3 Steps to Personalizing Your Walls with Fabric Panels

Wall art has a way of finishing off the look of a space. Unfortunately, it can add up quickly if you have a lot of walls to fill. Thankfully, there’s a way you can put some extra flair in your home that’s both unique and stylish: fabric wall panels. Here we’ll break down how to make your own fabric panels step-by-step. By following these simple instructions, you’ll be able to make your own wall art for a fraction of the cost.

The first step is to pick your fabric. In regards to fabric panels, your best bet is to pick a fabric of medium weight. Medium weight fabrics are ideal for this type of project—it’s bendable, without being flimsy.

The next step is to gather your materials. Once you have your choice of fabric, canvas stretchers and a staple gun, you’re pretty much ready to begin. If you’d prefer to create your base with wood, that’s fine, but if you’re looking for convenience, then canvas stretchers are the way to go. You also have the option to stretch your fabric over a foam core rather than a wood one. In this case, you probably won’t need the staple gun. Some glue should suffice.

Finally, it’s time to create your fabric panel. Before you set the canvas stretchers or foam down, layout the fabric and position it in the manner you want it displayed. Cut your fabric, leaving it a bit bigger than the frame. An inch and a half to two inches is usually a safe estimate of how much excess you’ll need to wrap around the edges. Start by putting a staple (or drop of glue) in the center on one of the longer sides and then do it again on the opposite side. After that, do the same thing to the shorter sides. Continue working toward the corners, tightly tugging the fabric as you go. At the corners, fold the fabric as you would gift wrap paper and then staple it into place. If you’d rather not stretch the fabric over the frame, another option would be to neatly cut the fabric to fit the front of it.

Now it’s time to hang it up! If you’d like a visual, check out this great tutorial.

Patterns with Pizzazz

This year, patterns like gingham, feathers and florals are popular. Creating a fabric panel using one of these patterns is an easy way to incorporate a trend without making a huge commitment. We have several fabrics that are sure to be perfect for your décor, so be sure to check them out.

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Creating a Fabric Feature Wall

If you’re looking to add some extra texture, pattern and color to your space, skip the traditional wallpaper and create a feature wall with fabric instead. Wallpaper is nice, but it can be extremely hard to remove. If you’re one who likes frequent change, then it can become a hassle. The difference with fabric is that it can be removed much more easily when you’re ready for a change. Here’s how to get it done.

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There are three popular methods for putting fabric on a wall: starching it, stapling it and draping it. Since starching it is the middle ground of the three, we’ll focus on that method in this post.

Choose the Fabric

If you want the fabric to adhere properly, it must have acrylic or fabric backing. If you find a fabric you love without backing, you can have backing added at a fireproofing or backing shop. Generally, you’ll get better results going with wider, lighter weight fabrics that won’t stretch easily.

Keep in mind that large repetitive patterns often require more yards, depending on how big the wall is. Be sure to take home swatches for testing and measure properly before making any final purchases. Although you can put fabric anywhere, it tends to work best in areas of low traffic, as well as in rooms where it won’t be exposed to water or cooking odors.

Starching Instructions

Starching the fabric resembles wallpapering, although using liquid starch makes it a better option for apartment dwellers or homeowners who enjoy change. Starched fabric is easily removed when dampened, which is what makes it such a popular method.

For this you’ll need liquid fabric starch, sponges, fabric, utility knife, drop cloths (plastic and fabric), masking tape and a large container.

Getting it on the Wall How-To:

  1. Steam or iron out any wrinkles and seams from the fabric
  2. Wash the wall (or walls if you’re doing more than one) with soap and water
  3. Lay your drop cloths (layer the fabric over the plastic)
  4. Using a sponge or paint roller, apply the liquid starch
  5. Start at a top corner, pressing the fabric to the wall. Smooth with a sponge as you go to avoid wrinkles.
  6. If necessary, use tacks to secure the fabric while it dries
  7. Trim off any excess fabric with the utility knife

Go as simple or as bold as you’d like. If an entire wall is too much for the room, try applying fabric to the lower half only. You’ll still get a fresh look without the space feeling overwhelmed.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Conroe, stop by our Interior Fabrics locations in Houston, TX for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Four Benefits of Microfiber Upholstery Fabric

