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Refresh Your Home With Fabulous Fabrics

After a renovation or even just a-paint-freshen up, one of the next things you may be looking to change up in your home is textiles - fabric for drapery, upholstered items and accent pieces. Splattered in design blogs, social media and magazines we see many trends that cross into various streams of design today.

Mixing metals for instance can been seen in everything from hardware to furniture, lighting and even fabrics with metallic sheens.

Nowadays seeing a continuation of navy and shades of green are finding their way into the neutral zone. For some of my adventurous clients, we've designed custom navy sectionals using rich luxurious velvets that have been treated with inherent stain and water repellents to survive family life. Accenting these larger pieces with patterns is a fun way to inject some personality into your space. Using high contrast patterns and saturated water-colour-inspired floral cushions bring light and dreams of sun-soaked lazy days to your indoor spaces. Experiment with geometrics or organic flowing lines to play up your space, or throw a little animal print in there for good measure! The point is to have fun and express yourself. I personally adore working with heavy weave fabrics, like luxe velvets and textured chenilles, as they add so much personality to a room.

Combine these with richly coloured silks, textured mohairs or faux furs, and mixed patterns - stripes, abstracts, and prints - and you begin telling your story through textiles. Your space should be a reflection of who you are and everything around you should make you happy.

As a designer I must say I love working with neutrals and grey has definitely had staying power over the years, but unless we're using it with some more high contrast patterns, colours or interesting textures, it can be a little boring. If you prefer to stay in the neutral zone, remember to introduce various textures and weaves to create strong visual interest. Patterns will create further interest and movement into the living space.

A great resource for your fabric sourcing is Alendel Fabrics. They now offer a vast array of collections like their new soft metallic faux leather with inspired shades of bronze, gold alongside pearlized shades of silvers creams that are extremely easy to translate into any design plan. Have some additional fun in your home and check out bolder patterns like the "Wild Things" fabric collection. This is a perfect way to make a bold, grand statement.

Look to use bold pattern fabrics for pillows or large ottomans.

TIP: Mix and match patterns with stripes. Choose colours from the same colour family in varying shades and patterns for a sophisticated, elegant look, or try using different colours with similar saturation or intensity for a more eclectic vibe.

Cynthia Soda is Owner, Principal Interior Designer of Soda Pop Design Inc., a multi-disciplinary interior design firm providing complete custom renovation and design services for residential and commercial clients throughout the GTA. Soda Pop Design Inc. focuses on merging a client's lifestyle, personality and architecture to create customized liveable luxury. Instagram: @csodapop. Twitter: @sodapopdesign

-by Cynthia Soda