Understanding the Language of Color

Understanding the Language of Color Dallas

If you walk into a fabric store, it’s easy to pinpoint the colors you love. However, if you don’t know the ins and outs when it comes to what colors mean, you might have a hard time getting the right fabrics for your home. Here is a little guide so you can feel more confident when working through the color wheel to find the perfect scheme for the rooms you are designing.

Tint is the mixture of a saturated color with white, which increases lightness. All pastels would be considered a tint.

Shade is the mixture of a saturated color with black, which reduces lightness. All muted colors would be considered shades.

Hue is the property of light by which the color of an object is classified as red, blue, green or yellow in reference to the spectrum. Basically, it’s just another name for color.

Value refers to the relative lightness or darkness of a certain area. As a general rule, colors of the same value work better together.

Primary colors are red, yellow and blue.

Secondary colors are orange, green and purple. These colors are created when mixed from the two primary colors that flank them: red and yellow make orange, blue and yellow make green and red and blue make purple.

Tertiary colors are a blend of a secondary color and the primary color closest to it on the color wheel. They are not half and half blends, but rather a blend containing more of one color than another. Mixing the primary color yellow, with the secondary color orange, will give you the tertiary color yellow-orange. Another example would be red (primary) mixed with orange (secondary), which would make red-orange. Other tertiary colors are blue-green, yellow-green, blue-violet and red-violet.

Complementary colors are opposite to each other on the color wheel: green and red, purple and yellow, orange and blue. Other colors would include lime green and magenta and teal and coral. The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation. You don’t have to stick with the literal colors on the color wheel in order to get complementary colors. Today, there are updated schemes that can be executed brilliantly with wall color, accents and fabric on chair cushions and pillows.

Monochromatic colors are all the colors (tints, tones, and shades) of a single hue. For example a monochromatic room in blue might start with a single shade of blue paired with white. It might also include pale blue walls, medium blue window treatments and dark blue upholstery. To tie the scheme together, the rug or accents might be a combination of blue and white.

Analogous colors are colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. Some examples would be green, yellow-green and yellow or red, red-violet and violet.

If you still have question, we will be happy to help you sort through our fabulous assortment of designer fabrics at Cutting Corners in Dallas, TX. Feel free to stop in Monday through Sunday during our shop hours, and we will assist you with all of your fabrics questions!

Classic Color Combinations for Your Home

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Classic Color Combinations for Your Home 

Home design trends come and go, but there are some classic color combinations that stand the test of time. Take a stroll through your local fabric store or find a fabric supplier online to get inspiration and also to purchase fabrics and hardware that will get you the exact look you want for you home. To get you started, here are 6 color combinations that won’t let you down.

Black and White 

The black and white color combination is timeless. Not only does it offer a clean and sophisticated look, it also serves as a great backdrop for pops of other colors. For instance, a living room with white couches, black furniture, and black and white drapes or curtains can have even more impact when accented with throw pillows or accents in colors of hot pink, teal, bright green or red.

Green and Blue 

Both of these colors are cool, refreshing and welcoming. These colors are also a great way to bring the charm of the outdoors, inside the walls of your home. For a more modern feel, you can intensify the palette by using deeper shades like navy and kelly green. Try using one of them as accents on throw pillows and rugs, or let them pack a bigger punch as a large item like a couch, while using the other color as a nearby accent color on a rug or drapes.

Earth Tones 

Earth tone colors are derived from the natural things around us like soil, leaves, the sun, stones and the sky. This type of color palette can create a very warm atmosphere. A neutral room, grounded in shades of grey or brown, looks great with rug, drape, accessory, and pillow accents in bolder earth tones like reds, oranges, greens and blues.

White and Blue 

The tint or tone may change, but the concept of white and blue, never go out of style. White and blue, often thought of as invoking a nautical feeling, isn’t really the only look these colors work for. White and blue color combinations work for traditional rooms, contemporary rooms and everything in between. Play around with weight of each color, and even try using more than 1 shade of blue or adding in a cream for some lasting power.

Yellow and Green 

These two colors take us back to nature. If they work together outdoors, it only makes sense that they would work together indoors as well. No matter how you want to use these colors—vibrant, subdued, or scattered lightly throughout—these colors look amazing together.

Blue and Orange

This color combination is cool, casual and fun. Orange and blue isn’t necessarily a traditional color combo, but it’s becoming a popular one that appears to be sticking around for quite a while. Jazz up any room with punches of these two colors through furniture fabrics and accents like vases, lamps or pillows.

