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7 Tips For a Headache-Free Pet-Friendly Home Decorating

The pet-friendly design seems to be a trend that isn’t going anywhere–and since furry and feathered friends are often considered part of the family, why should it? Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice your style to make your pet (or pets) feel loved. The key is choosing the right materials that will accommodate your animals’ needs. Decorating your home with your pet in mind can make it a space you can enjoy as much as they can.

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Groom Your Pet Regularly

A good way to keep your home clean longer is to keep your four-legged friends bathed and groomed regularly. Good grooming minimizes loose hairs, which can end up on furniture, pillows, and curtains. A nail trim will help keep things from getting scratched up. Starting with something as simple as this is an easy way to maintain a cleaner home.

Use Stain-Resistant and Washable Fabrics

Luxurious fabrics like silk and velvet are lovely, but they can easily attract animal hair. Save those fabrics for more formal rooms and stick with fabrics like cotton, cotton blends, leather or microfiber fabrics. These are durable and easy to clean. Your local fabric supplier will be able to help you choose just what you need to keep up with your furry friends.

When it comes to your bed, cover your mattress with a protector pad, use cotton sheets, and consider getting a duvet cover. If your pet sleeps with you, there will be accidents. Having the ability to wash all of your bedding quickly at home will be a lifesaver.

Consider Hard Floors Over Carpet

If you already have carpet, you’re probably already used to cleaning it frequently. Carpet is like a sponge–soaking up stains, absorbing odors, and trapping pet hair–so if you don’t have it, lean toward wood floors, painted concrete, terrazzo, brick or tile, which are extremely durable and much more resistant to stains (and toenails). If you still prefer carpet, a low pile version will be easier to keep clean if there is an accident. Continuous loop carpet can also be problematic since a pet toenail can snag and unravel it, so try to avoid using it if possible.

But you may be thinking that your furry friend prefers a softer spot to take a nap or that your pet slides around too much on slick surfaces. This is where a good area rug comes into play. A good rule of thumb is to find a good low-pile indoor-outdoor rug. These types of rugs are incredibly fashionable these days, making them much more suitable for the inside of your home. Sisal or seagrass rugs are both good choices because they will go with any décor. They’re also cheap enough to toss if they get torn up. There are several other indoor-outdoor rugs to choose from as well that are both durable and affordable. To minimize the appearance of dirt, opt for a rug that has small patterns and is dark in color.

Tip: To keep wood floors and rugs looking their best for as long as possible, trim your pet’s nails regularly and keep toys, which encourage activity, in another area of the house.

Let Your Pet Inspire Your Color Palette

Matching colors around the house to your pet’s fur can be very practical. For example, you wouldn’t want to put a very light flooring down if you own a black lab. Instead, you’d want to go for a darker shade of brown or gray, which would help camouflage some of the fur. If you have a golden-colored pet, a microfiber in the shade of honey will make sense. You don’t have to do this, but it will help.

Avoid Decorating with Breakables

Animals and fragile items aren’t a good combination. One bat of a tail can easily send your favorite collectibles straight across the room. To avoid this from happening, consider displaying your breakables in a cabinet with glass-panel doors. You get to see them, but your pet can’t break them.

Keep Your Pet’s Lifestyle in Mind

If your pet goes outside frequently, consider having an area near the door designated for them. Have shelving or a cabinet for their leash, food, and towels to wipe them down before they enter the house. If you crate your animal during the day, consider camouflaging a crate within a side table or chest at the end of your bed. Click here to check out some of pet-projects that are easy and creative.

Opt for Tidier, More Attractive Treats and Toys

While dogs love to chew on treats like pig’s ears and rawhide bones, they aren’t the best for your pet or your home. Not only these treats smelly; they’re coated in nitrates that can easily leave greasy stains on your floors and furniture. To prevent this from happening, opt for toys made of durable rubber, or something soft, like a squeaky toy. For cats, make sure they have a scratching post or climbing tree of some kind. Online stores such as Wayfair and Hayneedle have nice selections of window perches, cat trees, and even cat shelves that are both colorful and stylish.

Looking for a fabric store near you in Houston? Come by our Interior Fabrics showroom in Houston, TX, for the best deals on discount designer fabrics for drapery, upholstery and more! Don’t know where to start?  Our team has oodles of experience and can help guide you every step of the way.

Awesome Tips on Using Pinterest and Instagram for Home Design Projects

We live in a world that’s fueled by social media. No matter what social media platform you choose to follow (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc), it seems as though there’s no shortage of advice you can find (whether you’re looking or not).

Honestly, I don’t blame you if you’ve decided to forgo certain platforms (I’ve even considered minimizing how much I get involved). With that said, I do think that two platforms can be extra helpful when it comes to home decorating: Instagram and Pinterest.

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For those who aren’t familiar with either of those, here’s a brief rundown:

Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly, or privately to pre-approved followers.

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that allows you to organize and share all the beautiful and creative ideas you find on the web.

You may be wondering–What do they possibly have to do with decorating? Well, both media platforms revolve around visuals–and visuals are very important when it comes to home decorating.

The great thing about Instagram and Pinterest is that they allow like-minded individuals to connect and share decorating inspiration. On a daily basis, you have the ability to discover new ideas and brands as well as ways to refine your design style.

