Using Fabric in your Home Decorating: Inexpensive Ways to
Transform a Room!
by Kathy Wilson
Description: Tips for inexpensively decorating and accessorizing your home with fabric.
Using fabric to decorate a room is an inexpensive way to add
color, pattern and charm. Use fabric to soften a room, add
romance, and give a room a finished feel. Fabric can be used
in any room style, and on any budget! Follow these great
guidelines for using fabric in home decorating without
breaking your budget!
1. Inexpensive sources for fabric for decorating a room
include using flat sheets from discount stores, quilts and
tablecloths from yard sales (or your own linen closet!) or
the discount table at any fabric store.
2. If you want to add pattern to a room with fabric, here is
a no fail guideline. Use a solid, and stripe, and a
small-medium scale pattern. Let each of the three fabrics
share at least one color. Finally, distribute the pattern
throughout the room following the 60/30/10 rule. Use your
primary fabric, (usually the solid) in 60% of the room, the
next fabric in 30% of the room, and the last fabric
throughout 10% of the room.
3. Heavy pinch pleat draperies are long since pass√©. Use
lighter rod pocket curtains to soften your windows. Twin
flat sheets can fit most average windows with nothing more
than a rod pocket sewn in! Make sure the curtains draw
completely clear of the windows to let the most possible
amount of light into the room. Also, consider hanging the
curtain rod near the ceiling line instead of right above the
window--it adds height and dimension to a room, making it
4. Simple throw pillows are easy and cheap to make, and can
even be changed out with the seasons! Use them to add
comfort to any room in your home--even the outdoor ones! Add
a simple throw, and any corner of your room becomes a
5. Stitch up placemats, tablecloths, and runners to soften
the hard furniture in the room. If you don't sew, you can
use iron on hem tape to make your creations. It's
inexpensive, and can be found in the sewing aisle of any
discount store, or at your local fabric shop.
6. Use existing fabrics such as pretty quilts and unused
sheets to create layered table covers. It adds instant
romance to any room! Check out thrift shops and yard sales,
or learn to make them on your own. Do a google search and
find dozens of sites ready to help you learn to sew and
7. Use cheap muslin to add natural and romantic statements in
a room. Twist and wrap yards of muslin around a curtain rod
and let drape to the floor for a wonderful organic window
treatment. You can simply tie a knot in the end to finish.
If your budget is really pinched, you can use muslin to make
your window treatments, then just add borders of your
favorite fabric to save on yardage.
Use creative sources for fabric, develop a plan, and add
romance, color and style to any room using fabric!
Kathy Wilson is an author, columnist, and editor of The
Budget Decorator and other popular websites. For hundreds of
free budget decorating ideas, visit her at
http://www.TheBudgetDecorator.com. Also visit her other
websites at http://www.Women-on-the-Net.com and
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