Add Color to Your Home Using Fabrics
One of the first things I notice when I go into many new homes is the hard surfaces. These include hardwood floors, counter and table tops, windows, shutters, and blinds. They are often in neutral colors. What’s the one element that would soften these surfaces and make the home more inviting and interesting? Fabric!
Choose Fabric Color Based on the Room
How you add color depends on the use of the room. In living areas, splash color around the room on draperies, valances, cushions, pillows, and fabric shades. Bedspreads, throws, and accent pillows can be added to bedrooms. Other places to tuck in some color are lamp shades, artwork, area rugs, place-mats, throws, and towels.
When you see a luxurious fabric, don’t you reach out to run your hand over it? – Kim Lyon
Using fabric to add color also adds texture. When you see a luxurious fabric, don’t you reach out to run your hand over it? When is the last time you did that to a tabletop? Fabric helps break up all those hard surfaces with surfaces that are different both visually and sensually. Plus, they absorb sound, so listening to conversations, the TV, and music is easier on your ears.
Fabric also allows you to add patterns to enhance your visual experience of the room. Add vertical patterns and stripes to make a low-ceiling room look bigger. Big, bold patterns on draperies are like adding artwork to your windows.
This bold fabric-covered cornice adds interest to the window and absorbs some sound in this room of hard surfaces.
Fabric valances soften this room and pick up the colors of the side chair and artwork.
Decorative pillows in a variety of patterns and textures bring all the color elements in the room together.
In this video, Kim Lyon discusses upholstery and how it can be used in your home:
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