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8 Easy Ways to Turn Your Bedroom into Comfortable and Stylish Sanctuary.

Considering the bedroom isn’t a room regularly seen by guests, it’s no surprise that it often gets left out of the home decorating plans. With that said, you will spend one-third of your life sleeping in it, so why not customize it to suit your style? Here are some simple tips on how to make your bedroom a comfortable sanctuary where sleeping is pleasurable and waking up is exciting.

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Remove the unnecessary. Paring down your bedroom to the bare essentials can make it look and feel much more relaxing. In other words, remove the clutter. If there are pieces of furniture or other items that aren’t needed, let them go, so you have space to rearrange what you need to keep. Try consigning them to make save time and make extra cash for your other update. Alternatively, you can repurpose them in another room, or donate them to a great cause! If you’re starting from scratch, look at it like this: if there are fewer furnishings to buy, it gives you the opportunity to invest in higher-quality pieces. Remember, the purpose is to create a space that encourages sleep and rejuvenation. Removing unnecessary items will allow you to do just that.

Choose calming colors. Color affects our moods in more ways than we probably realize, so keep that in mind when the time comes to paint your bedroom. Everyone has their perception of what feels relaxing, so take the time to focus on a variety of colors and pay careful attention to the ones that put you at ease. In most cases, lighter colors tend to come across as fresh and tranquil. However, darker neutrals, like charcoal gray can be just as soothing. If neutrals don’t do it for you, other colors most people find relaxing are pale greens, blues, and purples.

Layer in a variety of textures. A variety of different textures are a wonderful way to feed both your sense of touch and sense of sight. Without texture, a room can look and feel cold and hard, rather than warm and welcoming. Woven window treatments, fabric lampshades, chunky textiles, and natural architectural elements such as exposed brick and wooden beams are some great ways to enhance the textural aspect of your bedroom.

Create an amazing headboard. Not only will an upholstered headboard make a nice focal point, but it will also be much more comfortable to rest your head against. With so many styles of headboards and fabrics available, you’re sure to find exactly what you want. We have a variety of headboard styles that can be custom made to fit any design style.

Soften the lighting. A bedroom should be a soothing place that helps you fall asleep faster. To ensure that happens, focus on ways to soften the lighting. Install dimmer switches that will allow you to control the light in your room or, at the very least, ditch the overhead light altogether, using only lamps or sconces instead. To minimize outdoor lights that can disrupt your sleep, consider hanging blackout liners on draperies.

Use your favorite fabric as the starting point. It doesn’t matter if it’s a certain color, texture or pattern, hone in on what you love the most and then build from there. Try to stick with the rule of three: one large pattern, one medium and one small. Incorporating a solid fabric for the small pattern is also an option that will bring great results. If your space can handle it, consider adding an accent fabric. When used sparingly, an accent fabric can give you a little extra punch. Add it to something simple like a pillow or throw. This could be your solid color piece if you decided to keep three patterns.

Make the entire room your canvas, not just the bed. You can dress up the bed, but don’t forget the other areas of the room. Be sure to spread your fabrics throughout, to tie the whole room together and create harmony.

Change with the seasons. This may not be ideal for everyone, but it’s a good way to preserve the life of your fabrics and keep the room exciting all-year round. Deck the room in cool-colored fabrics for spring and summer and then swap them out for a warmer palette during the fall and winter months.

Ready to turn your bedroom into your sanctuary? Let us help! Stop by one of our showrooms or browse online to see our extensive selection of fabrics, headboards, pillows, rugs, and more!

Your Guide to Velvet Types, Pros and Cons, Uses and Care. Velvet: A Fabric to Love.

Ahhh, velvet. It’s regal, it’s soft–what’s not to love?

There really is something special about velvet–so much in fact, it’s often used to describe how delectable certain things are. Think about it. Red velvet cupcakes sound much more alluring than plain cupcakes. Velvet slippers feel much more decadent than cotton ones. You’ve probably even heard soft or flowing things referred to as being “velvety smooth.”

Dating back thousands of year, this tufted fabric was once associated with nobility only. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. Today, we see velvet all around us, being used in our wardrobes and in our homes.

So let’s take a deeper look at this sumptuous fabric with its soft, distinctive feel, and how it’s the perfect choice for those places in your home that need an extra layer of coziness and style.