It doesn’t really matter if you’re a do-it-yourselfer or a homeowner with money to spend–Instagram and Pinterest are two great social media platforms that can help turn your decorating dreams into reality. If you have the itch to begin a home project, consider looking into these two apps.

Instagram

When it comes to Instagram, all you can do is “follow” other people or designers. To find designers who share your style, all it really takes is a simple Google search. Scope out interior designers and decorators you like online and then click on the Instagram logo provided on their page. Once you choose to follow them, check your feed for the latest and greatest decorating ideas they have to offer.

To get you started, here are 10 of our favorites to follow:

  1. @greyandscout
  2. @homepolish
  3. @cococozy
  4. @witanddelight
  5. @amberinteriors
  6. @em_henderson
  7. @jennykomenda
  8. @hunted_interior
  9. @simplygrove
  10. @designsponge

Of course, you can follow home design and decorating websites such as HGTV, Houzz, Better Homes and Gardens as well.

Pinterest

The nice thing about Pinterest is that you can save images you like to virtual pinboards. If you’re starting a decorating project, here are 4 steps that can help you get your thoughts in order.

(1)  Create: Create your project boards then gather and pin ideas whether they come from other boards, websites, magazines or blogs. Sometimes the pins can look like clutter, making it hard to remember its purpose, so be sure to make notes on each pin as to what it was you liked about it. After a while, you’ll start seeing clarity as to where your project is headed.

(2)  Share: Social media is a wonderful tool, especially when it comes to sharing ideas. If you’d like to see how well your project would be received, share selected pins (or your entire board) on your Facebook page and ask your friends for feedback. If this isn’t a personal project, but a professional one, be sure to share your pins and board with any designer or client you are dealing with.

(3)  Downsize: Here’s where all that note taking will help. It’s time to downsize your boards to something more manageable and realistic. Start by looking over your pins. Are there things that need too much DIY work? If so, remove them. Is there something that exceeds your budget? Yes? Remove them or replace with an affordable alternative. A project will be much easier to start once you have a more streamlined approach.

(4)  Finalize: Now that you have filtered through the pins, your board should have only the images that truly reflect the result you want to achieve. Finalize any last minute tweaks, start making lists as to what you need, hit the store and get started on your new home design project!

With some many pinners out there, it might seem impossible to know where to start. Here is a short list of some pinners worth following:

  1. Robert Allen Design
  2. Miss Millionairess
  3. HGTV
  4. The Land of Nod
  5. Better Homes and Gardens
  6. Pantone

As stated earlier, there is a wealth of pinners out there, so just sit back and enjoy sorting through your favorite styles.

Come in to see us inside of SWITCH Consignment in Scottsdale, Az to pick out your favorite fabrics for your next project!

How to Design the Perfect Teen Girl’s Bedroom

Teen bedroom designs have evolved quite a bit over the years. Not only are rooms looking trendier, there are so many options to choose from when it comes to colors, bedding, patterns, and more. Throw the ever-changing styles of young girls into the mix, and it may seem like decorating the perfect teen girl room is next to impossible. Thankfully, it’s not. Let’s talk for a bit about how you can give her an on-point room that will reflect your teen girl’s maturing style.

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Classics are classics for a reason

There’s nothing wrong with following a trend. In fact, there are plenty of cute decorating trends that are worth taking a closer look at (we’ll get into those later). With that said, trends can be tricky–and jumping on the bandwagon too quickly can get you into a decorating dilemma. Before the bedroom makeover, show your teen girl some of the classic patterns and materials that stand the test of time. Here are a few to consider:  

Chevron Patterns

Even though the popularity of chevron patterns may ebb and flow, they never go out of style. A chevron is an inverted V-shaped pattern that looks great on flooring and on accessories. If you have a girl that loves a bold look then chevron chic is the way to get it done. This pattern can make a really strong impact on a room, so it doesn’t take much before you verge on going overboard. Too much of a good thing can become problematic, so stick with using it in smaller doses.

Chevron is especially popular as an accent pattern on decorating accessories such as pillow, rugs, and curtains. It’s even a very popular pattern choice for flooring.If you aren’t planning on redoing the flooring in her room, though, your best bet is to incorporate the pattern by way of the accessories mentioned above. You can even use the pattern on the bedspread as long as you don’t saturate the space by using it too much elsewhere. Chevron patterns come in a variety of widths and colors, which makes it simple to find something she’ll really enjoy. Have a bold, shabby chic girl? Go for gold. Gold chevron fabric is super sophisticated and will look great pretty much anywhere you put it.

Animal Prints

For your girl that has some added flair, focus in on animal prints. Whether you venture on the bold side or stick with subtle colors, animal prints are the perfect way to add some fun to her space. One of the best places to add animal prints is on furniture. Faux gator, zebra or leopard patterns, made out of faux leather or suede, make great upholstery fabrics for chairs, cushions or ottomans.  If there aren’t many furnishings to reupholster, focus on the biggest piece in the room: the bed. A comforter made out of suede animal print will definitely make the bed the focal point of the room.

Silk Fabrics

The glamorous girl should be surrounded by silk. Two amazing fabrics that will make the perfect teen girl bedroom are taffeta and dupioni silk. When combined, the results are stunning. The natural bumps and impurities within dupioni silk make it a beautiful fabric for bedding. The smoothness of taffeta makes a lovely contrast when used for drapery throughout the room. You really can’t go wrong with either one of these fabrics so whether you use one or both, just have fun with it.

