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Trending Blackout Fabrics

The latest trending styles of window treatments are all about printed and custom blackout fabrics. Just as Shakespeare once said, “Eyes are the window to your soul”; the windows of a room in turn reveal the soul of the design. Window coverings have been taken to a whole new level and everyone has raving about them.


In addition to being completely light and pinhole proof, Valley Forge blackouts are available to be totally customizable with a color or pattern printed on a selected base cloth, or the perfect color can be selected from a set of running line hues. There are so many options available, that really anything can be created to fit a designer’s dream.

Whether working with WeaveUp technology or with one of our expert textile designers, anything can be created in the perfect way; including geometrics, florals, abstract patterns, and even real-life photography can be possible! Regardless of the style or pattern chosen, anything is guaranteed to make a statement when you have total control of the outcome.

One of the best ways to style these fashionable blackout fabrics is mixing and matching with various upholstery and sheer draperies to complete the entire room. With so many choices, the possibilities for a highly designed space are endless. Trending patterns we are seeing lately include basket weave and chevrons which give off a classic feel while still working with other updated patterns. Try matching up a geometrically-styled chevron pattern with chunky chenille upholstery weaves and a floaty shimmering sheer to soften up the chevron angles. Or pairing a very structured weave on the sofa to reflect an abstract pattern in the window can be a great way to create an unexpected feel in a room. The beauty of Valley Forge’s blackout fabrics are not only the ability to customize nearly however you want, but the quality of the textile and blackout coating that come along with it. Order a sample from the Solid Collection or start designing your own on WeaveUp today!



Create an Original Piece of Work

As designers and creators, we personally put a lot into our projects to ensure that they are at the highest level of perfection as possible. Creating an original piece of work is one of the most gratifying things you can do, especially when you are free to create whatever it is you see or feel inside yourself. However, it is no easy task, particularly when there are standards or parameters to work within – a situation many designers find themselves in on a daily basis.

Unless you are lucky enough to be able to spawn a new idea, come up with its process, and put it into action instantly; creating an original piece of work does require some preparation and steps. Before creating an original work, you need to make sure it hasn’t been created, made, or produced previously by another person or entity. The simplest way is to start doing some old fashioned research. Do some online searches and look into your industry’s publications, blogs, and your competition’s webpages and social media. By doing this, you will not only ensure your idea is completely original and brand new to you, but also possibly gain new perspectives on what others in your field are doing and how you can create something better or different.create_original_postOnce you’ve got your original concept in mind, the next best step is constructing a plan to execute your final piece of work. This may take some time, experimentation, and development of skills or processes. Remember, the original plan may not always be the best one to follow through with! New ideas may spring up as you work through your course of action, so make sure to create some checkpoints for yourself to ensure that you are still on track to complete your project and keep it within your original vision. This is an original work straight from within, so expect some changes to occur but remember to stay true to your initial path.


New Collection: Jasmine

Experience the beauty and mystique of Arabian nights with the latest installment of the International Specifier upholstery collection, Jasmine. Showcasing chunky, broad yarns that weave a mix colors into magical tones, the four patterns within Jasmine create a statement whether being used in a palace or public space.



The soft and delicate boucle yarns used in the Fortune Teller, Sorcerer, Hypnotist, and Aladdin Texture patterns is reminiscent of the undulating Arabian sand dunes: soft and seemingly gentle to the touch but also strong and extremely durable, standing the test of time. Whether paired together or shown off alone, they create a  comfortable, inviting setting with a feeling of rich global style.

The robust textures found within the covers of Jasmine concoct images of great ancient stone wall fortresses and palaces with spiraling towers. With so many differently colored fibers being utilized in this collection, you will find a crisscross of contrasting colors mixed in with tonal neutrals that balance out the entire collection. Deep hues of navy, plum, and turquoise are accented with light colored yarns and are reminiscent of the dark night sky speckled with stars; while light blues and teals bring forth images of a searing blue desert sky and ever-distant mirages strewn across the landscape.



