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Top Benefits of Shopping Online for Fabric

Buying fabric online has become increasingly popular over the years. Thanks to the internet, the way we buy things has become revolutionized. While there are still several perks to conventional shopping at a retail store, there are times when getting your fabric online is best. Here we’ll take a look at some of the top benefits of shopping online for your upholstery and drapery materials.

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Convenience

This is probably one of the biggest reasons people shop online. There are times when it’s just easier, not to mention more comfortable, to shop via the internet. Seriously, where else can you do shopping in your pajamas and according to your schedule? There are no crowds to push through and no waiting, meaning purchases can be wrapped up in minutes. Another convenient perk is being able to order swatches whenever the mood strikes. You can hold them up to your walls, against your fabric, etc. The ability to have swatches and other samples sent right to your door takes the guesswork out of whether or not a certain fabric will work for you.

Special Deals

You can get really great deals in the store, but every now and then, you’ll catch a special deal that is only offered online. Whether it’s an item only being sold online or simply an extra promo code for a few extra bucks off, it’s worth looking online every now and then. Another perk about buying fabric online is that you can often get old patterns for rock bottom prices.

Fewer Expenses

When you go to the store, you run the risk of impulse buying. Retailers will have signs or other incentives that motivate you into buying more than you actually need. When you opt to buy your fabric online, that chances of purchasing excess, as well as unnecessary product, is greatly reduced. Furthermore, staying at home cuts out additional expenses such as eating out for lunch or gas for traveling.  Of course, you can always go overboard online too!

Before you make any final purchases

Scroll through some customer reviews to see if they’re reputable. Also be sure to read the policies on returns and verify that they are able to be contacted should your order turn out to be something other than what you wanted.  You can read Interior Fabric’s customer service policy here.  Unlike online only retailers, you won’t end up on indefinite hold or fighting automated menus to speak to a person; one of our team members from any one of our locations would be happy to assist.

Visit us online or at one of our retail locations. Live in Arizona? Come see us at either of our two Mesa, Az area locations located inside of SWITCH Consignment to check out the latest designer upholstery fabrics available at amazing prices including faux leather and suede, cotton, and silks.

How Much Will Decorating Cost Me?

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Whether you’ve recently purchased a home or you’re ready to update the one you already have, the question of cost for decorating eventually comes up. And of course, the answer depends on two things: doing it yourself vs. hiring a professional. Since the cost of hiring a professional varies individually, we’re just going to focus on what you might be looking at by doing it yourself.

There is no set number

While there’s no magic formula for figuring out an exact cost, there are steps you can take to get an estimate—and once you have a general idea as to what you’ll be looking at, you can decide where you want your money to go. The first step of course, is to make a budget.

The best way to start is by figuring out what you’re willing to spend rather than focusing on what a project might cost. Make a list of the rooms you’d like to decorate and start listing out all the items you’ll need in order to get the space(s) complete. Be sure to include things like lighting, flooring, accessories, wall treatment and window treatment. Do some basic research to find what these things cost and then enter it all on a spreadsheet so you can get an estimate.

After you have an estimate, you need to figure out where you want to splurge and where you’d like to save. Things like window treatments, dining room sets, flooring and quality seating are wise splurges. Things such as lighting, rugs, wall finishes and accessories are worth scrimping on. You can also save by picking mid-grade fabrics or buying vintage pieces from a thrift shop or antique store.

What rooms should get the biggest investment?

That’s totally up to you. You could invest more in the rooms that are the most public, or you could invest in the rooms you spend the most time in. You could even balance it out between both types of spaces.

Another thing to consider is how long you’ll be living in the home. If you don’t see yourself staying for a considerable amount of time, don’t invest heavily in things that might not come with you if you move.

As a general rule, wait to do your decorating until you have a comfortable amount of money set aside. And, since not everything always goes according to plan, be sure to have a bit of a cushion should you go over your original budget.

If you are looking for a fabric store near you in Katy, TX, we have just what you need! Come by either of our locations in Houston where you will find everything from comfortable cotton fabrics, to luxurious dupiani silks and even some of the best faux leathers!

Fall 2014 Color and Trend Watch

Summer is coming to a close, which means it’s time to start looking to what’s hot in home deign this fall. From colors to trends, here’s your guide for the season ahead.

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Colors

Pantone has released their fall fashion color report for fall 2014, which means many of these colors (or ones similar in nature) will also find their way into the home. The 10 hot colors of the season are Royal Blue, Aluminum, Aurora Red, Misted Yellow, Sangria, Mauve Mist, Cognac, Bright Cobalt, Cypress and Radiant Orchid, which was named Pantone’s color of the year.

If most of these colors don’t seem quite fall-like, you’re right. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, it’s a season of “untypical colors—more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity, which makes for an artful collection of colors and combinations not bound by the usual hues for fall.”

And that’s okay. While these aren’t the traditional fall hues we’re used to, they do help broaden the palette, giving homeowners more options when it comes to transitioning into the new season.

