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DIY… Update Spaces with Fabric Design Trends and Colors


Ian Sanderson Fabric &
“Honeysuckle” 2011 Pantone
Color of the Year

Interior decorating by combining patterns, fabrics and upholstery with updated trends can provide a rich, inviting atmosphere. There is not one design trend in fabrics today, but several – including jacquards, nubby yarns and chenille, as well as geometric floral designs using cool grays and other neutrals as the dominant colors.  Pantone recently declared “Honeysuckle” as the color of the year for 2011.  “A Color of All Seasons…Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it” http://www.pantone.com.

Designing with patterns requires careful thought. Too many large patterns will create competition instead of uniformity and balance.  When decorating, pick a favorite pattern as your main focus. Choose accent patterns and solids to complement your main pattern and keep an even number of accent patterns throughout the space to produce a cohesive theme. Don’t forget to incorporate both large and small-scale patterns to maintain balance throughout the room. Combine multi-colored fabrics with solid textured fabrics to create a visually appealing room while adding dimension to the space. Even numbers complement the space while odd numbers focus on the space. Therefore, leave the odd numbers of decorating to the accessories, providing focal points throughout your room.

Another transition to consider is using a non-traditional fabric on your traditional upholstery frames. Adding trendy fabrics to your traditional upholstery will bring personal expression to your home while avoiding a “catalog” look.