The Rules Have Changed: 7 Decorating Myths Busted

Toss those decorating rules out the window! It’s time to rethink what we know about decorating and shed light on the myths many of us have fallen victim to.

 Interior Decor Spring The Rules Have Changed 7 Decorating Myths Busted

Myth #1: All ceilings need to be white.

White gives you a clean, simple look, but it is not the only option. Go dark, go bright, go bold, go textural, go patterned, go paper–if something other than white works for your ceiling, then go for it.

Myth #2: Small rooms should never be painted dark colors.

At the end of the day, you have to be happy with your space–no matter what its size. For years, we’ve always heard that dark colors make small spaces look even smaller. This really isn’t truthful. If a room gets enough natural light, dark colors can look amazing. Even if the space doesn’t have a lot of windows, darker colors can often come across as cozy, even dramatic, giving the room a much bigger presence than if it had been painted light.

Myth #3: You have to stick with one decorating style.

Wrong. It’s not true that your room has to have a single decorating style to look coherent. Times have changed and our tastes in style have evolved. As long as there’s a common denominator, an eclectic interior can have a uniform look.

Myth #4: Wood finishes have to match.

Interiors can sometimes appear flat and boring when everything matches. For depth and interest go ahead and mix your wood finishes. As long as their tones complement each other, it’ll look amazing.

Myth #5: Neutral colors are safe.

Neutrals get a bad rap for being boring. In all reality, they are anything but. However, they have to be approached in the right way. If you don’t address tone, shape, texture, and depth, you’ll be left with a room dangerously verging on boring.

Myth #6: No more than 3 patterns per room.

A popular rule is the rule of 3: one small, one medium, and one large pattern per room. In most cases, it’s an excellent rule to follow. There are, however, some exceptions. If you’re the adventurous type, use as many patterns as you’d like. Just be sure to scatter them evenly throughout the room and break them up with solids so the eye has a place to rest.

Myth #7: A 3-piece living room suite is a must.

A sofa and a pair of armchairs are common choices for living spaces, but what if your space calls for a different solution? There are much more interesting choices than the standard living room seating. Maybe you need two sofas. Maybe you want a neutral sofa and colorful chairs. Maybe it’s a sectional you need. Perhaps you don’t want or need a sofa at all. Mix and match it any way you choose.

 

Design Styles Defined: Farmhouse

At one time, rural locations, functional porches, and informal living spaces distinguished a home as farmhouse style. Over the years, however, farmhouse style has evolved into something bigger than anyone probably ever expected. Today, farmhouse style is more than just a way to decorate an interior–it has become an attitude and a way of life. There are still, however, some key elements that define it. Let’s take a deeper look at what some of those are.

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Elements of Farmhouse Design Style

Here’s a quick breakdown of farmhouse design:

  • Painted wood walls
  • Wood floors
  • Apron front sink
  • Mixed cabinetry
  • Farmhouse table
  • Vintage lighting
  • Galvanized metal
  • Light colors
  • Cozy fabrics
  • Reclaimed pieces

 

INTERIOR

The interior of a farmhouse-styled home can be instantly recognized for the comfort, natural materials, and vintage items. It’s full of charm and character, putting a slightly modern twist on simpler times. Hallmarks of farmhouse interiors often include painted wood planked walls, mix-matched furnishings, simple details, and a kitchen that is indeed, the heart of the home. Kitchens often feature a blend of open shelves and wood cabinetry.

Flooring is often wood, however, you may sometimes see a black and white checkered pattern or even terracotta tiles underfoot. Lighting is also important with farmhouse style. Fixtures are often vintage and plentiful, which offer style and function.

FURNITURE

Furniture varies in farmhouse style. While you can expect a lot of wood, you can also expect a variety of metals. Vintage or shabby chic furniture, with a rustic flair, is a signature of farmhouse style. A large farmhouse table is a must. Accompanying chairs vary from a similar rustic wood or a contrasting modern metal. When it comes to beds, four poster beds are just as popular as metal ones. In the bath, a footed bathtub is a common sight.

