Coordinate Fabrics Like a Pro

Coordinate Designer Fabric FriscoYou can visualize it, but you don’t know how to make that dream room happen. Believe it or not, you don’t have to hire a designer. You can get the look you’ve always wanted in your home by yourself, if you keep these three elements in mind: color, texture and pattern.

Color

As a general rule, you want to find colors that compliment, not compete, with one another. The easiest way to begin is by finding a specific color, similar in temperature (cool versus warm) and intensity that will carry through and tie it all together. Having a second color will make the continuity even better.

Warm colors include reds, oranges, yellows and combinations of them all. These colors tend to make a larger space feel intimate and cozy. Cool colors include shades of greens, blues and light purples. These colors have a soothing effect and tend to make small rooms look larger than they really are.

In order to find a harmonious balance, avoid having all warm colors or all cool colors. Both the balance and contrast is important, so use fabric from both families. Try keeping large pieces covered in neutral colors and add the brighter, more intense colors to the smaller things. For example, a tan or soft grey sofa would ground the room while brightly colored drapes and throw pillows would add the punch you need.

Texture

Texture is very important. Not only will the texture influence the durability, it will also set the mood of the room.

For formal areas, stick with smoother, lighter textures such as lace, crepe, satin, velvet or damask. Think leather, tweed, corduroy, velour, wool or cotton for high-traffic areas like family rooms. Sensuede, vinyl and fabrics usually used for outdoor furniture, can stand up against children. A romantic feel can be created with fabrics like organdy, taffeta, tulle, and antique satin.

If you have no desire to pinpoint a particular theme, don’t be afraid to mix heavy and light fabrics in the same room. It can be done and it can look wonderful, so break out and get creative.

Pattern

To get balance, rather than confusion in the room, try not to exceed more than three patterns: a large-scale, a medium-scale and a small scale. To simplify it: (1) start with a large pattern, (2) pick a second pattern similar in color, yet half the size of the first, and (3) finish off with a solid color pulled from either one of the first two. However, if you’re feeling brave, scrap the solid and incorporate another fabric with a miniscule pattern.

Keep in mind that patterns, just like texture and color, can create a mood. To add energy to the space, use large, bold patterns. To calm, stick with small and pale patterns. For best results, try to avoid putting all patterned pieces in one part of the room. Be sure to scatter solids and patterns throughout the room in order to retain the balance.

If you are reupholstering a piece of furniture, decide whether it is going to be a do it yourself project, or if you’ll need a professional Upholsterer once you’ve selected your fabulous new fabrics.

In the midst of coordinating your fabrics, be sure to have fun. It’ll all come together if you just let your creativity flow.  At our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx , we’ll be happy to help you find designer fabrics for great prices!

Selecting Thread for Your Fabrics

Picking the right thread for your project might not be as difficult as picking the fabric, but it can still be challenging. First, here is a breakdown of the types of thread often used for home furnishings.

Upholstery Fabric Katy Selecting Thread for Your Fabrics

Silk Thread

Silk thread is a natural fiber known for its high sheen. Not only is it beautiful, its elastic, yet strong. The highest quality you can get is pure filament, which comes naturally from the silkworm in long strands, eliminating the need to be spun. Bleaching agents can damage the thread, but machine-washing with mild soap is safe.

Rayon Thread

This is a low cost alternative to silk thread that is one part nature and one part manufacturing. Rayon thread is easy to find and comes in a variety of colors. It creates a very smooth stitch and is well suited for high-speed sewing machines since it doesn’t break or fray. The downside to this thread is that it isn’t truly colorfast. Although it might not fade in cold water, this thread can change if exposed to bleaching or brightening agents.

Nylon Thread

This thread is popular for upholstery and home decorating, because of its versatility, sew-ability and durability. Another positive point is that this thread both stretches and recovers well. It is also mildew resistant.

Cotton Thread

Just like the fabric, the thread is a traditional choice for many sewing projects. However, if your project consists of fabrics that stretch, this is not the thread to use, as it pulls more than it gives. Over time, the thread may bunch and eventually tear. Although this thread can fade in the sun, new processes are treating the thread to increase its luster. Cotton thread also comes in a wide range of weights.

Polyester Thread 

This thread is an all-around favorite. It’s fade resistant, shrink resistant, strong and economical, making it a great choice for many projects. Visually, it falls under the category of medium luster thread, falling somewhere between cotton and rayon. You can find this in a variety of weights and colors, which makes it easy to get the look you want.