Suede was among the clothing trends announced this spring during Fashion Week—and while it’s a fabric that looks great, it’s also one that can cost a pretty penny to buy, as well as clean, if it stains. Thankfully, when it comes to home upholstery fabrics, there’s a choice that can give you the look, without the stress of price or worry: microfiber. Microfiber, also known as microsuede, Ultrasuede and faux suede, is a man-made polyester fabric introduced in the 1950s. It has gained popularity over the years, especially among families, and here’s why:

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It’s extremely durable and comfortable

A big problem with upholstery is how it looks after lots of use. The stretching, sagging, piling, shrinking and stiffening that comes with excess use can leave homeowners feeling a bit frustrated. Microfiber fabric was specifically designed to avoid problems such as these, making it an ideal choice for heavy-traffic homes. Not only is it lightweight, it’s durable, due to the tight weave of its delicate fibers. The density makes it strong and resilient, which means it’ll be long lasting.

It’s hard to stain and easy to clean

Furniture that’s hard to stain is a huge benefit for a family home. The tight weave of microfiber makes it naturally stain resistant. Most fluids simply run off, rather than absorb into the fabric. A quick reaction and a simple pat dry is usually all you need to avoid a tough stain.

If dirt and grime do build up on the surface, it can often be cleaned easily. In most cases, you can use a cleaning product specifically designed for microfiber fabric. It’s important to remember that water should be avoided as much as possible. Water will eventually soak into the fabric, leaving a mark that might not come out.

It keeps allergens at bay

Microfiber is a great choice for anyone concerned about allergies. This fabric doesn’t generate its own lint or dust like some other fabrics do, and the tight weave helps repel common allergens. Furthermore, whatever allergens might lie on the surface can easily be removed with a vacuum or lint roller.

It comes in a variety of colors and patterns

Microfiber retains dye very well, so it can be found in colors to fit any home décor. There’s even microfiber fabric with patterns woven into it, making the selection even larger. Be sure to check out what microfibers we have to offer in our fabric selection.

When you are looking for upholstery fabric near you in Keller, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Fort Worth, TX on South Hulen Street for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Crazy for Gingham

Gingham walked the runway during this spring’s Fashion Week, so there’s no doubt you’ll see this classic pattern spill over into home decor. This pattern, often limited to children’s textiles or country decorating style, is actually more glamorous and versatile than you may realize. Let’s take a deeper look at this pattern and how it can be used in your home this season.

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A Bit about Gingham

Gingham was first produced in 17th century England as a striped pattern. Over time, it morphed into a two-colored checked pattern and became an instant classic. It’s lightweight, plain-woven [traditional] cotton fibers make it durable, comfortable and easy to clean.

Sometimes gingham is confused with plaid, but they are definitely different. Gingham is always white plus another color while plaid can be any combination of colors. Another difference is that the lines in gingham have the same width, whereas the lines in plaid differ in size.

When it comes to decorating, think of gingham as a chameleon, in that it works with just about any style you throw its way. It is easy to scale up or down, and comes in a wide array of colors—yet too often, it’s underused or overlooked. With careful thought, and with the right interior scheme, gingham can actually be a mix of sophistication and fun.

How to Use It

If you aren’t ready to make a big commitment, start small. Gingham is a great pattern to use on window treatments, lampshades or accent pillows. To have it make sense, pull a color from the window treatments or pillows to use on the walls and then use a complimentary color on pieces of furniture.

If you find yourself somewhere on middle ground, go for gingham on the walls. This pattern works well on walls whether painted or wallpapered on. There’s nothing wrong with covering all the walls gingham, but simply covering one wall with the pattern will make a big statement. Large checks are eye-catching when used on the room’s most visible wall. If you have a small room you’d like to appear larger, use smaller checks. Whichever you choose, keep the color palette harmonious, so you can incorporate other patterns.

Do you like to jump in with both feet? If so, make a commitment by using gingham on a piece of furniture. You don’t want the space to feel overwhelming, so make sure you only use it on one main piece and make sure that it’s one you’ll be happy with for years to come.

