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 Influence of Peacocks!

The power of peacocks has influenced the design and art world for a number of reasons revolving around spirituality, famous logos, and  trendy interior designs.  The peacock has a relation in many religions that connects the pheasant with  patience, kindness, compassion, knowledge, and love.  This creature has appeared in many different forms throughout time. Some examples are below.

Artworks that have Peacock Influences:

Murugan by Raja Ravi Varma: This shows the Hindu god of war Murugan, also referred to as Kartikeya. The image shows the diety with a crown of peacock feathers around his head which was believed that the peacocks had given the feathers as a reminder of patience, kindness, compassion, and knowledge.

Mario Mariotti: Italian based artist who specializes in creating objects from his hands.

Although these pieces of artwork contrast with each other, they are both great examples of how peacocks have emerged in art through time.  Another great example of how the peacock has influenced the public is the logo for NBC.  On May 22, 1956 the original eleven feathered bird designed by John J. Graham had been released as the NBC logo.  Later in the mid 80’s the image was altered to show only 6 feathers.

1956 NBC logo

Revised NBC logo

The Peacock Influence in the Interior Design World:

At the beginning of the 2012 year, the company Greenhouse Fabrics debuted it’s book called, “Eclectic Elements”, which came out featuring a very popular fabric that showed the image of peacock feathers.  From the day of this book debut, the fabric was extremely popular and has been used on many different furniture pieces.

Greenhouse Fabric: A 1586/ radicchio

Greenhouse Fabric: A1586/ Radicchio on Reupholstered Chair

One great thing about this fabric is that it incorporates a metallic stitch in the pattern giving it a whimsical modern approach to the traditional image of peacock fabric.  Another reason this particular fabric has had such a great response is it’s terrific use of color.  This pattern comes in many different color ways!

The image of the peacock has also been a big trend in interior design, regardless if its in fabrics,or a mural on the wall.  It has shown itself to be a pronounced design that many are drawn to. Check out below to see what I mean!

Peacock Image Mural on Wall

Robert Allen: Vintage Plumes/ Camel


Robert Allen: Vintage Plumes/ Camel on Contemporary Parsons Chair

The last place that peacocks have influenced the interior design world is in their color.  The “peacock” color, very similar to a caspian blue, has emerged through out the past 5 years as the cool trendy color.  This color pairs up well with warm colors, such as the color of the year “tangerine tango”. The color does not appear to be too vibrant in color although it has a major presence in a room.  Below are a few examples.

Peacock Colored Furniture: 

Peacock Leather Extra Wide Two-Armed Chaise Lounge

Peacock Colored Velvet Tufted Fainting Chaise Lounge

French Baroque Button Tufted Peacock Blue Silk Sofa with White Lacquer Finish

Rooms  with Peacock Colored Influences:

Peacock Colored Bedroom

Duralee Peacock Fabric Walls

Peacock Walls as a light accent.

Peacocks have influenced many areas of art and interior design.  This animal has a presence that is kind in nature and promotes a compassionate, gentle feeling.  This may be the reason why it has been so popular in the world of design.  As a designer, it is important to design a room that the client wants to enjoy and feels at peace in. The calming color keeps the room trendy without the annoyance of being too vibrant in color or presence.  When using the pattern in the room, you will only want to repeat the image once unless you are using it in different scales.  Repetition is important in design, but when it is a unique print like peacock, you want it to create hierarchy in the overall design scheme of the room so a good hint is to use the pattern only once in a room.

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


Typography: How it is being used in fabrics, architecture, and design.

What is Typography?

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible.  Many designers in the area of art and design are using this technique to communicate a specific message to the viewer.  The most common form of typographic art is used for logo designs, but if you think outside of the box you may notice that typography is all around us.  From architecture, to famous music covers, and even fabrics used for interior design purposes typography is being used more frequently.  The way typography has made a presence on how we market businesses and products is truly a creative use in design.

