Integrating the current trend towards modular furniture in your home! Is it for you?

When shopping for furniture today, you will find that many of the choices these days are leaning towards more  contemporary designs.  Although there are many different designs in contemporary furniture, one style that is very compatible with the contemporary look is modular furniture.  One of the best  reasons to incorporate modular furniture into your design is that it allows you to create many different looks using several small pieces if the initial design was aesthetically correct!  From high-end to low-end furniture this look is becoming very popular.

Fabrics and Frames Contemporary Modular Furniture. (2012)

Recently this year, a new customer came to Fabrics and Frames Furniture  requesting a specific modular styled furniture look that she had seen in another local furniture shop.  She loved the style, but the fabrics that the store offered in their design did not coordinate with her interior space well.  Since Fabrics and Frames builds furniture one piece at a time, she asked if we could create a similar look for her in the fabrics of her choice.  Above is a picture of the completed  pieces that  were constructed for her and her husband. It  fit their room and lifestyle perfectly!

Since Fabrics and Frames is a custom furniture shop, we can create anything that is upholstered. We always keep in mind that the furniture should be fully functional for the client as well as beautiful.  For 34 years we have been manufacturing furniture and we have developed an eye for design that to some may seem to be “knit-picky”. We understand the “do’s and don’t’s” of  properly constructed furniture.  After analyzing the original modular pieces from the local shop that our client wanted, we noticed that the seating height was a little low to be comfortable for most people, so we adjusted the  chairs accordingly so that it would remain functional through out the years.  What many customers don’t realize is that foam will get softer over time. Although you may buy a piece of furniture that is fairly firm at first, over the years the foam will eventually begin to break down and get softer. When this happens  the seating height of the furniture will change and  you will tend to sit lower than the original design.

Since we try to take all things into consideration when designing a new model, another area that was discussed with our clients when creating this look for them was the width of the seat.  In the original design the seating area was approximently 12″ wide. We thought this was just a little too narrow for most people to be comfortable sitting on. While it may have been enough space for a small, petite person to be comfortable while sitting on one section of the modular piece, we adjusted the seat to 16″ so that it still maintained the same look as the original design but was now more functional for most people.  Check out the difference between the original model and our new refined model.

Local Shops Version of Modular Piece

Fabrics and Frames Modular Furniture (2012)

One aspect of modular furniture that is a constant issue for most of our customers is how to keep all the pieces  connected together without separating as it gets used.   That’s why we have incorporated small connector brackets at the bottom of the base so that each chair would not spread apart when used, but would be easy for our customers to interchange combinations when they wanted.

So How Do I get this look for myself?

When designing a modular sectional like this, it is best to combine a combination of fabrics that cordinate well with each other, but don’t compete with each other, so that the furniture will be aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  A rule of thumb for this particular look is to choose three fabrics that are solid, one stripe, one texture, and two medium-large patterns.  Check out the fabrics which we used on these specific pieces.

Three Solids: (Hint: Choose three different values of tones to create contrast in look)

Dark Solid by Kasmir Fabrics

Light Solid by J. Ennis Fabrics

Medium Copper Brown Solid by Maxwell Fabrics

Stripe:(Displayed horizontally on one piece in order to have a variety of direction in the patterns and would not compete with the textured fabric direction)

Stripe by Fabricut Fabrics

Texture: (Displayed Vertical Direction)

Texture by Greenhouse Fabrics

Two Medium- Large Patterns:  (Scale your prints Medium to Large so you create a bold statement with the fabrics chosen.  Also, take into consideration the scale of the chair , as you will want to make a selection that is appropriate to the chair size.)

Medium Print in Light Colored Background by Maxwell Fabrics

Medium Scaled Pattern with Dark Background by Duralee Fabrics

Since this is a modern look for the room, what type of art do I coordinate with the  furniture?

Once your furniture is completed and placed in the room, it is time to consider what art will best complement your furniture. It is often difficult to imagine art in interior spaces.  There are many different looks and it is sometimes hard to image which look is best for your home.  I have constructed three different looks which coordinate well with this specific look of modular furniture.  Check them out below.

Abstract Look: This look will give a tranquil feeling to the room. Choosing a color that is already incorporated  in the color scheme of the room will tie all aspects together.

Statement Art Look: Above is a POP inspired image by local Dallas artist Erica Guajardo which shows how you can create a statement with art in tall ceiling spaced rooms.

Wood Art Look: Currently in design there is a trend of  using recycled wood  for art purposes. Create a art inspired piece with old woods which pull from the tones of the room.

If you are in the market to create a modern custom look for your home,  Fabrics and Frames Furniture can help!  Come talk to us in our showroom with any samples, images, or ideas that you may have to see what we can create for you!  A special thanks to the Butterly’s for their help with this blog.

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

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

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir


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