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!