COLORS

Farmhouse colors are soft ones. Painted walls, even wood ones, are typically painted white. Other soft hues are layered in by way of accents. Decorative pillows, area rugs and small, painted pieces of furniture bring life to the foundation of pale, neutral shades.

TEXTURES & PATTERNS

Farmhouse textiles aren’t fussy. Fabrics are relaxed, comfortable, and inviting. Textures like cotton, burlap, leather, and patterns such as stripes, florals, and checks give an eclectic feel.  Area rugs are often used to soften wood floors and add visual interest.

Want to get that farmhouse style look in your home? Check back with us soon to see the HGTV Fixer Upper rugs and furnishings we’ll have to offer! Need a little inspiration? Stop by our Pinterest page to view our board on farmhouse charm.

5 Ways You Can Create Farmhouse Style in Your Home

Whether you watch HGTV or not, you’ve probably heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines. Although they’ve been in business for years, it was their show, Fixer Upper, that turned them into a household name. Strong in their faith, and adorable kids to boot, this talented couple turns not-so-glamorous houses into homes of beauty. Now, with their relaunch of Magnolia Home Market–now open to the public–people everywhere are able to access charming pieces with farmhouse flair–a decorating style near and dear to Joanna. What is farmhouse style and how can you create the look in your own home? Let’s find out.

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Farmhouse Style–in a Nutshell

Farmhouse interiors are all about the simple details. Somewhere between rustic and shabby chic, farmhouse style is about less fuss and more comfort, with ease. This reemerging style tends to appeal to those looking to reconnect with simpler times. At the foundation, its color scheme is neutral–lots of white walls–with accents of other soft, yet colorful hues layered on top. Elements that make this design style so special and unique include rustic and reclaimed wood, tried and true metals, and vintage-like pieces (especially lighting). Over the years, this style has evolved into a design style that anyone can add to their interiors. No farmhouse or acreage required. Here are 5 ways you can create that charming and comforting farmhouse style anywhere.

How To Get the Look

1. Embrace wood. Wood brings warmth and beauty to any space. Because of its abundance and accessibility, it’s easy–now more than ever–to use in your decor.  The more rustic, the better. Pieces of furniture and hardwood floors are easy ways to get farmhouse charm without having to renovate your entire home. Scrapes and scuffs tell a story about the house, so think twice before buffing them out. To keep with true farmhouse fashion, paint wood wall paneling white.

2. Use relaxed fabrics. In past years, textiles were often handmade or passed down through the generations. The mixing and matching give the room an eclectic, lived-in feel. Linen, cotton, burlap, gingham, stripes, and plaid all make excellent choices for farmhouse living.

3. Focus on cooking and dining areas. In farmhouse style, the kitchen is definitely the heart of the home. Apron-front sinks, wood countertops, and solid cabinetry (often including open shelving) are surefire ways to embrace the look. Some ceramic accessories, mason jar flower vases, and chunky cutting boards are good substitutes when the budget is limited. Farmhouses were meant for entertaining, so when it comes to the dining area, only one thing will suffice: the iconic farm table. To keep with the mix-and-match motto, surround it with a collection of eclectic chairs.

4. Bring in vintage light fixtures. Rustic chandeliers, vintage pendants, and classic lanterns are perfect lighting choices for farmhouse design. Light fixtures have come a long way and there is an abundance of styles to choose from.

5. Lighten the color palette. Farmhouse design is all about being light and bright. White walls typically set the stage for everything else within the space. If dark wood paneling is present in low-lighted areas, it is often painted white as well. Since you can’t undo paint on a wood wall, be confident in your decision.

Can’t get enough of farmhouse style? Need some decorating inspiration? Check back with us soon to see what HGTV Fixer Upper rugs and furnishings we’ll have to offer! Also, stop by our Pinterest page to check out our board on farmhouse charm.