Typography in Architecture 

 When designing a building as an architect, you sometimes have to look at the overall composition of the building as an artist.  There are many different criteria to consider when designing a building, with structure and support being the main focus. When it comes to the aesthetics of the building, you may sometimes notice that the facade of the building may have a theme associated with it that describes either  the purpose/ function of the building or the history of the building.  I have provided examples of two buildings that incorporate typography in the design of their building with these key themes in mind.

1. Wales Millennium Center, located in Cardiff Wells.

Wales Millennium Center: This Center is used as an Opera House , incorporating a typographic facade revolving around the poet Gwyneth Lewis words “In these Stones, Horizons Sing”. The words are printed on the facade of the building written in the language of Welsh and English.

2. House of Terror, located in Budapest, Hungary.

House of Terror: The awning of the building incorporates the words “TERROR” in the design, to reinforce the horrifying history of the building. Revolving the terror and torture that people experience here during the Nazi reign.

Typography in Music Cover Designs 

As the world gets more involved with tabloid magazines, the influence on the public for watching celebrities is rising.  Musical artists are leaning towards using fine art artists to generate the artwork for the cover of their CD’s and magazine shoots which gives the opportunity for young artists and designers to be discovered.  Many of these images are computer generated which opens up many possibilities to design and incorporate type.  Some of the leading artists are starting to work with this genre of design to give it a shock value that catches the interest of the viewer.

Beyonce Complex Magazine Cover using typography.

Kanye West Cover using a dye cut typography image.

Typographic Celebrity Image

Typography in Fabrics: Used in Interior Design

Just as in architecture and artwork typography has found its niche in interior design  as well.  It has mostly been incorporated in the room design with fabrics that have typographic images on them.  Since many designers and clients are using this type of design in their room schemes it leads us to believe that this could be the new wave for the 2012 room.

Typographic Fabric used on the In-Back of the Chair and Seat Cushion.

Burlap Sack used to cover Wing Chairs.

With a little creativity, you can use any fabric to design the room of your dreams.  Below are some of the typographic fabrics that Fabrics and Frames shows can be used for both durability and aesthetic purposes when designing your room.

Robert Allen: Pattern: Champion/ Poppy

Robert Allen: Pattern: Champion/ Poppy

Chair covered in Robert Allen: Champion/ Poppy

Kasmir: Pattern: Love Letters/ Pewter

Kasmir: Pattern: Love Letters/ Pewter

Micheal Jon Designs: Pattern: Boardwalk UBK/ Beach

MJD: Pattern: Boardwalk/ Beach

Chair covered in MJD: Pattern: Boardwalk UBK/ Beach

When incorporating typographic fabric in the scheme of the room, treat it as a novelty piece. Meaning that this should be the one unique thing in the room.  If you use a pattern with type, limit  its use to a small chair or a pair of pillows.  This type of fabric does appear to have a very bold presence to it and if you use it in abundance in the room it will become gaudy and over-baring.

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

Glamour In Your Decor

During the late 19th century, the word “glamour” was introduced into the movie industry in an effort to create a more attractive appearance on set. “Glamour is the impression of attraction or fascination that a particularly luxurious or elegant appearance creates, an impression which is better than the reality.” (www.wikipedia.com)  When we think of interior genres, Old Hollywood Glamour fits in this category perfectly.  When you walk into a room that is designed in this style, it conveys an elegance that screams “luxury”.  Some examples of this are below:

Old Hollywood Glamour

Hollywood Glamour is based off design elements that give you a soft, glitzy, feminine touch.  Although many times it is perceived as an interior space that has a minimalistic style, this is not the case because the monochromatic color pallete  gives the illusion that there are less objects in the room than there actually are.

So How do I create a “Old Hollywood Glamour” Look?

Modern Hollywood Glamour

Shiny! Shiny! Shiny! is the motto for creating a room like this… When shopping to create this look you want to pick out some of the most gaudy, shiny things possible!   The room will have mirrored furniture, glitzy fabrics, chandeliers, and acrylic furniture incorporated into the decor to project a modern take on the “Old Hollywood” style.  But…it is very important that you make sure that all the pieces you select coordinate with each other!  To create this look, you will only need one or two things in each category.

