Precious Materials in your Interior

Trasitional Interior with Metallic Touch

Transitional Interior with Metallic Touch

When buying jewelry, one of the considerations is to decide if you are going to wear  gold, silver, or platinum. This is the chemical element that holds the precious jewels on the setting together.  So when creating a  design for your interior using the proper amount of element in it is the difference between making something look too gaudy or very valuable.  Metallic objects as they pertain to interior spaces can be the highlight of the floor plan because they create hierarchy among everything else.  Use too much in one space and they loose their value and become ostentatious.  The key to a successful design is to create in a simplistic manor.  During the traditional Renaissance times, ornamental embellishments in interiors where dripping with gold leaf designs to show status of wealth.  Although this look still pertains in some interior design movements, most individuals tend to lean towards a more contemporary way of thinking by using metallics to highlight other colors in the room.

Brooklyn Mural Project by Artist JMR: http://jmrizzi.blogspot.com/

Brooklyn Mural Project by Artist JMR: http://jmrizzi.blogspot.com/. Featuring Metallic influence in graffiti.

Artist JMR: http://jmrizzi.blogspot.com/

Monochromatic Metallic artwork by Artist JMR: http://jmrizzi.blogspot.com/

Metallics are very influential with the creators of art, fashion and interiors.  This is why we are seeing them in our everyday trends.  From purses to pillows, the contemporary accent is what keeps our eye moving through the composition of a design which is one of the most important elements to creating whether it is art or interior spaces.

So, How do I create a tasteful  interior which uses metallics?

One of the key aspects to creating an interior design is to keep things simple.  If you are someone who loves metallic objects and wants to see them everywhere then make it the dominate part of your scheme.  This can be achieved by using metallics as one of the major players in the room, such as: sofa, tables, even walls and floors.

Create a tasteful look with a dominate flare by upholstering your straight lined sofa in silver vinyl.

Create a tasteful look with a dominate flare by upholstering your straight lined sofa in silver vinyl.

 

If you prefer “just a touch” then place metallics in your artwork, pillows, and accessories.  This will give you a contemporary flare without being too overwhelmed. Here at Fabrics and Frames we strive toward pushing  boundaries on design when creating spaces.  We can create any genre of interior with a custom flare. Whether metallics are appealing to you or not, with our expertise we can help you create a room or entire house that is not only pleasing to the eye but also where you can sit back and relax in comfort!

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

Using Green Design Creatively…

In today’s modern world people are generally not as concerned with living in the “perfect” home as much as those in the past.  Today’s modern home owners often tend to lean towards a particular style in designing their living space, but like to incorporate sentimental pieces that have influenced their lives into the design.  With many different blogs and social media apps like Pintrest,  Casasugar, and Instructables.com to look at today it is easy to find lots of ways to use your sentimental items in resourceful and creative ways.  These online resources that are readily available are helping to create a world of DIY thinkers and designers.

Do It Yourself Design

Sustainability is a key issue which drives modern times in design as well as all other aspects of our lives.  Knowing that we are responsible for destroying the Earth’s habitat often influences the way we design our homes.  Although many of us don’t like to keep old things that we are no longer using in our homes, it is possible to use many of these vintage and unique items to create awesome projects that will give your interior space great character.

Two things that you need to determine is “Where you are decorating?” and”Who you are decorating for?”   Another key factor to consider is the size and scale of  the space that you are decorating.  The space will determine how creative you can be.  If you are living in a small space, building small niches in the architecture of the interior can help showcase the items that you collect.  Even though the items we tend to collect tend to be non-functional, we find that some functional items can be used as decoration as well.   Color coordinating items such as dishes, appliances, and towels will enhance the color scheme in your room.

Coordinating Shelves with Interior Space

Coordinating Shelves in an Interior Space

Organizing is a great way to keep the space functional.  It is not always necessary to purchase new items to make your home more organized. By decorating with things you already own you can create a space which showcases your personality as well as being functional.  Once you have decided on which items will best suite your needs, revamping your older items can be the next step to making your home more uniquely yours.

Many times at Fabrics and Frames, we have an individual who loves and is very attached to their sofa, chair, or ottoman, but over the years it has developed a problem.  Sometimes the spring system in the furniture has started to give way or  it may be the arm on their favorite occasional chair is starting to become loose.  Whatever the case may be, we have developed solutions over the years to save your most precious pieces.  Although it is not always possible, we try to fix the problem without altering the original condition.  If it is not possible then we will have to reupholster it. We understand that vintage and antique pieces of furniture often come with history.  There is a reason why they are cherished, regardless if it is for the design or sentimental reasons.

Fabrics and Frames Before and After Chair

Fabrics and Frames Before and After Chair

Designing a new home does not have to be expensive.  By using creative solutions to enhance the look of what you already own is the best way to stay green and on a budget.  With the money that you save from decorating with items you already own, you can put money aside to reupholster or fix a piece of furniture that has needed some much needed attention and love for awhile.

