Why Order Fabric Online?

The Barras Fabric Blog

 

Hey there Barras fabrics fans! We hope you had a beautiful, colorful, and creative summer. Here at Barras, we’ve been admiring the new arrivals for fall and we’re hard at work preparing an amazing season!

A question we get asked all the time is about the way we sell our fabrics. Why would I buy fabrics online? I’m so tactile – I like to FEEL the fabrics before I buy. Is shopping for my fabrics online really right for me?

And our answer to that question is – YES! Anyone, from fabric fanatic to a layman, can easily and enjoyable shop our online fabric store. We take pains to ensure it’s a super-simple process and that our fabrics really pop on-screen. Here’s our top 10 reasons to order fabric online:

1: Our selection! We offer THOUSANDS of fabrics from varied mills around the world

2: The pricing: online shopping is the best way to save money because it’s so easy to compare prices.  

3: Straight rebuys and reordering. If you found a fabric you fell in love with and plan to use again, you can reorder it with a few clicks instead of running out to the store

4: You get to work with us. Obviously. :)

5: We organize our fabrics meticulously. You can sort by color, mill, materials, patterns, and pricing, so finding the perfect fabric is super-simple!

6: Did we mention pricing? You save tons of money by purchasing our discount luxury fabric without the additional fees added on by individual retailers. We also offer clearance fabrics!

7: You won’t have to fight other fabric seekers tooth-and-nail for that one perfect Herringbone roll everyone is dying for.

8: Our fabrics are photographed to optimize the way the colors, textures, and quality would present in real life, so you can get the full experience of the fabric before you buy.

9: You can create a super-fun swatch wall from your favorite prints on Barrasfabrics.com! It’s like an individual Pinterest board dedicated to your top choices.\

10: You get the best selection at the best prices with even greater customer service. Want to try out  the Barras fabrics experience for yourself? Start browsing now!

Why do YOU love online fabric shopping? Tell us in the comments below!

Summer Fabrics Catalog: Reupholster and revamp!

It’s time to bring some of that summer lovin’ to your living space. The easiest way to add pops of color to your home (without a massive, costly, and messy paint job) is to throw around some happy fabrics that bring a smile to your face.

From pillows to accent tables to framed fabrics, it’s easy to add bright spot in any room! See our blogs for some amazing home decor ideas, like a beach-inspired bedroom, on-point color schemes for basements, and more summer-inspired accents.

For part two of our catalog, we’re highlighting our favorite warm-weather wonders from our upholstery collection. Some of these fabrics are indoor/outdoor, meaning it looks just as great on your patio as it does in your living room! Look out for a * symbol next to the fabric name to see if that material is indoor/outdoor.

Once you’ve found your dream summertime fabric, it’s as easy as point-click-buy to get it to your home in a week or so. Just click the fabric you like and you’ll be taken to our discount online fabric store. We’d love to serve you for all your luxury fabric needs!

Without further ado, here’s our top picks for our summer fabrics catalog: upholstery edition!

Trellis in Pool*

Trellis in Pool*

Hillstone in Pimento*

Hillstone in Pimento*

Swaying Palm in Aloe*

Swaying Palm in Aloe*

Boxed In in Carribbean

Boxed In in Caribbean*

ODL Silsila in Lawn*

ODL Silsila in Lawn*

Dapper in Peacock

Dapper in Peacock

Marin in Peony

Marin in Peony

Flow in Hollycock

Flow in Hollycock

Locked in Papaya

Locked in Papaya

Marin in Cloud

[GUIDE] 3 Awesome Summer Decorating Ideas!

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Summer has begun and it’s the perfect time to decorate your home after a long tiring spring cleaning! Give your home a splash of color for an updated summer look. Here are 3 awesome ways to bring that summertime feeling into your home.

1: Decorate with Succulents: See tutorial here for this stunning succulent centerpiece.

 

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Succulents are chic and trendy. Decorate your center table with these fantastic tiny plants that come in different shades of the rainbow.  Choose a planter that complements your interior decor, you can choose from white pots or bowls to accentuate their natural vibrant color or a wooden planter for a rustic look.

Adding succulents to your center table instantly gives your home a fresh summer look. Here’s an easy diy succulent center piece you can try.

