By: Morgan Hawkins
At the beginning of every fashion season many of us fix our gaze on the catwalk and tune into HGTV in anticipation. Like meteorologists who keep their eyes to the sky, we watch and wait, eager to adapt to the ever changing forecast. Not only our bodies, but also our homes transform into canvases awaiting new chic color combos and the latest imported textiles. In attempt to prepare for the new trends, we find ourselves picking up one of the many home decor magazines just to glimpse at what the season will bring. While flipping through the pages of "Better Homes and Garden" we find entire rooms coordinated and displayed with incredible stateliness. As we turn the pages, we may even come across a quaint living room with crisp bamboo greens on French white walls accented by splashes of sun-kissed orange. An arrangement of wicker furniture with rich damask cushions provide depth and an interesting contrast to the surrounding color scheme. Books, chosen for their clever covers, are coordinated with mathematical precision on top of the spotless, glass-top coffee table, which finds itself in the center of this perfectly constructed universe. Oh, how we covet such beautiful spaces!
Many of us can't afford or wish not to spend our money on a home face-lift this spring and summer. Rather than reinvent the wheel, let's think of practical ways to vamp up our style without knocking down walls, installing new floors or dragging out the ladders and paint buckets. This article, the first of a three part series, introduces ideas and methods to achieve a professionally decorated look in your home. Let's begin!
One of the many affordable ways to resurrect your home's interior is by bringing in the right textiles. At Indigo Paia you will find fashionable, fun and elegant textiles that range from Maui-inspired, local designs to exotic antiques. Decorating with textiles from this vast selection will give your home enough originality to rival the flare of the rooms featured in your favorite home decor magazine. Begin phase one of your project by looking around the room you want to redecorate. As you move from corner to corner, think about bright, catchy colors that could be used to revitalize your walls and furniture. The easiest way to introduce refreshing, crisp colors, patterns and textures is to bring in vibrant textiles. Using the right fabric can bring incredible depth and great visual stimulation to a room. The easiest place to begin introducing new textiles is on windows, tables, beds and furniture. Check out the following pics to see some of the eye-catching textiles found at Indigo Paia.
Playful prints and colors on cotton make rooms pop! These beautiful pillows and spreads from India are embellished with block prints and hand stitching. Not only are they great for your room but are also great for your conscience and wallet. The Bengali, hand-stitched quilts and pillowcases support a women's group in India and are machine washable.
Prints seem more luxurious when on silk. These lively quilts, pictured above, are made from reclaimed Indian saris. The pillowcase is made of re-purposed, hand-embroidered fabrics from Rajasthan in Northern India. Rajastani textiles are noted for their mirror work, use of color and intricacy. These textiles will bring your furniture and your room back to life.
Give your walls and windows a makeover with these animated prints on cotton. Our voile cotton curtains can add playfulness or classiness to any room.
Preparing our homes for the new fashion season with gorgeous new fabrics is a great place to start. There are still many unexplored options for revitalizing your home's interior. The following articles will continue to focus on easy, affordable ways to generate new life and character in our living spaces. Before too long, you won't feel an urge to keep up with the constantly evolving forecast because you'll have already created the perfect climate for your environment.