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

We reupholstered one of our sofas from the past and it looks great!

Extra long sectional with ottoman to match- great modular sectional look!

Using The Basic Elements of Design To Create A Visually Appealing Room

When designing a room, you must keep in mind many different things so that you can create a visually appealing interior space.  One of the first things that you learn  in design school is that there are seven elements of design.  Whether you are creating a single piece of art work or an entire room, a good designer will keep these seven elements of design in mind.

The 7 Elements of Design:

1. Line

When creating a room the word Line refers to the lines in the room, meaning the lines in your sofa, tables, structure of the room, etc.  Depending on the particular style that you prefer, the lines in your room will differ.  For a contemporary styled room, you will find that most the lines are linear, while a traditional room will tend to have more curved lines associated with the design.

One of the reasons that many traditional rooms have more curves than contemporary rooms is because the design concepts pull from the old Greek thought process of design.  When the Greeks first started to design interiors and architecture, they developed three different types of columns to embellish their interiors and exteriors: Doric Columns, Ionic Columns, and Corinthian Columns.  Doric is the straighter of the three. Ionic consists of a curved scroll look and Corinthian bases its structure from the organic structure of leaves.  The lines used in these columns were used to create and define the styles in interiors.

2.Shape

Shape is a word that is used in design to train the eye to concentrate on negative and positive space.  For those that don’t know what negative space and positive space is, let me explain… Positive Space refers to the object taking up the space, an example of this would be a chair or a sofa and the floor space it encompasses.  The Negative Space would refer to the floor space that is left over in the room.  This should not be a great concern to the average person unless you are creating a furniture plan for your interior space.  When space planning, you must think about the flow of traffic and the shapes that are created by the different combinations of furniture.

 3. Direction

Direction refers to the lines that are used in a room.  Sometimes this will be as simple as picking the direction of fabric when it is a stripe.  Some helpful tips about choosing the direction of something that has a stripe in it is that horizontal [stripes] suggest calmness, stability and tranquility. Vertical [stripes] gives a feeling of balance, formality, and alertness.  If you are looking to create a “pow” statement in the room, mix things up with a piece that is constructed with an oblique angle. The piece will create movement and action because of its unique lines.

Suggest calmness, stability, and tranquility.

Gives a feeling of Balance, Formality, and Alertness.

Suggest movement and action

4. Size

 The term Size refers to the scale of the room.  When choosing the objects that you are going to place in the room, you need to consider the scale of the objects.  Scale and porportion are very important because you can easily draw attention to something that was not meant to be enhanced by not paying attention to scale.  Many people don’t consider the size of their sofa compared to the chair that they put next to it.  Sometimes if you put too large of a sofa next to a small chair, it will make the sofa look much bigger than it is and the chair much smaller.

Two chairs are too large for the bed.

5. Texture

In design the term Texture can refer to many different things in the room.  Depending on the particular style that you are going for…Minimalistic style vs. Old World Style, you may notice that texture will be represented in many different areas.  In a room that is going for the minimalistic style, you may notice that it will have very little pattern, but uses texture on the walls, in pillows, woods, etc.  This will give an overall calm, tranquil look…but still contempoary! In an Old World Room, you will notice the complete opposite.  These rooms usually consist of multiple patterns, and using textures in the fabrics instead of materials around the room.  An example of a texture that would be commonly used is a tweed fabric.

Textured Walls and Surfaces; Small amount of Pattern Incorporated

Old World Look; Many Patterns Together

6. Colour

Colour is another word for hue when talking about design.  Even if the design in your room is all monochromatic, you still have some form of shade or tone in the colour itself that must be matched.  Whites and Beiges are one of the most difficult colors to match in design because there are many different hues of beiges and white.  To further explain myself, Beige tones tend to go in the direction of having a hue of green, red, or yellow incorporated with it.  When working with these tones, you must stay consistent with similar hues because if you don’t you run the risk of making one beige look “dirtier” than another.  Most people don’t understand why one beige tone looks cleaner than the other, but this is the reason.  This will happen with almost any color, but with other colors it may not be perceived so much as “dirty” but as just plain “wrong”.

Chair in lighter Beige; Mantle to Fireplace Yellow Beige

7.Value

Value in reference to interior design can talk about lightness and darkness of tone with in multiple areas of a room.  Value can be spoken about in regards to fabrics or in regards to the amount of light in the room.    When speaking of value as it pertains to the light quality in the room, you have to consider “What type of lighting am I getting in this particular room?” There is yellow lighting, natural lighting, flourescent lighting…each of these lightings will affect the nature of the fabrics and materials used in the room differently.  You must select a lighting choice that will best compliment your style.  I have provided some examples to better explain.

Yellow Lighting

Natural Lighting

Flourescent Lighting

By using these basic Elements of Design as a guide you will be able to create a very well-designed room on your own without the help of a designer! 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 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

 Writen By: Erica Guajardo
Edited By: Linda Decuir

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