Neon Interiors

Today’s latest designer trends incorporate the color spectrum’s brightest colors.  Neon colors can be seen from fashion, to art, and even in upholstery.  Since these colors are so vivid and vibrant, this color trend tends to have a call to action appeal and rapidly draws the eye to the area where the color is presented.

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Often the idea of using bright colors in an interior space will scare the average decorator because it is difficult to manage and has a short lifespan.  If you are daring and choose to decorate using this color scheme, then a tip is to use neon colors sparingly in areas that will highlight a great accessory, art piece, or small area.  This will keep you from overdoing the color, yet it will con-temporize the space.

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When you use these colors in a minimalistic way, you should incorporate them with neutral color schemes.   Just keep in mind that neon colors are currently a trendy way to update your home and trends typically do not stay around forever.  By keeping these colors limited to smaller accessories  it will be easier for you to dispose of the trend once it is past its prime.

For those who really want to use the color in a larger piece of furniture, carved framed furniture is great for the neon look.  When you decorate with antique styled furniture, your interior space becomes much more eclectic if you choose modern accessories to incorporate in the space.  One of the most classic trends that has been around for many years is lacquered furniture frames and is suitable for these neon colors.  This look allows you to choose your favorite color for the frames, regardless of shade, and incorporate it in your interior.

Lacquered Furniture Art

Lacquered Furniture Art

There are many different ways to use great color in your interior.  Although using neon colors is not one of the most traditional ways to decorate, it is currently one of the most trendy ways.  Another popular way to incorporate neon colors in your room scheme is by using patterned fabrics.  Most often fabrics incorporating very unique colors can be very expensive.  A great way around this is to create your own design , then getting an online fabric company to print it onto a fabric for you.  This will ensure that you will love the finished product and give you a sense of accomplishment as well.  Once you have your fabric, you can place it on small occasional chairs, curtains, or small ottomans and pillows.  Fabrics and Frames is a furniture manufacturer that allows customers to bring in their own materials. So if you choose to design your own fabric or are just searching for the perfect one, Fabrics and Frames is the place to get all of your interior design trends implemented.

For more information on  where to get more ideas on designing and custom looks  please visit our website:

www.fabricsandframes.com

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog atandy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!

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Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

The Masculine Approach to Interiors

When decorating a home or room for a man, looking at men’s clothing trends is a good place to start. If you open up any men’s fashion magazine like GQ, you will find that tweeds, suit plaids, and checks are always the front runners in fabric choices that make a man’s wardrobe so chic.  Although many times this particular look is very simplistic in color and pattern, textures can be the highlight that makes this look so fantastic.

Although many interiors that are created for women are filled with color, a man’s interior should be somewhat more simplistic in color.  By focusing on shades and tones instead of color is one of the most common differences in creating a bachelor pad vs. a bachelorette’s pad.

First Step to creating a successful Male Interior is knowing which color scheme to choose…

The majority of the time when I speak with men about fashion or interior space, their preferences are usually dark colors for their interior space.  Black leather is one of the most common textiles for the man’s dwelling.   Using black leather leaves little to the imagination. Often you can incorporate this look with other more striking  patterns and designs to create a much more sophisticated look. There are many other colors which pair well with black including white, grey, navy blue, brown, and red.

When using darker colors for interiors, a major factor is to consider is how balance, tone, and weight refer to color.  Darker colors tend to throw off the balance of colors because they have such a heavy weight. When you use them with lighter colors, the contrast in the room must be balanced well so that it doesn’t draw attention to one area of the room and leave the other area left to be unseen.

This is an example of a well balanced Black and white room.  By incorporating awning strip pillows onto the white sofa it pulled the from the darker areas of the room and created a more balanced look with less contrast.  The pictures are also creating the same type of look.

This is an example of a well balanced black and white room. By incorporating awning strip pillows onto the white sofa it pulled the from the darker areas of the room and created a more balanced look with less contrast. The art is also creating the same type of look.

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This is an example of a unbalanced interior space. Because the seating area is so dark and the accessories are so light, the room looks bottom heavy. Drawing attention away from the accessories and toward the seating area is unbalanced. A way to allow this to flow better is to incorporate something which brings both light and dark together, possibly a patterned accessory.

Second Step: Pulling accessories which represent your masculine achievements, hobbies, or interest.

