Interiors with the Royal Treatment…

Downton Abbey is one of the year’s most talked about television shows for many different reasons.  One of the most intriguing things about this show is the Abbey’s interior and how the furniture of the Edwardian country house of Downton Abbey pulls from the French Providential Period.  When decorating in a more classical traditional decor such as this, you must understand that the interiors will not have that minimalist quality that the current trends of today’s interiors have.  Ornament and patterns seem to take over the room  when decorating in this very traditional style.  One thing that you must understand is there must be a lot of coordination when working with many different patterns.  Hue and scale are very important qualities to keep in mind as well as color because if these are not carefully considered  the look of the room will not become cohesive.

Downton Abbey Interior

Downton Abbey Interior

How do I create a room like Downton Abbey’s?

A traditional setting usually consists of a sofa, love seat,  upholstered chair or occasional chair.  The size of your room will determine the amount of furniture you are able to place.  There are many different origins of carved furniture and you will need to make sure that you pick French and English styled furniture from this period for this particular look.  The furniture of this period tends to be more petite and delicate  looking.  Many of these looks will come with a Queen Anne Leg or some form of Ball and Claw.  Occasionally you will find that a Chippendale leg will be used when a more sleek look is desired.

Queen Anne Leg or Ball and Claw Leg

Queen Anne Leg or Ball and Claw Leg

When choosing fabrics, a good rule of thumb is to start with one large scaled pattern, generally a tapestry or a large floral pattern.  Using  this pattern as your starting point you will need to pick smaller patterns with which to coordinate.  These will sometimes be referred to as ditsy patterns.  A ditsy consist of a small diamond or half-drop floral pattern.  Solids were not as popular during this time period, but when they were used they were usually a velvet, mohair, or a matelassè.  If you are looking for one additional pattern to complete the room, then a stripe or plaid could be a good fit.  Stripes and plaids are always suggested as a “either or” option. Generally when you try to use these two patterns in a room together, they have the tendency to compete with each other so we generally suggest to only use one.

Large Paisley Pattern on French Chair

Large Paisley Pattern on French Chair

Small Ditsy Pattern

Small Ditsy Pattern

Common Color Combinations for French Rooms

Black, Gold, and Red:

When creating a room that calls for drama, a common color combination is black, gold, and red.  The room mainly remains black and gold, but you add just a pinch of red in the pillows or small accent pieces.

Black, Gold, and Red French Room

Black, Gold, and Red French Room

Country French Room: Primary Colors

Although there are two major color schemes in a Country French Room, the most common one is red, yellow, and blue.  This look has a light and airy quality to it, leaving the room with the feeling of tranquility.  The colors are usually just subtle pops of color and enhance the furniture that is placed in the room.

Primary Colors: Country French Decor

Primary Colors: Country French Decor

Country French Room: Pink and Green

This look generally appears to be more sweet.  Perfect for a bedroom or a small bathroom, this look opens the room with its light pinks and mint greens look.  Reminiscing to a French or English pasture with wild flowers.

Light Pink and Green Country French Room

Light Pink and Green Country French Room

With these few tips you can create the Downton Abbey Room of your dreams.  If decorating solo is not your thing, then let Fabrics and Frames assist you.  We have an expert staff of designers who are trained to create any style of room that you can imagine.  We custom build furniture and are knowledgeable in all areas of design. With that knowledge and skill we are able to help you create any look that you are trying to  replicate.

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

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Fur… Interior Faux-pas or Interior Trend?

Winter has arrived and we are looking for ways to bring a little more warmth into our homes and designing with fur is one way to do it! Using fur in home interiors has been a trend with many designers for centuries.  Whether we are talking about hair-on-hide leathers, mohair, or actual fur from wild animals, this product has been used to create aesthetic comfort as well as  functionality in interiors for many years.   Modern uses of fur can teeter on tacky or very trendy when  it is over used.  Fur becomes tacky in a room when the fur  is used in abundance and becomes too over- powering for the room design.  When designing with fur, it is often best to let it be one unique thing in the room. The rule of thumb when designing with fur is “Less is better!”

Fur Chairs

Fur Slipper Chair

Fur Slipper Chair

Using fur to upholster a piece of furniture is very daring to the average person. Most people love  feeling soft textures against their skin and many animal furs can create this feeling. The  chair  like the one above uses a very soft animal fur which  gives the feeling of softness and comfort. The one below is upholstered with hair-on-hide. This one may feel  much more coarse and may begin to prick the skin. It would not be appropriate to use it for a chair that is sat in often but it can make a unique statement about your room when used as an accent piece.

Hair-on-hide Wing Chair

Hair-on-hide Wing Chair

One particular look that I have found quite interesting and unique is upholstering in fabric which has feathers appliqued into it.  This look  has great texture incorporated in the design but lays flat enough so that it will not be uncomfortable when sitting on it.   When creating this look it is best to stay with a monochromatic pallet for the entire piece because this will emphasize the look you are trying to create.

French Laquered White Chair with Feathered Fabric

Fur on Sofas

Generally a rule of thumb is that you do not want the largest piece of furniture to have the most unique fabric or texture in the room.  The eye will be drawn almost exclusively to it while your other furniture will almost disappear in the room.  If you live a more minimalistic lifestyle and don’t have a lot of stuff  in your home, this could be a great way for you  to highlight a great unique furniture piece, possibly like the one below.

Baroque styled Sofa with Embossed Black Fur

Baroque styled Sofa with Embossed Black Fur

Although color is important in design, using bright colors in fur can be a bit too much! Most of the  time when you use colored fur it tends to look cheap and inexpensive because the colors are so unnatural.  When creating a large scale  piece of furniture it is best  stick to natural colored furs.  If you choose to use a colored fur in the design scheme, then use it on a throw or pillow to create a small pop! The best way to keep this particular type of fur from looking “cheap”  is use only very soft feeling fur.  When a fur is so soft it almost melts, it portrays a sense of luxury in the room and the color is not really important .

