If you’re looking for a way to add a little flair to your decorating scheme,
fabric panels are an easy and inexpensive way to add color, texture and pattern
to your walls. Fabric panels are simple to make and you don’t have to worry
about sewing anything. You can make your fabric panels any size you want and
customize them to fit perfectly in any decorating style. After investing in a
few basic materials, all you need is a little imagination and you’ll soon have
designer type accessories for any room.
There are numerous ways to decorate with fabric. A typical fabric panel
consists of fabric wrapped around a rigid surface or frame such as a piece of
plywood, canvas frame or foamboard. You can often find wood frame pieces made
for canvas art frames that have corners designed to interlock at craft or art
stores. Your fabric piece should wrap around your board or frame with 1 to 2
inches of leftover fabric on each side. Staple or tape the fabric to the back
of the board or frame, pulling the fabric very tight and folding the corners
like you would when wrapping a present. Use a very strong, durable tape like
duct tape if you can’t use staples, making sure you can’t see any tape from the
front. Use wall putty or a picture hanger to hang the fabric panel.
You can also hang fabric panels from the wall or ceiling, similar to
curtains. A ceiling mount curtain rod or curtain rail can be used to hang
fabric panels, which can act as a room divider or cover for an open storage
space. Sheer fabric panels can provide a sense of privacy while still
maintaining a sense of open spaciousness. You can find hanging fabric panels at
stores like Ikea.
Fabric panels can be used on the ceiling to diffuse light and add a layer of softness to the room. Fabric on the ceiling also adds an unusual element to the room’s design scheme, providing interest and and character to the space.
Fabric panels can be used to create a custom headboard or textured accent wall in your bedroom. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination!
Stop by your nearest fabric store and see what inspires you. Take a few swatches home with you to see how they look against your walls and with your other decor. Browse online for more photos and ideas for fabric panels and layer your home with fabric!