Categories:

1. Mirrored Furniture

2. Glitz Fabrics

(Never repeat a pattern twice, unless it’s for symmetry purposes)

3. Chandelier

4.Acrylic Furniture

Step 1: Mirrored Furniture

There are many places where you can get mirrored furniture these days, but when selecting each piece you need to pay attention to the finish of the mirror.  Mirrors will come in a clean clear finish or an antique distressed finish. If you choose to place more than one mirrored piece in the room they need to have the same finish  so that one does not look dirtier than the other.

Distressed Mirrored Furniture

Simple Mirror Furniture

Step 2: Glitz Fabrics

Use shiny, glitzy fabrics in this room as a punch of texture.  There are many fabrics that have a shiny texture such as patent leather, satin, taffeta, or silk.  There are also velvets and other textured fabrics which incorporate metallic images and threads that give a presence of glamour.  Anything with a minimalistic sparkle will create that high-end appeal to the world of shine!

JF Fabrics Metallic Fabrics

JF Fabrics Metallic Chenille

JF Fabrics Metallic Chenille

Patent Leather

Taffeta

Silk

Step 3: Chandelier

Although chandeliers are light fixtures that are “ornate, containing dozens of lamps and complex arrays of glass or crystal prisms to illuminate a room with refracted light”, they will vary in shape and size!  When incorporating a chandelier into the ambiance of an “Old Hollywood” glamour room, keep in mind which style would work best for the space of your room. Your chandelier should complement not overpower the rest of the room.

Traditional Chandelier

Modern Chandelier

Contemporary Glass Chandelier

Contemporary Whimsical Chandelier

Colored Chandelier

Step 4: Acrylic Furniture

Incorporating the room with acrylic furniture accents will give the visual appearance that there is more space.  Whether you are incorporating an all acrylic chair, or acrylic legs on your upholstered furniture this clean translucent look will enhance the luxurious look that “Old Hollywood” Glamour achieves.

Acrylic Leg Tufted Bench

Hollywood Glamour Acrylic Chairs

As you can see, there are many things that you must consider when designing a room after the “Old Hollywood” Glamour look.  The most important design key is to remember that “Simple is Better”.  You don’t want to go overboard with shine and glamour because then it looses its elegant luxurious appeal.  Each item that you choose for the room must represent unique qualities that are not incorporated into other rooms. It is great to recycle old furniture from  Rococo and French Baroque Period which will enhance the dramatic curves in the room and give the elegance that this particular look deserves.

For more information or questions about designing or where you 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

Creating Conversational Pieces of Furniture to Create an Artsy Chic Look!

As you browse through the latest issue of your favorite interior design magazine, you will notice that one of the new trends in home furnishings is to add an unusual piece of furniture that says “Look at me!” into your room.  Interior designers are stepping away from the traditional and allowing themselves to create bold new looks that mostly focus on using creative patterns and textures to make bold statements.  Like these below:

Bold Statement Conversational Furniture

Transitional Styled Chair with Textured Cotton Print

Keeping the front transitional and simple with neutral cotton fabric. Using Ball and Claw leg to give the piece an eclectic feel. Whimsical Beach Texture Cotton Print to make bold artsy statement.

Create hierarchy with a living space with a fun patterned novelty chair! Using fabrics that are inspired by Navajo and Mexican Traditional Blankets is a great way to create a modern heritage look!

Bold Trendy Look that every designer is trying to squeeze into their design! This unique styled birdcage chair is one of the leading trends in design, making its mark in trendy bold colors and patterns. This chair can be used in the most modern rooms to transitional styled rooms!

Acrylic Inspired Furniture

Another look that designers are starting to trend towards is acrylic inspired furniture. Although the furniture stays predominately traditional in shape, the use of acrylic legs on wood furniture is the new “it” thing to do!  From parsons chair legs to Queen Anne legs in acrylic, this look is starting to place its footprint on the way new-edge designers are creating new trends.  Some examples are provided below:

Bronze Velvet Armed Bench with Queen Anne Acrylic Legs.

White Leather Fully Upholstered Bed with tapered Acrylic Leg.

