A Guide to the Most Common Fabric Patterns Used in Interior DesignStyle
From chevron to polka dots and beyond.
Sep 5, 2023
The Best Editor-Tested Linen Sheets You Can Buy NowStyle
They're breathable and seriously good at regulating temperature to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Jul 3, 2023
12 Best Wool Blankets That’ll Keep You Bundled Up in Style
Prepare to meet the warmest, most durable, longest-lasting blanket you'll ever own.
Feb 17, 2023
This Clever Fuzz Remover Works On Most Household Fabrics — And It’s On Sale For Just $11Organize & Clean
Thinking of tossing some pilling items? Try restoring them instead with this portable fabric shaver.
Jun 27, 2022
This Home Shows How to Add Color and Pattern to a Rental With TextilesTours
Erin Blank is an ethical, sustainable designer of her own label, and the Brooklyn home she shares with her husband is colorful and patterned thanks to lots of handmade textiles!
Nov 18, 2020
Questions We All Ask: Is There a Difference Between Flannel and Plaid?Style
With the cold weather season fast approaching, it’s time to finally address an age-old debate in the decor world: Are there really any differences between flannel and plaid? The answer, simply, is yes. So to further breakdown the distinction, we called upon textile aficionado Annie Selke, CEO and President of The Annie Selke Companies, for help. We asked her what really made plaid and flannel all that different and she spelled it out for us.
Aug 29, 2018
We Got Three Drastically Different Upholstery Quotes for One SofaHome Projects
Turns out there's more than one way to skin a couch.
Aug 5, 2018
Move Aside Mudcloth: This is The New “It” Home TextileStyle
Perhaps you’ve currently got a piece of mudcloth casually draped over the foot of your bed or the edge of your sofa. It’s probably been happily living there, undisturbed, for a couple of years without so much as a second thought. You might be surprised to learn, however, that a new fabric is taking the design world by storm. If you haven’t heard of cactus silk, allow us to introduce you.
Apr 15, 2018
The Best (and Worst) Sofa Fabrics for Pet OwnersStyle
Because Scruffy (and your furniture) deserves the best.
Feb 28, 2018
Velvet Is Taking Over (& We’re Not Mad About It)Style
For the longest time in home design, velvet has been synonymous with luxury and opulence, and I’m not suggesting that’s changed overnight. But when I spoke to interior designer Nicole Gibbons just before the holidays, she seemed to think that this once fancy pants material was starting to go mainstream, mainly because of advances in fabric technology.
Feb 1, 2018
15 Things You Might Not Have Thought To Dip-DyeHome Projects
Putting together this post has taught me one thing: once you start checking out dip-dying tutorials, you’re going to desperately want to dip-dye everything you own. Candlesticks, bibs, shoes, and so much more! These 15 projects – many of which you can complete in less than 10 minutes – will bring color and vivacity to anything you have lying about that could use a little zest. What’s the secret behind this super-cool, pottery-esque plant holders? Wooden doll heads!
Nov 4, 2017
The Pattern Trends That May Have Overstayed Their WelcomeStyle
Before getting down to business, I would like to say no disrespect to any of the prints featured in this article. They are all wonderful motifs in their own right, but for reasons ranging from over saturation to too many knock-off versions, 2017 may be the year to put down the palms. What do you think? I reached out to a couple of well-known designers to get their take on prints they think are too trendy or tired.
Oct 3, 2017
How to Make a Bold Bed Statement With Just FabricStyle
In small studios, it’s common to hide or disguise a bed to save space. Stanley Lewis took another route. Instead of masking it, he opted to make it the centerpiece of his 500-square-foot studio. Rather than tucking it in the corner, he chose to celebrate it and make it the highlight of the room. There’s no expensive custom bed frame or headboard here, though. Most impressively, he did it all with just a mattress, a box spring, and fabric!
Sep 29, 2017
Easy Ways to Hang a Tapestry In 20 Minutes or LessHome Projects
Let’s talk tapestries. They’re the perfect solution for that big empty wall, for helping sound proof thin walls, for replacing headboards when headboards aren’t an option, and they’re typically pretty renter-friendly art. Most can be hung with a simple dowel rod and a nail or two. Maybe you just inherited a piece from your grandmother, or stumbled upon a brilliantly patterned textile at the flea market, or maybe you made your own wall hanging.
