Merging the “Color of the Year” Colors Together

Every year Pantone chooses a list of colors which sets the trend for fashion, interiors, and merchandising.  With this in mind, we tend to see that everything around us in fashion and design is geared toward the particular chosen colors.  For some, this is great because it allows them to update their look and refresh their lifestyle.  For others, it seems to be a little wasteful  to try and update their style every year with a certain color combination.   By reviewing the  colors over the past few years you can see how the color trends have merged together thus making it easier and less expensive to remain current in your home design.

2011 Pink Chairs with 2013 Emerald interior space

2011 Pink Chairs with 2013 Emerald interior space

For the past three years (2011,2012,2013) the three “colors of year” were honey suckle pink, tango tangerine, and Emerald.  The balance of the color has remained on a even keel, allowing the designer to keep some of the favorite pieces of the past years and adding a touch of new items for the next year to keep current.  Updating the look doesn’t have to be a total makeover, but just an enhancement in trendsetting.

2011Pink and 2012 Orange Interior Colors

2011 Pink and 2012 Orange Interior Colors

Recently I have notice the trend of pink and orange merging in interior spaces once again.  As someone in the industry, I have seen this look for three years, but currently notice that it is one of the latest trends for the average consumer. This is a great thing because it allows those individuals who keep up with statement interior spaces to re-use some older pieces but enhance with fun pillows that incorporate this years color of the year, emerald.

2013 Emerald Green with 2012 orange interior space

2013 Emerald Green with 2012 Orange interior space

The original idea to merge these two colors together seems to have been inspired by the natural colors on the horizon line at dusk.  Any or all of these colors can be a great way to stretch your design budget by incorporating older items longer and re-using some of your favorite pieces.  Your interior space will stay trendy as long as you find unique ways to incorporate your older items with your newer pieces.  One of the key details to interior designing is finding statement furniture, such as older, vintage items which have a sentimental value or great ornate qualities to them.  By reupholstering them or re-vamping the stain or paint color, you can create a new life for most items, regardless if its a armoire, chair, or sofa. You can also keep your space current by adding just small touches of the current colors with pillows, ottomans, small benches and slipcovers. By being creative with your older pieces and investing in smaller new pieces it is easy to keep current and stay trendy without a huge investment!

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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Make Your Home Special for Valentines Day!

Valentine’s Day is almost here and love is in the air! Although some individuals believe that Valentines Day is a holiday that card companies created, it is actually a holiday that celebrates those you love both here and abroad!  There are many countries that celebrate this holiday besides the United States.   This particular holiday is traditionally celebrated by giving gifts and treats to those you love, but there are also other interesting traditions observed by those in other countries.

Two regions that celebrate this day in unique ways and are interesting to me are the United Kingdom and South Africa.  In the United Kingdom the people celebrate with traditional gifts like cards, candies, and flowers, but what makes them unique are the way the gifts for children are given. The children receive gifts of fruit and candy, much like here, but they must reward those who give them something with a sweet song in order to receive their presents.   For the adults, it is believed that the first man a women sees in the morning will become her husband.  This proves to be a very interesting day for the men because they are either avoiding destinations, or are camping out to make sure they are the first person the women sees… which is seen as a true romantic gesture!

Wearing your heart on your sleeve

Simple romantic gestures are my personal favorites and this is one reason I chose to share the tradition of South Africa with you.  In this region they not only spend the night with friends and loved ones, but they also pin their names on their lover’s or potential lover’s sleeve thus sharing the feelings in their heart for all to see.  This tradition gives a different spin on the saying “wearing your heart on your sleeve”!  Regardless of the tradition that you choose to follow, the important thing is to let the people in your life know that you care.

 How do I let people know that I care? How do I decorate my interior to make it extra special?

