When it comes to decor, there are two general types of people. First, there are those that do not fear varying colors, textures, patterns or shine. They mix mediums, combine unusual patterns in the same color family, experiment with different curtains, upholstery, throw pillows, and blankets to give their space a beautiful, vibrant feeling.
Then there’s those that live for years with white walls and tan carpet because they are afraid of making a decorating mistake. If you’re one of these people, we need to chat. Fabrics are some of the easiest ways to spruce up a dull, boring, cold, or uninviting space. And using fabric is far easier than you think if you use a few insider tips.
1. Use repeating patterns in various sizes.
If you’re truly scared of pattern, pick one that you like and find ways to repeat it throughout your room in a variety of sizes. Even if the fabrics are different colors, the unifying pattern will tie the whole space together. If you’re feeling especially bold, pick two patterns and repeat them in the fabrics you choose for throw pillows on your couch. You may find the theme spills over to the rest of the room from there.
2. Use a variety of shades of the same color.
If you are new to color, this is one of the easiest ways to expand the palate of your space. Let’s say you love blue. Don’t rely on the same shade throughout your room. Mix lights and darks, navy and aqua for a homey, calming effect.
3. Geometry is your friend.
We’re not asking you to find the area of a parallelogram. But geometric shapes add interest to a couch, throw, or curtain, especially in otherwise neutral rooms. Even if you aren’t ready to pull the trigger on the Turkish silk throw pillows, geometric shapes can help shake you out of your black and white funk.
4. Borrow from other cultures.
Speaking of Turkish silk throw pillows, other cultures tend to lend their own design style and sensibility to a space. Invoking a time, place or culture with fabrics is often as easy as choosing a color scheme you saw in Florida or a fabric texture you admired in Morocco.
5. Choose one piece.
If you are a decorating novice, you are likely anxious about jumping into the deep end of color, texture, pattern, and shine. Rather than being overwhelmed by changing your entire room’s aesthetic, it’s okay to start with one statement piece. Have your grandmother’s settee recovered in a bold print and use that print as an anchor for your other fabric choices. Or have us create custom-made throw pillows for your couch and use that pattern as a jumping off point for the rest of the room.
Still overwhelmed by the possibilities? The fabric experts at Beckenstein Fabrics are ready to help! Even if you don’t have a single idea what you are looking for, our experts can help you navigate the thousands of choices in stock and the thousands more available for order.