The Flexibility of Design Choices

Or, One Size, Color, Genre Does Not Fit All

I’ve often been intrigued by the array of colors, designs, patterns and genres that are available for pretty much everything.

If you are into Art Deco, there is a wide array of color choices that include metallics like gold and brass.

Prefer a bit of Americana? Red, white, and blue are obvious choices, but the variety of fabrics is astounding. Consider: You can go with the standard, but why not up the game with Civil War fabric reproductions? The color pallet is broader with more interesting combinations. Or, you can choose 1930’s fabric reproductions for a softer approach. One of my favorite collections is called “Lately From London” and is a collection of deep, rich colors and patterns that were prevalent around the end of the 1790’s. Not your ordinary run of the mill collection, for sure.

Want to aim for a French Country look? Are you interested in attempting to recreate a Downton Abbey look? Not sure where to start?

I suggest you head over to your local, or online, fabric shop and see what is available. Before you panic and tell me you don’t sew, don’t worry. My thought is that you can look at the fabrics and get an idea of colors, patterns and how they work together.

For example, when Downton Abbey was in its heyday, there were several fabric lines based on the time period of the series. Actually, they covered the various time periods in the series. Each represented the variety of colors and intensities along with patterns of the various time periods.

Contemplating a bit of Early American or French Country? You’ll no doubt find a variety of possibilities in the fabric lines carried by the stores.

Perusing the collections on display, you will get an opportunity to see all kinds of colors, patterns and collections to see what strikes your fancy – and what doesn’t. The flip side of this is that you will be able to get a sample of your favorite and be able to match paint colors.

Feeling adventurous? If you find fabrics you like, you can make your own pillow covers, window coverings, place mats, napkins, etc. Most of these projects are simple to do and a good starting point if you are a beginning sewer.

I don’t know about you, but one of my biggest frustrations shopping for home decor in the stores is that the store wants to tell me what I should have in my home. Most of the time, we don’t agree. Yes, it might be a bit more expensive (or not) to go my own way, at the end of the day, however, my home will be My Home.

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