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Types of Velvet

Velvet can be made from a variety of fibers such as cotton, linen, mohair, wool, and silk. Although each fiber produces different results, velvet still remains a lovely choice for home decorating.

Linen Velvet: Linen velvet has thin striations and a nubby surface that give it a textured, dry appearance. This variety is cooler on the body and looks lovely in casual living settings.

Silk Velvet: Silk velvet is an experience like no other. It’s pronounced luster comes from its silk filaments that act like prisms reflecting light. It’s smooth to the touch and often gives off the appearance of being wet.

Printed Velvet: Did you know that velvet is available in more than just solid colors? Some velvets are topically printed with delightful patterns that can make big statements in a home.

Mohair Velvet: Mohair velvet is made from the hair of Angora goats. This variety is extremely durable and less prone to becoming crushed or matted, making it a great choice for areas that get heavier use.

Devore Velvet: Even if you aren’t familiar with the name, you’re probably familiar with the look. Devore velvet, more commonly known as burnout velvet, goes through a chemical process which leaves velvet only in the patterned areas against a semi-transparent (burned out) background. This variety is lightweight and full of texture.

Crushed Velvet: Crushed velvet gets its unmistakable appearance because of its unique fabrication process. While still wet, the fabric is crushed and twisted as it’s pulled through a narrow cylinder. Afterwards, it is dried in a crumpled form. In many cases, crushed velvet is used in more nontraditional spaces.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Velvet

Before deciding on fabrics for your home, it’s always best to be aware of its pros and cons. First, let’s take a look at some of the advantages.

Velvet is soft and luxurious. People don’t typically buy velvet because it’s practical. Pretty much the opposite, actually. It’s a special fabric and it’s used for special applications. There’s really no other fabric that has the suppleness that velvet offers naturally.

Velvet is rich in color. Velvet is dyed after its been woven, and because of the pile of its fibers, it accepts the dye very well. The result? Rich, rich colors.

Velvet offers good insulation. Since velvet is thick and dense, it makes a wonderful insulation barrier that can be especially beneficial for windows.

Now, for the disadvantages.

Velvet can be difficult to clean. Yes, it’s true–but it’s worth it. To make it less of a challenge, buy a lint brush and use it regularly. If you have pets, this might not be a great fabric choice as it’s a magnet for fur.

Velvet can wear easily. Of course, this will vary based on the variety of velvet you choose. Taking heed to where the fabric will be used is a great way to make a good decision. Make sure you choose a more durable variation for high-use areas of your home.

Velvet can be expensive. Granted, it is more affordable than it used to be, but it’s still a bit of an investment. With that said, many discount fabric outlets have a decent selection for those looking to save some money. Prices typically depend on the variety.

How to Use Velvet in Your Home

The best thing about velvet is its texture, but if it’s not used appropriately, it can be very overwhelming. Velvet can be many things: seductive, classy, chic, or glamorous–but too much in one space minimizes the elegance, making it seem almost tacky. You don’t want it to lose its impact, which is why it’s important to use it sparingly. Keep reading for a few ideas on how to incorporate velvet into your home décor.

The Bedroom

The bedroom is a perfect place to start. What better place to surround yourself with comfort? For a classy look, try a velvet-covered headboard. Throw a velvet blanket on top of the bedding to have accessible warmth whenever you need it. For something a little more daring, skip the headboard and wrap the box spring in velvet. Not only will it look luxurious, you can do without the bed frame.

Formal Areas

Formal living rooms or formal eating areas such as the dining room are great places to use velvet. The easiest, and possibly the best way, is through drapery. Adding long velvet drapes to your windows are a wonderful way to bring drama into the space. To top it off, consider reupholstering pieces like dining room chairs, a chaise lounge, or a chair and ottoman.

Casual Spaces

A super easy way to bring a little elegance into your casual spaces is with decorative pillows and throws. Even the most casual chair or loveseat can look glam with some fringed velvet pillows or a soft throw draped over it. If your casual space is all about fun, add one colorful velvet piece of furniture to your room.

