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What to expect to see in Luxury Home Decor Fabrics for 2020 From The Robert Allen Duralee Group

This week I attended an excellent presentation at The Robert Allen Duralee Group’s newly renovated Long Island showroom, introducing their new collection of home decor fabrics. It was refreshing to see the direction their fabrics are taking for 2020. With Robert Allen and Duralee’s merger, they promised innovative, beautiful products, and with these new collections, they delivered!

Expect Bold Color in Home Decor Fabrics

The Robert Allen Duralee Group felt the world was ready for bold color. Specifically, the colors they named, Tomato, Azure, and Aqua. Bold color is quite a contrast to past trends that we have become accustomed to.

How did we go from gray, beige, and white to highly saturated bold colors? The Robert Allen Duralee Group looks to fashion, social media, and travel trends for inspiration. People are traveling to places that they have not gone to traditionally, such as South and Central America. The bold colors and prints are a direct influence of these travel spots.
The color Tomato was inspired by henna and saffron. Azure is a color that came from the cobalt blues found in South American pottery. Lagoons and serenity inspired the color Agua.

One of the beautiful vignettes at the Long Island Showroom showcasing RADG’s fabrics and furniture

Expect Lively Prints in Home Decor Fabrics

The new fabric collections contain a variety of brightly colored large-scale prints. These prints, like the new color palette, are inspired by Central and South American design, another result of recent travel trends. Interior Design had become so serious for a while. It is refreshing to see a shift towards playful and whimsy decor.

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Photo taken at RADG’s Long Island Showroom

Expect to see More Texture in Fabrics

The Robert Allen Duralee Group payed attention to how fabrics feel in addition to how they look. Recognizing the importance of the tactile sense of touch, the new collections offer a variety of textures. Texture adds dimension to a room. Incorporating different textures makes a room more interesting.

fabric inspired by menswear
menswear inspired fabric

Expect to see Menswear Inspired Fabrics

Highland Court’s new collection “Sula” was inspired by menswear. This luxury outdoor fabric collection has Faux wool, and faux mohair in Menswear inspired fabrics.

Expect to see Outdoor Fabrics Made in Indoor Color Palettes

Fabrics made to be used outside are very durable. They are fade resistant and liquids bead up and roll off them making the fabrics stain resistant. Because of their durability designers have been using them for indoor furniture too. Recognizing this trend, RADG has introduced outdoor fabrics made in indoor colors. There is even velvet in this collection!

black sofa with pink pillows
Blush pillows on sofa displayed at the Long Island Showroom

The new fabric collections have something for everyone. Traditional, transitional, and contemporary design styles are all well represented. Soft neutrals for those who prefer a quiet palette are still in abundance. However, those who are looking to liven things up will be ecstatic with the newly introduced fabrics boasting bold color and lively prints.

upholstered headboard, glamour bedroom
Breathtaking and stunning display at The Robert Allen Duralee Groups’ Long Island Showroom


What to expect in 2020 in home decor fabrics

  • bold colors
  • lively prints inspired by South and Central America
  • lots of texture
  • heavier fabrics, even cotton and linen fabrics have substantial weight to them
  • embroidered fabrics
  • fabrics that feel good to the touch
  • fabrics inspired by menswear
  • Big selection of high-performance fabrics for durability

I hope you were able to read last week’s blog on the 2020 Color Forcast by Sherwin Williams. Be sure not to miss a blog on furniture trends for 2020, coming soon. If you are enjoying keeping up on decorating trends please subscribe.

5 Excellent Reasons to Reupholster your Furniture

If you are considering getting your furniture reupholstered but aren’t sure if it is a good idea, you are in the right place! When should you reupholster your furniture and when should you buy new? Here are 5 excellent reasons to reupholster your furniture that explain when it makes sense.

Reason 1: If the furniture piece can’t be replicated, choose to reupholster it.