Holiday Decorating Combinations

During the holidays, try decorating with different color combinations to give your home a brighter or updated feel. When decorating for Halloween, try using teal and pink, while mixing in some black. You can also keep things a little bit more traditional, while still spicing them up by using purple and green. For a more elegant Christmas look, try sticking with white and cream with sprinkles of red for pops of color.

Need a great fabric shop who has cheap fabric but fabulous quality? Come see us at Interior Fabrics on FM 1960 in North Houston to find great deals on discount designer fabrics for decorating your home, along with accent rugs, drapery hardware and more.

Halloween DIY Party Ideas

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Halloween Decorating Ideas

Decorating your home for Halloween can be fun for the entire family. Getting the kids involved is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, or keeping them occupied on Columbus Day while they are home from School! A few things to consider beforehand are: will you be decorating with homemade goodies or store bought items, are you decorating both inside and out, will it be a fun or spooky decorating experience? No matter what you decide, there are a ton of things you can do, and lots of ways to celebrate.

For the DIY’ers, you can get creative decorating with fabrics and throws, or you can keep it cheaper with tissue paper and spider webs. Whatever your budget, there are lots of options as long as you are willing to get creative!

DIY Decorating Craft Ideas for Halloween


Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Entryway Halloween Décor with Pumpkins

Hanging Entryway with Bats

Inexpensive and Creatively Welcome Halloween DIY Signs

Homemade Jack-O’-Totem Creative Topiary Art with Faux Pumpkins

10 Cheap DIY Ideas for Decorating for Halloween

Pumpkin and Gourd Wreath for Fall


Indoor Halloween Decorating Ideas for DIYers

Deranged Rose Halloween Centerpiece

Black Cat Pumpkin

Spider Web Pillow

Decorate with Candy

Spider Napkin Holders

Cheap Easy Indoor Decorating Ideas

Spooky DIY Halloween Mirror

Want Some Stylish Ideas for Halloween Decorating?


Of course you couldn’t have Halloween without candy, desserts, and near tummy aches! Whether you are having a party or just want to surprise the family with a great holiday themed item, here are some favorites that are sure to impress kids and adults alike!

Deliciously Disgusting Desert

Grave Yard Cupcakes

Jack-O-Lantern Cupcakes

Perfect Caramel Apples

Bloodshot Peanut Butter Eyeballs

Panna Cotta Brain with Cranberry Glaze

Ghastly Meringues

Eyeball Minicakes

Chocolate Lollipops

Spider Bites


No matter what, make sure to have fun with it, remember, even the spooky holidays should be fun! Visit us at Interior Fabrics Scottsdale to pick up all of your decorating supplies for this upcoming Halloween, to make sure you save on all of your perfectly scary fabrics!

Home Office Decorating Ideas

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A home office can be one of the hardest spaces to decorate. If it’s too cozy, you might not be able to focus on work and if it’s too professional, then it doesn’t really feel like home. So where’s the balance? Believe it or not, it is possible to blend the coziness and professionalism. When designed correctly, your home office can be both comfortable and inspiring, which will enhance your mood and increase your effectiveness. Here are some tips on how to get it done. (more…)

Fun Playroom Decorating Ideas

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Children love to play and it’s important that they have a special place of their own to do so. Not everyone lives in a climate where playtime can occur outside for long periods of time all year round, so having a space indoors for him or her to have fun becomes a necessity. With that said, however, not every home is equipped with adequate space for this, so parents are required to get creative. Whether you have a whole room, a section in the basement, or a corner in a bedroom, there are ways to make a designated play area. Here are a few ideas that will hopefully inspire you to design the perfect space for your little one to have some fun.

Design for the Child, Not for You 

As a parent, you are probably full of ideas for a playroom, but what you have in mind might not actually be things your child likes, or wants, for that matter. Since your child is the one who will spend the most time in that area, it’s really important to be in tune with their interests. Maybe your son is big into trains, legos or sports, while your daughter is into books, drawing or playing dress-up. Find items like a small table, an easel or a cushy chair, that will help promote their interests. If you’re tight on space, try putting a rubber mat on the floor that trucks or trains can roll across, and instead of an easel, paint a square in chalkboard paint on the wall so they can create masterpieces.