 Asymetrical Colorful Fur Sofa

For those of you who would like a more classic look but find the fur look interesting,  mohair may be the solution for you!  Mohair is a Wool Velvet which has a high pile.  Many designers think this particular look  resembles fur.  It has a history which dates back to before the 14th century.  It is  one of the oldest fibers still being produced and many upholster in it because of  it’s luxurious status.  Check out the look below…

Chesterfield Sofa in Mohair

Chesterfield Sofa in Mohair

Small Accessories with Fur

Fur is a texture that can become excessive in a room very quickly!  If you  prefer to add just little touches of texture to your the room, then think small accessories like ottomans, rugs, blankets, and small throw pillows. This look can give a subtle, very unique punch of texture to a room without becoming overwhelming.

interiors with fur ottomans.

interiors with fur ottomans.
Punch of texture with Fur Pillow

Punch of texture with Fur Pillow

Fur Throw adds a soft touch to a contemporary room.

Fur Throw Blanket adds a soft touch to a contemporary room.

Fur Throw adds a soft touch to a contemporary room

Fur Rug adds a soft touch to a contemporary room

Remember that fur is best treated as a small accessory!  If you choose to use this look for your room using it on a single piece will have the best impact.  This will keep it unique and interesting. As you have seen there are many types of fur that are suitable to incorporate into your room design including but not limited to wild animals, more domesticated animals, birds, and man-made fur. There are many ways to incorporate it in your home whether your tastes tend to be very classic or tend to have a lot of flair. Have a little fun and add some excitement to your decor excitement to your decor. Not only is it unique and fun but it is also soft and cozy and will bring a little warmth into your home on these cold winter days!

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

Decorating with Solids

Some people automatically assume that decorating with solids will create a boring room, when in fact it can be quite interesting.  By using solid fabrics when decorating you will be able to create whatever type of room fits your fancy.  Check out the different looks below:

Tranquil Room

This year Robert Allen Fabrics put out a great sample book collection called Naturals.  This collection consist of multi -purpose fabrics which are influenced by calm tones like linen inspired colors, blues, and greys. Many of the samples that are included in this collection consist of tone-on-tone patterns, quilted patterns, matelasses, and embroidery works that are all solids.

When creating a tranquil inspired room, you should stay away from choosing bright tones and patterns.  Instead you should lean towards more muted tones, textures , and subdued patterns.  By using this approach your  eyes will be more drawn to the tailoring of the furniture or great novelties in the room instead of being overwhelmed with pattern. When using this approach you are able to create a room that is easy to relax in.

Robert Allen Designs: Natural Collection
Featuring patterns Grainy Road/ Linen and Woodland Glory/ Black.

Robert Allen Fabrics Naturals Color Room Scheme

Contemporary Solids

Often in contemporary interiors the focus is on re-using older streamlined furniture or building new retro styles. Many clients request to keep their furniture solid and punch the room with color using pillows and accessories.  When designing in this fashion you are left with a more minimalistic feel to the room that allows you to focus on the small accessories or art in the room instead of a lot of pattern.  Below are some examples of fabrics and furniture styles you could group together to give your home a transitional, contemporary flare.

Square Arm Sofa in Navy Chenille

Possible Fabric that you may want to consider for this Navy Blue Sofa Look is…

Barrow Fabric: Shine/ Sapphire
This particular fabric appears to be solid but has a subtle striped texture in it.When upholstering in a solid fabric, it is always a good idea to think about incorporating some texture in the fabric, this will be good to hide stains later on after wear.

Turquoise Chair: If you have a old chair to reupholster, consider doing so. It is rare to find a newer chair with a really good spring system. Older chairs will usually be built better and have a unique style associated with them.

Possible Fabric that you would like to upholster in…

JF Fabrics: PHOENIX 66J6051

If this style is too simplistic for you, then jazz it up with novelty inspired  or trendy pattern pillows.  Another option would be to create pillows using contrast cording.  You can simply just use the left over fabrics from the upholstery job to create this look.  Check out the example below:

Contrast Corded Pillows and Sofa

Novelty Pillow

Create a pillow using a fabric that brings the two colors together. Example Greenhouse IKAT Fabric.

When following this advise , you may find that your room will look something like this.

Of course each room will have different furniture in it and possibly different color combinations, but as long as you are consistent with the balance of color,  you should be able to create a contemporary minimalistic room that is not boring at all.

In Contrast, Not all Solids are Contemporary…

When decorating traditional rooms  there are a number of solid fabrics that lean towards traditional aesthetics.  Using leather, velvets, mohair, tone-on-tone damasks, or matelasses can produce a number of great traditional looks  using only solids.  Check some out below:

Chesterfield Sofa in Solid Green Leather

Tone-on-tone Damask Print on Parson’s Chair with Skirt

When designing a classic/ traditional looking interior you generally don’t see two solid pieces of furniture in the same room.  You tend to see either a solid sofa or solid chair combined with a pattern sofa or chair, and other patterned accessories.  The interior may look closer to this…

Classic Interior Using Solid Sofa

Classic interiors generally have more of a busy quality to them and are usually associated with multiple patterns in the same color tone but different scales. However if you lean towards a  traditional style but want to  incorporate more solids you can reduce the busy quality but still maintain a very classic look. By incorporating both solids and patterns in similar color tones you can create a traditional room that is very pleasing to both the eye and the mind.

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

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