Sep 16, 2017
Have We Reached Peak Moroccan?Style
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment everyone became obsessed with all things Moroccan—poufs, lanterns, tagines, tea tables. But when it comes to textiles, the picture is a little bit clearer. A few years ago, interiors with Beni Ourain rugs started popping up in shelter magazines (and on websites like this one!). Then in a watershed design moment, if you will, West Elm released the Souk Rug back in 2012 or so, and it was on.
Sep 8, 2017
The Unstoppable 2017 Textile Trends…and What’s NextStyle
Textiles can really make a room, but they can also be pretty polarizing once you’re talking patterns beyond a simple stripe or classic dot. Right now, there seems to be room for a little bit of everything in the world of fabric: old world toiles sit alongside bold geometrics at showrooms, and you can’t go far down the Pinterest rabbit hole without stumbling upon a global-inspired ikat or an African mudcloth.
Aug 11, 2017
15 Great Online Sources For Buying FabricStyle
Have a chair that's been sitting around waiting for you to reupholster it? Want to cook up some new pillows for your sofa or bed? Well, we've got just the source guide for you.
Jul 27, 2017
8 Times Vintage Textiles Completely Made the RoomStyle
Vintage (and vintage looking) textiles are all the rage right now. Used as upholstery, on walls, floors, windows or accessories, they can add that much-needed dose of color, texture and pattern to a space. But what if your style veers more modern and crisp than global and eclectic? Fear not, you can still rock this trend—here are examples of spaces that rock vintage right.
Jul 27, 2017
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fabric Designs from the ’50s Are Available AgainStyle
Good news, FLW fans: Schumacher has re-released the starchitect’s fabric designs in honor of Wright’s upcoming 150th birthday. Frank Lloyd Wright’s collection with the 19th century fabric brand originally debuted in 1955, after former House Beautiful editor Elizabeth Gordon encouraged the architect to start a line for those who didn’t live in his houses.
May 10, 2017
Tom Dixon’s First “Hack” for IKEA’s Open-Source DELAKTIG Sofa is Here…& It’s Seriously OTTStyle
Earlier this April during Milan Design Week, Bemz, the Swedish textile company that creates retrofit furniture covers for IKEA pieces, announced their plans to work with British designer Tom Dixon on a future line for the DELAKTIG sofa, which he helped dream up with the team at IKEA.
Apr 18, 2017
Stitch, Please! 9 Embroiderers Serving Up Instagram Eye CandyHome Projects
Crafting trends ebb and flow just like decor trends come and go, and at the moment, embroidery is enjoying its time in the spotlight—and showing up on everything from jean jackets to tennis rackets. Whether you choose to pick up a needle and thread, or prefer to admire these beauties from afar, we’ve pulled together a sampler of Instagram accounts offering endless stitch-spiration.
Apr 9, 2017
Attention (Frugal) Print Lovers: Printed Curtains Under $50Style
I love printed curtains and I love holding onto my money so I am the perfect person to research frugal curtain finds. As I started, I found many draperies (with an 84″ minimum) priced at $100 and under for a pair. Curtains are expensive, after all, so surely, $50 a panel/$100 a pair was a deal. Then I decided this was too easy a task — I can do better than that and I love a challenge! So I cut my initial budget in half to $25 a panel/$50 a pair, and started my quest.
Mar 24, 2017
Inside the Designer’s Mind: Get to Know This Brooklyn-Based House Tour Contributor and Textile Designer ExtraordinaireStyle
Textiles are pretty powerful—they can completely transform a space by infusing freshness and interest wherever they’re applied. For uber-cool textile designer Nasozi Kakembo (who also happens to be one of our super talented House Tour contributors), it turns out they can be life-changing in other ways, too. Her array of handmade textiles from her xNasozi brand combine artistry with philanthropy in one fell swoop.
