Seek fab­ric sales for dec­o­rat­ing in­spi­ra­tion

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - Npi­iip TRAVIS

DEAR Deb­bie: We have just bought an an­tique ma­hogany din­ing ta­ble. The six din­ing chairs were ac­quired at dif­fer­ent times and they don’t all match, but the wood in the chairs and ta­ble are close in colour. Would it look OK to have dif­fer­ent fab­rics on the chair seats? I’m afraid the din­ing room will look jum­bled, but I like the look of mixed de­signs. Re­naldo

Dear Re­naldo: There are so many gor­geous fab­rics out there, it’s a real chal­lenge to choose just one. The good news is that you don’t have to. De­sign­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers of fab­rics, whether they are head­ing for the fur­ni­ture or fash­ion mar­ket, have cre­ated colour pal­ettes that com­ple­ment each other in mar­vel­lous ways. The pat­terns and weave vary, the cloth may be silk, vel­vet, velour, fine cot­ton or faux leather, but their shades comin­gle to pro­duce a fresh, new look.

I’ve just re­turned from a visit to the sort­ing room for an up­com­ing sale put on by The Textile Mu­seum in Toronto. For the Love of Cloth is a fundrais­ing project made pos­si­ble by the gen­er­ous sup­port of Primavera and other donors. The sale fea­tured hun­dreds of sam­ple pan­els from dis­con­tin­ued lines and end rolls of de­signer fab­rics at se­ri­ously low prices. Sales such as this also have a va­ri­ety of beads, fine linens, em­broi­dery and small rugs that have been do­nated.

The en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers had pre­pared a list of the myr­iad ways these pan­els can and have been re­pur­posed. Yes, you can re­cover your din­ing chairs in a rich se­lec­tion of pat­terns and cloth types as you see in the vi­gnette of sale items shown here. Try polka dots or al­ter­nate stripes on one chair and flo­ral on an­other. Just make sure that one colour ties them to­gether. Throw in an ex­otic ta­ble run­ner and place­mats.

But don’t stop there. For the bed­room think about back­ing a quilt or du­vet cover, a fold­ing door or pri­vacy screen, drawer and bas­ket linings for the closet. In the liv­ing area, sam­ple size pan­els are per­fect for small seats and backs, cush­ions, drap­ery trim and lap rugs.

Many of the ex­quis­ite mo­tifs lend them­selves to be­ing cap­tured in a frame or wrapped around a wooden frame for hang­ing. You may find three sam­ples of the same de­sign in dif­fer­ent colour­ways, per­fect for a trip­tych. If you have a loft with soar­ing wall space, make a fo­cal wall with one of these pan­els.

You can be cre­ative on the fash­ion front, too. Sew up an eye-catch­ing beanie hat or funky clutch purse, a beach bag from sum­mer fab­ric ends, or a cosy quilted vest with a patch­work of small sam­ple pan­els.

Check out when the fall and spring sales ap­pear in a lo­ca­tion near you. Lo­cal art gal­leries, mu­se­ums and de­signer out­lets will be able to di­rect you.

Dear Deb­bie: I’m paint­ing my din­ing room mid-tone grey with an ac­cent wall to be char­coal grey. I’d like a sub­tle hint of glit­ter on the ac­cent wall to add drama. Do you know of a prod­uct or a paint method that would achieve this ef­fect? Thanks, Lau­nie

Dear Lau­nie: Rather than adding glit­ter to the paint, which is dif­fi­cult to do and can look patchy, try a metal­lic paint or glaze. This will add a beau­ti­ful warm sparkle to your walls. Or choose a dif­fer­ent sheen for the dark wall. A high-gloss wall would look mod­ern and dra­matic. Deb­bie Travis’ House to Home col­umn is pro­duced by Deb­bie Travis and Bar­bara Din­gle. Please email your ques­tions to house­2home@deb­bi­etravis.com. You can fol­low Deb­bie on Twit­ter at www.twit­ter.com/debbie_travis, and visit Deb­bie’s

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