The room will determine how much is too much. Take your time, playing with the pattern until you reach the depth, color and interest you’re looking for.

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Decorating With Yellow

How to Decorate With Yellow

What better way to refresh your home for spring than by using the color yellow in your decorating? Yellow is a bright color that shines with enlightenment, optimism, and happiness. The creativity and energy this color can evoke in us makes it the perfect choice to add in your home’s color palette this season.

While yellow is a beautiful color, it’s also a tricky one—so it basically comes down to this: control the hue and you’ll control the mood. An easy thing to remember is that yellows with red undertones are warm and welcoming, while yellows with blue undertones often give off a colder appearance. Yellows with a brownish undertone serve well as a neutral. Pale yellows and muted gold are perfect for a timeless look. Deep yellows can add a touch of sophistication to a space. Earthy yellows can make you want to kick your feet up and relax. Honey-like yellows create a welcoming feeling. Bright yellows are cheerful, but can be overwhelming if it isn’t offset with a secondary color that keeps it grounded.

If you’re putting it on the walls, you don’t want it too bright or too muted, so it’s very important to paint sample patches on the wall so they can be observed in different lights of the day, as well as under different types of lighting (lamps, overhead, etc). You’d be surprised how different yellow can look depending on the light.

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There’s actually quite a bit that goes nicely with the happiest color in the spectrum. Let’s take a look at some uplifting yellow color schemes:

  • Dusky yellow, paired with orange and a red that’s the shade of a sunset, will resemble the colors found in a western sky.
  • Bright yellow and steely gray are a perfect match. You’re able to have a neutral and a burst of color.
  • If you want a touch of sophistication, go for the soft glow of gold, neutrals and pink.
  • Soft, creamy yellow, paired with weathered gray and cornflower blue are ideal for a bedroom. The combination creates a restful space.
  • An upscale retro look can easily be achieved with a crisp white base accentuated with harvest gold and shades of blue.
  • Love the water? Get a feel of the ocean with a palette of crisp white, pale yellow and shades of blue, such as teal, aqua, and seafoam. For a tropical look, go for something playful like hot pink, canary yellow and turquoise.
  • A cool summery look can be achieved with soft yellow and cool blue, partnered with a shade of orange-red like persimmon.

These are just some of the many options there are to choose from. Yellow is such a fun color, it can be paired with just about anything. Take your time and experiment until you find just the right yellow and scheme to fit your space.

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The Art of Decorating the Man Room

A man room, or “man cave” as it is more commonly referred to, is a place set aside for a man to pursue his interests by himself or with friends and family. No matter where this space is located—the garage, a shed, the basement, etc—it is not a space meant for work, but rather a space for relaxation and enjoyment. This means it should be decorated in a way that will be pleasing, inviting and most importantly, personal. Here we’ll take a look at some simple design rules, as well as common “must-haves” that will make the space fit to meet the needs of the one who will occupy it.

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So, what exactly should a man room possess? In a nutshell: quality, comfort and personality.

It’s important that the room has items crafted with care. This should be a standard for most rooms in the house, but considering men are built bigger and tend to need more pieces that are functional and durable, quality pieces are the way to go. Heavy, durable fabrics are key to the Man Room. Many guys prefer black out drapes or other heavy window treatments for both look and functionality. For longer lasting furniture, leathers and faux leathers work wonders for upholstered pieces, plus they look stylish too!

It’s important that the room offers comfort. As mentioned earlier, functional pieces are often preferred by men—but that doesn’t mean they aren’t concerned with form as well. When it comes to man room furniture, aim for items such as lounge chairs and large couches covered in comfortable fabrics of masculine patterns and textures. Colors within the space are important too, as they can make or break the comfort level of the room. For a man room, think solid, darker and earthy colors like red, brown, green, gray and blue.

It’s important that the room reflects personality. It’s the MAN room, so it needs to reflect the MAN who spends time there. When it comes to décor, anything goes in this space. Personal collections, movie posters, album covers, sports memorabilia, automotive gear, animal heads, etc, are all welcome and should be displayed proudly if that’s what’s meaningful.

