Interior Design Tips & Tricks  

Jan 22

This Year’s Top Interior Design Trend Is ...

Maximalism! This movement of “more is more” is a reaction to the minimalism of the past. This year, people desire more depth, drama, and personal expression of uniqueness through interior decorating.

Here are 5 things to love about 2019’s top design trend!

Bold Color

Color palettes are moving from cool grays and dark woods to more vibrant colors, particularly in jade greens and rich teals, navy, and bright coral. Some designers are embracing high contrast using black and white color schemes, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. It’s a great time to spice up your color palette!

Fun Shapes & Patterns

The sleek lines of minimalist style are yielding to the softening effects of curvy shapes in seating, tables, light fixtures, and accent pieces. Geometric shapes expand into backsplashes, flooring, and even ceilings. Traditional, global, and tribal patterns all offer exciting accents and Overall, we see 2019 as the year for big, bold patterns to create excitement!

Layered Luxury

Maximalism shifts away from the cool finishes of stainless steel and brushed nickel. This year, mixed metals, textured silver, brass, and gold accents bring an element of comfort and warmth to our designs. The use of velvet upholstery and rugs layered together (yes, really) take textures new levels of luxury. It that’s too much for you, a bar cart is sure to add a touch of glamour to your space.

Sustainability

Yes, green living can contribute to maximalist design. First, it seamlessly incorporates your favorite vintage furniture and bohemian accent pieces, keeping quality items in use and out of the waste stream. Additionally, furnishings and fixtures made from upcycled or sustainable materials bring eco-conscious value with their beauty. To put just a hint of sustainability into your space, bring the outdoors in with natural fibers, lots of living plants, or leafy prints.

Decluttering

While decluttering may seem in opposition to “more is more,” decorating with things you love isn’t going anywhere. Choosing colors, textures, patterns, and accents that mean something to you is a timeless element of design.

The return of maximalism in 2019 gives us a ton of freedom to express our individual tastes, values, and character. Our designers are skilled at drawing out your uniqueness and helping you select the pieces that express it through a beautiful space. Call or stop by to explore how to include these trends in your decor through furniture, fabric, rugs, or accent pieces.

Dec 30

How to Choose a Rug for the Living Room

A living room rug is one of the largest elements of the room’s design, so picking the right one can be a big task. The right rug provides a solid foundation for a space and gives it a cohesive comfortable feeling, while the wrong one leaves you with an uneasy feeling, as if the room isn’t finished. Here are our top three considerations for selecting an area rug or accent rug for your living room.

Sizing

The most common mistake in selecting a living room rug is sizing too small. The rug defines the seating area and should be as large as possible within it. All pieces of furniture should sit on the area rug. If your furniture arrangement is against walls, only the front legs of all pieces need to be on the rug. Either way, we suggest that your feet to land on the rug while sitting, yet to leave a few inches of bare floor at the room’s borders to create a cohesive space. Proper rug sizing is critical to your beautiful space—and, if needed, custom sizing is worth the investment.

Color & Pattern

As one of the largest elements of the room, choose a rug that balances your color palette. If your color palette leans neutral, a bold color or pattern accents the space. Alternatively, if your color palette contains color and pattern, a simple or neutral rug grounds the design. Either way, there are plenty of styles and fibers to choose from to express your personal taste.

Texture

A rug brings softness and warmth to a room, through both the fiber of the rug and the pile, or the fiber length. To add soft luxury to a room with smooth, sleek finishes, consider higher pile, such as a shag rug. On the contrary, you can balance existing textures in your room with a smooth, flat, woven rug. Layering different textures in this way provides depth and richness in a space.

The Right Rug

Let us help you find the rug that perfectly ties your room together through a personal design consultation or visit to our showroom. Our extensive collections are sure to have an area rug or accent rug to make your living room a comfortable, beautiful space that's uniquely you.

Oct 26

Simple Bedroom Decor Updates on a Budget

Sometimes you don’t have the resources to do full scale redecorating. You just want to update or refresh your decor and get the most bang for your buck. In this situation, giving your bedroom a facelift is all about prioritizing what’s important to you. Here are 5 simple ideas to makeover your bedroom and stay on budget.

  1. Paint: Painting an accent wall or a piece of furniture is a great way to freshen up your bedroom decor. For those who prioritize color, paint may be the simplest way to redecorate. 

  2. Lighting: Updating, replacing, or adding light fixtures, lamps, and shades brings complexity and nuance to the ambience of the bedroom. The layers of light enhance feelings of relaxation and rejuvenation, while the materials and finishes convey your style. To fine tune the moods in your bedroom, focus on the lighting. 

