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10 Ways to Master Hygge in Your Home

The Danish practice of hygge is quickly gaining popularity–and rightfully so. If you aren’t familiar with it yet, ‘hygge’ (pronounced hoo-gah) is the Danish concept of taking pleasure in the little things in life. Roughly translated as ‘coziness’ in English, hygge is a mindset of making the ordinary things and moments more meaningful, beautiful and special. Hygge isn’t something you can buy, but rather a way of life you have to embrace. Here are ways you can master hygge in your home.

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1. Turn up the heat. Nothing says cozy like the flicker a crackling fire. If you don’t have a fireplace in your home, don’t fret–you can easily create that warm and cozy vibe by lighting a variety of candles. If you’re eco-conscious, skip the paraffin based candles and opt for ones made from beeswax or organic soy instead.

2. Dim the lights. Overhead lights are often too bright and harsh. To create a homey feeling, dim the lights or turn them off altogether, relying only on lamps and candles.

3. Cut the clutter. Cozy does not necessarily equate clutter. In true hygge fashion, if it doesn’t bring you joy, clear it out.

4. Layer on the fuzzy. A big part of hygge is texture. Incorporating layers of soft items, such as fleece throws, fluffy pillows, shag rugs, and plush furniture will bring your hygge to a heightened level.

5. Fill your mugs regularly. What better way to embrace hygge than with a mug of piping hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate? Don’t bother putting the tea kettle away. Keep it handy so you can refill your mug easily.

6. Soak in the tub. During your home’s hygge transition, don’t forget about the bathroom. You can easily create a space to decompress by incorporating some candles, essential oils, bath products, and fluffy towels.

7. Get tech savvy. Did you know that technology can actually contribute to your home’s coziness? Being able to set up a playlist and wireless speakers for music, or navigating an app that can control lighting and temperature, can really make your time at home all the more relaxing.

8.  Be selective in your furnishings. Hygge is all about quality and meaningfulness, so be selective when you go out shopping. Instead of purchasing a lot of mass-produced items, decorate your home with furniture and accents that are meaningful to you. These can include items that were gifted, passed down, purchased on your travels or even an antique with a rich history.

9. Bring the outdoors in. If you don’t live in a rural area or have property, that’s okay. Even if you live in the city, you can bring a bit of nature inside. If greenery isn’t your thing, you can bring in natural materials, such as stone, leather, and wood.

10. Gather together. The best moments in life generally include family and friends. Filling your home regularly with those you love is just about as hygge as it can get.

Greenery: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Since Pantone’s introduction of the Color of the Year in 2000, we’ve seen a variety of hues that have captured our attention. Each year, the color has been reflective of our cultural climate–and this year is no different.

As a society, we have reached a crescendo in the “going green” movement. A greater majority are seeking to unplug from the busyness of life in order to reconnect with what’s real. This mindset has influenced the way people live, what they eat, how they decorate their home, and how they look at the planet as a whole. Pantone has once again taken note and picked a color truly reflective of where we are today.

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Meet Greeny–a fresh and zesty color that signals us to restore, replenish, recharge, and reconnect. Greenery is a hue that represents new beginnings; an awakening. It’s meant to stir us to purge out the excess so we can hone in on the most important things in life.

Pantone says, “Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.”

In addition to Greenery, nine other colors can be found in new color palette. They include Niagara, Primrose Yellow, Lapis Blue, Flame, Island Paradise, Pale Dogwood, Pink Yarrow, Kale , and Hazelnut.

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Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute states that the 2017 Spring Color Report “evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling” because the hues are reminiscent of those that surround us in nature.

Decorating with Greenery

Greenery is certainly a color that will allow you to bring the feel of the great outdoors inside the home. This color is so versatile, it can be used in numerous ways, including paint, accent furniture, and home accessories, to name a few. Create a botanical theme, go bold with a single large upholstered piece, or simply use Greenery in small doses for pops of color throughout the space.

Here are two fabrics we offer that can help you get the look:

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Looking for a great designer fabric at an affordable price? Take a quick trip to our Interior Fabrics showroom in Austin, Tx for great deals on all kinds of fabrics fabrics. You will find colors, textures, and furniture to make your bedroom a romantic retreat for you and your loved one.

Giving Your Child Creative Freedom with Their Bedroom

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If you have children, you are fully aware of the stage of independence. All of a sudden, your little one has a voice–and it’s one that needs to be listened to. When it comes to decorating your home, you may not feel comfortable with them giving input in the entire decorating process, and that’s okay. You should, however, try to give them creative freedom in smaller doses–like the bedroom. Being able to have some input on their personal space will not only make them feel like a valued member of the family, it’ll also make them a much happier child. Here are some ways you can give your child creative freedom (while still maintaining a little control).