Splash it With Color

There are lots of fun colors out there to choose from that can make a playroom a desirable place for your little ones. And color, doesn’t have to stay on the walls. Color can be incorporated in a variety of ways: on furniture, with an area rug and with window treatments. By visiting your local fabric store, you can find a ton of great kid-friendly fabrics that will accommodate your children’s interests. If you don’t have a fabric store nearby, look for some great fabrics online, many at discount prices. Since this will be a playroom, you want durable fabric that cleans easily, but you don’t want to pay a fortune. Often times, you can find discount fabric easily enough that will work well. As a general rule, pick your fabrics before you pick the paint color. It’s much easier to match paint to fabric than it is to match fabric to paint. Also keep in mind that themes come and go quickly, so if possible, pick patterns and colors that will grow with the child.

Storage, storage, storage!

Kids tend to come with a lot of toys, so unless you want the floors constantly covered, then storage is important. To maximize your space, go for vertical storage like floor to ceiling shelving and store toys in colorful baskets. If you don’t have a separate playroom and need to make room for play in the bedroom, try switching to bunk beds if possible to add space and then incorporate something like shelves, and armoire, or a window bench.

Looking for a fabric store near you in Houston? 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.


DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

Halloween decorating do it yourself with the kidsIf you’re one who likes to decorate for all the holidays, but hate to spend a fortune doing so, why not try your hand at making your own decorations this year? Here are some fun do-it-yourself Halloween ideas. They’re inexpensive, they’re quick and they’re just what you need to make your home a little spookier.

Creepy Candles 

Think of a seasonal message (i.e. boo, eek, trick or treat, etc) and buy a glass pillar candleholder for each letter. You can create your message in two ways: 1) by wrapping the outside of the glass with colored tissue paper and then adhering vinyl letters or 2) download a free letter template, print, and then wrap around each glass pillar. Light the candles and watch them flicker.

Star Ornaments 

Buy a few Halloween cards (or recycle old ones) and cut them into a star shape. Use some glitter to decorate the tips, or to frame in a particular graphic. Add a string and hang them from a doorknob or window.

Masked Candy Jar 

Take a glass jar and affix a sequined mask to it. For an extra-spooky kick, take some creepy flat green marbles and adhere them as eyes for the mask. People might think twice about taking extra candy if they know they’re being “watched.”

Tie it in Bows 

Head to your local fabric store or craft store to find some Halloween inspired ribbon. Wrap lengths of the ribbon around things like candlesticks, chair backs, lamp bases, a pumpkin stem, or whatever else will look better with a bow accent.

Ghoulish Table Runner 

Felt is great for an easy DIY table runner. For example, take a piece of black felt and a piece of orange felt, both cut to fit the length of your table. Cut images like holes, pumpkins, spiders, cats, etc out of one of the pieces, layer it on top of the solid, uncut piece and sew the edges together. Voila, you have a table runner!  For something even simpler, head to a fabric store or buy some Halloween-inspired fabric online and make your own tablecloth.

Tabletop Tree 

Find the right size pumpkin that can sit on your entry table or another table in the house. Cut the top off and carve a small hole in it. If you’d rather use a pot, that will work too. Place a piece of Styrofoam in the hole, since this will anchor your tree. Find fallen branches from outside and stand them up in the Styrofoam. For an extra eerie kick, try painting the branches black or hang homemade bats or ghosts from it.

Spooky Sweets

Last but not least is a project anyone can do. Bake or buy some sugar cookies, cover them with white icing and then decorate in black icing. You can draw things like spooky eyes, spider webs, headstones, dots, spiders or ghosts on top of each cookie. No one will want to turn these down!

At Interior Fabrics in Houston, we have tons of discount designer fabrics to help you create that Halloween look, but without the price tag!

Creating a Bedroom Oasis

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Whether you use your room as a retreat, or for sleeping only, a lot of time is spent in there. If that’s the case, then why does it fall so low on the totem pole, so to speak, when it comes to decorating? Your bedroom should be the one place where you don’t have to worry about what guests might think. It is your own personal space for the ultimate relaxation. That doesn’t mean you have to overhaul your bedroom, but there are ways you can make it more inviting.

Freshen up your bed. A good mattress, a beautiful bedspread and accent pillows can make a world of difference when it comes to a relaxing bedroom, so make this your starting point. There’s nothing wrong with buying a bedding collection set from a department store, but if you really want something that reflects who you are, visit your local fabric supplier.

