Floral is Back!

Flowers are a symbol of peace, serenity, and love.  Many choose to decorate with this image because  floral patterns have been  a statement in traditional furniture for centuries.  When used as accents to bring the colors of the room together, this particular look will give a subtle feminine influence to a room’s decor.

Vector Floral Pattern

Since the early 90’s, traditional floral patterns have been gradually fading away and transitioning into something which looks like a minimalist approach using contemporary vector art. With this look individuals are able to place a splash of floral design in their home without overwhelming the look so that it appears too feminine.  By keeping the floral patterns to a minimum of 2-6 colors, this look mimics famous printmakers similar to Andy Warhol’s contemporary art images.

Andy Warhol's Flowers

For the 2013 Summer Season, many new fabrics and products are being produced that help create a “Garden Party” theme.  Using colors like Tangerine Orange, Emerald, Rhododendron Pink, Bright Yellow, and Peony Pink brightens up the space with great vivid colors and complements the season of summer.  If you are one who is contentious of the seasons and always looking to transition your space to reflect different parts of the year, a tip would be to invest in some solid cooler toned pillows or accessories to mix with the vivid colors of the summer so that your room will not be too over powered by the brightness.

Floral Interiors using solid pillows

Many of the current trends are inspired by the earth’s natural hues.  Floral arrangements are chosen by the many different bold tones of floral arrangements.  Some of the most vibrant flowers are the Gerber daisies, which come in a wide array of pigments.  Other often used colors are influenced by those in the horizon.  Inspiration comes from what is familiar to us. As we  notice the foliage  pigment changes as the seasons change, we are inspired to choose  a variety of different hues to bring into our interiors.  Although you may be inclined to choose brighter hues for the summer, you may be more prone to choose a palette which suits your needs all year round.  A great combination would be Earth tones of Orange, Green, Gold and Purple. The colors can remain the same but the hues can change with the seasons.

Florals will always be in style in some fashion or the other. The trick to keeping up with the times is to adapt your style to the current trends using colors that make you happy and content!

For more information on  where to get more ideas on designing and custom looks  please visit our website:


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Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir


Understanding Color, and Learning New Color Combinations!

Color is a very influential part of our lives because it surrounds us everywhere everyday. It has been broken down to a science in order to understand how it  influences us on a daily basis.  Some of the greatest artists of all time have put great effort into understanding this science and how it will make their compositions stronger.  Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin are two artists of the twentieth-century who are known for their notorious vibrant color choices.  When they were creating their iconic works of art the color choices that they were using were unlike any others, which gave their images much bolder statements than the other artists of the time.

The Dessert Harmony by Henri Matisse
Oil on Canvas
Part of the Impressionism Movement
Permanent Collection of the Hermitage Museum

Under the Pandanus Tree by Paul Gauguin
Oil on Canvas
Cloisonnism during his 1st Tahiti Period
Dallas Museum of Art

During the time that these two artists were creating their masterpieces, another man by the name of Albert H. Munsell began giving logic to color.  He was known for creating the Munsell Color Tree, which in reality was the first color wheel.  This was a three-dimensional color wheel, which was divided by hue, value (lightness), and chroma (color purity). He would “show gradation in saturation horizontally without changing value, which was represented along the vertical axis.” (Fisher,21)  Although he was not the only one to create a way of making sense to color, he was the first to invent the logic behind color theory.

The Munsell Color Tree

In the 21st Century we now have companies like Pantone which have created a color matching system to ensure that you get the exact color that you want every time.  It allows brands and labels to have consistency in their color choices when it comes to logos.  The way the system works is that each year Pantone will introduce the current colors of the year. Some stay for multiple years and some get discontinued.  As soon as the color is announced fashion and interior design trends emerge continuously creating new color combinations and “Colors of the Year”.

2014 color of the year

2014 color of the year

2014 Colors of the Year

2014 Colors of the Year

Click this to find out more about Home and Fashion Products from Pantone

So why is it important for me to know about color?

Believe it or not, every time you walk into a clothing store you are surrounded by products that merchandisers have picked for that season.  The colors that they choose are based off of the fashion colors of the year which are related to color theory.  In the beginning of the year, I remember entering  the mall and in every window, throughout the stores and  at the front of the check out counter in a retail store you saw ” Radiant Orchid”.  If you thought that this was by coincidence, you were fooled!  This is the color of the year and they were trying to force the consumer into purchasing their products.  There are studies that show while waiting in line to check out , you will pick up at least one extra “unnecessary” item because it’s there.  This is a suggestive selling technique that is used by most merchandisers.  This is why they will put small accessories toward the register because you are more likely to pick up that small item and purchase it just because it is just a couple of dollars extra added to your over all bill.   Just like when you are in a grocery store and the line stops at the candy isle, you want that candy…But will you take it?  That’s the choice that you will have to make! So it is the same  with color. Designers in both fashion and design emphasize the chosen color of the season and retailers display the color throughout their stores to encourage you to buy, buy, buy!