How to Clean Velvet Upholstery

Earlier, it was mentioned that velvet can be challenging to clean. To avoid damaging its beautiful plushness, you have to take great care when cleaning it. Here are some basic tips to follow when it comes time to freshen it up:

  1. Use a soft bristle hairbrush, velvet brush or cloth to smooth or to keep dust and debris at bay. Always brush in the direction of the nap.
  2. Vacuum excess dust, dirt or fuzz on the fabric surface. A special attachment for velvet can be found at appliance stores where vacuums are sold or at fine furniture stores.
  3. To remove creases, use a steamer. Use a moderate pace until it disappears.
  4. If liquid spills, try to remove as much moisture as you can from the upholstery. The best way to accomplish this is to use a dry absorbent cloth. Dab lightly to avoid pushing the moisture further into the fabric.
  5. To tackle stains, mix a few drops of dish detergent in a small amount of warm water and create suds. Apply lightly and try not to over wet the spot. For stubborn stains, use a dry cleaning solvent.
  6. Let the fabric air-dry. A hair dryer set on low heat can be used to speed up the process if needed. Hold it about 5 inches away from the fabric and keep moving to avoid damage.

Now that you know a little bit more about velvet are you ready to add it to your home’s décor? Stop in at Cutting Corners in Dallas, Tx where we have huge sales going on in addition to our already wholesale prices on Designer Fabrics, Drapery Hardware, Curtain Rods, Rugs and more.

12 Popular Types of Home Design to Help You Determine Your Personal Style.

How do you define your design style? Does your current interior reflect what you think it is? Do you even know what all your options are?

There are many ways you can design a home, but if you don’t understand the styles that exist, it can be difficult to decide which way to go. Here’s a rundown of some popular types of home design that might help you determine what your personal design style is.

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Romantic

If you love all things soft and feminine, then your style may be romantic. Romantic is a relaxed style characterized by soft pastel color schemes and sheer, light fabrics. Upholstery fabrics, as well as fabrics for pillows and throws, range from silk, matelassé, velvet and chenille. Of course romantic style wouldn’t be complete without a little sparkle either, so accents of silver, crystal and pearlized shell are great ways to finish off the space.

Modern

If sleek, smooth and polished describes your personality, then the style for you may be modern. Modern is known for its neutral color palette, geometric shapes and asymmetrical look. White walls are usually support the neutral tone-on-tone colors throughout the room.

Old World

If you consider yourself a history buff, or appreciate pieces that tell a story, then your style may be old world. Old world design revolves around dark-stained, aged, distressed, and textured furnishings, architectural details such as exposed beams and arches, and accents like woven tapestries.

Cottage

If you have a fondness for aged pieces and pastel, botanical palettes, then your style may be cottage. Cottage design is about color and comfort, focusing on causal, weathered and sometimes painted pieces of furniture. Other furnishings may include iron and wicker chairs slipcovered and accented with floral cushions.

Eclectic

If you just can’t decide on one favorite style, then eclectic style might be for you. The great thing about eclectic is that you can fill the room with a mix of different styles and periods, as well as various accessories. All you really need is a similar color, texture, finish or pattern to pull everything together.

Asian

If you’re all about Feng Shui, then Asian style might help you maintain that balance. Asian design can pull in a variety of design elements from places such as Vietnam, China, Japan and Thailand, which gives you more decorating options. Although furnishings are often sparse and low to the ground, the ever-popular cushions and pillows in this style provide a comfortable space.

Mediterranean

If you love to travel, and are drawn to the countries north of the Mediterranean Sea, including Spain, Greece and Italy, then Mediterranean style is for you. Mediterranean design is often referred to as Spanish modern, incorporating décor ranging from simple to formal. Walls are often textured, hardware is heavy, and the furniture is ornate. Colors echo the sea and sky but can also include warm shades of terra cotta, lavender and yellow.

Transitional

If you prefer a clean and serene atmosphere, then transitional design may be your style. Because of the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary designs, transitional is favored by many homeowners. Its classic and timeless design is due to a variety of factors including the simple, sophistication of furniture lines, the diversity of fabric textures and patterns, the neutral color palette and the minimalist approach to accessories.

Art Deco

Exuberant and suave, sophisticated and innovative–that’s Art Deco design style. Bold and glamorous, yet functional, Art Deco was a style that peaked in the late 1920s and early ’30s. Mood lighting, geometric shapes, sleek surfaces, lush textiles, lacquered furniture, mirrored furnishings, and black and white color palettes are just some of the key elements that make this design style so dynamic.

Coastal 

While coastal design can be tweaked to mimic its location, American coastal, fondly called “beach house”, is the most common. If you enjoy your toes in the sand, the breeze in your hair, and the view of sea and sky, then this is probably your style. While seaside motifs can be appropriate, a well-designed coastal space eases people into the mood in a more subtle manner. Open spaces with abundant light, pale neutrals, natural fibers, crisp fabrics, casual furniture complete with light, weathered woods, are key components to a welcoming coastal home.