Jasmine is a sophisticated collection but still looks right at home whether dressed up or down. This medley of rich textural patterns can easily be mixed or matched with each other or a variety of other patterns and fabrics to produce the perfect eclectic or refined style you need for your palace.


The Solid Collections

During the 15th century Italian Renaissance, painters and their apprentices would start each day anew, mixing and matching their pigments to a previous day’s work. Precious minerals like lapis would have been used to produce a rich ultramarine, while red lac was utilized to create the lush crimson tone we know was used for a royal’s velvet robes. Pigments would be combined by each artist with just the right recipe of oils and thinners for a perfect consistency.

Adapting to this process that originated with the masters, and pairing their ancient methods with today’s digital technologies and modern capabilities, we have developed The Solid Collections. Spanning four volumes, these expertly curated collections show 156 colors that represent the best of the best in the hospitality industry, and are guaranteed to be on trend for years to come. Besides making it extremely easy to select colors, professional color matching can be done using the Electronic color matching tool, powered by WeaveUp. The color matching tool is a device that can be utilized to match additional product categories within each project space. Our machinery is calibrated to properly match, so that the color you pick is the color you get.

The beauty of The Solid Collections, since they are part of the Valley Forge Out Of Time series, is that large quantities are available to you within only one to two weeks! So much thought and confidence were put into the selection of these colors that it is ensured to be the quickest shipment so you can meet your project deadlines.

Now, instead of matching to a previous days’ or weeks’ worth of samples and color development progress, you can customize an entire matching room with one minute, one finger. 15th century artists never had it so easy!300_Post-Printed_Solid


New Collection: Devoir

Some of the best examples in the history of art, design, and architecture have exceptional balance in their compositions. This creates a sense of harmony within the design that gives a viewer insight into the meaning and emotions behind it. Balance is what keeps the viewer interested and engaged; their eyes moving across a pattern or design and taking it all in.

It is rare to see an entire room made up of only bright colors, or large patterns. Conversely, we also hardly ever see an entire scheme with just dull or dark pieces making an appearance. Creating a blend of dark and light, bold and discreet, can really change the way a room makes you feel.

This is where the brand new upholstery collection Devoir is a favorable friend. Filled with an abundance of neutral and naturally blended colors, Devoir easily compliments its surrounding features. Along with a plethora of basics, included are also a selection of colors that, although deep and rich, are displayed in tones that are classic enough to integrate easily with any other design or color way.devoir-post-image

Three patterns are presented in this collection that spans 36 colors. Pidgin is a classic burlap-like weave that flaunts an all-over striae effect in either contrasting or homogenous colors. Bevy shows off a more structured and basket-like weave and gives the feeling of an all-over ditzy checkered pattern. The last pattern, Convoy, is similar to Pidgin in that it is created with a simple weave having a slight two-toned feel with a mottled effect. Convoy also gives off a wool-like feeling with its slightly fuzzy hand which lends to an ‘old-world’ feeling.

In addition to their noteworthy visual characteristics, the entirety of the Devoir collection reaches or exceeds 100,000 double rubs for over the top, heavy duty usage. Once you see the fabrics within Devoir, they will quickly become a treasured staple inside your design library that you reach for over and over again.


Style is a simple way of saying complicated things

French writer, designer, playwright, artist, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau once said, “Style is a simple way of saying complicated things”. This is a man whose cohorts were people like Pablo Picasso, Coco Chanel, Edith Piaf, and other notable artists from 30s and 40s Europe – a time when things were very complicated!

While the phrase may have meant one thing to Jean and his friends back then, it also absolutely carries a message across generations of designers, artists, actors, and other creative types. Style is something that is neither in nor out of trend. It speaks to the past, present, and future with its chain reactions, infinite possibilities, and monumental achievements.


Painters and illustrators manipulate shapes and images to create a story or meaning. With so many different types of artwork being produced over time, Style is a function used to create groups and subsequently put these pieces into related categories. This is one way that we try to further reduce the complication of things we attempt to say, while also endeavoring to understand them.