Color is everywhere you turn, influencing our daily lives even when you don’t expect it.  Research has shown that just walking into a room of a certain color can influence your mood. Bright, bold colors like oranges, bright yellows and red can give you energy and make you more excited and invigorated. Softer colors such as soft greens and blues can calm you down, help you relax and make you feel more peaceful.  There are many studies that show there is a relationship to color of your bedroom and sleep. When designing a room it is always good to use colors that will help you express the mood of the room you are trying to create. Some new color combinations to look out for in the interior design world as well as the fashion world are listed below:

Orange and Teal Combination Interior

Orange and Teal Combination Interior

Radiant Orchid Room Color Scheme

Radiant Orchid Room Color Scheme

As designers we see that color palettes tends to emerge in waves of patterns.  Although we are seeing that 2014 color combinations are a blend of muted tones infused with bright punches of colors, 2013 tones will be less saturated.  The predicted color combinations will be very muted in tone and will start to reflect back to earthy colors and joule tone inspired combinations.  To learn more about what is coming up, check out this fantastic analysis of color brought to you by Casasugar.


At Fabrics and Frames we have access to fabrics of every color and design that you could possibly want. We can help you create a space that will reflect your own personality and atmosphere that you want for your home by choosing the right colors and patterns in your furniture pieces as well as making suggestions on wall and floor colors if needed. 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 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

Color Research provided by: Color by Paul J Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher ( visit http://product.half.ebay.com/_W0QQprZ2327295 to purchase your copy)

Pantone Color 2012: Tangerine Tango…What Inspires the color?

It is a new year and with this brings new beginnings.  “Tangerine Tango” was elected the new color of the year. Pantone may be giving us an underlying message that revolves around the color orange.  A new year means new resolutions and new attitudes.  Having a positive outlook on the coming year can only make it better! 

So what Inspires the color Orange?

The Psychology of the color states that orange is used to create a happy, energetic, warm, organic environment. When a color emotes such a  positive outlook this could encourage you to be more positive in your life when you embrace the color.  Adding orange to your life in interior space, wardrobe, and little accessories here and there will grab the attention of those around you and help you to feel more optimistic.    It is well-known that orange is one of the brightest colors on the color spectrum.  It puts out a vibe that states you are ambitious and look at the world with a “new dawn in attitude”. This is the perfect way to start the new year!

Why is Orange considered an Organic Color?

The color orange is derived from the orange fruit .  It was introduced into the English language around the 1500’s and before then was referred to as “yellow-red”.  You can find the color in the sky’s horizon,  in nature’s landscape, and some of the oldest religious ceremonies in the world.  Some examples are:

Nature’s Landscape

Arches National Park- UTAH

Traditional Ceremonies

The Color orange has a wide array of natural elements which gives it the sense of being organic.  Even with different areas of culture inspiring the design style, orange is always viewed in the captured photographs as being a happy, positive enlightened color. So how do I use this knowledge of the color orange to create a more positive living environment? First, you must develop what type of look you are trying to accomplish. a. Trendy


c. Motivating

One thing that  all of these rooms have in common is that orange is used as an accent in the room. If you decide to use orange as the main color in the room, you will be making a very bold statement which could be too overwhelming.  So instead of creating a huge orange wall, try incorporating the color in accessories, pillows and small objects.  In order to subdue the color, you may want to pick a pattern that has orange incorporated with neutral color such as grey or beige or a darker color such as navy blue.  When you use white furniture instead of dark black furniture, it gives orange a more contemporary warm feel.  Using dark wood furniture in the room may come across as a “Halloween feel” if you do not incorporate white or a lighter color in the living space somehow.  If you are someone who is looking to go green, in a orange way…  Try recycling an old chair or piece of furniture.  Painted furniture is a great way to add excitement in a room.  When designing a room many designers look for that special piece that will grab the viewer’s attention.  So a suggestion for the do it yourself designer is to look for an old piece of furniture that has great lines.  Go to your local paint store for orange acrylic paint, find a shade you really love and give that old piece of furniture a new life.  Some examples of recycled furniture are below:

Creating and Overall Image like below:

As you can see the color orange can be used in many ways in your home. There is a reason it is the color of the year. Try it in pillows, accessories and bedding if an orange piece of furniture is just too much for you. It adds excitement, fun, optimism and positive vibes to any room!    For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:


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Edited By: Linda Decuir

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