Trends

While most trends do come and go, some are worth keeping. Here are some trends to keep an eye out for. Perhaps one or more will be the perfect fit for your home.

  • Texture-rich accessories and fabrics: Pillows and throws are a good place to start.
  • Brass: From finishes on lighting to faucets and accessories. Will it be the new black?
  • Wood grain: wood treatments on walls, reclaimed pieces, etc.
  • Lighter woods: Honey-colored walnut, oak and cherry will be some top picks
  • Mixed materials: beautiful blends of natural materials like stone, glass and metal
  • Compact lighting and/or industrial lighting: Small is in and Edison-style bulbs are the way to go
  • Mixed styles: Eclectic is making its way to the forefront
  • Natural stone: Decorative boxes, lighting, vases and other accessories
  • Geometrical shapes: Can be incorporated via fabric or accessories
  • Diagonal lines: From slanted wood to chevron patterns, diagonal is where it’s at
  • Color blocks: On fabrics or wall art, color blocks and brush strokes will be popular
  • Animal accessories: Dog, cats, safari animals and everything in between

Again, not every trend is for everyone, but there are quite a few things listed above that will work nicely with any design style. Figure out what will work for your space and go for it!

When you are looking for any kind of fabrics near you in Plano, TX, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics. We have something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics, colorful outdoor fabrics, and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Using Heavy Drapery Fabric All Year Round

Many of us love to change up the color schemes in our homes to reflect a new season, and in most cases, this change includes any heavy drapes we have hanging around. Of course this makes sense, as heavy drapery fabric seems as though it might be too oppressive during the warm months of spring and summer, but surprisingly, they don’t have to be. In fact, there are a few ways that can make using heavy drapery fabric all year round a sensible and stylish thing to do. But before we get into that, let’s talk a bit about the types of heavy fabrics that make great draperies.

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Heavy drapery is mainly used for blocking light and providing insulation, so the best fabrics are going to be those that are tightly woven, thick and weighty. Some popular fabrics that are used for heavy drapes include velvet (velour), flannel, chenille and tapestry. Each serve the purpose of heavy drapes well, so in the end, the decision will be based on your personal preference and/or what will work in your space. Now that you’re more familiar with heavyweight fabrics, we can move onto how you can make use of your heavy draperies all year round.

Play up color and texture

What it all comes down to really is tricking the eye—so when it comes to heavy drapery fabric, we have to help it give the illusion of being lighter than it actually is. The most obvious place to start is color. Color makes a big difference in a space, including the color found on your draperies. To lighten the look for the heavy fabric, avoid dark colors and stick to lighter shades. If you already have dark colored fabric and replacing them isn’t possible, lighten them up by adding sheers.

Layering light colored sheers with your dark draperies will break up the richness and soften the way light is brought into the room. Both of which, will make the space feel a bit more open and airy.

Create an illusion with hardware

 

Finally, pay attention to hardware. Place your curtain rods as high up as you can go. Doing so will draw the eyes up, making the room feel more spacious. Using holdbacks are also important if you’re going to use heavy drapery fabric all year round. If you don’t already have them, add some holdbacks and expose more of the window by pulling the draperies back.

It’s still more than OK to swap out your draperies for lighter ones if you want to, but remember that you don’t have to. It is perfectly acceptable and stylish to keep the heavy ones up. Just by incorporating a few of the minor tweaks we mentioned above, you can have the heavy fabric without the space feeling weighted down.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Keller, 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.

How to Use Faux Fabrics

Choosing fabrics is a huge part of decorating a home, and figuring out what will work best for your space can be exhausting, especially when it comes to down deciding between authentic and faux. Contrary to what many might believe, faux fabrics like leather, suede, silk and fur aren’t just for those people who want to avoid dropping big bucks. True, going with faux fabrics will soften the blow to your bank account, but there are actually some advantages to opting out of authentic materials.

One main advantage is that faux fabrics are not made from animals. If this is a concern for you, then faux would be an ideal choice. Another advantage is that faux fabrics can sometimes be easier (and cheaper) to clean and maintain. And, as mentioned earlier, faux fabrics definitely cost less than authentic ones.

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Of course with advantages, there are disadvantages, but it all depends on the fabric and what your needs are.  If you’re wondering how to use faux fabrics, the answer is pretty simple: anywhere! There are however, some places your faux fabrics might serve you best. Let’s take a look at what some of those are.

Faux leather fabric is great for chairs or other seating that gets average use. If you have an active family or pets, faux leather might be best on chairs, rather than an entire sofa. With that said, if large pieces are treated kindly and maintained frequently, the fabric can last longer.

Faux suede fabric is a great choice for families and pets. Microfiber suede can be pretty easy to clean, which means it is ideal for large pieces of furniture like couches or oversized chairs and recliners. This fabric is also perfect for accent pillows. Not only does faux suede come in a variety of colors and patterns, it’s reasonably priced.

Need to update your windows? If so, opt for faux silk fabric for your window treatments. Faux silk also makes beautiful accent pillows that can freshen up a bed or couch.

