Decorating With Country Fabrics
In 2014, the Hungarian textile designer Judit Eszter Karpati unveiled a kind of fabric that changes color and pattern when pressed or heated up.
We’ve seen a few different publications describe her “Chromosonic” fabric as “chameleon-like,” as if wearing it would allow you to blend in, turn invisible, or otherwise transform yourself.
To be sure, it’s a unique fabric, but it has something in common with a lot of textiles: the right ones, used the right way, can transform your decor. They can help add color, or introduce next textures or patterns. Whether you’re updating your daughter’s dorm room or adding a touch of farmhouse décor to a home in the suburbs, the right fabric can make all the difference.
Here are a few suggestions we’ve found to help you use country fabrics to decorate.
The 60/30/10 Rule
When using fabric to add patterns to your room, follow this guideline: start with a solid color, add a fabric with a stripe, check, or simple plaid, and one with a medium-large or more detailed pattern. They should each share at least one color. Then, follow the 60/30/10 rule: the solid color should take up approximately 60 percent of the visual space. The solid color could consist of your rug, upholstery fabrics or even your wall color. Add striped, checked or other simple patterns to 30% of the room and larger, more detailed patterns through 10 percent of the room.
The Café Look
This tip comes from Better Homes & Gardens: A set of café curtains (we call them Tiers) with a layered valance can help spice up your kitchen décor. The casual touch will lead guests to feel right at home in your kitchen or dining room,” BHG writes.” Be sure to shop our country curtains section to get ideas.
When In Doubt, Thrown on Some Throw Pillows
Throw pillows are easy to make, and inexpensive to buy if you’re not particularly crafty. And they’re very versatile, meaning you can use them in any room, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. You can also change them out with each season:
- Summer – Your summer pillows should be light or bright. Choose an off-white or taupe pillow to soften your look and add a feeling of freshness. Brighter colored pillows pop against your decor and add a feeling of summertime fun.
- Autumn – As temperatures drop, pick colors that suggest warmth: the crimson and dark yellow of newly fallen leaves, or the dark orange of a ripe pumpkin.
- Winter – This is the time of year to continue warmer colors, and also to add extra pillows for a greater feeling of comfort. Deep browns, blacks, reds and greens add a cozy feeling to warm up cold winter days.
- Spring – Let your indoors reflect the outside world when spring comes by choosing pillows with floral patterns and animal-themed artwork. You can also start moving pillows outside at this time of year. Make sure you choose durable fabrics that can withstand a few months outside.
From Your Bedroom to Your Kitchen
A tip from The Budget Decorator: Use fabrics such as quilts or unused floral sheets to create a layered table cover in your kitchen or dining room. “It adds instant romance to any room! Check out thrift shops and yard sales, or learn to make them on your own.”