Recent Trends Worth Looking At

As mentioned earlier, there are some trends that are worthy of our attention. In fact, some of the trendy looks I’m seeing today are ones that could actually stick around for a very long time. Dare I say that some of them may become new classics?

One of the norms we see in teen girl rooms is candy-colors. There’s actually a lot you can do with that, so that’s not a bad thing. Today, however, we have more to work with and choose from. There are 10 newer trends that I think are fun, fresh, and funky:

  1. Food and large floral motifs
  2. Tassels
  3. Softer color palette
  4. Trendy rugs
  5. Faux Fur
  6. Pretty storage
  7. Pillow covers
  8. Hanging decor
  9. Mixing metallics
  10. Playful wall signage

If you’ve been to any home decorating stores I’m sure you’ve seen some, if not all, of these newer trends. They’re so cute and clever!

As you decorate your teen girl’s bedroom, keep some of these things in mind: 1) Most teenage girls love bold colors; 2) Painting the walls is a great way to incorporate change without having to completely overhaul the space; 3) Get her involved! Find out from your daughter if she wants a specific theme or color scheme. It is her space after all; 4) If there’s a special she’d enjoy for her room, consider having it custom made; and 5) Nice, doesn’t have to equal expensive. Look for sales and visit your local fabric store for materials and advice.

Looking for a fabric store near you in Houston? Come by our Interior Fabrics location, for the best deals on discount designer fabrics for drapery, upholstery and more! Don’t know where to start?  Our team has oodles of experience and can help guide you every step of the way.

7 Steps to Reupholstering Chairs & Cushions

General wear and tear is bound to happen on furniture–especially on items that are located in high-traffic areas of your home. When this happens to pieces like chairs, many people consider pitching them to the curb. This, however, isn’t always the best solution. In many cases, something simple like a chair can be revived with a little TLC.

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But why go through all the trouble of reupholstering when I can just go buy something new? you might ask. Well, for a variety of reasons, actually.

You’d be amazed at the transformation a piece of furniture can go through with some new fabric–but that’s not the only reason taking on a project like this can be worth your time and money.

Some other popular reasons people choose to reupholster furniture often include:

  1. Creative freedom in being able to design a custom piece of furniture for their home
  2. Opportunity to salvage a family heirloom that may have sentimental value
  3. Ability to have something unique that can’t be found in a store
  4. Opportunity to be environmentally friendly, keeping excess waste out of landfills
  5. It saves money
  6. Older furniture is better quality furniture
  7. The old stuff has a comfort that can’t be beat

The bottom line is that reupholstering furniture offers a lot of benefits. Many run-of-the-mill pieces you find at your local furniture stores are very cookie cutter. For variety, it’s nice to have some control over what pieces are displayed in your home. This is when reupholstering really comes in handy–especially if you have a special gem of a piece that’s too good to let go.

When it comes to smaller pieces, such as chairs, reupholstering is a much easier project than you may realize. In fact, when it only requires something like a cushion update, it ends up being a project you can totally do by yourself. Really!

Not only will you improve the chair’s look by recovering the cushion, you’ll save a lot of money as well. Before you know it, you’ll have a classic piece that looks stylish and new. Here are 7 step-by-step instructions on how to reupholster a removable chair cushion.

Step 1: Choose Your Fabric

Often times, the reason homeowners replace a piece of furniture is because the fabric is outdated. Visiting a fabric store like Fabric Resource opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to new choices. There will be multiple fabrics to browse through and speaking with an employee will help you find exactly what you want for your chair.

For one chair cushion, you’ll need approximately 1 to 2 yards of fabric to complete your project. If your chair also has a fabric back, you’ll need to make sure you account for that as well, which will at least double the amount of fabric you need. New to DIY? You may want to err on the side of caution and get a little extra fabric just in case you run into any problems.

Step 2: Remove the Seat (and back if it has one)

For this, you’ll need a screwdriver and either a staple remover or pair of needle-nose pliers. Turn the chair upside down and unscrew the seat. If your chair has a back that needs to be recovered as well remove it, too. Be sure to keep the screws handy for later.

Step 3: Change the Fabric

This can be done in two different ways. The first being to remove the old fabric and the second, to just cover it with the new fabric. There’s really no reason to remove it unless the inner padding needs to be replaced, but if you decide to, be sure to use a staple puller or needle-nose pliers to remove the staples. If you plan to just cover the old fabric, spread out your new fabric, place the seat on top, and then measure 4 to 5 inches beyond the seat on all sides. A piece of chalk works well for marking your lines. After the lines are marked, cut the fabric.

Step 4: Attach the Fabric

Make sure the seat is centered and that the pattern isn’t crooked before attaching it. Fold the fabric up and over the straightest side of the seat and begin to staple. Start with a center staple and then work your way out to the edges. Keep the fabric tight so it doesn’t bunch. Repeat this with the opposite side of the seat, pulling the fabric firmly. If you make any mistakes, pull the staples and start over. Once those two sides are done, wrap the fabric around the remaining two.

Step 5: Pleat the Corners

Take the corner of the fabric and point it towards the center of the seat along the diagonal. Fold one side down alongside the diagonal and then fold the other side so you have a nice, straight pleat. Once you have it like you want it, staple it in place. Continue this for the remaining three corners.

