Accent Pieces and Why We Love Them!

Vintage and antique furniture pieces bring a certain feel of sustenance and richness to any home. The Victorian sofa that you inherited from your grandmother or the piece that just caught your eye from the window of an antique shop exhibits a unique type of strength and staying power that no modern piece comes close to.

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At the same time, once you get your new find home, the style that you love so much takes on a worn and outlived look that doesn’t fit into your home. The right choice in Beckenstein upholstery fabric and a professional upholstery job is the first step toward transforming your new piece of furniture into the perfect accent piece for your home.

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The Final Details

Bringing together furnishings and accessories to blend two different time periods takes a combination of expertise and availability of resources. Beckenstein Fabrics has thousands of designer fabrics to choose from, and a design staff that can advise you on your choice in window treatments, pillow covers, and wallpaper to make your vintage or antique furniture blend with your décor or become the focal point of the room.

Let us help you find the exact fabric you are looking for to make what is old new again! Call Beckenstein Fabrics at 888-960-9958 or visit our showroom for a fabric and design consultation today!

What Does Your Home Décor Say About You?

When you go to a friend’s or coworker’s home for the first time, you may be surprised by the decorating style they have chosen. You might be equally surprised if you knew what your first-time visitors learn about you from your home. Even more amazing is that many people don’t even realize that they make similar choices repeatedly or that their home reflects a much different personality than they project.

Take a look around and see what your home decor says about your personality, beliefs, and even your political interests.

Victorian

Some experts believe that Victorian style furniture represents elegance and sophistication.  If you prefer the appearance of Victorian style furniture in your home, you may want others to see these qualities in you. You may go for authentic antiques or modern reproductions covered in upholstery fabric that brings all the pieces in your home together. Covering an old piece with new jacquard fabric is also a good way to revive a worn piece and maintain the authentic design.

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Art Deco

The geometric shapes, smooth lines, and streamlined forms of art deco design is associated with people who are deep thinkers, retrospective, or artsy.

Retro

Retro style may indicate that you yearn for the past. If you are trying to recreate times from another era in your home, it may be a reflection of the appreciation you have for solidity—things that have stood the test of time.

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Middle of the Road/Eclectic

Some people prefer to cross lines between the different decor styles so that their home is neither specifically modern nor classic. These people have a taste that spreads out across more categories and which may include more eclectic decor.

The types of items you use to decorate your home may extend your decorating theme and also tell visitors something about your personality. For example, if you have a lot of seats and pillows, you enjoy spending time talking with your friends. Warm colors of paint on your walls like yellow and orange add to the feeling of friendliness.

On the other hand, soft, warm shades of cactus green and butterscotch (above) are believed to stimulate both conversations and appetites.

Political Opinions

According to Reader’s Digest, conservatives are more likely to have neat surroundings that are brightly lit and well-organized. Their belongings include more sports paraphernalia, American flags, and other patriotic items. They also lean toward more conventional decor.

Liberals tend to be more open-minded, while their homes are often more cluttered. Their belongings include a lot of books, maps, music, and a variety of colors.

To create the perfect furnishings and accessories to complement your decorative style, contact Beckenstein Fabrics at 888-960-9958.

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1. http://www.rd.com/home/improvement/what-house-says-about-you/

Fabric Durability, Comfort, and Color: Why Do They Matter?

When choosing the upholstery fabric for any piece of furniture that you intend to spend any amount of time on, the way it feels, looks, and holds up over time are the most important considerations. The best choice usually depends on how and when the piece of furniture will be used.

For example, you might choose to use a strong and water resistant outdoor fabric for chairs and sofas in the game room where kids will play and eat snacks, but you aren’t as likely to bring something delicate like satin to the outdoors.

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Fabrics that are made for outdoor use are heavier, made of weather-resistant materials, and have traditionally had a more practical appearance to them. Today, technology has brought these fabrics into the 21st century in designs that look great indoors as well.

The added durability of material made for outdoor use in a design that has the beauty of indoor upholstery materials can be the ideal solution for areas where you know your furniture will get harsher-than-normal treatment, like in the kids’ rooms.

