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:

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Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

Bohemian Chic Interiors

The word “Chic” is a great adjective we use in the industry to describe many different trends.  This particular word can be combined with almost any style, a few examples: “Bohemian- Chic”, “Sleek-Chic”, and “Arsty-Chic”.   As younger designers start to make statements with their design choices, they develop a jargon to describe certain stylistic characteristics for the general public.  The words created are usually drawn from fashion trends, art-movements, and everyday sayings.  I recently read an article about fabric patterns and how the trend is gearing towards a “boho-chic (bohemian chic)” look which made me smile. So I’m sharing it with you!

 What is Bohemian Chic?  How do I create this look for my home?

Bohemian Chic Room

Bohemian Chic Room

To understand what the term “Bohemian Chic” means, you must understand the term “bohemian” first!  A bohemian person is described as “a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts.”   When decorating with this style in mind, you may see many patterns that look tribal.  Common patterns that are seen today are Ikats and Kilim designs.  These particular patterns have often been seen in blankets, carpets, and textiles of indigenous lifestyles.  They are still seen in dwellings, but are usually associated with accent furniture.

Traditional Ikat Pattern

Traditional Ikat Pattern

Traditional Kilim Pattern

Traditional Kilim Pattern

Although traditional colors were often symbolic of dyes made from the earth, muted in tone, modern day patterns of these traditional designs are enhanced with vibrant color pallets.  These brighter colors project both energy and youthfulness in a room.  Whether you are someone who has a taste for tranquil designs or  are more drawn to whimsical interiors, this look comes in a wide arrange of options that allow you to find your niche.  I have provided examples of both looks below:

Tranquil Ikat Pattern Inspired Room

Tranquil Ikat Pattern Inspired Room

Bohemian Contemporary Room

Bohemian Contemporary Room

Staying current in trends is sometimes hard, because  trends are frequently changing as the design world will not tolerate becoming stagnant.  This look is good for the average person because it allows the individual to gather everyday trinkets and group them together with  favorite colors.  If you are worried about investing in furniture with this look because you feel that it will change too quickly, then a suggestion would be to create a pillow from  old skirts, shirts, or  scarves with these patterns in them. It’s a great way to stay “green” and up-to-date with your interior style!  Another plus for using this style is that it is  asymmetrical and allows  for one-of-a-kind items that don’t necessarily “match” the entire room. Because of this you are able to incorporate both old and new when creating that perfect bohemian atmosphere!

Many of the current fabric lines carry lots of these patterns in a wide variety of colors. At Fabrics and Frames we are always willing to help you create a room or single piece in whatever style you are currently drawn to.  So if you want to add a new piece of  “bohemia” to your room or transform an older piece into this style come visit us for the most current patterns available!

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 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog atandy@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

Bring down the heat by creating a Summer Beach Home decor…

Summer comes to different continents during different times of the year, but one thing that is true, is that no matter when it begins it seems to be the beginning of the beach season.  Although the beach is great at other parts of the year, interest in it generally peaks at the beginning of summer.  If you are in the market to create a beach look for your summer home or everyday home,  here are some tips!

Okitu House by Pete Bossley Architects. Architect firm out of New Zealand.

1.Use Light Colors:

Generally when you walk into a beach inspired home it looks  “light and airy”.  To successfully accomplish this look you need to use light weight and light color fabrics which will make your room feel “cooler”.  Two of the most popular fabrics that are  used are cotton canvas duck  fabrics and linen.  Although both of these options consist of natural fibers, which may not hold up well against stains, synthetic fiber fabrics are also offered in this same look.

Canvas Duck Fabric Furniture

2.A Touch of Blue… 

When incorporating a touch of blue in a beach inspired room, you reiterate the blue from the ocean.  This logic has been used when designing nautical themed designs in many different genres.  An example of how blue and white are related to the water is used proficiently with  the company Nautica.

Light Colored Fabrics with a light punch of blue.

Bedroom for Beach home using Nautica Fabrics. Other Nautica fabrics are available through Robert Allen Home Collection.

3. Adding Beach Inspired  Novelty Items around the Home

To emphasis the beach inspired home theme, incorporate a few little novelty items.  Some examples of  items that may be used are  seashells, accessories, or pillows that may have themes of fish or birds.  I have provided some examples below…

Starfish themed wreath

Animal Pillows: Incorporate an animal that would be found from the beach.