When making a choice, it’s important to remember that your sewing machine has a preference as well, favoring better quality over poorly made thread. If you do find a bargain, just make sure that it’s well made.

Some other tips and things to consider:

  • Try to match the fiber of your thread to the fabric you’re using. Doing so will give you cohesiveness.
  • Use finer needles for finer fabrics and thicker needles for heavier fabrics
  • Pick a color that’s either the same color or a shade darker than the fabric you’re working with. For best results, match it with the most dominant color in the fabric.
  • Examine the spool of thread. Long, continuous fibers are strong, while short fibers are weak. A fuzzy spool of thread indicates short fibers.

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.

How to Properly Care for Fabrics

Fabric Care DallasIf you’ve had furnishings custom made just for you, or if you’re having a piece professional reupholstered, it’s only natural that you’d want to preserve the life for as long as possible. Here are some guidelines on how to enjoy your fine furnishings without a worry for years to come.

  1. Have your fabric treated prior to use. Ask the retailer if your upholstery fabric comes pretreated with stain repellent. If they are unable to treat it for you, shop around for someone who can. Some fabrics should not be treated, so read labels carefully.
  2. Rotate seat cushions frequently. Flipping and rotating sofa and chair cushions will help you achieve consistent wear. For best results, rotate them weekly.
  3. Vacuum. Dust will always be a constant battle, but vacuuming regularly will keep it from settling deep within the fabric. If dirt does settle down deep, read labels to ensure safe cleaning. Not all fabrics must be dry-cleaned. Some can be cleaned with mild soap and water.
  4. Protect upholstered pieces from the elements. Excessive heat, light, cold and moisture aren’t ideal for upholstered furnishings. Ultraviolet rays can contribute to fading and discoloration of your fabrics and humidity can invite mildew. For more uniform fading, try rearranging your furniture when possible or keep really special pieces away from windows altogether. Avoid placing furniture too close to heating or air conditioning vents. Doing these things, along with keeping the humidity low in the house, will keep your pieces looking fresh.
  5. Treat it kindly. Furniture is not indestructible. Avoid standing or jumping on furniture. Keep sharp objects away so fabric isn’t scratched or torn. Use arm caps to absorb natural body oils. These are just a few things you can do to prolong your furniture’s good condition.
  6. Love your leather. Leather is easily maintained, but it does require proper care. In most cases, leather can be treated with non-acidic soap and water. For best results blot, rather than rub, and then let air-dry. For more stubborn stains, use an absorbent cloth or sponge. Be sure to rub side to side, rather than in a circle.

Some fabric manufacturers follow a cleaning standard, so to speak, marking labels with specific codes in order to make maintenance easier. Here is the list of codes you may see and what they mean.

Code “W” means to use a water-based cleaner. Spot clean with detergent and then vacuum when dry. Avoid over-wetting the area.

Code “S” means to use a solvent cleaner. Spot clean with a water-free solvent or dry cleaning agent. Always pretest a small section beforehand to ensure it doesn’t spot or shrink. Use in a well-ventilated room.

Code “W-S” means a water-based or solvent cleaner can be used. Follow the guidelines above regarding W and S depending on which form of cleaner you decided to use.

Code “X” means vacuum only. These fabrics cannot be cleaned with any cleaning agents. In extreme cases contact a professional furniture cleaning service.

Again, no fabric is 100% damage proof and it’s up to the owner to treat it well. Using the above guidelines can help keep your furniture looking its best.

When you come in to see us at our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx , please ask any associate if you have any additional questions on this!

 

 

 

Budget Friendly Decorating Ideas

Budget Friendly Decorating Ideas Scottsdale AZ Believe it or not, there are a number of things you can do to makeover your home without breaking the bank.  Try one or all of these ideas for an instant update to your space!

