The Future of Decorating is Here, and It Changes Everything

The Future of Decorating is Here, and It Changes Everything

Katie Holdefehr
Sep 14, 2016

It used to be that if you wanted to create something custom for your home, you had to trek to a brick-and-mortar fabric store, sit down at your sewing machine, and a couple of hours later, you'd have a pillow. Flash forward to 2016: You can now order a king-size duvet cover with your cat's face on it and have it delivered to your door with just a click of your mouse. Oh, what a time to be alive! In celebration of how modern technology has changed decorating, we've rounded up 5 fantastic sources that turn digital designs into custom-printed anything. It's time to be your own digital designer.

(Image credit: Sight Unseen)

Print All Over Me

What you can customize: Bean bags, pillows, curtains, beach towels, fabric and clothing

Originally focused on custom-printed clothing, Print All Over Me has expanded into the home goods game, and has brought it's funky, over-the-top sense of style with it. Above, a booth collaboration with an array of soft seating at this year's Sight Unseen show. This is where you should go if you're looking for a special statement piece, you know, like a pepperoni pizza pillow. In one of their latest collabs, CouCou Suzette, maker of the world's most adorable enamel pins, is printing her designs on crop tops and swim shorts.

(Image credit: sfgirlbybay)


What you can customize: Table runners, glass or melamine plates, coasters, cups, canvas prints, duvet covers, and lots more.

Well-known as a photo-printing site, Shutterfly took the leap into custom-printed home decor last year. They offer a huge range of options, including catch-all trays, phone cases, and duvet covers. Erica from Honestly WTF used the site to put her hand-marbled patterns on pillows (see lead image), and sfgirlbythebay created a set of melamine plates printed with photos of vintage floral fabric. The results are so pretty, I think I'm going to have to make a set for myself.

(Image credit: Martha Stewart)


What you can customize: Fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap. Spoonflower's new sister site Roostery offers chairs, napkins, placemats, and more.

This popular site lets you design and print your own patterned fabric and wallpaper. Even if you're not up to the challenge of creating your own, you can still choose from a huge selection of ready-to-print patterns. The swirling marble wallhanging above was featured in Martha Stewart—and you can construct your own using fabric sold on their Spoonflower shop. Thanks to Spoonflower's new home decor spin-off Roostery, you can also order printed arm chairs or cocktail napkins in your choice of over 350,000 designs.

(Image credit: Danks and Honey)


What you can customize: Shower curtains, throw pillows, tote bags, clocks, duvet covers, tapestries, hand towels, bath towels, and more!

Good news for those of us who dream of designing every aspect of our apartments: Society6 is working to make it a reality. The site lets you upload a digital design and have it printed on everything from clocks to coffee mugs. But don't feel bad if you forgo designing your own, purchasing a ready-to-print pattern helps support one of the site's 200,000 artists, and you'll have more than 3 million designs to choose from. The Society6 outdoor throw pillows above were spotted on the stylish porch of Danks and Honey.

(Image credit: Shapeways)


What you can customize: Anything that's able to be 3D-printed.

And here's one to watch: Shapeways is a 3D-printing company that's rethinking what it means to custom-print your home decor. If you have the software and the tech know-how to design your own 3D model, the company will print it for you in your choice of 50 different materials, including plastic, metal, and porcelain. And if you're not ready to create your own? You can collaborate with a designer who will build something custom for you, or you can shop the ready-to-print items, like the wall-mounted stag heads above ($60 each).

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