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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.


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 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.



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.

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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.


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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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.


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.



Update Bedroom Decor for 2015

#tbt New Year, New Chapter with a Bedroom Makeover

The New Year started last Thursday but this Thursday we #tbt (Turn Back Time) by revisiting a previous post  to help begin this new chapter in your life.

In the May post entitled “Bedroom Makeover: Subtle Changes that Can Make a Big Difference” we discussed how bedroom redecorating can be cleansing, liberating, and easy to accomplish in a few steps.

While you might think that freshening up your space is a spring task, winter is actually the ideal time to give your bedroom a fresh look as it helps counter the mind-numbing and body-numbing effects of the season’s icy grasp. Having a project to do inside keeps your mind off what’s going on outside and creates a pleasant sanctuary to ride out any storm.

A good place to start with your bedroom makeover is with color because it has a stronger impact on your mood and the feeling of a space than you may realize.

In with the Color

Your color choices can have a dramatic effect on the mood and spatial sense of your room. For example, warm colors can make large rooms feel more intimate, but they can also make a small room seem even smaller. Reds are stimulating and high-energy but opt for deeper, rich variations that will make the room appear more elegant than overstimulating. Orange promotes energy and excitement, which may hinder your ability to fall asleep so keep it minimal. Yellow is a cheerful hue but is better when used as an accent color as well. Studies show that yellow rooms can cause people to get frustrated and make babies cry more, notes Freshome.

Read the whole post, here.

Update Bedroom Decor for 2015

With the easy changes and additions suggested in the post, you’ve taken the first steps toward redecorating your space to accommodate your New Year’s design resolutions.


This is Pantone’s Color of the Year, and You Need it for Your Home Decor

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Every year, The Pantone Color Institute announces its chosen color and for 2015, they’ve selected Marsala to hold that honor. Marsala is a rich, full-bodied red that draws its name from the fortified wine viewed as a robust, satisfying compliment to any meal. Your home’s decor can feast on this tasteful red-brown hue as it embraces everything from furnishings to draperies. Capable of playing the role of a grounded statement in a room or a bold accent, Marsala is a fashionable cure for cold, winter grayness.

Beautiful enhancement

Anyone who viewed last year’s Pantone color of Radiant Orchid as a bit too purple for his or her interior tastes welcomes the earthy sophistication of Marsala. The color works in easily with all styles of design and is a beautiful enhancement that brings the healthy flush of life back to your home. Just as makeup in this color pops against the winter snow, fabrics, paints, and accessories in Marsala stand out among a neutral space. Marsala brings romance to a bedroom, warmth to a kitchen, and comfort to a living room with its multidimensional talent.

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Enduring depth

Marsala has existed in makeup for years and now that Pantone has selected it as Color of the Year, it will start showing up in a variety of fashions from runways to furniture showrooms. While the popularity of Marsala will soar in 2015, it won’t fade into the obscurity of a passing trend. The rich depth of Marsala earns it a lasting place in your home decor when you incorporate it through throw pillows, blankets, upholstery, drapes, paint, and accessories.

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Design possibilities

If you’re unsure how Marsala works in your design, start small with items such as sofa pillows, artwork, or lamps. In this manner, you bring a small dose of the warm hue into your home and see where it works best among existing furnishings and paint colors. Increase the elegance of Marsala by incorporating it through textured surfaces that bring out its plush, welcoming qualities. When you’re ready to embrace Marsala fully, go bold with paint and furniture upholstered completely in the wine-red color. Committing to such a robust color on the walls of a large room may feel overwhelming, so opt instead to create a faux accent wall with luxurious floor to ceiling drapes.

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Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala enriches your home and life with enduring depth, warmth, and earthiness. Come into our showroom to look through our thousands of fabrics, and ask about marsala!!

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Slipcovers: Not just for your sofa

If you have a piece of furniture you love, but whose fabric is worn, dated, or not to your liking, a custom slipcover may be the perfect thing to freshen things up. Slipcovers are great for furniture that is still in good shape, meaning, the piece of furniture is structurally sound. Otherwise, you may need to reupholster the piece of furniture, and that is a totally different job altogether.

Spice up your existing furniture with custom slipcovers

When deciding on a slipcover to freshen up your furniture, you’ll generally want to avoid pre-made slipcovers. Rarely do they offer the right fit, and usually end up looking sloppy. They are usually also very basic in style, as they are made to cater the largest number of potential buyers. With a custom slipcover, not only is it made to fit your piece of furniture perfectly, but you can also choose the fabric, and there are literally THOUSANDS to choose from.

Slipcovers are also for pillows and cushions

Custom slipcovers are not only for sofas. They are for chairs, pillows, cushions, and more. Using your existing pillows and cushions, you can add spaces of color and style to any room by having custom slipcovers made with the fabric you love, that fit perfectly.

A custom slipcover on your sofa can change the entire look of a room

If you love the comfort of your current sofa but want to change the look of a room, a custom slipcover with your favorite fabric is the answer. You don’t need to buy a new sofa. You just need to find fabric that you LOVE and have it made into a custom slipcover.

Chairs and custom slipcovers are best friends

Custom slipcovers on chairs can help in many ways. For example, let’s say you want to blend your style from one room to the next. Custom slipcovers on your dining chairs that match the fabric of the sofa in the adjacent room can help pull things together. On the other hand, let’s say you want a striking conversation piece. Have a custom slipcover made for a chair in your living room that is a contrast to the neutral colors of the overall room.

Custom slipcovers are for ottomans, and it’s such a great way to jazz things up

Ottomans tend to get worn easily because of people’s feet always resting on them. They usually remain structurally sound, but the fabric can get worn. When that happens, consider a custom slipcover. You can really add a nice pop of design to a room with a beautiful new fabric, and if you’re looking to add pops slowly, an ottoman is a great place to start.

If you’re thinking about having a custom slipcover made, get in touch with us. We have thousands of fabrics to look through in our showroom on 20th Street between 5th and 6th in NYC, and we can create slipcovers in our workroom to fit your upholstered furniture perfectly.

Let us know if you have any questions!


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