    1. Rearrange your furniture. The whole feel of a room can change just by moving your existing furniture around. Changing the focal point or pulling sofas away from the wall or facing chairs in a different direction can make a huge difference.
    2. Dress up your windows. If you don’t already have window coverings, try purchasing fabric and making valances, which is sure to add a level of completeness to the room. Alternatively, if you currently have drapes, try adding tassels or another trim to add depth and character to your window treatments.
    3. Beautify your built-ins. If you have built-ins such as bookshelves, consider painting or adding wallpaper to the visible backing of them. You could even paint the entire built-in with a color that’s complimentary to the walls. It’s a fun way to add a punch of color without having to repaint the entire room.
    4. Consider a chair rail. With the invention of stick-on molding, adding a chair rail to a room is a breeze. For added drama, pick a paint color you love and paint the area above and below the chair rail a different shade of it.
    5. Give your furniture a slipcover makeover. If your furniture is in bad shape, then slipcovers are not the answer. However if your furniture is in good condition, but looks dated, then using slipcovers is an inexpensive way to bring it back to life. Save extra money by making one yourself, while still not compromising on the fabric that you would like to use!
    6. Update your pillows.  Although you can purchase new, you can get exactly what you want by adding new covers to your current pillows. Make the area a bit more cohesive by replacing an overabundance of little pillows with a smaller number of larger pillows.
    7. Paint your front door. Don’t forget the easy touches you can give the outside of your house. Give that front door some character by covering it in affordable exterior paint. Think fun colors like shades of yellows, blues, greens and reds. Make sure to check with your HOA prior to any exterior paint changes of course!
    8. Rearrange your wall hangings. If the artwork on your wall hasn’t been moved in years, try finding it a new home. You could even have some items reframed so they stand out even more, or you can build a frame yourself with some crown moulding.
    9. Change out the shower curtain. It doesn’t get any easier than this. Changing the shower curtain is a very simple way to freshen up any bathroom.
    10. Spice up your kitchen cabinets. A fresh coat of paint or stain goes a long way. If you’re happy with the color of your cabinets, jazz them up with some new hardware.
    11.  Light it up. Replace outdated fixtures with something new. A simple chandelier, some pendant lighting, wall sconces, even new lamps or lampshades can dramatically change the look of the room.
    12. Mirror, mirror. On the wall, that is. Mirrors are a simple way to add character to any room. Additionally, mirrors give the illusion of a larger space. Check out our online gallery, or come in to see any current selection of high end consignment mirrors we may have!
    13. Think green. Not only do they purify the air we breathe, plants can be a wonderful decorating tool. Add some greenery to your home showcased in a variety of colored pots.

The great news is that you don’t have to be an artist or an avid do-it-yourselfer to redo your space. It is doable for anyone to beautify their home on a budget with the help of Scottsdale Consignment, Interior Fabrics and some creativity!

 

 

Add Flair With Nailhead Trim

Nail Head Headboard Dallas Tx

Nailhead trim is becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. Not only are nailheads a clever way to give added definition to the lines and frames of your home furnishings, but they add personality to the pieces as well.

Additionally, nailheads are no longer singled out for leather fabrics. Today, this trim can compliment an array of fabrics, leaving the possibilities for incorporating it into your design, endless.

The color of the nailheads can also play an important part in how you want your pieces to appear. For example, silver-colored heads can soften a piece, by making it appear more feminine, while brass-colored heads give it a masculine edge.

Generally, nailheads are used to enhance the legs and arms of furniture, but they can be used exclusively along the base for minimal flair as well. With that said, nailheads can be used for more than just sofas and chairs. There are many areas around the house that can benefit from nailhead trim, but for now, here are five places that may not have crossed your mind.

 

Highlight your headboard. An upholstered headboard already adds so much to a bedroom, but adding naihead trim can make it really stand out as the focal point.

Get creative with coffee tables. Nailhead trim can make a bland coffee table a little more interesting. If you already have a great piece with a unique shape, adding nailheads will really accentuate it.

Define your dining area seating. Adding trim to upholstered dining room chairs can really dress up your eating area. The trim can compliment just about any type of fabric, but will really enhance the look of two-tone colors.

Add character to cabinetry. If you have a piece of cabinetry or a chest of drawers sitting around that could use a facelift, this is a great way to do it. Don’t be afraid to branch out, creating a design on the front, rather than just sticking to the edges.

Make your drapery dazzle. Nailheads can give an extra punch to your window treatments. Try adding them to the top of a straight valance or even to the bottom of long curtains. Make sure to consider your current or future drapery hardware when choosing the color.

 

If you are looking for a truly updated look, you will want to select a new fabric and reupholster any furniture with fabric while you are at it: Headboards, Chairs, etc! You can even try adding quilt batting and wrapping a luxurious fabric around a piece of furniture that you plan to add nail trim on that previously was only wooden, such as a headboard to create a totally new look for a minimal price.

