Even cushions and upholstery can be painted using specially formulated spray paints. This is a LOT more affordable than paying an upholsterer. Keep in mind, you’ll want to allow a few DAYS for the paint to properly dry (and cure), but that’s a small price to pay for a totally new look.
Though the look suggests velvet, this stylish reading nook couch between Boyd's living room and dining room is actually upholstered in more easy-care ultra suede. With such strategic choices, says Boyd, "you can have a luxe look," without sacrificing practicality.
Make It: Give a dated holiday ornament a charming touch using wrapped fabric scraps. First, cut linen or cotton fabric into 24-inch-long by one-half-inch-wide strips. Next, wrap the ornaments with the fabric strips, securing each end with hot glue. Layer the scraps around each ornament until completely covered.
Fabric garland is added below the mantel for a soft, flirty touch. To make, cut yards of fabric into strips. Next, fold each strip in half, then tie to a strand of ribbon. After the ribbon is completely covered with strips, attach the garland to the wall.
Add texture, color and pattern with fabric scrap garland. To make the garland, pick up three to five coordinating fabrics in both solid and patterned options, then cut them into two-inch wide strips using fabric scissors. Next, unfurl a spool of twine to the intended length of the garland, then tie each scrap of fabric to the twine along the center of each scrap.
Colorful patterns and pillows bring a playful feel to this bedroom. The sage green of the fabric headboard is accented with festive dotted wallpaper in shades of orange, yellow and pink to add a sense of fun to the space.
Make It: Mark the felt, then cut out a pennant silhouette using fabric scissors. Next create a second layer using a coordinating fabric cut two inches shorter in height and width than the felt. Add wooden letters directly to the fabric with wood glue to spell out names or a holiday message. Add grommets along the edges, and attach to the chair with ribbon to finish.
The layered look is definitely in style when it comes to window treatments. From drapery panels to shades, these items now come lined for a number of reasons. Layers help to keep warm air in during the winter and out during the summertime, and also help protect furniture and decor from fading. Aesthetically, lined window treatments offer a high-end look. "Layers provide energy-saving qualities and make the face fabric hang much nicer for a custom look," says Janet Barragan, senior vice president of window design at Curtainworks. Image courtesy of Curtainworks
A delicate shade like Millennial Pink lends itself beautifully to fabrics of all types, but it looks especially modern on style like Clarke & Clarke’s “Biarritz,” a linen/viscose mix with a matte look and a soft, laid-back hand that’s suitable for both drapery and upholstery.