Bohemian

If you want freedom to express your own unique individuality however you want to, you may be a bohemian. There’s a huge misconception about this design style, which often has people shying away from it. Contrary to popular belief, most bohemian spaces are not ones of complete disarray. In fact, when done right, a bohemian style home can take both the carefree and the unusual and turn it into something glamorous. Warm earthy colors, metallics, and jewel tones open up a world of color palette options, while a mix and match of materials and textiles add to the charm. Furnishings and accessories are often second hand and vintage pieces–each with their own story–that can easily be found at flea markets and antique stores.

Farmhouse

While there are specific elements that define it, farmhouse tends to be more of a way of life, or even an attitude, more than an actual style. So much in fact, that the look doesn’t require that you actually live on a farm–or even in a rural location for that matter. Farmhouse sinks, shiplap, rustic furnishings, natural textiles, vintage touches, and gallons of white paint are pretty much all it takes to round out a modern farmhouse interior that would make Joanna Gaines beam with pride.

Know your design style? Let us help you make your vision a reality. Be sure to stop into one of our showrooms or shop online for fabrics, custom pillows, and rugs that can fit any design style.

10 Key Features of Spanish Style Interiors

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Spanish style homes are quite unique. The rustic yet elegant look has a timeless appeal that is hard to beat. Although Spanish inspired design is more prevalent throughout Sun Belt states like Nevada, New Mexico, Florida, Arizona, and California, there are several key features that make it easy to add Spanish flair to your home regardless of your location. Let’s take a look at 10 of them that will make your home muy bonito!  

UNO: Decorative wrought iron.

Not only is hand-forged ironwork is a centuries-old trade, it is a very prominent feature in Spanish-style homes. The architecture will often include ironwork on doors, lighting, stairways, and hardware.

DOS: Arches.

Arches are elegant and style-defining. In addition to interior archways, you will find arched doors, windows, alcoves, and niches.

TRES: Tiles on risers.

Risers covered in Mexican or Catalina style tile add beauty to stairways with their intricate patterns and eye-catching colors. These tiles also provide protection against scuffs and scratches, making them a functional addition as well. Combining different patterns is actually encouraged–just make sure the colors work well together.

QUATRO: Warm wood details.

Doors, floors, and furniture are popular features showcased by warm wood full of rich tones. If the pieces are heavily detailed with a pattern, even better. Many homes even feature warm wood on the ceilings whether it’s the entire ceiling or exposed wooden beams. Wood selections fitting for this design include ebony, walnut, butternut, teak, mahogany, and rosewood.

CINCO: Stucco walls.

Historically, stucco walls were a practical way to keep the interior cooler, however, they are now are also considered a key design feature. At one time, simple, crisp white was the preferred choice. While white is still popular, the style now embraces painting walls with layers of warm tones.

SEIS: Succulent garden.

The exterior of a Spanish-style home often includes succulents. Not only do succulents provide beautiful color and texture, they are drought tolerant and very easy to maintain.

SIETE: Mexican pavers.

Mexican pavers are handmade clay pavers that are traditionally made by Mexican artisans. They have been around for hundreds of years with design methods passed down for generations. Mexican pavers come in a multitude of shapes, sizes and colors and are individually named–typically after the town or region where the clay was found. Mexican pavers are equally as popular for the interior of Spanish-style homes as they are for the exterior.

OCHO: Rich textiles.

Rich fabrics are a traditional part of Spanish interiors. Something such as velvet curtains, for windows and entryways, are a great example. Not only does their richness add to the drama of the architecture, they pair beautifully with all the ironwork. Other textiles to use include Old World-style tapestries, Persian or Navajo rugs, upholstery fabrics, and accessories, such as pillows and throws. Our Capri and our Shabala are two fabrics that can offer both color and pattern for your Spanish-inspired design.

NUEVE: Eclectic furniture.

In Spanish-style homes, you have so much freedom to mix several different styles of furniture. With simple and somewhat organic architecture, an assortment of eclectic furnishings can easily be displayed. Think Indian, Moroccan, Syrian, and African pieces–pretty much anything goes!

DIEZ: Earth tones.

