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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!



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


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!