 

 

Layered Window Treatments for a Designer Look

Without a doubt, window treatments are the pièce de résistance to the decor of a home. Not only are they functional in controlling light and temperature, they round off the design in a way that not much else can. While a simple shade or pair of drapery panels can look nice, layering your treatments will make a much bigger impact and give you a designer look.

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So Many Options!

The great thing is that there are plenty of options available. Window treatments come in a wide variety–sheers, drapes, blinds, valances, window scarves and shades. The best part is that you don’t have to pick just one! Keep reading to learn some of the combinations you have when it comes to layering window treatments.

1. Drapes + Sheers

The drape-sheer combination is not only practical–it’s easy! All you need is a double curtain rod to layer sheer curtains behind heavier drapery panels. Sheers let the light in while still maintaining a level a privacy. Thicker drapery panels offer additional privacy and also give the space a pop of pattern and/or color. If you have a space that requires more light than it does privacy, you can even layer sheers with colored sheers.

2. Curtains + Shades

Shades come in so many textures, patterns, and colors that they can easily stand alone–but layer them with curtains or long drapery panels, and you’ll instantly have eye-catching depth. If you like texture, choose a woven wood shade. For a softer look, a fabric shade is an ideal choice. You can also achieve the same effect by layering curtains over blinds. Tip: Hanging the curtains closer to the ceiling will give the illusion of height.

3. Curtains + Valances

Valances are a length of decorative drapery that sits atop the window treatment. They are often used to cover the curtain fittings. Depending on your style, valances can be tailored or casual. For a more romantic feel, opt for window scarves. Tip: The curtains and valances don’t have to match but they should complement each other. To ensure a cohesive look, tie the two together with a coordinating color.

Be sure to stop in or browse our fabric selection online when you decide to dress your windows. We have several options that are perfect for custom, layered treatments, which include lightweight fabrics, multi-purpose fabrics, and even drapery lining. And don’t forget the hardware–another essential part of finishing off your windows.

 

 

Pantone’s Top Color Picks for Fall 2016

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It’s that time again–that time of year when Pantone releases its top color picks for the new season. Pantone’s color choices tend to define the upcoming season, and this year’s batch is so beautiful, we can hardly wait for autumn to officially arrive.

According to the color authority, this 10-color palette inspired by “tranquility, strength, and optimism,” acts as “playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades.” Let’s take a look at the colors that will dominate the fall season and how you can use them in your home.

Riverside

Not too serious, not too bright, but just right. Riverside is just as cool and calming as it is strong and stable. Blues cover a wide range, reaching both fun and sophistication, and this particular shade of blue is definitely a unique balance of both. Riverside certainly takes the lead in this season’s palette so don’t hesitate to try it anywhere.

Airy Blue

Airy Blue is a bit like Serenity, one of Pantone’s colors of the year. If you want to lighten up a heavy-looking space, then this color will do it. Consider using it in a bedroom on walls or on linens. To enhance the look, pair it with Lush Meadow, Warm Taupe or Dusty Cedar.

Sharkskin

Gray is the new beige–and this hue serves as a stunning neutral. It’s easy to pair with practically any color, but especially with the other nine in this fall palette. Use it on your walls, floors, or furniture to help your favorite colors pop.

Aurora Red

Warm, exciting, confident, and pleasing to the eye–these are just some of the words that come to mind when looking at this dynamic color. Use Aurora Red in the kitchen or dining area. Or better yet, somewhere completely unexpected like a powder room. For an easy seasonal update, consider some accent pillows in this hue.

Warm Taupe

Taupe is timeless–and this year’s pick will give you an organic and grounded look. Use as a backdrop for other colors within the palette by keeping it on the walls, the floors, or on a piece of furniture.

Dusty Cedar

A deeper take on the shades of pink we often see in spring. This hue is warm and welcoming. Consider it somewhere in the entryway, like on a bench cushion, accent chair, or floor runner.

