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Warm Up Your Home for Winter

Warm Up Your Home for Winter Dallas

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!

Understanding the Language of Color

Understanding the Language of Color Dallas

If you walk into a fabric store, it’s easy to pinpoint the colors you love. However, if you don’t know the ins and outs when it comes to what colors mean, you might have a hard time getting the right fabrics for your home. Here is a little guide so you can feel more confident when working through the color wheel to find the perfect scheme for the rooms you are designing.

Tint is the mixture of a saturated color with white, which increases lightness. All pastels would be considered a tint.

Shade is the mixture of a saturated color with black, which reduces lightness. All muted colors would be considered shades.

Hue is the property of light by which the color of an object is classified as red, blue, green or yellow in reference to the spectrum. Basically, it’s just another name for color.

Value refers to the relative lightness or darkness of a certain area. As a general rule, colors of the same value work better together.

Primary colors are red, yellow and blue.

Secondary colors are orange, green and purple. These colors are created when mixed from the two primary colors that flank them: red and yellow make orange, blue and yellow make green and red and blue make purple.

Tertiary colors 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.

Complementary colors are opposite to each other on the color wheel: green and red, purple and yellow, orange and blue. Other colors would include lime green and magenta and teal and coral. The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation. 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.

Monochromatic colors are all the colors (tints, tones, and shades) of a single hue. For 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.

Analogous colors are colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. Some examples would be green, yellow-green and yellow or red, red-violet and violet.

If you still have question, 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 Monday through Sunday during our shop hours, and we will assist you with all of your fabrics questions!

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!

 

Coordinate Fabrics Like a Pro

Coordinate Designer Fabric FriscoYou can visualize it, but you don’t know how to 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 elements in mind: color, texture and pattern.

Color

As a general rule, you want to find colors that compliment, not 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 against 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

To get balance, rather than confusion in the room, try not to exceed more than three patterns: a large-scale, 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 miniscule 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. To calm, stick with small and pale patterns. 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.

If you are reupholstering a piece of furniture, decide whether it is going to be a do it yourself project, or if you’ll need a professional Upholsterer once you’ve selected your fabulous new fabrics.

In the midst of coordinating your fabrics, be sure to have fun. It’ll 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!

How to Properly Care for Fabrics

Fabric Care DallasIf you’ve had furnishings custom made just for you, or if you’re having a piece professional reupholstered, it’s only natural that you’d want to preserve the life for as long as possible. Here are some guidelines on how to enjoy your fine furnishings without a worry for years to come.

  1. Have 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.
  2. Rotate seat cushions frequently. Flipping and rotating sofa and chair cushions will help you achieve consistent wear. For best results, rotate them weekly.
  3. Vacuum. Dust will always be a constant battle, but vacuuming regularly will keep it from settling deep within the fabric. 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.
  4. Protect 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.
  5. Treat it kindly. Furniture is not indestructible. Avoid standing or jumping on furniture. Keep sharp objects away so 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.
  6. Love your leather. Leather is easily maintained, but it does require proper care. 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.

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 “W-S” 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 any associate if you have any additional questions on this!