Jan 17, 2017
What’s It Like to Work at Marimekko (for 30 Years!)? 5 Questions for Studio Manager Petri JuslinStyle
Best known for its bright, poppy prints, Finnish textile and fashion company Marimekko has a universal appeal. The designs are at once fresh and timeless—allowing them to transition seamlessly from Jackie O’s 1960 presidential campaign dresses, to Sarah Jessica Parker’s late-1990s Sex and the City wardrobe, to Target’s Spring 2016 collab. And the brand’s mid-1960s relationship with Crate & Barrel? It’s still going strong today.
Oct 21, 2016
10 Easy Ideas for Making Budget Curtains Look More ExpensiveHome Projects
Finding inexpensive curtains is relatively easy—IKEA’s popular VIVAN curtains, for example, are just $10 for a pair of panels—but these affordable options are typically made of basic, boring fabric. But, after a dip-dye bath or a gold-leafing treatment, these steals will look like they’re worth a triple-figure price tag. Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co.
Oct 20, 2016
Curtain Call: 10 Drapery Panel Pairs Under $100Style
I once heard somewhere that windows are the eyes of the house. If that’s the case, then curtains must certainly be the mascara. A pretty pair of flowy linen drapes or bohemian sheers can really become a focal point in a room and tie an entire space together. Upgrade your space from ‘meh’ to marvelous with these picks that are all less than $100 a pair.
Oct 6, 2016
Stylists’ Secrets: The Best Online Sources to Buy Beautiful Fabric (Hint: One is IKEA!)Style
If you’re a DIY, Netflix-and-stitch type of person, then you already know the simultaneous joy and fear inspired by walking into a gigantic fabric store. Thanks to infinite scroll, low-res images, and inaccurate on-screen colors, the perils of shopping for textiles online are even greater. To help ease the frustration and find you the perfect fabric, we’ve rounded up six of our favorite online sources.
Sep 27, 2016
Mad for Plaid: Do You Know Your Tartan from Your Tattersall?Style
The world of prints and patterns is wide. For instance, what you think is simply “plaid” is far more intricate. All tartans are plaids, but not all plaids are tartans, in fact. There are madras plaids, houndstooth plaids, windowpane plaids, and many, many more. So we beg the question: Do you know one from the other? With fall—the high season of plaid—just around the bend, it might be a good time to polish up on your terminology. As always, we’re here to help!
Sep 13, 2016
A So-Good-It’s-Like-Magic Technique to Bring New Life to Old TextilesHome Projects
Don’t throw out your faded or stained napkins, rugs, or quilts just yet—give them a new lease on life by overdyeing them. Here’s how it works: Mix up a big batch of dye, then dunk old textiles to camouflage stains and brighten faded fabrics. Roll up your sleeves, grab the biggest plastic bin you can find, and get ready to turn outdated items into colorful, modern pieces. What is overdyeing? Just as the name suggests, overdyeing is the process of dyeing over already-dyed fabric.
Sep 1, 2016
The Best Sources for Linen Everything (Napkins, Bedding, and Notebooks, Too!)Style
During the warm days of summer that always seem to creep into September, no material is more refreshing than naturally crisp linen. To cool you down as this glorious season lingers on, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite sources for high-quality linen everything—duvet covers, towels, and notebooks included. Save this list of go-to shops in your design file—these are 8 sources you’re going to want to keep shopping all year long. Why linen, you ask?
Aug 25, 2016
Get Colorful: How To Dye a SheepskinHome Projects
Sheepskin and flokati rugs are everywhere these days — they add texture to a room, and instantly add comfort to a hard plastic or wood chair. But if you’re looking to make your sheepskin stand out from the run of the mill, or just need a little change, fabric dye is the ticket. Fabric dye 1 cup salt Rubber gloves or stir stick Soaking bucket or bathtub Water 1.
Feb 8, 2016
How To Dye Textiles With Coffee & TeaHome Projects
Keep things au naturale with this easy tutorial.