Lush Meadow

An elegant green that brings nature to mind. Consider adding this rich and sophisticated color to your home by way of window drapery or knit throws.

Spicy Mustard

This spicier and zestier version of traditional yellow can easily uplift a space. Because of its unusual shade, use it in smaller doses. Think a table lamp, picture frames, and other accessories.

Potter’s Clay

A strong color that can be best described as a russet orange–a color typically expected this time of year. Use on accent pillows, throws, accessories, or a lampshade to bring in a pop of autumn.

Bodacious

Although a color such as this is unexpected in fall, it doesn’t make it any less fitting. Surprisingly versatile, this color can pair up with pinks and reds, making it a color that will most definitely make a statement when used. Test the waters by keeping the color on localized to accessories or dive right in by having an accent chair or ottoman upholstered in it.

Design Styles Defined: Bohemian

Think of Bohemian (“Boho”) design style like a mixed cocktail: one part shabby chic, one part eclecticism, topped off with a dash of artistic and theatrical vivaciousness–shaken, not stirred. Boho is witty, whimsical, and reflective of a free spirit. Boho lets you break away from trends and focus more on individuality. A style all its own, Boho is perfect for the person who has an old soul, a gypsy heart, and big dreams. Let’s take a look at some key elements that make this style so heartwarming.

Elements of Bohemian Design Style

Some typical elements of Boho style include:

  • Lack of trends (it’s a state of mind, rather than look)
  • An abundance of art
  • Boldness with color, texture and pattern
  • A nook to foster creativity
  • A beautifully decorated bed
  • Mixed–not matched–furnishings
  • Soft lighting
  • Lots of decorative accents

 

Interior

Bohemian interiors are full of life, culture, and interesting items for everyone to see. It embraces things that are relaxed, carefree , and sometimes, unusual. Decorative accents are proudly displayed, not hidden away. Boho interiors may share similarities with other spaces, but no two rooms are completely alike.

Furniture

Furniture within in bohemian space has generally been collected over time. Second hand and vintage items fit right into this design style. Each piece is special–often having a story to tell.

Colors

Warm, earthy tones are common in bohemian decorating, but that doesn’t mean there’s lack of color. In fact, color is a huge part of this design style, and these earthy tones, such as brown, terra cotta and gold, merely set the stage for the layers of color to come. Jewel tones, fiery oranges, and electric blues often take center stage. Metallics are often used in accents and white–as a stand-alone color–is typically non-existent.

Textures and Patterns

Boho style craves textures and patterns almost as much as it does color. Area rugs, hanging tapestries, and layers of throws are generally used to bring in lots of texture. Patterns are abundant and really have no rhyme or reason. If it speaks to you, then use it. Tribal, drawings, and vintage chic are just a few ways to describe the type of patterns found on fabrics and accents.

Decorating 101: Choosing Your Colors

 

Color. We see it every day at every turn we take. We know what we like and what we don’t like, yet choosing colors for our home seems nearly impossible at times. Understandably so, considering there are a number of factors to keep in mind when making a decision. Let’s take a look at what some of those factors are and try to simplify the process of choosing your colors.

designer fabric store katyYour favorite color might not be the right color for your space

Keep in mind that the colors you love aren’t necessarily ideal for your decorating project. Ultimately, your goal is to create a certain mood. If your favorite colors don’t convey that mood you should save them for another space or use them in small doses.

Find inspiration in everything around you

For inspiration, look around you. Does the landscape outside your window inspire you? How about the colors on the clothes in your closet? Do you have a favorite vacation spot you really enjoy the beauty of? Is there something you already own, such as a rug, that can serve as a jumping off point? If you have a binder of magazine clippings or a Pinterest board of decorating ideas, is there a common color scheme? Observe your surroundings and take note of what speaks to you most.

