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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!

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.

Creative Design Solutions for Shared Bedrooms

Many of us remember (whether fondly, or not) sharing a bedroom with a sibling during childhood.  Kids can learn a lot of positive lessons from sharing space, like compromise, sharing, and respect for others’ belongings.  And to ensure that your children’s memories of sharing a room with a brother or sister are happy ones, here are some great ideas for room designs that meet kids’ needs and cut down on sibling squabbles.

Division of Space

Whether your children are close in age or there is a large age gap, everyone likes to have their own space.  Carving out separate areas for each sibling can be done more elegantly than a stripe down the middle of the floor (who can forget the childhood refrain of “you’re on my side!”), employing some creative space dividers like bookcases, wardrobes, or drapery.  An open bookcase with multiple compartments allows the space to be divided without a complete visual block, and doubles as storage and display space for children’s things.  A tall wardrobe or armoire helpfully adds closet space.  Individual work- and play-spaces are also key; small coordinating desks or tables allow kids a surface to set up projects or puzzles, and do their homework.  Furniture can also be custom-designed for the room to maximize square footage and give each child a unique space of their own.

Storage Solutions

With children comes stuff.  Toys, clothes, books, schoolbags – in order to keep a shared room from devolving into a cluttered disaster, it’s important to provide useful, child-friendly storage solutions.  Shelving with lots of compartments, desks with drawers, closet build-ins, toy bins and baskets, and dedicated places to hang things all help cut down on clutter and keeps the children’s room functional.  If your space allows it, consider moving most of the toys to another play area in your home, to free up floor space in the shared bedroom.

Cohesive Design

Many parents struggle with whether to let each sibling decorate their section of a shared room to reflect individual tastes, or to choose the same colors, furniture and textiles for a more cohesive scheme.  Most designers will agree that, either way, the room should have some unifying aspects.  This can be achieved using a color palette and furnishings in complementary finishes.  Having walls painted two coordinating colors can add interest.  Each sibling’s bedding doesn’t have to be identical, but layering similar patterns and colors ties the room together while allowing each child to differentiate “their side.”  Giving each child a small area to display their own artwork and treasured items ensures that, even in a room where everything is thoughtfully designed to coordinate, children’s unique personalities can shine.

Shared bedroom ideas for boys and girlsCourtesy of http://projectnursery.com/

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Bringing Light into Dim Living Spaces

When living areas are dark, they tend to feel closed-in and gloomy, which makes people seek the sunnier, visually warmer spots in a home.  But even if a living room is north-facing or has small windows, there are some simple design tricks to bring in light and make the space feel brighter and more spacious.

Get rid of heavy drapes or window treatments, for starters.  Dim living rooms benefit from minimal window treatments, like sheer white roller blinds that provide privacy but let in lots of light.  Avoid visually heavy curtains, instead opting for light airy fabrics, and consider installing the curtain rod near the ceiling line and buying longer panels that go to the floor, to create height and drama in the space.

Luminette Privacy Sheers by Hunter Douglas

Luminette Privacy Sheers by Hunter Douglas

Another indispensable curtain-hanging trick that makes windows seem larger and prevents window treatments from blocking precious light, is to buy rods that extend past the windows by at least 6” and more optimally 12,” on either side of the casing.  This way when the curtain panels are parted, virtually none of the window is obscured and all of the natural light can illuminate the room.

It should go without saying, but color in dim spaces is everything.  Using warm creamy whites or other pale colors that reflect light can help brighten a space, literally and figuratively.  Dark or dramatic wall colors can close a space in.  Layering different whites for the trim paint, wall paint, and window treatments can still feel warm, as can light-colored rugs or floor finishes.  White furniture can also visually free up a dim space, but might not work for all households, unless you use washable slipcovers for the upholstered pieces.

Light bedroom by Stark

Palm Beach home featuring STARK fabrications

Treating a dark living area with reflective accessories that throw light around is another way to brighten the space and keep the white finishes from feeling sterile.  Mirrors mounted on the wall opposite windows reflect all that natural light back into the room, and glass or metal occasional pieces like side tables also add some shine.  Consider mirrored frames for artwork or photographs on display.

all white bedroom with grand mirror

A luxe Washington D.C. apartment by Solis Betancourt & Sherrill from Architectural Digest

Finally, brightening up a dim space can be done most simply by changing out all the light bulbs in a room to daylight LEDs, and adding more occasional lighting like table or floor lamps.  Table lamps create warmth, especially if they have warm metal/brass tones or glass bases, and should not be undervalued even in a space with overhead lighting.

Lighting and Lamps by Curated Kravet

Lighting Collection by CuratedKravet.com

Holiday Colors for Decorating Your Home This Season

It’s that time of year again. You’re ready to decorate for the holidays, but you don’t know how you want your home to look. Of course, the traditional red and green Christmas color scheme is the first to spring to mind, but what if you want your personality to show through this holiday season? Here are some different ways to change up your decorating this year

Blue and silver are a great combination for the holiday season. This color scheme not only looks great upon an evergreen but makes for a fantastic winter theme. The ice blue and shimmering silver is a perfect compliment to the cold winter weather, but, instead of frigid, it leaves your home refreshing and bright.

silver and blue Christmas decor

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Gold is another perfect color for the holiday season. It not only works for Christmas but also for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa decorations. This glisten of gold stands out on its own, but it also complements other seasonal favorites: reds, greens, and blues. We suggest you opt for gold curtains to keep out the gold and add a warm glow to your living room. Incorporate gold mantle pieces and table decorations to brighten your home during this season of lights.

