How to Mix Modern and Antique Décor

The sleek, minimalist look of the modern age is certainly an intriguing style. However, the modern styles you incorporate into your home can often clash with the antique furniture and décor that your family has had for generations. While the styles are certainly different, there is a way to mix modern and antique décor without having to sacrifice your interior design:

Keep it eclectic, but with a common theme

Having different styles and colors in the same room is perfectly fine, but you want to make sure that they’re all unified by a common theme so that it doesn’t look too disparate. In other words, you can incorporate antique and modern furniture, but they should all have something in common—color, pattern, material, etc. Basically, you want these varied pieces to complement one another. One thing to try would be using modern decoration with antique accessories, or vice versa.

Or keep it subtle

You don’t have to incorporate a bunch of antique décor into your otherwise contemporary living room. All you really need is a single, antique piece that’s subtle enough to blend with the theme of the room. For example, you could add an antique cabinet in your dining room or a vintage carpet in your hallway.

Use the 80/20 rule

If you’re unsure of what the proper mix of modern and antique is, then just use the 80/20 rule. In other words, 80% of your furniture should be modern/contemporary (unless you’re an avid collector) and 20% should be antique accents.

Incorporating antique furniture into your modern home is a great way to add extra character to your interior design. However, sometimes our antique furniture it better worse for wear. If that’s the case, then plan on getting it restored at Design Craft Upholstery. Our antique restoration services will make your antique décor look just like new again. Feel free to give us a call at 425-775-7620 to learn more.

How to Design a Small Space

Small spaces are difficult to design. The lack of space means you can’t fit many pieces in it without it feeling cramped. But there are a few decor tricks you can use to make your tiny room seem bigger than it is.

Don’t be afraid of white walls

Dark colors are a small room’s worst nightmare. To brighten things up, either paint the walls a light color, or paint them completely white. White walls are the best at giving the illusion that there’s more space in a room than there really is. While some people may shy away from white because of its simplicity, you can always make up for that by adding pops of color and/or texture around the room.

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Who’s the fairest of them all? More seriously, though, mirrors can reflect light and images, creating a space that’s much larger and more open than it really is. And don’t be afraid to go big, as the bigger the mirror, the bigger your space will appear (just make sure it fits the wall).

Opt for low furniture

Large, clunky furniture can easily cramp up a small space. Instead, opt for pieces of furniture that are lower to the ground. By using lower furniture, it’ll make your ceilings look taller and, by extension, make your room appear larger.

Use sectionals for narrow spaces

Finding a sofa can be difficult if your space is small and narrow, that’s why sectionals are your best bet. Most sectionals are long rather than wide, and they’re also low to the ground, both of which are great for narrow spaces. Sectionals can also be tucked up into one of the corners of your room to save even more space.

Maybe you already have the perfect pieces of furniture to add to your small room, but they’ve seen better days. If that’s the case, then contact Design Craft Upholstery. We can restore all kinds of furniture for residents in the Everette, Seattle, and Lynnwood areas. So give us a call at 425-775-7620 to see how we can help transform your space today.

5 Rules for Mixing Patterns in Your Interior Design

Incorporating a vibrant mix of textures and patterns in your interior design adds visual interest and contrast to any room. Yet for the interior design newbie, it can be a challenge. Here are some simple rules for mixing patterns in your interior design:

Pick a Palette

Mixed patterns look best when they fall within the same color palette. Do you prefer warm reds and oranges, or cool blues and greens? Choose which colors look best in your space and find patterns in those hues. Also, pick patterns with the same color intensity, and avoid those that don’t match. For example, avoid mixing pastels with jewel tones.

Choose Three Patterns Per Room

You can have more, but odd numbers always seem to make things work. Just make sure they’re varied in scale. A general rule is to choose one large pattern, one medium and one small.

Distribute Patterned Pieces Evenly

If you’ve got a couch with mixed upholstery and throw pillows in the middle of an otherwise simple room, it can look odd. For best results, design your interior with patterns distributed throughout the room.

Consider Texture

When mixing patterns, mix textures as well—some smooth, some rougher, some embroidered, etc.

Function Matters

Larger patterns will pull a space together and establish a sense of harmony, whereas smaller patterns are best used to draw the eye’s attention to one area of the room.

Ready to decorate your home with a mix of patterns? At Design Craft Upholstery, we can reupholster your furniture in a wide variety of fabrics. Give us a call today at (425) 775-7620 to find out more.

Interior Design Trends: 2019 Edition

With 2019 underway, it’s time to bring your home décor to life with this year’s most popular trends!

Read on to learn about the interior design trends of 2019 and some tips for how you can incorporate these into your décor overhauls.

Go natural

Having greenery incorporated in your living space not only invites more oxygen and an earthy vibe, but also catches the eye. Think of including big bold plants and trees and be sure to hold on to the care instructions!

There is nothing worse than watching a plant wilt away. Tender love and care are key.

Get bold

Thinking of a fresh paint job? Consider going dark and moody instead of the traditional light grey and blue hues. Think dark navy, an eggplant purple, perhaps even a deep burnt orange to spice it up!

Not sure you can commit to painting an entire room in a bold hue? Consider painting one ‘accent’ wall with a daring color and compliment the other walls with a more natural color. Looking for more color ideas? Check out the top 15 of 2019!

Go soft and luxurious

Get ready to see velvet make a comeback in 2019.

From women’s fashion to room décor, velvet is having its moment this year. Doesn’t laying on a soft velvet sofa sound cozy? Get inspired to incorporate this lux fabric into your room overhaul.

Do you have a piece of furniture that you love but could use a velvet upgrade? We reupholster—this simple switch can truly transform your space!

Get brassy

It’s time to leave stainless steel in 2018 and welcome brass into your home in 2019. Think about making the switch on cabinets and faucets with this classy alternative.

Go printed

From contemporary shapes to florals, you can choose how bold you want to go. Oversized geometrics can make a bold statement, while subtle prints, including floral can be an easy and chic way to refresh the feel of a room.

Incorporate these patterns into your wallpaper, statement-making décor, or furniture! It makes sense to keep the sofa and comfortable chairs that treat you well, so reupholstering is the way to go, especially with so many more fabric options and increased durability.

There’s really no limit to how you can spruce up your living quarters this year. And for all of your reupholstery and restoration needs, contact the team at Design Craft Upholstery!