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How to decorate with textiles

If you're thinking about refreshing your living room with new decor, consider decorating with textiles to add a touch of personality and a hint of the season's vibrancy to the area. Work with your home decorating consultant from Decorating Den Interiors to create a comfortable, visually stimulating living room with a variety of fabrics, textures and patterns. Here are a few tips that your consultant may use to guide you through the process behind decorating with textiles. 

Spruce up your room with key design elements
Ask your Decorating Den Interiors personal decorator about different wall coverings that could work in your space. Depending on your style goals and your room's existing furniture and accents, you may want wallpaper with intricate triangular designs that reflect a modern theme, or a wall covering that gives off the illusion of wood for more depth and a striking rustic appearance. 

Whether your gathering area features contemporary furniture with clean and defined lines and edges or antique upholstered furnishings, professional decorators from Decorating Den Interiors will show you a range of wall covering options that work well with any existing design style. However, if you wanted to completely transform your space and introduce an entirely new style, sprucing up your living room with wall coverings is perhaps the easiest way to do so. As your walls are the foundation of your room, decorating them with head-turning patterns and hues will quickly enrich your space.

Decorating with stunning, patterned drapery will create the foundation for your other textiles.Decorating with stunning, patterned drapery will create the foundation for your other textiles.

Window treatments are another effective design feature that bring an extra element of flair and texture to your space. They often take center stage as the focal point of the room, so taking advantage of the many colors, fabrics and styles at your disposal can go a long way in transforming the area. Your Decorating Den Interiors professional will help you choose whether a solid or pattern is right for the room, the right fabric – such as a cotton or a silk or a blend – and assist you in selecting the perfect length and hardware. 

Select a color scheme
After you've chosen which key elements you want to change or add to your living room, deciding on your color palette is the next step. The hues you select will help determine which type of patterns you should decorate with and how to layer them.

"Your personal decorator can suggest a color scheme."

Your personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors can suggest a color scheme. Maybe a different shade of the same color for each textile will work best in your space. Or, you might want to try different hues that are next to one another on the color wheel, such as blues and greens, as these share the same undertones and effortlessly make a great pair.

If you're planning on layering multiple fabrics in one small area, sticking with a neutral color scheme will make this easier. Go for shades like blue, tan, charcoal and taupe. Your decorator may suggest starting with solid sofas and chairs, and then adding throw pillows that incorporate your underlying neutral colorway.

Decide how you want to layer your fabrics
There are many different approaches you can take when it comes to layering your textiles. One popular strategy is choosing a single hue and layering it evenly throughout the room. For example, if you've chosen a soft blue shade as your primary color, layer it with your window treatments, area rugs and throw pillows and blankets. Ask your personal decorator to assist you in introducing a complementary pattern featured on an accent like an upholstered chair that incorporates a hint of your blue. This will pull the room's look together for a coordinated appearance. 

Introduce one large design with your area rug and pull colors from it for the rest of the space.Introduce one large design with your area rug and pull colors from it throughout the rest of the space.

If you're looking to incorporate a pattern into your space, but don't want to go too bold, work with your decorator to include multiple, smaller designs. A small-scale floral pattern on your loveseat paired with a geometric design of similar size on your area rug, for example, will contribute texture without making the area feel overwhelming. Your decorator will help you select designs that work well together and add just enough visual interest without going overboard. 

However, your decorator may recommend combining a large- and small-scale pattern, as this approach is known to establish a sense of harmony and balance throughout most areas. You can decorate with a window valance that features a large design and an upholstered window seat with a more intricate, smaller pattern. Your decorator may also advise experimenting with a single large-scale pattern and drawing different solid colors from the fabric for the rest of your accents and accessories. 

As there are many components that go into decorating with textiles, working with a professional decorating consultant from Decorating Den Interiors will ensure you don't miss a step in the process and that you end up with a living room with more color, texture, depth and flair. Most importantly, it will be a room that you will love and be proud to show off.

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