Think Ahead: 2014 Spring Color Trends

 The weather outside might still be frightful, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about spring, especially when it comes to decorating your home. A great way to brush off the winter chill is to add fresh bursts of color throughout your home and that’s exactly what you’ll see this spring: color. Let’s take a look what’s in store for the upcoming season.

Into the wild blue yonder

This spring, it’s all about blue hues. The color blue is essentially soothing, aiding in concentration and calming of the mind. To some, it can be regarded as cold and sad, but to most, it evokes a feeling of security, as well as a sense of peace and tranquility.

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In the home, blue works well in spaces such as bathrooms, living areas, bedrooms and offices. When decorating, keep in mind that bold blues will stimulate the mind, while softer shades will soothe. This will be important in choosing what shades to use in what rooms.

So what shades will be extra popular this season? While navy and indigo will top the list, there will be plenty of other beautiful hues to choose from that may fit your space a bit better. Take Pantone’s Dazzling and Placid blues for example. Both are shades that provide a lovely balance for those who prefer something mid-tone, rather than a blue that’s too dark or too light.

Not sure what to pair your blues with? White and blue is a classic combo that can’t go wrong, but if you’re up for something different, take a cue from two other hot colors of the season: gray and orange-red.

Gray is becoming the new beige, which is a great thing because it works wonderfully with many colors, including most, if not all, shades of blue. Pops of orange-red can be integrated within your color scheme by way of pillows, an upholstered chair cushion, or even a repurposed, painted piece of furniture.

A twist on the traditional burlap lavender

According to Pantone, designers take a “modern twist on the traditional for spring 2014 by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful equilibrium.” The palette consisting of Placid Blue, Violet Tulip, Hemlock, Paloma, Sand, Freesia, Cayenne, Celosia Orange, Dazzling Blue, and the color of the year, Radiant Orchid, offers something for everyone wanting to add some fresh colors into their home this spring.

Decorating With Geometric Patterns

From fashion runways to interior design, bold geometric prints are just about everywhere you turn. These striking and versatile patterns look great in any style home, making them extremely easy to incorporate. Here are some tips on how to bring those artful hexagons, quatrefoils, diamonds, and more into your space.

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Start small

With geometrics, a little goes a long way, so it’s completely okay to start small. Add a few bold touches of a favorite pattern by way of throw pillows, an accent rug, or on the cushion of a side chair. But to avoid chaos, only pick one. Small doses of patterns will let you experiment without committing until you’re ready to.

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A great place to use geometric prints is on light fixtures. If you aren’t quite ready for a chandelier shaped like a star or honeycomb, go for a modern and edgy print for a lampshade. Little details like this can really shine with character.

Deck the walls

Adding geometric prints to your wall are the easiest way to a dramatic statement. If you’re the bold type, consider wallpapering your entryway or powder room. If you aren’t quite up to that yet, simply create a single accent wall in the living or dining room. Still aren’t ready for that? No worries, stick with something a bit simpler, like framed pieces of patterned fabric clustered together in a display, or even a collection of uniquely shaped mirrors.

Stick with subtle details

josey miultiPerhaps you have non-geometric patterns that you prefer for accents. If that’s the case, you could keep a geometric pattern such as chevron for a tile backsplash or wood floor. It’ll be there, but it won’t be quite as obvious as if it were on something that quickly draws the eye.

Do it up big

If you love a particular pattern and just can’t get enough, showcase it in a big way. For example, recover your sofa in your favorite pattern and then layer the look by mixing patterns on other items throughout the room. Or, simply repeat your favorite [single] pattern throughout the space and in varying colors. You can even paint your favorite patterns on pieces of furniture.

Soften up a bit

While geometrics are beautiful, they can become a bit harsh if there’s nothing to counteract them. To keep this from happening, add a few patterns that contain curves, such as waves or circles to soften the space.

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Yours, Mine & Ours: Decorating Tips for Newlyweds

Although marriage is a blissful time, the blending of two lives can have its challenges—especially when it comes to decorating a home together. As you start your new life together, it’ll be important to take each other’s needs, wants, preferences and decorating styles into consideration if you wish to create a space you’ll both feel at home in. There will most likely be some conflict in certain areas, but by following some simple guidelines and being willing to compromise, you can create a style that will encompass the best of both of you.