  3. Window treatments: Fresh drapery fabrics and hardware or custom Hunter Douglas blinds offer a beautiful way to prioritize privacy from the outside world. When you makeover your windows, you create a sanctuary without sacrificing style. 

  4. Bedding: If you want to improve your comfort and sleep, invest in your bed and bedding. High quality sheets are a simple way to create a feeling of luxurious comfort. You can also select cozy bed coverings in fabrics and prints you love.  

  5. Accents: When your decorating project is all about style, we recommend updating the bedroom accents. A single wallpapered wall, or a new headboard or rug can create an entirely different feeling in your space. For a milder effect, bring in a new collection of art pieces, throw pillows, or plants in decorative pots. 

Any one of these updates will refresh your bedroom on a budget. If you’re ready to explore the options for redecorating your bedroom, give us a call or drop by. Our experienced designers are happy to help you bring your ideas into reality to create a beautiful bedroom you’ll enjoy for years.

Sep 29

Bedroom Decor Tips: Ideas for a Cohesive Design

While the bedroom should be designed for relaxation and rest, you still want it to reflect your personality and inspire the start of your day. Accessories and accents that add visual interest are the perfect addition. Whether the color palette for the bedroom influences the decor or the decorations and accent piece inspires the entire design, accessories add beauty, character, and cohesion to the look that you’re trying to achieve. 

Accessorize to Personalize

Because bedrooms are usually somewhat subdued, they’re the ideal place to let accessories convey your style. Some tried and true ideas for decorating your bedroom are to liven up the bed with a beautiful headboard or colorful throws and pillows. You can also showcase a favorite piece of art or select a unique piece of furniture to highlight your personal taste or experiment with mixing and matching traditional and contemporary styles. When making your final selections, consider creating themes that repeat a color, texture, metal, wood, shape, or pattern to create a cohesive design. 

Illuminate Your Bedroom’s Style 

One of the biggest accessories in your bedroom is the lighting. When choosing bedroom lamps and lighting, remember that light fixtures themselves offer infinite expressions of style. Lamp bases and shades offer boundless opportunities to mix and match shapes, colors, and sizes to achieve the perfect complement for your space. Overhead lights also come in many sizes and shapes, with or without ceiling fans, or as chandeliers and pendants. Aside from the light fixture, the light itself can be thought of as an accessory. We recommend multiple light sources to create layers of light appropriate for different activity levels. You can combine elements of overhead lighting, lamps, indirect lighting (hidden source), and mood lighting suitable for your bedroom’s different uses. 

Pulling it Off 

If you need assistance choosing the perfect personal touches for your beautiful bedroom or just want to talk to a professional to get more ideas, give us a call or stop by. Our showroom displays a curated collection of accessories and accents and our designers offer decades of experience. We’re happy to help!

Jul 17

The Benefits of Reupholstering Furniture

Do you own a good, solid piece of furniture that you love and want to keep forever? Perhaps it connects you to a time or place that you treasure, or maybe its classic lines and shape feel like your style. Over time, furniture starts to show wear, no matter how high the original quality. It becomes faded, ripped, or outdated, or simply doesn’t suit your home or tastes anymore.

Don’t set it out on the curb just yet! This could be the perfect piece to reupholster. There are many benefits to reupholstering, beyond just updating the fabric. These are our top three.


1. Save Money & Landfill Space

Reusing a piece of furniture prevents a well-constructed, thoughtfully designed, useful item from going to the landfill. What’s more, if an item you already have is made with solid wood and quality craftsmanship, it’s like money in the bank! Reupholstering saves you the hassle of shopping for a new piece, which is likely to be either expensive if you want comparable quality or of lower quality. You can often reupholster with higher quality designer fabrics and still save money compared to buying new furniture. Plus, it allows you to create exactly what you want using the structure of what you already have.


2. Structurally Sound

One of the biggest benefits of reupholstering furniture is the opportunity to repair or alter the internal structure of the piece. Simple things like replacing springs, reinforcing the frame, and upgrading the padding enhance the comfort and durability of the furniture. Once inside, you can reinforce the lines or frame of the piece or make customizations, such as swapping out the legs or changing the curvature and padding of the arms.

3. Stylistic Sizzle

Reupholstering your furniture not only improves function and comfort, it offers the chance to restyle it. Whether you want to restore an antique, update a traditional piece, or simply freshen up your style, our selection of upholstery fabrics offers a multitude of options. Once you choose your fabric, we can connect you with professionals in the best workrooms in Denver to ensure new life and new love for your existing furniture! 


Jun 25

Color Palette Choices for the Bedroom


Like any space in the home, you want the bedroom to feel good to come home to and to reflect your personal style. When choosing a color scheme for a bedroom, consider that you spend about a third of your life in the bedroom, resting and beginning and ending every day there.

