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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!

Coordinate Fabrics Like a Pro

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I really enjoy looking at fabrics. I think it’s fun to imagine how different fabrics would look paired together–but, with so many options available, I completely understand how intimidating the thought of mixing and matching them could be. It can be extremely frustrating when you know what you want but have no idea how to execute it. You can visualize it, but it almost seems impossible to get the look without having the help of a professional. Most times, people simply give up and opt for something less challenging. The result? Pure disappointment. It’s not what you truly want, so of course, you won’t truly be happy. Don’t give up or be afraid to try! You can actually make that dream room happen. Believe it or not, you don’t have to hire a designer. You can get the look you’ve always wanted in your home by yourself if you keep these three simple elements in mind: color, texture, and pattern.

Color

As a general rule, you want to find colors that complement, rather than compete, with one another. The easiest way to begin is by finding a specific color, similar in temperature (cool versus warm) and intensity that will carry through and tie it all together. Having a second color will make the continuity even better.

Warm colors include reds, oranges, yellows, and combinations of them all. These colors tend to make a larger space feel intimate and cozy. Cool colors include shades of greens, blues, and light purples. These colors have a soothing effect and tend to make small rooms look larger than they really are.

In order to find a harmonious balance, avoid having all warm colors or all cool colors. Both the balance and contrast is important, so use fabric from both families. Try keeping large pieces covered in neutral colors and add the brighter, more intense colors to the smaller things. For example, a tan or soft grey sofa would ground the room while brightly colored drapes and throw pillows would add the punch you need.

Texture

Texture is very important. Not only will the texture influence the durability, it will also set the mood of the room.

For formal areas, stick with smoother, lighter textures such as lace, crepe, satin, velvet or damask. Think leather, tweed, corduroy, velour, wool or cotton for high-traffic areas like family rooms. Sensuede, vinyl, and fabrics usually used for outdoor furniture can stand up to children. A romantic feel can be created with fabrics like organdy, taffeta, tulle, and antique satin.

If you have no desire to pinpoint a particular theme, don’t be afraid to mix heavy and light fabrics in the same room. It can be done and it can look wonderful, so break out and get creative.

Pattern

Bringing too many fabrics into the room can become chaotic if you’re not careful. So, in order to avoid that and get a cohesive result instead, try not to exceed more than three patterns: a large-scale (to serve as a focal point), a medium-scale, and a small scale. To simplify it: (1) start with a large pattern, (2) pick a second pattern similar in color, yet half the size of the first, and (3) finish off with a solid color pulled from either one of the first two. However, if you’re feeling brave, scrap the solid and incorporate another fabric with a minuscule pattern.

Keep in mind that patterns, just like texture and color, can create a mood. To add energy to the space, use large, bold patterns that make a statement. Something like an oversized floral or even a large plaid will not only make the most impact in the space, it will serve as a driving force for the overall color scheme and atmosphere. For a sense of calm, stick with small and pale patterns that share at least one similar color.

For best results, try to avoid putting all patterned pieces in one part of the room. Be sure to scatter solids and patterns throughout the room in order to retain the balance.

So, are you feeling more confident than you did before? Maybe having some visuals will help. Here are a few examples I’ve pulled together using a small selection of the beautiful fabrics we carry.  Hopefully, seeing some trios will spark inspiration and confidence!

See? It doesn’t really take much to pull a trio of fabrics together that you really enjoy. Remember, the goal is not to “match” but rather to coordinate. As long as your fabrics share similar a similar hue or shade of a hue, your choices will work together beautifully.

If you’re still doubtful, seek out a professional to help. There are actually some interior decorators who work by the hour. Find one who does, take them swatches of fabrics you love and then get their advice. Taking this route takes stress off of you for a fraction of what it would cost to have a professional come do all the work for you.

Once you have your trio of fabulous fabrics selected, you’ll need to decide if you’re DIY-ing it or if you’ll need to seek out a seamstress or professional upholsterer. Getting the look you want is so much easier when you have someone make them for you.

In the midst of coordinating your fabrics, be sure to have fun! It will all come together if you just let your creativity flow.  At our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx , we’ll be happy to help you find designer fabrics for great prices!

Warm Up Your Home for Winter

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It’s that time of year again. Those warm days of summer, and mild days of fall, are about to be pushed aside by the cold. Even though the temperatures are dropping outside, that doesn’t mean it can’t stay warm inside. 