Yours, Mine & Ours: Decorating Tips for Newlyweds

Look it over and talk it through

During some downtime together, look through magazines or websites, noting what each of you like and dislike. If it helps, compile a list or create a folder of pictures and clippings of items that stand out, and then take it from there. Don’t be afraid to [respectfully] speak up if there’s a space that’s extra important for you to have more control of when there’s decorating involved.

Introduce color slowly

Sometimes color can be scary, so it’s wise to begin with a neutral base and then build on it. This doesn’t mean that you have to be surrounded in beige or gray forever, but keep in mind a neutral base opens the door wide open to splashes of color that can be changed out regularly depending on seasons, holidays or moods. In the beginning, be selective with color, incorporating it though pillows, window treatments, chair cushions, a small piece of painted furniture or a single accent wall. When you do introduce color for bigger things, do it together and whittle down the choices until you find a happy balance you can both agree on.

Furniture size matters

Men usually have larger body frames than women, so it’s really important to keep that in mind when you purchase furniture. In most cases, women look at style, while men look at function. There are plenty of options out there that can work, so it is possible to find attractive pieces that will be a comfortable fit. You can always add a decorative chair or ottoman for color, style and personality.

Use the space wisely

Design a floor plan that will accommodate both of you. For example, if one of you works at home, delegate a room or create a nook specifically for that purpose. As newlyweds, you’ll want to soak up lots of time together, so create intimate seating areas in your living room by positioning furniture to face windows or a fireplace (if you have one). Think about future parties you might host and create a layout that will allow you to entertain friends and family.

Add personal touches

Personal touches around the house are important. Accents like greenery, colorful pottery, wall art, and framed photographs are all great ways to make your place feel complete.

Creative Ways to Use Fabric & Wallpaper in Your Home

Sometimes we forget that fabric and wallpaper can be used in far more ways than the obvious. In fact, both can make a huge impact on a space even when used in the smallest of ways. Let’s take a look at some creative ways to use fabric and wallpaper when decorating your home.

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1)   Add interest to a lamp. A lampshade doesn’t have to stay plain or outdated unless you want it to. If the shade is in good shape, simply recover the shade with new fabric. If the shade is in a solid cover you love, consider wallpapering the inside of it.

2)   Give a bookcase some personality. Adding wallpaper to the backs of bookcase (or cabinets) is a wonderful and easy way to bring color, texture and style to a room.

3)   Create unique flower vases. Simply wrapping some fabric scraps around a glass flower vase can make it something unique. Use fabric glue to hold it in place. Clustering a few vases of various sizes and tying them together with a ribbon can make an even bigger statement.

4)    Make cabinets look custom. Have a beautiful, yet plain glass-paneled cabinet in your entry way or living room? Take some fabric and line those glass panels with fabric. Simply stretch the fabric over the glass and fasten it to the wooden frame using a staple gun. Glue ribbon over the staples if you wish to conceal them.

5)   Dress up your drawers. If you have leftover wallpaper floating around, use it to line the drawers of things such as dressers or desks.

6)   Add flair to your stairs. Wallpaper and fabric can really make a statement on stair risers. Alternate coordinating patterns and cover with acrylic sheeting held in place by decorative hardware.

7)   Design eye-catching wall art. There are plenty of places to purchase wall art, but sometimes you need something a bit more tailored to your needs and style. Fabric panels are one option. Another option is to frame pieces fabric or wallpaper and cluster them together for an eye-catching display.

8)   Cover a headboard. For a custom look in the bedroom, cover a headboard with fabric or simply adhere some wallpaper to it. Either will update the space with some style and personality.

9)   Put a twist on the obvious. The obvious being covering your walls of course! The twist however, is using fabric rather than wallpaper if you’re up for something different. Another twist would be to put wallpaper on your ceiling. Just the right wallpaper can give a wonderful textured look no paint job could achieve.

10) Make a creative memo board. If you have a home office or a nook in the kitchen for notes and such, give it a creative touch. Take a simple corkboard (or artist’s canvas), stretch some fabric over it and staple it into place. It’ll make that to-do list much more appealing.