In graphic design, Style refers to a consistent visual appearance of a family of fonts. This helps the graphic artist to convey feeling and emotion, or lack thereof, through something even as small as lettering. This is similar to the illuminated manuscripts of the 12th -14th centuries where monks would tediously and brilliantly decorate texts and books with gold, silver, and beautifully colored illustrations. This truly shows how Style spans the ages.

Additionally, fashion is a huge advocate of Style as the clothing or jewelry one wears can tell so many stories. A person’s style can non-verbally communicate where they are from, what type of music they listen to, or what their religion is. We are all victims of stereotypes from time to time- its human nature! But is a stereotype all that bad when it successfully conveys what the wearer is trying to say? Perhaps it means that we are getting better at deciphering our human family’s complicated code!


The world of interior design is one where inspiration is culled from all of these artistic sectors, and then some! A room could incorporate elements from fashion in its drapery or bedding. The colors and art that adorn the walls, carpets, and furniture in a room all work together, each with their own little messages, to say something very important…but not complicated.


Unexpected Trends: Tartan and Plaid

The first in a continuing series of posts, Unexpected Trends will showcase and explore the meaning, history, and implementation of different types of ‘trends’ that are currently circulating in the revolving door of today’s fashion and design world.

In this first installment, we are featuring classic Tartans and Plaids. These types of patterns have been around for centuries and have connections to Scotland and the British Isles. Mostly these boxy or crisscross patterns were dedicated to and known for the various families that were found in the particular regions of these areas.

Nowadays, plaid patterns bring to mind images of hunters, loggers, and other ‘outdoorsy’-type fashions and lifestyles. Depending on the look you’re going for, this can be a good thing or a bad thing. TartanBut we’re not here to talk about how plaids are ordinarily used, we’re here to talk about how unexpected it is that they are now being used as an influence for high-end interior design as well as top end and couture fashions.

Though plaids and tartans are mainly showcased in the Fall/Winter collections of most fashion and textile houses, they are actually a quite versatile and harmonizing pattern! Depending on the type of plaid, there are many different colors that can be used and incorporated into these patterns. Plaids can be configured to be dark and moody, barely even recognizing the differences in color between the intersecting stripes. Conversely, bright bold stripes of color slashed between a lighter or darker background create a unique style of plaid. Using lighter, less dusky colors and playing with the scale also helps to bring a more feminine and soft aspect to a typically masculine pattern.

Mixing and matching is a huge trend in interiors and fashion at the moment and plaids are a great way to incorporate more pattern into a design without being too overwhelming. Don’t feel pigeonholed into using one type of plaid either. There are so many styles; from the classic Tartan and Indian Madras to mini-checks and Tattersall; plaid is, and has been, here to stay.


5 Tools Everyone in the Design Industry Should Use

It can be a difficult task to create or complete something when you don’t have the right tools to do so. How does a painter paint with no paintbrush? Of course there is a multitude of ways, but there are normally only a few which turn out to be the most effective. Imagine trying to fly a plane without any gauges or sensors telling you which way to go or whether you’re flying too high. This can lead to unfortunate consequences or at the very least, a ton of frustration and an end result that is less than desirable.painting_post

The first tool that every design professional should have in their arsenal is a wide array of inspirational references. This includes fashion, art, design, and technology magazines; articles about design innovations, photographs of people, places, or things that have interesting backstories – or those that you can create a backstory for! Save a variety of pieces from all over, you never know when something may spark a new idea where it didn’t before.

Sometimes in order to get your point across it needs to be shown in a way that is visual rather than verbal. Design software like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop is a quick and easy way to draw out a design or ‘roomscape’ to show a client or even just to include as part of your design board. If you aren’t so technologically advanced, or happen to be a better hand sketcher, then make sure to have a drawing kit with pencils, erasers, rulers, etc. on hand. It may even benefit to keep both in your tool kit for situations when one may work better than the other.