Use trends wisely

Once you have chosen some colors, it’s time to start thinking about where to use them. In this stage of the process, you need to take your comfort level, as well as your budget, into consideration. Beware of trends.  If you really like the color and have no qualms about it going out of style, go for it. Or if you don’t care for a trendy color, it’s okay to go with something classic because it won’t go out of style (and there are plenty of classic color options).  A safe move is keeping those trendy colors reserved for small items like accent pillows, throws, and other accessories that are less costly to replace when a new trendy color comes along.

Be creative but smart with your color selection

Don’t limit yourself to a single color palette for the whole house. There’s no harm in changing colors from room to room as long as you maintain a consistent feeling throughout the home.

When it comes to paint, save it for last. It is much easier to mix up some paint to match your fabrics and rugs than it is to decorate around a paint color.

If all else fails, ask for help.  Picking colors can be an exciting and invigorating experience.  There are so many “right” ways to pick colors.  As long as you start with a plan and find a fabric store near you, like Cutting Corners (shameless plug!), you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Decorating 101: The Right Way to Shop for Furniture

Once you’ve determined your decorating style, picked your colors, and drawn up a budget, it’s time to start filling your home with some furniture. Whatever your stage in life, it’s probable that you’ve accumulated some pieces along the way. But should you keep what you have or start from scratch? Where are the best places to buy furniture? And how do you know that you’re buying it the right way?

Take inventory of what you already have

custom-furniture-store-houston-txBefore you start making purchases, take inventory of what you currently have in your home. If it’s dated, falling apart, or looks cheap, then let it go. If it has sentimental value, however, then consider reviving it with new upholstery or a new finish. If you still aren’t sure what to do, you could enlist the help of a professional. An interior decorator will have a different perspective, so hiring one, even if it’s just for a few hours, can be a huge benefit to you.

Have a vision of what you’re looking for before you start

The next step to complete before you start shopping is to work out the entire room. It’s very important to have a good idea of how you want everything to look. This includes more than pieces of furniture. It also includes items like window treatments, lighting, and rugs. Put together a visual if you can. The last thing you need is to be stuck with decorating an entire space around a single piece of furniture. Having a handle on the space as a whole will make it much easier to furnish appropriately.

Know your fabrics (quality, color, comfort)

When it comes to large pieces of furniture, keep them understated by sticking with neutral fabrics. Color can then be brought in by way of smaller furnishings (accent chairs, entryway tables, etc), walls, and decorating accessories. And don’t be timid about spending more for comfort. A quality piece will not only be more comfortable, it will last longer too. Skimp on items that don’t matter quite so much.

Always check for quality. If that upholstered piece feels too light or wobbly, pass on it. If you’re shopping for a mattress, pay attention to the coil count. If you want a cabinet that will last longer, check for drawers with dovetail joints in the corners.

Measure your space before you start looking

One last crucial mistake to avoid is not measuring. Misjudging the size of the furniture in relation to the room can be a costly mistake. Showroom furniture won’t necessarily look the same in your home, so measure and pay attention to proportions. And don’t forget to measure every opening between the curb and the interior of your home to ensure that the piece will fit through doorways, around corners, or in elevators and stairwells.

Make the process fun!

To get a sense of what you want, spend some time browsing online and visiting stores, including thrift and antique stores. Look for consignment shops or, if you have one, visit the local to-the-trade design center. Think of it as window shopping. It’ll allow you to see current styles, what’s available, and what you can afford.

If you can’t find the perfect piece for your space, then it’s probably time to consider custom furniture.  There is just something grand about being able to choose your exact style, pattern, color, and fabric for your newest addition to your home!

Stop by our custom furniture store near Houston, TX.  You will find interior (and exterior) upholstery fabrics that will be perfect for your custom furniture, no matter what color or style you need.