 

 

Is it Time to Redecorate?

As time passes, we become comfortable with our surroundings. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes that comfort makes us oblivious to the obvious signs that tell us it’s time to redecorate.

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According to the 2013 Houzz and Home Survey, a whopping 84 percent of U.S. homeowners said they plan to decorate or redecorate a room in their home within the next two years. The primary motivation: to improve the look, feel, flow or layout of the home.

Look around your home.

Are you happy with how it looks? Is it in need of an update? Perhaps a more important question might be: how do you know? Here we’ll look at three main signs that will let you know it might be time to redecorate your home.

Wear & Tear

Life happens, which means that over time, the interior of our home can take quite a beating. Depending on quality and use, items like window coverings, paint, carpet and upholstery need to be replaced every six to twelve years.

Closely examine things such as the arms of couches and chairs, heavy traffic areas through the carpet and paint on the wall. If they look worn, matted or faded, then it’s probably time to reupholster, replace or repaint.

Change in Taste

Our tastes in things tend to change as we grow and mature. What we like two years ago might not be something we’re interested in keeping around for the next two years. It’s more than okay to change the space to suit your current tastes, but keep in mind frequent changes to décor can add up. This is why it’s important to find quality pieces that will surpass the trends. A good rule of thumb is to stick with quality pieces that provide longevity and a neutral palette that will allow you to incorporate bits and pieces of trends you love easily and inexpensively.

Lifestyle Adjustment

Whatever stage of life you’re in, it’s a safe bet that something will cause a lifestyle change at some point. Life events such as marriage, the birth of a child, an “empty nest,” or simply a move into a new home, can be cause for an update.

Do you find yourself falling into any of these categories? If so, then sit down, set out a budget and then make out your [re]decorating plans. It’ll be work, but it will be rewarding.

Ways to Make Small Spaces Look Bigger

Whether it’s out of want or necessity, many people live in small spaces. Sometimes the whole house or apartment is small. Other times, it’s just a room or two that aren’t that big. Either way, small-scaled living can be easy, practical beautiful, and made to appear larger than it actually is. Embrace your space and follow some of this advice for helping your small spaces look bigger.Ways to Make Small Spaces Look Bigger Austin Interior Fabrics

1)   Remove the clutter. Too much clutter can be a huge distraction and make the space feel cramped. A good rule of thumb is that if it hasn’t been used in a year, then it probably isn’t needed. If it doesn’t add to the look of the room, then remove it. For personal keepsakes you’d like to hold on to, but not look at all the time, store them away. You can always rotate things every so many months (or years).

2)   Decorate using light [cool] colors or neutrals. Colors such as these visually expand the space.

3)   Stick with solid colors and/or small patterns. Solids and small patterns, such as our Paraz, on furniture and window treatments unify the space and make it appear larger. Additional tip: Window treatments similar to the color of your walls will look best look best.

4)   Avoid unnecessary details. Things like ruffles on window treatments or furniture don’t allow for that airy feeling.

5)   Shoot for furniture on raised legs. Not all of your furniture has to be off the ground, but having some on raised legs will create a sense of light and space.

6)   In open, adjacent spaces, be consistent with color and flooring. For the times it’s needed to change up flooring materials, try to stay in the same color family.

7)   Provide adequate lighting. If you have windows, let in as much natural light as you can. If natural light is minimal, make sure you add more lighting to your space. Overhead lights will probably work best, but there’s nothing wrong with adding extra lamps or wall sconces.

8)   Buy smaller, multi-functional furniture. You want furniture that fits your body, but sometimes a lot of large-scale pieces won’t fit comfortably in your space. Downsize where you can and add multi-functional pieces such as a flip-top ottoman or a window bench with storage.

9)   Take advantage of vertical space. Floor to ceiling built-ins are the way to go, but if that’s not an option, a bookcase or even floating shelves will help maximize your area.

10)  Hang up mirrors. Mirrors are great at reflecting light, so hanging them near windows is a great way to brighten up the space.

