrics you can choose for your home include vinyl, ultra-suede, denim, velvet, felt, wool, twill, “pleather” and leather. Speak with your fabric dealer about stain-resistant finishes, Scotchgarding, and fabric lamination. Another tip: purchase washable slipcovers or cushion covers. Speaking with your local fabric supplier can help you narrow down what’s best suited for your family’s needs.
  • Furniture: Save up for quality pieces, instead of purchasing the cheap stuff. If you have a high-traffic area, the furniture in it will get a lot of abuse. Good quality furniture can stand up to the abuse and be reupholstered years down the road. Cheap pieces will most likely end up broken and sent out to the trash.

Focus on the kids.

You want the kids to feel as though they are part of the family, so it’s important to carve out places that feel like their own, within the house as a whole. Sure, they probably have space in their bedroom, and that’s great, but they should feel as though they aren’t meant to live in just that area. Some ideas to make this happen would be to incorporate kid-sized or even beanbag chairs into the family room, create a chalkboard wall in the family room or hallway, or even adding a large coffee table perfect for game-playing to the space. If they participate in a sport or hobby, see that you take that into consideration and carve out space for that as well (i.e. a cushy chair for reading, an easel for your little artist).

Storage, storage, storage!

A family tends to acquire a lot of items over the years, so you want to make sure there’s room for it. Think wicker baskets on shelves, a window bench with a lift-up lid, or decorative boxes in corners. These are all great ways to store those extra things used regularly.

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Linen: What’s So Great About It?


Linen, one of the oldest fibers known to man, has maintained a strong presence in the fashion world. What many people might not realize, however, is that linen fabric is ideal for home decorating as well. Here are some reasons why you should make a little space for linen in your home décor.

It’s environmentally friendly. Linen is made from flax, but unless you understand flax, it is hard to understand why linen is eco-friendly. Here are some facts about flax you might not know: Energy required to process flax is minimal

  • Plant can be used in its entirety, meaning there will be no waste
  • Being a natural fiber, it is recyclable and biodegradable
  • Requires less water and fewer pesticides because it grows naturally

With traits such as these, it’s easy to see how linen is better for then environment than other fibers.

It has temperature-regulating properties. Linen is a great fabric for all four seasons in the year. In heat and humidity, moisture evaporates, leaving you feeling cool and comfortable. On colder days, air maintained within the fiber makes it a natural insulator. In other words, it’s an all year fiber.

It has healing properties. Linen is anti-microbial, resistant to fungi, and serves as a natural insect repellant. It helps calm and heal skin, which minimizes and sometimes eliminates, breakouts, irritations and allergic disorders that range from the common rash to chronic eczema. Linen can also have a massaging effect on the body, which can help relax the cardiovascular, nervous and muscular systems, as well as lessen the pain from arthritis. Furthermore, it serves as a superb allergen and dust filter, which helps maintain cleaner air around you. In a nutshell, linen is soothing on many levels.

It is long lasting. Linen is an exceptionally strong fiber, and surprisingly, even more strong when wet, than when dry. Twice as durable as cotton, it is crisp and luxurious. It wears well because of its ability to retain its color and its ability to stand up against dirt. Linen is very easy to wash and won’t stretch. It resists damage from abrasion and actually softens over time, without losing its strength. With properties such as these, it’s safe to say that linen just gets better and better over time.

Even though linen is known to wrinkle, the benefits far outweigh that. Wrinkles give your home a look of casual elegance, which not many other fabrics can provide. Before you design, rethink linen. Come visit us at Fabric Resource so we can help you find the perfect choice.

Looking for a fabric store near you in Katy? Come by our Interior Fabrics showroom in Houston, TX, 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.

What is Your Window Treatment Style?

What Is Your Window Treatment Style Houston Tx

One of the easiest ways to finish off a room is to add window treatments. However, with so many choices, it can be difficult to make a decision as to what will look best. Whether you have a taste for the traditional, the contemporary, or something in between, it’s important that your window treatments match your design personality.

Before you make a final decision, here are some things to consider:

  • Color, pattern and texture. These three elements, when teamed together, will both enhance your window and complete the look of your space.
  • The manipulation of the fabric. To elaborate, this means decorative elements (tassels, swags, banding, ruffles), pleating (butterfly, box, pinch, reverse pinch, pencil), hanging method (hooks, tab-top, rings, grommets) and type (shade, curtain, drapery panel, cornice, valance).

This article will examine three popular styles (traditional, contemporary and transitional) and the elements of different window treatments that will best represent that look. Continue reading to find out what your window treatment style is.


Traditional design often has furnishings that reflect 18th century English, 19th century neoclassic, French country and British Colonial revival. Mid-tone colors and muted fabrics in simple solids, florals, stripes or plaids finish out the look. In regards to traditional window treatments, it’s all in the details. Traditional is mainly looked upon as incredibly decorative, and while that is often true, that doesn’t always have to be the case. Yes, grand swags and mounds of patterned fabric trimmed in tassels make a dramatic statement, but soft patterned roman shades and simple, solid-colored box pleat drapes can be just as appealing.


Contemporary design is relatively easy to spot because of its clean, sleek lines and muted neutrals, accompanied by bold punches of colors in furniture and accessories.  Furniture often has exposed metal frames and sits low to the ground, while graphic elements are brought in through artwork and accents. The vertical lines of drapery can really play up contemporary architecture by drawing your eye upward. To keep a clean and simplistic look, lean toward window treatments that minimize or hide the hanging systems. For an industrial look, go for grommet type drapes and hang from a stainless steel rod. If you need to bring pattern into the room, consider roman shades covered in geometric shapes.


Transitional design bridges contemporary and traditional design. While some pieces contain a historical aspect, other pieces have an updated look. Window treatments for a transitional setting generally focus on color, texture and pattern. Vertical lines in the drapery soften strong architectural lines of windows and enhance the living space. Incorporating the same fabric on different types of window treatments also represents transitional design well. Don’t be afraid to play with large-scale patterns. When done correctly, it can make a huge impact on your space.

So, what is your window treatment style? If you’d like to learn more or need guidance in what fabrics would be best for the look you want, come speak with a Fabric Resource associate or visit us online to browse our wide selection of fabrics.

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.


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.

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