Fabric Durability

When it comes to materials made specifically for indoor use, there are many more types and textures to choose from. Different materials often have common uses based on their appearance and how durable or comfortable they are. For example, velvet has long been a favorite of designers and decorators because it adds instant elegance to window treatments, bedspreads, furniture, and accessories.

Choosing a fabric for its comfort is as simple as touching it and determining how it feels against your skin. Determining durability may not be so simple. A basic concept to help is that fabrics that are made of 100% natural fibers are usually less durable than those made of blends. In some cases, you may have to sacrifice some degree of comfort or durability for more of the other.

Color is the third trait that people will consider when deciding on upholstery materials for their home. Many prefer deep, dark colors to hide dirt, and this can have an impact on durability as well. Furniture that has to be cleaned more frequently will usually wear out faster, too.

The reason that these features matter when choosing the material for upholstering furniture is that you want to find a look that you like and enjoy it for years to come. The only reason that you should change upholstery is that you are ready for something new. For help choosing the perfect fabric for your project, call the design experts at Beckenstein Fabrics at 888-960-9958.

Finding Colors, Patterns, and Textures to Make Your Master Bedroom Stand Out

The master bedroom is the one room in your home that should be decorated to appeal to your personal taste. You may prefer to be surrounded with the soothing tones of nature or the vibrant, energetic shades of the tropics but it’s the combination of colors, patterns, and textures that create an inviting retreat that you will enjoy for a long time.

Color

Do you want a bedroom that makes you feel peaceful and helps you go to sleep? Neutrals can make your bedroom restful while also serving as a backdrop for more colorful touches. If you find neutrals too boring, soft grays, blues, greens, and lavender are still good choices that let you surround yourself with refreshing color.

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Do you need a colorful bedroom that helps you wake up and get going in the morning? Warm, sunny colors and patterns are the ideal solution for getting your day off to a cheery start.  Look to oranges, yellows, and greens in a variety of patterns to create energy for the best pick-me-up.

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Texture

Mixing up texture allows you to create contrast without varying a great deal in color or pattern. For example, a tan bedspread made from shiny jacquard fabric will contrast with a matching headboard made from velvety upholstery fabric. The same is true for fur rugs, woven draperies, lampshades, and any other upholstered furniture and accessories in the room.

Patterns

Learning to mix stripes, florals, plaids, and geometric patterns is the most important skill you will learn to become an effective decorator. According to HGTV, three is the smallest number of patterns to mix with larger choices being in odd numbers. Your goal is to select a variety of patterns that is distinguishable from the rest while still coordinating well enough to create a professional result.

The first pattern should be one that has a large pattern so that it has the greatest impact, while the second pattern is something completely different from the first. In other words, if the first pattern is a floral, make the second one a plaid or stripe. The third pattern can be similar to the first pattern but on a smaller scale. While a variety of patterns can be mixed together effectively, you need to continue with two or three colors throughout the designs to make them fit together.

To learn more about the thousands of coordinating fabrics and the custom upholstery work that has made Beckenstein Fabrics a name that is synonymous with great design options across New York, call 888-960-9958.

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1. http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/bedrooms/mix-patterns-like-a-pro-pictures

Mid-Century Modern Endures

In design, the adage is that “everything old becomes new again.” Since the late 1990s, many designers and creative types have abandoned the “shabby-chic” ethos for 1950s-inspired mid-century modern. The clean lines and simple finishes of mid-century design are functional and beautiful, and now available at almost any price point.

Even though most design trends last a few years – see the aforementioned shabby-chic, 1920s Spanish, and art Nouveau – mid-century modern remains popular with designers and consumers alike.   You need only to flip through a home magazine or stroll through a mass retailer like West Elm or CB2, and it’s all variations on the Eames-chair-and-tulip-table theme.

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Why does mid-century remain so popular?  Its wide appeal makes sense, because it was designed specifically to be lived with, rather than show pieces – it is democratic and made in simple shapes with classic materials – so it seems timeless and goes with everything.  The pieces are beautifully functional and they lend themselves well to smaller spaces and urban environments like city lofts.  Its simplicity is universally understood and appreciated.  Mid-century modern is also uniquely American, so it’s easy to find – both the antique versions and reproductions at modern retailers.  