Common Must-Haves for a Man Room

Each man is different, so not every man room will require the same things. With that said, there are common items that tend to be popular among many men:

  • Shelving and/or entertainment center
  • Electronics
  • Game table (i.e. foosball, pool; cards)
  • Wet bar or mini fridge
  • Comfortable seating (i.e. recliner, lounge chair; couch)
  • Coffee table or end tables
  • Proper lighting
  • Heavy Drapery (Black out drapes are great for this room)

Remember, a man cave doesn’t have to reflect a dungeon or a frat house. With time and thought, the space can be one of comfort and class that is recognized as a statement room within your home.

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Marrying His & Her Decorating Styles

Decorating Tips For A Home Fit for Two

Rarely does a couple completely agree on design style. This doesn’t mean that middle ground can’t be met—because it can. At first thought, the idea of marrying his and her decorating styles together successfully might seem challenging. In many cases it is, but success can still be had if you’re up to approaching the task with an open mind and compromising heart. Let’s take a deeper look at how you can make yours a happy home perfectly fit for the two of you.

his-hers-designer-fabrics-covington-la1)    Commit to clear communication and respect. We all have our likes and dislikes and that’s okay. Just be sure to communicate what does it for you, as well as what doesn’t, in a clear manner. If you’re on the receiving end, be sure to listen to your partners point of view, keeping in mind that their opinions and preferences are equally as important as yours.

2)    Make lists. Make a list of things you’d love in your home. Make a list of what you think should stay and what you think should go, in regards to what you two already have. Make a list of future purchases that would need the approval of both of you. After lists are made, share them with each other and see where they lead you.

3)    Play with colors, patterns and furniture styles. Believe it or not, there is a balance between feminine and masculine colors, patterns and furniture. Neutral colors like gray, earth tones, or even white, make great foundations for his-and-her spaces. Not only are they pleasing to the eye, they make it easy to add pops of bolder colors whenever the mood strikes. When it comes to patterns, stripes and geometrics are safe choices—but don’t be afraid to incorporate floral touches to soften the look. In regards to furniture, men tend to be more concerned with function and durability while women tend to be more concerned with form. Look for quality pieces that will accommodate the size of the home’s occupants. Solid pieces with clean lines and elegant curves are your best bet. You can always soften the look with accents and accessories.

4)    Pick your battles wisely and remain patient. It’s important to remember that your differences in decorating styles is not equivalent to differences in personality, so keep the focus where it should be: on decorating the home. Keep in mind that compromise brings harmony and that nothing wonderful ever evolves overnight. Stay patient and keep working together until the space reflects who the two of you are as a unit.

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How to Keep Your Upholstered Furniture Looking Its Best

As nice as it would be for your new furniture to take care of itself, it won’t—which is why it’s so important for you to actively maintain it. With proper care, your upholstered pieces can look great for several years, which will make your purchase worthwhile. Let’s talk about how you can keep your upholstered furniture looking its best.

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Keeping it Clean

One of the first things to do when you get new furniture is to read the care instructions. Basic knowledge of how your fabric should be cleaned will come in handy when there are nasty spills to take care of. Improperly cleaning it could cause a lot of damage, so taking the time to read up on it will be worth it. If you happen to be purchasing new furniture, ask about any fabric protection that may be available before it leaves the warehouse.

This leads into the second big thing, which is to clean up spills immediately. If a spill is left untreated, it will turn into a stain. Dried stains are much more difficult to clean than a spill that just occurred.

Regular Maintenance

When it comes to regular maintenance, vacuuming is pretty high on the list. Just like everything else in the house, furniture collects dust. Vacuuming regularly keeps the dust from setting in deep.

Two other things to remember are the words flip and fluff.  As a general rule, you should flip your upholstered cushions about every two weeks. This will help maintain their shape and ensure even wear. If your cushions are attached, check for a zipper, which will allow you to pull the cushion innards. On a sofa, the center cushion doesn’t get as much use as the end cushions. If your cushions are the same shape, be sure to rotate them around as well, not just flip them.

Fluffing your cushions will help them remain comfortable and in shape. Give them a good punch and prod, like you would do to bed pillows that have gone flat. Firmer cushions usually don’t require as much fluffing as squishy ones do, but both kinds should be fluffed every few days. Fluffing doesn’t take but a few minutes of your time, so it’s easy to do regularly.