Within the walls of a Spanish-style home, you’ll find lots of warm, earth tones. Typical colors often include warm hues of reds, oranges, and browns, with accent colors such as turquoise green, blue and yellow. Colors tend to be displayed by way of textured walls and ceilings, wood flooring or beams, decorative tiles, large floral arrangements, and a variety of accents.

 

6 Fun & Beautiful Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas: Part 2

 6 Fun & Beautiful Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas: Part 2

We hope you liked our first three Valentine’s Day decorating projects. Here we’ll cover the remaining three, which are fun and easy to make, as well as a beautiful addition to your home during the holiday.

4) Festive Accent Pillow

Accent pillows are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to add some holiday flair to your home. For Valentine’s Day, dress up a plain pillow using stencils and fabric paint. Words such as “love,” “kiss me,” or “be mine” can easily be stenciled on a plain pillow of your choice. For additional flair, alternate the colors for each letter. And don’t hesitate to cut out your own letters, rather than purchasing readymade stencils.

5) Hearts Garland

Garlands can dress up any mantel, headboard, cabinetry or mirror. And they don’t just have to be made out of greenery either. For a quick but pretty garland, grab some patterned hard stock paper and cut out oversized hearts. Cut parallel vertical slits near the center of each heart and then thread them together using valentine-themed ribbon.

A bit more time-consuming, but definitely worth the effort, is a garland of hearts made from fabric. To create, cut hearts of two different sizes from fabric scraps. Lay the smaller heart over the larger, attaching it with iron-on adhesive, for a fun, layered look. Punch small holes in the sides, tie them together with ribbon and string it up!

6) Creative Candles

Candles are always a nice touch no matter what the occasion. For something simple, take plain glass votive candleholders and fill the bottom with candy nonpareils in valentine colors. You can also use small beads. Place the votive candle inside and you’re done!

Another option is to take tall pillar candles or glass candleholders and wrap them with ribbon. Lacy designs and ribbon in shades of red and pink are perfect for Valentine’s Day décor. To hold your ribbon in place, use double-sided tape.

Before you toss out any old glassware, consider reusing smaller glasses as candleholders by etching them with festive motifs. Etching kits can be found at craft stores and are easy to use. Etch glasses with hearts or words, add a candle and enjoy!

These are just some of the many ideas that are out there when it comes to Valentine’s Day decorating. For more ideas, check out websites like Pinterest, which are great when it comes to providing holiday inspiration!

Visit us at Cutting Corners Dallas to find your favorite designer fabrics at discounted prices.

6 Fun & Beautiful Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas: Part 1

 6 Fun & Beautiful Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas: Part 1

Connect with your inner romantic and express your affection by creating some of these fun and beautiful Valentine’s Day decorations. From mantel décor to wall art, these projects are sure to sweeten up your home.

1)    Valentine Memory Boards

Display your favorite valentine memories on decorative memory boards. Select light to medium weight fabrics, such as cotton or polyester, which will be easier to wrap around a ½-inch-thick square or rectangular piece of cork. Valentine’s Day patterned fabrics are an obvious pick, however you can make beautiful boards with coordinating fabrics in shades of pink and red. Whichever fabric you choose, wrap the fabric to the back, staple it in place, and mount them to the wall with removable hooks and picture hangers so they can be changed out as needed. Our Abigail, Banzi and Jakara are a few excellent choices to get you started.

2)    Handmade Artwork

Making wall or shelf art—themed or not—is much easier than many people realize. For Valentine’s Day this year, consider making some handmade artwork for your home. A framed collage is a great place to start. To make, cut out repeating shapes in various sizes (something like birds, hearts, cupids or lips) from a variety of decorative scrapbook paper or fabric and then mount them to white cardstock with spray adhesive. Once it’s dry, place it in a frame and then rest it on a shelf or hang it on a wall.

Another option is to frame a love quote. Using a die-cutting tool, cut out a quote, and then adhere the letters to black, red, or pink cardstock. Tape your finished piece to a mirror that has an intricate frame. Place it on a shelf or mantle along amidst other themed decorations.

3)    Decorative Wreath

A wreath is pretty much a décor essential whether it’s for a holiday or not. A door just doesn’t look quite as welcoming without one, so this year deck yours out with something festive! A fun wreath to make is one covered with paper curls. To curl, tightly wrap 1×6-inch strips of patterned paper around a pencil and then create a loop by gluing the curl’s ends together. Using hot glue, attach the paper loops to an 8-inch foam wreath form. Repeat until the form is covered, lightly brush it with liquid adhesive and then sprinkle it with glitter. For added flair, embellish it with a printed Valentine’s Day sentiment.