Jan 2, 2016
How To Make Cyanotype Textiles and FabricsHome Projects
A cyanotype is a photographic process that produces a cyan blue print. The print can easily be made on a large variety of materials, so I wanted to see what would happen when experimenting with fabric. It worked! The process wasn’t that much different than if you were to use paper, so if you’ve ever tried that method, you’re a step ahead of the game. The best way to come by the chemicals needed for the process is to purchase a kit from Photographers’ Formulary.
Apr 23, 2015
Textile Trends from NY NowStyle
There’s no better way to soften up your home and add life and color than with textiles. Here’s a look at some of our favorite trends in soft plushy things from NY Now. Note: some of these products are not available to purchase from the manufacturers’ websites, but you can use the links provided to find a store near you that will stock them. Above: Anything Moroccan continues to be huge.
Feb 10, 2015
Clutter Cutter: 5 Tips for Storing Only the Linens You NeedStyle
Like many things that tend to come in sets, towels, bed linens, and cloths never seem to come in the right-for-me quantity. I’ve got stacks of washcloths that I never use, while I have to frequently wash kitchen towels since I seem to never have enough. I’ve decided: it’s time to tailor my linens to my behavior, so that the inefficiency comes to an end.
Jan 22, 2015
50 Ways to Decorate With One $10 Hardware Store StapleHome Projects
Drop cloths are sturdy fabric, come in a basic neutral shade, and are readily available for little money at the hardware store. Need I say more? Okay, then I will. Drop cloths look remarkably similar to linen, so you can get that relaxed, coastal, or rustic vibe for less. Check out these 50+ projects to get the look… A hand-printed rug, done by Poppytalk, with a Sharpie! I love this super colorful painted and sponge-pattern rug that Nellie Bellie made.
Jan 16, 2015
Does That Couch Come In A Dress? Fashion-Worthy Home GoodsLiving
Sure, these home goods are fine and would look fantastic in my house— but what’s a girl got to do to get a colorful raindrop skirt or minimal sheep sweatshirt? Here are some great fabrics for home that would also be fab fashion: TOP ROW: DENY Designs Ballack Art Duvet Cover, AllModern, $139: This pattern might give me a headache but it would also make for an excellent dress. Tånum Rug, IKEA, $6.99: I would like a sweater in each colorway, please! Bollkaktus Curtains, IKEA, $24.
Oct 23, 2014
Design Basics: 9 Easy Ways to Add Texture to a BedroomStyle
Has your bedroom been feeling flat and lifeless? Uninteresting? Too…boring? It might need an infusion of texture — a basic design element every room needs to make it feel rich and like a place worth spending time in. We’ve got nine different and easy ways you can add the feeling of texture to your bedroom. 1. (Pictured above) Plants are a fast and easy way to add mother nature’s texture to your bedroom (plus some lovely and life-affirming green color).
Aug 3, 2014
Style on a Budget: 10 Sources for Good, Cheap FabricStyle
I’m a bit of a fabric junkie. Which, unfortunately means that I know how expensive it can be. But just because one’s budget isn’t big doesn’t mean it’s necessary to settle for vinyl or burlap, unless that’s what you’re going for. With a little digging, it is possible to find great, affordable fabric for any project.
May 8, 2014
Before & After: IKEA Hack Makes the BESTA Even BetterHome Projects
Suzanne saw potential in IKEA’s popular BESTA shelf, and not just as vertical storage. When flipped and tweaked, she was able to make it into something else entirely. Keep on reading to see the pretty remarkable transformation… This might just qualify for a hack and a half. Using the IKEA BESTA as a base, Suzanne custom created a DIY tufted banquette that’s sophisticated and stylish (and offers extra hidden storage as a bonus).
May 8, 2014
Upholstery Project: How To Make a DIY Headboard with Fabric SlipcoverHome Projects
I get obsessed with things I see on Pinterest, and this padded headboard (okay, the whole place) is one of my recent fixations. I like the modern, streamlined look of it— but that it’s also more relaxed than a lot of the tufted, nailhead DIY headboards I see all the time.