Step 6: Apply the Finishing Touches

Now it’s time to wrap the project up. Trim any excess fabric, hammer in staples that aren’t flush and stain protect your seat.

Step 7: Reattach Seat

Now that you’re done, return the seat to the chair. Screw it back into place and enjoy your beautiful new chair(s).

Don’t have a piece to reupholster but like the idea of having a custom piece for your home? We can help! We carry a wide range of designer fabrics at discount, wholesale prices to save you money without sacrificing quality. But that’s not all! We also carry a variety of chairs to choose from that work with any design style. Stop by a showroom so we can personally help you with your selections or browse our products online from the convenience of your home.

Home Makeover without Breaking the Bank and Budget-Friendly Decorating Ideas

Do you ever watch home decorating shows and feel your jaw hit the floor when you hear how much money people have to spend? I know I do! Most times, I can’t even begin to wrap my head around having such a large budget to work with.

Eventually, though, I remember that for most people (including myself), the budget involves a much, much, much smaller number. And you know what? That’s totally okay.

Why? Because this thing call life exists–and we all lead different ones. Some of us live solo while others of us have large families. Some of us are somewhere in between. Each of us needs a space that works with what goes on in our daily lives. Not all of us need that formal dining room with ceiling-to-floor drapes. Maybe we need a large open concept that gives us a more casual environment to feed our families or entertain instead.

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Don’t get me wrong, flipping through design magazines are a ton of fun and it’s great to dream–but will those dreams fit with the reality of your current home or family life? Sometimes, it’s best to lower the target just a bit and aim for the reality of what we can handle monetarily. This in no way means that your home won’t be as beautiful as the person who spends lavishly. It just means that it will be beautifully functional in a way that suits your particular lifestyle–which is the whole point of decorating anyway, right?

Believe it or not, there are a number of things you can do to makeover your home without breaking the bank. Even if you do happen to have a hefty amount to spend, it doesn’t mean you have to splurge on every little thing. Let’s take a look at some clever options that can help you decorate in a way that suits both your budget and your style.

Rearrange your furniture. The whole feel of a room can change just by moving your existing furniture around. Seriously! Simply changing the focal point by pulling sofas away from the wall or facing chairs in a different direction can make a huge difference.

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. It’s little details like these that can give your window treatments a high-end look without actually having the high-end price tag.

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 complementary to the walls. It’s a fun way to add a punch of color without having to repaint the entire room.

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. This is such an easy way to elevate the look of the room without having to invest in major cosmetic work.

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. Keep in mind that a lot of slipcovers are generic, meaning they are designed as a one-size-fits-all, which isn’t the case for every sofa. You don’t have to go custom, but consider investing a bit more in their area so you can get one that fits your sofa nicely. Talented with a sewing machine? Save extra money by making one yourself, while still not compromising on the fabric that you would like to use!

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. Another idea is to make or buy pillow covers that can be switched out seasonally or when your in the mood for a change.

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!

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 molding. Up for a DIY project? Consider making some fabric panels. They’re a fun, affordable, and creative way to incorporate fabric into your home in another manner besides upholstery.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

Practical Interior Decorating Guide: Understanding the Language of Color

Most of us aren’t interior decorators by trade, which means it can be a challenge to understand the industry lingo–especially when it’s referring to color. Honestly, it’s so easy to walk into a store and pinpoint the colors we love simply by looking at them. Unfortunately, when it comes to decorating the home, this superficial process doesn’t cut it. Why? Because the subject of color goes much deeper that.
What can we do? Well, two things. The first is to continue picking colors on a whim. The second is to learn more about how colors work. Both will bring color to your home, but only one will provide stellar results.
To help, we’ve put together a little guide about color. Hopefully, after reading through it, you will feel more confident the next time you’re faced with paint chips and fabric swatches.
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The Color Wheel

col·or (noun): the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object reflects or emits light.
You probably remember learning about the color wheel as a school-aged child. If it’s been awhile since you’ve given it much thought, now’s a great time to refresh your memory.
Simply put, the color wheel gives us a visual of which colors blend well together. The average wheel model covers 12 colors, which can be broken down into 3 broad categories: primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.
  • Primary colors include red, blue, and yellow. They are stand-alone colors, meaning they cannot be made from mixing other colors.
  • Secondary colors include orange, purple, and green. These colors are created when mixed with the two primary colors that flank them. For example, red and yellow make orange, blue and yellow make green, and red and blue makes purple.
  • Tertiary colors are the six shades that can be made by mixing primary and secondary colors. They are a blend of a secondary color and the primary color closest to it on the color wheel. They are not half and half blends, but rather a blend containing more of one color than another. Mixing the primary color yellow, with the secondary color orange, will give you the tertiary color yellow-orange. Another example would be red (primary) mixed with orange (secondary), which would make red-orange. Other tertiary colors are blue-green, yellow-green, blue-violet and red-violet.
Tip: To get a colorful interior started, pick your favorite color from the 12 and use it as a guide to narrow down your selections until you settle on the exact shade you want.

