Suzanne Pierce, manager, and Pam Battson, assistant manager, of Calico Corners, a fabric and home furnishings store located in Louisville, Ky., answer questions about spring fabric trends.
: Manufacturers are using the brighter colors in a lot of different ways.They're trying to pull the garden into the home.Bold florals are going to be used a lot this season - on pillows, comforters, couches, chairs, pretty much everywhere.
A lot of people were scared of using bold florals in the past.Expect to see pinks, lavenders and violets - the fabrics are bringing in those bursts of colors you'd normally see in the garden.
: Toiles have really been updated.They're not the old-fashioned patterns from your grandmother's house.They're in fun colors like pear green, purple, peach and salmon.
: The patterns you're seeing with this new tropical look are really whimsical, really fun.The monkeys are cute and not cartoonish.It's not the safari look at all.
Q: What's popular? Pierce
: I think comfort is really key in determining what looks are going to be popular.People want things that are livable, a room that's comfortable to walk into - a timeless look.The rustic weekend-retreat look is making a comeback.
The fabrics are wonderful, rich leathers on sofas and chairs.Some pieces are dramatic, such as the scrolled-arm sofa with the brass nailheads, yet they're using really soft leathers instead of the traditional dark mahogany leathers.
: You're seeing more and more fringes.There are different kinds of fringes being used, such as wonderful glass beads you can apply to lampshades, and a flat, decorative braid or cording you can use on drapery treatments, table coverings and furniture.
: Some people are actually using the chenilles, velvets and silks as wallcoverings.The fabrics are being draped across an entire wall for a distinctive finish.Chenille is being used almost as a wallpaper.
You're seeing a lot of fabrics used as wallcoverings instead of just as window coverings.They're being draped across the wall instead of being applied straight to the wall, the way you would with wallpaper.
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