Brown Velvet Traditional Bench with Acrylic Legs.

Yellow Texture Tufted Bench with tapered Parsons Acrylic Legs.

By adding this translucent look to a room it naturally allows the furniture to blend with any particular interior design scheme as well as helping to make the piece feel lighter in the room.  This look is great for the person that wants to stay transitional with a modern twist.

So how do I get this Artsy Chic look?

Answer: Use Fabrics and Frames C.O.M. Program

Fabrics and Frames Furniture offers a program which allows designers and inspiring designers to bring or send customers own materials to our showroom.  We like to encourage the average person to get creative with their room. With this program the customer can create the exact look that they are trying to achieve.  Although we have a staff of designers in the showroom to assist you in making the best decisions for the overall look of your room, we understand that you have your own ideas and may already know exactly what you would like. We can work out the ergonomic details if you send us a picture of what you are trying to achieve.  This program does require the customer to send us the fabrics and or acrylic legs that you would like to use. We are also always happy to help you find that perfect fabric!

If you are not looking to do the design work yourself…Our showroom designers will do the work for you!  We offer free in-house design services for people that are looking to complete a project that they have been neglecting.   We can build custom upholstered furniture which is made to your specs in our Dallas showroom! Or if you have an existing unique piece that you need to reupholster we can do that too! Fabrics and Frames is always looking for an excuse to help our clients create new inspirational designs.  For more information or questions about designing or where you 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

How Does the Pantone Color of the Season Affect the Design Industry?

How does the Pantone color affect the design industry?

What does the Pantone color system mean? The Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system that changes yearly. By standardizing the colors, many manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure their colors match without direct contact with one another. Using the Pantone system is the standard for the design industry.

Each year the company Pantone, comes out with an array of colours, that will be most trendy for each season.  The colour of the year, is usually picked depending on the mood of the social, economic, and cultural standards.  Although there are other considerations that may be involved with choosing the color of the year.  These standards will sway the judge’s decision.

Last year, Spring 2011, the “Color of the Year” was Honeysuckle:

The question is… What color is the “Color of the Year” for 2012?

Over the summer of 2011, we learned that “Ice Cream Colors” were going to be real trendy for 2011…”Ice Cream Colors” consisted of vibrant, intense colors that varied from cool colors to warm colors.  Some examples of these tones are viewed below.

Many fabric designers put out lines that consisted of these colors this year.  Some examples were Duralee’s Line of Fabrics by designer  Eileen Kathryn Boyd, Kravet’s Weaves Collection, which featured books such as Sorbet, and Greehouse Fabrics put out a book called Eclectic Essentials, which feature some of the trendiest pattern styles (such as IKATS, and geometrics) in vibrant colors.  To understand the intensity of the look for summer season 2011, I have provided pictures below:

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Fabrics for Duralee:

Kravet: Weaves collection Sorbet Edition

Greenhouse Fabrics: Eclectic Elements

Since 2012 has not come yet, we are unsure what colours are upcoming for 2012. But we have predictions!  We still have bright colors that will be introduced in this upcoming season’s line, but we see that they have a little twist…

2012 Predicted Pantone Colours:

Comparing the colors that were chosen for 2011 to the new ones coming for 2012, we see that the vibrant pastel colors of 2011 are being replaced with more vibrant warm colors, deep rich “sodalite” blue, and vibrant cool tones . Throughout 2011  we as designers have seen gray become the new neutral…meaning that it will either coincide with  or replace beige in the home.

As a designer, my predictions are that the average consumer will use these tones as a pop of color in the room, following more of a block coloring system within the interior make up.  Most of these colors are very vibrant, and will not give you a soothing, calming experience. This is not to say that there are not some combinations within the chosen colors that can create a more tranquil experience.  Remember at the beginning of this blog, I stated that colors are chosen for the season based on the economic, cultural state of the average consumer.  Whichever color you choose to use in your home should make you feel happy.  This will vary depending on your personal tastes.

To find out more about Pantone Colors, you can visit:

http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/index.aspx

or 

If you have any questions, or want to find the best solution for one of your furniture problems you can contact us at:

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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