2: Make a Refreshment Nook: Photocreds: Pottery Barn

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Quench your family’s thirst on hot summer days and brighten up a corner by adding a refreshment nook with flavored teas, fruit-flavored lemonades, or infused water to your foyer, kitchen or living room. All you need are a clear drink dispenser, mason jars, a bowl of fruits and a spritz of imagination. The combination of the color of the fruit slices and the water moisture coming from the ice-cold drink will sure spell S-U-M-M-E-R for everyone in your home.

Here are some refreshing non-alcoholic drinks that’ll add color to a room while keeping your family refreshed! 

3: Update your Fabrics

For a more bold and fun summer look, change up your upholstery and accents with bright and colorful prints. Use flamboyant shades on any of your cushions, curtains, table cloth, place mats, bedding, seat pads, etc.  Choose a summer theme: from pastels, citrus, bright reds and hot pinks, it’ll add a pop of summertime flavor. Just remember to minimize accessories if you are going to use bold and bright fabrics, as you don’t want your home to look like a bag of Skittles.

Here are 4 printed cotton fabrics to help you update your home for the summer.

WhimsyBe bright and bold with this colorful printed fabric. Perfect for table cloths, throw pillows and placemats.

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Creative FlowThis one is perfect for that breezy and beachy theme summer decor.

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MacilentTalking about citrusy colors and flavored drinks, this print is a perfect match.

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Womel/Franco: For a bright colored geometric look.

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Are you ready to give your home these quick and fun update this summer? Tell us your plans in the comments below! Remember to let us here at barrasfabrics.com know how your DIYs went! 

 

Spotlight on P. Kaufman’s Textiles

Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.40.26 PMIf you’re an interior designer, sewing enthusiast, or even doing your first renovation, no doubt you’ve run into some P. Kaufman fabrics along your journey!

The multi-channeled, multi-million dollar company is relatively young: established 2004, this fabric manufacturer has been making waves – and exceptionally beautiful products – throughout the textile world.

With a strong focus on creating strong, sustainable materials for hotels and casinos, P. Kaufman’s fabrics are hardy and can be counted on for years to come. Because of this field concentration, most Kaufman’s fabrics are only available for wholesale.

Today, we’d like to highlight the superstars of Barras Fabrics’ collection of P. Kaufman textiles. Let us know in the comments which one is your favorite!

1: On Sail in Nautical Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.44.00 PM

Nothing says summer like sailboats. Perfect for a throw pillow for the beach house!

2: Hottie Scottie in Sprout Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.45.37 PM

If the name is not enough of a draw, this fabric’s playful tone adds a pop to any room.

3: Belize Stripe in Pink Sand Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.46.08 PM

Bring the warm sands of Belize to your space this summer. And that pink, though!

4: ChiChi in Papaya  Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.46.39 PM“Cha-cha slide” your way into the season! How great would this look on outdoor chairs?

5: Suna in Platinum Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.47.09 PM

This material is so glamorous, we’re putting it on the walls, on the couch, everywhere! The height of metallic sophistication.

So…which fabric is speaking to you? See you next week.

 

 

 

5 Interior Design Blogs Even a Layman Should Follow!

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We’re all a little obsessed with interior design to some degree. It’s the subtle art of embellishing our personal space to reflect our tastes and style: a true form of self-expression. The art of interior design has been a respected and integral art form throughout history, with different cultures developing their own “norms” and aesthetic tastes. In many cultures, interior design reflects the religious and metaphysical beliefs of the culture, such as the Japanese art of feng shui. By placing objects and accent pieces in strategic positions, we affect the energy of the room and in turn, the energy that flows within us. Whether you’re a skeptic or not, no one can deny the excitement and influence our home’s design has on our lives.

So, on that note, whether you’re redoing your whole home, one room, or just simply like to get inspired by the beautiful ideas of the masters, following an interior design blog is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. Almost every (successful) interior designer has a blog of some sort, whether in the form of a gallery, website, or social channel. But very few stay true-to-life, candid, accessible, AND inspiring. We’ve rounded up our favorite blogs that every interior design layman (or professional or student or enthusiast) can enjoy.

Don’t forget to bring your inspiration to action! Visit us at our online discount fabric showroom to take your stroke of design genius to the next level. Here are our top interior design blogs even a layman should follow.

1: Amber Interiors First, click into the site. Check out the soft whites, bright spaces, and subtle accents. For the crisp aesthetic alone, the blog is a subscription MUST.
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2: Old Brand New Blogger Dabito shares exquisite photographs of happy rooms that sing with his signature style. Follow for a little bit of this and that about interior design, graphic, design, and priceless photography.

