Trendy Christmas Interiors

Tis the season to decorate!  Christmas is a great season to bring out the glitter, have fun with color, and make new traditions!  You can create a very Merry Christmas interior whether you are on a budget or you like to splurge.

So what style of Interior fits you?

A White Christmas

A White Christmas

If you are an individual that prefers your interior to be tranquil, then having a White Christmas may be the look for you!  Adding ornaments to a interior plant or tree can send an inviting welcome to your home’s interior.  You may want to begin the White Christmas theme at the entrance of your home so that people know that you are welcoming the season into your home as well as them!  Other suggestions to keep this look soft and tranquil is just by adding splashes of gold and silver throughout the home.  Sparkle and gllitter seems to lift spirits and won’t be too vibrant for the calm peaceful look that you are trying to achieve.

Trendy Christmas

Deck the halls with a splash of color!  Many of us have a favorite color but we don’t use it throughout the house because it sometimes can be a little bright.  Holidays are great because it allows you to bring out your whimsical and creative side! Create rooms inspired by your favorite colors this season.  Mix your favorite colors with gold and silver glittered Christmas accessories to create a trendy monochromatic Christmas!

Homemade Christmas

The tradition of using ornaments began first by gathering things that you would find outside during this season and decorate with it!  People use to use holly, ivy, thorns and berries.  They would create wreaths, candles, candy canes, stockings, bells, and angels using these objects found in nature. Decorations could be used inside and outside the home.  There were also religious meanings behind some of these objects used such as the color green. The evergreen tree never loses its leaves in the winter thus it symbolizes eternal life.

As time went on, people contiued with this idea of gathering found objects for decorations and started to create personal Christmas interiors.  This was a way for everyone to participate in the holiday fun.  Making and using your own decorations can be fun, “green”, and social. This is a season that can be lonely for many people. By calling a friend over to string candy or popcorn to hang on your tree can turn into a fun bonding experience!

String Pom-Pom Balls, to create whimsical garland!

Use Pom-Pom Balls to decorate found pine cones.

Decorate Trees with Candy!

Organic Christmas- Use dried fruit, and popcorn to decorate tree!

A Traditional Christmas

Regardless of your taste in interiors, decorating your home to represent you will give you the most joy!  Using any of these traditional decorations to decorate your home will give the feeling of “Home for the Holidays!”  Mix and Match homemade accessories with bought accessories for that special personal touch. The most important thing is to enjoy your holiday decorating and give your home that warm holiday feel!

Everyone here at Fabrics and Frames wishes you a very joyous, safe and happy holiday season!

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

www.fabricsandframes.com

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240. 972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog at andy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Written By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By:Linda Decuir

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COLOR THEORY 101

When you start with a blank canvas, empty palette, or even an empty room it is sometimes hard to figure out what direction in color you really want to take.  This is true for both the artist and the interior designer. A great place to start is by understanding the basics of color…..

Primary Colors, Secondary Colors, Tertiary Colors, Complimentary Colors,  Analogous Colors, are all basic color schemes in design.  Depending on the tone or shade of each color that you desire, you can achieve different overall looks in your room by combining these color schemes with basic interior design principles.

Primary Colors

The type of design work that you do will often determine what you consider as primary colors.  As an artist, you are taught that RED, YELLOW, and BLUE are Primary Colors.  These are sets of colors that can be combined to make a useful range of many colors.   Primary Colors have always been the most basic and common color combination in design.

Primary Colors have been influencing the Art, Architecture, and Interior Design Worlds for over a century.  Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg were artists that influenced the early 20th century.  Their attention to color and design created a movement known as the “De Stijl” Movement, which focused on the primary colors, black and white, and gray tones.  This Movement would change the way we look at modern architecture and would give us a new insight on interior design by using simple colors.

Piet Mondrian

Theo van Doesburg

A reconstruction of the dance hall/cinema designed by Theo van Doesburg. Created with the influence of the De Stijl Movement

Other Architecture and Designs Influenced by the Primary Color Scheme

Designed By: Gerrit Rietveld

The “De Stijl”, meaning “the style” in Dutch, was created in the 1920’s and promoted the artistic philosophy that formed a basis for the group’s work known as neoplasticism — the new plastic art .  The use of primary color made this movement timeless.  Currently, the market for this look is still highly in demand.  This movement has created an unlimited amount of accessories and unique objects that are used to portray a distinct statement toward art, architecture, and interior design.

Secondary Colors:

Secondary colors are created when you mix two primary colors together.  For example, when you mix red and blue together you get purple.  During my first year of working in interior design, I learned that these three colors are known as “Earth Tones”.  By adding the right “muddy” pigment to each of these colors, you can create a calm, traditional look.  I personally have used these tones mostly when designing for clients who desire the “Old World” Style in Interior Design.  This is not to say that these colors can not be used for a more modern look.

Old World Look using Secondary Colors:

When using these colors, you don’t have to use them in their most saturated form. By toning each color to the shade that you choose can give you a more subtle, elegant look.  Regardless, if you are modern or traditional, using these three colors can create a very soothing, esthetic room.  When using these three colors remember that you can use different textiles and finishes to create your desired, finished look.  Hint: Use an orange stained wood with purple or green textiles to create a more modern look. See example below:

Tertiary Colors:

Tertiary Colors are made when you mix one primary color with one secondary color.  These colors are not used much in design as key elements to distinguishing certain genre’s of style.  People usually use these colors to emphasize their favorite color in the room, or to follow certain fashion trends in the design world.  Some examples of these colors are: Red-Purple(fuchsia), Blue- Purple (indigo), Blue- Green (teal), Yellow- Green (lime green),Yellow- Orange(peach), Orange -Red (rust).

