Friday, January 25, 2013

Decorating with Fabric Panels

If you're looking for a way to add a little flair to your decorating scheme, fabric panels are an easy and inexpensive way to add color, texture and pattern to your walls. Fabric panels are simple to make and you don’t have to worry about sewing anything. You can make your fabric panels any size you want and customize them to fit perfectly in any decorating style. After investing in a few basic materials, all you need is a little imagination and you’ll soon have designer type accessories for any room.

There are numerous ways to decorate with fabric. A typical fabric panel consists of fabric wrapped around a rigid surface or frame such as a piece of plywood, canvas frame or foamboard. You can often find wood frame pieces made for canvas art frames that have corners designed to interlock at craft or art stores. Your fabric piece should wrap around your board or frame with 1 to 2 inches of leftover fabric on each side. Staple or tape the fabric to the back of the board or frame, pulling the fabric very tight and folding the corners like you would when wrapping a present. Use a very strong, durable tape like duct tape if you can’t use staples, making sure you can’t see any tape from the front. Use wall putty or a picture hanger to hang the fabric panel.

You can also hang fabric panels from the wall or ceiling, similar to curtains. A ceiling mount curtain rod or curtain rail can be used to hang fabric panels, which can act as a room divider or cover for an open storage space. Sheer fabric panels can provide a sense of privacy while still maintaining a sense of open spaciousness. You can find hanging fabric panels at stores like Ikea.

Fabric panels can be used on the ceiling to diffuse light and add a layer of softness to the room. Fabric on the ceiling also adds an unusual element to the room's design scheme, providing interest and and character to the space.

Fabric panels can be used to create a custom headboard or textured accent wall in your bedroom. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

Eclectic Bedroom design by Other Metro Interior Designer Neslihan Pekcan/Pebbledesign

Stop by your nearest fabric store and see what inspires you. Take a few swatches home with you to see how they look against your walls and with your other decor. Browse online for more photos and ideas for fabric panels and layer your home with fabric!


1 comment:

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Hi Michelle,
Thanks for stopping by, glad my pizza made you hungry. I love interior design too , I attended the Interior Designers Guild in San Diego years ago, but decided I didn't like it as a career. Doing a small decorating job for a Dr .office right now. Can't wait to see more of your blog. Happy Weekend.