Outdoor Living Trends for 2014

Outdoor Living Trends for 2014

Outdoor spaces such as patios, decks and porches are no longer spots to simply house a couple of plastic chairs and a grill. Today, these spaces are being looked upon as extensions of the home, which means they have become places to be decorated! With warmer days on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll transform your outdoor living space. Let’s take a peek into what’s trending for this year.

Dining out at home

Outdoor kitchens (or at least bigger cooking areas) are increasing in popularity. While dining out at a restaurant can be an enjoyable experience, more and more people are taking advantage of another option: dining out right at home in a comfortable outdoor living space.

With this, comes the need for furniture that will accommodate outdoor dining and entertaining. Today, it’s more about casual, deep seating, rather than formal settings. Chat height fire pits with club chairs are becoming extremely popular because of their comfort and warmth. Bar seating, sectional seating, and table sets with cushioned chairs are a few other options to consider. For large parties, look for expandable tables, which will usually allow you to seat up to ten people.

A world of color and comfort

Comfortable seat cushions covered in colorful solids and prints is where it’s at. Last year it was all about florals and tropical themes. This year, we’ve gravitated into geometrics and ethnic, tribal themes—and the bolder, the better. Our Corner fabric, in orange, is a wonderful example of what’s in style this year. You can easily update cushions by buying them or recovering them yourself with new fabric. Not only do you get a fresh look, you also prolong the life of the furniture.

Hot colors to look for are greens, oranges, blues, yellows and purples. To make those colors really pop, pair them with neutrals such as gray, natural brown, and white.

For some additional flair and comfort, add some throw pillows. Pillows are a wonderful way to incorporate and switch out trends on a whim.

Out to the movies

Another growing trend for outdoor living spaces is a media area. From projecting movies on outdoor screens to blaring tunes from powerful speakers, enjoying media in the backyard doesn’t appear to be something that will fade away anytime soon.

A word to the wise

Keep in mind that outdoor furniture and equipment will be exposed to the elements. If you want your things to last, take the time to save up and invest in quality pieces. Buying low quality will often have you replacing things every few years. Even at a low price, those replacements will end up costing you more in the long run then if you just invest wisely from the start.

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Creating an Outdoor Room

Creating an Outdoor Room

As we focus on decorating the interior of our homes, we sometimes forget the importance of focusing some energy on the exterior of it. Porches, decks, patios and even wide open spaces, should be looked upon as extensions of our homes and therefore decorated in a way that reflects the same style we so proudly display behind closed doors. With some careful planning, just about any outdoor space can be transformed into an outdoor room. Once you determine the purpose and define the space, the rest will fall into place.

Determine the purpose

Knowing what the space will be used for will help determine how much space is needed and where it will need to be located. Do you plan on cooking and eating outside? Will you entertain friends and family? Are you going to need privacy? Is ample lighting a necessity? The more specific you are in regards to the needs and wants for this space, the less likely you’ll encounter future problems.

Define the space

A space is more easily defined when several elements are used. For example, an outdoor rug, pavers, or gravel can create flooring in your outdoor room. Strategically planting trees and shrubs or scattering potted plants can section the off the room from the rest of the outdoor space. Sheer curtains and screens are great for providing privacy and giving the illusion of walls. Intimate seating areas can be created simply by arranging furniture. These are just some of the ways you can define the space of your outdoor room.

Be wise with the details

Now comes the fun part: the decorating details. Before you jump right in however, think it though so you don’t end up wasting time, effort or money. For instance, if you have ample shade then something such as an umbrella is unnecessary. If you only plan hosting casual get-togethers, it’s unlikely you’ll need a large dining table. If you get ample sunlight, you may be able to get by with more solar-powered lights than someone whose outdoor room receives more shade. Focus on only getting furniture pieces you’ll use, rather than purchasing a packaged set. When you do get outdoor furniture, be sure to get something that’s weather resistant and easy to maintain. We carry durable Sunbrella fabrics in beige, green, heather, red, taupe and white, which are sure to make any outdoor furniture look beautiful.

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Decorating with Floral Patterns

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Let’s talk flowers.

Research has shown flowers have a positive effect on emotional health, yet when it comes to home decorating, anything more than a mere vase full of them seems to stop most people in their tracks.