Be sure to come back to read about projects 4-6, which are sure to be just as much fun to make as these first 3!

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Mansfield, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Fort Worth, TX on South Hulen Street for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Cozy Fall Color Schemes

Cozy Fall Color Schemes

Temperatures are dropping, which means fall is making it’s way here. Have you given much thought to your fall home décor? What about color schemes? While orange is considered fall’s signature color, there are other modern and sophisticated to bring fall in with other hues. Here’s a brief look into how fall color schemes can work to make home feel ultra cozy for the fall months ahead.

Soothing Scheme

If you want a soothing feel, look for colors that have a gray undertone. Colors that mimic wheat, flaxseed, or a golden pear, will definitely blend nicely together for a soothing effect.

Earthy Scheme

To have the room grounded, look for rich earthy colors. Shades like taupe and sienna, blended with a color reflecting of stone, are the way to go. The pop of red adds a bit of life to the overall serene feel.

Modern Scheme

Who said pumpkin orange was the only way to bring a fall feel into the home? It doesn’t really matter though, since that’s no longer the case. An updated and modern fall scheme will be full of drama. A rich wine color paired with soft gray and soft gold is a great way to incorporate a new fall vibe within your home.

Cool Scheme

To have a cool and refined color scheme, shoot for fall hues that range from dark to light, with a pop of color in between. For example you could use a dark brown that verges on the color of espresso and a soft green with gray undertone paired with a medium dusty gold.

Warm Scheme

For a feeling of comfort and warmth, think pumpkin pie and piece together a three-color scheme that evokes it. Perhaps a light, almost translucent tan to represent the crust, a warm pumpkin or nutmeg color and then a gray tone to balance the two. It will look just as delicious as it sounds.

But Don’t Forget…

As always, there are standard colors that will always work together. Colors such as the ones listed below should not be overlooked:

  • Shades of red paired with khaki neutral
  • Pale peach paired with citrus orange and topped with pops of lime green
  • Cream (buttercream) and pumpkin orange
  • Slate blue blended with a light shade of purple
  • Neutrals with warm yellows
  • Bright raspberry paired with pear green
  • Soft rose teamed with either bold salmon or chocolate brown
  • Charcoal gray and teal blue with accents of white

Fall Home Decor Trends for 2013

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As summer nears to a close, it’s time to start thinking about what’ll be hot in home decor this fall. From colors to fabrics & materials and things in between, here’s a look at what will be at the forefront this season.

Bold Colors

This fall is all about bold colors, and Pantone, the color experts, have released some beautiful colors to choose from. This year’s fall 2013 color report includes a versatile palette including Mykonos Blue, Linden Green, Acai, Samba, Koi, Deep Lichen Green, Vivacious, Turbulence, Carafe, and Emerald, the color of the year. Whether you choose from these, or just use them for inspiration in finding something similar, bold colors are worth incorporating into your home through paint, fabric, accents or whatever other vessels you can find.

Sustainability and Durability

Each year, it seems as though sustainable and durable products, made of natural materials, are more and more in demand. From ceilings to countertops to floors and even walls, raw and exposed products made of natural materials like stone, wood, cork and metal, will be desired in the home. Not only do they look great and last long, they help sustain the environment around us.

Graphic Patterns

Graphic patterns have been a hot trend for a couple of years now and it appears as though that’s not going to change. Chevron will still be a top pick, but so will patterns such as stripes, herringbone, houndstooth, large plaids, and anything geometric. While you can use graphic patterns to reupholster furniture, you can also incorporate it in smaller ways through items such as fabric draperies, area rugs, accent pillows and bed linen.

Touches of Brass

Light fixtures, faucets and accents like candle holders, lamp bases, or picture frames will be best when made of brass. The element is making a big comeback because it mixes well with other metals, making it the perfect trend to incorporate into your home.

Decking the Walls with Art

If you haven’t been taking advantage of the art fairs that pass through your town, maybe you should start. A great way to bring color and personality into your space, without costing a fortune, is by adding pieces of art. Whether it’s something inexpensive from a local artist, or something pricy bought from an art gallery showing, you can’t go wrong. This is a trend that will probably be around for quite a while.