One last tip is to keep upholstered pieces you love away from direct sunlight. Ultraviolet rays can be extremely destructive to fabric. If you have to keep your pieces near a window, try to tilt the blinds or draw the curtains during the heat of the day.

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You Have a Striped Sofa. Now What?

Stripes were a huge hit at the fashion shows this spring, but in all reality, they’ve never really gone out of style. While considered the most neutral pattern out there, they are anything but bland and can be used successfully in many ways. Yet when it comes to a striped sofa, decorating around it often poses a challenge. If you have—or are considering buying—a striped sofa, keep on reading for some decorating solutions.

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For a more conservative look:

  • Surround the striped sofa with lots of white. White walls and furniture covered in white slipcovers are a good way to enjoy the stripes without feeling overwhelmed.
  • Accent with natural fibers. Natural fibers like sisal, sea grass and jute are casual enough to go with anything. Pairing your sofa with fibers such as these will give the space a relaxed feel.
  • Use solid neutrals. Having accent chair covered in solid, neutral upholstery, sitting upon a solid, neutral rug, will allow you to add some patterned pillows (in the neutral color range) effortlessly.
  • Mix in some metallics. Although metallics are low key in color, they can still liven up a room because of their shine.

For a bolder look:

  • Add in different patterns but keep the same material. When the weight and texture of your couch and accent pieces are similar, you can add in pretty much any pattern you like.
  • Use the same stripes but in a different color family. Many fabric patterns come in a variety of colors, which makes it really easy to do this. Something like accent pillows in an identical pattern, yet in a contrasting hue, is a great way to add some interest.
  • Bring in different stripes of the same color. Keeping the hue the same will easily allow you to bring in more stripes of varying widths, giving you a nice mix of wide and narrow.
  • Cover other pieces of furniture in the same striped pattern and then finish off the look with solid pillows of softer hues.

Keep in mind that a striped couch can do several things—be a focal point, set a theme, fuel a color palette—so figure out what the space needs or what direction you’d like to take and then run with it. We have a nice selection of striped fabrics, which could look beautiful in your home. You can browse our selection here.

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Give Your Outdoor Furniture a Facelift

Spring is here, which means warmer weather is on its way to stay. Before you know it, more time will be spent outside, which is why now is the perfect time to give your outdoor furniture a facelift. While you could go out and purchase a new set, reupholstering what you have will ensure you get exactly what you want. Here’s a how-to on making your worn-out fabrics look new again.

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Supplies needed: Fabric, thread, needles, utility knife, needle nose pliers, scissors, staple gun, pencil and padding material

Step 1: Expose the bare frame. To begin, you’ll need to remove any pieces that are unattached—like cushions—and set them aside. Carefully cut along the seams with your utility knife. Use the needle nose pliers to pull any staples you encounter and preserve as much of the fabric as you can. Keeping it intact will make it easier when it comes time to measure the new fabric.

Step 2: Pull out the old filling. If you’re taking time to change out your fabric, you should take care of the filling as well. Padding and stuffing gets flat over time and that’s something that won’t look good with new fabric. Keep as much as you can intact so you can use it when measuring the replacement filling.

Step 3: Take your measurements. Lay out each individual piece of old fabric and take your measurements. Be as accurate as possible and make sure you don’t skip any sections of the furniture.

Step 4: Transfer your measurements and cut your new pieces. To avoid mistakes, work one section at a time. After they’re cut, lay them out according to their order of installation. Measure and cut your new filling as well. Lay them out in their proper position.

Step 5: Sew it up. The job will go smoother if you sew in the largest panels first. In most cases, the back and middle of the furniture will be the biggest and should be taken care of first. After you’re done, move on to the small panels. Continue this process until all of the fabric, including the cushion fabric, is taken care of.

Step 6: Reinstall the cushions. Once the cushions are fully reupholstered, replace them on the furniture.

Once you’ve finished all of these steps, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy your fresh-looking furniture. Be sure to check out our selection of outdoor fabrics that will work wonderfully for your project.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Keller, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Fort Worth, TX on South Hulen Street for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.