When choosing beach inspired items to incorporate into your decor some of the best resources are local shops around the beach that you are living next to or visiting.  Local shops will offer items that are hand-made from the natural elements from the earth around that area.  If you are not near a beach, but would still like to incorporate this theme  in your summer home, many major manufacturers of fabrics have lots of beach inspired fabrics to choose from. Don’t go overboard and put too many of these accessories in the room. If used  sparingly then your room will have a more polished but still very chic feel.  More beach inspired fabrics are shown below:

Michael Jon Designs: Pipefish UBK/ Ocean

Michael Jon Designs: Shellfish UBK/ Ocean

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 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog atandy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

The New “It” Thing… Glitter!

Glitter, Glitter, Glitter!  When you think of glitter you probably don’t think of high- end design.  Throughout the past year though, glitter has become a huge influence in the design world.  From Art, Fashion, and Interior Design, glitter has emerged as one of the next big trends.

The Art World

This past December, Dallas Contemporary Museum, showcased a New York artist by the name of Rob Pruitt with an exhibition that featured a collection of his work that consisted of glittered pandas.  This collection really opened my eyes to the boundaries that glitter can reach  by seeing large scaled canvas prints which showed glitter being successfully used in high-end art.

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Although Rob Pruitt had an interesting answer to the question of “What art may be…”, he expanded the boundaries that many young new artists and designers may be afraid to even journey past.  As is usually the case  for professional designers, new trends in design often follow new trends in art so glitter is now up and coming!

In November 2011, Dallas Museum of Art opened an Exhibition about the Fashion Designer : Jean Paul Gaultier. While exploring through the gallery, I came across one of his computer generated photographs called “La Vierge aux serpent”. What caught  my eye was not the image itself but the glittery frame.  The artist’s statement said that the artist had framed this particular piece of artwork himself which he chose to surround with a glitter frame.  Is glitter the new way to create hierarchy in a composition?  Has this artist begun to influence other genres of design?

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The Fashion World

When speaking about leading trends, the fashion world is also one of the places that influences other genres of art and design . Some of the world’s top high-end fashion designers are using glitter as part of their 2012 collections by focusing on glittery accessories.  See some of the examples below.

Christian-Louboutin-Spring-2012-Marple-Soft-Wedge

Louis Vuitton: Midnight lace-up in glitter

Jimmy Choo- Navy Glitter Clutch

The Interior Design World

Just like the world of art and fashion, glitter has emerged as one of the new trends in the interior design world as well.  From glitter faux-finished paint  to glittery fabrics…this trend is a whimsical way to create a sense of hierarchy in the planning of the room.  Glitter is also a great way to update a space that may be a bit outdated architecturally.  A great example of how glitter can update an old look is featured at the local Dallas Bar called, Beauty Bar.  Beauty Bar is a bar that has taken the 1950’s style of interiors and juxtaposed it with trendy glitter walls throughout the space.  This uplifting look gives the bar an inviting, energetic environment.  Check out the space below!

Beauty Bar Dallas

So, how do I incorporate this look into my room?

Glitter Paint

Glitter Tiles

Using glitter paint to update an outdated room, or just to revamp a room, creates a visually aesthetic look that gives new texture to the the space.  Just as mosaic tiles and wall paper have created new looks for interiors in the past, glitter walls are one of the latest up and coming design trends. Glass tiles infused with glitter are also widely available at most tile stores. This gives you the option of bringing in just a touch of glitter if an entire wall is just too much. The glitter look is generally used for rooms in which the designer is trying to create a specific look such as: “Old Hollywood Glamour”, “Whimsy”, or “Chic Modern”.

Glitter paint and tiles are not the only way to get this look.  Since glitter and metallics are in high demand, they are now being incorporated into fabrics.  Some examples that are currently in vogue are vinyls, linens, and chenilles.  Some examples are:

Glitter Vinyl

Glitter Linen provided by Kravet. Shown:Kravet: 30313/8

Glitter Chenille provided by JF Fabrics. JF Fabrics: Flicker/96j4911

Glitter is now one of the newest design trends.  It has emerged in some of the leading high-end designers collections regardless of the genre of design.  It shows the average person how designers must constantly think outside of the box when it comes to new textures being incorporated into the overall composition of a room.  At Fabrics and Frames Furniture we specialize in bringing our customers upholstery dreams come true.  With a knowledgeable design staff helping to create your wildest glitter dreams…we pride ourselves on innovative thinking!

Glitter Vinyl Ottoman

Glitter Vinyl on Pop-Out Seat

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 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog atandy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

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