Always keep a camera or your phone on you! Being able to instantly snap and capture inspiration on the daily is an invaluable resource for when you are in the studio or at your workbench later on. Remember, anything can be used to inspire, so be ready and waiting to seize the moment as it passes by you! Along with images of your influences, swatches of color and different types of fabrics are a great resource to keep stashed away in your workspace. Seeing and knowing how different colors and textures work for and against each other can really open your eyes to new design possibilities and innovations. Having a physical representation of color, pattern, or texture benefits the big picture and aids in your conceptualization.Living_room_

Lastly, motivation is one of your most important design tools! Without motivation, where will you get the drive to create new things? Without motivation, how will you take your design to the next level? Motivation has a distinct meaning to each and every person, and how you use it – along with all four of the other tools – will determine the success of you and your design.


New Release: Script

Penmanship is a skill where most of us fall on the spectrum of normal to average as far as dexterity and expertise is concerned. On one end, there are those of us who have the inherent gift of being able to write in beautiful flourishes and calligraphic-like letters. You envy their perfectly shaped letters that form words and sentences as they dance across a page like art.2Script_300

On the other hand, we have our friends who didn’t get so lucky in the handwriting department. We often joke and say they should be doctors, because who can ever read their script? These people may have been the kids who scribbled on the walls or had the most ‘interesting’ drawings as a child.

But who hasn’t scratched some random script or cryptic characters onto a notebook page during a lecture or anywhere else just out of boredom? Sometimes these stay just as they are – scribbles, but sometimes these shapes end up twisting and turning on the page to create a life of their own.

At first glance, the designs in the new collection Script might only look like fanciful script or scribbles across a page, but looking closer, you find the patterns to be filled with geometric shapes, romantic flowy lines, and abstract facades. Like autographs, love letters, and hand sketched portraits, Script portrays the meaningful and beautiful keepsakes and mementos that one gathers throughout a lifetime. The art of writing and calligraphy is an ancient one that was once held in high regard and very few were skilled in its ways. With this in mind, Script encompasses a historically abstract yet modern collection that feels right at home in a wide array of design styles.1Script_300

Initially available in graphic black and white colorways, Script can be customized to be in any scale or color to best suit its surroundings. Script’s patterns will maintain its bold style but softer looks can be achieved with tonal coloring and appropriate base cloth selection. Customize a pattern from the Script collection and write a new story with your design!


New Collection: Cordia

Chenille fabrics have long been sought-after for their extremely soft feel and iridescent coloring. Getting its name from the French word for caterpillar, chenille fabrics are comfortable, warm, and have a luxurious quality about them due their velvet-like nature. Cordia, a new upholstery textile collection, exemplifies all of these features and more.IS34_CORDIA

Like the flowering plant of the same name, Cordia contains a vivid spectrum of both energetically bright and natural colors. Cordia flowers even have fuzzy leaves similar to the chenille yarns in this collection. Each of the four patterns in Cordia blends and integrates together as easily as they are able to stand on their own, which gives designs a new sense of versatility.IS34-41

Similar to velvets, Cordia’s patterns reflect and refract light in the most delightful ways. A dark grey can appear silver one moment or black the next, depending on the angle you view it in. Some of the tone on tone colors even look solid from afar but sport a surprising textured pattern once you get closer to it. Cordia is perfect for adding depth and richness to a room.

This exquisite collection captures the functionality and durability of upholstery textiles which absolutely gives it a boost over conventional velvets. Cordia is a much more accessible type of textile that can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. Use Cordia to create a lush setting, filled with soft fabrics, high-style, and grandeur. Or, integrate Cordia patterns into a more laid-back atmosphere by building a comforting space around the soft chenille patterns, adding in chunky woven designs,  and other knitted textiles. Take a look through the Cordia collection and let the design possibilities blossom as you discover its expertly woven patterns and vibrant colors in the most durable chenille yarns.IS34-52