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!

 

 

 

 

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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