Inspiration Insights

First, think about how you want the room to feel. See if the words that come to mind conjure any images or colors. If not, you could search the internet and create a mood board of images that resonate with you. If a feeling isn’t getting your juices flowing, another option is to find and use a piece of art or fabric that you love to inspire your color scheme. 

Room for Respite

Consider that cooler tones and muted colors evoke relaxation. For example, soft blues and greens reminiscent of water create a sense of calm. Monochromatic schemes can also offer a simple elegance, especially in neutral colors. Hotels often use shades of white, ivory, beige, and grey. To liven up peaceful palettes, add accent pieces in complementary colors or contrasting textures. Add at least 3 accents to blend into your design. 

Lively Looks

 

For a little more interest, choose colors that fall next to each other on the color wheel. These analogous colors go well together, create continuity, and offer a clear statement of style. If you prefer a more exciting color palette for your bedroom, warm and saturated tones are a natural choice. They can be overwhelming for a bedroom, however, and might only be appropriate as accents with a neutral color scheme.
 

Rest Easy with Ratios

Whichever color palette you choose for your bedroom, limit yourself to 3 main colors. Take into account the flooring, walls, window treatments, and bedding. As you begin your design, remember to apply the 60:30:10 rule. Use your dominant color for 60% of the room, the secondary color for 30% of the room, and your third color for accent pieces. 

If any of this is overwhelming, our experienced designers can help. Come in to our showroom and we’ll help you find inspiration, consult the color wheel, or pull off your look with just the right ratios and accents.

Apr 30

In Living (Room) Color

Your living room is the common social space in your home. It’s the informal area for relaxing and entertaining. So choose a color palette that you love and enjoy being in every day. 

If you’re not sure what colors to choose, the first place to start is to gather ideas: places you visit, other people’s homes, hotels, home shows, magazines, or online resources such as Pinterest or Houzz are all great resources. You could also look to fabrics and textures, such as a large rug or piece of upholstery, or even your closet wardrobe, to inspire your design and color scheme. 


Balancing Architectural Features

When you are considering color schemes for a living room, pay special attention to the living room’s architectural features and the floor plan. For instance, an open floor plan typically looks best and creates a sense of flow with a consistent color palette across the entire space. Large windows, vaulted ceilings, beams, and fireplaces also offer input to the selection of a color scheme, as they contribute to the overall feel of a room. 

Certain architectural features represent the trends of a specific time, like a sunken living room, split levels, or a stairway banister. These elements offer the opportunity to restore their original appeal using color schemes inspired by that time or to modernize them using colors that bring the past to the present.


Color Ratios: The Secret to a Well-Designed Space 

We recommend that no matter what color scheme you choose, you keep it to three main colors. This keeps the living room from being too busy and creates a sense of flow. As we’ve mentioned when choosing colors for furniture, let the color wheel help you select complementary or analogous colors. 

Then, to pull it off, follow the 60:30:10 rule. Use your dominant color for 60% of the room, including large items such as floors, walls, sofas, or window treatments. The secondary color should be 30% of the room, perhaps a large surface or two, plus smaller items. The third color is for accenting with pieces such as a chair, wall decor, throw pillow or blanket. 


Free Color Consultation


Executing the right ratio of colors with your personal touch can take some trial and error. If you’ve got a living room that you want to update, or one that just doesn’t have the right color balance, let us help! Bring in your paint chips and pictures of your room for a complimentary color consultation. We’d be delighted to help you select the right colors, fabrics, and decorative items for living well in your living room.

Mar 26

Why You Should Consider Custom Window Treatments

When selecting window treatments, there is a variety of available options in drapes, blinds, or shades. Once you have an idea of what you want, consider whether ready-made or custom window coverings meet your needs. 

With off-the-shelf solutions, you’ll most likely have to sacrifice something that you want. We recommend making a list of priorities so that you don’t lose sight of the most important functional and design aspects that you’re looking for. 

The main benefit of custom window treatments is that you don’t have to compromise; custom drapes, blinds, and shades provide practical daily function with a perfect fit and marry the existing elements of a space with your singular style. 

Function for YOU

Even when a standard sized window treatment fits your window, it may not meet many of your other specifications. You’ll find that ready-made solutions require you to make trade-offs between function and form. It can be stressful to prioritize, sacrifice part of the vision, and to diminish the overall feeling of your finished space. So don’t! 

Get the function you need! We can help you select custom treatments that meet your needs for privacy, light, sun protection, and insulation. We’ll ensure that they function your way, whether that’s sliding on a rod, with a pull cord to either side, bi-directional cordless lifts, or a motorized system that operates by remote. 