Designing Your Bedroom as a Couple

Designing Your Bedroom as a Couple Dallas

We all know that relationships require compromise. While some things are easily agreed upon, other things like home decor – specifically the bedroom – can be a bit more challenging. It really doesn’t have to be though. In fact, combining both of your styles can actually be fun and work well together, when approached in the right way. Here are some tips to help you get a bedroom you can both enjoy.

Combine Your Favorite Colors

What are your favorite colors? You’d be amazed at how many color combinations actually work together, so in most cases, two favorite colors can blend nicely in a single space. If you can’t find happiness within those color choices, stick with a neutral foundation and add each of your favorite colors in small pops throughout the room.  Selecting pillows and drapes with appropriately colored fabric is a quick way to add color.

Mix and Match Patterns

Just like colors, there are many patterns that blend very well together – including feminine and masculine ones. Incorporate a feminine touch with a floral accent wall or area rug and add masculinity with something like striped window treatments or a chair upholstered in plaid fabric. As long as you stick with no more than 3 patterns of a large, medium and small scale, you should be just fine.

Think Romantic, Yet Practical

You want romance in the boudoir, but there is no need to go overboard with the frills. In fact, too many frills like an abundance of candles or excessive window treatments can cause distraction and make the room feel stuffy. Save the candles for more special occasions and use soft lighting on a regular basis by way of bedside lamps, wall sconces, or an overhead light with a dimmer.

Hang Artwork You Both Love

One sure-fire way to make the bedroom enjoyable is by hanging pictures of places you love to visit. Have a favorite picture or two from a favorite vacation spot? Have it blown up and framed for your wall. There is no need to hang meaningless pictures on the wall when it is possible to make the space special with personal photos with great memories.

Getting Started

Before you get started, it’s a good idea to gather all of your likes together so you can determine what will work. A wonderful place to do that is online via Pinterest. Create a board together and pin things you both really love up there. This gives you a great visual, which will make putting all the pieces together for your bedroom much easier.

Tips for Arranging Furniture

Tips for Arranging Furniture Ft Worth

Furniture arrangement instantly sets the tone for how that room will be lived in. Whether you’re relaxing or entertaining, where you place your furniture is important. Here are some tips for arranging your furniture in the best way possible.

Tip #1: Take good measurements

This mainly applies to the purchase of new furniture. While “winging it” is okay in some cases, when it comes to buying furniture, it’s best to be certain that the piece will fit in the space rather than taking a chance. Your measurements should include the dimensions of the room and lengths of the walls, as well as the widths of doorways and hallways to ensure the piece can make it into the house.

Tip #2: Make the focal point obvious

One of the worst mistakes of home decorating is failing to showcase the focal point. In the living room, one of the obvious focal points would be the fireplace. If the room is lacking one however, orient the seating to take advantage of what view the room does have to offer, like the TV or some windows. You can even create your own focal point with a piece of artwork, a large mirror or a vignette of objects on a shelf.

In the bedroom, the bed should always be the focal point. Whether it’s the headboard or the bedding and pillows, find a way to make your bed stand out.

Tip #3: Plan out the walkways

When it comes to the bedroom, allow at least 2 feet on either side of the bed, and try to keep it at least 3 feet away from the door. In other areas like the living room, game room or family room, think about the flow. Where do you want the traffic to go? For instance, if that chair is place there, will someone always have to cut through in front of the TV? You want to make sure that you can get through a room relatively easily.

Tip #4: Create a balance

There are two types of balance: symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical is a bit more obvious as there is always two of everything in the design. Asymmetry, the lack of symmetry, can be more of a challenge to get right, but it brings more excitement into the room.

Tip #5: Make sure the room has purpose

If someone walks into your home would they understand the purpose of each room? To put it simply, each room should be able to speak for itself. For example, a family room would have items like a comfy sofa and chairs, a TV and entertainment center and possibly a small game table. An office would have a desk and some bookcases. You get the idea. Each room having a voice will eliminate any confusion and bring harmony to the space.

Additional Tips

A few more tips to keep in mind:

  • Round tables with pedestal bases work better in smaller or square dining rooms, while rectangular tables work better in bigger spaces. Make sure traffic flows around it nicely.
  • Seating should have space around it. Even if you pull the couch out a few inches away from the wall, you will make the space seem larger.
  • Mix furnishings of various sizes to create interest in your space.