Let them choose the color palette. Ultimately, you have the final say, but there’s really no harm in letting your child pick the colors for their room. Take a trip together to the hardware store and let them choose their favorite paint swatches. It’s almost a guarantee that he or she will hand you some crazy colors–but that’s okay. Have them narrow it down to their top three and work from there. If the color is way over the top, pull a few toned down swatches of their top choices, telling them those brighter colors can be brought in with a wall mural, painted furniture, or accents.

Fabric choices also fall into the realm of the color palette. Take a fun trip to the fabric store, letting your little one point out some of their favorites. Since they’ll be the one spending the most time in the space, it’s important that they have fabrics they enjoy. To make things easier narrow down a variety of textures, patterns, and colors for them to choose from.

Skip the themes. Sure, themes can be cute and fun, but they don’t leave you much room for change. Instead of letting your child decorate their room top to bottom in a theme, guide them to pick small theme-like things as a compromise. Get that pillow with an airplane or princess crown on it, or hang an animal or superhero poster on the wall. This will give them much more room for creativity and flexibility in the long run.

Allow them to display things they like to look at. As long as it’s appropriate, and as long as there’s enough wall space, nothing is really off limits. Names displayed with wooden letters, favorite cartoon characters, handmade collages, sports memorabilia, bowls of collected rocks–these are just some of the ways they can let their personalities shine.

When it’s all said and done, you’ll have one happy kid and the satisfaction of knowing that they are truly pleased with their space.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Reasons Why Neutral Rooms Are Anything But Boring

Forget the myth about neutral colors being boring. Neutrals are a lot of things, but boring is certainly not one of them. Here are 5 reasons why:

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1. Neutrals are a safe zone. There is no reason why this should be looked upon as a bad thing. Contrary to popular belief, neutrals are NOT just for those people less daring when decorating. When you have a monochromatic scheme, you can go in so many directions with tone, depth, pattern, and texture. As long as you make those things important, and focus on having the right amount of each, any room (even a neutral one) can be exciting.

2. Neutrals allow for versatility. Practicality is another thing that sometimes has a bad rap. When you use neutral colors, you have the ability to match and coordinate with a wide array of colors and textures than any other shades out there. It’s this practicality that leads to flexibility when you decide to change up your space.

3. Neutrals are soothing and calming. Your home is your sanctuary. Neutrals can provide that peaceful environment we often crave after a hectic day. A soothing palette easily puts those stresses at ease, creating a home that’s a haven.

4. Neutrals help pops of color and rich textures stand out. When you have a neutral foundation, those pops of colors and fabrics, bountiful in textures, take center stage. Colorful accents become easily changeable and textures become more fun the more neutral the surrounding colors are.

5. Neutrals heighten the sophistication. Trendy colors are fun, but they lack the sophistication that neutrals do. If you want a home that’s classy, rely more on neutrals and save those trendy colors for accents.

Think Outside the Beige

Before we wrap this up, let’s address an issue many people have regarding neutrals: the beige factor. While beige does fall into the neutral category, it’s not the only neutral out there to use. Ivory, taupe, black, gray and white are other suitable options for your interior. Even colors that are prevalent in nature, such as blues and greens, can be considered neutral. With colors such as those, there’s really no reason why your home can’t look amazing.

Hot Pattern Picks for Fall

Each year, we tend to see a parallel between fashion trends and home decor trends. This year is no different. Much of what is popular this fall in the home stems from what hit the runway this season. Let’s take a look at some of the hot pattern picks for fall.

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Botanical Prints

Florals have been trendy for several years now but this year they seem to be a bit more inspired by botanical history books. Large, eye-popping florals are even bigger and brighter than before, especially in cotton prints and wallpaper.

Plant-based motifs, such as ferns, are also making a big comeback. Visit your local department store and you’ll see bedding, throw pillows, and so much more covered in them.

Geometric Prints

If you’re fond of geometrics, opt for patterns like houndstooth or quatrefoil this year. While black-and-white houndstooth is traditional, a bolder color will turn this menswear classic into something fun and fresh. Quatrefoil is a pattern that is quite plentiful in fabrics, wallpaper, home accents and much more. Keep it simple with bedding or pillows or go bold by creating an accent wall with it.

Checks & Plaid

Checks and plaids are classics that are often associated with the fall and winter seasons. These patterns can be a variety of things: serious, laid back, and even playful. Today, you can find checks and plaid in a wide array of sizes and colors, making it easier than ever to use them in your home. Whether you are uber preppy, prefer farmhouse flair, or something in between, these two patterns have got you covered.