Before and After of Antique Chair that was reupholstered in Blue Toile Fabric.
Antique chair reupholstered in a Kravet’s Toile Fabric

When a furniture piece can’t be replicated, reupholstering is an excellent choice. For example, it has sentimental value or is unique in some way. Furniture with sentimental value may have belonged to a loved one or was a gift from someone special. It may be unique because it is exceptionally comfortable, and nothing else can measure up. In other instances, it may be unique because it has unusual dimensions, that work in the space particularly well.

The toile chair shown in the picture above is a chair I had reupholstered. When renovating a bathroom, my client and I searched for a chair that would fit in the small space between the tub and vanity. It is difficult to find a petite chair in modern furniture. We opted to reupholster an antique chair because of its small size. The fabric was shirred around the wood frame giving it a new fresh look. The toile is a Kravet’s Fabric.

Reason 2: Reupholster if you wish to create a custom look in your home.

Before and After of a love seat that was reupholstered.

Reupholstering allows you more fabric options. You can easily coordinate the upholstered piece’s fabric with the colors and patterns already in the room. It also gives you the flexibility to repeat the fabric you are using on the furniture in other ways. An example of this would be to use it for window treatments, resulting in a high-end look.

Reason 3: Reupholster your furniture to add special details

Chair with damask fabric on back and velvet on the seat. Cording is added illustrating 1 of the 5 Excellent Reasons to Reupholster your Furniture, which is to add details.

When you reupholster a piece of furniture, you can customize its design. The chair featured above is an excellent example of that. Notice the back of the chair is a beautiful damask, while the seat, is a more durable velvet. The cording adds interest while finishing the piece nicely.

Reason 4: Reupholster to be able to control the quality of the fabric

Before picture of a leather sofa and after photo of it reupholstered in cream fabric.
Leather sofa reupholstered in high-performance fabric. Tufting was eliminated from cushion for an updated look

There are numerous ways to determine if a fabric you are considering is of good quality. Fabric manufacturers rate their fabrics’ durability in terms of “rubs.” When a fabric is rated over 30,000 rubs, it is considered to be heavy-duty. That means the fabric did not show signs of wear until it was “rubbed” 30,000 times. Some commercial fabrics have ratings of 100,000 rubs. Fabrics with this rating would be a great choice for a piece of furniture that receives a lot of use.

You also want to consider the fabric’s stain-resistance features. Some fabrics are treated by the manufacturer and will resist stains. If the fabric is labeled as a “performance fabric,” it is most likely treated. One way to tell for sure is to drop some water on it. If the water beads up, the fabric has been coated for stain resistance.

Working for a commercial establishment, I choose a “hospitality” grade, high-performance fabric for their sofa because it is in a high-traffic area near their bar. I wanted to make sure the upholstery was durable. For peace of mind, I tested the durability by spilling red wine on my fabric swatch to see if it stained. The red wine beaded up and was quickly blotted clean and therefore passed my test. The fabric used in the above photo was a Duralee Fabric.

Reason #5: Reupholster to own a piece that no one else has.

Fabric showrooms have endless choices of fabric types, patterns, and colors. Also, they have many different types of trims that can be used in your design. You are only limited by your imagination! To see some delicious trims that are available browse Duralee’s collection.

To save money is not 1 of the 5 Excellent Reasons to Reupholster Your Furniture

Many clients have asked about reupholstering their existing sofa because they think it will be less expensive than buying a new one. However, this is seldom the case. It may cost more. Are you surprised? When you break down the costs, it is easy to see how the price of reupholstering can add up.

First, consider the pick-up and delivery charge for the piece to be transported to and from the upholstery shop. Next, there is the labor to have the upholstery done. If the chair or sofa is old, it may need new foam cushions, which is a substantial cost. Last, there is the price of the fabric. Fabric prices can vary. If you are making an effort to reupholster a piece, you want to make sure that you have a high-quality upholstery fabric that will hold up. In general, fabrics of higher quality cost more, sometimes substantially more.

I hope you found 5 Amazing Reasons to Reupholster Your Furniture helpful and are now able to make a decision whether you should reupholster or buy new. For inspiration for a color scheme checkout Room Color Inspiration and Decorating. Also, don’t forget to Incorporate Good Mood Influencers into your Decor because it is all about designing to be happy.