Complementary Colors:

Complementary Colors are used in reference to the color wheel. The term actually means “the opposite” side of the color wheel.  Some examples of Complementary Colors are: Purple and Yellow; Red and Green; Blue and Orange.  Hues may very depending on the design.  These colors have been used in many popular logos, labels, and holidays! A great example of what I mean is the Lakers logo – purple and gold!  These colors are usually used when you want a color to pop out.  Because they are a combination of one warm color with one cool color, this creates high contast in the design and will help your eyes focus on the detail.  Some examples are below.

Analogous Colors:

Analogous Colors are colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel.  This form of design, will have an overall look of a monochromatic color scheme.  Usually used in more modern, eclectic, or transitional designs.  Some examples of this type of style is shown below:

Color should be used with theory behind it.  Starting with the basic principles and elements of design is the key to creating a great room.  Design is a process that needs to be fully thought out before executing.  Remember the most important logic behind design is “Form follows Function”, meaning that it must meet all criteria of design, looks and function.  Here at Fabrics and Frames we are concerned with ergonomics as well as aesthetics. Understanding good design comes from understanding the logic behind color.

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

www.fabricsandframes.com

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240. 972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog at andy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Have you ever wonder where the origin of the trendiest patterns come from?

Today I am going to discuss three different fabric patterns that have been around for generations and still continue to be very important in the design world: Houndstooth, Flamestitch, and Ikat.

The Houndstooth Pattern:

When you are in the field of design, you often see the current fashion trends emerge in different genre’s of design, such as furniture design or interior design.  The houndstooth design has been a leading pattern in all aspects of design for many decades.  The first time that I noticed this pattern was in a 1969 Camaro.  I thought it was an odd choice for car interior, but soon realized that this pattern was used to mark the car as a special edition.

From then on I started to realize that the houndstooth pattern has been used in multiple applications in design for many years.  In 1885 a high-end clothier by the name of De Pinna created a line of clothes that highlighted this pattern in both women’s and men’s clothes.  Once he was known for incorporating this particular pattern into his designs, he put out a full men’s suit clothing line.  This pattern is a timeless pattern that has been seen throughout the decades.

Today, the houndstooth is used as a fashion statement in both fashion and interior design just as it has been in the past. Some common places where you might see a houndstooth is on purses, pillows, chairs, artwork, and jewelery.

The Flamestitch Pattern:

When Missoni decided to be the latest designer to participate in Target’s “Go Line” products, we found out that flame stitch patterns were back in demand.  The line was released in September, and the anticipation for the line was so extreme that Target sold out of all merchandise around the U.S. in a matter of hours.  If you are not familiar with Missoni, he is a high-end fashion designer that is known for the incorporation of the “flame-stitch” pattern in most of his fashion pieces.

The origin of the Flamestitch, came from a style of embroidery that was very popular during the 1600’s.  This pattern was hand-woven and used in many applications except for clothing fabric. Below is a picture showing the flamestitch pattern used in the 1600’s.

1600’s Upholstered Flamestitch Wall

Today, the pattern is used for many purposes.  As an interior designer, I’ve mostly seen the pattern used for more traditional designs.  But as the interior design world starts to merge with the fashion world, I have seen more contemporary flamestitch patterns emerge.  Celebrities and high-end designers used this “zig-zag” pattern to draw the eye to something specific in the room.  When a room is designed with balance in mind, this bold pattern can create hierarchy within the design because it makes such a bold impression.

Currently, I have noticed this trend in the homes of celebrities. During the recent seasons of  the Kardashians “Khloe and Lamar”,  I have noticed that the family has recently redecorated all the Kardashian homes and somewhere in each room of Khloe and Lamar’s home, the flamestitch is incorporated.  Below you will see what I am talking about.

Khloe and Lamar’s Home Office using Flame Stitch Chair

Khloe and Lamar Velvet Sofa with Flame stitch Accent Pillows. (Khloe sits on flamestitch pillow)

The flamestitch pattern has been around for centuries and should continue to be known as a timeless pattern as well. As a designer I would usually suggest this pattern for a soft contemporary or a very traditional feel.  The difference in looks will depend on the color tones that are in the flamestitch itself.  When you have more earth tones or very bold bright colors in the pattern, it may come off as being more modern.  When there are more jewel tones incorporated in the pattern, it will generally have a more traditional spin. Contemporary Flamestitch:

Traditional Flamestitch:

traditional flamestitch chair in jewel tones

The Ikat Pattern:

The Ikat Pattern is the world’s traditional “tie-dye” technique.  The word “Ikat” actually means “to tie” or “to bind” in the Indonesian Language.  This form of dying practice is used in many different cultures.  The difference between a traditional IKAT design and tie-dye design is that with the IKAT design the fabric is woven first and the resist bindings are then applied to the fabric which is dyed.  In warp ikat the patterns are clearly visible in the warp threads on the loom even before the plain colored weft is introduced to produce the fabric. In weft ikat it is the weaving or weft thread that carries the dyed patterns which only appear as the weaving proceeds. In weft ikat the weaving proceeds much slower than in warp ikat as the passes of the weft must be carefully adjusted to maintain the clarity of the patterns. This past season IKAT’s became a big trend.  You saw this pattern emerge in fashion, furniture, pillows, and accessories.

Regardless of the pattern choice, we see that all these patterns have their own unique origins and have continued to be used in the design world for many years.  In the desigh world, we often find that the key to a good design is putting a contemporary spin to an old idea.

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

www.fabricsandframes.com

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240. 972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog at andy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Written By: Erica Guajard

Edited By: Linda Decuir

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