Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ikat Designs

Schumacher, Duralee, Pottery Barn, Robert Allen

Ikat is the method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibers.  The dye is applied prior to the threads being woven to create the final fabric design.  There are many different types of Ikat: warp, weft, double, Oshima, Cambodian, Thai, and South and Central American.

Ikat is tribal and creates a worldly and eclectic palette in design.  It spans generations, design styles, and motifs with its mixture of color and tribal reference.  Both contemporary and traditional room designs embrace the patterns and arrangements.

Veranda, August 2011

Veranda, August 2011

Ikat patterns can create drama in a room on headboards, pillows, upholstered furniture pieces, bedding, wall covering and draperies.  They are traditionally used as accents within a room to create a collected look filled with worldly treasures.  With today's trend of re-using and re-design, the Ikat has a way of bridging the gap between the new, the old and the collected.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Pop Art Drapery Hardware

Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Keith Haring

Bring artistic marvels to your drapery treatments and interiors!  When we think of Pop Art, we think of Andy Warhol, vivid colors, simplistic bold patterns, kitchsy elements and a retro style of design.  For contemporary or artistic expressions, try infusing the Pop Art style into your space.

1327 Jacinta Hold Back, 5060 Plain End Cap Hold Back, 1208 Square End Cap, 2734 Plain Ball Finial
Finestra Decorative Hardware

Choosing basic or minimalistic shapes in drapery hardware designs lend themselves well to Pop Art design.  As shown above, a simple end cap can be transformed into a "pop spiral" hold back.  Plain ball finials and smooth poles create a blank canvas to paint inspiring modern elements.  Square end caps are a wonderful guide to painting "pop squares" to match fabrics and room decor.

Order any of the Finestra Decorative Hardware unfinished to paint your own, or have us paint it for you.  One great option we used above was to base coat the hardware in flat white and them apply our Pop Art designs.  This is a "groovy" way to create your own masterpiece and artistic movement within a space.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Studded Designs

Chair:        Headboard:

Studded Designs are "spiking" up everywhere!  The trend for Hollywood Glam and sparkle to home decor designs continues to be a popular motif.  An easy way to incorporate these "studs"  into your space is by using upholstery nails and buttons.  With the resurgence of upholstered goods, these nails and buttons are abundant and becoming more creative in their uses.

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Studs are now being used not only on upholstered items, but also on pillows, mirrors, drapery panels, bedding and wall treatments.  The buttons and nails come in many different shapes such as round, square, floral, and domed.  Sizes range from 9/32" to 15/16".  Finishes vary from brass to nickel and everything in between.  To add extra "bling" to your creations, there are diamond studs made of natural stone, faceted acrylic and even Swarovski Crystals!

 This beautiful cornice treatment used Bronze upholstery nails to outline its black detail and accent the metallic custom drapery hardware and silk fabric.

How can you incorporate "studs" into your room design?