We talk a lot about form and function—how we blend art and science to create beautiful spaces that fit your lifestyle. TV shows make it look easy, but translating an image or idea into reality requires a defined skill set. As interior designers, we are trained to see both the big picture and the details of spaces. Here’s how that benefits you!
Avoid Costly Errors
Interior designers think holistically. We consider spatial, psychological, and creative elements. The Do-It-Yourself approach doesn’t and can lead to costly errors, such as furnishings being sized incorrectly.
Designers are a necessary partner for large projects, new construction, and remodels. Designers know how projects work and help keep things on schedule and on budget. We guide clients toward workable designs for their space, but clients make design choices.
Access to Everything
Designers know about decorating style trends, brand reputations, fabrics, manufacturing techniques, and contractors. We are your complete resource and access to much more than any big box store or furniture warehouse. You can rest easy, knowing that your unique design choices will have both a cohesive look and a functional feeling. Relying on an expert gives you peace of mind about the final result, the investment, and the nuances along the way.
When you work with a designer, your space can provide satisfaction beyond just beauty and function. You’ll feel physically at ease, physiologically and psychologically comfortable. It’s the main benefit of a space that’s intentionally thought out and curated.
Finally, at Design Resource & Fabrics, we have fun helping you create beautiful, functional spaces that feel really good and improve your quality of life! Sometimes, we even have cupcakes! If this sounds good to you, give us a call or schedule an in-home design consultation today.
Outdoor spaces used to be where you kept the grill and patio set and let watermelon drip off your chin. These days, when it comes to outdoor living, the sky is (literally) the limit. Whether you want a full kitchen, fireplace, and TV outdoors or just a beautiful, functional space to relax and enjoy your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine, the options for creating a beautiful and functional outdoor living space are endless. Here are a few simple tips to turn your deck, patio, porch, pool or fire pit area into an outdoor oasis.
Set a Perimeter for Your Space
If your space doesn’t have a perimeter, consider using architectural features to make it feel defined. You might add structural elements such as enclosures, fencing, awnings, pergolas, latticework, or shrubs. Rugs intended for outdoor use offer another great way to define a space, and they add coziness at the same time.
Functional Furnishings for Outdoor Areas
Select furniture of the right scale for your space. Place the pieces to frame the area for your intended purpose, be it curling up around a fire, casual lounging, social conversation, or for dining. Every line of designer fabric that we carry offers an outdoor furnishings collection, so you’re sure to find something that suits your style.
Outdoor Fabrics for the Elements
Use fabrics designed for outdoor use. We carry an extensive selection of outdoor fabrics that resist UV damage, stains, and mildew. They’re designed to be durable and cleanable, while looking great in solids, prints, and patterns you’ll love.
Accessories & Finishing Touches
Outdoor decorating calls for color, inspired by nature! For pops of color, add outdoor throw pillows and plants in decorative containers and pots. Use string lights, torches, candles, or solar lights to cast a warm glow in the atmosphere. Often overlooked, walls in outdoor spaces can feel heavy without accent pieces that connect to light and airy outdoors. Finish it off with a tabletop water feature or colorful place settings.
Whatever you’re looking for, there are more styles of outdoor furnishings available in a variety of durable materials today than ever before! If you’ve been struggling to create the right ambience in your outdoor living space, let us help. No matter where you’re starting from, we’d love to help bring your beautiful outdoor space to life!
Picking window treatments for a space can be quite a challenge. Between the rigidity of blinds and the fluidity of curtains and drapes, there’s a vast array of window shades available. Fundamentally, window shades are lengths of fabric, from sheer to light-filtering to blackout, that you raise or lower to adjust the light and privacy of your space. Here are three types of shades that offer the simple functionality of blinds, with the softness and style of fabric.
Designer Roller Shades
- Fabric rolls up to the top of the window
- Best for: a clean, simple, sleek look
- Great alone, or with drapes, or with a top or bottom treatment, such as a valance
- Easy functionality
- Minimal light gap
- Bonus: available with extra UV protection for patios and sunrooms
- Bonus: an insulating version also available (Sonette)
Cellular Honeycomb Shades: Duette
- Fabric shade with a layer of honeycomb shaped pockets that trap air to insulate
- Best for: energy efficiency and insulation concerns
- Conveys a more casual style depending upon selection of fabrics, pleat sizes, colors and textures
- Can be opened top-down or bottom-up
- Light diffusion and room-darkening together in one shade
- Bonus: unparalleled blackout capability
- Bonus: great for doors and specially shaped windows such as skylights, rounded windows, windows that swing and tilt
Roman Shades: Vignette
- Length of fabric that hangs down flat when closed, but gathers into horizontal folds when pulled up
- Best for: adding a touch of elegance with ample cascades of fabric
- Best for: unmatched versatility depending upon fabrics, colors, folds, trims, and opacities you choose
- Can be opened top-down or bottom-up
- Light diffusion and room-darkening together in one shade
- Bonus: an insulating version also available (Solera)
We offer these Hunter Douglas shades because they’re industry leaders. No matter which fabric and opacity you choose for your shade, each one comes with an operating system that works for you and your life. You can select a cord, wand, continuous loop, cordless, wireless, or battery powered operating system. Your shades can even become part of a Smart Home, connected to and controlled by your electronic devices.
Don’t let the options overwhelm you — let us help you! Come into the showroom for a consultation and get a clear view of what shades can do for your space.
Throw pillows, often called accent pillows, make a powerful decorative statement. They also refresh the look and feel of a room on a budget. Here’s how to use throw pillows to express your personal style and bring a room together in a unique way.
Select a personalized color scheme for your throw pillows. Compare your existing decor to the color wheel to identify which colors will complement it. Additionally, the ratio of 60:30:10 can inform your selection of colors for your throw pillows. The rule says to use the dominant color for 60% of the room, the secondary color for 30% of the room, and your third color for accent pieces.
Style: Patterns, Prints, Solids, Texture
With a color scheme selected, it’s time to have fun and express your style! Fabrics offer tons of variety and visual interest to a room. The options for unique combinations of solids, stripes, plaids, florals, or geometric patterns are nearly endless. Here are a few ways to create cohesion while mixing and matching pillows.
- In a monochromatic color scheme, vary the texture of pillows.
- If using just one accent color, vary the prints, patterns, or sizes of throw pillows.
- If using lots of color, create grounding by keeping the prints similar in size.
- Most spaces look good with 3 accent pillows one small print, one big print, one solid.
Quantity and Size Matter
Choose throw pillows of various sizes and shapes help ensure you have the right pillow for a nap or to support your posture, while creating a visually compelling look. Generally, a pair, or even numbers feel traditional, where odd numbers give a more modern, eclectic vibe to a space. Finally, a throw blanket can often add a touch style without going overboard on pillows.
At Design Resource & Fabrics, we can help you select accent pillows or custom fabrics for accent pillows, to both ground a space and add interest and variety to make it pop. If you’re considering a decorative update, talk to our designers today!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.