Adding nailhead trim is not for amatures. Each nail needs to be hammered individually and perfectly spaced, so choosing a professional to do the work might be the best choice. However, if you’re an avid do-it-yourselfer you might be up for the challenge. Either way, nailhead trim will give your home that added flair it deserves.

We look forward to you stopping in at Cutting Corners Dallas to choose fabric for your new nailhead trim project!

 

Understanding Fabric for Upholstery

Fabric for Upholstery North HoustonBefore you jump into picking colors and patterns, it’s important to understand the basics regarding fabric. What types of fabrics are there? What fabrics are durable, fade resistant and easy to clean? What does thread count mean? These are some of the things you should understand before making your purchase.

Fabrics can essentially be broken down into two categories: natural and synthetic.  Natural fabrics are plant, animal and mineral based, where synthetic fabrics are chemical based. Natural fabrics are biodegradable, easier on the skin and improve over time. Synthetic fabrics, when blended with other fibers can be durable, but they can be harsher on the skin and harmful for the environment.

NATURAL FABRICS

Cotton is most often spun into yarn or thread, which is soft and breathable. This fiber wears well and is less prone to pilling and fading. It can soil and wrinkle more easily than other fabrics, but treating the surface or blending it with other fibers usually corrects this.

Leather is an animal product that is both flexible and durable. It is also fairly easy to clean, generally only needed a damp wipe or light vacuuming. Saddle soap or leather conditioners are additional options for cleaning and preserving the life of the fabric. For a synthetic version, try faux leather made from PVC or Polyurethane.

Linen, made from the fibers of the flax plant, soils and wrinkles easily, making it a better option for a formal room, rather than a room with high traffic. This fabric is fade resistant, but requires professional cleaning to avoid shrinkage.

Vinyl is a less expensive alternative to leather. Good quality vinyl is durable, easy to clean and ideal for high traffic family rooms and dining areas.

Silk is a beautiful, yet delicate fabric. Because of its delicacy and ability to soil easily, it is best suited for formal rooms.

Wool is one of the sturdiest and durable fabrics around. It is resistant to fading, soiling, pilling and wrinkling, on its own and as a blend. When blended with a synthetic, this fabric becomes even easier to clean.

 

SYNTHETIC FABRICS

 

Nylon is one of the synthetic alternatives to silk and is also commonly blended with Polyester to create faux silks. When blended with other fibers, it becomes one of the strongest upholstery fabrics you can get. Although resistant to wrinkles and soil, it does fade easil

Rayon is actually semi-synthetic, as it is neither a true synthetic fiber nor a natural one. This fabric is durable, but prone to wrinkles. However, new developments are making rayon a much more practical option.

Polyester is usually blended with other fibers for upholstery purposes. It’s durable, it retains its shape and it is less likely to fade. Polyester is also commonly used for faux silks, or in blends for faux silks (commonly blended with Nylon, or used as 100% Polyester).

Acrylic can be looked upon as imitation wool. Just like wool, it is resistant to fading, soiling and wrinkling. If possible, try purchasing higher-quality fabric, as it is less likely to pill.

Atcetae has a silky, luxurious appearance, holds its shape and can withstand mildew. It can fade, wrinkle and wear out easily, making it a poor choice for everyday use.

Olefin is very strong. It is stain, fire, chemical, mildew, sunlight and abrasion resistant. It is also known for holding its color. All these properties make it a wonderful choice for items that will get a lot of wear.

Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch. If you want fabric or furniture that will wear the best, purchase the item that has the higher thread count. In a nutshell, items that are moderately used will do just fine with a fabric that is less durable. Heavy use items however, will need those tougher fabrics to maintain a longer life.

Come in to Interior Fabrics in North Houston, about a block east of Willowbrook Mall on Cypress Creek Parkway, where you can come to check out all your favorite fabrics for your next project!

 

 

 

 

Wake Up A Tired Bedroom

blue-decorated-bedroom-ft-worthConsidering the bedroom isn’t a room regularly seen by guests, it’s no surprise that it often gets left out of the home decorating plans. With that said, you will spend one third of your life sleeping in it, so why not customize it to suit your style? Here are six tips on how to make this special place a comfortable sanctuary.