Finally, faux fur fabric is a simple way to add some extra style to your space. Use it as a rug or as a throw to create warmth and sophistication.   Keep in mind that you get what you pay for and that not all faux fabrics are the same. If it looks flimsy or seems too cheap, then it probably is. Look for higher-end versions when possible so you get the most out of your investment.

When you are looking for a fabrics store near you in Addison, TX, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics. We have something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics, colorful outdoor fabrics, and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Outdoor Furniture Fabric Tips and Ideas

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Once upon a time, the options for outdoor furniture were slim. Thankfully, we’ve come along way since then. Today, the options are endless, which is a good thing since outdoor décor is becoming just as important as what’s going on inside.

These days, it’s simple to find or upholster furniture in material just as stunning as the fabric on your interior pieces. Colors, patterns, textures, and durability are better than ever, leaving homeowners with plenty of room to use their imagination.

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Gone are the days of red and white-checkered fabrics being your only choice for your outdoor furniture. Many people today lean more toward fun, fresh colors and bold, oversized patterns that make a statement. For those who prefer a softer, subtle look, cool sea greens, blues, pale yellows, and creams are popular choices.

Getting the Right Look

It can be a challenge to nail down exactly what you want for your outdoor space, but it doesn’t have to be. There are so many things you can use for inspiration. One way to find inspiration is to simply look at the color wheel. Not only does it give you a visual of basic colors, it also provides guidance as to what colors work with each other. Looking to your home’s architecture is another tool for inspiration. This definitely comes in handy if you want the outdoor furniture to reflect the style of the exterior of the home. Don’t forget about the inside of your home either. Often times, homeowners want to continue the look by adding pieces that match the pieces indoors.

In regards to a harmonious look that still creates visual interest, here are three key things to keep in mind:

1)    Balance your colors. If you are using bold-colored fabrics to create a focal point, be sure to balance it with light, neutral, or white pieces so they don’t overpower the space. The same applies for dark, subdued colors. Be sure to balance them with lighter colors.

2)    Play with patterns. Having patterns that contrast one another can provide beautiful visual interest. The general rule indoors is to use no more than three different patterns in a scheme. Keep that in mind as you design your outdoor space as well.

3)    Accent the area. Ornamentation and accents such as wall hangings, lighting and greenery (i.e. flowers) should not be forgotten.

Whatever you do, keep in mind that you don’t have to stick to every rule of design. The rules are plentiful, and while sticking to them works for some, others prefer a carefree attitude when it comes to their outdoor living area. It’s your space, so have fun and make it what you want.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Cedar Park, TX, stop by our Interior Fabrics location in Austin, Tx on Burnett Road 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.

Fun DIY Fabric Projects

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Whether you have whole yards of fabric lying around, or a variety of scraps, there are lots of fun DIY projects you can conquer with fabric. Here are some crafty ideas that might fuel some inspiration for your home’s décor.

(1)  Updated lighting. A personalized light fixture is an easy way to reflect your style at home. All you need to do is pick up an inexpensive lampshade (drum style works best) and some of your favorite fabric. Measure the shade and then cut the fabric, adding an extra two inches so it will wrap nicely over the edges. Apply some spray adhesive (to the wrong side of the fabric) and then wrap the fabric around the shade. Before pressing it into place, be sure to cut slits to accommodate the support wires.

(2)  Snazzy seating. You can easily reupholster a chair cushion, but believe it or not, fabric works just as nicely with a plain wooden chair. Simply remove the seat and back from the chair, trace them onto some fabric, cut, and then adhere it with some spray adhesive. As always, give yourself some extra fabric when you cut just in case. For this project shoot for 3 inches wider for the seat perimeter and 1 inch for the chair back.

(3)  Pretty pillows. The task of making accent pillows is a pretty simple one. Once you have your fabric, pillow form (or stuffing) and sewing tools, you’re ready to get started. A yard of fabric will make a 30 x 30 sized pillow, but feel free to make them as small or as big as you see fit for the room. Don’t forget to add 1 inch to both the length and width of the fabric you cut for seam allowance.

(4)  Clever curtains. While making cute café curtains for the bathroom or kitchen is a breeze, there are other places you can use them. For example, a curtain “skirt” can be made to cover the contents under a sink in a room such as the laundry room. You can also hang curtains in place of cabinet doors. Another idea is to add curtains to a console table to hide the storage underneath. Once the curtains are made, you can hang them between the table legs using tension rods.

(5)   A bit of this and that. Your use of fabric doesn’t even have to be a big one. Fabric can make a huge impact even when it’s used in the simplest of ways. Some ideas that might be fun to try are:

  • Making personalized stationary
  • Creating a table runner
  • Wrapping a glass vase
  • Jazzing up a plain corkboard
  • Adding color to a boring cabinet door

Fabric is a product that can be used in so many different ways, so don’t feel limited on your projects. From the big to the small, projects with fabric are a great way to add that extra burst of style and personality into your home.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Cedar Park, TX, stop by our Interior Fabrics location in Austin, Tx on Burnett Road 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.