The Relationship Between Colors and Neutrals

When it comes to interior decorating, there is so much information regarding color and neutrals. And naturally, everyone has their own opinion about it. Some people thrive on color and have no hesitation whatsoever about bringing it into their home. Others are more reserved, opting for a neutral interior with pops or hints of color scattered throughout. Neither is wrong, just different.
What some people don’t realize, however, is that colors and neutrals have a much more intimate relationship than the obvious contrast we see within a color scheme. Colors and neutrals are such a tight unit, they actually influence each other to create many different versions within a specific color family. Simply put, combining a color with a neutral will make a basic color lighter or darker. This is what we call tint, tone, and shade.
  • Tint is the mixture of a saturated color with white, which increases lightness. All pastels would be considered a tint.
  • Tone is the mixture of a saturated color with gray, making it slightly darker.
  • Shade is the mixture of a saturated color with black, which reduces lightness. All muted colors would be considered shades.
If you don’t have art supplies available to play with color, you can get an idea of tinting and shading by visiting your local home improvement store for samples.
Tip: To make sure the colors you choose work together in the best way possible, make sure they have the same value. Value refers to the relative lightness or darkness of a certain area.

Understanding Color Temperature

You may have heard colors described as being warm or cool. These temperatures describe where the color falls on the color wheel.
Colors described as warm colors are typically more vibrant and seem to liven up or add intimacy to a space. Warms colors include reds, oranges, and yellows. Colors described as cool bring a calm and relaxing feel to a space. These cool colors include blues, purples, and most greens.
When choosing a color temperature, take the size of the room into account. For example, a small room in warm colors could make the room feel cramped, while cool colors could make a spacious room appear stark.

Color Schemes

Color schemes can be broken down in a variety of ways, but we’re only going to focus on a small handful: complementary, split-complementary, analogous, and monochromatic.
Complementary color schemes are the simplest. Complementary colors are colors that are opposite to each other on the color wheel (i.e. green and red, purple and yellow, orange and blue). Typically, one color acts as the dominant shade and the other as an accent.
The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation and is best used in small doses when you want to draw attention to a particular design element. To keep the eye from becoming overwhelmed, embrace neutrals.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to stick with the literal colors on the color wheel in order to get complementary colors. Today, there are updated schemes that can be executed brilliantly with wall color, accents, and fabric on chair cushions and pillows.
Split-Complementary color schemes are a bit safer in that they aren’t as bold as many complementary color schemes. Instead of choosing the color directly opposite of your base color, you would choose the two shades on either side of the opposite (complementary) color. These two shades will bring both balance and a calming effect to the space, allowing you to rely less on neutrals.
Analogous refers to using three colors in a row on the color wheel. In most cases, two colors will be primary, while the third will be a mix of those two and a secondary color. Some examples would be red, orange, and yellow; red, purple, and blue; green, yellow-green and yellow; or red, red-violet and violet. For optimal results, stick with the 60-30-10 rule, which means there will be one dominant color, one supportive color, and one accent color.
Monochromatic color schemes, or palettes, start with a single hue. Any additional colors used are variations of that specific hue (i.e. its tints, tones, and shades). A well-executed monochromatic scheme is anything but boring. In fact, it can be exciting and attention-grabbing.
To explain it a little better, here’s an example: A monochromatic room in blue might start with a single shade of blue paired with white. It might also include pale blue walls, medium blue window treatments, and dark blue upholstery. To tie the scheme together, the rug or accents might be a combination of blue and white. See how it works?
Now that you know more about color, we hope your decorating process becomes easier. If you still have questions, we will be happy to help you sort through our fabulous assortment of designer fabrics at Cutting Corners in Dallas, TX. Feel free to stop in and we will assist you with all of your fabrics questions!

Essential Tips on How to Properly Care for Your Upholstery Fabrics.

The furnishings we choose are an (yes, expensive) investment that turn our house into a comfortable home. If we wish to retain the beauty and value, however, it’s important that the fabrics receive continuous care. In all honesty, regular maintenance on furniture doesn’t require much effort–yet many people forget to go through even the basic motions.

Looking after the upholstered fabrics in your home will not only keep them looking great today but also through the years ahead. To help make your furniture maintenance easier, here are some guidelines on how to enjoy your fine furnishing without a worry for years to come. Who knows, with some regular TLC, your piece might just become heirlooms someday!

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Preventative Measures

Preventative measures go a long way in helping your furniture last a long time. Some steps you can take to prevent unnecessary wear include:
  • Picking the right fabric from the beginning. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is buying the wrong fabric for the intended use. For example, you won’t necessarily want a white, linen sofa if you have children or pets. Be sure to assess the space and choose fabric accordingly.
  • Having your fabric treated prior to use. Ask the retailer if your upholstery fabric comes pretreated with stain repellent. If they are unable to treat it for you, shop around for someone who can. Some fabrics should not be treated so read labels carefully.
  • Vacuuming. Dust will always be a constant battle, but vacuuming regularly will keep it from settling deep into the fabric. Use the upholstery attachment to vacuum soft furnishings on a weekly basis. This can help remove evidence of daily use, such as dirt and oils. Pay attention to sneaky areas like creases, folds, and tufted areas. If dirt does settle down deep, read labels to ensure safe cleaning. Not all fabrics must be dry-cleaned. Some can be cleaned with mild soap and water.
  • Beating seat cushions by hand. Taking your cushions outside to give them a good whack can really help prevent dust from settling deep into the fibers. While you’re at it, rotate the cushions to ensure even wear.
  • Setting food and drink guidelines. If you can enforce a no food, drink, or pet rule on your furniture, go for it. This is often much more attainable in formal rooms of the home than it is in areas designated for busy family life.