Bragging Rights are always a way to get peoples attention and men are more prone to be competitive.   Whether  you are bragging about your own achievements or an achievement of someone close to you, you probably have collected items which have become an interest to you.  For many males  art, sports, and alcoholic beverages are areas which a man may be interested in.  If you are decorating for a man, you could choose items in these areas to represent their unique style.

Masculine Artwork

Masculine Artwork

Step 3: Masculine Patterns

When decorating an interior space which has a traditional purpose to it, you would commonly not have lots of  checks, plaids, and stripes together because they can detract from one another.  When decorating for a bachelor’s pad this is not the case.  Scale is a very important thing to consider, if the patterns are different scales (small, medium, and large) you will find that the patterns will start to work together in the room.  Often based off of the tailoring and style of a man’s suite it is a great look and can be very sophisticated!  Many men like to mix and match patterns together from their pin-stripe jackets, checkered button-up, and novelty inspired pocket square.

Bachelor Interior

Bachelor Interior

If you are looking to create a space which suits your bachelor pad standards, but still need a women’s touch, come visit the staff at Fabrics and Frames which has been inbusiness of 35 years and has ASID certified designers who have a great eye for design.

For more information on  where to get more ideas on designing and custom looks  please visit our website:

www.fabricsandframes.com

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog atandy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!

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Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

The Evolution of the Chaise Lounge

Chaise lounges and daybeds are two of the most popular pieces of furniture that consumers want to own for many reasons.  In today’s contemporary design, this piece is used to cozy up with your favorite loved ones, makes a perfect reading space, and is a great way to create a inviting family styled hangout in your room.  Since this item is currently so popular in modern day design, I decided to explore its history and its interesting past. How long has the chaise lounge been around and how many different styles does it lend itself to?

The first chaise lounge was documented around the time of  3100-2890 BC.  The Egyptians  initially designed of this style of furniture for their pharaohs, constructing the daybed  originally from palm sticks and rawhide.  After realizing that this design was not long-lasting they started creating a more sturdy assembly out of a practice of building known as mortise and tenon construction.

Egyptian Chaise Lounge 3100-2890 B.C.

Egyptian Chaise Lounge
3100-2890 B.C.

Greeks and Romans both had their hands in the design and development of the chaise lounge as well.  Both of these cultures used this style of furniture  as the perfect piece of furniture for enjoying food and social gatherings.  Although the 8th century Greeks showed their gods and goddesses lounging on daybeds which they referred to as “kline’s” or symposium, these particular daybeds would commonly be used to promote good digestion during eating.  Because of their role in aiding digestion, particular rituals of how to eat and lounge during a meal were common using chaise lounges.

The same practices were commonly shown in the Roman’s lives as well.  What differed from the Roman and Greeks was the construction of the Roman chaise lounges.  The Roman daybed would often be constructed beginning with a decorative frame which was made out of wood or caste bronze.  Since the Romans did not practice upholstery, they made their furniture comfortable by using pillows.

Greek Styled Chaise Lounge

Greek Styled Chaise Lounge

Another culture that  was inspirational in the development of the daybed was the French. The French were very instrumental in the development of the currently styled chaises.  Through research of the daybed style of sofa, I found that there are over half a dozen different French implemented styles of the chaise lounge.  If you were to study the history of the French chaise it seems that it gradually became a study in ergonomics.  Rooms were built around the chaise lounges to help curing symptoms of female hysteria. It was a tool used to help females relax and catch them when fainting from their corsets being too tight. As you can see the chaise lounge has been around for centuries. From the very first civilizations to modern day civilization, chaise lounges have continued to be popular with consumers.

Tufted Fainting Sofa

Throughout the years the chaise lounge has evolved into a piece of furniture that can be made in many different styles.  From fainting sofas to sun loungers and anything in between, this is a piece of furniture that promotes relaxation and togetherness.  Here at Fabrics and Frames Furniture we  can build, re-build, or create any style of chaise you can think of. With our huge selection of designer fabrics, both for indoors or out, and our expertise in designing and constructing high quality custom hardwood frames with spring systems included, we understand what it takes to build the furniture of your dreams. Whether you need a completely new custom piece, want to refurbish an existing one, or just need new cushions for your outdoor chaise, Fabrics and Frames is the place to shop. For more information on  where to get more ideas on designing and custom looks  please visit our website:

www.fabricsandframes.com

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog atandy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!

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Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

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