 

How to Use Heavy- and Lightweight Fabrics Together

When it comes to fabrics, colors and patterns tend to attract us more than the weight and durability do. While it is important that its appearance makes us happy, it’s equally important for the fabric to serve our decorating purpose to the fullest.

lightweight-fabrics-houstonTypes of Fabric

Fabrics essentially fall into three categories: lightweight, medium-weight and heavyweight. This weight is categorized by the fabric’s abrasion resistance, which is determined by a “double rub” test.

Lightweight fabrics max out at 9,000 double rubs, medium-weight at 15,000, and heavyweight fabrics, even higher. One year of use is equivalent to 3,000 double rubs. Most fabrics are labeled so you can easily determine which fabric is right for your particular application.

Medium-weight fabrics are typically the most widely used fabrics because of their versatility. Lightweight and heavyweight fabrics are wonderful options as well, however, many people struggle with using them together within a space successfully.

Once you have an understanding of what these types of fabrics are, and what they’re best suited for, the process of mixing them becomes easier.  Lightweight fabrics include fabrics such as silk, linen, and microfiber, while heavyweight fabrics are ones like velvet and wool. When done correctly, blending them together can really elevate the look of a room.

When it comes to using heavy and lightweight fabrics together, be sure to adhere to the rule of three: no more than three patterns within one space. If you stick to that, it really all comes down to how and where the fabric will be used.

As a general rule, avoid lightweight fabrics on pieces of furniture that get heavy use. Instead, opt for a heavier fabric that can withstand the daily abuse. A good example of using multiple-weight fabrics together is a sofa covered in a medium-weight fabric, accented with throw pillows covered in something lightweight, and then a finishing touch of sophisticated velvet window treatments. You could even expand textures by using something such as tweed or linen on chairs, velvet on a sofa and leather on an ottoman.

To keep the place looking like it makes sense, keep a similar color among your fabrics so they tie together nicely. When the fabrics complement each other in color and meet your decorating needs, you’ll have that beautifully cohesive space that’s tailored to suit your personal style.

4 Faux Fabrics to Use in Your Home

Throughout the process of decorating your home, you’ll be faced with fabric choices. faux-silk-fabrics-store-Houston-TxWith so many options out there, making a decision can feel overwhelming–including deciding between faux fabrics or authentic ones. Believe it or not, faux fabrics aren’t just used by people wanting to save a buck. There are actually real benefits to using faux fabrics in your home.

If you prefer to avoid fabrics that aren’t made from animals, then this is definitely a big advantage of choosing a faux fabric. Another advantage is that many faux fabrics are easier to clean and maintain. The cost is also a huge advantage. Faux fabrics generally cost less than authentic ones. As with anything, however, with advantages come disadvantages–but that depends on the intended use, as well as the type of fabric itself.

There are several ways that faux fabrics can be used. Let’s take a deeper look at some types of faux fabrics and the ways they may be able to serve your decorating needs.

Faux silk is an excellent choice for window treatments–especially if the windows are in high-traffic areas. Not only are they beautiful
, they’ll hold up to the chaos. Faux silk also works beautifully for accent pillows. If you have a sofa or bed that needs a little sprucing up, then this is a great fabric choice.

Faux leather is an average-use type of fabric. It can last longer if it’s treated kindly and maintained frequently, but in most cases, it’s best used on smaller furnishings like chairs and ottomans.

faux-fur-animal-print-fabric-HoustonFaux suede, on the other hand, holds up beautifully on larger pieces that see a lot of action. It’s also a wonderful choice for people who have families or pets. Microfiber suede is fairly easy to clean, so don’t hesitate to use it in a variety of ways, including on smaller items like pillows. Another perk is that faux suede comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. It’s also very reasonably priced.

Faux fur is a fun and simple way to add an extra splash to your home. Add a touch of warmth and sophistication by using it as a throw or create some textural interest by using it as a rug on the floor.

It’s important to remember that not all faux fabrics are the same. You really do get what you pay for. If it looks too flimsy and cheap, then it most likely is. Purchase higher-end versions as often as you can so you get the most out of your investment.


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