Routine Maintenance

Routine maintenance can be done weekly, monthly, or yearly depending on what works best with your schedule or what’s necessary for your furniture. Some routine procedures to focus on may include:
  • Rotating seat cushions frequently. Flipping and rotating sofa and chair cushions will help you achieve consistent wear. For best results, rotate them weekly.
  • Protecting upholstered pieces from the elements. Excessive heat, light, cold and moisture aren’t ideal for upholstered furnishings. Ultraviolet rays can contribute to fading and discoloration of your fabrics and humidity can invite mildew. For more uniform fading, try rearranging your furniture when possible or keep really special pieces away from windows altogether. Avoid placing furniture too close to heating or air conditioning vents. Doing these things, along with keeping the humidity low in the house, will keep your pieces looking fresh.
  • Treating it kindly. Furniture is not indestructible. Avoid standing or jumping on furniture. Keep sharp objects away so the fabric isn’t scratched or torn. Use arm caps to absorb natural body oils. These are just a few things you can do to prolong your furniture’s good condition.
  • Giving it a deep cleaning. Once a year, make sure your soft furnishings get a deep cleaning treatment. Many homeowners have an upholstery cleaning machine of some kind at home. If you don’t, however, there are several professional cleaning services that can do the work for you.
  • Washing what you can. If your cushions have removable covers that are machine washable, add them to your to-do list. Before you do, however, always double check the label to verify care instructions. A good rule of thumb is to turn covers inside out, wash in cold water to prevent fading, and air dry to prevent shrinkage. Additionally, you should consider having the rest of the piece cleaned at the same time to avoid a mismatch in color.
Overall, leather can be treated in the same manner–however, there are some differences. In most cases, leather can be treated with non-acidic soap and water. For best results blot, rather than rub, and then let air-dry. For more stubborn stains, use an absorbent cloth or sponge. Be sure to rub side to side, rather than in a circle.

Making Sense of Labels

Some fabric manufacturers follow a cleaning standard, so to speak, marking labels with specific codes in order to make maintenance easier. Here is the list of codes you may see and what they mean.
  • Code “W” means to use a water-based cleaner. Spot clean with detergent and then vacuum when dry. Avoid over-wetting the area.
  • Code “S” means to use a solvent cleaner. Spot clean with a water-free solvent or dry cleaning agent. Always pretest a small section beforehand to ensure it doesn’t spot or shrink. Use in a well-ventilated room.
  • Code “S/W” means a water-based or solvent cleaner can be used. Follow the guidelines above regarding W and S depending on which form of cleaner you decided to use.
  • Code “X” means vacuum only. These fabrics cannot be cleaned with any cleaning agents. In extreme cases contact a professional furniture cleaning service.
Again, no fabric is 100% damage proof and it’s up to the owner to treat it well. Using the above guidelines can help keep your furniture looking its best.
When you come in to see us at our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx, please ask an associate if you have any additional questions on this!

Five Practical Tips for Parents about Decorating a Fun and Functional Playroom.

Children love to play and it’s important that they have a special place of their own to do so. Many homes (like mine), however, aren’t equipped with an extra room that can be dedicated to play. In cases such as this, the child’s play area often defaults to their bedroom, the basement, or a small corner in the living room. And that’s totally okay! Even the smallest of spaces dedicated to playing can be a wonderful asset to your child(ren). If you do have the extra square footage, however, a designated playroom is a great way to provide a safe place to play while keeping toys out of the main areas of your home. 

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Speaking of toys…

As you design the playroom, it’s important to remember that toys are only a small part of making it fun. The bigger issue actually revolves around the decor. Decor can really make a difference in how well the space works and how much your child enjoys using it. Color, textiles, light, storage, and other basic design elements are all key players in creating a space your child really loves to spend time in.

To get you started, here are some various ideas that will hopefully inspire you to design the perfect space for your little one to have some fun.

Design for the Child, Not for You

As a parent, you are probably full of ideas for a playroom–but what you have in mind might not actually be things your child likes, or wants, for that matter. Since your child is the one who will spend the most time in that area, it’s really important to design it with their interests in mind. Each child is unique and so is their imagination. While one child may be big into trains, Legos, or sports, the other could favor books, art, or dress-up.

To simplify the design process, keep all types of play in mind. Tables, easels, rugs, and cushy chairs are basic playroom staples you can’t go wrong with. Items such as these can help promote their interests for a number of years. Tight on space? Opt for chalkboard paint on the wall. It makes for a fun feature wall and works just as well as an easel.

Another thing to consider is designing dedicated sections for specific types of play. Reading nooks, cooking corners, and art (or music) stations are just a few zones that can be created for your kids. Not only do they make the purpose of the space clear, it allows a variety of ages to make use of the area without tripping over one another.  

Splash it With Color

There are lots of fun colors out there to choose from that can make a playroom a desirable place for your little ones. And color doesn’t have to stay on the walls or doors. Color can actually be incorporated in a variety of ways, including artwork and textiles.

There’s no need to spend a lot of money on wall art for a playroom. Some of the best artwork you can use to decorate are the masterpieces created by your own little one(s)! Surprise them by creating a gallery wall complete with framed art they’ve drawn or painted all by themselves. Their face is sure to light up seeing their work displayed so proudly!