 

  1. Remove the unnecessary. Too much stuff in a room can make it look cluttered. If there are pieces of furniture or other items that aren’t really needed, let them go so you have space to rearrange what you really need to keep. Try consigning them to make save time and make extra cash for your other update. Alternatively, you can repurpose them in another room, or donate them to a great cause!
  2. Create an amazing headboard. Not only will an upholstered headboard make a nice focal point, it will be much more comfortable to rest your head against. With so many styles of headboards and fabrics available, you’re sure to find exactly what you want.
  3. Use your favorite fabric as the starting point. It doesn’t matter if it’s a certain color, texture or pattern, hone in on what you love the most and then build from there. Try to stick with the rule of three: one large pattern, one medium and one small. Incorporating a solid fabric for the small pattern is also an option that will bring great results.
  4. Add an accent fabric. You may have your three fabrics picked out, but when used sparingly, an accent fabric can give you a little extra punch. Add it to something simple like a pillow or throw. This can be your solid color piece if you decided to keep three patterns.
  5. Make the entire room your canvas, not just the bed. You can dress up the bed, but don’t forget the other areas of the room. Be sure to spread your fabrics throughout, to tie the whole room together and create harmony.
  6. Change with the seasons. This may not be ideal for everyone, but it’s a good way to preserve the life of your fabrics and keep the room exciting all-year round. Deck the room in cool-colored fabrics for spring and summer and then swap them out for a warmer palette during the fall and winter months.

 

Before pulling it all together don’t forget to think about wall paint, draperies and lighting. All three of these can do so much individually to a room, but can really add drama if incorporated into the whole design. Redesigning your space is supposed to be enjoyable, so above all else, have fun with it.

When you stop in to see us at Cutting Corners in Fort Worth, make sure to check for any current promotions we are running for extra savings!

 

Picking the Perfect Upholstery Fabric

Fabric Colors Austin TxWhether you’re salvaging an old piece, or designing a new one, picking upholstery fabric will eventually come into play. This task, which should be enjoyable, can actually be a daunting one for many. That’s not surprising—with so many options like colors, textures, patterns and thread count, it can be difficult to even know where to begin. Once you have an idea on what to look for however, picking upholstery fabric can actually be fun. Hopefully these tips will help simply the process a bit and make your experience more pleasant.

Examine Your Space

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

Assess the Piece

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

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

Wear and Tear 

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

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

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

Fabric Design for Your Outdoor Living Area

Outdoor Patio Furniture Houston - Circle Pattern

Gone are the days of green plastic chairs and tables being the only options for decorating your outdoor space. Fortunately, times have changed, and the world of outdoor furniture has come a long way. Outdoor living spaces have become popular for social events and innovative fabrics have made it possible to make those outdoor spaces just as stylish as your indoor spaces. New colors, textures and patterns are available at your fingertips, allowing you to have fun creating the perfect area for relaxing and entertaining.

Mix and Match For Optimum Results 

There’s no need to stay monochromatic when it comes to designing your outdoor space. Don’t be scared to mix up patterns and incorporate bursts of color. There’s lots of variety to choose from:  stripes, paisleys, florals, checks, swirls, animal or tribal prints and much more. If bold and bright shades aren’t really your style, aim for cooler colors like soft greens and blues. If you have an enclosed space, like a sunroom, don’t limit your fabric choices to sofas, chairs and pillows. Follow through with your design by including other accents like tablecloths, window treatments and awnings.

Protect to Preserve Its Lifespan 

Today’s outdoor fabrics are designed to weather the elements, but that doesn’t mean that they are totally indestructible or maintenance-free. To best preserve your furniture, keep items like pillows and cushions out of heavy downpours and snowfalls. If items such as these do get soaked, prop them up against a wall so the moisture can drain out. Dirt attracts mold and mildew. In order to keep it at bay, try shaking, brushing or vacuuming cushions regularly. Not all fabrics are machine washable or dryer-friendly, so always be sure to read labels before using this method. As a general rule, stick with cold water and air-drying to avoid ruining cushions and pillows.

Best Fabrics for Your Space

When it comes to picking fabrics, take into consideration your climate and the elements your furniture will face. Look for fabrics specifically made for the outdoors. Many, but not all of these fabrics are fade, stain and liquid resistant, so be sure to take your time and figure out how many pieces you’ll want. It’s important to find out as much information as you can, regarding outdoor fabrics, so you can make an informed decision before making your purchase. Come stop by Interior Fabrics Houston to see your favorite fabrics in person to determine which will make your outdoor living space the most beautiful.

Interior Fabrics named one of Houston’s ‘Best Fabric Stores’ by CBS Houston.
 


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