Apr 16, 2014
Vintage Fabric Lovers Guide to Identifying Textiles for CleaningOrganize & Clean
I’m addicted to picking up new and vintage textiles online and at my local boutiques, but one thing that always worries me when I’m considering a purchase is whether I’ll be able to figure out how to clean it. Well, no more. I found this helpful guide from Pacific Fabrics, which includes a test to help you determine just what kind of textile you have in hand before you try to clean it. And get this: it involves burning. I know, it sounds scary, but it really works.
Apr 15, 2014
Real Room Inspiration: Wall HangingsStyle
If you aren’t allowed to paint your walls or you simply don’t want to commit, and if the though of hanging even removable wallpaper gives you hives, we should be friends. Also, you should consider brightening up your standard-issue walls with a lovely wall hanging. A few tiny tacks is all it takes.. TOP ROW: Jesse & Lucas’ Simply Stylish Home + Studio: A vintage Egyptian tapestry livens up the white walls in their son’s room.
Mar 28, 2014
Team USA: 10 All-American Textile ManufacturersLiving
I recently read an article in USA Today about the resurgence of the US textile industry, which is encouraging news in a culture of seemingly outsourced everything. Both small- and large-scale textile companies are turning out stylish, high-quality, competitively priced goods, offering consumers viable means to support US manufacturing. Check it out.
Feb 25, 2014
Tropical Daydreams: Pineapple AccessoriesStyle
Today I’m taking a break from the grey snow and biting winds to daydream of pineapples. My choices are neither subtle nor tasteful, but they are delicious. So raise a glass of homemade piña colada and toast the symbol of hospitality — but don’t drink too many or you might end up ordering a 4 foot tall pineapple hamper… TOP ROW: 1. Pina Colada print by Sarah Illenberger, 160 EUR, via AnOther Loves 2.
Jan 17, 2014
DIY to Try: How To Make Your Own MudclothHome Projects
My love affair with mudcloth is well documented. If you are unfamiliar with the stuff, mudcloth is a somewhat heavy fabric, sewn in strips, and dyed naturally with mud. It usually has a graphic pattern of geometric lines and dots, in high contrast black and white. Given the process of making it, it’s no surprise that the real deal is also somewhat expensive.
Sep 16, 2013
Colorful Accents: Framed ScarvesStyle
I have a bit of an obsession with scarves. I can’t go into a shop without beelining toward the pretty folded squares or colorful looped displays. They’re a year-round wardrobe staple. Though the season for long knitted types will be here before we know it, I’m looking toward the silky square versions for inspiring wall hangings. I’m off to Brimfield for the final antique show of 2013.
Sep 6, 2013
Apartment Therapy’s Guide to Upholstery FabricStyle
Last week I wrote the guide to sofa shopping, and this week I am looking at the fabrics that upholster your sofa. If you are going high-end with a custom sofa and need the perfect fabric, are re-upholstering a vintage piece, or just want some insight into what all of those funny characters on the sofa tag mean when you are perusing IKEA next weekend, this is the guide for you.
Jun 26, 2013
The Ultimate Used Furniture Cleaning KitOrganize & Clean
With the season of flea markets and antique fairs now upon us, I’m prepping for the summer influx of secondhand furniture finds and putting together the ultimate used furniture cleaning kit. With most of these household items already in your kitchen, you’ll be ready to get any grimy piece sparkling in no time.  Baking soda. Mixed with water, baking soda forms a paste that polishes silver, lifts coffee and tea stains from ceramic and porcelain, and removes mildew and grime.
May 22, 2013
Before & After: Cristin’s Mod Podge Buffet MakeoverHome Projects
When Cristin and her husband found this dresser on the curb in their neighborhood, it quickly became apparent why no one had grabbed it first: it’s huge, heavy, and covered in dated white veneer. But with a little vision and a ton of Mod Podge, this beast became a buffet. From Cristin: Last summer, while hosting a garage sale at my house, my husband came home from work and told me there was a buffet table out to the road in our neighborhood.
Apr 9, 2013
An Interview With Annie SelkeStyle
We were thrilled to welcome featured guest, Annie Selke, for our March Design Evening. Celebrated for her commitment to fabulous and functional home décor, Annie Selke is the founder and creative force behind widely acclaimed home-textile companies Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert Rug Company. See the full evening’s transcript and video below, and click here for upcoming Design Evening details… TRANSCRIPT Maxwell: Welcome to our 65th Design Evening with Annie Selke!