When it comes to textiles, focus on rugs, window treatments, and upholstery. Rugs serve a dual purpose in a home. Not only do they bring in a pop of color for visual interest, they protect the floor beneath them (and in a playroom, the knees atop them). Since it is a playroom you’re designing, opt for a rug that’s plush. It’ll be a much more comfortable play area for your little one(s).

In regards to textiles for window treatments and upholstery, you can find a ton of great kid-friendly fabrics that will accommodate your children’s interests by visiting your local fabric store. If you don’t have a fabric store nearby, look for some great fabrics online, many at discount prices. Since this will be a playroom, you want a durable fabric that cleans easily, but you don’t want to pay a fortune. Often times, you can find discount fabric easily enough that will work well. As a general rule, pick your fabrics before you pick the paint color. It’s much easier to match paint to fabric than it is to match fabric to paint. Also keep in mind that themes come and go quickly, so if possible, pick patterns and colors that will grow with the child, rather than cartoon characters they’ll outgrow quickly.

Storage, storage, storage!

Kids tend to come with a lot of toys, so unless you want the floors constantly covered, then storage is important. To maximize your space, go for vertical storage like floor to ceiling shelving (cubbies) and store toys in colorful baskets. Armoires or lockers are other great organization tools for a playroom (to save some money, check flea markets or thrift stores for ones in need of a little TLC). There are even multipurpose furniture pieces like benches, ottomans, and tables that have removable tops and storage within.

To avoid mass clutter, be sure to have dedicated storage for specific items. Art supplies, books, toy cars, or anything else your child enjoys playing with should have its own place to be stored. Cleanup may not always be perfect, but over time, your kids will be mindful of their duty to put items away in their special place.

Ask for help

The best way to create a playroom your kids are sure to enjoy? Ask them for their input! Younger children may not be able to express their ideas in a way that helps your design process, but they can certainly help in areas like color choices, textures, and accessories. Who knows, they may come up with some really cool ideas!

Looking for a fabric store near you in Houston? Come by our Interior Fabrics showroom in Houston, TX, for the best deals on discount designer fabrics for drapery, upholstery and more! Don’t know where to start?  Our team has oodles of experience and can help guide you every step of the way.

Your ultimate guide to selecting the perfect upholstery fabric.

Whether you’re salvaging an old piece or designing a new one, picking upholstery fabric will eventually come into play. For some, choosing upholstery fabric is fun. For others, not so much. Honestly, between the investment in the piece itself and the abundance of options at our fingertips, it’s no wonder many homeowners feel overwhelmed rather than overjoyed when they are faced with fabric.

Just thinking about things such as colors, texture, pattern, and thread count can make your head swim with thoughts on where to even begin–and the last thing you want is to make the wrong decision. Once you have an idea of what to look for, however, picking upholstery fabric can be something you can actually like doing.

So, let’s get started! First, we’ll take a quick look at fabric content, fabric type, and pattern type. Then, we’ll move onto some key tips that can help make your decision easier and the overall experience more pleasant.

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Fabric Content

When I say fabric content, I’m talking about the fibers that make up the fabric, which can be broken down into two categories: natural and synthetic. While I won’t be covering all the fibers, I will be listing the most popular.

Natural fibers generally feature a flat weave that is softer than synthetics. They also tailor well for upholstered pieces. Because they are a natural product, however, they can be less resistant to fading and pilling.

Widely-known natural fibers include:

  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Wool
  • Silk
  • Rayon

Synthetic fibers are man-made, chemically-produced textiles. In general, they are more durable and more resistant to staining and fading.

Common synthetic fabrics include:

  • Acrylic
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Olefin
  • Polypropylene

Fabric Types

Simply put, the fabric type is the way the fibers were turned into fabric. There are several ways to do this, which include:

  • Weaving–interlacing, usually at right angles, of two sets of threads to form cloth, rug or other types of woven textiles
  • Knitting–multiple symmetric loops of yarn, called stitches, in a line or tube
  • Braiding–method of interlacing three or more yarns or bias-cut cloth strips in such a way that they cross one another and are laid together in diagonal formation, forming a narrow strip of flat or tubular fabric
  • Nonwoven–bonding or interlocking fibers or filaments by mechanical, thermal, chemical or solvent means

Pattern Types

There is a wide array of patterns available, but there are some that are more common than others. Some of these include:

  • Florals
  • Paisleys
  • Stripes
  • Geometrics
  • Damasks
  • Plaid
  • Checks
  • Gingham

Now that we’ve touched on some of the basics regarding fabric, let’s move onto talking about what you can do to make the narrowing down process easier.

Examine Your Space

Is your upholstered piece going in a large room or a small one? As a general rule, a larger space can visually accommodate more patterns and colors than a small one can. For instance, if you have a large room, don’t be afraid to go all out with bold colors and repeating patterns. Your room can handle it. A smaller room, however, might be more appealing with a simple print and a smaller range of color.

Assess the Piece

Is the piece you are upholstering small and narrow or big and long? A smaller piece, such as a chair, won’t really showcase a big pattern like a couch will. Instead, you might want to look for something along the lines of thin stripes or small flowers.

What is the style of your piece? Is it modern? Early American? Traditional? In most cases, the piece will look its best when covered in fabric that compliments its character. Will the colors and patterns blend nicely with the other items in the room? Are you picking the color because you truly like it or because it’s the latest trend? These are all things to consider before making a final choice.

