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    Upholstery 101: Know Your Shapes | [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 7 hours 12 minutes ago

    If your furniture has good bones, don’t go shopping for new pieces when you need a change—reupholster instead! Reupholstering your furniture can give it a new lease on life at a fraction of the cost of buying new pieces. When you go shopping for fabrics for your reupholstering job, it’s a good idea to have certain information with you so you can get an accurate quote. Measurements and numbers of cushions are great, but it also helps to know the cut of your furniture. This information will help your upholsterer understand if extra material will be needed for tufts, skirts, and other features. Learn about the most common types of furniture shapes in this infographic from New York’s Beckenstein Fabric. We can help with all of your reupholstery needs, including fabric selection. Please share this helpful information with your family and friends. 

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    Tips for Choosing Pillows for Your Sofa

    Last updated 4 days ago

    A few key pillows on your sofa can provide the perfect accent to your living room décor. Begin by selecting five pillows that encompass a range of textures, sizes, colors, and patterns. Place a large pillow with a pop of color or bold print on the corner of the sofa, then place a slightly smaller, textured pillow next to it. Mirror the image on the opposite side of the couch, and polish off the entire look by placing a lumbar pillow in the center of the sofa. Check out this video to learn more tips for choosing pillows for your couch.

    For more ideas on how to infuse your personality into your home décor, call Beckenstein Fabric at (888) 466-0826. Our interior design specialists are happy to consult with you to help you customize a unique look for your NYC home.

    Tips for Mixing Patterns: Part 1

    Last updated 20 days ago

    One of the hottest trends in both fashion and interior design at the moment is mixing and matching fun, vibrant patterns with more subdued swatches. Since combining contrasting interior fabrics can be a challenge, the design experts here at Beckenstein Fabric have put together a how-to guide for you to turn to. Here is part one of our series, “Tips for Mixing Patterns”:

    Architectural Meets Floral and Understated

    For many professional interior designers, the simplest way to achieve a successful look when mixing patterns is to opt for patterns that fall under one of three categories: architectural, floral, and understated or small scale. A prime example of the first is the beloved Chevron, while the last category could feature a whimsical dotty print or leopard pattern.

    Three Is a Charm

    When shopping for the perfect fabric for your upholstery, drapes, or bedding, choose at least three patterns to incorporate into a space. These three can fall under the categories given above or, if you're feeling adventurous, can stray slightly. The most important rule to remember is that any fewer than three patterns will leave you with a less intriguing, more basic result.

    Working with White

    If you love the clean look of white fabrics in a bedroom or living room, then be sure to select fabrics that fall within the same shade of white. Experts warn that mixing off-whites, creams, and pure whites can have the effect of making fabrics stand out, but in a negative way.

    Balance and Distribution

    Once you have selected your contrasting patterns, carefully plan their placement in the room. You should distribute bolder and less intense fabrics evenly so that the space appears balanced and aesthetically pleasing.

    Achieving the Right Attitude In a Space

    Before selecting interior fabrics to mix and match, think about what type of attitude you want to achieve in a space. Select one or more loud prints if your goal is to create a more lively look, and stick to more muddled yet eye-catching patterns and color tones if you want to achieve a more tranquil mood.

    With so many beautiful fabrics to choose from here at Beckenstein Fabric, you're sure to find exactly what you need to create an eclectic look in your home or office. We carry cottons, linens, silks, and blended fibers and can even help you incorporate them into your furnishings. To arrange a design consultation, call us today at (888) 466-0826.

    Designating Your Home Decor Color Scheme

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Since the colors that you use in your home can have a huge impact on its overall mood and tone, it's important that you plan accordingly. Whether you enjoy bold hues that kick up the liveliness of a space or you prefer mellow tones that create a sense of simplicity, you can achieve your color goals with help from both paint and interior fabrics. Here is a guide to designating your home décor color scheme.

    Selecting Cool vs. Warm Colors

    Cool colors, such as cream, grey, pastels, and muted earth tones are excellent choices for interior fabrics and paints if your goal is to create a space that is peaceful and soothing. If, on the other hand, you and your family want to make your home's interior a bit more stimulating, then search your local fabric store for samples that fit under the warm color category, such as blood orange, cherry red, and mustard.

    Experimenting Before Taking the Plunge

    Before purchasing paint for a room or choosing an upholstery fabric for a favorite piece of furniture, take a color swab home with you and try it out for a few days. Colors can appear different under various shades of light, so be sure to examine how the hue or pattern will look in a specific room given its lighting scheme.

    Minding the Color Wheel

    If you're unsure of how a certain color will look when paired with another, then turn to the color wheel for help. More often than not, complementary colors, such as red and green and blue and yellow, create a vibrant and attractive look when combined in a room. Don't be afraid to experiment with different combinations while using the wheel as a source of inspiration.

    If you're stuck at a dead end when it comes to designating a color scheme for your home, then consult with the design staff here at Beckenstein Fabrics. We are proud to offer interior design services in addition to our inventory of beautiful interior fabrics. Call (888) 466-0826 to find out how we can help you enhance the look of your home's interior. 

    Find the Perfect Colors with This App

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Are you struggling to find the perfect paint colors to complement your newly upholstered interiors? If you would like to find the right hue to combine with your paisley pillows or your mod drapes, then be sure to check out the ColorSnap app by Sherwin Williams. This innovative app allows you to simply take a photo of your interiors or another source of inspiration, and quickly match that item with a corresponding paint tone.

    The ColorSnap app, which is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, couldn't be easier to use and even allows you to group your favorite colors according to the room in which they will be used. Best of all, since the app is capable of matching your item with one of its more than 1,500 colors, there are countless combinations for you to choose from.

    The design experts here at Beckenstein Fabrics can also help you find the perfect colors for your interior design scheme. Call (888) 466-0826 to learn more about our products and services. 

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