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Designers caution that you should not use midcentury exclusively – filling a room entirely devoted to a theme looks too deliberate and not reflective of personal taste.  You’re not trying to recreate a ‘Mad Men’ set in your home, after all.  But melding mid-century modern basics with some personal, interesting pieces can create an elegant interior that’s uniquely yours.

Consider mixing a pair of clean-lined mid-century chairs in an otherwise traditional space, and add some mid-century accessories like drum lamps or a spiky-legged coffee table to tie it all together.  Or use mid-century seating against a rustic wood dining table for an interesting mix of modern and traditional.

Best Ways to Incorporate Antiques into Your Home

So you’ve found an amazing antique in a local shop or during your travels, and you had to have it.  Or even better, you were gifted or inherited a cherished piece of ceramic, an heirloom textile, or exquisite piece of artwork. Both the sentimental value and the quality of an antique is unmatched, but making them work with more modern décor can sometimes be a challenge. Below are some ways to show off those antique pieces in your home with the focus they deserve – and so they look like they’ve been there all along.

Think about how you will display your antique – using less formal display methods can give an old piece a modern look.  Propping artwork against a shelf or another piece of furniture, or resting it directly on the mantel can tone down the formality of the piece.

If you fell in love with, or were bequeathed, a large piece of artwork, properly display it by giving it a spot of prominence on a plain wall. Painting a bright color on the wall behind it will make the painting pop, and a bold, contemporary color on the wall keeps an antique painting from looking too formal or stuffy. Consider how you’re lighting the piece as well.

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You can also use an antique piece of art to create a new color scheme in the room. Pull a color you like out of a painting, and incorporate that palette throughout the room to tie the old and new together.

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Photo from CountryLiving-45 Ways to Creatively Display Your Collection

Perhaps your antique is not a painting, but an object, or a collection of objects like earthenware or ceramics. A collection of similar items can be beautiful to display and enjoy. Don’t hide them away at the back of a cabinet; group your antique glassware or pottery prominently on a shelf or sideboard, or consider an open cabinet whose inside is painted a color that lets your collection stand out.  Consider, if you have a single piece, starting a collection or adding to one – what makes a collection is special is that it’s eclectic and can be added to over time.

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Is your antique a piece of furniture?  A wonderful way to work an old, perhaps ornate piece of furniture into a modern home is to pair it with more contemporary pieces.  A primitive antique dining table, or a glossy mahogany one with turned legs, will look equally at home paired with modern seating – metal chairs or ones upholstered in a graphic print.  Flank an antique with newer pieces and it will become a cohesive part of your space.

Bold Decoration

Even the most expertly-decorated spaces can feel like they are missing something, especially when the palate is neutral and people are afraid to stray from the predictable.  But using bold color or pattern, even in small amounts, can really take a room to “wow” status, especially when that bold element is used somewhere unexpected.

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For instance, an attention-grabbing print on the walls can reinvent a featureless space. A modern graphic paper in a deep color delivers a powerful statement whether you use it on a single accent wall, or all four.  Try a boldly patterned wallpaper to highlight a feature like the fireplace wall, or use it behind shelving or build-ins.
If you don’t want to make the commitment to wallpaper, try using a bold paint color instead – if you decide it’s too much drama, paint is easily (and inexpensively) changed.  Try a deep jewel-toned hue like emerald green, cobalt blue, or fuschia on a wall to make the artwork or furniture pop, or to highlight architectural features in a room.

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If color or pattern on the walls isn’t what you’re looking for, think about what’s underfoot to highlight the décor – go for bold floors! Colorful, patterned, stenciled, or boldly carpeted, floors can help you make a gorgeous statement and even become the star of the space.  Bold floors can add style and create ambience in even the most ordinary spaces, and it’s an unexpected way to use pattern.  If your hardwood is beat up and sad, consider painting the wood floors in a deep glossy hue like navy or chocolate, or painting a geometric pattern like stripes or chevron – this works especially well in small places like hallways or entryways, and provide a powerful first impression when someone enters your home.  If a painted or patterned tile floor is too permanent, consider a graphic print rug in a bright color, which can easily be swapped out.
Other quick, and less expensive ways to add bold style to a room include incorporating metallic decorative elements, like brass mirrors, side tables, and vases, or simply employing a bright color like coral or turquoise in your throw pillows, linens, and picture frames to give the space a punch.