Making your Dining Room Aesthetically Functional for You!

As more and more individuals are leaning towards a more contemporary lifestyle, the nature of minimalism has permeated our living spaces.  Contemporary designs are generally considered to be lacking ornamental embellishments.  As someone who has designed for many different genres of furniture styles, some advise is  to design for comfort regardless of style or taste.

When you design with comfort in mind, you do not compromise the overall look of the space for comfort. As you begin your quest for the perfect design you must find a niche between comfort and style to accommodate your area.  For this upcoming new year, the forecast of trend setting areas in the home is the dining area.  Although for the past decade or so, the formal dining area was seen as obsolete, the  need to have a space to entertain family and friends during the holiday season has risen in demand.


When scouting out for new dining chairs, a common dilemma is that the chair tends to be built so that hard-surface, poor quality, and comfort  are prime attributes to the aesthetics.  The new dining trends will highlight softer, larger, and an overall more comfortable experience.  Although you will see a difference in price from the moderately inexpensive chair which can possibly retail around $200 each to very expensive custom pieces, an investment in dining chairs that will last and be comfortable is almost a no-brainier…

Custom creating a design for a quality chair can be what your space needs.  Since dining chairs are not as large as fully upholstered chairs, you are able to add pattern to them and continue to have a peaceful environment.  Although the trend generally has solids pushing the way for design so that small details such as: tufting, nail heads, trims and buttons can primarily be the focus.  Remember that this is not the only reason why solids are used in furniture upholstery.  When a manufacturer decides on a particular fabric to be on its design, the majority reasoning behind a solid is to keep the process simple thereby less expensive.


Solids by their nature do not have patterns, meaning that there is no pattern matching to take into consideration in the manufacturing process. It is difficult to create a unique chair that is specific to you room if you are limited to a solid fabric unless you add embellishments. Even if you like to use solids because of its simplistic style, a way to have your chairs maintain their high-end appeal is by creating a hybrid or calico look.   Hybrid designs  are when you have two different fabrics incorporated into one design.  Dining chairs usually have solid in-backs and seats with a pattern out-back.  A benifit to this type of style is that this is an easy re-upholstery job when your pattern becomes out-dated or worn. Another benefit to this technique is that the interior fabric where you sit can be very durable and the exterior fabric can be more decorative giving you the best of both worlds.

Here at Fabrics and Frames we specialize in high-end quality design.  Creating custom looks for the past 35 years has allowed us to perfect our designs so that they last a lifetime.  Investing in something which will keep your family, guests, and friends comfortable is something which we take pride in.  With a lead design staff who specializing in today’s trend setting techniques, the choice of getting a well manufactured USA made product is unarguable.  With general lead times of 3-4 weeks, you will find that Fabrics and Frames will be your go-to place when it comes to pleasing your aesthetic needs whether you are looking for dining room chairs or an entire room of beautiful upholstered furniture.

For more information on  where to get more ideas on designing and custom looks  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 at, and or follow us on Facebook!

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir


Small Accent Furniture with Unique Flare!

In today’s market the trends in custom designed furniture tend to straddle the border of minimalism.  The term “minimalistic” generally implies a leaning towards contemporary or transitional tastes in furniture.  When the term is used for contemporary design, it usually alludes to lack of ornamentation  in the design.  Contemporary furniture is generally known for its “sleek” clean lines and unique simple ergonomic qualities.  Some examples of contemporary furniture are shown below:

Contemporary Furniture produced out of furniture mold.

contemporary sofa with linear lines

Although transitional furniture tends to be very similar to contemporary furniture in style, one thing that sets it apart is its details and ornamentation.  When decorating for a client who is neither contemporary or traditional, we often notice that they have a sense of more eclectic tastes when it comes to furniture style.  Clients who have transitional tastes often like to incorporate a modern twist into traditional designs.  Check out the chair below that blends a traditional style with a unique modern feel!

Tufted Barrel Chair with Painted Turquoise Turned Legs and Nail heads.  This style is usually found in a traditional home, but with a modern color scheme, painted legs, and colored nail heads it offers a contemporary eclectic feel.

Colored Nail heads

If colored nail heads are little too colorful for you, and you tend to have a taste in furniture that is more tranquil, then it   you may want to consider using nail heads on your furniture applied in a decorative pattern.  This look is great for some one who does not like too much pattern in the room, but would like to create interest in a subtle way.  Adding patterned nail heads to your furniture gives the appearance of jewelry or gems on furniture.  Check out the example below to understand how this look is a little more subtle but definitely unique!

This look is great for someone who does not like patterned fabrics, but would like to add a special touch to their furniture.

A classic look, which has been around for decades, is scalloped inspired furniture.  Commonly seen on the base of chairs, this look was created to add  a unique touch.  When originally designed, the look was more of a sloped curve, while today it tends to be a real pattern or shape.

Decorative Scalloped Based Ottoman adds a unique touch to the ambiance of the room scheme.

Scalloped Base on Slipper Chair creates a unique transitional design.

All of the unique touches discussed today are great ways to give a simple piece of furniture a unique flare!  Since today’s average buyer is looking to stay more simplistic in design in their furniture choices, these small touches will allow you to create interest  in your room without creating too much distraction!  Here at Fabrics and Frames we can create any upholstered custom design of furniture that you can imagine including the above looks or one of your own creation!

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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