Generally a good rule of thumb is to let people know how much you care is by  doing simple thoughtful gestures all day long!  Gestures don’t have to be expensive, but they have to be thoughtful. Sweet little notes or just by helping your loved ones with extra chores will show your love and appreciation.  Most of us associate the holiday with the colors red, pink, and white but Valentines Day doesn’t mean your gifts must always be in traditional colors. By just using your loved one’s favorite colors and creating something especially for them would be even more special!  As shown below…

A gift that keeps giving: Valentine Wreath

Vday Wreath

This Valentine’s wreath is created from yarn and felt.  Simple Instructions:  pick up a styrofoam ring and wrap it in your favorite colored yarn. Arrange cut out felt heart shapes with glue. Then place additional yarn on top to create an argyle trendy pattern. This is a simple gesture that will fill your home with love, and remind the recipient that you care every year that they use it.  Hand made gifts that come from the heart are the best!

Small Accents in Red: Pillows, Throws, Ottomans

In the world of interior design, red is probably the most widely used color to decorate with.  Whether your tastes tend to be contemporary or you prefer a more traditional look, this color works with all interiors.  So if you have a neutral space you would like to enhance with red, this look would be a perfect way to celebrate the day!  Placing little touches of tea rose arrangements and small accents like pillows and ottomans would add a subtle touch of romance to create a mood of love!

Nuetral Bedroom with Red Accents and Tea Roses

Sentimental Quality: Irreplaceable Gift

Throughout our lives we tend to hold on to things that have a sentimental quality for us because they usually remind us of a happy time or loved one.  One great idea that I am about suggest is a gift that several people have requested for us to create in the past.  We are a store that both custom builds new furniture and reupholsters older pieces for our clients, but every so often we will be asked to create unique items and gifts because of our ability to create very custom pieces. This unique gift is a pillow made from your wife’s wedding dress once she is willing to dispose of it.  The gift represents your eternal love and shows her that you care as much as on the day you said your vows to each other. It can be a fabulous addition to your decor that expresses your love for one another.

wedding pillow

wedding pillow

I hope at least one of these ideas gets your creative juices flowing to help you create that perfect gift that expresses your love for your loved ones. Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our readers! We hope that everyone of you are able to spend the day with those you love! 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

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

How To Finish A Room???

Do you ever walk into a room, and wonder…”How do I make this room have a better ‘home feel’?”   A great way to do this is by adding accessories, such as: pillows, ottomans, lamps, paintings,etc.  When you incorporate these personal items, it gives the viewer a sense of who you are even if you are a person that may like a simple, tranquil room such as this Beige Room below.  You are still making a statement about yourself when choosing items that you place in the room even if the room is all neutral.

By adding simple, monochromatic touches to this tranquil room, you give it a cozy inviting touch.  When you have a room that has no personal items, this may suggest to the viewer a comment such as…”I just moved in…” or “I’m taking a minimalistic approach to design…”

At Fabrics and Frames we have heard many of our clients talk about how they have a stark, unfinished room and it is because they don’t know what accessories to add.  Most people are overwhelmed by this and are afraid they might choose the wrong item and make a mistake. They would perfer to just have someone else come in and pick the items for them.  The issue that comes up with having someone come into your home and choosing everything  in your home for you, is that it then becomes their room not yours.  You want your home to have a sense of who you are with your own personal style.   The truth is that when picking out something personal, such as a piece of art…You don’t have to buy or choose it because it matches perfectly.  You want to choose it because it makes you happy and is something that you enjoy looking at  day-after-day.  When choosing pillows or small ottomans, it is more important to have them coordinate with the larger pieces in the room, such as your sofas and chairs.  These are considered accents with in the room which means that you can live with them for a shorter period  of time, and if you notice in 3-5 years down the line that your style has changed, you can replace them without a huge investment.

Some other examples of rooms that are incorporating small accent pieces are shown below:

This site is to help you, our future customers and readers, with design tips that  may be looking for. We also want to educate you about the function and design of the furniture in your home. Here at Fabrics and Frames, a company that has been around for more than 30 years, we take pride in being very knowledgeable, and connecting personally with our current clients, when it comes to design.  Because we have such a passion for design and our goal is to make each customer feel at home in our showroom, we are able to pass this knowledge on to you…our future customers.  To learn more about our company please visit:

http://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

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