Apr 2, 2013
Tablet Apps to Help You DecorateStyle
After we created the the interior design app roundup for smartphones we knew we had to follow up with the tablet edition. After all, with their larger screens and accompanying great apps, they’re fantastic tools for helping you decorate your home.iPadHome 3D for iPad: This app lets you recreate your home in 3D, then decorate it with furniture.
Mar 23, 2012
The History of IkatStyle
Ikat is everywhere these days — as trendy as anything ancient can ever claim to be. Visible in traditional textiles ranging from Southeast Asia to South America to the Middle East and beyond, this type of pattern now lends interiors a kind of dressed-up bohemian vibe. But what is it, and where did it come from?Think about a typical patterned textile, say a floral upholstery fabric.
Feb 23, 2012
Before, During, After: The Best Part of Any Project – Learning New SkillsHome Projects
This isn’t your average DIY; I can’t give you simple step-by-step instructions or promise that you can get this done on a Saturday afternoon. After all, these chairs took me months to complete.A few years ago, I enrolled in a just-for-fun, one-morning-a-week course in Traditional Furniture Upholstery. The idea had been at the back of my mind for a while, as something which would combine my background in fashion textiles with my burgeoning interest in interiors.
Feb 10, 2012
Make Your Kitchen Kid-Friendly with Laminated CottonStyle
With three kids, I can’t keep a tablecloth clean for more than a few hours, and my adorable Orla Kiely for Target tablecloths are completely stained with various food splatters. I need a tablecloth that can be wiped clean but doesn’t look like a cheap, plastic picnic table cover. The answer to my problem? Laminated cotton!I just read a great article about this wonder fabric over at Oilcloth Addict.
Oct 12, 2011
Linen Bedding: Are Wrinkled Sheets Sexy or Messy?Style
Ever since the Restoration Hardware sourcebook fell with a thud through my mail slot I have been obsessed with their new(ish) linen bedding collections. The catalog shows them just perfectly rumpled and textured and wrinkled. Not messy wrinkled; sumptuously wrinkled. But taken out of the studio and into the real world (my bedroom) I wonder if linen sheets like these would look less “sexy rumpled bed head” and more “morning after walk-of-shame disaster”.
Sep 15, 2011
How To Upholster a Simple StoolStyle
I was recently searching for a small, simple stool that was reasonably priced and was surprised that I wasn’t able to find many options. So I did what many of us do and decided to make one myself. The cost is pretty small and it comes together in no time, making this a great starter project for someone who is looking to dip their toes into the world of recovering furniture. I was thrilled with the results!
Jun 28, 2011
Curtains, Drapes and Blinds for a Glass Front DoorHome Projects
Glass entry doors can be beautiful introductions to a home. If you’re lucky, the door, sidelights or transoms may boast decorative or stained glass. Glass doors also let in a ton of natural light — but they can also let in unwanted draughts, sounds and can greatly diminish the amount of privacy. There are shades, drapes and portieres that allow you to maintain the beauty of your glass front door!
Apr 12, 2011
Top 10 Designer Fabric & Textile ShopsStyle
Time to take a mini-vacation. From Josef Frank’s Stockholm shop to Liberty of London on Regent Street to Marche Saint Pierre in Paris, we’ve gathered some of the best “destination” textile showrooms from around the world. This is just a starter list — add your favorite high-end fabric shops in the comments. Svenskt Tenn: Stockholm Josef Frank and Estrid Ericson worked together at this fabric and furniture store, which remains today a bastion of Swedish modernism.
Mar 3, 2011
Pros & Cons: Faux Leather FurnitureStyle
There are many reasons to buy faux leather furniture. It’s cheaper and animal friendly. And, there are many reason not to buy faux leather furniture. Real leather ages well and looks more expensive (because it is). If you’re thinking about buying new furniture and you’re torn between faux and real leather, here are a list of some of the pros and cons. Faux leather comes in many forms and some are better than others.
Mar 2, 2011