Styled to Suit YOU

Once you’ve nailed down the function, it’s time to add your personal style. We recommend neutral colors for blinds and shades. Drapes are where you can make a bold statement with color, whether they’re layered with blinds, shades, sheers, or on their own. Choose a fabric from our extensive designer collections

Hang your fabric selection on a decorative rod or track, as a cascading roman shade, or use it on a valance. Create an elegant look by embellishing the fabric with decorative trim or beading, finials, or holdbacks. Or keep it casual with the addition of a rod pocket, grommets, or rings.

Partner with a Professional

While the choices can be overwhelming, custom window treatments are all about you getting what you want. All you need is an idea—our expert designers can help you clarify your vision. Visit our showroom and we’ll assist you to creating custom window coverings that dramatically enhance your beautiful space with your personal style. Contact us today to learn more! 

 

Jan 22

Using a Color Palette to Choose Furniture Colors that Match the Room

The best way to personalize your home is to choose furnishings and decor in a color palette that you love. For ideas, go to your closet and observe what colors and patterns you gravitate toward. You can also find inspiration from a multi-colored fabric swatch where all the colors work together. We have hundreds in stock to get you started!


Furniture Color Considerations

A great design with a mix of furniture colors considers the whole room and adjacent spaces. When selecting the palette for your furniture and room, consider the following:

  • Newer homes with open floor plans look better with a neutral wall color unifying the space plus large color accents in each room. 
  • The architectural details and separate spaces of traditional homes transition different color schemes smoothly. 
  • Where the colors reside on the color wheel tells you how to use them together, so they “ground,” pop, or coordinate with each other. 

Go Big 

Choose a color or pattern you love for the biggest space in the room first, be it a rug, sofa, bed or table. Let it dictate color to the rest of the room. Apply a coordinating color to drapes or accent chairs. If mixing patterns, use significantly different scales.     



Style It

Accent your room with window coverings and accessories in the colors of your chosen palette to bring the look together. Include different textures and elements of wood, metal, and glass to achieve your design goals. Don’t forget personal details, like family photos, displayed in coordinating frames. 


Bring it Together 

It can be tricky to pull off a great furniture color scheme. The key is balance with the surrounding area and furnishings - it’s both science and art. 

At Design Resource & Fabrics, our expert designers help homeowners and professionals select the upholstery and drapery fabrics that fit your needs and style. If you’re considering updating your furniture or are ready to choose a color palette for your space, visit our showroom today!

Dec 28

Top Treatments for Your Small Windows

Small windows are an architectural feature that often present a challenge for the selection of window treatments. In a small kitchen or bathroom, a small window can add a pop of natural light. In a larger space, the bright light coming through your small windows can leave the rest of the room feeling small and dark. Window treatments provide an opportunity to maximize your home’s beauty and flow. So, how do you select the best treatments for your small windows? 

Function Dictates Form 

Identify what works and feels good about your space. How’s the light? The privacy? The overall feel? Purpose informs style. 

Next, decide what feeling you want to create in the room.  What do you want your small windows to convey?  Soft warmth or sleek lines? A distinct style or a continuous look? Cozy comfort or illusions of height and spaciousness? 

Top Treatments for Small Windows that Make a Big Impact 

Shutters: 

  • Hunter Douglas Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ shutters complement any style and offer privacy and light. 
  • Great for bathrooms & over beds 
  • Pro tip: Shutters accentuate a window’s placement. Create fluidity with a monochromatic palette on these coverings. 

Valances:

  • Fabric hangs across the top of a small window adding softness and style 
  • Commonly layered with blinds, roller shades, or sheers 
  • Pro tip: To dress up a valance, choose one with pleats, trim, or more structure. 

Roman shades: 

  • Offer supreme versatility: fabric choice and trim details indicate the style 
  • Pro tip: Vignette Modern Roman Shades from Hunter Douglas have uniform, contoured or flat-fabric folds, and no exposed rear cords. AND they can open from the bottom, top, or middle! 

Drapes: 

  • Classic look for a small window covering with fabric on a decorative rod 
  • Pro tip: Create the illusion of width by extending the curtain rod beyond the window frame, letting the fabric hang in front of the wall. 
  • Pro tip: Create the illusion of height by hanging the curtain rod near the ceiling. 

DIY to Designer 

Whether you’re doing it yourself, or designing for someone else, striking the perfect balance of light, function, and style in the coverings on small windows can make a big impact in a space. 

At Design Resource & Fabrics, our designers have the experience and knowledge to help you tackle window treatments for all of your small windows. We carry an extensive inventory of window treatments, fabrics, and designer accents that maximize your home’s beauty and character. Ready to explore window covering solutions for your small windows? Call us or stop in today!