A good fabric store will give you endless possibilities, which will allow you to get exactly what you want, when it comes to bedspreads and pillows. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could buy fabric to make an upholstered headboard.

Dress up your windows. Window treatments are a great way to enhance your windows. During the day, they can be opened to let the sun in, and at night, they can be closed to give you the privacy you need. Again, you can buy window treatments from the department store, but you can custom make them with your own handpicked fabric. Furthermore, you can add fabric trim, like tassels, to the top or the base to really give your room some extra punch.

Cover your walls with color. Since your bedroom is to be an oasis, it would be best to pick a color that you can handle looking at for a long time. Granted, you might do more time sleeping in there than you do staying awake, but a new color transformation might make you want to spend more time in there. Bold colors might make it hard to settle down for sleep, so think about painting the walls in something soft or neutral.

Remove unnecessary clutter. Once you’ve finished creating your bedroom oasis, avoid letting clutter pile up. This is supposed to be a retreat, and unnecessary messes might make you feel more on edge. A clean space, with your personality encompassed throughout, should give you the bedroom oasis you’ve always wanted.

Whether you freshening up an existing bedroom, or decorating a new home, we would love to help you with your fabric and drapery hardware needs at Cutting Corners Dallas!

Designing a Nursery

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Bringing a baby into the world, and into your home, is a joyous event. However, deciding what to do with the nursery can be stressful, especially if this is your first child. Not only are there so many decisions to make, there’s also a 9-month time window to work with. Instead of stressing about it, take a deep breath and have some fun. Here are some tips to make your nursery designing enjoyable.

Cover the basics. This includes evaluating your budget, measuring the space and planning the layout. All three of these will help you along the way throughout the decorating and buying process, so it’s important to have them at the forefront of your mind. Since spills, spit ups and other accidents are guaranteed to happen, try aiming for safe, functional and washable items over expensive ones.

Select your furniture. The three main things you’ll need are a crib, a changing table and a dresser. If you have the room, consider adding a table or nightstand and rocking chair or glider.  Remember, family and friends will have tons of suggestions so be sure to make a list and think through what you will like and utilize without overcrowding the space so that there is a clear path for those late night feedings.

Choose your lighting. Lighting doesn’t matter as much during the day as it does during the night. When bedtime rolls around, low lighting or none at all, is often best. Soft glowing lamps, nightlights or an overhead light with a dimmer, are all great options for setting the mood for sleep. Consider wood or faux wood blinds if you don’t already have them to block out light for those day time naps and early bedtimes. Also, to block extra light, consider either medium weight window treatments or black out curtains, both of which you can make yourself to match the nursery and bedding, or purchase for ranges amounts depending on the quality of fabric and craftsmanship.

Pick your bedding. When it comes to themes, there are plenty out there to choose from. However, it seems like some of those bedding sets cost much more than they should. Furthermore, most pieces in the set can’t be bought individually.. If you want to try something new, pick out a sewing pattern and find a local fabric shop.. If you don’t have one nearby, try searching through our online fabrics. As an online fabric supplier, we have lots of great deals and have swatches to send you of your favorites for you to feel the texture, weight and weave.

Not only does it sewing the bedding yourself give you even more options, but it also lets you pick and choose the details and pieces you actually want, rather than having to buy any unwanted pieces included in a set. Many times, finding discount fabric, such as our wholesale designer fabrics, so that you get the best deal without sacrificing quality. Not only does it give you even more options, but it also lets you pick and choose the details and pieces you actually want, rather than having to buy any unwanted pieces included in a set.

Add color to the walls. Keep in mind that when a baby is born, the only colors he or she can see are black, white and gray. The first recognizable color is red, but this color, along with bright oranges, are discouraged because it can be over-stimulating for your baby. You can’t go wrong with greens, blues, pinks, yellows, violets and earth tones. Since paint color can be matched with just about anything, it might be helpful to take in a piece of fabric to the paint store. If you don’t want solid wall, consider wallpaper. Either way, think about finding a softer compliment to make your bedding and window treatments more visually appealing for your baby. However, if you are thinking something more exotic and fun, try a wall applique or mural for a fun touch! Here is a site that has a bunch of options from monkeys, lilies, dinosaurs, trains, and even things like Noah’s Ark, City Scenes, and a Cirucs!

Sit back and enjoy. Now that you have the perfect room, soak up every minute with your little one.