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3: Coco Lapine Design Hello Coco! No, this has nothing to do with Chanel, but Ms. Lapine’s blog is full of rooms that tie together her Danish flair with industrial undertones. A perfect read with coffee and a baguette.

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4: Lark and Linen Take a peek into the beautifully designed life of Jacquelyn Clark. Her style is so fresh and clean, while her posts about her daily life are quirky and just a fun read. Enjoy the non-stop ogling over her condo!

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5: Style by Emily Henderson This is a personal favorite: Emily Henderson stole hearts when she won HGTV’s Design Star. Now she writes a blog full of eye-candy, shoppable stories, and her signature vibrancy. You’ll thank us for introducing you!

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So those are our top 5 picks! Did you check them all out? Plan on subscribing to any? Let us know in the comments, then pay Barras Fabrics’ online store and get decorating!

Color Psychology: Orange You Glad?

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Yeah, yeah, cheesy working title, but thinking about orange just gets us giddy. This insanely cheerful color may invoke some Halloween-esque feelings, but decor wise, it’s super en vogue. We’re seeing it thrown everywhere, from accent pillows, to headboards, to little girl’s bedrooms. The color’s gender neutrality is definitely one of its greatest strengths!

Here’s what most color psychologists have concluded about the feelings this bright hue invokes:

Positive Traits of Orange:

  • Positivity
  • Sociable
  • Optimistic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Eye-catching
  • Informal

Negative Traits:

  • Superficiality
  • Overbearing
  • Exhibitionism
  • Egotism
  • Insincerity

Orange, as everyone knows, is a mix of yellow and red, balancing cheerfulness with intensity to bring you the best of both traits. Ironically, most likely due to its associations with Halloween, orange is often thought of as a cartoonish, vulgar color. Don’t let this scare you from using it around your home and in your wardrobe! A bold orange bag is exactly what this season calls for. Ready to turn some heads?

Here are our favorite orange swatches from our online discount fabric store. Happy browsing!

1: Neddick/Fresco in Orange Pop

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2: Deck Stripe in Orange

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3: Sundeck in Orange

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4: ODL Fish in Orange

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5: Capri in Orange

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Spring Fabrics to Brighten your Space

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Spring, at long last!

The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and Barras’ collection of discount fabric is bright, happy, spring-time tones is exactly what you need to bring the warmth of the season into your home.

While florals are often chosen to represent the springtime vibe, don’t be afraid to experiment with colors, textures, and tones you’ve never used before. Your home decor fabric should be an expression of what spring means to YOU, so don’t shy away from using a swatch you’ve never seen before!

Here are our team’s collective favorites: from furniture upholstery to fabric framing to your next silk scarf, here at the gems were itching to sprinkle throughout our homes and wardrobes:

Papillon

Jasmine Fan Toss

Wippor

Miranda

Peppy/Franco

Tonal Touch

ODL Temiz

Pina Colada

Light of Day

Junoon

Spotlight: Tommy Bahama Fabrics

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Smooth, white sand. Salty, fresh water. Bright, warm sunshine.

Getting in the mood of a vacation?

Tommy Bahama fabrics were created with the the island lifestyle in mind. A bold palette, combined with tropical motifs, invokes that beachy feel that Tommy Bahama’s creators set out to create when they founded their company.

But who is the elusive Tommy Bahama? The man behind the name? The face of the beachy brand? Here’s a little known fact: he doesn’t exist.

Tommy Bahama was dreamed up by Tony Margolis, Bob Emfield, and their wives, the founders of the Tommy Bahama group that was eventually bought out by Oxford Industries. This fabulous foursome created such a strong presence and voice for Tommy that many are STILL unaware that he’s just a tanned, sandy-haired figment of their imagination.

Though fictional, Tommy is still the living inspiration for the company. Decisions are still made based on “What Tommy would do”. He’s the spiritual leader and living role model for the designs and aesthetic that TB is renowned for.

Originally known for their silk-screened shirts and khaki pants, Tommy Bahama has since expanded to Women’s, Swimwear, Home Decor, Gifts, and restaurants spread nationwide. Forget clothing retailer – Tommy Bahama is a full-on lifestyle!

Of course, we’re just here for the fabric. Tommy Bahama’s prints represent everything we love about this brand: casual elegance, warm, vibrant colors, and that untouchable something that just makes you think “Bora Bora”!

Here are some of our absolute must-haves from the Barras Fabrics Tommy Bahama collection:

 

1: South Series: Nautical

 

This material would be perfect for a nautical bathroom shade – or framed on the wall of your beach house guestroom.