Animal Prints

It may seem as though bravery is a prerequisite for using animal prints, but it’s really not. Animal prints can be so much fun! If you aren’t sure what print you prefer, or where to put them, start small. Test the waters with some decorative pillows or a comfy throw to ward off cool nights.  Like it? Take it a step further and consider an area rug, window treatments, or an upholstered chair (like in the picture above). The key, however, is to stick with one print at a time. You want to make a statement, not cause confusion.

We offer several fabrics that fall into each of these trend categories, so be sure to stop by or browse our selection online.

How to Work With the Color Orange in Your Home

Now that autumn is within reach, it’s only natural that we talk a bit about its signature color: orange. A color that reflects many moods, one might think that using such a color in a home requires a lot of bravery. While it may not be an instinctual first choice, it is definitely a color worthy of consideration.

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In its truest form, orange is the perfect mix of red and yellow. But, in a broader sense, it’s so much more than that.  It’s cheery and bold. It can be calm and soothing or vibrant and warm. It’s a color that elevates energy, health, and vitality. It’s a color that evokes happiness, inspires creativity, and provokes optimism. It’s even been known to stimulate appetite and socialization.

This single color can infuse personality into a room with ease–and if this is something your home needs, then orange might be the color for you.

With that said, it can be a color many people aren’t sure how to use. Let’s talk about how to use orange in big ways and in small ones too.

Small Scale Use

If you’re intrigued by a shade of orange but aren’t ready for–or in need of–something bold, keep it simple. Focus on things like accent pillows, vases and picture frames. You can even take it a step further by incorporating it into your home through slightly bigger items such as area rugs, duvet covers, or window treatments. Outdoor spaces are also a great place to try new colors.

Taking a Bigger Leap

If not much holds you back when it comes to test-driving a new color, then there are certainly bigger ways you can use shades of orange in your home. Ready to dive in head first? Start with your walls. It’s a bold move, but orange is a very warm and welcoming color that can make an incredible statement in your home. If you aren’t sure about using it in a prominent area of the home, opt for a more unexpected approach of painting the walls of a powder room or the backs of some built-ins. Orange is also a great color for a gender-neutral nursery.

Another big way to use orange is with fabric. No, I’m not suggesting you cover your entire sofa in tangerine (although you could) but rather something more along the lines of an accent chair. An accent chair in your entryway, study, or living room is a fun way to give the space an extra burst of vitality and personality.

Remember, the color orange is so much more that what you find in a crayon box. Shades of orange range from almost red to something bright like a tangerine, so there are more options than you may realize. Furthermore, fabrics with patterns give you more flexibility. Instead of focusing on solids, look for fabrics that have other colors incorporated within the pattern to make decorating easier.

In closing, I leave you with 3 of our orange-family fabrics. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to try orange in your home this season.

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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

 

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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.

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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.

Blue, A Classic Color that Can Work for Anyone

There’s something special about the color blue. We can see the beauty of it when we look at the sea or when we look at the sky. Blue is a color known to be trustworthy, honest and loyal. It’s peaceful and tranquil, offering a calmness and sense of order without being pushy. It stirs up confidence and fuels wisdom. It can be masculine and feminine. It can be bold and bright or soft and soothing. In all its warm and cool tones, there’s no easier hue to work with. You really just can’t go wrong with using this classic color in your home.

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Blue can have very different effects on a room depending on its temperature. Warm blues contain hints of red, which tend to come toward you, making a room feel cozy. Because of this shades such as slate blue, ocean blue and denim are ideal choices for social spaces like the kitchen, living room, and dining room. Cool blues, on the other hand, have yellow in them and tend to recede, or back away, which can make spaces appear bigger. This means that colors like cobalt, turquoise, and ice blue work well in bedrooms and bathrooms.

Another great thing about this color is that you really can’t have too much of it in one space. With so many ranges of blue at your fingertips, you can layer the variations within a single room–on the walls, the furniture, and the floor–without it ever feeling overdone.

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If all blue is too much for you, consider these options: keep blues localized to the walls and accessories (whispers of blue are an easy way to anchor a calming neutral scheme) or go big and bold with a single piece of furniture upholstered in a hue that’s so deep and rich it becomes the focal point of the room.

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While several colors complement blue, there’s nothing more classic than blue and white. This classic combo will easily

bring a dose of tradition to any room.

One last thing to keep in mind is that blue is the easiest color to experiment with. For those who want a splash of color without being too intense or too bright, blue is the perfect compromise.

If you think you’d like to give blue a try, give some thought to Riverside and Airy Blue–two colors on Pantone’s fall lineup.

 

Also be sure to browse the selection of beautiful blue fabrics we have to offer.

Looking for a fabric store near you in Fort Worth? Stop by our Cutting Corners location in Fort Worth, TX on South Hulen Street for great deals on designer fabrics. You’ll find something for every interior design project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.