This doesn’t have to be the case.

There really is no reason to be intimidated by florals anymore. In fact, with today’s floral patterns being so plentiful, versatile and updated, the task of decorating with them can actually be very enjoyable. All it takes is some basic knowledge and you can create a space that will be full of life and joy.

Here are some key things to remember when considering floral patterns for your home:

(1)  Florals can be used anywhere. Yes, even alongside that ornate Oriental area rug or plaid couch. Incorporate florals by adding accent pillows or curtains that contain at least two coordinating colors (patterns with lots of visible background will work best). Sticking with the color scheme will make it work.

(2)  Scale sets the mood. Large-scale prints set a cool and modern feel, while smaller scale prints appear sweet and vintage (as you mix, remember the one large, one medium and one small print rule).

(3)  Not all florals are feminine. Large, bold patterns, rather than small, intricate and pastel ones, are much more male-friendly. If you have a man living in your home, sticking within patterns such as those might make place feel less “girly.”

(4)  Florals aren’t “old” anymore. Putting a modern spin on a traditional favorite has given florals a comeback. When paired correctly (and depending on what you’re going for), florals can be youthful, fun, cool, classic or sophisticated.

(5)  Repetition will create balance. A lone flowery pillow might look out of place unless there’s another floral pattern nearby. Be sure to repeat a floral pattern two to three times in the space so it makes sense.

(6)  Florals go beyond upholstery. Upholstered furniture is a wonderful (and obvious) way to bring florals into the home, but that’s not the only option. Artwork, fabric wall coverings, tapestries, pillows, bedding, headboards, lampshades, area rugs, wreaths, flower arrangements, and window treatments are other ideas for getting your floral fix.

Some of our top floral picks…

Be sure to browse through our wide selection of beautiful fabrics. To get started, we’ve listed four of our favorites for you to check out: Ankara, Heather, Urban Blossom and Springer.

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Living in Harmony: His and Her Blended Style

Living in Harmony: His and Her Blended Style

Does your home reflect the best of both of you or does it sway heavily toward one particular gender? Finding harmony when it comes to decorating can be very challenging once you have a male and a female under the same roof, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from the challenge and give in one way or the other. Believe it or not, with all the options out there, compromise is possible. Let’s take a look at how his and her styles can be blended together effectively.

Furniture & Accessories

When it comes to furniture, women tend to care about how it looks, while men tend to be more concerned with how comfortable it is, as well as its durability. When shopping, look for quality pieces that will accommodate the size of the home’s occupants. Instead of ornate detail, go for solid pieces with clean lines and elegant curves. Always keep in mind that the room can be softened with other accents scattered throughout the room.

In regards to accessories that will fill shelves and walls, finding something that appeals to both of you can be difficult. When it comes to wall art, men often like rustic, woodland scenes and animal prints, while women tend to gravitate toward floral or cottage landscapes. A predicament such as this might be resolved with something like a coastal or city scene. When it comes to trinkets and such, lean toward items made of wood paired with interesting accessories made of colored glass, rather than lots of figurines and other intricate pieces.

Colors & Patterns

The color of a home’s interior has a great impact on everyone who lives there. The key in finding harmony between the sexes is to set the stage with neutrals. Earth tones make a great foundation for a his-and-her space. Not only are they pleasing to look at, they give you flexibility to add pops of colors in subtle ways.

When it comes to patterns, a good rule of thumb is to stick with stripes or geometrics. This doesn’t mean that there can’t be flowers! Flowers, just as with pops of color, can be incorporated in subtle ways. Add vases of fresh flowers, a floral area rug, or accent pillows full of posies to soften areas that might look too masculine.

The important thing to remember is that both of your tastes need to be addressed in the décor if both of you are to be happy. Unless one of you just doesn’t care, then there’s really no way about it. Finding the compromise won’t just make the two of you happy and comfortable, it will also be more inviting to guests of both sexes as well.

At Interior Fabrics we have just the right combination of designer fabrics and drapery hardware to  help you mix your styles. Stop in to our North Houston location at 6705 Fm 1960 Rd W
Houston, Tx 77069, or 3104 Fondren Road Houston, Tx 77063.