One of the easiest ways to bring warmth into a home is with rich fabrics. Accessories like blankets, bedding, table linens, draperies and pillows covered in luxurious fabrics, can take the chill out of any room.

Organza 

Organza, a lightweight fabric, is shiny and sheer. Since it is usually made with silk, it can be on the expensive side, however, there are less expensive versions made from synthetic fibers. Organza is a wonderful choice for sheer drapes, or something less dramatic like napkins.

Cashmere

Although cashmere has predominantly been used for clothing, it can now be found in home décor. Cashmere blankets, throws and duvet covers in warm earth tones are a wonderful way to warm up spaces around you.

Organdy

Organdy is often confused with organza. They are very similar in appearance but organdy is made from cotton, rather than silk. Although its luster is more on the muted side, it still makes a great choice for curtain panels. For something different, try making organdy ribbons to top off your holiday gifts.

Velvet

Thanks to the industrial revolution, velvet is much more affordable and attainable. A fabric made from both natural and synthetic fibers, velvet has been a popular choice for curtain panels and upholstery fabric. You can’t go wrong with using it in that manner, but try mixing it up by warming up your dining room table with placemats, a tablecloth or chair slipcovers made of this luxurious fabric.

Silk

This natural fiber is highly decadent and makes any room look luxurious. The great thing about silk is that it absorbs moisture, which makes it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Warm up your bedroom with a silk duvet cover paired with a couple of decorative velvet pillows.

Another great way to bring warmth into the home is with accents. Try incorporating some of these ideas into your seasonal home décor changes:

  • Add rugs to cold floors.
  • Use natural elements for decorations. Think dried flowers, pinecones, and leaves placed on the mantel or in glass bowls.
  • Place candles with scents associated with the season around the house or use oil warmers.
  • Create a more intimate seating area around your fireplace.
  • Replace bold-colored artwork with black and white prints.
  • Purchase low-wattage bulbs to create a cozy and romantic mood.

Interchanging fabric and accessories for the season doesn’t have to be too stressful or too costly. Even little changes can make a big difference in warming up your home for those cold winter months.

When you’re searching for your favorite designer fabric, make sure to visit us at our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx  to get discount prices without sacrificing quality!

Home Décor Trends for 2012

Dallas decorating trends 2012 fabricsNowadays, home decorating is more personal, truly reflecting your tastes, interests and styles, more than just playing it safe. Bold colors, whimsical creatures, and gutsy patterns are just some of the things you can find and incorporate into your space. Here’s a look at some trends that will be popular this year.

Bold colors. We’re not talking about on pillows or window treatments. One of the latest trends is anchoring the room with a large piece of furniture covered in a big color. Each year Pantone reveals its must-have color of the year. For 2012, the color is Tangerine Tango. That, along with jewel tones and shades of purples and reds will be very popular.

Stunning stairs. The new stair makeover craze seems to be getting more and more popular. From multiple colors to printed words to mix-and-match patterns, people are finding ways to let their stairway make a statement.

Fowl play. A trend of the past has been reborn—only this time, it’s better. This new trend of owls and birds seems to be taking over by storm. Today’s themes are a combination of vintage and modern in fun colors, which makes it look quite fashionable for almost any room.

Wall art. Mainly wall words and trees, as in family trees. Wall words are a nice touch for areas such as the entryway, a kid’s room, bathroom or hallway. When it comes to trees, they make a great backdrop for your framed photos. Both the wall words and trees can either be painted or stenciled on the wall, but they also come as decals.

Green living. Many people have jumped on the eco-friendly bandwagon. The demand for both recycled and energy-efficient products for the home are on the rise, and surprisingly, they make for beautiful design.

Mixed Hardware Metals. Gold tones and mixed metal accents are hot this year. Unless you’re going for an eclectic look, it’s best to stick with two, maybe three, metals. Take notice of tones and hues leaning toward colors that compliment each other.  The wrong mixture of tones and hues can make your space looked disconnected, rather than harmonious. The finish of the metal is also an element that can be mixed. In other words, it’s not always just about tone or color. Since metal is a natural material, it has a neutral appearance, making it easy to incorporate into any style of room.

Most of these are becoming so popular they’ll probably be around for quite a while, but it’s always wise to stick with a trend you can be happy with for a long time. If you intentionally shy away from trends, stick with the basics and incorporate small portions of a trend you do like. Above all else make sure whatever you choose is something you’ll really enjoy.

At our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx , we carry all of the trends, but at huge discounts. Come by for your next project to get great quality fabrics at wholesale prices!