Gold Upholstered Chair and Christmas Tree

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Dreaming of a white Christmas? With how the winter is shaping up in New York City, if you want a winter wonderland, you are going to need to make one yourself. Go for an all-white color scheme. Adding the white detail onto your Christmas tree will make it look like it snowed in your own home. Finish the illusion by adding a white ottoman, a throw rug, and some throw pillows. No matter the weather outside, you home will be bright and luxurious winter landscape.

White upholstered ottoman and upholstered chair, white christmas tree

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If you can’t pick one color that you want to use this holiday season, you don’t have to. Jumbling different colors and patterns has been long-standing Christmas tradition. From draping your home in multi-colored lights and mismatched ornaments. You can do a mixture of colors and really get creative with your holiday decor. Incorporate vibrant colors like lime green, pink, and orange. A hodge-podge collection of decor and color bring a traditional feel that can make even the most modern homes feel more cozy.

multicolored Christmas living room

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But, if you are a sucker for the classics and want to decorate around a red and green theme, then make it pop. Add in colors like silver or gold to make your display more eye-catching. You can incorporate metallics in your decorating by adding a few silver and gold ornaments on your tree. This will bring some sparkle to your space as well as make your personality shine through this traditional look.

multi-colored Christmas tree and blue and red throw upholstered pillow

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The holiday season is the best time of year to show off your home. Don’t be afraid to go bold and wow your holiday guests.

Decorate Your Home with Colors That Flatter

We match many things to our complexion – our clothes, our makeup, or handbags and jewelry. Yet we haven’t thought about complementing our appearance with the place we spend a majority of our lives, our home.

First, let’s start by determining your undertone. There are 4 tricks that make this a super easy process.

(Feel free to skip down to the color matches and photos if you already know your undertone)

    1. What neutral colored clothing do you look best in?
        If black and white fits you best, then you are cool toned. If you’re better complemented by off-white and brown shades, then you are a warm toned.
    2. Check the color of the veins in your wrist.
        This one is by far the oddest way to find your undertone that I have come across. Having blue/purple veins indicated a cool undertone while green colored veins are indicative of having warm undertone.
    3. Take a look at your jewelry collection.
        Is it gold that makes your skin glow or does silver do a better job? Those with warm undertones will find gold more flattering and those with cold undertones will find their complexion suited for silver.
    4. Okay, I did all of these tests and I’m getting inconclusive results.
        If your skin tone seems to go well with just about anything then you’re probably neutral toned and pretty much any color will be a compliment.

Now moving onto which colors to choose for your skin tone.

You have a cool undertone:

  • Cool gray should be an obvious one here, most notably those that enter the silver spectrum.
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You have a warm undertone

  • Browns are you friends here. Feel free to choose from a range of shades varying from light mocha to deep bitter chocolate will be the most flattering.
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  • For those who desire a more colorful setting, than peaches and pale yellows should be the first colors to explore

Despite your skin’s undertones and most flattering colors, don’t feel limited in your options. Play around with your home’s color scheme to fit your personal style. It’s a nice luxury to have your home complement your natural looks, but it’s better to be happy with it. After all, a smile is the most attractive thing for your family and guests.

teal and eggplant living room decor

Keep your living room fresh all year round with these 3 colors

With seasons changing, it often brings a different take on colors, styles, and patterns when it comes to designing. But having to redesign your room every two to three months is not only stressful, but expensive as well. The best solution is having a neutral backdrop and add pops of color that can easily be changed each season. However, knowing the right accent colors to choose is crucial when pulling off a look.


Today we show you three colors that guarantee you’ll never be caught off guard. They are considered top colors in the interior design and fashion world and work well all year round.
Purple has been taking over every room in your house, whether it’s used in bathrooms, bedrooms and now living rooms. The different popular shades of purple range from light hues of violet, lavender, and lilac to darker tones such as eggplant and plum. Sophisticated and stunning, eggplant is the color you want in your home.

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Deeper tones of eggplant are ideal for living room accent walls while lighter shades of eggplant are better for bedrooms as it creates a more relaxed atmosphere.

Just like eggplant purples, a vibrant teal blue is an easy transition with many shades to pick from! Teal is a mix of blue and green and with a change in its intensity teal can paint a design from being radiant to reserved.

Closely resembling turquoise, teal and bright pops of orange are perfect for this summer season. It’s easy to add accent colors to, also being able to create a coastal or Mediterranean style design. In the winter, navy blue and teal are a strong duo, always complementing pops of gold and yellow.

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Last is a color that not only works well by itself, but also complements both teal and eggplant beautifully! With bright orange making a comeback in 2014, coral is the perfect color to incorporate! Its cheerful and bubbly combination of orange and pink instantly adds glamor in the form of throw pillows or stylish drapes.

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If you’re once again going for a fresh Mediterranean style, blending aqua with coral is a style perfect for both spring and summer. Even adding shades of deep green or yellow can make a room more exciting. Just swap out these light shades for dark browns and corals look equally appealing once cold winter arrives.

What colors have you found that keep your home “forever chic”?