Fabric can be a smart, cost-effective solution to your decorating woes and can create impressive visual impact in even the smallest spaces or in the most empty of walls.
1. Use fabric as your headboard. Instead of having a furniture maker create a customized tufted headboard, consider hanging a piece of fabric over your bed to create a similar effect. A print can easily draw the eye to your bed, making it the centerpiece of your room; while a neutral piece of fabric with dainty highlights like eyelets or delicate die-cuts can add whimsy and an ethereal quality to a little girl’s room or a nursery.
2. Update with new upholstery. Whether you’re dressing up a drab gray padded office chair or an inherited sofa from your grandmother, using new fabric (even fabric typically not meant for furniture) can instantly bring a new lease on life to pieces you would have otherwise written off.
3. Turn fabric into wall art. Still can’t afford a painting from an art gallery? Consider using a piece of patterned fabric to hang on your walls instead. Keep delicate doily handkerchiefs in simple, department store picture frames. Have a large mural-like print stretched out over a wooden frame. Bring a floral patterned piece of cloth to a professional to have it framed.
4. Accessorize every room in fabric. Fabric is an easy way of introducing punch and color to any room. Even the tiniest touches can add panache to your space. Serve dinners using mix-and-match fabrics as napkins, placemats or table cloths. Or cover your throw pillows in fresh, new patterns.
5. Recycle old hangers by wrapping them in cloth. Use “retazo” or extra fabric to transform unusable wire hangers. Not only will these hangers be kinder to your clothes, they can also be used as pretty decorative elements that can be hung at the back of your guest room’s bathroom—a kind touch to visitors staying overnight.
6. Make a cute banner for your kid’s room. Creating little flags strung along your child’s room’s wall is an easy way to turn it festive. Embroider or stencil each flag with every letter of your child’s name for a cute, personalized touch.
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Chinggay Labrador is a freelance writer and stylist, contributing articles on beauty, lifestyle and design to local magazines. Her background in architecture has her profiling trends and homes throughout the region. A travel junkie who likes to frequent Japan and Korea, Chinggay is the former editor-in-chief of Sparkling, a quarterly K-Pop publication and is also the author of “Popped and Popped, Too,” books based on the fun, frivolity and friendship centered on Korean Pop music.