Wear and Tear

Will your piece be in a high traffic area or used less often for formal affairs? Do you have kids? Are pets in the house? Is its location by a window? Taking things like this into consideration will really help you narrow down your choices.

Woven fabrics, rather than printed ones, and fabrics with higher thread counts will definitely be the most durable. If you have children, you might want to lean toward a darker color scheme in order to hide dirt more easily. If there is a dog or a cat sharing your space, leather and microfiber fabrics are more likely to withstand your furry friends.  If your piece lives near a window, ask for fade resistant fabrics that will hold up against sun damage.

If kids and pets aren’t an issue, don’t be afraid to flaunt that freedom by choosing a luxe fabric. Something soft and lighter in color won’t be much of a problem if it won’t be faced with messy fingers or pet hair.

Another factor to consider is how much maintenance it will take to keep your fabric looking nice. Certain fabrics, like leather, age over time. Others, fade easily in the sun. Read labels to see how it can be cleaned and how proactive you’ll need to be to keep it from looking older than it really is.

Once you’ve narrowed down your decisions, be sure to examine the fabric before you buy. Giving the fabric a little tug and pull, both with and against the grain, is an easy way to determine the quality. If loose threads appear, the fabric is poorly made. That doesn’t mean that quality fabric comes at a higher price. You can get really good deals for your piece of furniture if you’re willing to do some homework. Before you stop in to buy your next designer fabric at only a fraction of the cost at Interior Fabrics, make sure you measure your piece of furniture correctly so that you know exactly how much fabric you will need!

The Importance of Custom Drapery

The decorating process includes a variety of things, including selecting furniture, choosing colors, and picking out accessories–and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Once you dive in, it can quickly become a very complicated project that sometimes makes you wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. Amidst of the craziness of it all, we often find ourselves torn between all sorts of decisions such as style or substance, what has to stay and what has to go, and of course, what can come “off the rack” and what needs to be custom.

That last one, though, is often the toughest. Why is that?

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Well, when most people hear the word “custom”, they immediately associate it with cost, which is totally understandable. It’s no secret that custom-made items tend to come with a higher price tag than your run-of-the-mill department store furnishings, but that’s actually what’s so great about it. Custom made items mean you get exactly what you want. Furthermore, you get a product that’s of much higher quality than what you’d find off the assembly line.

With that said, homeowners don’t necessarily lump window treatments into items they consider worthy of being custom made–but perhaps they should. For some, it may be that custom drapes aren’t as important as something like a custom sofa. I get that, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the idea should get brushed away and forgotten about altogether.

Windows, inside the home, need attention too. Sure, you can walk into your local department store, pick a pair of drapes you like, and then go home and hang them. No doubt that they can get the job done–and there are actually some very nice ones out there. In all honesty, however, custom-made is the way to go.

Again, it’s no secret that custom window treatments will cost you more than curtains found off-the-shelf, but making the investment will get you something tailor-made to fit your style and your window, just right. When properly selected, tailored, and installed, custom drapery can provide a myriad of benefits. If you haven’t given the custom drapery a thought, here are 4 reasons that might change your mind.

  1. Draperies provide climate control.

    Draperies offer insulation. Think of it like you would clothing. In the winter, we add layers of clothes to keep us warm. In the summer, we use certain clothing to help deflect the sun. Drapery works in a similar manner, and you don’t even have to add to them or take away. Simply hanging drapes (or even a blind or shade) will insulate your windows, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This climate control is a great energy saver!

  2. Draperies block harmful UV rays.

    Sunlight is beautiful, but it can be damaging to the inside of a home over time. Without drapery, walls, floors and furniture are vulnerable to fading. Think about how disappointing it would be to invest in new furniture, only to have it look aged well beyond its years all because there was nothing there to block the sun.

  3. Draperies provide privacy.

    Whether you live out in the country or in the heart of the city, there will be certain times when you’ll want some privacy. Not only will drapes block visuals, they will also mute sounds and keep morning at bay on those days you get to sleep in later than usual.

  4. Draperies add style to your home.

    You can have a beautifully decorated room, but custom drapery will still manage to enhance the look. The warmth and personality they add really is the finishing touch. And, because you went custom made, you’ll have window treatments that truly reflect your decorating style.

Now, if you’re ready to add window treatments, it’s important to know what types are available. Basically, drapes can be broken down into two categories: functional and nonfunctional.

Functional drapes are used to block light, control temperature and provide privacy. The most common types available are Roman shades and pinch pleat (draw) drapery. Non-functional drapery is geared more toward adding accents to the room. Common types of these are panels, valances, swags/cascades, Roman shades, and cornices.

Often times, you can buy fabric from wholesale or at discount prices from a fabric supplier, either at the store or online. In most cases, they also provide a wide selection of drapery hardware, which is something that needs to be carefully selected as well when dressing up your windows. Drapery hardware not only provides a strong architectural element to the room, it will also finalize the theme you wish to convey.

Good, quality custom window treatments can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years depending on the fabric selection. With proper care, your custom drapery will probably still look new by the time you want to update them. To keep your home furnishings protected and also to keep your home full of style, custom window treatments and hardware are definitely worth the investment.

Take some measurements and come on in to Interior Fabrics on FM 1960 in North Houston to select a great designer fabric at wholesale price.