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:


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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!


Top 5 Colors for Your Basement

Whether your home’s lowest rooms are a grungy Man Cave, spotless home office, or a child’s dream hideaway, one thing should not change: your basement must make up in style what it lacks in natural light!

Though basements are more prevalent in certain residential areas than others, they provide a great way to add square footage to your home. Many basements are reduced to simple storage rooms, coated in dust and only visited when absolutely necessary. Why not utilize the space that you already have to create rooms you love to be in?

The first step in your basement makeover should be making sure your basement is safe to use. Call in an inspector to check the electricity, plumbing, window seals, and (shudder) pest control. Once you have clearance on these fronts, it’s decorating time! You know we’re obsessed with color…The right hues transform any space from dark to delightful, drab to fab, and depressing to energizing!

We’re here to help you find the perfect color scheme for your underground abode. Here are our top 5 Basement Color Schemes for 2017, complete with a teaser swatch from our online discount fabric store to add some inspiration!

1: Pea Green.

Yes, you heard that right. Green adds a natural, calming hue to a space. And the grungy Pea green family is a refreshingly unique color that can be used from playroom to laundry room to game room.  pea green basementpea green swatch

2: Warm Woods and Whites.

Neutral colors help bring warmth, light, and airiness to an otherwise dank space. Natural materials look rich while staying clean and easily manageable. We see this scheme as a great starting point for a guest wing. warm woods and whites basement

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3: Orange.

Think the sunny color is too aggressive for a small space? Think again! This bright hue adds life, energy, and the illusion of broader space when done right. Be sure to choose a sherbet tone, not Parking-Cone orange. orange basement

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4: Delicate Blue.

A soft, powdery blue bounces both natural sunlight and artificial bulb light off the walls, brightening up the space while staying reserved. Blue is a great backdrop for neutral furniture, deep leather, and/or pops of yellow and pink. light blue basement

blue swatch basement

5: Anything Goes!

Why stick to one color? Make your space come alive by mixing and matching all your favorite things into one place. Try different carpet swatches, whiteboard walls, and your child’s (or your own!) artwork on display for all to enjoy. The sky’s the limit!colorful basement

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Feel like transforming your basement this month? Stay tuned for more home decor tips and tricks from Barras Fabrics!

The Many Uses for Indoor Outdoor Fabrics

Taking care of a home is no easy task. No matter how much you clean, it seems to end up dirty sooner than you’d like. Being that this is the case, it’s okay to cut corners sometimes. Selecting an indoor outdoor fabric for your home is one way to achieve this. The fabric is extra durable and resistant to stains. While you may think that this fabric won’t look nice in the home because of its outdoor label, it is hard to distinguish over traditional indoor fabrics.

Indoor outdoor fabrics are made of synthetic fibers like acrylic and polyolefin. They’re not dyed like conventional fabric. In fact, UV-resistant pigments are mixed in before the fabric becomes a fiber. The fiber is then solution dyed, which is the process of cutting baling, blending and spinning the fiber into yarn and woven into fabric. The process makes the fabric resistant to color rub off.

Indoor outdoor fabrics can be used in any part of the house that is prone to messes. Some great spots include kitchen and dining room chairs or even the living room couch to protect from snacking stains while watching TV. Another great use is for pet beds, due to the tight weave of the fabric. We can’t guarantee that the fabric will hold up to teeth and claws, but it’s a better bet than traditional indoor fabric.

Remember that, even though this fabric is very durable, it is still susceptible to wear and tear as accidents can always occur. If you are using the fabric outside, it can fade over time from being out in the sunlight too long. To keep the fabric clean, be sure to brush off dirt and crumbs so as not to embed them into the fabric. Also be aware that even though the fabric is spill resistant, you’ll have to blot the spills as soon as they occur. Letting spills sit will stain the fabric. Once cleaned, you can air dry the fabric.

You can use indoor outdoor fabrics on chair pads, cushions, toss pillows, slipcovers, upholstery, and more. Be creative and view all of our decorative fabrics for ideas on how to use indoor outdoor fabric in your home.