When you are ready to start your project, bring your measurements in to Cutting Corners in Fort Worth on South Hulen Street, we will be happy to assist you with your fabrics! You can also buy your fabrics online if you prefer!

Arranging Furniture in Your Home

Moving into a new home or redecorating your current one can be very exciting. However, figuring out where everything will go can be a bit stressful. To eliminate anxiety, here are some tips for arranging furniture in a way that will make the rooms in your house look their best.


Measure Your Space

Nothing is worse than thinking something will fit and then finding out that it doesn’t. Before you make new purchases or start moving in old ones, be sure that you’ve measured the dimensions of the room and lengths of the walls. Don’t forget to measure the width of doorways and hallways, since you’ll need to make sure the piece can even make it into the house.

Showcase the Focal Point

One of the worst things you can do is neglect showcasing a focal point. Your focal point can be something like a window, a headboard, or a fireplace. It could even be a particular piece of furniture like a bookcase or a sofa. If possible, avoid blocking its view. For the room to have the most impact, the focal point should be readily visible to anyone walking into the room.

Create Balance

There are two types of balance in design: symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical is when there are two of everything. Asymmetrical, on the other hand, which is the lack of symmetry, can still have balance, depending on how it’s positioned. While symmetry is generally easy to obtain, it can get boring at times. Adding asymmetry to a room can grab attention.

Have a Purpose 

Could someone walk into your house and know which room is the family room? To put it simply, each room needs to speak for itself. A family room would have things like a comfy sofa and chairs in front of a TV or a table in the corner for games. An office would have a desk and maybe some bookcases. Designing each room with a purpose in mind will eliminate any confusion and bring harmony to the space.

Size Variation

To add visual interest to your space, mix furnishings of various sizes. Avoid filling the room with the same size pieces. For example, a large sectional, overstuffed chairs and a big coffee table would be overpowering in one room. Something a little less cumbersome would be the large sectional, paired with some smaller armchairs and an end table or two. Keeping the sizes mixed will give the room character.

When you are looking for a cushion and fabric store near Plano, TX, take a short drive to our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics and cushions. We have something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics, colorful outdoor fabrics, light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.


Home Décor Trends for 2012

Dallas decorating trends 2012 fabricsNowadays, home decorating is more personal, truly reflecting your tastes, interests and styles, more than just playing it safe. Bold colors, whimsical creatures, and gutsy patterns are just some of the things you can find and incorporate into your space. Here’s a look at some trends that will be popular this year.

Bold colors. We’re not talking about on pillows or window treatments. One of the latest trends is anchoring the room with a large piece of furniture covered in a big color. Each year Pantone reveals its must-have color of the year. For 2012, the color is Tangerine Tango. That, along with jewel tones and shades of purples and reds will be very popular.

Stunning stairs. The new stair makeover craze seems to be getting more and more popular. From multiple colors to printed words to mix-and-match patterns, people are finding ways to let their stairway make a statement.

Fowl play. A trend of the past has been reborn—only this time, it’s better. This new trend of owls and birds seems to be taking over by storm. Today’s themes are a combination of vintage and modern in fun colors, which makes it look quite fashionable for almost any room.

Wall art. Mainly wall words and trees, as in family trees. Wall words are a nice touch for areas such as the entryway, a kid’s room, bathroom or hallway. When it comes to trees, they make a great backdrop for your framed photos. Both the wall words and trees can either be painted or stenciled on the wall, but they also come as decals.

Green living. Many people have jumped on the eco-friendly bandwagon. The demand for both recycled and energy-efficient products for the home are on the rise, and surprisingly, they make for beautiful design.

Mixed Hardware Metals. Gold tones and mixed metal accents are hot this year. Unless you’re going for an eclectic look, it’s best to stick with two, maybe three, metals. Take notice of tones and hues leaning toward colors that compliment each other.  The wrong mixture of tones and hues can make your space looked disconnected, rather than harmonious. The finish of the metal is also an element that can be mixed. In other words, it’s not always just about tone or color. Since metal is a natural material, it has a neutral appearance, making it easy to incorporate into any style of room.

Most of these are becoming so popular they’ll probably be around for quite a while, but it’s always wise to stick with a trend you can be happy with for a long time. If you intentionally shy away from trends, stick with the basics and incorporate small portions of a trend you do like. Above all else make sure whatever you choose is something you’ll really enjoy.

At our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx , we carry all of the trends, but at huge discounts. Come by for your next project to get great quality fabrics at wholesale prices!


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