Easy and Affordable Holiday Home Updates
Before Santa hurries down your chimney this year, make sure your holiday home is ready for the man in the red suit with simple and stylish updates. Fabric is fabulous, and the perfect way to perk up your home if it’s lacking the ‘fest’ in festive. And what’s wonderful about boosting your home’s holiday heart with fabric is the myriad of patterns, textures and styles.
Fabric is effortless, affordable and highly customizable. Use it to enhance almost any space in your home. From small updates such as napkins and coasters, to grander statements like window and wall treatments.
So much of holiday celebrations revolve around family and food. From novel napkins to matching table runners – bring the joy of the season to the table.
Bold patterns and colors can also breathe new life into tired walls and lampshades. Large swaths of fabric can replace the glass in picture frames to provide vibrant texture for your walls. Cover several artist’s canvases or corkboards in your favorite fabric, then line them up above the head of your bed for a whole different take on the headboard. Lampshades make the perfect candidate for a splash of color from a swath of spirited fabric. Wrapping shades in the right fabric will allow your light to set the mood and bring a sparkle of holiday cheer.
Your home’s look and feel can change with the seasons. Just like adding a few trendy new pieces to your wardrobe, updating décor can be simple and inexpensive when you consider all you can do with a few different fabrics.
Summertime means family, fun, long days and warm nights. And in the fall, cool color becomes the consideration, especially in fashion, design and home decor.
With summer picnics, pool parties and family vacations almost in the rear-view mirror, cooler weather is fast approaching. Now is the time to start thinking about updating your home to make way for the change of season. Preparing your home for the Autumnal Equinox means a transition from light and bright to the cooling deep colors of fall.
Back to school, fall football and the approach of the holiday season sees a shift from a vibrant vibe of rich patterns and pastels to a deeper palette in interior hues and furnishings. The regal-ness of the fall pallet includes purples, burgundy and emerald green as well as the more traditional seasonal colors of burnt orange and shades of brown. Neutral interiors have grown in popularity as well, with violet, navy and dark gray all base colors in 2018.
While dark colors can sometimes feel sullen, navy is a sure color that will provide a foundation for any interior design project. Navy elicits a relaxed response, making it one of the easiest colors to add to a home and it works with virtually every style.
To leverage this trend, start with window treatments, rugs and paint, then find your stride with accessories and linens. Furniture will also make a turn to the dark side in 2018. Trending away from lighter woods that have carried the last few years, this year find darker wood tones offset by accents of vibrant colors and textures.
You’ve heard the saying ‘they don’t make it like they used to.’ Well it’s true, but just because an heirloom has stood the test of time doesn’t mean it has the style you want on display in your home.
The truth is, the majority of Americans buy for looks or because something is trendy. Perhaps that’s why so many settle for inferior quality and end up with disposable furniture. However, by refreshing rather than discarding, you can enjoy the best of both worlds — forever pieces with relevant designs to match the way you live. But how do you know when your furniture is worth saving? Here are 5 reasons to reupholster:
You love it — Whether it belonged to your grandmother or is a vintage design you rescued from an estate sale, the best reason to refresh is because it’s something you adore.
The styles have changed — You may love the design but hate the outdated fabric. A good upholsterer can update a piece by lengthening a skirt, removing the tufting or plumping the cushions. With thousands of textiles to choose from, Calico Corners lets you pair antique quality with modern design.
It costs less than something new — While reupholstery isn’t inexpensive, it can be less costly than buying new. Knowing you’ll be getting quality construction that lasts makes the decision easy.
Sentimental reasons — Maybe it’s something you inherited from your favorite aunt or the couch you once sat on with your dad. Whatever your reasons for loving a piece, there’s value in bringing it back to life. With Calico Corner’s range of designer fabrics and trimmings, you can easily turn a sentimental favorite into a bold fashion statement.
You’re concerned about the environment — Saving outdated furniture that would otherwise be discarded cuts down on waste and makes for a greener environment.
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5 Tips for Terrific Window Treatments
When decorating your home, begin by dressing your windows and the rest of the design will follow. More often than not, windows are an afterthought when they should be the foundation of a room. Beautiful, polished treatments can ground a design by acting as a neutral or inject a pop of color for visual interest, soften harsh sunlight or even frame your view of the world.
Custom-looking window treatments from Calico Corners are both fabulous and functional. When you choose our premium window fashions from Hunter Douglas, you can also save energy, absorb sound and unify your space…while creating a style that’s all your own. Here are five things to know about window treatments.
If you want a window treatment that allows for natural light and adjusts to see the outside, yet still offers privacy, blinds are your best option.
Hunter Douglas Silhouette® Translucent Window Shading
However, to keep out light, opt for a blackout shade. These shades are ideal for those who work non-traditional hours, want a dark place for a sleeping baby or in a media room.
Hunter Douglas Silhouette® A Deux™ Room Darkening Window Shadings
Hunter Douglas Pirouette® PowerView® Motorization Room Darkening Window Shadings
Hunter Douglas EverWood® Distinctions™
Window cords can be a strangulation hazard for small children so look for cordless shades that operate by pushing and pulling on the bottom rail instead. Or, get blinds with an innovative twist like an operating system or remote control that allows your window treatments to automatically adjust themselves.
Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella®
Comparison of the energy emission on a window with and without the Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella® blinds.
Since a quarter of a home’s energy escapes through windows and doors, using shutters, cellular shades and wood blinds improves efficiency and saves money.
Inject Color and Pattern
Hunter Douglas Vignette® Flat Fold, Rolling Style, Duolite™ – Color: Kyanite
After you’ve considered how your windows should function, it’s time for flair. Bold designs and unexpected hues are a great way to establish your design aesthetic and provide inspiration. Texture, contrast and shape are also important in creating that one-of-a-kind look.
Top It Off
Custom Valance by Calico Corners
Top treatments are the final finish for any window design. From valances to cornices, swags to scarves, these custom treatments soften the look of your room and provide architectural interest to your home. They can even help hide hardware or trick the eye into making the window look a bit larger. Complete the design by adding trim and hardware for a custom look that reflects your own unique sensibilities.
Calico Corners offers in-store and in-home consultations to help you make the most of your window designs.
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