Choosing Masculine Fabrics For Father’s Day Crafts


Father’s Day is right around the corner. Come June 19th, we will all be celebrating the dads who have made us who we are today, and those who are currently showering our little ones with love and affection. This year, do something different and unique. Skip the traditional tie and mug gift and gather the kids around for a fun fabric project. Whether you opt to let your little ones finger paint on top of a fabric covered canvas or are feeling ambitious enough to upholster dad’s favorite chair in the perfect print from your favorite
online fabric store, the question is how to choose the perfect fabric. Looking for a DIY craft project for the father in your life but aren’t sure how to make a fabric craft that is appropriately masculine? Here are our top picks!

Masculine Prints For Dad:

  • Skip The Florals: When choosing a masculine print for dad, the first general guideline is to skip the florals. While home decor fabric stores are known for their beautiful floral prints, they tend to seem too feminine for the man in your life. Opt, instead, for muted patterns or solid colors.
  • Consider Personal Taste: As with all gift ideas, consider the recipient’s personal aesthetic. Work with the color scheme in dad’s room or build off of his favorite colors to create a fabric covered chair for dad or a picture frame that really speaks to his color preferences. If you stick to his favorite color schemes, you don’t need to worry about whether they’re masculine or feminine because they reflect the man you love’s preferences.
  • Stripes Work Best: Stripes are perfect for dad. Gender neutral and customizable for color preferences, stripes offer are the perfect pattern for Father’s Day upholstery gifts. Use dad’s favorite family pictures as the base for a photo collage. Choose three to five photos and collect wooden frames for each of the pictures. Cover all frames with your favorite striped pattern and arrange in a fun pattern in his bedroom for an inexpensive, yet wonderfully appreciated gift.

Fabric created gifts are the perfect chance to bring the family together for a fun-filled day of crafting that is sure to warm dad’s heart. Browse our discount fabric store online for fabric ideas and then get crafting. Be sure to visit our social media pages and post your DIY fabric gifts for dad. We would love to see what you come up with!

Fabric Wallpapers: Creating The Custom Walls of Your Dreams!


Your home’s walls are your chance to inject your personality into your home’s interior decor. They’re also the perfect opportunity for each of your family members to get a say in the look of their personal space. Unfortunately for many families, wallpaper can be expensive to buy and install, and doesn’t easily lend itself to mixing and matching. Creating fabric wallpapers from decorative fabric, however, allows you to do exactly that. Whether you’re looking to wallpaper your kids’ doors to give them a sense of ownership over their space or have some nooks and crannies that could use a jolt of personality, shopping an online fabric store for your favorite fabrics and converting them into wallpaper gives you unlimited decorating freedom at a price that can’t be argued with. Here are some ideas for fabric wallpapering.

Top Two Fabric Wallpapering Ideas:

  • Doorways: Doors are the often neglected white space of a home. Rarely addressed in home decor planning, these spaces provide the perfect canvas for small pops of personality. Browse an online fabric store with your kids and let them pick out a pattern for their door. Create a color blocking scheme for visitors to see when they walk past your closed doors. Wallpapering your home’s doors with fabric is easy, inexpensive, and a fun family project that turns a white, drab space into a fun opportunity for design.
  • Closets: Another often overlooked opportunity for design, picking your favorite fabric and converting it into wallpaper to line inside of your closet turns creates fun, friendly space to hang your clothes and choose your daily wardrobe. Brighten your closet and instantly start your day on a brighter foot.

These are just two of our favorite ideas. In reality, fabric wallpaper can work for everything from bedroom walls to window sill ledges and are less expensive and easier to install than your traditional wallpapering techniques. For a quick tutorial on how to wallpaper using decorative fabric, visit one of the popular home design DIY tutorial sites. Our personal favorite? HGTV! Check out their incredibly easy tutorial and then visit our site to choose your favorite pattern and get started.

DIY Project: Upholster a Chair

Every year, the fashion industry brings in new colors for us to fall in love with all over again. This year has been a time of bright, yet calming tones that call for us to escape the bustle of everyday life and relax with all that is whirling around us. Think colors like this pallete of turquoise, red and yellow.







The best thing about new hues is that we’re called to make some changes of our own around the home. Why not liven the place up with this DIY project that will have you ditching your old dining room chairs for something a little more funky.

Stapling the fabric around the seat after the cushion has been glued on.

Staples are placed around the seat after the cushion has been glued on.

As long as you have a couple of sturdy chairs, you’ll find this project to be quite simple. You’ll start by unscrewing the seat from your chair and adhering a piece of foam to fit the form of the seat. Next you’ll want to select your fabric. You can find something in our extensive collection at Cut enough so that you can wrap the fabric around the chair and begin to staple along the length and width. When you’re done with that, you’ll have to fold up the corners neatly and staple that down. Once you’re done, you’re ready to put the seat back on your chair.