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2: Inky Palms: Jade

A chaise fully upholstered in this material would make the entire room. Just be sure to pair with toned-down throw pillows to avoid a circus-tent feel.

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3: Polynesian: Lemoncello

Polynesian combines fine details with bold colors, making this the perfect material for wide, open spaces. Not too overpowering, but plenty of oomph to make it a stand-out.

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4: Tranquil Turt: Lava

Go big or go home. These cheerful turtles bring a smile to anyone’s face: imagine accent pillows in Tranquil Turt on a carribean blue loveseat and you’ll fully understand why this one is our staff pick.

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So if you’re getting in the mood of the island life, whip up a pina colada, order some Tommy Bahama from our online fabric store, and break out the grass skirts! Aloha!

Color Psychology: The Color Purple

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When we say purple, you think…

Princesses? Wine? Royalty? Maybe the timeless movie starring Oprah? We doubt you’re thinking spirituality.

But purple and violet are famously known to represent the internal harmony between body and soul. Purple is comprised of red and blue hues, red representing the physical, blue the spiritual. This is why purple is hailed as the union between our physical and spiritual energies.

If all that’s too meta for you, you can just admire purple for it’s easy-on-the-eyes femininity and daydream-like quality.

Purple is also associated with royalty: it’s depth and richness stir up feelings of power and awe. Violet, a purple derivative, is the color of humanitarianism, selflessness, humility, and wisdom. There are countless positive associations with the gorgeous hue, but purple has its “dark side”: it’s been associated with immaturity, being impractical, cynicism, arrogance, and fraud. So yes, purple strikes a real balancing act.

Let’s talk home decor. You may think violet is reserved for strictly for your little girl’s bedroom, but take a second look. The use of purple elements, in shades ranging from deep eggplant to sugary lilac, has been slowly gaining a cult following among designers. Just check out this gallery of stunning purple home decor: the inspiration never stops.
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The real beauty of purple lies in its unique, chameleon-like quality to encompass all sides of the color spectrum: from deep and mature  to lighthearted and playful, purple does it all with grace and charm. Purple carries whole rooms: go crazy with a bold purple chaise, popstar-violet wallpaper, or subtle touches of aubergine to add sophistication to a space.

Check out these violet variations from our purple collection of discount luxury fabrics:

Darjeeling:

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Charlotte Square:

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Wanderlust;

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So are you ready to add some synergy to your home? Merge your materialistic and spiritual sides with some bold pops of purple. Tell us about your purple journey in the comments below, and be sure to check out the Barras Fabrics blog for more color psychology!

 

Spotlight: The Duralee Mill

duralee fabricsIf you’re an interior design enthusiast, you’ve heard the name “Duralee”. The iconic mill is something of a buzzword amongst modern interior designers, synonymous with timeless patterns, infallible durability, and a beautiful, diverse collection of styles, prints, and materials.  Every designer, from high-end to local, has utilized a Duralee product at some point in their career, and nearly every sewing enthusiast you’ll come across prefers a solid Duralee fabric for their projects.  

And since Duralee’s primary focus is upholstery fabric, it’s no surprise that they expanded their company with the Duralee Furniture line, a broad collection of home furnishings that have taken the market by storm since 2003.

Duralee’s origin story is as richly-woven as the fabrics they peddle. The company was born from the blood, sweat, and tears of Lenny Silberman, a World War Two veteran whose “big break” into the industry was a $35/week, textile shipping clerk job. After attending night classes to expand his industry knowledge, he launched Duralee with two partners, Sig Rosenberger and Marshall Kutz, and rest is history!

Since it’s early days, Duralee has contracted a number of similarly iconic partnerships with luxurious textile designers, such as Highland Court, Baily and Griffin, DF Label, and more, further propelling Duralee to the forefront of the luxury textiles market. Hard to believe that this nationwide enterprise, now synonymous with high-end design and exclusivity, contracted with some of the greatest designers of our age, had grown from Lenny Silberman’s minuscule offices in post-war New York City!

In celebration of all that Duralee represents, we present a lineup of our favorite offerings from several of Duralee’s collections. Find these, and more magnificent textiles, on our online fabric store and envelop yourself in the timeless luxury of the wonderful brand.

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See Full Lineup Here.

This article is based on a write-up on Duralee’s site, which can be found here. Thank you for choosing Barras Fabrics for all your discounted luxury fabric needs!