The finished product!

The finished product!

For a more detailed explaination and step by step pictures, you can see how Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous® updated her chair.

Don’t forget to shop some of our sale items for an even better deal on your project.


Flower Power Fabrics

Floral prints have been around for ages, going in and out of style as frequently as the seasons come and go. They’re so tried and true that to some, flowers may seem, well, kind of old-fashioned, outdated even. But there’s more than one way to add flower power to a room than purchasing a quaint antiquated floral rug like the one your grandmother has covering her living room floor, or a french-style armchair upholstered in faded rose-print.

Flowers done right can be a modern update to any room. They can add a burst of summer to a drab room. Incorporate some floral into your decor by making some DIY curtains, upholstering your sofa with one of our gorgeous fabrics, or papering your walls with a colorful print.

Here are some of‘s favorite floral picks:

Groovy Baby fabric

Groovy Baby

Spring Bling fabric

Spring Bling

Miranda fabric


Gloria fabric


Amelia fabric


Aurora fabric


Portobello Vase fabric

Portobello Vase

Decorate With Decals

We’re always searching for new, easy-to-do DIY projects to share so that you can enhance your home without emptying out your bank account. If you work with fabric, making clothes, accessories, curtains, and such, you are definitely familiar with the experience of having leftover fabric scraps you don’t know what to do with. So you probably throw them out. Well, we’ve got a better idea coming! Instead of trashing perfectly good, albeit small, pieces of fabric, use them to add a bit of spice to your walls. We’ll tell you how.

If you don’t sew often (or ever), you can check out for a wide selection of fabrics you can use to decorate with.

Walls can make or break a room. Some walls utilize vividly colored paints to make the room pop. Printed wallpapers add unique style to a room as well. That’s not to say that bright and eye-catching is always the way to go! Sometimes understated grays or beiges are the best way to complement the furniture and decor in a room.

But, sometimes a smattering of fabric decals across your walls can totally change the way the room looks… for the better!

Kids rooms, for example, are the perfect canvas for fun decal additions to your walls. And when your decals are handmade from the fabric of your choice, the possibilities are endless. You are the designer, now take charge and unleash all that dormant creativity! Here’s an example of a really cool application of this idea:

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Like what you see? You can check out this blog on Popsugar for detailed instructions on how to get your handmade decals stuck on the walls without damaging your paint job.

Quotable (Fabric) Quotes

Whatever project you’ve just finished up with, you probably have a bunch of fabric left over that you don’t know what to do with. Thinking about just trashing it? Not so fast!

Those tiny scraps have potential for greatness! Ok, that may be a bit on the dramatic side, but we do have an idea to put them to good use!

Grab those bits and pieces and make a cute wall decoration sporting your favorite inspirational message or quotable quote in fabric cutout letters!

Image below from Better Homes and Gardens

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If you’re stumped for a profound saying or good motivation quote,here are a few of our own ideas you can steal:

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

Work hard. Dream big.

Everything happens for a reason.

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

If you want to be happy, be.

Try and fail, but never fail to try.

Life is beautiful

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Hello Spring!

Spring is in the air and the excitement is palpable! Colors are beginning to pop up everywhere. Your home is the perfect palette to experiment a bit with the spirit of the season. From major changes, like new wallpaper, to minor accents, like throw pillows in vibrant hues, we’ve collected some of our favorite colorful looks, along with the fabrics for you to recreate them in your own homes.

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We love the eye-popping shade of purple this couch presents, but we think a more toned-down hue might be a bit easier on the eye. It will give off a look that is classic, yet fun. If you like this idea, all you’ve got to do is reupholster your old couch – and we have the fabric for you!
Karma Fabric
blue living room
This room’s use of a monochromatic scheme in blue is absolutely breathtaking. It lends such a light, springy feel to this open, beautiful living area. Here’s on of our best and brightest blue fabrics: it will look great as upholstery, or fabric wallpaper – whatever you do, you can’t go wrong with this one!

Shell fabric

Last but not least, we absolutely love the shock of color in this living room. And we found one fabric that incorporates all of that color at once!
Cover your pillows in this gorgeous colorful tweed and your room will look amazing!
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